Charlotte Black Restaurant Week Is Underway

CHARLOTTE, NC. — Cakes, cookies, pies, ice cream and candied apples. BW Sweets Bakery on East W.T. Harris Boulevard has it all.

It’s one of more than a dozen businesses participating in Black Restaurant Week. Along with the Nappy Chef, Stats Charlotte, Freshwaters and Mr. Seafood. BW Sweets owner Frankie White tells WCCB it gives businesses the opportunity to showcase what they do best.

“Being a part of this and bringing awareness to it allows people to try something different and come to a community where they may not necessarily have come to before and try something that they haven’t tried before,” says White.

The full-service bakery is named after white’s son, Bradley.

“He was my eight-year-old son. He passed away from cancer back in 2011. So I named the business fittingly after him.”

He says baking was his therapy, to deal with his grief. White started selling cakes to friends and family. He says his business grew organically.

“I’m a mood based baker, so it changes. When I’m very frustrated and angry I like to make bread. Because you can punch it, slam it, roll it. When I’m in a really good mood, definitely cakes.”

Businesses participating in Black Restaurant Week will be offering discounts or will be unveiling new items until October 31st . You can also donate to the BBOC non-profit. Which provides black business owners avenues to revenue.