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SPRING ARRIVAL

Seasonal style trends glow in the artistic, luxurious light of Greenville’s new star, the AC Hotel by Marriott. styled by chelsey ashford

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” —Coco Chanel

(cover) Model Hannah Smith wears a BCBGeneration floral empire waist dress, $108. From Labels Designer Resale; 195 carat multicolored sapphire strand, $7,000, with 18k rose gold pink tourmaline modullyn clasp, $19,080. From llyn strong fine art jewelry; (this page) white pleated sleeveless top, $94. Monkee’s of the West End; Zara bias satin pink skirt, $30. From Labels Designer Resale; medium twig circle pendant yellow gold necklace, $1,900. From Kate Furman Jewelry. For more, see “Spring Arrival,” page 78. Cover and this photograph by Paul Mehaffey

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ART FOR ALL Delve into the studios of exceptional area artists on the first Friday of every month. by Angie toole thompson

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Traci Martin, Listen and See (Acherontia Atropos), charcoal and pastel on Stonehenge paper, 16 x 20 inches. Photograph of artwork courtesy of the artist.

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SECRET GARDEN Local florists share their best tips of the trade for making beautiful arrangements at home. by kathryn davÉ

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A local’s guide to First Fridays in the Village of West Greenville, Hale’s Jewelers relocates to an elegant, lightfilled showroom on Verdae; and metalsmith Kate Furman is a book illustrator, too.

Elegance and entertainment abound at the JW Marriott Plant Riverside District in Savannah; these travel accessories are practical and look smart.

Biltmore’s Land Rover Experience offers a one-of-akind ride across the estate’s natural terrain.

Blithe Floral and Flower Therapy offer spring arranging expertise; Upstate maven Myeka Johnson takes her entrepreneurial knack to NYC with the launch of her own talent agency.

Tasty As Fit brings healthy ingredients to bear in scrumptious bowls; toast to spring with Topsoil’s Strawberry Negroni; make these ideal salad dressings for freshgrown greens.


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pring is here, full on. Flowers in bloom, trees leafing out. We celebrate reemergence and reinvention this issue, the return of life as we knew it, yet much different than before. As we measure our losses and give thanks for our gains (because there were these too), we are living in a more hopeful world. Nature makes no mistakes, even during a pandemic. Last spring, the time when we’re typically abuzz with dates, plans, and to-dos, suddenly restricted us to our homes, yards, and outdoor spaces. We were tasked with staying put and keeping away. But while our social lives slowed, everyday details became sharper. On long afternoon walks, I’d mark the slow and steady progress of buds and leaves—of life, in its constant cycle, of which I’m always apart but rarely fully present. As the earth renewed, so did I, smack in the middle of global chaos. It’s the darkest days that create the most light—making sweet ones that much better. This spring feels different from any other. We’re more aware of the connectedness of things, of our shared experience, the relief of simply being together with less worry. As we move forward, we go back to what we’ve always known. Like plants that depend on sunlight and water, food and soil, we too need our social garden to thrive. We are individuals, each one of us uniquely different, but requiring the same basic stuff—to be supported by our human family, by nature or by choice. Our stories reflect the beauty and bounty of this season, from the vibrancy of a First Friday art walk to one-of-a-kind jewelry

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(below) Models Hannah Smith and Tripp Cranford look sharp in the elegant new AC Hotel by Marriott Greenville. For our spring style feature, turn to page 78.

and our local boutiques bursting at the seams with must-have pieces. Fill your calendar with our top events, a weekend trip to Savannah, and an off-road adventure at Biltmore Estate. Sate your hunger with healthy options, then treat yourself to a strawberry cocktail. It’s springtime, and we’re here for its brilliant unfolding—once again but like never before. Blair Knobel, Editor in Chief blair@towncarolina.com

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When the GCMA re-opens, we invite you to experience the powerful story of David Drake, an enslaved African-American who worked as a “turner” in several pottery manufacturing facilities in South Carolina’s Edgefield District. Drake, who was known only as “Dave” before 1865, learned to both read and write, dangerous and even illegal skills for a slave to possess. Drake openly expressed his literacy by inscribing original poems on many of the utilitarian works he created. The identities of millions of enslaved African-Americans, whose talents and labor supported the development of American culture, were disregarded by recorded history. Through the modest wares handcrafted and inscribed by David Drake, at least one remarkable voice remains to speak on behalf of the lives and stories irretrievably lost. The GCMA is home to the largest institutional collection of pottery vessels by David Drake, including single-handle jugs, storage jars, pitchers, a syrup jug, and a rare butter churn. The GCMA annual fund-raising campaign, Art for Greenville 2021, will support the purchase of 29 works by African-American artists, including three vessels by David Drake. The GCMA is grateful for the continuing support of United Community Bank Foundation.

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BEAR SHADOW SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL Pack up your pod and head to the Bear Shadow Music Festival, whose Base Camp main stage event is being held in a larger outdoor location this year to allow extra space for social distancing. Named for the shape of the shadow that forms behind nearby Whiteside Mountain, this three-day music event spans genres from bluegrass to soul. Chuck Leavell, Robert Ellis, Mandolin Orange, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones will number among the musical entertainers. Various locations in Highlands, NC. Apr 23–25. Fri–Sun, gates open at 4:30pm; show times vary. Base Camp concerts at Winfield Farm, 250 Winfield Farm Rd, Scaly Mountain, NC. Base Camp tickets only available in 6- or 8-person blocks. Contained open-air viewing environments: 6-person COVE, $900/day; 8-person COVE, $1,200/day. bearshadownc.com

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Greenville takes figurative flight when nine monumental bronze sculptures arrive downtown on April 2. Created by world-renowned Mexican artist Jorge Marín, the sculptures will grace Falls Park and the Peace Center campus until the end of September. Greenville is the first city on the East Coast to host Marín’s works, which juxtapose the human body with allegorical forms and winged creatures. Various locations in downtown Greenville. Thru Sept 30. Free. visitgreenvillesc.com/ event/wings-of-the-city/33816

What do you do after you spend two decades dominating late-night television as host of The Tonight Show and being named to the Television Academy’s Broadcast Hall of Fame? Why, you come to Greenville, of course! And that’s just what funny man Jay Leno will do when he takes the Peace Center stage to entertain us with his own special brand of stand-up comedy.

Hey, all you backyard farmers out there! It’s time to start planting those veggies for summer harvesting. And what better way to start your raised beds than with organic seedlings— tomatoes, peppers, squash, watermelon, herbs, and more—from Greenbrier Farms? You can order plants online any time before April 17, the day of pickup.

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KENTUCKY DERBY VIEWING PARTY

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GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS

Dust off your fanciest spring hat and head to Fluor Field to catch the Kentucky Derby big-as-life on the Jumbotron. After the race, sip mint juleps while you bid on more than 100 silent auction items. Proceeds benefit First Tee Upstate, an international youth development organization that builds character through the game of golf. A VIP ticket includes the viewing party as well as a special Bourbon & Beemers event on Friday evening. Fluor Field, 945 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 5–7pm. VIP event, BMW Performance Center, 1155 SC Hwy 101, Greer. Fri, Apr 30. General admission, $60; VIP, $125. (864) 268-3309, firstteeupstate.org

It’s a cruise-in; it’s a concert; it’s Blue Ridge Fest! Ronnie Milsap, Restless Heart, and The Tams will be on hand to entertain attendees with country and pop music, while classic-car owners cruise in with their vintage autos from 1989 or earlier. Proceeds from the alcohol-free event— run by employee-volunteers—go to support organizations within the service area of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, 734 W Main St, Pickens. Fri, Apr 30, cruise-in starts at 3pm; entertainment begins at 5:15pm. Adults, $40; children 12 and under, free. 800-240-3400, blueridgefest.com

Forget about warm spring weather and flowers blooming. It’s cool action on the ice all the way this Friday and Saturday at The Well. Come cheer on your home team in this two-game East Coast Hockey League series as the Swamp Rabbits fight to keep their slim advantage over the South Carolina Stingrays from Charleston. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. April 2–3, Fri & Sat, 7pm. $9-$45. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com

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z Everybody loves a good yard sale, especially when it’s held on the front lawn of one of the city’s most historic homes. As they clean out for spring, the staff of the 1838 Kilgore-Lewis House is filling the front lawn with treasures galore. Get there early to take first pick of garden tools and supplies, house plants, home décor, and more. Kilgore-Lewis House, 560 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, Apr 10, 9am–4pm. (864) 232-3020, kilgore-lewis.org

BRIAN REGAN

z When crowds still laugh at your jokes after thirty years, you truly are a certified funny man. Comedian Brian Regan brings more than three decades of sidesplitting stand-up to the Greenville stage during his nonstop theater tour featuring his most hilarious material. Mask requirements and social distance measures will be in place, but if you’d rather sit this one out, catch Regan on his new Netflix special, Brian Regan: On the Rocks. Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Apr 10, 7:30pm. $60–75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

PICKENS AZALEA FESTIVAL

z You’ll be seeing red—and pink, and white—as Pickens celebrates the bright blooms that herald spring in the South. While there will be azaleas for sale, it’s not all about the blossoms. Thursday kicks off with a family movie night, and Friday brings a classic car cruise-in. But the biggest day for family fun is Saturday, when artisans take to the streets, live music delights, and amusement rides abound. And don’t miss the pet pageant and the art contest. Downtown Pickens. April 15¬–17. Thurs, 8:30–11pm; Fri, 7–11pm; Sat, 10am–9pm. Free. (864) 301-1798, pickensazaleafestival.com

ELEEMOSYNARY

z Tune in to stream this prize-winning drama, in which author Lee Blessing explores the dynamic of three women in the Westbrook family: Echo, a teenage national spelling bee champion; her estranged mother, Artie; and her grandmother, Dorothea, who raised Echo and has just suffered a life-threatening stroke. Echo and her mother must reconnect to care for Dorothea, but will they be able to survive the tensions that can drive a family to its breaking point? Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Apr 22–25. Thurs–Sun. $20. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

KENTUCKY DERBY VIEWING PARTY

z Dust off your fanciest spring hat and head to Fluor Field to catch the Kentucky Derby big-as-life on the Jumbotron. After the race, sip mint juleps while you bid on more than 100 silent auction items. Proceeds benefit First Tee Upstate, an international youth development organization that builds character through the game of golf. A VIP ticket includes the viewing party as well as a special Bourbon & Beemers event on Friday evening. Main event at Fluor Field, 945 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, May 1, 5–7pm. $60; VIP event at BMW Performance Center, 1155 SC Hwy 101, Greer. Fri, Apr 30, 5:30pm. $125. (864) 268-3309, firstteeupstate.org

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Euphoria Spring Fest Ready for some euphoria? The fourth weekend of April ushers in four days of it during the Euphoria festival’s spring preview. Come shuck oysters at Roast & Toast at the Old Cigar Warehouse, learn a new culinary skill in one of the Euphoria classrooms, and savor a guest-chef dinner at Southern Culture, complete with a Van Morrison tribute band. Add in a dinner by a Michelin-starred chef, and you’ve got some serious foodie fun. Various locations in Greenville. Apr 22–25. Thurs–Sun, times vary. Tickets range from $45-$280. (864) 233-5663, euphoriagreenville.com

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OLIVIA PRICE & WESTON RICHARDSON entered a new adventure in outdoor bliss at Buckhorn Creek. Photograph by One Union Studios

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OLIVIA PRICE & WESTON RICHARDSON AUGUST 1, 2020

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livia and Weston had crossed paths in high school, but they didn’t really get to know each other until about five years ago. Once they reconnected, they knew they had something special. The pair dated for nearly three years before Weston took Olivia on a journey to a mountaintop. After a grueling three-hour off-road trip, complete with river crossings and muddy tires, Weston asked Olivia if she would adventure with him forever. Through lots of tears, both from the trek and from excitement, she answered “yes,” surrounded by stunning mountain vistas.

