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Super Bowl: Broaden Goods brings the best of Morocco to your table and more. See the story, “Faraway Home,” page 86.



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Broad Horizons: Where: Fes, Morocco, an artisan epicenter in North Africa. What: Considered a “Mecca of the West,” the city of Fes is a hotspot for craftsmanship, and the resource center for Broaden Goods, a local family business of curated artisan wares. For more, see “Faraway Home,” page 86. Photograph by Chris Isham

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The Light That Broke into the Notorious Dark Corner Outlaws, bootlegging, and shootouts. No, we’re not talking about the history of the Wild West, but northern Greenville County — which had earned the nickname the “Dark Corner” by the early 1800s as much for its lawbreaking tendencies as its perceived ignorance. We can’t deny the former: some estimates put illegal stills at 10 to the mile in the Dark Corner’s heyday. Its particularly independent Scotch-Irish residents probably

by the principal on Wednesdays and Sunday school, too. As a result, many students became Christians and grew in their faith. Before North Greenville, most children in the area went to school little to none. But by the early 1900s, 200-plus students from the Dark Corner were receiving an education at North Greenville that would change their future. Around 22 percent of the students had even become teachers themselves,

wondered, “What right does the federal

teaching in the county’s other schools during the

government have to tell us we can’t make

summer. After North Greenville, students went

our own whiskey?” Home distillation

on to earn college degrees and respectable

had been passed down for generations

work — most in ministry.

in their families, and some didn’t

“North Greenville changed what was

mind protecting the tradition by

at the heart of the Dark Corner and its

moonshining, running, or firing.

reputation from evil to good; the school

But they certainly weren’t ignorant. In

and this area became known, instead, for

fact, bootlegging was the most profitable

preparing men and women to bring light

trade around for otherwise lower-class

into their homes, workplaces, churches, and

rural folks in the Dark Corner. They could sell

communities,” says Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr., North

their corn whiskey for a whopping 650 percent

Greenville’s eighth president.

more than corn still on the cob! They got even smarter, though. Parents in the

Under Fant’s leadership, North Greenville is currently celebrating its 125th anniversary and looking ahead. But

community took a good look around and realized they

already, it has become more than its early pioneers dreamed:

didn’t want their children to grow up to have menial jobs like

a liberal arts university that now offers 50 undergraduate and

them (or, presumably, illegal ones either). But it was more than

graduate degrees and serves 2,500 students every year at its

that. They didn’t hope for their children to be “better able to

Tigerville, Greer, and virtual campuses.

make a living only,” as one of them said, but to bring glory to God by accomplishing their purpose on earth. So in 1891, church members of the Dark Corner — joined

NGU students still gather for Bible study, worship, and prayer every week. It’s the close-knit community of believers — still focused on fullfilling their purpose through service —

under the North Greenville Baptist Association — made a plan

that remains at the center of the university. Students also

to create something new on their own: a high school. It was a

serve in more than 300 ministries every year, from churches

time when there were scarcely a handful of high schools in the

in Tigerville to summer camps across the U.S. to missions

whole county. And the churches would need more money than

agencies throughout the world. And once they graduate from

all their pastors’ salaries combined for the plan to work!

NGU, North Greenville alumni still become teachers, pastors,

But families in Tigerville, Marietta, and neighboring towns prayed, pulled together, and supported the venture, and classes began at North Greenville High School on Jan. 16, 1893. In the original schoolhouse, students didn’t meet only for

and leaders. “That’s how NGU continues to shed light in what was once known as the Dark Corner, and far beyond: through changed lives,” says Fant. “As we follow Christ’s purpose for our

“readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmatic,” but also playing music and

university, we will continue to be that light for many years

debating. Some even worked side by side at the school’s farm if

to come, producing transformational leaders for church and

they couldn’t pay tuition upfront. They had prayer meetings led



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Contents 12 EDITOR’S LETTER 21 THE LIST See, hear, read, react. The month’s must-dos.


Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.

40 WEDDINGS 45 TOWNBUZZ Quilt artist Catherine Paul stitches

her way through adversity; sip and stay at Georgia’s premier wine resort Château Élan; The Biltmore Conservatory offers elegant orchids and exotic greenery; fulfill your reading resolve with our winter round-up; ice climber Steve Bomar conquers new heights; and more.


Replace winter blues with the quiet beauty of a North Carolina Brunswick Island beach.

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For a Greenville family, a desire to support small business and a love for travel transformed into a curated shop offering locals access to handcrafted Moroccan textiles. / by Mary Cathryn Armstrong // photography by Chris Isham

COVER: Designed by a Moroccan artisan, the Fassi Heritage Bowl is made from clay dug from hillsides in North Africa. The product is one of several handpicked by the curators behind the recently launched Broaden Goods. For more, see “Faraway Home,” page 86. By Mary Cathryn Armstrong Photograph by Jivan Davé


Speed down your slope of choice at a Southern ski resort; and tackle snow and cold with a cozy Marmot jacket.

CENTRAL 73 STYLE Cover up with our selection of cozy

winter throws; slide into a pair of chic wool slippers—your feet will never be the same.

MAN ABOUT TOWN 78 The Man’s list of 2017 takeaways pave the way for a new year abounding in entertaining (mis)adventures.

BEA WRIGHT 80 MS. Our lady wisdom encourages us all in

the ways of success—finding a vision and committing to resolve.


Soak your food soul in the comfort of a cauliflower soup; Brewery 85’s Toasty Farmer offers a market for winter wares; and Noble Maple Syrup is a sweet, spirit-infused dream.

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The Greenville Center for Creative Arts presents Structural Probability Exhibition.

THIS PAGE: Moving away from his artistic lineage, Alex Matisse creates a creative road of his own. For more see “Shape of Success,” page 58. By Kathryn Davé Photograph by Paul Mehaffey

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Letter January Highlights Ice Castles

Get glacial with ice climber and WYFF business and human resources manager Steve Bomar: page 54

Shape of Success

Alex Matisse of East Fork Pottery may have famous roots, but his forward-thinking philosophy is throwing this Asheville-based ceramics studio into the future: page 58

Shore Bet

The serene scenes of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands offer beach believers a quiet escape: page 62

Thread Bare Photograph by Chelsey A shford

Cover winter’s chill with a curated collection of plush blankets and throws: page 73

Faraway Home

Family brand and business Broaden Goods offers the online masses Moroccan-sourced materials: page 86

Get Toasty

Artisans and farmers find a home for their winter wares at Brewery 85’s market The Toasty Farmer: page 98

That’s a Start


any of us wish away January into warmer days and spring flowers, dismissing it as too bleak, too boring, too sad. But I sing the song of winter. I want it to last just a bit longer. I crave the deep blue sky at dusk, the sun burning down in a streak of red, the bend of sinewy branches against the dim. I demand a log fire, Netflix by candlelight, misty mountains, and breath in the cold. I have a January romance. There is nothing like winter to ground you, wake you, bring you back to this moment. To remind you, quite sharply, that you are alive. January offers a pause, an opportunity to reset our minds and intentions for the year, to reflect on the people who influence us, the desires that drive us, the objects that surround us. For the Pinner family, objects are the crux of their new year and business venture Broaden Goods, born of their travel to Morocco and a collective desire to personally connect with its artisans and bring their wares to an online marketplace (see “Faraway Home,” page 86). From textiles and basketry to leather and ceramics, like the beautiful Fassi Heritage Bowl on our cover, Broaden Goods are handmade and imbued with a sense of place, history, and culture. The Pinner brothers, Nathan and Brian, and their wives, Katelyn and Tessa, chose Broaden as the name, which is more like a directive: to look beyond your world, widen your view, and gain a better understanding of your own life with a renewed perspective. January stuns with crisp-clear clarity: brilliant sunshine; an unexpected snowfull; steam curling from a mug. Be thankful for this month—its beauty and silence, and its opportunity to reflect, whether outside or in.

Blair Knobel, Editor-in-Chief

Jivan and Kathryn Davé styled and photographed our January cover (an alternate version, left). “A wide, open bowl spilling over with satsuma oranges— the picture of openness and abundance felt like the perfect salute to a new year.”


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“A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world. . . . We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate.” –Paul Ostergard, chairman, Citicorp Foundation (retired)

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Also, on view are 12 paintings by Andrew Wyeth’s son, Jamie Wyeth (born 1946), who began pursuing his career as an artist at the age of eleven under the tutelage of his aunt Carolyn Wyeth. Ambitious and prodigiously talented, Jamie Wyeth enjoyed early success painting the residents and landscapes of his hometown, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Set in the familiar surroundings of the Brandywine River Valley and coastal Maine, Wyeth’s recent works wildly depart from his earlier descriptive realism with expressively painterly brushwork and provocative imagery. Presented by

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MIRANDA LAMBERT For more than a decade, singer and songwriter Miranda Lambert has been hailed as one of country music’s sassiest spitfires, her crown laden with gems that include a handful of Academy of Country Music “Song of the Year” awards, Country Music Association “Female Vocalist of the Year,” and two Grammy Awards. The second tour to promote her latest album— 2016’s platinum-certified The Weight of These Wings—“Livin’ Like Hippies” will kick off in Greenville with special guests Brent Cobb and Jon Pardi.

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Light on bread but big on appetite? Good news! Designed with the foodie in mind, Restaurant Week takes place across South Carolina, offering affordable deals on full-course meals specially coordinated by award-winning chefs. Dine on hand-picked menus from all of your favorite restaurants, fueling your desire for culinary adventure. Locations vary. Jan 11–21.

TARA ERRAUGHT: IN RECITAL Born on the Emerald Isle, mezzo-soprano superstar Tara Erraught has put her stamp on the world of classically trained musicians. Renowned for her mesmerizing performances in operatic roles like La Cenerentola’s Angelina, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, and her work with the Bavarian State Opera, Erraught is in the midst of her debut season at New York’s Metropolitan Opera—but, thankfully, she’s taking the time to make a stop in the Upstate and enchant us with some seriously skilled vocals. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, Jan 12, 7pm. $45. (864) 467-3000,


Written as a sequel to Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, this play sees the return of character James Tyrone, Jr., who finds himself at the center of a deceptive plot set in motion by his tenant farmer Phil Hogan. Persuaded by her father’s control, Hogan’s daughter Josie is instructed to seduce and blackmail Tyrone in order to save the family land. However, when emotions and guilt come into play, there may be more than a gleam of moonlight shining between these two. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Jan 26–Feb 10. $30. (864) 235-6948,

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Throughout Charleston. Jan 24–27. Times, prices vary.

Part mad contemporary beatbox skills and part rousing a cappella spectacular, this vocal tour-deforce has stormed the international stages from Hong Kong to Edinburgh. Led by human sound machine and UK Beatbox Champion Ball-Zee, the talented cast of characters—The Woman, The Chap, The Diva, and more—are here to make believers out of you instrument-toting naysayers.

Historically rich and endlessly charming, the Holy City is a premier destination for thousands of nuptials throughout the year. You’ll soon see why during a well-rounded itinerary of exciting workshops, poignant guest speakers, fabulous social events, fashion shows, and more. Taking place at various locations around the beautiful waterfront city, there’s no better place to start planning your special trip down the aisle.

COLIN QUINN He’s been the Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live; has shared the silver screen alongside other comedy juggernauts like Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and Amy Schumer; been lauded by fellow stand-up stars for being one of New York’s most iconic comedians. But Colin Quinn is perhaps his finest during the one-man shows he premiered 20 years ago on Broadway. Satirizing his Irish-American upbringing and life in the Big Apple, Quinn’s brand of humor is as authentic as it is smart. The Orange Peel, 101 N Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC. Thurs, Jan 18, 8pm. Advance, $35; doors, $38. (828) 398-1837,

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z For the kids who can’t even hit the ball when it’s placed on a stationary tee, the astonishing athletics of the Harlem Globetrotters is somewhat of a slap to the face. With more than 25,000 exhibition games under their sneakers, the Globetrotters have won fans over with their courtside comedy, killer trick shots, and family-style brand of entertainment. Cheer on America’s favorite team as they dribble, backflip, jump, and soar to the hoop. Time to start working on those free throws. Photograph by Matthew Murphy, courtesy of the Peace Center.

Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, Jan 13, 2pm & 7pm. $22–$104. (864) 241-3800,


z There’s a lot to be said on life in the South—and these three poets just happen to know all the right words. Featuring two University of South Carolina professors—Marick Press Poetry Prize winner Ray McManus and Columbia Poet Laureate Ed Madden—the evening will also include S.C. native-turnedBrooklyn-transplant DéLana Dameron. Join the trio of talented wordsmiths as they each share their reflective thoughts on Southern heritage. Huguenot Loft, 101 W Broad St, Greenville. Thurs, Jan 18, 6:30pm. Free. (864) 467-3000,


z Ever since they joined forces back in 2006, the men of New York Polyphony have been wowing international audiences with their classical music chops. Although the four gents specialize in Medieval- and Renaissance-period tunes, they’ve since expanded their repertoire to include contemporary music that continues to attract new generations of fans. Both their 2013 and 2014 album releases—Times Go by Turns and Sing Thee Nowell—were nominated for Grammy Awards. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Jan 20, 8pm. $45. (864) 467-3000,


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The Phantom of the Opera This enduring work has become one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless stories of romance and deception. When Christine becomes the object of the Phantom’s affection, he will stop at nothing to have the young soprano singer in his grasp. But will kindness, a gift he’s never known, finally set his dark soul free? The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Jan 31–Feb 11. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $65-$105. (864) 467-3000, January 2018 S






































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Town American Cancer Society’s Masquerade Gala November 3, 2017 Drawing inspiration from the Carnevale de Venezia held in Italy each year, the American Cancer Society presented its 15th annual gala at Revel—as a masquerade evening. Guests were encouraged to go incognito under glamorous masks and indulge in decadent Venetian-style eats, cocktails, entertainment by the Clan Destiny Circus Acrobatic Troupe, and music by the Erica Berg Collective.

