Jumpin' Jupiter Owner Jim Callahan Said He'll Be Leaner and Meaner in the Future
Callahan had a short statement about accusations by Van Ella Productions, and said he's "dummied down" his expenses.
Jumpin’ Jupiter owner Jim Callahan responded to criticism, on June 18, regarding women employed by him hawking that night’s adult-only show.
Among other things, he said his Maplewood neighbors didn’t like the women wearing T-shirts, as opposed to corsets. He also said he was undecided about what they would wear next Saturday night.
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Callahan also spoke about the accusations of Van Ella Productions that he had not paid for some of their performances, and also about how he is working out his more than $40,000 debt to his landlord, Red Brick. Jeff Albert, of St. Louis, is the company’s president, according to the Red Brick website.
Callahan’s statement about the accusation of non-payment to Van Ella Productions
Get ready, this is very short. This is all Callahan would say on the subject:
“About the Van Ella stuff, there is no spoon,” Callahan said.
"That’s it. It’s a Matrix quote. ‘There is no spoon.’ I know it sounds nuts, but that’s my comment. So, look it up on the Matrix,” he said.
To save an Internet search, following is a conversation from the 1999 movie, The Matrix.
Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
Callahan talks about his debt to his landlord, Red Brick
Red Brick is a St. Louis real estate company, and Jeff Albert is the president, according to the Red Brick website.
“The landlord is the awesomest landlord I have ever met,” Callahan said.
He said his landlord gets the same abuse he does.
“He stands behind this," Callahan said "He has done so much for us through patience. If he was to walk in here and shut us down, I would hug him and say, ‘I am sorry. I did the best I could.'"
He said with his year of experience in the business, he plans on fixing the problems and moving on, “and they see that,” Callahan said.
“You’ve got to understand, the guy owns $2 hundred million worth of real estate,” Callahan said. “And why it goes through, is just because you have channels and systems in place to make it happen.”
Callahan talks about making it work out in the future
“So the deal is, we’ve had to change how we do talent, and things of that nature, and redraw our business plan,” he said. “We’ve reformulated everything, and we are really excited about our future.”
He said they’ll do more shows in a night, for more flexibility.
“We’re being meaner and leaner. We’re going to lower our prices in the week so we’re going to be economy-friendly, and people are responding to it,” he said.
“Not everybody,” he said, are responding. “Old vendors, ex-employees…of course. They don’t become ex-employees if they like the place, so…”
He said they're doing their best to be the best business people and the kindest neighbors they can.
“I honestly, from the bottom my heart, feel like we are filling a niche the entertainment industry in St. Louis,” he said.
“And I do this, not for money,” he said, “but because I know positive results can happen. And it’s fun. And I love to do artistic stuff.”
He said he’s not a big business.
“We’re a mom and pop shop. It’s all we are,” Callahan said. “We are Jim and Brandy (Dunn), just trying to make this thing work, and that’s it.”
Read previous Patch articles about Jumpin' Jupiter
- Jumpin' Jupiter's Sidewalk Advertising Offends, Owner Jim Callahan Responds, June 19
- Jumpin' Jupiter Accused of Passing Bad Checks: Old Performers Gone, New Crew at Saturday's Show, June 17
- Jumpin' Jupiter Gets Eviction Notice, Agreement Reached: Will Stay, June 4
- Jumpin' Jupiter Owner Appears on MTV, Aug. 2, 2011