The Sheaf has a legendary status as an Eastern Suburbs party pub. Visiting this Double Bay venue is practically a rite of passage for young people, and there's a line-up of DJs and live entertainment throughout the week. Their beer garden is one of the best places to be, day or night. One of the Sheaf’s biggest fans works there: duty manager Kayla Lagesse.
Kayla, how long have you worked here?
I have worked at the Sheaf for just over four years. I applied for a job as soon as I turned 18! I started out as a food runner in the bistro and have since worked my way up to bartender, then a bar supervisor, and now a duty manager.
What do you love most about your job?
Hospitality is one of the greatest industries to work in. There is always something exciting happening, whether it’s a big event or helping create a new cocktail list. I’m someone who enjoys eating and drinking, and I also value being able to provide guests with a great experience and tell a story through the food and drinks they enjoy. Plus, I have met some of my greatest friends, and so many people with interesting stories along the way.
Who have you met?
I know many of the customers that come in very well. A mother and infant son have come in for the past three years, and some of the baby’s first words were learning the staff’s names! There were two girls who came in on a Wednesday night and one of the girls’ boyfriends had just dumped her. They seemed a bit down, so I sent them over a couple of [complimentary] Cosmopolitans, because I thought why not? It seemed to make them really happy. When I got back from my break they had left me a tip and a really nice little note. As a result they kept coming back for the next few weeks.
What does the Sheaf bring to the local community?
Ever since I was in school I have known about the Sheaf. Everyone has a Sheaf story, from meeting their soulmate to celebrating their first drink – we’ve even had a proposal under the big tree. I myself celebrated my 18th birthday here, have had family reunions and danced away my Saturdays here with friends. The Sheaf is all about making memories to last.