What do you do?
Sue Oksa

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I am the owner of Boutique 2421 point5 in charming Old Colorado City.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       The flip answer would be, I do everything that is needed and then a few more things. Most of our products are made right in the back of the store: jewelry, soaps, lo-tions, incense and clothes. I also line up the other Colorado artists that have product in the store. Thanks to a wonderful business partner, I do not have to try to do this all myself.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       My mother owned a fabric store when I was growing up; I guess you could say, the woman raised me doing this. I had been doing similar work in Colorado on the military bases for a couple of years before opening the store on the Westside. The store celebrated its first year (of many to come) this last summer.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       It might sound corny, but I love meeting people and chatting with them. The local people and the tourists are great to talk with. People remind me how lucky I am to live in this great state with this wonderful climate.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       I would like to see more events in Old Colorado City. The Westside is a great community with wonderful people. Each event seems to be enjoyed by all. People comment continually about how wonderful it is when the area does something. Maybe we could manage at least one event per month to bring people to the area.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       I am a strong believer in education and training, but I do not feel that a classroom can teach the real world unless it teaches and trains you how to deal with people. It does not matter if it is a good or a bad interaction with a person, you can not learn that from a book or a teacher. Experience and consideration has to be in the mix at all times.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       OK, another flip answer. The best thing about working on the Westside is it is not the Eastside. The traffic is so much better. The people are much more considerate. People on the Westside can park and walk to each place, isn't that better then driving while riding on the car horn? People actually smile, wave and most times say hello when you see them – even if they do not know you. The Westside folks have put the humane back in human.

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