Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Price.
Laura, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have been in the service industry for 16 years, six of which have been behind the bar. A few years back, many of my close friends got married. I offered to make pre-batched specialty cocktails custom to their style and flavor preferences for their weddings. They were a hit and gained popularity among our friend group, so in 2018 I decided to start a small business. I now offer services that range from crafting a punch bowl for a small party to creating a menu of craft cocktails and bartending large weddings and events.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My biggest challenge has been juggling a full-time job and my business. It’s a balancing act of time and energy that I am still working on. The first thing I did when starting Moonvine was take classes at the SBDC (Small Business Development Center) here in San Diego. This helped me understand what it took to start a small business. I would highly encourage this to anyone starting their business journey, as they gave me the information and tools required to get me off the ground.
Please tell us about Moonvine Bartending.
I think what sets Moonvine apart from other bar services is the personalized experience. When someone comes to me for an event, I make sure the bar reflects the individual or couple hosting. Customized craft cocktails are made with seasonal flavors, decorated with fresh garnish and uniquely named. I am very proud to offer a high standard of service and make guests excited to return to the bar for round 2.
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
The mentor(s) I have had in the past have happened naturally being in the bar industry. When starting Moonvine, I didn’t hesitate to reach out to them for bits of advice. My best luck with networking has been through my peers. My friends, coworkers and family have all referred me and word of mouth has gotten me to where I am now.
- Website: www.moonvinebartending.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: moonvine.bartending
- Facebook: Moonvine Bartending
Photos by Aaron Null and myself