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Anna Kunst & Kayla Parker Nikki & Andrea Phillips with Kelly Jamerson

Kimber Easter & Tracy Kramer Dr. Mona Idrees & Dr. Fahd Quddus

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Caledonia Elegance Doug & Lynn Greenlaw with Doug Middleton

THE BIG NIGHT for the Military Order of the Purple Heart November 6, 2017 The Military Order of the Purple Heart hosted its annual Big Night at the Peace Center. Guests of the evening enjoyed entertainment featuring Greenville greats Edwin McCain, Benton Blount, Glenis Redmond, Joe Everson, Bob Howard, and more. All funds raised benefit veterans wounded in combat. Photography by Bonfire Visuals Susan Schwartzkopf with Bob & Bev Howard

CALEDONIA Weddings & Events Carved among century’s old Live Oak Trees draped with Spanish moss, Caledonia is a unique setting built on the site of a 1700’s rice plantation. Steeped in history, the property’s

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Greenville Free Medical Clinic’s 30th Anniversary Soiree November 14, 2017 The Greenville Free Medical Clinic toasted the city’s health at The Rutherford, commemorating 30 years of dedicated, compassionate service in the Upstate—while raising funds for its continued growth. Staff, family, friends, and other guests were treated to an open bar, tasty hors d’oeuvres, seasonal cocktails by Six & Twenty Distillery, and bid-worthy prizes like weekend getaways and a private hockey suite at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Additionally, the soiree served to honor Dr. Sam Smith for his longtime work with the clinic. By Jack Robert Photography Suzie Foley with Ted & Natalie Stewart Chad & Grace Lott

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November 10, 2017 Christopher & Caroline Ripley with Beth & Jason Harris Marie & Tripp Berry

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John Alexander, Vanessa Koechli & Caroline Smith Jay & Joanna Mitchell with Amy & Chris Breen

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Now in its eighth year, the Red Shoe Society of the Upstate hosted the annual Greenville Royale gala at Revel. The philanthropic evening featured delectable eats, tunes by Steel Toe Stiletto, specialty cocktails crafted by Bulleit Bourbon, and both live and silent auctions. The popular event helps raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. Photography by Bonfire Visuals

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Adam Breaux, Deshia Leonhirth, Maggie & Kevin Howard Bob White, Elizabeth Roller & Lisa Dozier

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Hundreds of foodies took to the woods of Highlands for a laid-back afternoon filled with music, libations, and, of course, plenty of feast-worthy fare. On-the-go eateries like Buxton Hall BBQ (led by James Beard Award semifinalist Elliott Moss), Automatic Taco, Farm to Fender, Backwoods Bakery, and others dished out some serious deliciousness, Tito’s Vodka and Oskar Blues poured up the firewater, and Futurebirds and Dawes rocked the mic. By Jack Robert Photography

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It was an intimate evening at the Old Cigar Warehouse when four Nashvillebased musicians took the stage to share their songs and stories with guests for the eighth annual Songwriters in the Round. Marti Dodson, Phillip Lammonds, Johnny Bulford, and Chris Gelbuda were this year’s honorary artists at the event, presented by the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities and the Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation. Photography by Bonfire Visuals

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The 94th Assembly Ball is an elegant and time-treasured tradition at the Poinsett Club, enhanced by this year’s opportunity to present four delightful debutantes. Members of the Assembly and guests were thrilled to greet each other and commemorate a fun-filled night of good food, fellowship, and celebration, including dancing to the funky band Sol Fusion. Photography by Ernest Rawlings Katie & Clark Gallivan with Susie White

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Table 301’s 20th Anniversary Party November 13, 2017 Nearly 900 revelers turned up the party at the Greenville Downtown Airport Hangar, commemorating two decades of culinary excellence in the Upstate with an outstanding celebration that included songs by hometown musician Edwin McCain and a showcase by live performance artist Jared Emerson, whose Tom Petty piece was auctioned off—along with ticket sales—to benefit the Meyer Center. Mayor Knox White was also on hand to award Table 301 president Carl Sobocinski the esteemed Order of the Poinsettia. Photography by Joel German

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Kiah Bellows & Jacob Farley September 23, 2017


et’s be honest, when it comes to the perfect proposal, the element of surprise is essential. And for the man of the hour, it takes thoughtful planning, the help of a scheming accomplice, and a little bit of luck. Jacob Farley managed to catch girlfriend Kiah Bellows unawares by having a fellow artist lure her to the Art Bomb Studios under pretense of canvas-building. Kiah, donned in her artist uniform of paint-splattered work clothes, was shocked to discover Jacob in the studio gardens, ready to pop the question. Friends since the ninth grade, both Kiah and Jacob hold a

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passion for supporting small businesses, and their wedding was the ideal opportunity to showcase the talents of fellow artists and friends. The diamond in Kiah’s ring came from Pace Jewelers; Kate Furman made Jacob’s wedding band; family friend Sharon Smith of On Top of the Table served as wedding planner, florist, and decorator; and fellow artist and Kiah’s former teacher Mark Mulfinger hand-painted and wrote the invitations. Kiah also wore her mother’s wedding dress,

An Art Affair: Artist Kiah weaved the work of multiple fellow creatives into Jacob’s and her wedding ceremony. Jacob’s ring and the bridesmaids’ bangles were crafted by local artist Kate Furman.

which was redesigned and altered with the help of local designer Gregory Ellenburg. The two were married at Larkin’s Sawmill at North Main. Kiah and Jacob live in Sans Souci. Jacob is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, and Kiah is a full-time artist and gallery assistant at Art & Light Gallery and Studios with owner and artist Teresa Roche. GABRIELLE GRACE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Weddings Kacie Willings & Michael Aiken July 1, 2017 Call it fate, call it twin sense, but Michael Aiken and Kacie Willings’ mutual friends (and twins) knew the Michael plus Kacie dream team was meant to be. But there was just one problem. Kacie lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Michael was at school in Charleston. But one need only watch The Parent Trap to realize the matchmaking capabilities of a pair of determined twins—and Michael and Kacie were conveniently introduced at an Alabama football game. The initial spark led to a year of long distance before Michael made the move to Birmingham, and not long after, the move of a lifetime by asking Kacie to be his forever. She said yes, and the two married at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, where their conniving friends celebrated as matrons of honor. Michael and Kacie introduced Greenville guests to their new Alabama home with a reception and dancing at the Vestavia Country Club. The couple continues to reside in Birmingham; Kacie is an exceptional education teacher at North Jefferson Middle School, and Michael is a financial planner at Pittman Financial Partners. ANNA WAY PHOTOGRAPHY

Shannon Tyner & Kenny Thompson August 25, 2017 Forget all that War Between the States nonsense—when a Jersey boy falls for a Carolina girl, one lets bygones be bygones. Kenny Thompson met Shannon Tyner at the Passion Conference in Atlanta, which hosts thousands of college students each year. As luck (or fate) would have it, the two landed in the same breakout group, and their initial acquaintance eventually developed into a North-meets-South romance. Nine months later, while celebrating Easter with Kenny’s family in New Jersey, the groom-to-be whisked Shannon off to the blossoming fields of Longwood Gardens, where he surprised his brideto-be with an engagement ring. Shannon’s family treated the Thompsons to some Southern hospitality with a ceremony and reception at the Wyche Pavilion in downtown Greenville. The couple lives a few minutes outside the city; Shannon is a behavior analyst at Project HOPE Foundation, and Kenny is a project manager at NAI Earle Furman. COURTNEY PRICE PHOTOGRAPHY

Elizabeth Heaton & Alexander Taylor July 1, 2017 All men know the bro code—when it comes to the dating game, friends’ little sisters are off limits. But luckily for Elizabeth Heaton, Alex Taylor wasn’t one to follow the rules. Elizabeth and Alex met in middle school, but being two years her senior, it took him awhile to realize her dating potential. The two reconnected at the University of South Carolina through Elizabeth’s brother, and this time, Alex wasn’t about to let a little age difference stand in the way. On a May weekend four years later, Alex took Elizabeth on a boat ride across Lake Murray. While approaching the bank, Elizabeth spotted Alex’s niece and nephew holding a proposal sign, and when she turned around, Alex was on one knee with a ring in hand. The two were married at the Huguenot Loft, where they honored Alex’s Greek heritage with baklava in the place of wedding cake and koufeta (almonds) as a traditional wedding favor. The couple lives in Simpsonville; Elizabeth is a science teacher at Greer High School, and Alex is a health and safety manager at Bosch Rexroth. JENNIFER STUART PHOTOGRAPHY HEARING WEDDING BELLS? TOWN Magazine wants to publish your wedding announcement. If you currently live or grew up in the Upstate and were recently married, please write to us at TOWN Magazine, Attn: Weddings, 581 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611, or e-mail Due to space constraints, inclusion is not guaranteed. 42 TOWN /

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Soul Patches Catherine Paul weaves her personal history and cultural passions into elegant textiles / by Stephanie Trotter // photography by Eli Warren

T Story Thread: Catherine Paul explores the emotional landscape of disability through her textile art. Find her work at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts, 25 Draper St, Greenville, or at https://catpaul6.

he whir of a small sewing machine fills the bright studio, as the needle bangs its way through multiple layers of printed cotton. Catherine Paul leans over her Bernina, pinching pieces together to create in cloth, the geometric layers of a national monument called KashaKatuwe Tent Rocks, near Santa Fe. “I’m sort of playing with Georgia O’Keeffe,” explains the deep-thinking textile artist. “She spent a lot of time in New Mexico. It was a salve to her.” No one’s around as Catherine works on the two-by-threefoot quilt, but she’s far from alone. Georgia O’Keeffe, Virginia Woolf, and Frida Kahlo fill the room—if not in person, in words and art. “That’s my thinking wall,” reveals the quilter, pointing to a side surface plastered in quotes and paintings. “All of these women dealt with illness. Illness and disability are the human condition, right? If you don’t die young from an accident, you will be disabled. So, these artists doing their work in response to that seems very human.” If that’s the case, then Catherine is superhuman. She’s found art within her illness, one that’s stolen her identity. “I had another life,” the petite brunette admits. “For 17 years, I was a professor in the English Department at Clemson. That had been my entire life. I thought I was going to be an academic my whole career. I had tenure. You don’t give up tenure.” Unless you’re forced to by chronic migraine disease. Catherine lost herself when she lost her professional existence. Yet a few years ago, between bouts of head pain, tingling sensations, and visual distortions, she found a path of rediscovery that began when several T-shirts needed re-

hemming. And now, the one-time British lit expert is a talented textile craftswoman, using traditional quilting to create abstract pieces of art blending natural and literary worlds. “It just sort of happened,” she recalls. “I came home from Christmas with my mom’s 1968 Singer to repair some things, and a friend said, ‘Try quilting.’” A quirky bag and simple blocks came first, with Catherine loving each pattern, piece, and placement. She especially found joy tapping into a creative side long-hidden behind scholarly texts on Ezra Pound’s new modernism and literature of exploration. “The idea of playing with colors and fabrics and shapes. I just love it,” the adept artist shares excitedly. Twentieth century writers, once researched for publishing, now provide fodder for her craft. Catherine’s current series of quilts Hysteria explores relationships between women’s illness, disability, and creativity. One witnesses the mind give way in Hysteria 1: The Yellow Wallpaper, as traditional hexies bleed into clashing, bright patterns with runaway stitching. Hysteria 2: Deserters from the Army of the Upright presents rare, golden rays of hope, desperately breaking free from muted striations of pewter and charcoal. The well-read artisan has sold some quilts from her workspace at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts and displayed others at The Warehouse Theatre. But nowadays, Catherine measures success by continually moving forward, merging her new identity with the old, on a quest for comfort combined with enlightenment. Like the layers in her quilts, some days are soft and colorful, others hard and filled with jagged pain. She turns to smooth fabric on Hysteria 3: O’Keeffe’s Medicine, saying, “One of the things with illness, and not particular to illness, is the grieving process doesn’t end. Working with art has been a vital way of confronting that. Art has given me a great deal, and this new insight into humanity. I like being here now.”

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Georgia Belle Wine, dine, and recharge at Georgia’s Château Élan resort / by M. Linda Lee // photograph by Rebecca Lehde


f you’re yearning for a quiet winter getaway after the holiday flurry, Château Élan provides the perfect respite. Just under two hours via I-85 South, the resort is a destination in itself. Based in Braselton, Georgia, Château Élan encompasses a winery, a 275-room inn and conference center, a separate spa, and a new 95-room lodge. As you drive up to the inn, the first sight to spy is the winery, modeled after a sixteenthcentury French château. In the middle of the circular driveway, the statue Dancing in Grapes, depicting a woman joyfully stomping the famous fruit, sets the mood for your stay. The winery embodies the vision of Donald Panoz and his wife, Nancy. In 1981, the couple visited the area in search of a distribution site for Don’s company, Élan Pharmaceuticals, the nicotine patch pioneer. En route to a friend’s home, the couple paused at a roadside fruit stand to purchase a hostess gift. The chosen basket contained local

muscadine grapes, leading Panoz to wonder if vinifera, or common, grapes would also thrive in the northeast Georgia foothills. The answer, given the region’s clay soil and hot, humid climate, was a resounding “no,” but that didn’t stop Panoz. He proceeded to purchase 3,500 acres, planting 200 acres with vinifera grapes. In 1986, he opened the 42,000-square-foot winery. Now flanked by a Parisian-style tasting patio, Panoz’s winery produces 40,000 cases a year, earning the title of largest winery in the state. A day at Château Élan begins with an American buffet breakfast at resort restaurant Versailles, located on the inn’s lower level. A set of tennis, a round of golf on one of four courses, or a workout in the on-site gym will stoke your midday appetite for bangers and mash and Guinness on tap at Paddy’s, which Panoz— who lived in Ireland for 30 years—added to quell his nostalgia for his corner pub.

Château Élan offers several tasting options, including a free tour of the winery. Pull out the stops—and the corks— for the $60 Château Grandeur flight, which includes a guided tour of the vineyards and production facility, and a tasting of eight pre-selected wines with cheeses and seasonal food pairings.

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That’s Just Vine: In 2013, Château Élan amplified its wine program with the addition of executive winemaker Simone Bergese. Its newly rebranded restaurant, Marc, offers seasonal specialties.

Reserve the afternoon for the spa, which hides behind the inn with 35 treatment rooms and the Fleur de Lys café. A full menu of massages and body treatments includes the HydraFacial, an advanced medical-grade skin-care treatment reported to reverse your look by 10 years. Then it’s back to your room to freshen up. A French country-estate feel pervades, whether it be a spacious inn room with Gallic-inspired furnishings or one of the 14 spa suites (no work desks here), with a custom-made soaking tub. Before dinner, pop by the winery for a “flight” (seven) of Italian winemaker Simone Bergese’s award-winning vino. When Bergese joined the staff in 2013, he replaced all the vinifera grapes with native muscadines. Today, he sources 27 vinifera varietals from California, while his muscadine wines are vinted with Georgia grapes. End the day at Marc, the winery’s recently rebranded restaurant. Request a seat on the heated verandah overlooking vine-covered hillsides, and tuck into a Brasstown beef bistro filet or a roasted poulet rouge from Chef Cameron Udick’s menu of locally sourced, seasonal cuisine. Polish off your meal with a glass of Château Élan’s full-bodied American Port, and you, too, may be tempted to dance in the grapes yourself. Château Élan, 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, Georgia. (678) 425-0900,

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Flower Power: While the Conservatory is part of the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate’s 75 acres of manicured gardens, a tour of the big house is always included in the deal. In January, one adult, daytime, seven-day-advance ticket starts at $55. For more information, call (800) 411-3812 or visit .

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Chase away winter worries in the tropical flora of the Conservatory at Biltmore / by John Jeter // illustration by Timothy Banks


here was a time. When winter blues needed serious green. When tropical warmth, vivid colors, and heady fragrances took you back to your happy place, to a far more cheerful season. It’s right now at Biltmore. More precisely, at the estate’s green-packed Conservatory, where Todd Roy and Kathryn Marsh share the mood-altering retreat on a gloomy, ripe-for-depression winter morning. “As you walk through the door—” Todd says. “Aaaah!” Kathryn interrupts with a gasp. “Uplift,” Todd continues. “I mean, the colors, the bright colors—” “And the temperature, too, hot and humid,” Kathryn says, adding. “You feel like you’ve walked into a tropical oasis.” Todd, a gardener, and Kathryn, a conservation horticulturist, are among 60-odd plant whisperers who tend the Conservatory’s residents. Flora by the hundreds, the plants provide physical, emotional, and spiritual nourishment, especially for folks with seasonal affective disorder who might be losing it right about now. “What we’re doing in there is very thought out,” Todd says. “Where we place things, we paint with plants. It’s an art.” They stand just outside the grand 1895 greenhouse on a morning just cloudy enough to be a bummer—until you walk into 7,000 square feet of

color so vibrant and varied, balminess so humid and snuggly, and fragrances so heady and mouthwatering, you feel your solstice-sad Eeyore magically bloom into a spring-sunny Pooh. See over here? That’s the ylang-ylang, a fast-growing tower of a tree that originates in Indonesia and whose rich oils perfume Chanel No. 5.And there? That’s the dombeya; just yesterday its delicate pink blossoms appeared.“It’s a tropical hydrangea,”Todd says,“that smells like buttered birthday cake frosting.” If that’s not enough to melt your wintertime frost, step into the Orchid Room, one of the Conservatory’s six glass-enclosed apartments. Here, at least 600 orchids vibrate with more colors than a box of Crayolas—lady slippers, dancing ladies, moth and corsage orchids, to name just a few. They’re immigrants from Southeast Asia, South America, Papua New Guinea, and beyond, and some cost a small fortune. After the Biltmore’s legendary Christmas season, the Conservatory’s orchids take center stage. The peak season for these prized flowers begins in January and runs into March. The delicate, often rare, and breathtaking masterpieces belong to one of the, if not the, largest flowering-plant families on Earth. “Just the beauty is so uplifting,” Kathryn says.“To be surrounded by something gorgeous and warm and colorful.”

