What do you do?
Barb Rineer

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I currently work at Piramide Boutique as a sales associate and also volunteer at my church downtown and at Rock Ledge Ranch.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       At Piramide, I welcome the customers into the store and assist them with anything they might need. Finding the location of certain types of clothing, locating the size on an item or pointing them in the direction of the dressing rooms are a few of my duties. At Rock Ledge, I have helped out in the bagging booth at the Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival as well as baked scones for the Christmas teas and helped where needed at the Fiddles, Vittles, and Vino event. This year was my first time volunteering at the ranch’s Family Fourth event, selling tickets.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       I have been employed at Piramide for two years and have volunteered at Rock Ledge for three years. I have actually been working on the Westside for 30 years. My first Westside job was a kindergarten and then first- grade teacher at Howbert Elementary.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       I love meeting and greeting the friendly customers who walk into the store. I'll never forget my very first customer I rang up at the cash register. She happened to be my doctor I see once a year! I also enjoy meeting visitors from out of state. Not only are they from around the USA, but from all over the world. I try to guess which country’s language they are speaking and sometimes embarrass myself by guessing incorrectly! Volunteering at the ranch is always a treat. I enjoy being able to assist there and help bring our region's history to life. I enjoy being outdoors, meeting many wonderful, friendly people from all over our city, plus getting that feeling of going back in time.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       I would have all the fabulous shops on the avenue open and close at the same time. I think it would benefit both the shoppers and retailers. As for Rock Ledge, I would have the city reconsider its budget to keep the wonderful programs going.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       I was ready to go at this job as I had had sales experience in the past. Training didn't include the joys, rewards and pleasures of working a job on the Westside!
What makes working on the Westside special?
       I feel like I have gone back a 100 years in history when I hear the sounds of clomping horses and see the horse and carriage passing by. The guitar player across the street also adds to the wonderful ambiance of the wonderful Westside! Volunteering at the ranch, I get to hear more of those clomping horses and go back 100 years there as well!

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