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The Viewpoint at Buckhorn Creek on Paris Mountain was the setting for their big day, which Weston’s mother was able to attend safely despite her stage-four cancer. The whole day was in her honor, exactly as the couple wanted it. The pair currently lives in Summerville, but has plans to move out West. Olivia is a cosmetologist, and Weston works as a personal trainer.

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SARAH PARKER HEARN & GRANT GARRISON JUNE 13, 2020 Grant and Sarah Parker met as kids in middle school and started dating during their senior year at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson. They pursued their degrees together at Clemson University, but after graduation the couple resorted to dating long-distance, as Sarah Parker went to Charleston and Grant was back in Anderson. When Grant asked Sarah Parker to come home one weekend, it was nothing out of the ordinary. Neither was him asking her to dress up for a nice dinner, because they had been talking about a date night for a while. On their way to dinner, Grant claimed to have forgotten his wallet, a ruse that took them to the field across from his parents’ house, where they had shared many special moments throughout the years. Grant led Sarah Parker out to the field and handed her a letter ending with that all-important question. Through tears, she told him “yes,” and they celebrated with many friends and family that evening. Their wedding took place at the Bleckley Inn, where they shared their special day with the people they loved most. The couple now resides in Columbia. Grant is currently in medical school, and Sarah Parker works as a school counselor.—KN Photography by Mary Catherine Echols

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SAMANTHA DEPUY & KURT BROWER OCTOBER 3, 2020

While attending university in Boca Raton, Florida, Samantha and Kurt shared many of the same classes, as both were biological sciences majors. One day, by chance, they ended up sitting next to one another in a lecture, and a relationship was forged. Nearly two years later, Kurt rented out the Naples Botanical Garden and created a special map that the couple followed down their own memory lane, leading them to a terrace where they would create one of their most special memories, Kurt’s proposal. In a custom Italian gown from Opera D’Arte, Samantha said “I do” with Kurt at Hotel Domestique. Their reception was complete with caramel apple-cider mules, a nod to the couple’s favorite drink, and the evening ended with a bang in a dazzling display of fireworks. They remain in Greenville, the town they fell in love with more than two years ago.—KN By Red Apple Tree Photography

TAYLOR MILLER & BENNY PUETTER SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 While on a night out in Charleston, Taylor, who was living there at the time, and Benny, who was visiting, crossed paths for the first time at the bar at Fish. They hit it off, but Taylor assumed that would be it, despite calling her mom to tell her about the amazing guy she just met. A month later, however, Benny came back to visit, and the two have been together ever since. They dated long-distance for a year and a half before Taylor made the move to be with Benny in Greenville. After two-and-a-half years of living in the same city, Taylor came home from work on a Tuesday evening to find Benny cooking fajitas, with Champagne, flowers and a suspicious-looking little box on the table. She couldn’t have been more excited to say “yes,” right in their home. The couple was married at Huguenot Loft, where they incorporated the Celtic ritual of handfasting into their ceremony and Taylor shone in an Anne Barge gown from White Magnolia. Taylor and Benny remain in Greenville.—KN By Red Apple Tree Photography

LAUREN BLAKEMORE & REID SHELTON MAY 5, 2020 When Lauren’s boyfriend Reid invited her to a fancy dinner one evening, she had no idea what the night would hold. On the way to dinner, Reid said he needed to make a stop at Furman University and asked Lauren to take a stroll to the Bell Tower with him. At the end of the Bell Tower’s walkway, Lauren was surprised to find flickering candles, a professional photographer, and Reid on one knee. COVID-19 restrictions prompted the pair to reconsider their wedding date, but ultimately, they decided to keep the date and honor their love with a small group of family and friends. Reid and Lauren were married in an intimate ceremony in the riding rink of Lauren’s grandparents’ farm in Travelers Rest. In August, they were able to hold a reception with their full bridal party at Green Valley Country Club. The couple remains in Greenville.—Maddie De Pree By Chelsey Ashford Photography

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Get up-close with local artists on a FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK.

Sunny Mullarkey, The Path Through Movement —Roads Diverged, photograph of artwork courtesy of the artist

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EXPLORE THE CREATIVE ENERGY OF WEST GREENVILLE DURING FIRST FRIDAYS by Angie Toole Thompson

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riday night, early spring. The sun is on its way down, filtering everything with golden-pink light and the feeling of possibility. The air is warm and cool all at once, perfect for strolling, ducking in and out of storefronts and bars. On a whim I decide—why not?—I’ll swipe on some lipstick, grab a pal, and make my way down to The Village of West Greenville, where First Friday is kicking off. It’s one of the best things about our town, in my opinion. On the initial Friday of every month from 6–9pm, art galleries open their doors and artists, their studios. For a Greenville native like me, these nights remind me why I love this town—the creative energy is palpable. This all seems like a distant memory, of course. Pandemic life and, frankly, parent life has pitched barriers between me and my once-

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innate tendency toward a last-minute First Friday jaunt. So, when the scarce chance arises to strap on a mask and stomp through galleries—well, the fruit tastes sweeter and the scene seems fresher. A rare night like tonight calls for a strategy. My evening begins at Art & Light Gallery. Set in a charming, white mill house, owner, Teresa Roche, and her team offer a varying mix of more than 30 artists from near and far. After traversing Art & Light’s wooden floors for a quarter of an hour, it’s time to move on. A short drive west on Pendleton Street takes me to the public parking next to Pace Jewelers. From there, I foot it up to the studio home of Sunny Mullarkey, a painter and printmaker whose works feel like what a cicada-song sounds like—vibrant, alive, curiously Southern. Sunny works on any scale, from mural-big to magnet-small, so it’s easy to leave her studio with a lino print moth in hand. By now, the sun is fading. I don my jacket for the walk down to potter Darin Gehrke’s gallery and shop. Darin’s ceramic works are created for human interaction; his serveware is as sculptural

(left to right) artwork by Traci Martin, Sunny Mullarkey, Darin Gehrke, and Mark Mulfinger

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(left to right) artwork by Traci Martin, Sunny Mullarkey, Darin Gehrke, and Mark Mulfinger

A First Friday visit to artists’ studios in The Village of West Greenville reveals eye-popping local work in a mix of media: Traci Martin’s photorealistic charcoal portraits (opposite, left); whimsical wood-block prints by Sunny Mullarkey (opposite, right); the Asianinspired pottery of Darin Gehrke (above); and vibrant batiks by Mark Mulfinger (right).

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as it is functional, and his ornamental pieces still exude the needfulness of utility. Not to mention, Darin’s shop is stuffed with other handmade homegoods—pillows, textiles, jewelry— lined warmly against the exposed brick walls of his shop. From there, it’s across the street and up the hill to the Bank Building Studios to find Traci Martin, an artist who is fairly new to the Greenville scene. Traci’s lifelike charcoal works are breathtaking, and seeing them in the flesh will leave you baffled at their photorealism. Stepping out of Traci’s studio, the sky is dark, and I decide to hike down Lois Avenue to Railside Studios, where longtime standouts like Mark Mulfinger make their studio home. The three hours that First Fridays in The Village spans feels like a blip in this long, looming era. Still, those hours are enough to fill me with color and energy from my hometown community’s compelling and vitalizing creatives. Studios and galleries throughout Greenville open on the first Friday of each month. For more, visit greenvillearts.com/ portfolio_category/firstfridays.

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ALL THAT GLITTERS HA LE’S JEWELERS DA ZZLES GENER ATIONS OF CUSTOMERS IN A BR A ND-NEW SPACE by M. Linda Lee • photography by Rebecca Lehde

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hen Lucian Lee walked into Hale’s Jewelers on Main Street in downtown Greenville to buy an engagement ring in 1973, he never suspected that his single purchase would lead to a lifelong career. The young man had recently graduated from college and was looking for a job—a task which suddenly became more urgent as he realized he needed a way to pay for his fiancé’s ring. Turns out, Hale’s was looking for staff, and the store owners offered Lee a job. “My story is, I’m still paying for that engagement ring,” says Hale’s current owner, with a laugh, “and my marriage has been successful for 47 years.”


Designed by DP3 Architects of Greenville, the new flagship location of Hale’s Jewelers shows off soaring roof lines and sculptural light fixtures. The showroom (left) was intentionally conceived as a jewelry box to set off the dazzling array of treasures within.

Today you will find him in Hale’s brand-new setting on Verdae Boulevard, which boasts 50 percent more space than that of its previous location on Haywood Road, along with large windows to let in natural light. “Nothing shows a diamond better than natural sunlight,” Lee declares. Cases beckon with bling: rings, earrings, necklaces, watches. One corner of the new store is devoted to the first Forevermark boutique in North America, a subsidiary of the De Beers Group, renowned for their rare natural diamonds. Can’t find exactly what you want? Hale’s can customize jewelry to your specifications. Using CAD (computer-

aided design)—note the 75-inch computer screen at one end of the showroom—jewelers can create an exquisite one-of-a kind piece. More than 10 percent of Hale’s business is now custom-design work, and that figure is growing. At the time Lee started working at Hale’s, the store was owned by two brothers, Heyward and Hewlett Sullivan Jr., whose father had purchased the business from its founding family in 1923. Hale’s beginnings reach back to 1887, when William Randolph Hale took over his grandfather’s jewelry and engraving shop on Main Street. The Sullivan brothers let Lee learn at his own pace, and it didn’t take long before he developed a passion for all facets of the jewelry trade. “My personality and what I do is driven by meeting people,” Lee explains. “I fell in love with creating experiences for people in exciting, life-changing moments.” In 2000, the brothers decided to retire, and Lucian took up the reins. The face of the business, Lucian never wavers in his enthusiasm for his job. “Even after 48 years of doing this, nothing’s more exciting than seeing a young man and young woman go through the process of buying an engagement ring,” says the owner, who is now witnessing the third generation of families come into the new store. “We get to celebrate incredible moments in people’s lives. What could be better than that?” Hale’s Jewelers, 761 Verdae Blvd, Greenville. (864) 297-5600, halesjewelers.com

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TB • UPTOWNER Drawing is an integral part of the process that artist Kate Furman (left) uses to design her nature-inspired jewelry. That skill comes into play again as she switches gears to add illustrations to a children’s book by Beth Roberts (right).

see more of kate’s illustrations at TOWNCAROLINA.COM

Your metalwork and jewelry serve as a sketchbook, telling where you’ve been and what you’ve seen. Do most of your designs begin as actual drawings? My custom jewelry usually begins as drawings so the client and I can make sure we are on the same page. When I am making one-of-a-kind pieces, I often start making them without too much planning. I like to be “responsive” and to “draw” with the actual materials. It frees me up to come up with something different and unique. How does two-dimensional art influence your work? I think of necklace chains, cast gold twigs, and wax carvings for casting as various forms of lines that I can draw three-dimensionally. Drawing, composition, and strong line are the backbone of most of my designs.

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reenville artist Kate Furman is widely recognized for her organic, fluid jewelry design and metalsmithing. Much of her work is cast directly from the natural world: rings bud with texture, and gemstones sit organically in rough-hewn, intentional settings. Furman’s work is like a sketch that has been molded into wearable, gorgeous art—which isn’t happenstance because Furman is also an illustrator. Early in 2021, the artist collaborated with Asheville, North Carolina, writer Beth Roberts on her children’s book, Be a Smile Maker. The illustrations and the message of the book fall fluidly in step with Furman’s previous work: joyfully loose, infectiously whimsical, and rooted in nature.

