Courtney Ball

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“I feel like Cedar Rapids is a lot more hipster than I expected, that’s what I like about it. Like all of the art festivals I’ve seen.”


“I recently went to AirFX, the trampoline park. One of my childhood dreams came true and it was awesome. Best hour of my life.”

Dylan – Greyhound Cafe

Dylan: “I try to know people’s names and learn about the people that come here. It’s interesting, fun. We get a lot of regulars.”

Matt: “A lot of people remember him from his other job because he’s made a lot of awesome drinks for them.”

Emily: “Yeah, we’re very honored to have Dylan as part of the team.”

Emily – Greyhound Cafe

“I clearly love working for Greyhound, for Matt and Pete. They’re just really respectful owners, and they’re always trying to improve things, and they’ve got a really great sense of humor.”


“Tell me about something you’re proud of.”

“I guess with pride, my first connotation is around LGBTQ pride, queer pride, and that for me…there’s a kind of fierceness and vulnerability that goes into that pride that I really appreciate. So, I like standing in that tradition of being proud. Also, I recently saw the movie Selma again and I had a moment of feeling proud to be in the office of clergy as I was watching that movie. It reminded me of why I felt called into this.”

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“I have one brother. He’s younger than me, but he’s like one of those over-achiever brothers that everyone thinks he’s older than me because he’s probably more mature than me…in some aspects. […] He’s a pastor now, was a youth pastor. He’s very intelligent, well read. And then, he also has this really crazy personality, like when he was younger. Very adventurous, so he’s kind of fun.”


“I grew up in the Dominican Republic. […] The economy was really bad. We didn’t have much growing up. One meal a day if we were lucky, maybe two. Meat, maybe once a week. Maybe three pairs of clothes at one time. That was it. Shoes, maybe one pair of old shoes. Books or notebooks to go to school, we didn’t have much. My parents would get one notebook and cut it right down the middle, make it into two. Pencils, like number two pencils, they would break in half and make two pencils out of one.”