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This week we’re profiling Keith, Perelandra’s Front End Manager. He’s worked just about everywhere in our store, so chances are you’ve had the good fortune to interact with him at some point! He has a wonderfully calm and easy-going demeanor which has endeared him to many of our customers and our staff, too. Get to know Keith in this week’s staff profile!
I spent a significant amount of time in Santa Rosa and the Bay area of California, and also lived in Washington state.
The mixed vegetable juice with beet and lemon at the juice bar. It’s got everything!
Organic active greens bar – it’s got everything EXCEPT for soy, which I like!
Jyoti Paneer Peas and Cheese – It’s so delicious.
Pretty much everything, but the people are #1.
I have learned to appreciate people much more, and than nothing should be taken at face value. The more I learn that, the more I see greatness in other people.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
I have been into Valerie June’s Pushing Against a Stone, and also really into David Byrne lately.
I was on the diving team when I was in college at UC Davis, I even won a few trophies. For about a year, right after I finished high school, I was part of a theatre group that wrote, produced and performed shows in Nottingham, England.
Editors note: Keith is also an accomplished musician! Check him out at KeithAbbott.Bandcamp.com
“He is one of the most reliably calm, stable people I have ever met. He also has a great sense of humor and I think he’s fun to work with.” – Allison
“Keith is so personable. There are a lot of customers that only want to talk to Keith, and I think that says a lot about him. He also has integrity, is comical and down to earth.” -Yahsef
“Keith is a thoughtful and kind individual, and always lends an air of positivity to the store” – James
One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the “great energy” that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they’re looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Chris, Perelandra’s Bookkeeper, in this weeks staff profile.
Photo from this interview with Chris on Fightland.vice.com
My entire life.
Almost 3 years.
“All of the fresh produce – whatever is fresh and in season is great.”
“The fresh focaccia that the kitchen makes on Thursday – I buy it like a religion.”
“Lundberg short grain sweet brown rice – it’s nutrient dense and it goes well with all of the different types of cuisine that I like- Asian, Indian, Italian, etc.”
Definitely the organizational competency – I like the way it’s run, and I like the amount of thought that gets put into the decisions that go into place.
The level of research necessary to make decisions when running a business – it pays to take your time to make one right move, once.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. The message of the book is that your life is in your hands and the opportunity is there for you, but – it is really up to you to take it.
I really like a group called Electric Masada, it’s an all instrumental jazz rock combination. I also really like Miles Davis ‘In a Silent Way’ and Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’.
I spend most of my time as a visual artist doing wood engravings – I am a historian of the sport of fighting and my wood engravings will one day be in the MMA hall of fame.
I am a self-taught bookkeeper- I learned it after watching others do it for many years. It is a great way to balance my aspirations as an artist.
One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the “great energy” that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they’re looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Jacob, one of our supplement department experts. If you shop at Perelandra, chances are you have spoken with him! He also writes our Beerdmaster blog series. Get to know him in this week’s staff profile.
Almost two years
About a year and a half.
Herb Pharm Rishi Extract: “It’s an adaptogen that is good for pretty much everything – in traditional Chinese medicine, it’s thought to restore your chi. It makes me feel content and healthy.”
Hope Hummus Sriracha Hummus: “It’s seriously the best hummus I’ve ever had and it incorporates two of my favorite things – hummus and sriracha. It’s spicy and sometimes I’ll just eat spoonfuls out of the container.”
Peanut Butter & Co. Bees Knees: “It’s dangerously delicious, and it’s good on a sandwich or out of the jar. My roommates have caught me just sitting and spooning right it out of the jar.”
You get paid to learn about health, teach others about health and hang out with cool coworkers in the meantime!
At Perelandra I have learned, or have had reaffirmed, that patience, empathy and compassion are the most rewarding virtues to live by. Customer service can sometimes be stressful, but we’re all human and we all deserve to be healthy. I’ve learned that no matter where someone comes from, we all have similar struggles and are seeking better health. It is always worthwhile to lend a helping hand to those that seek help, or are around you. Life is hard so be kind and love everyone.
