About Ms Cotton Ding
Ms. Cotton Ding is a self-made entrepreneur, who founded Cotton’s restaurant & bar at the age of 26. At an early age she struggled to earn her means and finance her dream Of getting a higher education. To achieve her goals, she took several jobs starting as a shoe shining girl, factory worker, waitress and bartender. She landed her first job in a Western restaurant by learning the phrase: “Hi, My name is Cotton. I am from Hunan.” Working at night and studying during the day she was able to attend university. After graduating, she found herself jobless, penniless and hungry, so she took a job as a bartender in a Western bar. She soon developed a passion for mixology and customer service. “1 became the best bartender I could be. I was making new cocktails all the time. The staff and guest loved me – when I was behind the bar the whole place lit up.” One day a customer mistakenly thought she was the owner and asked her to buy shares. When she told him she was only the bartender he said; “What a shame! You should open your own place.” Seven months later in 2003, Ms Ding opened her first Today Ms. Ding is the proud owner of two beautiful restaurant & bars located in villas around the French concession with her name, Cotton.
The Story Behind The Name ‘Cotton’
“Cotton is my name and the name I gave my restaurant-bar. You might wonder why I picked it? A cotton flower symbolizes character and inner strength. A cotton flower is soft, warm, and is full Of sunshine.