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Village Siren: Photographer Allie Monday captures the essence of women through her business, Ladygroove, page 44. She took the portraits for our feature presentation, “This Woman’s Work,” page 76.






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Delta Blues: Bridging the Mississippi River, the Crescent City Connection leads to New Orleans’ Central Business District, where guests can experience the delights of the NOPSI Hotel. For more, see “Good Times Roll,” page 56.

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600 N Glassy Mountain Road, Landrum $1,950,000 | MLS# 1367638 Meg Atkinson 843-601-4191

570 Lawson Fork Road, Inman $1,550,000 | MLS# 1384746 John “Clark” Kent 864-784-9918

180 Night Lark Lane, Golden Hills $1,400,000 | MLS# 1370718 Damian Hall 864-561-7942

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904 Mountain Summit Rd, Cliffs Valley $1,200,000 | MLS# 1384690 Andy Overgaard 828-808-8305


223 E Earle Street, Greenville $799,900 | MLS# 1384232 Whitney Poitevint 757-620-7105

400 E McBee Ave #4201, Cityhomes at McBee Station $749,900 | MLS# 1382731 Andy Overgaard 828-808-8305 TO-BE-BUILT BY COBBLESTONE HOMES

1029 Woodburn Road $685,000 | MLS# 1366189 Holly May 864-640-1959

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See, hear, read, react. The month’s must-dos.


Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.

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Ladygroove’s Allie Monday empowers women to love the skin they’re in; Furman alum Nick Craig helps to uncover your life’s purpose through his Core Leadership Institute; indulge your creative side at these fun area classes; a retrospective of the late artist Matt Baumgardner’s compelling and complicated creative journey.

COVER & THIS PAGE: At her Village of West Greenville studio, Allie Monday (cover) encourages women to love their bodies through intimate portraiture, like the image pictured here. For more of her work, see “Bare Essence,” page 43. Cover photograph by Paul Mehaffey; this page by Allie Monday


After your Mardis Gras shenanigans, head to NOLA’s Central Business District for a quiet evening at the The NOPSI Hotel.


Fit your feet in champion cleats from Lloyd’s Soccer in Greer; former World Cup baller John Harkes helms our area’s first pro soccer league, Greenville Triumph SC.








Swing into spring fashion with bold looks that work for whatever the weather.


A white lie may seem harmless, but Ms. Wright warns little fibs have a way of coming back to bite us.

MAN ABOUT TOWN 72 While age has changed certain aspects of

The Man’s physicality, his dreams remain a consistent driving force.

From her heritage food collection The Month of Their Ripening, writer Georgann Eubanks scours eastern Carolina rivers for shad—an Atlantic fish that spawns in March. Methodical Coffee’s new location at Stone’s Point is a tasty turn for the renowned roaster; Oak & Honey adds to Greenville’s growing cocktail culture; have a sweet morning with these French doughnut muffins.





Got plans? You do now. Charlotte’s Bechtler Museum of Modern Art unveils the extent of its collection with Unseen exhibition.

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THIS WOMAN’S WORK From providing arts access to promoting healthy eating to bolstering community through coffee—eight female entrepreneurs are building an empire in the Village of West Greenville. / by Kathryn Davé, M. Linda Lee, Sarah Polite & Angie Thompson // photography by Allie Monday

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Letter March Highlights Bare Essence

Let loose with Ladygroove—Village photographer Allie Monday’s women-focused studio: page 44

Core Insight

Nick Craig helps leaders of Fortune 500 companies find their raison d’être: page 46

The Eternal Art

Late Travelers Rest painter Matt Baumgardner leaves a lasting mark: page 50

Good Times Roll

Photograph by Chelsey A shford

A night at the NOPSI Hotel is a sure way to sample New Orleans’ Central Business District: page 56

Field & Fire

Greenville Triumph SC’s John Harkes leads the charge with an impressive soccer legacy: page 62

Spring Fling

Whatever the weather, these wardrobe picks are fit for March temps: page 68

This Woman’s Work

These women are creating momentum in The Village of West Greenville: page 76

Double Shot

Maverick Spirits

Coffee, food, and retail come together in beautiful ways at Methodical Coffee’s second location: page 86


ast October, I discovered my purpose. Contrary to what you might think, it wasn’t the answer to “What am I going to do when I grow up?” Rather, as I learned, purpose is our personal superpower, our true essence, the singular quality that we bring to the world. I didn’t hit upon mine through meditation or counseling, but through a special leadership program created by former Greenville resident, Nick Craig. Nick graduated from Furman University with a degree in computer science and mathematics, then moved to Boston to pursue a tech career only to find his true life calling. Today, he is the founder and president of the Core Leadership Institute, based in Harvard, Massachusetts. Nick travels the globe, guiding executives of companies such as Ben & Jerry’s, Lego, and Heineken to lead from within (see “Core Insight,” page 46). We each are unique. We each have authentic value. When we understand the essential gift we bring to any meeting, conversation, or moment, we’re able to empower our teammates, employees, friends, and family. When we tap into what really drives us, we have the will to manifest our destiny, create our path, and inspire others in the process. Photographer Allie Monday, who graces the cover of our “Business as Unusual” issue, is a testament to living from purpose. Through her business Ladygroove, she encourages women to have a loving relationship with themselves, uplifting them through her distinctive lens. Artistry and intimacy align in her fine art portraits that are more like conversations (“Bare Essence,” page 44). For our feature story, we asked Allie to take the photographs of eight female leaders whose businesses are shifting the face of The Village of West Greenville and impacting lives far beyond its corners (“This Woman’s Work,” page 76). Like each of the remarkable individuals profiled in our March issue, we have an inner calling. To hear it requires the desire to listen—and to live from it the courage to answer.

Blair Knobel Editor-in-Chief

I’d love to hear from you.

Have a story idea, comment, or question? Write to me at blair@ towncarolina.com. @towncarolina



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Dorothy Day. Uncompromising towards injustice, overwhelming in loving kindness.

Sara Pearce EDITORIAL ASSISTANT CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Kathryn Davé Ruta Fox M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle STEPHANIE TROTTER Jac Valitchka

I’ll always be grateful to Billy Jean King’s fight for Title IX, which has allowed me to play soccer, first for my school, and today recreationally. #playlikeagirl #girlpower

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mary Cathryn Armstrong, Jack Bacot, Georgann Eubanks, Kathleen Nalley, Sarah Polite & Angie Thompson CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS, ILLUSTRATORS & DESIGNERS Chelsey Ashford, Timothy Banks, Robin Batina-Lewis, Bonfire Visuals, Jack Connolly, Jivan Davé, Whitney Fincannon, Joel German & Jason & Tara Massey ANDREW HUANG EDITOR-AT-LARGE Sydney Taylor EDITORIAL INTERN HOLLY HARDIN VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS

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THE BOOK OF MORMON In most cases, poking fun at religion is grounds for an immediate smiting. But when it’s scripted by the same guys who created South Park . . . well, that probably isn’t the best defense, either. Crowned as one of the best musicals of all time, the Tony Award–winning Broadway smash takes a satirical view of the life of two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to relate to the hardships of a thirdworld country—using their religion as a guide.

Photograph by Julieta Cervantes, courtesy of the Peace Center

The Peace Center, 300 S Main St. Greenville. Mar 5–10. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $55-$125. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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Whether he’s tricking Alan into buying “floories” in The Hangover or trying to evade his baby mama in Next Friday, or on stage doing stand-up, comedian Mike Epps knows how to tickle your funny bone. Epps’ “Funny As Ish” tour is sure to be no exception, especially with guest host Sommore, and comics Rickey Smiley, DC Young Fly, Earthquake, and Tony Rock packing the ol’ one-two punch of funny.

It took 108 years for the Cubs to bring home a World Series title, but it’s taken these hometown heroes just half that long to rack up several American Music Awards, three number-one chart-topping singles, and a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While the band reached early success with hits like “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and “25 or 6 to 4” from their first two albums, more contemporary tunes—“I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love” and “Look Away”—have proven Chicago’s staying power.

Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, Mar 1, 8pm. $55-$128. (864) 241-3800

The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, Mar 27, 7:30pm. $65-$95. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

The Guild of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra kicks off its annual winter fundraising event with tricks and thrills in the West End. Sport your best cocktail attire and absorb the wonder of Carnivale— aerial dancers, jugglers, and magicians will dance through the space as cocktails and hors d’oeuvres flow. A live DJ will be spinning the best grooves to round out the soirée, and all proceeds go to supporting the GSO’s commitment to filling our community with quality arts.

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Zen, 924 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Mar 9, 7–10pm. $125. guildgso.org/2019-casino-royale

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Set at the prominent Harvard University, playwright Paul Grellong’s poignant Power of Sail is a startling account of one professor’s quest for clout and the devastating toll it takes. When Charles Nichols begins to feel his tenure slipping away, he makes the erroneous decision to invite a controversial white nationalist to campus for a speaking engagement. Protests, botched interviews, and other disasters ensue quickly, leaving the professor to question how far he’ll go to stay relevant.

CELTIC WOMAN Take a break from dying your beer green to appreciate some real Irish culture. Breathtaking vocals and storied heritage have become calling cards for Celtic Woman’s multifaceted live shows, often accentuated with traditional dance and talented musicians. The quartet’s thirteenth studio album, Ancient Land, was released last September, and featured the debut of Celtic Woman’s newest principal member, Megan Walsh. The album peaked at number six on the U.S. World Albums chart.

Charleston’s culinary scene continues to be on the up-and-up in America—so it only makes sense to hold a celebration in its honor. Numerous chefs from the region and beyond will descend on the Holy City for a long weekend of tastings, classes, dinners, cocktails, and much more, each with a little Lowcountry flair. Charleston. Mar 6–10. Times and locations vary. Prices vary. (843) 727-9998, charlestonwineandfood.com

The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville Fri, Mar 15, 8pm. $55-$85. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

Photograph courtesy of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival

The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Mar 15–31. Times and days vary. $35. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com


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z Formerly on Fat Tuesday, Emrys’s annual Mardi Gras gala will masquerade the night away on a Thursday this year. As part of its primary fundraising initiative, the local literary arts organization invites guests on a bead and brass bonanza, which includes Cajun bites, tunes from Soda City Brass Band, and a silent auction. The evening’s special guests of honor, local art luminaries Alan Ethridge and Jeanet Dreskin, will be the fête’s Rex and Regina. Masks encouraged. The L, 211 E. Broad St, Greenville. Thurs, Mar 7, 7pm. $100. emrys. org/fete-tuesday-tickets


z The Greenville Theatre—yes, they dropped the “Little” in January—kicks off the 2019 mainstage season with Lionel Bart’s pop-culture musical, Oliver!. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, the Tony Award–winning production mirrors the classic novel’s satire with a songbook of hit tunes like “Consider Yourself,” “Where Is Love?,” and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.” Don’t be surprised if you hear yourself asking for more before the night is through. Greenville Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Mar 1–17. Thurs– Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $25-35. (864) 233-6238, greenvilletheatre.org

Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Mar 14–Apr 7. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $22-$35. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org


z St. Paddy’s may still be a day away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go ahead and get your green on! Head downtown for a family-friendly day that includes a Main Street parade followed by live Irish music, dancing, and eats. Keep your eyes peeled for the little man dressed in green—legend says if you spot him, you’ve already had one too many.

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z Long before Meryl Streep went from Devil Wears Prada to a witch wearing a prosthetic chin, this original musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine was taking the theater world by storm. This enchanting musical collides the worlds of some of the most well-known fairy tale characters; the cast includes Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack of Beanstalk fame, and others, each on a personal journey to make their dreams come true. A little bit dark and a little bit humorous, Into the Woods makes for a perfect family outing.

Kelly Clarkson Since her victory against the hair-tastic Justin Guarini on American Idol’s inaugural season, Kelly Clarkson has become a household name in the world of pop music. Following a string of hits like “Breakaway,” “Since U Been Gone,” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Clarkson’s eighth studio album, Meaning of Life, was released in October of 2017. The superstar singer’s highly anticipated tour will include guest spots by country popster Kelsea Ballerini and The Voice winner Brynn Cartelli. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, Mar 30, 7pm. $45-$94. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com

NOMA Square, Greenville. Sat, Mar 16, 1–6pm. Free. (864) 501-8362, aohgreenvillesc.org


z Awards season may be over, but movie buffs need not fear; Indie Grits is finally here. A combination of film screenings, workshops, gaming, parties, and culinary exhibitions, Indie Grits has something to offer attendees of every discerning taste. Columbia. Mar 28–31. Times and locations may vary. Prices vary. indiegrits.org

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VisitGreenvilleSC’s yeahTHAT Holiday Party

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December 6, 2018

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The annual yeahTHAT Holiday Party, hosted by VisitGreenvilleSC, filled the Old Cigar Warehouse with a chorus of Christmas cheer. The Erica Berg Collective provided holiday tunes, while Two Chefs To Go organized a delicious breakfast. The pièce de résistance was artificial snow, transforming the holiday event into a yeahTHAT winter wonderland. By Bonfire Visuals

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Thomas Riddle & Kate Barton Erin Ogletree & Hannah Hiott April Dillon, Molly Willingham & Nancy Bredee Nicole Cendrowski & Andy O’Mara

Jesse Andrew & Megan Campbell

John Moore & Michele Brinn

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Jen Stillwell, Donna Oglesby & Diane Wilson Janice Mancuso & Steven Wood

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Michelle Stoudemire & Victor Berg

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Meals on Wheels Sweetheart Ball

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February 2, 2019 Almost 50,000 meals will be provided for homebound clients of Meals on Wheels from funds donated at its 24th annual Sweetheart Ball. The event hosted more than 560 guests and raised $248,000 for those needing meal-assistance in Greenville. A cocktail hour and silent auction, as well as a seated dinner and live auction, highlighted the evening. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency and sponsored by Greenville Maintenance Services, Inc. By Fourth Dimension Photography Tammi Anderson & Lynn Demmons

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God’s Healing for a Mother’s Heart


Linda Deructor, Sonia Col & Bonnie Silberman

Sean & Tiffany Lewis

A Day-Retreat for Women Who Have Experienced the Death of a Child Please join us for a day of encouragement, pampering, loving support, comfort food, authentic presenters, and sharing the love of Christ, our Great Healer and Comforter. We welcome mothers of all faiths and at all points along their journey of healing regardless of the age of the child.

Saturday, March 30, 2019 8:45 am - 4:00 pm First Baptist Simpsonville 3 Hedge Street Simpsonville, SC 29681

Melanie Hipkins & Bradford Belue

Check-in: 8:15-8:35 am Registration Cost - $15.00 (Includes lunch)

Jim Rohrer & Christelle Orzan Cal & Casey Hurst

Our Guest Presenter

Becky Kay – “Learning to Walk in the Darkness...Do You Question This?”

~ Small Group Choices ~ • Art to Heal the Heart

• Sibling Grief

•The Heart of a Mom When Her Baby Dies

• Find Yourself Under His Wings

• The Physical Aspects of Grief

• Straight Talk

• Finding Balance

• How Personality Affects The Way We Grieve

• Let’s Survive...and Thrive • Overcoming Roadblocks to Healing • Transforming Your Grief From a Burden Into Your Superpower • No Time for Good-bye • Stretches to Soothe Away Stress

• Spread Your Wings….Soar!

• Grace Embraced

• What Now?

• Heaven Awaits...and More…

• Lies We Believe After a Child Dies

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The Cotillion Club’s 131st Anniversary Ball January 18, 2019 Kate & Othniel Laffitte Bo & Allison Russell

Chris King, Tyson Smoak & Caldwell Johnston

Evening gowns and white gloves were on full display at the Cotillion Club’s 131st Anniversary Ball. Guests gathered to enjoy traditions of formal dancing in white-tie at the Poinsett Club for an evening celebrating Southern heritage. The ball officially commenced at 7:30 p.m., followed by the grand march and an elegant dinner. Guests enjoyed music by the Andrew Thielen Band well into the night.

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Hayn Arrington & Mason Jackson

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Andy & Harriet Goldsmith with Bev & Bob Howard

Rivers & Charlotte Stilwell Charlie & Rachelle Mickel

Nancy & Mike Smith

Mary Dupree

Kyle & Chesley Galbraith, Coy & Theresa Huffman, Virginia & Alex Moss

Scott Johnson, Vicki Webb with Anne & Howard Hill

Sarah & Pace Beattie

George & Mary Allison Zimmerman

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Trunk Show Friday, March 29 “Purveyors of Classic American Style” 864.232.2761 | rushwilson.com 23 West North St., Downtown Greenville

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Celebrity Bartending for Leadership Greenville January 25, 2019 Alan Ethridge & Jack Riordan

Kim Nadeau, Cara Carne & Abby Rucker

Nikki McCollum & Erin Harvey

Ryan Alford & Tajh Boyd

Alex Finley & Trish Constantine

Some of the Upstate’s favorite celebrities guest-crafted cocktails at Leadership Greenville Class 45’s bartending event at Ink N Ivy. Upwards of 400 attendees enjoyed the spirited talents of Tajh Boyd, Connor Shaw, Rich Constantine, and Principal Damon Qualls. The evening raised more than $19,200 to support Monaview Elementary’s playground and community area.

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Jackie Rosa & Julianne Gaillard

Chris Berry & Michael Pegues

Carol Griffin, Abby Rucker, Melissa Hester & Anna Henson

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Jennifer & Eli Campos

Erin Turner, Kacee Lominack & Shea Keeler

Gayle Mason & Charlene Mason

Michael Williamson & Alec McLeod

Taylor Allen & Dustin Morris

Megan Early-Soppa, Cole Seiler, John Cajka & Lauren Luneckas

Megan & Creed Campbell

Lauren Schmitt & Katie Bridwell

Philipp Soppa & Vikash Patel

Hannah Crenshaw & Crystal Brown

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MAC Opening Reception for Jane Todd Butcher and Bob Ripley January 24, 2019 Alan Ethridge & Andrew Huang

Guests experienced an evening of natural beauty at the Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery, which showcased the works of Jane Todd Butcher and Bob Ripley. The public enjoyed an inperson glimpse of the artists’ passion for the natural world, and a chance to chat with the creators themselves to learn more about their inspirations. Fifty guests sipped on drinks while viewing the inspiring landscapes and spectacular woodwork. By Bonfire Visuals

Bob Ripley & Alan Weinberg

Susanne Abrams & Glenis Redmond

Mark Johnston & Mike Vatalaro

Jane Todd Butcher

Sandy & Bernie Rauh

Nancy Steele, Aneta Nessel, Robert Nessel & Kat Malone

Jeanet Dreskin, Jane Todd Butcher & Ann Hicks

Dana Kimmell & Christi Garland

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Gridley Club’s 100th Anniversary January 30, 2019 One of our area’s most prominent women’s organizations gathered for a centennial celebration with a seated lunch at the home of Jan Hubble. In traditional Gridley Club fashion, the 40 members kicked off their anniversary by backing The Stone Mural Project and selected charities that support the Stone Avenue community and the greater Greenville area as a whole.

Leah Vande Velde & Anne Richbourg

Joyce Murphy & Mary Nase

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Crystal Garcia, Susan Harvell & Leah Tankersley Kelly Baird & Lisa Perkinson

Angela Rod & Michelle Jardines

Jan Hubble, Ann Petrich & Anne Richbourg

Vivian Jaskwhich, Jodi Hajosy, Becky Swoyer & Gretchen West

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Red Cross Affair’s Annual Cellar Auction January 19, 2019

Holly McCall, Thomas Arvid, Sylvia McCall & Jeff McCall

Mike & Lauren Grantham

Robin Wright, Tiffany Santagati, Samantha Jones & Lisa Colby

Tracie & Jeff Cain with Horal & Cindy Jackson

Brandon Walker & Cuthbert Langley

John & Jamie Meachum

Leighann & Andrew Puryear

Vintage wine, unique food, and luxurious travel opportunities were just a few of the items up for grabs at the 26th Annual Cellar Auction at the Hyatt Regency, where 500 guests dressed in their best to support the American Red Cross. Megan Heidlberg, emcee, Darron Meares, auctioneer, and music by Soul Side of Town kept everyone jiving late into the evening. By Chelsey Ashford Photography

Ben & Katie Friday with David White & Sarah White

Kelly & Alan Wolff

Josh & Emily Doll with Dennis & Emery Stapleton

Janice Tutt, Ann Pickens, Linda Pickens & Brenda Chancellor Xander & Nicole George David Hill & Carrie Ann Culbertson

Tyler Gershon with Stacey & Josh Kuper

Ian Munnich & Pheebe Guld

Wes & Heather Prieshoff

Jack & Bobbie Jamison

Gina & Buddy DeLozier

Jayson & Amy Young with Emilio & Adriana Garcia

Cory & Diane Ridel with Wendy & Travis Ashpurn

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First Friday Reception at BlackStream Gallery February 1, 2019

Doug & Tracy Churdar with Kiah Bellows Farley

BlackStream Christie’s International Real Estate Gallery launched its latest exhibition with an artist reception on February’s First Friday. The 75 guests viewed the works of local painter Kiah Bellows, including her new release, Down to Earth. The hosts provided drinks and appetizers for a night filled with whimsical, abstract landscapes.

