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Ladies Lounge: Sunbathers soak up rays on the grassy Pageant Court lawn of Camp Greystone in the 1940s. The all-girls retreat in the mountains of Zirconia, North Carolina, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. See “Girls of Summer,� page 62.

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


Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.

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The GCCA’s Fiber, Paper, Scissors presents the work of four artists focused on our good Earth; chef and farmer join forces to provide the Upstate with fresh produce through Horseshoe Farm; Katie Callahan of Friends of the Reedy River works to repair waterways through community engagement; Kendra Schirmer crafts flowers into works of art.

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As hordes of local breweries surface across the South, the race for the best beer is steep. But these Greenville brew masters maintain a collaborative and creative mindset. / by John Jeter // photography by Paul Mehaffey

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Elk, bison, deer, oh my!—glimpse area wildlife at these NC getaways; midwest charm abounds in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For 100 years, Camp Greystone has nurtured young girls in the ways of womanhood.

CENTRAL 69 STYLE Carolina Soma crafts and curates feminine designs at her eponymous boutique; Charleston’s Eliott Bag Co. crafts custom leather golf accessories.

Writer Ashley Warlick explores the nuances of new relationships during a camping adventure with an outdoorsy beau. Slurp down summer flavors with local maker Common Pops; organic, biodynamic wines are the bottles you never knew you were missing; this twist on a Cobb salad nods to garden ingredients.



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During wedding season, calm nuptial anxieties by setting appropriate expectations.

As a mischevious sixth-grader, the Man’s adolescent antics met their match in a nononsense Mrs. Jenkins.


Got plans? You do now. Asheville’s Momentum Gallery examines the artistic nature of deterioration through Dissolution exhibition.

THIS PAGE: An Icelandic poppy, one of many blooms Kendra Schirmer cultivates in her home flower garden for her bouquet business Laurel Creek Florals; for more, see “Flower Child,” page 50. // photograph by Paul Mehaffey COVER: A camper showcases her archery prowess (circa 1930s), one of many activities nurtured at North Carolina’s Camp Greystone, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. For more, see “Girls of Summer,” page 62. // photograph courtesy of Camp Greystone

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Letter June Highlights River Siren

Wade into the water with Friends of the Reedy River’s Katie Callahan: page 48

Flower Child

Kendra Schirmer’s homegrown flowers transform into artful bouquets: page 50

Wild Blue Yonder

Spend an evening outdoors near our area’s most extraordinary wildlife: page 53

Ladies of the Lake

Photograph by Chelsey A shford

For generations, the women of Camp Greystone have experienced blissful retreat at this mountain haven: page 61

Designing Woman

Fashion maven Carolina Soma brings her custom cuts and new boutique to the Village: page 69

Against the Grain

As the beer scene soars, these Greenville-based breweries bring creativity to their craft: page 82

Cold Snap

Satisfy summer swelters with a cool bite from Common Pops: page 93

Vino Veritas

Up your wine game with these unique organic varietals: page 96

Simple Pleasures


ummer is the season that holds our vacations and camps, retreats and slower pace— except we blink, and it’s over. Funny that a time when we seemingly power down is one of the fastest of our calendar. Like petals in a drenching storm, the pages fall away before we turn them. Time flies as we try to tack down the details of our lives like a blanket flapping in the wind. We’re in speed boats, occasionally catching the view as it whizzes by, feeling the engine cut through the current. Is it better to fill our days to the brim, skimming along the surface of life? Or is it better to go deep into the moment right where we are? Time is in the mind of the beholder—filled with scattered details, speeding up as we age. The art of slowing down really means the act of being present—and summer, with its gentle pull to less complicated living, is the perfect excuse. This issue, our 99th edition of TOWN, is a focus on slowness. On camp nostalgia, homegrown floral arrangements, farm-grown produce, walks in the woods. It’s the last of the bottle on a warm night. It’s the clink of pint glasses at your favorite brewery. It’s a melting popsicle, sweet and sticky, down your hand. It’s the good life that summer brings into sharp clarity—because during this season, we’re blessed with both the indoors and out. They blend seamlessly, harmoniously, with sweet scents and birdsong and cricket chirps in the humid air. We live in the best of all worlds here. We’re lucky. Find your pleasure in these pages—and take it outside.

Blair Knobel Editor-in-Chief

Join me on June 4 for TOWN Uncorked, sponsored by The Capital Corporation. Five executive chefs from Rick Erwin Dining Group will pair exquisite food with rare wines from Mission Grape. It’s the first event of our new wine series, with tastes for one night only. You won’t experience these flavors again, so don’t miss it! Get your tickets at towncarolina.com/uncorked




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FIGHT AND FLIGHT Renowned South Carolina sculptor Grainger McKoy (born 1947) attended Clemson University, earning a degree in zoology, while also studying architecture. After graduating, McKoy apprenticed for eighteen months with the renowned bird carver Gilbert Maggioni in Beaufort. Working in the tradition of naturalists and artists Mark Catesby and John James Audubon, McKoy portrays in accurate detail each bird in its natural environment. His subjects may be observed and admired amid flush, flight, or struggle. Each of McKoy’s sculptures is a demonstration of artistic rendering, architecture, and engineering. A selection of McKoy’s sculptures are on view at the Greenville County Museum of Art in the continuing exhibition Art and Artists of South Carolina: David Drake, Jasper Johns, William H. Johnson, and Grainger McKoy. His work has been shown at the High Museum of Art, Brandywine River Museum, Brookgreen Gardens, and many other galleries. Greenville County Museum of Art

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When I was 14, my family hijacked my dad’s business trip to Australia as our summer vacation. Except it wasn’t summer there, and we froze our way through Sydney and Melbourne in shorts and flip flops. It was marvelous.

Laura Linen STYLE EDITOR ABBY MOORE KEITH MANAGING EDITOR Six-week honeymoon drive across the country, into Mexico and Canada, then moving to Greenville to open The Handlebar in our new hometown.

My family spent a week together at a ranch in Wyoming. Hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing during the day interspersed with amazing meals.

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Kathryn Davé Ruta Fox M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle Stephanie Trotter Jac Valitchka Ashley Warlick

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mary Cathryn Armstrong, MALLORY BROOKS JOHN JETER & Kathleen Nalley CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS, ILLUSTRATORS & DESIGNERS Chelsey Ashford, TIMOTHY BANKS , Robin Batina-Lewis, David & Sarah Bonner, Jack Connolly, Will Crooks, Jivan Davé, Whitney Fincannon, Joel German & Eli Warren ANDREW HUANG EDITOR-AT-LARGE

When I was tiny—like, maybe 5—my family went on an epic tour of Asia: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. I only regret being so young.


