Employee Spotlight

Meet the Abby

Abby has been an instrumental part of Loewen Design Studios for many years. Abby has been involved in social media, scheduling, operations, and customer service. She has also helped with some production as well. 

Can you describe your role at Loewen Design Studios?

Yeah, so I'm a little bit of a jack of all trades. I should check to make sure I get my actual official job title.

You might be the only person who has an official job title.

Oh, I assigned myself the official job title. Corporate Responsibility Associate. So basically, I manage projects in corporate giving, profit sharing, and working on benefits programs now. Also a secret project that has been blacked out in this interview.

What do you like most about your job?

I like it because it's a chance to take a look at how the business can make an impact for good within both the local community and the global community, specifically in ways that matter to the employees. But I think it's kind of cool that instead of assigning our own values, it's really, really focused on what matters to the staff. I think that's really interesting about it.

Before working here, what's the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

So when my family first got Norm, I offered because I was 12 ,I was like, I will pooper scoop every week if you pay me $5. Which is one of the worst deals I've made in my life. Yeah.

Abby and George

Abby and Norm

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I do spend a fair amount of time with George and playing with him, going for walks and stuff. I listen to a ton of podcasts.

What is one of your favorite podcasts?

Okay, there's one called even the rich which is stories with the rich and famous which I really like. There's also the Viall files and they do like a bachelor debrief and I spend way too much time mighty deep into that world. Those are the two big podcasts and otherwise I'm never supposed to say watching TV is a hobby, but I really do like binging TV shows. Im watching the Mindy Project now. 

So could you describe Loewen Design Studios in three words?

We make tables.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I actually wanted to be a doctor for a while, mostly because I was told doctors make a lot of money and I was like, hey, I want to be rich. But then I realized, I don't really like blood and gore or anything like that. Then in high school for biology, you had to memorize stuff and that really didn't work for me. So at that point, I was like, You know what, maybe, maybe it's time to let it go. 

Abby playing soccer

What was it like growing up with parents who always had a business?

It was exciting, because there were a lot of projects all the time and I got to learn a lot about business just by being around that. Yeah, I think it gave us a pretty good work ethic. Maybe a bit too much of a work ethic. Yeah, its always really exciting. We got a lot of really cool opportunities. Like we got to go to Bali and Chile and Peru because of it. Definitely very memorable.

Abby packing orders for Jolica.

If you could, what if you could be any type of bear? Which would you pick and why?

Okay, so probably a black bear. I'm not sure if you've ever followed Fat Bear Week.

I haven't.

Okay, it is so funny. It's in the fall right before they start hibernation. There's like, a couple groups on the internet, take pictures of the bears when they're ready to hibernate. Who is the chunkiest? Oh, and just that idea of being able to like to eat so much and then just sleep and then sleep. That sounds pretty prime right? 

And final question, what is your favorite table?

I actually am in love with the squoval (Coming Soon). I love them because it is a really cool set up to have conversations. I find with a typical rectangle table you're not really able to look at the person next to you. With the squoval you are kind of still able to look at the person beside you, which makes conversation a bit more natural. But it's very conducive still for like having your own space in your place that it fits into most homes unlike a circle and an oval really needs specific spaces where for those tables.