Name: Blake Dillon
Role: Store Manager
Store: Edward Street, Brisbane CBD
How long have you been with Bailey Nelson: Almost two years.
What do you love about Bailey Nelson: The story, the people and the excitement the customers have from visiting our stores and getting their new glasses. I never knew what to expect as I came from another optical retailer that was very corporate. Bailey Nelson has this boutique kind of style. I rocked up to the interview with sales questions as I’d been interviewing for ten years, but it was completely different. More like, “here’s something about me, what about you?” Once I found out that it was a people culture, I was interested.
What was it like to stop being corporate and doing things like covering tattoos? It was hard to get out of being robotic. It was so weird not being in a uniform and actually just talking to people rather than covering steps and worrying about mystery shoppers and asking the same questions over and over again.
Who do you work with at Edward Street? Our optometrist, Renee. As well as Jack, Jess, Adam and Georgia.
What is your favourite frame and why: The Harrison! it's a unique look.
Most interesting customers: So many to list! Lots of people have such interesting careers that we hear about each day.
Where are you from originally: Central Queensland
Spare time: Hiking and exploring south east Queensland, beers with friends, collecting tattoos and spending time with my chihuahua, Megatron. I've also discovered a new love for burlesque shows and theatre.
Best Brisbane Bar/Restaurant: The Gresham for the best cocktails and Miss Kay's for a burger hit.