Jumpin' Jupiter's Doors to Stay Open; Gets OK From the State, License from City

The Maplewood city clerk said the Jumpin' Jupiter owner came in on Friday and paid for his business license.

owner Jim Callahan was called into a Maplewood revocation hearing last Tuesday, and was told he had until end of day Friday to show the city clerk he had taken care of past due sales taxes, or his business license would be revoked on Monday, July 2.

On Monday, the red lights surrounding the windows at Jumpin' Jupiter were still on.

As reported in the Riverfront Times on Monday, Callahan "narrowly evaded eviction this weekend after owner Jim Callahan settled a dispute with the state for $28,000 he owed in sales taxes. The city of Maplewood agreed to renew his business license on Friday."

This is the link to the Riverfront Times article. (Warning: The lead photo in this article may not be suitable for a work environment or for sensitive  users.)

After Van Ella Productions, the producer of many Jumpin' Jupiter shows left, accusing Callahan of non-payment, Callahan hired new entertainment. The new group advertised on the sidewalk the first night. What the young women wore in public, caused controversey. A little more than a week later, Callahan received the notice to appear in the revocaion hearing.

Also in Patch on Jumpin' Jupiter:

  • , June 29
  • , June 27
  • , June 20
  • , June 19
  • , June 17
William July 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM
From the RT article: "A new crew called Synful Entertainment has taken over ... on Saturday nights. Elliot Winter, who runs the company along with several of the dancers, described their shows as "burlesque meets Las Vegas erotica meets drag. St. Louis, in my opinion, is like a little brother to New Orleans. We're trying to get back to that walking-down-Bourbon-Street vibe," Winter says, adding that that's not easy in a "conservative" neighborhood like Maplewood." I could care less what you do in there. It's what it does to the neighborhood that I'm worried about. It has nothing to do with being conservative or progressive. It has to do with whether or not the neighborhood remains a place where people who live here and pay taxes feel comfortable. I'm tired of the constant insinuations that people who are concerned about the JJ are somehow Church Ladies looking to reform the world. Honestly, customers at Jimmy Johns or Penzey's aren't likely to get in a fist fight on the street or pee in the parking lot or drive off "under the influence." Can you honestly say the same thing about the patronage attracted to what the JJ is offering? Bourbon street is a great destination, but how many of us want to live there?
Bart Karnowsk July 03, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Great points, William. I'm not a church lady looking to reform anything. I just think this owner is a TOTAL moron. I've said it before and I'll say it again... when the most professional you can be in an interview is to quote the Matrix, say everything's fine, and then blame Maplewood for mishandling papers... that usually adds up to being an idiot. Not to mention his absolute disdain for what the community thinks. As far as DWI's and the fights, that stuff happens everywhere, and the MPD do a great job of patroling. My big beef is that we have an owner of such ill advised decision making. If he's this big of an idiot to the public, what kind of boss should we assume he is? Probably a very shady one.
Dachelle July 03, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I agree with both of you. It's not so much what kind of shows he has in there, it's how he views and treats the community. So far I've yet to see anyone come to his defense as an upstanding member of Maplewood and I doubt I will.
William July 03, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I hear you, Bart and agree. Can we also agree that certain businesses attract a particular type of patron that is more likely to engage in behaviors requiring police intervention? My concern not really about JJ (you're right, the MPD is managing just fine from my perspective). My concern is if Maplewood becomes known for for these sort of business we end up with the same collateral crime statistics that the Post Dispatch has been reporting in and around the Washington Street district. I don't want to live in a community where I have to nightly deal with drunks, inappropriate public behaviors, loud music and under-age loitering. My thesis is that these unwanted public behaviors are synonymous with so-called adult venues. One breeds and encourages the other. I am pro-business and love the feel of Maplewood. Pie shops and dance studios and foodie destinations are coming here because of the welcoming atmosphere and friendly, integrated community. But if Maplewood becomes known as an "Adult Destination", we can kiss that feel good-bye. Joints like the JJ aren't helping to promote a healthy sense of community and need to be managed by way of carefully written and enforced zoning restrictions. I'm looking for reassurances from City leadership that they agree. Or, if they disagree, to go on record so we all know what we're dealing with.


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