| HEATHER SCHUCK
You’ll find many great establishments in the Short North, but none have stood longer than the Short North Tavern on High Street. If you’ve ever crossed it’s awning-covered threshold, it’s likely you’ve met Brittany Anne Preston (AKA Bitty). “Everyone gets a smile and a wave from me. I like to try and make someone’s day just a little brighter. My coworkers call me sunshine.” A bartender for 12 years now, the last six and half have been with the Short North Tavern. “I guess you could say I kinda like it here.”
From the stories, to the smiles, to the great friends that have become part of her family, Bitty can’t land on one thing in particular she likes best about her job. An “import”from Wisconsin, she was brought to Ohio by the love of her life, a woman who is now her wife. “After 7 years of dating, we were married [on] May 9th in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was amazing!” She feels lucky to live in a city that is supportive of the LGBTQA community. “As a lesbian working at the Tavern, from its location, to the bartenders, to the clientele, there isn’t another place I have felt so accepted and loved.”
Bitty encourages everyone to stop into the Short North Tavern sometime to check out their good selection of food and nightly specials. “Taco Night on Mondays is one of my faves. $1 tacos? Don’t mind if I do!”
Bucky Punch: Three olives cherry, roses, lime, triple sec,
cranberry, and a splash of 7 (for funziez)
When she’s not bartending, Bitty is busy pursuing her passion, a business called Mimi’s Pet Services, a dog walking, pet sitting, grooming business.