A Bar Walks Into …..Somewhere

Southridge Bar – Photo by Jay Raley

Poogie Pulliam was in Buzzy’s Country Store a couple of weeks ago and asked if I was interested in the old bar (above) that was once in Southridge.  He is in the process of completely remodeling the place and has decided not to reuse the old bar.  I told Poogie that I would love to have the bar even it meant that I’d probably have to completely renovate Buzzy’s to accommodate it.  

I took JW Raley up to Southridge to check the bar out because I would naturally have him honcho the renovation and installation of the bar into Buzzy’s.  As we rode up to Southridge, I told JW that since J. Frank was his Grandfather and that if he wanted the bar, then I had no problem with it going up to Mary’s Hope and being enshrined there.  With JW’s brother Mike having been my life long best friend and having invested so much of himself into Southridge, I felt too that they should have first option on their Granddad’s bar.   If I were a do-wrong kind of guy, I would have just told Poogie that I’d take it and not worry about all that legacy stuff.  (The Sting line “Ethical stuff never got in my way” came to my mind.)  But I couldn’t do that and bottom line is, I didn’t want any bad feelings with my  Raley cousins over the bar if I took ownership of it and had it installed in Buzzy’s. 

I have heard that J. Frank Raley Sr. purchased the bar in Baltimore and had it shipped down here on a steamboat.   The business ownership of Raley’s Motel, Bar and Restaurant eventually passed from J. Frank to his son Bill and then to Mike.  Under Mike’s ownership, the bar/restaurant has had several operators and it was Mike and Poogie who relocated the bar when Poogie was running Southridge back in the 90’s.  

Were I to install a 16 foot, antique, ornate bar like this in Buzzy’s, I may no longer be able to continue my assertion that Buzzy’s is a country store and not a bar.  Still I sure would like to try and figure a way to incorporate the old bar into Buzzy’s footprint. 


Like someone once told me “if it is meant to be, it will be”  and we will just have to see how it plays out.  I may even figure out how we could perhaps install the bar higher up near the ceiling and that way I could always say that I “raised the bar” at Buzzy’s.

Good bar tune for you here:


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A Bar Walks Into …..Somewhere

Southridge Bar – Photo by Jay Raley

Poogie Pulliam was in Buzzy’s Country Store a couple of weeks ago and asked if I was interested in the old bar (above) that was once in Southridge.  He is in the process of completely remodeling the place and has decided not to reuse the old bar.  I told Poogie that I would love to have the bar even it meant that I’d probably have to completely renovate Buzzy’s to accommodate it.  

I took JW Raley up to Southridge to check the bar out because I would naturally have him honcho the renovation and installation of the bar into Buzzy’s.  As we rode up to Southridge, I told JW that since J. Frank was his Grandfather and that if he wanted the bar, then I had no problem with it going up to Mary’s Hope and being enshrined there.  With JW’s brother Mike having been my life long best friend and having invested so much of himself into Southridge, I felt too that they should have first option on their Granddad’s bar.   If I were a do-wrong kind of guy, I would have just told Poogie that I’d take it and not worry about all that legacy stuff.  (The Sting line “Ethical stuff never got in my way” came to my mind.)  But I couldn’t do that and bottom line is, I didn’t want any bad feelings with my  Raley cousins over the bar if I took ownership of it and had it installed in Buzzy’s. 

I have heard that J. Frank Raley Sr. purchased the bar in Baltimore and had it shipped down here on a steamboat.   The business ownership of Raley’s Motel, Bar and Restaurant eventually passed from J. Frank to his son Bill and then to Mike.  Under Mike’s ownership, the bar/restaurant has had several operators and it was Mike and Poogie who relocated the bar when Poogie was running Southridge back in the 90’s.  

Were I to install a 16 foot, antique, ornate bar like this in Buzzy’s, I may no longer be able to continue my assertion that Buzzy’s is a country store and not a bar.  Still I sure would like to try and figure a way to incorporate the old bar into Buzzy’s footprint. 


Like someone once told me “if it is meant to be, it will be”  and we will just have to see how it plays out.  I may even figure out how we could perhaps install the bar higher up near the ceiling and that way I could always say that I “raised the bar” at Buzzy’s.

Good bar tune for you here:


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A Bar Walks Into …..Somewhere

Southridge Bar – Photo by Jay Raley

Poogie Pulliam was in Buzzy’s Country Store a couple of weeks ago and asked if I was interested in the old bar (above) that was once in Southridge.  He is in the process of completely remodeling the place and has decided not to reuse the old bar.  I told Poogie that I would love to have the bar even it meant that I’d probably have to completely renovate Buzzy’s to accommodate it.  

I took JW Raley up to Southridge to check the bar out because I would naturally have him honcho the renovation and installation of the bar into Buzzy’s.  As we rode up to Southridge, I told JW that since J. Frank was his Grandfather and that if he wanted the bar, then I had no problem with it going up to Mary’s Hope and being enshrined there.  With JW’s brother Mike having been my life long best friend and having invested so much of himself into Southridge, I felt too that they should have first option on their Granddad’s bar.   If I were a do-wrong kind of guy, I would have just told Poogie that I’d take it and not worry about all that legacy stuff.  (The Sting line “Ethical stuff never got in my way” came to my mind.)  But I couldn’t do that and bottom line is, I didn’t want any bad feelings with my  Raley cousins over the bar if I took ownership of it and had it installed in Buzzy’s. 

