Co-Owners, Leric West, Sr and Dontavious Holder touch on a range of areas they’ve encountered throughout their journey as Drink “Dat” Bartending. The family owned and operated mobile bartending business shares what sets them apart. During their time in the business, they’ve developed a service style is as unique as their name. They even managed to master maintaining healthy relationships while building their business. It’s all here. Listen in!
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Co-Owners of Drink “Dat” Bartending
Danielle: Hello listeners. If you’ve been here listening before, welcome back.
Today we have two special guests. Dontavious Holder and Leric West of Drink “Dat” Bartending, LLC. And so they’re here today to talk about their mobile bartending company, and how they got everything started and how things are going after—how many years in the business? Two years in the business.
So we’re gonna get started and kick things off with them and just stick around. Listen in because you can learn a lot.
Brainstorming the Name, Drink “Dat” Bartending
So, first thing I want to know is— Drink “Dat” Bartending— that’s an interesting name. So who came up with the name or how did you guys come up with that name?
Leric: Well, I allowed my co-worker, my co-founder to come up with the name. I was thinking of a name like “Cheers” or “Toast”. He said no. What we do, we drink. Let’s Drink “Dat” and I said “it’s got a good hook to it” so I allowed him to come up with it. So I said hey, let youthfulness take over so that’s what he did. He took over with the name.
Dontavious: Yeah, I was just kind of— we were kind of going back and forth on it, and I don’t know. It was just like an epiphany, I guess. You know we were sitting there. We were working and trying to find a name that fit us and what we like to do and how we like to have fun. The name was supposed to be a fun name.
And so when we came up with the name, it was just one night I was just laying (sic) on the couch. And I was like “BOOM, I got it, Drink “Dat” Bartending. And a lot of people were like, “well, you need to change the name and make it more suitable to everybody“. And I figured, you know, the name is suitable to everybody because a lot of people like to drink. So how about you Drink “Dat” and that’s how we came up with the name.
Creating an Experience and Maintaining Strong Relationships
So, what— there are— the concept of a mobile bartending service is— it is fairly new, but there are some other mobile bartending services out. There are a few in your area. So what makes your mobile bartending service different from the others?
Dontavious: I would have to say the thing that makes our mobile bartending business different is the fact that for one, it’s family oriented so we have— we already have a connection. We’ve been knowing each other for years so you know we know we’re dependable and our service is gonna speak for itself. And so we know that when we put something out there, that it’s got to be the best. It has to stand out from other people so that people will know, “hey, these guys are really on it and they’re doing the job that we came and asked them to do.
I would have to say what makes it different from anyone else, and this is just my opinion, is the liveliness that we bring to the table. When we come to do your function, you’re gonna have a good time and we’re gonna have a good time because that’s the purpose of what we’re doing. We’re here to serve you and also to make it more of an enjoyable experience.
Leric: As far as we— look up the word bartending. We’re pretty much tending to our guests. We’re personal. We like to interact with our guests to let them feel as though they’re at home. We’re also in a position to be able to talk to our customers, to bring new fresh ideas to whatever event they’re going to have. Either it’s a wedding, a small party. Could be a large party, but you want someone that personally knows you and also is going to treat your guests the way they would like to be treated.
Danielle: Yeah, I think it does make you feel more comfortable when you have someone that you know or makes you feel like you know them and it’s not stiff and—because most of the time when you’re doing events, it’s a celebration so that’s cool so…
Speaking of celebrations, Mardi Gras is coming up in our area and in several other places. And you two stay pretty busy (I can imagine) during these times, especially holidays and peak times of the year for events such as that. Balls and everything. So, how do you maintain a good relationship with your significant other while continuing to run your business during those times?
Leric: Well, a lot of times, my wife is a part of the business so I allow her to come out and experience as well. So to pretty much bring in a female view into the scene as we’re working. Also, communication is the biggest thing. “Baby we have to work tonight”. Just communication, communication, communication.
