The Pitch's Questionnaire with Normal Human co-owner Dan Mahaney

Normal Human's owner talks public transit, carpentry and antique malls.



Name: Dan Mahaney

Occupation: Co-owner of Normal Human

What is Normal Human? Normal Human is a retail shop, in downtown Mission, specializing in original, handmade screen prints on apparel and housewares.

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Current neighborhood: Hanover Heights

Who or what is your sidekick? Not really a sidekick, but my business partner, Pat Egger, who started Normal Human with me.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Carpentry or some sort of skilled craftsman

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? The Art of Pizza. Fantastic gyros!

Where do you drink? Harry’s Bar & Tables’ patio, Gilhouly’s

What’s your favorite charity? I have several family members involved with Operation Breakthrough, and I just started to get involved myself, so I’m partial to that. Through Normal Human, we’ve been able to help a few, including Pages & Chapters and Spread a Little Joy. All are very worthy causes.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: The hardware store, usually Ace in Westport or True Value in Mission. I can never have enough tools. World Market comes in a close second.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? KC Strip. Full disclosure: I’ve never been on it; I’ve only seen how obnoxious it is when it stops in Westport.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Boulevard brewery, Oklahoma Joe’s, Westport, preferably in that order. And, of course, Normal Human.

Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when ... ” We locked in Google Fiber. It’s going to make us a very attractive city for tech and e-commerce companies, which could lead to a lot of growth.

“Kansas City screwed up when it ... ” Grew outward instead of upward. We’re too spread out, and I think our economy suffers from it. It has also had a negative effect on the diversity of our neighborhoods.

“Kansas City needs ... ” Better public transit. I’m no infrastructure expert, but I think it’s safe to say our bus system isn’t cutting it. Hopefully that’ll change soon.

“People might be surprised to know that I ... ” Am a big fan of cheesy action movies. Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg, is a recent purchase.

“On my day off, I like to ... ” Stretch out on the couch and watch several movies back-to-back.

“In five years, I’ll be ... ” Surprised by whatever I’m doing, if the previous five are any indication.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? Parks and Recreation, hands down the funniest show on television since its first season.

____ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: Comedians. I have a ton of music, too, of course, but there’s nothing better than a good laugh.

What local tradition do you take part in every year? Watching the Plaza lights ceremony. It’s usually from the comfort of home, but I never miss it.

What movie do you watch at least once a year? The best Christmas movie ever: Home Alone.

Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Queen Latifah

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: I actually don’t tweet. It’s not that I have anything against it, and I think I even created an account at some point. I just never use it. You can find Normal Human on Instagram, though. My favorite follow there is Boulevard Brewing Co.

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Politics

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? Amazon Prime, thanks to my brother.

Last book you read: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, an inspiring book specifically about writing but with applications to any and all creative endeavors in life.

Favorite day trip: It’s not out of town, but I can easily spend a whole day wandering around the River Market antique mall. For something outside KC, it’d be visiting my brother and his fiancée in Springfield, Missouri.

Interesting brush with the law? I can’t think of anything super interesting, but I have gotten a few speeding tickets in my day. Lead. Foot.

Describe a recent triumph: Normal Human had its grand opening just a couple of months ago, and we had a huge turnout. It was actually a little overwhelming to have so many people in our shop, but it’s great to see how much support we have.

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