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The book is called Be a Smile Maker. What is making you smile lately? Being pregnant is making me smile . . . a lot! I have always wanted my own child, and that dream is finally coming true for my husband, Ben, and myself. While we are waiting for our baby to arrive, the rest of our family, including my stepson, dogs, and cat, make us smile and laugh all of the time. I am lucky to have them all! What are some of your hopeful plans for 2021? 2021 is a tough one that is full of changes for my family and me. My mom passed away on December 27, 2020, from a combination of stage 4 pancreatic cancer and COVID-19. My goal for 2021 is simple: I want to keep smiling, keep remembering her, and welcome my baby into this world. I also hope to make a lot of beautiful jewelry and maybe even illustrate another book. I am keeping it loose this year. There is a lot of healing and growing to be done. For more on Kate Furman’s jewelry and illustrations, visit katefurman.com.

Photograph of book courtesy of Kate Furman

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How did the illustrations for Be a Smile Maker come to be? What were your first inspirations and directions? The author (Beth Roberts) wrote a book about smiles. Her husband is an orthodontist, so she wanted to honor his career and all the various dental practices that a child can pursue. She wanted the imagery to include a variety of genders and races because everyone has a smile.


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Crowning the Three Muses building, the romantic rooftop garden at Myrtle & Rose takes its botanical cues from classical mythology.

A historic power plant complex is reenergized as SAVANNAH, GEORGIA’S Plant Riverside District.

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SOUTHERN STAR SAVA NNA H’S V IBR A NT PL A NT R I VERSIDE DISTR ICT BR INGS NEW LIFE TO A FOR MER INDUSTR I A L BLOCK by Libby McMillan Henson

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asily the largest influencer in the evolution of Savannah’s hotel scene, developer Richard Kessler is turning heads again with the opening of the Plant Riverside District at the Savannah riverfront’s west end. He’s given new life to the city’s original 1912 power plant, now reborn as part of The Kessler Collection of hotel properties.

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A Savannah native, Kessler partnered with JW Marriott to create a luxe lodging experience, and further upped his game by developing an entire entertainment district around the hotel. Twelve restaurants and lounges—from rooftop extravaganzas to chic outdoor bars along the water—are complemented by an underground spa, performance stages, green spaces, a quarter-mile riverfront promenade, tiny shops, and museum-quality exhibits. The visionary Kessler—who’s also behind Greenville’s in-progress Grand Bohemian Hotel bordering Falls Park— takes utmost care to respect the settings of his properties, saving worthy historic structures, maximizing views, and building in a style relevant to setting, often with reclaimed materials. My check-in at the JW Marriott kicks off a weekend packed with experiences, from soothing to stimulating. With map in hand, I learn that the Plant Riverside District, and


Photography courtesy of Plant Riverside District

(opposite and above) More than a mere hotel, the Kessler Collection’s JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District encompasses three distinct buildings and includes an extravagant entertainment scene with a slew of restaurants, bars, stages, shops, and exhibits; (right) a vibrant cocktail from the African-themed Baobab Lounge.

the hotel itself, is divided into three buildings, each with a distinct theme: beauty, power, and water. My room is in the Three Muses building flanking the power plant, where European elegance in the form of marble, twinkling chandeliers, and fine art delights at every turn. In my room I find more marble, a crushed-velvet headboard, charging stations, and luxurious robes. I somehow postpone diving into my amazing bed, and instead head out to explore. The glittering ground floor holds tantalizing boutiques, but the sight of the river bathed in late-afternoon light lures me outside. Despite knowing that Kessler loves fusing old and new, I’m nevertheless surprised to discover I’ve exited a Savannah-like wharf structure punctuated with lofty arched windows above a stone and reclaimed-brick façade. This exterior gives way to a handsome steel and glass companion—more of the hotel—as I stroll toward the heart of the district, passing acrobats setting up for a performance, an alfresco sushi patio, and a biergarten with live music. At the iconic Power Plant building, I step back inside, utterly

unprepared for what I see. Filling this vast industrial steel-beamed space is a sparkling symphony of ancient geodes and crystals from around the globe—many of them larger than a person, all artfully lit and displayed—each speaking to a different kind of power. A lobby boutique resides inside a sparkling glass jewel box of its own, adding another layer of light, color, texture, and surprise. Suspended above it all is a testament to vision, history, and art, all Kessler trademarks. A 135-foot-long chrome replica of Amphicoelias fragillimus, one of Earth’s largest dinosaurs, spans the full length of the soaring space overhead. It’s all a lot to take in, and I’m having fun trying. A metal door to an original coal room leads to the dark and inviting Baobab Lounge, an exotic venue featuring African-inspired small plates. I sip a Mazagran cocktail (a blend of bourbon, vanilla syrup, and Frenchpressed chilled coffee, smoked tableside), peruse an alluring South African wine list, and admire the visible connection that well-traveled Richard Kessler obviously feels with Africa. The elevator to the Power Plant’s Electric Moon Skytop Lounge is

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Richard Kessler seamlessly ties old and new in the Plant Riverside District’s design: polished tables meet rustic elements in The Power Plant building’s Stone & Webster Chophouse (above) and crushed-velvet headboards complement exposed brick walls in the JW Marriott’s suites (right).

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EAT Baobab Lounge Dive into African-inspired food and drinks at this unique lounge; muhammara might just become your next obsession. Power Plant building, 400 W River St, Savannah. plantriverside.com/venues/ baobab-lounge

Electric Moon Skytop Lounge Take in the music and the rooftop views from this high-energy nightspot, then slide down—literally—to the Moon Deck for lawn games. Power Plant building,

400 W River St, Savannah. plantriverside.com/venues/ electric-moon-skytop-lounge

Myrtle & Rose, Rooftop Garden Come the weekend, be sure to book a table for the Sunday jazz brunch at this lush garden atop Three Muses. Three Muses building,

300 W River St, Savannah. plantriverside.com/venues/ myrtle-rose-rooftop-garden

Stone & Webster Chophouse Architectural elements of old and new fashion a sexy vibe in which to enjoy an enviable shellfish tower. Power Plant building, 500 W River St, Savannah. plantriverside. com/venues/stone-websterchophouse

SHOP 13 Secrets Dazzling jewelry art from around the globe tantalizes at 13 Secrets’ newest location.

Power Plant building, 300 W River St, Savannah.13secret.com

Urban Poppy This contemporary flower shop offers a rainbow of fresh stems for any occasion, as well as wedding design services. Power Plant building, 400 W River St, Savannah. urbanpoppy.com

PLAY Check the daily entertainment schedule, near the check-in desks, for live music and performances .

Poseidon Spa In 4,000 square feet of serene space, Poseidon Spa pampers with signature HydraFacials and custom massages, plus nail services, waxing, and skincare. Power Plant building, 400 W River St, Savannah. plantriverside.com/venues/ poseidon-spa

The Ultimate Dinosaur Adventure Kids will have tons of fun on this immersive dinosaur hunt led by Dusty the Dinosaur Ranger (Sat, 10:45am & 1pm; Sun, 1pm). Generator Hall, Power Plant building, 400 W River St, Savannah. plantriverside.com/ venues/the-ultimate-dinosauradventure

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Imagine an Upstate where healthy choices are equitable and accessible, where your zip code does not determine your health. Across our community, we are fighting for longer lives by making the places we live, learn, work, play, pray and heal as healthy as they can be. Harton says that Heart of the Upstate allows donors, both to the Heart Ball and the AHA in general, to see the direct effects of their donations, whether they’re promoting heart-healthy food drives, enabling more telehealth visits, or providing people with the equipment to check their blood pressure at home.

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The American Heart Association’s annual Heart Ball is a centerpiece event in their year. The Heart Ball raises funds for lifesaving research, education, and community service programs designed to promote hearthealthy Upstate communities and raise awareness about how to prevent heart-disease and other illnesses. Typically, it’s a crowded black-tie affair featuring ballroom dancing, silent and live auctions, and more. But on March 13—thanks to COVID-19—things were a little different; this year’s Heart Ball was virtual, though the silent and live auctions did still take place. Thanks to Heart Ball co-chairs Lynn and Flavia Harton and the support of Platform Sponsors like United Community Bank, the AHA was also able to reach beyond the ballroom this year with a program called Heart of the Upstate. Heart of the Upstate allows donors to the American Heart Association to see where their contributions go—their own backyards. So far, the Hartons have helped organize a fresh-produce-friendly farmers market in Pleasant Valley, partnered with the Greenville Free Medical Clinic to provide telehealth services, and worked with local food banks to drive heart-healthy donations. Lynn Harton says that it was important to think beyond the AHA’s signature event due to the lesser-known effects of COVID-19. “COVID has a big affect on heart health in ways that people don’t realize,” Harton says. “Early on in the pandemic, people were having heart attacks and strokes at home because they were afraid to go to the hospital. They weren’t going to get their regular checkups; they were not managing their diabetes with their physicians. I think we started to see that we needed to move beyond an event and really focus more on those community needs.” “When we think about the past year, we know that heart attacks and strokes are happening out there in our community,” says Kelly Wilkins, the executive director of the American Heart Association Upstate. “We want to make sure that we’re taking care of those folks that already have those existing conditions, but we also want to consider that since we’ve

been in this pandemic, people may not have been taking care of themselves as they used to.” Harton says that Heart of the Upstate allows donors, both to the Heart Ball and the AHA in general, to see the direct effects of their donations, whether they’re promoting heart-healthy food drives, enabling more telehealth visits, or providing people with the equipment to check their blood pressure at home.

“I like a good party as much as anybody,” he says with a laugh, “but the fundraising efforts don’t stop at the Heart Ball. Particularly in a year like this, donors want to know where their dollars are going, what impact they’re making, and that’s what we focused on. We were happy to do it because Flavia and I both have heart disease in our families. But beyond it being a personal issue, we love this town and want to do anything we can to make it better.”

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hen the horse and buggy carrying George Vanderbilt first crested the horizon of his beloved “country home,” it’s safe to say he never imagined Land Rovers zipping around his 8,000-acre estate. How far we’ve come since 1888. Today, visitors can tour the back roads and hidden trails of America’s largest, privately owned home through the Land Rover Experience. “We try to customize the experience for the guest,” shares location manager and lead instructor Aaron Owens. “We have two networks of trails that total about 100 miles across 3,000 acres of the estate. It’s the most fun you’re going to have driving one to two miles an hour. It’s amazing what you’ll feel the vehicle do when attacking the topographical changes.” Nope, this isn’t a fast-paced test track. It’s an offroading experience across rugged terrain, winding creeks, and jagged boulders that leaves drivers with only two wheels on the ground at times. “It’s a ton of fun,” Aaron encourages. “You should see driver’s faces light up when conquering the obstacles.”


Put your mettle to the pedal in a Land Rover (the Defender model is shown here) and experience the great outdoors in a whole new way at Biltmore Estate.

MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT No need to rush back to South Carolina. Consider an overnight stay at lodging on the grounds. The Inn on Biltmore Estate is celebrating its twentieth birthday this spring. Archival letters show George Vanderbilt sketched plans for a 50-room inn shortly after completing Biltmore House. His greatgrandson, Bill Cecil Jr, erected a 210-room inn on a secluded hilltop in 2001, with the intent of providing travelers a glimpse of what it was like for family guests a century earlier. The inn is a top-ranked luxury hotel, providing world-class hospitality. Other lodging within the gates includes the Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, which sits in the heart of Antler Hill Village. Stand-alone dwellings include the new Dairy Foreman’s Cottage, nestled in a woodland setting, within walking distance of nature trails as well as Antler Hill Village and Biltmore Winery; and the Market Gardener’s Cottage, which includes a customized stay with concierge service and a private chef.

