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105 Putney Bridge Lane $789,681

108 Lowood Lane $780,605

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Seems like every realty company now claims to be Luxury this, and Global that.

We’re flattered.

“ Luxury is an experience, not a price point.” — Sotheby’s International Realty motto since 1976


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Field Day: Magdalena Solé’s work, Brooklyn Chapel, 2010, photographed in Greenwood, Mississippi, is part of the Southbound exhibit by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. For more, see “Southern Testaments,” page 46.

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16 High Bluff Ct, Cliffs Valley $2,695,000 | MLS# 1377161 John "Clark" Kent (864) 784-9918

5 Tropicana Ct, Greenville $2,498,000 | MLS# 1383311 Holly May (864) 640-1959


59 Grand Vista Dr, Ridges at Paris Mtn $1,199,000 | MLS# 1369348 Holly May (864) 640-1959


317 Hampton Ave, Hampton Pinckney $1,049,000 | MLS# 1377474 Michael Mumma (864) 238-2542

Two-Story Unit

106 Fire Pink Way, Cliffs at Glassy $795,000 | MLS# 1356127 Spencer Ashby (864) 344-0333

400 E McBee Ave, Unit 4201, Greenville $749,900 | MLS# 1382731 Andy Overgaard (828) 808-8305 MOUNTAIN VIEWS


1029 Woodburn Rd, Spartanburg $685,000 | MLS# 1366189 Holly May (864)-640-1959

120 Plantation Dr, Woodruff $624,000 | MLS# 1362902 Damian Hall Group (828) 808-8305

1489 Altamont Rd, Paris Mountain $550,000 | MLS# 1373450 Damian Hall (864) 561-7942


423 Mt Vernon Rd, Views at Mt Vernon $519,900 | MLS# 1382040 Michael Mumma (864) 238-2542


311 Meyers Dr, Augusta Road $514,000 | MLS# 1371559 Kris Cawley (864) 516-6580

108 May Apple Way, Cliffs at Glassy $499,000 | MLS# 1369764 Debra Owensby (864) 404-8295


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29 Sylvan Dr, Pleasant Valley $439,800 | MLS# 1374988 Michael Mumma (864) 238-2542

2810 Augusta St, Augusta Road $449,900 | MLS# 1371217 Alex Kessler (864) 414-2174


144 Harbour Pointe, Unit E Lake Keowee $349,000 | MLS# 1379442 Kennie Norris (864) 608-0865

110 Oakview Dr, Augusta Road $424,900 | MLS# 1377877 Michael Mumma (864) 238-2542

416 Santa Cruz Way, Simpsonville $425,000 | MLS# 1377681 Holly May (864) 640-1959 SOLD

1024 Pine Grove Church Rd, Sunset $325,000 | MLS# 1376303 Kris Cawley (864) 516-6580 DOWNTOWN LIVING

364 E Lakeshore Dr, Lake Lanier $309,000 | MLS# 252514 Tim Heatley (864) 561-1489 Damian Hall Group (864) 561-7942

26 Brookdale Ave, Greenville $242,000 | MLS# 1373046 Shannon Donahoo (864) 329-7345


14 B Knoxbury Terrace, Greenville $200,000 | MLS# 1378292 Joye Lanahan (864) 404-5372

LOTS FOR SALE 1991 Tropicana Ct, Greenville 1.04 acres | $245,000 | MLS# 1380934 3545 Jug Factory Rd, Greer 3.5 acres | $199,900 | MLS# 1371949 000 Lake Hills Ln, Lot 38, Travelers Rest .95 acres | $84,900 | MLS# 1356359

246 S Pearson St, Lot 5, Park Place on Hayne $195,000 | MLS# 1381545 Michael Mumma (864) 238-2542 Courtenay Logan (864) 376-3587

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103 Ledgewood Way, Easley $169,000 | MLS# 1375811 Debra Owensby (864) 404-8295

219 Love Dr, Travelers Rest .34 acres | $74,900 | MLS# 1369907

20 Overbrook Ct, Ste 400, Greenville, SC

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


Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.

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The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art tributes the American South through compelling photography; Osnat Rosen founds Greenville’s first Jewish Film Festival; artist Phillip Livingston contrasts control and chaos; NCAA men’s basketball icon Zion Williamson came to fame at Spartanburg Day School; poet Kathleen Nalley offers the best Southern literature selects.




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Experience Spartanburg’s renaissance through our 24-hour guide to this Upstate city’s best bites and buys.

pups into field-trial champions; find the perfect collar for your favorite pooch.


From Bali to Saint-Tropez and back again, Paula Rallis highlights her knack for quality selection at her debut home décor store.


We Southerners may have been raised right, but Ms. Bea reminds to tame the flame when tempers rise.

ABOUT TOWN 76 AMAN father at a young age, The Man shares the joys and struggles of single parenthood.

When childhood nostalgia hits, this writer heads to S&S Cafeteria to nurse his hunger for Southern comfort food. It’s tea time all the time at this Ridgeway, SC, staple; Foxcroft Wine Co. knows a thing or two about chocolate; dive into approachable Mexican cocktails and cuisine at el Thrifty; eating your greens comes easy with smoky sweet collards.

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Got plans? You do now. Led by Montgomery’s Equal Justice Initiative, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice remembers the cost of racial oppression in America.

COVER: Gus, our assistant editor Abby Keith’s German shorthaired pointer, wears a Circle T leather collar from Saluda River Pet Food & Supply. For more see “Dog Gone,” page 66. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey THIS PAGE: Local field-trial group the Carolinas Pointing Dog Association trains pointers, like Joe (right), and other bird dogs in the art of the hunt. For more see “On the Nose,” page 62. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey

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When Daniel Martin learned Chip and Joanna Gaines were building a bakery, he knew his rolling pins would be a perfect pairing. Now the 21-year-old creates thousands of wares for Magnolia Market and more through Split Woodworks in Greer. / by M. Linda Lee // photography by Paul Mehaffey

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Letter February Highlights Southern Testaments

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art highlights the depth of Southern photography: page 46

Sight & Sound

Greenville’s first Jewish Film Festival debuts this month with the help of Osnat Rosen: page 48

Tower of Zion

College basketball’s favorite power forward has Spartanburg roots: page 52

On the Nose

Photograph by Chelsey A shford

Field-trial trainers Doug and Heather Miller have a passion for pointers: page 62

Interior Moves

Find vintage global goods at Paula Rallis Home: page 70

Dinner Bell

Writer Terry Barr bites into nostalgia at Southern food staple S&S Cafeteria: page 78

One Good Turn

This local youth’s craft-made rolling pins are a Magnolia Market mainstay: page 80

Block Party

Southern Sides

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with decadent chocolates from Foxcroft Wine Co.: page 90


ife in the South is like a Southern cafeteria—one of the remaining vestiges of history that is a one-stop sampling of this place. Frequent trips to S&S Cafeteria on East North Street pepper my childhood memories. My grandmother would gently help with my tray as we neared the long metal bar. We’d start at the cold salads, perky and overflowing with chicken, tuna, and fruit—a congealed cocktail of peaches, pears, and grapes, followed by the zinging red, green, and yellow of Jell-O cubes. Before selecting our main courses and sides, we were faced with our dessert selection—which at the time I never questioned, though now I grasp the clever marketing gimmick: Start with pie. The steaming options of meats, starches, and vegetables would come next. I’d usually go for the mac and cheese, green beans, and fried chicken. I cannot remember the first time I tasted these, or where— they are like my own blood, so close to who I am and the essence of my Southernness. The cafeteria is a microcosm of life in the South, with foods, heavy and rich (cornbread made with lard), and with patrons of all walks. You’ll hear the usual pleasantries: “yes, ma’am,” “no, sir,” “thank you, kindly.” On Sunday, you’ll spot a spectrum of fashion, from dresses and suits to attire suitable for couch lounging. I am attached to this place, and this land, and these voices, and these hands. They move within me, around me, through me—they are my own. To be from the South, of the South, to live in the South is to know a place of history, to walk the land of our forebearers and know the depth of their toil, the devastation of their decisions, the retribution and redemption and revelation that linger like ghosts. The air is heavy here for a reason. It’s not without shame and resign, and it’s not without death and life and sweetness. The heady scent of honeysuckle, the chorus of summer crickets, the long evening rain. Southerners may be stubborn and dramatic—but we lead with our hearts. And we live for the story, which—like the buffet—is never boring (particularly with a bourbon by the fire).

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

@towncarolina // towniemail

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THE MORE YOU LOOK THE MORE YOU SEE Named one of South Carolina’s “10 Best Attractions,” by 2018 USA TODAY 10Best and as one of the Top Three Things to Do in Greenville by U.S. News & World Report Travel, the Greenville County Museum of Art is home to the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by renowned American artist Andrew Wyeth. When you visit the GCMA, you’ll discover a carefully curated selection of American art, including one of the world’s best institutional collections of works by America’s most acclaimed living artist, Jasper Johns. The museum’s unrivaled Southern Collection highlights a collection of clay vessels created by the enslaved potter David Drake and one of the country’s largest collections outside the Smithsonian of paintings by William H. Johnson. And admission is always free! Learn more at

Greenville County Museum of Art

420 College Street on Heritage Green 864.271.7570 Sam Gilliam, born 1933 Carousel Merge 4, 1971 acrylic on canvas

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A whole cherry pie.

PAUL MEHAFFEY ART DIRECTOR LAURA LINEN STYLE EDITOR This California native loves shrimp and grits.

Skillet-fried chicken.

Lowcountry boil.

Abby Moore Keith ASSISTANT EDITOR CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Kathryn Davé RUTA FOX M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle Stephanie Trotter Jac Valitchka

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mary Cathryn Armstrong, TERRY BARR, JOHN JETER, Kathleen Nalley & Zoe Nicholson My mom’s chicken and dumplings.

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS, ILLUSTRATORS & DESIGNERS Chelsey Ashford, Timothy Banks, Robin Batina-Lewis, David & Sarah Bonner, Jack Connolly, WILL CROOKS, JIVAN DAVÉ, Whitney Fincannon, REBECCA LEHDE, Joel German, Jason & Tara Massey, Alice Ratterree, Ernest Rawlins & Eli Warren

My go-to Southern dish has to be BBQ ribs— baby back or St. Louis style— cooked over a charcoal grill.

Fried okra. Lightly breaded and crunchtastic.


Shrimp and grits . . . always!



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Kristi Fortner ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLISHER Sue Priester CONSULTING MEMBER Susan Schwartzkopf EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Douglas J. Greenlaw CHAIRMAN TOWN Magazine (Vol. 9, No. 2) is published monthly (12 times per year) by TOWN Greenville, LLC, 581 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611, (864) 679-1200. If you would like to have TOWN delivered to you each month, you may purchase an annual subscription (12 issues) for $65. Postmaster: Send address changes to TOWN, 581 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.

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Design and Build the Ultimate Backyard Experience “We have a gunite pool designed and installed by Genco. Our Project Manager, Todd went above and beyond with customer service. Even at our 5 year anniversary, he or someone at Genco is always very responsive to any issues or questions we may be having. I contacted 4 other companies when we were looking at building a pool and Genco was by far the best choice overall. We love our pool and love Todd and all of the great installers at Genco� - The Sanders Family

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Long before her hit song “Angel,” vocalist Sarah McLachlan was a pioneer in the women’s songwriting movement, fighting for female airplay on the radio and founding the Lilith Fair. The Grammy Award–winning artist will be joined by cellist Vanessa Freebairn-Smith for an intimate evening of sound and speech. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St. Sun, Feb 17, 7pm. $55-$85. (864) 467-3000,

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Crafted by storytelling genius Tennessee Williams as a semi-autobiography in 1944, this memory-style play is told from the perspective of Tom Wingfield, a struggling writer who yearns to escape his tedious life and onerous family. Urged by his mother to find his disabled sister a reasonable suitor, Tom invites a supposedly bachelor coworker over for supper, setting in motion a chain of events that eventually lead to his permanent departure from his home and his familial obligations.

Founded in 1988, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet is something of a legend within the chamber music world. The first quintent permanently established in the renowned orchestra’s history, the group has appeared on stages across the world, astounding audiences with an expansive collection of multigenerational pieces that range from pure wind literature to larger ensemble productions. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, Feb 13, 7pm. $55. (864) 467-3000,

The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Thru Feb 10. Days, times vary. $35. (864) 235-6948, In celebration of Greenville’s great outdoors, this inaugural event is bound to be more exciting than anything you ever did in Cub Scouts. Touted as the only one of its kind in our area, the combination showcase and shopping expo gives guests a unique opportunity to check out the latest in hunting, fishing, camping, and powersport products in addition to educational seminars, displays, and exciting activities like archery tag, taxidermy, rock climbing, and lumberjack shows. The Greenville Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Feb 8–10. Fri, 2–8pm; Sat, 10am–8pm; Sun, 10am–5pm. Free-$10.