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Buzz Ember (Hub City Press, September 2017) By Brock Adams

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Imagine the sun dying and the world using its nuclear capabilities to reignite it, only to fail. That’s the premise in Adam’s page-turner, Ember. Set largely in the Upstate of South Carolina and western North Carolina, readers will recognize specific places and people in this book. Original and brimming with unexpected twists and turns (Adams is a master at pulling the rug out from under you!), this debut novel delivers a thought-provoking examination of what folks will do to survive and thrive in an unrelenting environment when the easiest thing to do would be to give up.

New reads for the new year to crack open by the fire / by Kathleen Nalley


is the season for celebration, reflection, and perhaps, most importantly, new beginnings. What better way to spend the New Year than snuggled up in a comfy blanket, hot beverage of choice in one hand and a good book in the other? Last year presented some great reads, spanning a wide range of genres, subject matters, and unforgettable characters who tackle love, life, war, revenge, mystery, and so much more. While many books made my favorites list, three recent releases found their way onto my nightstand—and into my heart. Get started on your reading resolutions by disappearing into these compelling stories.

Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs (W.W. Norton, October 2017) By Beth Ann Fennelly

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With refreshing honesty and candor, Fennelly opens a window into her life through this unique collection of micro-memoirs. Within her brief vignettes is every woman: wife, mother, lover, daughter, friend, daughter-inlaw, worker. One page might cause you to spit your drink from laughter; the next will draw tears to your eyes. In a compact 107 pages, Fennelly reminds the reader we’re all in this together, and how it seriously takes a village to raise a child, tend a marriage, and uplift the broken.

(Harper, November 2017) By Louise Erdrich Louise Erdrich is one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read her National Book Award–winning novel, The Round House, it’s a must. Future Home, eerily reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, follows a young Ojibwe woman who becomes pregnant in a time where childbearing has become a matter of the state. A thrilling tale with an endearing cast of characters, Erdrich’s latest is an entertaining read that’s seriously plotted in current issues of women’s agency and natural rights.

Kathleen Nalley is the author of Gutterflower, a full-length prose poetry collection, winner of the BryantLisembee Editor’s Prize from Red Paint Hill Press (available at M. Judson Booksellers), and the poetry chapbooks, Nesting Doll and American Sycamore. Recently, her poetry has appeared in the violence against women anthology from Sable Books, Red Sky, and in Hand-in-Hand: Poets Respond to Race anthology from Muddy Ford Press. She holds an MFA from Converse College, teaches literature and writing at Clemson University, and finds books their forever homes at M. Judson Booksellers in Greenville, SC.

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Ice Castles Greenville native Steve Bomar ascends to chilling heights / by Stephanie Trotter // photograph by Paul Mehaffey


ce climbers call it Polar Circus. But this ain’t that kind of clown show. Take the tallest building in Greenville (the 30-story Landmark), multiply the height by seven and sheet it in solid ice, then for ambience, top it with a bone-chilling wind whipping down from the Arctic. Welcome to the ice climbing Big Top of the Canadian Rockies. It’s one of many frozen mountain faces Steve Bomar scales for fun. “It’s really hard to explain unless you’ve experienced it,” reveals the Greenville native. “It’s rewarding on many different levels—the physical challenge, the mental part, the vastness and being immersed in God’s creation, even the suffering. It sharpens your mind in a way you don’t necessarily appreciate until later.” The quiet-natured 55-year-old grew up locally playing the usual sports—soccer,

Emmons Glacier, which flanks the northeast side of Mount Rainier, is the largest glacier in the contiguous United States. Climbers like Steve often ascend the glacier when summiting Mount Rainier, which with its crevasses is a daring feat.

football, Little League baseball. Steve liked to hike, but had never even snow-skied when an old roommate from Clemson days talked him into summiting Mount Rainier in the late 1990s. “That first time? I was hooked,” he recalls. “I liked it a lot, and there was even a point that I almost moved to Aspen to be closer to it.” Although he remained grounded in the Upstate, today his climbing log lists frigid adventures spanning summits from Alpamayo in Peru, to Conway, New Hampshire, and Valdez, Alaska, to Lake Placid, New York. Strength and precision are hallmarks of this extreme sport. But some argue ice climbing is not a sport bit rather an acrobatic show of manual labor and nimble carpentry, which requires shimmying up 800-foot-tall icicles for hours on end. “Yes, I’ve fallen a few times,” admits Steve. “It’s not fun. Time stands still. You hope the rope catches and the protection you put in was good, and if it was, you’ll only fall for a short distance and hopefully not stab yourself in the process. Nobody wants to fall.” Stab yourself? Yep. You heard him right. Ice climbing emerged from traditional rock climbing and mountaineering well over a century ago, but new materials and technology have pushed its popularity to heights as tall as the peaks these climbers ascend. Ice picks and axes now have specially designed handles and leashes. Throw in a pair of crampons, and you’re rigged with a sharp-edged equipment trifecta that can save—or end—a life. Other advancements include steel and aluminum ice screws and lightweight harnesses allowing the climber to hug an ice wall, waterfall, or glacier for hours. If the expedition is

“There’s literally nothing around except you,” Steve says, painting a frosty picture of one polar walkabout. “I think the coldest it got was 25 below, but we had the right sleeping bags. It’s not as bad as it sounds.”

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High Hopes: Steve Bomar, a business and human resources manager at WYFF, discovered his passion for ice climbing later in life, after a trip to Mount Rainier with a friend. His icy conquests now include Big Top in the Canadian Rockies, Valdez, Alaska, and even an ascent of Alpamayo in Peru.

an extended mixed climb (ice and rock), athletes can carry an estimated 60 pounds of gear including a tent, sleeping bag, food, and first aid. “In Alaska, the pilot dropped us on the glacier. There’s literally nothing around except you,” Steve says, painting a frosty picture of one polar walkabout. “That was a two-week trip. I think the coldest it got was 25 below, but we had the right sleeping bags. It’s not as bad as it sounds.” What was bad was crossing a crevasse field alone on Emmons Glacier on the northeast flank of Mount Rainier. “My partner at the time had bolted on ahead. There was no one else on the mountain,” he recalls. “If I’d made one mistake, no one would have ever known. If you fall in, they wouldn’t know where to look for you.” Even with inherent dangers, the WYFF business and human resources manager has introduced his wife and son to his passion. “This year, we’re going to Telluride and looking to do some climbing in Ouray,” he shares. “Whether you’re advanced, or a novice, the most important thing is to know your limits and stay within them.” Sound advice from a man who was once terrified of heights. “I respect them now,” he closes with a sly smile. “It’s quite exhilarating if you do it right. Exposure is part of the thrill.”

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Buzz Good Venture: A winter hike offers physical and mental benefits, and less obstructed views. For more information on great hikes in the area, visit southcarolinaparks. com.

Take a Hike

Wear off holiday indulgence with a vigorous New Year’s trail tradition / by Jennifer Oladipo


n a whim, my husband and I once spent New Year’s Eve camping in nearby Jones Gap State Park (more on camping later) and planned to take a refreshing hike the next day. After a torpid, indulgent holiday season, we were completely unprepared for the 10mile, nearly vertical flogging we experienced on Hospital Rock Trail. Thick tree roots and bulky boulders called for careful footwork, heavy breathing, and plain old strength. At the same time, the tricky switchbacks opened up to inspiring new views, and refreshment eventually came in the form of a rushing waterfall at the trail’s end. Then, we spent a slow, albeit treacherous descent catching our breath in the crisp air. On that New Year’s Day, we emerged from the woods exhausted and sore, yet amazed at what we could handle. It turns out there’s something about fighting post-holiday lethargy to push your body up and down a mountainside that makes whatever else you want to achieve next seem undoubtedly possible. Our New Year’s Day tradition was born. Several years later, we’ve learned to let each first day of the year unfold in its own way. The chosen trail might be impassable due to winter storm damage. Or, a warm and sunny New Year’s Day might force a more leisurely pace on crowded trails. January hikes offer big payoffs as reduced foliage allows for longer, wider, and more complex views—unless there’s fog. Or, it might be raining. That was the case last year when we set out to the Chestnut Ridge







Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area in Landrum. Less popular than state parks, wildlife management areas’ trails often feel less worn and more remote. The day was chilly, drizzly, and gray, so I wore a bright orange silk scarf with dancing red figures to coax myself into a hiking mood. As the only two hikers, my husband and I hustled along the 5.5-mile hike trying to outpace the coming deluge. Heavy raindrops began to fall just as we rounded the last bend a hundred yards or so from our parked car, but we got our true sense of accomplishment just from sticking to our goal on a crummy day. It became a helpful memory on busy but uninspiring days throughout the year. If you can camp on New Year’s Eve, do. Parks that are normally booked throughout summer and fall are wide open to the determined winter camper. You might enter the new year under a roof of bright stars. (This year, January begins and ends with full moons, which should put any disco ball to shame). You can also leave your watch and phone in the tent: in the Upcountry, the distant sounds of gunshots from several directions literally ring in the new year quite effectively.

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Growing Season: (opposite right) Potter Alex Matisse, who began Asheville’s East Fork Pottery, is the greatgrandson of famous French artist Henri Matisse. He and his team are steering East Fork into bigger markets.


Shape of Success

lex Matisse is not interested in repeating the past. You can read that any way you want to: as a deliberate decision to make his own path in ceramics without leaning on his family lineage (yes, that Matisse); an eagerness to contribute to North Carolina’s long pottery tradition by leaving its traditional ways behind; and the courage to let go of old methods to make room for the new. Either way, he’s looking forward—the mark of a good CEO. Because what Alex Matisse is making now is a business. When

East Fork Pottery—the ceramics studio with a cult following —creates objects that last / by Kathryn Davé // photography by Paul Mehaffey and select images courtesy of East Fork Pottery

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he founded East Fork Pottery with Connie Coady (now Matisse) in 2010, he could have called it “Alexander Matisse Pottery,” but he didn’t. Even then, he had an inkling that the pottery at the end of a dirt road would be bigger than his name. “I couldn’t have said this is what East Fork was going to look like,” Matisse says, “but I did have this feeling that I was going into the woods to find something.” Cup an East Fork mug in your hands or compose a salad on one of their signature, exposed-rim plates and you will know: they found it. East Fork pottery is characterized by purity of form and function, a simplicity that seems it will live long beyond your table. The forms are full, rounded, and smooth. Matisse calls this the “potter’s quality,” an understanding of form that comes from throwing pots by hand, as both he and East Fork’s third owner, John Vigeland, have spent years doing. This distinctive aesthetic has put East Fork in the national eye, featured in publications like Architectural Digest and Garden & Gun.

Today, Alex, Connie, and John find themselves at a literal threshold—that of a 14,500-square-foot warehouse in Asheville’s Biltmore Village that East Fork plans to renovate and make home. They’ve just completed their first equity round; there are stacks of dinnerware surrounding them, along with a major transition to new production methods, an online store that pretty much remains sold out, and a lovely retail home goods store in Asheville. This is the second significant step toward growth East Fork has made. The first was a few years after Alex and Connie added John as potter and owner, when Alex and John decided to trade the romantic, traditional wood-fired kiln they had apprenticed with for a modern, gas-fired kiln. “This is like a Tesla sitting next to a Conestoga wagon,” Matisse explains. “It was a massive shift for us. But we wanted to speak to a larger community, to make work that was more relevant to our peers.” The gas-

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fired kiln allowed them to keep up with demand so the pottery could grow, just as the new facility and production methods will allow that growth to continue (at an avalanche-like pace, if things keep on as they have). Until a few months ago, every East Fork piece was hand-thrown, a remarkable feat for the tremendous amount of pottery the 6-person production team was creating. While the brand is now shifting some production to what Matisse calls “light industrial forming” methods, the process remains very labor intensive and hands-on. Each step, from design to molding to finishing, is informed by the human touch. The colorways—a core collection of earth tones and limited-edition seasonal hues—are shepherded by Connie, East Fork’s creative director, and have a rich, luminous depth.

Ground Swell: (above and above left) East Fork ceramics celebrate form and function; (opposite right) Creative Director Connie Matisse curates the colorways collection, reflecting earth tones and seasonal hues; (opposite above right) potter and co-owner John Vigeland aided in East Fork’s transition from a tradition woodfired kiln to a more modern and efficient gas-fired kiln.

Photographs (product) courtesy of East Fork Pottery


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When you look at the symmetrical stacks of pottery in pleasing, earthy neutrals lined up on blonde wood shelves at East Fork’s store in Asheville, it’s easy to forget that all this success comes from dirt. From the iron-rich clay that veins North Carolina, of course, but before that, the clay that seventh-grade Alex Matisse fell in love with during an afterschool art program. He grew up in the shadow of “capital A art,” which is perhaps an understatement: his family includes Henri Matisse, the legendary painter and collagist, Marcel Duchamp, and other figures in the art world. Clay was an escape for him. “I came down here out of New England, out of a family of artists to find my own voice. Maybe I needed subconsciously to run away to do that,” he says.

He chased the craft of clay and the beauty of utility, a journey that took him under the wing of some of North Carolina’s most revered potters, down a dirt road and through the smoke of a wood-fired kiln to this time and place: where the pottery he and Connie founded has blossomed far beyond the Matisse name. “I didn’t know it at the time, but what we really wanted to do was grow a business and grow a company,” Matisse says. He is most proud of what they have made, what they are making: each day, the entire East Fork team gathers around the table to share lunch on the plates and bowls they have created with their own hands. It’s rewarding chaos. The pottery sells almost as soon as it’s on shelves; happy customers set dinner tables with East Fork; the youngest Matisse snoozes through creative meetings; and the clay, ever-present, moves and stretches with them. As they prepare to expand into the new location, Matisse wondered if he had a duty to do something with his wood-fired kiln. He called his mentors for advice, and they both told him the same thing: The past is the past. You don’t have to do what you’ve already done. East Fork Pottery Showroom, 82 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC. (828) 575-2150, JANUARY 2018 / 61

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Shore Bet North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands lend an alternative coastal escape for winter respite / by Abby Moore Keith


’ll let you in on a little secret of mine. The beach is better in the winter. Gasp and bemoan all you like, it’s true. Don’t give me that “it’s too cold” nonsense. I’ve enjoyed sublime 70-degree beach days in the heart of January. Instead of wasting away on a hot summer’s day, getting that awful sand and sweat coagulation in crevices you didn’t even know existed— imagine a quiet, cool walk along a deserted beach. Gone are the raucous radios blaring top 40 tunes. Gone are the never-ending lines of neon bright umbrellas to block your view. Maybe you’re strolling hand-in-hand with that special someone. Maybe you’re scouting for shells along the dog-friendly beach, your canine continuously rushing at the waves. Imagine sand and sea stretching for miles, inviting you into the rhythmic crash and tug, push and pull, the peace of consistency, of solitude.

This is the piece of pure heaven awaiting you on Brunswick Islands, a strip of southfacing beaches hugging the North Carolina coast. Separated from the South Carolina line by a solitary inlet, the collection of coastal communities boasts 45 miles of pristine beach and is an easy 4.5 hour escape from the Upstate. I T ’ S N A T U R A L / For one accustomed to the Lowcountry’s natural beauty, its northern neighbor provides similar feels. On Sunset, the Brunswick beach closest to the state line,

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Photography courtesty of Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority

Still Life: From the fishing village of Calabash (left) to the serene sands of Ocean Isle Beach (above and above opposite right), the Brunswick Islands are loaded with stretching coastal views and natural wildlife sightings, like the great blue heron (opposite right).

