Chloe Waryen - "Experiences of Working at the Tobacco Bowl"

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Oral History

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Spring 4-1-2014


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Tom Keegan


Chloe Waryen, worker at Iowa City's Tobacco Bowl, shares her working experiences with us. Currently a senior in the English and Theatre departments, Chloe has big aspirations for the future. Her dream is to attend Yale University and live a life full of arts and music. Working in downtown Iowa City had a big influence on Chloe's personal and academic development.

Our project features the story of Chloe Waryen, the worker at the Tobacco Bowl, for whom the downtown coffee and smoke shop is more than just a workplace but a home. People often underestimate the importance of the existence of the only place in the entire state of Iowa which allows indoor smoking. Our goal was to present this establishment to larger audiences and connect its story to a simple, hardworking individual, Chloe, who has exciting community stories to share. The Tobacco Bowl is shutting down in the near future, and our project is one of the few recorded or visual memories that will exist of this place. The coffee shop is not only Chloe's workplace but her usual hangout spot too. Her co-workers are her best friends, and her regular customers are her family. This project’s appeal lies in its inherent tangibility––real people sharing memories of the community.


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