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It may be nearly impossible to replicate Frank Sinatra’s signature piercing blue eyes (or his notorious temper) but Dave Halston does have the voice to do the crooner justice. Rolling through a playlist loaded with some of Sinatra’s most cherished standards, the Las Vegas stunner brings the Rat Pack original back to life some twenty years after his passing. Whether it’s “Come Fly With Me” or “New York, New York” this dazzling showcase is the perfect way to kick off a very good year. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Feb 12–13. Tues–Wed, 7pm. $50. (864) 233-6733,

zWhat-Not-To-Miss / UPSTATE HEART BALL Taking top honors as the number-one Heart Ball in South Carolina, the Upstate’s version has raised millions in funds supporting the American Heart Association. This year’s glam gala will include a variety of auction items valued at a total of $200,000, not to mention a fantastic gourmet dinner, live music, and special segment honoring the survivors and families of those affected by heart disease. Greenville Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Sat, Feb 16, 6pm. (864) 605-7139

THE YOU AND ME TOUR: AN EVENING WITH DREW & ELLIE HOLCOMB As a unit, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors have proven they have the stuff to stick it in the industry. Their gritty cocktail of Southern-style music have landed them on numerous festival stages and supporting slots for some of the genre’s most prominent names, including The Avett Brothers and Robert Earl Keen. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the rootsy Tennessee native will reunite with wife Ellie for an intimate evening of sweet, sweet musical love. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, Feb 14. 7:30pm. $25-$45. (864) 467-3000,

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z World-renowned child photographers Kahran and Regis Bethencourt, of CreativeSoul Photography in Atlanta, bring their singular visual storytelling to Greenville Tech for the month of February. Culled from the couple’s AfroArt series, photographs in this show illustrate the versatility of black hair in hopes of empowering children of color to embrace their natural beauty. Greenville Technical College, Main Campus, 506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Technical Resource Center, Bldg. 102. Feb 1–28; opening reception Mon, Feb 4, 6pm. Free. (864) 250-8000,

BLACK & BEAUTIFUL: A TRIBUTE TO AFRICAN AMERICAN DANCERS z Carolina Ballet Theatre celebrates Black History Month by shining a light on African-American dancers and choreographers. Featuring special tributes to choreographers Alonzo King and Dwight Rhoden, and late prima ballerina Raven Wilkinson, artistic director Hernan Justo’s innovative ballet delves into America’s soul while pirouetting back through history to recognize the African Americans who helped shape our country’s dance landscape.

KROC Center, 424 Westfield St, Greenville. Tues, Feb 12, 7pm. Free (suggested $10 donation). (864) 297-1635,

z A multilingual powerhouse with countless honors, awards, and accolades, vocalist Sarah Brightman proves the idea that music is the universal language of all mankind. Last November’s Hymn was Brightman’s first full-length album release in five years, and reached the top of Billboard’s Classical Crossover and Classical albums charts, cementing her spot as the female with the most number ones on both listings. Brightman’s Greenville stop on her globetrotting world tour will be accompanied by Narcis Iustin Ianau and Vincent Niclo. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, Feb 16, 7pm. $56-$258. (864) 241-3800,


z September may seem far, but it’s never too early to start thinking about euphoria. What better way to spend a winter evening than with comfort food, tunes, and booze? Euphoria’s A Southern Remedy will showcase an array of dishes from newcomers to the Upstate’s culinary scene, paired with beer, wine and craft cocktails, and music from My Girl My Whiskey and Me. Eat, drink, and dance, all while wrapped in the cozy ambience of Zen. Zen, 924 S Main St. Thurs, Feb 21, 7pm. $50.

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I’m With Her: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan As solo artists, the three women of I’m With Her have collectively helped shape the face of bluegrass and folk music, garnering fans and fame with poignant lyrical songwriting and multi-instrumental talent. The trio joined forces for the first time in 2014, and began touring internationally the following year. In 2018 the women saw the release of their first studio album, See You Around, which earned them a nod from the Americana Music Association for Best Duo/Group of the year. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, Feb 19, 7:30pm. $35-$45. (864) 467-3000,


The Greenville Jewish Film Festival spotlights a selection of films dedicated to highlighting Jewish culture. The multiday fest features a trio of films—Fanny’s Journey, Humor Me, and Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel—each premiering after an opening reception and conversation with prominent members of the Jewish community, including baseball player Josh Zeid and Dr. Eric Goldman. Greenville One Center, 1 N Main St. Feb 28–March 3. Thurs, 6pm; Sat, 7pm; Sun, 4pm. $15-$60.

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Songwriters in the Round November 15, 2018

Bruce Braun & Sharon Kelley

David & Martha Dolge with Cindy & Greg Pickett

Guests experienced an intimate evening at the Old Cigar Warehouse, where four Nashville musicians took the stage for the ninth annual Songwriters in the Round. Phillip Lammonds, Brice Long, Tyler Reeve, and Hannah Dasher shared songs and stories, all to benefit the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, while 125 guests enjoyed catering from The Traveling Peddler.

Luke Melnyk & Kaylie Kilpatrick

By Jack Robert Photography Gage Banks, Tommy O’Malley, Riley Lepere & Xavier Baker

Krit & Vega Hutchins

Mike Caprio & Terry Grayson

Alan Ethridge & Rick Davis

Christie Nachman & Maura Copsey

Doug & Lynn Greenlaw

Mark & Cameron Colby

Tina & Jimmy Gulledge

Susan Scovil, Susie White & Barby Merline

John Boyanoski & Tammy Johnson Hollings Rankin, Maggie Olszewski, Quinn Filler & Aniston Hoffman

Emily Chaput, Spring Bills & Molly Gorie

Alan Ethridge & Sarah Lusk Anne Carpenter & Erwin Maddrey

Steve & Kelly Lurus

David & Stephanie Roney

Jonathan Richey & Taryn Marks Patrick & Abbe Weston

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Hands & Hearts Gala for the Ronald McDonald House November 30, 2018 A stroll along the Seine may seem miles away, but patrons of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas’ nineteenth annual Hearts & Hands Gala walked the streets of Paris at this French-themed affair. From the aerial arts performance by MAYA Movement Arts to the wine, cuisine, and music by The Mighty Kicks, guests were transported to the City of Love. Through silent and live auctions, as well as the Fund a Night program, the evening raised funds for more than 1,010 nights of care to help provide resources for families with sick children.

Rosalynn Hester, Andre Richburg & Ayana Richburg

By Bonfire Visuals

Katie Snipes & Erin Sweatt

Caleb & Christie Walker with JDew & Sydney Dew

Deesha & Milan Vyas

Megan & Clay Davenport

Pete & Lynn Venuto Lauren & Corey Ephrussi

Kendall & Jeremy Walker

Tanner & Kelsey Crum

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Town Marti & Paul Spencer

Jessie & Steve Sturgeon with Willy & Paige King

Ryan & Rachel Stenvall

Alice & Bill Guzick

Col. Kip & Col. Laura Hunter

Michelle & Benton Cofer

Alyson & Brooks Dixon

Jackie Mincey & Rachel Drayer

Seabrook & Anne Marchant

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Fostering Great Ideas’ Big Bash Leni & Kevin Whildin

Susan White & Ron Zweigoron

Nate Barrett, Colleen Hinton & Chuck Hinton

Guests noshed the night away at Zen for the Fostering Great Ideas’ Big Bash. Highlighting the culinary delights of Table 301 and Brick Street Café, the fete also exhibited floral displays from Memories by McMillan and featured the tunes of the Brendan Williamson Quartet. Some 30 sponsors, five challenge donors, 40 silent auction vendors, and 300 attendees raised $140,000 for the non-profit, which works to support system reform and direct care to allow foster children to heal, connect, and thrive in stressful and uncertain circumstances.

Joelle Johnson & Jana Johnson

Bruce & Cassandra Martin

Jay & Amanda McAbee

November 9, 2018

Barbara Anderson & Gary Barnhart

By Jack Robert Photography Sarah & Andrew Spencer Bill & Kathryn Stevenson

Holly Symosky & Courtney Davis

Amanda & Frank Stern

Kelly Kline & Kathryn Taylor

Lisa Richardson, Katie England & Nichole Chase

Erin & Joseph Kirton

Vanessa Lewis & Wanda Williams

Julie & Ed Edwards

Karen Lano & Josh Royston

Colton Gibson & Marjorie Perez

Mike & Lizzie Kolkowski Brenda Parks & Karen Busha

Sylvia Walker & Tena Andrews

Shannon Parker & Ashley Newell

Nancy & David Derrick

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ATHENA Leadership Symposium Gabrielle Brayton, Donna Ehrlich & Terra Strange

Lee Edwards, Kathyrn Hix, Valerie Chatman & Candice Lewis

Becky Callaham, Keisha Johnson & Samantha Tucker

Timmie Hardwick, Cat Tolbert, Kathylee Jones, Tenita Orr & Sara Polk

November 8, 2018 Through the initiative of the Greenville Chamber, ATHENA Leadership Symposium held a luncheon at the Greenville Convention Center, where some 400 attendees learned of the resources needed to advance women’s leadership in the local business community. Guests enjoyed words from featured speaker Jodie W. McLean, CEO of EDENS, a national leader in real estate development. By Chelsey Ashford Photography

Debra Rice, Susi Bradley, Stacie Lassiter & Tuija Spangenberg

Mallory Hollis, Lauren Scoggins & Jennifer Mustar

Donna Cox & Theresa Cureton

Amanda Manly, Kristie Cohen, Jessica Bilcliff & Amanda Lyons

Leah Hughes & Alex Hazelton

Keisha Nelson, Brenda Brown, Elaine Greggs & Rhonda Tate

Monica Burns, Heather Snyder & Natalie McElroy

Katy Galloway & Nan Minor

Vanessa Logan & Emme Smith

Peri Johnson, Lachandra Brown-Reynolds & Latoya Dixon Smith

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What better way to celebrate a year of providing primary medical care to low-income patients at no charge than with a glass of bubbly and a plate of barbecue? Greenville Free Medical Clinic hosted its Bubble-Q at Larkin’s L venue on Broad Street, where patrons enjoyed the evening’s unique pairings with the tunes of Carroll Brown. By Fourth Dimension Photography

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The Assembly Ball November 17, 2018 An elegant and treasured tradition hosted at the Poinsett Club, the 95th Assembly Ball presented two debutantes. Members of the Assembly and guests experienced a fun-filled evening featuring the best food, fellowship, and celebration, along with the tunes of local band Steel Toe Stiletto.

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hen Amanda Marie Powell saw that Ryan Heafy was “looking for a unicorn” on his Bumble dating profile, she decided to see if the two would have a magical connection. Sparks flew instantly, and the two began dating shortly after their first interaction. A year later, Ryan knew he’d found his magical maven, and decided the time had come to seal the deal. The day of his planned proposal, Ryan used the rainy afternoon as an excuse to lead Amanda into the lobby of Jianna, the couple’s favorite restaurant.

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In the beautifully designed interior, he surprised Amanda with a simple question: “Will you marry me?” His brideto-be happily accepted, while friends hidden in the foyer documented the special moment. The couple’s love for Greenville was on full display at the wedding, which took place at Topside Pool Club, on the rooftop of the same building where the proposal happened. Amanda said her vows in a gown from Poinsett Bride while music from the Upstate Strings Trio played. The reception at the Lazy Goat offered an intimate

Happily Ever After: For Amanda Powell and Ryan Heafy, what initially began as a dating app connection quickly transformed into romance that was sealed in downtown Greenville at Topside Pool Club, with stunning city views.

dinner of scrumptious local fare. Philo Floral designed the flower displays and bouquets, Isabelle Schreier of Belle Maquillage provided hair and make-up, and Brick Street Café catered the wedding cakes. The newlyweds live and work in Greenville, where Amanda works in veterinary medicine at Upstate Veterinary Specialists, and Ryan is the chief operating officer of 6am City, LLC. BY ANGELA ZION PHOTOGRAPHY

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Weddings Kimberly Klas & Jordan Koehn October 6, 2018 Kimberly Klas and Jordan Koehn’s mutual affection for the outdoors helped the two form a natural, easy love when they met in graduate school at Colorado State University. Both Ph.D. candidates, the couple turned to nature as a reprieve from the rigors of academia, taking walks through the Colorado wilderness. It was during an evening stroll, much like the ones they’d taken over their four years of dating, when Jordan proposed. While enjoying the summer sunset, Jordan asked Kimberly if she wanted to take walks with him for the rest of their lives. The wedding was held at the View Point at Buckhorn Creek, with the scenic vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains a testament to the bride and groom’s love of wilderness. Flowers arranged by the groom’s mother added a familial touch, and a fire pit provided s’mores all night long. Today, the two are finishing up their doctoral degrees in chemistry in Fort Collins, where they will graduate in the spring of 2019. SPOSA BELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

Bradley Pinion & Kaeleigh Reece June 23, 2018 Love means being there for better or for worse, especially in Bradley Pinion and Kaeleigh Reece’s case. The two met during their time at Clemson University, where a solid friendship eventually led to love. During their six years of dating, the couple weathered heartbreak and loss, side by side. Through it all, Kaeleigh saw Bradley’s positivity as a sign that he was the one she wanted to spend her life with. For the proposal, Bradley—ever the romantic—chose Kaeleigh’s birthday weekend as the setting for his grand gesture. With an assist from their dog, Nala, Bradley surprised Kaeleigh at their home, where she found her future husband on their front steps, down on one knee, with Nala donning a sign asking, “Will You Marry Dad?” The ceremony took place at the Wyche Pavilion, where Kaeleigh’s mom, who passed away in 2015, was tributed with a seat of honor and a bouquet of flowers filled with her favorite color, purple. Kaeleigh’s brother sang a song to reflect the bride and groom’s faith, while Nala stole the show as a flower girl. The Huguenot Loft provided the perfect setting for the newlyweds to celebrate their union with friends and family. Currently, the couple splits their time between California and Salem, South Carolina. Bradley is a punter for the San Francisco 49ers, and Kaeleigh is a K-5 teacher. OLIVIA GRIFFIN PHOTOGRAPHY

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or more than a century, photographers have documented the American South in its pleasantries, unrest, and eccentricities, many times with a focus on the people of a region where romantic traditions prevail. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art opens a new window on the South with a collection that merges this past with present in the exhibition Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, which is also showing at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston. Fifty-six photographers contributed to this, the largest exhibition of photographs of the American South in the twenty-first century, on display until March 2. Many of the artists are Southerners by birth, others with ties by family, or some with a prevailing curiosity of place that led them to travel unknown paths of kudzu fields, trailer parks, churches, prisons, protests, rivers, beaches, oil spills, and battlegrounds. Co-curators Mark Sloan and Mark Long write, “Southbound is one slice of a New South in transition, sufficiently complex to capture something essential about the region in the early twenty-first century.”

