So, good news. I have officially scored a shift supervisor position at a Starbucks here in SLC. Yay! I totally wasn’t expecting to transfer in as a shift, so this is super exciting. My store is in an area called the Gateway, about 5 or 6 blocks from our apartment (!!!)… It’s kind of like Turkey Creek in Knoxville, but much less suburban and with no parking lots all over the place. I think it’ll be a good fit, having worked at Turkey Creek for two years, and just being used to working higher-volume stores. I was worried I’d get stuck at a low-volume store and be bored to tears, but even though this one doesn’t have a drive-thru (which is kind of awesome), it still does the same kind of business as Montvue. So new challenges, new benefits, new partners… all kinds of newness to get used to.
Buuut, I will ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS have a special place in my heart for my Montvue family. I miss them so much already, and I know they’re irreplaceable. Partners and customers both. So here’s my little tribute to the last few shifts I worked there. I love you guys, and I’m counting on you to keep Montvue the fabulous store it has been since the day its doors opened two years ago.
A different kind of coffee brewing…
Single-handedly, this image sums up exactly how much I will miss Jimmy… aka Severus.
And Joshua’s ability to make me laugh uncontrollably…. yeah, I’ll miss that too.
Sarah, Sarah, Sarah… Why did it take so long for our love to bloom? Also… have you emailed her yet? Well, HAVE YOU?
Aww, Stephanie is pretty… And a pretty awesome manager too. She has always believed in me more than I’ve believed in myself, and has pushed me to be the shift I am. What leadership skills I’ve developed in the year and a half I’ve known her, I owe largely to her.
I honestly don’t even know this guy’s name. He just saw me behind the counter with my camera and asked if I came just to take pictures of him, and I said, well, of course, and so he told me to come around front so he could pose. Let me just say, if every Starbucks customer were like this, my job would be a walk in the park. Clearly he does not have a debilitating caffeine addiction that requires him to be absolutely beastly to every human being he encounters before he gets his fix. I mean, we don’t have ANY customers like that… OF COURSE we don’t. :)
I find this picture to be absolutely hysterical, because the looks on their faces are SO PERFECTLY posed. Just think about enthusiastic their voices must sound when they greet customers in the drive-thru every morning: “HI! Welcome to STARBUCKS! Would you like to try A DELICIOUS ICED COFFEE today? Oh, SWELL!!!” Yay.
And this one of course… I mean, what do you expect when I run outside with the camera and tell them to hang out the window and pose?
WOW, STARBUCKS CUSTOMERS ARE SUCH GOOD TIPPERS.
This is the face I make when I’ve had my turkey bacon breakfast sandwich and iced apple chai every morning. But not a moment sooner!
Wait… aren’t those thermometers supposed to be IN the pitchers? AHEM. (Can’t take credit for this one… Sarah had my camera!)
Sometimes the coffee misses the cup and lands on my hand. Which kind of hurts, what with the 200 degree temperature and all. I am always baffled when people ask for their brewed coffee to be extra hot. BECAUSE 200 DEGREES ISN’T HOT ENOUGH ALREADY. (Credit to Sarah, again.)
There was supposed to be a whole series of pictures of me and Sarah, which were AWESOME, but unfortunately most were lost to waaaay overexposure. This is the only one I could salvage. And I love it still.
Erin and Tyler, looking as bad-A as they do in real life. Ha! When you marry into the Starbucks family, you still get to be included in the photo montage, Tyler. Just in case you were worried about that. Then again, you may not be able to even see this picture, because a little birdie told me that you haven’t broken down and purchased internet access yet. :)
Sarah is pretty. I’m jealous of her hair.
Molly was having a very bad day. She did not want her picture to be taken. I said, TOO BAD because it is my LAST DAY and I want to remember your face. Fortunately she has such good friends as me and Sarah to force her relentlessly to get in front of the camera.
This picture is so…. Jimmy.
My, what a beautiful drink you have! (This is why iced caramel macchiatos are my favorite to make.)
This is Gary. He comes in every single day and orders at least two, if not three or four, quad espressos and sips on them outside while taking in the view (and let me tell you, Montvue Road is not much of a looker, so the espresso must have been pretty dang good). Yes, this is the equivalent of anywhere from 8-16 shots of espresso. PER DAY. I’ve told him on numerous occasions that if I even LOOKED at that much espresso at one time, I would go into cardiac arrest. But I guess that’s what happens when you’re a retired veteran. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. Also, Gary’s wife makes the best oatmeal cookies I have ever had in my life. Seriously. Whenever she would bring them to us, I would go hide in the backroom and eat like five until I made myself sick. They’re that good.
hahahahahahahahahaha…. The person hiding behind that Twilight book is James. He was also an English major, and I think he was taking a class where they were supposed to be reading these books that had little if any literary value, but were still somehow wildly popular. At least, that was the excuse he gave US for showing up with it one day. So we had this whole conversation about just how TERRIBLE the book was, and we were making Molly get all worked up (when she was already having a bad day- how terrible are we?!) because she was sucked into the whole series even though she, too, knew just how badly the books were written. Anyway, that was more rambling than necessary. I probably should have just let the image speak for itself. But really, when have I ever been able to do THAT?
This is Molly’s “get out of my face with that camera before I kill you and feed you to the vampires in the Twilight series” look.
Well, at least ERIN was taking this picture seriously. :)
Molly. You are pretty. All I wanted was just ONE GOOD SHOT so I could play with your bright purple eyes and red hair in Photoshop. Is it really so much to ask? I mean, see how beautiful you are?
Yay! Two people smiling at the exact same time! Success!
I love Polaroids + I love these two girls = I love this image.
Also, did I mention that Molly is a ridiculously good artist? Dangit, I wish I had remembered to take this with me!
So precious I might puke a little bit.
This = another amazing Jimmy-face.
…. But sometimes he’s nice and kind of normal. On days when Severus doesn’t visit, that is.
I don’t know if I like the earring or the bokeh better.
Work it, Erin, work it!
It’s true. Erin does stalk people. One time, when she had just started working here, she saw Molly’s passport hanging out of her bag, so she memorized all this information about her, including her Social Security number, and then, later on, in casual conversation, she started dropping random facts that only a stalker would know. Needless to say, it freaked Molly out. Kind of a lot.
I mean, THIS is the face of a creeper. Am I right? :)
Don’t be fooled. Donnie wouldn’t even hurt a fly. But he looks JUST crazy enough in this picture to go there.
Okay, THIS reminds me of THIS:
hahahahahahahahahaa…. LOVE IT!
And, well, I think this is a pretty appropriate note to end on. Especially considering that Molly was the one who LEAST wanted her picture taken to begin with! Little did you know how crazy a person who shoves a giant DSLR in your face while you’re trying to make lattes could REALLY be…