Get to know the friendly crew you see each time you visit Vine Ripe! Here's a brief introduction to each of the department managers, the next time you see them, feel free to say hello!
Bakery Manager - Thomas
Thomas has been cooking up delicious baked goods for an impressive 30 years! He was born in Mexico, and has enjoyed living in San Diego for 10 years. He's been a member of the Vine Ripe crew for 2 years and three months. He started baking out of pure passion, and makes all of the Vine Ripe breads, baklava, cookies & rolls, square cakes & palmera. He has a wife and two kids at home.
Juice Manager - Tony
The juice department is relatively new, and Tony has spearheaded the project for just over a year. He was previously the General Manager at Home Town Buffet for 6 years. He has a wife and three kids at home, and he loves the Barcelona Soccer team. His secret for concocting new flavors is to turn to Google for guidance. His favorite flavors are Apple Twist (apple, kiwi, spinach), and Date Smoothie. His newest flavors are Coconut Water (and fresh coconut to go!) and Fresh Mango Juice.
Front Manager - Mita
Mita has been the Front Manager at Vine Ripe for three years. His favorite thing about working here is being friendly with and helping customers. He was recently married, and currently expecting his first child, which is going to be a boy. He enjoys playing soccer in his free time, watching sports on TV, and enjoying our beautiful weather here in sunny San Diego.
Meat Department Manager - Brent
Brent is one of the friendliest, outgoing people you will ever encounter - be sure to say hi to him! He's been cooking since he was 15, and started as an apprentice to a master chef at the age of 18, learning how to make gourmet European meals. He started cutting meat in the restaurants, and eventually became a Journeyman Meat Cutter. He's a French Saucisses (maker of French sausages), he genuinely loves his job, working with customers, and learning something new every day. He has a wife and 5 kids, enjoys riding his dirt bike, likes to be outside in the sun havin' fun, and has a pet parrot named Paco.
Deli Manager - Rene
Rene started at Vine Ripe in May of 2016, but she has been a deli/bakery/gourmet store Manager for over 20 years. She enjoys making things from scratch, and in her own words, "I am so happy". Her favorite thing about working at Vine Ripe is the people, she went on and on about how much she loves the staff here, and how much she likes making customers happy. She has a husband and two sons, and came from a huge family: she has 5 sisters and 3 brothers! She loves going to the movies and getting popcorn and soda for the show, decorating for the holidays, and feeding people.
Grocery Manager - Ray
Ray has been the Grocery Manager at Vine Ripe for 2 years, and before that, he was the Grocery Manager at Valley Foods for 3 years. His favorite thing about the store is the unique inventory and specialty items. He has a wife and 3 kids at home: 2 girls and 1 boy, and another bun in the oven! HIs favorite thing to do is go out with and spend time with his family. He enjoys watching movies and sports, especially soccer, and his favorite thing about living in San Diego is the weather.
Produce Department - Amjed
Amjed has worked in the produce department at Vine Ripe for 7 years. He loves working with produce and working at Vine Ripe, and being friendly with and helping customers. He has a wife and four kids at home, and says that he doesn't watch TV because watching his kids is entertainment enough! His favorite fruit is berries & strawberries, his favorite thing about living in SD is going to the beach, and his favorite thing to do is go out with his family.