19th February '13

A Warm Welcome to...

by Lizzy Martin

After the big move, we welcomed a new talented Brightonian to the team. Alex Bates is a St. Louis native. Her love for the city is reflected in her personal blog, HelloSTL.com. Get to know Alex and why she sparked our interest!


Meet Alexandra Bates


Where are you from?

I grew up in Festus, Missouri.

Do you have a spouse, kids, pets?

No, to the first two; thankfully, I only have a dog—Lola, a 3-year-old Sheltie.

Before Brighton, what was your professional role? 

I previously worked part time from home, proofing ads for a company called Journatic. I also wrote a weekly food story for my hometown’s newspaper, and I wrote stories and took photos for my website, HelloSTL.com.

Now, what is your current title at Brighton? …and what does this role entail?

My title is Quality Control/Proofreader. I proofread and make sure everything’s top quality.

Do you have a favorite thing about working at Brighton?

So far, I really enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and friendly people.

What was your first week working at Brighton like?  

Because my position is a brand new one, my first week I was doing a mix of things and helping out anywhere I was needed.

Do you have any hobbies?

I like to write (non-fiction & poetry), read (I love Capote & Steinbeck), travel (road-trips and more), cook & bake, sing (but not if people are listening) and shop at antique & thrift stores.

What is your favorite food?

That is difficult. I have a few: goat cheese, Elicia’s Pizza, popcorn, Greek salads, Waffle House waffles and more.

A fun fact about yourself?

I own a pair of bowling shoes.

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