Meet Your Barista: Ben @ HB-Longest Ave.
Today is extremely hot and humid, like many of us have experienced, the Kentucky sun beats down relentlessly. I find my way through Cherokee Park and get lost down the many side streets and alleys of the Highlands area. Though this area is quite familiar to me I am surprised to find myself on streets I had never been before. That’s the beauty of the Highlands, its labyrinth effects cease to disappoint. After a lap around the block and some blasting AC I find the house where Ben lives. I am not quite to the door when I here a beckoning meow. Ben let’s me in and I am immediately greeted and introduced to his sweet cat, Harper. Though Ben shows me around, Harper truly outshines him as the welcoming committee. We sit and begin talking about Ben’s time at Heine Brothers’.
How long have you been working for Heine Brothers’?
About Ten years now
What was it like back in 2009?
It was a lot smaller then, There were only seven stores at the time, and I was working at the old Shelbyville Road location; the one that is next to the old Sears building.
What were you up to in 2009?
I was a sophomore in college at the University of Louisville learning graphic design.
What are some of your hobbies?
Drawing, making comic books, being outside, going to the park, playing music
When did you start making comic books?
I was in my last year of college, learning graphic design, and I wanted a creative outlet that I could make money doing and actually enjoy. It was a nice alternative to college party culture and something that anyone can do.
You said you like playing music, were you ever in a band?
Yes, I was in a band called Xerxes for three years.
What are you listening to right now?
A band called Hater
Most influential artist?
If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead who would it be?
Charles M. Schulz
What’s your favorite local restaurant?
Heart and Soy
Favorite local business?
Wild and Wooly (Rip)
And If course, where did you go to high school?
DuPont Manual High School
Make sure to stop by our Longest Avenue / Mid City Mall location to visit Ben! You can also buy his comics online at https://freebensears.com/ and at Carmichael’s Bookstore!