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Based on his grandmother’s 25-year relationship with her chauffeur, playwright Alfred Uhry’s 1988 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama is a poignant masterpiece that weaves the tale of a powerful friendship that blossoms during an unlikely time. When the elderly Daisy Werthan is involved in a car accident, her middle-aged son quickly encourages her to hire a driver. Enter in Hoke Colburn, a 60-year-old African-American who signs on to transport the oft-crotchety woman. For 25 years, the pair forges a bond that is unbreakable, even in their final days together. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. June 13–30. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $15-$30. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

Join TOWN magazine in toasting the debut of our new Uncorked wine series at Greenville’s hip new event venue, Westfield. Five illustrious chefs from the Rick Erwin Dining Group will create tapasstyle fare paired with rare vino courtesy of Mission Grape. These flavors are for one night only, so don’t miss it! Westfield, 153 Westfield Dr, Greenville. Tues, June 4, 6pm. $100. towncarolina.com/uncorked


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First it was an autobiography crafted by the man who lived it. Then it was a high-grossing, critically respected film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Now, Frank Abagnale, Jr.’s story has taken on fresh life on the Broadway stage. Nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Musical, the smashing spectacular bedazzles the true-life story (and various exploits) of one of history’s most famous con men—through flashy song and dance, of course. Catch it while you can! Greenville Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thru June 23. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. (864) 233-6238, greenvilletheatre.org


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FREEDOM BLAST Who says July 4th should get all the fireworks? This annual patriotic celebration has become a family favorite, lighting up the summer sky with fantastic pyrotechnic displays that will make you burst into an off-key rendition of “I’m Proud to be an American.” Military vehicles, fun activities, food vendors, and other entertainment are also on the schedule.

In a time of national unrest and conflict, the 300 members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus set off on a journey to open the lines of communication and connect with audiences through song. Road-tripping across the Deep South, the SFGMC shares their own stories of personal triumph in dark places, and comes face-to-face with anti-LGBTQ sentiments in this moving and inspiring documentary.

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SUMMER ON AUGUSTA Photograph courtesy of the Peace Center

The annual event makes its seasonal comeback, packing the weekend with even more local bands, shopping, and dancing. Sure, Summer on Augusta is home to the Tomato Pie Contest, but there’s also the kickoff block party at Capers Place, Augusta Commons Grillin’ and Chillin’, plus, a good oldfashioned shagging contest. Since it’s a mere stone’s throw from downtown, there’s simply no excuse not to make the drive to Augusta. Augusta St, Greenville. Thurs–Sun, June 20–23. Free. onlyonaugusta.com

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z Remember, what happens in the Octagon . . . probably ends with a lot of stitches and plays nonstop on the ESPN highlight reel. The world’s premier mixed-martial-arts athletes are coming to the Upstate, and bringing their best round kicks and double-leg takedowns with them. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, June 22, 4pm. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com


While it may be the bottle of choice for bachelorette weekends and mom’s night out—let’s not forget this pink drink has a finer side. Sample a large selection of quality rosés from celebrated domestic and international wineries at Foxcroft Wine Co., paired with a sampling of light Mediterranean fare. Call to book your spot, and expect a wine list release closer to date. Foxcroft Wine Co, 631 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, June 22, 1–4pm. $30-$35. (864) 906-4200, foxcroftwine.com


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BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by Synnex Some people go for the golf. Some people go for the celebrity stalking. Either way, the BMW Charity Pro-Am has become a centerpiece in the Greenville sporting community. Matching golf professionals with amateurs and celebrities for nearly a week of competition on the Upstate’s most challenging greens, the Pro-Am has amassed millions of dollars in charitable funds for programs around the Upstate. Thornblade Club, Greer, & The Cliffs Valley, Travelers Rest. June 3–9. Times vary. $10-$150. bmwusfactory. com/charity-golf


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Artisphere 15th Anniversary Sculpture Dedication Ceremony April 9, 2019

Linda Hannon & Ed Zeigler

Sean Scoopmire, Joe Thompson & Meg Scoopmire

Kate Furman, Craig Ragsdale & Erin Turner

Taryn Scher, Christie McJunkin, Paul McJunkin & Jamarcus Gaston

Kory Radford, Molly Willette-Green, Lou Williamson & Charley Patrick Lindsay Louise McPhail & Caroline Calder

Greenville’s annual arts festival commemorated 15 years of connecting international creatives to our Upstate community with a specially commissioned piece by sculpture artist Blessing Hancock. Entitled Spindle, the 20-foot-tall structure reflects more than 200 descriptive words that Hancock captured from Artisphere attendees last year, and is the first the festival has dedicated to the Village of West Greenville. In addition to Hancock, Mayor Knox White and Artisphere founder Henry Horowitz spoke at the event, which was held at The Anchorage restaurant and the nearby plaza where the statue now stands. By Bonfire Visuals

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Courtney Lominack & Bill Pelham

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Guests attended an intimate opening reception showcasing local ArtBomb Studios artists Jo Carol Mitchell-Rogers and Blake Smith, who greeted patrons and discussed their works. The exhibit, Dialogue: Recent Works by Blake Smith and Jo Carol Mitchell-Rogers, ran from March 1–April 12, and featured a unique, communicative series of pieces derived from the artists’ personal family photos. By Bonfire Visuals

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CCES Gala March 30, 2019

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“Crafted: A Cavalier Evening Celebrating the CCES Community” at the Old Cigar Warehouse raised more than $150,000 benefiting Christ Church Episcopal School. The Cavalier Evening spotlighted CCES family- and alumni-owned businesses, featuring a diverse selection of exclusive auction items, including destination vacations, sports packages, professional services, and, yup, even a puppy. Greenville’s own Edwin McCain popped in for a surprise performance along with other former Cavalier musicians. By Bonfire Visuals

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Art of the Horse Auction Party April 14, 2019 North Carolina’s countryside Caitlyn Farms served as an idyllic setting for auctioning off a collection of colorful horses—fiberglass ones, that is. The culmination of Our Carolina Foothills’ “Art of the Horse” public art installation project honoring the 2018 World Equestrian Games, these “One World, One Vision” beauties designed by an eclectic array of artists found new homes following a spirited evening of live tunes, a buffet dinner, and flowing libations. Proceeds from the auction will continue to support Our Carolina Foothills’ initiatives to highlight the region’s unique people, places, and activities.