Buckle up behind the wheel of the latest Land Rovers, including the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Discovery, and Defender models, complete with that distinct new-car smell. “Drivers can request certain models, and we do our best to get them,” Aaron says. The two-hour tour is the most popular, but guests can also book one-hour of instruction, or half- and full-day tours that include navigating a variety of offroad elements with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop. Sharp inclines, steep descents, side slopes, water crossings, as well as mud and rut work fill the day. Several times a season, Land Rover owners are invited to bring their own cars to traverse the trails. “We have an owner’s day this weekend with 32 signed up,” reveals Aaron. “We see some of the same folks coming back every three to four months, so you build those friendships and acquaintances.” Having worked at the Biltmore since 2004, Aaron says, “There’s a really good synergy here. We share the same luxury values, committed to guest services and the premium experience.” Bouncing down a rocky road, covered in mud and grins—just like George in 1888.

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1907 George Vanderbilt purchased his first American car, a Stoddard-Dayton. 1911 He purchased a Model Y Stevens-Duryea for $4,000. It’s believed to be one of only ten still in existence. 1913 Edith Vanderbilt, George’s wife, was listed as owner of eight vehicles, including one made by Stearns, a Studebaker, a Chalmers truck, a General Motors truck, a Charron coupe, and two Harley-Davidson motorcycles. 1930 Biltmore Dairy Farms milkmen delivered cheese, butter, and eggs with

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he art of arranging flowers doesn’t always come naturally. We asked a couple of Greenville’s talented floral experts to break down the beauty of spring bouquet-making, sharing the secrets you need to create your own arrangements for any occasion.

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BLITHE FLORAL “Working with flowers is calming and therapeutic,” explains Jennifer Haley, co-founder of Blithe Floral. “It allows me to slow down and appreciate the beauty of nature.” Her business partner, Susan Ashcraft, feels the same way, and their common love of flowers lays the foundation for Blithe Floral. Both women were freelancing as independent florists and found themselves working together on so many of the same events that they eventually formalized the collaboration in 2019. Today, they are a full-service florist team, creating floral designs for weddings, large events, intimate gatherings, and individual bouquets. “Flowers breathe life into a home. They make every day special,” says Ashcraft. Follow along at blithefloral.com or @blithe.floral on Instagram.

FLOWER THERAPY A former graphic designer, Melissa Smith knows a thing or two about color and design. Eager for a career change that could get her away from a computer and into the dirt, Smith began farming flowers nine years ago. Her farm has grown steadily over the years, and she now sells seasonal blooms wholesale as well as retail through her bouquet pop-up and delivery service. She is also the cofounder of SC Upstate Flowers, a community of regional growers that works to support each other and promote locally grown flowers. “Lots of people think arranging flowers is only for creative or artistic people, but just try it! It’s a fun, relaxing pursuit.” Find Smith’s flowers at fraylick.com or @flwrtherapy on Instagram.

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When it comes to creating spring bouquets to brighten up winterweary rooms, take tips from the experts at Blithe Floral and Flower Therapy.


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Color is a great place to start. A no-fail formula: one color you really love, plus two complementary hues. Other ideas? Bring more colors to the mix, work with just one hue for a modern, monochromatic look, or if you feel lost, add white—it goes with everything. —Melissa Smith, Flower Therapy

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VIBE CHECK

The vessel you choose can say as much as the flowers themselves. Think beyond traditional vases and try building arrangements in vintage ice buckets, lined wooden bowls, pitchers, or a grouping of tiny bud vases.

ANCHOR + STABILIZE

Florist tricks like creating a grid across the top of the vessel with clear floral tape, nestling chicken wire into the bottom of the container, or using rocks to anchor stems give your arrangement stability and structure. —Susan Ashcraft & Jennifer Haley, Blithe Floral

PICK YOUR BLOOMS

The healthiest flowers are those grown closest to you. If you can, source seasonal blossoms for your arrangement from area flower farmers, which you can find at local markets or scupstateflowers. com. Fill in with greenery and other blooms foraged from your yard. And if you need to shop national supermarkets for flowers due to the season or other constraints, look for the “American Grown” label. —Melissa Smith, Flower Therapy

THINK SMALL, WORK SLOW

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Style • THE EYE As a teenager, Myeka Johnson was intrigued by the idea of running her own company. Years later, after experience as a model, Marine Corps veteran, and entrepreneur, Johnson takes on the role of CEO as the head of MJI Talent Consulting Agency.

Tell me how you got to where you are now, MJ. I left home at 18 and joined the military instead of going to college. My overall goal was to become CEO of my own company, and I know that sounds kind of big for a 15-year-old, but while I was in high school I played basketball, and my nickname was Bird. I put together an event called Bird’s Basketball Tournament. I had my first event, and it turned out great—that’s when I realized I wanted to meet people and explore, because in order to build a successful business you have to learn about other cultures and the world. And that’s what I did.

How did you know to do that at such a young age? At 15, I don’t even think I knew what a CEO was. At 15, my dad began asking, ‘What do you want to do? It’s time for you to think about college and all that stuff.’ And I remember watching Oprah interviewing Bill Gates. When you’re young, you don’t quite understand what the capacity of a CEO is, but I was so intrigued that I watched the entire episode and even did research about it. What really got me was that someone could come up with an idea and put their name on it and grow it. That really intrigued me.

And from there what happened? My idea started off with just hosting events. And then I was in the military and started traveling and making really good connections. When I got out of the military, I lived in Chicago and then Charlotte, and my business just took off.

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he’s a Marine Corps veteran, entrepreneur, model, and CEO, but Myeka Johnson could add one more: goal getter. Now based in New York City, Johnson attended Woodmont High School in Pelzer, South Carolina, and took more than just a diploma with her when she left. At age 17, she effectively launched the idea of becoming her own boss with “MJ’s Be YOU, LLC.” She renamed it years later as Direct Consultants, LLC, and serviced companies by helping expand their businesses with offices in four cities including Atlanta and Charlotte. Working to become CEO of one’s own domain isn’t without its climb and so at 29, and needing a break, Johnson closed the business temporarily until relaunching it in 2020 as MJI Talent Consulting Agency, merging the idea of growing business—and careers—including her own.

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What about the Marines? My first duty station was in Japan, and while I was there, there were only four females in our entire unit. A lot of the Marines had companies on the side and I did, too, so even while I was in Japan I was helping people with business consulting. Wow, that’s amazing. It grew really quickly, and at that point our main focus was business consulting for major companies and also small companies. Then I took a break for two years and moved to New York. I transitioned my business from Direct Consultants to MJI, which has a talent focus. We’re still consulting for business owners, but our main focus is signing models, actors, and musicians while also training them and helping them grow. How did you get into modeling? I just wanted to try it in high school. I went to Millie Lewis and met Barbara Corell—she is still one of my mentors. What guides you or leads you to take all this on? I wake up every morning knowing what I want. I’m the type of person that doesn’t have a lot of negative days, but when I have them, I have a notebook—the original notebook from when I was 15 and wrote that I want to be a CEO. So if I’m having a rough day, I look at this notebook and remind myself of everything I’ve been writing since I was 15 years old. Check out Myeka’s agency at myekajohnsonincbrand.com.


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word “formal” and err on the side of glamorous. Tuxedos are preferred for gentlemen, though in the summer months, especially in the South, a white dinner jacket may be substituted for a black tuxedo jacket. Cocktail attire / semi-formal / black-tie optional—weddings after 5 o’clock and fancy, festive parties: Ladies, this is the perfect time to pull out that little black dress (or your favorite elegant party dress). Don a pair of heels and accessorize with some sparkly jewelry to complete your festive look. For the gentlemen, if black tie is optional, your tuxedo is appropriate. No tuxedo, no problem—but a dark suit and tie are a must. Festive attire / anything with the word “chic”—cocktail parties: Think bold, shimmering details, ladies, and “chic” encourages you to go extra. Again, a little black dress with sophisticated bling will have you fitting right in. Men, this may be the time to pull out a fun blazer; tie is optional, but preferred. Garden party / dressy resort / island chic—outside weddings or parties: The key here is to know the party is outside, so girls, think shoes first; avoid heels and stick with wedges or flats. A sundress is ideal. Men, leave the socks at home. A light blazer will assure you’ll look dashing. When the description of a preferred dress code is perplexing, feel free to contact the host for clarification, remembering to first express gratitude for the invitation. Also, as a rule of thumb, I prefer to be overdressed than underdressed for any event. Final bit of advice: Remember, your most important accessory for every party is your smile. I’m here if you need me. Until then, y’all behave.


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y the time I reached eighth grade, my parents had given up trying to get me involved in sports or other extracurricular activities that I feared might lead to injury, or worse, me having to touch other people. I was happy spending my free time alone in front of the television, staring wide-eyed at a new channel called MTV. I would suffer through hours of cheesy pop music eagerly awaiting the good stuff—videos by bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and AC/DC. While many of my classmates idolized bulked-up sports heroes, the walls of my bedroom were covered with posters of skinny, long-haired guys dressed in spandex and leather. When I taped a poster of Mötley Crüe to the outside of my bedroom door, my dad stared at it with a mix of bewilderment and disgust. “What a bunch of jerks,” he said. “Jerks?” I thought. “No, Dad, these are my people.” For my fourteenth birthday, my parents broke down and bought me an electric guitar and amplifier. By that night my fingertips were the color of roasted beets, and for the next month I spent every free moment teaching myself the opening riffs of my favorite heavy metal songs. But

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the sound was disappointingly clean and tinny. So I saved my allowance and bought a $60 distortion pedal, the most expensive thing I’d ever purchased. It was a revelation. Once I plugged it in and stomped on the switch, my guitar sounded like a chainsaw—heavy, loud, and most importantly, badass. Toward the end of eighth grade, my friend Shawn, who played bass, told me he’d joined a band. I tagged along with my guitar to a practice session held in a smelly, one-car garage located behind the house of the lead guitarist’s parents. Aside from Shawn, the other band members were unknown to me—three mullet-wearing, pimple-faced guys I’d seen sulking around the halls of my junior high. I asked if I could join the band, and after playing the opening lines of Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law,” I was welcomed as an official member (although my acceptance probably had more to do with the fact my dad drove a station wagon big enough to carry around the band and its equipment). After a couple of months of practice, we signed up for a battle of the bands being held at an auditorium in Asheville. On the way to the battle, we stopped at the mall in hopes of buying leather vests, chains, and other heavy metal fashion accessories, but all we came away with were tennis sweatbands and a few bandanas. The other bands in the contest were semi-professionals who we considered to be geezers, although there was probably no one there over the age of thirty. As band after band played soft-rock cover songs, we sat in the back of the auditorium and snickered at their lameness. We were the final act, and since no one in the band could sing, we played a set of original, heavy metal instrumentals. When the votes were finally tallied, we placed dead last. It was our first, and ultimately last, public performance. But we didn’t care. On that stage, for forty-five minutes, we were loud, aggressive, and banged our heads like the metal gods we were.


