Paulie’s Counter Culture – Gin Kim

Born in Virginia but brought to Texas as a baby, Gin considers herself southern top to bottom. She’s spent the mass of her life in Houston where her family owned their own store and she attended school in Sugarland.  Her family’s shop sold just about everything from fake bedazzled chains to child pageant tiaras.

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She claims to be born a Hufflepuff but became a Slytherin to survive in a Korean family. If she isn’t talking about Harry Potter and how desperately she wishes they would come out with a TV Show based on The Marauders, you’ll find her watching any Studio Ghibli film, creating a new voice and character for people she passes on the street, and feeding her friends like a grandma would minus the wrinkles. Her guilty pleasure might be her extreme love of coming of age films, even the bad ones. It’s her guilty pleasure that she doesn’t feel all that guilty about it. She would suggest Daydream Nation, it is wonderfully awful in the best way.

After years of helping with the family business, Gin figured out maybe family and business should be kept apart. She tried her hand at childcare and realized children may be the future but not hers. She was a receptionist and even delivered flowers. She enjoyed delivering flowers because it led her to unknown parts of the city. Also, she had the added pleasure of personally handwriting those lovely “Please forgive me” cards. The icing on the cake also came in the form of delivering said card and flowers to the attendees. “It’s like watching a movie unfold in front of your eyes.”  Flowers were not going to fix most of these.

Gin remembers passing Paulie’s in high school on her weekly ventures to Montrose for thrift shopping. It wasn’t until almost 10 years later she found herself actually stepping foot into the building. After one bite, she was hooked. The building she use to pass all the time became her haven for pasta. Years later while sitting at Paulie’s she vented to her boyfriend that she wished she could work at a place like Paulie’s. The faces were familiar, people were sticking around for a reason and everyone always had a smile behind the counter, which isn’t a common factor in the food industry. It wasn’t even a week later she found a job post online. As luck would have it, it was a position for a Barista at Paulies. Now she is one of those smiling faces with hopes to broaden her wine knowledge and master the way of latte art at Paulie’s!

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