[July 21 UPDATE: the first brick has sold, but here’s the listing for another one!]
You know how sometimes you get an idea, and you think: “This will never work.”? We had one of those. It was last minute, long shot, and what do you know? It worked! At least so far.
Being good local citizens, we love to shop locally and support locally owned small businesses. Why go to corporate pizza places when there are great options locally?
Like good pizza lovers, we were following the buzz around the news of the demolition of the original Shakespeare’s Pizza location (Columbia Daily Tribune article) at 9th and Elm. After some hand-wringing, we were pleased to learn that they moved next door temporarily while the property owners build a new structure that will have a specially designed space to hold the pizza place we all hold dear–at its original address.
Columbia Daily Tribune Photo
We were reading Pizza-Man-in-Chief Kurt’s testimony to the City Council about the need for a more intentionally designed space with all the charm that original place had. That’s when we got the last-minute idea: there have been a lot of folks lamenting about the end of an era, etc.–essentially forgetting that it’s not about the building. It’s about he good memories we have of spending time there with friends and loved ones–and the pizza.
We got in touch with our good friends and long-time supporters, Shakespeare’s, and we asked if we might obtain a few of those bricks from the facade that were sure to be heading to a landfill somewhere. “Who wouldn’t want to own a piece of those memories?” thought we.
Kurt and friends hooked us up with 6 of these bricks! We tidied them up a bit, but not so much that you can’t still smell the pizza (just kidding–they don’t smell like pizza).
Why, you ask? We are auctioning them off on eBay with all proceeds going to our nonprofit cause! You can own a brick and help provide HIV/AIDS research by putting more medical/grad students and others in labs at MU’s Bond Life Sciences Center, and supporting services for people living with HIV/AIDS locally.
You can participate in the auction! It’s as easy as pie (pizza pie?).
The first one is listed now. [UPDATE: that brick has sold, but here’s the listing for another one!]
If you know someone who might be interested–they don’t have to be local–please share this!
As usual, see you on the Trail to a Cure
PS: Be sure to check out the temporary Shakespeare’s around the corner on 8th St. (formerly Tin Can, BBC II, Los Bandidos, etc.) –we were just there and the pizza is as great as ever!