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Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who supported the 2021 Sweetheart Charity Ball. Some Women Have Been Your SHEroes All Your Life Others Become One the Moment You See Them in Action Who is a SHEro? She could be a mother, sister or aunt. Perhaps she is a teacher, church leader or coach who encouraged our dreams. We are inspired by women everywhere– friend, daughter or daughter-in-law, and the list goes on. Each one can be a SHEro. 2020 was different. We saw countless women who sustained our community – working to make our lives healthier, safer, and easier in a difficult time. We may not know them well or even know their names. They are working-momsnow-homeschooling, supermarket cashiers, caregivers, healthcare professionals, teachers, and many more. Each one is a Covid SHEro.

Honor your SHEro and Covid SHEro! Greenville Women Giving has created a way for community members to publicly honor all SHEroes. They will be included in a full page listing in the Greenville Journal on May 7. To honor yours, visit greenvillewomengiving.org. Submissions are due by April 16, 2021.

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REDISCOVER THE LARGEST CITY IN NORTH CAROLINA Charlotte has no shortage of fresh air pursuits that will provide a break from your own backyard this spring. Whether your thrill comes from conquering mountains, navigating whitewater rapids or trekking through nature-filled trails , the Queen City invites you to experience every kind of offering under the sun.

In less than a two-hour road trip, you can take on endless activities like paddle boarding or rock climbing at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a premier outdoor recreation center; immerse yourself in the excitement, passion and history of NASCAR through interactive experiences at the NASCAR Hall of Fame; or practice your swing in climate-controlled bays at Topgolf, a premier entertainment and event venue. Charlotte’s parks, greenways and urban trails offer wide open natural spaces to enjoy with the company of a friend. With more than 21,000 acres of green space, over 200 parks and 50 miles of greenways, there are ample outdoor adventures to choose from. Find a trail that piques your interest and get moving on one of six curated routes on the Charlotte Trail Guide or walk along a paved path around Freedom Park’s 7-acre lake in the historic Dilworth neighborhood. For the innovators and creatives, make your way to Camp North End to check out Dupp & Swat, a studio that provides a platform for artists and a local shop for the community, and BLK MRKT CLT, a studio and gallery focusing on developing emerging artists. Both workshops feature and sell pieces from local Black artists and often host events. Next, grab a bite from Leah & Louise, a

Southern juke joint-inspired restaurant owned by James Beard-nominated chef Greg Collier. The restaurant was recently named the No. 2 “Best New Restaurant in the Country” by Esquire magazine. Walk off your meal and wrap up your day by mural hopping around this open-air artistic hub. Charlotte takes pride in its craft beer scene, especially since it’s one of the top craft beer cities in the Southeast. The Queen City is home to Salud Beer Shop, which took the title for “Best Beer Bar” in the country; Edge City, a spacious and dog-friendly atmosphere with traditional and experimental beers; and Town Brewing Company, the first brewery in the Wesley Heights neighborhood serving small batch, sour and malty brews. Need we say more? Each of these attractions help set the Charlotte apart from the rest. Treat yourself to a stay in the heart of the city at boutique establishments like the Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte, The Ivey’s Hotel or Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel for the ultimate getaway. No matter your socially distanced activity, you’ll soon discover why the Queen City is what’s now and what’s next.

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(previous page): Crosby by Mollie Burch grady top, $188; Milly Monroe caddy pants, $325; Gucci Re(belle) large handle bag, $2,150. All from Monkee’s of the West End; artwork, Dusted, by Greenville artist Liz Rundorff Smith (this page): Tissot steel watch with brown croc leather band, $225. From Hale’s Jewelers; JZ Gallery Collection brown stripe tie; Loro Piana & C. Genoa blue suit, $795; Sky blue Seaward & Stearn striped button-down shirt, $195; striped pocket square, $70. All from Rush Wilson Ltd. (opposite): Two-piece cream Milly skirt, $149, top, $59, and Vanessa Bruno metallic blazer, $259. All from Labels Designer Resale; stackable sapphire twisting rings, $1,850 each, and Twig drop earrings, $2,200. From Kate Furman Jewelry.

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(opposite on Hannah): Diana dress, $495. From Carolina Soma; 14k rose gold tendril earrings, $540. From Tanya Stiegler Designs. (opposite on Tripp): Ike Behar tuxedo. From Thomas & Sons; sterling black enamel cuff links, $927. From Hale’s Jewelers. (this page on Hannah): Caleb gold gown, $690. From Carolina Soma; Labradorite flat pebble necklace with sterling tendril toggle clasp, $1,200; 14k yellow gold tendril earrings with Tahitian pearls, $595. Both from Tanya Stiegler Designs. (this page on Tripp): Eton white cotton twill buttondown shirt, $265. From Rush Wilson Ltd.; Brooks Brothers pinstripe suit jacket, $175. From Empire Limited; Tissot Everytime black dial watch, $275. From Hale’s Jewelers.

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(opposite): 18k yellow gold tendril earrings, $625. From Tanya Stiegler Designs; Shoshanna Taura dress, $660. From Monkee’s of the West End; 18k yellow gold aquamarine and opaque diamond ring, $19,080. From llyn strong fine art jewelry. (this page): Hematite 18k yellow gold cuff links, $3,036. From Hale’s Jewelers; Eton white cotton twill button-down shirt, $265; Samuelsohn gray suit, $1,295. Both from Rush Wilson Ltd.

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(this page): Ike Behar Parker tuxedo, black satin cummerbund, black satin bow tie, Vangelo shoes. All from Gregory’s Formal Wear; Tissot watch, $375. From Hale’s Jewelers. (opposite): Tremendous tendril ring, $550, and sterling tendril Maleficent earrings, $220. Both from Tanya Stiegler Designs; sterling-silver cuff with 18k and 24k gold with round rubies, $5,000. From llyn strong fine art jewelry; Elisabetta Franchi red dress, $585. From Coleman Collection; Kate Spade Marseille city blooms dress pumps, $198. From Muse Shoe Studio. SPECIAL THANKS to models Hannah Smith and Tripp Cranford, both from Directions USA, and to Rony Rivera and Maddie De Pree for production assistance.

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Saturday, Aug. 28 | Portman Shoals Marina, Lake Hartwell

Dragon Boat Upstate Festival

15 years. One goal: fighting cancer. Our dedicated Dragon Boat Hall of Fame members share a common goal: to help eradicate cancer. And they embody the spirit of the event – teamwork, perseverance and a shared passion to raise money to fight cancer right here at home. Cancer hasn’t stopped because of the pandemic, and neither have we. Our Hall of Famers invite you to join them by paddling in the race against cancer. Together, we can make a difference. Support these paddlers by donating at DragonBoatUpstateSC.org. The Prisma Health Cancer Institute Dragon Boat Hall of Fame: AccessHealth Big Daddy AKA Teensy’s Abbey Paddlers, in memory of Alan Howard Larry Brotherton cb events Mike Coe Stephanie Cofer - Interim HealthCare Countybank Richard Cox The Cunningham Family

Acey Deiwert Annette Dunphy Carmen Brotherton Clancy Crawford Eco Waste Solutions Jessica Edenfield Connor Evins Sarah Evins Fabri-Kal Cancer Containers John Frame Gina Franco The Freeman Family

David Freeman Tim Garrett* Family of Natalie Gibson Amy & Hunter Gibson, Jean Pendergrass Ragin’Cajuns/SCOCF Larry Gluck Grainger Jenny Green Matt Gregg Harper Corporation Ken Harper

Deb Ingalls - Interim Healthcare Stephanie Henkin South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation ITOR Biorepository Team Jani-King of Greenville Jim Kaltenbach Lisa Littleton Annie Maertens Julie Martin Amanda McGee

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Feed your soul. Build our community. Experience euphoria. Tickets on sale now for euphoria Spring Fest // April 22–25

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Cool-season root vegetables and fresh greens offer a taste of spring’s edible gifts.

At TASTY AS FIT, delicious plant-based recipes illustrate the joys of eating healthy.

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Named for the Andean goddess of health and joy, Kuka Juice brings plant-based fare to the Village of West Greenville. Add toppings to turn any smoothie into a bowl, or try the Asian Quinoa Bowl, brimming with a rainbow of vegetables— kale, purple cabbage, red bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, and avocados, tossed in a ginger vinaigrette. 580 Perry Ave, Greenville. kukajuice.com

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milie Blanchard was playing club soccer in high school when she made the connection between what she ate and how her body felt. But it wasn’t until the former fitness instructor was living in New York City after college that she was introduced to plant-based eating and began testing recipes in her closet of a kitchen. Eventually she moved back to her hometown, Columbia, South Carolina, and was about to open a fitness studio when a woman reached out to her, curious about the healthy recipes Emilie was posting on Instagram. What began as a meal-prep business mushroomed into her first retail shop, Tasty As Fit, launched in Columbia in 2018. The Greenville store followed this past January. Prepare to be bowled over by scratch-made, plant-based, gluten-free selections, such as a “tuna” poké bowl with marinated beets standing in for tuna, and a Bolognese sauce that’s so delicious you’d never guess the “meat” is a mélange of ground mushrooms, walnuts, and almond flour. “I am driven to making healthy food taste so good that no one thinks it’s healthy,” Blanchard shares. “I love showing people that you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health.”

Tasty As Fit, 3017 Augusta St, Greenville. tastyasfit.com

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Eye candy aptly describes these luscious fruit-forward bowls, which are built on a base of açaí and hot-pink pitaya (dragonfruit). The Unforgettable does its name proud with layers of shaved almonds, kiwi, and fresh berries, dolloped with coconut whip and drizzled with almond butter and honey.

Between organic grain, green, and smoothie bowls, you’re bound to find your healthy heart’s desire at Green Fetish. Carnivores appreciate the High Steaks Bowl, made with grass-fed beef, while vegetarians favor Buddha’s Feast, a blend of brown rice, sweet gochujang tofu, and fresh veggies, with Thai peanut dressing.

Gather GVL, 126 Augusta St, Greenville (plus locations in Haywood Mall, Five Forks, and Clemson). cocobowlz.com

301 E McBee Ave, Greenville. greenfetish.com

Southern Pressed Juicery In addition to whipping up organic cold-pressed juices and smoothies, this locally owned downtown spot offers menu items including madeto-order bowls. Good for what ails you, the Green Monstah incorporates vitamin-packed kale and spirulina, along with açaí berry, banana, coconut water, and seasonal fruit, mixed with crunchy cacao-kale buckwheat granola. 2 W Washington St, Greenville. southernpressedjuicery.com

Get in shape for summer by trading that burger for a bowl of healthy vegetables, like the tempting Thai Fried Rice (above) at Tasty As Fit on Augusta Street.


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BERRY BUZZ STR AWBER R IES A RE BACK IN SEASON— A ND LOCA L BA RTENDERS A RE A LL A BOUT IT by Kathryn Davé • photograph by Paul Mehaffey

PINK DRINKS In South Carolina, strawberry season comes into full bloom in April. Expect to see buckets of the jewel-colored berries popping up at local markets all across the Upstate, making their way onto menus around town. For bar programs that follow a seasonal philosophy, the berries are inspiring a new crop of cocktails. Here, we spotlight a few strawberry standouts.

“Highway Strobbery”

Bahnez Mezcal, Trousseau, lime, thyme syrup, and strawberry purée, $12. The Anchorage, 586 Perry Ave; theanchoragerestaurant.com

“Short and Sweet”

Espolon Reposado, Contratto, Pimm’s #1, boozy strawberry syrup, $12. EXILE, 9 Anderson St, Ste B; exilegvl.com

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Topsoil Kitchen & Market, 13 S Main St, Travelers Rest. topsoilrestaurant.com As strawberry season rolls around, don’t be surprised to see the luscious berry coloring cocktails from negronis to margaritas.

