• Black-owned business spotlight: Sports One Charlotte

    By: Brittany Waters-Colden


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's a place where everybody knows your name, an idea that Vice President of Operations Toni Scott said helped give Sports One its moniker, "the black Cheers of Charlotte."

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    When you Google sports lounges in Charlotte, Sports One is always at the top of the list, and owner Peter Thomas plans to keep it that way.

    Sports One is an upscale sports bar and lounge that specializes in home-style food with a Caribbean twist, inspired by Thomas' island roots.

    Born in Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn, the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star has created a nightlife brand that spans across the Southeast.

    The well-known entrepreneur expanded his brand to the Queen City with the opening of Sports One in 2014 after closing his Atlanta-based lounge, Bar One. He also owns Club One in the NC Music Factory.

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    Thomas' decision to open a sports lounge in Charlotte came after he fell in love with the city's energy.

    Since opening, Sports One has become a hot spot for people from all walks of life to enjoy fellowship over football and food.

    "We know 80 percent of our return customers by name. They come and hang out with us like we're all friends. When they're here, they feel welcomed," said Scott.

    As the owner of two locations in Charlotte and Bar One in Miami, Thomas makes it a point to be present in all of his locations so customers feel appreciated.

    "He's one of the hardest working owners that I know. He will clean the bathrooms and sweep the floor if he has to," said Scott.

    When asked what sets the bar apart from the hundreds of other bars in the metro, Scott pointed to consistency and strong leadership as two of the establishment's greatest assets.

    "People know that when they come here and order the same thing over and over, it's going to taste the same every time," she said. "We've raised our standards. We've lowered our tolerance."

    Thomas' decision to bring a slice of Atlanta to Charlotte has set the tone for other up-and-coming business owners looking to tackle the city's nightlife.

    For more information, visit sportsoneclt.com.

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