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Exclusive: What We Learned from Stephanie Grisham's Trump Tell-All, <i>I'll Take Your Questions Now</i>



What We Learned from Stephanie Grisham's Trump Tell-All, <i>I'll Take Your Questions Now</i>

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Another day, another Trumpworld memoir. The latest damning dispatch from the Trump Administration comes courtesy of Stephanie Grisham, who served various roles in the White House throughout a four-year period: communications director and press secretary in the West Wing, as well as communications director and chief of staff in Melania Trump’s East Wing. In I’ll Take Your Questions Now, her new memoir, Grisham depicts a White House “where everything was like a clown car on fire running at full speed into a warehouse of fireworks.” Caught between the president’s abusive leadership style and the conflicting loyalties she felt toward the first lady, Grisham’s final straw came on January 6, 2021, when she tendered her resignation hours into the insurrection at the Capitol.

The Trumps, for their part, have already moved to discredit Grisham. Describing Grisham as “very angry and bitter” after a break-up, President Trump said in a statement, “Stephanie didn’t have what it takes and that was obvious from the beginning. She had big problems and we felt that she should work out those problems for herself. Now, like everyone else, she gets paid by a radical left-leaning publisher to say bad and untrue things.” Melania Trump also clapped back, saying in a statement, “The author is desperately trying to rehabilitate her tarnished reputation by manipulating and distorting the truth about Mrs. Trump. Ms. Grisham is a deceitful and troubled individual who doesn’t deserve anyone’s trust.”

Grisham’s account, like any Trumpworld memoir, must be read with a healthy dose of skepticism. After all, as Grisham herself admits, “Casual dishonesty filtered through the White House as though it were in the air conditioning system.” But Grisham anticipates that readers may not take her account at face value, writing, “This is not, by the way, a book where you need to like me.” We read I’ll Take Your Questions Now in advance of publication; now, we’re breaking down the biggest bombshells below.

First up: Grisham offers insight into the daily routines of the first lady, and the derisive nickname they inspired:

I could count only a handful of times over the years that Mrs. Trump was actually in her office. She preferred to run things via text or phone calls, which initially made it hard to set an agenda and form a close working relationship. Mrs. Trump was working from home long before the country was… the First Lady kept to her rooms in the residence. That became a running joke among those who knew her. The Secret Service unofficially dubbed her ‘Rapunzel’ because she remained in her tower, never descending. In fact, some agents tried to get assigned to her detail because they knew the First Lady’s limited movements and travel meant that they could spend more time at home with their families.

According to Grisham, there was no lost love between Melania Trump and her stepchildren, particularly Ivanka Trump:

Ivanka was constantly getting into the press shots that truly should have been reserved for the president and first lady. It was yet another example of the Kushners putting themselves on the same level as the first couple, and it was unseemly. For Mrs. Trump, it was about protocol and the rules; or all of us as staff, it was about allowing her to be in her role and have the people of the United States see her representing them with dignity and class… Mrs. Trump seemed relieved to see that I shared her frustrations with her daughter-in-law, so much so that she eventually let me in on the nickname she had privately given her: ‘the Princess.’ Many times after that I would hear one of her favorite stock complaints, ‘Princess always runs to her father.’

Jared Kushner is described as “Rasputin in a slim-fitting suit.”

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Inappropriate behavior on the part of the Kushners earned the couple their own derisive nickname. “Because they dabbled in a bit of everything and could be precocious and self-absorbed, we in the East Wing dubbed [the Kushners] ‘the interns,’” Grisham writes. “Mrs. Trump was amused and herself used the nickname every now and then.” Tension between the East Wing and the Kushners is an enduring theme throughout the book, with Grisham continually emphasizing the conflicts of interest proposed by the Kushners’ role in the administration. Take, for example, the matter of Jared Kushner’s security clearance:


The greatest irony, of course, was when I heard that Jared Kushner never got a security clearance because of all of his issues, financial interests, and so on. As far as I know, he only ever got the most basic clearance, yet he was in all of the most important meetings of the administration. He also reached out directly to many heads of state, such as Benjamin Netanyahu and the leadership of the Saudi government, something no staffer should ever do, let alone if they had no top security clearance.

Remembering when Kushner teamed up with speechwriter Stephen Miller to write a televised address at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grisham writes at length about what she saw as Kushner’s poisonous influence in the White House:

I had shared with Mrs. Trump many times my opinion that if we lost reelection in 2020 it would be because of Jared. She didn’t disagree with me. It was my fervent opinion that his arrogance and presumption had grown over the years, and he threw his power about with absolutely no shame. I would venture to say that being in the White House changed Jared as a person. There was no reason that he should be sitting with the speechwriter laying out our nation’s plan to fight a global pandemic. And I knew that if things went badly with the speech, which felt inevitable, he would be the first person to say in the president’s ear that the comms team had fucked it all up. He was Rasputin in a slim-fitting suit.

