One out of three ain’t bad

Hi Folks-

I know I’ve said recently that Sharon and I are understaffed at the store, and to remedy that Sharon set up a series of interviews with job applicants this afternoon. The plan was to interview people starting at 2 p.m. after Sharon and I finished our shifts that started at 5:30 this morning. She allowed 45 minutes between appointments, giving us enough time to compare notes on each applicant after their interview. It meant us getting home around five but it was well worth it if it meant we would hire some dependable help. After the two of us meeting and going over the applications we were ready to receive applicant number one. The problem was, the guy didn’t show up. That meant we had 45 minutes to congratulate ourselves and to laugh quietly about the foibles of the young workers available to us.

The time arrived for the second interview and this time it was a young woman who failed to show up. At this point I was at a loss to see the humor in our situation. We’d done everything right – Sharon had confirmed these appointments just yesterday – and here we were high and dry. I don’t like to whine, (well maybe I like to whine a little), but this was discouraging.

Then the third applicant walked in twenty minutes before his appointment time, and he was the real deal. He was pleasant, and he had a good work history. He looked us in the eye when he spoke and said realistically that the job would give him the training he needed in food service for his move to Colorado next year. We parted, saying we had a number of more applicants to interview but that we would get back to him. I confided to him though that he was now at the head of the pack as the first two candidates hadn’t shown up. He laughed, just enough, I thought, saying the head of the pack was where he liked to be. Just goes to show you you’re going to love at least one out of three kids in Montpelier if you give them the chance.

Tomorrow you’ll see retail packs of Speeder and Earls coffee once again in our store, and also coffee from Carrier Roasting Co., a new business venture of Scott Kerner of Three Penny Taproom fame. Scott’s coffee is roasted each week and is uncommonly good and fresh.

A reminder too that this Saturday is the Vermont Comedy Divas at Lost Nation Theater, a fund-raising event for People’s Health and Wellness Clinic in Barre. These women are riotously funny, and Carmen Lagala (local girl who has gone on to be famous in NYC 😉 rejoins them Saturday night. There are few causes as worthwhile as People’s Health and Wellness. There is a silent auction (I know because Sharon donated a gift basket) and lots of great beer, wine and snacks. Tickets are available here Hot Comedy on a Cold Night!

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Alaskan King Salmon, frozen, caught by Honeywilya Fish, a local fellow who spends the season on his boat, The Honeywilya, in Alaska
  • Striped Bass, fresh from Maryland from MA coast
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole, fresh from MA coast
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon, fresh from Scotland
  • Dayboat Haddock, fresh from MA coast
  • Swordfish, fresh from No. Atlantic
  • Icelandic Arctic Char, fresh from Iceland
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp, previously frozen from the Gulf
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops, fresh
  • Duxbury oysters, fresh from the Cape

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”


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