Antoine Smith, concierge

Posted on April 24, 2013


If you happen to stroll into one of downtown Madison’s fancier student housing buildings in the earliest hours of the day, chances are you’ll cross paths with Antoine Smith.

Smith, 23, a student at Madison College, moonlights as the concierge of Lucky Apartments on University Avenue between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. every weeknight.

Despite the building’s proximity to the UW campus and the downtown bar scene, things usually remain pretty quiet under Smith’s watch.

“It’s always boring,” he says. “Sometimes on Thursdays when I work, someone will throw up and I have to clean it, but nothing crazy.”

Smith hopes to eventually transfer to the UW to study kinesiology and become a personal trainer. Outside of work and class — and when he’s not sleeping during the day — he’s an avid exerciser.

Occasionally, he says, a homeless person will walk inside to warm up in the foyer. Usually he’ll give them a cup of hot chocolate.

“It’s cold out, so I usually let them warm up for like five, 10 minutes, and then they usually just leave,” he says. “It’s not too bad.”

— Elliot Hughes