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Life & Work with Jessa Purdue

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessa Purdue. 

Hi Jessa, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was born and Detroit and raised in Metro Detroit, with many family ties to the communities. My Great Grandmother Owned and operated Geneva’s Hamburgers before selling to retire and travel, and my cousins own the various Travis locations. When it came time for college, I decided I wanted to stay in-state, but close enough to home, so I decided to attend Central Michigan University. This gave me the comfort of still being close to home but also not far away from my family cabin in Atlanta Michigan as well. I gained so many life lessons and friendships while away at CMU, but after three years at CMU, I transferred home to attended Wayne through Macomb and get my degree in Marketing in Business Administration. Through the classes I took here I learned my love for social media, engagement, and connecting with other people in my communities. Now along with my full-time job I like to try new places throughout Metro Detroit/Detroit and give my personal takes on them so I can hopefully help others find the gems in their cities. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Was definitely not smooth at first with transferring schools and being away from the friendships and lifestyle that I was growing accustomed to at CMU. But once I learned to embrace my Metro Detroit life and started exploring my different cities it became so much easier. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I work as an administrative assistant at a local country club where I have met some very smart and interesting people who have great ties to some of my favorite cities, which started to spark my interest more of my surroundings and the places and businesses that I have close to me. From there I started to look for the little dive bar with the best-grilled cheese and Detroit mule, to the mom-and-pop ice cream shop where they make homemade ice cream all year round, to many more place. I started sharing small snip it’s on my social media and so many people were curious of where I was and how I found the places I was going to, so I started sharing everything with my followers on Instagram. From there I started on, TikTok, Out Of the Office, Facebook, Pinterest, and started sharing everywhere I went, not just in Metro Detroit (even though is my favorite place to explore). 

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I experience both good and bad luck with what I do. Good being the different places I try and finding new dishes I love and sometimes new people to enjoy these things with. The bad being that not all places are unfortunately winners and it can take a tough skin to do these things because not everyone wishes to see you succeed. 

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Copper Hop Brewery
Checkered Bar Detroit
Armada Fair

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