Thursday, December 08, 2011

Flashback: Ousted CVB chief was Danny Jones' hand-picked hire

When Patricia Bradley Pitrolo resigned from the Charleston Area Alliance in 2005 because she was upset about her salary, Danny Jones was vocal about how wonderful she was. Here's how Eric Eyre reported it in a Gazette article:
Alliance board members said they were stunned that Pitrolo would abruptly leave the organization. 
"To me, Patty Pitrolo was the most talented person in that building," said Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, who also serves on the Alliance's executive board. "I'm really upset about this."
"She's a dynamo," said Jones, who served in the House of Delegates with Pitrolo in the late 1980s. "I'm just very distressed about this. I wish I had a place for her in the city."
Jones said he would have asked the City Council to give money to the Alliance to increase Pitrolo's salary, if he had known earlier that she was upset.

This support, in spite of the fact that she was convicted of tax evasion stemming from an offense that occurred while she held public office: 
In 1990, Pitrolo, a former delegate from Hancock County, was charged with failing to report on her taxes that she accepted money from a lobbyist representing Tri-State Greyhound Park.
Before accepting a $376 payment, which helped cover expenses for a vacation, Pitrolo had supported a law that would have allowed Tri-State and other racing tracks to get a bigger share of the money wagered by bettors. She was convicted of a misdemeanor, paid a $1,000 fine and served two years' probation.
 Again, look at what the mayor said:
Jones, who served in the House of Delegates with Pitrolo in the late 1980s. "I'm just very distressed about this. I wish I had a place for her in the city."
Of course, he did find a place for her. Jones publicly ridiculed the previous president and helped create an air of dissatisfaction with other CVB board members until she was terminated under what amounted to be a "no confidence" vote. Patty Pitrolo was immediately hired as "Acting President." It's not clear when the "acting" part of her title was removed. 

It's amazing that no one in the media has picked up on this aspect of the story. 

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Moxxee Coffee is finally open - All is forgiven!

I know I was hard on them, but only because I care so much. Moxxee Coffee opened this week. I had my first cup yesterday and while it wasn't worth the wait, it was very nicely done. I look forward to spending a lot of time and money there from now on.

Sorry I was so rough; you know how I am before I've had my coffee.

Monday, August 22, 2011

MOXXEE Coffee news...sort of.

Perhaps in response to the grousing of Facebook likers and Twitter followers (and perhaps even this blog) Moxxee Coffee had a kinda sorta open house on Saturday, August 16 where they gave away coffee and cupcakes to a few people who heard about the event via social media.

Now it might seem that an open house would be a precursor to an actual opening, but as most things relating to Moxxee, there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason in why they chose to hold this event. Many people came expecting to be told that the coffee shop would be open the following week, but that was not the case. Attendees found out that this open house was not tied in any way to the actual opening, which is still unforeseeable.

The Moxxee folks say they can't find anyone to hire and therefore can't get the shop open. This is probably true; If someone applies for a job they usually need to be employed right away. With Moxxee's track record there is no way for a prospective employee to predict when they might begin to work.

At the event, though, we were able to get a look inside the shop and take a peek at its systems. The shop looks nice albeit a little barren of art and decor, but there are no systems. They do not seem to have given any thought to taking a customer's order or their money. There is no designated ordering spot or a pick up spot: a tried and true proven staple of coffee shops everywhere. The creaming and sugar station is hidden from view and hard to find.

My coffee seemed like the beans were stale; not surprising since they were probably roasted in anticipation of the original opening date two years ago.

Moxxee is a train wreck. A sad, disappointing train wreck. A good manager could get it back on track, but every day it remains closed makes that prospect more unlikely.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Moxxee Lies Again!

WCHS TV8 News ran a story the other night about a new cupcake business that seems to be doing well, but has unfortunately joined forces with MOXXEE. In the story the MOXXEE folks say they will "probably" open the third week of September, but if you believe that I have a bridge on Patrick Street you might be interested in buying.
Here are Moxxee's previously stated "probably opening" dates:
June 2009
July 2009
August 2009
October 2009
Spring 2010
Mid-Summer 2010
October 2010
November 2010
Spring 2011
Mid June 2011
July 2011
You can see the story here:">>

Thursday, July 14, 2011

MOXXEE Coffee is RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, that made me feel better. It's just that I have to pass by this place every day and wonder when in the hell - if ever - it is going to open?!!?!??!

Let's review:

Early 2009 - Building permit taken out to renovate this very small building. Reasonable length of time for this kind of renovation would be a month or two.

March 2009 - MOXXEE begins posting on Twitter and Facebook about this great new coffee place that will be opening "soon". Sign goes up outside that says "Coming Soon."

April 2009 - Twitter posting about building progress and parking communicates an impending opening. I can't wait!

June 2009 - Posts about the exciting technology that MOXXEE will have keeps my enthusiasm high, but I'm starting to be concerned about the progress I see on the building.

July 2009 - Silence.

August 2009 - Excitement returns. Posts about how committed MOXXEE is to having a great product staves off frustration of waiting for it to open.

September 2009 - First post that gives us a hint of what is to come: "We have a very mobile opening date, we are trying not to rush, we want it to be just right, so it keeps getting pushed back." But another post gives us hope: "hopefully opening first of the year "

November 2009 - Yadda, yadda, yadda. More posts about quality coffee and veiled comments about exterior building treatments.

February 2010 - Post about bar being built by a metal artist. Really? Set up some plywood on sawhorses and open your damn doors, MOXXEE!

June 2010 - The people behind MOXXEE come out of hiding to set up shop at Taste of All. Say buildout will be complete in a month and they will begin to hire and train staff! Whoo hoo!

July 2010 - Another post about hiring staff soon.

August 2010 - Silence.

September 2010 - Silence

October 2010 - Silence

November 2010 - Posts about bar, more coffee beans purchased and fancy cups from Italy. Big F'n Deal. I am so very tired of getting jerked around by these morons.

December 2010 -April 2010 - Silence. People seem to be working inside but no apparent progress.

May 2011 - Post about hiring staff. Heard this before. Not excited.

June 2011 - More hyperbole about the quality of MOXXEE's equipment and coffee. I no longer care.

July 2011 - I would post a picture of MOXXEE taken today, but it would look identical to the one posted over a year ago. Why bother?

Screw you, MOXXEE Coffee. You have disrespected your potential customers and you will be fortunate if ANYONE ever comes into your place if indeed it ever opens.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hallelujah Attacks!

Stanton asked me to post his shameless advertisement here so he can get back to to hot dog blogging:

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MOXXEE Coffee Update

While there have been signs of life at Moxxee Coffee lately, a peek in the window reveals that while it is no longer an empty shell it is certainly nowhere close to opening.
The last post on Facebook was in September: "Unfortunately, we hit a snag on the interior design, something we are using took a little longer than anticipated, and we cant move forward until it is in place. Sorry for the delays, but we are still trying to put on the finishing touches."
Seriously, Moxxee folks; It's almost November - the next November after you promised to be "open soon." Perhaps a realistic update? Leave a comment here or post to your Facebook page.
Just give us a sign.