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It's been ahile!

Posted by tmontgomer on November 3, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (9)

What a crazy year!  Lots of changes and projects going on at Dru's.  So far this year we have upgraded to a new Karaoke system that lets you search and submit your songs from an app, put in a new air conditioner, fixed up the bathrooms, repainted inside and out, rebuild the deck, added another new smoke master to help with ventalation and added a second cash register.  Plus alot of little things I can even remember! 

Now it on to the next project.  I am installing a Video/Muisc system!  It is AWSOME!  It plays the video on all the TV's (oh I forgot I replaced a bunch of TV's and I am adding more) and the music over the speakers!  It also has an app where you can request songs!  It's going to make for some fun parties!  Hope to be finished with the install sometime this week!

For next year we are going to continue making changes!  New big windows on the building!  No more dark hole!  It's going to be beautiful!  And then a huge change that has been needed since day one!  We will be moving the stage to the other side of the bar.  I am so excited!  We hope to have all this done by Jun 2017!  It's going to be a massive undertaking but it will so be worth it!

I really didnt know much about the bar business when I opened 8 yrs ago.  It has been quite and education.  I do know that it is important to never stop trying to make a business better!  I am committed to giving everyone a nice safe place to have fun!  I appreciate everyone who continues to support Dru's and grateful to be part of your lives and part of this community!  

Tami

The Answer to the Question: Why?

Posted by tmontgomer on December 3, 2011 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (4)

Anyone in a small business will understand when what I mean when I talk about the question:  Why?  Why go through the struggle of trying to survive and keep a business going?  Why risk everything on a dream that has a huge chance of failing?  Why work 100 hours a week for no or very little money?  Why? 

Well I can tell you that there are very good reasons and last night for me was one of them.  We came together at the bar last night to help raise some money to pay for the final expenses of a friends mother who just passed away.  The family needed help.  Like its not bad enough to suddenly lose your mom, but then to be faced with expenses you have no idea how your pay.  It's too much to handle alone.  That is where our extended family comes in...we set out with a goal to raise $900.  The final count was almost $1400!  You could feel the relief of the family and even in a time of great sorrow there was great joy.  Oprah would call it "joy rising" and I am telling you now that those moments of pure joy make it all worth it.  

Business have a great deal of responsibility in this world.  They supply jobs, taxes and of course products and services.  But, the greatest responsibility is to honor the gratidude and love of the people who support them.  My dream has never been to be rich or to be able to retire and not work so much..my dream is simply to have as many moments like last night as I can while I am here.  You all are a part of making my dreams come true and I thank you with all my heart.

Tami




A Wonderful Night

Posted by tmontgomer on July 11, 2011 at 2:48 AM Comments comments (7)

I have to tell you all that Saturday night was a wonderful experience.  A few weeks ago I met this couple and found out that one of them was a musician.  I had the pleasure of going to see her perform at Mulligans downtown and really enjoyed the show.  I asked if she would like to play at the bar and she graciously accepted.  Little did I know how much her performance would actually end up meaning to me.  

I will be honest the past few weeks have been a struggle in many ways.  Its so easy to get lost in all the little things and forget the reason I push forward to do what I do.  You see Dru's is more than just a business to me.  I want a place where all people feel welcomed, appreciated and yes loved.  The people who chose to share a part of their lives with us are family.  It is about doing everything you can do with what you have to make a difference.  Sometimes it may be in someones life when they just need a smile or someone to listen and sometimes it is in helping our community.  There is alot of responisbility owning a business.  There are people who depend on you for their income to provide food, clothing and shelter for themselves and their families, there are other business who depend on you to buy goods so that they can stay open, the city depends on you to pay taxes, customers depend on you to be there, it can be alot to deal with when you really think about it.  It's not an easy life, but I have to tell you my cheeks hurt from smiling so much.

Last night I witnessed a young woman get up on stage and connect with bar full of people.  It was not just her talent that created the connection.  It was her spirit!  And it was beautiful.  With every clap of hands I felt her gratitude toward the people in the room and her love for them.  When it was over I held her as she broke down in tears of joy.  It was so pure and it touched my heart.  Sometimes a night comes along that is just magical!  

