Shirley Owens

Friday, July 22, 2016

Shirley Owens

Interview by:Emily Belle

A lifelong Oberlin resident, Ms. Shirley Owens is General Manager of Quick and Delicious restaurant, located at 311 South Main Street. She believes in creating community through the continuous beautification of neighborhoods, and by making good-tasting food accessible to everyone. Ms. Owens is thankful that Quick and Delicious is equipped to serve people of all ages and abilities, giving customers the opportunity to eat what youd like to eat in a place where family and friends gather and hugs are free.

Q: What word or image would you use to describe Oberlin?

A: Cultural. You just have to learn how to embrace what Oberlin has to offer. Its a very nice community, and a lot of things that people dont even know exist here have been here for a long time. You just have to know when the events are available and enjoy them.

Q: Can you share any examples of the types of cool events that take place here?

A: Well, a lot of things have to do with the college; they have a lot of really nice events that people can embrace and go to. There are plays that come about, and the museum. On Heritage Tours, you can learn more about some of the things that are available and get a chance to see some of the neighborhoods that have the history that brings Oberlin to life; the Underground Railroad and the development of our little community under those circumstances.

So its really about continuously building or beautifying the Oberlin situation.

Q: What has sustainability meant to you in your life and work?

A: Ive been fortunate enough to have been able to buy two homes in this community. One that I built - so I added a home - and one that I have reconditioned. So its really about continuously building or beautifying the Oberlin situation. We refurbished this whole building; that was another thing we tried to do for our community. I think that continuously making sure that you are being a part of the reconditioning of Oberlin is something that is really nice.

Q: Do you engage in any sustainable actions in your business?

A: What we have done is weve saved cans and given them to area schools, like to help them buy a bus. Weve also had the schools come to us and weve given them some of our styrofoam boxes for an experiment that they wanted to do. So we have been a part of decent things around the community, as best that we possibly can.We do try to make sure that were decently environmental; we recycle our corrugated cardboard boxes and our oil. Thats three or four different ways that restaurants can give back to the community or help out throughout the county, state.

Oberlin is a community, and as a community thats how you build. You cant have barriers.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to tell your fellow community members regarding building sustainable relationships in the Oberlin community?

A: Im just thankful not to see a block on certain areas of Oberlin. Oberlin is a community, and as a community thats how you build. You cant have barriers. Were thankful for what we can bring to [the community], because we bring a lot of people from all over to this place. Were very self-conscious about how we feed people, how we treat people, and thats what a restaurants really all about. Were just a nice Mom and Pop where you can eat anything youd like all day long in a home environment type of family setting. Everyone needs to bring their own flavor; we brought ours. It makes it all more personal here and were thankful for that.

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