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The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents a powerhouse view of Southern culture / by Polly Gaillard Renowned art photographers from New York, Seattle, Hong Kong, and San Francisco display photographs that hang beside images created by Southern natives from small towns in states like Kentucky and Tennessee. Artists’ biographies include Yale graduates, Guggenheim fellows, a Life Magazine contributor, a professor at Princeton, a self-taught photographer from Greenville, Mississippi, and a couple hailing from New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. The diversity of the contributing photographers blends into a compelling view of a new South seen through many different vantage points—a place where transition has become the new tradition. Southbound combines mixed-media images, classic black-andwhite photographs, wet collodion processes, and contemporary, vibrant color imagery made with a mix of cameras from large-format to state-of-the-art DSLRs. The exhibit frames racially charged issues in an image of African-American police officers in riot gear braced for action at a White Power March by Sheila Pree Bright, and Gillian Laub’s picture of Julie and Bubba, an interracial couple in Mount

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Vernon. Daniel Kariko’s aerial photographs of orange groves and cattle ranches illustrate the invasion of suburbia on the landscape in Florida. Susan Worsham and McNair Evans investigate memory through pictures of their homeplace. Kyle Ford explores the relationships between humans and the natural world at the Georgia Aquarium, while Stacy Kranitz photographs show displaced Native American tribes in Tennessee and North Carolina. And these are just a few examples of the powerful subject matter so thoughtfully researched and curated by Sloan and Long. The exhibit goes deep and runs wide through subject matter but is held together by the commonality of a place called the American South that at times seems mysterious, quirky, transitional, complex, and yet harmonious as seen through contemporary eyes. Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, through March 2. City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St; Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, 161 Calhoun St, Charleston. (843) 953-4422,

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Sight & Sound Osnat Rosen shares her Israeli heritage through the debut of Greenville’s Jewish Film Festival / by Stephanie Trotter // photograph by Will Crooks


sraeli-born Osnat Rosen gets verklempt discussing Greenville’s inaugural Jewish Film Festival, her brainchild and long-awaited dream. Since moving to Greenville for her husband’s job with Milliken, she’s taken great strides to educate her three children about their Jewish roots and expose the Greenville community to Jewish culture. She happily shares her journey, punctuated with a hypnotic Hebrew accent. What was it like relocating to Greenville from Tel Aviv? >> I moved to Greenville eight years ago. I feel very strong with who I am and my heritage. I don’t feel lost. I’m Jewish. I’m Israeli. I lived in a very big, vibrant city in a tiny country. Really small. You can travel the country in a few hours. Now I’m living in small town in huge country. The options here are unbelievable. The sky is the limit. That phrase is American. It’s true. You just need to have your dedication, passion for something, and go for it.

Reel Talk: In organizing Greenville’s first Jewish Film Festival, Osnat Rosen aims to expose her adopted city to new cultural ideas and experiences. For more information, visit

You’re ready to do that with Greenville’s first-ever Jewish Film Festival. How did the idea come about? >> Atlanta has the biggest Jewish Film Festival in the country. I went there 4–5 years ago, and it was remarkable. It’s a month long, and the vibes! The venues were full. I came home, and waited for the right timing. The idea needed to brew. >> Yes. I needed time to really get to know Greenville, to build my connections here, to build my personal skills. Two years after that, I go to the Charlotte Film Festival and saw a film that really influenced me: Rock in the Red Zone. I thought, I have to bring this to Greenville. We used the Temple [of Israel]. It was a nice screening. You, and fellow board members Caroline Warthen and Helaine Meyers, have wrangled some heavy-hitting sponsors, including Furman and Michelin. You even

Is it hard being Jewish, and going from a majority to a minority segment of the population? >> Being Jewish is not only a culture, it’s a faith. In Israel, you don’t need to practice Judaism actively to be a Jew. It’s all around you. Being here, Judaism is not only about prayers and going to synagogue. It’s richer than that. I was raised in a very traditional Orthodox family. But we practice more here with a kosher kitchen, and Shabbat dinners, because here I feel like if I’m not going to give that to my kids, they won’t have it anywhere else. And you’ve become a U.S. citizen? >> The outside sounds like something very formal, just paper. Inside, I feel like I have two homes. I have two wonderful places. I couldn’t wish for more than being citizen of the U.S. and being Israeli citizen. When I’m here, I feel this is my home; when I’m there, I feel like that’s my home. When I’m here, I feel like I’m an Israeli ambassador. What’s that like? >> Israel is a democratic island in a very crazy area. The first time someone met me, they mixed the whole Middle East up and I said, ‘Whoa, really?’ Then I started to understand that what’s obvious to me about Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, and Israel, is not obvious to others. I feel like wherever I go, I’m talking about who I am and where I’m from. I do it with all of my heart. I’m very happy when people ask questions. That means they’re really interested. I can enrich them and give them information.

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got the senior minister at First Baptist Greenville, Jim Dant, to sit on your board. >> One reason: It’s unique. It’s something new. It’s not just another festival—it’s a film festival with a message. Greenville is growing. Greenville wants to be vibrant, and dynamic, and multicultural kind of place. You’re showing three movies: Fanny’s Journey, Humor Me, and Heading Home: the Tale of Team Israel. How did you select those? >> If you choose the right movies, you can open very nice discussion, and open people’s minds to think about stuff, to talk about it later at home, with friends. These movies are highly recommended. We said for the first year, Jewish tradition—it’s not all about the Holocaust, you know? Fanny’s Journey is a French film and the audience favorite in Charlotte and Wilmington. Humor Me is in English. That is hilarious. Heading Home is in English, too, and a sport movie. They show dilemmas in life everyone can relate to, and there are some crazy, nice ideas about things that people can enjoy and laugh. And they all peel back a layer, revealing your roots. >> I want to show my heritage, to share, to celebrate, to educate. So, it’s really coming from who I am, and what I want to contribute to the community that I live in. This is my small contribution to Greenville. It’s a Jewish film festival, but it’s a cultural thing; it’s not a religious thing, you know? We’re opening our doors to everyone. Everyone is welcome to come and learn and enjoy. Greenville’s inaugural Jewish Film Festival will take place Feb 28–Mar 3. For receptions, lectures, showtimes, and tickets, go to

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Linear Destruction: (Clockwise from top right) Artist Phillip Livingston paints his contemporary pieces with palpable tension between disarray and structure: Where the Poppies Grow; In Transit; and Silver and Gold.

Control Panels Greenville artist Phillip Livingston explores the dynamic between order and chaos / by Steven Tingle // photography by Eli Warren


he once pristine, hard-edged lines of a parking lot now spotted and faded from years of wear and tear. The sterile, smooth exterior of a concrete structure gradually weathered and cracked from exposure to the elements. A gleaming bronze pipe slowly oxidizing with age. The natural world merging with the man-made one. Order versus chaos. It’s a struggle that persists in Philip Livingston’s brain and one he manifests through his art. “I have a tendency to be unorganized but I also have a compulsion to be organized,” Livingston says. “It’s a constant fight.” This fight is obvious in Livingston’s works where disarray and disorder converge with form and structure. “In a lot of my work the background will have the chaos part, and then I like to overlay that background with precise, clean, hard shapes and lines, and that represents my never-ending struggle to keep things in order. You embrace what you can’t control. You create order in a way you can.” Livingston embraced contemporary art while studying at the University of South Alabama. Before studying art and art history, he felt modern art

was just expensive crap. “Contemporary art was mysterious and strange to me,” he says. “I was intimidated by it until I began to understand it, then it became very interesting. When someone sees something that is not quickly identifiable, they try to turn it into something it’s not. I see my abstract art as like looking at a super closeup of something that is so close you can’t tell what it is. I’m interested in the raw essence of things. It’s like taking a piece of an element that is bigger, like an old building that is weathered. The patterns left through weathering and aging leave an impression that tells a story. That is a big part of where my inspiration comes from.” Livingston’s works generally begin on a piece of birch plywood which he covers with layers of acrylic. He then “weathers” the paint with a variety of tools and methods, then moves on to oil for the refining and blending. The final part is adding a sense of order, the precise lines and shapes that contrast with the chaos beneath. Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, a career in advertising to him to Atlanta, Boston, D.C., and Memphis before Livingston settled in Greenville thirteen years ago. Although he has painted off and on since college, it’s just been in the past four years that he has become “serious” about his work. “This is what I love to do,” he says. “It’s what I have to do to keep some order in my head.” Livingston’s works are available at, and several pieces are currently on display at the Dan Lyles Gallery in downtown Greenville. The gallery will host a show of Livingston’s work on February 16. For more, go to and

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Duke basketball phenom Zion Williamson took flight at Spartanburg Day School / by John Jeter


o theWall Street Journal, he’s a mashup of a cement mixer and ballet dancer. To one legendary sportswriter, he’s the “newest human highlight film, a freak of nature.” All of these accolades have been heaped on basketball sensation Zion Williamson, who started seeing sports fame as a 16-year-old in Spartanburg, when Sports Illustrated named him the “Most Famous Prep Star Since LeBron.” Williamson is now a college basketball superstar, a power forward at Duke University’s hoops dynasty, where he averages around 21 points and 9 rebounds per game. But to three of his former high school teammates, he’s just another one of the guys. “We all knew him before he was Zion,” says senior Rett Foust, 18, a 5’11’’ guard at the independent Spartanburg Day School. “I met him my eighth-grade year, his ninth, and he was only like 6’3”,” says Bishop Richardson, 19, a 5’11” guard, chuckling: “He had a huge growth spurt when he was 16”—before he grew into the 6’7’’ Mount Zion he is today at 18, weighing 285 pounds. “He dunked on me,” Richardson says amid more laughs he shares with Foust and Clay Killoren, 16, a 6’6” junior who also played alongside Williamson. “After a while, you get used to it. The crazy thing is that when you saw his dunks—which everyone thought were so great, which they are, like a windmill—to us, that’s just normal.” “He does even crazier things in practice,” Killoren puts in: “He’s not like someone that’s very—” “He’s not cocky,” Richardson says. “That’s what a lot of coaches really like about him, too,” Killoren says. “He had this manner that he carried himself with, that people were really impressed by. He always addressed someone politely. He always had an infectious smile.” Zion Williamson still smiles, about South Carolina and his high school. “It was just a privilege to grow up there. Everywhere I went in South Carolina, it was love. What it meant for me to go to Spartanburg Day School, I didn’t know if a Division I offer would be in my future. Going to Spartanburg Day, they have

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King of the Court: Zion Williamson became a high school basketball phenomenon at Spartanburg Day School, where he averaged 36 points per game. Now a freshman power forward at Duke University, he’s projected to be the No. 1 NBA draft pick in June 2019.

a 100-percent college acceptance rate, so I felt like it was the best situation for me.” Lee Sartor, now head coach of men’s basketball at Erskine College, coached Williamson at Spartanburg Day School, which has some 420 students, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. “It’s a unique thing about Zion, that he’s a very humble person. He understood that he was a student first and an athlete after that. He didn’t expect any preferential treatment, nor did he get any,” he says. “Zion pretty much put Spartanburg Day on the map in terms of basketball. He brought our program to a whole different level.” During his high school career, fans would call the school hoping to talk to him. College coaches and recruiters arrived in herds. The media went nuts; the Charlotte Observer called him the “most ballyhooed high school basketball recruit of the social-media era.” “It was just like a movie from there,” Williamson says. “Ninth-grade year, we lost the championship. Sophomore year, we won the state championship. Then I picked up a lot of offers. Junior year was like a blockbuster.” For the school, too. “As a young student-athlete, Zion showed grace and poise under the national spotlight far beyond his years,” says Rachel Deems, head of the school. Joan Tobey, a math teacher who had gathered the three basketball players in her classroom, smiled at them and told them the same thing: “You guys held up under that kind of intense scrutiny really well.” “Everyone wants to be a professional athlete,” Foust says, joining the others reminiscing about those heady Zion days that drew arena crowds, national TV coverage, and playing in such marquee events as the Tournament of Champions in Peoria, Illinois, in 2016. “But that’s as close as we’re going to get.” As Williamson told ESPN a year ago last January, when he sat alongside the Blue Devils’ legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski: “Duke stood out because the brotherhood represents a family,” and as he told TOWN regarding Spartanburg Day: “They really prepared me for college, more than I know. The transition on me was very easy because my high school acts the same way that Duke does.” Clearly, Williamson left an unforgettable mark on a place that left one on him. “He is not only a tremendous basketball player but a kind and generous person we are honored to call an alumnus,” Deems says. “I am proud of how well he has represented our school, his family, and the sport of basketball. We look forward to seeing where this journey takes him.”

