JOPLIN, Mo. —
It’s pretty simple. You go to the counter, place your order and they bring it to you fresh from the grill.
On Wednesday, I checked out the new Stacked Gourmet Grilled Sandwiches, 3022 S. Main St., for a late lunch. I ordered a “that’s a gouda ham!” sandwich for $8.99. That included a hefty side of coleslaw. The sandwich I received was stacked with goodies.
It had layers of cherrywood ham, country-style mustard, sweet pickles, Fuji apple mayo and gouda on marble rye. The rye was lightly grilled, and that’s the way I like it. I have had some sandwiches that were grilled just a little too long.
Did I mention that this sandwich was stacked? I had half of the sandwich and took the rest with me in a box. It’s conceivable that two people could share a sandwich and a couple of sides and have a terrific light lunch.
Stacked offers 17 distinct sandwiches, four salads, a selection of soups and sides and desserts, including a peanut butter and jelly Monte Cristo. This is something I want to try soon. There’s a kids’ menu, too.
This new shop is a welcome addition to the food lineup on South Main Street. It is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Carry-out orders can be arranged by dialing 417-782-2533. Catering is available.
Discovery is a wonderful thing. I was checking out the new black and white photographic mural on the south side of The Orpheum building at Sixth and Main streets when I noticed a shop that I had not seen the last time I visited City Hall.
It’s called BaeBaLou. It was opened about two months ago by Lacey Timochtchenko and her family.
She opened it as a place to sell cloth diapers. But it is more than that.
It’s a familiar story.
You have babies. You buy a lot of pregnancy, baby, toddler and kid stuff. Your kids grow up, and you’re stuck with a lot of stuff.
BaeBaLou has a consignment corner where young families can recycle slightly used items.
One family is featured at a time for three to four weeks. Right now, a family with four daughters is featured.
The shop also has locally made dresses, bows, headbands, boys’ ties and baby blankets, among other things. If you are looking for a unique gift for a baby shower, this might be a good place to look.
They have a baby registry in which the family picks out the items and puts them into a crate. The selection is posted on Facebook. The gift giver can go right to the crate in the shop and pick out the gift. Neat idea.
This shop is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Make sure you check out the mural while your there.
As public art goes, murals are OK. Sometimes, I think they are overdone.
But I really like black-and-white photography, and the use of it here is eye-catching.
AT&T, which operates a customer call center along Interstate 44 and one of the busiest retail storefronts in the nation at 1701 S. Range Line Road, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday to launch what it says is the “fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network in Joplin.’’
This advance in wireless network technology will bring faster speeds and response time as well as improved reliability to mobile Internet technologies.
AT&T recently activated a new tower in northwest Joplin to help meet the increased demand for this service.
The AT&T storefront in Joplin, I learned, is the 39th most active of the company’s 2,200 stores nationwide.
The importance of this development was underscored by state Rep. Bill White, of Joplin, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
White said, “Today’s business is mobile. This is the kind of infrastructure that business needs.”
In the first half of this year, AT&T invested nearly $250 million in its wireless and wired networks in Missouri. That builds on the $2.15 billion the company spent in Missouri from 2009 through 2012.
The infrastructure Missouri business needs to compete does not come cheaply.
But I was most struck by the emphasis that Mike Haynes, regional director of external affairs for AT&T, placed on the company’s campaign against texting while driving, which is called “It Can Wait.” It was so applicable to the moment.
On the way to the ribbon cutting, I stopped behind someone at a stoplight who could not wait to send a text. The light was green, and a long line of traffic waited to move forward while this guy sent a text.
The horns started blaring. The driver was jarred back into reality. He made the light.
The rest of us didn’t.
The advance of technology is great, but once again it’s one of those “two steps forward and one step back.”
If you have news about something that’s happening on Range Line Road or Main Street, dial 417-623-3480, ext. 7250; or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or send a fax to Wally Kennedy at 417-623-8598.