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Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Dear Pittsburgh Jazz Society Members,
Unfortunately, it is true that the Pittsburgh Jazz Society will no longer be presenting jazz on Sunday night at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy. The reasons for the board's decision, as they have stated, are very questionable at best. However, we would like to address the issues mentioned by Mr. Mowod.
James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy has been in business for slightly over one year. As a brand new business, under completely different ownership from any other business before us, we have expressed to Mr. Mowod on many occasions that we needed time to get our feet on firm ground and develop a solid business. To offer members a discount while paying the jazz society a substantial sum of money did not make good business sense for us during this crucial time in a start up venture. The majority of Sunday performances operated at a break even or loss basis financially for the business. We discussed this on many occasions with Mr. Mowod, yet we were happy to continue hosting the Jazz Society every Sunday in order to provide our support for the society and because we realize that this is how a business establishes a firm foundation.
Mr. Mowod's requests for a discount have never been dismissed. Quite the contrary. Timing is everything for a new business. The time was now right to develop a substantial incentive for Pittsburgh Jazz Society members. For the past several months, Adam has been meeting with the North Side Leadership Conference to plan and develop a discount program that involved many local businesses in the North Side area, not just James Street Gastropub. This program was to benefit everyone - the Jazz Society members would receive a discount at many local shops and restaurants, and the local shops and restaurants would gain new customers! Good business sense for everyone - help local business grow and help the Pittsburgh Jazz Society membership grow through incentives, rather than Pittsburgh Jazz Society membership remaining in its current stagnant state. Adam has met with Mr. Mowod and board members on several occasions to discuss this program. Unfortunately, it appears we may need to take a step back from this plan.
With regard to a table for Mr. Mowod to display merchandise and membership applications...well, that is just plain silly. We have a lot of tables and Mr. Mowod was certainly welcome to use them!
We are grateful for your patronage and the friendships we have developed with so many of you this past year. We thank you for joining us every Sunday and for patronizing us throughout the week as well. We are very appreciative of the friends and family you send our way! We look forward to see you again very soon, as we plan to continue bringing the best jazz in the City of Pittsburgh to James Street every Sunday from 6pm - 9 pm! Please join us this Sunday for a fantastic performance by Roger Humphries and the RH Factor! Jazz Society Members will always have a home at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy.
Lisa Saftner & Adam Johnston