Picture a lively, creative gathering space: Easy camaraderie blossoms over craft cocktail classes and pop-up food vendors, and on display is local artwork that gives a voice to the community. This is what the team of entrepreneurs envisions for booth., a new collaborative outfit in Pawtucket.
Along with serving as a new HQ for BĀS, a roaming cocktail catering service, the venue is the brainchild of four owners. Michael Silva, who runs BĀS with his girlfriend Miellette McFarlane, joins Tatiana Beana and Kelly Powers to create a multi-media recreational space. “As a minority- and women-owned business, our mission is to provide a physical space and platform for Black and brown artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives to be able to express themselves and share their stories,” explains Silva. “We want to create a space where folks can just be.”
Along with cocktail classes and pop-ups, Silva will continue developing MXR Kits, a pandemic at-home happy hour staple that comes with the ingredients to make four each of two specialty cocktails – one classic and one original. A new gin box partners with Empress 1908 Gin and features a Gimlet and a fresh take on Bees Knees called Little Honey, with lemon juice, honey syrup, rose tea, rose water, and a garnish of dehydrated rose petals, plus recipe cards and the tools you need to make it at home.
This month marks not only the release of MXR kits featuring Empress 1908 Gin, found at The Dean Hotel’s Outside Marketplace, but also the beginning of in-person cocktail classes for small groups at booth. to concoct creations like the Purple Saint, which brings out the gin’s natural botanicals with elderflower liqueur, juniper berries, and tonic. The power of wielding the shaker is about more than just mixing a drink. “We have stories to tell,” says Silva, “and we want to tell those stories, including people in why we’re doing what we’re doing. It really is an informative thing.”