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Pahl’s Market Featured Employee: Patti Smith

by | Apr 29, 2012 | Market News

Patti Smith and family

Years of Service at Pahl’s Market: 4 years

Job Responsibilities: I am a supervisor and work in the retail market. I have numerous responsibilities including: training & supervising staff, pricing/merchandising, and working daily with our wonderful customers.  Whenever I get the chance, I get dirt under my fingernails in the greenhouse.

Love of the Job: I love selling our wonderful assortment of blooming plants to people knowing it is something they truly want but don’t necessarily need.  They treat themselves to the good things in life.

Family:

  • I have two wonderful boys that I’m so proud of,  Zach age 17 and Tanner age 14 ½
  • A loving husband who is always there for me
  • Last but not least, my crazy dog and a cat that makes me feel like Dr. Doolittle because he follows me everywhere!  My family will tell you I’m an animal lover because I can’t watch movies where the animals die without crying.

Favorite Time of the Year: The hot days of summer on the lake.  Nothing is more peaceful than floating on the water.

Hobbies: When I am not at work surrounded by plants, I am in my own garden beds.  I can “work” in my yard all day and it isn’t really working.

The farthest you have traveled from home: I’ve traveled to Hawaii twice, first to Maui and then to Kauai the following year.  I remember enjoying some awesome macadamia nut pancakes when there was a rolling blackout across the island.  As it hit the diner, an elderly man came out of the bathroom and announced “All I did was flush the toilet.”  Everyone laughed.

Three things on your “Bucket List”

  • Become a Minnesota Snowbird: spending winters in the sun
  • See the Redwood Forest in California
  • Vacation on a quiet Caribbean Island

What do you miss most about being a kid: Having someone to take care of everything for me and not having any major responsibilities

What skill would you like to learn:  I would like to be able to swim like my talented kids.  It looks so effortless to me when I watch them compete

First thing you bought with your own money:  A television for about $270.00 and I had to finance it!

Who would you choose as your mentor:  I would pick my Dad to be my mentor.  He passed away 8 years ago.  He could fix anything.  He could build anything. He was everything!

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do: If I won the lottery, I would go on a long vacation to Hawaii and stay in a beachfront condo.

Which celebrity do you get mistaken for: No one, I am one of a kind.

Favorite Movie:  50 First Dates

Favorite Song: Country Music

Hardest thing I’ve ever done:  Bury my father. I miss him.

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4 Comments

  1. marge Pierson

    I have seen your work Pat & it is one of a kind & very beautiful.Hope to stop by to see you at Pahls & soon. Marge

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  2. Lora

    Patti gave me the most exceptional customer service just last week! I picked out three perfect pots for my garden. I love them and the positive experience I had, thanks to Patti!

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  3. Tess Minkema

    I loved the feature article on my dear cousin, Patti. I have seen some of Patti’s work ,as well,and agree that she does great work! If I were featured and asked what skill I would like to learn, my response would be that I would like to learn how to create beautiful arrangements like my cousin Patti! If I were asked about my family, I would tell you that I , too am blessed with a loving husband and two boys but I would also tell you that I have a very kind and generous cousin named Patti! Congratulations on this recognition, Pat!

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  4. Mike Mallan

    Patti has always been my favorite sister and has always been a good worker. She has an amazing family.I was really surprised she didn’t mention her favorite brother ….Mike 🙂

    Reply

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