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Pernod, house strawberry cordial, local egg, lemon juice, $11. Bar Margaret, 1269 Pendleton St; barmarg.com

Topsoil’s STRAWBERRY NEGRONI

London dry gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, strawberry cordial, $12 1 oz. Beefeater gin 1 oz. Campari 1 oz. Dolin sweet vermouth ¼ oz. fresh strawberry syrup 8 drops of cacao nib tincture or chocolate bitters Add all ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube.


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CREAMY TAHINI DRESSING Yield: About 2 cups

INGREDIENTS: 1/3 cup tahini 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup water 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 1 tsp. maple syrup Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and emulsified. Store refrigerated in a jar and shake to re-combine, if separated. Will keep in the refrigerator for two to three weeks.

TRY IT WITH: Cooked farro + roasted broccoli and carrots + crunchy chickpeas + sauteéd kale + crumbled feta HONEY APPLE CIDER VINAIGRETTE Yield: About 1/2 cup

INGREDIENTS: 3 Tbs. apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard 1–2 Tbs. honey Salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients in a lidded jar and shake vigorously to combine. Store in a refrigerator for up to two weeks.

TRY IT WITH: Lacinato kale + shaved carrot + toasted walnuts + diced apple + fresh mint EVERYDAY PANTRY VINAIGRETTE Yield: About 1½ cups

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Tbs. red wine vinegar cup extra-virgin olive oil Tbs. lemon juice Tbs. honey tsp. dried oregano

Combine all ingredients in a lidded jar and shake vigorously to combine. Store in a refrigerator for one week.

Salad is the food of health and vigor, of lengthening sun and dinners outside, of fresh starts, and, yes, of lunches with ladies.

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T HE BE S T B A R S, C A F É S & RE S TAUR A N T S

AMERICAN The Anchorage With a focus on local produce, Chef Greg McPhee’s globally influenced menu changes almost weekly. A hoard of fresh harvest arrives daily from area growers, like Horseshoe Farm in Travelers Rest, which informs McPhee’s creative dishes. The restaurant’s menu and stellar cocktail program is updated regularly, and now The Anchorage is offering a weekly online market featuring pantry items, take-home dinners, and more. $$-$$$, D, SBR. Closed Mon–Tues. 586 Perry Ave. (864) 219-3082, theanchoragerestaurant.com

Augusta Grill Augusta Grill is a Greenville institution featuring 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 sought-after blackberry cobbler. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sun & Mon. 1818 Augusta St. (864) 242-0316, augustagrill.com

Bacon Bros. Public House You might think you know what meat lover’s heaven looks like, but if you show up at Bacon Bros. Public House gastropub, you’ll know for sure. From a board of cured, smoked, and dried meats, to a specialty sandwich, 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) 297-6000, baconbrospublichouse.com

The Burrow The comfort of a home-cooked meal, plus the ease of an elevated dining experience: the newest restaurant from Josh Beeby of Barley’s and Trappe Door fame does it all. A cozy setting encourages conversation and gathering, while artful dishes and cocktails serve a sense of indulgence. You can’t miss with the chargrilled octopus or the whiskey sour. $$, D,

SBR. 2017A Augusta St. (864) 412-8677, theburrowgville.com

Fork and Plough The quintessential farm-to-fork partnership between Greenbrier Farms and Chef Shawn Kelly, with its casual, familyfriendly feel, Fork and Plough brings a butcher shop, market, and restaurant to the Overbrook neighborhood. Chef Kelly masterminds an ever-changing roster of locally sourced dishes. $$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Tues. 1629 E North St. (864) 6094249, forkandplough.com

Foxcroft Wine Co. Charlotte-based Foxcroft Wine Co. transformed the West End space vacated by Brazwells Pub into a lovely wine bar decorated with warm woods, a barrelvaulted ceiling, and racks of wine. On the menu are tasty flatbreads and truffle fries, as well as signature lamb sliders and pan-seared scallops to pair with a generous list of wines by the glass. $-$$, D. Closed Mon. 631 S Main St. (864) 906-4200, foxcroftwine.com/greenville

GB&D The restaurant’s description itself—Golden Brown & Delicious—tells you all you need to know about this joint. Locally sourced dishes of American favorites— like the killer burger on a house-made brioche bun—star at lunch. Check out the extended menu at dinner, which features an impressive repertoire of creative dishes, from its new location at The Commons. $$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 147 Welborn St, Ste B1. (864) 230-9455, eatgbnd.com

Halls Chophouse The renowned Charleston steakhouse puts down roots along the Reedy River with a selection of wet- or dry-aged steaks (USDA Prime beef flown in from Chicago’s Allen Brothers). Try a Durham Ranch elk loin with root vegetable hash, and don’t miss the lavender French toast at brunch. $$$$, L (Fri–Sat), D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 335-4200, hallschophousegreenville.com NEW

Husk Smokin’ Barbeque After spending a few months off the docket, this West End staple returns with a refreshed menu focused on all things meat. Continuing in their sustainable partnerships and quality craft, pitmaster David Jensen throws out ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and more, plus a host of scrumptious sides. Expect a heavy tribute to bourbon and whiskeys at the bar, and don’t worry, you can still order a side of those famous pork rinds. $-$$. L, D, SBR.

722 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 6270404, huskbbq.com

Larkin’s on the River 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) 4679777, larkinsontheriver.com

Northampton Wine + Dine Linger in the relaxed atmosphere of Northampton’s wine bar, where elegant

bar bites accompany wines by the glass or bottle. Or, stay for dinner and select from an ever-changing menu, which includes seafood, beef, and wild game. The outdoor patio is a relaxing location for a meal or a glass of wine. $$-$$$$, L, D. 211-A E Broad St. (864) 271-3919, northamptonwineanddine.com

Oak Hill Café & Farm A former faculty member in Furman University’s environmental science department, Lori Nelsen blazes a new trail in the restaurant world with co-owner Chef David Porras. The duo fulfills a long-time dream of creating a healthy, sustainable, and quality dining experience with an on-site farm and culinary research lab. Lovers of food innovation will not want to miss their multicourse tastings, an ode to nature’s bounty. $$-$$$$, D (Wed–

Sat); L, SBR (Fri–Sun). 2510 Poinsett Hwy. oakhillcafe.com

N E W Reid’s Fine Foods Whether it’s a salmon plate, a bottle of wine, or a delectable pastry, Reid’s has everything a foodie heart could desire. Newly opened in the former Caviar & Bananas space, this Charlotte staple is a one-stop shop for breakfast, lunch, and a last-minute dinner party cheese board. Grab anything on the menu to go, or settle into the likes of a flat-iron steak with squash & Brussels sprouts hash, chimichurri butter, and a truffle cabernet sauce. B, L, D.

$-$$. 1 N Laurens St. (864) 283-0940, reids.com

Restaurant 17 Restaurant 17 blends contemporary European bistro with Blue Ridge bliss. The menu changes seasonally, but expect dishes from Executive Chef Haydn Shaak (formerly of The Cliffs) like the woodfired octopus with pine nut romesco, baby beets, and Georgia olive oil or the Johnny Cake with country-style prosciutto. $$$-$$$$, D, FSBR. Closed Mon. 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest. (864) 516-1254, restaurant17.com

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

Soby’s Local flavor shines here in entrées like crab cakes with remoulade, sweet corn maque choux, mashed potatoes, and haricot verts. Their selection of 700 wines guarantees the perfect meal complement. Featuring different

weekly selections, the Sunday brunch buffet showcases the chefs’ creativity. $$$-$$$$, D,

SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 232-7007, sobys.com

Tandem Creperie & 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, tandemcc.com

Topsoil Kitchen + Market If they can grow it, locally source it, or make it in-house, they will. Located in the former Williams Hardware space in Travelers Rest, and just off the Swamp Rabbit Trail, this restaurant and market combo serves up fresh and modern veggie-driven dishes. Find unique wines and cocktails on the menu, too. $-$$$, D. Closed Mon–Wed. 13 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 517-4617, topsoilrestaurant.com

Urban Wren This newcomer in the historic Markley Station fashions a chic city atmosphere where the food takes its cues from the restaurant’s carefully curated wine selection. Round up some friends and share a selection of seasonal small plates, such as cauliflower drop dumplings and rye whiskey beef short ribs. $$$-$$$$. D. Closed Tues. 116 N Markley St. (864) 867-1081, urbanwrenwinery.com

Woodside Bistro Down-home comfort food gets a fresh spin here, where portobello burgers, wedge salads, pesto chicken sandwiches, and rainbow vegan bowls color the menu. A casual go-to spot, Woodside aims to be a welcoming dining destination for all—whether you’re a vegan or meat lover. $, L. Closed Sun. 1112 Woodside Ave. (864) 203-2333, woodsidebistro.com

BARS & BREWERIES Bar Margaret This craft-cocktail bar takes over the former Village Grind and GB&D space on Pendleton Street with a funky fresh vibe KEY: Average price of a dinner entrée (lunch if dinner isn’t served): Under $10 = $ $10-$15 = $$, $16-$25 = $$$, $25+ = $$$$ Breakfast = B Lunch = L Dinner = D Sat or Sun Brunch = SBR

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Because life is so much more than just a box of chocolates

and an eclectic variety of drinks, paired with elevated bar food. Mixologists Sarah Cochran and Chris George shepherd the cocktail program, and while curated creations are their speciality (try the cOlá fashioned), patrons can find approachable brews, wine, and non-alcoholic bevs. $-$$.

L, D. Closed Sun & Mon. 1269 Pendleton St, Greenville. barmarg.com

Carolina Bauernhaus Enjoy the delights of autumn with good friends and good beer at Carolina Bauernhaus. Now open in the new Poe West area, this brewery sports an impressive tap list, as well as wicker picnic tables, hanging chair swings, and a smorgasbord of yard games. Take a load off in their outdoor patio space while sipping your favorite ale. $, L, D. Closed Mon & Tues. 556 Perry Ave. (864) 553-4371, carolinabauernhaus.com

The Community Tap / Tap Trailside Convenience, expertise, and atmosphere collide at The Community Tap. Choose from a wide selection of local, national, and international brews—or have a glass from one of the ever-rotating beer and wine taps. Check out their second location at The Commons and enjoy a glass with food from Automatic Taco, GB&D, or Methodical Coffee. 217 Wade

A Chocolate Bar

Now Open Wednesday-Saturday 12-9 Poe West | 556 Perry Avenue Suite B115 864-263-7083 | LaRueFineChocolate.com

Hampton Blvd. (864) 631-2525; Tap Trailside at The Commons, 147 Welborn St. thecommunitytap.com

N E W EXILE There’s a new bar in town, with nary a television or wing in sight. If you’re craving an expertly crafted cocktail (or a local beer) in a space with style, this will become your go-to spot. Ideal for a predinner stop, an after-work drink, or for a nightcap. Closed Sun–Tues. 9 Anderson

St. exilegvl.com

Fireforge Craft Beer Fireforge brings a boozy twist to the phrase “small but mighty.” The smallbatch 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,

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Quest Brewing Co. Eco-minded Quest satisfies 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. Wed–Sat. 55 Airview Dr, Greenville.

