UNC Charlotte Alumnus Turns His Passion Into A Fast-Growing Chain

Technically, coffee is Tony Vo’s side hustle. For the past 15 years, Vo — who earned a degree in 2004 from UNC Charlotte’s William States Lee College of Engineering — has worked as a patent examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. But coffee is his passion, and it certainly shows as Waterbean Coffee has quickly become one of the region’s fastest-growing local coffee shops.

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