Occupation: Owner and stylist, Araby Salon Collective
Hometown: Blue Springs, Missouri
Current neighborhood: West Plaza
Who or what is your sidekick? My daughter, Birdie
What career would you choose in an alternate reality? A homesteader in the wilderness
What was the last local restaurant you patronized? La Bodega
Where do you drink? In my bathtub, though I’ve been known to appear at a bar or two.
What’s your favorite charity? Operation Breakthrough. They are so inspiring.
Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Donna’s Dress Shop, estate sale or Anthropologie
What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Border wars
Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? First Fridays in the Crossroads
Finish this sentence: “Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ... ” We invented barbecue.
“Kansas City screwed up when it ... ” Lost accreditation of our public schools. Shame on us.
“Kansas City needs ... ” Priorities. I don’t want to hear another word about public transportation until we can teach these kids how to read a map.
“On my day off, I like to ... ” Go play outside with my sidekick.
“In five years, I’ll be ... ” Living in the moment.
What TV show do you make sure you watch? I make sure to watch as little TV as possible.
“People might be surprised to know that I ... ” Dread getting my hair done. I can’t sit still that long; it’s like I’m in timeout.
____ take up a lot of space in my iTunes: The Flaming Lips
What movie do you watch at least once a year? True Romance
What local tradition do you take part in every year? Wandering the Plaza Art Fair
Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Wayne Coyne
Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Dubstep
What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? Rolling Stone
Last book you read: The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman
Favorite day trip: Grandma’s house
What was your most embarrassing dating moment? All of them! I get really nervous and turn into a klutz, so watch out, boys. I will spill my drink in your lap.
Interesting brush with the law? A few. I have to behave myself because I always get caught.
Describe a recent triumph: Opening my own business. It would not have been possible without the hard work and support of my family and friends. I am so proud not only of the salon but also the many talented and selfless people I am blessed to know.
Araby Salon Collective opened in January. See arabyhair.com.