Archetypes: Ann Sheehan Lipton
An interview with Ann Sheehan Lipton, visionary, entrepreneur and world traveler, who has used her creativity and love for good food to create Winslows Homea joint kitchen, market, general store and all-around magical place in U City.
What is your current mood or state of mind?
Relaxed and hopeful.
What makes you happy?
What is your idea of misery?
What did you eat for breakfast today?
Yogurt, granola and peaches.
What’s one word that describes you?
What trait do you value most in others?
What’s your favorite occupation?
Who would you most like to be?
I’m pretty okay with who I am. Well, maybe a bird.
What’s your favorite color?
The color of water at 60 feet looking up.
What is your favorite food?
The first harvest of the season.
What food do you like the least?
Foods with unrecognizable ingredients because of how processed they are.
If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or
alive), who would it be?
What vice do you most tolerate in others?
What talent do you wish you had?
I wish I had a mathematical bone in my body.
Who is your favorite artist?
That’s like picking a favorite child; all of my artists say such different things, and I learn so much from each of them.
What excites you?
Growing ideas into reality.
What do you consider a turnoff?
What do you love?
Waking up outside.
What do you hate?
Country club mentalities.
What are you most looking forward to?
What is one thing you wish would happen?
A cure for cancer and mental illness.
What’s something interesting that you just learned?
From the artists at the Venice Biennale, I learned that the world is fragile.
What is something you want to learn?
What is your personal motto?
Strive to seek, to find and not to yield.
In another life, you’d be:
A part of the Western expansion—a settler.
What is your current obsession?
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What’s on your “bucket list?”
Writing a book and seeing my children grown.
Your hidden talent:
I relate really well to animals.
If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say?
Stick with your gut.
‘Archetypes’ are off-the-cuff interviews with St. Louis’ most inspiring,
well-known personalities based on the 19th century Parisian parlor game
known as the Proust Questionnaire.
Ann Sheehan Lipton
Ann Sheehan Lipton
Photo credit: Photograph by Wesley Law