“They really prepared me for college, more than I know. The transition on me was very easy because my high school acts the same way that Duke does.” —Zion Williamson

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Page Turners Head south for a curated selection of rising literary voices / by Kathleen Nalley // photography by Paul Mehaffey


If you’ve run into me in the last two years, I’ve talked your ears off about N.C. novelist David Joy. In this third novel, his best to date, he depicts human frailty as an equal-opportunity offender. Through richly drawn characters, Joy reminds us that grace is afforded to the most wicked, and the most wicked are often shaped by forces beyond their control. Not since Flannery O’Connor has an author tackled these themes with more finesse. One of the best Southern writers today.he SING, UNBURIED, SING // JESMYN WARD

This winner of the National Book Award for fiction by Mississippi novelist Jesmyn Ward provides all the feels while examining systemic and cultural inequalities. While we see the world through several narrators’ eyes, we feel the most for 13-year-old Jojo, who loves all living things with a tenderness few possess. Ward weaves time so we understand the present is always shaped by the past, and one decision can affect everything in its path. Ward’s prose is lyrical like a poet, her storytelling as shrewd as an elder’s life lessons.





What I absolutely adore about this cookbook is twofold: firstly, Howard devotes chapters to ingredients. Don’t know what to do with that vegetable you picked up from the Saturday Market? There’s a chapter for that! Secondly, Howard both elevates and stays rooted to great Southern staples. Duck, date, and rutabaga potpie with duck-fat biscuit crust? Yes, please.

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If you’ve read JD Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy, you will want to read this work. Catte responds to Vance’s broad, stereotypical depiction of Appalachia, providing a more thorough and nuanced treatise on the complexities that make up Appalachian life and culture. Using current and historical data, and, perhaps more importantly, personal experiences as a native who left and came back, she shreds the stereotypes that seek to whitewash and isolate this diverse region.

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Shine On: Just a quick trip up I-85, Spartanburg surprises with eclectic boutiques and eateries. For more, turn to page 58.

Hey, Neighbor! Sparkle City emerges as an Upstate gem

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Hub City Magic Greenville’s Upstate sibling shines with eclectic stops and historic charm / by Zoe Nicholson


partanburg is a city in waiting. Refurbished buildings house new restaurants, shops, art studios, and galleries, while many still sit empty, eager for an opportunity to become something again. This atmosphere of anticipation is palpable as I experience Sparkle City for the first time in more than a decade. For most of my upbringing, Spartanburg played second fiddle to Greenville. Living in Greer, the pull of Falls Park and Main Street were far more tempting than what the town at the other end of Highway 29 had to offer. Since my last visit to Spartanburg’s Main Street and historic district, the once-bustling railway hub has entered into what can only be described as a renaissance. New restaurants, like The Kennedy from the Cribbs brothers, and new developments, like the AC Hotel, have jumpstarted an era of expansion for the textile town. My rediscovery begins with a breakfast burrito. Drenched in hot sauce, queso fresco, and wonderfully ripe cherry tomatoes, the La Bomba breakfast burrito is a homey, hearty meal—the perfect way to start a cold and rainy day exploring boutiques, spice shops, and empty storefronts with ‘sold’ signs plastered to the windows. It’s also the last thing I expected from a brewery.

Photographs (Masonic Building) by Kavin Bradner; courtesy of the Spartanburg Art Museum; (Hub City Bookshop) Kavin Bradner; (dish from The Kennedy) by Paul Mehaffey; (beer) courtesy of RJ Rockers; (noodle dish) courtesy of The Silo


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Spartanburg Art Museum; (Hub City Bookshop) Kavin Bradner; (dish from The Kennedy) by Paul Mehaffey; (beer) courtesy of RJ Rockers; (noodle dish) courtesy of The Silo

In the ’Burg: Spartanburg is coming into its own as a hip, food-forward, arts-centric destination; (clockwise opposite left) the Masonic Temple building houses Hub City Writers Project, Little River Coffee Bar, and Cakehead Bakeshop; the Spartanburg Art Museum; Hub City Bookshop & Press carries a vast selection of local authors; a seasonal option by local-foods-focused restaurant The Kennedy; RJ Rockers Brewery features 15 beers and ciders on tap; a hearty noodle bowl is one of the many menu options at the brewery’s Silo restaurant on site.

My brunch spot, The Silo, is the newest addition to RJ Rockers brewery in the city’s Grain District. The casual eatery offers local brews and bites in an open-concept, industrial setting—typical for a town in the middle of a makeover. The Silo has an easiness that’s echoed throughout the city. I find it in the old Masonic Temple building, where Little River Coffee Roasters shares the first floor with Hub City Bookshop & Press and Cakehead Bakeshop. Reimagined as a retail and office space in 2010, the Masonic Temple still gleams with the stately grandeur one might imagine from the Masons, but all formalities are lost within the friendly businesses inside. Little River is a relaxed space with plenty of seating, wide windows, and an affordable menu featuring in-house roasted coffee. Its neighbor, Hub City Bookshop, an Upstate literary mecca since 1995, is the perfect spot to discover local authors. The theme of the historic district is all things local. Boutiques, outfitters, and even a spice shop promote area-made goods. Nowhere is this vibe more evident than The Kindred Spirits, a colorful marketplace featuring handmade wares from artists,

authors, designers, and artisans. I find the shop hiding on the corner of a back street, and a teal and turquoise mural adorns the front door, its color bleeding onto the sidewalk, beckoning passersby to enter. Inside, everything is presented with intention. Works from craftsmen, jewelers, and potters delineate a respect for the products and resources found in the area. I walk away with a print from artist Maggie McDonald, who co-owns the shop with her mother. McDonald’s work is splashed across downtown, where her murals, which evoke West Coast beaches and sunny palettes, brighten a rainy day in Hub City. Thankfully, the gray skies have no effect on my next stop. Through a chainlink fence and down a flight of stairs, I find the FR8yard, the only all open-air restaurant and taproom in the state. Situated in a large gravel lot, authentic Bavarian benches and beer-hall tables ringed by heaters give the biergarten an authentic air. The bar sits inside a repurposed shipping container, the top of which is a second-level roof bar. My adventures could continue at a Cribbs brothers’ creation—The Kennedy, Willy Taco, Cribb’s Kitchen—or end with an evening at the AC Hotel and its celebrated art-accented walls. But for the time being, I am content to let the low winter sun wane as I sip my beer. The next day, my mom and I arrive at The Farmer’s Table, once again in the historic district, for lunch. It’s a farm-to-fork eatery with exposed brick, a full bar, and a meat-and-three menu—a nearly seamless blend of the old and new. The lunch selection, though simple, delivers robust flavors and hearty portions. Set away from the hustle of Morgan Square, the empty mill buildings surrounding the restaurant gleam with promise and possibility. After lunch we head outside of downtown to Croft State Park, an old World War II Army training facility now offering offering trails for biking, hiking, and riding. Spartanburg has grown, I think, as I watch the current of a nearby stream. It’s not waiting to flourish—it already is. FEBRUARY 2019 / 59

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Nose to Tail: Ike, a German shorthaired pointer, cases a field for quail during a training session through Carolinas Pointing Dog Association. For more, see “On the Nose,” page 62.

Case in Point

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On the Nose Carolinas Pointing Dog Association leads the bird-dog pack / by Stephanie Trot ter // photography by Paul Mehaf fey


he morning sun bounces off a field of waist-high hay, broom straw, and switchgrass creating a golden wave that sways with the wind. A shiny brown nose pierces the air above the winter stalks, twitching this way and that, then suddenly freezes. “Pshew. Pshew.” Doug Miller grabs Ike’s attention and repositions the German shorthaired pointer’s docked tail to stand tall. “Watch the wind boy, it’s changing,” the master instructs. Ike’s still as a stone pointing at a quail, while the duo practices for field trials—a non-kill competition showcasing a dog’s athleticism, stamina, and instinct to find a bird. “You build this bond with them when they’re a puppy,” Doug explains. “A lot have that natural instinct to point birds, but to hold birds

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Field Test: Doug Miller of the Carolinas Pointing Dog Association (above left) trains bird dogs like Ike (above) for field trials, no-kill competitions that showcase a dog’s ability to find, point, and hold birds. Shawn Harris and his vizsla, Fen (opposite), travel to Honea Path, SC, to practice with the Millers.

long enough for you to flush them, shoot them, and then retrieve, all of that is trained.” The liver-roan speckled stud continues to canvas the field, while littermates Minnie and Lucy bark back in their carriers, eager to get in the game. “Half of our time with the dogs is spent training, then we spend 30 percent in field trials, and 20 percent actually hunting,” Doug estimates. His wife, Heather, hikes near his side. Minnie’s her bitch. “I get so excited when I run my dog,” the outdoorsy brunette shares. “To see her do what she’s bred to do. When a dog points until the bird is flushed, and I walk up to her and tell her ‘whoa,’ and she knows I’m there without putting a hand on her. That’s a connection she and I have. It’s intense. It’s such a partnership.”

C O M M O N S C E N T S Weekdays, Doug and Heather operate under titles that include manufacturing comptroller and public relations director. On weekends, it’s president and secretary of the Carolinas Pointing Dog Association. The Millers established the group in 2012, after growing weary of traveling to Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina for pointing-breed field trials, events that date back to Britain in 1866. The gentleman’s hunting sport leapt across the pond after the Civil War. It was especially popular in South Carolina, with a then-heavy Bobwhite Quail population. Events would last for days, with dogs running full-speed across the vast countryside. Today, an estimated 2,000 regional groups and breed clubs are trying to revive the 150-year-old tradition under the umbrella of FEBRUARY 2019 / 63

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the American Kennel Club and the American Field Sporting Dog Association. Nowadays, dogs wear tracking collars, with handlers trailing on foot, or on a Tennessee Walker. Two dogs enter the field at a time, competing against each other, in a trial that can last 30–60 minutes.

P I C K O F T H E L I T T E R Shawn Harris and his vizsla, Fen (short for Fenway), have come down from Tega Cay, near Fort Mill, to train in Honea Path with the Millers. “These dogs are truly athletes,” he says, using a firm grip to hold onto an enthusiastic Fen. “You get to see what these dogs can do athletically and from a training standpoint. Breeding and genetics, you really get to see what you have. What’s your dog’s endurance? How well can they hunt? How smart are they? And you get to see how your dog stacks up.” Shawn’s one of several dozen members in the Carolinas Pointing Dog

Association, which includes rookies, amateurs, professional trainers, and hobbyists. The Millers landed a top dog with their first pointer Maebyn, who competed at nationals. Ike, Minnie, and Lucy are her offspring. “Oh, she loved to hunt,” Heather recalls of Mae. “She always held up her end of the bargain and found the bird. A handful of times when hunting, we would shoot and miss the bird, and she’d turn and look at you, and you could see clear as day the look on her face. She was like, ‘What? Why!’” While adding to their human family with 16-month-old daughter Mary Lynn, the Millers hope to build upon Mae’s bloodline and beyond. “There’s a picture of me when I’m one-year-old, running around the backyard in a diaper with a litter of puppies,” reveals Doug. “I’ve been to a couple of field tests with guys in their late 80s still riding horses and running dogs. If the good Lord’s willing, I will be too.”

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Best in Show: Ike (opposite), a German shorthaired pointer, is the offspring of national field-trial competitor, Mae, both owned by Doug and Heather Miller (above). The Millers founded Carolinas Pointing Dog Association in 2012 to revive the field-trial tradition for pointing breeds in South Carolina. Shawn Harris (above right) is one of several dozen members of the association.

FIELD TRIAL RULES The Dog Judges look for a dog’s skill in locating birds that have been strategically pre-placed throughout the course. Typically, two dogs run against one another in what’s called a brace. Each dog is accompanied by a handler, who may be walking, or riding a horse.

The Start

The Point

The Judge

Dogs and handlers (and horses) line up and run at the judge’s signal. The dogs lead the way and handlers follow.

When a dog finds a bird, they must stay on point while the handler flushes the bird, and then fires a blank gun (to simulate hunting). The first of the two dogs to point is considered the lead, and the second dog is judged on how well he honors the lead by staying off point at a distance.

Dogs are judged on their skill, speed, style, and endurance. The dog with the most points doesn’t necessarily win, as judges rank dogs (1st–4th) based on a combination of meeting and exceeding the standard of holding the point, and how well they hunt and cover the ground.

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Dog Gone Fit your canine in a fine collar // photograph by Paul Mehaffey

QUAIL, YES! Gus (right) is a German shorthaired pointer, a hunting breed designed to find and point birds, specifically quail. While bobwhite quail roost in South Carolina, the population has seen a significant decrease in the last few decades due to urban development.


hile in the field, e-collars for tracking and control certainly take priority when training and hunting with a bird dog. But we all know Fido likes to lounge at home, too. For a sophisticated spin on that day-today look, nylon collars from Orvis Greenville offer lifetime use while maintaining a sporting feel. Looking for something more natural? Saluda River Pet Food & Supply Center carries leather collars, or stop by Paw Paws USA for a collar with some pop and pizzazz.

