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Personal Profile: Jeff Amano

Name: Jeff Y. Amano

Occupation, location: Serendipity On The Square, which is owned by my wife.


Birth date and place: Dec. 10, 1957; Honolulu.

Family: Wife, Claire; daughter, Mandy, 30-something; daughter, Kathleen, 30; son, Brandon, 27; stepson, David, 22; stepson, Duncan, 21; stepson, Tanner, 19

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: working with my wife from the creation of product to the business of the shop.

My business philosophy is: provide great service and make great products at a price your neighbors can afford.

I’m so sick of: whiners.

The four guests at my fantasy dinner party would be: Raymond Chandler, Vince Gilligan, Walt Disney and Rickson Gracie.

My hobbies are: writing, drawing and bounding like a monkey.

The last book I read was: The Giver by Lois Lowry.

I wish I knew how to: weld and use a plasma cutter.

My worst habit is: interpreting language literally.

Nobody knows I: If I told you, then I would never be able to answer this question. See what I mean about my worst habit?

The person I most admire is: my wife.

My guilty pleasure is: ice cream.

I’m happiest when: I’m with Claire.

I regret: not meeting Claire sooner.

If I won the lottery, here’s what I’d do just for me: Buy Claire a building on the Square.

If I could change one thing about Denton, it would be: better parking on the Square for both customers and workers.

When I retire, I plan to: open up a shop on the Square, draw pictures and write books and spend all my time with Claire — oh wait, I’m already doing that. I must be retired.

Community activities: Member of the Main Street Association, Denton Downtowners neighborhood association.