Jumpin Jupiter is Back in Business

The Maplewood club has settled with the state for the third time this year.

The Jumpin Jupiter's doors are open again.

For the third time this year, owner Jim Callahan has lost then regained his license to do business in Maplewood. All three times were for nonpayment of state taxes.

He lost it then settled with the state, for the first time, in a week in June and July.

After losing the license a second time, in November, owner Jim Callahan drove to Jefferson City to clear his record.

Two weeks later Maplewood Police cleared the venue on a Sunday night because he hadn't met his tax obligations to the state, and the city had pulled the license for a third time.

Now, just in time for an already scheduled New Year's Eve show, The Jumpin Jupiter's state taxes have been paid.

Friday morning at 11:30 Callahan showed his 'no tax due letter' to city clerk Karen Scheidt at city hall. She said she called the state to comfirm the letter.

More on Jumpin Jupiter in Patch:

  • , June 19
  • , June 27
  • , July 3
  • Jumpin' Jupiter Accused of Sales Tax Non-Payment, Nov. 26
  • Owner is a No Show at Jumpin' Jupiter License Revocation Hearing, Nov. 27
  • , Nov. 30
  • Jumpin Jupiter Patrons Leave When Maplewood Police Arrive Sunday Night, Dec. 17





Jh January 02, 2013 at 12:29 AM
I thought you were done here? As it is, your attitude is about what I would expect from somebody who neither lives in Maplewood or has children.
Burlesque Mom January 02, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Hortence as a matter of fact NO you are wrong. People with class don't air their dirty laundry. The posts by VEP were nothing but an attempt to hurt the reputation of a business they had already milked every last scent out of. Such business matters are of no concern to ANYONE but the parties involved unless you are trying to hurt someone and then if even ONE fact stated was false (which there were numerous) its SLANDER. Also VEP bouncing their own checks is no one's fault but their own, maybe they should verify they have funds before writing checks. They should have handled their business in private like a PROFESSIONAL person does. Or you know MAYBE they shouldn't have been demanding rates they CLEARLY didn't deserve. I have worked for 35 years in sales and I am paid on RESULTS. If I don't sell I don't get paid. Same goes for VEP if you don't bring in the crowd you promise, or you pull performers to go out of state and leave your B crew YOU don't get paid. Again in over HALF A YEAR my Daughter has always been paid on time without instance as has every performer she works with. I find it EXTREMELY interesting how none of them have any issues since they work for the same venue. That says pretty clearly to me it was VEP's issues/fault more so than the JuJu. I listen to both sides of every story but based on my daughters experiences, and the fact that VEP threatened violence against my daughters troupe its clear who the one in the wrong and lying is. VEP
Burlesque Mom January 02, 2013 at 12:38 AM
As far as the rent and back taxes I say again ALL businesses have growing pains, the company I work for had growing pains. In this economy especially we are ALL struggling to make it the difference is other businesses don't have people with PERSONAL issues "reporting" or otherwise attacking said business. You show me the records of any business in Saint Louis and I would bet 3/4 or more of them have had a late payment, a bounced check, or other issues. It's just unfortunate that crazy harassing stalkers are allowed to be "reporters" and that half-assed over glorified diva's are allowed to act immaturely and unprofessionally and that people are foolish enough to listen. I would put my daughters troupe and show against VEP any day of the week! They have more creativity, talent, drive, maturity, beauty, CLASS and ORIGINALITY then VEP could DREAM of having.
Jamestown January 02, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Wow you are a piece of work lady. 95% of that is BS "Also VEP bouncing their own checks is no one's fault but their own, " - no, it was a check (multiple actually) written by JJ to VEP that bounced... Hell my instances of bounced payroll checks were directly written by Jim himself, TO ME, as an individual private contractor and some bounced.- Chew on that. Wrap your head around this- VEP's relationship with JJ was as a vendor like any other.. Lets say Budweiser vends beer to JJ, JJ sells the budweiser to patrons, then budweiser got a check from JJ, which in turn pays the delivery driver, the brewmaster, the route scheduler etc. The beer sold for a profit, but multiple payments due to the vendor bounced and the entire staff at budweiser didn't get paid as a result and incurred service charges at their bank. Now somehow that's Budweisers fault? Routes get shut down, people have to seek other work, JJ doesn't have any budweiser, and fans and friends of Budweiser and JJ and the route driver's tight pants begin to complain and question because they're thirsty for the now missing budweiser, rumors circulate with no factual basis. So budweiser decides to make a statement about the situation to clarify the cause and effect. TRANSPARENCY. Seriously, with ANY VENDOR, if you screw up your trust and relationship like that other vendors should be forewarned. Bad business is bad business, and no vendor should tolerate OR be silent about shady damages.
