District Fray Magazine: Serenata’s Andra “AJ” Johnson Fights for Equality
“It wasn’t an early love of fine beverages that first landed Andra “AJ” Johnson in the hospitality industry.
“In high school, I had a growing shoe fetish,” she recalls of her formative years spent in the DMV. “Waking my mom up at 6 a.m. to camp out in front of a store and pick up the new [Nike] SBs or the new Vans wasn’t her aesthetic at all. So her answer to all of that was, ‘Well, I mean, you could get a job.’”
Johnson’s first job was at Chili’s in Rockville as a means to support her shoe habit. But it quickly evolved into something more.”