“It’s gorgeous out there,” said Henry, now 33. Among other things, Henry learned to create foam art with the coffee she served up there as a barista. That’s also where Henry began creating and selling her aprons. They were a hit. “It was great there. People are really into having a one-of-a-kind item.”
Henry dubbed her enterprise Red Banana Design, the marriage of a childhood nickname, Shanna Banana, with her distinctive red hair. Now, Henry sells her handiwork at Anderson City Market as well as online. She may be bringing them to other local and online venues in the near future.
There may be ocean and mountains out in the northwest, and, who know knows, maybe an old boyfriend, but the pull of family is stronger than the tides. Henry came back to Anderson in 2008, where she went to work at Hoosier Park, and remains there today in casino operations.
“I love it. It’s fast-paced. There’s a good energy there. I love the people I work with there. It’s kind of awesome,” said Henry. As great as that is, Henry indulges in an eclectic blend of interests outside of her work day.
“I kayak the White River a lot,” said Henry. She also runs, and volunteers whenever opportunities come along. She almost climbed Mount Kilimanjaro this year, and still seems inclined to do it next year – as part of a fundraising experience in support of equal rights for children and their opportunities to go to school.
Henry is currently heading up a committee looking to bring a beer fest to Anderson next year.
The event is designed to be more of an educational experience, along the lines of a wine tasting, but with that youthful, fun edge to it. Henry’s part of an Anderson contingent that’s upping the amperage in the area with creativity and energy.
“It’s a revolution,” said Henry, with an easy smile. “A creative revolution is happening in Anderson.”
Look for Red Banana Designs at the Anderson City Market on Saturday mornings, check it out on Facebook, and visit the Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/RedBananaDesigns. Henry has a new website in the works.
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