Kat

Kat comes to Cleveland from cheesy Wisconsin. (We’re a little disappointed she didn’t bring us a cheese board).

Kat plans on becoming a Physical Therapy Assistant one day– she knows how to massage the bubbles out while steaming milk. 😉

She enjoys time outdoors and I enjoy talking to her about cats (-Jayme).

 

Below are Kat’s responses to our questionnaire:

 

If you exist, tell us why. If not, please stop typing.  It’s freaking everybody out.

“To explore and create, and to help others gain the capacity to do the same.” 

Comfort or style? Full sentence, unlike the question.  Is there ever exactly zero tradeoff, and if so- when?

“Both are equally important. I believe strongly in expressing yourself with style, but you have to feel good doing it.”

What’s your favorite coffee or espresso beverage? Favorite part of your job?

“Dirty chai.”

“Smelling coffee all around me, it’s GLORIOUS. I also enjoy good conversations with good people.” 

 

 

Mikey

Mikey, BAR-IS-TAH-DAH!

Mikey has many talents– he sings, he plays piano, works at a theatre, and is just really good at growing facial hair!

Mikey is always willing to help, listen, and have fun! We are lucky to have him here at ND, Beachwood!

But with all these awesome quirks, Mikey does have one flaw…. he uncontrollably burps anytime someone mutters the phrase, “have a nice day.” He gets so excited that people can be that kind and thus reacts in the most grotesque way.

Ah but alas, one gassy con among a million beautiful pros, Mikey makes Nervous Dog what is– a welcoming place where people can enjoy themselves.

Read his responses to the questionnaire!

 

What’s something unbelievably simple you never really quite ‘got’, until a big lightbulb went off… and now it’s really pretty obvious. Like with normal people. 

“Oh, totes embarrassing, but I used to think that ‘spinning’ classes were exercise groups where people twirled in place.”

Comfort or style? Full sentence, unlike the question.  Is there ever exactly zero tradeoff, and if so- when?

“I have worn pretty much the same clothes for the last 15 years. I just wait until I come back in style again, I’m pretty comfortable with that.”

Is there a such thing as someone who didn’t study history or poli sci, who has any clue what Alexander Hamilton did during his presidency? Why would they know that?  If you’re drawing a blank on this, talk a bit about sea turtles. (It’s ok to generalize if you don’t know any of them personally.)

“OH. YES. Lin Manuel Miranda wrote a great musical called, Hamilton, about Alexander ‘Hamilton’. Actually, besides school, I have learned the most about history, jazz hands, and religion from American musical theatre.” 

What 2 things would you like to know more about some of your patrons at work?

1. “What’s your sign?

2. Have you ever had to fill out a questionnaire for a job?”

Samantha

Samantha is fun and caring and hardworking. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hula hooping, dancing, and writing. Samantha studies English at The University of Akron. I like working morning shifts with Samantha at ND, Stow because her playlists always partner perfectly with the sun as it rises and shines into the shop.

 

Read Samantha’s responses to our questionnaire:

 

If you exist, tell us why. If not, please stop typing.  It’s freaking everybody out.

“I think, therefore I am.”

Comfort or style? Full sentence, unlike the question. Is there ever exactly zero tradeoff, and if so- when? 

“Once I went to a music festival and ended up wearing the same outfit 4 days in a row because everything else I bought was stylish but not comfortable. Incidentally, I now only bring one outfit to music festivals.” 

What’s your favorite coffee or espresso beverage? Favorite part of your job?

“The House Blend, black. Hands down my favorite cup of coffee anywhere.”

Why is Nervous Dog so unique? I mean, for real.

“Each store has its own special vibe but the company is a cohesive whole. Oh, and the people who work here are the best. Management is very picky about hiring.”

You have $9,342,000. Where do you live, and why?   If you couldn’t give any away or use it to be helpful to others, and HAD to spend it in 6 months… we’re talking pure, unadulterated materialism, forced as it may be… what’s on the shopping list?

“I’d buy some really cool light-up/fire flow toys (hula hoops, staffs, etc.), a house with a huge yard (like maybe a farm) and a sick dance space in the basement, some farm animals, and then I’d travel to Europe extravagantly.”

