The Face Of The Business
As you can tell from my constant tweets about donuts, I work at Shipley’s. It has only been a three week experience, but out of all the places I applied – it seems to be the most suitable for me. I-LOVE-it.
Initially, I applied at Target. The managers weren’t interested despite the encouragement I received from multiple employees. Target considers applicants age 18 and up first. I am not 18.
Then, my second preference, Starbucks. I applied, spoke to a manager and an employee gave me a tip to call or visit constantly to get a quicker interview. Their online application mentioned they wouldn’t discriminate based on age, gender, sexuality, etc. I figured I was set. They hired two transfers that week.
There were multiple other places I looked into – even places I wasn’t terribly interested in like Denny’s and Office Depot. I only really had two preferences; Target and Starbucks.
These two places have one thing in common: employees I LOVE and see constantly. Though I love big cities and masses of people, I love seeing familiar faces daily in this small town.
ASIAN DUDE – LOCATION: TARGET
Very dapper. Opinionated on your makeup selection. Always available to help and/or just chat.
UBER SERIOUS BRUNETTE – LOCATION: TARGET
Usually found roaming the aisles or in the Starbucks area. Very sarcastic, but hard to read. Encouraging and kind.
SPARKLY EYELINER BLONDE – LOCATION: TARGET
Remembers my name and the fact I was looking for a job. Easy going and considerate.
SHORT, FAKE REDHEAD W/ GLASSES – LOCATION: STARBUCKS
Always laughs and carries on short, easy conversation. Write hearts and smiley faces on my cups. PLUS: Also really cool when I asked what Erin’s name was.
ERIN – LOCATION: STARBUCKS
Adorable short hair, gauges and slightly boyish style. She smiles a lot and remembers past times I’ve come in. Shares honest, humorous opinions as she makes up the drinks.
RANDOM NEWBIE – LOCATION: STARBUCKS
Employee of about 4 weeks. We always wave to one another. I swear she’s there every time I am.
It isn’t particularly Target or Starbucks I’d like to work at, it’s the employees I would be working WITH. They are memorable and caring individuals! So I knew whatever job I was hired for, I wanted to be a memorable and caring employee.
After day two at Shipley’s, I began noticing the regulars. The elderly couple who come in for a sausage kolache, three chocolate iced donuts, a small coffee and a Shipley’s mug refill for a quarter. The black guy from Trinity who teases me for being the only white girl and the Wal-Mart manager that always expects me to know he wants half a dozen kolaches, a large chocolate milk and an apple fritter.
It made me realize my entire attitude could cause people to return or to have a better morning. Maybe something I remembered and asked them about could kindle a love for eating at Shipley’s for a single hour daily or weekly.
Since I’ve kept this in my mind and heart, I have noticed people I rarely saw before, or never saw, come in constantly. It makes me smile to know I have a small relationship with the guy who comes in at 6am for three hot glazed donuts and a pint of 2% milk.
Between us, the old carpenter who proposed to me for covering a penny of his breakfast is my favorite. We have matching overalls now.