Now, she tends bar at the VFW 4031. In January 2022, she worked as a bar hostess for a celebration of life event at the VFW’s spacious downstairs hall. "I’ve been here since ten a.m. getting everything ready,” she said as she hauled a case of bottled liquor downstairs to the party in progress.
All things considered, Rachel is upbeat about her current employment. "It is a lot of work, but it is well worth it.”
Jessica Fairchild has a special place in her heart for the bar patrons of the VFW 4031. The former theater major says, "I use my degree every day.”
The Denver native was at her usual spot behind the bar at the VFW preparing the cheery watering hole for the inevitable daily entrance of the regulars. It was the start of her third month at the VFW.
"I really love working here,” she commented. In addition to her duties at the VFW, she also tends bar for the American Legion across town. "After all, I love to serve those who served,” she quipped.
Jessica summed up her job when she said, "After a while, you get to know the folks you see all the time. You know what they like to drink almost before they’ve ordered it.”
"We have a pretty good crew here,” she said as she mixed a drink for a noontime patron. "It is a fun job to have,” she added.
Getting acclimated to the Durango winters was not a problem for Carissa, as she has seen plenty of winter weather before in Kentucky. "It gets pretty cold back there, but the winters here are a lot different.”
Of course, her main priority is her son Cassius. "Oh my goodness, he is so cute,” she gushed.