 

Mary

Do not be alarmed if Mary pops up behind you with tiny hands on each finger and starts to stroke your left earlobe. That’s how she silently says HEYLO!

Mary’s hair color changes weekly, her eyeliner is ALWAYS on point, she graduated from Myer’s School of Art at The University of Akron with a BFA in Ceramics, and she has a cat named Gohan who wets the bed whenever he sees a mouse. It makes Mary so happy.

Check out Mary’s sassy mugs on https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyCloudCeramics

She attends Crafty Marts, Oddmall, and other pop-up shop events to showcase and sell her work! Jayme bought Bean a very cute purple mug that says “Delicious!” on one side and features a cat dipping its paw in a cup of water on the other side. It’s freakin’ cute.

 

Let’s read her responses to our questionnaire:

 

Tell us about your most interesting, unique customer, ever.

“There’s this weirdo named Michael Litt that visits upon occasion and tries to come behind the bar.”

If you exist, tell us why. If not, please stop typing. It’s freaking everybody out.

“No, and don’t tell me what to do.”

Despite the fact that peaches are furry and nectarines are smooth, is the taste really distinguishable? Would it be ok to just mix them in the bin at the grocery store? Because seriously, how disappointed would you actually be if you bit into the wrong one? Discuss the relevance of your answer as it pertains to your life (or life in general), or to designer handbags.

“I’m not so sure that the taste is distinguishable, but the texture is. If I was expecting to bite into something smooth and it was furry, I would be hella upset and grossed out.”

What’s your favorite coffee or espresso beverage? Favorite part of your job?

“Lately, I’ve been really diggin’ a dirty chai with coconut milk. I like when really polite children order their own stuff; it’s adorable and really makes my day.”

Why is Nervous Dog so unique? I mean, for real.

“Everyone who works here is super weird and chill.”

Ali

Ali is another new member to our team that already has barista experience! You may have seen her at Muggswigz or Starbucks before ND.

Ali is an Fine Arts major at Kent State Stark– she is constantly working on finishing her art projects.

Some strange things we learned about Ali: she eats bananas with the peel on, she’s never laughed before, the only movie she’s ever seen is The Rugrats Movie, and her parents are just sculptures of espresso beans (there’s literally espresso in her blood).

Enough, serious talk. Let’s hear what this bean lady has to say:

 

Comfort or style? Full sentence, unlike the question. Is there ever exactly zero tradeoff, and if so- when?

“I like to incorporate both because I never know when I’ll have to bust a move.”

What’s your favorite coffee or espresso beverage? 

“An espresso macchiato with brown sugar and soy milk.” 

Is there such a thing as someone who didn’t study history or poli sci, who has any clue what Alexander Hamilton did during his presidency? Why would they know that? If you’re drawing a blank on this, talk a bit about sea turtles. (It’s ok to generalize if you don’t know any of them personally.)

“Sea turtles have south beach surfer dude accents.”

Why is Nervous Dog so unique? I mean, for real.

“It’s initial and overall comfortable environment is welcoming and laid back.”

You have $9,342,000. Where do you live, and why? If you couldn’t give any away or use it to be helpful to others, and HAD to spend it in 6 months… we’re talking pure, unadulterated materialism, forced as it may be… what’s on the shopping list?

“I’m not one who would want to live in a specific location. I’d first travel the U.S. and sleep in hostels.”

Jeremy

“Humans have ruined everything.” – Jeremy Jones

Jeremy is one of our most happy-go-lucky colleagues. Although he’s a dark humor aficionado, it comes with a big heart for underdogs; he is constantly standing up for what’s right.  (‘What’s right’, of course, varies wildly from person to person; another discussion entirely- but keeps things lively, right?)

Jeremy currently lives in a DIY show space that frequently hosts house shows featuring touring bands. Although he’s hip to the music scene, Jeremy’s band of choice is 100% Coldplay. Katy Perry comes close second… we found a cardboard cutout of her in the corner of his basement.  Not as scary as it sounds.  It’s cardboard.

Nervous Dog is a home away from home for JJ. Some days we see him a total of fifteen times– each time throwing back something with caffeine. Poor, tired, happy, hip, well-caffeinated fool.

