We wouldn't be what we are today without the fabulous folks who make it happen.
Where are you originally from?
Solon, Ohio. It’s a suburb of Cleveland and one time someone mispronounced it as “Sullen” which is about right.
How long have you lived in New York City?
Three years, exactly.
Which neighborhood in Brooklyn do you live?
On the border of Carroll Gardens and Red Hook.
Are you married? Do you have kids?
I have one excellent cat that I helped raise from a two week old kitten. We found him on the street in a box with a note down the street from One Girl Cookies in Cobble Hill after Hurricane Irene. We had to bottle feed him and now we feed him cat Prozac because he likes to attack his own tail. His name is Omar Little, after the character on The Wire.
What do you do when you're not working?
Read, write, play with my previously mentioned depressed cat. I try to go to ballet classes when I can. I like to cook and bake on my days off, when I'm not surrounded by cookies and cupcakes. And I spend a lot of time trying to keep up with my ever-growing DVR queue of Jeopardy and Barefoot Contessa.
How long have you been at One Girl Cookies?
Almost three years! I started as a part-time barista in Cobble Hill in August of 2010. After a few months, my coworker admitted to me that her first thought when we worked together for the first time was “Who’s this girl who doesn't really talk?” I guess things have changed and now I’m managing the Dumbo shop.
What are some of your previous jobs?
I interned at the Paley Center for Media, where I helped coordinate events and sometimes rode the elevator with famous people. I also worked at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, in collections and with oral history.
Did you go to college? What did you study?
I went to Wesleyan University in Connecticut where I double-majored in American Studies and French. The French comes in handy at work when sometimes tourists say to each other "No, I don't think we need to tip her" in French without knowing that I can understand every work they're saying.
What kind of music do you play at the cafe?
I hate choosing music to play in the shop. I let other people choose usually unless it suddenly stops and I'm the only one there and I panic and put on "Lovefool" by the Cardigans and feel pretty happy about it.
When it comes to snacks, savory or sweet?
Usually savory, but sometimes sweet.
Any good memories involving cooking/baking?
When I was about eight my Mom decided we should make these little turkeys out of cookies and candy and bring them to Thanksgiving. I think she read about it in a magazine. So my mom, my sister and I spent an afternoon attempting to put together all these things into something that resembled turkeys. By the time we arrived at Thanksgiving dinner and opened the tupperware, it looked like someone had chewed them up or stomped on them. A similar thing happened when we tried to make gingerbread houses at my birthday party.
There was also a time in middle school when my mom made me go to my violin lesson on my birthday and I was not happy about it! She brought me an oatmeal raisin cookie when she picked me up at school and I was not happy about that either (I was a picky eater and raisins were pretty much the worst). So I proceeded to pick out all the raisins from the cookie and throw them on the car floor. This is now infamous in my family. I'm happy to say that I'll now eat just about anything and will no longer throw things I don't like on the ground. And I'm no longer a terrible person.