Years lived in Toledo: 25
Occupation: Operator of Claro Coffee Bar
One song lyric to describe my ideal self: Every single lyric from Carly Rae Jepsen’s album Emotion.
Most people know me for: Always being behind the bar at Claro.
The street I drive on/walk on most often is: Adams Street.
The best time I ever had in Toledo: Maker’s Mart at Handmade Toledo. I’ve been to a lot of similar events in other cities, but Handmade Toledo puts on the best one. Hundreds of people show up (last year I swear I saw Tom Cruise in the crowd) and it’s awesome to see so many great makers and artists in one place. If you’ve never been, you seriously need to check it out.
The reason I am most proud of myself right now: I’ve been taking pottery classes at the Toledo Botanical Gardens and finally made a mug that actually looks like a mug.
If I knew I could get away with it, I would: Break in and spend a night in the Imagination Station with friends (I’m talking about a Night at the Museum-style adventure here).
What makes me truly feel alive: 14 shots of espresso.
The artists and musicians I love: Dan Hernandez from The University of Toledo and Bliss Nova (a local sibling duo of synth-pop dream devils).
My ideal day looks like, from morning to night: espresso from every local coffee shop in the morning and a flight of beer from every local brewery in the afternoon.
The best thing I’ve ever eaten in Toledo was: It’s impossible to pick just one.
My top three are: the “Don Charly” from Carlos’ Poco Loco, anything from Kengo Sushi & Yakitori, and shawarma from Middle Eastern Market.
If I could change one thing about Toledo: I wish people would be more aware of all the awesome events happening in Toledo. Too many people complain about having nothing to do, but if you just pay a little attention there’s always really exciting things going on. (Editor’s note: Read the City Paper!)