Employee Spotlight: Sydney

Author: Town Square

February 21, 2020

[EDITOR’S NOTE: We plan to spotlight each of our employees on or near their birthday. On the day we post their spotlight, we will also begin a week of featuring their favorite drink at the shop for $1 off.]

You may or may not know Sydney, but if you’re reading this, then I know you’ve seen her work. 

Sydney is our marketing director and has been creating good looking content for us since last summer. She is currently a senior Public Relations major at Northwestern College. She usually gets to stay behind the camera and is the one writing these posts. But today, I (Steve) get the pleasure of introducing y’all to her.

Even though I regularly call her Sydney Bo Bidney, her middle name is actually Ann. Sydney grew up in the suburbs of Des Moines, IA, and played a whole bunch of volleyball before graduating high school and coming up here to Orange City. Her preferred style is “baggy grandpa” and admits to swiping thrift store finds before older gentlemen can get to them. This grandpa looking marketing director is getting married to Ben (our GM) later this year. I still haven’t heard if the wedding theme will also be “baggy grandpa.” Here’s hoping.

One of the first times I got to hang out with Sydney outside of work, she brought a pie. 

Who doesn’t like pie? The answer is me. I don’t like pie. Call me a monster, but listen, friends. Sydney is no baggy grandpa when it comes to making pie. No. Sydney is a three-time Iowa State Fair ribbon winning baker. That. That was gosh dern good pie, and every single one of you should start thinking of nice things to do for Sydney so she will want to make you pie.

Here’s a good place to start. Buy Sydney a plant. Sydney loves plants. If you live near Orange City, you may be acutely aware that now is not the season for feeling connected to nature. It’s a bit bleak outside. Watering and taking care of plants fills that nature gap in her life. Like, Sydney even tracks her own water consumption using an app called Plant Nanny (which I am now hooked on). Plants are just the beginning, though. Sydney wants to grow up and be a mother of plants and dogs and humans. Since she waters plants every day and is a certified dog trainer, she really just needs to figure out humans.  

Sydney is an enneagram 9w8. For her, this means she feels capable of hearing different perspectives, can keep the peace, and can express her anger without outburst. In the book Millenneagram by Hannah Paasch, the 9 is described as a wallflower, which inspired Sydney’s behind the ear tattoo of a flower. Sydney describes herself as a peaceful, strong, feminist, and has one helluva bedtime routine centered around calming self-care. You should buy her a plant and ask her about it.

 Having Sydney on staff has been a complete joy and a huge relief. She has a wonderful sense of humor, which brings laughter into the shop every day.  She has a clear and organized vision for our brand and has been patient with me and diligent with our marketing. I am thankful for her life and want to invite you to get to know her and celebrating her with the rest of us. 

Come on in and have a Peppermint Hot Chocolate (Sydney’s favorite drink) from Feb 21-27 for $1 off!

Wanna know more about Sydney? Check out her answers to these 20 questions:

1.What is the last tv show you watched/what are you currently watching?

Who Killed Little Gregory Netflix Docuseries [heard about on My Favorite Murder (fav podcast)]

2. What are your hobbies/what do you do in your free time?

Water my plants, send Steve weird tik tok videos, she wants to read, play games w/friends and Ben, bake (she’s really good at baking)

3. Describe yourself in a hashtag?


4. What’s your favorite time of day?

2pm…when the sun is shining 

5. Dream country to visit?

Australia, (Sydney specifically because…uh…ITS HER NAME) and also because there are lots of unique wildlife

6. What’s one ingredient you put in everything?


7. What are your biggest fears?

Being near a sociopath 

8. Window or aisle seat


9. Secret talent?

All the words to super bass 

10. Superpower you would want?


11. Best gift you’ve ever received?

My dog – Max

12. What’s your favorite board game?

Currently, Planet – it’s really pretty and has lots of animals

Growing up – LIFE

13. What’s your favorite color?


14. Least favorite color?


15. What’s the best word in the English language?


16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?


17. Favorite season?


18. If you could have an endless supply of one fresh produce 


19. A dessert you don’t like?

No cheesecake

20. A skill you’re working on mastering?