"Artist Gayle Stockwell remembers the Bohemian charm of the tea-room and its romantically dim lighting, Oriental screens, and incense burners. Red and black tables contrasted with chrome yellow walls. Mrs. Lighton's antique pewters graced buffets and wall shelves. A chauffeur drove Mrs. Lighton's car. We were impressed," says Mr. Stockwell, speaking for his young fellow artists. Yet this same lady-with-the-chauffeur pitched in happily on the remodeling, even helping to put down the linoleum. She also loved to cook, and created many a delicacy in the small jade green kitchen. A handmade menu from the Studio scrapbook (now cherished by Richard M. Hollander, Mrs. Lighton's son-in-law, and by family members) lists tempting entrees such as Studio Chicken with rich cheese sauce and sherry. Lunches were 75 cents and a dollar. There were also sandwich menus and a variety of soups and salads."
One footnote of my own. During the 1920s, portions of Kansas City were known for their notoriety. In their book, Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Be-bop--A History, authors Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix described the night scene along a stretch of 12th Street as "gambling dens, nightclubs, and taxi dance halls...The clubs ranged from rough, bucket-of-blood joints with sawdust on the floor and a stomp-down piano player, to elegant nightclubs.."(page 7). The expression "buckets-of-blood" had a certain kind of appeal and excitement. The original Bucket of Blood Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada took its notorious past, and used its folklore to make the saloon into a tourism magnet. Casinos will use this idiom to suggest a wild, good time. It is no surprise then that "Buckets of Blood" was used by the artists of 1718 Holly Street to advertise what was a safe, non-violent get-together. KM
(newspaper article of The Independent, Kansas City's Journal of Society on July 23rd, 1973, pages 16, courtesy of Linda Lighton of Kansas City, page 17, courtesy of Heather Paxton, KC Independent, 4233 Roanoke, Suite 100, Kansas City, Missouri, November 12, 2010. Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Be-boy--A History by Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix,http://books.google.com/books?id=8ZbAyDygTLAC&pg=PA7&lpg=PA7&dq=Bucket+of+Blood+saloon,+kansas+city&source=bl&ots=kDyD4OqiQU&sig=9J5lo8DW2E3_3xCwY0ndXUtI84&hl=en&ei=ytbMTJ3JK8LsnQf4zbHZDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CDEQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q&f=false, accessed November 12, 2010)