Get to Know: Kaci Barbosa of Jade & May
A Q&A with the co-owner of the mobile bartending business
Luca Barbosa, center, with his parents Renato Barbosa and Kaci Barbosa. The couple owns and operates the mobile bartending service Jade & May.
Kaci Barbosa, along with her husband Renato Barbosa, owns Jade & May, a mobile bartending business. She is also a part-time interior design assistant and mom to their son Luca Barbosa.
Where in Charlotte do you live? Where did you grow up? We live in the Cotswold area and have been here for the last three years. I’m still fairly new to Charlotte, but my husband has been here for about 15 years. I was born and raised in the little city of Asheboro, North Carolina.
Tell us about your job. What do you like most about it? What are the challenges? I am the owner of our mobile bartending business and also a part-time interior design assistant. I love the interaction with my clients the best. I get to meet so many different people and it’s always fun to spark conversations. My challenge is definitely that we only have one mobile bar. When dates get booked, we have to turn people away. We are in the process of working on a second bar for that reason.
What’s the hardest part of juggling family life and work life? We try to incorporate some of our work life as family time. For example, we do our grocery runs/farmers market runs together as a family and like to clean and organize our caravan with our son. It is definitely hard most days, but we try to incorporate as best as we can to make the most of it.
What is your favorite thing about raising a family in Charlotte? I love that there are so many things to do and places to go. We love taking trips to the park uptown in the afternoons or just going out for ice cream on the weekends. It’s definitely a bonus that we have the NFL/Panthers team and so many fun children’s places like Discovery Place.
Best advice ever received: Do what you love, love what you do!
Proudest parenting moment: Our proudest parenting moment was being able to celebrate our son’s one-year birthday a few months ago with family and friends. A few days later Luca began walking and all the milestones are really a great part of it as well.
Lowest parenting moment: I’d like to think I haven’t really had any low parenting moments yet. The hardest time probably was having to decide whether we needed to put our son in daycare. Now that he has been going for a while, we feel so much more confident and proud of this decision.
What are three things you can’t live without?
3. A good margarita or mojito.
What is your favorite Instagram account? Ours of course! Jade and May Company @jadeandmaycompany
Last book read? “Brown Bear, Brown Bear,” my son’s favorite book.
What inspires you? My son and my family inspire me every day without a doubt.