Business Bio Monthly - Thomas Reese, Mary Senter

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Walla Walla Roastery Cafe owners Mary Senter and Thomas Reese. October 21, 2011

Business: Brother/sister co-owners of Walla Walla Roastery, 290 A Street, Walla Walla.




Hometown: Walla Walla



Favorite memory: Reese -- Walking around their property near the airport and wondering about their plans when they struck up a conversation with winemakers Mike and Eric Dunham next door and met actor Kyle MacLachlan, who has since become their "espresso ambassador."

Senter -- "This comes to mind because we've talked about it lately. It's from childhood. We got into trouble launching water balloons from our house into the Green Park school carnival." The two got an opportunity to talk with a police officer and then have a session with their father.



Favorite performers: Reese -- The Raconteurs and White Stripes.

Senter -- R.E.M., ABBA, Eastern Orthodox chants and new favorite, Cake.

Reese -- "Band of Brothers."



Favorite food: Senter -- Ethiopian food. "I have two adopted daughters from Ethiopia and another from Cambodia."

Reese --Berny's Tacos, but says Walla Walla needs a Greek restaurant.

Worst job: Reese --"I've had quite a few. Actually, one of the most memorable and instructive was when I was with all kinds of kids getting $3 an hour in the wheat fields pulling rye at age 14. I'm glad I did it. That's what's missing in today's youth culture." He said it was very hot and character building.

Senter -- Pulling weeds in a cemetery when she was in college.



Alternate dream career: Senter -- A veterinarian or librarian.

Reese -- He'd once again own a skateboard shop.



Person you'd most like to talk with:

Senter -- "I would talk with my patron saint, the new martyred Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia."

Reese -- "I would want to talk to Staretz Amvrosy. He was an Eastern Orthodox monk that lived in the famed Optina Monastery in mid-18th century Russia. Noted for his simplicity and great wisdom, he affected the most prominent Russian philosophers of the day. Doestoevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol, Turgenev and many other great minds of the Russian intelligentsia would flock to him for his wise counsel. The figure of Father Zosima in Doestoevsky's 'The Brothers Karamazov' was based upon Amvrosy. I would want to ask him how to live a simple life in such a busy world."

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