I approached three strangers in downtown Columbia on February, 10 2016 to ask their stories.
The District employee, 26-year-old Maurice Figures shovels snow off the sidewalk at the intersection of 10th and Broadway in Columbia, Mo. on February 10, 2016. “I love trying to make people smile by cleaning up that area,” Figures said. “I’m all about the community coming together as one. If we all come together and we get our minds to reach a common goal, one day, we can grow together full of love.”
Slackers assistant manager and 29-year-old David Stover checks inventory at the front counter on February 10, 2016 on Broadway in Columbia, Mo. Slackers sells and trades music, movies, games, toys, comics and more. Stover had been with the company for two years and discovered his love for comic books and action figures in the 5th grade. “I love the exposure to all the new music and the back and forth between peers and co-workers,” Stover said. He is also a vocalist in the band Perceiving the Design.
Cashier at Yellow Dog Bookstore on 9th Street and 28-year-old Dani Perez stands outside the Kid’s Nook before helping a customer. Yellow Dog Bookshop is a self-proclaimed community center that buys and sells new and used books. Perez, a former Menards employee said, “I did learn a lot from working in a major corporation but at the same time I really have a special place more for smaller businesses because they are allowed to be more community-oriented. Here, I really love the community and hearing people’s stories and ideas.”