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Interior Moves Paula Rallis Home blends the best of all worlds / by Laura Linen // photography by Rebecca Lehde

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hen Paula Rallis Home opened its curated décor doors, it beckoned me irresistibly. White-washed walls and large-paned windows lured me inside, where handmade treasures that reflect Paula’s travels to places like Bali, Paris, St. Tropez, and Marrakesh await. Works by Charleston and Upstate artists play with French flea market antiques for a cohesive and bright style that makes you want to move right in. But don’t get too comfortable. Rallis, with the help of her French interior designer grandmother and her travel slash business partner husband, will constantly change the interior experience to offer the best of her stylish, slightly vintage eye. Paula Rallis Home, 103 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 520-2019,

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Simmer Down When tempers flare, we Southerners either right the course—or lose control


outherners are proud of their well-earned reputation for politeness. It’s part of our culture, our family structure. The phrases “yes, ma’am” and “no, sir”—in addition to “please” and “thank you”—are among the first we learn. Humility, courteousness, and behaving in public are expected. We are well-trained in manners and expect them to be followed in all circumstances. Southerners often live by a “code of honor.” Though the phrase sounds lovely, in reality it means that while we try to live by the Golden Rule, we also expect the same level of courtesy and respect from others. Our legacy is a mind-boggling mixture of politeness living in the same room as hot-headed combativeness. As I started looking into this apparent contradiction, I came upon an indepth study done by a group of college professors who sought to measure responsiveness to insults, specifically differentiating between Southern and non-Southern male participants, in several experiments. According to their research, testosterone levels and other physical markers were significantly more elevated among Southern participants when confronted with perceived slights. The study concluded that Southerners feel honor-bound to take action in

response to insults so as not to seem weak or an easy mark. We first learn how to be courteous, how to deal with conflict and respond to insults within our families. Growing up with four brothers, I had an opportunity to see firsthand how Southerners respond to name-calling. “Y’all work it out between yourselves” was my mother’s standard admonition when asked to referee an argument in our house, and I saw enough to reach this conclusion: a wellplaced barb can cause tempers to flare, escalating to a fight from a little ol’ argument over nothing at all. The bottom line? We Southerners have a reputation for quick tempers, especially when insults collide. Whether we grew up as an only child or with several siblings, we have a cultural burden to overcome when it comes to conflict. In these moments, I urge you to remember where you came from— and mind your manners. I’m here if you need me. Until then, y’all behave.

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first became a father not long after I turned twenty-four. At that age I wasn’t much more than a child myself. I was spoiled and immature and still looked to my parents to solve most of my problems, especially those involving grown-up things like money and responsibility. When my wife at the time told me she was pregnant, I thought she must be joking. We were the same age, and it seemed ridiculous to me that two narcissistic, only children who weren’t old enough to rent a car could be parents. But it was no joke. Several months later she gave birth to a baby girl, a tiny stranger I brought home to mooch off of me for the next twenty-five years. It seems being a parent is one of the easiest jobs to get. So easy, in fact, that three years later my son arrived. When we brought him home, my daughter, who was still struggling to form full sentences, looked at him and said with complete conviction: “Take him back.” If having one child makes you a parent, having two makes you a referee. As my children grew I repeatedly referred to a dog-eared book on how to be a good, or at least competent, parent. The book detailed growth milestones and minor illnesses but failed to answer the real conundrums of fatherhood. Things like: How to extract a gummy bear from the nasal cavity of a screaming toddler. How to respond when your four-year-old daughter loudly declares, “There are a lot of dark

people here!” at a busy Bloomingdales in Atlanta. Or what to say when your son drops out of middle school to pursue his dream of becoming an electronic dance music producer. By the time my kids were 14 and 11, their mother had moved 800 miles away and out of their lives. As a single dad, I took my daughter to her first gynecologist appointment, shopped with her for prom dresses, and cried like a baby when she graduated college with honors. I comforted my son about his mother’s departure, attempted to homeschool him, and sat by him through dozens of counseling appointments. I was the same father to both, but each kid took a different path. Today my daughter is 25, and my son is 22. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and works for a non-profit, while my son bounces from couch to couch in and around Asheville waiting for his lottery numbers to come in. Both kids are still on my cell phone and Netflix plans, and they both call me daily for advice, compassion, and the occasional hundred bucks. Even though they are good-hearted, law-abiding adults, I still worry about them constantly and wonder if some day, many years from now, I will become a burden to them—an ornery, selfish 70-year-old in a velour track suit complaining about “kids these days.” But for now I will just be “Dad.” It’s the easiest job to get and hardest job to have.

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he sky was that strange white color, foreshadowing a hurricane. My wife, brother, and I had just driven into Greenville from Bessemer, Alabama, where we had been clearing out my mother’s house. My mother died in July, not so unexpectedly since she was 85, but children are never quite ready to see a parent go. It was nearly 7pm. Though I was tiring of eating out, I listened to my brother who suggested: “Let’s try the S&S. How long has it been since you’ve eaten in a cafeteria?” I couldn’t tell him, and so we decided to go back to this old friend, a place we knew from decades ago. A place from our past that provided us with a comfort that felt something like home.

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Line Dance: A family-run business since 1936, S&S Cafeterias has been a Southern staple for generations—a special haven where comfort food awaits to sate hungry bellies.

Maybe it was the modest prices, maybe the family-friendly and accessible atmosphere, or maybe that the quality and taste never changed, but my family loved a good cafeteria. In the Bessemer/Birmingham area of my youth, the two main cafeterias were Morrison’s, a national chain, and Britling’s, a local group. Each had several locations scattered throughout the city, and we frequented them after doctor’s visits, shopping expeditions, and on those even rarer occasions when my mother would drive us into Birmingham, pick up my dad from work, and then head to the cafeteria before taking us to a Disney movie at the Alabama Theater. The food wasn’t sophisticated, but as children, what more could we want than hamburger steak with a dill pickle on top, mashed potatoes, green beans, breadsticks, and colored Jell-O cubes? I don’t remember eating much of anything when I was a kid other than those breadsticks, which I opened while my mother pushed my tray forward. And at the end, my brother and I got a lollipop and a balloon, tied to a wooden stick, that would be half-deflated by the time we got home. In those days, our cafeteria experience wasn’t about the food, but that would change as we saw more clearly the choices available, and figured out that eggplant casserole and trout almandine tasted better than plain hamburger; that the garlic bread bested the breadsticks; that the egg custard or lemon chess pie made multicolored Jell-O seem silly. Over time, the number of these cafeterias dwindled, and the ones that didn’t close became buffets. That might have been fine, except the food quality suffered. Meats and vegetables lingered under hot lamps, and “All You Can Eat” became the rule. From standing patiently in the cafeteria line, asking for those items you wanted, and being served healthy and certainly not skimpy portions, we “evolved” into foraging food from hot tables, heaping more and more on our plates, and going back for thirds if our stomachs could justify it. I don’t know when the last Birmingham cafeteria died, and that I don’t know hurts. Whenever we traveled on vacation, my dad steered our meals toward cafeterias, because he liked them and because they were inexpensive. (These were days when a good motel on the beach might cost $20 a night.) It was on one of these trips that we first ate at S&S Cafeteria, likely somewhere in south Georgia. I remember the S&S sign out front, as bold and enticing as any Holiday Inn, Howard Johnson’s, or Krispy Kreme marquee. A sign of welcome, of hospitality and familiarity. So when my wife and I moved to Greenville in the summer of 1987—a town we had barely heard of and knew nothing about—imagine my crazy delight at noticing the S&S legend on Pleasantburg Road. I have a Ph.D. in modern literature and love punk rock. Yet seeing a cafeteria moved me beyond my so-called avant-garde tastes. Greenville had two S&S locations then, the Pleasantburg restaurant and one in Haywood Mall. After we had children, our trips to S&S became family gatherings, particularly when my parents visited. Our daughters loved the same things I used to: Jell-O, hamburger steak, lollipops for the trip home. I can’t count the number of times we dined at S&S, but then neither can I remember when we stopped eating there. I suppose it was when the girls became teenagers and the “cool” factor determined whatever we did. Of course, downtown Greenville, with its array of gourmet bistros, also lured us away from that place of comfort and home.

I’d pass the S&S sign every day, heading to I-385 and my job in Clinton. Some days I’d notice it and wonder why we didn’t go there any longer. Most days, though, I kept on driving as if it were no longer there, no longer a part of my life. Short for Smith and Sons, S&S opened in Columbus, Georgia, in 1936. The first Greenville store opened in May 1950, at 212-214 North Main Street, and the Pleasantburg location opened in 1971. General manager Matthew Miller has overseen operations in this location since 2004. Every day Miller ensures the high standards of S&S: “I check each food item twice daily to guarantee its quality, from the pie filling to the deviled eggs.” Miller’s 60-hour work week seems daunting. “We served 1,485 people on this past Sunday alone.” As Miller escorts me to a table, he stops to speak to a man dining alone. “You’re here a little early today, aren’t you?” Later, he tells me, “That man’s wife is disabled and so he takes his lunch here with us every day.” He stresses the family atmosphere not only between the staff and the customers, but also among the staff itself. Miller has spoken at his former chef’s funeral, and several of his current employees have worked at the store for over 30 years. I spoke with Wanda, who serves drinks in the line (34 years), and Lee (35 years), one of the chefs. Though they were gearing up for the lunch crowd, they gave me time and let me know how much this work means to them. Wanda is raising two great-grandchildren and appreciates what her career at S&S provides for their welfare. She smiles at every customer passing her station and checks several times to make sure I have what I need. It’s like she’s my mom or something. S&S also provides three lunches a week for the East Link Academy Charter School, and as I spoke to Miller, he kept checking with the principal to make sure their lunches had been delivered correctly and on time. He didn’t need to apologize for interrupting our talk. This was a child’s lunch he was concerned with, a child who needed his hamburger steak. On the night my wife, brother, and I went through the line at S&S, we each chose the fried flounder, and our various sides included baked sweet potato balls, squash casserole, stuffed potatoes with cheese, okra and tomatoes, turnip greens, crackling corn bread, broccoli salad, and egg custard pie. Our bill was under 30 dollars. My brother suggested dining at S&S to help comfort us through our grief—to remind us of those cafeteria lunches and suppers we spent together with our parents so long ago. It worked, too. On that rainy night, I had more than a meal; I had my past back, if only for an hour. As we walked outside afterward, my wife took a picture of the glowing S&S sign against that ominous sky. “I’m sending this to the girls,” she said, “so they’ll remember.” And I know they will. FEBRUARY 2019 / 79

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In 2015 when Daniel was a senior in high school, he and his younger brother, Matthew, got a part-time job with Dapper Ink. Their young boss did woodworking as a hobby, and taught the two boys how to turn wood, with the thought that perhaps they could help him with projects on occasion. The brothers took to woodworking, and with $300 they had saved, purchased a benchtop lathe and a small dust collector— equipment they have since upgraded. “We took an old computer cabinet and screwed it to the wall [in the garage], then we screwed the lathe on top of that. When we turned a piece of wood, it would make the whole house shake,” Daniel says. At the time, Daniel and Matthew were playing baseball, so the first thing they turned their hands to was a baseball bat. The boys made personalized bats for themselves, and when their teammates saw them, they all wanted one too, spurring the brothers to produce bats for the entire team. “After that, we ran out of clients for bats,” recalls Daniel, laughing. “So since we had the tools, we decided to see what else we could make.” Similar in shape to a bat and likewise crafted from one solid piece of wood, a rolling pin was the next thing the brothers attempted. As their skills improved, they crafted thin, tapered French rolling pins, then branched out into ink pens and honey dippers, and eventually cutting boards. It was all trial and error. “To this day, 98 percent of everything we make is self-taught,” Daniel declares.


KNOCK WOOD: With help from his family, selfstyled woodworker Daniel Martin turns out an assortment of items ranging from tables to kitchenware, including rolling pins for Chip and Joanna Gaines' bakery, Silos Baking Co.


The Martin family business arose from a fortunate act of serendipity. In fall 2015, Daniel’s maternal grandmother entered the boys in a small holiday market in her hometown of Cowpens. “She came to us and said she’d paid $10 for the boys to sell their things at the market,” Tina explains. “She just wanted to show off her grandsons.” “Mana,” as the boys call their grandmother, wanted them to make Christmas ornaments, but they demurred, saying they had never made ornaments. Not to be dissuaded, Tina’s mother insisted they could teach themselves how to do it. Rising to the challenge, the boys created small snowmen, twirly ornaments, little lightbulbs, and miniature baseball bats they hung on a tabletop Christmas tree at the show. “People

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loved the ornaments, but they could have cared less about the rolling pins and cutting boards the boys also brought to sell,” their mother recounts. That show, however, planted a seed, and Tina signed her sons up for the Very Merry Local Christmas Market at Trailblazer Park in Travelers Rest that December. The French rolling pins were a hit there. “We were so excited because we made $200 at that market,” says Tina. hen we started out, we didn’t even know where to get wood,” Daniel remembers. “One of our neighbors cut down a sweet gum tree and put the stumps out in front of their house. So I went and asked them if I could take some wood to work with. They said ‘sure,’ and we got four stumps and put them in the backyard. I went out with a chain saw and a hand axe and started cutting up the wood.” Daniel came up with the name Split Woodworks owing to the fact that the first wood he worked with was split-up firewood.