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Erica Smith & Jason Stover October 16, 2018


he blockbuster hit Terminator may not be considered the most romantic film, but when Erica Smith swapped Arnold quotes with coworker Jason Stover, he knew he’d “be back” for more. Upon more friendly work banter, their office friendship soon blossomed and turned into a three-year relationship. When Erica’s birthday rolled around, Jason decided on a cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, as the

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destination to pop the big question. While cuddling together on the couch, a nervous Jason revealed the ring he’d been hiding and asked for Erica’s hand in marriage. The couple’s ceremony took place at Song Hill Reserve in Landrum, with a mountainous backdrop reminiscent of their engagement night in Pigeon Forge. The ceremony script was written by the bride, complete with a symbolic handfasting

Into the Woods: Assisted by event firm Scarlet Plan & Design, Erica Smith and Jason Stover’s ceremony took place at Song Hill Reserve in Landrum, featuring the talents of Culpepper Designs, Couture Cakes, and more.

so the couple could, quite literally, tie the knot. The bride’s gown was a Veda dress from Maggie Sottero, complemented by a Culpepper Designs bouquet with hair and makeup by Cotton Rouge. The couple has settled in Columbia, where Jason is a microbiologist, and Erica is a lab technologist at SC DHEC. SIMPLY VIOLET PHOTOGRAPHY

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Rebecca Ragland & Pablo Sauras June 29, 2018 A five-year-old is certainly an unlikely mutual connection for two single adults, but such was the case for Rebecca Ragland and Pablo Sauras. At Rebecca’s studio, a fellow dancer, whose daughter’s friend’s parents knew Pablo, introduced the two. This led to drinks at The Velo Fellow, which would prove to be the future location for the couple’s rehearsal dinner. After eight months of dating bliss, Pablo pulled out all the stops for his soon-to-be bride. One evening before Rebecca returned home, he adorned the room with roses, accompanied by a candle-lit dinner, Champagne, and strawberries and cheese by the fire. When Rebecca arrived, Pablo’s heartfelt speech preluded his proposal, and Rebecca joyfully accepted. The ceremony incorporated Spanish traditions reflecting Pablo’s heritage; Rebecca’s father, serving as Padrino, and the groom’s mother, as Madrina, placed embroidered pillows for the bride and groom to kneel upon for the nuptial blessings. The couple has recently relocated to Boulder, Colorado; Rebecca is the former director of development at United Ministries, and Pablo is a software engineer at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America. SPOSA BELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

Cameron Elizabeth Slenski & Ryan Patrick Stewart October 20, 2018 Cameron Slenksi met Ryan Stewart at a sorority function during her freshman year at the University of South Carolina, but it took a few years, and a reconnection through social media, for a relationship to take root. Their longdistance romance made hearts grow fonder, and Ryan planned a surprise engagement in downtown Greenville on the steps by the Reedy River, with the Wyche Pavilion in view. Their parents and friends hid by the bridge, anxiously awaiting the proposal. After Cameron’s “yes!” the entire crew gathered for a celebratory drink at Halls Chophouse. The couple immediately knew the Wyche Pavilion would be the site of their reception, a reminiscent gem from their engagement night. For the big day, the bride wore her mother’s wedding veil, her grandmother’s diamond cross necklace, and a hair comb and earrings from her godmother. At the end of the night, the couple drove away in a 1935 Rolls-Royce. Cameron works as a nurse, while Ryan is a claims adjuster. The two now reside in Cameron’s hometown of Mauldin. LANTERNS & FEATHERS PHOTOGRAPHY

Sarah Carter & Chandler Duggan December 8, 2018 It’s not often that a senior prom date introduces you to your forever soul mate, but when Chandler Duggan’s former prom partner introduced him to her sorority sister Sarah Carter at a birthday bash, sparks began to fly. Chandler was about to exit the party, but when Sarah arrived on the scene, he changed his mind. After four years of dating, Chandler planned a weekend getaway to the mountains of Tennessee, not forgetting to pack the engagement ring he had designed for Sarah himself. On the final day of their trip, Chandler popped the question, receiving an absolute “yes” from his bride-to-be. In preparation for the big day, Chandler wrote his vows in German to honor his family heritage. For their ceremony at Gassaway Mansion in Greenville, Sarah wore her late grandmother’s heirloom bracelet, along with a form-fitting gown designed by Oleg Cassini, combining elements of a mermaid silhouette and a classic ball gown. The couple plans to stay in the Carolinas; Chandler is a workforce development specialist for Benteler Automotive, while Sarah is pursuing teaching English and multimedia production. GEORGIA MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY HEARING WEDDING BELLS? TOWN Magazine wants to publish your wedding announcement. If you currently live or grew up in the Upstate and were recently married, please write to us at TOWN Magazine, Attn: Weddings, 581 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611, or e-mail weddings@towncarolina.com. Due to space constraints, inclusion is not guaranteed. 40 TOWN / towncarolina.com

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Human Nature

Women find freedom through the lens of Ladygroove

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Village photographer Allie Monday empowers women to empower themselves

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Body Talk: Through her business Ladygroove, Greenville-based photographer Allie Monday (opposite bottom) encourages women to love their bodies to foster a mindset of whole-self care.

henever we think of boudoir photography, we typically picture lacy lingerie and pearls, beds and bedrooms, a photographic gift—perhaps for a wedding, an anniversary, or Valentine’s—for a significant other. This is not the type of boudoir photography Allie Monday creates. Instead, Monday’s typical client is the woman who is “learning to know and accept herself.” Her photographs are ones of beauty and art, photos that “celebrate the life you’ve survived and the body that has gotten you through it.” These are photographs one gives to oneself. After taking standard boudoir photography for five years, Monday had a revelation: “I stopped asking women what their partners liked about their bodies and began asking them what they liked about themselves,” she says. “This changed everything.” Ladygroove, Monday’s Village-based photography studio, specializes in documenting a loving relationship between a woman and her body in the present moment, not what she once was or hopes to be in the future. Monday’s process involves learning each client: how she views herself, her personality, her body image journey, and what she hopes to get out of the session. “Expectations and intentions are powerful,” she says. During each shoot, Monday uses a lot of positive affirmation, and perhaps most importantly, she is transparent about her own personal struggles. “I’m right there with everyone else saying that I have not figured out this life.” These methods combine to make the experience one of connection and comfort—so the clients’ ultimate photos reveal their truest, most intimate beings. Originally from Albany, Georgia, Monday relocated to Greenville with her husband, commercial photographer Levi Monday, to whom she credits teaching her the technical foundations of fine art photography. She was drawn to The Village for the location of her studio because of its “rawness,” its “real-life” vibe: “I thrive on being on the edge of something that isn’t fully birthed. And I wanted to be a part of that process in The Village,” she says. Stepping aside of her typical boudoir photography shoots (although none could be described as “typical”), Monday photographed the eight women entrepreneurs and creative leaders for this issue’s “This Woman’s Work” feature (page 76), an experience she says pushed her out of her comfort zone and deeply inspired her. “Every single one of these women is actually doing something,” she says. “They are facing their fears, seeing how they can contribute, and taking actions to make The Village, and their own dreams, a reality. That’s empowering and oh-so-comforting. I feel grateful and less alone that these women (and many others who have gone before us) are doing the work to make The Village a place of safety, diversity, and beauty.” And while Monday learned a lot through this experience, she says, “I’d bet money that each woman learned a thing or two about her own self from being photographed for this issue. And that’s kind of the point of Ladygroove.” For more information or to schedule a photography session with Allie Monday, visit www.iamladygroove.com.

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Core Insight Furman alum Nick Craig leads Fortune 50 0 companies and CEOs to their authentic purpose / by Steven Tingle // photograph by Paul Mehaffey


n a chilly winter morning, Nick Craig sat in a café on Main Street and marveled at the vibrancy of downtown Greenville. “I was at Furman in the 1980s,” he says. “And I remember downtown Greenville being this ubiquitously boring place. Now I look around and see the magnificent uniqueness of each store and the personality each one of them has. In some ways you could say this is a wonderful example of what purpose looks like.” Nick has spent the past decade thinking a lot about purpose. As president and founder of the Core Leadership Institute, Nick has helped thousands of individuals from organizations such as Ben & Jerry’s, Heineken, and Lego discover their purpose and learn to lead with authenticity. “Companies at this point have gotten smart enough that most of them have a mission statement that sounds like a good story,” he says. “The challenge is that a leader has to actually stand in that place of certainty as they speak about it. Now, if you’re Howard Schultz and you created Starbucks, it’s easy because it’s your story. But if it’s not your company the question becomes, “How do you connect the gift of who you are with the gift of what the company is about?’”

Own Your Story: Furman University alum Nick Craig founded the Core Leadership Institute to help people discover their purpose and lead others from a place of authenticity. His clients include Heineken, Lego, West Point Military Academy, and more. To learn more about Nick’s program and new book Leading From Purpose, go to coreleader.com.

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Nick graduated from Furman University in 1982 with a degree in computer science and math. He then moved to Boston where he discovered his passion, and knack, for motivating executive leaders. “I think the reason I started in the consulting world a long time ago was that I discovered that as a trained engineer I was much better at people and how they ticked as opposed to how you made computers work,” he says. “My friends and colleagues at MIT were killing me on the engineering side, but they were idiots when it came to getting anything organized or collaborating or working together. So one thing led to another and I had the gift of working with some of the more amazing people who do this work over the years and have just been lucky to connect with them and be at the right place at the right time.” But it’s just been during the last twelve years of Nick’s thirty-year consulting career that he’s placed a major focus on the importance, and the power, of purpose and authenticity. In 2007, he began collaborating with Harvard professor Bill George to co-author the book Finding your True North: A Personal Guide, which became the course book for the Harvard Business School MBA class Authentic Leadership Development. One of the first clients that reached out to Nick to do this type of training on the corporate side was General Electric. “One of the topics they wanted us to work on with them was purpose,” Nick says. “And it actually ended up being a very poignant thing for them.” Nick worked with GE’s senior leadership program between 2007 and 2010, a time when blue-chip stocks, as well as the rest of the market, were tumbling. “I watched the stock go from $56 to $6, and no one

had any idea where the bottom was,” Nick says. “Some of the program’s alumni from 2007 came back in 2010, and when we asked them what had been most valuable to them, of all of the things we had discussed during the program they said, ‘The most useful thing during this incredible time of uncertainty was knowing my purpose.’” But the importance of purpose is not limited to Fortune 500 executives and success in the workplace. According to Nick, everyone can benefit from knowing their true purpose and leading from a place of authenticity. “Anytime we do something that impacts other people, we are leading,” he says. “The question is how do you own it?” From Nick’s perspective, “owning it” means knowing your special gift and discovering how to best express it. “Purpose is not what you do but how you do it,” he says. “It’s the magic that makes you tick. It’s what everyone close to you recognizes as uniquely you and would miss most if you were gone.” Nick explores the potential of this magic and uniqueness in his new book, Leading From Purpose. “The good news is we all have a purpose that has been with us all of our life,” he says. “But if we don’t know it, then we don’t have the choice of stepping into it.” The book is the culmination of Nick’s years of consulting and coaching experience and includes numerous case studies as well as methods on understanding your purpose and how to lead with clarity, focus, and inspiration. “We live in a time of uncertainty,” Nick says. “So the question is, how do we find solid ground? What I’ve discovered with working with so many people over the years is that the minute they stepped back into their purpose they were on solid ground. That is the beauty of purpose.”

“The good news is we all have a purpose that has been with us all of our life. But if we don’t know it, then we don’t have the choice of stepping into it.”—Nick Craig

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Study Haul


he adage says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. We say there’s plenty of exciting new skills to learn in Greenville, and plenty of fun to be had, too. Here’s a round up of what we’ve discovered.

/// WINE EDUCATION THE COMMUNITY TAP (864) 631-2525, THECOMMUNITYTAP.COM Don’t know a Syrah from a Sancerre? Ed Buffington, co-owner of The Community Tap, is a go-to guru for all things grape. This certified sommelier breaks down intimidating, stuffy wine pretensions into an informal and fun social evening. You’ll taste six wines, eat small bites, and learn about a wine, a region, or a producer. Held two to three times a month, classes run an hour and a half.

/// CANDLE MAKING MAGNOLIA SCENTS BY DESIGN (864) 520-2511, MAGNOLIASCENTS.COM Create your own custom-colored and custom-scented candle in this class held in their own micro-factory on the premises. You’ll learn all about waxes, wicks, and fragrances in 45 minutes while you make a gorgeous, 10 -ounce soy candle to take home after it’s cooled. Join a scheduled class or book for private events like a bachelorette party, birthday, or girls’ night out.

Put a shine on your know-how with a new class / by Ruta Fox // illustration by Timothy Banks

/// VARIOUS CREATIVE CLASSES SKILLPOP SKILLPOP.COM/CLASSES/GREENVILLE Skillpop is “revolutionizing in-person education.” These pop-up classes are held throughout the city and taught by local experts. Engaging and accessible, the slant is on learning in a social environment. With constantly changing courses, choose from creative endeavors like hand lettering, embroidered calligraphy, brush lettering, watercolor house portraits, or how to bump up your Instagram skills.

/// BAKING AND COOKING UPCOUNTRY PROVISIONS BAKERY AND BISTRO (864) 834-8433, UPCOUNTRYPROVISIONS.COM Up in Travelers Rest, Upcountry Provisions holds classes indoors and out in The Grove. Choose from Sandwich 101, Soups and Breads, Paella, Croissants, Outdoor Cooking Over an Open Fire, or Artisan Pizza (using their brick oven) —even Kid’s Cooking and Gardening. Classes are taught by a variety of instructors and industry experts throughout the spring season, both day and evening.

/// POT TERY MAKING HOLLOWED EARTH (864) 757-2097, HOLLOWEDEARTHPOTTERY.COM How about a family “clay” date? Hollowed Earth is the place you, your significant other, and the kids can get messy. Grab the wheel and learn about basic pottery-

throwing skills, or level up with more advanced techniques like glazing. Make a teapot, a bud vase, bowls, mugs, and more with Mark Batory, who has been teaching for more than a decade. Hollowed Earth offers individual classes, birthday parties, children’s classes, and studio memberships.


(864) 520-1555, LEPETITCROISSANTGREENVILLE.COM Get the full story of the cacao bean and how it magically turns into gourmet chocolate. Enjoy samples along the way to becoming a candy-making maven in about two hours with 21 European truffles to take home. Temper and mold chocolate from scratch with French chef Vincent Caradonna, who’s been at it for more than 20 years. Or try your hand at baking traditional French macarons, and leave with 32 light-as-air, crunchy goodies. Private parties are available. Bring your own wine to pair.

/// FLORAL ARRANGING URBAN PETALS (864) 569-6112, URBANPETALSLLC.COM Fresh flowers cheer up any environment. Learn the basics of how to work with everyday flowers, including design, composition, and arranging for a variety of vases and containers. After this hour-and-a-half workshop with owner Anna Stouffer, you’ll take home your own blooming arrangement.

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(from left) Where the Angels Play. 60 x 60 in. Š 2104 Estate of Matthew Baumgardner; Grand Mystique. 60 x 90 in. Š 20 02 Estate of Matthew Baumgardner; photograph of Baumgardner in his studio, cour tesy of the Estate of Matthew Baumgardner.

The Eternal Art

The late painter Matt Baumgardner chose to dance where the angels play / by Jack Bacot

Creative Calling: (left to right) Where the Angels Play and Grand Mystique are two works by contemporary artist Matt Baumgardner (opposite right), who left behind a rich creative legacy when he passed away last November.

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here’s a point in the evolution of an artist where the creative soul battles the tug of demons and the angelic offerings of good. It’s a given. It’s a dance where sometimes the demons lead and sometimes the angels lead. The one left holding the dance card gets to choose to accept or pass on who gets the next dance—or so we think. Matthew Clay Baumgardner embraced this dance. You could see it in the twinkle of his eyes, that crooked smirk, the “do you get it” look on his face. His manners were impeccable as he would politely ask each of us “to dance” with his art. But this dance rambled from Fred Astaire’s ballroom style, to the psychedelic, to disco, to line dancing; from classic ballet to a breakdance resembling a scribbling free-for-all. The real winners, of course, are those of us in the audience who get to watch the dance, get a taste of the chef’s feast, witness the artist’s tantrums, the arguments between good and evil, the splash of colors, the wobbly textures, the sublime, the spiritual blessings of art on paper, on wood, on canvas that ended with the smashing of

colors and materials spilling a vision that we are left to interpret. “The first demand any work of any art makes upon us is surrender. Look. Listen. Receive. Get yourself out of the way,” explained C.S. Lewis, one of Baumgardner’s inspirational guides. Baumgardner’s style is drawn from representations of invisible forces from a variety of spiritual movements suggesting all are in some way dancing together. His work displays an understanding of modernism and his role as a contemporary artist. It seems he wanted to create a unified moral and metaphysical view that allows the eye to find its own way through the art’s patterns and structure, guided by symbols and antiquities. If you look closely you will easily note the inspiration of Pablo Picasso, the vision of Paul Klee, the spiritual influence of Hilma af Klint, and the voice of C.S. Lewis rattling through his work. Baumgardner’s art continues to project into the future, reshaping possibilities of expression and intent. Or as Baumgardner once said, “A great painting becomes a mirror of the self.” MARCH 2019 / 51

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“Since very early childhood, I have loved creating Noumena that engage and heal me,” stated Baumgardner in his artist’s statement. “My work encompasses the sacred and profane, simultaneous textural contrast and spatial frequency as it directly relates to visual perception. Different spatial representations or modalities convey varied information, affecting individuals’ assimilation of their surroundings,” he added. In 2012, Baumgardner celebrated a major retrospective of his work at the Greenville County Museum of Art, though in the last few years, the artist rarely ventured out in public. He was most comfortable in his studio surrounded by nature and the familiar, photos of his four daughters and their many drawings that he framed and proudly displayed. His studio is filled with books—art and literary volumes. His paints are painstakingly organized by color almost as an art installation itself, along with his tools, brushes, and trowels giving the impression that his studio doubles as an extremely well-organized construction site. He would welcome collectors, art representatives, and gallery owners to view his vast collection of work. He meticulously organized all of his art, even the notes he took or scribbled are organized by time, date, and place in books marked by years. His studio is a warehouse of color and imagination.

(top) #145 Fire in the Fog, 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. © 1995 Estate of Matthew Baumgardner; (bottom) Gossip Column. 84 x 8 8 in. © 1985 Estate of Matthew Baumgardner.


(left) Inner Sanctum. 22 1/2 x 16 3/8 in. © 2018 Estate of Matthew Baumgardner.


His art is guided by a strong spiritual center that was occasionally tested by the dark demons that lounge in our creative souls. Like most artists he ventured over to taste the offerings and learned the hard lesson that the dangers are real. Those experiences open an artist to the other side of the canvas and provide inspiration to push limits. “A good painting,” Picasso once explained, “ought to bristle with razor blades.” Baumgardner took this to heart and often used blades to mold and shape his paintings as he scraped the heavy coats of pigmented gypsum, i.e. his signature “mud,” to uncover new layers of color. The new layers always found their spiritual place. Baumgardner was born and graduated high school in Columbus, Ohio, growing up in northeast. He ventured south for college and completed his MFA in painting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982 and received a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship in Painting in 1993. He took up residence in NYC for twenty-two years, before landing in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, designing and building a home studio in 2006, where he lived, meditated, and created art until his passing in November 2018. His art lives on.

