While others all around her are relaxing and partying, Angela Trainor is hard at work. As manager of The Corner, The Townsend Hotel’s intimate bar/lounge and Birmingham’s nightlife hot spot, Trainor is responsible for day-to-day management of operations, including oversight of all promotions, events, staffing, menus and customer experiences. It isn’t exactly a typical 9-to-5 gig, but Trainor, a self-described “adventure lover,” wouldn’t have it any other way!
Prior to her role with The Corner, Trainor most recently tended bar at Rockwells Republic in Grand Rapids, Mich. Before that, she spent nearly five years as beverage manager for Louis Benton Steakhouse, also in Grand Rapids.
For other night owls like her considering a career in bar/nightclub management, Trainor would share this advice: whether earned through school or from on-the-job training, never underestimate the importance of a good education. Hospitality is a business, and first and foremost, being well-informed on what makes a business successful in this industry is a must.
A Troy, Mich. resident, Trainor, who was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in several areas throughout Michigan, attended Central Michigan University.