60 Questions With Skoah Icon Andrea Scott

March 24, 2009.

This is the 36th interview of what will eventually amount to 500 profiles of people who have made life in BC that much more interesting. At the rate we’re going it’ll take three years, at which time we’ll probably just start shooting for 1,000.

Once or twice a week Scout poses 60 questions to a different individual. They pick and choose which ones they’d prefer to answer, with a minimum response rate of 20. It’s some sort of Rorschach test, for sure…

Andrea Scott is a co-owner of skoah (personal training for your skin) with locations in Yaletown, Burnaby and Calgary, and the driving force behind skoah’s recently launched make-up line, chiiki munki. She is also a business woman, mother, wife, runner and big Simon & Garfunkel fan. We thank her for her time, and begin….


Scout Q&A

Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: Arbutus (I call it Kitserdale (not Kitsilano, nor Kerrisdale) close to Broadway shops, UBC trails and my office in Yaletown

The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating: cheese.

Default drink of choice: Champagne.

Drink you’ll never have again: tequila, but I’ve said that a few times.

The one place you’d move to: Whistler, or Santa Monica.

Favourite wine varietal: Pinot Blanc.

The person you can imitate: not a person, but I can do a perfect car alarm sound…

One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: longer summers and colder winters.

Bartender who could sell you anything: Sebastien Le Goff. (interview)

Cheap place for dinner: my parent’s place on the North Shore.

Book you’re reading: I’m reading 4. The Shack, The Reader, Howard Schultz’s ‘Pour Your Heart into it’ and a ‘Guerilla Advertising’ Annual.

Last place traveled: BC (before children), hiking in Guatemala – I was 6 months pregnant and it was spectacular. AC (after children) we were in Hawaii in January.

Biggest fear: Someone hurting my son.

Cliche that you use too often: If you have met me you’ll know I am known for always saying clichés incorrectly.

Best sneaker in the world: Quick, but they are really hard to find.

Place in BC that you love escaping to: Whistler, or mountain biking/hiking in Squamish.

Best bar stool in the city: ex-bar stool was when Feenie’s was in its Heyday.

Dumbest purchase ever: skinny jeans a week before I found out I was pregnant again.

What are you proud of: skoah/chiiki munki, my son, my husband.

The thing that makes you the angriest: any form of cruelty to children and animals.

The thing you love most about your job: the ability to create something people love and to make people happy.

Most challenging part of owning a business: staying focused on growth vs the day to day ‘needs to get done’.

Best fine dining restaurant in the city: Vij’s and La Quercia. Though maybe not considered ‘fine dining’, they are my 2 ‘first choices’ for a great dinner and I greatly admire the owners of both.

Your nickname(s) growing up: ‘D’.

Talent you wish you possessed: greater patience.

The trend you wish you never followed, but did: neon.

Musical instrument you long to play: piano.

Sport you gave up: ballet.

The game you’re best at: running.

Best gallery in the city: VAG.

Somewhere within an hour of Vancouver that is worth checking out: Squamish.

The number of fist fights you’ve been in: 1 (with my cousin Michelle who owns One of a Few)…but instead of fists we used garden hoses…ask her about it.

The scariest situation you’ve ever been in: being charged by a bear in a remote part of BC while mountain biking.

Local person you admire most: Chris Scott.

The thing you’re ashamed of: not being bold enough to answer this question.

Aspect of your personality you wish you could change: being relentless about achieving my goals…it is a double edged sword.

How you waste time at work: I don’t!

The thing you wished people cared more about: the elderly and people with special needs or mental illness.

The dish you’re most proud of: my homemade biscotti…my mom’s recipe.

The thing that makes you the most nervous: People who say ‘trust me’ too often, and those who talk about other people.

Town you were born in: Vancouver.

Old television shows you can tolerate re-runs of: Sex and the City.

Quality you admire most in yourself: driven to succeed.

Album that first made you love music: Simon & Garfunkel (can’t say which one).

The career path you considered but never followed: teaching.
Your top 3 films of all time: Romeo and Juliet, Water, Thelma and Louise.
The first three things you do every morning: feed my 2 dogs and 2 cats, talk to my son, go for a run.
The thing you’re addicted to: running, coffee and Rex.

Biggest hope: to see skoah and chiiki munki exceed my goals.

Luckiest moment of your life: I don’t believe in pure luck. We have the ability to make things happen for ourselves. But, I suppose I was lucky to have met Chris (my husband and business partner) because we’ve accomplished a lot together…personally and professionally.

Favourite book as a child: Where the Wild Things Are.

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