Many of you who know me realize I have a love for music and have spent alot of time, energy and money to bring live music to our community.  Its important to me because I feel music brings people together.  It transends all boundries...gay, straight, black, white, male, female, rich or poor. I have just wanted to be a place where a singer or band can come and touch peoples lives and create a connection between the song and the person listening.  I think what made the performance Saturday so special is that the performer took nothing for granted.  She appreciated every clap, yell and smile and the audience could feel it.  My hope for everyone reading this is that no matter which side of lifes stage you find youself on you find that connection and embrace it because it precious.


Tami

Summer is Here!

Posted by tmontgomer on May 27, 2011 at 5:38 PM Comments comments (3)

Well Summer is here!  FINALLY!  This weekend we have Summer Osborne!  It'sgoing to be a great show and we look forward to having her back in Memphis!  Please come join us for a night

Seeing Red will be back at Dru's on June 11th!

Thursdays & Sundays we are pleased to announce DragTime!  Beverly Hills will be  hosting these events and we are so excited to have her as part of the Dru's family.  If you want to see an intimate show then we are where you need to be.

We have beer specials and a full line up of entertainment scheduled for the Summer! We apperciate the time you choose to spend with us!

What's goin On @ Dru's

Posted by tmontgomer on December 9, 2010 at 9:54 PM Comments comments (2)

It has been a crazy few months! We have been in the process of making a few changes and improvements! I am so happy to announce that the seperate room with no real purpose is now opened up to the main bar and will serve as our new dance floor! Thanks to some really good friends we were able to get it done in only 3 days! So if you like it and see Darryl, Sydney, Lisa, Paige, Vicky, Linda and Julie running around the bar, tell 'em thanks! They made it possible!

So starting this Friday, Dec 10th the dance floor is OPEN!

 

Karaoke will be starting at 8p and the dancing starts at 12a! On Saturdays it will kick up after the live music (by 12a). The cover is $5 and will not start until 11p on Fridays! So come early and stay late!

 

If you guys are interested in a Thursday night dance night let me know. I was thinking about a country music night? What do you think?

 

This Saturday we have Marge Loveday back in Memphis!  Last time Marge was here she performed with Ashley McBryde and it was a great show!  She will be starting at 8p on Saturday night and the cover is only $5!  Come out and see the show them get ready to party till 3a!

 

I look forward to seeing you all!  I hope you enjoy the improvements to the  bar and will make it your place to party!

 

Tami

What's goin On @ Dru's

Posted by tmontgomer on December 9, 2010 at 9:54 PM Comments comments (2)

It has been a crazy few months! We have been in the process of making a few changes and improvements! I am so happy to announce that the seperate room with no real purpose is now opened up to the main bar and will serve as our new dance floor! Thanks to some really good friends we were able to get it done in only 3 days! So if you like it and see Darryl, Sydney, Lisa, Paige, Vicky, Linda and Julie running around the bar, tell 'em thanks! They made it possible!

So starting this Friday, Dec 10th the dance floor is OPEN!

 

Karaoke will be starting at 8p and the dancing starts at 12a! On Saturdays it will kick up after the live music (by 12a). The cover is $5 and will not start until 11p on Fridays! So come early and stay late!

 

If you guys are interested in a Thursday night dance night let me know. I was thinking about a country music night? What do you think?

 

This Saturday we have Marge Loveday back in Memphis!  Last time Marge was here she performed with Ashley McBryde and it was a great show!  She will be starting at 8p on Saturday night and the cover is only $5!  Come out and see the show them get ready to party till 3a!

 

I look forward to seeing you all!  I hope you enjoy the improvements to the  bar and will make it your place to party!

