Abby Ancell was born and raised in Du Quoin. Her connection to family and community has always been important to her. She grew up as the middle child of three girls and also has a 10-year old brother. She attended SIU and studied fashion and business — always with the dream of being a small business owner. She did a brief stint in Chicago after graduation. While she enjoyed her time in the city, she realized she was ready to come back to Southern Illinois to pursue her small business dream through the St. Nicholas Brewing Company. While working in recruiting for SIU she simultaneously worked on the business plan for SNBC.
She currently resides in Du Quoin with her three cats. She enjoys being an active member in the community through garden club, Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer Foundation, Southern Illinois Beer Trail Association and volunteering at local animal shelter when she gets a chance. She said she loves to travel, eat and cook local food and enjoys the natural surroundings of Southern Illinois through hiking and biking. She also competes in triathlons with her family. Four of her family members are doing a half-ironman this fall in New Orleans. She is a huge animal activist and animal rights is a cause near and dear to her. She said she loves to be around people and can talk to anyone! Her job as the general manager at SNBC is the perfect mix of business and community.
1. What is your current state of mind? Preoccupied
2. What is your most treasured possession? My three cats — Thor, Pepper and Daphne. Can I call those possessions?
3. When and where were you happiest? My happiest times always include my family — and there are lots of those times — and many more to come.
4. What is your most obvious characteristic? Sociable
5. Which words or phrases do you over-use most? Literally. I literally say it all the time, even when not needed.
6. If you were to die and come back as a person or animal, what do you think it would be? I believe I was a turtle in a past life, but I hope to come back as a house cat. I need more naps.
7. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I am vegetarian so I usually don’t try any crazy animals or animal parts, but I ate a baby octopus head once. It popped in my mouth. I still feel guilt from that.
8. What is one thing you refuse to share? My bicycle
9. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? I would like to be able to stop time and fly. I dream about both pretty often.
10. What fashion trend do you wish would come back? Fitted rompers and fishnets, although I must admit, they have never gone out of style for me!
11. What two languages would you like to be fluent in? Spanish and Italian
12. What is the last book you read? ‘When I’m Gone’ by Emily Bleeker
13. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Work/Life Balance, Through the Eyes of a Professional Party Girl
14. What bad habit do you have that you know you need to break, but don't really want to? St. Nick’s pizzas (Quatro Formaggio and Greek)
15. How would you describe yourself in three words? Perseverant, loyal, adventurous
16. If money were no object, where in the world would you choose to live? Spain for its beautiful beaches, mountains, amazing food, wine — and the men aren’t terrible to look at.
17. If you inherited a single room, off-the-grid, cabin in the woods, would you be excited or disappointed and why? I would be excited to inherit any piece of property, but I would immediately add on for company. Alone time is necessary but I’m a scaredy cat!
18. If a theme song played every time you entered a room, what would it be? Ignition by R. Kelly. My all-time favorite song.
19. What is your guilty pleasure? Real Housewives — all the seasons
20. If you could go on a cross country road trip with famous person, dead or alive, who would it be? Jane Goodall
21. What is your personal motto? Stay Thirsty