Burlesque Mom January 02, 2013 at 01:17 AM
VEP is NOT a vendor. That is where you are wrong. VEP is a PERFORMER just like a band, or a comedian, or otherwise. PERFORMERS are responsible to promoter their show, to bring people in because of their following, etc. VEP didn't bring in people yet still demanded their HIGHLY overrated fees, VEP traveled to other venues with their best performers leaving behind their second and third string and yet still demanded their HIGHLY overrated fees. Plus again I will clearly state VEP threatened members of my daughters troupe with PHYSICAL violence in addition to on numerous occasions slandering them and that troupe did NOTHING to VEP. Sorry to say looking at the two sides of the story and seeing how VEP operates first hand I will believe what I have heard from JuJu.
Lincoln Douglas January 02, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Wow. This truly fascinating stuff for the tiny town of Maplewood. If Mr. Miner is guilty of any bias, it's that he has a nose for news. I'm sure that if Schlafly or Wal-Mart exhibited similar shoddy business acumen, we would be hearing about it as well. Thank you for keeping the public informed of what is happening in our neighborhood! And Burlesque Mom, please step away from the keyboard. I think you've written more comments than Patch has articles about the JJ, and you're not really helping your case at this point. Is Patch really the cause of the JJ's troubles? Really?? If Mr. Callahan had taken care of business in the first place (i.e., paid his taxes just like everyone else), his now legendary quotes would have never seen print, and he never would have appeared on reporters' radar. I hope that he's learned his lesson and will strive to operate his business responsibly in the new year. If not, then I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Maplewood's most visible storefront in the business district. I'd much rather see a pizza parlor at that spot. Or perhaps a proper music venue. The stage in there is really quite nice, and I'd love to see people with actual talent use it.
Lincoln Douglas January 02, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Mr. Martin, Please don't let Patch promote Mr. Miner. Maplewood needs him. Maybe they can just bump his pay grade but keep him on the same beat for as long as possible.Surely he's having a ball reporting stories such as this!
Jamestown January 02, 2013 at 02:09 AM
"Plus again I will clearly state VEP threatened members of my daughters troupe with PHYSICAL violence in addition to on numerous occasions slandering them and that troupe did NOTHING to VEP." - I STRONGLY doubt all of this, and insist on evidence to back your claims. I pay close attention to all of this, and have seen none of that. Provide some specifics, or please link me to a some of this publicized slander you speak of. I call BS though, you're just reciting hear-say, BS emotional reactive hear-say. And in this sense, you are now slandering VEP with claims of assault, and publicizing it on the same thread which you also animatedly vocalize your distaste for slander and private business issues. Well, back it up with evidence, do something about it, like file a suit or press charges. Or shut up for christ's sake. Oh wait.. it didn't happen to you, or your daughter, you weren't involved.. at all.. but think you know everything about everything, even though you've only ever been a patron or supporter, never an employee. (check JJ's employee turnaround sometime.. HA!). You'll see, Jim will end up in court with his landlord and the state, tens of thousands of dollars will be missing and replaced with a big 'WHOOPS!" scribbled in crayon, and your daughter will be out of a regular gig and still JJ will blame everyone but the man in the mirror, and the state and landlord won't bother to listen because it's all just BS. Just wait a little longer. You'll see.
Jamestown January 02, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Bravo, Mr. Douglas. That stage has had some serious, global and award winning talent on it.. Most of whom won't stoop low enough to perform there now. A new pizza joint might draw them in for a slice at least.
Burlesque Mom January 02, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Hortence my daughter and other members all have copies of the screenshots of the facebook conversation in which they were threatened. Their troupe was told if they came anywhere near ANY venue where the great Lola Van Ella performed they would be greeted by a very large group of very LARGE angry men! That's a threat. I obviously can't post the screen shots here cause I have no way to do so.
Burlesque Mom January 02, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Hortence if the talent you speak of is VEP which is CLEARLY who you are talking about you have GOT to be kidding. They are the product of good marketing and that is all. Again I will put my daughter and her troupe against VEP any day because they may not have been doing it as long but they do it with more originality, class, style, beauty then VEP could dream of. Oh and they don't have the same holier than thou undeserved diva attitude that Lola does.
Jamestown January 02, 2013 at 03:05 AM