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Servus Biergarten Housed in a former feed and seed in downtown Simpsonville, Servus Biergarten adds an international accent to the new Warehouse at Vaughns, a smorgasbord of family-friendly eateries with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. From doppelbock to dunkel, German beers flow freely here, so stake out a seat at the bar to discover your new favorite. Of course,

you’ll want to pair it with menu items such as bretzels, wurst platters, and more authentic Saxon fare. $. L, D. Closed Mon. 109 W Trade St, Simpsonville. (864) 7571660, servusgreenville.com

Swordfish Cocktail Club The term cocktail club calls to mind a time in history when pre- (and post-) dinner drinks were not only expected but revered among friends for an evening of fun. Swordfish resurrects this perspective in downtown Greenville, with a classic collection of handcrafted cocktails and small plates that are as stunning as they are delectable. $$, D. 220 E Coffee St. Wed–Sat, 5pm–12am. (864) 434-9519, swordfishcocktails.com

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

N E W Taxi House Wines The bright yellow sliver of a building in the Village’s plaza was once the neighborhood taxi stand, hence this curated shop’s moniker, Taxi House Wines. Now, in collaboration with The Anchorage, the vino destination offers more than 80 unique wine selections, chosen from small, familyowned wineries that focus on sustainability.

Closed Sun & Mon. 586 Perry Ave. Tues–Sat, noon–8pm. (864) 207-0685, taxihousewines.com

The Whale Originating in Asheville, this craft joint comes to South Main with a plethora of whale brews—rare and sought-after beers like the exclusive Spreadsheets and Deadlines hazy IPA, brewed just up the mountain in North Carolina. Having a hard time choosing? Knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you find the beer just for you. 1108 S Main St, Ste #116. (864) 263-7529, thewhalegvl.com

CAFÉS Bridge City Coffee 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 underresourced teens and adults. The fresh space presents a variety of drinks crafted with in-house roasted beans. Getting hangry? A selection of treats is also available. $-$$. B, L. Closed Sun. 1520 Wade Hampton Blvd. bridgecity.coffee

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


N E W Dobrá Tea Tea is the new coffee at this cheery café in the Village of West Greenville, where you can choose among more than 100 different types of tea from around the globe. Pair your favorite cup with a gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian snack from the list of sweets and savories. $-$$. B, L, D. 1278 Pendleton

St. (864) 520-1832, dobrateasc.com

Due South Coffee Roasters 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 baked goodies like Swamp Fox Doughnuts 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, duesouthcoffee.com

Grateful Brew A brew joint where you can enjoy both the non-alcoholic and alcoholic varieties, Grateful Brew provides guests with made-to-order Counter Culture espressos, pour-overs, and locally crafted brews. Enjoy food trucks most nights, or bring your own grub. The Brew welcomes every member of the family, even those of the four-legged sort. $, B, L, D. Closed Sunday. 501 S Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 558-0767, gratefulbrewgvl.com

Kuka Juice Created by nutrition mavens Abigail Mitchell and Samantha Shaw, Kuka doles out coldpressed craft with health-minded 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, soups, toasts, smoothies, and more are also available. $, B, L. 580 Perry Ave, Greenville. (864) 905-1214, kukajuice.com

Methodical Coffee Whether it’s the white marble countertops or the gleaming Slayer espresso machine, Methodical is a coffee bar built for taste. Coffee guru Will Shurtz, designer Marco Suarez, and hotelier David Baker ensure there’s plenty of substance to go with style. With single-origin espressos, wine varieties, and now a café menu, it’s all worth the rave. $-$$, B, L. 101 N Main St, Ste D; 207 Wade Hampton Blvd; 147 Welborn St. methodicalcoffee.com

Mountain Goat Greenville 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. Plus, every purchase helps provide tutoring, mentoring, and job opportunities for at-risk youth in the community. $-$$. B, L, Closed Sunday. 120 Shaw St. mountaingoatgvl.com

O-CHA Tea Bar A trip to O-CHA will have you considering tea in an entirely new light. This sleek space, located right on the river in Falls Park, specializes in bubble tea—flavored teas with chewy tapioca pearls. For a more intense cooling experience, try the mochi ice cream. The dessert combines the chewy Japanese confection (a soft, pounded sticky rice cake) with ice cream fillings in fun flavors: tiramisu, green tea chocolate, mango, and

more. $, B, L, D. 300 River St, Ste 122. (864) 283-6702, ochateabaronline.com

Old Europe Located in the West End, Old Europe satisfies your sweet tooth with dozens of decadent pastries and desserts. Éclairs and cookies pair well with an extensive coffee selection, while savory breakfast items are always on hand. Sink into a slice of opera cake, paired with a glass of Champagne. $, B, L, D. 716 S. Main St. Sun–Thurs, 8am– 9pm, Fri–Sat, 8am–11pm. (864) 775-0210, oldeuropedesserts.com N E W The Spatula Café It can be challenging to find a lunch spot that satisfies both meat-lovers and vegans, but Spatula Café does, and then some. Open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, Spatula offers dishes like a tofu scramble wrap alongside a prosciutto bagel, and duck alongside marinated tempeh. Don’t just focus on the meals, though, because their baked goods truly shine. Check out the vegan cinnamon roll, it’s delectable to any type of eater.

$, B, L. 118 Smythe St, Greenville. (864) 2367467, thespatulacafe.com

Southern Pressed Juicery A healthy-eaters haven, Southern Pressed Juicery offers super-food fans organic smoothies, bowls, juices, and more. Try a power-packed energy bowl like the dragon blood, a hot-pink concoction of dragon fruit, almond milk, banana, layered with buckwheat granola, raw honey, coconut chips, kiwi, and bee pollen. $-$$,

$100,000

Phillis Wheatley Community Center, Urban League of the Upstate, Pleasant Valley Connection, Creative Advancement Centers & Greer Community Outreach Center

$275,000

$100,000 COVID-19 Community Relief Fund at United Way

$40,000

IN TOTAL GRANTS TO LOCAL NONPROFITS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC Supporting emergency assistance, housing, minority-led nonprofits, direct service providers, and the arts.

$20,000

Artisphere, Peace Center for Performing Arts & The Warehouse Theatre

www.cfgreenville.org

Greenville Housing Fund, Habitat for Humanity & Homes of Hope

$15,000

Greer Relief, Center for Community Services & Foothills Family Resources

B, L. 2 W Washington St. (864) 729-8626, southernpressedjuicery.com

Sun Belly Café Week by week, the full plant-based menu at this westside spot changes to accommodate seasonal dishes and fresh, wholesome ingredients. The wild mushroom pho is all the rage, but if you’re on the go, pick up a tasty $6 vegan salad. Options for meal prep and family-sized lasagnas mean healthy cooking is always on the table. $-$$, B, L. Closed Sunday.

1409 West Blue Ridge Dr. (404) 309-7791

Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery 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 wood-fired 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) 2553385, swamprabbitcafe.com

The Village Grind Tucked between art galleries and eclectic shops in the heart of Pendleton Street, The Village Grind is a cheerful, light-filled space for java lovers. Emphasizing community, the coffeehouse brews up beans by a variety of local roasters and serves flaky treats. $, B, L.

1258 Pendleton St. (864) 915-8600

Two Chefs Catering & Café 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 Sun. A PR IL 2021 I

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Upcountry Provisions Serving up gourmet sandwiches on freshmade bread, Upcountry Provisions is well worth a trip to Travelers Rest for breakfast or an extended lunch break. Snack on the shop’s daily crafted cookies, scones, and muffins, or bite into a devil dog BLT with hormone-free meat on just-baked white focaccia. $, B, L, D. Closed Sundays. 6809

Celebrating Fine Art Since 1999

State Park Rd, Travelers Rest. (864) 8348433, upcountryprovisions.com

ETHNIC Asada Asada, a brick-and-mortar taqueria on Wade Hampton Boulevard, serves traditional Mission-style fare. Grab a bite of flavor with the grilled sweet potatoes & leeks sopes, a savory vegan dish served on scratch-made sopes topped with homemade charred red peppers and guajillo romesco salsa, and queso fresco for the dairy-inclined. $-$$, L, D. Closed

Sun & Mon. 903 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 770-3450, asadarestaurant.com

Asia Pacific Deemed the largest Asian supermarket in Greenville, Asia Pacific also doubles as a restaurant with a host of authentic cuisine. The menu is pages long, with more than 100 options and a multitude of soups, noodles, and combinations. If you’re planning a visit, be sure your stomach is as big as your eyes. $-$$, L, D, Mon–Sun

10am–9pm. 420 N Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 603-1377, asiapacificgreenville.com

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Kairos Greek Kitchen This Charleston-originated spot serves up heaping portions of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, like slow-roasted kabobs that explode with flavor even before you dip them into the tzatziki sauce. Their choose-your-own approach leads to creative salad combos, and you can also turn any meal into a pita wrap, bowl, or platter. $-$$, L, D. 1800 Augusta St. (864) 520-1723, kairosgreekkitchen.com

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Mekong Taste the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Favorites include the grilled pork vermicelli: marinated pork, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, peanuts, and crispy shallots, and the spring and summer rolls. Also try the Vietnamese crêpes or the pho, which is flavored with fresh herbs from the restaurant’s home-grown herb garden. $, L, D. Closed Mon. 2013

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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 grocery in the back of the restaurant for some homemade inspiration. $, L, D. Closed Sun. 495 S Pleasantburg Dr, #B. (864) 271-9895, pitahousesc.com

Sacha’s Café Bright walls and a long, inviting bar make a sunny backdrop in which to chow down

on authentic Colombian food, like arepas and patacones, at Sacha’s. Hungry groups can order the fiesta platter, a sampler that serves six people. To drink, try one of the natural fruit juices, or the imported cervezas. $. L, D. 1001 N Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 232-3232, sachascafe.com

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

N E W TruBroth TruBroth takes healing arts and blends them seamlessly into deliciously crafted meals. Appease your curiosity with a visit to this Travelers Rest gem, which offers a varied mix of Vietnamese staples, healthhappy bites, and coffee. $$, L, D. 36A S Main

St, Travelers Rest. Sun–Thurs. (864) 610-0513, trubrothcoffee.com

EUROPEAN Bake Room The final addition to The Commons food hall, Bake Room provides a tasty touch. Naturally leavened breads and handmade pastries are baked in Wade Taylor’s German deck oven and Swedish rack oven, and are the perfect complement to a coffee from Methodical, strategically placed right next door. $, B, L. 147 Welborn

St, Greenville. Wed–Sun, 8am–3pm.@ sc_bakeroom

Jianna With stellar views of Main Street from its wrap-around terrace, this modern Italian osteria offers patrons daily house-made pastas, the region’s freshest seasonal ingredients, and, of course, oysters—all led by famed chef Michael Kramer. Grab a cocktail or a glass of wine from the 40-foot bar, and nosh on pasta dishes like potato gnocchi, radiatori, or tonnarelli with local tomatoes, corn, and chanterelle mushrooms. $$-$$$, L (Sat–Sun), D. 207 S Main St. (864) 720-2200, jiannagreenville.com

The Lazy Goat The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, such as the crispy Brussels sprouts with Manchego shavings and sherry glacé. For a unique entrée, try the duck confit pizza with a sour cherry vinaigrette and a farm egg. An extensive variety of wine is available in addition to a full bar. $$-$$$, L, D. 170

River Pl. (864) 679-5299, thelazygoat.com

Limoncello This latest Larkin’s spot serves up Italian cuisine on the corner of River and Broad streets. The menu ranges from pesto pizzas to chicken marsala to classics like spaghetti and meatballs—but the real winner is an all-Italian wine list, curated from award-winning vineyards across the region. After you’ve had your glass, grab a bite of the housemade limoncello gelato. $$-$$$, L, D. 401 River St. (864) 263-7000, limoncellogvl.com


