Local Women: Kim Benda

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During the day, Kim Benda enjoys interacting with people of all different backgrounds while working at Tavern on the Square. Her love for a changing environment and meeting new people is something that helps her in both her job and raising her teenage daughter. Q: Can you tell me what you do at Tavern on the Square? A: Well, I’m technically the daytime manager down there. I’m just kind of in charge of making sure that service goes well during the day, that the restaurant is set up and ready to go. I’ve been there since we opened, so I kind of take on a lot of different roles. Just as far as guest service goes, it’s really key for me just to make sure when people come in that they’re welcome to a nice clean restaurant, that they feel comfortable that they just enjoy their time there. During the day it’s kind of tricky to know what kind of service people want because sometimes they still want to be relaxed but they want (to) just joke around a little bit, and some are just straight business. So, you kind of have to know who you’re dealing with. Q: What do you like most about working there? A: Even though I’m in the same building, doing the same thing, everyday is different. I meet so many great people every day, and that’s part of my favorite part — just the people — to get to talk to people. At any one given moment during the day, I can be waiting on a senator and then a construction worker, which is such a great combination of people. Q: When you’re not working, what do you like to do? A: I like a lot of things. I make jewelry, so I spend a lot of time doing that. I like working on my house. I’ve owned my house for almost 13 years now and it has been a labor of love to turn it into my dream house. Making jewelry is kind of something I’ve really gotten into (during the winter months) ‘cause you’re kind of stuck in the house anyway. So, I’m thinking about actually starting to sell some of my pieces, because I always give them away as gifts and everybody’s like, ‘That is so pretty! You should sell this stuff.’ I think I’m going to do some sort of booth at Jazz Fest or something over the summer. Q: Are you having fun raising a teenager? A: It’s a challenge. Every day I meet a new person. It’s funny because one day she’s the sweetest person in the world, and then the next day she’s 14. So, as a single mom, you’ve just got to pick and choose your battles and just pray that you’ve instilled in them the qualities that you want them to have as they face life challenges. I try to lead by example, whether I succeed or fail.
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