But the Kushners aren’t the only Trumpworld acolytes to come under fire in I’ll Take Your Questions Now. Grisham doesn’t mince words when writing about Trump sycophant Lindsey Graham:

Lindsey Graham? Well, it struck me that he was using Trump to mop up the freebies like there was no tomorrow (seems that he still is). He would show up at Mar-a-Lago or Bedminster to play free rounds of golf, stuff his face with free food, and hang out with Trump and his celebrity pals. On one occasion, I came across him at Bedminster after he’d kicked out a White House staff member so he could take her room. Senator Freeloader was sitting at a table by the pool, a big grin on his face, lapping up the goodies he was getting like some potentate. He said to me, with a creepy little smile, ‘Isn’t this great? Man, this is the life.’

Grisham, like many other Trumpworld alums, takes note of Trump’s obsession with dictators. But it’s her recollection of 2019’s G20 Summit in Osaka that’s the most chilling, suggesting an all-too cozy rapport between Trump and Vladimir Putin:

Trump would usually spend a minute or two talking about what ‘animals’ the reporters could be, and then the press would come in. With President Putin, Trump started out the same, then changed his tone. With all the talk of sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 election and for various human rights abuses, Trump told Putin, ‘Okay, I’m going to act a little tougher with you for a few minutes. But it’s for the camera, and after they leave we’ll talk. You understand.’

The most interesting moments in I’ll Take Your Questions Now come when Grisham offers a look behind the scenes of memorable moments. Take, for example, her recollections about the hand slap heard ‘round the world. In 2017, Melania Trump made headlines when she appeared to slap her husband’s hand away during a diplomatic visit to Saudi Arabia in 2017. The truth, according to Grisham, is less interesting:

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For those who care to know, Mrs. Trump ‘slapped’ her husband’s hand away that day because she thought it was against protocol to hold hands at such a formal ceremony. Melania was a rule follower, sometimes to a fault, and her husband knew that. He often tried to hold her hand or messed with her hands on purpose in front of the cameras to irritate her.

Grisham also delves into the Stormy Daniels scandal from 2018, remembering when Daniels sued Donald Trump over his efforts to suppress her disclosure of their affair. In the ensuing media blitz, Daniels likened Trump’s penis to a toadstool—a depiction he took such issue with that he called Grisham from Air Force One to set the record straight.

“Did you see what she said about me?” He said after a moment, referring to Stormy. Then he added, unsurprisingly, “All lies. All lies.”

“Yes, sir.”

Then I figured out exactly what he was concerned about. “Everything down there is fine,” he said.

What the hell was I supposed to say to that? I kept it to a simple “Okay,” praying that somehow we’d get disconnected.

“It’s fine,” he repeated.

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“It’s fine.”

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Remember Trump’s mysterious visit to Walter Reed Medical Center in 2019, when protocol was disrupted and doctors were asked to sign NDAs? Grisham takes us behind the scenes there, too.


I was reminded of what had happened in the fall of 2019 when Trump had made a seemingly impromptu visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. I was informed, as were a small handful of others, including Vice President Pence, of the reason for the visit. Pence was told he had to stick around town “just in case.” What I was not allowed to tell anyone at the time was that the president was having a very common procedure that all men and women over the age of fifty should have. In such a procedure, a patient is sometimes put under. In Trump’s case that could mean signing a letter under the Twenty-fifth Amendment to put Pence temporarily in charge, but the president was ultimately not put under, I believe simply so he wouldn’t have to be perceived as giving up power.

But we know the real behind-the-scenes story you want to know about: behind the scenes of Trump’s haircare routine. Grisham has got you covered:

Donald Trump’s hair, when not perfectly coiffed, was a sight to behold. There is no way to describe exactly how he styles that magnificent and very wild mane of his, but it involves a comb, a hair dryer, and a shit ton of hair spray. His hair is much longer than I had imagined, like multiple inches from end to end. He cuts it himself with a huge pair of scissors that could probably cut a ribbon at an opening at one of his properties.

That’s all for now, dear reader. We’ll see you next time there’s a Trumpworld memoir to excavate, which surely won’t be long.

