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Member of the Month: February 2016

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Member of the Month

February 2016: Bill and Mike Weiss
Woody’s: Philadelphia’s Landmark Gay Bar

Business History
Philadelphia natives and brothers, Bill and Mike Weiss, both began their careers in the car dealer business. Sixteen years later and after moving back from Kansas City, where they worked for Toyota, the Weiss boys decided to make a change by trying their hand at the bar and restaurant business. Growing up, their father Barney, owned and operated a number of comedy clubs where the boys worked. After moving home, they decided to dive right in and began buying a number of businesses including Grape Street Pub, 8th Street Lounge, and Bump Nightclub, as well as two establishments in San Diego, California.

Business Growth
In 2007, Bill and Mike bought Woody’s Bar in the Center City West neighborhood of Philadelphia. After remodeling, the bar featured an open floor plan, sliding glass doors that open to the patio, and a Tex-Mex-themed food menu. Dubbed “Your landmark Gay spot in Philadelphia,” Woody’s soon became popular with Philadelphia’s LGBT community. When Woody’s first opened, their clientele could be described as being 80% LGBT, but as they have grown, and especially after Gay Marriage became legal, their customer base has expanded to include all walks of life. Woody’s has Happy Hour every night of the week from 5 PM – 7 PM as well as DJs spinning for nightly Dance parties. 

Giving Back
As a member of the LGBT community, Mike has made it his mission to support the issues that those in the community continue to face. Mike is an elected Committeeman and Treasurer of the 8th ward, serves as Secretary on the Board of the Mazzoni Center, serves as Special Advisor for Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, serves on the 2nd Chance Foundation Board, represents Congressman Robert Brady on the Congressional LGBT Caucus and is a former State and City Commissioner. Along with his brother Bill, he regularly gives back to community charities and organizations. They include but are not limited to Action Aids, City of Brotherly Love Softball League, Equality PA, Manna, Sapphire Fund, Liberty City Democrats, Philly Pride Presents, Philadelphia Fight, The Trevor Project, and the William Way Community Center. For an upbeat, night on the town, be sure to stop by Woody’s the next time you find yourself in the City of Brotherly Love. For more information, visit www.woodysbar.com!

Woody’s Bar 
202 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-545-1893
Philadelphia County
2007-Present
www.woodysbar.com

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Mixologist of the Month: February 2016

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Mixologist of the Month

February 2016: Judy Miller and Jessy Hodges 

Signature Cocktail:
Cosmopolitan 
2 oz. Absolute Mandarin Vodka
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
Splash Lime Juice
Splash Cranberry Juice
Garnish with a Lime Wedge 

Meet Judy Miller and Jessy Hodges of the Corner Stable in York, PA. Nicknamed “The Dream Team” by customers, both Judy and Jessy have been in the industry for years and love everything about it. Years ago, Jessy started as a cocktail waitress while Judy got her start in the industry when family members told her it was a great way to make money. Judy and Jessy both love being around people and have said “customers make your day brighter.”

Both women have young children and enjoy the flexibility that their schedules allow. They believe that being able to communicate with each other and to understand the needs of their patrons is what makes them such a great team and successful at what they do. Be sure to stop by the Corner Stable to meet the Dream Team and try some of the nightly specials including Broasted Chicken, Prime Rib, and the best Baby Back Ribs in town! 

Corner Stable   
2575 S. Queen Street
York, PA 17402
www.cornerstables.com