We had the good fortune of connecting with Onute’ (Tay) White and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Onute’ (Tay), what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process came about for starting my own business was: “What is my passion?” and “What do I genuinely enjoy doing?” Those two questions, would cross my mind frequently, back when I was 22 years of age. I always used to sit and think to myself, “Do I desire to work for someone else for the rest of my life?” Knowing deep down, I never truly wanted to. The answers to those questions appeared to me thanks to a hobby that I loved from the moment I started. I learned how to bartend, I received my certification after 2 months of training, took mixology courses, and the rest was history! I remember getting my first job behind the bar at a nightclub, and It was so much fun. I met so many different people, and I was never bored. That’s when I knew I could definitely make this apart of my life and fulfill my entrepreneurial role.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Cocktails & a Bombshell is a one-stop shop mobile bartending company that provides a variety of services to the Metro & Greater Atlanta area. What sets us apart from the other mobile bar businesses is that we offer specialty packages and event add-ons for all ages. Whether it’s a retirement party or a kids party, we have something for everyone.

I am most proud of being able to gain clientele by the grace of “Word of Mouth”, prior to creating a social media and website for my business. That speaks volumes, and now a days, people care more about hearing what others say about you, rather than going online to find reviews. Word of mouth is the best way to grow your business. Your reputation speaks greatly and spreads rapidly. Thankfully, I got to where I am today because of my reputation and professionalism. Anyone of my clients will tell you that I am big on being professional and always being punctual.

No, I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it was worth it. Anything worth having will never be easy especially becoming a business owner. I overcame the challenges by not giving up. During the pandemic (2020 – 2021), it was my most difficult time and not being able to work, but I never let that stop me, I still would receive phone calls and texts from previous clients just to see if I was still in business. This was all the proof that I needed to not give up and start promoting my business a lot harder.

I would love for the world to know our business motto… “Pouring Class in a Glass!” It’s not just a saying, but a lifestyle, our company’s brand, and overall value. We will always provide the greatest and classiest customer service ever imagined. =)

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, I’m definitely the best person to ask this question! LOL Every single person that knows me, always for ask my recommendations on where to go when coming to Atlanta…

The itinerary would go from Sunday to Sunday. If my best friend were staying for an entire week, I would start if off with something chill and easy. First, we would go to brunch at Bar Vegan. It’s a popular vegan cuisine and bar located in the heart of midtown Atlanta. You might see a celebrity or two, or three! It’s very aesthetically pleasing and selfie worthy inside, too! After leaving Bar Vegan, we would already be inside Ponce City Market which is a must see landmark. It’s a mega shopping mall, with a food hall and a multitude of shops to check out.

On Monday, we would head to Magic City! The world renowned, legendary, undisputed strip club known all over the country. Monday nights are the best time to go and they have the best tasting chicken wings you ever had.

On Tuesday aka “Taco Tuesday” it’s only right we would go to Bar Taco located in the Inman Quarters neighborhood section of Atlanta. They are known for their top rated tacos and amazing service.

On Wednesday, we would bounce around and go sightseeing – Head downtown to ride the Atlanta Skyview Ferris wheel. One of the main attractions and easiest ways to see the whole entire city skyline. Next, check out the Georgia Aquarium, Coca Cola Factory and the State Farm Arena. All of these locations are near by within 2 mile radius. Then, we could end the night by heading to Reverb HardRock Hotel for drinks. It’s a dope rooftop bar that has great 360 views of downtown and you can see the Mercedes Benz Stadium illuminating from the rooftop as well.

Thursday, for dinner, we would head to Rock Steady which is an Afro-Caribbean Restaurant and lounge located in West Midtown – Great food and Great vibes. DJ is always playing different genres of music and also aesthetically appealing inside. The interior decor is outstanding.

Friday – The Battery aka Truist Park – The home of the Atlanta Braves and Stadium, This spot is definitely cool and a must see attraction. It’s always something to do and see out there. We would check out a baseball game, bar hop at Sports & Social and PBR. They also have a Fat Tuesdays and Jeni’s ice cream.

Saturday – We would rent bicycles to go and ride along the beltline which is another mandatory visit when you come to Atlanta. It is a 19 mile long pathway that connects you to different areas in Atlanta. It’s always something happening and exciting things to see. You can roller-skate, rent electric scooters, walk or jog. There are numerous bars and restaurants along the path. There’s also a skateboard park and free yoga/fitness classes held out there.

Sunday- In the morning we would go for a walk at the Silver Comet Trail. This 61 mile trail is great for fitness enthusiasts and wellness lovers. It starts in Smyrna Georgia (Only 15 min from Atlanta) and finishes in Alabama/Georgia state line. and finally, we would cap off the week at South City Kitchen for brunch. South City Kitchen is still a top leading brunch spot in Atlanta and their food and service does not disappoint!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to recognize and give a special shout out to Mix em’ Up Bartending School in Verona, New Jersey. Thanks to my instructors for my exquisite training, providing a successful program to all up and coming bartenders, and for helping to jump start my career and business venture.

Website: www.cocktailsandabombshell.com

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Image Credits
professional photo (white shirt) Credit: Cedrian Visuals

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