Top of the Morning, Oct. 27, 2023

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On Fridays, we’ll spotlight the men and women serving up cold ones and conversation in our neck of the woods. Let us know about your favorite bartender by emailing [email protected].

Shania Alexander of Humboldt started bartending as a second job to save up for her first house, but she ended up loving it.

When she isn’t working as a mechanic at Carle, you can catch her serving up drinks at It’ll Do in Arcola.

Alexander only started two years ago, back when the bar was called Buford’s, but the 22-year-old likes mixing up more complicated drinks like a Long Island iced tea.

“I like having to remember so many bottles that go into it,” Alexander said. “I’d rather make a mixed drink or shot than serve a beer. It’s just more fun to me.”

Alongside making fun drinks, Alexander enjoys talking to customers and says that It’ll Do is a great place to work.

She said that people should come by because “it’s a really pretty bar” with plenty of options for drinks.

Even when it gets busy, she’s there to have fun — like when a big party came in from Wisconsin.

“They had the whole bar line dancing,” Alexander said.

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