I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!
The last few months that I’ve been an ambassador for Bodega Boutique have been the most stylish of MY LIFE and I got to meet and befriend local music sensation Jenn Grant! To say she is cool is like the understatement of the century. The first night we got together outside of the store, we talked so openly with each other that it was as if we’d been friends for years.
She is the real deal and so I was so excited to get to interview her for my last blog post!
What’s your most hated interview question? I started with.
“What inspires you,” she replied.
So I went in with my best shot: “Who was your favourite Much Music VJ growing up?”
“I didn’t have cable” she replied.
“How do you like working with your husband?” I pleaded.
“That’s my second most hated interview question,” she cooed.
I ripped up my interview page and we laughed as she made me some stinging nettle tea and fed me a mermaid bar.
We just got to talking and I took away some pretty sweet snippets about my favourite songstress of all time.
Knowing Jenn grew up on PEI, I asked if she ever went to the karaoke booth on the Cavendish Boardwalk. I had some pretty fond memories there being crammed in with my sisters and cousins and belting out Tiffany's 80s hit I Think We’re Alone Now.
Turns out Jenn spent some time there one fateful summer with her hamster Howie Mandell and cut her first real demo tape with Don’t Worry Be Happy and Stand By Me.
“You mean you sang SOLO?” I asked, knowing that while you sang, your voice played on speakers outside, to the crowd of shoppers on the boardwalk.
“Does that mean you knew you were a singer even at that young age?”
Of course she did, with that angelic voice. Long story short - Howie didn’t make it through that hot day on the boardwalk and Jenn sung herself to sleep with Stand by Me every night for a week as she wept into her pillow. (Don’t feel too badly though - she had 13 Howie Mandells over the years.)
I asked how she and Danny discovered new music and she answered - Ian at Obsolete Records!
He knows their taste so well he recommends new artists to them and is always spot on. If you don’t know Ian, his shop is on Agricola Street. He has a great selection, a huge passion for what he does and is a great guy. I can vouch because he’s a friend of mine too!
We talked for quite awhile about how this Ambassadorship changed us.
For Jenn, other than the amazing new clothes and styling advice from Kate, she was really blown away by how much the experience opened her up to Dartmouth. She spent many years in Halifax before moving to Lake Echo, so the Dark Side was overlooked for many years.
Besides Bodega, she’s now a regular at New Scotland Yard Emporium, Ohealthy Market (where she got the tea and mermaid bars!), Battery Park, and so many more local shops!
She loves the community we have here and how many of her friends are among the business owners. She sees the pride and spirit of business owners, especially Kate, who plays such a strong role in the centre of it all.
One solid answer I got out of her is what song does she LOVE to sing along to in the car? John (Cougar) Mellencamp’s Hurt So Good. I really, really, really hope she covers this one.
Thanks to Bodega for this amazing opportunity. I will forever be an ambassador because you are the best in the biz.
Until the end of the week, you can still get 15% off in store and online using code AMBASSADORB! Use it before you lose it, baby!
Be sure to keep up with me online too! I’m on twitter @brigmixture, Insta @whattheseoldthings and FB: www.facebook.com/whattheseoldthings
Staaaaaand By Meeeeeeeee 😭