Charleston, South Carolina is known for its picturesque beaches, historical landmarks, amazing food, and beautiful weather. But until recently, it’s never had the type of social club you’d find in big cities like New York, Miami, or Boston. That all changed a few months ago when The Wonderer opened its doors. The Wonderer is the first private social club in downtown Charleston complete with an event space, a swimming pool, restaurant, sports bar, fitness center, wellness bar, co-working spaces, and more. This week, Joe talks to Beau Burns, the founder of The Wonderer, and finds out why he quit his corporate day job to become an entrepreneur, what were the biggest hurdles to making his dreams a reality, and what was it like to build a business during the pandemic.
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About Beau Burns:
With nearly a decade of finance experience working for companies such as Edward Jones and Wells Fargo to name a few, Beau was able to combine his background to both own and operate multiple businesses. Previously he owned Brightsound Entertainment in 2008, partnered with Barry Hinckley to start Yotme in 2015, and in 2017 he became an owner and franchisee of the membership-based National wellness franchise, Vida Flo.
Currently, he is the founder and managing partner of The Wonderer, a lifestyle membership club offering social, wellness, and work-focused amenities in Charleston, South Carolina. Beau holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia and is an alumnus of the Terry Business School – the 12th ranked public business program in the country.
When it comes to hospitality and entertainment, Beau has a strong understanding of what appeals to a specific age demographic in the Southeast. He has an aggressive work ethic, is highly goal-oriented, and holds a complete skill set in operations management that he is excited to bring to Charleston, South Carolina.