Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Staff Profiles: The People of Perelandra

One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the "great energy" that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they're looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Jacob, one of our supplement department experts. If you shop at Perelandra, chances are you have spoken with him! He also writes our Beerdmaster blog series. Get to know him in this week's staff profile.

Name: Jacob


Austin, TX

How long have you lived in New York City?

Almost two years

Length of time working at Perelandra:

About a year and a half.

What are your favorite products at Perelandra?

Herb Pharm Rishi Extract: "It's an adaptogen that is good for pretty much everything – in traditional Chinese medicine, it’s thought to restore your chi. It makes me feel content and healthy."

Hope Hummus Sriracha Hummus: "It's seriously the best hummus I’ve ever had and it incorporates two of my favorite things – hummus and sriracha. It’s spicy and sometimes I’ll just eat spoonfuls out of the container."

Peanut Butter & Co. Bees Knees: "It's dangerously delicious, and it’s good on a sandwich or out of the jar. My roommates have caught me just sitting and spooning right it out of the jar."

What is your favorite thing about working at Perelandra?

You get paid to learn about health, teach others about health and hang out with cool coworkers in the meantime!

What's the most important thing you've learned since you started working here?

At Perelandra I have learned, or have had reaffirmed, that patience, empathy and compassion are the most rewarding virtues to live by. Customer service can sometimes be stressful, but we’re all human and we all deserve to be healthy. I’ve learned that no matter where someone comes from, we all have similar struggles and are seeking better health. It is always worthwhile to lend a helping hand to those that seek help, or are around you. Life is hard so be kind and love everyone.

Favorite book?
My favorite piece of literature would be The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.

Favorite music?
One band I always come back to is Explosions In The Sky, the album the earth is not a cold dead place. They’re from my hometown.

Share some interesting facts about yourself.

I have a tattoo of one my childhood cats, Nay Nay. I also draw and write comic books in my spare time. (editors note: Jacob's comic books are AMAZING!)

Some things we love about Jacob:
"Jacob is a great guy. He is smart, creative, friendly and genuine." -James

"Jacob is dependable, a wealth of wisdom and is always an open, listening ear. He gives good advice about pretty much anything." -Keith

"He is very professional, has a great intercom voice and is a kind person." - Hannia

"He is good with words and has a great sense of wit about him." -Jim

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