Staff Celebrity Spotlight: Dara Washington

Job: Lead cashier, Weavers Way Chestnut Hill

What that means: She gets the store ready to open or close, deals with customer service issues, and sets breaks for cashiers.

Since when: January 2018 (approximately)

Age: 32

Where she’s from/where she lives now: Abington/Glenside, with her daughter, Janiyah (14), and son, Jalen (7).

How she got to Weavers Way: She was working at the Dunkin’ in East Mt. Airy when one morning, during a blizzard, she was the only one who showed up to work and was covering the counter as well as the drive-thru. Chestnut Hill Store Manager Dean Stefano came in at 4 a.m. and stayed for a couple hours. “I thought there was something wrong with him — he kept getting all these turbo shots,” she recalled. “Finally, he gave me a hefty tip, and he said, ‘You’re really wonderful. Come work for me.’ ” He gave her his card, but she wasn’t actually hired until three years later.

Future plans: She’d like to earn her bachelor’s degree (she’s almost earned enough credits for an associate’s). She’s played snare drum since she was young and would like to go back to school for music production or something music related.

Favorite Co-op products: Wyman’s frozen blueberries (she makes a lot of green smoothies), Alpha Foods plant-based frozen burritos, Marich bulk chocolates, organic agave gummy bears, Lambeth Grove juices.

Thoughts on the Co-op: “I love the customers that come in and shop, especially the little old ladies who are so sweet… Chestnut Hill’s kind of like, not hippies, but really inclusive, and if you’re different, that’s fine. We’re different, too.”

— Karen Plourde