What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I am the owner of The Java Buddha Coffeehouse and I’m also the zookeeping technology instructor at Pikes Peak Community College.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
At the coffeehouse, you name it – I do it, from janitor to barista. At PPCC, I teach, advise and act as the zookeeping program and internship coordinator.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
I’ve been a Westside business owner for seven months now. This was a brand-new venture for me. I’ve spent most of my life in animal sciences – 11 years at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – and I’m now in my 10th year of teaching.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
Owning my own business is a thrill. I have met some amazing people and made some wonderful friends through my shop! As a teacher, I love that my students teach me, inspire me and surround me with their passion of the field I fell in love with many years ago.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
No matter how much I love my business and teaching, I wish I could have more time with my boys!
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
Every day is an extension to my formal training/education. Learning doesn’t stop when the academics cease. Learning that the success of a business is dependent on the people, the patrons, developing a clientele, the “regulars” – you can have the best coffeehouse in town but if no one comes in, it won’t succeed. Everyday is another opportunity to learn. That’s one of the reasons “life is good.”
What makes working on the Westside special?
The good people of the Westside, of course. Their open-mindedness and accepting attitudes make for some wildly entertaining coffeehouse conversation! The mountain view isn’t half bad either.
“What do you do?” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you know someone who has an interesting job on the Westside (but doesn’t live here), he/she might be a candidate for this column! If you know someone who might qualify, give us a call at 471-6776.