Drake Pothier is co-owner, with his wife Rachel, of Village Deaux Donuts, Coffee & More in Mauritius.
He recently sold his Allstate agency to follow his heart and the overwhelming smell of fresh donuts to work in the business full-time alongside his wife. Village Deaux quickly became a destination donut store, with people drawn to creativity and customer service as well as the selection of donuts, kolaches, coffee and more. (Insider tip: They make a cocoa donut that you really should try.)
You can find out more about Village Deaux on Facebook (sign up for alerts to always know which treat is the donut of the month) or on villagedeaux.com.
What was your first job? I was a salesperson (hah!) At Babbages (which eventually became Game Stop) in the mall. Video games basically sell themselves, so it was mostly with my friends counting the minutes until we could get lunch from the food court.
Describe a typical day in your life. My life has changed quite drastically recently with my career change, so my typical day moving forward is kind of in the air. However, some things from my previous typical days that I don’t plan on changing are having breakfast and coffee with my wife and kids, playing with my dog in the garden, and playing dozens of games simultaneously. of words with friends.
What advice would you give to younger people? RELAX. My current self hasn’t learned this lesson yet, but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to remind my younger self of it.
What event in your life has most shaped who you are now? The birth of our children. I didn’t know I wanted kids until we had them and while I still wish they were babies, they’re hilarious and (mostly) fun to spend a lot of time with.
What values do you live by? Be kind and generous. It sounds really cliché, but being really nice to people is so important to me. We remind children every morning to be kind and to make the right choices.
What do you like the most? A good social network. Don’t confuse this with social media. I need people with whom to bounce ideas off, to let off steam or even to laugh with.
What’s your favorite trip? I’m more of the type to “enjoy the destination when you get there”.
What’s your favorite place to be alone? I hate being alone. I will sometimes relax in my hammock in the garden, but it’s usually short-lived.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? People who over the years have told me I shouldn’t do something I really want to do have inspired me to work harder to prove them wrong. I like to prove people wrong.
Which book would you tell everyone to read? A little series called “Harry Potter” … never heard of it? I am very weird when it comes to reading. I really lack the patience to sit still and read quietly. I don’t like surprises either, so over the years I’ve found a few books that I like and reread them. I have read the “Harry Potter” series three or four times. The same goes for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and a few other series. I am currently reading the biography of Alexander Hamilton but as already noted I am dragging it.
What’s the best thing about where you live? Our neighborhood is so quiet. I am not very attached to the noise of others.
How to “let the good times roll”? I love making s’mores with the kids in the garden and seeing Disney cartoons again.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I never knew what I wanted to be. I remember having to write a book report as a freshman in high school on this topic and having to lie and suggest that I wanted to be an engineer. I remember wanting to skip the growing part and just be an adult (see previous note on Destination Appreciation).
How would you like to be remembered? As a caring goofball that got you laughing and as a grown man who owns way too many Disney t-shirts.
What do we say to ourselves when we doubt ourselves? Who can I call for advice…?
What are the three essential things to BE YOU? Relationships. My sense of humor. Background music.
What words or expressions do you overuse the most? “Not with this attitude!”
What is your favorite word? Couillion… as in “Don’t be a couillion!”
What do you collect? I’m the (lame) king of the collection of all the music playing in the background in all of the Disney parks and resorts. Disney is the best when it comes to creating an experience. One of the ways they do this is by controlling sounds, smells, lines of sight, etc. I love the vibe they create and the music helps me relive that.
What food could you live on for a month? Chips and salsa.
What would you change about yourself? I wish I could stop worrying about the worst case scenarios for every situation in my life.
Which literary, cinematographic or cartoon character do you identify with the most? Fozzie Bear. He’s the best for daddy’s jokes.
Describe yourself in five words. High. Clumsy. Emotional. Competitive. Strategic.
What is your idea of happiness? Drink a cocktail by the pool while I’m on vacation.
What is your favorite movie? “Rushmore”
What music defines who you are? I like all kinds of music (except Country) but more likely than not I sing music from Disney movies to embarrass my kids.
Who is your style icon? I guarantee you there is nothing iconic about my style. I jumped off the style train a long time ago.
What do you regret the most? Not trusting myself more at a younger age.
What question would you have liked me to ask? What’s the best thing about owning a donut shop?
What would the answer be? Grabbing holes of fresh donuts straight from the cooler is a life-changing experience.