We had the good fortune of connecting with Star Partee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Star, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was going through a rough time in my life and needed some income to support me and my daughter while trying to peruse my bachelor’s degree. I decided to go to bartending school as a means of income. After earning my certification, I went bar to bar trying to get hired but wasn’t successful at all. Even went to a few strip clubs but was only asked to be a waiter or bottle girl… wasn’t happening. Eventually, I gave up on the search and figured, since no one wants to hire me at their bar I’ll create my own. That’s when Star At The Bar was created.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am most proud of my creativity. I’ve always been the person who was different. The loner or weirdo. I never followed trends. So it makes me proud when I can bring a person’s party to life by creating individuality. I’m a strong believer in creating new waves so it’s exciting to me and makes me so proud and honored when giving the opportunity. I got to where I am on a professional level by always educating myself and networking. Never thinking I know it all nor have it all together. I’m always trying to learn something new. My goal on a daily is to learn at least one new thing. It’s not easy, I just don’t give up. I’ve learned a lot through trial and error. I didn’t have the experience working in a bar most bartenders have. Unfortunately, Star At The Bar was and still is my only experience. There was no mentor and anyone with any type of bartending skills or knowledge of running a business to give insight on the dos and donts. My business background in accounting helped me tremendously. Knowing how to budget, forecasting and having my checks and balance in place. I knew to expect losses, but most importantly, always aim for that bottom line and never give up. Along the way, I’ve learned not to depend on your friends and family to support you. Your target should always be outside your comfort zone. Your target audience can make or break you, so choose wisely. Never cheat yourself to please other because they will take advantage. Know your worth and price yourself accordingly. I would like the world to know Star At The Bar was created for the individual. Yes we all ask for equality, but realistically, we are all individually created and it should show in everything that we do. Let’s dare to be different. Everyone has a story, just make sure your’s differ from everyone else’s…. in the most positive way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a homebody. If I’m not working, I’m home in bed. I’m not a drinker a drinker. I have testers to try my drinks when I’m creating new cocktails. So if my best friend comes to visit me, they should expect to be in the house majority of the time. We can visit Javier’s in Newport Neach or Mastor’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills. Besides those two spots, we are home in bed watch tv and scrolling Instagram laughing at memes. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My biggest shout out goes to my cousin, TyNieka Jackson. She’s been my number one supporter and backbone through the very start of Star At The Bar. Even when I’m tired and ready to call it quits, she pushes me to keep going. I also have to give credit to my go-to Neasha Clark. Neasha is always helping with spell checks, creative ideas and always posting and giving referrals whenever opportunity knocks. I’ve also been more of the quiet sky person so both TyNieka and Neasha are the voices behind the business. This is why you’ll often hear me say, “our” and not “my”.