Entrepreneur Spotlight: ReShanda Seymour, Owner of The Perfect Bartender
by Hannah Molette
Finding “The Perfect Bartender” isn’t always easy but once you find her (or him) you will definitely want more, more, and more (just kidding). One of Atlanta’s very own, ReShanda Seymour she is true to her craft and can be found mixing it up at some of the hottest premier events. We spoke with Ms. ReShanda Seymour owner of “The Perfect Bartender” to get some of her expert advice on business and a few tips on serving-up the perfect drink.
MN: How did you come up with your business concept?
RS: I was working as a bartender at a local hot spot when I started getting requests to do private parties…from there The Perfect Bartender was born.
MN: What set’s you apart from others in your industry?
RS: Customer Service is key and taking pride in our work.
MN: How long have you been bar-tending? What were you doing before?
RS: I have been bartending for about 6yrs now. I have done a little bit of everything …I was a Business Builder for Aveda, a server, a salon Manager and now The Perfect Bartender
MN: What your company’s mission/vision?
RS: Our mission is to provide quality service at every event…from baby showers/ house parties/pool parties to now having hosted two events with The President of the United States. Every client deserves to have a quality event.
MN: What’s behind the “Perfect Bartender” Brand?”
RS: Quality service. That’s what I want us to be known for, we do a lot of high end events but if it wasn’t for the level of service we provided we wouldn’t have gotten this far. It doesn’t hurt that I have a good looking staff either, but we know how to have a good time and make the guest feel comfortable. Also the host knowing we care 100% about the safety of their guest and making sure no one is over-served is a top priority for TPB.
MN: Did you do a formal business plan when you started?
RS: No. It was an idea that started based upon request so this was never a part of my life’s plan but I guess the man above had this in his life’s plans for me. As it started to grow I continue to jot things down as I go. It’s a work in progress.
MN: How much did it cost? Did you get any loans?
RS: Mum a few hundred dollars in the beginning. I was still working at the time so as I made money I would go get little things here and there and when TPB started making money I would re-invest it back into the business. No loans…this came straight out of my pocket. Honestly that’s the way I like it, I make all my own rules and it makes me work even harder since it has my name on it and my sweat and tears to make this work.