College Grads Hire Themselves to Avoid Unemployment

By: Caroline Porter Email
By: Caroline Porter Email

TOPEKA, Kan. -- With February's national unemployment rate topping headlines at eight percent, college graduates are scrambling. But a few local graduates are beating the gloom by casting their own shadow on the bartending business.

While cramming for his statistics final, Craig McCullah opened his smoke-free bar in downtown Topeka last December. Four months later, McCullah has graduated from University of Kansas and entertains a growing music and nightlight scene at his bar.

Two women in Lawrence will celebrate their 22nd birthday by opening their own bar. KU senior Emily Akers feared unemployment upon graduation in May, so she partnered up with her twin sister Alex to open the Barrel House, a dueling-piano bar, on March 25th.

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