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(top) Found Cube # 9. 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. © 2012 Estate of Matthew Baumgardner; (bottom) Spir it in the Sky #5, 35 x 32 in. © 2015 Estate of Matthew Baumgardner; (right) New Magic in a Dusty World, 90 x 60 in. © 198 8 Estate of Matthew Baumgardner

Celestial Realms: A Celebration of Life tribute is planned for Matt Baumgardner on March 23, at 1:30pm in the courtyard at Hotel Domestique, a collector and venue for viewing his artwork. Hotel Domestique, 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest. Stay tuned for an upcoming retrospective of Baumgardner’s art in 2019. To view more, go to baumgardnerart.com or Instagram at @mattbaumgardnerart

Matt Baumgardner’s Career Solo Exhibitions 2012 Greenville County Museum of Art, “Made for Another World” 2002 Bentley Gallery / Scottsdale, Arizona 2002 Jeffery Coploff Fine Art / New York City 2001 Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art / New York City 1998 MD Modern / Houston, Texas 1998 Bentley Gallery / Scottsdale, Arizona 1995 Carrie Secrist Gallery / Chicago, Illinois 1993 Charles Cowles Gallery / New York City 1992 Howard Yexerski Gallery / Boston, Massachusetts 1989 Wessel O’Connor Ltd., “Totem and Taboo” / New York City 1988 Wessel O’Conner Ltd. / New York City 1987 Wilkov/Goldfeder / New York City 1981 Sumter Gallery / Sumter, South Carolina 1980 Presbyterian College / Clinton, South Carolina 1979 Gallery of Art / Panama City, Florida

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Good Times Roll

Pool Party: Commanding a stunning view of the city, NOPSI Hotel’s rooftop pool and bar lay out a calming oasis in the buzzing Central Business District.

New Orleans’ NOPSI Hotel elegantly blends past and present / by Mary Cathryn Armstrong


f it’s your first visit to The Big Easy—some call it New Orleans—a stroll through the Central Business District might clash with the notoriously rowdy reputation of a city whose oft-repeated motto, “laissez les bon temps rouler,” quite literally translates to “let the good times roll.” Things are a bit quieter on this side of town. Tree branches noticeably lack in dangling knots of colorful beads, and footways are largely unimpeded by bachelorettes wielding passionfruit-hued Hurricane cocktails. What you will find firmly embedded into the paved sidewalk along one-way Baronne Street is a duded-up, metallic manhole cover that indicates your arrival at the NOPSI Hotel. Like much of New Orleans’ eclectic cultural coating, the NOPSI’s heritage is intimately bound to the city’s archetype as a Southern symbol of periodic rebirth and revitalization. Although the hotel began welcoming guests to indulge in its 217-room luxury accommodations, trio of in-house dining and drinking joints, and 14,000-plus square feet of event spaces back in July of 2017, you have to dig a little deeper into the building’s history—over nine decades, that is—to fully understand why NOPSI continues to be held dear within the NOLA community. By 1927, the mainstream Jazz Age was in full swing and America was yet to face the Great Depression’s economic plunge. That same year, a nine-story brick edifice took shape against the NOLA skyline. New Orleans Public Service Incorporated (NOPSI for short) served as the hub for the city’s utility and transit operations, a physical location where streetcar-line systems were overseen and residents could pay their electric and gas bills. The headquarters moved to nearby Loyola Avenue in 1983, and the formerly glorious structure remained silent and shuttered until current renovations began in 2016. Standing in its pristinely restored lobby is not unlike paying a visit to the utility company decades ago. The terrazzo stone floors are original, with special care given to maintaining authenticity in the tile work’s minor patches of wear and tear. Exquisitely domed ceilings

soar some 20-feet-high, braced by sturdy columns trimmed in ornate moldings. One major improvement? The addition of the underCURRENT Bar & Patio, a 1920s-style drinkery serving small plates and classically crafted cocktails, including the French 75 and Sloe Gin Fizz. Intentionally eschewing the typical New Orleans color combination of green, gold, and purple, the NOPSI’s interior has been dressed in neutral tones of beige and brown, ushered into an understated decadence with accents of royal and powdery blue. Shades of the NOPSI’s former self remain a key draw of the property’s personality through themed artwork and publicservice memorabilia incorporated into the design aesthetic. NOPSI’s ground level is also home to Public Service, a casual, contemporary establishment run by the hotel’s executive chef, Neal Swidler. Outfitted with a full bar and an assortment of high tops, cozy booths, and seated dining tables, Public Service embodies the spirit of New Orleans cuisine with fresh gulf seafood creations and traditional dishes that will satiate your Cajun cravings. The NOPSI’s rooftop oasis—aptly titled Above the Grid—offers guests gracious after-supper views of the surrounding cityscape—best enjoyed with a curated libation in hand, of course. Like they say, “laissez les bon temps rouler.” The NOPSI Hotel, 317 Baronne St, New Orleans, Louisiana. (844) 439-1463, nopsihotel.com

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Field & Fire Professional soccer kicks off in Greenville this month, with former World Cup star John Harkes at the helm / by Stephanie Trotter // photograph by Paul Mehaffey

all-star reflects. “I’ve had many where I’ve represented my country at the World Cup, I’ve represented my country at the Olympics, and I take a lot of pride in that. But to play for a professional club and represent your country at the pro level in England was absolutely mindboggling. It was just such a thrill. It really was.” The hall of famer hopes to build upon his experience to shepherd Triumph to the same caliber of competition. “I’m looking to create opportunities for the guys to play in championships, to win leagues. It’s a process and it’s going to take time both on and off the field. I’m totally believing in the team, in Greenville, and this ownership group. We all share the same vision.”



occer fans haven’t experienced this kind of excitement since fútbol legend Pelé visited Greenville in ’95 to dedicate a field at Furman University. On March 29, Greenville Triumph will take to the pitch in its first game with USL League One. This new division, sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation, is bringing professional soccer to 10 cities across North America in 2019. “This is a game that has already impacted a lot of people in some way, shape, or form,” reveals Triumph vice-chairman Doug Erwin. “Soccer has touched lives, whether it’s folks who played as youth, or parents who are at CESA every weekend watching their kids play. The Upstate is hungry for soccer, and this will be the first time they can see a professional team play right here in town.”


In the midfield during his playing days, John Harkes frequently found himself creating patterns for the offense. Today, as Triumph’s first head coach, he does the same from the sidelines, boldly leading the charge for Greenville’s new team and its roster of young men. He thrives on the pressure. “I’m very excited we’re finally getting to a point where all of our hard work will come to fruition,” he shares. “I love growing the game. To start a club from scratch is a great, great challenge. I love creating opportunities for players, creating opportunities for coaches, and for my staff. We want to build this for the community.” The 51-year-old has tasted victory at every level of the sport. The first-generation immigrant of Scottish parents grew up playing during the pioneering days of U.S. soccer, in Kearny, New Jersey. Known in the states as the “cradle of soccer,” Kearny pumped out three World Cup players in the ’90s, including Harkes. “I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of a lot of great success stories, since first playing at the age of four,” he says reminiscing. “I’ve been able to play at high levels, and it’s the most incredible, exhilarating experience that you can imagine.” His peak in cleats was across the pond, where he was the first American to play in the English Premier League and score at Wembley Stadium. “Those are the moments of the game that you never forget,” the

When the first whistle blows, eleven men will enter battle wearing a clean green crest featuring blue-on-blue Carolina foothills. “Fans can expect an exciting, creative team with a great work ethic that takes a lot of pride in putting on the Greenville Triumph jersey,” explains Coach Harkes. “These are players who will approach the field with high respect and have a great understanding of what it takes to win games.” Although Greenville is now home, the men hail from near and far, California to England, and every point in between. Carlos Gomez is one of the European members of the squad, coming from Algete, Spain. “I’ve been waiting for this chance all my life,” the midfielder announces excitedly. “It’s a dream come true! Being a professional soccer player has been my dream since I was a child.” Although Triumph can roster as many as 26, Harkes wants to keep numbers down, so local players can train with the team. “This allows us to look at men transitioning out of college,” admits the brains behind the brawn. “It’s a good platform for them to show what they can do, and for us to get to know them better.” The line-up already includes a few local college standouts, including Clemson’s Paul Clowes and Limestone’s Dominic Boland. Other athletes are returning to their roots, like Christ Church alum, Cole Seiler. “The proximity to my home was a major contributing factor as to why I chose Triumph,” confesses the Anderson native, who’s defended for the Georgetown Hoyas, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Sacramento Republic.


Behind every winning team is a management powerhouse that moves as smoothly as a scoring set piece. Triumph’s ownership group, Erwin Creates, has not only racked up wins across several industries, its individuals all have soccer roots. Marketer, and group founder, Joe Erwin played for Eastside High’s inaugural soccer team in the ’70s. President Chris Lewis may have made a name for himself with the Swamp Rabbits, but soccer was the sporting love of his childhood in New York. Chief brand officer and vicechairman Doug Erwin also took to the local turf as a young boy with St. Giles.

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Scouting Report: John Harkes may command the field as the first head coach of Greenville Triumph SC, but the former midfielder’s football fame includes World Cup appearances, as well as a professional career in the English Premier League.

“We know the power of soccer, we’ve experienced it firsthand,” states Doug. “We love that it’s very inclusive, it carries a low barrier of entry playing at the youth level, both boys and girls can play, it crosses socio-economic boundaries. You don’t get all of that in many sports.” When USL League One officials met with Erwin Creates simply to explore the city, the Erwin family headed the ball back with a request to purchase the team. “We know how dynamic Greenville is,” shares Doug. “We thought this can be something that is great for the Upstate, a great community asset to bring people together and give them a common, shared interest. Something that can unite neighborhoods and people. We’re passionate about that. Soccer and sport just happen to be the vehicle to accomplish the goal.” A winning goal, before Triumph even dribbles down the field. Greenville Triumph SC’s inaugural kick-off will take place this month on March 29, 7pm, against South Georgia Tormenta at Georgia Southern University. The first home game will be April 6, 7pm, against Lansing Ignite at Legacy Early College. For tickets, visit GreenvilleTriumph.com.

“These are players who will approach the field with high respect and have a great understanding of what it takes to win games.” —Coach John Harkes

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Photograph by Paul Mehaffey

Red, White & Blue: Mother The Cinch Greaser pants from Twill Boutique and Carmen Saiz orange suede espadrilles from Muse Shoe Studio.

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Spring Fling // photograph by Paul Mehaffey

Set yourself straight with bold stripes, seasonal florals, and pastel prints / by Laura Linen // photography by Paul Mehaffey

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Big Little Lies Ms Bea urges us to tell the whole truth (and nothing but the truth)


hough we teach our children to be honest, I recall the flush of adrenaline and horror when I heard my child utter a truth about a complete stranger in line at the grocery: “That man is really fat.” With a quick intake of breath, a strong grip around her shoulder, and while praying the man suffered from remarkably poor hearing, I whispered into my child’s ear, “Let’s talk about this when we get to the car.” And thus, it began. What was an inflexible lesson about always telling the truth quickly became nuanced, contradictory, and confusing. Yes, always tell the truth. But we don’t have to tell the truth when it may hurt someone’s feelings. Yes, always tell the truth. But some things are private. We figure out early in life that the blanket admonition about telling the truth seems to have some pretty big holes in it. No wonder we find telling little white lies so easy. One challenge with white lies is their subjective nature. The fib-teller chooses truth be damned, whether to protect someone’s feelings or to avoid an uncomfortable situation. But our hackles are justifiably raised when truth is sacrificed to protect the fibber from getting into trouble or for other selfish motivations. A seemingly harmless, self-serving little lie may create problems and complications you do not anticipate. A story may later need more lies to explain or support it. Small fibs can quickly morph into big, fat, bold-faced lies. Before you know it, a tangled web has been weaved. Once the lie is uncovered, people are left confused as to what is true and what’s not. Sometimes a small untruth

can set you on a troublesome path that may be challenging to correct. I have learned my lesson on this one. A friend asked me to accompany her to an art show reception. I didn’t really want to go, but rather than tell her I wasn’t interested, I chose to save her feelings by telling her I needed to stay home and nurse a headache. Then another friend called and invited me to be her guest at a highly anticipated new restaurant opening. I accepted immediately! And who else do you think was at said restaurant event? Friend number one, present to witness my miraculous healing and ravenous comportment. My selfish little white lie intended to save feelings ended up hurting feelings and our relationship. John Lennon’s words rang true that night: “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends, but it’ll always get you the right ones.” Intentional or not, white lies can easily be misused and abused, creating uncertainty in our relationships. Truth cannot be hidden or avoided. Ultimately, what is fake will be revealed. So, as a general rule, avoid the temptation to tell little white lies. Instead, speak the truth with love and respect. You will be happier, and your relationships healthier. I’m here if you need me. Until then, y’all behave.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019 | Portman Marina, Lake Hartwell | DragonBoatUpstateSC.org

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About TOWN

Each month, the Man About TOWN will share his Upstate rendezvous, which may or may not involve cocktails.

Fifty Years On

The Man pontificates on the experience of aging as he nears a milestone birthday


hen I was in my twenties and thirties, anyone over fifty seemed ancient to me. I pitied these dinosaurs from another era. They’d had their chance but it was now time for them to step aside and let my generation take over, especially since we knew everything anyway. In those days, fifty was a distant planet on the edge of my universe. I knew I’d eventually reach it, but it was light years away. There was plenty of time to spend my days dreaming. My whole life was ahead of me. But then a strange phenomenon occurred. Sometime in my mid-thirties I fell asleep, and when I woke up I was forty-nine. My mind is the same but my body has changed. My once thick, dark brown hair is now speckled with gray, and some of it has disappeared or either relocated from my scalp to my ears. I need blood-pressure medication and a daily fiber supplement. My knees hurt, and I have lower back pain. Every time I sit down I let out an audible “aaaahhhh,” as if I’ve just shrugged off a hundred-pound backpack. In my thirties, my doctor would ask if I had any problems achieving an erection. I would tell him, “No. The problem is you and I are the only two people interested in it.” Now when he asks, I stare at him like a panhandler, my eyes beseeching him: “Can you please help me?” Whereas I used to be able to stay out until the wee hours drinking and carousing, I now find myself looking at my watch at around 8:30 and thinking “Gee, it’s getting late.” And while I used to enjoy the

atmosphere of romantic, dimly lit restaurants, I now can’t see the menu without the assistance of my reading glasses and smartphone light, squinting while I utter phrases my dad used to say, like: “Did they forget to pay the power bill?” Those around me have changed, too. My kids are grown and live in different states. My mother, who yesterday seemed spry and sharp, is suddenly about to turn eighty and can’t remember the day of the week, much less what she had for breakfast. The friends I used to cavort with are undergoing back surgeries and bypasses, and our conversations skew more toward comparing maladies than planning future debauchery. But what hasn’t changed is my to-do list. Many of the goals and ambitions I’d hoped to achieve remain just dreams. The motorcycle trip around Iceland. The published novel and subsequent book tour. The six pack abs I flaunt while sunbathing on the Côte d’Azur. The bank balance with two commas. Three decades of fantasies, still there, waiting to be crossed off the list. I’ve heard it said that once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed. I’d like to think I’m still ascending that hill. But the days do seem to be getting shorter, and my skin does seem to be getting thinner. Some say fifty is the new thirty, but I hope that’s not the case. I need to stop dreaming and realize that later is now, and that too late is just around the corner.

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Essay Culinary Tales:

Fish Food A North Carolina writer searches for shad on the Trent River with an eccentric county judge / an excerpt from The Month of Their Ripening by Georgann Eubanks // illustration by Timothy Banks


ud’s love for the Trent River would buoy us that night as we celebrated the age-old ritual of pulling shad from the water that flowed just behind his sprawling brick home and well below the fanciful tree house he had built over the river as a studio to accommodate his writing habit. Unbeknownst to me, Bud had already been out in his johnboat that March afternoon to set a net across a narrow section of the Trent upriver from his house—a practice that was surely illegal at the time. Meanwhile his wife, Surena—“Rena” for short—had been preparing some serious eastern North Carolina comfort food for our supper. Rena was the much-beloved legislative assistant for a string of senate and house members in the North Carolina legislature. Besides commuting to Raleigh for that work, she also launched a company, Inheritance Press, which published the judge’s writings and her own volumes on genealogy and the history of the Tuscarora Indians, who once lived along the banks of the Trent. When I arrived, she came out to the yard to greet me. We hugged hello. “We’re having chicken and pastry,” Rena told me as I unloaded my bag from the car. For me, the name of this dish conjured a vision of a crisp, brown, flaky piecrust atop something like chicken and gravy, but I was uninitiated. I soon learned that what eastern North Carolinians call chicken and pastry is the same chicken and dumplings my Georgia grandmother prepared with white flour dough rolled out with a baking pin, cut into squares, and then dropped into a pot of boiling chicken parts with a few bones to flavor and thicken the stew. Once in the kitchen with Rena, I immediately smelled the collards she had been cooking all afternoon, plucked from her sandy side-yard garden. The scent of ham and peppery vinegar softened the tang of sulfur wafting from the pot of greens bubbling beside the stewing chicken. On first blush, Rena seemed to be an unassuming country woman with deep rural roots, but the more time I spent with her, the more I saw her fiery side that sat like well-banked coals in a stove. Like Bud, she had strong opinions but measured them out more strategically. Bud was a bull to her fox. Her deep knowledge of history cultivated by a lifetime of reading and studying also shone through more gradually, probably because Bud took up so much air in most any conversation. Bud and Rena’s house backed up to the Trent River about a mile out of Trenton. Like Faulkner’s house in Oxford, Mississippi, the approach to the residence was dramatic, but in this landscape, the long, tree-lined drive snaked through tall pines and across a small bridge that arched over the edge of a wetland that they had fronted with nonnative agaves. Their spikes seemed more menacing than the swampy thicket behind them. The house itself, still under renovation then, looked like a railway station, which it once had been. Bud had somehow finagled the purchase of a vintage train station near Kenansville, in Rena’s native Duplin County. They had it moved to the Henderson family’s extensive acreage in Jones County. The station was built in 1901 by Standard Oil baron Henry Flagler, solely for the purpose of bringing guests to town for a wedding that year—his third. Flagler, then seventy-two, was marrying the thirty-four-year-old Mary Lily Kenan at her ancestral home, Liberty Hall, in Kenansville. Wedding guests would arrive at the new station on a special train he’d commissioned. One car also carried a small orchestra and a team of Baltimore chefs for the festivities. Flagler arranged for carriages to meet the wedding guests and squire them eight miles through the countryside to Liberty Hall on a new road that he’d also built for the event. According to a contemporary newspaper account from south Florida where the couple would ultimately settle, the bride’s

Georgann Eubanks’s book From the Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods Through the Year features twelve North Carolina heritage foods during their peak month of freshness. Copyright © 2018 by Georgann Eubanks. Used by permission of the University of North Carolina Press. For more, visit uncpress.org.