 

Tami

Great Love, Great Pain

Posted by tmontgomer on June 13, 2010 at 3:04 AM Comments comments (1)

I think this has been one of the toughest weeks I have had since the bar opened.  I feel like this community and the people who come here are part of my family.  They mean so much to me.  The loss that we suffered this week has made me feel a saddness that words really can't explain.   Mickey was my friend and my heart is breaking.  Being in this place everyday affords me the opportunity to know so many wonderful people.  I am so blessed by the relationships that have been built over the past 2 years, but at the same time having so many more relationships in my life makes the odds greater that loss will occur.  It is almost daily that I get to speak with different people about their problems or things going on in their life.  Sometimes good and sometimes bad.  I get to share in their joy and their pain.  Sometimes I'm not sure if it is good or bad, so I think I will just say that it is what it is.  I wouldn't trade what I do here for anything in the world.  It is just hard when you are faced with the reality that life is so fragile. 

 

Do any of ever really know what the people we care about are really going through?  Could anything stop something like Mickey's death from happening?  Could the right words or actions have changed the course of events that robbed us of him?  Could anyone or anthing made a difference?  Did he say anything the last time I saw him that should have made me question what was going on?  I see so many people everyday (we all do), how do you know when someone is in trouble?  God I just don't understand.  I hate trying to find answers to questions that just don't have answers.  I guess if we just didn't love others we would feel pain, but I can't see where that would be worth it.  I guess the only two choices you have in life is to pull away from everyone and everything so you don't get hurt, or face the reality that when you open yourself up to another person you are going to feel the joy and the pain.  I think that quote goes that it is better to have loved and lost then to never have loved at all.  That is true, but when the hurt is so strong I think most people question it validity. 

 

Thanks to all of you who cared enough to read this rambling little note.  I care so much about all of the people who have been here supporting this business and trusting me with your friendship.  The last 2 years have never been about business.  For me it is about being here in this moment.  Helping others when I can help and hopefully making some sort of difference before it's all said and done.  The people in my life mean everything to me and there is not much I wouldn't do.  May you all find peace in bad times, joy in sad times and be greatful for each other all the time.

 

Tami

This Week @ Dru's

Posted by tmontgomer on March 22, 2010 at 2:01 PM Comments comments (2)

This week is jam packed full of wonderful events. We have 2 different benefits that we are helping with and we appreciate all of your support.

 

From day one our goal was to be able to what we can, when we can to make a difference. This week we have been blessed and have the opportunity to host events: Tuesday & Saturday.

It is such an honor to work with all the people involved in making these benefits a reality. When we all come together there is no limit to what we can do or the impact we can have on someone's life or on our community. Thank you all so much giving your time, money and/or skills. You guys are all so amazing. I don't think there is any business in Memphis that has a more giving customer base. I am so proud to be part of your lives and get to witnes to caring and compassion you show when called upon. Thank you!

 

So Tue & Sat come out and support 2 great causes and Sunday save some time to recharge yourself with a very special guest Amy Steinberg! Amy will make you laugh and cry (sometimes at the same time!) It will be a show you won't forget! Tickets are available at the bar $8 in advance/$10 at the door. We would love to share this very special evening with you!

 

Well here is this weeks line up...

 

Monday- Songwriter Showcase 7p

 

Tuesday- House Fire Victim Benefit (Need blankets, sheets, gift cards, women's clothing (sz M, L & 2X), etc. This family lost everything so the ways to give are endless. Grupo Jobu & Sons of Winter will perform and Karaoke will follow! No cover, donations only. (Items don't have to be new-just clean out your closets..)

 

Wednesday- Beer Bust 7p-11p

Live Team Trivia 7:30p

 

Thursday- Super Happy Hour 2p-5p ($1.50 domestic longnecks)

Karaoke 9p

 

 

Friday- Super Happy Hour 2p-5p ($1.50 domestic longnecks)

Karaoke 9p (March Special- 1 Free Domestic w/ paid cover)

 

 

Saturday- Super Happy Hour 2p-5p ($1.50 domestic longnecks)

Social Remedy, Melinda Milligan, Tori Norton (Breast Cancer Awareness/Benefiting Jodi Antell)

There will be Live Music, Door Prizes, and a Silent Auction all for a $5 donation.