Photography courtesty of Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority

visitors climb a bridge to unhampered views of poetic marshland. The scene extends the Intracoastal Waterway, crossing over rows and rows of pastel painted beach homes and on to the Atlantic beyond. For Sunset, this concrete behemoth is a recent construction. Until 2010, the island was only accessible by a wooden swing bridge—now memorialized at the Old Bridge Preservation Society. Preservation is a common theme for these islands—a push-back from the rising threat of extensive coastal development. Adjacent to Sunset is Bird Island, a nature reserve protected by the state and home to hundreds of native species. While navigating a kayak through its creeks is an excellent way to observe herons, egrets, skimmers, and oystercatchers—a bike ride along the beach is a pleasant winter alternative. Shorebirds are still in abundance, and there’s also the Kindred Spirit Mailbox, a lone post preserving the hopes and prayers of thousands of the island’s enthusiasts. But the true gem in the conservancy crown is Ocean Isle Beach’s efforts to protect loggerhead sea turtles. Yes, I know, the best time to catch a hatch is in the heart of summer—but you can come back for that. The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization (OIBSTPO) works year-round to guarantee these cute little guys survive—from tracking nest locations in the spring to “sitting” on them during summer. When it’s close to hatch time,

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local residents volunteer to watch nests—that way when babies start waddling to the water, experts are on hand to help them get there. B E A T T H E C R O W D S / While these islands thrive during the summer—their slow season’s easy atmosphere reflects the true spirit of the permanent residents. Easy-going and oozing hospitality, Brunswick Islanders are eager to share the best their beaches have to offer. And recreation certainly doesn’t wear off in the winter, just the crowds. Wannabe golf pro? Brunswick Islands is simply another way of saying “NC’s Golf Coast.” The county’s more than 30 courses boast a variety of designs and playability, not to mention the stunning marshscenes from the fairways. Toddlers to entertain? Head to the Ingram Planetarium or Ocean Isle’s Museum of Coastal Carolina, where kids can literally get their hands on sea stars, urchins, and a few hermit crabs. Angsty JANUARY 2018 / 63

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It’s as if the islands are applauding the slow serenity, the pause, the rest that winter brings, and rewarding the wanderer ambitious enough to recognize the secret—the beach is truly better in the winter.

Prawn Shop: (above) The Brunswick Islands typically offer two types of fresh shrimp—smaller varieties are caught in Intracoastal inlets, while bigger red ones are pulled offshore from the ocean depths.

Play / Kindred Spirit Mailbox Leave your hopes and dreams among the dunes at this isolated mailbox. Public

teenagers you say? The Swamp Park’s zipline canopy tour is sure to thrill the most apathetic of adolescents. While zooming through the treetops, be sure to search the swamp floor for the area’s natural wildlife, including owls, beavers, deer, turkey—maybe even a wild boar. Movie fanatic? The coastal town of Southport, across from Bald Head Island, is a popular filming spot. It’s shops, restaurants, and quaint houses have been featured in blockbusters like Crimes of the Heart, Nights in Rodanthe, A Walk to Remember, and Safe Haven. And, just in case you need one more, The Oak Island Lighthouse is the ideal spot to catch scenic views of the entire stretch of islands. Book climbs in advance. W I N T E R W O N D E R / But perhaps winter’s best pitch for this piece of paradise rests in the Earth’s rotation. When you stand on a Brunswick beach and look out on the Atlantic, the closest landfall is south, towards the Bahamas, not east, towards Britain. This unique position allows eastern sunrise and western sunset views. It’s one of the few places on the East Coast to offer such a sight, and the wide winter skies, blushing in brilliant tones, are exceptional. It seems fitting that this beauty is showcased exclusively during the slow season. There’s no hustle and bustle, no schedules to book or appointments to fill, just an opportunity to stop and sit down for a spell. It’s as if the islands are applauding the slow serenity, the pause, the rest that winter brings, and rewarding the wanderer ambitious enough to recognize the secret—the beach is truly better in the winter.

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White Out: Beech Mountain Resort in North Carolina, just under 3 hours from the Upstate, offers snowcrushers multiple options for tackling the run.

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Peak Performance Take on winter with our guide to Carolina skiing / by Stephanie Trot ter


enses come alive atop the mountain. Eyes adjust as the sun’s rays bounce off a linen-white, fresh blanket of snow. Chilled oxygen burns the lungs. The air seems to smell cleaner at 5,000 feet. Ski tips hang over the edge of the slope, causing the chest to swell. The heart accelerates as fingers tighten around poles, toes clench inside boots, and the body propels forward. It’s a new day, a new run, and you’re king of this mountain. Let’s hit it.


B U N N Y S L O P E S / Archaeological findings point to man making his way across snow using skis some 6,000 years ago. Luckily, today’s skier straps on boards to chase fun, not food. And the sport is no longer relegated to Eurasia’s arctic regions, but can be found less than two hours from Greenville. With an eye on outdoor recreation, enthusiasts started building ski areas in North Carolina in the 1960s. Today, six resorts operate from November through early April, as weather permits. T R A I L B L A Z I N G / Widowmaker, Boulder Dash, Upper Omigosh— resorts just across the border feature trails serving an array of abilities, snaking through the Smokies and High Country of North Carolina. “The first time I ever went skiing was with my Scout Troop to Appalachian [Ski Mountain],” shares Eastside businessman Jerry Hunter. “When I became a father, going to

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Home of the South’s largest independent ski school. 365 ft. vertical drop /12 slopes / 3 terrain parks

Highest lift-operated ski terrain in the eastern U.S. 830 ft. vertical drop / 17 slopes / terrain park

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Closest to Greenville. 200 ft. vertical drop / 2 slopes

From Greenville: 2 hours 40 minutes,

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Mountain, Blowing Rock, NC

Resort, Beech Mountain, NC

Ski Area, Maggie Valley, NC

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Ski Area, Sapphire Valley, NC

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Pole Position: For an affordable alternative to a western ski trip, snow sport enthusiasts can hit the slopes at a wide range of eastern ski resorts, some just a few hours from Greenville. Along with trail options for all skill sets, resorts offer gear and clothing rentals.

Western North Carolina was a good way for my young sons to learn. You can go up and back in the same day, or spend the night and have a couple of days to ski.” His sons are now much older, and the family still hits the slopes, alternating between Beech, Sugar, and Beaver Creek in Colorado. “Out West is like Disney in the Rockies,” Jerry jokes. “It’s very expensive. Going to North Carolina is profoundly more convenient and immensely more affordable.”

A L P I N E P A R T Y / Skiers will find one of the best deals of this season at Beech Mountain, which is celebrating 50 years of downhill schussing. The resort is offering throwback pricing for select night sessions. The same price as opening day half a century ago: $9 a lift ticket. “It’s an exciting year for us,” reveals General Manager Ryan Costin. “We want people to spend as much time outside enjoying activities as they possibly can.”

Back in the winter of 1967–68, Beech was the first regional resort to introduce skiers to a Swiss Bavarian Village, and it still does today, with the highest liftserved slopes on the East Coast. “That continues to be one of our strongest assets,” explains Costin. “A unique facility at 5,506 feet in elevation. A layout where you can navigate the village and experience all the wintertime activities we have here.”

M I L E - H I G H M I N D S E T / Something happens to the brain, tangling at timberline with the raw elements. Perhaps it’s the feel of communing with clouds, or the rush of the wind filling your ears upon descent. A certain swagger comes from conquering waves of fresh and packed powder, using three-inch wide boards strapped to your feet. Flying downhill at 30–40 miles an hour, adrenaline and fresh air unite for an intoxicating mix. The run-out hits too soon. The tips of your nose and toes are frozen, yet the soul burns for another run. You’ve got to have it. You’ve got to do it again. More than 54 million Americans ventured to the slopes last year in search of that high. Now it’s your turn to grab the crisp, pine-scented euphoria.

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Largest winter resort in Mid-Atlantic Region. 800 ft. vertical drop / 41 trails

North Carolina’s largest winter resort. 1200 ft. vertical drop / 21 slopes / terrain park

From Greenville: 7 hours,

From Greenville: 2 hours 32 minutes,

Mountain Resort, Snowshoe, WV

Resort, Sugar Mountain, NC

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Resort, Mars Hill, NC

/// Winterplace Ski Resort, Ghent, WV

Sits inside Pisgah National Forest. 700 ft. vertical drop / 15 slopes / terrain park

Closest in WV to Greenville. 600 ft. vertical drop / 27 slopes / 2 terrain parks

From Greenville: 1 hour 55 minutes,

From Greenville: 4 hours 30 minutes,

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About TOWN

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

School of Life

The Man outlines his hard-won takeaways from 2017


t the end of each year, I compile a list of what I’ve learned, or have been reminded of, over the previous twelve months. This year’s list suggests to me that 2017 was a series of epiphanies, embarrassments, high hopes, and harsh realities. All in all quite similar to the previous 48 years. Being a parent is the easiest job to get and the hardest job to have. I’ve learned this each year since 1993 but it bears repeating. A gin and tonic is a good idea any time. “Arsenic” is not an acceptable answer when your mother asks you about your plans for her long-term care. You have to be a friend to have a friend. A Caesar salad made with kale is an abomination and those who disagree should die a slow, painful death, which they probably won’t because they eat a lot of kale. People love you when you are honest with them. The more your hair recedes the shorter it should be cut. People hate you when you are honest with them. There is nothing easier to do than not write. It is possible for a man to sign in and then wait in a gynecologist’s office waiting room for ten minutes before someone informs him that his appointment is most likely with the ENT doctor next door. Yelling an expletive at an automated phone attendant will take you directly to a live operator. Try it.

The “Door Close” button on elevators is not actually connected to anything, but pushing it repeatedly when someone is running towards the door will always give me a sense of satisfaction. Peeing a little in one’s pants when one sneezes is funny only when it happens to other people. A certain $13 bottle of bourbon secretly poured into a crystal decanter will impress all of your friends except the one who should drag his sorry ass home and drink his own bourbon if he doesn’t like what you’re serving him. People under 75 who pay with a check at the grocery store should be eyed with great suspicion. A half-full bottle of moisturizer can explode at 35,000 feet when crammed into an overstuffed piece of luggage. Dry-cleaning is a necessary evil. A vegan who does Crossfit and owns a rescue dog will tell you about all three of those things within the first ten minutes of conversation. One bad oyster can make you forget all of the good ones. If someone walks into a public restroom and sees you contorting your body in some sort of advanced yoga pose in order to position your crotch under an electric hand dryer in an attempt to remove the enormous water spot caused by a malfunctioning sink faucet, the less explanation you offer the better. Seriously, kale sucks.

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Wright To the extent you can control anything in your life, you must believe you can be successful in order to achieve success. Otherwise you’re just lucky or unlucky.

Vision Quest: Identifying and implementing goals can be as simple as visualizing who you would like to be and what you want in your life.

Mind Games


am not the best at resolutions. But every now and again, I will set my sights on a new endeavor or reset my attitude about something and go for it. In my time, I’ve noticed that there are some folks who are more adept at changing and self-improvement than others. This group is not letting life happen to them willy-nilly. Instead, achievers live life as a game of adventure, first identifying some targets and then plotting, assessing, and refocusing efforts toward their ambitions daily. You’ve probably heard of vision boards. If not, a vision board is a tool used to help you clarify and concentrate focus on a particular goal. Any kind of board will do, and the idea is that you display images of people, places, and things that represent what you want to be, do, or have in life. Now, I’m not suggesting that we all go out and buy a corkboard to hold pretty pictures from magazines, but I do believe that visualization works. Successful athletes are really good at visualizing. Just watch Olympic silver medalist and Greenville native Sandi Morris as she sprints, carrying her pole, determined to throw her body over a crossbar that is nearly three times her height. I guarantee she never imagines herself knocking the crossbar off as she approaches the launch point. Surely a corollary to visualization is “fake it ’til you make it,” something that I have found quite useful from time to time. Here is the simplest example, with credit going to my husband (who will read this

and expect to be acknowledged). If you are feeling blah or overwhelmed and need a little cheering up, start singing to yourself “Happy Days Are Here Again.” I used to harrumph and protest that a silly little song would not have any effect on my (rare) bad mood—and then I tried it. It works! It’s like how you can’t help but smile when you see a puppy or hear a baby giggle. To the extent you can control anything in your life, you must believe you can be successful in order to achieve success. Otherwise you’re just lucky or unlucky, back to living life willy-nilly, doomed to repeat mistakes, allowing choices to be made for you and never enjoying the feeling of success when you have accomplished a goal. A quote attributed to Aristotle says this: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Sounds to me like Aristotle had a vision board. So, now, let’s sing a song of cheer again, happy days are here again! I’m here if you need me. Until then, y’all behave.

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Back home, snow came like a beloved uncle who drank a little too much. It would blow into town, stay a night or two. We’d have some fun, maybe fall down, but after a couple of days, everything was back to normal.

Winter’s Bone

A Southerner’s move to Minnesota helps to reveal the majesty of cold climes / illustrations and text by David Bernardy


was born in Florida and grew up outside Atlanta. My wife, Joni, was raised in the Upstate. We fell in love in Houston, that glorious city whose constant humidity makes you feel as if you live inside a mouth. We left for a job on the hottest day that summer as the mercury topped out at 113. We drove north through jagged Ozarks, through Iowa corn. We crossed the slow Mississippi, dove through a tunnel that warned of explosives, came out into a sky crowded with cathedrals. This was Minneapolis.

To our great surprise, it was hot. Ninety-seven. Humid. Breezeless. Our brownstone had no air conditioning. No fans. We couldn’t share our single bed, so we took turns sleeping on the floor, playing games in the dark like, “What would you eat if you could eat anything from anywhere?” Biscuits from Jimmy’s in Easley. Vietnamese from Nga in Houston. Our jobs hadn’t started yet, and we didn’t know anyone. As summer wore on, we began to take our first measures of this place. We went to the Minneapolis State Fair and found a smorgasbord of the Midwest. Cheese Curds. All the milk you can drink for a dollar. Life-sized busts of beauty queens carved from blocks of butter. On the way out to the parking lot, we saw geese flying overhead, heading south, getting out. Autumn was brief but beautiful. The elms on our street yellowed. Neighborhood gardeners eked out the last of the growing season. Pots of zinnias crowded windowsills, tomatoes and zucchini hung fat on the vine. A woman planted rows of corn in the strip between her building and the sidewalk. There was a doggedness to this, a desperate quality I didn’t yet understand. But then it got cold. The first snow fell in September as I walked the bridge across the Mississippi, on my way to class. The flakes teetered in the air, slow and fat. I let them hit my face, tried to catch them with my tongue. All the old tricks. Back home, snow came like a beloved uncle who drank a little too much. It would blow into town, stay a night or two. We’d have some fun, maybe fall down, but after a couple of days, everything was back to normal. When I got to my class, still starry-eyed from nostalgia, I tried to gin up some excitement in my students. “You guys, it’s snowing.” They were nonplussed. One of the kinder ones saw my delight and took pity on me. JANUARY 2018 / 83

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Essay “You know, it’s going to keep doing that,” she said. By October, the city wore its constant blanket. We’d made friends, which helped. One of them, a kind-hearted Wisconsinite, dubbed us “The Southerners,” a phrase that spoke to a kind of generosity she saw in us. We liked to share. We shared our garage-sale sofa, our tiny galleykitchen. Wine and bourbon and steaming mugs of tea. Friends taught us gin rummy and euchre, perfect games for round tables, for windows full of light that pushed back against the dark. It was a hard season, but one so full of astonishment as to never be boring. The first time the radiator came on, the hissing of steam sounded like a swarm of locusts. In the grocery store parking lots, plows pushed the snow into unmelting piles twenty feet high, higher. One morning, driving to work, I passed a time and temperature sign: –20 degrees. Thinking it had to be a mistake, that it had to be registering wind chill, I turned on the radio. Patient voices explained that it was indeed twenty below, with a wind chill of negative forty-three. “So be careful out there.” Jesus, God, I thought. Where am I?

