Bottling his grandfather’s tea left a bad taste in James Davis’ mouth, but now the 36-year-old entreprenuer is tasting sweet success thanks to that same tea. Davis, of West Charlotte, launched Carolina Breeze last year, and a revamped version of grandfather’s tea is the staple product.
In less than a year, Davis has managed to get the tea is sold in 14 stores and restaurants, including the Common Market and Big Daddy’s Burger Bar. Davis’ grandfather Melvin worked as a custodian at First Union Bank now Wells Fargo. He started brewing his own special blend in 1971 because he thought regular tea was just “okay,” Davis told QcityMetro.
“For him, food wasn’t interesting unless it had contrasting flavors,” Davis recalled. “He was always cooking and trying new foods.”
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