If you’re at the corner of Martin and Rutherford Streets in Uptown Wadesboro you might see local business owner Garrett Snuggs. He owns the whole corner with his barbershop and soon-to-be bar and grill next door.
Thanks to the support and guidance from the South Piedmont Community College Small Business Center, Bank Shots and Grill is set to open later this year offering casual eats in a friendly bar atmosphere. General Manager Amanda Lambert pointed out that starting a new business can be overwhelming. She knew the help she needed was out there and she found it in the Small Business Center at South Piedmont.
“I had so many doubts if I was on the right track,” said Amanda. “When I connected with Renee at the Small Business Center, the process was clearly outlined and I was able to get so much done in a few weeks.”
Together Garrett and Amanda run several businesses including a livestock farm and barbershop school. They are also considering opening a halfway house.
“The community has been good to me for 22 years and I want to give back,” said Garrett.
Like many teenagers, Garrett’s first job was working in a restaurant. As he got older, he came to realize he wanted to work for himself. He went off to barber school and opened up his own shop in Wadesboro soon after.
Wadesboro is seeing several new businesses open, despite the hardships of the pandemic. Thanks to Garrett, a few of those businesses might be additional barbershops. His barbershop school’s inaugural year had almost 40 students and his dream of helping others make a living for themselves is becoming a reality.
“When Garrett gets something in his mind, he does it,” said Amanda. “That’s why I’ve stuck with him. He does what he says he’s going to do.”
Helping small business owners like Garrett to succeed is a win for South Piedmont.
“It’s wonderful to help entrepreneurs achieve their dream of starting a business because those businesses create jobs and have a significant impact in our community,” said Renee Hode, Director of the Small Business Center at SPCC.
Written by Misty McMillan