And yet. Sunshine in the depth of winter is clearer than any other light. All humidity freezes away: the blues and yellows blare like trumpets. And at night, the sky glitters with tiny ice crystals, as if some careless titan spilled diamond dust on the city. The natives come out in droves, skating on the frozen lakes, skiing through the parks, fishing in their tricked-out icehouses. I remember watching a cardinal from the back window as it perched in a snowy evergreen. His red was the only color that morning. He ruffled the dusting of snow off his crest, settled back again. How does he do it? I wondered. No trips south for him. Tough little bastard. Eventually, we left. Another job, this time bringing us back to the Carolinas. We spent four lovely years in Minneapolis, despite everything. And I still claim an odd bragging right for having lived there. I hear people talk of winter here, winter there, and think, Ha. That’s cold for them. But then I think of my friends who stayed, who are still back in the North Star State. This morning it got down to forty in Greenville. Ha. That’s cold for me.

Weather or Not: David Bernardy is a writer, artist, and teacher in Greenville, South Carolina. You can find more of his work at

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Considered an epicenter of culture and craftsmanship in North Africa, Fes is Morocco's second-largest city and upholds old-world customs within its walled medina.





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started with a trip. Or, rather, a trip that never happened. Tessa and Brian Pinner had long been avid travel buffs, and in 2015, their hunger for adventure sent them thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean and into the northernmost region of the African continent. She had family in Sahara-bordering Tunisia, but it only made sense, what with their already being halfway around the world, for the couple to extend the journey and explore one country that their globetrotting feet had yet to take them—Morocco. The Pinners set off for the city of Fes, with plans to go to the major city of Marrakesh sometime during the five days they’d set aside for their detour excursion. They didn’t make it to Marrakesh. Instead, the pair were captivated with Fes, charmed by a people, an architecture, a community, and a way of life that was, well, magical. Like a cut pattern hand-stamped into one of its artisan’s traditional leather poufs, Fes had left an impression. They’d formed a bond with the city, Tessa says, an intimate, natural connection that would bind itself to the Pinners and hold tight long after they’d returned to the Upstate. Neither she nor her husband knew it at the time, but that initial brush with Moroccan culture would sow the seeds of an idea, a dream to share Fes’s centuries-old traditions and exquisite artistry with others. Two years later, that dream would have a name: Broaden.

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Katelyn Pinner (left) and Tessa Pinner, married to brothers Nathan and Brian, traveled to Fes to uncover the craftsmanship behind the city's traditional wares. Katelyn is the floral designer behind ModFete, and Tessa is the bake artist behind Tessa Pinner Cakes.

MOROCCA N MAGIC While Fes holds the title of Morocco’s second largest city, it’s also revered as an epicenter of cultural significance and craftsmanship, still steeped in the history of its passed-down customs. Stepping across the threshold into the old medina—an ancient walled city believed to have been founded sometime in the eighth or ninth century—is like traversing a barrier back in time and entering an “old, magical world,” Tessa says. No motorized vehicles are allowed within the bowl-shaped district, obligating natives, tourists, and visitors to navigate the narrow, winding streets on foot. Locals recommend tossing the map—you will get lost somewhere

along these maze-like thoroughfares—and allow yourself to simply become absorbed amongst the donkeys and natives with push carts going about their average day. You’ll pass incredible marketplaces lined with eclectic shops peddling all kinds of wares, vibrant with activity as vendors entreat you to buy this, look at this, name your price on this. There are those items that have become somewhat symbolic of the Mediterranean creative aesthetic, a diverse sideshow of textures, colors, and materials, each with its own distinct personality and story to tell. Like many Moroccan cities, Fes is a place of things to be bought. But that’s not what attracted the Pinners to this “Mecca of the West.” e knew we wanted to go where things were being made, not just where they were being sold,” Tessa explains. “Even as tourists, we were told that if you can find little shops where a man was actually making stuff, buy from him because then you’re supporting that man directly. He’s not just getting a cut of your purchase and barely making enough to live on.” The Pinners kept this advice in mind when they began brainstorming ideas for a joint venture with Brian’s brother Nathan and his wife, Katelyn. They’d had been toying for some time with the idea of starting a family business together, but with four sets of complementary skills



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in various specialties—Tessa creates wedding cakes as Tessa Pinner Cakes, and Katelyn designs flower arrangements for her business Modfete, while Brian and Nathan are both involved in the property field—it was hard to nail down a concept. Once again, Tessa and Brian reflected on Morocco. “We’d been thinking back on that trip and how much we really wanted to share the things that we saw there,” Tessa says, “how much we wanted to bring what we loved about Fes back for other people. We thought, ‘What if we started importing these goods from Morocco?’” She laughs. “Nathan and Katelyn had never been, so they took a leap of faith and jumped on board. Everything else happened kind of quickly.” o quickly, in fact, that in 2017, Tessa and her sister-inlaw found themselves on a “whirlwind” week and a half scouting expedition in Morocco. The women opted to go in March, when the tourist season is not yet at its peak and the summertime heat hasn’t forced locals to close up shop and depart on holiday with family and friends. With a general list in hand and a determination to “peel back the layers” of where things come from and who makes them, their crusade often involved hours spent in market stalls with vendors, a calculator, and translator between them as hand gestures, drawings, and pointing substituted for the words that language barriers would not permit. They haggled with vendors over rug prices—a necessity in the business, lest you get cheated—deep inside hidden mountain villages. Their goal was to create an inventory that represented Fes’ three biggest categories of craftsmanship: leather, textiles, and pottery. The experience, Tessa admits, was nothing short of “transformational.”



A true "Mecca of the West," Fes is full of artisans who offer a plethora of elegant products—clay bowls, woven baskets, glass pitchers, crafted metals, woven textiles, and naturally crafted leathers. These goods are thoughtfully selected by the Broaden team and sold in their online shop,

L E A T H E R Tessa knows exactly when she first fell in love with leather poufs. In a guest house called the Dar Roumana, two poufs sat by the fireplace, a placement Tessa says seemed like it had lasted 100 years.

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"We are not going to make design choices to push the artists in a direction that's not their aesthetic. We want to say, 'If this is what you're making, let us curate it.' It's that kind of selection." — Tessa Pinner

Worn-in patches, they were not pristine but well-loved, neatly stitched by hand in a dark mahogany hide. Tessa and Katelyn often sat on these poufs at the end of a long day, marveling at their comfort and ability to go from end table to footrest to seat in a pinch. This, Tessa thought, was something they had to have. You can overlook Morocco’s oldest leather tannery—the Chouara— while in Fes. The limestone vats glint like a painter’s palette of radiant colors, reds, oranges, browns, yellows, greens, and blues dappling in the open air. It’s an all-natural method that has been around for centuries, and one that truly epitomizes the culture of Fes. “It’s this encapsulated process because it’s all starting and ending at the same place,” Tessa says. “There’s these men processing the skins with their feet, and then they go into one vat and then another, and then they’ll be transferred to another part of the same medina where they’ll be sewn by artisans and made into things. It’s just really neat.” When choosing what to stock, Tessa says they considered how people will use these pieces in their home, and how to make them work in different styles of decor. They worked closely with a local artisan and landed on the square shape in more natural tones they could see fitting in anywhere, with pillows that would accent the poufs and “play off” each other as a set. Shoulder bags stiff enough to hold laptops were crafted, and a weekender duffel bag is currently in the works. Artisans are used to making custom orders like theirs, Tessa says, but she also adds that the Broaden brand will never change the “soul” of what makes these traditions so special. “We are not going to make design choices to push the artists in a direction that’s not their aesthetic already,” she claims. “We want to say, ‘If this is what you’re making, let us curate it.’ It’s that kind of selection.” C L A Y If you’re perusing the pottery at a Fes marketplace, you’re bound to notice one thing. Man, some of these bowls are huge. Broaden actually stocks one. Twenty inches across, the massive vessel was created using the city’s original design library and decorated by

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"There's something really amazing about how everything is different. There's a big mix, and what you find is what you find. I think there's a magic in things not being regulated." — Tessa Pinner

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T E X T I L E S The drive from Fes into the Atlas Mountains—a range that spans Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia—takes about three hours. When Tessa and Katelyn were dropped off at the nearby village with their sourcer, they were told some of their hosts might not have seen a Western women before. It’s rare for tourists to visit these parts, even rarer to locate the tribal communities where rugs and blankets are woven almost exclusively by women. Many of these tribes— particularly the Berber subset—only speak their dialect. Broaden’s sourcer, for example, works with the village shaman in Arabic, who then relays messages to the artisans in their native tongue. Left with no option other than to smile and not be intrusive, Tessa and Katelyn simply watched history weave itself (quite literally) right in front of them. “Watching these women sit and do this by hand, and really valuing the hand-done process, was just extremely humbling,” she recalls. “They’re not complaining. This is what they’ve done for generations, and they know it’s a good thing.” oroccan rugs are typically crafted based upon geography. Flat weaves are characteristic of warmer climates and proximity to the Sahara, where the rug acts as a sand barrier rather than an means of heat. Higher piles indicate higher altitudes, with thicker textiles to provide needed comfort. Mid-range villages often use dual-sided rugs that can be flipped over depending on the season. The same can be said for blankets, which are often made with wool in the loftier regions. The textiles are stitched with symbols that describe life as a tribe. They ask for protection, fertility, birds, and blessings on their crops. There are many appeals for survival. “It’s like they are inscribing into their textiles the things they hope and wish for their life together,” Tessa muses as she looks over their collection of rugs. “There’s something really amazing about how everything is different. Some are new, some are old. There’s just a big mix, and what you find is what you find. I think there’s a magic in things not being regulated.”


an artisan who trained as a master painter. He is responsible for every stage of the piece’s formation, an endeavor which uses clay dug from hillsides that is then smashed by foot, soaked for softness, and fired in a kiln cleanly fueled with the by-product of another major Moroccan export business—olive pits. The artisan uses a potter’s wheel and horsehair brushes for painting those perfectly symmetrical rings before a design is mapped out and filled in bit by bit—often in shades of “Fes Blue,” a deep cobalt with origins in the region’s natural landscape. It’s time-consuming work, and each bowl is always a tiny bit different. “When you examine them, no one is ever going to be exactly the same. But it gives them character,” she notes. “These designs are so special, and we want to keep them these sizes and shapes because if you try and cut it down, you’ll lose some of this amazing detail.” One of these same bowls rests on Brian and Tessa’s dining room table. To remain accessible for potential buyers, they also requested their artisan make smaller serving pieces that would be suitable for weekday dinners and not just the festive occasion. And if you want to do as the Moroccans do, start clearing some wall space. “For something that’s so beautiful, you wouldn’t want to hide any of these in your cupboard,” Tessa says. “When the bowls and serving pieces aren’t in use, they’ll just hang them on the wall. It’s this constellation of all these amazing different patterns, and then when it’s needed again, they just take it right down.”


(opposite left) Nathan and Katelyn Pinner, along with Brian and Tessa Pinner, began Broaden Goods to import handcrafted wares from Fes, Morocco, to sell stateside. The team hopes to expand to other countries in the future.

T H E J O U R N E Y A B R O A D When it came to choosing a name, the Pinners did not want to rush things. Their title—along with the logo—would be well-considered and thought out, and embody the idea that your home doesn’t have to all come from one big-box retailer. There’s no prize for being matchy-matchy, all the time. Within a week, they had it. At home abroad, abroad at home. “The term broaden is this idea of looking outside of where you’re at,” Tessa says. “I think you get a better perspective on your own home by going and seeing how other people live. You can buy these things because they’re pretty and that’s a perfectly good reason. But if you also know the story of where it came from and who made it, that’s when you get the most value out of it.” The logo, a medallion shape with an interior core and arrows pointing out in all directions, is a symbol of the Pinners’ hopes for Broaden’s future. They’ve held two pop-ups and can be found online, but Tessa says they eventually hope to expand into other countries, showcasing even more takes on provincial craftsmanship. Ultimately, they hope to ensure the continued tradition of Moroccan artisans, a commerce depending on patronage and steady work to thrive and be trickled down to the next generation. She recalls how heartwrenching it was to be told by locals that streets once bustling with workers are now empty, how easy it would be for this culture to just be gone. A taxi driver—and former Moroccan national soccer player—once urged them to tell people to come visit Morocco, that without their support, the industry would die out. Even today, his words still resonate. “It’s complicated because you want to support something that has been going on for so long and is so beautiful, but you want to do it in a way that gives people the best life. You have to be sensitive,” she says. “We’re just at the beginning, but we’re excited at the prospect. If we can just have relationships with a few people and make sure they have work for the foreseeable future, that would be amazing.” For more information on Broaden, or to purchase their curated products, visit

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Bowl by Bowl

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Winter’s harvest offers a warm repast with a roasted cauliflower soup

Just in Thyme: Cauliflower, onions, mushrooms, shallots, and wild rice make for a warm winter feast.

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Humble Beginnings: A creamy cup of cauliflower soup might be the inspiration required to roll out your resolutions.

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nheritances have been traded for it. Illnesses cured by it. There’s no denying the power of a bowl of soup. Come January, I find myself setting my soup pot on the stove and contemplating the possibilities. Here’s the thing: some of us emerge into the new year pink-cheeked and exhilarated, as if we’ve been shot from a cannon straight into fresh goals and resolutions. Others of us prefer to retreat inside to stillness and sweatpants, a welcome contrast to the holiday crush. I’m in the second camp—but if I’m not careful, I’ll end up deep into a Netflix binge and a bowl of pasta more nights than not. Enter this soul-satisfying soup, an elegant antidote to whatever cold-weather comfort food rut I may find myself in. Elegant is not the word I’d typically use to describe cauliflower (virtuous or versatile or sturdy come to mind), but when roasted with garlic and shallots until fragrant, puréed until silky, and swirled with cream, the cruciferous vegetable elevates any dinner table. Even my own. Ladled into wide, shallow bowls, the velvety cauliflower soup is contrasted by spoonfuls of nutty wild rice and golden mushrooms. A splash of white wine vinegar cuts through deep, roasted flavors, and the whole experience manages to achieve the balance we all crave at the beginning of a new year. Can a bowl of soup really inspire a new rhythm? I don’t see why not. Greater things have begun with a pot and a ladle.

2 heads of cauliflower, stems removed and coarsely chopped 2 shallots, sliced 4 cloves garlic, peeled 6–8 sprigs fresh thyme Olive oil 2 small onions, finely chopped 3 Tbs. butter 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, thinly sliced 7 c. vegetable stock ½ c. heavy cream 2 tsp. white wine vinegar Kosher salt 3 cups cooked wild rice, for serving

Some of us emerge into the new year pinkcheeked and exhilarated. Others of us prefer to retreat inside to stillness and sweatpants.

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Toss cauliflower, shallots, thyme, and garlic on a large sheet pan with olive oil to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 30 minutes, until cauliflower softens and begins to brown around the edges. Discard thyme sprigs. Reserve ½ cup of roasted cauliflower florets for topping. 2. Meanwhile, heat a large Dutch oven over medium-low. Melt 1 Tbs. butter and, working in batches, sauté mushrooms until deep golden brown, about 3–4 minutes per batch. Melt another tablespoon of butter before sautéing the second batch. Do not crowd the pot. Lightly sprinkle mushrooms with salt and set aside. 3. In the same Dutch oven, melt the final tablespoon of butter and stir to loosen any browned mushroom bits. Sauté onions until soft and translucent, 4–6 minutes. Season with ¼ tsp. of kosher salt. 4. Add cauliflower, shallots, and garlic into the pot, along with the vegetable stock. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Place the lid on and simmer for 10 minutes. 5. Remove from heat and use an immersion blender (or transfer to a blender) to purée soup until smooth and silky. Add ½ tsp. of kosher salt and ½ cup of heavy cream. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Finish with 2 tsp. of white wine vinegar and stir. 6. Serve in shallow bowls with a scoop of wild rice, sautéed mushrooms, and roasted cauliflower florets.

Warm Welcome


Elevate your cold weather comfort food with this satisfying yet sophisticated roasted cauliflower soup

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Winter’s Bounty: The Toasty Farmer at Brewery 85 features 45 vendors, selling everything from vegetables, cheeses, and meats, to soaps and sweets. On the first Saturday of the month, the market hosts an oyster roast, courtesy of vendor Sea Eagle Market. Saturdays through March 10, 11am–2pm, at Brewery 85, 6 Whitlee Ct, Greenville.