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Business owners, family, and friends gathered at Greenville’s new Westfield venue to celebrate this year’s Behind the Counter magazine. Published by the Community Journals, the annual issue shines a light on local entrepreneurs and business owners in the Greenville community, giving an expressive outlet to share their stories, products, and services. Rick Erwin Dining Group provided the evening’s hors d’oeuvres, while Mission Grape kept the vino flowing. By Bonfire Visuals

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Carolina Music Museum First Anniversary Party March 30, 2019 The Carolina Music Museum threw it all the way back to the Roaring Twenties in honor of its one-year anniversary. The speakeasy-style soirée included a makeshift jazz club complete with nostalgic tunes courtesy of local five-piece band Tuba Gin, a Polaroid photo booth, Bakery Off Augusta eats, and plenty of Prohibitionstyle beverages. A “Keyboard Club” founder’s circle was introduced at the event, which also helped raise funds for future concerts and upcoming exhibitions. By Fourth Dimension Photography

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Ryan McLaughlin & Barrett Wood October 20, 2018


yan McLaughlin freely admits to semi-crashing her work event. The then–New Yorker was visiting the Sunshine State in December 2016 to attend a pair of weddings when she decided to extend her stay at a company event in Naples, Florida. Ryan just happened to sit next to a couple visiting from Greenville, who told her that she’d be a perfect match for the wife’s brother, Barrett Wood. They called up Barrett that very night and,

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by the next day, the soon-to-be-newlyweds were exchanging a quick hug in the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort lobby before heading to dinner with Ryan’s boss. Following weekend visits to New York City and holiday treks to Ryan’s hometown in Nashville, Barrett popped the question to Ryan in front of both their families in that same Ritz Carlton—exactly a year to the day that they first met.

Making the Match: After meeting Ryan at a company event, the groom’s sister knew Ryan and Barrett would be a perfect pair. The two married at First Presbyterian Church with a floral-filled reception at the Poinsett Club.

The couple said “I do” in downtown Greenville’s First Presbyterian Church, where Barrett had one more surprise waiting for his wife: a custom tuxedo liner crafted from black-and-white photos he gifted her on their wedding day. Their wedding was capped off with a “Party with the Woods” at Greenville’s historic Poinsett Club. BY OLIVIA GRIFFIN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Weddings Alivia Springgate & Matthew Braswell November 3, 2018 The best laid plans often go awry. But in Matthew Braswell’s case, he wasn’t going to let a little wind, rain, and fog get in the way of his proposal to the love of his life, Alivia Springgate. The two, who began dating their junior year of college, were on a drive to meet family in the Blue Ridge Mountains when Matthew pulled onto a foggy overlook and knelt down on one knee. Alivia gave a resounding “yes,” and their families leapt from the bushes to celebrate in their love. The wedding was as much of a family affair as the proposal. Alivia’s mom designed and handmade her dress and veil, and her grandfather gave a touching toast to the bride and groom. A live quartet set the tone for an evening of romance and revelry at the Southern Bleachery. The couple now resides in Elon, North Carolina, where Matthew is attending physical therapy school at Elon University, and Alivia works as a registered nurse in the ICU. BY KILEY LAUREN PHOTOGRAPHY

Sarah Reinhardt & Justin Rockwell November 3, 2018 Cupid may be one of history’s most famous matchmakers, but it was Justin Rockwell’s son Jude who played that role in helping his dad meet the love of his life—minus the bow and arrow, of course. Justin was a single dad at the time, on the search for a babysitter to keep an eye on Jude during the last few days of summer vacation. Sparks flew immediately when he crossed paths with a nanny named Sarah Reinhardt. The timing wasn’t exactly right then, and it took another year for Justin to take his future bride out on their first official date. Over breakfast at Biscuit Head, the couple’s shared sense of humor and brilliant conversation rekindled their feelings for one another. A surprise birthday trip to Savannah for Justin in June 2017 became a surprise engagement for Sarah when Justin proposed on the city’s historic downtown streets. Much more than just a union of husband and wife, Justin and Sarah’s intimate Falls Park ceremony was a reflection of the love, commitment, and future plans the couple will share with eight-year-old Jude. Sarah exchanged heartfelt vows with both Justin and Jude, honoring the start of a fresh chapter full of adventures and excitement for this new family of three. BY CHELSEY ASHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

Matthew Cassabon & Brenda Connell January 19, 2019 Two soulmates will always find their way back to each other. When Matthew Cassabon and Brenda Connell met on a night out in 2012, they felt the spark of something great. Unfortunately, Matthew’s military career and Brenda’s last year of college pulled them apart. Fate had other ideas, however, and three years later the two met again in Clemson University’s MBA program. Another three years later, Matthew proposed to his love at a family Easter egg hunt, surprising her with a diamond ring and a forever promise. The two were married in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the reception was held at The Rutherford. The bride wore a Justin Alexander Signature dress from The Poinsett Bride with a bouquet from Hudson Stems. The two are starting their new life in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Matthew’s military career as an engineer has taken them on their first adventure as husband and wife. Brenda works as a sparkle creator for TK Public Relations, a Greenville-based firm. BY JACK ROBERT PHOTOGRAPHY HEARING WEDDING BELLS? TOWN Magazine wants to publish your wedding announcement. If you currently live or grew up in the Upstate and were recently married, please write to us at TOWN Magazine, Attn: Weddings, 581 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611, or e-mail weddings@towncarolina.com. Due to space constraints, inclusion is not guaranteed. 40 TOWN / towncarolina.com

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This Land

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Nature Seen South Carolina landscapes come to life through four distinct perspectives / by Kathleen Nalley


alming blue skies, storm clouds brewing above a skyline, mountain peaks arching over green valleys, and lakes reflecting a line of pine trees beneath the clouds: these are just a few of the landscapes featured in the exhibit Fiber, Paper, Scissors, on display at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) from June 7 through July 24. The exhibit showcases the works of four Greenville artists— Douglas Piper, Meredith Piper, Mark Mulfinger, and Sarah Mandell—whose emphasis on their chosen medium celebrates the beauty of cloud formations and South Carolina’s landscapes. From 2-D fiber “paintings” to block prints, from oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings to encased textiles, the exhibit features the light, colors, textures, and patterns of the natural world. Together, these works harmoniously express the artists’ appreciation of nature across South Carolina.

