This week we’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of Katia Makhlouf, our Soft Goods Team Leader. Katia learned her skills early in life–her mother has a sewing business in Bejaia, Algeria and taught Katia how to apply beading to garments when she was a child. By the time she was in high school, she would spend her summer breaks sewing professionally on her mother’s industrial sewing machines. Though sewing is her current profession, Katia has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and certification to work as a professional photographer. In addition to working at Scenic Solutions, Katia volunteers at the Dayton Sewing Collaborative where she is an instructor and a sewist. Katia says the thing she likes most about working at Scenic Solutions is the opportunity to learn. “I learn something new every day,” she told us. “And everybody is so nice and patient with my English.” Katia is no slouch when it comes to languages. In addition to English, she speaks French, Arabic, and Berber. This winter, Katia will celebrate her third year in the USA and will soon attain her American citizenship. With her skills and her engaging personality, we’re very lucky to have her in our soft goods shop!