Total loan: $6,000
Chattanooga, TN, United States / Retail
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A loan helped to purchase equipment and essentially launch my bitters business! Bitters take time to make, and this would allow me to focus my time and resources on getting my product made and into the hands of bars and restaurants across the country.
I was born in Maryland and raised in Syracuse, New York. After suffering through many years of excessive snow, I felt it was time to move to a warmer climate. I found myself moving Chattanooga only six months after visiting it for the first time with the promise of a job working at a bar that was not yet open. I found out nearly two weeks before the bar's opening that I would be bartending, and instantly fell in love with the beverage industry and specifically the history behind spirits, craft cocktails, and bitters. To further my education and understanding on this subject matter, I started studying herbalism and began volunteering at a local farm. This new knowledge, combined with my love of the industry, led me to start creating bitters at home -- namely just to understand them better. This passion continued to grow, and when I realized there were no bitters in Tennessee, I had to do something. It was almost a Eureka! moment when I realized I could combine all of the things I loved into one business -- cocktails, herbalism, and bitters. My plan for this business is to continue to grow and educate people on the importance of herbalism, using authentic ingredients in cocktails, and keeping the history of our incredible industry alive through small, amber bottles. Thank you for helping me on this journey!