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Mrs. Dottie Bailey - Nominee for Hustler Award

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My story starts no different than any other person with the exception of God knew before me that this was ultimately going to be my fate.  Born and raised in the Bronx to Patricia Dejesus that worked as a barmaid all of her life.

So growing up in this environment it’s not surprising that this would be my business years later.  When my biological mother passed way 14 years ago, my sisters and I was trying to put together my mother’s obituary we collectively came up with worked as a mixologist instead of barmaid sounded so much better.  Thinking back on this time period remembering my mother working long hours but always have such a great time while working and let’s not forget extra cash.

Well fast forward to my start in this walk of life a very good friend of mine worked at a club in Atlanta invited me to hang out with her.  Well after a few times hanging at the club and watching my friend bartend in such a fast paced in skillfully working the crowd I was in awe.  I had to feel that feeling so I ask if they was hiring. To my surprise they were hiring but for servers only. Well that’s the beginning of my journey I worked at this club as a server until a bartending slot opened. 

I was lucky enough to watch my friend while working as a server.  But I realized if I wanted to take this skill to another level I would need to get my bartending certificate so I could work at different locations.  I attend ABC Bartending School after a faced paced course in 2006 I obtained my certificate and license. I was so thrilled to be about to enter the world of Bartending, well that dream was short lived because most companies would not hire me due to the lack of experience.  I was frustrated and stopped applying. I worked a few small events but nothing that would give me that long term experience I needed.

Until another friend of mine opened up a bar and grill and was in need of a bartender. Well for 18 months I worked there and got my speed and skills up on how to make great drinks and please the crowd. Moving in to the current time after the business closed I worked for a company For Servers only and worked my bartending skills at many weddings and private events. Up until 2015 where after having a conversation with a close friend of mine, I was like why can’t I do this for myself?

She said you can but we need to start somewhere and that’s where Shan Thomas came into my world. She is an expert in her field in marketing businesses and catapulting them into the next level. Well that is exactly what she did for Bailey’s Bartending. After canceling 2 meetings with her due to fear and fear alone, Bailey’s Bartending was born along with business cards, websites, LLC, social media you name it she helped me get this business on the road to being successful. Well that was in 2015 and my very first event we were hired for was on small business Saturday by now a very close friend and business partner.

There was nothing like the feeling of getting that first payment that said paid to Bailey’s Bartending. Since then Bailey’s Bartending listed the business on sites such as The Knot, Thumbtack, Living Social, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Snapchat in order to gain the momentum we have today. We are currently fully booked most weekends with 1-5 events on the calendar each weekend. Looking forward to 2018 with many things I have in mind to take Bailey’s Bartending to the next level.

I would love to open markets in other cities, start an instructional class of my own to teach the tricks of the trade to one day having my own bar. The sky is the limit for Bailey’s Bartending and if I life by my own motto “live life to the fullest” I believe it will all happen in due time.

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