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Aerial yoga instructor Kelly VanLeeuwen encourages clients to have a confident mindset about what they can achieve.




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Where: Village Green on Main Street in Greenville. What: United Community Bank Ice On Main, a public outdoor iceskating rink open through Monday, January 18. When: December 5, 2015 Photograph by Will Crooks

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

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Upcountry fêtes & festivities.

January CENTRAL 61 STYLE Refresh your look and your home

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For matters close to the heart, the Man concludes artifice and flash can’t beat the real thing.

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The Greenville County Museum of Art fêtes the work of William Halsey; Mill Village Market brings produce to a food desert; a day spent in Black Mountain, NC; and more. Bittersweet Cottage & Suite, just north of Asheville, NC, is a couple’s sanctuary.

Grab a taste of El Salvador at Mister Pupuseria, and fortify your New Year diet with exotic super fruits and a hearty grain salad.

Got plans? You do now.


Health is more than a pill or a diet—it’s a daily choice. We assembled an all-star team of health professionals—a doctor, a dietician, a physical trainer, and a yogi—to help you make the right choices. / by Stephanie Trotter // photography by Paul Mehaffey

THIS PAGE: Dragon fruit and starfruit’s alien looks hide healthy potential. For more, see “Fruits of Knowledge,” page 84. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey

COVER: Aerial yoga instructor Kelly VanLeeuwen. For more, see “Roots of Wellness,” page 72. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey

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Steven Chapp interrogates the delicate contradiction of printmaking—of creation and imitation—with the exhibit Shifting Plates II.

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Mark B. Johnston PUBLISHER Blair Knobel EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Paul Mehaffey ART DIRECTOR SENIOR EDITOR Andrew Huang STYLE EDITOR Laura Linen

Get Moving


t this point, you’re probably in need of a few things. (No, not another drink.) The holidays have come and gone, and the new year demands composure, or at least a modicum of healthy living. That’s where we come in. January, with its promise, is a time to reset and recharge. Rethink and renew. Try something different, a challenge for body and mind—something to make you feel alive. To that end, we have assembled a Wellness Dream Team: experts who offer a collective call to action to promote holistic wellness. Think of it as a prescription to target the root rather than the branch, to treat the whole self—through diet, exercise, and observation—rather than just a symptom. Katherine Birchenough is a medical doctor with an Eastern approach. As one of few who practices functional medicine, she looks through the lens of lifestyle, rather than just the problem, to set a course of action. She then offers a mix of targeted methods for treatment and prevention. Dr. Birchenough, along with nutritionist Vered Kantor, trainer Marty Smith, and aerial yoga instructor Kelly VanLeeuwen (try it!) round out the group. You may be turned off by the term holistic. You might be wary of it, considering that we are often looking for quick fixes and patchwork solutions. But think about your body as a machine—a car, for instance. What we put in makes the difference between slow starts and optimal performance. The better you treat the parts, the finer the ride will be. We aren’t gurus, but we’re fairly sure about one thing: not trying is the same as not living. So, while you are in control, we urge you to take a leap, a plunge, a step into what seems impossible. After all, your life depends on it.

Blair Knobel Editor-in-Chief

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle Jac Valitchka CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mary Cathryn Armstrong, Stephanie Burnette, Kathryn Davé, Courtney Tollison Hartness, Libby McMillan Henson, John Jeter, Emily Price & Stephanie Trotter CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS & DESIGNERS Chelsey Ashford, Will Crooks, Jivan Davé, Kate Guptill, Rebecca Lehde, Alice Ratterree, Cameron Reynolds & Eli Warren EDITORIAL INTERNS Hayden Arrington & Abby Moore DESIGN INTERN Kayla Pellegrino Holly Hardin OPERATIONS MANAGER GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Kristy Adair Michael Allen Whitney Fincannon MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES Nicole Greer, Kristi Jennings, Donna Johnston, David Kabrin, Annie Langston, Lindsay Oehmen & Emily Yepes Kate Madden DIRECTOR, EVENTS & ACCOUNT STRATEGY



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Andy and Helga: This Whole World

on view through February 14, 2016

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Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) In the Orchard, 1973

Helga Testorf posed for Andrew Wyeth for 15 years, her image evolving from that of an anatomical study to earth mother and temptress to the artist’s own foil and surrogate. Comprised of one major tempera painting and 20 works on paper, some of which have never before been exhibited publicly, Andy and Helga: This Whole World explores the artist’s creative process as he refines and recombines composition and narrative into a compellingly holistic world view.

Greenville County Museum of Art

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Many-Worlds Theory: Ooh, Baby, It’s a Wild World

on view through February 14, 2016


Discover a few of the wild animals that lurk at the GCMA. Ranging from the breathtaking realism found in sculptor Grainger McKoy’s stunning work, Red-shouldered Hawks and Copperhead Snake, to the fantastical imaginary creatures sprung to life in the mind of artist Helen DuPre Moseley, this exhibition invites you to explore your own beastly wild side. Mind your fingers!

Many-Worlds Theory: Andy and Helga: This Whole World on view through February 14, 2016

Andrew Wyeth and Helga Testorf. Consider an artist and his muse. Was it a scandal or a bit of marketing genius? Take a look at these masterful and intimate paintings and the corresponding studies and decide for yourself. Comprised of one major tempera painting and 20 works on paper, some of which have never before been exhibited publicly, Andy and Helga: This Whole World explores the artist’s creative process as he refines and recombines composition and narrative into a compellingly holistic world view.

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Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) Barefoot, 1992

Many-Worlds Theory: Wonderful World of Color



Helen DuPre Moseley (1887-1984) untitled, 1964


on view through February 14, 2016

Whether bold and brilliant or subtle and subdued, color serves as both a stimulus and a deterrent throughout the natural world. In humans, colors can evoke emotion, influencing consumer habits and motivating athletes and students. This exhibition from the museum’s permanent collection invites viewers to consider the power of color and their own responses.

Lynne Drexler (1928-1999) Gotterdammerung, 1959

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Andrew Moore

on view through January 17, 2016 Part of an ongoing project that focuses on the American South, these large-format color photographs by Andrew Moore capture architectural elements and urban landscapes as they are slowly reclaimed by nature.


Andrew Moore (born 1957) Zydeco Zinger, 2012

Carolina Zeitgeist

on view through April 3, 2016 Organized largely from the GCMA permanent collection, Carolina Zeitgeist surveys post-World War II paintings and sculpture created by both North and South Carolina artists. A number of Upstate artists are featured in this exhibition.

Considered the premier American art museum in the South, the GCMA is home to the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by iconic American artist Andrew Wyeth. The GCMA also has an impressive collection of paintings and prints by contemporary artist Jasper

Johns. Ranging from Federal portraits to contemporary abstractions, the GCMA’s acclaimed Southern Collection invites viewers to survey American art history through works with ties to the South, including a breathtaking collection of antebellum clay vessels created by enslaved artisan, David Drake.

Margaret Bowland (born 1953) It Ain’t Necessarily So, 2010


William Halsey: Full Fathom Flotsam December 9 through February 14, 2016

Inspired by his native Charleston’s timeworn and weathered buildings, noted artist and educator William Halsey replicated the centuries-old façades by sculpting discarded fragments variously into elegantly sparse bas reliefs encrusted with layers of paint and debris, making his most advanced contributions to late 20th-century American art. William Halsey: Full Fathom Flotsam, conceived in honor of the centennial of the artist’s birth year, brings together the largest group of Halsey’s assemblages ever exhibited.

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GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS HOCKEY Have no fear: hockey is here. If the winter cold is giving you a dose of cabin fever, break out and head to The Well for some swamp fever. Our hometown hockey team takes to the ice with near-nightly matches against numerous surrounding league teams. Hockey may not be America’s sport, but with thousands of fans cheering and a fun dynamic for the whole family, it can certainly be the winter fill-in. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Jan 7–9, 14, 22, 24; Thurs–Sat, 7pm. $10$30. (864) 241-3800,

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Known for her deadpan facial expressions and dark sense of humor, actress and comedienne Janeane Garofalo made a name for herself in a male-driven comedy world through roles in Wet Hot American Summer, Saturday Night Live, and Reality Bites. These days, she’s kept herself busy with political activism, injecting that same sense of humor into work on the radio and television. Certain to make you laugh—and maybe even cry a little— her live entertainment set is one not to be missed.

What could be better than beer-sloshing and obscenity-shouting while watching Hot Wheels on steroids smash each other to smithereens? There’s nothing quite like hearing the crunch of metal on metal, and with a cast list that includes the likes of Carolina Crusher, Iron Outlaw, and the infamous purple-and-green Grave Digger, you’re in for an exhilarating evening of vehicular slaughter. And yes, things do catch on fire. It’s the best of aggressive entertainment.

These days, music tends to be a digital smorgasbord, amped up and tuned out. But for these Hot Sardines, it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. The sultry group digs deep into the pages of musical history, surfacing with a slew of jazz hits inspired by the first half of the 20th century. With a hot horn section and brass instrumentals that just won’t quit, we dare you to try and stay in your seat for the entirety of the evening.

The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC. Fri, Jan 15, 9pm. Advance, $25; doors, $28. (828) 398-1837,

Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, Jan 29, 7:30pm; Sat, Jan 30, 2pm & 7:30pm. $10-$30. (864) 241-3800,

The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, Jan 29, 8pm. $15-$35. (864) 467-3000,

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With an opening reception held January 28th, the Spartanburg Art Museum’s special exhibition will spotlight nine area artists whose perspectives on craftsmanship are as different as their pieces themselves. Primarily a ceramics showcase, “Dissonance” will be the physical incarnation of these opposing viewpoints, setting the stage for an intriguing viewing.

Whether you’re getting married or just like to scrapbook your dream wedding (and dream husband) this wedding festival takes the stress out of scouring the Yellow Pages for the perfect photographer, caterer, and venue. The event covers everything from tabletops to theme ceremonies, and even includes workshops with wedding experts. And if your future hubby feels a little left out, a Groom’s Expo will showcase the latest in men’s trends.

Spartanburg Art Museum, 200 E St. John St, Spartanburg. Jan 25 thru March 26; Tues–Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 582-7616,

SOUTHERN VOICES: BLACK, WHITE, AND BLUES Southern culture has perhaps one of the most vibrant and turbulent histories in history, a background that sets the stage perfectly for this inspiring Southern Voices collaboration. Uniting spoken poetry and music, the educational performance will feature Scott Ainslie and Glenis Redmond as they venture on a journey throughout the past that will both teach and excite. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Jan 28–29, Thurs–Fri, 10am & 12pm. $10. (864) 467-3000,

The Infiniti QX60. Room for seven, advanced safety features like Backup Collision Intervention, and advanced technology like an Around View® Monitor and Infiniti Connection®. It’s also got a 265HP 3.5L V6 engine mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission that, in Sport Mode, will make you think you’re driving a rally car. The result is a meticulously crafted driving experience that brings power, performance and practicality into perfect harmony.

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Quick HITS RESTAURANT WEEK 2016 z The favorite week of the year for foodies is back. Restaurant Week takes place across South Carolina, offering great deals for full-course meals at the best hot spots. Dine on hand-picked menus from 22 local favorites including Dive ‘n’ Boar, Bin112, American Grocery, and Restaurant 17. This year, be sure to scan the Restaurant Week QR codes at each location for a chance to win prizes. Locations vary. Thurs, Jan 7–Sun, Jan 17. Prices vary.


z The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will shine once again in another segment of its Spotlight Series—this time set at Centre Stage. The evening will highlight several ethereal selections for lifting the winter haze, including Benjamin Britten’s “Fantasy Quartet,” “Get It!” for bassoon and percussion by Gene Koshinski, and a special instrumental trio by Nikola Resanovic. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Sat, Jan 9, 2pm & 7pm. $15. (864) 233-6733,

z Crafted by award-winning playwright Daniel Beaty, this moving portrayal of how a single event can ripple through the lives of so many is both relatable and transcending. Blending together elements of poetry, music, and drama, Through the Night examines the intimate evenings of six African-American males in different walks of life as they struggle with the issues that affect us all, including health, education, and money. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Jan 26–Feb 10; Tues– Wed, 7pm. $10-$15. (864) 233-6733,


z Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn is perhaps one of the most extolled musicians of the eighteenth—or any—century, valued not only for his distinct musical perspective, but also the passion in his performances. The Greenville County Youth Orchestra and Philharmonic brings that same spirit to life in “Haydn: The Master Showman,” a captivating program showcasing several of the musician’s acclaimed concertos and symphonies. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, Jan 29, 7:30pm. $10-$27. (864) 467-3000,

Photograph by Chelsey Ashford


Walk with a Doc Mall walkers may get lampooned in popular culture, but taking your health seriously is nothing to laugh at. Join a Bon Secours St. Francis Health System doctor once a month at The Well and make some serious strides in the safety (and climate control!) of the arena’s concourse. For January, Dr. Stephen Keiser, a sports medicine specialist, will be there to chat and walk with you. This monthly program is part of the larger Well Walkers program, which takes place every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Tues, Jan 5, 10am. Free. (864) 241-3800,

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January is a month of fresh starts and new perspectives. Take a step back from the holiday chaos and get out of town. This month, we explore a quirky renaissance taking place in Black Mountain, NC, as well as Bittersweet Cottage & Suite, a blissful mountain-top couple’s retreat north of Asheville, NC. BEHIND THE SCENES // #BTS


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Songwriters in the Round November 19, 2015 It’s no mystery what happens when you put musicians in a room with instruments, microphones, and a few glasses of wine. Country musicians Liz Sharpe (of Little Feather), David Tolliver (of Halfway to Hazard), and songwriter Matt Alderman joined singer/songwriter Phillip Lammonds for an intimate night of storyswapping and song-singing. The event, presented by the Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation, gave attendees a glimpse at these artists’ creative processes and the stories behind their music. By Chelsey Ashford Photography

Phillip Lammonds Dr. Cedric Adderley & David Hamilton

David Tolliver


Wes & Jodi Bradshaw

Robert Gagnon & Steven Wood Andrea Cooper, Britt Vergnolle & Kathryn Norwood

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Greenville Royale November 13, 2015 The Red Shoe Society—Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas’ young philanthropists arm—took an elevated approach to its annual black-tie gala. From the fifth floor of the ONE Building, 300 guests enjoyed panoramas of downtown Greenville, not to mention signature cocktails, tasty bites, and a photo booth. This year’s gala raised well over $20,000 in support of the Ronald McDonald House.