Now let’s ‘mentally construct’ Jeremy’s interiew, so that it might exist:

 

Tell us about your most interesting, unique customer, ever.

“Tissue Man.”

If you exist, tell us why.  If not, please stop typing.  It’s freaking everybody out.

“Nothing exists, reality is a mental construct.”

Despite the fact that peaches are furry and nectarines are smooth, is the taste really distinguishable? Would it be ok to just mix them in the bin at the grocery store? Because seriously, how disappointed would you actually be if you bit into the wrong one? Discuss the relevance of your answer as it pertains to your life (or life in general), or to designer handbags.

“Listen, peaches and nectarines are life blood. ‘Nuff said.”

What’s your favorite coffee or espresso beverage? Favorite part of your job?

“The Café Americano, it always gets me going. My favorite part of my job is our amazing team!! 🙂 Thanks!

You have $9,342,000. Where do you live, and why? If you couldn’t give any away or use it to be helpful to others, and HAD to spend it in 6 months… we’re talking pure, unadulterated materialism, forced as it may be… what’s on the shopping list?

“I would buy a house in a forest outside Portland, because city + forest = happy. I’d buy a full recording studio and record any artist I wanted.”

 

Aidan

Here’s Aidan, Top ND Nerd.

Aidan is the Team Coordinator at Nervous Dog, Akron. He assists CJ with his daily tasks– he is the brains AND the beauty in their relationship. ‘Course, so is CJ.  It’s like – whatever, Robin.  We’ve got Batman and Batman.

Aidan attends Kent State for Digital Media Production: Digital Film. His interests include film production, music (he and Bean are in a band together), and building guitar pedals.

Fun fact: Aidan’s favorite font is Courier but he is fluent in the language of Wingdings.

 

Tell us about your most interesting, unique customer, ever.

“Guy comes in, ordered our sweetest latte. Asked for double the amount of sweetner, I obliged, came back and asked me to crank it to three times, then proceeded to add 6 sugar packets. Drank the whole thing right in front of me.”

If you exist, tell us why. If not, please stop typing. It’s freaking everybody out. 

“01110111 0110100 011oooo1 01110100 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01101100 01101001 01100110 01100101 0011111”

What’s something unbelievably simple you never really quite ‘got’, until a big lightbulb went off… and nows it’s really pretty obvious. Like with normal people.

“That the NBC logo is supposed to be a peacock.”

Despite the fact that peaches are furry and nectarines are smooth, is the taste really distinguishable? Would it be ok to just mix them in the bin at the grocery store? Because seriously, how disappointed would you actually be if you bit into the wrong one? Discuss the relevance of your answer as it pertains to your life (or life in general), or to designer handbags.

“Chewbacca is furry, Han Solo is smooth, I wouldn’t mind curling up next to either one so same thing in my book.”

What’s your favorite coffee or espresso beverage? Favorite part of your job?

“Lemonade with 2 shots of espresso on top. I love cleaning the espresso machine drain.”

Why is Nervous Dog so unique? I mean, for real.

“It is filled with unique and creative people working hard together to create a spectacular environment.”

What 2 things would you like to know more about some of your patrons at work? 

1. “Do you have a dog?

2. Can I pet it?”

Carina

Meet barista extraordinaire, Carina!

Carina is THE Nervous Dog Dancing Queen. She busts a move approximately every seven seconds.

Her smile is contagious, “she is upbeat and uplifting” (Krizman, 2017). Pretty much, Carina can turn anyone’s bad day around.

Something you maybe didn’t know about Carina? “She was a part-time horse for two years” (Krizman, 2017).

Read Carina’s answers to our questionnaire below:

 

What’s something unbelievably simple you never really quite ‘got’, until a big lightbulb went off… and now it’s really pretty obvious. Like with normal people.

“The kids show, ‘Between the Lions’.”

Comfort or style? Full sentence, unlike the question. Is there ever exactly zero tradeoff, and if so- when? 

“f̶u̶l̶l̶ ̶s̶e̶n̶t̶e̶n̶c̶e̶” (Carina hand-wrote her responses and we’re scratching our head on this one…)

What’s your favorite coffee or espresso beverage? Favorite part of your job?

