Danielle Parrish
Danielle Parrish

OHIO CITY – It’s been 11 years since Danielle Parrish started working for the Ohio City minimart as a 15-year-old and her love for the job and connected bond to the people of the community has grown deeper through the years.

These days, Parrish, who keeps inventory of the store, and orders its products, orders often according to the needs of her regular customers.

“I know certain customers and what they are going to purchase,” said Parrish. “I take people into consideration when I order certain products. I order their stuff.”

“I like to see my vendors and customers weekly and daily,” continued Parrish. “I like to develop a relationship with them and keep up with what they are doing. In a small community like this, we keep track of each other through a store like this.”

Parrish said that she orders “up front” for the store. She does all of the orders that vendors don’t do. She orders food for the kitchen, keeps up with the daily paperwork and takes care of the money. When the owner isn’t there, Parrish is 100 percent in charge of the store.

Parrish, a 2009 graduate of Van Wert High School, graduated from the University of Northwest Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Early on, she worked at an ice cream shop, but she joined her sister and brother when they started working at the minimart.

Store owner Kully Sangha said that she feels extremely fortunate to have a sharp, intelligent individual with a bachelor’s degree managing her store.

“She is keen at everything that she does,” said Sangha. “She is very sharp when it comes to spotting shoplifting. She has keen sight and ears when it comes to picking up on somebody shoplifting. She first of all verifies it on the video and then writes down the license plate number.”

Parrish said that in many cases, it’s simple to spot a shoplifter because they tend to look at the attendant to see if they are being caught. She noted that if she is certain that something is going on, she summons Sangha to assist.

“I confront them and say, ‘are you sure there is nothing else to pay for,’” said Sangha. “I ask them three times. Then I say, ‘then that is shoplifting.’ I give them the option to pay and tell them they can’t come back to the store.”

Parrish said that if they leave or get way, she calls the Van Wert County Sheriff Department.

When she is not working at the store, Parrish loves investing her time in her young son, Quintin, who is now involved in sporting events such as flag football and baseball.

“She is so keen with everything she does. I never want to lose her,” said Sangha. “When people ask directions, she is so committed and intent on making sure they know where they are going. She is so kind and friendly to everyone that comes in.”