A Little Something says farewell to college-bound employee

When local resident Deidre Senior watched her son, Ryan, play baseball, she often Aug 3 B A Little Something Sshared a spot on the bleachers with a mother and daughter watching a player on the same team. The daughter, Keri Berghahn, was an eighth-grader at Shelburne Community School. “She was always just so cute. She was talkative, friendly, and a great cheerleader for her brother, Andy,” Senior recalls.
Two years later, Senior opened the gift shop A Little Something in the Shelburne Bay Plaza. Berghahn stoped in every few months to see if there were any positions available. At the time, the store had three part-time employees, and Senior was a bit nervous about hiring someone so inexperienced. Eventually, there was an opening. After a discussion about the position with both Berghahn and her mom, Kim, explaining that in a new and small business, everyone does everything (from cleaning the bathroom, to waiting on customers, to doing inventory, and everything else in between), Senior decided to give this persistent and tenacious CVU high school student a chance. She never looked back.
Once Berghahn decided to pursue a college major of fashion merchandising, Senior looked for ways to give her lots of opportunities to hone her skills. Berghahn is often responsible for the beautiful window displays that draw customers into the shop. “It’s been a pleasure to see Keri and all of the girls who work here blossom and grow in their skills,” says Senior. “When Keri first started, she’d never held a job, so it was from the ground up.  I told her, ‘As long as you’re willing to trip over yourself to do a good job, I’ll teach you everything you need to know to become a great employee for the next person lucky enough to hire you.’”.
Now that Berghahn has been accepted into Marist College’s Freshman Florence program, she’ll be leaving in in a few weeks for a year abroad in Florence, Italy. “This has been an amazing learning experience,” comments Berghahn. “Working at A Little Something and with Deidre has given me insight and knowledge into the type of work and industry that I want as a career. I am really lucky to have a boss that saw my interests and gave me the chance to have the creative freedom to develop those skills. I am going to miss working here, but I am really excited about the next chapter of my life and going on this amazing adventure to Florence.”
As Berghahn sets off on her next adventure, she knows she can always return to the shop that gave her the start to what promises to be a wonderful career. “We’d welcome her back with open arms and glad hearts. She’s part of the family,” says Senior.
A Little Something is located at the Shelburne Bay Plaza, 2989 Shelburne Road.  Hours are Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm and Saturday 10 am-5 pm. Find them online at www.alittlesomethingvt.com, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

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