wedding gifts from her new husband included “a $500,000 pearl necklace, a check for $1 million, and $2 million in bonds. For their honeymoon they left the steamy August heat of North Carolina for Flagler’s summer home at Mamaroneck, N.Y.” Bud and Rena hired masons to painstakingly reconstruct some of the station’s brickwork. A team of carpenters installed a two-and-a-halffloor, split-level layout inside, including wrought iron stairs and balconies connecting the three bedrooms. A woodstove heated an informal den on the first floor. Above, a formal living room sat at the house’s front and center, festooned with federal columns, heavy moldings, and electric candle fixtures dripping with crystal. They also dug out a basement for a playroom with a pool table and a library, where Bud kept his collection of first-edition Faulkners. Beyond the original structure, they added on a kitchen with an enormous bay window facing the front field that they leased out each year for tobacco. The kitchen, in turn, led into a three-car garage with a patio out back, constructed of heavy antebellum bricks in many shades of red, pink, and orange. On the other side of the house, Bud was adding a broad deck overlooking the swampy section of land upriver, where Musselshell Creek meandered into the Trent. A narrow gangplank connected the deck to his tree house office, which hovered some thirty feet above the river. For several years Bud’s frail railing meant that guests were always cautioned never to lean on the wooden balustrades while moving from deck to tree house, which itself was encircled by a deck with questionable railings. Eventually Bud found a carpenter who could retrofit the barriers to meet code. He was a bit more successful in designing a sturdy, if steep, set of wooden stairs that plummeted down the riverbank to a small dock protruding out into the water. It was there that Bud kept his johnboat and sometimes a canoe, but on this evening, he had already parked the canoe upstream for our shad reconnaissance mission. As I learned when the evening’s first bourbon was poured, the plan was for the two of us to retire early and then get up at midnight, climb into his rusting truck, drive up a dirt road, launch the canoe, and, after filling the boat with shad, float back down the Trent the half mile to his dock behind the house. I didn’t ask any questions. Captain Shad was in charge. Sated by the heavy chicken and pastry and savory collards, we retired to catch a nap. At midnight, Bud rang a ship’s bell and I rose in the guest room upstairs and threw on some jeans and three layers—turtleneck, sweater, and jacket. I came down the iron steps in my sock feet and laced on my hiking boots by the warm woodstove. Outside, a silver veneer of frost covered the front lawn. Bud already had the truck warming up, spewing exhaust. I could see my breath, too. It didn’t occur to me what we might need for this operation, but the bed of the pickup was cluttered with all manner of tools and coolers. Once beyond the floodlights on the corners of the house, the gibbous moon took over. It was an oval kite trailed by a tangled string of stars. We could have traveled without headlights. We drove the distance to the paved highway and turned north but soon rolled off the pavement onto a sandy road flanked by deep stands of mature pines laid out straight as corn. “My father planted these trees,” Bud said. He offered me a sip of whiskey from a flask on the seat as we bumped along. We didn’t talk anymore. I was still sleepy and full from supper, and it honestly never occurred to me that here I was headed into deep woods— the regular habitat of bears and cottonmouth moccasins. I was trusting a man twice my age to paddle me in black water through an obstacle course

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of cypress knees to some choice spot to catch fish I had also never seen or landed. That I was game could have had two meanings. Soon, Bud stopped the truck and squinted once, then twice into the woods lit by his headlights and pulled the truck into an open space. He killed the rattletrap engine, which sputtered an extra beat. He handed me a big, boxy flashlight and took another for himself from under the seat. We opened and shut the truck doors as if someone might hear us. We headed into the brush. Ticks were not out yet, right? No. It was plenty cold. It took him a little while, but Bud finally got his bearings and found the canoe pulled up on solid ground at the edge of the water. I noticed there was only one paddle in the boat. He dragged the canoe closer to the dark water and shoved it in. He put out his clean, chilled hand to escort me into the canoe as if I were some lady in a bustle and hat about to go on excursion. My boots clomped on the metal bottom, and the canoe shuddered. I sat unceremoniously. The cold from the metal seat soaked through my jeans like ice water. Bud then settled himself in the boat, still holding a rope looped once around a skinny tree and tied to the canoe. We each put on life jackets that were stowed under the seats. Then Bud shoved us off with the paddle and pulled the rope from around the tree, throwing it to his feet. What had seemed to be very still water was suddenly moving faster than I guessed. “I’ll steer. You shine the light,” he said. He paddled with one arm, the spatulate end never leaving the water, stirring us silently forward. I shone my light straight ahead, downriver. He swept his light nearer to shore, finally confessing that he was looking for

a pole that held one end of the net he had set that afternoon. Was that legal? I didn’t ask. He was the judge. When his light landed on something white protruding from the brush on the shoreline, he quickly forked the boat over toward shore. He pulled on a single glove and maneuvered the canoe toward the edge of the net. He lifted up one end, which bellied out beside us and somehow held the canoe in place. I pointed my light down into the water, but the river stopped the shine by inches, only giving up brown, like beer glass, then closer gold, like whiskey. As Bud pulled up more net, the water drops shone like opals, by turns persimmon and turquoise in the light. “New weight here,” he said, grinning, and pulled up another foot of net. At first they looked like a cache of fresh coins rising up, the scales catching light like lenses. Three shad, then six. Bud untangled them one by one with his gloved hand and threw them into the boat. They seemed huge, not unlike the overgrown shiners I caught as a child in my granddaddy’s pond. Then an ugly, red-mouthed fish came up. Bud grabbed it and heaved it downstream with a loud splash. Years later, I would find this passage in a piece by Joseph Mitchell, the New Yorker columnist who was born and raised in Fairmont, North Carolina, near the Lumber River: “Lifting a shad net is like shooting dice— you never get tired of seeing what comes up.” A trickle of blood soon coiled between our feet as the shad thrashed at the boat’s bottom. We collected a total of ten, and then Bud let the net go. He realigned the canoe with the river. We floated back toward home in the moonlight, giddy with our success.

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This Woman’s Work In the burgeoning neighborhood of The Village of West Greenville, women of all walks are making their creative and cultural marks. We profile eight who are leading the pack—owners, leaders, and artists of the area’s main attractions, captured by Village-based photographer Allie Monday.


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Co-owners of Kuka Juice

Samantha Fulmer Abigail Hall BY M. LINDA LEE

A three-month backpacking trip to South America right after college introduced childhood friends Samantha Fulmer and Abigail Hall to the concept of drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices. “That trip changed our food paradigm,” Abigail says. When the pair returned to the States, they started experimenting with juicing, amazed by the health benefits they realized. That spurred Samantha, who had a degree in exercise science from USC, to go back to school for nutrition at Winthrop University. After she earned her second degree, Samantha started a juice bar in Greenville, and talked Abigail, who was working at a restaurant in Charleston at the time, into moving back to be her business partner. They built a faithful customer base at the TD Saturday Market, which eventually led to a brickand-mortar shop. When the duo opened Kuka Juice—named for Kukamama, the Andean goddess 5 of health and joy—in downtown Greenville in 2015, it reigned as the first cold-pressed juicery in South Carolina. In December 2017, Samantha and Abigail moved Kuka Juice to the Village of West Greenville and expanded their staple juice and nutmilk menu with a plant-based food program that Abigail designed. Both love the sense of community they feel in the Village. “We’re proud to be a part of Greenville,” declares Samantha, who follows a plant-based diet herself, “and to spread the word about the importance of good nutrition.”


(Opposite left to right) Childhood friends Abigail Hall and Samantha Fulmer’s passion for plant-based eating took fruition in coowned business, Kuka Juice; at The Village Grind, co-owner Lindsey Montgomery fosters community through coffee.

Co-owner The Village Grind

Lindsey MontgomeryBY SARAH POLITE

On most mornings for the last four years, you’ve seen Lindsey Montgomery behind the counter of The Village Grind on Pendleton Street. She floats behind that counter grinding beans, filling cups with homemade sweet syrups, pulling espresso shots and steaming milk for drinks. In between taking orders and making those drinks, topping lattes with dried rose petals and lavender, something else beautiful happens—she talks to customers that have become familiar and close to her just like she’s become to them. There’s a gentle power of genuine conversations and connections when Lindsey talks to you and talks with regulars that have become old friends. It is familiar, welcoming, and comforting. She has created a space for enjoying coffee and being a part of a community. A community she cultivates in the way she serves. Her hope when first opening the café was to have a space where the artists and business owners of the Village could come together, a space for meetings, meet-ups, and introductions. A place where so many relationships begin, stories start, and friendships continue at her tables. A refuge, a second home for many including herself and her family. What starts at The Grind continues on long after the cup of coffee is finished. As the neighborhood around her has changed, and the shop has grown, so has her life and family. This past year, while she moved The Village Grind across the street to 1258 Pendleton Street to expand into a bigger space, she also became a first-time mother to her son, Jack. While she was home with him those early days, she was also planning the move. Her first outing with Jack after he was born was to meet the contractors for the new space—and he has been with her at the shop ever since. Most mornings you can find him behind the counter with his mom, in her arms as she makes drinks, talking to customers in that beautiful way she does, as he learns what it is to create community from her firsthand. One day not long after the new shop had opened there was a small, yellow Post-it note left behind on a table, for Lindsey and her staff to find. The note said: “Thank you for cultivating a place of community. Loneliness is always defeated here.” Yes, it is.

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Owner and artist, ArtBomb

Owner and artist, Art & Light Gallery

Diane Kilgore- Teresa Condon- Roche-

Executive director, Greenville Center for Creative Arts

Cherington Shucker

(Opposite left to right) Diane Kilgore-Condon, Teresa Roche, and Cherington Shucker lead the arts initiative in The Village of West Greenville by providing access to studio space, galleries, and creative programing.


In 2001, Diane Kilgore-Condon quit her job as visual merchandising director at Belk and started hunting for a place to pursue her art career full-time. Driving through West Greenville one day, she spied the “For Rent” sign in the window of the former general store for the Brandon Mill. “At the time, this area was still the wild, wild West,” Kilgore-Condon recalls. “But even abandoned and boarded up, the neighborhood still had a charm to it.” Before she knew it, the Florida native, who holds a fine arts degree from Bob Jones University, had purchased the century-old building and begun its loving renovation, carving out studios for the first 12 artists who signed leases. Nearly 500 people attended ArtBomb’s opening in spring 2001. Diane now shares studio space with 13 other artists in the 10,000-square-foot building, where she pursues her endless artistic quest for beauty. “That’s what I’m trying to capture,” says the painter, “moments when I see things and it goes all the way in, to the place where poetry lives.” Though Kilgore-Condon didn’t realize she was pioneering the Village arts scene when she established ArtBomb, her pluck inspired others, including Teresa Roche, who established Art & Light Gallery in the Flatiron building on Pendleton Street in 2007. Despite a rocky start in the transitioning Village, Roche and her husband now reside here and have relocated her gallery to a house they own on Aiken Street. In space she once rented out as

artists’ studios, Roche now displays the rotating works of 19 artists, 70 percent of which are local. “I wanted a gallery where the work was affordable and accessible,” Teresa says, “and I never wavered [in that pursuit].” Roche, an abstract painter whose relationships, travels, and day-to-day experiences appear often in her work, has taken the business and marketing skills she gleaned from her early career in the corporate world and applied them to promoting visual arts and mentoring young artists setting up their own businesses. For more than 12 years, Art & Light has provided a place for talented Upstate artists, who Roche is proud to call friends, to exhibit and sell their work. A visual-arts hub that brings a year-round program of classes and exhibitions to the Village, the Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) opened in the circa-1900 Brandon Mill cloth building in May 2015 with Cherington Shucker as its executive director. Shucker, who holds a master of science in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, moved back to Greenville from New York City in 2014, bent on affecting positive change in her hometown. She sees her role at GCCA as champion of the arts and “creative problemsolver.” Although she never manifested her love of the arts on paper, both of Shucker’s grandmothers were artists. One, coincidentally, was a student of Carrie Burns Brown, one of the center’s founders. “At GCCA, we are in the business of transforming lives,” asserts Shucker, who lives in the Village with her husband, potter Darin Gehrke, and their seven-year-old daughter. “That’s why I’m so passionate for the next generation of Greenvillians to have a place where they can gather and stretch their minds and their creative juices.”

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Co-owner of The Anchorage

Co-owner of Indigo Flow & Art

Beth McPhee

Katie Hughes



“Restaurants are their own language,” Beth McPhee laughs. She’s two years into co-owning The Anchorage, the James Beard–recognized restaurant tucked into the heart of the Village, and it sure seems like she’s been fluent from the start.

For a devotee of movement, Katie Hughes is really good at being still. On this early February afternoon in her sun-steeped yoga studio, she folds her blue legging-clad limbs under her and flips her blonde hair over to one side.

While McPhee is quick to credit Greg McPhee, her husband and The Anchorage’s co-owner/chef, for the original vision for the restaurant, her fingerprints are also all over what it has become, from the handcrafted light fixtures to the smart pop-up dinner series marketing plan that fanned community interest during buildout. Marketing and PR is not new to the Atlanta native who spent nearly a decade in New York City working in fashion marketing and event planning for brands like Lacoste and Zac Posen before she moved to Charleston and met Greg. Their dynamic—she the extrovert to his introvert, the yin to his yang—has held fast as they’ve carefully nurtured The Anchorage, both quickly realizing that McPhee’s full-time involvement was more essential than they originally forecast. From payroll to PR, marketing to private events, she’s the balancing force to Greg’s culinary brilliance, grounding yet also helping give shape to the pair’s big dreams for the company. “When people don’t want to leave at the end of the night, it means we’ve created the environment we wanted to. That to me is very gratifying,” McPhee says.

The easy way she sits in full presence with me could almost trick you into believing she doesn’t have classes to teach, a business to run. It’s as if we’re the only people in the world, sipping tea and cracking life’s lessons wide open. Perhaps it’s not surprising that Katie’s keen sense of presence led her to yoga, but she would tell you it took her a while to “connect the dots, though all the dots were there.” The clear-eyed yoga instructor and owner of Indigo Flow & Art walks me through her story—from a grounding, colorful childhood, through dance training in high school and studying law in Columbia, to moving back here to plan local music festivals. Elevating Greenville’s art scene wasn’t the only thing that called Katie back. She lives with and cares for her “Gamma,” Pat, whose very name sets Katie’s face aglow. As she talks, it’s clear that a big love of family is what drives her the most. It was her mom, Village-based painter Julie Hughes-Shabke, who suggested Katie attend a meditation retreat after a period of burnout. She went, and felt herself opening up, learned the pivotal truth that “all the love that we have to experience comes from us first.” Katie returned from the retreat with a vision—to deepen her own yoga practice and to guide others more deeply into theirs. In March of 2018, Katie brought that vision to life when, having completed yoga teacher training, she and her mother reopened Julie’s longtime studio as Indigo, a joint yoga studio and gallery. Katie weaves her own work to her mother’s, explaining that the teacher and the artist each open themselves to “love and criticism.” Katie’s vulnerability invites her students to be vulnerable, as well, and to open themselves to the gifts that presence has to offer. Midway through our talk, a little girl walking by the studio presses her face to the glass of the door, her wild curls waving as she stretches her neck to see inside. Katie smiles and calls out, “You can come in here and dance!” I know in that moment that Katie would drop whatever she was doing to let that girl twirl freely in the spacious studio. This is her heartfelt invitation to the whole community— come in, come move, and be moved.


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Emily Pence and her team at Sixpence Salon and Spa in The Village of West Greenville provided hair and makeup services for the women photographed for this feature. Many thanks to Emily and her team, Trei Helms (makeup) and Hope Erwin (hair). For more on Sixpence Salon & Spa, go to sixpencesalon.com.

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Petal Power: Methodical Coffee’s food program, which includes these rose and almond olive oil muffins, launched alongside its latest location at Stone’s Point, adding edible finesse to the roaster’s beverage lineup.

Spring Awakening Sweet and savory treats amplify Methodical Coffee’s new food menu

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Double Shot Along with its new store at Stone’s Point, Methodical Coffee launches a new menu / by M. Linda Lee // photography by Paul Mehaf fey

he three partners behind Methodical Coffee had been eyeing the area northeast of downtown as a possible second location for a while. Then they learned that their friends Matt and Jen Moreau, the owners of Dapper Ink, were vacating space in the Stone’s Point strip on Wade Hampton Boulevard (next to Urban Digs and The Community Tap). “We felt that was a really great area that has a mix of residential and commercial and is on a main artery to downtown,” says Methodical co-owner Marco Suarez. “And the neighborhood there is growing like crazy, so we thought we’d get in ahead of the development.” They formed a partnership with Moreau and his Landmark Project, widely known for graphic tees emblazoned with scenes of national parks and monuments. Opened in late November 2018, Methodical at Landmark occupies Dapper Ink’s former T-shirt production facility, which moved to Hampton Station. The result is a smooth blend of retail store and coffee shop, with The Landmark Project’s outdoor-themed items intermingled throughout the space. Whereas the downtown Methodical location

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Cool Beans: With its second location off Wade Hampton Boulevard, Methodical Coffee now serves bites made in-house, like potted dips, the broccoli sandwich with sweet and sour cabbage slaw (opposite left), and squash and herb scones (right). The new shop is a collaboration with The Landmark Project, and carries their outdoor-themed retail items.

caters more to the grab-and-go business crowd, the Stone’s Point shop, with its soft seating and laid-back vibe, lures folks who want to linger. Along with the new location came the realization of another long-brewing goal: a food program. And for that, they needed a chef. Enter Sydney Taylor, a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Taylor had returned to Greenville, her hometown, after sharpening her skills in the East Village of Manhattan for a year and a half, and happened to reach out to Methodical at just the right time. Sydney sailed through multiple interviews with different staffers. “Everyone said ‘hire her tomorrow!’” Suarez recalls. After landing the position, Taylor spent the Christmas break designing a menu for the Methodical brand. When the staff finally did a tasting, they were impressed. “The amount of creativity and flavor that Sydney was able to create in a very simple menu—something that’s at the core of our business—was amazing,” crows Suarez. “She knocked it out of the park.” The breakfast options Taylor conceived for the new shop include a rose, almond, and olive oil muffin and a parfait of Lowcountry Creamery yogurt and granola spiced with maple, rosemary, and thyme. Lunchtime brings a broccoli sandwich with lemon shishito mayo and sweet and sour cabbage slaw; a kale, tahini, and feta galette; and a salami sandwich slathered with seasonal vegetable pesto (think spring onions or carrot tops). As much as possible, the ingredients come from local farms. Taylor will oversee the food program for both Methodical locations, and caters her

offerings to each shop. Though the Stone’s Point store doesn’t serve alcohol, it’s unique in serving milkshakes made with Jeni’s ice cream and Methodical coffee and tea blends, in flavors like mocha and chai latte. A Food Network junkie as a child, Taylor enjoyed helping her mother in the kitchen. She remembers trying to improve on the basic grilled American cheese sandwich by using cheddar and gruyère and topping it with bacon and high-quality bread. The result was a revelation. The 23-year-old chef, who describes her culinary style as “approachable and unpretentious,” is reveling in the freedom she enjoys as part of her biggest culinary responsibility to date. “It’s crazy to be able to design my own menu. I’m having fun exploring different spices and flavors and highlighting different global cuisines.” Snacks such as lavender and sumac popcorn illustrate her playful flavor pairings. “I love to ride the line between sweet and savory,” Taylor declares. “I’m always looking for new combinations.” Methodical Coffee + Landmark Flagship, 207 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville; methodicalcoffee.com

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Sip Away:

While Oak & Honey offers craft cocktails like the Busy Bee (below), the program also specifically highlights thoughtfully made mocktails for a more inclusive lineup.

Bee’s Knees

New cocktail lounge Oak & Honey focuses on our evolving city’s tastes

/ by Andrew Huang // photograph by Paul Mehaffey


ak & Honey—the new craft-cocktail lounge located inside the Residence Inn/SpringHill Suites by Marriott on East Washington Street—represents an embrace of Greenville’s shifting identity. Executive chef Nicci Hughes and bar manager Hannah Taylor—the two women who run Oak & Honey’s day-to-day—see the name Oak & Honey as a reference to the lounge’s natural inspiration and a nod to their ultimate aim for the space: a place to serve an increasingly diverse community. It starts with the space itself. Lofty ceilings, expansive windows, and a calming palette of crisp whites, pistachio greens, and toasted wood grain bring to mind a spring afternoon. Sunlight pours in, while at night, a mix of lighting illuminates the entire space. Alcoves along a back wall allow for privacy, but there’s freedom of movement built into the space. “The seating is meant to be more communal, for coming together,” says Hughes. “It’s a meet-and-greet atmosphere.” To take the apiary reference further, Oak & Honey is designed to reflect the intricately choreographed chaos that defines a beehive: there’s mixing, mingling, buzz, and energy. That sense of communal hospitality extends into the menu. Small plates like the spicy Thai chicken wings and charcuterie make for easy sharing with friends, while beverages that range from bottled domestics to craft cocktails like the Busy Bee (Altos Reposado tequila, Bärenjäger, Ancho Reyes, carrot, pineapple, lime, and simple syrup) mean all types of boozy appetites are satisfied. But where Oak & Honey pushes the bar is how it caters to those looking to nibble on vegetarian or vegan options, and those who might not be interested in alcohol. “People more and more are choosing to drink less alcohol, or to start their night off slowly,” says Taylor. Purposeful craft mocktails, such as the Suit and Thai (Thai tea with half and half) and the Mr. Collins (lemon-lime syrup, tonic, and Angostura bitters) are booze-less standouts. “The flavors in our mocktails were made to enjoy together without alcohol.” The same philosophy follows in Hughes’ menu, with vegan nachos and vegetarian risotto croquettes providing plenty of potency without any sense of overindulgence. “You can eat really yummy stuff and drink really yummy things without being unhealthy.” As Greenville’s population shifts and changes, its tastes, desires, and interests are bound to morph and expand. Oak & Honey—with its focus on community and inclusion—is here to make sure everyone can enjoy an evening out. Oak & Honey, 200 E Washington St, Greenville. (864) 720-2900, oakandhoneygvl.com

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oing out for breakfast on the weekend is one of those little luxuries that signals a shift in the daily routine—and we all need those. No matter how on your grind you may be Monday through Friday, weekend mornings offer freedom, slow living, an excuse to skip your green smoothie. Of course, the flaw falls in the procuring of the indulgent breakfast: you have to get dressed; you have to wait in line; the coffee is rarely as good as at home; the brunch crowd can be annoying. A quicker route to breakfast bliss is this speedy, one-bowl recipe for muffins that taste like you made a doughnut run— without having to actually make a doughnut run. Composed of basic pantry ingredients, the batter can be mixed up while your coffee brews. When the muffins come out of the oven, puffed and golden, you’ll give them a quick dip in a mixture of melted butter and vanilla and then roll them in cinnamon-sugar. The result is equally reminiscent of a dense old-fashioned doughnut and the sugary-sweet joy of a churro. They are sublime with coffee, and even better if you serve smoky bacon or silky scrambled eggs on the side. Best of all, you can enjoy the sweet, nutmeg-scented muffins while lingering in your PJs as long as you want, or while pouring that second cup of coffee—and honestly, it’s hard to say which is the better luxury.

