Has Jumpin' Jupiter's Business Plan Changed?

Some Maplewood residents have noticed a change in the year-old business, and wonder if it's currently in the right location.

Maplewood Ward 3 council member Shawn Faulkingham said in an email to Patch some have noticed that business model has changed from its original dinner show idea.

When asked for comment, Faulkingham sent Patch an email.

Shawn Faulkingham's email to Patch:

"Jumpin' Jupiter's original business plan for me seemed to fit nicely in Maplewood. A couple of dinner shows a night, with different artistic acts such as burlesque or out of the ordinary circus style acts. Sounded like an eclectic, edgy idea, but perfectly acceptable for our Community, as it was kept inside and not viewable by the general public and for adults 21 and older.

I had many people tell me they liked the place, and some that didn't, which was fine either way (can't like everything!).

However, it seems as though JJ's business model has taken a turn, as many constituents and others have noticed, that does not promote what we are trying to accomplish with our Manchester / Sutton District.

Maplewood should never deny a legitimate business; however local government should retain the right to impose ordinances regarding the business which best fits the goals of our Community.

You don't want a "Printers Alley" in the middle of Maplewood; there are areas in Maplewood that are not on our "Main Street" that may be conducive for JJ's new business model, as long as the new business model conforms to local / county / state / federal laws."

Barry Greenberg, the other Ward 3 council member also had a comment when asked. He said Jumpin' Jupiter may be in violation of Maplewood and State regulations.

"Based on what I have heard, Jumping Jupiter’s operation appears to be in violation of the Maplewood Municipal Code, Sections 4-20 and 4-21, available through the link on the City website. They also may be in violation of the Rules & Regulations of the Missouri Division of Liquor Control; specifically, 11 CSR 70-2.130 titled: Retailer’s Conduct of Business – Sections #13 and #14-B."

Greenberg said Sections of the Maplewood Municipal Code 4-20 and 4-21 only define an adult cabaret as a sexually oriented business.

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William July 09, 2012 at 02:30 PM
There's a fine new article in STLToday about the crime and vice problems St. Louis City police are struggling with in the Washington Street District ("Will Success Kill Washington Avenue?"). I think reporter Marlon Walker did a good job of covering the story, including perspectives of non-resident patrons, business owners and residents. But I couldn't help noticing that the real concerns are being voiced by the people who are trying to live in the district. It's not currently possible for them to walk the dog after dark, enjoy a good night's sleep or live without worrying about gunfire and rowdies. Predictably, the patrons and owners aren't too worried and are willing to accept trouble as a cost of doing business. It's my thesis that it's not the restaurants and quiet neighborhood taverns that are causing the problems. It's the nightclubs, and their 3AM liquor licenses and exaggerated sensory inputs that are attracting folks that cause the trouble. Places like JJ. I agree with both Councilmen that JJ is not what we want by way of a mainstreet image for Maplewood. But as I think about Maplewood's relatively small footprint, I can't think of any other place within the city limits where it would be any better. It's the residents that will pay the price for the "edginess" that everybody likes to talk about. And it's the residents that need to step up and make their voices known, because the folks making money from "pushing the envelope" are happy to keep pushing.
Jennifer S. July 09, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I saw the article in the RFT and I was disgusted by the photos. It just looked trashy and definitely not burlesque which in my opinion is more of an art form. These were girls mostly naked in a blow up baby pool making out. This type of entertainment is not a representation of Maplewood. We are an edgier more progressive community - but in more of an artistic way. I do not believe this is what the city of maplewood was presented when JJ applied for a business license. The business needs to shut down and move to the east side.
William July 09, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Thanks to Councilman Greenberg for the link to applicable ordinances in the Municipal Code governing adult entertainment. Section 4-84 is particularly interesting, given that it governs location limitations for sexually oriented businesses. Such businesses are to operate only in districts zoned Heavy Manufacturing (JJ is currently zoned Arterial Business) and can't be located within 1000 feet of a church, parks, the property line of a residence or an entertainment venue that is directed toward children--a condition that JJ doesn't currently meet for any of these...
William July 09, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Sorry. I mis-read the zoning map. JJ is not currently zoned "Arterial Business" but rather "Community Business". Doesn't change the concern--looking through the list of authorized uses in the CB district, I'm still having trouble finding anything that looks like what JJ has become...
Mick Manzio July 10, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I just heard about the RFT article, with the picture of an "event" at Jumpin Jupiter's. Here's the link, for those who did not see the photo. http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/rftmusic/2012/07/jumpin_jupiter_burlesque_show_syn_city_tax_strippers.php
Ryan Martin (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Folks, please be advised that the link isn't appropriate for sensitive readers. It probably shouldn't be opened in some workplaces, either.
Becca Christensen September 26, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Eliot Winter thinks Maplewood is "conservative"?! WTF! I've been to burlesque shows before, and what was pictured in the RFT article was just trash.


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