“The emphasis on cloud formations and South Carolina landscapes was generated more so from the artists and their proposals and less so from a curatorial standpoint,” says Benjamin Tarcson, GCCA gallery manager and program assistant. “These artists find the majesty of natural formations as a driving force behind their art practice.” Exhibitions at GCCA are determined through a proposal process and voted on by a committee. “In this instance, the overall aesthetic between the four artists and two proposals harmonized well together. In essence, there are two separate bodies of work that come to form the overall show,” says Tarcson. Showcasing whimsical block prints by Douglas Piper, moody oil and watercolor paintings and prints by Mark

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(left to right) Artwork by Meredith Piper; Mark Mulfinger; Douglas Piper; Sarah Mandell; photographs of artwork courtesy of the artists

Field & Sky:

In the GCCA’s exhibition Fiber, Paper, Scissors, four Greenville artists, Meredith Piper, Mark Mulfinger, Douglas Piper, and Sarah Mandell, detail outdoor scenery through painting, block printing, and fiber art.

Mulfinger, and colorful acrylic paintings and fiber weavings by Meredith Piper, the “Amongst the Clouds” arm of the exhibition highlights clouds and their formation, telling a narrative of how clouds are intrinsically woven into each of their artistic experiences. The second part of the exhibit features Sarah Mandell’s body of work, “100 Days, 100 Fibers,” which consists of 100 small fiber paintings completed over the course of 100 consecutive days. In this series, she depicts South Carolina landscapes and landmarks such as Edisto Beach State Park, Table Rock, Liberty Bridge and the falls, water towers near Swamp Rabbit Grocery, Issaqueena and Raven Cliff Falls, Gervais Street Bridge in Columbia, Furman’s bell tower and lake, and many more. From a distance, Sarah’s

fiber art could easily be mistaken for traditional oil paintings. “My series of needle-felted wool landscapes featuring scenes from all over the state was a great excuse to research, and in some cases, visit all these beautiful places in my new home state,” Sarah says. “What makes this exhibition special is the fact that it is completely comprised of local artists who are rooted in both the art scene of Greenville and the idea of South Carolina,” says Tarcson. For the observer, this translates into a journey across the natural beauty of the state, transposed into an immersive, visual and textural experience . . . all in one place. Fiber, Paper, Scissors opens at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts, in the Brandon Mill at 101 Abney St, on June 7, with an opening reception from 6–9 p.m., and remains on exhibit until July 24. Additionally, there will be an ARTalk on July 16, 6–7 p.m. For more information, visit artcentergreenville.org. JUNE 2019 / 45

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Keepin’ It Rad: Chris Miller (left) of Horseshoe Farm partners with The Anchorage to provide locally grown garden varieties, accounting for 80 percent of the restaurant’s produce. “Farming is tough work,” says Chef Greg McPhee. “It’s like being a chef. You have a ton of expirables out there.”

Sun Show Summer’s vibrant table expands with a special partnership between The Anchorage and Horseshoe Farm / by Stephanie Trotter // photography by Will Crooks


o much for keeping cooks in the kitchen. The Anchorage’s Greg McPhee works the farm now, too. “I see the difference in the quality of produce you can get that doesn’t have a bunch of mileage on it,” he reveals. “This month, we’ll have squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, Kennebec potatoes. We started a bunch of different peppers—jalapeños, poblanos, shishitos.” The award-winning chef may knead the silt and loam, but he defers the real crop talk to his business partner at Horseshoe Farm in Travelers Rest, Chris Miller. “Basils and herbs are coming in now, too,” the plant man shares. “We have brown fennel and dill, squash, beans— oh, and zucchini. I love the different kinds of zucchini. We have Cousa that’s a Lebanese zucchini. It’s light green and has a nutty flavor. And we have Costata Romanesco that’s Italian. They’re absolutely delicious.” The two men met building a rooftop herb garden. At their new farm, by summer’s end, they’ll have harvested up to 75 different items, providing The Anchorage with as much as 80 percent of the produce on its diverse menu. But their real hope for Horseshoe is to share high-quality fare with the public through a CSA (community-supported agriculture) farm-share program and the Travelers Rest Farmers Market, as well as motivate and encourage homegardeners. “We have a pretty generous climate for growing here in this area,” Miller explains. “Even a few small containers can yield plenty of fare. Locally grown food is alive. It’s crunchy, crisp, sweet. It has character.”

In less than a year’s time, Horseshoe Farm’s initial quarter-acre has quadrupled, growing to include 250 beds, each 50-feet-long. In those beds, summer’s Poona Kheera cucumbers will eventually give way to fall’s Scarlet Queen turnips that will give way to winter fingerling potatoes and then spring arugula. “Everybody gets this idea that you have to plant in the spring and harvest in the summer,” says Miller. “But you can grow four seasons in this climate, if you grow stuff that does well in whatever time of the year it is. Okra. Eggplant. Beans . . . the farmer’s mind trails off, as his mouth starts to water, with what he’ll pick next to place upon the Upstate’s table. To participate in The Anchorage and Horseshoe Farm’s produce-sharing program, and receive five vegetable varieties a week, along with cooking and serving ideas, go to theanchoragerestaurant.com. >>



- Cut back on warm dishes. Play off differences of a 50/50, hot and cold menu.

- Compost and add nutrients often, especially if container gardening.

- Allow the produce to speak with its raw textures.

- Visit farms and farmer’s markets to purchase seedlings acclimated to our climate.

- Rely on vinegar, citrus, herbs, and aromatics to bring out flavor. - Pick early and often to keep plants producing.

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“The Reedy River is more than its twomile stretch through downtown. It’s not meant to be a mucky, muddy river.” —Katie Callahan

River Siren Katie Callahan of Friends of the Reedy River leads the community charge to clean up our waters / by Abby Moore Keith // photograph by Eli Warren


he Reedy River has always been a natural gathering place— an economic draw for mills during the textile boom and today, as downtown’s cascading centerpiece, attracting both tourist and resident. But attention can bring degradation, and our hometown river has run the rainbow colors of textile dyes and chemicals, suffered the Colonial Pipeline oil spill, and now fights the negative effects of urbanization. Yet, Katie Callahan likes to say the Reedy River is a restoration story. By day, Callahan is the director of Clemson University’s Center for Watershed Excellence. Also by day she serves as the president of Friends of the Reedy River, a local organization that works to educate, advocate, and start the conversation about how to protect our river and its tributaries. We sat down with Callahan to learn more about the Reedy and how we as a community can work towards its vitality.

So, why study water? >> Since I was a child, water has always been my refilling. I clearly know that I need to be by the water, do something on the water every two weeks to refuel my spirit. I grew up on a farm and have always had an interest in human interactions with water and nature, overall. I have a history of over 20 years of water-quality monitoring, watershed planning. One of my largest interests is how stakeholders are involved in conversations about water. Let’s talk about stakeholders. Why is it important for us to care about our water? >> Water is our most critical natural resource, and when you ask people where their drinking water comes from, or what watershed they live in, there’s not really a lot of interaction there. Yet it’s our most necessary resource for health, for community vitality.

