Virgo. Creative and successful, she's not the sensitive sort but she can be a bit touchy. Get on her bad side and there'll be hell to pay. There's no such thing as "too far."
Fave Drink: A Shot of Hot Damn
Fave Song: "Sorry, Not Sorry" Demi Lovato
J: Hey, Sabrina. Thanks for taking a minute to meet with me. I know you're incredibly busy running a bar. Can you tell me a little about owning your own business? What led you down that path?
S: Thanks, Jessica. Yeah, I always wanted to have my own business. My dad stressed that the surest way to truly be successful was to work for yourself. The summer before I turned fourteen, he got me a part-time job working at a detail shop. I hated working in the heat, scrubbing stains out of carpets and cleaning air vents with a Q-tip. But Mr. J.D., the owner of the shop, trained me to perform every single task to the greatest degree of proficiency of which I was capable. He always used to say that even if his job was scrubbing toilets with toothbrushes, then he'd be the best damn toilet scrubber he could be. He was in competition with no one but himself, always striving to do the best he could do. And he expected no less from those who worked for him. Those expectations reminded me very much of my dad. I admired that in both of them. As much as I hated the tasks I was set to perform every day that summer, I learned a lot. I especially learned that I wanted to be able to say which tasks I would perform and which I'd delegate. Which, I think, was the whole point my dad was trying to get across.
J: Wow. So you had a part-time job at fourteen? At fourteen, I wasn't even thinking about work or money or any of that. So, okay, fast forward a little bit. At what point did you decide your first small business would be a bar? And do you plan to move on to something else after you get it off the ground?
S: The second question is easier to answer. Dad's got a thing for buying small businesses, revamping them, then selling to move on to the next project. That's not for me, though, I don't think. It's still early to say for sure, but I'm really happy with what I'm doing. I have so many goals, I know I'll be busy for at least the next five years. After that, who knows? Maybe I'll move on, or maybe I'll have new long term goals. But for now, I have no plans other than to grow my business to its full potential. As for when I decided it had to be a bar... Probably my sixteenth birthday. My dad brought me to this restaurant and the second I saw the shelf with the mirror behind it, lined with all those bottles... I don't know. Something about the aesthetic of a bar just appeals to me. And I loved the idea of having private alcoves where folks could stash themselves away from the main crowd. I've only ever read about bars like that. I'd never been to one. In my opinion, our town needed some class.
J: Well, you certainly brought the class. I had the pleasure of visiting The Hot Spot for a Christmas party last year. It was gorgeous! And those little alcoves somehow block out the sound a lot better than I expected. How do you manage that?
S: Careful placement of the openings and soundproof dividers. You noticed how each little mini room opened up away from the dance floor, facing the bar, but at a diagonal? By adding those diagonal dividers behind each booth, we're able to block the majority of the sound waves from reaching those customers who want a quiet, intimate spot while still allowing people at the bar and across the dance floor to get the full effect of a club.
J: Very nice. Okay, so, I gotta ask... What's the deal with you and Grace? I know it's all said and done now, water under the bridge and all that, but can you tell us about it now that you have the benefit of hindsight? The rivalry between you two was something for the townsfolk to behold. We're all curious about what went down and why.
S: Ah, well... We were young. Not that this was so very long ago, mind you, but sometimes it feels like it. Grace and I are better off now than where we were, say, a year ago, but so much has happened that we'll never quite be the good friends we once were. But I don't hold any grudges against Grace.
J: Not anymore, you mean.
S: Right. No more grudges. The truth came out in the wash, as they say. Now, instead of getting revenge, I'm trying to focus more or repairing some of the bridges I've burned. Grace has forgiven, but here's the thing about her...she doesn't forget. It'll be a long time--if ever--before she trusts me again. But I'm hopeful. One thing we have is time. We have our whole lives ahead of us.
J: One last question. What's up with you and Mercy?
S: Mercy... I'm doing my best to make up months of torment. Looking back, I know I treated her badly and I know she didn't deserve that. I was so angry and hurt and afraid, I lashed out at anyone I thought even remotely deserved it. But she really is the sweetest person. And I hope one day I can make it all up to her. It's just going to take some time.
J: Time heals all wounds, they say. I hope you're able to make amends. I, for one, would love to see the six of you band together and kick someone's ass. I don't even care whose. Metaphorically speaking, of course.
S: Ha! Of course.
J: Well, thanks again for coming in to chat with me.
S: Thank you for having me!
Keep an eye out for Sabrina's book Retribution, the third book in the Sugar & Spite series, coming soon in 2019.
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