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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Jamie Hoffman

April 30, 2015

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Jamie Hoffman, UncommonGoods Buyer – Home Décor, Garden and Seasonal

My hometown is…
Miami Beach, Florida

My favorite product that I’ve brought into the assortment at UncommonGoods is…
Not live yet!

I’m inspired by…
Those who support themselves on their art, our UncommonGoods vendors included.

My guilty pleasure is…
Imagining that I’m Alanis Morissette on stage whenever I sing along to “Jagged Little Pill.”

An uncommon fact about me…
Elephants are my favorite animal. Last year I carved an elephant necklace out of wax and had it cast as a sterling silver pendant. Even more uncommon, jewelry vendor Emilie Shapiro taught me how!

My favorite place to hang out in New York City is…
Any riverfront park with a view of the city, preferably if it’s between 75 and 80 degrees. If I have to choose, I go with Brooklyn Bridge Park.

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Practicing my Spanish.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
There’s no end to the number of creative, beautiful, problem-solving products being made every day.

If you could go to dinner with any historical figure or modern-day celebrity who would you choose and where would you go? (And why?)
The former art historian in me wanted to pick something decidedly more highbrow, but the fantasy of getting a slice at Paulie Gee’s with Jon Stewart made me too giddy to give it up. It’d include a lot of hearty laughter, intellectual banter, and a few impersonations of our respective New Jersey relatives. Plus, Paulie Gee’s pizza is pretty highbrow.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Louise Geller

April 21, 2015

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Louise Geller, UncommonGoods Senior Planner

My hometown is…
New York, NY

My favorite project that I’ve worked on at UncommonGoods is…
I truly love working with our forecasting software, learning how the database is organized so we can harness its power effectively. Forecasting is basically predicting the future, and it’s pretty exciting when you do it right. It’s okay, you can call me a nerd.

I’m inspired by…
Live theater. Humans are becoming increasingly accustomed to being isolated from each other, so when a production can unite an audience in a meaningful shared experience, it is pretty awesome. I still feel inspired thinking about watching the pivotal moments of Peter and the Starcatcher, the best play to ever be on Broadway. (I will not accept rebuttals to this point.)

My favorite place to eat in New York City is…
My apartment? Just kidding (kind of). There are always so many new places to try in NYC, I don’t end up going back to the ones I love as often as I might like. Cookshop in Chelsea has probably been on my favorites list the longest. There’s also an amazing pizza and cocktail spot in my neighborhood called Wheated, and I will eat there at basically any opportunity.

An uncommon fact about me…
I can (and probably will, if you don’t stop me) give you a 90 minute lecture/guided tasting on the various styles of cheese and their history.

My guilty pleasure is…
I try not to feel guilty about anything that gives me pleasure, but I guess I’d say rereading books that I loved when I was a kid. You can get major side eye by being an adult reading Beverly Cleary on the F train.

Since working at UncommonGoods I’ve learned…
To never underestimate the popularity of dishtowels.

If I could travel forward or backward in time, I would…
Blow all my money on a trip around the world, and then come back to now and spend it on something sensible instead. I’m assuming I’d get to keep the memories and experiences.

With the following ingredients in front of me I would make…
You’re given the Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, the Wine Jelly Set, and the Craft Beer Cake Mix Set.

I’d add some of the cayenne or hot peppers from the hot sauce kit into the chocolate stout mix, then spread the Cabernet & cracked pepper jelly between two layers once the cake was baked. I’m not sure how well it would work flavor-wise, but I bet I’d find some volunteers to taste it.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Jamal Reed

March 15, 2015

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Jamal Reed, UncommonGoods Community Services Coordinator
My hometown is…
The place where I was born. so I’d have to say Bronx, NY.

With 15 minutes of fame I would…
Speak about why it is a good idea to re-think hiring practices, especially when it comes to individuals that have been formerly incarcerated.

My favorite thing about working in Recruiting is…
FINDING TALENTED PEOPLE that GET THE JOB DONE BEYOND EXPECTATIONS!

My guilty Pleasure is…
DONUTS!

An Uncommon Fact about me is…
I eat first and ask “What is it?” later.

Something that always makes me laugh is…
The one person in class that believes class participation is saying anything that comes to their mind out loud for professor recognition.

Working at UncommonGoods I’ve learned…
That when you work together everybody wins.

It would be impossible to give up…
DONUTS!

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Abi Treut

February 24, 2015

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Abi Treut, UncommonGoods Email Coordinator
My hometown is…
Asbury (NOT Asbury Park), NJ

My favorite project that I’ve worked on at UncommonGoods is…
The email program (and if I can have a second favorite, it’s Google Plus).

I’m inspired by…
Generosity, selflessness, considerate people, beautiful and honest works of art (especially of the acting and singing variety).

My favorite place to hang out in New York City is…
Brooklyn. I love so many of the neighborhoods, and I really enjoy spending time in Prospect Park when it’s warm outside.

An uncommon fact about me…
I really enjoy abbreviating words, but I rarely know what any acronyms represent.

My guilty pleasure is…
Wearing and collecting high heels. The more sparkly, shinny, and higher (preferably with a hidden platform), the better!

Since working at UncommonGoods I’ve learned…
A TON about Marketing, that I’m much better at math than I ever thought, and that I have been attracted to Marketing all my life.

If I could have any 3 course meal I would choose…
Chocolate mousse, mussels in a white wine & garlic sauce with freshly made bread, and flan for a starter, main course, and dessert.

Would your rather… never be able to abbreviate another word, OR never be able to buy another pair of shoes ever again?
Wait, do I still get to use hashtags? Because if I can’t compulsively spout out hashtags as commentary on most real-life situations, I will be truly sad. Aside from that, it’s totes imposs for me to even begin to solve this ridic riddle. It’s a totes terb conund. Shoes are the essence of my being, and abbreves are the embellishments I use to flavor my sentiments.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Ayanna Jordan

February 13, 2015

Ayanna Jordan | UncommonGoods Ayanna Jordan, UncommonGoods Operations Administrator

My hometown is…
Brooklyn, N.Y.

An uncommon fact about me is…
I’ve been playing the Viola for 14+ years.

I’m inspired by…
Not wanting to mirror people and my surroundings.

My favorite process in the UncommonGoods warehouse is…
I don’t necessarily have a favorite process. I just like to try new things throughout the operation.

My dream job is…
To be a photographer for National Geographic Magazine and a journalist.

If I had to choose between hiking or biking, I would choose…
Neither. I prefer road trips and camping.

If I lived without restrictions, I would…
Have a couch in every country and backpack across the globe.

Would you rather… take an all-expenses paid trip, OR just take the money the trip is worth?
All expenses paid trip.