You can find this weeks vendor, Quincy Hunter, at the Whole Foods Market at 30 W. Huron in the River North neighborhood. He has been there for the past 3 & 1/2 years.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes, and then Cabrini-Green.
What brought you to StreetWise?
I was Homeless. First my mother passed, and then my father six months later. I was up in North Chicago, and I came into Chicago to bury my father and I wound up getting stuck here. That was 1987, and I lived on the streets until 1994.
How long have you been selling StreetWise?
Off and On since 1999, almost 16 years now.
What is your strategy for selling the magazine?
I give everyone a smile and wish them all a blessed day! It is also important to thank everyone for giving their support to me and StreetWise.
What is something about the neighborhood that you wouldn’t know if you were not a vendor?
There is a large amount od wonderful, God-loving people in our city. They really do care and are truly concerned about me and my well-fare. That is what I love about Chicago! A person is able to find help, if or when they need it.
What else have you learned on the job?
How to take the good with the bad, and how important it is to be patient.
What are your future goals?
I would really like to find a very stable employment and at least a one bedroom apartment.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like watching sports, anything Chicago! Chicago is all I know! Right now I am riding on the Bulls! But I also like to play dominoes, cards, and billards.
Is there anything else you would like readers to know?
I am always looking for work! Sales, deliveries, yard work, dog walking… I will do it all!