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Exclusive: The Best Rum: A Guide For Pirates And Drink Snobs Alike –





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A pirate’s drink of choice is not one to sip quietly in a wing-back chesterfield with some low-key jazz on in the background. Unlike a good whisky you have as a nightcap, or the gin you order when you’re pacing yourself, rum is a party-starter. It’s a holiday drink. It’s what your mate brings back from the bar when he’s trying to make sure you don’t call an early night.

Despite the drink’s versatility, the best rum can sometimes be hard to discern.

Of course, rum isn’t only appropriate for nights when you’re three sheets to the wind. It has the same complexities as those other spirits, there’s a similar breadth of quality on the shelves – and just as rich a history to get into as you knock them back.

Rum – a spirit both quaffable and inebriating – is the best example of alcohol pioneers’ industriousness. Sugar cane farmers in the world’s tropics in the early 17th century had a problem. To make sugar to sate the world’s growing sweet tooth, it required crushing sugar cane, boiling the resultant juices and leaving them to cure in pots. This process yielded molasses as the waste by-product and, by god, they knew what to do with it. Thus, good rum was born.

A History of Rum: What Is Rum Made From?

In its purest form, rum is made by mixing molasses with the solution skimmed off the sugar cane juice after it is boiled and fermenting it. Many twists on the process have developed in the proceeding 400 years, but in essence, this method remains.

As it was produced such a distance from the world’s key cities of consumption, to bring rum to market required sailors to get it there. While in transit, it’s fair to say that these marine men developed a taste. Safer to drink than sea water and certainly more fun, rum became synonymous with the navy, pirates and just about anyone who has ever hoisted a sail.

It wasn’t until 1970 when the Royal Navy ended its daily rum ration, when it was deemed ‘inappropriate to operate ship’s machinery’ after receiving the allowance, which equated to two double shots. Fair enough.

When you consider that Navy Strength required rum to be at least 57% ABV, it’s a good job that breathalyzers have been a relatively recent innovation.

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The early sailors were a resourceful breed. The expression ‘proof’ in terms of alcohol strength came from these ships, where they would mix rum with gunpowder. If the gunpowder still ignited when lit, it was ‘proof’ that it was 57% alcohol or higher.


They also knew the value of morale in the workplace. Even Blackbeard – the most fearsome man-manager to sail the Seven Seas – knew how to keep productivity levels high in taxing times. “Such a day; rum all out,” the pirate mused in his log. “Our company somewhat sober; a damned confusion amongst us! Rogues a plotting. Talk of separation. So, I looked sharp for a prize and took one with a great deal of liquor aboard. Then all things went well again.” Middle managers, take note.

The Best Rum Brands

Sometimes, it’s better to take your purchasing advice from those who have spent a lifetime dedicating themselves to the cause.

“There’s so many good quality rum brands out there. Generally, I would look for brands that are not scared to talk about their production techniques and focus on the quality of the liquid rather than the marketing,” says says Damian Williams, manager at Opium bar in London’s Soho.

Foursquare Distillery

Asked about his favorite rum brands, Williams recommends, “anything from the Foursquare distillery in Barbados, particularly their FOURSQUARE branded limited editions.” Foursquare Rum Distillery is located on a former sugar plantation whose origins go all the way back to the early 1700s. For five years in a row, Foursquare won ISC Rum Producer of the Year. Their rums are aged for ten to 16+ years, and it’s no wonder they’re at the top of our list.

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Plantation Rum

Of Plantation Rum, Williams says, “the barrels are hand selected from across the Caribbean and finished and bottled in Cognac. It’s a great range which showcases regionality in rum production.” With rums up to 69% proof, be sure to drink responsibly.

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Diamond Distillery

Another favorite of Williams’ is the El Dorado line from Diamond Distillery. “El Dorado rum from Diamond Distillers in Guyana are excellent,” he says. One of the things that makes this rum brand special is that all the rums are produced with 100% sugar from local sugar farms, giving them a unique fruity flavor.

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Rhum Clement

Rhum Clement offers a lot of variety in their line, and you can enjoy it from prices between $27 and $150.”Most of the aged Agricole rums from Martinique [are excellent],” says Williams. “Particularly Rhum J.M and Clement.”  For the top shelf stuff, expect ‘an exemplary degree of expertise in every stage of production,’ thanks to their AOC Martinique designation, boasts their website.

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Smith & Cross

“Smith & Cross Jamaican rum is one of the absolute finest spirits in any category ever made, in my opinion.” High praise from Williams. And rightfully so. Smith & Cross makes rum the old-fashioned way: no added sugars, or chill filtration. Notes of caramelized banana, exotic fruits and spice give this rum our stamp of approval, too.