“Double-dirty 😉 chai with coconut milk.”

Is there such a thing as someone who didn’t study history or poli sci, who has any clue what Alexander Hamilton did during his presidency? Why would they know that? If you’re drawing a blank on this, talk a bit about sea turtles. (It’s ok to generalize if you don’t know any of them personally.) 

“‘Alexander Hamilton was a great president. The best. There was no one like Alexander. That’s why he is on the $20… for being great. Alexander the Great!’ -President Donald Trump.” 

You have $9,342,000. Where do you live, and why? If you couldn’t give any away or use it to be helpful to others, and HAD to spend it in 6 months… we’re talking pure, unadulterated materialism, forced as it may be… what’s on the shopping list?

“I’m investing! Loopholes for the win!! I’ll buy a house somewhere on an island and then it’ll be a tourist destination and BOOM! More money…”

 

Works Cited

Krizman, Bean. “Facts About Carina”. 2017.

Jayme

Hello! Jayme, here… writing my own awkward profile. ;D

I am the Marketing Manager at ND– I work alongside Michael to build relationships with the community, manage the company’s social media pages and website, schedule events and artists to display their art throughout the month, and nag the crap out of all of the baristas.

I like to coerce my coworkers into participating in social media posts (e.g., I asked Kensley to do a handstand, and Sam if he’d drink dish water until I got the #perfectshot… we call that ‘TRAINING’, people…). Adds another layer of fun to the day– throwing the staff off by asking them to do something strange for the internet.  Except it’s not really the internet… it’s you.

I enjoy being a face of Nervous Dog. I like seeing customers turn red and laugh when I tell ’em it’s my cat’s birthday and how excited I am to bake her cake when I get off work. It’s so nice not to be embarrassed, because SO many people are willing to do it FOR me. 🙂 I am looking forward to our continued growth as a company and seeing where my role takes me in the next few years.

“HERE WE GO! MARIOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

What’s something unbelievably simple you never really quite ‘got’, until a big lightbulb went off… and now it’s really pretty obvious. Like with normal people. 

“Julia spouts off a lot of really random sayings. (e.g. ‘Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill…’) They usually go right over my head; I get annoyed and demand she explain them to me, or why they’re even remotely relevant at that particular moment. Frickin’ freak…. Incidentally, it always makes perfect sense once she explains it.  Except when it doesn’t.”

Comfort or style? Full sentence, unlike the question. Is there ever exactly zero tradeoff, and if so- when?

“I HATE when I wear mom jeans to a restaurant. I hate unzipping my pants in public.”

(editor’s note: um yeah- we specifically made sure to cover that in her job interview)

What’s your favorite coffee or espresso beverage? Favorite part of the job?

“Iced White Wizard Mocha with soy milk. 

I like stealing Kensley’s lunch money, watching Carina dance, yelling at Bean for doing all the work, describing things as ‘buckwild’ with Julia, nagging CJ, Jonny C. explaining the difference between ‘erotica’ and ‘romance’, dropping muffins on the floor and eating them instead of throwing them out (isn’t there some kind’ve ‘5-hour’ rule or something?), remembering regulars’ drinks, leaving notes for baristas everywhere, and running into dancers from Martell Tu in the bathroom and listening to them talk about making pancakes for their little sisters.”

(Ahem- Michael again: anyone else notice the question was ‘part’, not ‘parts’?  SO Jayme- one of the countless reasons we love her. Btw, do you think her cat actually ATE the cake? We’re all afraid to ask…)

You have $9,342,000. Where do you live, and why? If you couldn’t give any away or use it to be helpful to others, and HAD to spend it in 6 months… we’re talking pure, unadulterated materialism, forced as it may be… what’s on the shopping list?

“I’d buy all the cats. Live in Akron because I love it– weather keeps you on your toes, it’s growing, there’s a lot to do, it’s cute. I’d probably see a lot of shows (i.e. The Strokes because they NEVER play around here so I’d have to travel to see them).

I’d really like to see that island in Japan that has a LOT of foxes. That’s a lot of money- gosh, I’ve learned to be so frugal, I could probably do all that with only $8,764,945.”

