April 26, 2009

Meet Brenda!

Remember last time when I said the biggest news around the Mansion these days is our 3 new guest rooms on the third floor, opening in mid-May? So maybe I lied, a little. The really, truly, honestly biggest news is the latest addition to the Mansion team, our new fulltime innkeeper, Brenda Mallonee!

Brenda hails most recently from Athens, Georgia, and brings a heaping helping of Southern hospitality with her to Seattle. She's been in love with the Pacific Northwest for about a decade now, and for years has been threatening to take early retirement from her career with the Georgia juvenile justice system to come work with us. So finally we called her bluff, and here she is! In fact, since among her many other talents she holds a degree in journalism and communications, I fully intend to rope her into being a frequent contributor to Mansion Musings.

If you see more fresh-baked items appearing in our breakfast spread, thank Brenda's passion for cooking. And if the Mansion grounds seem to be coming to life in a whole new way, that would be her gardening passion! From time to time you may see the table graced with the products of her pottery passion. This blog will likely highlight her photography passion. But most of all there is her people passion, which you will recognize immediately when she greets you at the door or on the telephone. We're already hearing rave reviews from our guests and I know you'll agree.

In addition to her primary responsibilities in day-to-day care for our guests, Brenda is also already having an impact in improving our wedding and event operations, and she is excited to be the point person for concerts and shows in our downstairs perfomance space, the Speakeasy. She brings many years of contacts in the music industry with her, so you may be surprised at some of the faces appearing in our humble little venue in the months ahead!

I could go on to tell you all about Brenda's teammate, Glenn, who will join us in May just in time for the opening of our new rooms. But I'll save that for closer to the date.

You may be wondering what is becoming of Ana Lena and Mark. Not to worry! We remain as intimately involved as ever with all facets of the Mansion operation on a daily basis. So when you come visit us you won't be missing out on old friends, just making a new one!


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