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Stream Line: Katie Callahan (left) wades into the Falls Park portion of the Reedy River, which she advocates for through Friends of the Reedy River. For more, visit friendsofthereedyriver. com, and view more of this story at towncarolina.com for tips on ways you can help clean the Reedy.

Most of us only interact with the Reedy River at Falls Park. But there’s a lot more to it. >> Yes, the Reedy River is more than its two-mile stretch through downtown and its troubled tributaries through downtown. It stretches from Travelers Rest to Lake Greenwood for 76 miles on a very skinny, narrow watershed that includes the lakes at Furman University, a lot of commercial areas, and a lot more residential neighborhoods connecting with tributaries to the Reedy. What are some of the issues the Reedy faces? >> When you find an area that’s urbanizing, like greater Greenville is, where you have greater than 20 percent of impervious surfaces, you are very likely to start to lose the quality of your ecosystem, your macroinvertebrate habitat, and healthy fish assemblages. In urban environments, we flush out storm water through pipes, and it all hits the river at the same time and can cause scouring of the stream banks. And that sediment does end up in the bottom of the river bed, changing our ecology, changing our habitat, and making a muckier river. The Reedy River is not meant to be a mucky, muddy river. Sediment is a critical issue, a leading pollutant to our rivers statewide. What else is going into the Reedy? >> Imagine a cocktail— that pollutant cocktail is a mix of everything that the rain washes off your landscape. So, from dog waste and bird waste and cigarette butts and shreds of plastic bags, and more—that pollutant cocktail is what is discharged to our recreational waters, with no treatment. It doesn’t go through a wastewater treatment facility. What are some of the projects that Friends of the Reedy River is doing to address these issues? >> A lot of our efforts are focused on building awareness and fundraising so we can continue to work along the river. The project we will be completing this year will be at Cleveland Stables. We helped the City of Greenville develop that park space, paying for rain gardens and practices that will improve the river’s health at that location. Rain gardens slow down storm-water flows, use plants to naturally process those nutrients that are in storm-water flows, and allow sediment to settle out and be captured before it goes to the river. What are your hopes for Friends of the Reedy River? >> I hope that we continue to ensure that the Reedy River has a voice in how we grow as a country and as a community. Through our collective efforts, we can affect a healthier stream riparian corridor; this is a major investment in flood control for our future, as well. We can make the river safer for contact recreation. That could be kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, wading in the river, safe fishing. Imagine looking beyond the Prisma Swamp Rabbit Trail and seeing people recreating safely in the river. We are the only city in the nation with a waterfall in our downtown. It’s a gem. It’s this huge economic driver, this tourist attraction. It’s iconic. We should be able to have more of a connection to natural spaces and recreation opportunities in the watershed overall. And once we do, we’ll be collectively more active in protecting these resources for the next generation of Greenvillians.

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Flower Child Kendra Schirmer of Laurel Creek Florals creates brilliant bouquets from her own dynamic garden / by Stephanie Trotter // photography by Paul Mehaffey


ind cascades through Jocassee Gorges, caressing Kendra Schirmer’s organic palate at Laurel Creek Florals. Just like Monet, the artist draws inspiration from nature’s bounty; yet, unlike the French master, Kendra’s medium is flowers. Her striking sculptures, utilizing pods and petals, leaves and stems, are in high demand. “I never thought I’d find such artistic satisfaction in floral design,” the creative reveals. “I find myself getting to that trans-like state as I work on a design, and I think, ‘Oh, that’s what people feel when they’re playing music.’ They get that high and vibe on each other. That’s what I’m feeling with the flowers.” Please pardon the pun, but the root of her raw materials elevates the beauty of her art. Each showpiece is filled with seasonal ingredients grown just beyond her farmhouse door on a quarter-acre plot tucked among trees at her Appalachian hideaway in Sunset, South

Carolina. “Some of the crop is designated for bouquets for the Swamp Rabbit Café, with bright, hot colors,” the 31-yearold points out. “Then I like to grow the weirder colors with muted muddy tones, funky stuff for my own play time. Right now, I probably have the most variety I’ve ever had all blooming at once, and it’s a lot of fun.” La Belle Époque tulips, Chantilly snapdragons, brilliant orlaya, subtle delphiniums. Kendra’s composition is sublime, with sophisticated balance and juxtaposing qualities. Textural seedpods, silky casings, conical buds, pointed turkey feathers. “I try to let the flowers speak in their natural voice,” the craftswoman explains of her unique style. “I try to make it look like the way the garden is. I try to grow a couple of new things and experiment every season. That’s the most exciting day for me, the little treats I fold in. It’s hard to say what my favorite is, like picking a favorite child. It’s usually the newest thing that I’ve not had bloom before.” It goes without saying, her art is prey to weather and animals. But it’s the picky bride she detests the most. “I don’t like clients who have a recipe for me,” the florist admits.

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“I never guarantee anything specific. Things may not be blooming, or there could be a crop failure. I prefer to work with the idea of shape, texture, color and style.” Her whimsical presentations are gaining raves, just don’t call them wild. “Wildflower implies haphazard to me. It sounds like I just went out to the ditch near my house and picked these flowers for free,” she tactfully points out. “These are expensive seeds, and I work 10–12-hour days in the garden. To get the real, loosey-goosey, just-picked look is actually much harder to look really good, and not just some messy clump you threw together.” The photography major has mastered her “naturalistfloristry” approach on her own, reading books, watching YouTube, studying online, and joining Facebook groups. “I attended a workshop in Charleston, and I started weeping in a room of twenty other women,” the artisan confides. “I spent much of my 20s feeling guilty about student loans and not using my degree. That workshop was my ‘a-ha!’ moment. I’m an artist, and the medium is flowers.” In establishing her “studio shed,” sustainability is as

Best Buds: Kendra Schirmer (opposite left) crafts artistic bouquets with blooms from her sustainable flower farm in Sunset, SC. For more about her work, visit laurelcreekflorals.com.

important as the perfect zinnia. “Depending on the wedding and colors, 75–90 percent of the flowers are locally sourced,” Kendra affirms. “I just finished one corporate job that was 100 percent locally sourced. The idea of a naturalist, cataloguing a species, and taking notes also encompasses my obsession with sustainability.” She relies on local flower-farmer friends to round out what she doesn’t have, and upon occasion will order garden roses from California if she needs to soften latefall wedding bouquets with a “little ruffle and fluffle.” “Well, hello. Welcome!” Kendra’s talking to some new buds as she walks her bountiful garden. Her life partner, Sam, is heading off to his vegetable farm, leaving the cats, Spider and Mullein, to keep her company. The floral virtuoso can see a future “wearing a baby,” weeding, and making bridal bouquets. A future that’s creative and fulfilling. “It makes me feel so grateful I found my medium. If you’d told me four to five years ago, I probably would have laughed at you,” she reflects. “Since I was a kid running around barefoot in the woods, I’ve always come back with little treasures in my pocket.” Now her treasures are fragrant living art, for others to enjoy. JUNE 2019 / 51

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Guide Room to Roam: Take a respite in western North Carolina, where you can wake to elk grazing or enjoy tent camping. For a less rustic getaway, head to nearby Waynesville, North Carolina, for a beer at Frog Level Brewing, followed by a farm-totable plate from Birchwood Hall Southern Kitchen.