Jeff Brown, Jason Pace & Daniel Lock

Photography by Will Crooks Victoria DeCroes & Matthew Foster

Lance Buars & Lindsey Cornell

Laura & Prometheus Franklin

Chris & Diane Louis Carlie Meyer, Ashley Baur Teresa Shimow & Kinley Cothran

Liz Goodin and Velda Goodin

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Norman Glickman, Lind Gouneau, Sharron Glickman & Rose-Mary Baiani-Nenno

Robert & Lorraine Wooten

Warehouse Theatre Gala November 14, 2015

Susan Bichel, Rita Sromek & John Dado

The Warehouse Theatre chose to bring in the holiday season with a magic carpet instead of the usual reindeer and sleigh. Guests and patrons—including Mayor Knox White and SCGSAH president Cedric Adderley—took in an abundance of Arabian Nights–themed revelry to celebrate the Warehouse Theatre’s 42nd season.

Marsha & Knox White

Photography by Will Crooks

Danielle Fontaine & Bill McLendon

Carolyn Elsey & Suzie Grow

The Warehouse Theatre Gala Committee Members Greta Somerville, Katie Leckenbusch & Graham Somerville

Fabian & Liz Unterzaucher

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International by design, this superb 10 acre mountaintop estate offers an unobstructed 270 degree view of the valley below. This magnificent residence is a peaceful place surrounded by waterfalls, koi ponds, and gardens that are stunning throughout the year. the home has over 7000 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, and a magnificent indoor / outdoor swimming pool and hot tub!

This fabulous “in town” estate with 5 bedrooms 8++ baths has it all: gorgeous residence on 1.6 acres of immaculate grounds; pool; tennis court; guest house; master suite with the ultimate in luxury; handsome moldings; high ceilings; whole house generator and a flexible floor plan for families of all ages....simply not another residence in Greenville in town markets offers all of these features!

404 McDaniel Avenue | Alta Vista | $765,000

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Enjoy evening neighborhood strolls, with walking distance to downtown and Cleveland Park. Fabulous master bedroom suite with brand-new master bath and his/her walkin closets. Well-appointed rooms with open kitchen, large family room and plenty of natural light and storage. Seize this jewel before it is gone!

This handsome, traditional two story brick home with 4 or 5 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths with Rec room overlooks GCC golf course and features master on the main, high ceilings, open floor plan, hardwood floors, custom moldings...and new construction! The bright kitchen features granite countertops, stainless appliances, and lots of windows overlooking the private, landscaped backyard, screened porch, and brick terrace.

100 Putney Bridge Lane | $830,000

213 Collins Creek Drive | Collins Creek | $874,500

This six year old custom built 5 bedroom 4 1/2 bath home is beautifully appointed with fabulous open floor plan; large updated kitchen; incredible master suite with access to the outside and covered porch. 3++ car garage. Private, fenced, and beautifully landscaped backyard.

Classic two story brick residence. Quintessential family-oriented home. Enjoy a movie in the rec/theatre room. Share a meal in the large, open kitchen. Custom designed with high ceilings, two story foyer, hardwood floors & abundant bookshelves. Offers 4 BR & 3 1/2 BA, & master suite w/office, sitting area, & private screened porch! Large covered porch overlooking very private, flat backyard with alley access & circular drive in front.

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Located within walking distance to the Swamp Rabbit Trail and downtown Greenville, this 4 or 3 bedroom 3 1/2 bath home offers a great location as well as an open floor plan. Downstairs you will find 10’ ceilings, handsome moldings, and custom hardwood floors. The living room, dining room, den and kitchen are all large rooms. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Rare opportunity in sought after Alta Vista!


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Comedy Night Presented by the Military Order of the Purple Heart November 10, 2015 The Peace Center hosted a night of sidesplitting laughs as community leaders took over the mic at Genevieve’s. These would-be comedians and storytellers shared jokes and stories to benefit the Upstate chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The audience, including decorated Vietnam War veteran Steve Duerek and Greenville Health System’s Michael Riordan, were also treated to live music provided by the Steve Can Band.

Trina & Bob Sellars

Photography by Will Crooks

Kim Hine & Susan Spitzer

Doug Greenlaw

Michaela & Roger Pirie

A year from now you’ll wish you started today.

Nancy & Steve Duerek with Linda Carroll

Nancy Schwartz and Vicki & Steve Fowler, with Anita, Tom & Ricky Harley

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Beth Wickliffe & Bobbie Clayton

Martinis & Mistletoe December 3, 2015 The St. Francis Foundation kicked off its annual Festival of Trees with Martinis and Mistletoe at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. More than 250 guests enjoyed drinks created by cachaรงa distillery Boca Loca, a live band, and participated in a silent auction. The event raised $21,200 of the total $150,000 donated through the Festival of Trees this year. All proceeds benefit the St. Francis Cancer Center. Joanie Martin & Christie Nachman

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Richard & Nancy Furman

Krishna Patel & Shawn Mathias

Thomas Self & Reed Cole Derrick & Alicia Simpson

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Teddy Bear Luncheon December 5, 2015 As part of the St. Francis Festival of Trees, the Hyatt Regency Downtown hosted the Teddy Bear Luncheon with 275 guests, 120 of which were children. The event raised $2,700 and collected 200 new stuffed animals. Children enjoyed pictures with Santa and a live performance of The Nutcracker by Wade Hampton High School’s drama team. All proceeds benefit the St. Francis Cancer Center. Photography by Will Crooks

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Bonnie & Rivers Thompson

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Nancy, Addie Grace, Jessica, & John Benson McLeod

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Champagne Reception for Nina Campbell at Eric Brown Design October 18, 2015

She Made Her Dream a Reality.

In the new downtown studio of Eric Brown Design, Champagne flowed as guests toasted internationally renowned interior designer Nina Campbell. Campbell was this year’s keynote speaker at the Greenville County Museum of Art’s Antiques, Fine Arts & Design Weekend. GCMA director Tom Styron and Minor Shaw, honorary chair of the event, rounded out a sterling guest list, who enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres catered by Rick Erwin’s West End Grille. Photography by Chelsey Ashford Rich Hincapie, Drew France, Jim Boyd & Terry Iwaskiw

Amy Hill had been overweight most of her life. At 360 pounds, she was offering the world a happy face, but she secretly dealt with low self-esteem, depression and bullying. Amy believed her ability to overcome obesity was only a dream. Even after both of her parents underwent successful gastric bypass surgery and began losing weight, Amy was resigned to always being heavy. Then her doctor said she would likely be unable to have children unless she managed her weight. Fueled by determination to become a mother, Amy chose the Mission Weight Management program, the same program trusted by her parents, to help her meet her weight loss goals. Under the direction of an expert team including Dr. Peeter Soosaar of Regional Surgical Specialists, Amy committed to following significant lifestyle changes and underwent a successful gastric bypass surgery, the last necessary step toward living a new, healthier life.

Ron & Kym Petrie with Minor Shaw

Now Amy is 180 pounds lighter. As a family, she, her husband and her parents have lost over 670 pounds. Having achieved a healthy and manageable weight, Amy can now focus on making her biggest dream come true – becoming a mom. Whether you’re trying to be well, get well or stay well, Mission Health offers you and your family access to the best people, resources and advanced technology to help you achieve and exceed your goals. To hear more personal stories like Amy’s , visit:

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It was a particularly hot afternoon in May, and Candice was in a rush. She and her boyfriend Will were headed to the beach for the Memorial Day weekend, and she was determined to beat the work traffic home. But fate had different plans for Candice, and when she threw the front door open, she was unprepared for what she discovered. Teak, Will’s black lab, was sitting in front of her, a sign around his neck reading, “Will you marry my dad?” Kneeling next to him was Will, holding out a ring. Delighted by the turn of events, Candice said yes, and Will whisked her away to Pawley’s Island where their families waited to celebrate. Candice and Will were married at the Caledonia Golf and Fish Club a year later, the reception featuring picturesque Spanish moss and big oak trees. The couple now lives in Greenville, where Candice works for Greenville Health System, and Will works in accounting for the Coveris Group. ANGIE & WAYNE EGGLESTON // WAYNE’S VIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

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Weddings Alexis Hinton & Robert Yeargin Furman October 30, 2015 Call it fortune, fate, or divine intervention, but the Robert and Alexis love story almost didn’t happen. Alexis needed a date for a fall function at Clemson University, and after being respectfully declined three times, she was getting antsy. Finally, she called Robert, a good friend from high school also studying at Clemson. He said yes, and what was supposed to be a friendly favor turned into a memorable evening, which turned into a date, which—fast-forward two-and-a-half years—turned into a candlelit marriage proposal at the Wyche Pavilion, a “history of us” photo book included. Robert and Alexis were married at the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel at Furman University and hosted their reception at the Westin Poinsett. The couple continues to live in Greenville, where Robert works with Elliott Davis Decosimo, while Alexis pursues graduate studies at Converse College. OLIVIA GRIFFIN // OLIVIA GRIFFIN PHOTOGRAPHY

Jenna Payne & Joseph Semsar September 26, 2015 After dating for six years—the majority long distance—Joseph (Joe) and Jenna were used to being apart. The two had met at Clemson University as students, and though jobs and life circumstances took them to separate places, they cherished the times they had together. Christmas of 2014 was one such time. Joe was determined to enjoy the holiday with Jenna, so he packed his bags and headed to Clemson from Mount Pleasant to surprise her. But celebrating Christmas with her boyfriend wasn’t the only surprise Jenna received that week. The following day, the two took a romantic stroll through the South Carolina Botanical Garden, and when Joe got down on one knee, Jenna was ecstatic. After jumping up and down and a few twirls, she said yes. Joe and Jenna were married at Grace Church Downtown and hosted their reception at the Poinsett Club, which included a layered cake chock-full of different flavors. The two have now settled in Mount Pleasant. MARNI ROTHSCHILD // MARNI ROTHSCHILD PICTURES

Evonda Braswell & Steven Marner September 26, 2015 Few moments are as magical as sharing vows of commitment with your best friend, surrounded by the people you love. For Evonda and Steven, this moment was a long time in the making, and their intimate ceremony at the Garden House Bed & Breakfast in Simpsonville couldn’t have been more perfect. Evonda had met Steven thirteen years before at a friend’s band practice, and after hanging out a few times, she realized he was a pretty polite guy—despite being a rough-around-the-edges rocker. The two started dating, but through the years decided to wait to get married, a commitment they were unwilling to take lightly. One evening while Evonda was traveling for work, she heard a knock on her hotel room door. Upon opening, she found Steven with a ring and a marriage proposal. The two were married soon after, and now reside in Abbeville. CHELSEY ASHFORD // CHELSEY ASHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY HEARING WEDDING BELLS? TOWN Magazine wants to publish your wedding announcement. If you currently live or grew up in the Upstate and were recently married, please write to us at TOWN Magazine, Attn: Andrew Huang, 581 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611, or e-mail Due to space constraints, inclusion is not guaranteed. 34 TOWN /

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On the centennial of South Carolina artist William Halsey’s birth, the Greenville County Museum of Art shows the largest number of his assemblages to date

