Monday, June 2, 2014

Saying Goodbye: Q&A with Christen

The wonderfully stylish Christen worked with Zoe for almost two years - first as the store's social media manager and then as an employee.  Today this delightful friend of Zoe (and Susan) shares her thoughts.

Q.Why did you want to come to work at/with Zoe?
Having cultivated a relationship with Susan and Zoe's employees after months of working with the team on Zoe's marketing efforts, it seemed a natural next step to work at Zoe too! I was already familiar with the product, and loved the store--for obvious reasons. It has meant so much to me to have been a part of Zoe and to tell her story.

Q. Favorite piece that you’ve ever seen in the store (and why)?
The Issa leaf-print silk dress/tunic is a truly remarkable piece. I am very pear-shaped and have to be very careful of what I wear when it comes to dresses. The dress is exquisite and incredibly flattering. It is bold but not in-your-face. Modern yet somehow classic too. It's a piece I will wear for many, many years to come.

Q. Favorite Zoe piece in your closet (and why)?
Oops. I just answered it. After several weeks of working in the store, I simply couldn't stand to leave the Issa dress behind one more time. So it came home with me...

Q. Craziest thing you ever had happen to you in the store.(or with Zoe’s social media)
I don't know if you would qualify this as "crazy," but while I worked at Zoe there was a man who always walked his two dogs just to Zoe's doorstep so that I could feed them treats. He always refused to come inside though and the dogs would wait outside until I noticed they were there. It was both sweet, and incredibly awkward at the same time!

Q. Favorite store event
I was only able to pop in briefly, but the last Katie Bartels trunk show was really great. It was fun to see the store filled with new Zoe shoppers and long time Katie fans. And her jewelry always brightens the day!

Q. What I love about Jim
I had only briefly met Jim once when I got a flat tire in Old Town a few blocks from the store. My husband came to rescue me, and after almost 30 minutes of trying to get the flat tire off the car, it still refused to budge. I recalled that Jim works on and restores cars and thought he might know what was going wrong. I called Susan and immediately Jim dropped everything to come and help us. As fate would have it, mere minutes before he arrived the tire finally popped off. I felt terrible for having bothered him for nothing, but will always remain grateful that a near-stranger was willing to help us.

Q. Favorite Susan quote
"Let me think about it." I love that Susan carefully thinks through everything thing she does. It has always made an impression on me, since I am very impulsive--for better or for worse.

Q. When I see Zoe pink, I think...
I helped Susan with Zoe's social media for a while, and will always think of trying to find relevant images for events and marketing purposes that included the just-right-shade of pink! For no other client did I have a color scheme to adhere to, but I always loved the finished product! Pink makes everything better.

Q. What you’ll miss most about the store.

This may seem self-evident, but I'll miss the shopping the most. For two years, I have shopped at Zoe consistently and my wardrobe is much more stylish for it! I'll miss knowing that I can always pop in, give Tara a hug and leave with a sartorial pick-me-up!

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