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What do you do in your new position?
My job encompasses three main roles:
1) Marketing—Writing our English Traditions blog; keeping our Facebook, Twitter, Houzz and Pinterest pages updated; sending emails to notify customers of upcoming events; and developing new ways to connect to our current and future customers.
2) Design—helping our customers choose a piece of furniture to work in an existing room or helping them to design an entire room—or entire house—from antiques and upholstery to rugs, artwork or pillows.
3) Sales—selling all of our fabulous furniture, art and accessories to our fabulous customers.
What do you like best about this job?
I love being surrounded by the gorgeous antiques and upholstery in English Traditions. I have been a customer and fan of the store for many years, and it is truly a pleasure to work here. The customers are great to work with—it is fun to help them choose a gorgeous antique or design an entire room that they will live in and love. Design is really my passion, and to get paid to pursue your passion is a delight. I really enjoy working with Casey Cordill, the co-owner and store manager. He has great vision and impeccable taste, and is teaching me so much about interior design. He is very visual and I am a strong writer, so we make an excellent team. Also, we are both very inspired by beautiful furnishings and have a strong design aesthetic. We get very excited about the latest Thibaut sample book or an amazing antique French table that just arrived.
What's great about living/working in Cincinnati?
Cincinnati is, in my opinion, one of the best cities in the country to raise a family. It is beautiful, historical, affordable and diverse. Traffic is light (honestly, compared with most cities); we have professional sports teams, amazing opera, theater and symphony; many great public schools (Kilgour, Walnut Hills, Hyde Park School, SCPA, etc.); diversity of race, religion and ethnicity; unbelievably beautiful city and county parks; gorgeous historic homes and buildings; an amazing library system; and great local universities. The renaissance of downtown and the development of the riverfront is so exciting and is making Cincinnati even greater. I feel that people place a high priority on family life and quality of life. I love Cincinnati so much that I even convinced my cousin to move here last year from Buffalo. She loves it here now as much as I do. I really consider Cincinnati my "hometown."
What part of town do you live in and what do you most like about the neighborhood in which you live?
I live with my husband of 15 years and our three young boys right in the middle of Hyde Park. Not a native Cincinnatian, I moved to Cincinnati when I graduated from college in 1997 and have lived in four different homes within a mile of where we live now. I absolutely adore the Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout/Oakley area, and feel it has the charm and beautiful old homes of a small town while still having the conveniences of only being five minutes from wonderful downtown. Plus, I am fortunate to be able to send all three of our boys to excellent public schools—my oldest to the Gifted Academy at Hyde Park School and our two younger ones to Kilgour Elementary. Both schools are just a half mile from our house. The pedestrian lifestyle of Hyde Park is so fabulous—we can walk to church, the library, school, the park, the grocery, the dentist, shopping—it is truly a wonderful place to live.