Floor Show: Seminal South Carolina artist William Halsey works in his studio, circa 1965. For more on the Greenville County Museum of Art’s exhibit “William Halsey: Full Fathom Flotsam,” turn to page 40. JANUARY 2016 / 39



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to develop his own style. Later, Halsey studied art at the University of South Carolina, where he met and married fellow art student Corrie McCallum, a noted artist in her own right. He also studied at the Boston Museum School (now the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) and won a fellowship for continued study and travel in Europe. World War II rerouted his plans, and Halsey and McCallum instead spent his fellowship in Mexico, where the architecture, bright colors, and rich textures used in weaving and pottery must have impressed upon him the possibilities of working with various media. Upon their return, they decided to base their family in his native city, although Halsey was represented professionally by the Bertha Schaefer Gallery in New York City. In South Carolina, the prolific Halsey created works of art that range from paintings to sculpture to collages to assemblages, described by Hampton III Gallery owner Sandy Rupp as “works of art from found objects and scraps of wood and metal that William collected. . . . He saw Charleston as a decaying city with textures of peeled plaster, worn paint surfaces, and layers of years that showed the age and history

Iconic artist William Halsey found inspiration in Charleston’s beautiful decay / by Courtney Tollison Hartness, Ph. D.


n the centennial of pioneering South Carolina artist William M. Halsey’s birth, the Greenville County Museum of Art presents “William Halsey: Full Fathom Flotsam,” the largest grouping of the artist’s assemblages ever exhibited. From his birth in Charleston in 1915 to his death in the Holy City in 1999, Halsey created innovative works while educating and mentoring generations of South Carolina artists. Halsey’s youth coincided with the Charleston Renaissance, a period of cultural flourishing between the World Wars, and he was drawn to art at a young age, taking classes with renowned South Carolina artist Elizabeth O’Neill Verner. While Halsey admired Verner, Alfred Hutty, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, and other artists of the Charleston Renaissance, he never sought to imitate them, preferring instead, as Verner had taught him,

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of his hometown.” The pieces currently on exhibit at the Greenville County Museum of Art reveal Halsey’s innovative use of cloth, sawdust, marble, scrap wood, coils, keys, and other objects. Halsey, himself, once said that ever since his childhood in Charleston, he “carried on a love affair with fragments, shards, ruins, bits of past civilizations.” Halsey and McCallum not only created their own works, departing radically from the coastal scenes and historical buildings and landscapes that so often typify Charleston’s art scene, but also dedicated themselves to nurturing young artists. Beginning in the mid-1940s, they taught art classes at the Gibbes Art Gallery (now the Gibbes Museum of Art). During this time, Halsey discovered an African-American high school student who eventually became his prized pupil. During this era of Jim Crow segregation, Merton Simpson was prohibited from enrolling in classes at the Gibbes, so Halsey defied regional social customs and taught him privately in his home. When Simpson graduated from high school in 1949, Halsey and McCallum worked with the Charleston Museum to sponsor Simpson’s first solo art show. Simpson enjoyed a renowned career based in New York City, and he and Halsey remained lifelong friends. In the early 1950s, Halsey and McCallum, along with sculptor Willard Hirsch, created a private arts school known as the Charleston School of Art, and in the 1960s, Halsey

Wall to Wall: The relationship between the Greenville County Museum of Art and William Halsey began in the mid-1990s, when Hampton III Gallery owner Sandy Rupp introduced the artist to Greenville County Museum of Art director Tom Styron. Since then, the museum has curated several exhibits featuring Halsey’s work.

began teaching at the College of Charleston, where he founded the college’s studio art department. After teaching for 20 years, the artist retired in 1984, whereupon the College of Charleston named their art gallery after him; today, the Halsey Institute continues to exhibit avant-garde artists, many of whom are also from South Carolina, such as Shepherd Fairey, most known for his 2008 Hope print of Barack Obama. The title of the current exhibit is taken originally from a line from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, in which Ariel speaks of Ferdinand’s father’s death in a shipwreck, suggesting that though he lies a “full five fathoms” below the sea, his body will not decay, as the sea will turn his body into something better and more beautiful; his bones will turn to coral and his eyes into pearls. Similarly, the works exhibited as part of “William Halsey: Full Fathom Flotsam” utilize lost fragments and discarded objects towards the creation of these intriguing assemblages; like Ferdinand’s father, they too have become part of something better and more beautiful, or, in the actual words of Shakespeare, “something rich and strange.” “William Halsey: Full Fathom Flotsam” is on view at the Greenville County Museum of Art through February 14.

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Buzz Turning the Tables: Kelly Childress, Mill Village Farms’ market director, oversees a brickand-mortar retail location on Lois Avenue, as well as a mobile market.

On the surface, the market’s mission seems simple: provide locals access to healthy food. The location—the intersection of the Brandon Mill, Woodside, and West Greenville neighborhoods—is Stock Market considered a food desert, an area where affordable The following produce grown and nutritious food is hard to come by. But dig by Mill Village a little deeper and you’ll unearth a much more Farms will extensive plan in the works for this community. be available Mill Village Farms, an agricultural-based youth in January: Romaine lettuce, development program, is a subset of Mill Community Bibb lettuce, basil, Ministries, a Greenville-grown cooperative including kale, cilantro, Nasha Lending and the Village Wrench. Guided by parsley, and executive director Dan Weidenbenner, the group Tatsoi greens seeks to help communities thrive, whether by ensuring no-interest loans to local entrepreneurs or by teaching job skills to at-risk teenagers. Mill Community Ministries has spent the last three years dreaming of a brick-and-mortar home, a tangible space for the community to connect and interact. “We hope that this market becomes a hub for the neighborhoods / by Abby Moore // photography by Eli Warren as well as the business community,” says Childress. “We have a community table in here on purpose, a place for people from the neighborhood to come and gather, have a cup of coffee, meet a rive down Lois Avenue these days and a glimpse of green friend for a conversation—a place to sit and think.” might catch your eye. In place of decrepit brick and Coupled with warm lighting and an exposed brick wall, the mortar, a vibrant structure stands in open greeting to all community table completes the market’s welcoming interior. White who pass. With the Mill Village Market, Mill Village Farms shelves stand ready with an arsenal of basic food options, while is putting down roots in the Village of West Greenville with their a railed staircase leads to office space above. But Mill Community first permanent retail location. Ministries is hardly finished with Lois Avenue. The Mill Village Market exudes freshness—from expansive The Village Wrench will be next door as well as co-work space windows to clean-cut crates teeming with fruits and veggies. And for entrepreneurs,” Childress explains about the cooperative’s it’s not your typical grocery store produce: most of the market’s plans for further construction. “We hope to see the faces of the green goodies are homegrown on the three Greenville County farms neighborhood here.” kept and cultivated by Mill Village. “We’re creating a venue to sell products and meet the community with them,” says Kelly Childress, Mill Village Market, 8 Lois Ave, Greenville. Mill Village Farms’ market director. (864) 214-6709,

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Art & Life Find eclectic art, gifts, food, and healing in Black Mountain, NC / by Libby McMillan Henson // photography by Cameron Reynolds

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omething’s happening in Black Mountain, the artful burg, which lies just east of Asheville. An influx of transitioning baby boomers are breathing new life into this Blue Ridge destination. Make a visit, and you just might find yourself inspired by local proprietors who are reimagining their lives. This friendly mountain outpost is also a fun place to simply spend a day. Former inner-city basketball coach Lincoln Walters now holds court within The Asheville House, an expansive, beamed space. “My wife Charlotte likes metal furnishings and pieces using reclaimed materials,” he explains. “I like minimalist Mid-Century Modern pieces. We discovered they go well together.” The idea for a furnishings store was born. Today, its striking Cherry Street location pulls in a healthy mix of Asheville residents and second-home owners. Tucked back a bit from Cherry is quirky Chifferobe, which showcases owner Stephanie Wilder’s fun and affordable assemblage of home goods and gifts. Wilder stepped away from a frustrating career within the juvenile prison system. Today, she’s a happy curator of new friends and smile-inducing objects. One of her better finds—Melissa Weiss’s dark-hued organic pottery—was prompted by an African exhibition at the Met. Downtown can easily fill half a day or more. Worthwhile stops include twoyear-old Europa, which surprises visitors with pottery from Poland, Scottish tartans, and glass from Italy. At Mountain Nest, the town’s easy-going nature is reflected

Nice Touch: Find handcrafted pottery at Chifferobe (opposite) and other art-filled boutiques in Black Mountain; Tayloe’s Oyster Bar and Que Sera offer gourmet nourishment (above), while The Common Housefly (right) is a “toy store for foodies.”

in tableware bearing playful porcupines. Denise Morris’s striking equine-themed pottery complements bucolic needle-felted art by Pat Cottrell. West State Street’s The Common Housefly bills itself as a “toy store for foodies” and is anything but common. Give yourself enough time to meander and you’ll also find a quilt shop, a bookstore, antique stores, and the charming vintage-style Town Hardware and General Store. Beneath its tin ceilings is a homey collection of toys, housewares, books, gifts, and even woodworking tools. Another local stalwart, the terrific 7 Sisters Gallery, remains a favorite after 34 years in business. When midday hunger strikes, head to locals’ favorite The Trailhead for soup, hearty daily specials, and beer; some evenings, it also has live music. For dinner, make a reservation at Carl and Janie Tayloe’s Que Sera on Black Mountain Avenue. Savor North Carolina redfish and mountain trout, or nosh on Asiago cheese grits and fried oysters. Tayloe’s Oyster Bar occupies the adjoining space. Another tempting choice is Palate, the dining room at The Monte Vista Hotel, the whole of which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The menu gets its fresh perspective from Chef Polo Alonzo, whose cuisine was welcomed in Big Sky, Montana, prior to his helming the Monte Vista’s restaurant. After their landmark purchase in 2012, hotel owners Barney Fitzpatrick and Sue Conlon imagined a cozy place in which patrons and the public could enjoy a glass of wine, a craft beer or a cocktail, and Fitz’s Taproom was born. The gracious Monte Vista, its 45 guest rooms comfortable and eclectic, makes a great base for exploring Black Mountain. On-site manager Caroline is a cheery addition to an already welcoming lobby. As a bonus, the hotel is committed to regular art exhibitions: the adjacent Red House Studio is home to seven working artists’ studios, the Mary McMurray Gallery, and the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League.

BLACK MOUNTAIN HEALING CENTER Eastern medicine is alive and well in Western North Carolina. Black Mountain Healing Center founder David L. Coon was a Colorado teen with a crippling spinal disease when he discovered martial arts and the power of the mind. Studying and experimenting over time, Coon successfully healed himself, then realized he could help others. Armed with a psych degree, EMT certification, and university training in molecular cellular biology, Coon prefers addressing a body’s woes through its chi (or qi). The Eastern tradition of medical qi jong (pronounced cheegong) is the standard in China, but rare in America.

Coon harnesses it to cure emotional and physical issues, healing patients without needles; wife Tanya uses traditional acupuncture for her patients. “What we call chi in the East is very much related to hormones in the West,” explains Coon. “There are only two types of hormones in the body: life (‘happy hormones’) and death (aging). In Western science and medicine,” he explains, “we have a term that’s called homeostasis. It means the body likes to be in balance. Cell-to-cell communication is telling every organ and tissue what to do: detox, live, die . . . acupuncture and medical qi jong are working to achieve that balance.”

On a nearby block, and also walking distance from downtown, the Red Rocker Inn is a twinkling beacon on dark evenings, its antique-filled interior echoing another time. Black Mountain, however, is very much about the here and now, practically vibrating with the positive energy it’s enjoying today. Its small army of optimistic transplants have infused the city with countless new reasons to visit.

