8 Charlotte TikTokers to follow — covering food, dad humor, dance moves, and more

8 Charlotte TikTokers to follow — covering food, dad humor, dance moves, and more
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Coronavirus. Economic downturn. Police brutality. Election nonsense. This has been a heckuva decade, and we’re only six months in.

Way, way back in February, I interviewed a Charlotte teenager named Max Dressler about his hugely popular TikTok account. To be honest, I didn’t understand the point of the app then. But I applauded his ability to earn tens of thousands of dollars off of unedited clips of him dancing and goofing off.

Now, four months into the coronavirus pandemic, I get it. TikTok is a place to tune out the exhausting 24-hour news cycle just for a little while.

And the app isn’t just filled with trendy dance moves.

[Related Agenda guide: Do I need to be on TikTok? — A guide for oblivious thirty-somethings]

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Wynee Bermudez of @wyneesworld posts about hole-in-the-wall foodie experiences. She began the channel as an extension of her Instagram, which is filled with shots from all over the world — Miami, Costa Rica, Netherlands.

During the pandemic, she paused her travel plans and focused on her favorites in Charlotte instead. Places like Maria’s, Lang Van, LuLu’s, and Chicken King, among others. Many of the restaurants she posts about are Black- or POC-owned.

“I feel like I have the platform to elevate the spots that might not … get the PR other places can,” she says.

Wynee’s video on Maria’s crispy Birria tacos received 1.4 million views. Since she posted it in late June, the Mexican restaurant on the corner of South Boulevard and Tyvola has been “booming,” a server told me, a big difference from the weeks before that, when they wondered whether the restaurant would make it through the pandemic.

@wyneesworldBIRRIA TACOS. ##fyp♬ original sound – camillia_b

TikTok ban? If you’re not on TikTok already, you may be familiar with the app because it — like everything else — has been in the news. U.S. officials are considering banning the Chinese-owned app due to national security concerns. The House just voted to ban TikTok on federal devices over the same concerns. This New York Times writer says she uses a burner phone just for TikTok.

Despite this, TikTok is still No. 1 in the Apple App Store’s most downloaded apps. If you don’t want to download the app yourself, you can still watch the videos embedded below.

Let’s take a breather from the rest of the news and get lost in the world of Charlotte TikTok. Here are 8 locals you should follow, in no particular order.


(1) @wyneesworld

Best for: The foodie looking to try something new

Followers: 20.3K

Wynee’s TikTok account has grown fast since posting her Maria’s video in late June. Since then, she’s posted a video of What The Fries, which garnered 1.9 million views. 

@wyneesworld##fyp♬ Then Leave – BeatKing


(2) @tylerjarry

Best for: Anyone who grew up in suburbia and people who enjoy dad jokes

Followers: 378.6K

Tyler Jarry is best known as Front Porch Dad on Instagram where he imitates and gently pokes fun of the typical suburban parents. Tyler is relatively new to Charlotte, after relocating here from Atlanta last year.

@tylerjarryDads bragging about waking up early | ##fyp ##dadsbelike ##dad ##tylerjarry ##foryou ##relatable ##foryourpage ##comedy♬ original sound – tylerjarry


(3) @queencitytrends

Best for: Moms juggling a lot during quarantine

Followers: 2.4K

While Vidya Gopalan’s Instagram feed is filled with glamor #ootd shots, her TikTok is low-key, silly, and relatable — especially for moms.

@queencitytrendsTime for school kids ##homeschool ##quarantine ##zoommeeting ##fypage ##xyzcba ##momsoftiktok ##momsbelike ##tiktokover30 ##momlife ##fyp ##zoom ##momlife ##moms♬ Don’t be suspicious – dumbbishsauce


(4) @aaron_dodge

Best for: Anybody looking for a laugh

Followers: 4K

Beyond comedy, Aaron Dodge is a pretty good dancer, too. You’ll recognize the setting in a lot of videos — Whitewater Center, Pinhouse, and South Boulevard.

@aaron_dodgeCharlotte peeps IYKYK – Emotions on South Blvd ##charlottenc ##funny ##comedy ##southend♬ original sound – aaron_dodge


(5) @the_queencity_realtor

Best for: House hunters who don’t take the process too seriously

Followers: 77.4K

Jeffrey Clay is a local realtor who posts actual home buying tips on his Instagram. Head to his TikTok if you want a laugh.

@the_queencity_realtorThe spin seems like a nice touch 🔑 ##realtor ##realestate ##charlotterealtor ##realtorlife ##realestateagent♬ original sound – theoffice.laughs


(6) @positivelypri

Best for: Anyone who needs a little encouragement in life

Followers: 1.9K

The body positive model with a M.S. in public health has been published internationally in magazines like Vogue Italia. Priya Patel lives in Charlotte.

@positivelypriProud to say more then half of my publications have been me representing my culture 🇮🇳 ##modellifecheck ##publishedmodel ##petitemodel ##indianculture♬ Modeling check – elsastallings


(7) @officialfox46nick

Best for: Knowing the day’s weather, but with dancing

Followers: 1.1M

Fox 46 Meteorologist Nick Kosir is known for his high-energy dance videos and his #dripchronicles series, where he recreates the outfits of famous people like Cam Newton.

@officialfox46nickIf ##tiktok is getting banned I’m going out with a bang. ##savetiktok ##tiktokglitch ##saveourvoice♬ The Box – Roddy Ricch


(8) @emilylharris

Best for: Stylish Charlotteans

Followers: 52.5K

Emily Harris is the owner of Jack & Georgia boutique in Kings Mountain, which explains her trendy wardrobe.

@emilylharrisIf it don’t take an hour, I ain’t doing it ##glammakeup ##makeup ##makeupartist ##grwm ##transformation ##fyp ##makeuptutorial ##makeuplook♬ original sound – damatenate

Screenshots courtesy of TikTokers.


Who are your favorite Charlotte TikTokers? Let me know at emma@charlotteagenda.com.

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