FRENCH DOUGHNUT MUFFINS Yield: 9 regular muffins or 24 mini muffins


1 ½ cups all-purpose flour ¾ cup sugar 2 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg ½ cup milk 1 egg, beaten 5 Tbs. butter, melted TOPPING

1 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 4 Tbs. butter, melted

Morning Glory Upgrade your breakfast with this one-bowl recipe for indulgent doughnut muffins / by Kathryn Davé // photograph by Jivan Davé

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. 2. Combine first five ingredients. Stir in milk, beaten egg, and 5 tablespoons of melted butter until thoroughly mixed. 3. Grease a muffin tin (regular or mini-muffin size will both work). Fill cups 2/3 full and bake for 15–20 minutes or until lightly browned. (Time will vary according to muffin size.) Do not overbake. 4. Meanwhile, stir together 1 tsp. cinnamon and ½ cup sugar in a small bowl and then mix together 1 tsp. vanilla extract with 4 Tbs. melted butter in another small bowl. 5. When done, remove muffins from pan immediately, dip the tops in the butter mixture, and roll in the cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm. ))) FOR MORE RECIPES TOWNCAROLINA.COM

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The Adams family opened their bistro’s doors in February 2008 and have been serving up flair and flavor ever since. Expect classics like a burger with a chargrilled certified Angus beef patty, as well as out-of-the-box picks like the Jack Daniel’s Pork Chop, charbroiled in a sweet and tangy Jack Daniel BBQ glaze. Be sure to visit the outdoor patio during the warmer months—weather permitting of course. $-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 221 Pelham Rd, #100. (864) 370-8055, adams-bistro.com THE ANCHORAGE

With a focus on local produce, Chef Greg McPhee’s globally influenced menu changes almost weekly. Sample dishes include grilled Greenbrier Farms hanger steak, octopus carpaccio, and Chinese red shrimp and BBQ cabbage steamed buns. The “For the Table” option offers housemade charcuterie, Blue Ridge Creamery cheese, Bake Room bread, and pickled veg. Don’t miss the outstanding cocktail program at the gorgeous bar upstairs, or brunch, which is served on Sunday. $$-$$$, D, SBR. Closed Mon–Tues. 586 Perry Ave. (864) 219-3082, theanchoragerestaurant.com


Vibrant Latin American cuisine comes to Greenville by way of ASADA, a brick-andmortar taqueria on Wade Hampton Boulevard serving traditional Mission-style fare. Grab a bite of flavor with the grilled sweet potatoes & leeks sopes (right), a savory vegan dish served on scratch-made sopes topped with homemade charred red peppers and guajillo romesco salsa, and queso fresco for the dairy inclined. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sun & Mon. 903 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 770-3450, asadarestaurant.com

Augusta Grill is a Greenville institution of upscale comfort food. At the bar or in the intimate dining room, patrons can enjoy dishes such as the wild mushroom ravioli with pancetta and roasted garlic cream, or the sautéed rainbow trout with crabmeat beurre blanc. The lineup changes daily, but diners can always get Chef Bob Hackl’s highly soughtafter blackberry cobbler. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed

Sunday & Monday. 1818 Augusta St. (864) 242-0316, augustagrill.com BACON BROS. PUBLIC HOUSE

You might think you know what meat lover’s heaven looks like, but if you show up at Chef Anthony Gray’s gastropub, you’ll know for sure. From a board of house-cured, smoked, and dried meats, to a glass-walled curing room display, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering selections. The drink menu mirrors the food, featuring whiskeys, bourbons, bacon-infused liquors, and even smoked sorghum syrup. $$-$$$, L, D.

Closed Sunday. 3620 Pelham Rd. (864) 2976000, baconbrospublichouse.com BLOCKHOUSE

The Augusta Road crowd frequents the dark, cozy dining room here to knock back raw Gulf Coast oysters and happy-hour drink specials after work. An oldie but a goodie— 35 years strong and still kicking—Blockhouse offers a full menu of freshly prepared items including signatures like seafood gumbo and prime rib slow-roasted for eight hours. $$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 1619 Augusta Rd. (864) 2324280, blockhouse.net BOBBY’S BBQ

At his new barbecue spot on Main Street in Fountain Inn, Tay Nelson smokes all the meat over oak wood in 1,000-gallon smokers. Named for his late father and brother (both named Bobby), the restaurant prides itself on its scratch-made sides and desserts. Go for the

award-winning brisket and save room for the banana pudding. $, L, D (Thurs–Sat). Closed

Sun–Weds. 1301 N Main St, Fountain Inn. (864) 409-2379, eatbobbys.com BRICK STREET CAFÉ

You’ll likely have to loosen your belt after chowing down at this Augusta Street mainstay that serves all the comforts of home. Try mom’s spaghetti, Miss Sara’s crab cakes, or the signature fried shrimp with sweet potato fries. But do save room for made-from-scratch sweets like the sweet potato cake, peanut butter cake, and apple pie (available for special-order, too). $$-$$$, L, D (Thurs–Sat). Closed Sun–Mon. 315 Augusta St. (864) 421-0111, brickstreetcafe.com FORK AND PLOUGH

This newcomer is the quintessential farm-to-fork partnership between Greenbrier Farms and Chef Shawn Kelly. With its casual, family-friendly feel, Fork & Plough brings a butcher shop, market, and restaurant to the Overbrook neighborhood. Chef Kelly masterminds an ever-changing roster of locally sourced dishes like this barbecue local rabbit hash with bell pepper, onion, baby carrot, fingerling potatoes, mustard barbecue sauce, and poached eggs. $$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Tuesday. 1629 E North St. (864) 609-4249, forkandplough.com GB&D

The restaurant’s description itself—Golden Brown & Delicious—tells you all you need to know about this West Greenville joint. Locally sourced dishes of American favorites, such as well-crafted salads and sandwiches—like the killer burger on a housemade brioche bun—fill the menu. Check out the extended menu at dinner, which features an impressive repertoire of the restaurant’s best dishes. $$, L (Tues–Sat), D

(Thurs–Sat), SBR. Closed Mon. 1269 Pendleton St. (864) 230-9455, eatgbnd.com

Kairos Greek Kitchen

Photograph by Andrew Huang

This Charleston-originated restaurant makes its Upstate mark by serving up heaping portions of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, like slow-roasted kabobs that explode with flavor even before you dip them into the homemade tzatziki sauce. Their choose-your-own approach leads to options like this salad combo (right): mixed power greens, roasted chicken, cucumber salad, chickpea salad, tzatziki, and red pepper feta. You can also turn any meal into a pita wrap, bowl, or platter. $-$$, L, D. 1800 Augusta St. (864) 5201723, kairosgreekkitchen.com

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The renowned Charleston steakhouse puts down roots in the former High Cotton space on the Reedy River. Indulge in a selection of wet- or dry-aged steaks (USDA Prime beef flown in from Chicago’s Allen Brothers), or try a Durham Ranch elk loin with root vegetable hash and pine nut relish. Don’t miss the lavender French toast at brunch. $$$$, L (Fri–Sat), D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 335-4200, hallschophousegreenville.com


Sister restaurant to Farmhouse Taco, Hare & Field serves comfort fare with upscale elegance. While the fried chicken skins in sorghum sriracha sauce are a sure starter, make your main meal the big mater sandwich slathered in basil aioli. Pair with the Hare & Field Trail Ale, crafted specially by Brewery 85 for the gastropub. $$. L, D,

SBR. 327 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-0249, hareandfieldkitchen.com HENRY’S SMOKEHOUSE

Though this barbecue joint has since branched out, Henry’s original location has long set the standard. A Greenville institution, the smokehouse specializes in slow-cooking meat in open pits over hickory logs. Sure, there’s more on the menu, but their succulent ribs with beans and slaw will transport you to hog heaven. $, L, D. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 232-7774, henryssmokehouse.com HUSK GREENVILLE

Husk Greenville delivers legendary farm-totable concepts under Chef Jon Buck, who champions Southern fare by resurrecting dishes reminiscent of great-grandma’s kitchen. The ever-evolving menu offers starters—like the crispy pig ear lettuce wraps—then dives into heftier plates like the coal-roasted chicken, sorghum-flour dumplings, and shishito peppers. $$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 722 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 6270404, huskgreenville.com


A straight farm-to-table concept and a certified-green restaurant, Kitchen Sync’s eco-focus extends to its menu, sourced by local farms. Start with the gritz fritz, with Hurricane Creek fried grits, collards, and pepper jam. The banh mi salad comes loaded with fresh veg and rice noodles, topped with pulled pork or tofu, or try the local rib pork chop. Don’t miss the pizza! $$, L, D. Closed Sun–Mon. 1609 Laurens Rd, Greenville. (864) 568-8115, facebook.com/kitchensyncgreenville


Located between the Peace Center and the Reedy River, Larkin’s balances upscale dining with comfort. Start with the she-crab soup, then select an entrée from the day’s offerings—or opt for an aged filet mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Enjoy the river view on the enclosed outdoor patio and the extensive wine list. $$$-$$$$,

L (Mon–Fri), D (daily), SBR. 318 S Main St. (864) 467-9777, larkinsontheriver.com


Chef Brian Coller has crafted a menu that steers the beefy American staple into unconventional (but totally delicious) territory. Take the Piedmont mullet ’85, with sloppy joe chili, bomb mustard, American cheese, and “phat” onion rings. For you Elvis enthusiasts, the King of Memphis is a hunk of burnin’ love concocted with banana jam, peanut butter, and bacon. $$, L, D. 2451 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 214-1483, ltoburgerbargvl.com


Founded by three Alabama sons, this new ’cue joint hits the West Stone area

with Bama-style barbecue and traditional Southern sides. Grab a seat indoors or out and enjoy a pulled pork platter or the fried catfish, all while cheering on your favorite football team on the flat screens. $-$$, L, D,

SBR. 109 W Stone Ave, Suite B (864) 5201740, moesoriginalbbq.com/greenville MONKEY WRENCH SMOKEHOUSE

Monkey Wrench Smokehouse comes by its name honestly, taking up space in a long-standing hardware store in Travelers Rest. This BBQ joint from the folks behind Sidewall Pizza and Rocket Surgery serves everything from ribs, wings, and veggies— all wood-fired. Steven Musolf wears the title of head chef and is the mind behind the menu. $$-$$$. D. Closed Monday. 21

N Main St, Travelers Rest. (585) 414-8620, monkeywrenchsmokehouse.com NORTHAMPTON WINE & DINE

Linger in the relaxed atmosphere of Northampton’s wine bar. Choose a bottle from the thousands for sale, open it for a corkage fee, and enjoy with a selection of cheese or small plate. Or, stay for dinner and select from an ever-changing menu, which includes seafood, beef, and wild game. The outdoor patio is a decidedly relaxing location for a meal or a glass of wine. $$-$$$$. L, D. 211-A E Broad St. (864)

271-3919, northamptonwineanddine.com


The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. Beer, wine, and cocktails at its upstairs bar CRAFTED complement an ambitious menu of urban comfort food from fried chicken and waffles to a customized grits bar at brunch. Located on Main Street between ONE City Plaza and the Peace Center, this gastropub is a downtown hotspot. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St. (864) 373-7300, thenosedive.com OJ’S DINER

OJ’s is not a restaurant. It’s an Upstate institution. The old-school meat-andthree dishes up homestyle favorites on a daily basis, but every weekday comes with specials: lasagna and porkchops on Mondays, turkey and meatloaf Tuesdays, and more. Don’t forget to dig into a mess of sides: the mac ‘n’ cheese tastes the way mama made it and God intended.

$, B, L. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 907 Pendleton St. (864) 235-2539, ojs-diner.com RESTAURANT 17

Restaurant 17 blends contemporary European bistro with Blue Ridge bliss. The menu changes seasonally, but expect dishes from Executive Chef Haydn Shaak (formerly of The Cliffs) like the woodfired octopus with pine nut romesco, baby beets, and Georgia olive oil or the Johnny Cake with country style prosciutto. $$$-

$$$$, D. Closed Sun & Mon. 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest. (864) 516-1254, restaurant17.com RICK ERWIN’S NANTUCKET SEAFOOD

Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant takes us seaside. The day’s fresh catch comes grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or chef-designed. Ideal for group dinners or date nights, Nantucket offers both an intimate and entertaining atmosphere. $$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 5463535, nantucketseafoodgrill.com RICK ERWIN’S WEST END GRILLE

Traditional surf-and-turf meets upscale dining at Rick Erwin’s. The dining room is decorated in rich, dark woods that, along with low lighting, create an intimate, stylish atmosphere. Entrées range from sashimi-grade tuna and pan-seared sea bass, to certified Angus beef. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sun. 648 S Main St. (864) 232-8999, rickerwins.com

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The Sidewall team trades slices for sliders with this craft concept, whose low-key bill of fare features snackable burgers like lamb topped with feta, spinach, and tangy harissa, and fried soft-shell crab with creamy paprika aioli. If you plan to drink your dinner, go for the Typhoon, with rum, dry curaçao, lime, lemongrass, curry, coconut cream, or The Prospector with bourbon and bitters. $$, D (Mon, Thurs–Sat), SBR. 164-D S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-0901, rocketsurgery54321.com


This fashionable restaurant lends a modern, tasty addition to N. Main Street. Whenever possible, Roost sources food within a limited distance from producer to consumer; ingredients are often procured from nearby areas in South and North Carolina. In good weather, try to snags a spot on the patio overlooking NoMa Square. $$-$$$, B,L,

D, SBR. 220 N Main St. (864) 298-2424, roostrestaurant.com SMOKE ON THE WATER

Located in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with separate street-side dining and covered patio tables overlooking Pedrick’s Garden. Choose something from the smoker (beer-butt chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 202.

(864) 232-9091, saucytavern.com SOBY’S

Local flavor shines here in entrées like crab cakes with remoulade, sweet corn maque choux, mashed potatoes, and haricot verts. Their selection of 700 wines guarantees the perfect meal complement. Featuring different weekly selections, the Sunday brunch buffet showcases the chefs’ creativity. $$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S

Main St. (864) 232-7007, sobys.com THE STRIP CLUB 104

Whether you’re a red-blooded meat eater or prefer a little pork, the Strip Club has it seared, grilled, basted, or blackened for your pleasure. Keep it simple with the “plain Jane” dish— house-aged Black Angus USDA prime strip—or spice it up with the carpetbagger, a filet mignon masterpiece paired with fried oysters, smoked bacon collards, and garlic mashed potatoes. $$$$$$, D (Tues–Sat). 104 E Poinsett St, Greer. (864) 877-9104, thestripclub104.com


Providing patrons and patriots alike with a wide porch area and spacious interior bar, 13 Stripes rotates a loaded arsenal of aptlytitled suds—including the rise & fight again IPA and the Sgt. Molly American wheat— and rolls out session beers, IPAs, porters, and other seasonal kegs that pair perfectly with one of 13 Stripes’ “ration plates,” laden with fresh-cut meats and cheeses.

Taylors Mill, 250 Mill St, Ste PW 3101, Taylors. (864) 349-1430, 13stripesbrewery.com BIRDS FLY SOUTH ALE PROJECT

With a focus on farmhouse saisons and sour beers, Birds Fly South Ale Project has come home to roost in Hampton Station. Though closed for production Monday through Wednesday, the open-air taproom is the perfect end-of-week place to drain a cold glass while noshing on local food truck fare. Expect to find flavor-filled concoctions, such as the biggie mango, Eldorado saison, or the 2 Hop session IPA. Thurs–Sun. 1320

Hampton Ave Ext. (864) 412-8825, bfsbeer.com BREWERY 85

Named for Greenville’s favorite freeway, this microbrew is attracting outsized attention with its eclectic collection of craft brews.

From the crisp GVL IPA to the malty howdy dunkel, Brewery 85 combines Southern style with the best of German brew techniques. Trek to the taproom for their latest lagers; well-mannered kids and canines welcome.


6 Whitlee Ct. (864) 558-0104, brewery85.com THE COMMUNITY TAP

Convenience, expertise, and great atmosphere collide at the Community Tap, Greenville’s neighborhood craft beer and wine shop. Choose from a wide selection—180 local, national, and international brews—or have a glass from one of the ever-rotating beer and wine taps. 217 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864)


631-2525, thecommunitytap.com


Housed in the old Claussen Bakery on Augusta, this brewpub is hoppy hour heaven. Expect to find a variety of their craft beers on tap, but branch out with the pub’s select draft cocktails or beer slushies. Live music, local art, and a rotating menu featuring shared plates and charcuterie round out the experience. 400 Augusta St.

(864) 609-4590, upstatecraftbeer.com FIREFORGE CRAFTED BEER

Fireforge brings a boozy twist to the phrase “small but mighty.” The small-batch craft brewery made a home for itself in downtown Greenville in late June 2018, and founders Brian and Nicole Cendrowski are on a mission to push the boundaries of beer. We recommend The Fixer Smoked Baltic Porter—a smooth lager with a hint of cherrywood-smoked malt. 311 E Washington St. (864) 735-0885, fireforge.beer FOXCROFT WINE CO.

Charlotte-based Foxcroft Wine Co. transformed the West End space vacated by Brazwells Pub into a lovely wine bar decorated with warm woods, a barrelvaulted ceiling, and racks of wine. On the menu are tasty flatbreads and truffle fries, as well as signature lamb sliders and panseared scallops to pair with a generous list of wines by the glass. $-$$, D (Tues–Sun),



shop open 10am–11pm (Tues–Sat). Closed Mon. 631 S Main St. (864) 906-4200, foxcroftwine.com/greenville GROWLER HAUS

The franchise’s West Greenville addition is its newest, rounding out the total to four Upstate watering holes. Growler Haus’s drafts rotate seasonally to bring you the best in local and national brews, so whether you’re a fan of IPAs, pilsners, ciders, pale ales, or wheats, they’ve got a cold one waiting for you. Just remember to throw in a homemade pretzel with beer cheese or a pork belly bao bun in between pints. $-$$, L (Fri–Sat), D (Mon–Sat). Closed Sunday. 12 Lois Ave. (864) 373-9347, growlerhaus.com


Hailing from Delaware, this award-winning brewhouse has planted roots in Greenville. Chef Jason Thomson turns out an ambitious menu, while head brewer Eric Boice curates craft beer. Take on evenings with the summer seasonal Clock Out Lager, an American lager with notes of grapefruit and pine. $-$$$, L, D. 741 Haywood Rd. (864) 5687009, ironhillbrewery.com/greenville-sc


United by a passion for Star Wars and craft brews—there may or may not be a storm trooper mural inside—fun-loving founders Dustin and Terry bring solid staples to the table at Liability Brewing Co. Located in an old electric company building in the new Weststone development, this new taproom pours creative flavors with even funkier names. Sip on a Carl von Cloudwitz, a New England IPA with a crisp finish. Thurs–Sun. 109 W Stone Ave, Suite D. (864) 920-1599, liabilitybrewing.co

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Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill satisfies as both pre–Greenville Drive game watering hole or after-work hangout. Inventive and hearty apps, such as the “Old School” chicken nachos, start things off before the main event of fish ‘n’ chips, the Liberty Club, or even a Signature Steak. Gather with friends at the long bar to enjoy one of 72 brews on tap.