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The fledgling company, which was officially formed in January 2016, had yet to take flight when one night at dinner that month Daniel’s mom and his older sister, Kathleen, both avid viewers of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ show Fixer Upper on HGTV, announced the celebrity couple was opening a European-style bakery in Waco, Texas. Tina jokingly suggested to her son that perhaps Joanna would be interested in using his rolling pins at her new bakery. “I remember we just laughed about it and moved on,” recalls Daniel. But the next night, he looked online for Magnolia Market, the Gaines’ home-décor company, and emailed their customerservice department. He related the brief history of his foray into woodworking—all three months of it—along with photos from Split Woodwork’s new Instagram page. “I’d made maybe 10 rolling pins at that time. Since they were opening a bakery, I thought the bakers could use our French rolling pins. I figured maybe they’d buy 20.” Two days later, the family was sitting around when Daniel suddenly came racing downstairs. “He ran down the steps, white as a ghost, but grinning,” his mother says. “They answered back, they answered back!” Daniel exclaimed, but his family had no idea what he was talking about. He explained that he had sent Magnolia Market an email, and that they replied and said Joanna Gaines wanted to see five of his products. They boxed the items up and sent them off, and have been working with the Magnolia team ever since. Between January and March 2016, Daniel worked with the Magnolia staff to design the rolling pin the way Joanna wanted, choosing the species of wood (maple—Joanna’s choice and coincidentally Daniel’s favorite), the dimensions, and the logo (Silos Baking Co.) she wanted burned into the rolling pins. At the time Daniel sent the email, Magnolia Market was a young venture too, so the timing was impeccable. “That’s why it worked for us,” Tina observes. “It all seems so crazy when we look back.” ince then, the family has been invited to participate as vendors in several of the big fall and spring shows that Magnolia sponsors each year in Waco. The Martins were one of about 80 vendors at their first Magnolia Market show in 2017. “It’s so much fun because we get to meet people from all over,” Daniel says. “That first show we brought 150 items and sold out in a day; now we bring over 500.” Daniel, who is beginning his senior year of college online at Liberty University, plies his craft some 80 hours a week. He was enrolled at North Greenville University, but balancing the commute and schoolwork with his woodworking proved too stressful. Luckily, he has plenty of help. Daniel, the family perfectionist, does the wood turning and burning, while his brother, Matthew, cuts the wood and sands the pieces. His mom has the eye for design, deciding how the products should look in terms of color and texture. Daniel’s sisters, Kathleen and Rebekah, help with the prep and finishing work, while dad Jason builds all the displays and wires the lamps. Creative time as a family is most often chiseled out at the dinner table.

ABOVE BOARD: A perfectionist, Daniel does all the wood-turning himself, using one of two lathes set up in the family garage that presently serves as his woodworking studio.



“We all just jump in,” notes Tina. “We’ve always done that with everything. That’s just how we operate as a family.” Split Woodworks’ line of products has grown from those first French rolling pins to an array of kitchenware and furniture. This year, Daniel, a huge Harry Potter fan, started making wands. “I don’t make any two alike,” he says. “Some look like they belong to a

fairy, some like they belong to a wizard. Essentially they’re just toys, but they’re really special and a lot of fun to make.” This past Christmas, Daniel fashioned a replica of Harry Potter’s wand. When someone snapped it up online, he was loathe to part with it. “It was the hardest thing I’ve had to give up, among the thousands of things we’ve made so far,” the woodworker concedes. Some ideas for new products result from necessity, like the egg tray Daniel whipped up to hold the eggs his mom set on the kitchen counter one day while she was making a pound cake. “Friends and family also bring ideas, and sometimes the beauty of a particular piece of wood inspires a piece,” Daniel says. Holidays aside, roughly 15–20 percent of Split Woodworks’ business is custom. The majority is wholesale, with Magnolia as their biggest partner. Local retail clients include Swamp Rabbit Café and My Sister’s Store in Travelers Rest, with more in the works. To date, Daniel and his family have made 4,000 rolling pins for Magnolia Market alone. They made 2,000 of those in 2018, and that’s only one-third of their total production for the year in an always-evolving product line that ranges from rolling pins and cutting boards—their bread and butter—to candlesticks, cake stands, mirrors, and tables. “I love working with my hands,” remarks the young artisan who plays guitar in a band with his brother in his scant spare time. “If you gave me paint and a canvas, I’d make something there. I just like to see something come from nothing.” Given the success that Split Woodworks has enjoyed in three short years, it appears that Daniel Martin is quickly carving out a name for himself. Split Woodworks products are available online at and at

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Traditional slow-cooking and smoky bacon turn dark, leafy collards into something delicious

Southern Side: Braised, flavordrenched collards can be the star of any table; see page 94.

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Ladies of Leisure: At Laura’s Tea Room, Carol Allen serves three courses, so customers can unwind without being rushed. The menu begins with scones, followed by a soup or salad, and then a tiered tea tray holding at least five types of savory sandwiches. Last, but not least, comes an assortment of gooey desserts.

Pinkies Up A tiny town north of Columbia takes afternoon tea to elegant standards / by M. Linda Lee // illustration by Alice Ratterree


lthough Carol Allen grew up drinking tea in northern Minnesota, she was late to the (tea) party. Allen married a Texan and lived all over the country before moving to Blythewood, South Carolina, 25 years ago. The couple had horses at the time, and tiny Blythewood, a half-hour north of Columbia, provided a rural, equine-friendly setting. In this small Carolina town, Allen opened a gift shop where she sold tea and teapots, among other items. “In talking to people at the shop, I realized that there was so much more to fixing and enjoying a cup of tea than just drinking something,” Allen says. “It’s the relaxation that comes with putting the kettle on and picking the tea. And it’s the friendships that come from it.” While that realization triggered the idea for a tearoom, it was a building in the neighboring town of Ridgeway (population 400), where Carol and her husband eventually settled, that clinched the deal. Allen fell in love at first sight with the 1911 Thomas Co. Building on North Palmer Street, formerly home to a general store. Several years after her first sighting, the building’s owner renovated the two-story structure, allowing Allen to open Laura’s Tea Room in April 2008. The name honors Laura Thomas, the last member of the Thomas family to run the mercantile before it closed in the mid-1990s.

Located on the second floor, with natural light flooding in from graceful arched windows, the airy tea room sets a tranquil scene for friends to break scones together. Customers enter via the ground-floor café and gift shop, then climb the stairs to the mezzanine, where they get into character by donning a vintage hat—from Allen’s collection of more than 150—to wear while they sip. They can also pick a vessel of choice from a table displaying a colorful array of vintage china teacups, which Allen and her mother have gathered over the years. Their collection of more than 200 cups has been augmented more recently by customers’ donations. “The cup collection is one of the most loved things about the tea room,” declares Allen. “We even have people who call ahead and ask us to put aside a specific cup for them when they make a reservation.” Sporting funky hats, guests take a seat at a linen-covered table and order one of 100 different types of tea, each served in a different china pot. Tea is accompanied by three courses of small bites, starting with scones, all made by Allen’s 98-year-old mother. “Women need a place where they can get together and not be rushed, and expand on friendships and family,” Allen asserts. “And that’s exactly what having tea is.” Laura’s Tea Room, 105 N Palmer St, Ridgeway, SC. (803) 3378594; Reservations required for the tea room but not the downstairs café.

Credited to Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, who launched the ritual in England in the early 1800s, afternoon tea was meant to fill the void between lunch and dinner, and was traditionally taken on low sofas or parlor chairs. High tea was the more substantial afterwork meal enjoyed by the working class. The name refers to the fact that it’s served at the dining table, with participants seated on high-backed chairs.

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Block Party It’s hard to resist the appeal of Foxcroft Wine Co.’s decadent house-made chocolates / by Kathryn Davé // photography by Paul Mehaffey


f this story began and ended with three words—chocolate and wine—it would be enough. The perfection of this divine duo is universally accepted, even by medical professionals—meaning that after we share an article citing chocolate’s health benefits to our Facebook profile, we can smugly proceed with enjoying the very chocolate and wine we would have consumed anyway. But fine chocolate wasn’t something Foxcroft Wine Co., a wine shop and bar, originally set out to highlight. In fact, Shawn Paul, Foxcroft’s wine operations director, points out that wine and chocolate are a much trickier pairing than most of us think. Nevertheless, when a customer craving a sweet end to his meal requested something “chocolatey” a few years ago, Chef Justin Solomon answered with housemade chocolates. They proved so enormously

popular that his “weekend special” never left Foxcroft’s menu. Listed simply as “signature dark chocolates,” the small squares arrive on a small plate. You might ignore them at first until you take the first bite. Made from Colombian dark chocolate, each square contains a sublime filling that varies weekly according to the season and the culinary team’s inspiration. The soft fillings range broadly, including avocado and sea salt, s’mores, lemon curd, spiced nuts, peppermint crunch, and cardamom ganache. They are designed to enhance that last glass of wine— which you should definitely order, letting the team at Foxcroft guide you to an unexpected pairing that will remind you just what it is we all love about chocolate and wine. Foxcroft Wine Co., 631 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 906-4200,

Good Match Wine and chocolate—an ideal pairing, right? Not so fast. “Most of the wines that we think go with chocolate just . . . don’t . . . work,” Paul says. He explains that the sweeter the chocolate, the sweeter the wine must be in order to taste inbalance. ’Tis the season to enjoy chocolate, but next time, try one of the bottles he recommends for a pairing that really sings. All bottles available at Foxcroft Wine Co. Milk Chocolate // 2016 Sant’ Evasio Brachetto d’Acqui, Italy Dark Chocolate // 2016 Venge Vineyards “Scout’s Honor,” California White Chocolate // 2017 Paul Cluver Noble Late-Harvest Riesling, South Africa

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Greenville’s new el Thrifty cantina blends food, drink, and games on the Prisma Swamp Rabbit Trail / by Mary Cathryn Arm strong

n penning his field notes for the Parts Unknown exploration of Mexico, the late Anthony Bourdain remarks (in characteristically acerbic fashion) that while Americans love Mexican food, our interpretation—“melted cheese over tortilla chips”—often shortchanges the ancestral know-how that has been the lifeblood of every Latin kitchen for generations. “People’s perception of Mexican food is different than what Mexican food actually is because it’s been so Americanized,” says Robert Berry, one-half of the ownership team of Greenville’s newest cantina-style eatery, el Thrifty. “Mexico is just like this giant melting pot with so many different cultures and bright, vibrant flavors you don’t typically get to experience at the restaurants here.” Berry and business developer Reid Olsen decided to funnel their similar interests into a joint venture. The pair eyed several spots in Charlotte and Savannah before landing on el Thrifty’s current locale along Greenville’s popular Prisma Swamp Rabbit Trail. Fourteen months later, el Thrifty opened the doors to its 10,000-square-foot space. Outfitted with contemporary seating, a blend of folk-style and modern Mexican artwork, and the near-360-degree bar that offers panoramic views of the surrounding green space through roll-up windows, Berry says the vividly colored interior conjures a sense of vibrancy that is “a little bit upscale, but not too fancy.” The addition of a gaming lounge stocked with

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Photography by Andrew Cebulka, courtesy of el Thrifty

Fun & Games: Through the direction of Robert Berry and Reid Olsen, el Thrifty combines traditional Mexican takes—like the queso fundido (left) or fresh SC fish with pineapple salsa (right)—with an entertaining environment featuring everything from shuffleboard to billiards—right alongside the Prisma Swamp Rabbit Trail.

hands-on activities for a small fee, like shuffleboard, ping pong, and billiards, was intentionally curated to encourage guests to step outside of their comfort zone (a.k.a. the enticing glow of a cell-phone screen) and get social at, well, a social club. “We wanted to create a situation where people could really communicate with each other,” Berry explains. The restaurant, he goes on, is not just a place to drink and digest. “Single-handedly, we want you to check out what’s going on around you, and spend the day having a good, fun experience with your friends.” As a chef in 1990s’ New York City, Berry’s fifteen-hour shifts were often spent in the company of a largely Mexican kitchen staff, a camaraderie that eventually gave way to the exchange of meals, recipes, and cooking techniques. Berry dove headfirst into the culinary culture, studying its history and traveling to Oaxaca, Baja, and Mexico City, where the explosive array of diverse regional flavors turned the chef’s classically trained palate on its head. Along with executive chef Justin Serwetz, Berry has dialed that same essence into crafting el Thrifty’s menu—what he refers to as the “greatest hits of Mexico.” Designed to be innovative yet approachable, el Thrifty’s bill of fare offers familiar plates adapted to mirror authentic Mexican cuisine: Oaxaca cheese, chipotle mayo, and

spicy slaw spilling out from hefty torta sandwiches; roast chicken doused in traditional, chile-pepper-infused mole sauce; and Berry’s personal favorite, beef-stuffed tamales roasted in corn husks. A majority of the restaurant’s edible components are either made from scratch in-house or sourced locally (Berry is a frequent patron of the La Unica markets on White Horse Road), and will continue to feature both staple items and specialties built around the seasonal “garden of Greenville.” Similarly, the el Thrifty cocktail lineup is also constantly evolving. Much like the handpicked fruit stands that line many of Mexico’s streets, Berry hopes to mix a rotating selection of fresh juices into the bar’s standing roster of expertly paired libations. Sure, you can order a classic margarita, but the real centerpiece here is el Thrifty’s extensive list of those agave-based alcohols—tequila and mezcal—poured up for some solo sampling at prices muy bien for any wallet. As for the future, Berry is looking forward to spring on the trail. “That’s going to be the real unveiling of the whole concept,” Berry says. “When we can roll up all the bar windows, and people can be outside on the lawn playing badminton and bocce ball or just swinging in the hammocks. Kind of like a mini vacation.” el Thrifty, 25 Delano Dr, Greenville. (864) 232-2053, Closed Mondays. FEBRUARY 2019 / 93

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Gone to Pot: Fresh collards take on a wealth of flavor from garlic, bacon, chile flake, and onion.

