What do you do?
Kathy Bousquet

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I own Barbeque Mercantile in Old Colorado City.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       Everything! As the sole owner of a small business, I’m responsible for making sure merchandise gets ordered, bills get paid and that my customers get the best shopping experience possible.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       I opened my store in November of 2005. Before that I had been in corporate sales and sales management for 20 years. I have lived on the Westside since 1968.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       I love what I do! My greatest satisfaction is helping my customers get great results from their outdoor cooking.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       I get frustrated with office equipment that breaks down. I’m usually too busy to get it fixed right away, so I end up living with the inconvenience too long. I just want it to work!
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       Doing taxes...that’s why I have a great bookkeeper and accountant.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       It’s so unique. There is no “cookie-cutter” anything here. The pace is slower and people have a chance to get to know their neighbors.

“What do you do?” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you know someone who has an interesting job on the Westside (but doesn’t live here), he/she might be a candidate for this column! If you know someone who might qualify, give us a call at 471-6776.