About Us

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The Beginnings

From being a dream in the early 2000's, to now a vivid reality...Raise the Bar was officially established in 2015. Before that Debborah was a single parent working while going to college. There she found her passion for coordinating events after developing events for Black, Women's and Latino History Months. While bartending and managing through college she gained the knowledge and experience to create an event company like no other. 

Debborah and Jonathan

In 2016 Debborah and Jonathan became partners of Raise the Bar. With Debborah's years of bar, event and management experience combined with Jonathan's executive management knowledge, 

they were able to push the company into full gear.

Today, with the assistance of their creative team, Raise the Bar not only provides elaborate, exclusive events but provides a thematic focal point with the bar. With a full array of services, as well as working with local vendors, Raise the Bar offers all your event needs. Providing each event with a fluidity of decor, spirits, and services all unique and personal to each client....

Raising the Bar above the rest.




Meet Our Team

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Shalamar

Our amazing Creative Event Designer, she will take all your dreams and make them a reality. From kids parties, corporate events to weddings, there are no limits to her creativity and imagination.  She is also the owner of SA Event Co, who we work with closely, renting much of their decor and linens. As well as, T.A.G. (Tint Alarm Graphics). Shalamar is truly an asset to the Raise the Bar team. She will work one-on-one with you to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Da​mien

Cocktail Connoisseur....simply put. Truly artistic in developing specialty/craft cocktails. With his use of herbs, fruits, and even candy, his drinks are unique in flavor and appearance. Damien also had one of his cocktails featured in the food and spirit magazine SouthPark. Adding to his accomplishments, Damien's restaurant is currently nominated for a James Beard Award. From spirits to even non-alcoholic drinks, he is truly a Bar Chef. Cheers!

Dominique

From Event Coordinator to Make-up Artistry. Dominique is versatile in her role with Raise the Bar, even occasionally bartending. Her make-up artisry has been showcased in local fashion shows. Wedding/Event coordination has become Dominique's latest venture with us. She works very closely with Shalamar to ensure all aspects of your event are fulfilled, bringing to life the vision that you've created.