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Collards slow-cooked with smoky bacon shine on Southern tables, new and old

here are hundreds of ways to eat your greens these days, but slow-cooking them in bacon fat is not a trendy one for the wellness-obsessed. It is, however, the quintessential way to prepare collards. Although I have lived south of the Mason-Dixon line my whole life, my portrait of Southern food is cultural, not personal. My family ate well, but we didn’t eat the defining foods that make up a good meat-and-three buffet. When I got older, I didn’t flee the South but stayed for a job, and my job taught me the power of place and its relationship to food. And Southern food, with its abiding link to Southern land, taught me the richness of heritage, and my knowledge expanded but didn’t settle on my own table until one day, I decided to make collards for myself. I don’t have a cherished recipe from my grandmother, nor did I consult any other icons before turning a bunch of collards into deep-green ribbons for slow-cooking. The only pork in my kitchen was bacon (hardly something to apologize for), and I had no idea how long the greens should braise. After crisping up the bacon, I sautéed lots of sliced garlic along with the chopped sweet onion and chile flake, before adding the greens. I was cooking by feel, finding my own road to the spicy, smoky, sweet taste of the braised collards I craved. The resulting tangle of collard greens swimming in delicious pot-likker outshone everything else on the table, including the barbecue pork my husband had smoked for hours. It was—is—a reminder that those who came before us knew a few things, especially how to eat their greens.

/ by Kathryn Davé // photograph by Jivan Davé


Braised Right

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ lbs. collard greens, sliced into ribbons 12 oz. applewood bacon, cut into lardons 2 small sweet onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced ¾ tsp. red chile flakes 2 c. chicken broth ¼ c. apple cider vinegar Kosher salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Add the bacon to a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, and then turn the heat to medium to let the fat render out as the bacon crisps. Fry until bacon is crispy and brown, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pot with a slotted spoon; set aside. 2. Add chopped onion to hot bacon fat and stir, sautéing for about five minutes. Season with salt. Add sliced garlic and chile flake to onion and continue sautéing for another five minutes, until onions are soft. 3. Pour chicken broth into pot and raise heat until the broth comes to a simmer. Add collard greens in batches, stirring, until they have wilted enough for all to fit. Season again to taste with salt. Reduce heat to very low and cover with a lid. Cook slowly for another 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally. 4. Remove from heat, stir in apple cider vinegar and reserved bacon lardons, and taste to adjust seasoning, if necessary. Serve with the pot-likker. ))) 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, 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,


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,

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, 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, 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, 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,

World Piece


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, 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, 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, HALLS CHOPHOUSE

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,

World Piece, from the owners of beloved downtown institution Coffee Undergroud, 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 like house-style buffalo chicken wings (right), assorted salads, house-crafted beef and veggie burgers, crispy french fries, and of course, savory pies like the Chicago Supremo (below), this pizza joint ensures there’s a little something to please everyone. $-$$. L, D.

Photograph by Andrew Huang

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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, 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, HUSK GREENVILLE


BLACK HISTORY IN THE UPSTATE Greenville Journal will honor the history of local African Americans through print and digital storytelling. Each week during the month of February will have a unique editorial focus. The Upstate on African American Community, Landmarks, Churches, and Culture.


HISTORY MAKERS In partnership with JAMZ 107.3, will recognize one Upstate Black History Maker (individual or organization) each day during the month of February. Visit to see, read and hear about each History Maker. The collection of 28 honorees will remain on throughout 2019.


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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,


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,


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,


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, MOE’S ORIGINAL BAR B QUE

Founded by three Alabama sons, this new ’cue joint hits the West Stone area with Bama-style barbecue and traditional Southern sides. A fast-casual environment, grab a seat indoors or out—roll-up garage doors allow access to a pet-friendly patio— 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, 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, 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)



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, 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, RESTAURANT 17

Tucked away in Travelers Rest, 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, 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, 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 sashimigrade tuna and pan-seared sea bass, to certified Angus beef. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sun. 648 S Main St. (864) 232-8999, ROCKET SURGERY

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

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S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-0901, ROOST

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, 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, 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, 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,


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, 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, 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, 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)


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.


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,


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, 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,


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,


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,


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,

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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 in-house, 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, 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 Augusta St. (864) 412-8150, 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)


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, UP ON THE ROOF

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, 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,


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, 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,


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 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 St, Greenville. (864) 248-0371, THE BOHEMIAN CAFÉ

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.

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

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, 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, 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. 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,


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,


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, TANDEM CRÊPERIE & COFFEEHOUSE

Tandem lures Swamp Rabbit cyclists with aromas of Counter Culture Coffee and a happy 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. 2 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2245,


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

T. (864) 451-6200,


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, 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,


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

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trucks most nights, or bring your own grub. The Brew welcomes every member of the family, even those of the four-legged sort. $,

Emphasizing community, the coffeehouse brews up beans by Due South and serves flaky treats from Bake Room. $, B, L. 1258



B, L, D. Closed Sunday. 501 S Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 558-0767,

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,


Whether it’s the white marble countertops or the gleaming chrome 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 & almond olive oil muffins, local quiche, and snacks for the bar like lavender and sumac popcorn and citrus-marinated olives, there’s plenty to rave about. $-$$, B, L. 101 N Main St, Ste D. 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. 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, 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,


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, 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.

Pendleton St. (864) 915-8600


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, 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, 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, SULLY’S STEAMERS

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, TABLE 301 CATERING & KITCHEN

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,


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 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,


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 hormoneFEBRUARY 2019 / 101

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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,

Monkey Wrench Smokehouse in Travelers Rest is giving away FREE BBQ to TOWN Readers!


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)

Purchase a pulled pork or brisket sandwich and you’ll receive another sandwich absolutely FREE. Includes a side dish too!



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,

Expires 3/31/19. Limit one per table. Please present this voucher prior to ordering. Dine-in only and not valid with any other offers.


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.

Hours and Address @

(864) 609-4120,


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.


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

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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,


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,


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,


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,


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,


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, PITA HOUSE

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

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Sunday. 495 S Pleasantburg Dr, #B. (864) 271-9895, 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, 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, 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, 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.

2100 Poinsett Hwy, Ste J. (864) 605-7551,


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.

Closed Sunday.1922 Augusta St, Ste 111A. (864) 373-9013, JIANNA

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, KAIROS GREEK KITCHEN

This Charleston restaurant makes its Upstate mark by serving up heaping portions of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, like made-in-Mount Pleasant falafels next to slow-roasted kabobs that explode with flavor even before you dip them into the homemade tzatziki sauce. Turn any meal into a pita wrap or bowl with your choice of fresh spreads like hummus, baba ganoush, or fat-free dill yogurt.$-$$, L, D. 1800 August St. (864) 520-1723, 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





















Sunday. 170 River Pl. (864) 679-5299,


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, PASSERELLE BISTRO

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,


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 $, D. 30 Orchard Park Dr., Ste. 22. (864) 627-7706, RISTORANTE BERGAMO

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in olive oil, garlic, and white wine, veal with homegrown organic herbs, and pasta creations such as linguine with 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, 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

Slope Rd, Ste 100, Greenville. (864) 6266900,

Bottle Shop Wine Bar Scratch Kitchen Bringing Greenville the world’s best wines in a casual and inviting atmosphere…


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 Sunday. 2520 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 520-0298,

Independently owned and operated since 2004.

Greenville’s Historic West End | 631 South Main Street 864-906-4200 |

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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. $,

schedule varies. (404) 372-2266, facebook. com/automatictaco CHUCK TRUCK

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, KEEPIN’ IT FRESH

Join us for workshops Fridays from 6:30 pm 8:30 pm. Visit us online for more information.

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,



Fine Pastry and Chocolate from the Esteemed Chef Vincent Caradonna

864-520-1555 | 640 South Main Street, | Historic West End Greenville

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) 608-6187,


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

& Locations vary, mobilemeltdownfoodtruck/ ONE LOVE FUSION

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,


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,


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,


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

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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.

(864) 252-4700, GRIMALDI'S PIZZERIA

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.


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, 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, 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, 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.

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,


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 crab cakes—then dig into pure taco bliss with the Travelers Rest hot chicken. Go a little lighter with a farm-fresh salad, and end with the campfire s’mores. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 164 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-0586,


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)

552-1054, PAPI’S TACOS

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 River St. (864) 373-7274,


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,

(864) 558-0775, and 215 Pelham Rd, (864) 603-1144, WHITE DUCK TACO SHOP

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.


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

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Miss Thru Feb 3 SHABOOM SHABOOM Thru Feb 10th; Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $27-$35. Centre Stage. Time travel back to midcentury musical magic during this Centre Stage production featuring ’50s favorites from the Four Seasons, the Supremes, and more.

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS Question: how many penguins does a household need? Well, for the Popper clan, the limit does not exist. Based on the popular children’s book by Richard and Florence Atwater, this musical adaptation spins the tale of Mr. Popper, whose well-intentioned fan letter to an Arctic-exploring Admiral lands him a waddling, flapping housepet they christen Captain Cook. But that’s just the beginning of the story for Mr. Popper’s wild and crazy new life—or as the penguins say, the tip of the iceberg! Gunter Theatre at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thru Feb 3. Thurs, 9:45am & 11:45am; Fri, 7pm; Sat, 10am & 1:30pm; Sun, 1:30pm & 5:30pm. $19-$28. (864) 467-3000,

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SHABOOM SHABOOM You’ve waited all year—and now it’s finally back! Centre Stage kicks of another year of artistic fabulousness with their annual live rock show. Get ready to tune in and groove out to all of the hits that made the ’50s and ’60s a golden age for musical stars like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Angels, the Supremes, and other bebop giants of the era. Shaboom, shaboom, indeed. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $27-$35. (864) 233-6733,

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THE GLASS MENAGERIE Crafted by storytelling genius Tennessee Williams as a semi-autobiography in 1944, this memory-style play is told from the perspective of Tom Wingfield, a struggling writer who yearns to escape from his tedious life and onerous family. Urged by his mother to find his disabled sister a reasonable suitor, Tom invites a supposedly bachelor coworker over for supper, setting a chain of events in motion that eventually lead to his permanent departure from his home and his familial obligations.

Although never a victim herself, our speaker, Mallory Hagan comes from a family blanketed by child abuse. While she grew up in Alabama, she spent several years living in New York. Recently, she has been in the broadcasting world in Alabama. When she won the title of Miss New York City in March of 2012, Mallory decided to use her new platform to become an advocate and ambassador for Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Education. She used her new-found voice to join forces with the likes of Stop it Now, Child Abuse Prevention Program, and Safe Horizon. Mallory has spoken at several Child Sexual Abuse Summits the past few years, recorded numerous public service announcements, and even lobbied for the Child Sexual Abuse Act on Capitol Hill with the National Children’s Association. She recently was a keynote speaker at the National Child Advocacy Center’s Symposium.

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Because history never goes on holiday, Greenville’s Chautauqua festival presents its annual wintertime showcase, a cold-weather counterpart to tide you over until the main event held in June. Starring in this year’s production is the “Little Corporal” himself, Napoleon Bonaparte, aka Mr. Exiled to Elba. The role of Napoleon will be played by Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Mark Schneider, and an opening night gala at the Younts Center for Performing Arts will kick off the weekend’s events. Younts Center for Performing Arts, 315 N Main St, Fountain Inn; Wade Hampton High School, 100 Pine Knoll Dr, Greenville. Fri, 7–10pm; Sat–Sun, 2–3:30pm. Fri, $50; Sat–Sun, free. (864) 244-1499,



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Nearly three years after its Broadway debut, the Robert De Niro– and Jerry Zaks– directed production has gained critical acclaim for its wiseguy antics, energetic choreography and catchy, doo-wop-style musical numbers. Originally penned as an autobiographical one-man show by actor Chazz Palminteri, A Bronx Tale chronicles the life of Calogero Anello, an adolescent boy torn between the morals of his father and the powerful pull of the Mafia in 1960s New York. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $35-$105. (864) 467-3000,

A BRONX TALE Feb 5th–10th; Tues– Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $35-$105. The Peace Center. Follow along with Calogero Anello as he faces the trials of growing up in the Bronx in the 1960s.

