He's been on the corner of West Third and St. Clair since 1986, but Emmanuel Tsolakis never seems bored with his job. Occasionally, Tsolakis admits, he does feel hot-dog overload, but he never gets tired of his customers. "The job is something I have to do," he says. "I enjoy the people." At the same time, the Athens-born vendor will call out a greeting in his thick accent, start a conversation, and serve up his $1.25 treats. He knows most of the neighborhood by sight, and while he occasionally screws up the details -- "You're a lawyer, right? Oh, an architect, OK" -- his busy downtown customers appreciate the attempt. Ninety-five percent of the time, Tsolakis says, they're friendly right back. The rest he discounts, without malice. "Sometimes they just don't have the time."
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