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All I Want For Christmas…

All I want for Christmas is A LEASE.  A one-page, printed-on-your-standard-ink-jet-printer, sign on the dotted line lease.  A we sign it, Silent Stan will sign it, we-will-pop-open-some-champagne-with-Mel lease.  A yeah-we-can-do-that-and-you-can-open-ASAP lease.  At this point, I don’t care if we write it in crayon and put smiley faces next to our names.

Here is the latest:  we have a problem with HVAC tonnage.  I’ll attempt to explain this in the easiest terms – the HVAC unit isn’t big enough/high-capacity enough for what we will need (so says the City of Columbia – I bet you $5 it would be totally fine).  This means we need a new one or an upgrade to the current one and maybe more support to the ceiling or fahsdfheasedfhadfkaglajgra…..

Sorry.  I just dozed off from boredom surrounding the HVAC discussion.  I’ll just finish by saying that we need mechanical drawings that take two weeks and are talking about an additional $3,000-$5,000 IF we can do “something” (sorry, I don’t know what) with the existing unit.


If you visit this blog for business advice (bwahahahahahaha!), here is what I know about commercial leasing:

  1. It is expensive
  2. It involves 3,219 people, all of whom have opinions and want checks written to them
  3. It takes forever

On the upside, I’m now a walking Wikipedia entry about HVAC systems (meaning, I know a lot but no guarantees on any of it being correct).  Alas, with every bump in the road to Commercial Lease City, we have to be closer to our final goal, right?

I’m off to buy a new box of 64 crayons so I’ll be all prepped and ready to go if someone ever gives me a lease.

PS – if you haven’t ordered your holiday pies yet, log in and get it done!  Pick-up is available Monday or Tuesday at the Elks Lodge.  Order here:  http://pjpies.com/order-holiday-pies/



Back In The Day

Let’s go back to 1994.  I pounded out my college term papers on a very fancy word processor.  If I wanted to watch Nancy Kerrigan’s Olympic dreams be shattered by Tonya Harding and a shovel, well then I had to wait to watch the coverage on the nightly news.  And cell phones looked like this:

And Peggy Jean’s Pies was born.  Here is a photo of the very first location and it was TAKEN WITH A POLAROID, PEOPLE.

And before we get swept away in all the fanciness and grandeur of the exterior, let’s take a quick peek at the interior:

As you can guess, 800 square feet didn’t contain all the pie baking needs for too long and so in 1995, Peggy Jean’s moved to downtown Columbia.  I don’t have an exterior shot of the building (in fact, I only have these pictures because Peg’s husband Leroy was a true believer in documenting all things with the Polaroid).  The second shop was at 816 E Broadway, under American Shoe and Saffee’s.  The space almost quadrupled the old location and I think this is where you get the first glimpse of what Peggy Jean’s really captured in the mid-1990s (think antiques and placemats…so, so, so many placemats).  Sadly, I don’t have a picture of the window you could stand at and watch the bakers roll dough, but if you were standing the shop looking at the scene below, you would be standing directly in front of that window.  (Leroy’s Polaroid must have finally broken by then).

After five fast-paced, dough rolling, pie filling mixing years, Peggy Jean’s was on the move again.  While they loved being downtown, visibility from the street was difficult.  Enter location #3, 1605 Chapel Hill Road.

And while this may be the worst quality picture ever, this is my personal favorite in the location department. It was bright and spacious and the view from the office (that circle window above the awning) was pretty awesome.  But as you know, more space means more employees, more work, more decisions, more of everything.  The shop was serving breakfast AND lunch by that time, which was an overwhelming endeavor. Though totally raise your hand if you would be willing to walk barefoot back through time in order to have a chicken salad sandwich on a croissant.

If you have really good Google skills, you can find photos and videos from a lot of national press that Peggy Jean’s received while in this space.  Southern Living magazine, Victoria magazine, and Food Network all made a visit to Chapel Hill Road.  This location is where Peg’s health really started to fail, starting in 2001. While she would eventually pass away from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2005, she battled all sorts of health related precursors that impacted her role at the shop in the years immediately before.  The shop closed in 1996 (read about that here: http://peggyjeans.blogspot.com/2013/09/it-might-really-happen.html)

But as the author Frank Herbert said “[t]here is no real ending.  Just the place where you stop the story.”  I can’t wait to see the story of Peggy Jean’s V. 2.0 in this space…

Get Your Pass To The Inner Circle!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to our TEN fabulous backers since we launched Kickstarter on Saturday!  You completely blew away our expectations by funding 5% of our project for an INSANE total of $586 dollars.  You guys?  There are no words for our thanks.  In no particular order, here is our Inner Circle Monday Shout Out:

1.  Marianne and Steve Friedman
2.  Fred Seaman
3.  Casey Clark
4.  Sharon Kinden
5.  Eric Seaman
6.  Dita (we don’t know Dita or her last name, but we love her)
7.  Colleen (we don’t know Dita or her last name, but we love her)
8.  Sherry and Kirk Kudrna
9.  Denice (we don’t know Denice or her last name, but we love her)
10.  Charlotte Wagster

So, I was running and thinking this morning that you Inner Circle people really ought to get something super fantastic awesome for your Kickstarter help.  Yeah, we know that we have some AHHH-MAAZZ-ING rewards available on Kickstarter for varying donation levels and you, of course, will receive those.  But something else…something truly awesome for your awesome support.  And here it is:

For every person that donates to our Kickstarter campaign, you will receive a special “Peggy Jean’s Inner Circle” card.  Consider it to be as elusive as the black American Express no limits card, but much easier to obtain.  Who cares about a plastic card?  You.  Because it is going to get you into an exclusive pie, cocktail, and new shop viewing party.  Date to be determined…exclusivity guaranteed.  Maybe we will get a red carpet but we will definitely get a bartender and bake a whole lot of pies.

Freaking out because you know this party will be THE PARTY of the fall?  Back us on Kickstarter today with a single dollar or more! Visit www.kickstarter.com and search for “Bring Back Peggy Jean’s” or click on this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1576929042/bring-back-peggy-jeans?ref=live.