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wonderful cause. Hosted by the Upstate’s Meals on Wheels chapter, this year’s Sweetheart Charity Ball hopes to top last year’s 55,000 plus meals funded for the organization that helps the homebound. After a fun night of dining, dancing, and auction bidding, you’ll be hoping the clock never strikes twelve at this enchanting evening. Sat. $150. (864) 233-6565,



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TO SHOULDER 8 SHOULDER Greenville’s Young Artist Orchestra

joins forces with their Greenville Symphony Orchestra counterparts to perform a pair of classic selections, including pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Cecile Chaminade. Gunter Theatre at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7:30pm. $10-$27. (864) 4673000,


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Like many of today’s most popular bluegrass artists, Rhonda Vincent’s musical career began at the age of five, singing gospel with the family band. She continued to hone her vocal talent—and collect instruments— along the way to her first Grammy nomination in 2004. Along with her band, the Rage, Vincent is the most awarded bluegrass band in history, so don’t miss your chance to take in one rip-roaring, foot-stomping good time. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Fri, 8pm. $40. (864) 948-9020,



It’s basically Hot Wheels for grown-ups. The ultimate trifecta of aggressive, exhilarating entertainment, Monster Jam makes its annual Upstate pilgrimage with the infamous purple-

and-green Grave Digger(rrrrrrr), El Toro Loco, Alien Invasion, Earthshaker, and other metal-crunching, tiremashing maestros of vehicular slaughter in tow. If you’ve got an appetite for destruction, these pro drivers have you covered. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 1pm & 7pm. $18-$61. (864) 241-3800,



In celebration of Greenville’s great outdoors, this inaugural event is bound to be more exciting than anything you ever did in Cub Scouts. Touted as the only one of its kind in our area, the combination showcase and shopping expo gives guests a unique opportunity to check out the latest in hunting, fishing, camping, and powersport products in addition to educational seminars, displays, and exciting activities like archery tag, taxidermy, rock climbing, and lumberjack shows. The Greenville Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Fri, 2–8pm; Sat, 10am–8pm; Sun, 10am–5pm. Free-$10.


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LUKE COMBS Feb 14th; Thurs, 7pm. $25-$45. Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Debut country star Luke Combs brings his headline tour to Greenville with hit favorites like “Hurricane” and “When It Rains It Pours.”



It may be nearly impossible to replicate Frank Sinatra’s signature piercing blue eyes (or his notorious temper) but Dave Halston does have the voice to do the crooner justice. Rolling through a playlist loaded with some of Sinatra’s most cherished standards, the Las Vegas stunner brings the Rat Pack original back to life some twenty years after his passing. Whether it’s “Come Fly With Me” or “New York, New York” this dazzling showcase is the perfect way to kick off a very good year. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Tues–Wed, 7pm. $50. (864) 233-6733,



Founded in 1988, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet is something of a legend within the chamber music world. The first permanently established quintet in the renowned orchestra’s history, the group has appeared on stages across the world, astounding audiences with an expansive collection of multigenerational pieces that range from pure wind literature to larger ensemble productions. Gunter Theatre at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, 7pm. $55. (864) 467-3000,


THE YOU AND ME TOUR: AN EVENING WITH DREW & ELLIE HOLCOMB As a unit, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors have proven they have the stuff to stick it in the industry. Their gritty cocktail of Southern-style music have landed them on numerous festival stages and supporting slots for some of the genre’s most prominent names, including The Avett Brothers and Robert Earl Keen. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the rootsy Tennessee

native will reunite with wife Ellie for an intimate evening of sweet, sweet musical love. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 7:30pm. $25-$45. (864) 467-3000,



The Country Music Association’s “Best New Artist” of 2018 (and he of the red beard) crashed his Ford Truck onto the scene with a string of number-one hits straight off his debut album, including “Hurricane,” “When It Rains It Pours,” and “One Number Away.” Fittingly, the country crooner is set to embark on the “Beer Never Broke My Heart” headline tour alongside Jameson Rodgers and Lanco. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Thurs, 7pm. $29-$56. (864) 241-3800,


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Christian pop and hip hop artist TobyMac is no stranger to the Billboard music scene, charting some 20 times since the beginning of his career in the late 1980s. The former DC Talk member has enjoyed a successful solo career, dropping seven studio albums and nabbing awards for Best Rock Gospel Album, Top Christian Album, and Top Christian Artist. TobyMac’s “Hits Deep” tour will be accompanied by We Are Messengers, Jeremy Camp, Ryan Stevenson, Aaron Cole, and Jordan Feliz. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm. $29-$99.75. (864) 241-3800,


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Accompanied by international acts Narcis Iustin Ianau and Vincent Niclo, soprano sensation Sarah Brightman showcases the same powerhouse vocals we fell for during her Phantom of the Opera days as Christine Daaé.

many Zima’s. But the kids don’t have to know that. Dance, sing, and laugh along in the Jungle of Nool as Horton the Elephant, Mayzie Labird, Gertrude McFuzz, the Cat in the Hat, and other Seuss stars take you on a whirlwind adventure while paying tribute to one of the world’s most imaginative authors of this, or any generation. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Fri, 4:30pm & 7pm; Sat, 2pm. $10-$15. (864) 542-2787,



Sonny and Cher. The Captain and Tennille. Yep, some things just go together. This sizzling Southern-style soirée features a bacon-lovers’ dream of curated pork creations, crafted by Lowcountry chefs from hot spots like Tavern & Table, Poogan’s Smokehouse, Swig & Swine, and more. Top-notch libations will be poured up courtesy of your favorite bourbon barrel houses like Four Roses, Stranahan’s, and Rebel Yell—not to mention the rare bourbon bar with a heavenly helping of international, aged selections. Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston. Sat, 7:30–11pm. $75-$95. (803) 240-8401,



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The Killer. The Ferriday Fireball. Or, ya know, just Jerry Lee Lewis. Rock n’ roll’s original wild man, Hall of Fame inductee and original Million Dollar Quartet member has just about seen and done it all throughout his decade-spanning musical career. Sure, there have been a few tumultuous controversies peppered in along the way, but Lewis’ legendary status lives on in tunes like “Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” and “Boogie Woogie Piano.” The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm. $65-$85. (864) 467-3000,


Taking top honors as the number-one Heart Ball in South Carolina, the Upstate’s version has raised millions in funds supporting the American Heart Association. This year’s glam gala will include a variety of auction items valued at a total of $200,000, not to mention a fantastic gourmet dinner, live music, and a special segment honoring the survivors and families of those affected by heart disease. Greenville Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Sat, 6pm. (864) 605-7139.



A multilingual powerhouse with countless honors, awards, and accolades to her name, vocalist Sarah Brightman truly proves the idea that music is the universal language of all mankind. Last November’s “Hymn” was Brightman’s first full-length album release in five years, and reached the top of Billboard’s Classical Crossover and Classical albums charts, cementing her spot as the female with the most number ones on both listings.

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Brightman’s Greenville stop on her globetrotting world tour will be accompanied by Narcis Iustin Ianau and Vincent Niclo. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, 7pm. $56-$258. (864) 241-3800,



The Spartanburg Philharmonic flaunts their own display of affection with this special presentation of all things L-O-V-E. In addition to showcasing Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet version of the Shakespeare classic, the philharmonic will also include pieces from West Side Story, Don Juan, and Casablanca in this mix of amore. Twichell Auditorium, 580 E Main St, Spartanburg. Sat, 7–9pm. $12.50-$45. (864) 948-9020,



The dynamic team behind such Broadway smash hits as Dear Evan Hansen, A Christmas Story, and James and the Giant Peach, songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s original tunes have been featured in a number of award-winning films like La La Land and The Greatest Showman. In honor of the pair’s dynamic contributions to the musical realm, join the Mauldin Cultural Center for a unique live performance of some of their greatest works. Mauldin Cultural Center, 101 E Butler Rd, Mauldin. Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm. $15. (864) 335-4862,


HERRING CHAMBER ENSEMBLE WINTER CONCERT Sponsored by Furman University’s own Gordon and Sarah Herring, the Greenville Chorale returns for yet

another stirring winter production. The 24-voice-strong concert will be highlighted by a number of inspirational works, including German composer Paul Hindemith’s “Six Chansons,” a tribute French vocal group the Swingle Singers, and pieces by the Upstate’s own Dan Forrest. Charles E. Daniel Chapel at Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. Sun, 3pm. Adult, $30; student, $15. (864) 467-3000,


SARAH MCLACHLAN FEATURING VANESSA FREEBAIRN-SMITH: AN INTIMATE EVENING OF SONGS AND STORYTELLING Long before her hit song “Angel,” vocalist Sarah McLachlan was a pioneer in the women’s songwriting movement, fighting for female airplay on the radio and founding the Lilith Fair. The Grammy Award–winning artist will be joined by cellist Vanessa Freebairn-Smith for an intimate evening of sound and speech. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St. Sun, 7pm. $55-$85. (864) 467-3000,



Almost 30 years after its debut in the capital of Moscow, the Russian National Orchestra is now widely revered as one of the world’s most prolific and gifted musical ensembles. Sure, they’ve racked up a plethora of awards for top recordings, but it’s nothing compared to hearing the harmonious amalgam of instruments in person. Three key pieces from esteemed composers—the Romantic era’s Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov, Poland’s Frédéric Chopin, and Sergei Prokofiev—make up this evening of ear-pleasing pleasure. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Mon, 6:30pm. $15-$55. (864) 467-3000,

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JERRY LEE LEWIS Feb 16th; Sat, 8pm. $65-$85. The Peace Center. Rock ‘n’ roll king and former Million Dollar Quartet member Jerry Lee Lewis continues to croon unforgettable tunes like “Boogie Woogie Piano” and “Great Balls of Fire.”

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As solo artists, the three women of I’m With Her have collectively helped shape the face of bluegrass and folk music, garnering fans and fame with poignant lyrical songwriting and multi-instrumental talent. The trio joined forces for the first time in 2014, and began touring internationally the following year. In 2018 the women saw the release of their first studio album, See You Around, which earned a nod from the Americana Music Association for Best Duo/Group of the year. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 7:30pm. $35-$45. (864) 467-3000,




Canadian violinist Lara St. John honed her craft at Philadelphia’s exclusive Curtis Institute of Music before becoming the youngest postgraduate student at the Moscow Conservatory. So yeah, you could say she has some skills. After making her


Despite the catchy name, there is actually one Piano Guy in this entire quartet. Comprised of Piano Guy Jon Schmidt, producer Al van der Beek, cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, and videographer Paul Anderson, the band of merry men first burst onto the media scene in 2010 via YouTube, where their collection of contemporary/classic/ rock mash-ups stacked up more than a billion views. In the years since, the Piano Guys have become global sensations for their covers of top hit tunes. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, 7:30pm. $70$90. (864) 467-3000,

solo debut at age four, St. John has since performed with a repertoire of orchestras from Seattle to Boston. The highly acclaimed artist released her latest album, Shiksa, in 2015. Gunter Theatre at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 7pm. $45. (864) 467-3000,

features Mozart’s Sonata for Bassoon and Double Bass and Horn Quintet, Five Pieces for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon by Jacque Ibert, and Joseph Haydn’s London Trio No. 1. First Baptist Greenville, 847 Cleveland St, Greenville. Sat, 2pm & 7pm. $16. (864) 467-3000,







Originally choreographed by St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet’s ballet master Arthur Saint-Leon in 1870, this comedic rendering by Ballet Spartanburg spins a story about mistaken identity, love, and, yes, even a little dark magic. When young Franz falls for a mysterious, beautiful maiden who remains locked inside the home of one strange Dr. Coppelius, his devoted Swanhilda is heartbroken. But when Swanhilda decides to take matters into her own hands she discovers that Coppelia—and the mad scientist who created her—isn’t quite what she seems. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Fri–Sat, 7pm. $15-$25. (864) 542-2787,



The Greenville Symphony Orchestra finishes yet another chapter of the amazing Spotlight Series with a captivating chronicle of compositions by all your favorites. The night’s bill

Never fully realized your dream of sailing the ocean blue in a ship painstakingly crafted during your post-retirement woodworking phase? This is a close second. Sponsored by Greenville County Rec, the Cardboard Regatta invites builders of all ages to craft a winning design made from environmentally friendly materials to race in the pool of the Westside Aquatic Center. Prizes for best-dressed crew, best sinking, and best-looking boat will be awarded to each level of competitor, so hit the deck and let’s get to it. Greenville County Aquatic Complex, 2700 W Blue Ridge Dr, Greenville. Sat, 2pm. $15-$100 entry. (864) 288-6470, From the first note to the final crescendo, the instrumentalists of Sybarite5 are here to take you on a fantastic voyage of musical thrills. An assembly of violins, bass, cello, and viola tackle everything from alt-rock to traditional artists with mind-blowing

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Mixing up elements of percussion, dance, and music, Israeli troupe Mayumana is a feast for the senses in every meaning of the word. The spirited production of “Currents” incorporates two unique ensembles representing light and electricity, telling a powerful narrative through a mixed media of traditional instruments, video, sounds, and performers. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 7:30pm. $15-$45. (864) 467-3000,

The Fine Arts Center gives some of its rising-star performers the opportunity to take their talents before a live audience with the Jazz All Stars Concert Series. For their first performance, musicians and vocalists will take on a handful of America’s most celebrated composers, including Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and Jimmy Van Heusen. Genevieve’s Theater Lounge at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, 7pm. $25. (864) 467-3000,

THE PIANO GUYS Feb 20th; Wed, 7:30pm. $70-$90. The Peace Center. Rising to fame through creative spins on contemporary hits, The Piano Guys take the Greenville stage with all your favorite musical mash-ups.

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