In new venture, mixologist can take bar on location at events, parties
ALBION – One of the most unique entrepreneurs to graduate from Orleans County Economic Development’s spring Microenterprise Assistance Program is Nickie Poler Girardo of Albion.
Girardo is a mixologist who has started a business called last Call Cocktail Company, in which she sets up a full bar at any event.
She has 20 years’ experience in the business, having started as a waitress at age 15.
“I gradually dabbled in every aspect of the food service industry, from waiting on tables and washing dishes to working on a line and gradually working my way up to bartending,” Girardo said. “Bartending is my passion.”
She was manager at 39 Problems in Albion when Covid hit. A lot of her regular customers missed her so much they started asking her to come to their parties.
“I started my business as a hobby, but it took off faster and bigger than I ever imagined,” she said.
She decided to take the MAP class through the Orleans Economic Development Agency because she believes knowledge is power.
“I take every opportunity I can to learn,” she said. “The more I know, the more I can achieve.”
Girardo has two portable bars she can set up. She is hoping to get a grant to purchase a trailer. She is well known for her signature cocktails, but she will make whatever a client requests.