Nicole Rison waves to her neighbor on David's Court while her friend and half-brother follow. Most days, she drives her half-brother, Jerry Dorsey, to Trackside Restaurant, where they both work.
Nicole playfully flips off Jerry in the passenger seat as he rushes her to drive him to work at Trackside.
Nicole sits with her mother, Donna Holman, at her home in Paris. Donna spent her career sewing for Speedo and working as a cleaner at noteworthy spots such as the mayor’s office in Lexington until she developed back problems and was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease in 2021. Nicole visits her mother whenever she can.
Nicole Rison, mother of three, takes a breath before work while her dog, Oreo, watches. Most days, she works until closing.
Reese Michael (from left), Niesha Downey, and Nicole take a break from serving at Trackside. They lean on each other as teammates, with a generous dose of humor.
Nicole's tattoo was done by her friend, Kenzie when she was starting out. Although Nicole often forgets about the tattoo behind her ear, anyone who knows Nicole recognizes it as a symbol of her character.
Nicole clarifies an order with another server from the kitchen as she helps get their tickets out during a rush. "When you see Nicole in the kitchen, that's when you know we're busy," says Jerry, Nicole's half-brother and coworker.
Nearing the end of her shift, Nicole clears a table before heading home to play chess, spades, or dominoes with family and friends to wind down, go to bed and do it all again the next day.