$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St. (864) 7707777, libertytaproom.com MAC’S SPEED SHOP

Across from Liberty Tap Room, Mac’s is for the Harley-set as well as the Greenville Drive crowd, with plenty of brisket, ribs, and beer-can chicken. Try a plate of Tabasco-fried pickles, washed down with one of the 50 craft beers on tap. With outdoor seating, you’ll likely want to lay some rubber on the road to grab your spot. $-$$$, L, D. 930 S Main St. (864) 239-0286, macspeedshop.com PINEY MOUNTAIN BIKE LOUNGE

Part taproom and part full-service cycle shop, the Piney Mountain Bike Lounge offers the perfect pit stop after a long day of riding the trails. Local craft brews, wine, and cider complement a daily food truck schedule of popular mobile eateries. Kids (and adults) can enjoy the pump track out back. 20 Piney Mountain Rd, Greenville. (864) 603-2453, pineymtb.com QUEST BREWING CO.

Eco-minded Quest guarantees to satisfy your beer cravings and environmental enthusiasm in a single sip. Grab a pint of QBC’s signature West Coast–style Ellida IPA, packing a punch of flavor, or venture to the dark side with the Kaldi imperial coffee stout (crafted with locally roasted beans). Stop by for an afternoon tour, then follow up with an evening full of food truck fare and live music. 55 Airview Dr, Greenville. (864) 272- 6232, questbrewing.com SIP WHISKEY & WINE

True to its namesake, this rooftop tasting room is all about liquid refreshment. While the full-service bar offers fine wines and whisky, there’s no better end to an evening than an easy-drinking glass of sangria (or a signature cocktail). SIP’s open-air patio complete with cushioned couches accentuates the laidback atmosphere, and a collection of small plates is a quick answer to an alcohol-induced appetite. $-$$, D. 103

N Main St #400, (864) 552-1916, sipgvl.com SWAMP RABBIT BREWERY & TAPROOM

Located off Main Street in Travelers Rest, this local brewhouse gives you one more reason to cruise (responsibly!) down the Swamp Rabbit. The taproom features classics (try the easy-drinking American pale ale) and fresh brews (the Belgian-style farm ale is a golden dream) as well as food truck visits—a sure favorite to cap off an lazy afternoon. 26 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2424, theswamprabbitbrewery.com TASTING ROOM TR

Wind down on the weekend at this combination gourmet wine shop, beer tap, and sampling space. With nearly 200 wines and 150 craft beers for sale, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Not sure what vino revs your engine? Taste-test a few by the glass and pick up a favorite from the weekly wines or happy hours hosted Wednesday–Friday. Enjoy cheese and charcuterie while you sip. $$, L (Sat–Sun), D (Wed–Sat), Closed Mon– Tues. 164 S Main St, Ste C, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2020, tastingroomtr.com THE 05

A neighborhood gathering place, The 05,

so named for the iconic Augusta Road zip code, offers seasonal cocktails and spirits as well as tasty tapas—like the roasted red pepper hummus or the chorizo-stuffed dates topped with whipped goat cheese. If you’re bringing the whole gang, opt for the cheeses and charcuterie, or nosh on the fabulous flatbread as a party of one. $-$$$, D. 3016

gravy or smothered in sweetness—the jam bar is slammed with fruity preserves—you can’t go wrong with the GreenVillain topped with fried pork steak, jalapeño cream cheese, bacon gravy, a sunny side egg, and pickled jalapeños. $-$$. B, L. 823 S Church

stomach guarantee. Try The Lumberjack (cornmeal crêpe, ham, bacon, eggs, cheese, bechamel, and maple syrup) or the tasty banana nut crêpe. Stuck between savory and sweet? Split one of each with a friend in the Tandem spirit: “Together is best.” $, B, L, SBR.

St, Greenville. (864) 248-0371, biscuitheads. com/menu-greenville

2 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2245, tandemcc.com



$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Mon. 2 W Stone Ave. (864) 233-0006, thebohemiancafe.com

T. (864) 451-6200, tupelohoneycafe.com

Augusta St. (864) 412-8150, the05.net THOMAS CREEK BREWERY

The Thomas Creek brand has been a familiar feature on the Greenville brew lineup for more than ten years, but a visit to the home of the River Falls Red Ale or Trifecta IPA is well worth the trip. Fill up on your favorite Thomas Creek brew in the tasting room, or soak up some sun (and hops!) on the brewery’s patio. Tours available by appointment. 2054 Piedmont Hwy. (864)

605-1166, thomascreekbeer.com UNIVERSAL JOINT

Everyone needs a neighborhood bar. Where better to cheer with your friends? This hangout is within walking distance of North Main, featuring a covered outdoor patio and roll-up garage doors. Rotating bottle and draft selections and plenty of outdoor seating keep things fresh. $-$$, L, D. 300 E Stone Ave. (864) 252-4055, ujgreenville.com


We all know a well-crafted cocktail can make spirits soar, but a glass at this dignified drinkery will leave you nine stories high, literally. With its classic cocktails, local craft brews, and unique wine varieties, this rooftop bar brings a heightened experience to downtown’s Embassy Suites. Graze on small plates and soak in some of the Upstate’s most scenic vistas. $-$$, L, D. 250 RiverPlace. (864)

242-4000, eatupdrinkup.net VAULT & VATOR

Named for a former vault elevator in the underground expanse, this hip downtown joint puts a twenty-first-century spin on fashionable speakeasies of yore. Small plates of charcuterie, hummus, and cheese are simple yet refined, providing enough bite to not overpower the establishment’s true star— the cocktail list. The menu includes both signature and traditional libations; your only task is picking your poison. $$, D, Closed Sun–Mon. 655 S Main St, Ste 100, Greenville. (864) 603-1881, vaultandvator.com


Cozy in a funky way, this hip pub is right under the Mellow Mushroom. The menu has burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, falafels, and more. In addition to craft brews on tap, the Velo Fellow offers traditional absinthe service, complete with a silver-plated brouilleur. $-$$$, L, D, SBR.

1 Augusta St, Ste 126. (864) 242-9296, thevelofellow.com YEE-HAW BREWING

Beers that celebrate good times with good company? Count us in. This Tennessee native serves up a mix of fine ales and lagers, including a World Beer Cup-Winning Dunkel dark lager. Diverse seasonals crop up with every change of the temperature giving guests a taste of something new. Gather with friends to find out which flavor fits your fancy. $-$$, L, D. 307 East McBee Avenue, Suite C. (864) 605-7770, yeehawbrewing.com


The queen bee of all things fluffy and delicious, Asheville-based Biscuit Head comes to Greenville with a wide array of home-cooked biscuits. Whether slathered in

Treat taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records. This eclectic café serves a wide-range of globally inspired dishes for lunch and dinner. For Sunday brunch, try the Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake.


Chicora Alley’s Caribbean riff on traditional Mexican and Southern fare offers signature crab cakes or mountain-high nachos, shrimp and chicken burritos, quesadillas, and more. Be sure to drop by on Sundays for brunch. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 608-B S Main St. (864) 232-4100, chicoraalley.com EGGS UP GRILL

If your name has “eggs” in it, you’d better know your eggs. Eggs Up Grill doesn’t disappoint. From classic over-easy to Pattyo-Sullivan omelets (grilled corned beef hash with melted swiss cheese), this joint has you covered. Not a fan of eggs? Try classic diner fare like pancakes, waffles, burgers, and French toast. $-$$. B, L. 31 Augusta St. (864)

520-2005, eggsupgrill.com HAPPY+HALE

Based out of Raleigh, the healthy eatery’s first SC location offers diners a diverse menu of made-to-order salads, bowls, smoothies, juices, and breakfast items crafted from wholesome, all-natural ingredients. Try the “incredibowl” packed with pumpkin seeds, black beans, avocado, golden quinoa, dino kale, and lemon tahini dressing, paired with an almond brothers smoothie. $, B, L, D. 600 S Main St. happyandhale.com MARY BETH’S

Breakfast is an essential meal, and Mary Beth’s treats it accordingly. Take your pick: biscuits, omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, crêpes, and pancakes populate the breakfast menu. Or don’t pick—get the mega breakfast for a hearty menu sampling. For something later in the day, Mary Beth’s also has lunch and dinner menus that include sandwiches, rack of lamb, and salmon. $$-$$$, B, L, D (Thurs–Sat). 500 E McBee Ave. (864) 2422535, marybethsatmcbee.com


Located in historic Falls Cottage, Mary’s offers brunch and lunch with a charm perfect for leisurely weekends. The menu includes the ultimate Reuben and quiches, as well as Southern comfort favorites like the Fountain Inn salad and hot chicken salad. $-$$, L, SBR. Closed Monday. 615 S Main St. (864) 2980005, fallscottage.com


Fresh buttermilk biscuits. Hot-from-the-oven maple bacon doughnuts. Debuting its first SC outfit, Rise Biscuits Donuts pumps out biscuit sandwiches and hush puppies, to apple fritters and confection-bedecked doughnuts. While the spicy chickaboom sandwich is a crispy punch of fire, satisfy your sweet side with the crème brûlée doughnut, flametorched and filled with custard. $, B, L. 1507

Woodruff Rd, Suite D, Greenville. (864) 4028240, risebiscuitsdonuts.com TANDEM CRÊPERIE & COFFEEHOUSE

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Big Southern charm comes in forms of steaming hot biscuits at Tupelo Honey. Indulge in sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter), available all day, or try a mouthwatering sandwich like the Southern fried chicken BLT with maplepeppered bacon. $$, B, L, D. 1 N Main St, Ste


Looking for that midday pick-me-up? Pop over to Barista Alley, where exposed brick walls and wide wooden tables create the perfect ambience to converse with a warm mug in hand. Satisfy your caffeine cravings, but don’t miss out on Barista Alley’s colorful array of green, berry, peanut butter and chocolate smoothies. $, B (Mon–Sat), L, D

(Mon–Sun). 125 E Poinsett St, Greer. (864) 655-5180, baristaalley.com BEX CAFÉ AND JUICE BAR

Healthy and hearty join forces at this West End joint. Find fresh fare in organic salads as well as fruit and veggie-rich juice varieties; or sink your teeth into something a little more solid. Their sausage, egg, and cheese bagel will not disappoint, with gluten-free options available, of course. $, B, L. 820 S Main St #104. (864) 552-1509, bex.cafe


A coffee shop with a mission, Bridge City’s philosophy is all in the name. The local roaster seeks to uphold community values by partnering with area organizations to offer employment opportunities for underprivileged teens and adults. The fresh space offers a variety of drinks crafted with in-house roasted beans. A selection of Chocolate Moose treats is also available. $-$$. B-L. Closed Sunday. 1520 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC 29607. bridgecity.coffee COFFEE UNDERGROUND

Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, adult libations, and dreamy desserts like the peanut butter pie with graham cracker crust and a peanut butter and vanilla mousse. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfast-anytime option, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more. $-$$, B, L, D, SBR. 1 E Coffee St. (864) 2980494, coffeeunderground.info CRÊPE DU JOUR

Much more than offering “really thin pancakes,” this downtown establishment brings a taste of Europe to the Upstate with delicate, delicious French fare. The diverse menu includes breakfast options like the bacon, egg, and potato, and for lunch and dinner, the tomato pesto. Crêpe du Jour also serves up specialty cocktails, coffee beverages, and wine. $$, B, L, D (Tues–Sun). 20 S Main

St, Greenville. (864) 520-2882


Birds Fly South Ale Project no longer has a monopoly on cold brews now that Due South has set up shop in Hampton Station. In their new digs, the coffee shop sports a café vibe, with breakfast pastries, ice cream, and cold lunch items complementing espresso drinks and cold brew nitro (infused with nitrogen). Beans, sourced from around

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the globe, are roasted on-site. $, B, L. 1320 Hampton Ave Ext, 4B. (864) 283-6680, duesouthcoffee.com GRATEFUL BREW

A brew joint where you can enjoy both varieties—coffee and a cold one—Grateful Brew provides guests with made-to-order espressos or pour-overs, all from Counter Culture coffee. Celebrating our area, and that it’s always five o’clock somewhere, half of the beer taps are locally crafted brews. Enjoy food trucks most nights, or bring your own grub. The Brew welcomes every member of the family, even those of the four-legged sort. $, B, L, D. Closed Sunday. 501 S Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 558-0767, gratefulbrewgvl.com KUKA JUICE

If you’re hard-pressed for a fresh fix—Kuka Juice has just the ticket. Created by nutrition mavens Abigail Mitchell and Samantha Shaw, Kuka doles out cold-pressed craft with healthminded passion. Grab the ginger binger juice, or dig into the taco ’bout it bowl with romaine, walnut meat, salsa fresca, black beans, avocado, and pepitas with cilantro lime vinaigrette. Paninis, bowls, smoothies, toasts, and more also available. $, B, L. 580 Perry Ave, Greenville. (864) 905-1214, kukajuice.com


Whether it’s the white marble countertops or the gleaming Slayer espresso machine, Methodical is a coffee bar built for taste. Coffee guru Will Shurtz, designer Marco Suarez, and hotelier David Baker ensure there’s plenty of substance to go with style. With single-origin espressos, wine varieties, and housemade offerings like rose and almond olive oil muffins and snacks for the bar like lavender and sumac popcorn and citrus-marinated olives, it's worth the rave.

$-$$, B, L. 101 N Main St, Ste D & 207 Wade Hampton Blvd. methodicalcoffee.com MOUNTAIN GOAT GVL

A destination for brews and bikes, Mountain Goat proudly serves Methodical Coffee, along with more than 40 types of beer and wine. The sleek, industrial space provides a friendly atmosphere to sip on your beverage of choice, but be sure to check the food truck schedule­—Mobile Meltdown and Automatic Taco are frequent visitors. Plus, every purchase helps provide tutoring, mentoring, and job opportunities for at-risk youth in the community. $-$$. B, L, Closed Sunday. 120 Shaw St. mountaingoatgvl.com O-CHA TEA BAR

A trip to O-CHA will have you considering tea in an entirely new light. This sleek space, located right on the river in Falls Park, specializes in bubble tea—flavored teas with chewy tapioca pearls. For a more intense cooling experience, try the mochi ice cream. The dessert combines the chewy Japanese confection (a soft, pounded sticky rice cake) with ice cream fillings in fun flavors: tiramisu, green tea chocolate, mango, and more. $, B, L, D. 300 River St, Ste 122. (864) 2836702, ochateabaronline.com SOUTHERN PRESSED JUICERY

A healthy-eaters haven, Southern Pressed Juicery offers super-food fans organic smoothies, bowls, juices, and more. Try a power-packed energy bowl like the dragon blood, a hot-pink concoction of dragon fruit, almond milk, banana, layered with buckwheat granola, raw honey, coconut chips, kiwi, and bee pollen. $-$$, B, L. 2 W Washington St. (864) 729-8626, southernpressedjuicery.com


Grocery store, neighborhood café. Local produce, delicious food. These intersections are what make the Swamp Rabbit Café

a staple. But new to the operation is woodfired pizza. Sourcing every ingredient from area vendors, the ever-changing toppings feature local cheeses and fresh-from-the-farm produce. Beer taps flow with excellent local suds. $, B, L, D.

205 Cedar Lane Rd. (864) 255-3385, swamprabbitcafe.com THE VILLAGE GRIND

Tucked between art galleries in the heart of Pendleton Street, the Village Grind is a cheerful, light-filled space for java lovers. Emphasizing community, the coffeehouse brews up beans by Due South and serves flaky treats from Bake Room. $, B, L. 1258 Pendleton St. (864) 915-8600

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A Charleston-based fresh-food fantasy, Caviar & Bananas has answered Greenville’s gourmet prayers with a whopping selection of salads, sandwiches, and baked goods galore, not to mention a fine selection of beer and wine. But don’t miss weekend brunch! We suggest the B.E.L.T.: bacon duo, fried egg, arugula, tomato, and black pepper aioli, on grilled sourdough bread. $-$$, B,

L, D, SBR. 1 N Laurens St. (864) 235-0404, caviarandbananas.com FARM FRESH FAST

While “fast food” and “healthy” aren’t often synonymous, Farm Fresh Fast might change your mind. The restaurant’s mantra is simple: build sustainable relationships with local farms and provide nutritionbased, customized meals. We suggest the almost heaven burger with a fresh patty from Providence Farm, or the seasonal cobb salad—featuring Kaland Farm eggs and a house-made apple pie moonshine vinaigrette. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Saturday. 860 S Church St, Greenville. (864) 518-1978, eatfarmfreshfast.com RICK’S DELI & MARKET

For a filling, gourmet lunch on the go, the artisanal sandwiches and salads at this West End deli hit the spot. Try the classic Reuben, with corned beef piled high on toasted marbled rye with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, or the Rick’s chopped salad, with turkey, bacon, and ham. For dinner, fish and chips, herb-crusted salmon, and chicken piccata make the cut. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 101 Falls Park Dr. (864) 312-9060, rickerwins.com

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When considering the perfect sandwich, steam isn’t the first (or even last) thing to come to mind. For Robert Sullivan, hot air is the key to handheld nirvana. With a smorgasbord of ingredients like cut meats, veggies, and homemade cream cheeses, Sully’s serves bagel sandwiches piping hot and always fresh. $, B, L, D (closed Sunday

evenings). Open until 3am on Friday & Saturday. 6 E Washington St. (864) 5096061, sullyssteamers.com

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Located around the corner from Carl Sobocinski’s restaurant, this operation adds speed and efficiency to high-quality food. From BBQ Monday to Grilled Cheese Wednesday, add a spontaneous element to your lunch, or enjoy a hot breakfast. $-$$, B, L. Closed Sunday. 22 E Court St. (864) 271-8431, sobysontheside.com


Count on this deli for fast, high-quality food, from homemade soups to a traditional grinder and a turkey melt. Grab “crafted carryout” entrées and sides, or impress last-minute guests with roasted turkey and

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Parmesan potatoes. Choose from the menu, or check back for daily specials. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed Sunday. 644 N Main St, Ste 107. (864) 370-9336, twochefscafeandmarket.com UPCOUNTRY PROVISIONS

Serving up gourmet sandwiches on freshmade stecca bread, Upcountry Provisions is well worth a trip to Travelers Rest for an extended lunch break. Snack on the shop’s daily crafted cookies, scones, and muffins, or bite into a devil dog BLT with hormone-free meat on just-baked white focaccia bread. Don’t miss The Grove on Friday nights—live music, a rotating tapas menu, and craft beer and wine. $, B, L, D. Closed Sundays. 6809

State Park Rd, Travelers Rest. (864) 834-8433, upcountryprovisions.com


The enticing aroma of Afghan cuisine delivers savory satisfaction at this local lunch spot. Chef Nelo Mayar brings her favorite fare from hometown Kabul to Greenville eaters—think succulent lamb kabobs and meat-filled steamed dumplings, sweet potato burhani, and root-veggie rich soups. To spice things up, the menu changes daily, but expect to find two plates of rice, meat, and veggies offered. $, L. 210 E Coffee St. (864) 236-7410, aryanagreenville.com


Bangkok Thai makes a standout version of pad Thai, everyone’s favorite noodles. The curries are a surefire hit, though the green curry is the only one made from fresh chilies. For a different dining experience, take a seat on the floor pillows in the back room. $$, L, D. Closed

Sunday. 605 Haywood Rd. (864) 458-7866, bangkokgreenville.com


Elegant comfort is hard to come by, but the Eang brothers have created an empire out of the concept with Basil Thai in the Aloft building downtown. Try the Chicken Coconut Tureen: a simple dish of chicken, mushrooms, and galanga roots in coconut milk packed with herbaceous flavors. You’ll probably have enough for leftovers, but the best comfort meals usually do. $$-$$$, D. 9 N Laurens St. (864) 609-4120, eatatbasil.com/greenville