My favorite piece of literature would be The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.
One band I always come back to is Explosions In The Sky, the album the earth is not a cold dead place. They’re from my hometown.
I have a tattoo of one my childhood cats, Nay Nay. I also draw and write comic books in my spare time. (editors note: Jacob’s comic books are AMAZING!)
“Jacob is a great guy. He is smart, creative, friendly and genuine.” -James
“Jacob is dependable, a wealth of wisdom and is always an open, listening ear. He gives good advice about pretty much anything.” -Keith
“He is very professional, has a great intercom voice and is a kind person.” – Hannia
“He is good with words and has a great sense of wit about him.” -Jim
One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the “great energy” that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they’re looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Anthony, a customer service generalist at Perelandra. If you shop at Perelandra, chances are you are familiar with him! Get to know him in this week’s staff profile.
New York City
My whole life!
Natural Factors Osteo-Move: “As a skateboarder for 15 years, it really helps keep my joints and bones in check, and it’s a liquid, which is great.”
Professor Nut Butter Smoothie (from our Juice Bar) “It’s really filling and makes a great base for customizing!”
Ginger People Ginger-Gizer: “It actually tastes like ginger, which I love and it makes me feel good. It really does energize you, too.”
Kettle Chips Honey Dijon Flavor: “You can’t go wrong with that honey dijon!”
“The family environment. I love it. The amount of product knowledge here and the trainings are great. And I like that it’s an independently owned store. It’s a rare find in the city.”
“I’ve learned how to multi-task better because there’s always so much going on at once here. It really helps keep you focused.”
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Death metal! Nile; E:cho; Mother Ninja; Geospace Republic; MaxediaMan; Light Bringer
“He’s very reliable, I can always count of him to do whatever needs to be done, and he is great with customers.” -Dan
“He’s incredibly friendly, one of the most friendly people at the store. He’s eager to help and easy to talk to.” – Maya
“He’s even-keel with a delightfully detail-oriented mind, and is always pleasant.”- Keith
One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the “great energy” that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they’re looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Remoy, who is at customer service generalist at Perelandra, and started here more than 8 years ago! You’ll see him most frequently in our produce department, his favorite place in the store to work. Get to know him in this week’s staff profile.
This is my third time working at Perelandra. I worked here during school, and I just got back from living in Portugal for a while, but I started originally 8 years ago.
Dr. Bronners Lavender Castille Soap: “It smells great, and a little goes a very long way with this stuff! I have never experienced that with soap before.”
Macro-Vegan Samosa Dumplings: “It’s like a samosa, but it’s a dumpling! And they’re delicious cold.”
Synergy Trilogy Kombucha: “It’s super refreshing when it’s hot.”
“I really love working in the produce department because we work directly with farms and small distributors, and I like to know that I am working closely with small farms and farmers directly.
“Also, it has always been a special place to me. It was my first job in New York. Growing up in Texas, I had no concept of consumption responsibility, and after working here for a few months I drastically changed my diet, and it changed my mentality on many things. The staff challenged me on things that I didn’t expect, and I have made some of my best friend here. 7 years later I still see lots of the same customers and they remember me, and talk to me. And I always feel like I am part of a family here.”
“Being responsible for your consumption habits. People take it for granted. It’s a mentality that will trickle down if you start with your food consumption. It affects the way you think about a lot of things. So many people consume things without regard for much else other than taste or desire, and once you put in the idea of what it means to consume and how to be responsible for what you put into your body it makes you more aware and more sensitive to the daily habits that have become routine.”
“The Secret Lives of People in Love” by Simon Van Booy
I like anything top 80/contemporary. I also like country because it reminds me of home (Texas!)
“He has a delightfully complex intellect.” -Keith
“He is really intelligent. He is also a really cool guy and he works really hard.” -Hannia
“I have known Remoy for a long time, and beneath his alternately pensive and witty veneer, there is a truly enlightened guy” -James
“Remoy is a tremendously good and kind person. He is thoughtful, funny, smart and very self-aware” -Allison