Into the Wild From cabin to campground, encounter majestic wildlife at these Smoky Mountain stay-aways / by Sydney Taylor you can explore several historic structures and schoolhouses, and stop by the nearby Palmer House for a self-guided tour. Expect to feel refreshed and energized after this nature-filled excursion. Cataloochee Entrance Rd, Waynesville. (828) 497-9270, recreation.gov/camping/ campgrounds/233284

// B U FFA LO CR EEK VACATIO NS / / CATA L O O CHEE CAMPGROUN D In this remote area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cataloochee Campground is known for the roaming elk that were reintroduced to the park in 2001. Watch them along with white-tailed deer, wild turkey, butterflies, a variety of birds, and more across a view of wildflowers in the Smokies. And let’s not forget activities. Enjoy horseback riding in the Cataloochee horse camp, hike a cool 3.9 miles through the Boogerman Trail off the Caldwell Fork Trail, and fish by the streams at these lowkey spots. That means plenty of space to roam without large crowds. While there,

If you want an intimate place for two or a luxury cabin for fourteen, Buffalo Creek Cabins offers it and everything in between—even two fully furnished train caboose rentals stocked with amenities. At this quaint, family-owned ranch, enjoy a wood-burning fireplace, game room, fully stocked kitchen, hot tub, and a deck with bison views. Don’t miss out on Breakfast with Bison, complete with local coffee from Smoky Mountain Roasters, warm cinnamon buns from Nettie’s Bakery, and a variety of other treats to nosh on while experiencing the morning bison feeding. Just minutes from Asheville, Buffalo Creek

is an ideal log cabin destination—home on the range, indeed. Rates vary, (828) 550-0960, buffalocreekvacationsnc.com

// S MO K Y MO UN TA I N GL A MPI N G— TH E T EN TS AT MO UN TA I N CA B I N Get your glamp on in a canvas tent cabin with a covered porch, queen mattress, luxury bedding, and an outdoor creekside shower for a picturesque overnight glamping experience. Tents come fully stocked with pastries and breakfast items, one of the many quaint touches that round out the experience. A short drive from Waynesville’s best restaurants and breweries, Smoky Mountain Glamping is perfect for a snug weekend getaway for two. Share a cozy tent, grill outside, dine on the porch, and explore the area. Definitely a lodging upgrade for a remote weekend trip out-of-doors. $145 per night, (828) 734-5597, visitncsmokies.com/ accommodations/smoky-mountain-glamping

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he perfect getaway should fulfill two things—the ability to do everything and the ability to do nothing. Look no further than Haywood County in western North Carolina. The possibilities are vast, whether you’re looking for a jawdropping mountain view, communing with wildlife, or quiet time with a good read.

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Cherry on Top Ann Arbor, Michigan, might not be on your radar—but this quaint midwestern city should be / by M. Linda Lee


quintessential college town, Ann Arbor resonates urban cool mixed with a midwestern small-town vibe. The city is defined by the University of Michigan, which sprawls beyond its 40-acre central campus across this small city in southeastern Michigan. Virginian John Allen and New Yorker Elisha Rumsey founded the town in 1824 and named it to honor their wives—both named Ann—and the dense oak forests that blanketed much of the 640 acres of land they bought from the federal government.

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As you’d expect, the town’s cultural attractions revolve around the university, which claims James Earl Jones, Lucy Liu, and Madonna (who didn’t graduate) among its celebrity alumni. An easy walk from the main campus, the heart of Ann Arbor beats “down on Main Street,” as native son Bob Seger immortalized it in his eponymous 1977 song. Main Street and the blocks branching off of it are now are chock-a-block with shops, nightclubs, and theaters, as well as a bevy of bars, restaurants, and outdoor cafés. “Ann Arbor has a really bustling, eclectic, internationally inspired food scene,” says Margaret Wyzlic, director of communications for Destination Ann Arbor. “There are over 300 restaurants in the city limits with international inspirations from Ethiopian to European, and every type of Asian cuisine you could imagine.” But it wasn’t always this way. Until recent decades, Ann Arbor catered more to university students—with pizza parlors and burger joints—than gourmands. The tide turned in 1982 when Ari Weinzweig and Paul Saginaw opened Zingerman’s in a 1902 grocery building, a block from the farmer’s market. What began as a Jewish deli soon ballooned into a storied specialty-foods store whose shelves are stocked with some of the best regional and international products, including some from home: Anson Mill grits, Carolina Gold rice, and South Carolina mustard barbecue sauce. Following the partners’ savvy business model, Zingerman’s has expanded into a group of specialized food-related businesses, including a creamery, a bakery, a coffee roaster, a historic farm and event venue called Cornman

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/// Taste Kitchen Midwestern Marvel: (left to right) The University of Michigan’s central campus boasts elegant archways and iconic architecture; explore an exceptional collection of Asian artwork at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art; sample Michigan cherries, which make up 75 percent of our country’s crop; and stroll through Ann Arbor’s downtown, which affords guests a chance to experience the town’s expansive culinary scene.

Farms, and two other restaurants (Zingerman’s Roadhouse and Miss Kim). Zingerman’s has spawned a new generation of local chefs, such as James Beard Award-winner Alex Young, who opened Zingerman’s Roadhouse with Saginaw and Weinzweig in 2003. Young turned his focus to French cuisine when he launched The Standard Bistro & Larder in early 2018. Another Deli alumna and now one of the company’s managing partners, Ji Hye Kim crafts seasonal family-style dishes that celebrate her Korean heritage at Zingerman’s new restaurant, Miss Kim. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the producers-only Ann Arbor Farmers Market gathers more than 130 area producers and food artisans on Saturdays year-round and Wednesdays from May through December. “When Zingerman’s opened, the market was pretty small,” recalls Weinzweig, “but now I think it’s one of the best in the country.” Having such a resource in town makes easy pickin’s for chefs and consumers. “Ann Arbor is a very sophisticated city,” says Danny Van, chef/owner of Taste Kitchen, who shops at the farmers market twice a week in summer. “I see healthconscious diners here going toward more local and organic food.” Whether you’re sampling farm-fresh cuisine in the city’s restaurants, tasting vinifera varietals from northern Michigan at VinBar, or exploring the many iterations of the state’s abundant cherry crop (Michigan grows 75 percent of the country’s supply) at Cherry Delight on Main Street, wherever you turn, Ann Arbor lays out a luscious harvest of local cuisine.

