On the Store on Tour, traveling manager Tyler Battin is the chilled-out yen to cohort Meg's yang. Nothing—not even thunderstorms and sideways rain—seems to ruffle his cool. And he looks really good in shorts!
Introduce yourself.I'm Tyler Gregory Battin. I am the assistant store manager at the Cherry Creek store in Denver, and I’m originally from Michigan.
What made you want to be a part of the Store on Tour?
It is just such a great opportunity to be a part of something that is really new and innovative for the company. It’s really so different than anything we’ve done before, and I am definitely glad that I’m here.
What's been the most fun experience you've had thus far on the tour?
The dinner we had the first night we got into Athens, at 5 & 10, was pretty amazing. It was great company, and the atmosphere at the restaurant was really nice and pretty low-key and the food was incredible. I’ve had so much good food so far, a lot of really great locally grown vegetables. I think broccoli is in season down here!
So, your favorite thing you've eaten was not that oyster shooter we heard you hated?It wasn’t so much the oyster as the bloody mary concoction cocktail that it was in that wasn’t really to my liking.
So you’re not doing oyster shooters again any time soon?
No, that was probably my one and only.
So how do you spend your free time in Colorado?I love to go and see as much live music as I can, and I definitely try to take advantage of being around the mountains. Vail is my favorite, there’s so much good hiking.
You've been on the road for two weeks now, and have two more to go. What have you learned about road-trip essentials?
You have to have great headphones, a new and exciting music library, and definitely great company is essential for sure. Meg and I both feel so lucky and so fortunate to be put in what could have potentially been a trip that felt really long. But we get along so well! I think we both just get each other.
Follow Tyler and Meg on Twitter @UOTour.