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Meet The Crew
Sharon O'Quinn, Store Manager - Here since the very beginning, Sharon has been selling housewares and kitchen products for 25 years. She's been an enthusiastic baker for most of her life, ever since her grandmother taught her how to bake bread. She collects vintage cookbooks, and thinks you should always eat dessert first. Sharon started with Faraday's a couple months before our opening in July of 2005 - Associate #1
Laura Rosado, Merchandising and Sales Lead - Laura brought her West-coast style to Austin from Seattle six years ago. When she isn't watching Harry Potter or inventing new holidays, you'll find her enjoying life with her husband, who is- you guessed it- a chef.
Patty Trussel, Sales - Patty comes with quite an extensive background in the food industry, from Private Chef to Head Chef. She has worked with the Girl and Boy Scouts and as an ambassador to local schools, talking about the importance of nutrition. You name it, she's cooked it!
Jeanmarie Ficken, Sales - Jeanmarie is a born-and-bred Italian New Yorker who has been in Texas for 24 years. She has cooked since she was a young girl with her mother and grandma- especially Italian food! She was a long-time Faraday's customer before she came to work with us. She loves the beach and traveling to Lubbock with her husband to visit her sons at Texas Tech.
Maxwell Maurer, Sales Support - Texas born and bred, Max grew up around a various assortment of smokers and grills, and is quickly becoming our in-house Eggspert! His first job was as a fry cook, and he's always expanding his food knowledge. He builds computers (so he's very handy when things go wrong around here) to playing high-graphic video games- and he's also a musician. Quite the renaissance man!
Alec Civitelli, Sales & Kitchen Assistant - Alec started working with us as a Kitchen Assistant when he was just 15 years old- his first job. Since then, he's taken on more responsibility on our sales floor while still occasionally helping in the kitchen. He practices Krav Maga, so he's also our unofficial bodyguard.
Ember Moon-Everscending, Kitchen Assistant - Ember currently has her own private chef business. Her goal at Faraday’s is to expand her culinary knowledge from around the world, learn new cuisines, improve her food presentation skills, and gain a stronger ability to teach cooking classes. She's an enthusiastic Yoga practitioner and teacher, and loves to garden in her spare time.
David Ruchman, Kitchen Assistant - David is a freelance producer and director. His production company, Garnish Creative (garnish-creative.com), specializes in food, restaurant and hospitality projects. His goal at Faraday's is to become a better home cook, create more flavorful dishes and understand how the chefs present the food in an attractive and enticing manner.
Tony and Melissa Curtis-Wellings- Store Owners, are the captains of the ship! They provide the direction that drives all of us to present the best products and service to you every day. You can catch them each week eating flavorful curries (love those spices!), hiking the trails with their Belgian Sheepdog, Dasher, and enjoying everything Texas has to offer.