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Running Wild: The YMCA is a way of life. Group and solo training opportunities and classes on whole-body wellness mean members experience more than just a gym workout. This running group meets weekly at the Caine Halter Family YMCA and at Sully’s Steamers. Their bond came to the fore when Tommy Sinn (above), one of their own, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Group Exercise Years ago, the Caine Halter YMCA forged a bond of brotherhood

Sullivan, owns the East Washington Street bagel-sandwich shop with his wife Jill. This morning, they fill Sully’s with sweat, laughter, and obvious affection. The guys range from 26 to 56, and most, if not / by John Jeter // photography by Will Crooks all, have done marathons, half-marathons, Iron Man competitions, and triathlons. “We do this for our soul. We don’t do this for our health because it hurts too much,” says Brad Hughes, 45, an Allstate agent and exemplar of the group’s hallmark levity. They may be a locker-room bunch, but they’re all about fine Southern mores. “We n a frigid Saturday morning, when most sane people are still warmly tucked in, a herd of Greenville stallions stampedes through sit around and drink beer and eat pizza and cut up and tell jokes, then we circle up, lock arms, and say a prayer.” the same streets where, only hours before, youngsters chased far Ed Matthews relishes the experience of male bonding. Around different downtown dreams. In the pre-dawn darkness, these men, all good-looking guys with great jobs and beautiful wives, seem to be running the time Sinn was diagnosed, Matthews participated in a triathlon with one of his closest buddies. The two had trained together for for their lives. eight years. During the race, his friend drowned. Tommy Sinn runs with them. In May 2013, the vice president and general Matthews, 54, a Hughes Development Corp. accountant, says manager of Five Star Plumbing Heating & Cooling passed out at work. He was rushed to the hospital. In no time, the group’s 35 or so members overwhelmed that the group helped him through. “You can be open and honest and tell each other what each one means to you. I have a brother, the emergency room. They packed the place with concern and networking. but this is much more of a brotherhood.” “They were getting me connected to the right doctors long before the ER “I can call any of these guys at any point on any day, and they doctor had the gumption to tell me what was going on,” Sinn, 43, says. What would stop what they’re doing,” says Jake Way, 41, president of was going on: Sinn had a brain tumor. The group swooped in, mowing Sinn’s Winsupply, a heating-and-air company. lawn, helping with the kids, doing whatever they could. Jill Sullivan beams about the fellowship in her store. “They’re The loosely organized tight-knit men, who occasionally, unofficially call committed family men. They’re loyal. Many of these guys have themselves Poets & Pirates, formed around the Caine Halter Family YMCA in been married for a long time, and that means a lot. You don’t see 1998. That’s where they used to start their 8-to-10-mile runs before ending up that a lot in this day and age. We are really blessed to have fallen for coffee. During the week, many still gather at the YMCA but on Saturdays the group meets at Sully’s Steamers because one of their members, Robert into this group.”


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What’s Up, Doc? For those in healthcare limbo, the Greenville Free Clinic is a safety net / by M. Linda Lee // illustration by Alice Ratterree

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n the mid-1980s, the United Way of Greenville County, along with a number of community leaders, came to a startling realization. They recognized that for the working poor who don’t have health insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid, the only recourse for medical treatment is the emergency room. So in 1987, under the leadership of founding physician Dr. Lawson Stoneburner, they established the Greenville Free Clinic downtown on Arlington Street with the mission of providing quality medical and dental care, health education, and prescription medications without charge to lowincome, uninsured residents of Greenville County. Their early expectation was that the clinic would tend to people with minor ailments. However, as healthcare has changed and many small businesses no longer provide healthcare for their employees, the clinic started seeing more patients with chronic health issues, such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension. Today the Greenville Free Clinic serves as a medical home for the working poor who would otherwise fall through the cracks of the healthcare system. “Our patients literally cannot afford to get sick,” says Suzie Foley, the clinic’s executive director. “In most cases, if they don’t work, they don’t get paid.” Each year, between the main office downtown and the three satellites in Greer, Berea, and Simpsonville, the clinic accommodates some 14,000 patient visits and doles out 40,000 prescriptions. “For every dollar it takes to keep our four sites open,

we can multiply that into $10 worth of patient care, thanks to the doctors and nurses who volunteer their time and talents,” says Foley. This translates into more than $10 million worth of medical care to the Greenville community annually. The clinic has a core paid staff of 22, augmented by nearly 600 volunteers a year, some of whom have been with the clinic since the beginning. These encompass doctors, dentists, specialists, medical nurses, and health-education nurses who provide one-on-one counseling and become trusted contacts for patients. If patients are eligible for care here, they don’t pay anything (though they are encouraged to pay a few dollars if they can). To be eligible, a patient must live in Greenville County and have no other access to healthcare. Patients may have the benefit of quality healthcare, but the volunteers reap rewards, too. “I hear doctors say that they come to the clinic because working here reminds them why they went into medicine in the first place,” Foley notes. “We provide care from the heart, with dignity and respect,” she says. “When I see how giving our volunteers are, I get a new perspective on making a difference in people’s lives.” Greenville Free Clinic, (864) 232-1470, Locations at 600 Arlington Ave; 925 N Franklin Rd; 202 Victoria St, Greer; and 1102 Howard Dr, Simpsonville

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etting rid of bone cancer at age 23 was only the point of departure on a twoyear journey for Jacob Farley. He walked slowly, painfully; sometimes five steps a day, sometimes none at all. At times, he hobbled on crutches; at times, he was shackled to his parents’ couch, unable to move. Along the way, Farley encountered seven or eight surgeries—he doesn’t remember exactly. There was the removal of seven inches of his left tibia, which took care of the initial tumor. But then there was the hole in his shin that never healed. There were the bone scrubs, and the rearrangement of his calf muscle to the front of his leg, paired with skin grafts from his thigh. And after every procedure, he undertook the arduous process of learning how to walk again. Full Speed Ahead: Farley had been studying exercise science when Jacob Farley was diagnosed with he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma the day after osteosarcoma the Christmas of 2012. He continued his studies through day after Christmas the removal of the tumor, but it eventually proved too of 2012, and had his difficult to read and write in the haze of medications. left leg amputated in “All these surgeries were just to get rid of February 2014. Today, infections,” he says. “It didn’t even have anything he is a physical trainer at GHS’s LIFE to do with cancer at this point. There were some Center and works really dark moments. I remember one day, I was with other amputees lying on the couch, and my family was watching a and cancer survivors. baseball game. I just turned my head and faced my couch. I didn’t want to talk anymore. I didn’t want to do anything.” He made his way to the kitchen and sat alone, staring into nothing. He’d reached his breaking point. But then he began reading a journal his mom had kept over the past year: “I thought to myself, ‘Look at everything that’s already passed. I don’t know when, or what it’s going to look like, but it will all be over.’ There was always a light at the end of the tunnel.” February 2014 brought the relief of amputation. A month later, Farley was back in the gym, his crutches always nearby as he taught himself how to navigate

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cardio machines with one leg and swing kettle bells. Later still, for a last time he re-learned to walk: five steps with his prosthesis, then ten, and eventually, box jumps. “When we made the decision to do the amputation, I was like, ‘Okay, what will I be able to do without a leg?’ For something like cancer therapy, it’s one step at a time, but it’s also looking forward to that next step. You need to have the mindset of, ‘What could the next step be? How can I make that the next best step?’” For Farley, it was a return to school to complete his Masters. Three months after surgery, he began an internship at Greenville Health System’s LIFE Center for academic credit that became a paid training gig. Now full-time, he does one-on-one and group training, as well as oncology rehab. “If I’d had a choice—all right, will I have two legs or one?—I would’ve picked [having two legs],” he says. “But things have opened up for me since I lost a leg. I’m able to relate to a lot more people, whether I’m training or walking down the street.” A few months ago, Farley brought one wheelchairbound amputee into the LIFE Center and took him

around the gym. As he explained how to mount various machines, he popped off his prosthesis in the middle of the gym to demonstrate. “It was a busy time of day; there were a lot of people in there. I just wanted to show him, who cares if people look at you? It wasn’t the exercise part that was keeping him out,” he says. “It’s way more than making people sweat. There’s the whole mental and emotional side of things. It’s being able to understand people’s fears. I don’t think I could’ve convinced him to come in if I was two-legged Jacob.” One-legged Jacob, on the other hand, has fought the demons of inevitability and lived the daily triumph of taking another step. “I think humans are pretty resilient creatures,” he says, speaking broadly. But there is perhaps no better living, breathing, walking, boxjumping testament to human fortitude than he.

“For something like cancer therapy, it’s one step at a time, but you also need to have the mindset of, ‘What could the next step be? How can I make that the next best step?’” —Jacob Farley

Farley is parlaying his experience into the development of an exercise rehab program tailored to amputees and those with spinal cord injuries. The six-week program, unofficially known as the Bridge Program, will focus on transitioning from therapy to real life through exercise.

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Room with a View: (above) The suite’s deck view encompasses Town Mountain, downtown Asheville, and Mt. Pisgah.

Hillside Haven: Bittersweet Cottage & Suite is billed as an ideal couple’s retreat; (clockwise from top left) a view of the cottage’s deck and entrance; the boardwalk leading to the suite; the suite’s clean, contemporary lines on display in its living room and standing kitchen



s a general rule, Mondays are not inspiring. Mondays cloaked in overcast—even less so. It’s that kind of day—wet, cold, and dreary— as I drive up Elk Mountain Scenic Highway to Bittersweet Cottage and Suite. The route winds its way into the hills five miles north of Asheville, NC, along a twisty, rain-slicked, two-lane road. But the right setting has a way of nullifying the inclement weather and unenviable day of the week. By the time I pull off onto a gravel drive, the fog-laden air has taken on a mystical quality. Even with the light patter of rain, it is startlingly serene. The mountain slopes down from the driveway, giving way to pine and cypress trees that breathe and sway above a compound of low rooflines and sturdy masonry. I walk down a path to the main building, where Matt Clark welcomes me inside. Clark, Bittersweet’s proprietor, chats with me about the property in his kitchen while a pot of soup simmers on the stove. As Bittersweet’s name suggests, the rental property consists of a separate cottage and suite in addition to the main house. Originally built as a family compound in the 1950s, Clark and his partner Stephen DerMargosian turned this mountainside property into an ethereal couple’s retreat in the early 2000s.

DerMargosian’s architectural background (he runs his own residential design firm from the office adjoining the kitchen) came in handy as they devised unique character for each guest space. The suite, accessible from the gravel drive by way of a pergola and boardwalk, is a compact and efficient space. “We like Asian and Japanese ideas, and we wanted to make it a little more contemporary than the cottage,” says Clark. The cottage—further down the mountain—is slightly larger, and prefaced by a small waterfall (which flows under a bridge into a small koi pond), another deck, and a hot tub. The cottage is decidedly homier, with heavy Arts and Crafts cues: rich wood paneling, custom millwork, and sturdy exposed beams. The living room’s ceiling and beams—painted a dusty red hue—emanate warmth even on a gray day. Both the cottage and suite are richly appointed (plush leather couches, fully stocked kitchens, highthread-count linens, gas fireplaces), but without a doubt, the best part of Bittersweet is the view. “If it didn’t have the view, we couldn’t have given it a second look,” says Clark. The living rooms of both the cottage and suite face south, down the mountain. Even with the inclement weather, it’s a breathtaking panorama: downtown Asheville peeks through the mist, bracketed to the east and west by Town Mountain and Mt. Pisgah. “It’s really a couple’s getaway,” says Clark. “It’s easy, it’s private, and it’s quiet.” But at the same time, as our conversation in his kitchen proves, there’s plenty of genuine hospitality. “We like to think of it like staying with friends.”

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West Side Story The Man discovers that reality is often better than living the dream


n recent trip to California, a woman I had never met before showed me her breast. The left one. I was waiting to get my hair cut at a salon in Beverly Hills, which sounds more glamorous than it actually is, when a woman with short, platinum blonde hair plopped down next to me on a sofa in the waiting area. I guessed her to be in her mid-twenties and she was wearing yoga pants and a tight green tank top that revealed two small cursive tattoos on her shoulders. One read “No Mercy,” the other “No Pain.” We were alone in the room and I tried to busy myself with a magazine and not make eye contact. “Do you want some wine?” she said suddenly, sliding closer and flashing a coy smile. Before I could answer, she grabbed my hand and said, “Come with me.” She led me to a small kitchenette in the back of the salon where she poured two fish-bowl-sized glasses full of Chardonnay. “Do you live in Beverly Hills?” she asked, handing me a glass. When I said I was from Greenville, South Carolina, her eyes glazed over like I had just asked her the square root of her zip code. “Where’s that?” she asked. “Greenville or South Carolina?” I asked. She looked confused again, then said, “You’re silly.” When we were back on the sofa she turned to face me, pushed out her chest and said, “Do you like my breasts?” Now, I stop the story here for a moment to make three important points. First, I have seen a fair number of women’s breasts in my life, and the sight of one, or as it more often occurs, two, does not generally offend me. Second, the question “Do you like my breasts?” is not

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just indiscreet, it’s superfluous. And third, as a man who prides himself on manners and etiquette, being asked by a woman to analyze her breasts blatantly rather than sneak a glance at them covertly and judge them silently, which is the accepted norm, put me in an uncomfortable position. She repeated the question, and feeling I had no choice, I glanced down quickly at her chest, which was straining the material of her tank top. “Very nice,” I said. She frowned. “Nice? Is that it? Do you know how much I paid for these?” She then lifted the left side of her tank top revealing an enormous, brown, lifeless orb. I stared at it for a full fifteen seconds wondering how much just that one had cost. Racking my brain for adjectives, all I could come up with was, “Impressive.” Still unsatisfied with my answer, she lowered her shirt and became preoccupied with her phone. We finished our wine in silence. An hour later, walking Rodeo Drive with a pricey haircut that was no better than I’ve gotten most anywhere else, I called the beautiful blonde who inexplicably enjoys my company. “A woman showed me a breast today,” I said, nonchalantly. “Just one?” she asked. “Trust me,” I said, “One was more than enough.” When I told her the whole story she said, “Are you still coming home tomorrow, or have you decided to move to Beverly Hills?” I told her I would be home on schedule. “I need to come back to reality,” I said. “Everything out here is fake. And expensive.” ))) Catch up with the Man at


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E V ERYONE AGE S DIF F EREN T LY, BU T MEDIC A L S T UDIE S SHOW T H AT AS E A RLY AS 20, SENSORY A BIL I T IE S S TA R T T O DECL INE , A ND BY T HE T IME YOU’RE 35, T HE RE S T OF T HE BODY ’S SYS T EMS A RE F OL L OW ING SUI T. BONE M A S S, MUSCL E S T RENG T H, ORG A N F UNC T ION, HE A R T R AT E , A ND MORE FA L L P RE Y T O GENE T ICS, L IF E S T Y L E , A ND T HE F IERCE S T FAC T OR T H AT ’S T O TA L LY UNS T OP PA BL E : T IME . Yet people do possess the ability to live longer with a higher quality of life, if they commit to healthy change. Easy steps can help avoid disease and extend productive plateaus across the aging process. To achieve this, TOWN has put together a panel of health and fitness experts. Tapping into their innate ability to nurture and promote healing, it’s an all-female team focused on whole-body wellness and prevention. Each member has defined her career with new ideas and approaches to protect and transform the body. Whether you’re clinging to youth, or clinging to life, now is the time to engage and make change.