Danielle: [laughter] Communication
Dontavious: Well, I just— communication is the key. That is a fact. But also you have to— I don’t think it’s the fact of us actually keeping up with the— keeping our relationship intact, but it’s like Leric said. When you’re communicating and you know and your significant other understands what you’re doing, then the relationship should be fine. And like he said, you can bring your significant other with you to whatever, depending on what the function is. And they can come and support you in that event.
But I think if your significant other understands during this time of year “this is what I’m going to be doing”, then your relationship should be fine. I guess, so the biggest thing I’m trying to say is understanding. You have to have understanding and you have to have communication.
Danielle: Okay, so for somebody just starting out, whether you’re on the startup end or whether you are just the supporter— or not just, but whether you are the supporting spouse, your advice would be to just support their dream and to keep the communication open.
Dontavious: And if I can say one more thing, it’s really important— it is important to find an event that you can bring your significant other to so they can see what you’re actually doing because a lot of times if they can’t see what you’re doing then it kind of makes it difficult for them to understand why you have to go and do— and be there so much for those peak times.
Danielle: Okay, that’s an excellent point.
Quotes they live by at Drink “Dat” Bartending
Lightening it up a bit, what is your favorite inspirational quote? What kind of helps you stay motivated or stay grounded? Whatever it is you’re looking for or needing in your business, what’s an inspirational quote that helps you out and what does it mean to you?
Leric: My daily motivational quote is “Say what you mean, and mean what you say”. Do what West tells you. So what does it mean? It means that when you talk to Drink “Dat”, you’re gonna get exactly what we say we’re gonna give you. Personal, one-on-one interaction. Guests will be satisfied, so say what you mean and mean what you say. That’s what we’re about. Saying what we mean and meaning what we say.
Danielle: Simple. Simple, but it speaks a lot.
And you Mister Holder
Dontavious: I would definitely have to say treat others the way you would want to be treated because when I go and I’m out with friends or whatever and I go up to a bar, I don’t want to be served by someone with an attitude or with a frown or just looking like they don’t want to be there, they’re tired of being there or whatever. I want to— because I’m trying to have a good time, and energy means everything. And so when I come to the bar, the bartender’s energy should be the same energy that I have so that we’re on the same plane and so that everything is flowing together.
So, I would definitely have to say treat others the way you want to be treated. So that way, it helps your business to thrive.
How to Experience Drink “Dat”
Danielle: Okay, so for those who want to experience Drink “Dat”, tell us about some of the services that you offer and how can people book you for their event?
Dontavious: Well, some of the services that we offer would be— we do private functions, i.e. weddings, small, large parties. We do graduations. All types of parties. All types of events. Whatever you need us to do, you just call us up and let us know. Nothing’s too big and nothing is too small. We’ve done Mardi Gras Balls. There are multiple events, but we’re so flexible that we don’t limit ourselves to just certain things.
Also, we will travel. We’ll travel to events. If you need us, you call us and we definitely will be there.
Danielle: Okay. Anything you want to add to that?
Leric: No. He pretty much summed it up. That’s what we do. We do it all.
Leric: So again, like he says, there’s no event too small that we can’t handle. There’s no event that’s too large. We have quite a few workers that work for us that’s also energetic as well. So, it doesn’t matter the size of the function. We will be able to handle it.
Danielle: Okay, and they can find you to book you on the website? Share that with us.
Dontavious: The website is www.drinkdatbartending.com
Leric: Or you can find us on Facebook at Drink “Dat” Bartending.
Danielle: Okay, so you’ve heard from Leric West and Dontavious Holder from Drink “Dat” Bartending and you got some good information from them. So, if you have anymore questions for them or for me, feel free to use the voicemail button that’s attached to this podcast to ask your question, and then we can follow up and answer those questions.
Other than that, if you would like to experience Drink “Dat”, you can, as they said go to their website and go to the Book Us information. Or you can give them a call and that contact information is on their website also.
So thank you guys for listening in. I hope this has been valuable information for you and as always, “Dream Until your Dreams Come True.”