Maci Martin wakes up at the crack of dawn every day and begins her studies. She’s working on her mechanical engineering degree at UNF, and most mornings are taken up with books and lectures on physics and chemistry.
By midday, she changes into her tank top and denim shorts ensemble and heads over to the beach for her bartending shift at Salt Life. She sets up the bar and starts pouring beers and mixing cocktails for the guests.
Being a top bartender at one of Jax Beach’s best establishments as well as a full-time student might seem exhausting to some, but to Martin, it’s all good fun. The coastal environment fosters a sense of relaxation, her colleagues are her best friends, and everyone at the bar is there for a good time. Life is salty and sweet.
“It’s people coming back from the beach, people about to head out for the night,” said Martin. “It’s a very cool, laid-back energy. I really like it.”
Martin loves the connections she builds with her bar guests as she guides their Salt Life experience from start to finish. Her regulars – along with everyone else that walks into her bar – love her too. At 21 years old, her good spirits and playful personality flow naturally with the aquatic art and surfboards that line the walls. She has great passion for sparking joy in others that goes beyond service.
“You get to talk to them, know what’s going on with them, as opposed to just bringing them their food… That’s my favorite part,” Martin said.
Though she’s only been bartending for two years, Martin is remarkably confident and speedy in her work.
When it’s time to go home, Martin will study some more and watch some anime before dinner and drinks with friends, and go to sleep and do it all again the next day.