Meet Johnathan Anderson of Broadstreet Barkery.
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: My wife
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Augusta and what do you love there?
A: Augustino’s, it’s just always that Goto for me when I want some good food.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Augusta?
A: I’ve been downtown for about 15 years.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Augusta?
A: Well, Coco’s kind of downtown. He’s done more for downtown than anybody and he’s unbreakable. You can’t get him to say something bad about downtown, which is awesome.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: Portugal, first of all, it’s really pretty and I just think it’s a good starting point. If I wanted to branch out, you’re like right above Africa. You’re right in Europe next to Spain. In my opinion, is Portugal is the center of the like the world and I just think it would be great just to go there.
Q: What is one of your favorite movies?
A: The Man Without a Face.
Q: What is the first movie you remember seeing in the theatre?
A: The Goonies.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Don’t do anything stupid if you’re in a crowd.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: Watch my wife show her dog in Madison Square Garden. My bucket list would probably be all considered like my wife.
Q: What is your go favorite music?
A: I like funk.
Q: What are the three bands you would like to see? Dead or alive?
A: The Holiday, Trent Reznor, and Bond.
Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Augusta?
A: I’m excited about the Miller Theatre. It wasn’t here when I got here and like what they’ve done to that place and it’s packed like every night now that they’re open. I’m super excited about that.
Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
A: Barack Obama. He’s done a lot of good stuff and he’s still doing stuff and I just want to know how he keeps a smile on his face. I would love to pick his brain on like how he just keeps ongoing.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Augusta?
A: When I got here, like I literally, I pretty much stayed downtown. I just watched it like slowly up maybe like eight or nine businesses go in but the people here are what kept bringing me back, it’s the vibe. The people that I grew up with then, like are now opening up their own businesses downtown and like building it up.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: Hopefully I’m still in Augusta and hopefully still married. I just couldn’t tell you.
Q: Can you describe the neighborhood you grew up in?
A: I grew up in as a kid, beach vibe, military vibe, and everything was in Virginia Beach. Anything and everything you wanted to do was there. Everybody was nice and good schools.
Q: If you were cast in a movie and could choose your co-star, who would it be?
A: Tom Cruise.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Dogs, Kids, and Comfort
Q: If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: A housekeeper, anything to take the stress off my wife and allow us to spend more time with the kids would be the best.
Q: If you can hold onto one memory for life, what would that be?
A: The day my wife won her first grooming competition.
Q: Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?
A: My wife. She taught me a lot I was a little playboy growing up so getting married was like a whole new thing for me. She taught me how to listen and to shut up and still working on those.
Q: If you should share if you could share one piece of advice, what would that be?
A: Communication makes the world go round.
Thank you, Johnathan. You made my experience easy and comfortable. To new beginnings. Friends for Life.