A NEW WAY TO FUNCTION Look at those around you, at work, at home, at play. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that every other adult you see suffers from a chronic disease—autoimmune, thyroid and heart diseases, or diabetes, arthritis, stroke, and cancer. They’re all diseases Dr. Katherine Birchenough predicts, prevents, and treats as a functional medicine practitioner. “The origins of illness lurk undetected by most patients and their physicians for years before recognizable symptoms occur,” she explains. “We may just need to look deeper. Functional medicine uses many of the same tools as conventional medicine, but applies them in a different way, and includes complementary, integrative, and holistic wellness modalities to achieve the best results.” From her Eastside office, she gives a tree analogy to compare conventional and functional medicine. Typically, when a patient is sick, a doctor will examine the symptoms (the leaves and branches) to form a treatment plan. A functional medicine doctor will dig (at the roots and trunk) to find an underlying cause, believing it can differ with each patient, so treatment should be individually tailored. Birchenough elaborates, “I can often identify imbalances and deficiencies in the body and correct them before a disease actually manifests. Functional medicine can also manage existing chronic illnesses more effectively by applying a personalized approach.”

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Dr. Katherine Birchenough (right) isn’t content treating symptoms. As a functional medicine practitioner, she investigates, identifies, and treats the conditions that cause symptoms to surface.


Only after years in the emergency room did the U.S.C. School of Medicine graduate start studying functional medicine. “I believe in a proactive, multi-faceted approach to achieving and maintaining health and the body’s remarkable ability to heal itself if given the opportunity,” she states. Birchenough heavily utilizes lab testing and explores every element of a patient’s life down to exposure to personal care products and cosmetics that may be toxic. The doctor operates like a medical detective, collecting clues and unearthing imbalances, to customize treatment regimens involving food, supplements, and activity plans, as well as stress management, sleep hygiene, and, when appropriate, traditional drug therapies. “My goal is to restore patients to good health. I give them the tools and knowledge to master their own health destiny by providing a deeper understanding of their individual strengths and susceptibilities.” She does this with a network of cutting-edge wellness experts that include a colon hydrotherapist, a holistic chiropractor, nutritionists, exercise physiologists, acupuncturists, and open-minded, conventional medical practitioners. She says, “My goal is not to replace your primary care doctor, but to partner with him or her to take the best care of you.” Currently, a handful of doctors practice functional medicine

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in Greenville, believing the Upstate is ready for this new approach, which is used in New York, California, and Florida. They also believe it’s the best way to control sky-rocketing healthcare costs. Birchenough closes by saying, “It’s twenty-first-century healthcare. Not only can it increase a person’s lifespan—it can increase a person’s quality of life, or health-span, and you can’t put a price tag on that.”


FOOD FOR LIFE A Stanford University study found Americans eat one out of five meals in their cars. That stat makes Greenville clinical dietician Vered Kantor slam on the brakes.

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Medical Jumpstart From Dr. Katherine Birchenough 1) Manage priorities and commitments so you create time to take care of yourself. 2) Pay attention to what you put on and in your body. 3) Realize you are the master of your health destiny and take proactive measures. Physical Jumpstart


It’s a wicked reality. In your early 30s, right as your once-active lifestyle slows due to marriage, kids, and career, your metabolism slows down as well. After that, studies show that the rate the average person burns calories drops another 1 percent per year. Most people approach Marty Smith for help in their mid-50s, when they’re 15–20 pounds overweight. The physical trainer explains, “Everybody’s lives are so busy right now. People put things off and they think, ‘I’ll get to that.’” But they don’t. Smith works with private clients at her home near Augusta Road. Before they break into a sweat, she breaks open their lifestyle. “When a woman jumping from luncheon to luncheon asks me how to lose weight and how to pull it together, I tell her she can’t go from lunch to dinner with six martinis,” she advises with a chuckle. “You’ve got to put your priorities in order.” Smith’s priorities include debunking “FOOD IS INFORMATION exercise and food myths. “They want to TO OUR CELLS. IT’S A believe in the fads, DIFFERENT L ANGUAGE and they assume if TO OUR SOUL. WE GET they’re on a diet they’ll SO MUCH MORE WHEN lose weight. That’s the hardest concept OUR BODY KNOWS to get through: You WHAT TO DO WITH IT.” have to eat to make —VERED K ANTOR your metabolism work. The older we get, our metabolism gets used to the way we live. If you don’t eat, you’re not fueling the fire to make the metabolism work.” To maintain, she recommends 30–45 minutes of exercise three to four times a week. To lose weight, she steps it up with Pilates and interval training, free weights, resistance training, and balance and core exercises. She warns that the patience needed for weight loss contradicts the speed of weight gain. “You can gain five pounds in a week without blinking. If a middle-aged woman has a stress-filled month, and she’s not sleeping, not exercising, she can put on 10–12 pounds if she’s not paying attention.” But Smith is excited about the motivation and accountability new technology brings to the task. “With a Fitbit you can look at your results on a daily basis. It gives you a daily print out of calories, steps taken, your heartbeat, sleep patterns. It’s reassurance, or a pat on the back, you’re doing a great job. And that’s important, too. People want to be praised for a job well done.”

From Marty Smith 1) Get motivated. 2) Look at your diet. 3) Skip alcohol Monday thru Friday. Nutritional Jumpstart From Vered Kantor 1) Be open to think differently about food. 2) Reclaim your time to eat and slow down. 3) Choose the highestquality food possible that is fresh, organic, and local. Mental Jumpstart From Kelly VanLeeuwen 1) Try something new. 2) Get upside down. 3) Breathe.

“Eating is not just a physical activity to fuel our body,” the nutrition therapist and consultant passionately explains. “Food is a reflection of how we live our life. Food is a window to our soul. Food is primal and raw. A basic need to our existence.” As a married mother with an active tween, Kantor knows the discipline it takes to dodge the drive-thru to grocery shop and cook. But she stresses the latter is vital to embracing health and wellness. “My approach is to look at a patient as a whole person,” she reveals. “Not just at the body and what they eat. I want to know the way they eat, how they connect with food. If you eat on the run, or while doing things on the computer, you are totally detached from that experience.” Kantor cut her teeth doing research for Pfizer. The more she dove scientifically into content and calories, the more she discovered a spiritual element to dietary fulfillment. “There is so much more to food than we can ever realize. Food influences our emotions; it has the capacity to nourish us beyond the physical. With food we can connect, transform, give gratitude. With food there is a vital and live connection to the mind and our consciousness.” She immersed herself into the psychology of eating and became a certified food and spirit practitioner. Today, she uses her unique skill set to go beyond basic nutritional council to help her clients accomplish permanent results and overall wellness. “We are shifting back and changing the paradigm,” she shares. “We’d lost the connection of eating with the seasons, whole foods, and organic. Our bodies recognize this food, as opposed to chemically-altered fare.” Whether working with clients in clinics, cooking classes, or their homes, Kantor stresses that it’s not just the quality of what they eat, but how they’re eating. “Slow down. Eating mindfully empowers you, nourishing your body and mind. If you don’t eat mindfully, you’ll eat too much,” she warns. “Engage your senses. You have to engage your actions to feel fulfilled and satisfied. Eating is sensual. We’ve gotten away from that.”

W H O L E H E A LT H :

(left to right) Yoga instructor Kelly VanLeeuwen, dietician Vered Kantor, and physical trainer Marty Smith all practice different aspects of wellness, but they all agree on the roles mindfulness and persistence play in preserving life.

Kantor uses a core philosophy that centers around a holistic, personalized approach with supplements and mind-body processing. She also warns against becoming too strict with food. “We can’t quit food, because it’s a part of us, and part of our survival for body and mind,” she closes. “We can’t detach “I SEE MY STUDENTS from food. So, we’d better have a good relationship with it.”



Many hit the yoga mat to “get the kinks out.” But those who enter Kelly VanLeeuwen’s studio at The Lofts, engage in a form of yoga that literally takes them mentally and physically to new heights. She teaches them how to fly. “I hear people say so many times, I can’t do this, or I can’t do that. That’s a really dangerous mindset.” She elaborates by adding, “People stop wondering what they are really capable of. It’s dangerous to put limitations on ourselves.” After college, the former soccer player and runner discovered that physical, mental, and spiritual discipline was the perfect balm for body and soul. “Yoga trains your body to wind down, which is so important,” she suggests. “I think we live in a constant state of low-grade stress, and our nervous system is worn out.” Her journey to learn yoga took her to Oregon, northern Thailand, and Texas. Along the way, she earned her wings and returned home to become Greenville’s first aerial yoga, aerial sling, and acroyoga (a practice that combines acrobatics with yoga) teacher. With fluid movements and flight, her classes draw a lot of folks who had quit exercising. “They were in a rut. They were bored. Workouts weren’t fun anymore. They forget they need that emotional and mental component to work out.”

Encouraging burned-out gym rats to swoop from the ceiling proved to be an easy sell. “Their curiosity wakes up when they see my students flying. Everyone wants to fly!” Joking that she’s probably the “black sheep” of yoga, VanLeeuwen encourages everyone to find an activity that produces a new perspective and mental edge. She instructs, “Other things can be your yoga. For two years, I sought out the things that scared the shit out of me and tried them. I felt alive!” She says that’s the secret. “We all have to move the body around; we all agree on that. Find a style of movement that intrigues you and keeps you coming back. That’s what’s important.” She also grants permission to feel like a kid again, saying, “As adults, we don’t want to look foolish. We didn’t get where we are by trying something for one day. We’ve all gained a lot of experience through trial and error. Now, be humble enough to start at the beginning. Give yourself permission to be a beginner.” VanLeeuwen’s message is simple: challenge yourself mentally and physically. “We know more about how our cars work than our body, and that’s sad. Fear is killing people. I’m not saying try an aerial class or you’re gonna die, but you have to examine the stories you tell yourself. Now get moving.” Namaste.

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Off the Griddle Take a bite of El Salvador at Mister Pupuseria

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t’s just fun to say “pupuseria.” But, what is it? A pupuseria is a store that offers stuffed, fresh corn griddlecakes called pupusas, which are the traditional meal served for breakfast or lunch in El Salvador (but never for dinner). Mister Pupuseria sits right on Highway 183 in Berea. It is the forefather of Upstate pupusas, and its owner, Maria “Carmen” Most, began cooking pupusas in 2008 to buffer her mini-mart from the economic downturn. “Little by little we started taking out grocery aisles, adding tables, and cooking more and more,” she recalls. Mister started with three small tables. Today, there are 13 four-tops, a combination of tables and booths, and often the shop is filled to capacity. Marcela and Xenea, Carmen’s grown daughters, help their mother in the kitchen,

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especially during the week. “Whoever comes to Mister is always welcome,” says Carmen, who is happiest when the store is hopping. Carmen and her husband Mario emigrated from El Salvador to Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1989 with their three children and eventually settled in Greenville in 2007 when they purchased the convenience store from a family acquaintance. The kitchen was intact, sort of, surviving variations of Chinese takeout and fast food. Carmen only wanted to sell pupusas, like the ones her mother taught her to make when she was a teenager. “What makes it special is having someone from El Salvador make you a pupusa by hand,” she explains. “I can’t make tacos because I’m not from Mexico. They don’t come out right because that’s not my culture.”

