Bob and Jan’s Bottle Shop is a block away from the Bridge Street Inn. The store has a fine selection of alcoholic beverages plus other essentials like toothpaste. Forgot half and half for your morning cup of coffee? Need some Haagen Dazs ice cream at 10:55 PM? Run to Bob and Jan’s. When the rest of the East Village shops are closed you might find what you need at the liquor store. It’s open from 9AM till 11PM Mon-Sat and 8PM on Sun.
Bob and Jan’s business culture exemplifies a section of the current book I’m enjoying, “Let My People go Surfing” by Yvon Chouinard the founder of Patagonia. The chapter that describes the type of people Patagonia seeks to hire reminds me of Bob and Jan’s employees. Yvon writes, “Of course we do hire some people strictly for their technical expertise. We have employees who never sleep outside or who have never peed in the woods. What they all do share, as our organizational development consultant noted, is a passion for something outside themselves, whether for surfing or opera, climbing or gardening, skiing or community activism.”
Bob and Jan’s Bottle Shop employees are an example of this type of hiring practice. Here are two employees at Bob and Jan’s who do more then drink wine, eat ice cream or brush their teeth.