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The more time spent together the stronger the Porter-Kennard family bond grew. They ate meals together, mostly at the Planet but sometimes home cooked. Kit and Melvin attended Sunday service at a near-by church and just like when she was a child, they would have brunch afterwards and explore much of what California had to offer. Melvin loved the coastal towns and enjoyed driving Kit’s convertible along the winding roads. They would invariably end up at Bette and Tina’s beach house early Sunday evening to have dinner before heading back to the Beverly Hills hotel where he’d moved into an extended stay apartment suite.
The Planet had always been the hub for Bette and Tina’s friends to gather and now Melvin was one of the regulars. He’d been introduced to their family of friends namely Alice, Dana, Shane, Jenny, and Max. He didn’t really understand the intimacy amongst the friends, especially how they were all up in each other’s business, but he was happy to know that his girls had a support system of people that really cared about them. He was so at home at his daughter’s establishment, that many a time Kit, Pam or Greg would find him in the kitchen supervising the delivery of farm fresh vegetables and fresh cut meats to make sure they were the best quality. Lara, the chef tried to persuade him to share his secret steak marinade, but Melvin held out. He did, however share his grandmother’s pie recipe with the Baker. It was being taste tested and once they got it perfected the ultimate Granny Smith Apple Pie would be added as a special on the menu.
Melvin also spent time with Kit in the back office reviewing the books. He was impressed with her natural business acumen, even though she had no formal education in business administration. She credited Benjamin with much of the business plan strategy, and though she wasn’t proud of the extramarital affair he’d given her sound business advice to really make a success of the Planet.
Melvin had yet to witness the nightlife at the Planet, but all agreed that was for the best. The uninhibited atmosphere, especially on theme nights would likely give him a heart attack. But Kit explained that the nightclub was the mainstay of the business and the most profitable. Now, thanks to her newfound capital being managed by the financial advisor that Melvin recommended she had plans for expansion and possibly a second location.