B-mom - Some are on VEP payroll, some are just friends of and perform as guests, some are just independant and brought in for showcases there. I speak of persons who have been peer reviewed by the national community, been provided with awards and status' like "Winner -New Orleans Burlesque Festival" and "Best choreography -Viva Las Vegas Festival" to name just a few.. opinions and reviews that have clout.. not reviews by their moms LOL, and gained praise from their peers as well as their common audiences. There are several performers who have global recognition, who also travel and perform full time (as a career) that have graced that stage. Regardless of your opinion on the matter. Do you know Lola? I do.. she is pro and far from diva. She deserves the honorable recognition she has gained.
Burlesque Mom January 02, 2013 at 03:27 AM
I have met Lola, my daughter and others have dealt with her and her "posse", I have seen Lola's show. She doesn't deserve half if ANY of the recognition she has gained. She is the product of good marketing and good timing that is all. She slams on anyone who isn't part of her fold. Given the time and the chance any ONE of the performers in my daughters troupe can and WILL earn the same recognition. From what I know Lola was at one time an actual east side stripper in the end the performers in my daughters troupe are better looking, more original, better dancers and have BETTER ATTITUDES than Lola on any given day and TWICE on Sunday. That's not just me that's week after week sold out crowds talking too. Oh and these girls perform EVERY Friday and continue to bring people in, they don't just repeat the same performance with different music once a month and call it new. Also they have done stuff for the USO now, Toys for Tots, Saint Louis Effort For Aids and soon Breast Cancer and other charities because they want to give BACK and do something good. Never seen ANY of VEP's shows do ANYTHING for Charity of course they are too busy charging 3 times what they are worth to do that.
Jh January 02, 2013 at 03:40 AM
I'm curious as to what "troupe" is at JJ, because a quick perusal of JJs website mentions no "troupe".
Jamestown January 02, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Hilarious, none of that is worth addressing it's such nonsense. You should take this act of yours on a stage Mom. Sorry for my lack of filter, but your ignorance and hypocritical rants deserve an article all to themselves on the patch. Enjoy your bubble while it lasts Burlesque Mom and Co., I and many others who departed from the JJ last year will be accelling by doing our own thing across a dozen other stages in Saint Louis, and several more across the country. I suppose you'll be displeased to hear some of VEP are booked to headline a huge burlyq festival in New Zeland this year.. somehow with their poor attitudes, lack of class, unoriginal acts and undeserved recognition they still get booked. (sarcasm) Be well B-Mom, take a Valium though, or do some yoga. I'm putting the keyboard away now.
Mr. Completely January 02, 2013 at 04:10 PM
OK, Jh you have listed your personal examples of how JJ has been a poor neighbor as follows: “When I had to explain to my 6 year old daughter what half dressed girls were doing on the corner, JJs "business" became my business.” I speak only for myself however I’m quite sure that neither the City of Maplewood, the State of Missouri or even JJ themselves or anyone else on the planet are required to filter what your daughter sees on a street corner, that would be your job. Problem solved. Happy New Year!
William January 02, 2013 at 04:37 PM
@Mr. Completely: "...neither the city of Maplewood...or even JJ themselves or anyone else on the planet are required to filter what your daughter sees on a street corner..." Well, not exactly. Maplewood's code is pretty straightforward: "The facility in which the sexually oriented business is located shall be designed in such a fashion that all openings, entries and windows prevent view into such facilities from any pedestrian, sidewalk, walkway, street or other public area. No activity shall take place partially or totally outside the sexually oriented business." [Chapter 56-917] The question, of course, is whether or not JuJo's current business model has morphed beyond what the Council approved in JuJo's conditional use permit dated December 14, 2010. If it has, then JH has every right and expectation that Maplewood will enforce it's duly approved ordinances. That's part of the contract all citizens have with their city government.
Jh January 02, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Correct, that is my job, BUT when undue and outside influences are brought into the equation, I then become much more entitled to an opinion than somebody who doesn't haven't children or live in Maplewood. Happy New Year indeed, you self professd know it all.
Jennifer S. January 02, 2013 at 06:31 PM
I am also a resident of Maplewood and mother to a 7yr old child. The nights the performers were on street corner was 9pm - that is not too late to have your child out and quite frankly it is offensive and sickens me that we had to walk past scantily clad women on the way back from dinner. I then had to try to explain that to my 7 yr old. I am all for burlesque, expressing yourself through dance etc. - but I do not think Maplewood is the place where this type of business should exist. They should move to Washington downtown or over to the east side. I love Maplewood - have lived here for over 12 years and this type of business does not fit in our town. I think the space itself is beautiful and it would be better suited for a nice restaurant, a place where bands could perform etc. I think the owner is unstable based on the interviews etc. and the pictures of the blow up kiddie pool were so cheesy and disgusting. They just need to shut down and go away - move on!
Burlesque Mom January 02, 2013 at 06:40 PM
William seriously the horse you are beating is already dead and starting to stink. The Jupiter is NOT a sexually oriented business, its model has NOT changed, therefore none of the laws you are quoting apply. I am sorry you are so hell bent on thinking it's zoned wrong but it was zoned over a year ago and NOTHING has changed.
Burlesque Mom January 02, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Jennifer S first of all it was one NIGHT (not nightS plural) that the performers were out there and they were COMPLETELY covered more so than you may see anywhere else in Saint Louis. Additionally unfortunately this attitude of "Maplewood is not the place" is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. The Jupiter is a wealth more upscale and positive for the "great city of Maplewood" than a pawn shop or other businesses in that area. Bands DO perform at the Jupiter and they serve amazing food so therefore it fits everything you have said. Additionally the kiddie pool thing was ONE performance in a show they ran over HALF A YEAR ago seriously all of you need to stop clinging to stuff that isn't even RELEVANT anymore. Burlesque is an ART FORM, and the Jupiter is one of the NICEST venues in Saint Louis because of how they run and what the ownership did to make it that way its not some cheesy strip club for the east side or even anything to put downtown. It's unfortunate you are such a close minded person because I am sure your daughter will grow up with the same close-mindedness you clearly show here. Thankfully based on the law and the constitution your ignorance will not affect the AMAZING Jumpin Jupiter where my daughter performs and they will continue to thrive. Your close minded ignorance can't force a business to close or move anymore than those of us who have actually ENTERED the 21st century can make you move for being a backwards thinking waste of breath.
Mr. Completely January 02, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Jh, yes I agree. We are all entitled to an opinion, not our own set of facts. You are short on facts and sooner or later you are going to have to come to terms with the idea that you not liking something is a matter of personal opinion and does not create an event that requires any action from anyone. Have you done anything to advance you position against JJ other than making wild blog posts on the Patch? Thats not going to be very effective. I suggest you quit posting your issues here and write a letter to JJ. Address whatever ONGOING concerns you have. Copy the letter to your alderman, mayor, govenor. whoever. AGAIN, they will want facts. They can't address how you FEEL about a business. This is America, you and JJ equally enjoy the legal pursuit of any dream as well as the right to feel whatever your feel. I consider this matter about JJ closed and thank god I have the choice to stop reading and bloging about this worn out issue.
Lincoln Douglas January 02, 2013 at 07:53 PM
It seems that some of the definitions in this discussion of what the JJ does are a bit subjective. Let's examine the municipal code (http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=14510). Section 4.20 states: "Adult cabaret means a nightclub, bar, restaurant, or similar commercial establishment which regularly features: (1) Persons who appear seminude; (2) Live performances which are characterized by the exposure of specified anatomical areas or by specified sexual activities; or (3) Films, motion pictures, videocassettes, slides or other photographic reproductions which are distinguished or characterized by the exhibition or display of specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas. " In addition, "Seminude or in a seminude condition means the showing of the female breast below a horizontal line across the top of the areola at its highest point or the showing of the male or female buttocks. This definition shall include the entire lower portion of the human female breast...provided the areola is not exposed in whole or in part." If burlesque is performed as commonly understood (i.e., dancing and stripping down to panties and pasties), then the JJ is an adult cabaret and likely subject to the applicable zoning. Sec 4.84 states that such a business must be in an HM zone. It's moot though since the city is taking a laissez-faire attitude toward enforcement. If the JJ troupes are doing something that doesn't fit this description, well that's just boring.
