Meet Your Barista: Jenny @ HB-Longest Ave.
If you’ve ever been to HB-Longest Avenue when Jenny’s working, you know you’ll be immediately greeted by a huge, contagious smile.
As her one of her fellow Assistant managers says, “Jenny is a beacon at our store. It doesn’t matter what mood she’s in, when she comes into work she is full of good energy. The customers and baristas both adore her. She’s picked up shifts at other stores and I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t feel better after having met her.”
So make sure you say hello to her next time you visit – especially if you’re ordering the Turmeric Chai!
Which location do you work at?
Longest Avenue. What, what, Highlands folks represent!
How long have you been working at HB?
Three whole years.
Louisville native or transplant?
I’m a transplant. I grew up in Northern Kentucky, in a tiny town called Rabbit Hash. Ever heard of it? The mayor of the town is a dog! If you’ve never been, you should go, because that’s the kind of politics Americans need. Anyway, I moved to Louisville in 2012 for school, and I have loved every second here.
When you’re not working at Heine Brothers’, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love being with my church family at Fellowship Louisville. My time here has been so enhanced by these really great people who have taken me in and surrounded me with the love of God though the gospel. Most of my time, however, is spent either at school, working on school, or thinking about school. I’m a counseling student at Boyce College at Southern Seminary, so you will often find me on campus, reading all the books, and engaging with students.
What would your dream vacation entail?
Easy. Ireland. I mean, come ON. Sometimes, I’ll just Google images of Ireland when I’m feeling down. I am totally swept away by the beauty of that land. I imagine that sitting outside a cottage and looking at the scenery is as quaint as it sounds.
Finish the sentence: I couldn’t live without ______.
Honestly, my gut reaction is cheese. And I don’t think I’m going to amend that statement. Cheese really is the essence of life.
Best show you’ve seen here in town?
I’ve seen my favorite band, mewithoutYou, at Headliners a couple times, and each show was incredible.
Your most fearless moment or a time you pushed yourself the farthest?
Hm, good question. I would say I pushed myself the furthest when I changed colleges/career paths. In 2012, I was studying political science and English at UofL, and I really loved it. During that time, I watched a love one battle heroin addiction. He ultimately lost that battle, and passed away in 2013. Continuing at UofL and eventually attending law school seemed to be the most secure and financially rewarding thing to do. However, I knew then that my heart was for addictions counseling. I wanted to be a voice of compassion, encouragement, and relentless hope to people who, like my brother, had no voice left. I then transferred from UofL to Boyce to study counseling.
Since you work at Longest and have close access to Carmichael’s Bookstore, do you have a current read you would recommend?
In shame, I do admit that it took me way, WAY, to long to do so, but in the last few months I began really reading Wendell Berry. His work is a joy. If you haven’t read his writing, let me tell you, you are missing out. Carmichael’s has a wonderful selection of both his fiction and nonfiction. I highly recommend you come see us at Heine Brothers’, meander your way into Carmichael’s, pick up a copy of Jayber Crow, and read it like the Kentuckian you are.
Favorite HB drink & why?
Heine Bros’ single origin coffees are so good. Honestly, before you order whatever it is you order everyday, check the board and see what we’re brewing. You’ll really be in luck if the sign reads Ethiopia or Peru. Those two are by far my favorite. But if I’m feeling a little crazy, I’ll order a Turmeric Chai. I don’t know who first combined turmeric and chai, but I owe that person my life. Okay, that’s extreme; maybe I just owe them my undying gratitude. Or maybe just a thank you will suffice. Anyway, thank you, creator of Turmeric Chai.