The world was brought to a standstill as news broke on Feb. 24 that Russia had invaded Ukraine. According to the United Nations, the crisis in Ukraine affected 1.5 million people — half a million of whom are children and minors. And while most of us watched in horror as homes were bombed and Ukrainians fled, most with only the belongings that could carry in a garbage bag, today’s Across the Table guests rushed to find a way to help. We sat down with Shawn and Michelle Poe recently at JJ’s Wine Spirits and Cigars, to find out more about their efforts and Shawn’s trip to the border with Poland in hopes that one person could make a big difference.

Shawn & Michelle Poe’s family

At JJ’s they like to say they provide “an enhanced adult beverage experience” and we think that’s just perfect to sum up the great food and drink and the great people you’ll run into at JJ’s Wine, Spirits and Cigars.
They’re located at 3000 west 57th Street in Sioux Falls. you can find out more about their specials and events, by checking out their website at

Be sure and mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 7th, because that’s when JJ’s is rolling out a new event, “Cocktails and Cars.” JJ’s is inviting anyone with a classic, custom or otherwise badass truck, car or motorcycle that you want to show off! They will be showcasing these vehicles every Tuesday through the summer starting June 7th, from 6pm to 8pm, in the North parking lot of JJ’s Wine, Spirits and Cigars. This is your chance to walk around and checkout some cool cars, have a cocktail and listen to live music from 6pm to 8pm.

Get to know other interesting people from around KELOLAND by checking out some of our other Across the Table segments!

Across The Table with Jeff Carlson and Tom Junck

Across The Table with Alan Spektor

Across The Table with Nick Magera

Across The Table with Paul Hollister

Across The Table with Dave Mickelson

Across The Table with Keith Loy

Across The Table with Jeff Jorgensen

Across The Table with Joey Rotert

Across The Table with Doug Johnson

Across The Table with Austin Vanderzee

Across The Table with Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger