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Meet Joy: Our Bar Manager


What is her story and experience?


Joy is our bar manager at Sterling Spaces and has been in the industry for 40 years. She has worked with Sterling for 5 years and enjoys what she does so much that it doesn't even feel like a job. Joy has a lot of client interaction which gains different perspectives and plenty of knowledge behind the bar.


Her strength is acquiring specialty drinks and remembering guests orders. We had a client who wanted a hard cider that wasn’t even on the market yet, but they knew it was going to be sold. Joy somehow got it for the client and was able to serve it on their wedding day. Her and our bartenders are fantastic at remembering faces and names, as well as their beverage of choice.


Finally, Joy is great at staffing appropriately to where there is little to no bar line based on the guest count, as well as managing any details that go into presenting the best bar experience. Plus, she is an artist when it comes to making specialty cocktails look beautiful!


A few of our favorite signature drinks include-


- The Country Retreat: A sweet, colorful pink drink with white rum, strawberry, and lime, served in a zombie glass.


- The Orchard: This drink is the best for a fall wedding with the rich flavor of bourbon, apple cider, ginger ale, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.


- The Simply Southern: This cocktail is our teams summer drink of choice. A classic vodka and lemonade is so refreshing mixed with hints of blueberry throughout.


- Sunshine Gin & Tonic: For all the guests who want a little energy boost with their cocktail, we highly recommend this drink. It is gin in mixed with a citrus lime flavored Sunshine energy drink.



Photographs by Ellie McKinney

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