Saturday, June 15, 2024

Wells Fargo spotlights small businesses at Charlotte tourney

Wells Fargo is using the Wells Fargo Championship’s return to Charlotte to spotlight nine local small business owners, including restaurateurs, bakers and designers.

The Wells Fargo Small Business Market will be at the Quail Hollow Club, which is hosting a PGA tournament this week that features Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay and other golf stars. 

Quail Hollow Wells Fargo Championship
A scene from Hole 3 at Quail Hollow Club during the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and Derek Ellington, head of Small Business Banking at Wells Fargo, will open the space Tuesday to help celebrate National Small Business Week. The market will remain open through Sunday’s final day of play. 

The market will be near the merchandise tent and the club’s driving range, which should help the nine businesses generate traffic.

Those businesses that will be part of the market include:

Stitch Golf, a luxury golf brand, founded in Cary in 2012.

Byrdie Golf Social Wear, a clothing line, founded by Charlotte entrepreneurs Rachelle Wates and Hayden Shoffner.

Phoozy, founded by Kevin Conway and Josh Inglis in Charlotte, creates insulated and weatherproof protection for an array of products.

Knowledge Perk, a small batch roastery based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, that sources its coffee through direct trade and importers with fair trade and organic certifications.

Vintage Goat, a customizable three-wheeled “truck” with taps for drinks for any event. Lauren Grohe established the business in Charlotte in 2021.

El Toro Bruto, a Charlotte taco shop.

Bear Food, a family-owned nut company based in Matthews that donates portion of each  order to Rainbow Express Ministries, supporting young adults with disabilities.

Manolo’s Latin Bakery, the first Latin Bakery in Charlotte. They have made fresh bread every day for 25 years.

Dupp & Swat, which provides event space, access to resources, programming and social growth opportunities for Black innovators and makers in Charlotte.


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