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Dolly is the Chief Happiness Officer at Awesome Merchandise, a role she accepted two years ago. Dolly is responsible for overseeing almost all aspects of Awesome’s day-to-day activities including screen-printing clothing orders, deliveries and social media; she’s also in charge of cheering up the team during the afternoon lull. Dolly loves her job. Her employees respect her leadership skills; more than once she’s caught one fawning over her while she works. She’s not embarrassed by the attention; her job often requires her to be photographed, make PR statements and attend exclusive events in the city.

Photograph by Shang-Ting Peng

Photograph by Shang-Ting Peng

Stay humble, she thinks. Work hard, play hard, eat well, be nice. Keep making awesome things. She might get one of those slogans printed on a t-shirt for summer — the new screen-printing machine is starting to make them in her size.

Dolly doesn’t care much for a quiet night in and loves spending her free time in pubs and restaurants, often joking that her rent should be paid with bar tabs. Bundobust and Belgrave are her favourite spots, although in the cold snap of last winter she spent nine frosty days out of eleven by the cosy fire in her old local, The Cross Keys.

Photograph by Shang-Ting Peng

Photograph by Shang-Ting Peng

Even though she’s a bit of a Leeds foodie, Dolly tries to maintain a pretty controlled diet. Besides her regular meals, she enjoys sea jerky and has settled upon a frozen yogurt brand that’s suitable for her dietary restrictions. Her guilty pleasures are pub snacks: crisps and pork crackling, especially if it’s homemade.

Photograph by Shang-Ting Peng

Photograph by Shang-Ting Peng

Dolly is definitely a city-girl and prefers to experience the natural world from indoors. She doesn’t mind a wander along the canal by her home, or a run in Roundhay Park if the weather is nice. She despises rain and avoids it at all costs. Once, Dolly was coerced into taking a walk in the country and she fell in a puddle, an incident that shattered her fantasy of retiring to a cottage later in life. To make amends, she was bought a present of a navy blue rain coat with white polka dots. She can’t remember the last time she’s worn it.

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Originally published in The City Talking: Leeds, issue 32

Location: Awesome Merchandise, Leeds


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