Get Toasty For a second year, Brewery 85 hosts an indoor farmers’ market every Saturday / by M. Linda Lee

// photography by Jivan Davé


or many Upstate residents—myself included—it’s a sad day at the end of October when the area’s farmers’ markets close down for the winter. Last January, however, Will McCameron, one of the owners of Brewery 85 on Greenville’s East Side, gave foodies something to smile about when he launched The Toasty Farmer. McCameron, a fan of farmers’ markets, conceived the event initially as both a way to bring customers to the brewery and to make farm-fresh produce available during the lean winter months. After calling some of his farmer friends, he put in a call to Adrienne Hawkins, who had just left her position as executive director of the Travelers Rest Farmers Market. “I was planning to take a break,” Hawkins confesses, “but I saw great potential in a winter market, and I just couldn’t resist.” In its first year, the family- and dog-friendly indoor/outdoor market ran every other Saturday from January through March and included 30 vendors. It was such a hit that the producers clamored to hold the event more often, so this winter the market started in November and will operate every Saturday until March 10. “We have gone from 7 markets [in the season] to 19, and increased the number of vendors to 45,” reports Hawkins. “Will has been an amazing host. We pretty much take over the brewery every week.” While food trucks park outside, you’ll find most of the vendors inside the brewery (go back around the corner past the bar). A core of producers (Growing Green Family Farms, Mushroom Mountain, Southern Berkshire Farm, to name just a few) come regularly, supplemented by other artisans, such as bakers and artists, who rotate. “Our vendors are the best of the best,” Hawkins states proudly. The market hosts an oyster roast on the first Saturday of each month in

collaboration with Sea Eagle Seafood, whose owners bring fresh fish and shellfish from Beaufort every other week. Folks are encouraged to have a beer when they visit, yet that’s not the whole point. “We are fostering the sense of community that results from so many of our farmers and makers working together to support one another,” says market manager Luanne Thayer. “The Toasty Farmer is meant to be a gathering place,” echoes McCameron, “a place to share fun and family and love.” And keep toasty warm to boot. Hop Around A few of our favorites at The Toasty Farmer: Blue Ridge Creamery: Now Eastsiders don’t have to trek to Travelers Rest to purchase Christian Hansen’s delicious handcrafted cheeses. Bootleg Bakery: Vodka vanilla cupcakes with coffee Kahlua cream frosting as well as other confections that Kate Zerndt infuses with spirits from local Six & Twenty Distillery aren’t your grandma’s recipes. Holmes Sweet Home: New to the market this year, Samotria Holmes began making caramel sauce for her mother. Now she shares her sweet sauce and nut brittle with Toasty customers. Inglenook Soaps: Amy Moore’s masculine Urban 64 line includes soaps made with beer from local breweries.

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Get It Straight You’ll want to savor this artisan maple syrup— aged in bourbon barrels—long after breakfast / by Kathryn Davé // photograph by Jivan Davé


rtisan. Handcrafted. Small-batch. Single-grain. Locally sourced. Heritage. This might sound like the beginnings of a joke about current food trends, but the maple syrup these words describe is seriously good. It’s called Noble Tonic 01: Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup. A mouthful—but a delicious one. When you can get an artisan version of just about any food these days, it’s easy to grow cavalier about the craft behind such quality. But taste is a lot like love. Sometimes you can know in an instant all you were missing before. Next to the complex flavors of Noble Tonic 01—a rich maple syrup carefully aged in charred oak bourbon barrels and spiked with a bit of singlegrain bourbon from Tuthilltown’s micro whiskey distillery—Aunt Jemima’s seems like a joke. Even

Shot of Warmth: Stay toasty with a mug of rich, indulgent hot chocolate, lightly sweetened with Noble Tonic 01 and bourbon whiskey. Find the recipe for Bourbon Maple Hot Chocolate at

the good grade B stuff at the grocery can’t compete with this pure amber syrup sourced from heritage sugar shacks in Québec’s storied maple orchards. The beautiful, wax-sealed bottle is the result of Mikuni Wild Harvest’s commitment to the collaboration and craft of our new American food tradition. Mikuni began as a team of wild mushroom foragers trusted by globally renowned chefs like Thomas Keller. Today, Mikuni’s mission has broadened to bring more quality, small-batch ingredients like Noble Handcrafted syrups and vinegars to the world for discovery. Noble Tonic 01 is quite a treat with traditional breakfast spreads, like waffles or pancakes, but its sophisticated flavor seems particularly suited to post AM preparations, such as finishing roasted vegetables or stirring in cocktails. Its full, round flavor takes homemade hot chocolate from a child’s snack to a grown-up indulgence. But before you add it to anything, taste it alone. This is one syrup you’ll want to savor. Find Noble Tonic 01: Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup at Caviar & Bananas, 1 N Laurens St, Greenville.

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Celebrating 70 Years in Business! A new generation continuing tradition and delicious recipes.

Founders Beatrice & Richard Strossner Opened Strossner’s Bakery in 1947

Second Generation Ron, Freida, Mary & Dick Strossner

Third Generation Whitney, Myla & Tapley Strossner

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With a menu focused on hyper-local produce, Chef Greg McPhee's globally influenced menu changes almost weekly. Sample dishes include Korean BBQ Octopus, Royal Red Shrimp Capelletti, and Timberock Farms Muscovy Duck. The “For the Table” option offers housemade charcuterie, Blue Ridge Creamery cheese, Bake Room bread, and more. Don’t miss the outstanding cocktail program at the gorgeous bar upstairs, or brunch, which is now being served Sundays. $-$$$, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 586 Perry Ave. (864) 219-3082, AUGUSTA GRILL

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

display, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering selections. The menu’s flavor profiles extend to cocktails, which heavily feature whiskeys, bourbons, bacon-infused liquors, and even smoked sorghum syrup. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 3620 Pelham Rd. (864) 297-6000, BRICK STREET CAFÉ

You’ll likely have to loosen your belt after chowing down at this Augusta Street mainstay that serves all the comforts of home. Try Mom’s Spaghetti, Miss Sara’s Crab Cakes, or the signature fried shrimp with sweet potato fries. But do save room for made-from-scratch sweets like the sweet potato cake, peanut butter cake, and apple pie (available for special-order, too). $$-$$$, L, D. 315 Augusta St. (864) 421-0111, GB&D

The restaurant’s description itself—Golden Brown & Delicious—tells you all you need to know about this West Greenville joint. Locally sourced dishes of American favorites, such as well-crafted salads and sandwiches—like the killer burger on a housemade brioche bun— fill the menu. Don’t miss Noodle Nights on Thursdays, complete with housemade ramen.

The Trappe Door A rathskeller vibe pervades this underground tavern, which boasts Belgian bites and beer, including a 10-tap rotation and more than 150 bottle varieties. Specialties include the waterzooi (a creamy seafood stew) and carbonnades flamandes (beef stew braised in beer). But you'd be remiss if you didn't dive into the wild mushroom vol au vont (below) with seasonal shrooms sautéed in white wine and garlic sauce atop a puff pastry boat. For dessert—you guessed it—Belgian waffles are the ticket.

$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 23 W Washington St. (864) 451-7490,

$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 1269 Pendleton St. (864) 230-9455,


Photograph by Paul Mehaffey

You might think you know what meat lover’s heaven looks like, but if you show up at Chef Anthony Gray’s gastropub, you’ll know for sure. From a board of house-cured, smoked, and dried meats, to a glass-walled curing room

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

Dr, Greenville. (864) 214-1483,



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

Linger in the relaxed atmosphere of Northampton’s wine bar. Choose a bottle from the thousands for sale, open it for a corkage fee, and enjoy with a selection of cheese or small plate. Or, select the dining area for dinner from an everchanging menu, which includes seafood, beef, and wild game. The outdoor patio is a decidedly relaxing location for a meal or a glass of wine. $$-$$$$.


L, D. 211-A E Broad St. (864) 271-3919,

Located in the space formerly occupied by Corner Pocket, Ink N Ivy boasts a menu of American fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Lunch features staples like the charred salmon salad, and the evening menu tacks on entrées like the grilled scallops, topped with lime cilantro butter, and served on wilted chives, baby spinach, and roasted peppers. $$, L, D (Mon–Sun), SBR (Sat–Sun). 21 E Coffee St. (864) 438-4698, JIANNA

With stellar views of Falls Park from its wrap-around terrace, this modern Italian osteria offers patrons daily house-made pastas, the region’s freshest seasonal ingredients, and, of course, oysters. Grab a cocktail or a glass of wine from the 40-foot bar, and nosh on potato gnocchi, radiatori, and ricotta with truffle honey. $$-$$$, L, D. 207 S Main St. (864) 720-2200, KITCHEN SYNC

A straight farm-to-table concept and a certified-green restaurant, Kitchen Sync’s eco-focus extends to its menu, sourced by local farms. Start with the Gritz Fritz, with Hurricane Creek fried grits, collards, and pepper jam. The Banh Mi salad comes loaded with fresh veg and rice noodles, topped with pulled pork or tofu, or try the local rib pork chop. Don’t miss the pizza! $$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1609 Laurens Rd, Greenville. (864) 5688115,


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

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


The latest addition to the Larkin’s line-up, this ristorante serves up authentic Italian cusine out of the former Playwright space on River and Broad streets. The menu ranges from pesto pizzas to chicken marsala to classics like spaghetti and meatballs—but the real winner is the all-Italian wine list, curated from award-winning vineyards from across the region. After you’ve had your glass, don’t miss out on a bite of the housemade limoncello gelato. $$-$$$, L, D. 401 River St.

(864) 263-7000,

that steers the beefy American staple into unconventional (but totally delicious) territory. Take the “Piedmont Mullet ’85,” with sloppy joe chili, bomb mustard, American cheese, and “phat” onion rings. For you Elvis enthusiasts, the “King of Memphis” is a hunk of burnin’ love concocted with banana jam, peanut butter, and bacon. $$, L, D. 2451 N Pleasantburg



The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. Beer, wine, and craft cocktails complement an ambitious menu of “urban comfort food” from fried chicken and waffles to a customized grits bar at brunch. Located on Main Street between ONE City Plaza and the Peace Center, this gastropub is downtown hotspot and neighborhood hangout in one. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St. (864) 373-7300, OAKBLUE KITCHEN

Smoked, hand-pulled BBQ is a glowing centerpiece of this local eatery. Serving plenty of homestyle dishes, like the Tabasco-breaded hot chicken sandwich and pimento cheese appetizer, Oakblue also offers the Korean BBQ sandwich with hefty short rib, pickled Daikon radish, and spicy Gochujang aioli. $$, L (Tues–Sun),

D (Tues–Sat). Closed Mondays. 109 N Main St, Ste A, Greenville. (864) 520-2579, OJ’S DINER

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

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

Tucked away in Travelers Rest, Restaurant 17 blends contemporary European bistro with Blue Ridge bliss. The menu changes seasonally, but expect dishes from Executive Chef Nick Graves like smoked scallop crudo with crème fraîche, grapefruit, hot sauce pearls, and Meyer lemon oil, and pork belly agnolotti with chestnuts, rapini, and saffron cream. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sun & Mon. 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest. (864) 516-1254, RICK ERWIN’S NANTUCKET SEAFOOD

Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant takes us seaside. The day’s fresh catch comes grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or in chef-designed specialties. Try the fried lobster bites with a drink at the elegant bar, pre– or post– Peace Center performance. Ideal for group dinners or quiet date nights, Nantucket offers both an intimate and entertaining atmosphere. $$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 546-3535,

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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, ROCKET SURGERY

From the folks who bring you the heavenly pies at Sidewall Pizza comes a new craft concept. Trading slices for sliders, Rocket Surgery’s low-key bill of fare features snackable burgers with variations like lamb topped with feta, spinach, and tangy harissa, and the fried soft-shell crab with creamy paprika aioli and pickled red cabbage. If you plan to drink your dinner, go for the coconut and pineapple-infused “Painkiller” or “The Prospector” with bourbon and house-made bitters. $$, D (Mon, Thurs–Sat), 164-D S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610, 0901. ROOST

This nod to the enterprising farm-to-table trend lends a modern, tasty addition to North Main. With a promise to provide food with a limited distance from producer to consumer, Roost’s ingredients are sourced from nearby areas in South and North Carolina. In good weather, try to snag a spot on the patio overlooking NoMa Square. $$-$$$,

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

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


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

Ext. (864) 412-8825, BREWERY 85

Named for Greenville’s favorite freeway, this microbrew is attracting outsized attention with their eclectic collection of craft brews. From the crisp GVL IPA to the malty Howdy Dunkel, Brewery 85 combines Southern style with the best of German brew techniques. Trek to the taproom for their latest lagers; well-mannered kids and canines welcome. 6 Whitlee Ct. (864) 558-0104, THE COMMUNITY TAP

Convenience, expertise, and great atmosphere collide at The Community Tap, Greenville’s neighborhood craft beer and wine shop. Choose from their extensive selection—more than 180 local, national, and international brews—or have a glass from one of their ever-rotating beer and wine taps. 217 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 631-2525, GROWLER HAUS

The franchise’s West Greenville addition is its newest, rounding out the total to four Upstate watering holes. Growler Haus’s drafts rotate seasonally to bring you the best in local and national brews, so whether you’re a fan of IPAs, pilsners, ciders, pale ales, or wheats, they’ve got a cold one waiting for you. Just remember to pepper in a homemade pretzel with beer cheese or a pork belly bao bun in between pints. $-$$,

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L (Fri–Sat), D (Mon–Sat). Closed Sunday. 12 Lois Ave. (864) 373-9347,



Local flavor shines here in entrées like crab cakes with remoulade, sweet corn maque choux, mashed potatoes, and haricot verts. Their selection of 700 wines guarantees the perfect meal complement. Featuring different selections every week, the Sunday brunch buffet showcases the chefs’ creativity. $$$$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 232-7007,


The Charlotte-based eatery brings a spread of flavors that embody the very definition of “Southern” cuisine—albeit with a little extra flair. Indulge in a crispy-fried chicken breast plated atop a warm Belgian (or red velvet) waffle with country ham steak for dinner, then head back the next morning to tuck into Terrace’s specialty breakfast casserole, a cheesy confection of sausage, eggs, and onions. $$-$$$, L (Mon–Sat), D, SBR (Mon–Sun). 654 S Main St. (864) 844-8024,


Providing patrons and patriots alike with a wide porch area and spacious interior bar, 13 Stripes rotates a loaded arsenal of aptlytitled suds—including the Nathan Hale Pale Ale and Machias Liberty Nitro Milk Stout— and rolls out session beers, IPAs, porters, and other seasonal kegs that pair perfectly with one of 13 Stripes’ “ration plates,” laden with fresh-cut meats and cheeses. Taylors Mill, 250 Mill St, Ste PW 3101, Taylors. (864) 349-1430,

Located next to Fluor Field, Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill is both pre-game watering hole and after-work hangout. Dinner choices range from classic burgers and juicy steaks to spinach pizza. Gather with friends at the long bar to enjoy one of 72 brews on tap. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St. (864) 770-7777, MAC’S SPEED SHOP

Across from Liberty Tap Room, Mac’s is for the Harley-set as well as the Greenville Drive crowd, with plenty of brisket, ribs, and beer-can chicken. Try a plate of Tabascofried pickles, washed down with one of the 50 craft beers on tap. With outdoor seating, you’ll likely want to lay some rubber on the road to grab your spot. $-$$$, L, D.

