Rich is the winemaker and one of the two proprietors of Locus Wines. Rich's story is quite usual: Boy goes to University of Washington (a husky), gets a Finance degree and then a corporate job, and then grows up. Somewhere along the way, he finds his passion (wine). He starts making wine even before getting his Oenology certificate from Washington State University (a cougar, too), all this while maintaing his corporate job. Like we said, quite usual.
Ton is the co-proprietor, the general manager and the resident Chef at Locus. After a long career in product management, he eventually leaned into his passion for food. During one of his midlife crises, instead of buying an expensive car like any self-respecting burned out corporate hack would, he trained to become a Culinarian. Although he recently left his position as the Dean of the Seattle Culinary Academy at Seattle Central College to focus solely on Locus.
Xavier (not pictured, guess he is camera shy but look left and you will know why in a second) joined Locus in May 2021. He is quite but don't let that fool you. He knows what he is doing and he does it well. Once you get him to open up, you realize there is a wealth and well-rounded treasure trove of wine information there in his head. Oh and he has exquisite palate and he can articulate the flavors without a moment's hesitation. You wanna win his heart? Bring some black coffee with you. No need to bring wine, we got it here.
Tyler (on the left) joined Locus early July 2022 and let's just say it out loud: He is just better than all of us. He knows his service, he is kind and calm, he is studious and practically a sponge when it comes to taking in food and wine knowledge. The most annoying, we mean, amazing part? He makes it all look easy.
When he is not upstaging us all, he is getting his degree in Law, Society & Justice and plays the violin for the UW symphony. His mind is set on law school so he can advocate civil rights and policy and international politics. Are you feeling like you are not doing enough with your life? We sure are. Did we mention he is fluent in German? So, yeah.
A Montana native, Ashley joined us in November 2022 with 14 years in the culinary world, most recently from Damn the Weather where she had been the sous chef for 2 years. Before that, she was at the pandemic-victim, Heartwood Provisions, with Chef Kim (and Chef V before her).
Ashley has experience managing businesses and people too so if that ever-elusive second location opens for Locus, she will take on managerial duties for the Pioneer Square location.
Keenaan (it means 'collector of vowels' in Bainbridge Island language) has been our busboy for a whole year from Spring of 2022 until recently. We finally made him an associate because he is good people and he is really good with people. Plus he is cool. He took time off school to travel the world. Who does that? Smart ones.
He is finishing up his Political Science degree at UW these days but he (not so) secretly wants to be a pilot when he grows up. Don't let the poofy hair fool you. There are some brains in that head of his.