“Opening a business is incredibly risky. Who better — and crazy enough — to take that risk together than your family?”
Those are the words of Kiri Longa, who opened The Daily Details Beauty Bar uptown with her sister Nicole Vieira in 2016. The beauty boutique was created for business professionals who need a manicure, pedicure, blowout or wax, with an emphasis on quick turnaround for the on-the-go customer.
“I think you also have a better insight into what else is going on in your business partner’s life,” Vieira added. “Meaning, you can more easily sense when your partner is getting burnt out, and needs some R&R for a few days. You pick up the slack for that period of time because you know they will do the same for you down the road.”
Dana Degan went into business with her sister Cindy Williams for a similar reason. The two host five-day consignment sales in the spring and fall for women and teenage girls under the brand Green Jeans Consignments. Their Lake Norman spring sale is coming up April 25-30 and shoppers can generally expect a selection of new and gently worn brand name, boutique and designer clothing, not to mention shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories.
“We are nine years apart and have very different personalities, which definitely helps our business partnership,” Degan said. That shows in their styles: Degan loves dresses while Williams is all about pulling pieces together.
But one key detail they share in their work together is their high level of trust in one another.
The women behind The Daily Details and Green Jeans Consignments aren’t the only Charlotte siblings in business together.
Did you know these other local businesses are also sibling-run?
This brewery in NoDa was born thanks to brothers Jeff and Jason Alexander. Their taps rotate frequently with a selection of beers, nitro coffee, kombucha and shrub. The taproom is family friendly with a play corner, and is no stranger to yoga events, local art on the walls, or to pop-up stands to support community artisans and makers like Keia Mastrianni and her Milk Glass Pie.
Just need to do a little flashback to last Saturday since we were too busy to post much! We had tons of fun bottling our FIRST beer with our good friends @fontaflorabrew . It wouldn't have been right to do our first bottling without you, Todd! (And, you know, we used your stuff which was awesome too…. thanks for that). Look out for a taproom release date for our #cornbredcollaboration . Bottling done, we took a break to grab some super delicious tamales, mole and mango juice from Tamales La Pasadita . (We ate too fast to take any photos) That was followed up with a quick nap and then headed over to @visulitetheatre for @brawleys 8th Black and Blue Festival! That's a way to spend a Saturday, Folks! #letyourtastebudsroam #frbhappenings #cultivatecommunity #cltbeer
Sisters Suzy McIntosh and Vanessa Shreve are the minds behind specialty jean store Blue Hem in South End. Their goal is to provide jeans that fit every body, men and women alike. They carry about 13 brands like James Jeans and Raleigh Denim Workshop to feature a range of styles and fits.
Opened by Josh, Jacob and Jason Norris, Green Brothers has two uptown locations with an assortment of juices, smoothies and wellness shots concocted with local and organic ingredients. Their mission is to empower people by supplying convenient superfoods. And they have plenty of spinach, kale and almond milk to go around.
Twin brothers David and Scott Brooks opened this hamburger and hot dog joint in NoDa in 1973. Their sandwich menu covers breakfast (think egg sandwiches) and lunch (think Charlotte’s 2011 Best Burger according to the Charlotte Observer, liver mush and chicken filet). And there is chili any time.
This stoic block of a dive bar in the middle of the Central Avenue development boom is held steadfast by owners and brothers Brian and Mark Wilson. The place has been praised for its cold beer (sip in the PBR), great jukebox, friendly staff and live entertainment.
Photos: Eric Gaddy/Casting Shadows Photography, Amy Ellis Photography