This Swamp Rabbit Trail–based cantina serves up trendy cocktails and Mexcian menu selects like chicken tortas, braised beef tamales, and pozole roja. Designed with a laid-back feel, the upscale social club is not shy of spirits; along with craft beer, wine, mezcal, and tequila, the bar whips up killer cocktails like the el Thrifty margarita with blanco tequila and orange liquer, or the Oaxaca Burro with mezcal, ginger, and lime. $-$$. SBR, D. Closed Monday. 25 Delano Drive. elthrifty.com


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For almost 20 years, Rosalinda Lopez has been serving up fresh renditions of Mexican recipes across from Bob Jones University. Her repertoire lists a wealth of tasty beef, pork, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian dishes— including the ever-popular chile rellenos—but don’t pass up a starter of chips and Rosalinda’s homemade tomatillo salsa. $$, L, D. 1124 N. Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 292-7002, facebook. com/rosalindasrestaurantgreenville


Lomo saltado, ceviche, rotisserie chicken, and other Peruvian classics form the core of the menu at the Golden Llama, but you won’t regret the bistec a lo pobre—beef tenderloin, plantains, and potatoes, topped with a fried egg. The eatery’s two no-frills storefront locations (the second one in Five Forks)

sport golden-hued walls and offer dine-in and carry-out service. $, L, D. 2435 E. North St. (864) 373-9958, goldenllama.net


Splashes of red and lime green play off the blend of traditional and modern influences at this sushi restaurant. Chef and owner Keichi Shimizu exhibits mastery over his domain at the bar, but also playfully blends modernAmerican elements into his menu. Soleil Moon Frye fans should try the Punky Brewster roll: tuna, mango, hot sauce, and Panko topped with spicy crab salad and unagi sauce. $$, L, D. 115 Pelham Rd. (864) 271-0900, irashiai.com


True, it would be fantastic if the Greek Festival happened year-round. But until that day, pop into this authentic Mediterranean eatery with modern flair. Take a light lunch on the outdoor patio with a Kalamata olive and fetatopped Greek salad or a classic gyro wrapped with your choice of lamb, chicken, or veggies. At dinner, try something more indulgent like the vegan moussaka. $$, L, D, Closed Sunday. 644 N. Main St #100, Greenville. (864) 3739445, jirozgreenvillesc.com


Kimchee’s kimchi keeps locals coming back. Try the Kalbi short ribs (marinated in soy sauce, onions, and sesame seeds) or bibimbap (served in a hot stone bowl for crispy rice). All dishes come with ban chan, side dishes that include kimchi, japchae (glass noodles), marinated tofu, and more. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 1939 Woodruff Rd Ste B. (864) 534-1061, kimcheekoreanrestaurant.com


This hole-in-the-wall won’t wow you with its simple interior, but its selection of ban chan (side dishes) will spark your palate with snapshots of flavor before you dive into bowls of bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables, meat, and an egg) or yukejang (a spicy beef and vegetable stew). $$. L, D. 1170 Woodruff Rd. (864) 286-0505 MEKONG

Chef Huy Tran delivers the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Favorites include the grilled pork vermicelli: marinated pork, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, peanuts, crispy shallots, and sauce. Try the Vietnamese crêpes or the Pho, which is flavored with fresh herbs from their homegrown herb garden. $, L, D. Closed Monday. 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 244-1314, mekongrestaurantgreenville.com


Can you say umami? Located on Woodruff Road with a second shop now on North Main, this Japanese noodle house offers an exquisite ramen experience that will have you wondering why you ever settled for the dorm room packet version. Start with the rice balls or edamame, then dive into the Shoyu ramen—marinated pork, bean sprouts, spinach, green onions, nori, and a boiled egg bathed in a soy-based broth.

$, L, D. 1860 Woodruff Rd, Ste C, and 243 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 288-5659 OTTO IZAKAYA

Modeled after the informal, after-work drinking holes of Japan, Otto Izakaya is the latest dining concept unveiled by Peter Lieu and Doug Yi—longtime owners of Lieu’s Bistro restaurant. The menu invites guests to embrace familiar favorites—spicy tuna and BBQ eel rolls with assorted nigiri and sashimi—while expanding palates to new tasting territories a la the mac ‘n’ cheese loaded with Panang curry, jack cheese, and radiatori pasta or banh mi sliders with chili pork and spicy mayo. $$, D. 802 S Main St; 15 Market Point Dr, Greenville. (864) 568-5880; (864) 568-8009, otto-izakaya.com

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The Pita House has been family-operated since 1989. Inside, it’s bare bones, but the cognoscenti come here for tasty Middle Eastern fare such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shwarma. And save room for baklava and other Mediterranean sweets for dessert. Also, check out the little grocery in the back of the restaurant for some homemade inspiration. $, L, D.

Closed Sunday. 495 S Pleasantburg Dr, #B. (864) 271-9895, pitahousesc.com POMEGRANATE ON MAIN

Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and a flavorful variety, such as the slow-cooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Be sure to sample from the martini menu at the aquamarinetiled bar, or head outside to the street-side patio facing Main. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 618 S Main St. (864) 241-3012, pomegranateonmain.com SACHA’S CAFÉ

Bright walls and a long, inviting bar make a sunny backdrop in which to chow down on Colombian food at Sacha’s. Arepas are available with ingredients like beans, chorizo, avocado, shredded beef, and more stuffed inside (rellenas) or piled on top (encima). The patacones, or deep-fried plantains, are thick and sweet. Hungry groups can order the fiesta platter, a sampler that serves six people. To drink, try one of the natural fruit juices, or the imported cervezas. $. L, D. 1001 N Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 232-3232, sachascafe.com SAFFRON

It’s worth braving Woodruff Road to visit this Indian eatery. At lunch, the daily buffet lays out a wallet-friendly selection of curries, rice dishes, and chef’s signatures. The a la carte dinner menu boasts a staggering variety, but the yogurt-marinated chicken tikka cooked in a clay oven or the lamb saag stewed with spinach, ginger, and garlic are excellent options. $, L, D. 1178

Woodruff Rd., Ste. 16. (864) 288-7400, saffrongreenville.com SAIGON FAST FOOD

Contrary to its name, Saigon Fast Food is a sit-down restaurant. Inside, the small room is spiffed up with green-clothcovered tables and a host of condiments in the middle of each. Folks come here for steaming bowls of pho—a fragrant broth made with rice noodles and your choice of other ingredients (meats and vegetables)—and an extensive menu of Vietnamese specialties to wash down with a glass of bubble tea $ -$$. L, D. 1011 N

Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 235-3472 SWAD

Tucked off of Laurens Road, this venerable family-run Indian restaurant hones in on vegetarian cuisine. South Indian specialties such as idli (steamed rice cakes) and dosas (thin rice crepes) served with sambar (lentil stew) delight regulars, while those biding their budget go for the value meals that come with basmati rice or naan. $, L, D. 1421 Laurens Rd. (864) 233-2089 YELLOW GINGER ASIAN KITCHEN

Here, Chef Alex Wong and wife Dorothy Lee have managed to reinvent the conventional. Start off with the homemade pot stickers, or dive right into the soulsatisfying mee goreng, with fresh lo mein noodles, tofu, bean sprouts, green onions, and shrimp with an unctuous soy tomato chili sauce then topped with a fried egg. $ -$$, L, D. Closed Monday.

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Heaping portions and a menu that mixes inventive flavors with customer favorites make Davani’s a Greenville mainstay. The friendly staff doesn’t hurt, either. Try the Muscovy duck, pan-seared with port wine and a sundried cherry demi-glacé, or the veal Oscar, topped with crab meat, asparagus, and hollandaise. $$$-$$$$, D.

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With stellar views of Falls Park from its wrap-around terrace, this modern Italian osteria offers patrons daily house-made pastas, the region’s freshest seasonal ingredients, and, of course, oysters—all led by famed chef Michael Kramer. Grab a cocktail or a glass of wine from the 40-foot bar, and nosh on pasta dishes like potato gnocchi, radiatori, or tonnarelli with local tomatoes, corn, and chanterelle mushrooms. $$-$$$, L (Sat–Sun), D. 207 S

Main St. (864) 720-2200, jiannagreenville.com THE LAZY GOAT

The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, such as the crispy Brussels sprouts with Manchego shavings and sherry glacé. For a unique entrée, try the duck confit pizza with a sour cherry vinaigrette and a farm egg. An extensive variety of wine is available in addition to a full bar. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed

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The latest addition to the Larkin’s line-up, this ristorante serves up Italian cuisine out of the former Playwright space on River and Broad streets. The menu ranges from pesto pizzas to chicken marsala to classics like spaghetti and meatballs—but the real winner is an all-Italian wine list, curated from award-winning vineyards across the region. After you’ve had your glass, grab a bite of the housemade limoncello gelato.

$$-$$$, L, D. 401 River St. (864) 263-7000, limoncellogvl.com

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Gaze over the lush Falls Park scenery while enjoying French-inspired cuisine. Make a lunch date to enjoy the arugula salad or bistro burger with caramelized leeks and mushrooms, arugula, Gruyere, and garlic aioli. At night, the bistro serves up romance à la Paris, with items like escargot and mussels. Don’t miss brunch on the weekend. $$-$$$, L (Mon–Fri), D

(Mon–Sun), SBR (Sat–Sun). 601 S Main St. (864) 509-0142, passerelleinthepark.com


You’ll find Italian-American classics to feed every member of the family at this Greenville icon. For two decades, the familyowned restaurant near Greenville Mall has been pleasing palates with a generous menu of pasta, seafood, and saltimbocca. For the gluten-sensitive, sautéed vegetables can be substituted for pasta in many of the dishes

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shrimp and mussels. The bar fronts 14-foot windows along Main Street, making it a prime location for enjoying a glass while people-watching. $$$, D. Closed Sunday

& Monday. 100 N Main St. (864) 271-8667, ristorantebergamo.com STELLA’S SOUTHERN BRASSERIE

Boasting French flair and fare, this sister to Stella’s Southern Bistro is the second in Jason and Julia Scholz’s line of quality eateries. Stationed in Hollingsworth Park, Chef Jeff Kelly offers a local twist on French staples—blue-black mussel shells with smoked tomato broth, Marsala-spiked onion soup gratinée, and roasted game hen—served up daily in a lively, chic environment. Don’t miss the breakfast pastries. $$-$$$. B, L, D, SBR. 340 Rocky

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A Greek and Italian restaurant with traditional flair, Villa Frosi hits Wade Hampton with Southern European staples. Sample specialties like the spanakopita, the seafood fettuccine, or go straight for the pizza. Finish with a slice of limoncello cake, and you’ll be booking you’re Mediterranean dream cruise, pronto. $$, L, D. Closed

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Since 2015, this taco truck has delivered new wonders and old favorites. Owner Nick Thomas treats the tortilla as a work of art, with the likes of Nashville hot chicken or Thai shrimp with fried avocado stuffed into soft shells. Sides like the street corn are must adds. Don’t miss a chance to reinvent your taste buds—check the Automatic Taco’s Facebook page for their weekly schedule. $,

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Owner David Allen uses only local ingredients to make his burgers. Treat yourself to a pimento cheeseburger and fries, or salute our Cajun neighbors with the truck’s signature N’awlins burger—a fresh-ground beef patty served with andouille sausage, peppers, onions, and applewood-smoked white cheddar, topped with the Chuck Truck’s very own herb aioli. $, schedule varies. (864) 884-3592, daveschucktruck.com KEEPIN’ IT FRESH

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As healthy as it is tasty, Keepin’ It Fresh food truck serves up a diverse menu of locally sourced cuisine guaranteed to please your appetite and your waistline. Catch them at Grateful Brew and the Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom for a crispy fried Brussels sprouts salad, mouthwatering shrimp taco topped with peach slaw and guava crema, or a golden-brown fried fish plate. $$, schedule varies. (864) 386-5050,



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If you’re in the mood for some authentic Southern eats, look no further than the Kickin’ Pig’s on-the-go ’cue truck. Go for the smoked bologna sandwich seasoned with BBQ rub and finished with cole slaw, or grab a fork and dig into the BBQ Sundae, a non-confectionary concoction of pulled pork, potato salad, slaw, and sauce of choice. $, schedule varies. (864)

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Lauren Kulesz of Mobile Meltdown has been delivering creamy grilled cheese, paired with tomato bisque or fried mashed potato balls, to comfort-food cravers from her truck window since fall 2018. Grab your typical American cheese and bread blend with the classic, or dig into the likes of the spicy pig. $, L, D. Times


Not to be cheesy, but the latest addition to Greenville’s food truck scene is melting hearts, one grilled sammie at a time.


Catch a summertime vibe year-round every time you drop by this Caribbean-inspired restaurant-on-wheels. Wrap your hands around One Love’s take on traditional favorites; the tropical gyro is rolled up with fresh mango slaw, pico, seared lamb and beef, and jerk-infused tzatziki sauce, while the Jinju hero comes topped on a grilled roll with kimchi, Italian sausage, provolone, and tangy Asian sauce. $, schedule varies. (864)


Smokin’ Blues keeps things hot with a smorgasbord of savory sauces and smoked staples—pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken, and ribs—that can be enjoyed solo or packed into sandwiches and tacos. For a treat that’s extra smokin’, go for the glutenfree loaded fries or homemade chips piled high with pork, white BBQ sauce, sour cream, pickled jalapenos, and three-cheese sauce. $, schedule varies (864) 444-4752, mysmokinblues.com


From culinary school to the streets of Greenville, Neil and Jessica Barley have made it their mission to bring people together through food. Not only has Thoroughfare proved that tater tots can be eaten with every meal (their disco tots are topped with white cheddar gravy), they’ve driven their way into our hearts. Don’t miss the mahi mahi tacos topped with kale slaw and chipotle aioli. $, schedule varies. (864) 735-8413, thoroughfarefoodtruck.com WE GOT THE BEETS

Proving that not all street food is created equal, We Got the Beets is Greenville’s very first plant-based food truck. This crueltyfree fare encourages diners to “celerybrate” vegan eats. Favorites include the Philly grilled cheese with marinated portobello mushrooms and cashew mozzarella cheese, and the sushi sandwich with sushi rice, Korean BBQ jackfruit, and more in a nori sheet pocket. $, schedule varies. @wegotthebeetsfoodtruck


Pizza and beer—flowing from 27 taps downstairs and 31 upstairs—are what bring patrons to Barley’s. Besides the tap, there’s a long list of selections by the bottle. Try the classic New York–style pizzas, or go for one of Barley’s specialty pies. Afterwards, make your way upstairs to the billiards tables and the dartboard lanes. $-$$, L, D. 25 W Washington St. (864) 232-3706, barleysgville.com


This Charleston-based catering joint graces the Greenville scene with artisan, Neapolitanstyle pizza pies. Served out of a turquoise ’55 Chevy tow truck, the pies are baked in a wood-fired brick oven and topped with local produce from Reedy River farms. Stick with the classic margherita pie, or branch out with the red Russian kale and Gorgonzola, sprinkled with almond pieces and drizzled in olive oil. Location information available on their website. $, L, D. Location varies. (843) 654-9606, coastalcrustgreenville.com

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Hailing from Charleston, D’Allesandro’s Pizza brings its dough lover’s paradise to Greenville. The D’Allesandro brothers’ philosophy is simple—if the pizza is good and the beer is cold, people will come. Created with quality ingredients, D’Allesandro’s pushes out pies in the North Main area, where guests can enjoy a variety of savory pizza, calzones, and even signature CalJoes. $$, L, D. 17 Mohawk Dr, Greenville.

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Experience Big Apple flavor without the bustle at this NY-style brick-oven pizzeria. Serving up pies and calzones in a traditional yet chic environment, Grimaldi’s is dedicated to authenticity, down to the imported NYCwater used to craft their dough. Grab a slice of the buffalo chicken pizza, or build your own, just don’t miss the daily house-made cheesecake or wine pairings. Located in Magnolia Park Shopping Center, it’s an ideal spot to snag a bite before a cinematic viewing. $, L, D. 1025 Woodruff Rd, St. K101.

(864) 412-1032, grimaldispizzeria.com SIDEWALL PIZZA COMPANY

Located on the main drag of Travelers Rest, on Cleveland Street downtown, and now on Pelham Road, this pizza joint is a fast favorite with its handcrafted, brick-oven pies made from local ingredients. But their salads are nothing to ignore, not to mention dessert: the homemade ice cream will make you forget about those fellas named Ben & Jerry. $$, L,

D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 35 S Main St, Travelers Rest, (864) 610-0527; 99 Cleveland St, (864) 558-0235; 3598 Pelham Rd, (864) 991-8748, sidewallpizza.com STONE PIZZA

Serving both Neapolitan- and New York–style pizzas, the latest edition to the corner of Stone and Park avenues is no pie in the sky. Ideal for a classic family outing or catching the game with a few friends (beer, sports, and pizza, amirite?), STONE and its fire-inspired pies are crafted with house-made mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour, and baked for a flat minute in their wood-fired oven. $$, L (Sat

& Sun), D. 500 E Park Ave. (864) 609-4490, stonepizzacompany.com TOSS PIZZA

Located in the South Ridge Apartment Community, the TOSS menu is loaded with artfully crafted pies that are a far cry from your typical pepperoni. Head far east with the Phuket Thai pie, based with curry sauce and topped with peanuts, arugula, and shiitake mushrooms. The chile relleno is guaranteed to light a fire in the ol’ belly— thanks to a few poblano peppers. $$, L, D.

823 S Church St, Greenville. (864) 2830316, tosspizzapub.com VIC’S PIZZA

The sign that says “Brooklyn, SC” at this walk-up/take-out joint makes sense when you see what you’re getting: piping hot New York–style pizza, served on paper plates. Purchase by the (rather large) slice, or have entire pies delivered (as long as your home or business is within three miles). $, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 12 E Coffee St. (864) 232-9191, vicspizza4u.com


From the owners of beloved downtown institution Coffee Undergroud, World Piece brings Chicago-style pizza to Greenville’s dining scene from their laidback, 16-seat bar on Stone Avenue. Offering a line-up of draft beers, as well as menu features —buffalo chicken wings, assorted salads, house-crafted beef and veggie burgers, crispy french fries, and, of course, savory pies—this pizza joint ensures there’s a little something to please everyone. $-$$.