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Mount Gay

Finished in charred bourbon casks, Mount Gay rum is rich and intense, but still smooth. Founded in 1703 in Barbados, Mount Gay is one of the oldest names in the book, and in the past 300 years, they’ve mastered the craft, making some of the best dark rum. “My go-to for a decent all-rounder would be Mount Gay Black Barrel; dry but not excessively so, and it works excellently as both a mixer and a supper,” says Mihai Ostafi, head bartender at Oriole in East London.

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Appleton Estate

Aged in the heart of Jamaica, Appleton Estate rum’s first distillation occurred in Nassau Valley way back in 1749. The combination of Jamaica’s lush climate and the natural springs from being in the valley give this rum its naturally sweet flavor. Appleton Estate offers rums aged between eight and 21 years, so by the time some baby reaches legal drinking age, the next batch will be ready.

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Flor de Caña

You don’t have to be willing to spend the price of your monthly car insurance bill for a decent bottle of rum. Flor de Caña offers an affordable selection of rums, aged four years. Extra dry and light, it’s one of the best rums for mixing.

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Trois Rivieres

French rum known for being smooth and full, with aromatic notes of seawater, Trois Riveres offers a truly authentic rum-drinking experience, bringing you back to rum’s roots: the ocean. Lights went on for this rum brand in 1785, but their sugar plantation dates even further back to 1660, making it one of the oldest and most respected companies in the game.

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It’s not top shelf stuff, sure. But Bacardi has earned its spot on our list nonetheless. Bacardi’s founder, for whom the brand was eponymously named, used only three ingredients in the original batch: molasses from sugarcane, a unique strain of yeast, and spring water. Founded in 1862, Bacardi is somewhat of a newcomer in the world of rum-making. Still, if you’re looking for an affordable bottle you can find pretty much anywhere, Bacardi is a solid choice.

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Havana Club

Spanish rum brand Havana Club was born in Cuba. By 1850, the country provided a third of the world’s sugar, making it an ideal breeding ground for some of the best dark rum, too. Get a bottle of the low-shelf stuff for as low as $19, but the Maester aged rum will cost you a pretty penny ($200+).

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Wray & Nephew

Jamaican rum from one of the world’s top-selling, award-winning brands doesn’t sound all that bad. Some folks say that 90% of rum sales in Jamaica are of this brand, so if you haven’t gotten your hands on a bottle, you’d better do so now. Founded in 1825 when John Wray opened up a successful bar, The Shakespeare Tavern, in Kingston, Jamaica, Wray & Nephew is a true heritage brand.

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How to Tell Good Rum From Bad

Like any other spirit, the best rum has nuances that are important to understand before you take the first sip. “When tasting, you want to consider the clarity of the liquid. You want a liquid that’s bright and shiny, not cloudy,” says Ostafi.

“In terms of nose, there are lots of different types of rums: the agricoles will give you a grassy, tequila-like nose; molasses-based rums will have a nose ranging from tropical fruit to dark chocolate. When you taste it, think about the taste as a process. The complexity of rum usually increases with age, so you’re going to notice that difference if you taste a young rum before tasting an older rum.”

Then consider what style of spirit you usually enjoy, be that sweet, strong, smoky or smooth. “Sweet rums that include molasses will generally have a honey-like flavor. Zacapa is a great starting point for this,” says Ostafi. “Or for something else, the rums from French colonies are generally dominated by aromas that will remind you of tequila. These rums have a soft and complex taste with a seductive structure.”

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Types of Rum

First, you need to understand the difference between white rum and dark rum. Next, the easiest way to start understanding the spirit is to look at the country where it is produced.

“They are mainly classified into English, French and Spanish styles – named for the colonial ruler of the country where they are from,” says Damian Williams, manager at Opium bar in London’s Soho. And most rums have a rather shady colonial past. Rum produced in the West Indies helped fuel the slave trade, wherein it would be exchanged for slaves in Africa, who would then be shipped back to tend plantations.

White Rum

This is the one you probably first encountered, mixing it with Coke or as the base spirit for mojitos or lots of easy-pour cocktails. “White rums tend to be younger and a little brighter in flavor, whereas darker tend to be a little more cask-y, depending on aging technique,” says Christian Binders-Skagnaes, Chief Rum Seller at Burlock in Mayfair.

“Filtration can change a lot though; a dark rum can be filtered through charcoal and taste much younger though still have hints of a richer body and age.”

Dark Rum

In the broadest possible terms, you can go by the epitaph that the darker the color, the longer the aging. However, this isn’t the case when grabbing a quick bottle at a corner shop.