William January 02, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Certainly the JuJo was not considered a sexually-oriented business by the city of Maplewood or it wouldn't have been granted an operating license at the corner of Manchester and Sutton; sexually-oriented businesses can't operate in the CB1 District. JuJo was granted their operating license by means of a Conditional Use authorization in December of 2010 that modified the definition of CB1 to include "cabaret-style dinner restaurant." It's clear that neither the council nor the Planning & Zoning commission understood that JuJo would be approaching the definition of a sexually-oriented business or they couldn't have granted the use variance without also amending other sections of the code pertaining to sexually-oriented businesses which states that such businesses can *only* operate in the HM zone. But there is a revocation process for conditional use permits that could come into play if the JuJo is subsequently found by the P&Z/Council to be operating outside their conditional use permit (e.g., as an adult cabaret featuring seminude dancing), regardless of when it started or for how long. If JuJo's conditional-use permit is revoked, they can't continue to operate in CB1. And here's the thing: The revocation process is complaint-driven. The more sand JuJo throws and the more insults they hurl makes it all the more likely that somebody in the community is going to start that process (if they haven't already). As I said when all this started, "keep talkin."
Jh January 03, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Mr. Completely doesnt like that I dont like...... Oy Vey. And then tries to tell me what to do. The fact of the matter is, Jim Callahan is doing a prettty good job of proving there is a fine line between pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, and hoisting yourselff by your own petard And hey, if the the JJ gets it shit together, and acts like it has some respect for the neighbors, it matters to me not one wit, that its there.
Jennifer S. January 03, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Wow, you are clearly unstable and probably need to seek professional help. First of all, let me clarify that there have been women out there multiple times - I live around the corner. They would hang out outside on the corner to drum up business. Hmmm - and that is reflective of an upscale business? I don't recall any other restaurant or venue in Maplewood resorting to that desperation. I also know someone that was at a show there recently and there were people dressed up as those "stuffies" - which I mean whatever floats your boat but let's not call this an "art form" an adult dressing up in an animal suit which we all know wasn't for a kids bday party. You know nothing about me, so to personally attack me and then make assumptions about myself and my daughter is really a sad commentary on your life. I actually do feel sorry for you - whomever you are, because we all know you are not the mom of the burlesque performer. I will applaud the day this cheesy venue goes out of business once and for all and we can all move on.
Burlesque Mom January 03, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Jennifer what do you do for a living hmm? I am certain you do not have a background in art, music, dance or otherwise that qualifies you to determine what is or isn't art. Also I am pretty sure the routine you are referring to was when one of the performers in the Friday night show was dressed up like "Slimer" from "Ghostbusters" as its a MOVIE themed burlesque show. Also I don't care if you have a tent set up next to the Jumpin Jupiter the street promotion was a ONE time thing, the only other time there would be performers outside is if they would be SMOKING. Also why would I lie about being the mother of a performer? It would be easier for me if I were a random but I wholeheartedly admit that my daughter performers there. Also why is it cheesy? Because you say it is? Well sorry lady but your close minded bigoted opinion isn't worth a hill of beans in the real world. I have lived in Maplewood and now still live close and I can without a shadow of a doubt say as far as class, style, etc. the Jumpin Jupiter is the NICEST place in that town. You should be HAPPY such a place chose to call Maplewood it's home.
maplewood4ever January 03, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Burlesque Mom = JJ owner. Let's get real. Too many details on the business that a staff person's mom would be privy to. It's actually pretty funny.
Burlesque Mom January 03, 2013 at 08:14 PM
No I am not either of the JJ Owner's. As far as details my Daughter has performed there two nights a week and rehearsed 2 others for over 6 months. One of the two shows she performs in one of the JJ owners ALSO performs in and I have an open relationship with my daughter where we talk about everything. Not to mention I have become friends with Jim and the other owners and talk to them often. Why is that such a stretch of the imagination? Again here's what funny about this....ALL OF YOU are missing the point. MONTHS ago Jupiter made the final payment to VEP (however undeserved), the show everyone keeps referencing ran for only a couple weeks with ONE night of street advertising and that was OVER SIX MONTHS AGO, they are also now COMPLETELY up to date on their taxes. They have squared away everything, most of which was a long time ago! That proves clearly two things. One those of you continuing to attack and harp on the same stupid dated crap would look for any excuse to attack the JJ based purely on your own close minded backwards thinking ways. Two Doug Miner is NOT a reporter he is a stalker, a slandering libelist, a CREEPER, and someone out trying to personally do damage to a business he does not like.
Doug Miner January 03, 2013 at 08:38 PM
I think at this point everyone has had their say. So to prevent this stream from spiraling downward into further name-calling on both sides, comments are now closed. Thanks all, for your contributions.


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