• Name: Sarah Portella

    Lenth of Employment: 7 years   

     

     

    Q: What drew you to apply with O’Henry’s? I was a Business Management major in college & had asked to interview the owner of O'Henry's for a school project. That conversation led to a job offer.

     

    Q: Were you a guest of O’Henry’s prior to being hired? No.

     

    Q: If your house were edible, what would it be made of? Crunchy peanut butter and M&M's.

     

    Q: What did you do prior to working for O'Henry's? I was a student. 

     

    Q: Is there one guest that has made an impact on you? Explain. There are a few guests. I have gotten to know them over the last 7 years and I feel like I have been able to make an impact on them, as they have on me. 

     

    Q: What led you to pursue management as a career? I sort of fell into it. I started as a Public Relations major and didn't enjoy it. I then switched to Bus. Management and found the classes interesting and challenging. I enjoy being able to lead a team and make decisions to help the team be the best they can.

     

    Q: Describe yourself in 3 words: Quiet, Dedicated. Emotional.

     

    Q: If you could trade places with someone for a week, and live their life, who would it be and why? Kara Goucher, olympic marathoner. She is an amazing runner with dedication to her sport. She is humble and determined.

     

    Q: How do you spend your free time? Training for triathlon with my husband.

     

    Q: What is your most embarrassing moment while working at O’Henry’s? I'm not sure what my most embarrassing moment is, but I know I've spilled and made many messes for the entertainment of some of our guests. 

     

    Q: What is one thing that none of your co-workers know about you? 

    I was homecoming queen in the small town I grew up in.

     

     

    Q: What is your favorite coffee and why? Yemen Mocha Mattari. It has a subtle earthiness to it with a hint of cocoa in the finish. It's a great coffee to sip any time of day.

     

    Q: If you could have coffee with anybody today, who would it be? Two people.
     

     

    This post written by Sarah Portella

    Manager, O'Henry's in Homewood 



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  • Oct 10
    2013

    Just a brief update...

    If you happen to drive by our location on Highland Avenue, you will finally see that construction is under way! Work on the building will continue through October and most of November. At this time we are tentavely set to open at the beginning of December. We look forward to meeting you all! 


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    Name: Mike McElwain

    Lenth of Employment: 11 years 

     

     

    Q: What drew you to apply with O’Henry’s? I was drawn to O'Henry's because of its product diversity, quality, environment, and hospitality. Plus, I prefer to work for small local businesses.

     

    Q: Were you a guest of O’Henry’s prior to being hired? No.

     

    Q: If your house were edible, what would it be made of? Robusto and Piave Cheese.

     

    Q: What did you do prior to working for O'Henry's? I was the manager of a premium landscaping company and the manager/trainer for a coffee cart concept in Jackson, MS called Jackson Java.

     

    Q: Is there one guest that has made an impact on you? Explain. Yes, Chris Davis. I have been a friend and admirer of Chris since the days when he was partner in one of our wholesale accounts. Chris has encouraged me socially and professionally to reach higher.

     

    Q: What led you to pursue management as a career? I'm not satisfied with the status quo in general and want to be able to determine my own future. (as much as possible)

     

    Q: Describe yourself in 3 words: Reserved. Methodical. Intuitive.

     

    Q: If you could trade places with someone for a week, and live their life, who would it be and why? John Eldridge. Because he lives and works in a beautiful place while mentoring and counseling people in the wilderness of Colorado.

     

    Q: How do you spend your free time? Hiking, traveling, riding my motorcycle, and canoeing.

     

    Q: What is your most embarrassing moment while working at O’Henry’s? None that I am aware of, thankfully!

     

    Q: What is one thing that none of your co-workers know about you? 

    After this month (Sept.) I will have seen all but 3 of our States in the U.S. 

     

     

    Q: What is your favorite coffee and why? Panama Lerida (currently). It is a high quality coffee that presents an exceptionally balanced profile. Easy pleasing, yet sophisticated enough to keep me happy :)

     

    Q: If you could have coffee with anybody today, who would it be? Joe Wagner. He was my 1st boss in the coffee business at Jackson Java. I would thank him for his encouragement & willingness to teach me all that he knew. 

     

    This post written by Mike McElwain

    O'Henry's Roastmaster 

     


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  • With our 20th Anniversary coming up in the beginning of November we wanted to share a few exciting things that are going to be happening over the next few months. 

    Number One: We kicked off the beginning of 20 years of Coffee and Community with our first ever Summer Photo Contest. It was a success as we had over 15 entries and over 350 votes cast. The winners were announced on September 4th and their pictures are displayed in the Homewood Store.

    Number Two: We are in the planning process of opening a 4th retail location in Highland Park. It will be located in the retail space below the Sheraton Apartments, two doors down from Rojo. Opening date is tentatively scheduled for the first part of November, very close to our actual 20th Anniversary. 

    Number Three: Get excited about a new coffee! We plan on coming out with a special 20th Anniversary Blend late October. Special retail items will also be in stores late October commemorating our 20th year with special 1993 - 2013 printed on them. 

    Number Four: And these are big ones! We will be having a Free Latte Day in November and will be featured on the Talk of Alabama in a morning segment.

    If you have any questions regarding any upcoming events please direct them to our office at 205-945-8970.


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