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Check Out Malkia Bennett’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Malkia Bennett.

Hi Malkia, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
About four years ago, I had to take a severance package from my corporate job I was working for after 19 years. So during this time, I was home bored and decided to go to bartending school. To pass the time off just sitting home. I honestly really did it to be able to help a friend out during his events. But during class, I found myself to really enjoy it.

It was something that I would consider going further with. So after I graduated bartending school, I Bartender my first bartending event New Year’s Eve of 2018. I figured it I was able to handle the crowd and the rush of one of the biggest nights of the year. Than I could handle it. And I have been doing it ever since. Eventually, I realized I was good and loved what I was doing but I was selling myself short. I was not looked at as Kia The Bartender but more so just his Bartender at his events. So in 2020 during COVID, I had to find a way to make ends meet and with a friend we started making my specialty drinks in Capri Sun’z pouches and selling them to some of our customers from the club. But then I knew I was selling myself short because the drinks were not promoting me as the mixologist that I was. So I decided to focus On my own since I knew I wanted to go further with it. I asked someone to help me with a name and a logo and I went forward from that point. I lost a lot of customers when I went to my own branding but I gained a lot more. And from my adult Capri Sun’z my bartending gig request were coming in a lot. Which really started MiXXx iT uP Kia Tha Bartender.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No, it has not. I wouldn’t say I lost some friends during the process but it put a damper on some friendships. And I lost a lot of customers. I received a lot of negativity. When I went with my own branding. Because I knew my worth and I needed to focus on what I needed for my family and business and had to stop putting other needs before my own. I was always thinking and was doing what I thought was best for everyone but myself. But once I got over that hurdle, I ran into a lot of times when Business gets really slow and I don’t really get much support then I start to doubt my abilities to succeed. But then my strive kicks in and I realize I am a fighter and determined to succeed that my drive keeps me pushing. I go back and review reviews from customers that love my service and my drinks abs I know I can not give up. I have a gift.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Mixologist/bartender. I specialize in my creative drive to make every drink my own. I love coming up with new drink recipes. My drinks are strong and they taste good. I am most proud of the success of the high demand of my adult Capri Sun’z drinks. I receive so many requests for special orders asking for me to make them personalized drinks for home. From my drinks, I get so many bartending bookings.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I love what I do and I feel as if I am good at it. But I am not perfect and I have a lot of learning and growing to do. So I say that to say I am very humble and grateful abs open for any suggestions, good or bad.

Pricing:

  • Drinks $15-$25 depending on the drink requested.
  • Bartending service $150-$300 depending on services requested

Contact Info:

  • Email: Mixxxitupdrinks@gmail.com
  • Instagram: _mixxitup
  • Facebook: Kiathabartender

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