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Your Turn/Erica Shupe

Erica Shupe
Posted: Aug. 18, 2018 10:50 pm Updated: Aug. 20, 2018 5:09 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... I always saw myself in education. I thought I would like to teach fourth-grade, but as I grew older, I decided to go to school to teach art at the college level.

What would you rather be doing right now? I absolutely love finding a quiet place to read a good book and enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I love to color. I have a coloring app on my iPad and am actively involved in an online coloring community.

Other than your wedding day and the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? One of my proudest moments was when my husband and I purchased the Busy Bee building for our business. It felt like the culmination of all of our hard work and truly cemented our place in the restaurant scene of Quincy.

It really stinks when ... My biggest pet peeve is lying. Sometimes the truth may be harder to hear, but it puts you in control about how you need to process the news.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? If I were to ask my friends and family, they would probably say "smart." For some reason, random facts seem to stick with me, so I am usually their go-to for problem solving (and trivia).

I always laugh when ... I see people rocking out and/or singing in their vehicle. I love and admire their carefree attitude.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Gordon Ramsey for unfiltered guidance of my business; Melinda Gates for guidance on juggling motherhood, philanthropy and entrepreneurship; and Jesus for guidance of my soul.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... enjoy a glass of wine and read a book.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... the "new girl." I went to nine different schools K-12, so I got used to always being known as the "new girl."

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I've served many "famous" people throughout my life at various restaurants, but the two that stick out the most are Don King -- he was very gracious and tipped every single employee in the building for contributing to his experience -- and Keith Hernandez. He was quite rude and left less than 10 percent for gratuity.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go on a food and wine tour of Napa, France or Italy.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... knowingly commit a crime. I am a huge proponent of going to bed with a clean conscience. The guilt would literally eat me up inside.

America should be more concerned about ... who is in charge of leading our communities and country. It is sad how few people pay attention to those running for an office, yet always complain about political issues. The whole point of a democracy is for the entire population to be involved, and it is imperative that we educate ourselves on the issues and vote accordingly.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... perfume. I tire quickly of particular scents, so I have about 30 different bottles of perfume at home.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... I was introduced to this site in grad school and have been checking it out ever since. It is a site where they gather all headlines about the U.S. from around the world and translate them to English. It is truly eye-opening to see how the U.S. is portrayed in international media and shines a light on the way our news can be skewed for different purposes.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? My grandmother once gave me some wonderful advice that I think about often. She told me: "You get to choose who you are. If you want to be happy, choose to be happy. If you want to be successful, choose to be successful. You have the ability to choose to be anything you want. Choose wisely."

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... To broaden my daughter's choice of music beyond her beloved Taylor Swift, we have been listening to a different decade's worth of music each day of the week. I have Sirius XM, so on Mondays we listen to the '50s, Tuesdays the '60s. She has been getting a big kick out of hearing the music her grandparents enjoyed back in the day, and I am getting a little relief from bubblegum pop.

I always get sentimental when ... talking about my children. It amazes me on a daily basis how kind, sweet and innocent my kids are, and how much love I have for those little stinkers.

The older I get, the more I realize ... how important it is to be the bigger person and release all anger and hate. Even if it hurts your pride a little at the time, going to sleep with a clear conscience is a wonderful feeling.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have taken more business and accounting classes in college.

My favorite item of clothing is ... I have a very old, threadbare Army T-shirt that I refuse to get rid of. It reminds me of one of the hardest things I ever accomplished -- nine weeks of boot camp in Fort Knox, Ky.

If I've learned anything at all ... it is to pick your battles wisely. Life will always throw you curveballs that you cannot prevent, so to maintain happiness and balance in your life, you should refrain from accepting every invitation to each argument that is presented.


Erica Shupe, 38, is owner of Thyme Square Bakery and Cafe, board president of the District, and chairman of the Quincy Farmers Market. She and her husband, Cory, have a 5-year-old daughter, Leah, and an almost 3-year-old son, Adam. But their first baby is 8-year-old Thyme Square Cafe.