 

Sunday- Beer Bust 7p-11p

SPECIAL SHOW! Amy Steinberg-7p ($8 in advance/$10 at the door)

Amy Steinberg

Biography

Both inspirational and hilarious with an exceptional set of pipes, Amy Steinberg is a goddess troubadour wandering the countryside with a purpose. She is on a mission to incite a groove riot in her audience, inviting them to sing, clap and laugh along. Her spiritual essence mixed with a socio-conscious attitude makes for an enlightening experience to be had by all. Fans call her “wildly attractive” and “life changing” while critics say she is in a “league of her own” (LA Music Connection). She is currently touring in support of her 8th cd, “Fall Down to Fly” which displays her theatrical training as well as her musical prowess. Classically trained on piano and self-taught on guitar, with a bombastic belt and a dynamic presence, Amy’s shows are jubilee meets revival.

Karaoke 10p- until

 

Thanks for everything....

Tami

Please tell me what you think...

Posted by tmontgomer on February 21, 2010 at 5:11 PM Comments comments (1)

Ok I need to know what you guys think . I know how tough times are right now and I want to know what Dru's can do as a part of the community to make it easier for you get to go out and have some fun.  If you have an opinion it would really be appreciated.

 

Friday Night Karaoke Cover?

I am really thinking about Friday nights...right now we charge a $5 cover to help offset the cost. It normally doesn't pay all of the Karaoke DJ expense, but it helps. Do you think we would get enough extra customers if we did not charge a cover to make up the difference in beer and food sales? Or would it be better to do it as " pay what you can"  type of thing? The goal is to be able to be able to offer great entertainment without going broke.

 

At this point, I have never made money on any cover charge, so please believe me when I say it has only been out of absolute necessity that I even have one for any event. It costs between $3,500 and $4,900 dollars a month (depending on the schedule) to offer Karaoke, Bands, Trivia, etc. That is just to pay the people entertaining and does not include equipment and all that stuff. We don't charge a cover for Thurs & Sun Karaoke. It has just been on Fri & Sat nights or if we have a special performer. I know for the bands and stuff there is nothing I can do (there is no way to make it up on the bar sales), but if we can get enough new customers coming to Friday Karaoke we might be able to change up the way we are doing things. I don't know, but I would love to know what you think.

 

I really appreciate you all and the support you have given over the past year and a half.  You guys are what makes this place special and everything you suggest is taken seriously and appreciated.  Thanks for your feedback.

 

Tami

The Snow & Ice with Friends

Posted by tmontgomer on January 31, 2010 at 11:53 PM Comments comments (0)

Well in true Memphis fashion we went from Sunshine to a sheet of Ice in 2.5 seconds!  Thanks so much to all of you who braved to cold and came out to Dru's the past few days!  A special thanks to all of you who came out to wish Dru a Happy Birthday today!  She has had a great day and can't stop talking about how much fun she has had!  JW & The Outlaws played all day long and if you have not been here to catch their show please join us Friday from 7p-9p!  They are very talented and just so much fun to hang out with!

 

Dru and I are so blessed to have so many great people in our lives!  It has just been a great couple of days!  Social Remedy was here Saturday night and just put on a great show!  They have some new songs that will be on their upcoming cd and Heather & Kelly are just amazing people!  When you can surround yourself with share your same values it makes you so much stronger than you could ever be on your own.  There are so many of you that make me strong and I am so grateful. 

 

Sometimes I feel like I am living a dream or at least in a dream.  Everyday there is something new that gets me excited all over again just like it was the first day.  There hasn't been one time I ever wished I didn't have to come to work.  Even the days when I am stressed out or worried, I am still exactly where I want to be.  Those are the days that usually one of you come up and say some little something (or I read something on the bathroom wall) that gives me just what I need to get through the day and feel better.  Thank you for that and everything else you do!

 

Bless you all and may you find happiness in this minute no matter where you are or what you are going through!

 

Sincerely,

 

Tami


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