What 2 things would you like to know more about some of your patrons at work? 

1. “What do you do for a living and do you like the live action Grinch movie?

2. Oops, this is three but which barista has the worst playlist? (I hope they say CJ).”

(Final note: we apparently forgot the ‘list-numbering’ test, which typically follows public unzipping questions in most traditional interviews *shrug*)

Bean

Ah. Bean.

It’s funny, for some reason kids called me baked beans in high school but I feel as if Bean has baked beans for brains sometimes.

Bean is the Team Coordinator at Nervous Dog, Stow. He assists the Location Manager, Ashley, with tasks such as orders, inventory, shift supervising, and just making people question why they exist.

Facts about Bean: he’s decent at the rollerblades, he’s sleepy, he studies Art History at Kent State, he physically has to spend at least 107 hours outside in nature each week or he gets cranky, and he has a pony named Esteban back in the homeland.

 

Tell us about your most interesting, unique customer, ever.

“One night, right before close, I had a drive-thru customer come to the window, roll his window down and a plume of smoke came out. He got 5 Sled Dogs and left a special herbal surprise in the tip jar.”

If you exist, tell us why. If not, please stop typing. It’s freaking everybody out.

“I was placed on this planet by the discretion of a council of intergalatic entities. They gave me the sole purpose of using my tongue to satisfy.”

What’s your favorite coffee or espresso beverage? Favorite part of your job?

“The cigarette au lait, which is French roast cafe au lait or a cigarette you poured milk on. 

I like to put things in the attic. I also enjoy waking up for opens so that I can get an early and productive start to my day. There’s no greater joy than contributing to society.”

Why is Nervous Dog so unique? I mean, for real.

“We are forming a funky lil house home for people; it’s a nice place to spend a great deal of my time. Everyone’s got stuff going on.”

You have $9,342,000. Where do you live, and why? If you couldn’t give any away or use it to be helpful to others, and HAD to spend it in 6 months… we’re talking pure, unadulturated materialism, forced as it may be… what’s on the shopping list?

“I would just use it to take time off and hike the Appalachian Trail, because without a handout, it’s never gonna happen.”

What 2 things would you like to know more about some of your patrons at work?

1. “I want to know who, if any of our customers, have been in contact with Gary Busey or anyone related to his lineage. 

2. Have you seen my dad?”

Come.

Come by Nervous Dog and enjoy the taste of the freshest, highest quality coffee and espressos in town... roasted locally, twice a week.

Sip a latte or mocha... Ghirardelli chocolate, Torani Italian flavors, or straight up premium espresso, cappuccino or macchiato- the old-fashioned way, crafted to your taste by our expert baristas.

Traditional cow, or try it with soy, almond, coconut milk, sugar free, decaf. Design your own- we're pretty flexible. Yeah, you can pick up your beans here, too.

Local pastries and desserts, savory, snacks; recklessly unrestricted- or gluten-free, kosher, vegan. In brief, 'mmm, food'.

Sit.

Relax in the warm, friendly pub atmosphere with your date(s), your best friend, your fams, talk to random patrons, or just reflect. Cozy up to the sound of live music most weekend nights.

Enjoy the outdoor patio seating on warmer days; read the paper, a book, the label on your scarf. (Agreed, 'poly blend' sounds redundant; try not to overthink it.)

Chill out for a few. Work on that presentation, meet a colleague, pick up a game of Scrabble, stare at the wall and daydream, sip your coffee and enjoy the local artist of the month's work featured on our walls.

Meet your community. Or just watch that one guy do that one thing, and appreciate his confident sense of self. It's your place- just enjoy it.

Stay.

Nestle into your favorite spot and enjoy fresh pastries from local bakeries, hot and creamy chocolate cocoa, all-natural fruit smoothies, or a piping hot Harney & Sons tea while you work or play.

Whatever- we're not your mom. But if you use the restroom, it wouldn't kill you to put the seat down when you're done.

Free WiFi, and it's FAST; we didn't actually type this until tomorrow, and it's already published. Power is readily available to keep that 47" laptop or cell phone going when the Energizer Bunny goes down for his nap. So stick around; you're part of the ambiance.