It's a rainy Friday night, and the place is nearly full, the sounds of loud voices and laughter greeting arrivals in the dimly lit room. Tables of chatty grad students, couples cozying up in booths, older singles sitting silent at the bar--Davis cheerfully keeps tabs on them all. A tall, sturdy woman with her brown hair in a ponytail, a pen sticking out at the back, she's a "sassy broad," says regular Tina Ezekiel, who's here with her husband and another couple. "We love her and respect her."
Davis "remembers all the important occasions and finds a reason to celebrate," Ezekiel says, from putting up holiday decorations to highlighting milestones in her customers' lives, like the recent birth of the Ezekiels' first grandchild. "She makes Old Town feel like our place."
Davis has been part of her customers' graduations, weddings, and funerals--sometimes waiting tables and sometimes as a guest--and has even been thanked on the pages of dissertations. "Working at Old Town is not just a job to me," she says. It's "a gathering spot to relax around familiar faces."