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Finally. FINALLY.

We are on track for a lease signing tomorrow – finally.  Finally.  FINALLY.  Sure, it only took approximately 109 days, $1200 in architect costs, 1,291 emails, three on-site visits, 12 awkward “I don’t know what you are talking about” conversations with sub-contractors, and one “Sorry We Are Neurotic” pie to Mel Zelenak, but FINALLY.

This time tomorrow, we will finally have a key to a 1,000 square foot rectangle that is completely empty and completely unimproved.  If you remember all the way back to the start of this blog, we have a vision for this space that we call “Industrial Chic” (we thought we had coined this term, turns out a quick visit to Pinterest will bring lots of results for that search term…it is loosely defined as blending “the urban edge of utilitarian design with the warmth of aged woods and worn textures.”

This is the sketch of the future of our unimproved rectangle:


That front L-shaped countertop is something we hope to have done in concrete.  We would like to use some sort of modified farm gate for the space between the counter and the left wall…something rustic and worn and charming.  We’ve had more than one person through that space who suggested saloon doors in this spot and it took all my inner control to not weep over my lost vision.  Let’s all just say no to saloon doors in our Industrial Chic space and the world will be a better place.

We envision two large work tables and some great lighting…perhaps like this (originally from a restaurant in Denmark, via Pinterest):

pjp lights

We also like this for over our front concrete countertops:

pjp lights 2


And a series of these for storage units?  Um, yes, please:

pjp storage


Or this…

Pjp storage 2


Notice a trend here?  My Pinterest board is basically covered with variations on this theme and it makes me happy.  It makes me happier to know that perhaps tomorrow we can actually stand in the space without loads of Silent Stan’s storage and really think about what might work and what might not work.


So, let’s talk about what happened today at Lucky’s Market.  Short version of the story, it was pretty awesome.  Lucky’s opens on January 15th and you’ll be able to stop by and purchase a Peggy Jean’s Pie that day…and every day thereafter.  We left there feeling a bit like Sally Field at the 1985 Oscars:

First, let me back up by saying that we got a full tour of the new store and it is pretty awesome.  We were seriously impressed by the whole vibe they have going on in that place.  In a compelling intersection of fate and kismet, they have entire walls covered in reclaimed wood.  I was pretty much ready to pack up our mixing bowls and move on in adjacent to their fresh squeezed juice bar and wine tasting bar (probably closer to the wine bar, honestly).

After our full store tour, we chatted a bit with the team that is there to prep the store for opening and then we left an apple, a French silk, and a pecan pie there for the staff to sample.  Right now the plan is begin stocking from opening day, including being on-site on January 15th to hand out samples to shoppers.  We will stock a nine-inch pie (the 12 inch will be available at the Buttonwood retail location) AND a five-inch baby pie.  The only obstacle to my plans?  You guessed it.

Silent Stan.


Here’s the latest on that front…it turns out that the lease space doesn’t have an HVAC powerful enough for a commercial client such as ourselves.  So a mechanical engineer has to swing by the space and make some recommendations about switching it out to a bigger unit.  Then, maybe, MAYBE, we will be thismuch closer to getting a lease signed.  That means we will need to sign a lease, get a bunch of permits (what is the correct term for multiple permits?  a load? a bushel? a ton?), have Contractor Steve do all the work, get our equipment delivered, make the whole joint look super cute, AND be baking prior to January 15th.  Huh.  I wish I wouldn’t have typed that all out because now I need a paper bag to breath in and out of, asap.

One thing at a time, right?



220/221 Volts Whatever it takes?

I met with a contractor today – Steve from Columbia Craftsman – and we looked at our proposed location.  This is pretty much how it went down…

We don’t have a negotiated lease yet, but I will tell you that the space is on the southwest side of Columbia and is about 1,000 square feet.  I’ll also be able to skip to the new Starbucks that will be built this fall and I’m fairly certain all major business magnates base their location decisions on Starbucks proximity.  Ahem.

Do you remember the old Peggy Jean’s?  It was full of antiques and lace and plaid and the bakers wore chefs hats.  This Peggy Jean’s?  It totally flips the script.  We have a vision for the new space…industrial chic.  I’m fairly certain this term doesn’t exist outside of my Pinterest board, but it should.  To that end, think exposed ceilings, stone countertops, stainless steel workspaces, and a concrete stained floor to start.  I’m looking at lighting from a barn supply company and I love it.

Back to the contractor though…the very first thing he said to me was the noticeable lack of a sprinkler system.  Huh…good thing I brought an expert in, because sprinklers never occurred to me.  Beyond that, he actually thought all my requests were legit (and that never really happens to me).  Here is a quick iPhone shot of the actual space (the landlord is storing paperwork in there, so it is cluttered and the front windows are covered, so the light is blocked).

This picture is taken from about three feet inside the door, looking to the back of the space.  On the right corner is a finished bathroom.  So here are the tentative to-do list:

  • Stain the concrete floors
  • Finish out the walls and then paint and/or treat with a material…distressed metal? burlap? old wood?
  • Figure out the lighting situation…we need a lot of good light, but florescent lightening is high on my list of things I hate
  • Ductwork.  I can’t function without air conditioning.
  • Talk with the electrician…we need a ton of outlets
  • We need a front counter…concrete countertop without question, the base undecided though.  The contractor suggested corrugated metal and uh….no.  The goal is industrial chic, not a BBQ joint with peanuts on the floor.  Perhaps stone?
  • Consider the front retail area.  What to sell?  How to merchandise it?  Pie kits are a must.
  • Can we exist with just a Square Reader and no cash register?  Cash register is not industrial chic.
  • Neither of us feel the love for pie display cases…alternatives?
  • Signage?
  • Cool bench for waiting customers
  • Some treatment for the front windows – sounds like a job for Ikea
  • How do we update for our customers the current stock…chalkboard paint an area, or is that too overdone?  Tracking inventory real-time will be necessary.
  • Probably 1,392 other things I’m not thinking of…
Contractor Steve is checking with the city tomorrow about the sprinkler issue and what sort of permits we need to pull.  He should have a cost estimate for us next week.  I have absolutely NO IDEA what to expect.
November 20th…that’s our target open.  That gives us a solid week before Thanksgiving and Contractor Steve didn’t fall on the floor laughing at that timeline.  An online pie ordering system that is operational before that date is a must.  And an App. And a website.  And a Facebook page.  And a Twitter account.  And a Vine account.  And a Google + page.  And….what?  Hit the comments if you have ideas…