Carmen only wanted to sell pupusas, like the ones her mother taught her to make when she was a teenager. “What makes it special is having someone from El Salvador make you a pupusa by hand,” she explains.


1. Meats are broken down and braised on the range and then chopped and mixed with a little fat to keep them moist. 2. Masa flour called “maseca” is mixed only with water and kneaded by hand into dough. Carmen does this three to four times a day. Fresh dough is the key, she says, because the consistency changes after four hours. 3. Upon ordering, fillings are combined into a patty and sandwiched between two disks of fresh masa dough.


4. Onto the cooktop it goes for five to six minutes per side and served hot alongside slaw, salsa, and hot sauce.

Pupusas are filled with cheese and either beans, pork, chicken, or a green vegetable called loroco, a cousin of asparagus. They are served with a slightly fermented cabbage slaw, which Carmen refers to as repollo. It is set on the table in large jars alongside salsa, which is made in-house multiple times per day. Everything at Mister is made from scratch; Carmen starts with whole meats and vegetables to build a depth of flavor into her dishes, and on a typical Saturday, Mister will serve 400 pupusas. While pupusas are Mister’s namesake, there are now other El Salvadoran dishes to try, including delicious plantains served with warm crema, pastelitos (a variation on empanadas), and daily soups. There’s a bit of Honduran food, too. Carmen’s only other cook is from Honduras and likes to prepare a popular breakfast burrito on a made-to-order flour tortilla with eggs, cheese, sour cream, beans, and avocado—a bit of Latin American warmth for any cold morning.

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Fruits of Knowledge Take your diet to the next level with these tropical wonders

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hile an apple a day may keep the doctor away, it doesn’t do much for dietary variety. Mix things up for the New Year without compromising on health. The same vitamins and minerals packed into your morning multivitamin can be found in an array of exotic fruits that are just as fun to eat as they are to look at.

PAPAYA With a soft, buttery consistency similar to melon, and a musky-yet-sweet taste, the papaya is a commercial favorite for its flavor alone. However, the fruit’s ability to reduce acne, revitalize skin, and improve heart health solidifies it as a staple in any diet.

POMEGRANATE This cure-all fruit needs no introduction. The pomegranate remedies a variety of ailments from heart disease to osteoarthritis. The red seeds, found just beneath the soft skin, promote blood flow, reduce dental plaque, and can even reduce the risk of breast cancer.

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RAMBUTAN The spikes on the outside may say “hands off,” but don’t write the rambutan off just yet. The fruit carries a tangy, sweet flavor and promotes weight loss and healthy bone function.

This fruit’s sweeterthan-honey flavor and melt-in-yourmouth texture are plenty of incentives for you to take a bite, but the nutritional benefits of the persimmon shouldn’t go unrecognized. The fruit’s betulinic acid is a known antitumor remedy, and its vitamin-A content helps protect the body from free radicals.

STAR FRUIT The easily recognized carambola may be known for its shape, but its star power really lies in its health benefits. The fruit remains a good source of B-complex vitamins (which help maintain metabolism), antioxidants to protect the body, and vitamin C to boost immunity.

DRAGON FRUIT With its Seussian looks, the dragonfruit, or pitaya, may scare off picky eaters. However, a slice through the vibrant exterior reveals a soft center with a texture reminiscent of kiwi. The fruit is mild and sweet, with a healthy mix of antioxidants, calcium, vitamin C, carotene, and protein to boot.





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Aid For a home cook hoping to eat healthier in the new year, grain salads check all the boxes: delicious, filling, guilt-free, make-ahead.

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alad in January is a no-brainer, thanks to New Year’s resolutions and new cravings and turning over a new leaf. Whether we are eager or resigned to leave holiday sugar and starch behind, we find ourselves staring down a salad bowl. Salad has often been the universal symbol of discipline and denial. Thankfully, our nation’s collective interest in food has expanded with our culinary repertoire—and redefined the notion of salad. Grain salads are nothing new. These bright, versatile bowls first appeared in West Coast restaurants several years ago. Today, the trend is so mainstream you can find some version of a grain salad at fast-casual joints. But for a home cook hoping to eat healthier in the new year, grain salads check all the boxes: delicious, filling, guilt-free, make-ahead. In fact, thanks to its easy assembly, you couldn’t choose a more perfect dish for healthy workday lunches and weeknight dinners. Farro, an ancient Italian grain, makes a nutty, chewy base for vibrant roasted root vegetables, while a handful of radishes and arugula balances it all with a peppery bite. Pistachios bring satisfying crunch; salty feta adds richness; and a thyme-sherry vinaigrette binds the whole bowl together. It may be dense with nutrients, but nothing about this salad tastes like denial.



1 ½ c. uncooked farro 1 bay leaf 2 lbs. assorted root vegetables (your choice of parsnips, rutabagas, carrots, celery root, butternut squash, sweet potato, etc.) Approx. 10 stems fresh thyme 10–12 radishes, thinly sliced 4 oz. crumbled feta 6 oz. pistachio halves Large handful of arugula (5 oz.) Small handful of kale or alfalfa sprouts ¾ c. olive oil 1/3 c. sherry vinegar 2 garlic cloves, minced Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS 1) Preheat oven to 425º. Meanwhile, bring about 2 quarts of well-salted water to a boil; add farro and bay leaf. Boil for one minute before covering and turning down to simmer until al dente—tender, yet still chewy, about 40–60 minutes. 2) Peel and cube vegetables evenly. Toss with ¼ c. olive oil, 5–6 stems of thyme, and plenty of salt and pepper to taste. Spread onto sheet pans and roast until soft and the edges have browned, stirring once, 20–25 minutes. 3) While the vegetables roast, whisk together ½ c. olive oil, 1/3 c. sherry vinegar, 1 tablespoon thyme leaves, garlic, and salt and pepper to make the dressing. Taste and adjust to your liking. 4) Drain farro and toss in a large bowl with dressing, roasted vegetables, sliced radishes, pistachios, and feta. Stir in arugula; top with sprouts. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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SOUTHERN PRESSED JUICERY Southern Pressed Juicery offers superfood fans organic, cold-pressed juice from the freshest fruits and veggies around. And if you need something a little more robust than liquid goodness, grab a powerpacked energy bowl—the latest and greatest being the Dragon Blood. This hotpink concoction is based with a creamy mixture of dragon fruit, almond milk, and banana, then layered with buckwheat granola, raw honey, coconut chips, kiwi, and bee pollen. $-$$, B, L. 2 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 729-8626,


American Grocery offers refined American cuisine and a changing menu that emphasizes quality ingredients from local, regional, and national producers. Try the goat cheese gnudi with grilled apples, baby kale, squash purée, and brown butter before an entrée of salt-crusted grassfed ribeye with pomme purée, onion soubise, and red wine jus. Finish with an opera torte—a chocolate and coffee torte with hazelnut sablé, burnt citrus jam, and chocolate ganache. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 732 S Main St. (864) 232-7665,

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The unassuming Augusta Grill is home to owner Buddy Clay’s vision of upscale comfort food. From cozy booths and the intimate dining room, patrons can enjoy dishes such as the breaded artichoke and leek stuffed chicken breast with roasted tomato vinaigrette. The lineup of entrées and appetizers changes daily, but regulars can always get Chef Bob Hackl’s highly sought-after blackberry cobbler. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1818 Augusta St. (864) 242-0316,


You might have an inkling of what a meat lover’s heaven looks like, but if you show up at Chef Anthony Gray’s gastropub, you’ll know for sure. From the board of house-cured, smoked, and dried meats, to the glass-walled curing room on display, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering selections. The menu’s flavor profiles extend to the cocktail list, which heavily features whiskeys, bourbons, bacon-infused liquors, and even smoked sorghum syrup. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 3620 Pelham Rd. (864) 297-6000, BREAKWATER RESTAURANT

Breakwater is a hotspot that serves beautiful food (pan-seared scallops with sweet corn risotto and tabasco buerre blanc) and creative drinks. Candy-applered accents (the bar, dining room chairs, and wall decorations) meld with mirrors and glass to produce a uniquely New York City-meets-Lowcountry vibe. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 802 S Main St. (864) 271-0046, HENRY’S SMOKEHOUSE

Though this barbecue joint has since branched out, Henry’s original location has long set the standard. A Greenville institution, the Smokehouse specializes in slow-cooking meat in open pits over hickory logs. Sure, there are other things on the menu, but a rack of Henry’s

succulent ribs with sides of beans and slaw will transport you to hog heaven. $, L, D. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 232-7774, HIGH COTTON

Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook picturesque Falls Park for an airy and relaxed dining room. The menu, steeped in locally-sourced ingredients, features fish, game, and steaks prepared with a Southern flair. Staples include the apple-mustardglazed pork chop (paired with red peas, charred broccolini, and bacon-bourbon jus) and the Maverick Shrimp & Grits (featuring Andouille sausage, stone-ground yellow corn grits, and tomato-scallion pan sauce). $$$-$$$$. D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 3354200, LARKIN’S ON THE RIVER

Located between the Peace Center and the Reedy River, Larkin’s seeks to balance upscale dining with comfort. Start with shecrab soup, then an entrée from the day’s selections—or opt for an aged filet mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Dine in the enclosed outdoor patio to enjoy the river view, and polish off your meal with a selection from the extensive wine list. $$$-$$$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Daily), SBR. 318 S Main St. (864) 467-9777,


Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant brings us closer to the sea. The day’s fresh catch tops the menu, grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or in chef-designed specialties. Try the lobster bites, lightly breaded and fried, with a drink at the elegant bar, pre- or post-Peace Center performance. A destination for a group dinner or a quiet date night, Nantucket offers both an intimate and entertaining atmosphere. $$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 5463535, NOSE DIVE

The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. A wide range of beer, wine, and an ambitious menu that hits nearly every continent make it hard not to dive in. Look for an elevated gastropub experience at every meal, from fried chicken and waffles to Thai-chili-rubbed tuna, to a customized grits bar at brunch. Located right on Main Street midway between ONE City Plaza and the Peace Center, this gastropub is downtown hotspot and neighborhood hangout, all in one package. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St. (864) 3737300, RESTAURANT 17

Tucked away in the hills of Travelers Rest, Restaurant 17 blends the atmosphere of traditional European bistros with that

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A bistro in the park. French-inspired casual fare. During the chilly winter months, enjoy a seat at The Chef’s Bar. It’s one of the warmest seats in town.

GREEN LETTUCE Rough-hewn, knotty wood planks and an airy, sunlit interior give Green Lettuce a Mediterranean vibe fully matched by its menu of hearty salads, sandwiches, and falafel. Fresh lettuce forms a base upon which buttery avocado, fresh feta, and other flourishes rest. If you’re in the mood for something hot, there’s a diverse selection of kebabs fresh from the grill, as well as homemade soup. $-$$, L, D. 19 Augusta St, Greenville. (864) 250-9650, of the Blue Ridge foothills. The sleek, contemporary interior puts the surrounding land on display, with particular emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. Pick up fresh-baked bread from the café (open daily) or peruse the wine selections at their market. The menu changes daily, but expect dishes like line-caught rainbow trout and grilled grass-fed culotte (with charred daikon, Hakurei turnips, grilled broccoli rabe, and more). $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest. (864) 516-1715, RICK ERWIN’S WEST END GRILLE

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

Located in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with a separate street-side dining area and covered patio tables overlooking Pedrick’s Garden. Choose something from the smoker (beerbutt chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. Sides vary from mac ’n’ cheese to a bowl of greens, and even spinach casserole. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 202. (864) 2329091,

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Local flavor shines here in entrées like the crab cakes with remoulade, sweet corn maque choux, mashed potatoes, and haricot verts. With an astonishing selection of 700 wines, you can’t miss the perfect complement to your meal. Featuring different selections every week, the Sunday brunch buffet showcases the chefs’ creativity. $$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 232-7007,


Bangkok Thai makes a standout version of pad Thai, everyone’s favorite noodles. The curries are also a surefire hit, though the green curry is of particular note: it is the only one made from fresh chilies. For a different dining experience, take a seat on the floor pillows in the back room. $$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sat), Closed Sundays. 1440 Pelham Rd, Ste M. (864) 458-7866, HANDI INDIAN CUISINE

At lunch, sample items from a reasonably priced buffet with plentiful choices that change daily. From the menu, try the Handi Special: a sampler of tandoori chicken, lamb kabobs, lamb or chicken curry, and vegetable korma, served with basmati rice, naan, condiments, and dessert. $$-$$$, L, D. 18 N Main St. (864) 241-7999,


Splashes of red and lime green play off the blend of traditional and modern influences at this sushi restaurant. Chef and owner Keichi Shimizu exhibits mastery over his domain at the bar, but also playfully blends modern-American elements into his menu. $$, L (Closed Sat), D (Daily). 115 Pelham Rd. (864) 271-0900, KIMCHEE KOREAN RESTAURANT

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


A stone’s throw from Fluor Field, this place serves an Asian mix. There are Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Asian-fusion entrées, but sushi is a strong suit. The udon with Prince Edward Island mussels, mahi-mahi with a spicy crawfish glaze, or roasted duck are worthy options. The latter, perfumed with star anise, is roasted to order—and worth the wait.

