Whiskey & Sticks

The Pitch

Nestled in the middle of the city’s oldest street, where free people of color historically sold their wares to weary travelers, Whiskey and Sticks is a unique combination of upscale lounge meets neighborhood bar. It’s a place where diversity is met with open arms and where everybody is somebody. Whisky and Sticks offers an expertly curated spirits list and a well-appointed selection of cigars.

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Kelder Summers

Kelder Summers

The Entrepreneur

Kelder has over 20 years in the hospitality industry, primarily in food and beverage (catering, convention services, and event management), with previous roles that include Event Service Manager, Conference Center Manager, Sales Manager, Director of Business Development and currently Business Owner at Whiskey & Sticks. Combine that with her passion for cultural storytelling, a sound professional judgment and research capabilities to promote measurable change, extensive community engagement and the fact that she is well known throughout the region thanks to her 30 year broadcasting career, and you have a recipe for success. She is most proud of the fact that she and her partner, Ken Jones, were able to sustain and grow Whiskey & Sticks, even through the pandemic, and are now looking to open a second location.


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