930 S Main St. (864) 239-0286 QUEST BREWING CO.

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Committed to producing premium brews while minimizing their environmental impact, Quest guarantees to satisfy your beer cravings and sustainability enthusiasm in a single sip. Grab a pint of QBC’s signature brews; the West Coast–style Ellida IPA packs a punch of flavor, or venture to the dark side with the Kaldi imperial coffee stout (crafted with locally roasted beans). Stop by for an afternoon brewery tour, then follow up with an evening full of food truck fare and live music. 55 Airview Dr, Greenville. (864) 2726232,


True to its namesake, this rooftop tasting room is all about liquid refreshment. While the full-service bar offers an array of fine wine and whiskey, there’s no better way to end your evening than with an easy-drinking

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glass of sangria (or a signature cocktail) in hand. SIP’s open-air patio complete with cushioned couches accentuates the laidback atmosphere, and a curated collection of small plates guarantees a quick answer to an alcohol-induced appetite.

providing just enough bite so as not to overpower the intimate establishment’s true star—the cocktail list. The thoughtfully blended selection includes both signature and traditional libations; your only task is picking your poison. $$, D (Tues–Sat), Closed Sun–

$-$$, D. 103 N Main St #400, (864) 552-1916,

Mon. 655 S Main St, Ste 100, Greenville. (864) 603-1881,



Located off of Main Street in Travelers Rest, this local brewhouse gives you one more reason to cruise (responsibly!) down the Swamp Rabbit. With a taproom offering classics (try the easy-drinking American pale ale) and fresh brews (the Belgianstyle farm ale is a golden dream) as well as frequent food truck visits, this brewery is sure to become your favorite place to cap off a Saturday afternoon. 26 S Main St,

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Wind down on the weekends at this combination gourmet wine shop, beer tap, and sampling space. With nearly 200 wines and 150 craft beers for sale in-house, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Not sure what kind of vino revs your engine? Taste-test a few by the glass and pick up a new favorite from the weekly featured wines or happy hours hosted Wednesday through Friday. And, yes—there is cheese. $$, L (Sat–Sun), D (Wed–Sat), Closed Mon–Tues. 164 S Main St, Ste C, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2020,


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

(864) 605-1166, UP ON THE ROOF

We all know a well-crafted cocktail can make your spirits soar, but a glass at this dignified drinkery will leave you nine stories high, literally. With it’s classic cocktails, local craft brews, and unique wine varieties, this rooftop bar brings a heightened experience to downtown’s Embassy Suites. Graze on small plates and soak in some of the Upstate’s most scenic vistas. $-$$, L, D. 250 RiverPlace. (864) 242-4000, UPSTATE CRAFT BEER CO.

Housed in the old Claussen Bakery off Augusta, Upstate Craft Beer Co. is hoppy hour heaven. Not only do they feature the best local and national brews on tap, this beer joint offers home brewsters all the gear and ’gredients needed to craft their own ale-inspired inventions. Make sure to try a naan pizza from the in-house kitchen. 400 Augusta St. (864) 609-4590, UNIVERSAL JOINT

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

Ave. (864) 252-4055, VAULT & VATOR

Named for a former vault elevator that once took up residence in the underground expanse, this hip downtown joint puts a 21st century spin on the fashionable speakeasies of yore. The small plates of charcuterie, hummus, and cheese are simple yet refined,

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

1 Augusta St, Ste 126. (864) 242-9296,


The queen bee of all things fluffy, floury, and delicious, Asheville-based Biscuit Head has set up shop in Greenville with its wide array of home-cooked biscuits. Whether you like ’em slathered in gravy or smothered in sweetness—the jam bar is slammed with fruity preserves—you can’t go wrong with the Greenvillian topped with fried pork steak, jalapeño cream cheese, bacon gravy, a sunny side egg, and pickled jalapeños. $-$$. B, L. 823 S Church St, Greenville. (864) 248-0371, THE BOHEMIAN CAFÉ

Treat taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records. This eclectic café with an international flair serves curry and pasta, and 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. (864) 233-0006, CHICORA ALLEY

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

Mega Breakfast for a hearty menu sampling. For something later in the day, Mary Beth’s also has lunch and dinner menus that include sandwiches, rack of lamb, and salmon. $$$$$, B, L, D (Thurs–Sat). 500 E McBee Ave. (864) 242-2535,


Located in historic Falls Cottage, Mary’s offers brunch and lunch with a charm perfect for leisurely weekends. The menu includes the ultimate Reuben and quiches, as well as Southern comfort favorites like the Fountain Inn salad and hot chicken salad.

$-$$, L, SBR. Closed Monday. 615 S Main St. (864) 298-0005, TANDEM CREPERIE & COFFEEHOUSE

Tandem lures Swamp Rabbit cyclists with aromas of Counter Culture Coffee and a happy stomach guarantee. Try the lumberjack (cornmeal crepe, ham, bacon, eggs, cheese, bechamel, and maple syrup) or the tasty banana nut crepe. Stuck between savory and sweet? Split one of each with a friend in the Tandem spirit: “Together is best.” $, B, L, SBR. 2 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2245,


Big Southern charm comes in forms of steaming hot biscuits at Tupelo Honey. Indulge in sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter of course), available all day, or try a mouthwatering sandwich like the Southern fried chicken BLT with maple-peppered bacon. $$, B, L, D. 1 N Main St, Ste T. (864) 451-6200,


Looking for that midday pick-me-up? Pop on over to Barista Alley, where exposed brick walls and wide wooden tables create the perfect ambience to converse with a warm mug in hand. Sure, you can satisfy your caffeine cravings with a fresh espresso, cold brew, or chai tea. But you’d be cheating yourself by missing out on Barista Alley’s colorful array of green, berry, peanut butter and chocolate, and pineapple punch smoothies. $, B (Mon–Sat), L,D (Mon–Sun). 125 E Poinsett St, Greer. (864) 655-5180, BEX CAFÉ AND JUICE BAR

Healthy and hearty join forces at this West End juice bar. Find fresh fare in their organic salads, as well as their fruit and veggierich juice varieties; or sink your teeth into something a little more solid. Their sausage, egg, and cheese bagel will not disappoint, with gluten-free options available, of course.

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 Patty-o-Sullivan omelets (grilled corned beef hash with melted swiss cheese), this breakfast joint has you covered. Not a fan of eggs? Try classic diner fare like pancakes, waffles, burgers, and French toast.

$, B, L. 820 S Main St #104. (864) 552-1509,

$-$$. B, L. 31 Augusta St. (864) 520-2005,



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

Breakfast is an essential meal, and Mary Beth’s treats it accordingly. Take your pick: biscuits, omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, crepes, and pancakes populate the breakfast menu. Or don’t pick—get the

Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, adult libations, and dreamy desserts like the peanut butter pie with graham cracker crust and a peanut butter and vanilla mousse. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfast-anytime option, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more.

beverages, and wine. $$, B, L, D (Tues–Sun). 20 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 520-2882 METHODICAL COFFEE

Whether it’s the white marble countertops or the gleaming chrome Slayer espresso machine, Methodical is a coffee bar built for taste. Coffee guru Will Shurtz, designer Marco Suarez, and hotelier David Baker ensure there’s plenty of substance to go with style. With single-origin espressos, house-made shrub sodas, wine varieites, and homemade treats, there’s plenty to rave about. $-$$, B, L.

101 N Main St, Ste D. O-CHA TEA BAR

A trip to O-CHA will have you considering tea in an entirely new light. This sleek space, located right on the river in Falls Park, specializes in bubble tea—flavored teas with chewy tapioca pearls. For a more intense cooling experience, try the mochi ice cream. The dessert combines the chewy Japanese confection (a soft, pounded sticky rice cake) with ice cream fillings in fun flavors: tiramisu, green tea chocolate, mango, and more. $, B, L, D. 300 River St, Ste 122. (864) 283-6702, SOUTHERN PRESSED JUICERY

A healthy-eaters haven, Southern Pressed Juicery offers super-food fans organic smoothies, bowls, juices, and more. Try the power-packed energy bowl like the Dragon Blood. This hot-pink 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.


Grocery store, neighborhood café. Local produce, delicious food. These intersections are what make the Swamp Rabbit Café a staple. But new to the operation? Woodfired pizza, of course. Sourcing every ingredient from local vendors, the ever-changing toppings feature local cheeses and fresh-fromthe-farm produce. $, B, L, D. 205 Cedar Lane Rd. (864) 255-3385, THE VILLAGE GRIND

Tucked between art galleries in the heart of Pendleton Street, the Village Grind is essential for Greenville coffee lovers. Emphasizing community, the coffeehouse uses all things local—from milk and syrups to beans from Due South Coffee. Enjoy drinks with friends on the Mid-Century couch or solo at the pallet-inspired window bar. $, B, L. 1263 Pendleton St. (864) 915-8600


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

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

L, D, SBR. 1 N Laurens St. (864) 235-0404,



Much more than offering “really thin pancakes,” this downtown establishment brings a taste of Europe to the Upstate with delicate, delicious French fare. The diverse menu includes breakfast options like the bacon, egg, and potato and for lunch and dinner, try the tomato pesto. Crêpe du Jour also serves up specialty cocktails, coffee

For a filling, gourmet lunch on the go, the artisanal sandwiches and salads at this West End deli hit the spot. Try the Classic Reuben, with corned beef piled high on toasted marbled rye with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, or the Rick’s Chopped Salad, with turkey, bacon, and ham. For dinner, fish and chips, herb-crusted salmon,

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$-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 101 Falls Park Dr. (864) 312-9060, SOBY’S ON THE SIDE

Located around the corner from Carl Sobocinski’s restaurant, Soby’s on the Side adds speed and efficiency to high-quality food. From BBQ Monday to Grilled Cheese Wednesday, add a spontaneous element to your lunch, or enjoy a hot breakfast.

$-$$, B, L. Closed Sunday. 22 E Court St. (864) 271-8431, SULLY’S STEAMERS

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

evenings). Open until 3am on Friday & Saturday. 6 E Washington St. (864) 5096061, TWO CHEFS CAFÉ & MARKET

Count on this deli for fast, high-quality food, from homemade soups to a traditional grinder and a turkey melt. Grab “crafted carryout” entrées and sides, or impress last-minute guests with roasted turkey and Parmesan potatoes. Choose from the daily menu, or check back for daily specials. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed Sunday. 644 N Main St, Ste 107. (864) 370-9336, UPCOUNTRY PROVISIONS

Serving up gourmet sandwiches on fresh made stecca bread, Upcountry Provisions is well worth a trip to Travelers Rest for an extended lunch break. Snack on the shop’s daily crafted cookies, scones, and muffins, or bite into a Devil Dog BLT with hormonefree meat on just-baked white focaccia bread. But don’t miss The Grove on Friday nights—live music, a rotating tapas menu, and a selection of craft beer and wine. $, B, L, D. Closed Sundays. 6809 State Park Rd, Travelers Rest. (864) 834-8433,


Vibrant Latin culture comes to Greenville by way of ASADA. Grab a bite of Latin flavor with the chayote rellenos de camarones (a Nicaraguan dish of chayotes stuffed with sautéed shrimp in creamy spicy Chipotle-Guajillo suace); or see a trans-Pacific collaboration at work with the chicken karaage taco, which features Japanese-style fried chicken and a Latin-Asian slaw. $-$$. Closed Sunday

& Monday. 903 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 770-3450, BANGKOK THAI CUISINE

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

605 Haywood Rd. (864) 458-7866, BASIL THAI CUISINE

Elegant comfort is hard to come by, but the Eang brothers have created an empire out of the unconventional concept which Basil Thai adds in the Aloft building downtown.Try the Chicken Coconut Tureen to start: a simple dish of chicken, mushrooms, and galanga roots in coconut

milk packed with herbaceous flavors. You’ll probably have enough for leftovers, but the best comfort meals usually do.

$799,000 • 3 Bedrooms • 3.5 Baths

$$-$$$, D. 9 N Laurens St. (864) 609-4120, HANDI INDIAN CUISINE

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


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. Soleil Moon Frye fans should give the Punky Brewster roll a try: tuna, mango, hot sauce, and Panko topped with spicy crab salad and unagi sauce. $$, L, D. 115 Pelham Rd. (864) 271-0900, KANNIKA’S THAI KITCHEN

The family-owned restaurant serves up exotic recipes direct from owner Kannika Jaemjaroen-Walsh’s native Thai province, boasting plenty of traditional dishes like green and yellow curries, pad Thai, and the spicy/sour Tom Yum soup. But don’t miss out on Kannika’s specialty items, like the pla pad khun chai, a lightly fried red snapper filet doused with white wine and soy bean sauce, and the savory honey duck paired with carrots, cilantro, snow peas, onions, and fried shallots. $$$, L, D.

• Located near the scenic overlook at Caesar’s Head State Park • Awe-inspiring views of both Greenville’s skyline and the Blue Ridge Mountains • Multi-level decks and private hot tub • Chef’s Kitchen • Soaring cathedral ceilings • Large master retreat with unblemished vistas, fireplace, and master bath with sunken tub • Private and gated Cliff Ridge community with full amenities

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430 Haywood Rd, Ste B, Greenville. (864) 297-4557, JI-ROZ

The delicacy of Mediterranean cuisine greets Greenville at Main + Stone’s latest food joint, Ji-roz (YEE-ros). With its abundance of natural light, ocean blue decor, and authentic Grecian pottery, this farm-to-table concept transports patrons straight to the Santorini seaside. Do dinner tapas-style with a variety of small plates, or go straight for the gyro, complete with a fluffy pita wrap, tzatziki, tomatoes, onions, fries, and your meat of preference. $$, L, D, SBR. 644 N. Main St #100, Greenville. (864) 373-9445,


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


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


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have you wondering why you ever settled for the dorm room packet version. Start with the rice balls or edamame, then dive into the Shoyu ramen—marinated pork, bean sprouts, spinach, green onions, nori, and a boiled egg bathe in a soy-based broth. $, L, D. 1860 Woodruff Rd, Ste C, and 243 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 288-5659 YELLOW GINGER ASIAN KITCHEN

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

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

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Heaping portions and a menu that mixes inventive flavors with customer favorites make Davani’s a Greenville mainstay. The friendly staff doesn’t hurt, either. Try the Muscovy duck, pan-seared with port wine and a sundried cherry demi10:15 AM glacé, or the veal Oscar, topped with crab meat, asparagus, and hollandaise. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 1922 Augusta St, Ste 111A. (864) 373-9013, THE LAZY GOAT

The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, such as the crispy Brussels sprouts with Manchego shavings and sherry glacé. For a unique entrée, try the duck confit pizza with a sour cherry vinaigrette and a farm egg. An extensive variety of wines is available in addition to a full bar. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 170 River Pl. (864) 679-5299, PASSERELLE BISTRO

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

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


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

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



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 aquamarine-tiled bar, or head outside to the street-side patio facing Main. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 618 S Main St. (864) 241-3012,


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. (864) 271-8667,


Boasting French flair and fare, this sister restaurant to Simpsonville-based Stella’s Southern Bistro is the second in Jason and Julia Scholz’s line of quality eateries. Situated in the burgeoning Hollingsworth Park area, Stella’s Southern Brasserie offers a local twist on French staples—such as blue-black mussel shells with smoked tomato broth, Marsala-spiked onion soup gratinée, and roasted game hen—served up daily in a lively, chic environment. Don’t miss the breakfast pastries. $$-$$$. B, L, D, SBR. 340 Rocky Slope Rd, Ste 100, Greenville. (864) 626-6900,


Since 2015, this taco truck has delivered new wonders and old favorites. Owner Nick Thomas treats the tortilla as a work of art, with the likes of Nashville Hot Chicken or Thai Shrimp with fried avocado stuffed into soft shells. Sides like the street corn are must adds. Don’t miss a chance to reinvent your taste buds—check the Automatic Taco’s Facebook page for their weekly schedule. $. Schedule varies. (404) 372-2266, CHUCK TRUCK

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

Greek cuisine hits the Greenville scene in this big blue traveling kitchen. Traditional treats are always available off the spit, the lamb and chicken gyros are Mediterranean heaven, and their special take on Greek fries are the ideal pre-meal snack. Check social media for weekly schedules and booking opportunities. $. Schedule varies. (864) 908-5698, elladakouzina2013 ROBINO’S

Chef Robin’s vision of freshly sourced fare with a home-cooked feel comes to fruition in Robino’s Food Truck. Though mainly

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featuring Italian food, this truck shucks out a wide variety of American classics, such as the chicken potpie with puff pastry or the garden burger. For those with dietary limitations, the vegan lasagna is a great go-to option. $, Schedule varies. (864) 621 3064,


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


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. (864) 232-3706, COASTAL CRUST

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

(843) 654-9606,


Located on the main drag of Travelers Rest, on Cleveland Street downtown, and now on Pelham Road, this pizza joint is a fast favorite with its handcrafted, brickoven pies made from local ingredients. But their salads are nothing to ignore, not to mention dessert: the homemade ice cream will make you forget about those fellas named Ben & Jerry. $$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 35 S Main St, Travelers Rest, (864) 6100527; 99 Cleveland St, (864) 558-0235; 3598 Pelham Rd, (864) 991-8748,


Serving both Neapolitan- and New York–style pizzas, the latest edition to the corner of Stone and Park avenues is no pie in the sky. Ideal for a classic family outing or catching the game with a few friends (beer, sports, and pizza, amirite?), STONE and its fire-inspired pies are crafted with house-made mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour, and baked for a flat minute in their wood fire oven. $$, L (Sat & Sun), D. 500 E Park Ave. (864) 609-4490, TOSS PIZZA

Located in the South Ridge Apartment Community, the TOSS menu is loaded with unique, artfully crafted pies that are a far cry from your typical pepperoni.