I have heard that J. Frank Raley Sr. purchased the bar in Baltimore and had it shipped down here on a steamboat.   The business ownership of Raley’s Motel, Bar and Restaurant eventually passed from J. Frank to his son Bill and then to Mike.  Under Mike’s ownership, the bar/restaurant has had several operators and it was Mike and Poogie who relocated the bar when Poogie was running Southridge back in the 90’s.  

Were I to install a 16 foot, antique, ornate bar like this in Buzzy’s, I may no longer be able to continue my assertion that Buzzy’s is a country store and not a bar.  Still I sure would like to try and figure a way to incorporate the old bar into Buzzy’s footprint. 


Like someone once told me “if it is meant to be, it will be”  and we will just have to see how it plays out.  I may even figure out how we could perhaps install the bar higher up near the ceiling and that way I could always say that I “raised the bar” at Buzzy’s.

Good bar tune for you here:


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A Bar Walks Into …..Somewhere

Southridge Bar – Photo by Jay Raley

Poogie Pulliam was in Buzzy’s Country Store a couple of weeks ago and asked if I was interested in the old bar (above) that was once in Southridge.  He is in the process of completely remodeling the place and has decided not to reuse the old bar.  I told Poogie that I would love to have the bar even it meant that I’d probably have to completely renovate Buzzy’s to accommodate it.  

I took JW Raley up to Southridge to check the bar out because I would naturally have him honcho the renovation and installation of the bar into Buzzy’s.  As we rode up to Southridge, I told JW that since J. Frank was his Grandfather and that if he wanted the bar, then I had no problem with it going up to Mary’s Hope and being enshrined there.  With JW’s brother Mike having been my life long best friend and having invested so much of himself into Southridge, I felt too that they should have first option on their Granddad’s bar.   If I were a do-wrong kind of guy, I would have just told Poogie that I’d take it and not worry about all that legacy stuff.  (The Sting line “Ethical stuff never got in my way” came to my mind.)  But I couldn’t do that and bottom line is, I didn’t want any bad feelings with my  Raley cousins over the bar if I took ownership of it and had it installed in Buzzy’s. 

I have heard that J. Frank Raley Sr. purchased the bar in Baltimore and had it shipped down here on a steamboat.   The business ownership of Raley’s Motel, Bar and Restaurant eventually passed from J. Frank to his son Bill and then to Mike.  Under Mike’s ownership, the bar/restaurant has had several operators and it was Mike and Poogie who relocated the bar when Poogie was running Southridge back in the 90’s.  

Were I to install a 16 foot, antique, ornate bar like this in Buzzy’s, I may no longer be able to continue my assertion that Buzzy’s is a country store and not a bar.  Still I sure would like to try and figure a way to incorporate the old bar into Buzzy’s footprint. 


Like someone once told me “if it is meant to be, it will be”  and we will just have to see how it plays out.  I may even figure out how we could perhaps install the bar higher up near the ceiling and that way I could always say that I “raised the bar” at Buzzy’s.

Good bar tune for you here:


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A Bar Walks Into …..Somewhere

Southridge Bar – Photo by Jay Raley

Poogie Pulliam was in Buzzy’s Country Store a couple of weeks ago and asked if I was interested in the old bar (above) that was once in Southridge.  He is in the process of completely remodeling the place and has decided not to reuse the old bar.  I told Poogie that I would love to have the bar even it meant that I’d probably have to completely renovate Buzzy’s to accommodate it.  

I took JW Raley up to Southridge to check the bar out because I would naturally have him honcho the renovation and installation of the bar into Buzzy’s.  As we rode up to Southridge, I told JW that since J. Frank was his Grandfather and that if he wanted the bar, then I had no problem with it going up to Mary’s Hope and being enshrined there.  With JW’s brother Mike having been my life long best friend and having invested so much of himself into Southridge, I felt too that they should have first option on their Granddad’s bar.   If I were a do-wrong kind of guy, I would have just told Poogie that I’d take it and not worry about all that legacy stuff.  (The Sting line “Ethical stuff never got in my way” came to my mind.)  But I couldn’t do that and bottom line is, I didn’t want any bad feelings with my  Raley cousins over the bar if I took ownership of it and had it installed in Buzzy’s. 

I have heard that J. Frank Raley Sr. purchased the bar in Baltimore and had it shipped down here on a steamboat.   The business ownership of Raley’s Motel, Bar and Restaurant eventually passed from J. Frank to his son Bill and then to Mike.  Under Mike’s ownership, the bar/restaurant has had several operators and it was Mike and Poogie who relocated the bar when Poogie was running Southridge back in the 90’s.  

Were I to install a 16 foot, antique, ornate bar like this in Buzzy’s, I may no longer be able to continue my assertion that Buzzy’s is a country store and not a bar.  Still I sure would like to try and figure a way to incorporate the old bar into Buzzy’s footprint. 


Like someone once told me “if it is meant to be, it will be”  and we will just have to see how it plays out.  I may even figure out how we could perhaps install the bar higher up near the ceiling and that way I could always say that I “raised the bar” at Buzzy’s.

Good bar tune for you here:


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