Luna Rosa The streets of Italy intersect the streets of Greenville at Luna Rosa’s fresh spot on South Main, bringing more than just tasty gelato to the table.The Luna Rosa family celebrates the concept that community starts in the kitchen, and they welcome you into theirs for a meal. From cool gelato options—think exotic mango or piña colada—or a warm Monte Cristo, there’s plenty of flavor to fulfill your cravings. $-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 123 S Main St. (864)-241-4040, lunarosagelato.com

N E W Pasta Addict This Italian haven satisfies at West End outdoor food hall Gather GVL. From gnocchi to tortellini, indulging in cheesy goodness is easy out of their iconic cone containers. Pair your favorite bottle of vino with a bowl of fresh spaghetti alla chitarra, featuring San Marzano D.O.P. tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, toasted breadcrumbs, and Addict oil. $, D, Sun lunch. Closed

Mon. 126 Augusta St. (864) 404-0095, pastaddict.com

Ristorante Bergamo Open since 1986, Ristorante Bergamo focuses on fresh produce and Northern Italian cuisine: fresh mussels sautéed 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 Sun

& Mon. 100 N Main St. (864) 271-8667, ristorantebergamo.com

Stella’s Southern Brasserie Boasting French flair and fare, this sister to Stella’s Southern Bistro is the second of Jason and Julia Scholz’s eateries. Stationed in Hollingsworth Park, French staples like blue-black mussel shells with smoked tomato broth, Marsala-spiked onion soup gratinée, and roasted game hen are 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, stellasbrasserie.com

PIZZA Coastal Crust Now in the Village of West Greenville, these Neapolitan-style pizza pies are baked in a wood-fired brick oven and topped with local produce from Reedy River Farms. Check out the aptly-named West Village pie, a classic pepperoni pizza punched up with burrata, caramelized onions, sautéed peppers, and sausage.

$$, L, D. 1254 Pendleton St. (843) 654-9606, coastalcrustgreenville.com

D’Allesandro’s Pizza Hailing from Charleston, D’Allesandro’s brings dough heaven to Greenville. The D’Allesandro brothers’ philosophy is simple—if the pizza is good and the beer is cold, people will come. The shop pushes out pies in the North Main area, where guests can enjoy savory pizzas, calzones, and signature CalJoes. $$, L, D. 17 Mohawk

Dr, Greenville. (864) 252-4700, dalspizzagvl.com

Sidewall Pizza Company 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 Sun & Mon. 35 S

Main St, Travelers Rest, (864) 610-0527; 99 Cleveland St, (864) 558-0235; 3598 Pelham Rd, (864) 991-8748, sidewallpizza.com

Stone Pizza Serving both Neapolitan- and New York–style pizzas, this spot is ideal for a classic family outing or catching the game with a few friends. Stone and its fire-inspired pies are crafted with housemade mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour, and baked in a wood-fired oven. $$, L (Sat & Sun), D. 500 E Park Ave.

(864) 609-4490, stonepizzacompany.com

World Piece From the owners of downtown’s beloved Coffee Underground, World Piece brings Chicago-style pizza to Stone Avenue. Offering a line-up of draft beers and menu features like buffalo chicken wings, salads, burgers, french fries, and, of course, savory pies, this pizza joint ensures there’s something for everyone. $-$$. L, D. 109 West Stone Ave, Ste A1. (864) 568-5221, worldpiecemenu.com

TA C O S Automatic Taco Since 2015, Nick Thomas has delivered new wonders and old favorites from his food truck, treating the tortilla as a work of art. From its new brick-and-mortar spot in The Commons, Auto continues to serve up creative takes on tacos, with standout chips and guacamole, salsa, sides, and cocktails. $-$$, L, D. 147 Welborn St. (404) 372-2266, automatictaco.com

Papi’s Tacos 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. $, L, D. 300 River St. (864) 373-7274, eatpapistacos.com

White Duck Taco Shop 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 an ale from Birds Fly South’s rotation. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sun & Mon. 1320 Hampton Ave, Ext Ste 12B. whiteducktacoshop.com

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Willy Taco 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 mother clucker—topped off with a margarita. $-$$, L, D. Closed Mon. 217

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

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FIRST FRIDAYS AT GCCA Spend the first Friday in April in the Village of West Greenville, perusing the works displayed in the Main Gallery and Community Gallery at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. Bring the kids along; while you visit with the Center’s studio artists and ponder purchasing some local art, budding artists can participate in a free creative activity. If you register for a class or workshop on First Friday, you’ll receive a 10 percent discount.

1010 Abney St, Greenville. Fri, 6–9pm. Free. (864) 735-3948, artcentergreenville.org/ firstfridaysatgcca

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GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS Forget about warm spring weather and flowers blooming. It’s cool action on the ice all the way this Friday and Saturday at The Well. Come cheer on your home team in this two-game East Coast Hockey League series as the Swamp Rabbits fight to keep their slim advantage over the South Carolina Stingrays from Charleston.

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Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri & Sat, 7pm. $9-$45. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com

Sculpture by Jorge Marín, titled “Alas de Mexico”, 11.4 x 10.4 x 4.9 ft

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WINGS OF THE CITY EXHIBITION Greenville takes figurative flight when nine monumental bronze sculptures arrive downtown on April 2. Created by world-renowned Mexican artist Jorge Marín, the sculptures will grace Falls Park and the Peace Center campus until the end of September. Greenville is the first city on the East Coast to host Marín’s works, which juxtapose the human body with allegorical forms and winged creatures. Various locations in downtown Greenville. Thru Sept 30. Free. visitgreenvillesc.com/ event/wings-of-the-city/33816/

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KILGORE-LEWIS HOUSE SPRING CLEANING SALE Everybody loves a good yard sale,

especially when it’s held on the front lawn of one of the city’s most historic homes. As they clean out for spring, the staff of the 1838 Kilgore-Lewis House is filling the front lawn with treasures galore. Get there early to take first pick of garden tools and supplies, house plants, home décor, and more. Kilgore-Lewis House, 560 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, 9am–4pm. (864) 232-3020, kilgore-lewis.org

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BRIAN REGAN When crowds still laugh at your jokes after thirty years, you truly are a certified funny man. Comedian Brian Regan brings more than three decades of side-splitting stand-up to the Greenville stage during his nonstop theater tour featuring his most hilarious material. Mask requirements and social distance measures will be in place, but if you’d rather sit this one out, catch Regan on his new Netflix special, Brian Regan: On the Rocks.

Wings of the City Exhibition | April 2 thru Sept 30

Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 7:30pm. $60–75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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JAY LENO What do you do after you spend two decades dominating late-night television as host of The Tonight Show and being named to the Television Academy’s Broadcast Hall of Fame? Why, you come to Greenville, of course! And that’s just what funny man Jay Leno will do when he takes the Peace Center stage to entertain us with his own special brand of standup comedy. Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, 7pm. $65-$95. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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PICKENS AZALEA FESTIVAL You’ll be seeing red—and pink, and white—as Pickens celebrates the bright blooms that herald spring in the South. While there will be azaleas for sale, it’s not all about the blossoms. Thursday kicks off with a family movie night, and Friday brings a classic car cruise-in. But the biggest day for family fun is Saturday, when artisans take to the streets, live music delights, and amusement rides abound. And don’t miss the pet pageant and the art contest.

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GREENBRIER FARMS PLANT SALE Hey, all you backyard farmers out there! It’s time to start planting those veggies for summer harvesting. And what better way to start your raised beds than with organic seedlings—tomatoes, peppers, squash, watermelon, herbs, and more—from Greenbrier Farms? You can order plants online any time before April 17, the day of pickup.

Greenbrier Farms, 766 Hester Store Rd, Easley. Sat, 9am–noon. (864) 350-6684, greenbrierfarms.com

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ELEEMOSYNARY Tune in to stream this prize-winning drama, in which author Lee Blessing explores the dynamic of three women in the Westbrook family: Echo, a teenage national spelling bee champion; her estranged mother, Artie; and her grandmother, Dorothea, who raised Echo and has just suffered a life-threatening stroke. Echo and her mother must reconnect to care for Dorothea, but will they be able to survive the tensions that can drive a

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owners cruise in with their vintage autos from 1989 or earlier. Proceeds from the alcohol-free event—run by employee-volunteers—go to support organizations within the service area of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.

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Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sun. $20. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, 734 W Main St, Pickens. Fri, cruise-in starts at 3pm; entertainment begins at 5:15pm. Adults, $40; children 12 and under, free. 800-240-3400, blueridgefest.com

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EUPHORIA SPRING FEST Ready for some euphoria? The fourth weekend of April ushers in four days of it during the Euphoria festival’s spring preview. Come shuck oysters at Roast & Toast at the Old Cigar Warehouse, learn a new culinary skill in one of the Euphoria classrooms, and savor a guest-chef dinner at Southern Culture, complete with a Van Morrison tribute band. Add in dinner by a Michelin-starred chef, and you’ve got some serious foodie fun. Various locations in Greenville. Thurs–Sun, times vary. Tickets range from $45-$280. (864) 233-5663, euphoriagreenville.com

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BEAR SHADOW SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL Pack up your pod and head to the Bear Shadow Music Festival, whose Base Camp main stage event is being held in a larger outdoor location this year to allow extra space for social distancing. Named for the shape of

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the shadow that forms behind nearby Whiteside Mountain, this three-day music event spans genres from bluegrass to soul. Chuck Leavell, Mandolin Orange, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones will number among the musical entertainers.

Various locations in Highlands, NC. Base Camp concerts at Winfield Farm, 250 Winfield Farm Rd, Scaly Mountain, NC. Fri–Sun, gates open at 4:30pm; show times vary. Base Camp tickets only available in 6- or 8-person

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BLUE RIDGE FEST It’s a cruise-in; it’s a concert; it’s Blue Ridge Fest! Ronnie Milsap, Restless Heart, and The Tams will be on hand to entertain attendees with country and pop music, while classic-car

KENTUCKY DERBY VIEWING PARTY Dust off your fanciest spring hat and head to Fluor Field to catch the Kentucky Derby big-as-life on the Jumbotron. After the race, sip mint juleps while you bid on more than 100 silent auction items. Proceeds benefit First Tee Upstate, an international youth development organization that builds character through the game of golf. A VIP ticket includes the viewing party as well as a special Bourbon & Beemers event on Friday evening.

Main event at Fluor Field, 945 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, May 1, 5–7pm. $60; VIP event at BMW Performance Center, 1155 SC Hwy 101, Greer. Fri, Apr 30, 5:30pm. $125. (864) 268-3309, firstteeupstate.org

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LOOMING LARGE ONE HUNDRED YEA RS BEFORE ITS TR A NSFOR M ATION INTO LOF T A PA RTMENTS, WEST GREENVILLE’S WOODSIDE COTTON MILL SUPPORTED A V IBR A NT V ILL AGE COMMUNIT Y

Once the largest textile mill under one roof in the world, the Woodside Cotton Mill could produce up to 275 miles of cloth in one day. Here (photograph circa 1930–1950), mill workers ensure that the mill’s 230,000 spindles and 4,700 looms are running efficiently.

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ow being converted into a vibrant loft-style apartment complex, Greenville’s Woodside Mill was once the largest textile mill under one roof in the world. The mill expanded quickly after its construction in 1902, eventually housing 230,000 spindles and 4,700 looms. By 1920, the Woodside Cotton Mill was so efficient it could produce 275 miles of cotton cloth in only one day. The Woodside Cotton Mill Village eventually became a historic district, serving as a nearly untouched example of an early twentieth century urban mill village. Now, one hundred years after its heyday, the mill will buzz again as The Lofts at Woodside Mill. It remains the largest building in the community, rising high above the 300-some buildings in the old village sprawl.—Maddie De Pree

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