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Rising Stars: Meet Nitia Scott

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nitia Scott.

Hi Nitia, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
In 2013, while in graduate school for social work, I decided I wanted some sort of excitement. I was living in Pennsylvania at the time and didn’t know anybody, so I wanted to be able to meet people, have fun but also wanted to make money because college students aren’t the richest.

So I enrolled in bartending school and upon completion, I started working for an event/catering company that provided event staff for upscale events. I have worked in various establishments (hotels, lounges, event spaces), but felt like I was supposed to be doing more.

Working for those establishments I wasn’t able to be creative, wear what I wanted to wear (because I absolutely hate the typical white button-up, vest, and tailored pants look), and connect with people hosting parties directly. In 2017, after having my daughter I knew working in an establishment every weekend did not fit my lifestyle anymore. I wanted to create something tangible and long-standing that my daughter could see and benefit from.

So in 2019, I opened Liquid Lounge as a one-woman show. To my surprise, I was booked solid every weekend my first month in business. It was not my intent to actually start a company, I wanted to just be a private contractor that someone would call if they needed a bartender. But I started getting requests for larger parties, high-end parties, and traveling more to D.C., Virginia, and parts of Pennsylvania.

I then figured if I was going to operate in this capacity, I had to take my brand more seriously and begin to operate as an actual company. I hired another bartender to assist with larger requests and to be able to book more events at one time. The business was great! But then the pandemic happened and all of the events that we had booked from January of 2020-July of 2020 were canceled or rescheduled.

In an effort to stay connected to our current clients, still, build a brand and not go out of business as quickly as I started it, we created cocktails to go. We created them for virtual happy hours, baby showers, drive-by birthday parties, gifts, you name it! This allowed us to build the business, keep the name alive and give clients a taste of who we were until the world opened back up.

Today, I have a staff of five and counting! We are still building and growing.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Absolutely not. The pandemic happened! Being an entrepreneur you are constantly thinking of ways to make your company more successful. And with the pandemic, there was almost nothing that would be done. This is where creativity had to kick in. Networking and meeting new potential clients was hard because no one was able to plan for anything.

Gathering and entertaining were completely shut down, so being able to plan and execute an event was just not happening.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a Licensed Social Worker that happens to own and fully operate a mobile bartending company. During the day I work in an elementary school with children and families, and evenings, weekends, and holidays I mix, pour, and serve flavorful cocktails!

We specialize in corporate events, weddings, showers, birthday parties, etc. We are known not only for our cocktails but our bar displays and setup. Every client has a different bar/event set up. Because the bar is the focal point of any event, we strive to make it one that client and their guests will talk about weeks/months from now. We create signature cocktails for 90% of our events that are made from scratch and created with the client so that they feel like they are a part of the process.

I am most proud of our growth and delivery. I get texts, calls, emails, extra tips after events raving about the delivery of our services. We have repeat clients, clients who refer us to other friends and family, and supporters who may have never used our services but love our setups and will recommend us to new clients. This has allowed us to grow tremendously in a short period of time.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
With God and Google, I can get anywhere. Although I absolutely love self-help books, I can’t say one has specifically come to mind.

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