L, D. 109 West Stone Ave Suite A1. (864) 568-5221


Tex-Mex has a new home in Greenville with the addition of Cantina 76, where the tacos shine. Play it safe with classic handhelds like fried tilapia and ground beef with lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheese, or turn up the heat with fried chicken doused with jalapeño aioli. $, L, D. 103 N Main St. (864) 631-2914, cantina76.com


Hand-crafted and locally sourced, this TR taco joint is the love child of Mexican cuisine and Southern soul food. Start the meal with a few small plates—try the fried green tomatoes or the pan-seared crabAgent Name, Agent Street Address cakes—then dig into pure taco bliss with City, State, Zip the Travelers Rest hot chicken. Go a little Phone lighter with a farm-fresh salad, and endE-mail with the campfire s’mores. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 164 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-0586, farmhousetacos.com


Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, this locally owned spot takes—the burrito. Stop in for spicy tacos, cheesy quesadillas, zesty breakfast burritos, fresh salads, and more. Save room for the chipotle BBQ chicken burrito or the farm burrito, packed with rice, kale, hummus, beets, cilantro, cabbage, and more. $, B, L, D. 1268 Pendleton St. (864)

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Table 301 plankowner Jorge “Papi” Baralles brings family tradition and the familiar childhood flavors of Cuautla, Mexico, to this walk-up taqueria on the Reedy River. The menu is short and to the point. Get your tacos with shrimp, barbacoa, al pastor, carne asada, carnitas, or chicken and chorizo, or sample some gelato in the display case. Get in, get out, and enjoy Falls Park. $, L, D. 300

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Dishes here bear the creative touch of Trish Balentine, former owner of Corporate Deli. Her made-from-scratch menu items include tamales, burrito bowls, and all the other Tex-Mex suspects. “Tipsy” nods to the bar, where you can swill tequila flights, frozen margaritas, and house-infused spirits. Take your pick of three locations—two in Greenville and one on Fairview Road in Simpsonville. $$, L, D, SBR. 15 Conestee Ave,


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The new kid on the taco block, White Duck sets up shop at Hampton Station in the Water Tower District, and feels right at home next to Birds Fly South Ale Project. Try the Bangkok shrimp taco or the mushroom potato with romesco, and pair with their fresh peach sangria or Birds Fly South’s crisp bungalow golden ale for the complete taqueria experience. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1320 Hampton Ave, Ext Ste 12B. whiteducktacoshop.com


Much like its Spartanburg-based sister, Greenville’s Willy Taco is a straight-up Mexican fiesta! Housed in the former Feed & Seed, the atmosphere pairs perfectly with its festive food presentation. Choose from a variety of taco flavors; we suggest the crispy avocado—topped off with a house-crafted margarita. $-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 217

Laurens Rd. (864) 412-8700, willytaco.com


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As part of The Peace Center’s Songwriters Workshop Series, this special showcase will highlight the songwriting and instrumental talents of some of the industry’s most gifted musicians. The Upstate’s own Edwin McCain is set to take the stage along with country and pop music collaborator and singer Maia Sharp. The powerhouse pair will be joined by guest artist Jill Sobule, whose quirky, youthful tunes were a soundtrack to 90s teen girls everywhere. Genevieve’s at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7:30pm. $75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

tickle your funny bone. Epps’ “Funny As Ish” tour is sure to be no exception, especially with guest host Sommore, and Rickey Smiley, DC Young Fly, Earthquake, and Tony Rock packing the ol’ one-two punch of funny. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, 8pm. $55-$128. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com



The Greenville Theatre— yes, they dropped the “little” in January—kicks off the 2019 mainstage season with Lionel Bart’s pop-culture musical, Oliver!. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, the Tony Awardwinning production mirrors the classic novel’s satire with a songbook of hit tunes like “Consider Yourself,” “Where is Love?,” and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.” Don’t be surprised if you hear yourself asking for more before the night is through. Greenville Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs–Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $25-35 (864) 2336238, greenvilletheatre.org

second Masterworks series show of 2019. The lovely musical showcase will feature an assortment of earpleasing polkas, waltzes, and galops crafted by Austrian composer Johann Strauss, as well as the orchestrally demanding, semi-autobiographical “Ein Heldenleben” by German conductor and composer Richard Strauss. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $19-$75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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Whether he’s tricking Alan into buying “floories” in The Hangover or trying to evade his baby mama in Next Friday, or on stage doing stand-up, comedian Mike Epps knows how to

SQUARED 2–3 STRAUSS It’s set to be a tale of

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In most cases, poking fun at religion is grounds for an immediate smiting. But when it’s scripted by the same guys who created South Park . . . well, that probably isn’t the best defense, either. Crowned as one of the best musicals of all time, the Tony Award-winning Broadway smash takes a satirical view

of the life of two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to relate to the hardships of a thirdworld country—using their religion as a guide. Laden with hit songs and plenty of humor, this is one cult you may actually want in on. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $55-$125. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org


Charleston’s culinary scene continues to be on the up-and-up in America— so it only makes sense to hold a celebration in its honor. Numerous chefs from the region and beyond will descend on the Holy City for a weekend-plus of tastings, classes, meals, blendings, and much, much more, each with a little Lowcountry flair. With so many options each day of the fest, there’s no reason for you to leave without a full belly. Charleston. Times and locations vary. Prices vary. (843) 727-9998, charlestonwineandfood.com

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March Madness makes a comeback in the Upstate when the best of SEC women’s basketball takes to the court for an all-out battle towards the finals. Fourteen teams will enter, but only one will leave the victor! Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Times vary. Books, $120. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com

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FÊTE THURSDAY 7 EMRYS Formerly on Fat Tuesday,

Emrys’s annual Mardi Gras gala will masquerade the night away on a Thursday this year. As part of its primary fundraising initiative, the local literary arts organization invites guests on a bead and brass bonanza, which includes Cajun bites, tunes from Soda City Brass Band, and a silent auction. The evening’s special guests of honor, local art luminaries Alan Ethridge and Jeanet Dreskin, will be the fête’s Rex and Regina. Masks encouraged. The L, 211 E. Broad St, Greenville. Thurs, 7pm. $100. emrys.org/fete-tuesday-tickets

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Come out to support the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance as they give the disease the slice and dice—with the help of a few professionals of course. Hosted by WYFF 4’s Jane Robelot, the culinary fête stars a slew of local celebrity chef competitors like artist Dorothy Shain, realtor Nick Carlson, Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards General Manager Jim Killion, oncologist Amanda Hathaway, and other community figureheads who will team up together for the exciting competition-style event. Embassy Suites at Verdae, 670 Verdae Blvd, Greenville. Fri, 6–10pm. Prices vary. chopcancerupstate.com


With all the elements of a classic Brothers Grimm narrative—evil stepmother, fairy godmother, and mammals that somehow have stellar tailoring skills—Cinderella is a true fairytale for every generation. Greenville’s Carolina Ballet Theatre presents their take on the classic with a contemporary spin. Choreographed by Hernan Justo, the dance performance builds on the original story with fresh themes on family and the renewed strength of females everywhere in the twenty-first century. Gunter Theatre at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 10am; Sat, 2:30pm & 7pm. $36-$40. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org



While the perks of growing up—we can have ice cream whenever we want!—far outweigh the negatives, adventures seemed grander when the world seemed bigger. Set sail on an unforgettable epic with a pre-Tinker Bell Peter Pan and Molly as they journey on the high seas to a land of enchantment with plenty of quirky characters in tow. It’s a tale that will sweep your imagination all the way to Neverland—so long as you believe in faith, trust, and pixie dust. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $20-$25. (864) 542-2787, chapmanculturalcenter.org


The Guild of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra kicks off its annual winter fundraising event with tricks and thrills in the West End. Sport your best cocktail attire and absorb the wonder of Carnivale—aerial dancers, jugglers, and magicians will dance through the space as cocktails and hors d’oeuvres flow. A live DJ will be spinning the best grooves to round out the soirée, and all proceeds go to supporting the GSO’s commitment to filling our community with quality arts. Zen, 924 S Main St, Sat, 7–10pm. $125. guildgso.org/2019-casinoroyale

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especially when it’s in the name of helping animals. The 13th annual Spa for Spays event, hosted by Speak for Animals, gives each guest a chance to do some self-pampering to help our furry friends in Greenville. The healthconscious event will host delicious vegan food and drink, a variety of group classes and spa services including table massages, sample acupuncture, reflexology, as well as a silent auction. Speak for Animals strives to provide low-cost spay and neuter options for the Upstate’s furry friends. Zen, 924 S. Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 5:30pm. speakforanimals.com




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Mar 14th–16th; Thurs–Fri, 10:30am; Sat, 2pm. $15. Greenville Theatre. Junie B. Jones is at it again with her antics, but she’ll have to prove she’s not a crook in this adaptation of the classic children’s book.

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Everyone’s favorite cast of characters, including Big Bird, Elmo, and Grover, come to life to sing and dance with not just the kids—we know you’ll join in, too.


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Sure, a musical about one of history’s greatest tragedies might be as unexpected as Chef Guy Fieri performing Swan Lake, but this production provides a personal, historical perspective on that fateful night. Narrated through the firsthand stories of ship passengers and crew, the award-winning, visually stunning musical creates a unique theater experience for all. Rodeheaver Auditorium at Bob Jones University, 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm. $25-$45. (864) 5464535, bju.edu/events/fine-arts/ concert-opera-drama/titanic/

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Long before Meryl Streep went from Devil Wears Prada to a witch wearing a prosthetic chin, this original musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine was taking the theater world by storm. This enchanting musical collides the worlds of some of the most well-known fairy tale characters; the cast includes Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack of Beanstalk fame, and others, each on a personal journey to make their dreams come true. A little bit dark and a little bit humorous, Into the Woods makes for a perfect family outing. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $22-$35. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org


Created by author Barbara Park back in 1992, our favorite little firstgrade troublemaker is known for her innocent-but-wild antics and a signature head of unkempt auburn hair. Sure, she’s had her fair share of shenanigans—like thinking her newborn brother is a baby monkey— but when Junie is framed for the theft of a super fantastic pen, she’s about to give a whole new meaning to the term “juvenile justice.” Greenville Theatre, 444 College St. Thurs–Fri, 10:30am; Sat, 2pm. $15. (864) 233-6238, greenvilletheatre.org

WOMAN 15 CELTIC Take a break from dying your

beer green to appreciate some real Irish culture. Breathtaking vocals and storied heritage have become calling cards for Celtic Woman’s multifaceted live shows, often accentuated with traditional dance and talented musicians. The quartet’s thirteenth studio album, Ancient Land, was released last September, and featured the debut of Celtic Woman’s newest principal member, Megan Walsh. The album peaked at number six on the U.S. World Albums chart. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 8pm. $55-$85. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org


If you’re willing to both, one, wear out your children beyond all consciousness, and two, upstage a few puppets and toddlers with your “running man” rendition, then do we have an activity for you. Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Super Grover, and the rest of the gang in one of the world’s favorite ‘hoods as they dance, sing, and party the night away! Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, 6pm; Sat, 10:30am & 2:30pm. $20-$55. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com

OF SAIL 15–31 POWER Set at the prominent

Harvard University, playwright Paul Grellong’s poignant Power of Sail is a startling account of one professor’s quest for clout and the devastating toll it takes. When Charles Nichols begins to feel his tenure slipping away, he makes the erroneous decision to invite a controversial white nationalist to campus for a speaking engagement. Protests, botched interviews, and other disasters ensue quickly, leaving the professor to question how far he’ll go to stay relevant. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville.Times and dates vary. $35. (864) 2356948, warehousetheatre.com

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When Erin Couchell started Comfort Keepers, her only goal was to when they’re aging, recovering help people care for their relatives from surgery, suffering from a in their own homes. She had traumatic no idea injury, or suffering with other that this part-time job would social, mental, and physical challenges. turn into a thriving and And successful career. School teacher it’s not necessarily the patients turned business owner, that need help the most, it’s the Erin opened her first Comfort Keepers in Spartanburg “My passion is keeping people taking care of them. We provide that care.” with the help of her mother-in-law Comfort Keepers has grown tremendously clients comfortable in and has worked in the last 12 years. tirelessly alongside her family She started their with homes two people in a small office in Spartanburg to exponentially grow the for as long and business over the last 12 years. now has locations in Spartanburg, as they want to Greenville and, most recently, In that time, Erin realized that Tryon, NC. “My team performs be there.” the perfect home care miracles every day. I have many situation starts with the caregiver. ideas and it’s my team that puts “My passion is keeping them in motion.” But it’s this your loved ones happy and safe teamwork that enables Erin to wherever they call home. This continue to train and extend the starts with longevity of her business as well a wonderful caregiver whom we as the longevity of her clients. call our Comfort Keepers. As “It’s been of today, we proven that people live longer have over 400 Comfort Keepers and are happier in their own homes. improving the quality of our clients We’re lives,” here because families should be Erin says “Our Comfort Keepers able to just be a family when they’re visit clients every day with an open mind together. And at Comfort Keepers, we help and loving heart, assisting with a wide variety of services ranging them do that.” from companionship and light housekeeping to specialized care and end of life care. It takes an extraordinary person to be a Comfort Keeper. They are the heart and soul of this business. ” Erin’s passion for in-home care is very personal to her. Her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease just before she opened Comfort Keepers and was the driving force behind owning a business that catered to people in need. “What I realized, when 1200 Haywood Rd., Greenville I was caring for my Behind The Counter | 2018mother 11 while working full time and caring 945 East Main St., Ste. for my own family, is that people 5, Spartanburg truly need help. Help comfortkeepers.com | 864.268.8993


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As you can see from the past covers above, we have been at this a long time. It has been exciting to watch the growth of the Upstate over these past 16 years. I hope you enjoy reading the stories as much as we have enjoyed bringing them to you. Our team looks forward to publishing this product every year. Any company, of any size, is fueled by the energy, creativity, wisdom and often the fortitude of the people Behind the Counter. They are the engines driving this business community and in these pages we want to give you a taste of their passion and entrepreneurial sprit. So after you have read through these pages, go out and meet some of these people you’ll see here in person. They will be happy to see you. I think you will agree that the view here in the Upstate is pretty good, no matter what side of the counter you’re on.

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Rhett started out earning a degree in art history and art management at College of Charleston, but while at school, she


Hosted by the Peace Center’s artist-inresidence and master clarinetist Igor Begelman, this month’s installment of the new “Interlude” music-appreciation series will feature a combination of chamber tunes and light-bodied libations. This month’s iteration will focus on Impressionism, including the works of French composer and pianist Joseph Maurice Ravel. Paired with a crisp riesling, there are few better ways to spend a Thursday night. Ramsaur Studio, 101 W Broad St, Greenville. Thurs, 5:15pm. Free. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

NOAH 22 TREVOR Before he was roasting

America’s political bigwigs on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah was a wildly successful comedian in his native South Africa, performing stand-up specials across the country before moving to the States in 2011. Though he had pretty big shoes to fill as kamikaze commentator Jon Stewart’s successor, Noah’s made the late-night program his own, garnering critical praise for his inclusion of millennial culture, ensuring the show’s continued favor with younger audiences. Tune into the “Loud and Clear” tour at the Well—Noah’s first-ever arena excursion. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, 8pm. $39.50-$95. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com

TAP DOGS 22 The brainchild of Aussie award-

winning choreographer, dancer, and actor Dein Perry, TAP DOGS has been a globetrotting sensation since its premiere at the Sydney Theatre Festival in 1995. The international smash is an industrial-meets-innovative masterpiece set on a Newcastle construction site, drawing in audiences with a unique blend of tongue-incheek wit, movement, and awe-inspiring antics.

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#COLLECTIVEWORKS Taking cues from the extensive Johnson Collection of diverse masterpieces, Ballet Spartanburg’s artistic director Carlos Agudelo has crafted a fitting homage to the lasting connection between art and movement. Three distinct works by outstanding Southern female artists serve as the template for Agudelo’s choreography, all of which can be found in the Johnson Collection’s newest book, Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Fri–Sat, 7pm. $15-$25. (864) 542-2787, chapmanculturalcenter.org

GALORE 22–24 STRINGS Strings, strings, and

more strings? Yes please! This chamber orchestra production includes handpicked pieces for our fine-stringed friends like Gioacchino Rossini’s “Sonata No. 3,” Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra,” “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber, and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade.” Gunter Theatre at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $45-$55. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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Let’s face it, Baby Gap is cute, but it can get expensive. Besides, it takes all of two months for them to grow out of that pastel-pink onesie. Enter the Weecycled Wear Children’s Consignment Sale. Whether you’re buying, selling, or just stocking up for the new school year, this sale has thousands of new and gently used items perfect for the all the little one’s fashion statements. Greenville Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Fri, 9am–7pm; Sat, 9am–5pm; Sun, 12–5pm. weecycledwear.com

TREVOR NOAH Mar 22nd; Fri, 8pm. $40-$95. Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah is bringing his topical wit to the Greenville stage on his tour, “Loud and Clear.”

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JAM 2019 24 WINTER Hey, not all spiritual music

has to come from a hymnal. Each year, touring sensation Winter Jam brings together some of the genre’s contemporary acts for an evening of togetherness, praise, and worship. This year’s show will be highlighted by a brand-new 360-degree round stage where artists like Newsong, Hollyn, Rend Collective, and Danny Gokey are slated to perform. The all-ages event even includes a special pre-Jam party with more talented acts! Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sun, 6pm. $15. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com

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Voices Series pays tribute to Women’s History Month with the help of a few leading literaries from around the Palmetto State. Poet-in-residence Glenis Redmond will moderate the trio of speakers, a lineup that features Fine Arts Center creative

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writing director Sarah Blackman along with published authors Len Lawson and Jacqueline Johnson. Huguenot Loft, 101 W Broad St, Greenville. Tues, 6:30pm. Free. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

26–April 3 TREEHOUSE Directed by

Amber Ensley, this Fringe Series presentation explores the intricate correlation between age and the mind. Johnny is a 17-year-old just like any other teenage boy his age—minus the fact that he’s convinced he’s mentally a middle-aged man. Through hours upon hours spent in the treehouse daydreaming of young love and bonding with his closest friends, Johnny soon discovers that life is but a series of lessons in how to love, learn, and heal together. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Tues–Wed, 7pm. $15. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

27 ItCHICAGO took 108 years for the Cubs

to bring home a World Series title, but it’s taken these hometown heroes just half that long to rack up several American Music Awards, three number- one chart-topping singles, and a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While the band reached early success with hits like “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and “25 or 6 to 4” from their first two albums, more contemporary tunes—“I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love” and “Look Away”—have proven Chicago’s staying power. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, 7:30pm. $65-$95. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org



The Spartanburg Little Theatre raises the curtain on yet another exciting season of drama, comedy, music, and everything in between—and this year, things are going a little Greek. The Mediterranean-themed fête will star a smorgasbord of Greek delicacies and libations, a live auction, and select

performances from this year’s upcoming productions. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Thurs, 6:30–9:30pm. $50. (864) 542-2787, chapmanculturalcenter.org


Awards season may be over, but movie buffs need never fear; Indie Grits is finally here. A combination of film screenings, workshops, gaming, parties, and culinary exhibitions, Indie Grits has something to offer attendees of any discerning taste. Columbia. Times and locations vary. Prices vary. indiegrits.org


From their early days filling the Motown recording studio with hits like “My Girl” and “The Way You Do the Things You Do” to cranking out funky, psychedelic-tinged tunes “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and “Treat Her Like a Lady,” the Temptations have truly never gone out of style. The musicians will be joined by the equally iconic Four Tops, a multigenerational soul/ R&B quartet that has been inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, 385 N Church St, Spartanburg. Fri, 7:30pm. $48-$78. (864) 582-8107, crowdpleaser.com

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gets a musical boost thanks to the Spartanburg Philharmonic. The Espresso Series chamber music performance will spotlight female composers and their versatile contributions to the world of classic music. On the playbill are Fanny Mendelssohn (sister of Felix Mendelssohn), Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw, African-American pioneer Florence Price, and Dosia McKay. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Fri, 6:30–7:30pm. $25. (864) 542-2787, chapmanculturalcenter.org

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A YEAR WITH FROG & TOAD Based on the beloved childhood collection of stories by Arnold Lobel, brothers Robert and Willie Reale have created the next big show in youngadult theater. The two-act musical follows along with the amphibious amigos as they go on a whirlwind series of marvelous adventures that stretch throughout the year. Whether sledding in winter or swimming in summertime, it’s always the right season for friendship. Gunter Theatre at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 10am& 1:30pm; Sun, 1:30pm & 5:30pm. $19-$28. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org


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Yeah, like you’ll ever wear hot-pink chiffon with sequins again. The annual Cinderella Project is sponsored by the SC Bar Young Lawyers Division, and acts as a fairy godmother to teenage girls in need of that special “oomph” on prom night. Donations of gently used gowns and other accessories are dropped off throughout the Upstate, with each county hosting special boutiques where young ladies can select their perfect prom ensemble. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 7 Shannon Dr, Greenville. Sat, 10am–1pm. Free. cinderellaprojectsc.com


CLARKSON 30 KELLY Somewhere between her

victory against the hair-tastic Justin Guarini on American Idol’s inaugural season and Steve Carell’s well-known waxing scene, Kelly Clarkson became a household name in the world of pop music. Following a string of hits like “Breakaway,” “Since U Been Gone,” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Clarkson’s eighth studio album, Meaning of Life, was released in October of 2017. The superstar singer’s highly anticipated tour will include guest spots by country popster Kelsea Ballerini and The Voice winner Brynn Cartelli. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St. Sat, 7pm. $45-$94. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com

THE TEMPTATIONS AND FOUR TOPS Mar 29th; Fri, 7:30pm. $48-$78. Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. Motown legends reunite to perform the iconic songs you know and love, along with renditions of modern hits.


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rom its Charlotte home, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art boasts a sizeable collection of renowned works, but had yet to release a significant portion of its holdings until now. Bechtler Unseen: Works from the ’50s and ’60s exhibits more than 100 pieces, highlighting artists across the globe who have nurtured the modern art movement. The collection covers ground over a variety of mediums, including works by Joan Miro, Georges Braque, Jean Hans Arp, and Pablo Picasso. Within these pieces, the collection wholly reminds of the depth, variety, and history within the modern movement and one of its peak eras.—Sydney Taylor Bechtler Unseen: Works from the ’50s and ’60s will be on display at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, through March 17th. The gallery is located at 420 S Tryon St, Charlotte, and is open Monday, Wednesday–Saturday from 10am–5pm, and Sunday, noon–5pm. For more information visit bechtler.org.

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