$, L, D. 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-1314,

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$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 933 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 232-3255 SUSHI GO

Sushi Go flaunts a contemporary air. Chef Koji Fujikawa presides over the five-seat sushi bar. If you order one of the two omakase menus, you’ll be treated to the chef’s choice of the freshest fish flown in from markets in Japan and the United States. $-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 247 N Main St. (864) 631-1145


Chef Huy Tran delivers the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Among favorites is the grilled pork vermicelli, featuring marinated pork, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, peanuts, crispy shallots, and a chili-garlic-lime sauce. For some textural variation, try the broken rice platter, which puts julienned pork, a grilled pork chop, and a steamed pork omelet over broken rice.



A traditional dive-bar atmosphere with an inventive menu, Dive ‘N’ Boar caters to the barbecue-loving Southerner. This spin on the neighborhood gastropub has 25 different local beers on tap in a laid-back atmosphere. The bar specializes in house-infused liquors and cocktails using local herbs and ingredients. Stop by on the weekend for live music and a meal, or meet up with friends for drinks on their screened-in patio. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 2541 N Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 509-0388,

When I’m reading – I feel like I’m there – it helps me escape. I love the books my school has now. - Elijah, Grove Elementary

In May 2012, Greenville Women Giving gave Public Education Partners our first ever $100,000 grant to fund The Early Grades Reading Initiative. This program seeks to improve early grade reading proficiency at nine elementary schools, where 45-95% of the students are on free or reduced meals. Today, students are showing marked improvement thanks to the new reading strategies implemented by teachers. Most of all, the reading program is delivering a crucial message to our community: reading is important.

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THE COMMUNITY TAP Convenience and expertise collide at The Community Tap, Greenville’s neighborhood craft beer and wine shop. Take your time to browse their extensive selection—more than 180 local, national, and international brews—or fill up your very own TCT growler on the go at one of their everrotating taps. Mon–Thurs, 11am–8pm; Fri & Sat, 11am–9pm; Sun, 1–7pm. 217 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 631-2525,

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Cocktails Fine cocktails from the highest quality Bourbons, Scotch, Absinthe, and more.


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Tandem lures Swamp Rabbit cyclists with the aromas of Counter Culture Coffee and guarantees of a happy stomach. Try the Lumberjack (cornmeal crepe, ham, bacon, eggs, cheese, bechamel, and maple syrup) or satisfy your sweet tooth with the Banana Nut crepe. If you can’t choose between 3:46 PM savory and sweet, split one of each with a friend and enjoy in the spirit of Tandem’s motto: “Together is best.” $, B, L, SBR. 2 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2245, LIBERTY TAP ROOM BAR & GRILL


Located next to Fluor Field, Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill is both pre-game watering hole and after-work hangout. Dinner choices range from the classic burger and juicy steaks to spinach pizza. Gather with friends around the long bar to enjoy one of the nearly 50 brews on tap.

Everyone needs a neighborhood bar. Where better to join cheer with (or heckle mercilessly) your friends? This hangout is within walking distance of the North Main area and features a covered outdoor patio and roll-up garage doors. Rotating bottle and draft selections and plenty of outdoor seating keep things fresh.

$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 770-7777, MAC’S SPEED SHOP


Across from Liberty Taproom, Mac’s looks to be family friendly for both the Harleyset as well as the post-Drive-baseball crowd with plenty of brisket, ribs, and beer-can chicken. Try a plate of Tabascofried pickles, washed down (quickly, no doubt) with one of the 50 craft beers on tap. With outdoor seating, you’ll likely want to lay some rubber on the road to grab your spot. $-$$$, L, D. 930 S Main St, (864) 239-0286

$-$$, L, D. 300 E Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 252-4055, THE VELO FELLOW

Cozy in a funky way, the Velo Fellow is a hip pub under the Mellow Mushroom. Burgers and sandwiches form the core of the menu, which includes fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and—in a twist—tofu Marsala. In addition to the craft brews on tap, the Velo Fellow offers traditional absinthe service, complete with a silverplated brouilleur. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 1 Augusta St, Ste 126, Greenville. (864) 242-9296,


Lunch Special: Salmon Tacos, Lamb Tacos, Greek Pita Pocket $7.95 Dinner Special: Brisket, Seabass, Pork Chops $10.50 Try our Whole Lamb Shank!

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The Playwright’s hearty dishes—homemade shepherd’s pie or a classic Reuben, for example—are the perfect soul-warming remedies for chilly days. Everything about this pub has been designed to transport guests to Ireland—from the Dublin-crafted bar and booths, to the famous literary figures that adorn the walls and menus, to the spirit of hospitality inside. $$-$$$, L , D. 401 River St, Greenville. (864) 241-3384,


Treat your taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records music store. This eclectic café with an international flair serves up daily specials for curry and pasta. For Sunday brunch, treat yourself to a Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 2 W Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 233-0006,

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

If your name has “eggs” in it, you’d better know your eggs. Eggs Up Grill doesn’t disappoint. From classic over easy eggs, to eggs Benedict, all the way to Patty-o-Sullivan omelets (grilled corned beef hash with melted swiss cheese), this breakfast joint has you covered. Not a fan of eggs? Eggs Up also serves other classic diner fare like like pancakes, waffles, burgers, and French toast. $-$$. B, L. 31 Augusta St, Greenville. (864) 520-2005, MARY’S AT FALLS COTTAGE

Located in historic Falls Cottage, Mary’s offers brunch and lunch with a charming atmosphere perfect for leisurely weekends. The menu includes the Ultimate Reuben and quiches, as well as Southern comfort favorites such as the Fountain Inn salad and the hot chicken salad. $-$$, L, SBR. Closed Monday & Tuesday. 615 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 298-0005, MARY BETH’S AT MCBEE STATION

Breakfast is an essential meal, and Mary Beth’s treats it accordingly. Take your pick: biscuits, omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, crepes, and pancakes populate the breakfast menu. Or don’t pick—get the Mega Breakfast for a hearty menu sampling. For something later in the day, Mary Beth’s also has lunch and dinner menus that include sandwiches, rack of lamb, and salmon.

$$-$$$, B, L, D (Thurs–Sat). 500 E McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 242-2535, THE GREEN ROOM

Like a European brasserie, the Green Room’s diverse menu features standout dishes that change with the time of day. Enjoy brunch any day with eggs Benedict or the mini crab cakes topped with chipotle cilantro lime remoulade. For dinner, the melt-in-your-mouth, sweet chipotle meatloaf is the ticket. Wash it down with selections from the tap and a premium beer list that leans toward the Belgian and German end of the spectrum. $$$, B, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 335-8222, SOUTHERN CULTURE KITCHEN & BAR

Expect an uptown spin on comfort food classics like tater tots served in a parchmentlined Chinese takeout container with pimiento cheese fondue. For something a little sweeter, don’t miss the weekend brunch. The apple-stuffed French toast (adorned with melted goat cheese, maple syrup, and applewood bacon) will send you into a contented slumber. $$, D, BR (Fri–Sun). 2537 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 552-1998, TUPELO HONEY CAFÉ

Big Southern charm comes in the form of a steaming hot biscuit at Tupelo Honey. Indulge in the famous sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter of course) any time of day, or try one of the mouthwatering sandwiches like the Southern Fried Chicken BLT with maplepeppered bacon.

Sunday Brunch both locations 11 am - 2:30 pm GREAT Burgers, Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Grits, Cubans, Salads, Nachos, Cold Beer, Sunday Brunch, and More! Book your private party with us! Up to 75 people in Greenville • Up to 100 people in Mauldin • No rental fees on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

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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) but also offers a large assortment of loose-leaf teas, cold drinks, and snacks. $, B, L, D. 300 River Place, Ste 122, Greenville. (864) 283-6702,






This quaint spot with a focus on local products and healthy options makes any day better. Mornings shine with a breakfast sandwich or fresh-baked cinnamon roll. Lunch offers a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches (we recommend their signature: hormone-free chicken salad on house-baked bread). For dessert, try a slice of cake from the rotating counter selection. Gluten-free options abound.

ensure there’s plenty to rave about. $-$$, B, L, D. 101 N Main St, Ste D, Greenville. MOE JOE COFFEE & MUSIC HOUSE

Burning the midnight oil? Head over to Moe Joe in downtown Greenville. The coffee shop, open late every night, features a menu full of signature caffeinated concoctions as well as a fully stocked bar of craft beers and wines. Customers can enjoy the sounds of local talent or show off their own musicality during Wednesday open mic nights.

$-$$, B, L. Closed Sunday. 1 Augusta St, Ste 101, Greenville. (864) 373-9836,

$-$$, B, L, D. 20 S Main St. (864) 263-3550,


As the weather warms up and Main Street fills, it pays to have a cool, quiet escape. Tealoha’s blend of raw and refined fills the bill. Recycled barn-wood panels and earthy brown and green tones impart the feel of a subdued oasis, while sleek, modern furniture is decidedly comfy and urban. A menu of exotic loose-leaf teas is fleshed out by smooTEAS (tea-infused smoothies) and specialTEAS (tea-based lattes).

Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, adult libations, and dreamy desserts like the turtle cheesecake with vanilla and chocolate swirl, caramel, and pecans. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfast-anytime option, sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and desserts.


$-$$, B, L, D, SBR. 1 E Coffee St, Greenville. (864) 298-0494,

$, B, L, D, Closed Sundays. 131 E McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 509-1899,



Between the white marble countertops, the gleaming chrome Slayer espresso machine, and the white-tiled loft, Methodical is a coffee bar built for Instagram. It’s no surprise, considering tastemakers such as the Vagabond Barista Will Shurtz, designer Marco Suarez, and hotelier David Baker are the forces behind Methodical. Even better: there’s plenty of substance to go with style. Single-origin espressos, housemade shrub sodas, and homemade treats

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Tucked between art galleries in the heart of Pendleton Street, the Village Grind is an essential destination for Greenville coffee lovers. With its emphasis on community, the coffeehouse uses only local ingredients—from milk and syrups to beans from Due South Coffee—to create one-of-a-kind beverages to be enjoyed with friends on the mid-century couch or solo at the pallet-inspired window bar.

$, B, L. 1263 Pendleton St, Greenville. (864) 915-8600, thevillagegrind


Located just around the corner from Carl’s Sobocinski’s restaurant, Soby’s on the Side adds speed and efficiency to Soby’s reputation for high-quality food. Pick from their regular menu or try one of their chalkboard specials that change with each day of the week. From BBQ Monday to Grilled Cheese Wednesday, add a spontaneous element to your lunch, or enjoy a hot breakfast. $$. B, L. Closed Sunday. 22 E Court St, Greenville. (864)-271-8431, SULLY’S STEAMERS

When considering the ingredients for the perfect sandwich, steam isn’t often the first (or even last) thing to come to mind. For Robert Sullivan, hot air is the key to handheld nirvana. With a smorgasbord of ingredients like cut meats, veggies, and homemade cream cheeses, Sully’s stacks up custom bagel sandwiches served piping fresh. There are countless combinations, so plan on more than one visit to turn up the heat.

$, B, L, D (closed Sunday evenings). Open until 3am on Friday & Saturday. 6 E Washington St, Greenville. (864) 509-6061, SWAMP RABBIT CAFÉ AND GROCERY

Downtown Greenville, Swamp Rabbit Trail. Grocery store, neighborhood café. Local produce, delicious food. These

intersections are what make the Swamp Rabbit Café a staple. Stop by for breakfast and enjoy fresh-baked scones and muffins, or enjoy their roast beef and Havarti sandwich for lunch. And for a quick pickme-up at any time of day, try the café’s organic coffee from Counter Culture. While you’re here, peruse the grocery’s inventory to continue the local trend at home. $, B, L. 205 Cedar Lane Rd, Greenville. (864) 255-3385, TWO CHEFS DELI & MARKET

Count on this deli for fast, high-quality food. Hot and cold lunch fare is available, ranging from homemade soups to a traditional grinder and a turkey melt. If you’re not up to cooking, there’s a case of “crafted carryout” entrées and sides to go. Impress last-minute guests with the likes of roasted turkey and Parmesan potatoes. Choose from the many options on the daily menu, or check back for daily specials. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 104 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 370-9336,


Heaping portions and a menu that mixes inventive flavors with customer favorites makes Davani’s a Greenville favorite. The friendly staff doesn’t hurt, either. Try the Muscovy duck, pan-seared with port wine and a sundried cherry demi-glace, or the veal Oscar, topped with crab meat, asparagus, and hollandaise. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 1922 Augusta St, Ste 111A, Greenville. (864) 373-9013,




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 wines is available in addition to a full bar.

Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and a flavorful variety, such as the slow-cooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Be sure to sample from the martini menu at the aquamarinetiled bar, or head outside to the street-side patio facing Main.

Exposed brick walls and an adjoining garden patio give Trattoria Giorgio an intimate atmosphere perfect for a romantic night out. Chef Giorgio Todisco insists on preparing all of his pastas onsite. His dedication to dining excellence shows in the Pappardelle Bolognese, a favorite of restaurant regulars. Reservations are highly recommended.

$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 170 River Pl, Greenville. (864) 679-5299, PASSERELLE

Gaze over the lush Falls Park scenery while digging into the mouthwatering French-inspired cuisine. Make a lunch date to enjoy lighter dishes like the farro and strawberry salad, or go for the bistro burger with its caramelized leeks and mushrooms, arugula, Gruyere, and garlic aioli. At night, the bistro serves up romance à la Paris, with items like escargot and rack of lamb rib. $$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Daily), BR (Sat–Sun). 601 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 509-0142, PITA HOUSE

The Pita House has been family-operated since 1989. Inside, it’s bare bones, but the cognoscenti come here for tasty Middle Eastern fare such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shwarma. And save room for baklava and other Mediterranean sweets for dessert. Also check out the little grocery in the back of the restaurant for some homemade inspiration. $, L, D. Closed Sunday. 495 S. Pleasantburg Dr, #B, Greenville. (864) 271-9895,

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$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 618 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 241-3012, RISTORANTE BERGAMO

Ristorante Bergamo, open since 1986, 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 Sunday & Monday. 100 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 271-8667, THE TRAPPE DOOR

$$-$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 121 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 271-9166,


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

A rathskeller vibe pervades this underground tavern that boasts an incredible beer program, with 10 on tap and more than 150 bottles. Belgian specialties include waterzooi (a creamy seafood stew), and carbonnades flamandes (beef stew braised in Belgian beer). For dessert—you guessed it— Belgian waffles are the ticket.


$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 23 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 4517490,

$-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 101, Greenville. (864) 233-9020,

Greenville’s West End outpost of this beloved pizza joint is perfect for families, parties, duos, or flying solo. Try the Kosmic Karma with sundried tomatoes, feta, and pesto, or the House Special, stacked with three meats, veggies, and extra cheese. Wash it all down with one of the artisanal brews on tap.


Located in a renovated tire shop on the main drag of Travelers Rest, this pizza joint is sure to become a favorite with its handcrafted, brick-oven pizzas made from local ingredients. Build your own or try a signature pie like the Tommy, with creamy roasted garlic sauce, mozzarella, pecorino romano, caramelized onions, mushrooms, spinach, and peppadew peppers. Don’t neglect dessert, either. The homemade ice cream (in a bowl, or in a float) is a throwback treat that’ll make you forget about those fellas named Ben and Jerry. $$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 35 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-1406, VIC’S PIZZA

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

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the only open-air rink in Greenville, and make sure you partake in the warm-you-up staples like hot cocoa. Bring your own blades or rent a pair—just make sure you make it out to this baby Rockefeller Center before it’s gone. Village Green at the Courtyard Marriott, 206 S Main St, Greenville. Hours vary. Adults, $10; children, $8.

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Paper cuts and ink smudges can be kind of fun? Who knew? The stage production of 1992’s Newsies film has scooped up numerous awards, including wins for both original choreography and music. The Disney production is a loose retelling of a newsboy strike in 1899, spinning the tale of Jack Kelly, an orphaned newspaper boy who dreams of life beyond the printed page. The fast-paced show is a celebration of song and dance that will never be yesterday’s news. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Wed,

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Mall walkers may get lampooned in popular culture, but taking your health seriously is nothing to laugh at. Join a Bon Secours St. Francis Health System doctor once a month at The Well and make some serious strides in the safety (and climate control!) of the arena’s concourse. For January, Dr. Stephen Keiser, a sports medicine specialist, will be there to chat and walk with you. This monthly program is part of the larger Well Walkers program, which takes place every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Tues, 10am. Free. (864) 241-3800,

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America’s sport, but with thousands of fans cheering and a fun dynamic for the whole family, it can certainly be the winter fill-in. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 7pm; Sun, 3pm. $10-$30. (864) 2413800,

set is one not to be missed. The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC. Fri, 9pm. Advance, $25; doors, $28. (828) 398-1837,


Ah, prom. A time for pinning on the perfect corsage, slow dancing, and scratching your best friend’s eyes out. Meet the Marvelous Wonderettes, a dreamy female quartet whose performance at their 1958 prom turns sour when secrets and jealousies become exposed through pop hits like “Lipstick on Your Collar” and “Mr. Sandman.” Ten years later, the girls reunite for a one-night-only performance full of ’60s classics—and more drama than you can shake a can of Aquanet at. The Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Adults, $30; seniors, $27; youth, $20. (864) 5832776,

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will shine once again in another segment of its Spotlight Series—this time set at Centre Stage. The evening will highlight several ethereal selections for lifting the winter haze, including Benjamin Britten’s “Fantasy Quartet,” “Get It!” for bassoon and percussion by Gene Koshinski, 12:39 and PM a special instrumental trio by Nikola Resanovic. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Sat, 2pm & 7pm. $15. (864) 233-6733,



Led by Furman University’s Gary Aten, Greenville Chautauqua’s “American Adventures” Discussion Series kicks off 2016 with one of history’s most well-known tales: the Lewis & Clark expedition. Perhaps the only men to ever ask for directions, the pioneering duo (and their band of companions) traversed the United States from the Midwest to the Rocky Mountains, and it’s certainly a tale that never goes out of style. Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Pl, Greenville. Tues, 7–8:30pm. Free. (864) 244-1499,



Known for her deadpan facial expressions and dark sense of humor, actress and comedienne Janeane Garofalo made a name for herself in a male-driven comedy world through roles in Wet Hot American Summer, Saturday Night Live, and Reality Bites. These days, she’s kept herself busy with political activism, injecting that same sense of humor into work on the radio and television. Certain to make you laugh—and maybe even until you cry—her live entertainment 102 TOWN /





Sponsored by The Greenville News, this “cool” race is one of the Upstate’s most popular and features Main Street as part of the running route. The 5K jaunt winds around some of downtown Greenville’s most scenic avenues, and even includes a fun run for the little ones. Downtown Greenville. Sat, 9am. $25.



Rare is the occasion that a party is thrown to celebrate the ending of a special event. But such is the case with the Contextile party, which will fete the closing of the Spartanburg Art Museum’s “Dyeing Art” exhibition. There will be plenty of cocktails and delicious eats courtesy of Cribb’s Kitchen, not to mention a special fashion show debuting wearable works of art by featured designers. Spartanburg Art Museum, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Sat, 8–11pm. (864) 582-7616,

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21 –Feb 13 HEART AND SOUL Centre Stage’s annual music spectacular is the stuff of legend, setting a precedent for leaving audiences with a smile on their face and a skip in their step. This year’s iteration, Heart and Soul, is guaranteed to be no different, taking a leap back in time to the days when Motown was king. Groove along to all the tracks that put Hitsville, U.S.A., on the map in this extravaganza directed by Kimberlee Ferreira. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm. Sun, 3pm. $20-$35. (864) 233-6733,



In collaboration with the Asheville Pizza Co., the Orange Peel will close out its “British Invasion Week” with this outstanding performance by one of the world’s most popular Beatles experiences. Rocking through hits from the decades of “Hard Day’s Night” to “Yellow Submarine” and beyond, “Abbey Road LIVE!” is the next-best thing to seeing the Fab Four live on the Ed Sullivan Show. Pre–Abbey Road, take in a screening of one of the

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band’s classic films or sample one of Asheville Brewing’s “Strawberry Pils Forever” beer concoctions. The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC. Fri, 8pm; Sat, 12pm. $8-$16. (828) 398-1837,


As an environmentalist, lawyer, and leader of the community, Tommy Wyche was one of the Upstate’s most treasured visionaries. Therefore, it seems most fitting to pay tribute to his legacy through the undying

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power of music. One of Wyche’s own works, entitled Moonbeams, will serve as the centerpiece for both evening performances. Other featured compositions include masterpieces by Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $17-$66. (864) 467-3000,


Crafted by award-winning playwright Daniel Beaty, this moving portrayal of how a single event can ripple through the lives of so many is both relatable and transcending. Blending together elements of poetry, music, and drama, Through the Night examines the intimate evenings of six AfricanAmerican males in different walks of life as they struggle with the issues that affect us all, including health, education, and money. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Tues–Wed, 7pm. $10-$15. (864) 233-6733,


With an opening reception held January 28th, the Spartanburg Art Museum’s special exhibition will spotlight nine area artists whose perspectives on craftsmanship are as different as their pieces themselves.

Primarily a ceramics showcase, “Dissonance” will be the physical incarnation of these opposing viewpoints, setting the stage for an intriguing viewing. Spartanburg Art Museum, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Tues–Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 582-7616,



These four powerful vocalists have exploded on the music scene with their modern twist on classical opera. Now on their “Under One Sky” tour, the men who have shared the stage with the likes of Elton John and Neil Young to promote this year’s recently-released album of the same title. Prepare yourself to be blown away by this ultra-talented quartet as they perform hits such as “I Believe” and “Hallelujah.” The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 7:30pm. $25-$55. (864) 467-3000,





Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn is perhaps one of the most extolled musicians of the eighteenth—or any—century, valued not only for his distinct musical perspective, but also the passion in his performances. The Greenville County Youth Orchestra and Philharmonic brings that same spirit to life in “Haydn: The Master Showman,” a captivating program showcasing several of the musician’s acclaimed concertos and symphonies. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7:30pm. $10-$27. (864) 4673000,



Southern culture has perhaps one of the most vibrant and turbulent histories, a background that sets the stage perfectly for this inspiring Southern Voices collaboration. Uniting spoken poetry and music, the educational performance will feature Scott Ainslie and Glenis Redmond as they venture on a journey throughout the past that will both teach and excite. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs–Fri, 10am & 12pm. $10. (864) 467-3000,

For the Hot Sardines, it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. The sultry group digs deep into the pages of musical history, surfacing with a slew of jazz hits inspired by the first half of the twentieth century. With a hot horn section and brass instrumentals that just won’t quit, we dare you to try and stay in your seat. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 8pm. $15-$35. (864) 467-3000,


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husband), this wedding festival takes the stress out of scouring the Internet for the perfect photographer, caterer, and venue. The event covers everything from tabletops to theme ceremonies, and even includes workshops with wedding experts. And if your future hubby feels a little left out, a Groom’s Expo will showcase the latest in men’s trends. TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Sat, 10am–3pm. $8.

There’s nothing quite like hearing the crunch of metal on metal, and with a cast list that includes the likes of Carolina Crusher, Iron Outlaw, and the infamous purpleand-green Grave Digger, you’re in for an exhilarating evening of vehicular slaughter. And, yes, things do catch on fire. It’s the best of aggressive entertainment. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, 7:30pm; Sat, 2pm & 7:30pm. $10-$30. (864) 241-3800,

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Beam us up, Scotty! It’s time to let your inner nerd shine. In honor of the ultra-successful franchise’s fiftieth anniversary, this liveorchestra ensemble is set to perform Star Trek’s most notable musical scores, from both the films and television series. Adding to the majesty of the evening is a largescale projection screen that will dazzle the audience with an array of Trek’s most famous scenes, guaranteed to boldly go where no one has gone before. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, 3pm. $35-$65. (864) 467-3000,

Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s drama on the intimate webs spun between family is perhaps one of his most celebrated, emotionally entangling, and introspective. When an elderly retired professor returns to his family home with a young wife who seeks to sell the ol’ homestead, his relatives’ lives are sent into a tailspin, making for an intense and controversial experience for the entire audience. Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. $30. (864) 235-6948,



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irst impressions are everything—a rule that holds true especially in the art of printmaking. With every press of ink on canvas, the artist creates an original piece separate from its predecessors, yet one that pays homage to its origin. From the ancient practice of woodblock carving to the modern cut of soft linoleum, print production follows an endless pursuit of imitation and inevitably results in accidental creation. Steven Chapp of Black Dog Press assembles the collective work of 16 South Carolina printmakers for a 32-piece display that showcases the true depth of this art. From the needlepoint accuracy of drypoint carving to the rolling press of stone lithography, Chapp’s curation unearths the possibilities of ink on paper—leaving a lasting impression. —Hayden Arrington

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TOWN Magazine published monthly in Greenville, South Carolina by Community Journals.

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