We love our regulars – we consider them some of the city’s finest citizens. In this column, we meet and greet with some of the folks who make HubBub part of their daily routine. Interested in being profiled? Email emily dot kovach at hubbubcoffee.com. Scott and Kirk are brothers – the youngest two of four siblings in their family. They're pretty tight: they work together, live together, and hang out together. PeopleMetrics, the company they both work for, used to be located in 3 Logan Square, and Scott (a lover of cappuccinos and espresso-based drinks) would pop down on the daily for coffee, often bringing Kirk along with him, who likes iced coffee in the summer and the occasional hot chocolate when it’s cold out. Their office recently re-located, but thankfully just across the street, so we still get to see these hilarious dudes all the time.
Scott, age 29, says as a kid he always saw himself living in Philadelphia. So after graduating from Penn State, and briefly living and working in his home state of New Jersey, he found his job at PeopleMetrics, an online survey company, where he programs surveys and produces reports with the data collected. Scott is, like, really into spreadsheets, a tool he frequently uses at his job. “When I see a spreadsheet I think ‘Tell me your secrets!’ That’s the kind of excitement I get on a daily basis,” he laughs. He considers Microsoft Excel to be the premier spreadsheet software. "It’s so interconnected with everything else in the Windows machine and it’s got this powerful back-end macro system. With that you can conquer the world,” he says with genuine admiration.
Kirk, age 25, also works at PeopleMetrics. He did a stint as a veterinary technician in Florida after finishing school at the New College of Florida, a tiny liberally arts school. [Fun fact: HubBub has employed three alumni of the New College of Florida, who Kirk totally recognized when he started coming here!] While his vet tech gig did inspire a deeper love of animals - especially dogs - he eventually came back north hoping to find another kind of work. He started as an intern at PeopleMetrics, and is now full-time as an analyst. Basically, their company surveys company’s employees and their customers at the same time to find out how their experiences can be improved. As an analyst, Kirk takes all the results from these surveys, sees what everyone is saying and then writes those into a report and presents the findings to the clients.
Outside of work, Kirk and Scott share a love for Ultimate Frisbee. They’re part of a little pick up group that meets after work in their neighborhood of South Philly. Frisbee is actually a big part of their family dynamic - as far back as they can remember every family party included a circle of people standing in the backyard throwing the Frisbee around. Scott says that while Frisbee has always been a part of their lives, they’re not too competitive about the whole Ultimate thing. “We’re both only 5’9 on a good day [Kirk chimes in “on a great day”] so we’re not going anywhere serious with this league,” he explains. “But it’s fun to do and be outdoors.”
Their other main hobby is biking all around the city. Kirk has a mountain bike and used to do some off-road riding, but now he just rides it around the city. “Maybe I should get a road bike, but every once in a while I feel justified when I come across a torn up street that’s being repaved and can ride through it. I’m like ‘You can’t do this on a road bike!’” They both ride bikes in to work every day, all suited up in their ties! “These ties don’t come off!” Scott jokes. The ties do come off, it seems, at the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride, which they’ve participated in for the past few years. Kirk especially seems fired up about the ride: “Every time I do it a wire flips in my head. It's great!”
The camaraderie between Kirk and Scott is palpable. They both heartily agree that if they weren’t brothers, they’d still be good buds. They run in the same groups of friends – they have 53 mutual friends on Facebook! But, like so many sibs who are BFFs as adults, they weren’t always friends growing up, and only started getting closer when Kirk was in high school. They are close with their other brother Ryan, who is their other roommate, and talk warmly about their older sister Erika, who they say is the funniest one in the family. They did have a big old laugh about how she just bought a mini van, and you can totally envision them giving her a good-natured ribbing about it for the next, say, two years.
We think sibling friendship is tops, and were really touched by how much family matters to these guys. It was great to get to know them better, and we are honored to call Scott and Kirk regulars.