Head far east with the Phuket Thai Pie, based with zesty curry sauce, then topped with peanuts, arugula, and shiitake mushrooms. The Chile Relleno is guaranteed to light a fire in the ol’ belly— thanks to a few poblano peppers and ground chorizo. There’s even gluten-free options available.

$$, L, D. 823 S Church St, Greenville. (864) 283-0316,

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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 &

Thursday - Sunday

Monday. 12 E Coffee St. (864) 232-9191,


Tex-Mex has a new home in Greenville with the addition of Cantina 76. Although ripe with golden-brown chimichangas and zesty enchiladas, the menu’s real star is the taco selection. Play it safe with classic handhelds like fried tilapia and ground beef with lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheese, or turn up the heat with fried chicken doused with jalapeño aioli. $, L, D. 103 N Main St.



(864) 631-2914,


Hand-crafted and locally sourced, this TR taco joint is the love child of Mexican cuisine and Southern soul food. Start the meal with a few small plates—try the fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese or the pan-seared crab cakes—then dig into pure taco bliss with the Travelers Rest hot chicken or the fried catfish with tartar sauce. Go a little lighter with a farm-fresh salad, and end with a mouthful of campfire s’mores. $, L, D, SBR.

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164 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 6100586, PAPI’S TACOS

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

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

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

$-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 217 Laurens Rd. (864) 412-8700,

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On the search for that good ol’ fashioned wintertime cheer? Look no further than this makeshift ice rink right in the heart of Downtown Greenville. In addition to a wide range of holiday events hosted on the ice each season, the open-air rink also has plenty of warm-you-up staples like hot cocoa for sale. Bring your own blades or rent a pair, just try to keep the Tonya Harding moves to a minimum. Downtown Greenville, 206 S Main St. Adults, $12; under 12, $8.

The Greenville Center for Creative Arts shows the works of four celebrated artists within its main gallery. Titled “Structural Probability,” the exhibition highlights concepts with geometrical shape and design, a story told through multiple media. Included in the gallery are artists Lindsay McCulloch, Laura Mosquera, David Bogus, and Abraham Abebe. Greenville Center for Creative Arts, 25 Draper St, Ste A, Greenville. Mon–Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 11am– 3pm. Free. (864) 735-3948,


Light on bread but big on appetite? Good news! Designed with the foodie in mind, Restaurant Week takes place across South Carolina, offering affordable deals on fullcourse meals specially coordinated by award-winning chefs. Dine on hand-picked menus from all of your favorite spots, satisfying your desire for culinary adventure. Locations vary.

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Born on the Emerald Isle, mezzosoprano superstar Tara Erraught has put her stamp on the world of classically trained musicians. Renowned for her mesmerizing performances in operatic roles like La Cenerentola’s Angelina, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, and her work with the Bavarian State Opera, Erraught is in the midst of her debut season at New York’s Metropolitan Opera—but, thankfully, she’s taking the time to make a stop in the Upstate and enchant us with some seriously skilled vocals. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm. $45. (864) 467-3000,

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SOUTH CAROLINA INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW Fri–Sat, 10am–9pm; Sun, 10am–5pm. Adults, $8; seniors, $5; 12 & under, free. TD Convention Center. Rev your engines auto enthusiasts. This international car show sports the latest and greatest motor models, giving you a chance to get behind the wheel of the vehicle of your dreams.



So many cars in one room you can practically hear them humming to each other, the annual Motor Trend event showcases new models and test drives for every make and model, giving local motor-heads a chance to bask in vehicular glory. Pick up a few tricks of the trade, ogle over your dream car, or try your luck with







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one of the talented car spokesmodels. Either way, you’re bound to get your engine revved. TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 10am–9pm; Sun, 10am–5pm. Adults, $8; seniors, $5; 12 & under, free.

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No, it’s not what you think. The hilarious musical comedy written by Doug Wright packs plenty of laughs 3:31 PM with lovable characters. With songs by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, the story follows the lives of ten contestants in Longview, Texas, as they vie for the prize of a “hardbody” pickup truck. Throughout each musical number, audiences are given an inside view to these quirky contestants’ lives, and an appreciation for the hard-working American. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Fri–Sat, 8pm;

Sun, 3pm. $20-$30. (864) 542-2787,



For the kids who can’t even hit the ball when it’s placed on a stationary tee, the astonishing athletics of the Harlem Globetrotters is somewhat of a slap to the face. With more than 25,000 exhibition games under their sneakers, the Globetrotters have won fans over with their courtside comedy, killer trick shots, and family-style brand of entertainment. Cheer on America’s favorite team as they dribble, backflip, jump, and soar to the hoop. Time to start working on those free throws. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, 2pm & 7pm. $22-$104. (864) 241-3800,



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PATRICK DAVIS AND HIS MIDNIGHT CHOIR Jan 19; Fri, 8pm. $35. The Peace Center. South Carolina native and nationally-acclaimed songwriter Patrick Davis brings his big band back home for an evening of entertainment.

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To commence this year’s “Courage” themed Chautauqua events, the Hughes Main Library will host famed author and educator, Dr. A.V. Huff. Known for his charismatic and and compelling classes through Furman’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI), Dr. Huff will guide history buffs of every age through the incredible life of one of America’s most celebrated figures, using facts, timelines, and even a few quotes as his guide. Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Pl, Greenville. Tues, 7–8:30pm. Free. (864) 2441499,



There’s a lot to be said on life in the South—and these three poets just happen to know all the right words. Featuring two University of South Carolina professors—Marick Press Poetry Prize winner Ray McManus and Columbia poet laureate Ed Madden— the evening will also include S.C. native-turned-Brooklyn-transplant DéLana Dameron. Join the trio of talented wordsmiths as they each share their reflective thoughts on Southern heritage. Huguenot Loft, 101 W Broad St, Greenville. Thurs, 6:30pm. Free. (864) 467-3000,

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anchor on Saturday Night Live; has shared the silver screen alongside other comedy juggernauts like Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and Amy Schumer; and been lauded by fellow stand-up stars for being one of New York’s most iconic comedians. But Colin Quinn is perhaps his finest during the one-man shows he premiered 20 years ago on Broadway. Satirizing

his Irish-American upbringing and life in the Big Apple, Quinn’s brand of humor is as authentic as it is smart. The Orange Peel, 101 N Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC. Thurs, 8pm. Advance, $35; doors, $38. (828) 398-1837,





For more than a decade, singer and songwriter Miranda Lambert has been hailed as one of country music’s sassiest spitfires, her crown laden with gems that include a handful of Academy of Country Music “Song of the Year” awards, Country Music Association “Female Vocalist of the Year,” and two Grammy Awards. The second tour to promote her latest album—2016’s platinum-certified The Weight of These Wings—“Livin’ Like Hippies” will kick off in Greenville with special guests Brent Cobb and Jon Pardi. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Thurs, 7pm. $48-$84. (864) 241-3800,

A native of small town Camden, South Carolina, Patrick Davis’s prolific career got its start in Music City itself. As a songwriter, Davis has racked up an impressive catalog of superstar clientele, including Darius Rucker, Jimmy Buffett, Jewel, and Lady Antebellum, among others. These days, he’s stealing a little bit of the spotlight for himself, alongside his eleven-piece accompanying band. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 8pm. $35. (864) 467-3000,


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Ever since they joined forces back in 2006, the men of New York Polyphony have been wowing international audiences with their classical music chops. Although the four gents specialize in Medieval- and Renaissance-period tunes, they’ve since expanded their repertoire to include contemporary music that continues to attract new generations of fans. Both their 2013 and 2014 album releases—Times Go by Turns and Sing Thee Nowell—were nominated for Grammy Awards. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm. $45. (864) 467-3000,


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Sponsored by The Greenville News, this famously “cool” race is one of the Upstate’s most popular and the only to feature Main Street as part of the running route. The 5K trek takes place throughout some of downtown’s most scenic avenues, and encourages athletes of all levels to participate. Downtown Greenville. Saturday.



Part mad contemporary beatbox skills and part rousing a cappella spectacular, this vocal tour-de-force has stormed the international stages from Hong Kong to Edinburgh. Led by human sound machine and UK Beatbox Champion Ball-Zee, the talented cast of characters—The Woman, The Chap, The Diva, and more—are here to make believers out of you instrument-toting naysayers. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Mon, 7:30pm. $15-$35. (864) 467-3000,

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A megachurch. An enraptured audience that is thousands-strong. A leader who’s about to shatter everything he’s ever taught his congregation to believe in. The stage is set for playwright Lucas Hnath’s engrossing production, a piece praised by critics when it debuted in 2015. Pastor Paul has spent over 20 dedicated years building his evangelical empire, but at the height of his success, he soon begins to question what faith—and the decisions we make in its name—really mean.

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CHARLESTON WEDDING WEEK Historically rich and endlessly charming, the Holy City is a premier destination for thousands of nuptials throughout the year. You’ll soon see why during a well-rounded itinerary of exciting workshops, poignant guest speakers, fabulous social events, fashion shows, and more. Taking place at various locations around the beautiful waterfront city, there’s truly no better place to start planning your special trip down the aisle. Throughout Charleston. Times, prices vary.



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We may be long past the first appearance of the Fab Four on the Ed Sullivan Show, but seeing these Atlanta-based tribute artists may just be the next best thing. From the early black-suit British Invasion beginnings in 1964 to the pinnacle of Beatlemania in the touring years, and further into the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Return rolls through a catalog of signature Beatles tracks—“Hey Jude,” “Day Tripper,” “Twist and Shout”—that truly never grow old. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $35. (864) 233-6238,


Monster Jam makes its annual Upstate pilgrimage with the infamous purpleand-green Grave Digger(rrrrrrrr), Northern Nightmare, Scooby-Doo, Nitro Menace, and other metalcrunching, tire-mashing, maestros of vehicular slaughter in tow. If you’ve got an appetite for destruction, these pro drivers have you covered. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 1pm & 7pm. $16-$64. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena. com

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JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK Created by author Barbara Park back in 1992, our favorite little firstgrade troublemaker is known for her innocent-but-wild antics and a signature head of unkempt auburn hair. Sure, she’s had her fair share of shenanigans—like thinking her newborn brother is a baby monkey— but when Junie is framed for the theft of a super fantastic pen, she’s about to give a whole new meaning to the term “juvenile justice.” Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 10am & 1:30pm; Sun, 1:30pm & 5:30pm. (864) 467-3000,

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Written as a sequel to Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, this play sees the return of character James Tyrone, Jr., who finds himself at the center of a deceptive plot set in motion by his tenant farmer Phil Hogan. Persuaded by her father’s control, Hogan’s daughter Josie is instructed to seduce and blackmail Tyrone in order to save the

family land. However, when emotions and guilt come into play, there may be more than a gleam of moonlight shining between these two. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. $30. (864) 235-6948,



Join the Greenville Symphony Orchestra for the 2018 debut of its Masterworks Series of performances, led by Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel. You can even consider it a

romantic, pre-Valentine’s Day warmup; the GSO entertainers will be showcasing classic tales of love and lust, narrated by instrument rather than voice. Slated for the evening are four pieces by Richard Strauss and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, including the tone poem Don Juan, and the Romeo and Juliet Overture. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $18-$75. (864) 467-3000,


The words liberal and redneck don’t tend to go hand in hand. But we’ll be darned if these three sons of the South don’t make it a household name. It was Trae Crowder’s online video series that first struck viral gold, tackling hot topics like President Trump, the NFL, guns, and transgender bathrooms with humor and in-your-face honesty. Crowder, along with writing partners Corey Ryan Forrester and Drew Morgan, are still shaking up the South, dragging us out of the dark ages, one cut-off t-shirt at a time. The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC. Sat, 6pm & 9pm; Sun, 6pm. $30-$45. (828) 398-1837,

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA The Phantom of the Opera has become one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most timeless stories of romance and deception. When Christine becomes the object of the Phantom’s affection, he will stop at nothing to have the young soprano singer in his grasp. But will kindness, a gift he’s never known, that will finally set his dark soul free? The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $65-$105. (864) 467-3000,

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It’s pretty safe to say that we’re all holding out for a hero these days. But even if there’s no caped crusader to swoop in and save us just yet, we can still pretend right? You won’t believe your eyes when the best and the bravest of Marvel’s superhero family unite forces to take on the mischievous Loki and his quest for world domination. Spider-Man will swing; the Hulk will bust a few seams, and Thor’s mighty hammer will strike down the evil-doers. That’s pretty super. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Thurs–Fri, 7:30pm; Sat, 11am, 3pm & 7pm. (864) 241-3800,

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Because history never goes on holiday, Greenville’s Chautauqua festival presents its annual wintertime showcase, a cold weather counterpart to tide you over until the main event held in June. This year focuses on courage, and will star none other than that ol’ cherry tree chopping U.S. forefather, George Washington. The inspirational, educational series of talks will be performed by Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Ron Carnegie, and are preceded by an opening night benefit at the Governor’s School of Arts & Humanities. S.C. Governor’s School of the Arts & Humanities & Wade Hampton

High School, Greenville. Fri, 7:30–9:30pm; Sat–Sun, 2–3:30pm. Opening night benefit, $30; other events, free. (864) 244-1499,

Feb 3 SWEETHEART CHARITY BALL There’s no better excuse to get gussied up for a night on the town than when that night also benefits a wonderful cause. Hosted by the Upstate’s Meals on Wheels chapter, this year’s Sweetheart Charity Ball celebrates 50 years of fundraising for the homebound helping organization. Offering a fun night of dining, dancing, and auction, you’ll be hoping the clock never strikes twelve at this enchanting evening. Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 N Main St, Greenville. Sat, 6–11pm. $150 per ticket. (864) 233-6565,

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Jan 31–Feb 11; Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $65-$105. The Peace Center With its breathtaking melodies like “All I Ask of You,” and “Music of the Night,” this Andrew Lloyd Webber masterpiece follows the tale of a blooming opera talent and the phantom who haunts her.

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n Structural Probability, the Greenville Center for Creative Arts features four artists whose style is rooted in the unexpected elegance of fixed shapes and hard edges. Laura Mosquera and Ethiopian-born Abraham Abebe create vibrantly hued works, their geometric, inlaid patterns manipulated to show new perspectives from every angle. Ceramic artist David Bogus detaches everyday objects from their typical plane of use, reimagining them with fresh pops of color and in a rearranged state—stacked, suspended, stationary. Maryland-based artist Lindsay McCulloch’s frenetic prints and paintings remind of the static of a television image, present but not in focus, like a word or thought nearly there but just out of reach. The artist admits she enjoys exploring life’s “shifting impermanence,” an apropos thought at the start of a new year. —Mary Cathryn Armstrong

Structural Probability will be on display at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts through January 24. Located at 25 Draper St, Ste. A, GCCA is open Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm and Sat, 11am–3pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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