“Typically, most cheap rums are not aged for any significant length of time, with cheap dark rums like Captain Morgan heavily colored with caramel. Conversely, many premium ‘white’ rums like Flor De Caña Extra Dry are aged for up to four years and then charcoal filtered to remove the color,” says Binders-Skagnaes.


The old adage of getting what you pay for rings true. If it’s a dark colored, top-shelf rum, you can generally be sure that you’re on the right track to drinking quality.

French Rum

“These style rums [Agricole] use raw sugar-cane juice rather than molasses. Aged Agricole rums borrow techniques from the cognac industry and are some of the finest rums in the world,” says Williams. Excellent examples of these would include Rhum J.M, Clèment and Trois Rivieres.

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Spanish Rum

“These are nearly always made from the molasses. Spanish rums are generally lighter in body due to the four-stage distillation process they go through,” says Williams. “Aged Spanish-style rums often use Solera ageing – a technique borrowed from sherry production.”

Solera means ‘on the ground’. When it comes to aging liquids, the barrels are organized in rows from the ground up, with the lowest layer of barrels containing the oldest aged liquid, which is inevitably the most expensive. Examples are Bacardi, Havana Club, Ron Zacapa, Diplomatico and Santa Teresa.

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English Rum

“English-style rums show a huge variety, but are generally heavier in body and richer in style,” says Williams. “Jamaican rums, Guyanese rums, Trinidadian and Bajan rums all have their own styles and a variation of this. They use pot stills and column stills, and are typically aged in American Oak former bourbon barrels. They often yield a deeper, smokier flavor.”

Some of the best examples come from Mount Gay (Barbados), Appleton (Jamaica), Wray & Nephew (Jamaica), Doorly’s (Barbados), Angostura (Barbados) and El Dorado (Guyana).

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Exclusive: Adele Wears Stunning Schiaparelli Gown During Performance In London's Hyde Park –




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On Friday night, multi-Grammy Award winner Adele headlined at London’s BST Hyde Park Festival, taking the stage in front of a live audience for time in five years. For the momentous occasion, Adele wore an absolutely stunning Schiaparelli gown. The floor-length black velvet dress had long sleeves with shoulder cutouts and a halter neck. It was cinched at the waist with a gold belt, and glittering fabric made up the skirt under the splitting bodice.

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The singer’s hair was swept into an elegant updo with a few delicate tendrils around her face. She was wearing star-shaped gold earrings covered in pearls, and a gold ring in a bow shape. For make up, she wore her classic cat eye liner with a some shimmering eyeshadow for a little more of a glam touch.

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The night was an emotional one for Adele, and Page Six reports that she she was overcome before even finishing her first song.

“My God, I’m back at home,” she told the audience of 65,000 people. “It’s so strange to be in front of a crowd again. I get so nervous before each show but I love being up here.”

Adele’s set was two hours long and included her newer tracks “Easy On Me,” “Oh My God,” and “I Drink Wine.” But she was very attentive to the audience throughout. Many had stood out in the heat for hours to attend the show, and Adele stopped the concert four times for concertgoers who needed medical attention.

At one point, the music icon revealed that she was swearing black anti slip socks under the her gorgeous dress.


“I was told it was going to be slippery so wore these just in case,” she told the crowd, before continuing on with the show.

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Exclusive: WWAKE Is Hiring An E-Commerce Sales Specialist In Greenpoint, Brooklyn (NY) –




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WWAKE is seeking a sales associate who is passionate about providing professional, above-and-beyond customer service. As part of our retail team, you’ll drive forward company sales goals and a positive, informed, brand experience for every client.

● Provide excellent brand experience, both written and in-person, for all customers through superior product knowledge, merchandise engagement, and informed advice.
● Developing client relationships and exceeding sales goals through above-and-beyond service
● Participating in clientele initiatives, including company training sessions, special events online and offline, and product launches.
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● Participation in general inventory management
● Order fulfillment, including processing and shipping orders
● Working tightly with the production team to provide accurate lead times and exclusive design opportunities for clients
● Provide holistic support to team members at all times

● Previous high-end sales experience, 2 years preferred
● Strong knowledge and passion for sales and a genuine interest in jewelry
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● Ability to maintain a positive attitude and focus on customer satisfaction in a fast-paced environment
● Ability to multitask, while being attentive to customers and remaining flexible to the needs of a small growing business
● Quick response time, willingness to think critically, anticipate future chain of events, and pivot plans seamlessly
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Our ideal candidate is available full-time and available for immediate hire. Please email your resume and cover letter with the subject line “Sales Associate” to

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