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STAY /// The Kensington Hotel At this comfortable boutique hotel just outside downtown, 200 newly revitalized guest rooms come with plush bedding and free WiFi. And that’s not to mention the indoor pool, sauna and fitness center, and the complimentary Viennese coffee bar in the lobby. 3500 S State St, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-7800, kcourtaa.com

EAT /// The Standard Bistro & Larder The menu changes daily at this downtown brasserie, where Chef Alex Young combines French cuisine (think bouillabaisse and beef Bourguignon) with a passion for local ingredients. 5827 Jackson Rd. (734) 2632543, thestandardbistro.com

A native of Vietnam, chef/ owner Danny Van dishes up global cuisine, mixing Asian influences with French techniques in such plates as Alaskan halibut with ponzu and bok choy. 521 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor. (734) 369-4241, tastekitchena2.com

PLAY /// University of Michigan Museum of Art Among its many treasures, the UMMA collection excels in Chinese paintings and Tiffany architectural glass, as well as an exceptional group of Asian ceramics. 525 S State St. (734) 764-0395, umma.umich.edu /// Literati Any self-respecting college town should have a hip independent bookstore, and Literati does Ann Arbor proud by supporting both local authors and booklovers. 124 E Washington St, Ann Arbor. (734) 585-5567, literatibookstore.com

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Ready for adventure? Take on rock climbing or whitewater kayaking at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Situated on the 21st floor of Skye Condos, Fahrenheit has one of the best skyline views of the city.

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As the third fastest-growing city in the nation, the Queen City’s energy and optimism have attracted a diverse community of residents and visitors alike. Whether you’re here to relax or explore, there’s no better place to escape from reality than in Charlotte. Start your engine. In less than two hours from Greenville, you’ll be able to explore all the Queen City has to offer. Charlotte’s central location to Interstates 77, 85 and 40 makes any drive worthwhile; 50 percent of the country is less than a day’s drive from the city. A weekend or week-long stay in Charlotte never sounded so good. Ready for adventure? Take on rock climbing or whitewater kayaking at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, an Olympian-approved complex just outside of Center City. If the adrenaline junkie in you is craving more thrills, head to Carowinds amusement park to ride the Carolinas’ first double launch roller coaster, Copperhead Strike, or the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, Fury 325. For the ultimate stroll of relaxation, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens has a dreamy collection of gardens, tropical plants and green space to explore. Don’t miss out on meandering along the Thread Trail that overlooks Lake Wylie or visiting the 8,000-square-foot Orchid Conservatory showcasing blooming orchids and orchid trees. And for everything in between, discover Charlotte’s diverse neighborhoods—from NoDa to Dilworth. Murals and other public art are sprinkled throughout each of our neighborhoods, telling stories of Charlotte’s rich history and our city’s vibrant future. After taking an Instagram-worthy picture in front of these beautiful backdrops, it’s time to top off the night at one of Charlotte’s rooftop bars. Situated on the 21st floor of Skye Condos, Fahrenheit serves

a Southern jewel whose one of-a-kind attractions and unique beauty shine brightly.

inventive Asian-accented New American plates along with intimate access to a rooftop garden, linear fire pits and one of the best skyline views of the city. Check out Merchant & Trade, a swanky lounge and lawn located on the 19th floor of the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel. Order the Rum Flip cocktail.You won’t be disappointed. The Queen City is a creative haven for foodies in the Southeast. Charlotte encourages young, inventive chefs—including many James Beard Award nominees and well-established restaurateurs—to passionately pursue new flavors in Southern cooking and beyond. By morning, grab a coffee and cronut from Coco and the Director, and at night, order the fried chicken and sweet potato dumplings from Haberdish. Charlotte takes pride in its craft beer scene, especially since it’s one of the top craft beer cities in the Southeast. The Queen City is home to hot spots like Salud Beer Shop, which took the title for “Best Beer Bar” in the country, and Wooden Robot, which captured gold from the Great American Beer Festival. Need we say more? For the fitness fanatics, Charlotte has a variety of outdoor workout classes for all levels. STAX offers one of the largest boot camps run by ex-NFL wide receiver Randy Moss. Maybe the best part? It’s free. For the yoga lovers, practice yoga outside at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s lawn—with a beer in hand—or at Novel Stonewall Station’s outdoor deck, which overlooks the city of Charlotte. Each of these attractions, and more, help set the Queen City apart from the rest.

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Group Dynamics: Founded as an all-girls summer retreat in 1920 by Dr. Joseph Sevier, Camp Greystone continues to focus on training young girls through a host of activities: (clockwise from left) campers work on their fencing stances (1950s); girls wait on the dock before a swim in the lake (1940s); during Greystone’s early days, campers wore uniforms during activities like calisthenics or dancing in the Pavilion, an area which remains relatively the same today (1920s).

The gates of Camp Greystone swing wide this month, celebrating 10 0 years of mystical memories / by Stephanie Trot ter


ifty-six days until I go to camp!” Caroline Linen stares down the calendar on her bedroom wall. “This year, I’ll probably be in the Castle,” the 16-year-old exclaims with excitement. “It’s amazing! I remember the first time I saw the Castle. It was my first summer at Main, and I was visiting my assigned big sister during free-time. It was ginormous!” Cabin lingo spills from the rising junior’s lips, as she morphs into camp mode. But in truth, Greystone never escapes her. As a fourth-generation Greystone Girl, its spirit is embedded deep in her DNA. The rugged slice of heaven outside Tuxedo, North Carolina, influences her outlook and life. “I’m not sure when my great-grandma and grandma started attending,” she shares. “But when I’m walking the same roads and

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staying in the same cabins, and feeling what they did, it brings me closer to what I’ve learned about them, and how I’m like them.” While pumped to spend five weeks with friends in the Castle, Caroline is even more delighted to dive into this summer’s centennial celebration. “I’m looking forward to the 100th year, especially learning all about what they did,” the St. Joe’s student reveals. “Carnival on the Fourth of July, Banquet Night. Those are some of my favorite things we do. I hope to have a daughter, and I’d love for her to go and do them.”

