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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.

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 , 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 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

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

  • , June 19
  • , June 17
  • , June 4
  • , Aug. 2, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Barb June 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Once again it is circle speak. That spoon stuff? Come on. He is a charletan and needs to get out of Maplewood. And he is big business wanna be. Has had major cracks at major products through his studio and failed. Do not trust this man.
Solambe June 20, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Mr. Callahan does not sound like a Maplewood-worthy business person to me.
Felix Pernod June 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM
If you've ever sat down at talked with Jim, you would totally believe he lives in his own little 'Matrix' world. I believe he's feeding off all this negative press and thinks it's actually helping him out, but he is really doing a lot of irreversible damage here ~ not only to the Saint Louis Burlesque community, but the current/future business owners of Maplewood as well. I was not surprised to learn that the people that were supporting him on yesterdays story blog were fakes ~ like the posts from "Sex Positive St Louis" were not actually from anyone associated with SPSL in any way. Other posts coming from "supporters" were people associated with Jim, Jupiter Studios and/or the Jumpin' Jupiter. One individual attacking Lola Van Ella and Van Ella Productions on that story yesterday was fired from the Jumpin' Jupiter in late 2011 and openly bashed Jim and the Jumpin' Jupiter for months; why is he suddenly attacking Van Ella Productions? Also, when did Jim start referring to his bounced checks as spoons? He's bounced a lot of spoons in the last year since he opened the Jumpin' Jupiter ...
Nancy W June 20, 2012 at 05:36 PM
"The awesomest" "There is no spoon." I'm afraid it's very clear what happened here. Jim Callahan has fallen victim to a Freaky Friday like scenario. Him and a young boy must have wished upon the same falling star and switched bodies. It seems pretty obvious that there is a grown man walking around somewhere in a boy's body and that there is little boy stuck in Jim Callahan's body parading around playing business owner hoping no one will notice. I really hope the spell wears off soon. So, the grown man can come back and run his business. Boy oh boy he has quite the mess to clean up. That kid really did some damage.....and isn't the Matrix a little dated?
Marie Paris June 21, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I had the pleasure of working with Callahan on a project. He was gifted, scrupulously responsible in financial affairs, and gave full attention and respect to people working with him again. I look forward to seeing the evolving Jumpin Jupiter and wish him the very best.

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