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8 Veteran-Owned Businesses to Support in Durham

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From breweries to restaurants and even a selfie museum, Durham has some of the best veteran-owned businesses to support now and forever!

During their time in the United States armed forces, many military service members gain a variety of skills that are essential to entrepreneurship. One way that we can show our appreciation to veterans for their service is to support them when they re-enter civilian life and launch businesses.

From restaurants and breweries to an interactive space consisting of more than 13 creative backgrounds to take professional-looking photos, Durham's veteran-owned companies provide great products and services to the community. Check out our list of veteran-owned businesses in Durham that you can support now and always.

Accordion Club

316 W. Geer St.

Head to the Accordion Club for a low-key and relaxed hangout with affordable prices, hot dogs, and New Mexican cuisine. Scott Richie, the veteran bartender who opened Accordion Club on Geer Street a few years ago, has worked in and out of the Durham bar scene for the better part of the last two decades.

Flying Bull Beer Co.

752 Ninth St.

Established in 2020, The Flying Bull Beer Co. is a veteran-owned community brewery on historic Ninth Street. Owner Joel Miles served in the Air Force for about four years and wanted to create a space where everyone was welcome. They feature perfected brews as well as hard-to-find guest beers and ciders, showcasing the best North Carolina has to offer.

Indulge Catering, LLC

2223 NC-54

Indulge Catering, LLC Sous Chef Jay served in the U.S. Army for four years. Together with her wife, Chef Queen-Precious Jewel, they are on a mission to create healthy food that actually tastes good. You can indulge at home with an Indulge platter, an Indulge dessert, or a meal for four. They also offer full-service event catering, personal chef experiences, corporate catering, and wedding catering services in Durham. Go ahead and indulge!

Lula & Sadie's

30 Foster St., Suite 1

Located in the Durham Food Hall, Lula & Sadie's is a seasonal, Southern eatery that highlights the cultural roots and bounty of produce in the region. Chef Harry S. Monds, the executive chef at Lula & Sadie's, served in the Air Force stationed at Cannon AFB in Clovis, New Mexico for four years. From scalloped potatoes and hot cakes, to tomato salad, chicken potpie and eggnog-pecan French toast, Chef Monds knows how to cook up some good flavors.

Saltbox Seafood Joint

2637 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.

With decades of fine dining restaurant and hospitality experience, Chef Ricky Moore believes that ordinary, simple food can be extraordinary when executed at the highest level. His military experience, in conjunction with his upbringing, taught him to be disciplined, stay the course, and strive for excellence. Visit his restaurant for seasonal seafood and freshly-cooked fish!

Selfie Symposium

6905 Fayetteville Road, Suite 203

Lester Canidy, the co-owner of the newly opened Selfie Symposium, served in the U.S. Army for 20 years. The Selfie Symposium is an interactive selfie museum that provides creative photo opportunities and fun. (Do it for the gram!) They also have an event space for private rentals, memberships for content creators and photographers, and they host fun events.

The 360° Approach

404 Hunt St.

Chan Little is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. After serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Chan elected to separate from the USAF to pursue her passion for a career in wellness. In 2013, Chan opened The 360° Approach, a boutique wellness studio offering personal training, fitness classes, health coaching, nutrition counseling, mindfulness practices and weight loss support.

Tobacco Wood Brewing Co.

2500 Meridian Parkway

Mara Shelton joined the National Guard in 2001. Today, she is the president of Tobacco Wood Brewing Co. (TWBC), North Carolina’s first female- and veteran-owned brewery. In addition to running fundraisers for the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, TWBC also partners with Operation Fly Our Flag, a North Carolina-based organization with a mission "to honor those who serve(d) our country and communities."

Know of another veteran-owned business in Durham? Please email us at blog@discoverdurham.com. Thank you veterans!

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