(Published March 31, 2019)
By Jesse Wright, Staff Writer
The Tides isn’t Sircraig Lykes’ first building he has worked at as a doorman but he says it is the best.
In his six years at the Tides, Lykes has seen the building develop and change. “The tides has basically transitioned to a family-style building,” he said. And with the families, come pets.
“Sometimes I say there are more dogs than people here,” he laughed. He pointed to a large jar of dog treats on his desk. It was filled, but he said in a day or so, it would be empty. He’s not complaining—he loves the dogs and their people.
“If you don’t like dogs, this is not the building for you,” he said. “This is a very friendly, very family oriented building. This is just a good place to be.”
He said the neighborhood changes with the seasons and in the summer he plays tour guide, a job he enjoys. “In the summertime it’s hustle bustle,” he said. “I think because in the summertime there are more festivals and more concerts. There’s overall more stuff to do and so people walk in here looking for the river walk and I tell them where it is.”
And when people visit from out of town, they ask him for recommendations.
“You have to be knowledgeable about what’s in your area,” he said. “People will ask, ‘What’s a good place to hang out on Friday or Saturday night?’ I’ve had families come in from out of town and I’ve planned their entire stay here.”
For anyone who doesn’t have a minute to pop in and ask Lykes himself, he offered a bit of entertainment advice.
“On Friday there are a lot of happy-hour specials, so look for those,” he said. “They’re closing Tavern at the Park so I’d get over there before they close that. Mezcalina, they have really good drinks, Drunken Bean has a good happy hour, too. I would say think happy hour. The Hyatt Hotel has a really good bar with really good drinks and the Drake has live jazz on Wednesdays.”
Lykes is a family man who enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews, watching sports and hanging out with friends. Which, in a way, is what he does at work.
“I love what I do.” he said. “I meet people from all over the world. The best thing about this job is that I’ve watched kids go from crawling round the lobby to running around the lobby. I’ve watched people go from just hanging out together to getting married and having kids. I’ve watched progress and families grow in this building. It’s a really good thing. It’s all about families. That’s what I saw growing up and that’s what I see here.”
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