When native Memphian Kelcie Hamm pursued a degree in fashion business administration in Manhattan, she was inspired by more than the city’s style scene. After discovering “a salad store on nearly every block,” Hamm returned home with the first seed of what is now her tworestaurant venture, Wild Beet Salad Co.
Founded in 2014, Wild Beet quickly became a popular destination at the Carrefour shopping center in Germantown, serving made-to-order chopped salads as well as homemade soups and wraps. The company also handles an active catering business, working with many of the area’s medical and financial institutions.
After having a positive home mortgage experience with Financial Federal, Hamm looked to the Bank when she was ready to expand Wild Beet. Her residential banker Judson Williford introduced her to Eric Beaty, who helped put together a business loan that operates like a line of credit as well as a business deposit account. When the opening of a second location in the Poplar/Perkins area was delayed, Financial Federal gave Hamm the flexibility she needed.
“They gave me lots of options as far as the loan went, just to see what I’d be comfortable with,” said Hamm. “They even extended it when I had to push back my opening date so I didn’t have to start making payments until I had revenue coming in. I didn’t even ask – they just called me and offered.”
Hamm is now looking at future expansion outside the Memphis market and appreciates that Financial Federal will be able to support her growth no matter where she goes.
Learn more about Kelcie Hamm's career with Wild Beet Salad Co. in her Memphis Daily News profile.
For more information on Wild Beet Salad Co., contact Eric Beaty.