Employee Name: Jamie Pahl
Number of years of service at Pahl’s:
I was 5 years old when my grandma taught me how to bag corn. Starting at about age 10 I started being the popcorn girl and working the pop station at CornFest. I suppose if you count all of that, I have been working at Pahl’s for about 15 years.
Briefly describe your job duties at Pahl’s:
The most interesting duty I had at Pahl’s was working up in the business office with my dad, Gary Pahl. Luckily, I only had to do this duty for one summer before heading back to school. Just kidding, working with my dad was a joy! Most recently, I work at the customer service desk.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
My favorite part of the job is walking into the greenhouse for the very first time of the spring. The smell is breathtaking.
Tell us about your family…
My parents, Gary and Jane Pahl, have been married for 26 years. My brother, Jack Pahl, is finishing school at the University of Minnesota this fall. My boyfriend, Nate, and I have been together for about 3 1/2 years. The last, and what some may think is the most important, family member is Chex. Chex is the family dog and has become somewhat famous around Pahl’s Market. He is 10 years old.
What is your favorite month of the year? Why?
My favorite month is either September or October. I love the fall. The crisp air and fresh apples are some of my favorite things about fall. My second favorite month is December. I love the weeks leading up to Christmas almost more than Christmas itself. I love busy malls and searching for the perfect gift for people. Everything about the Christmas season is magical.
What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
I don’t have a specific outdoor activity that is my favorite, but I do enjoy being outside playing lawn games and being on a boat.
What is the farthest you have been away from home?
I am not sure if this is the farthest I have been away from home, but one trip that comes to mind for its uniqueness is when I flew to Seattle, Washington to visit my brother last summer. He was doing an internship out there and was ready to drive back home. I stayed in Washington for a couple of days and then we proceeded to drive 29 hours back to MN. On the way back, we drove down to Yellowstone and saw a couple of his friends in Montana. It was a long but fun drive.
What are three things on your “Bucket List”?
- Travel to as many places as I can.
- Skydive again, but in the Alps or somewhere that is exotic
- The rest is all pretty normal: getting married, buying a house, having kids, etc.
What do you miss most about being a kid?
I miss being at my grandparent’s pool with my cousins. We used to swim all day. We would get out only to eat lunch and dinner. Then when my dad was done with work he would come over and we would all go for another round of swimming at night.
What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
I don’t have a specific memory of buying something with my own money, but if you asked my parents they would say nothing because I always ask for their money.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
The first thing I would do is pay off my student loans. Then I would book an amazing trip for my family somewhere warm and dry!
What is your all time favorite movie?
I am not sure what my favorite movie is, but anything that is a cheesy romantic comedy or a Christmas movie always seems to do the trick.
What song do you play the most often?
I don’t have a specific song, but I love country music. Anything country and I am happy.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
The first year of law school was the hardest thing I have ever done.