What do you do?
Sharon Smith

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I’m the daughter/partner/manager of “My Daughter’s Deli.”
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       I make the homemade soups (my dad bakes the bagels every day), cinnamon rolls, cookies and cakes. I also do the data entry, order supplies, and manage the personnel and all the restaurant prep and closing work that needs to be done.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       About 19 years. I started at Mount St. Francis. I managed the guest dining room and conference center. I’ve been on the Westside for almost a year (May 14 is our one-year anniversary!)
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       People – I like talking to the people, and I love to cook and I like working with my dad.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       I’d have to say a way to draw more people in. Definitely better parking and reliable help.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       I was certified as a nurse’s aide. Then I transferred to the nutritional section (at Mount St. Francis). I had to learn everything from scratch. The nuns and friars taught me everything I needed to know to make soup. We also overbaked a lot at first. We now have very little to no food left over.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       I was raised over here. The people make it special. The Westside has the friendliest people. Also, every morning I get to see Pikes Peak on my way to work. There’s no place else in the world with this view, it makes it all worthwhile.

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