LOGANVILLE – For some, working with the public isn’t an ideal career. But for Mozelle Lewis, there is no other place she’d rather be than face to face with her customer’s every day.
Lewis has been a mainstay in the Loganville business community — first owning 78 Roadside Antiques for 37 years and upon retiring decided she wasn’t quite through yet with serving the public.
So she began work at Journey’s End Buffet restaurant as a part time waitress, which quickly became a full time job Monday through Friday.
Lewis has become a part of the family but, at the age of 80 and still actively serving customers, she decided it was time to focus on her retirement.
Friday Lewis’ coworkers and boss celebrated her hard work and customer service while shifting through memories and shedding a few tears.
“I love my job, the people who come into eat and the atmosphere of this place,” Lewis said, adding working at Journey’s End has been relaxing and made it hard for her to be retired.
Although she hates to leave Lewis said it’s time to finally retire but she will be quick to inform anyone questioning where to eat to visit Journey’s End.
“They have the best food around and great service,” she said, adding that working at the restaurant has provided her with a second family.
Friends with all her coworkers, Lewis calls them her girls and said that to her they are her adopted daughters.
“It’s so great to work with everyone and they are so good to me,” she said through tears.
“I have enjoyed my work here and I love these people. They’re like my second family it has helped me a lot to have them.”
Amy Shin, owner of Journey’s End since 2007, said Lewis has been a blessing to all her customers and staff.
“She is so sweet and so friendly to all customers. We are going to miss her and its evident our customers will as well as they have told her all day how much they will miss her,” she said.
Lewis added if Shin needed her, she wouldn’t be far away to step in and help.
Part of Lewis’ second family and coworker, Tiffany Clegg has been employed by Journey’s End for 12 years and can remember the first day she saw Lewis.
“I thought to myself she was a cute little old lady,” she said. “I will miss hearing her say every morning, ‘Girl’s we’re going to be busy, busy today’ or her wearing her butterfly pin that she said brings customers.”
Amanda Brooks, another coworker, said when Lewis isn’t at work customers ask “Where is Mozelle?” and that she was the sweetest lady she knew.
“Her appreciation of other people and her smile is something I will miss about having her here,” Brooks said, adding to her Lewis was an angel that will be hard to replace.
Lewis plans to make arrangements to move in the near future where she doesn’t quite know maybe closer to her family but one thing is for certain Journey’s End will hold a special place in her heart for a long time to come.