1 - Michelle Knapton
It would have been easy for Grand Junction bartender Michelle Knapton to continue slinging drinks for other bar owners as she had for the past decade.
The money was decent, and she
liked the social scene.
But something was missing.
, 29, saw ways to make the experience better for patrons, but as an employee her
suggestions often fell on deaf ears.
"We've spent our lives busting our butts for other people with nothing in return," she
After deciding to take a leap from being employees to owners, Knapton
and three friends who have long worked alongside each other in the local bar scene - Mandi Kelley, Ben Dial, and Justin Morgan - banded together to start their own venture.
We thought we would have to open some small bar in Clifton, and we got this," Knapton
said, gesturing around the bar toward a stage, dance floor and two lounges.