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Life & Work with Chelsea Lopez

Chelsea, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I am the owner of Tipsy Tampa Bartender & Events. I have been in the biz (ITB) for over 13 years! My own business all started with my regulars at one of the bars I was working at in Tampa about 4 years ago. They were planning their wedding and they needed a bartender! They asked me and I said yes! I had to work out the logistics but at the end of the day it was amazing! I loved helping them, figuring what and how much they needed to buy, setting up, working, and breaking down. We had such a good time and everything was perfect. (It was also Cinco de Mayo so a lot of Corona’s were served! After the wedding my regular kept referring me. I ended up doing another wedding shortly after. Now, 4 years later I have a whole team! We have expanded and offer Bartending as well as coordination services. I am extremely thankful.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There were struggles along the way for sure. Especially with COVID- 19 and all of the cancellations and move of dates. But business seems to be getting better again. During the shutdown I used my license and delivered pre mixed mason jar cocktails and that saved our business!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I have two children. Bela (8) Xander (4) My husband works from home ever since the pandemic and I do my wedding stuff during the week in between doing the virtual school and then weddings on the weekends.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
I am from Seattle, Washington. One of my favorite childhood memories is going to the Ocean and staying in the motor home. I can smell the camp fire just thinking about it.

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