A D A D ’ S D R E A M / Many of the activities and rituals Caroline holds dear are the exact ones her foremothers embraced at the all-girl getaway. Vespers, Five-Year Celebration, Odd-Even Competition, all swathed in camp colors of green and gold remain virtually unchanged since Dr. Joseph Sevier founded Greystone in 1920. The Presbyterian minister from Augusta, Georgia, grew transfixed on building a camp for young girls when

his daughter wanted to learn to swim, but couldn’t find a place. Sevier spent the first two summers on Greystone Mountain in Tennessee, but moved the camp to warmer temperatures at its current, 150-acre location on Lake Summit in 1922. One hundred campers spent the entire summer that first year, as Sevier transformed a cornfield into an enchanting retreat. Always a spendthrift, the doctor purchased surplus World War I barracks from Camp Sevier in Greenville. The beloved “tentalows” are still used today, lined with wooden plaques, the names of former campers burned into the grain. Vintage brochures glimpse the early days. Horseback riding on “eight Kentucky thoroughbreds” was cited as “the crowning feature of Greystone athletics.” Swimming, tennis, basketball, and baseball were popular, and just like today, Morning Assembly featured song and prayer. Armed with Kodak cameras, campers sometimes ventured beyond the wooden gate to tour Chimney Rock and Mt. Mitchell. Others stayed behind to perform folk dances and dramatic passages on Pageant Court, the outdoor stage. In 1932, the camp grabbed national attention when Cosmopolitan covered its archers, in white dresses, cloche hats, and Oxford heels, during a shooting exhibition at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. Decades passed, and while many camps (and businesses) didn’t survive the Great Depression and World War II, Greystone did. Jimboy Miller, director of operations at Camp Greystone, remembers hearing the stories of how the camp JUNE 2019 / 63

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operated through polio epidemics. “Once you had your community together, you didn’t let anyone else in, because you risked picking up the infection. There were quarantines,” he explains. “So, vendors would drop the food at the gate, and staff would bring it all in.” By then, Virginia Sevier, Joseph’s daughter who originally wanted to learn to swim, was directing Greystone. Perhaps one of her best skills was keeping connected to alumni. Each Opening Day, she would carefully arrange wedding and debutante announcements on the dining hall’s central bulletin board. In years to come, a changing societal view and swinging ’60s drove other camps to close. But in 1972, Jimboy witnessed his parents re-focusing on faith, tapping into Greystone’s biblical roots. “My parents reinvigorated the camp and added moments of significance into each day,” he recalls. “They were very intentional to make sure campers go away from this experience with something more than just a good time.” Christian speakers were brought in to interact with campers, including writer Corrie ten Boom who stayed for two straight weeks. The ’80s also included facility improvements with construction of water ski docks, a pool, and a soccer field, and a track used by the Stumblers Running Club.

Target Practice: (Clockwise from left) A camper poses on Greystone’s archery range (1940s); as part of their training, girls were instructed in firearm safety and worked to pass shooting levels (1940s); during Challenge Day, counselors supervise a sack race as teams work to earn points (1950s); campers enjoy cabin time (1930s); canoeing on the lake at Greystone (1990s); girls pose with their rifles on the Pageant Court (1940s).

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Today, Jimboy directs operations that serve almost 2,000 campers per summer, each staying for one-, two-, three- and five-week-long terms. The girls choose from 70 activities, A to Z . . . aerobics to Zumba. “The thing that you’re doing doesn’t matter as much as what’s happening in that relationship with your counselor, campers, to each other,” the 56-year-old executive director reveals. “That’s the magic of camp. Our camp has doubled down on that social connection. Campers keep coming back because of the relationships they make within the camp.”

L I K E G R A N D M O T H E R , L I K E M O T H E R , L I K E D A U G H T E R / “Only five more months until I go back to camp!” Laura Linen, Caroline’s mother, plans on attending the 100-year reunion this October. With an estimated 30,000 alumni, Greystone may run out of tentalows. Laura states, “I’m 52 years old, and

not a day goes by that I don’t think of camp. I was a camper and counselor there. It’s life-changing.” She can’t wait to reunite with former cabin-mates. “These are life-long friendships from the get-go. When you live with someone in a cabin for weeks on end, everything is stripped away. There’s a grounding. We are there for each other, no matter what.” Laura’s mother, Sandy Pickens Wagner, is returning with her friends as well . . . at age 76. “I don’t think there’s a better place in the world,” the second-generation camper states. “Greystone has a spirit of the heart. I grew to feel there was nothing in the world I couldn’t do, if I had my heart in the right place. That’s what it does for young girls.” Both now watch Caroline re-trace their steps. “You find out who you are, working on friendships, strength, and spiritual growth,” says Laura. “I found skills I didn’t know I had.” Her mom agrees, sending a silent thank you upward, to her mother, the first-generation Greystone girl. “I never wanted camp to end. I never wanted to go home. Greystone has been blessed with wonderful, strong, faith-filled women.” Women who yearn to gather round the campfire once more. JUNE 2019 / 65

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Possessing an eye for style from an early age, Argentina-born Carolina Soma pursued a career in fashion abroad before moving to Greenville. She has opened a curated boutique in the Village of West Greenville, offering custommade wares and select designs from international vendors.

Pretty Woman Veteran fashion designer Carolina Soma opens her namesake boutique in the heart of the Village / by Jac Valitchka // photograph by Eli Warren


uring her audition for the hit reality show Project Runway, when host Tim Gunn asked Greenville designer Carolina Soma if she liked drama—her answer was a resounding “no.” She didn’t make the cut, surely due to her answer, because her talent isn’t in question. One peek into Soma’s newly opened eponymous boutique in the Village of West Greenville clearly shows it. That peek is all it took for musician Drea Tremols, visiting from Vermont, to walk into the store one day in early May. She walked out with a pastel sage-hued jumper and gold cage-style statement necklace. The look balanced the feminine and frill with a bit of edge and art—what seems to be Soma’s hallmark. So is affordability. “I thought when I walked in everything was going to be $300,” says Tremols. It isn’t, and Soma doesn’t think it should be otherwise. “I want to offer my customers something custom-made and affordable. Why not?” she says. Soma, who admires the aesthetics of iconic designers like Alexander McQueen, Valentino, and Johanna Ortiz grew up in Cordova, Argentina, going on shoeshopping expeditions with her beloved grandmother, Maria. Her aunt taught her to make “the tiny dresses for her Barbies” when she was a little girl, and by nine-years-old, Soma had her first sewing machine. Following her passion, she spent four years at a fashion design school in Argentina, and then opened her first boutique, which she ran for four years, until love called. She hopscotched to

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omantic notions of dream weddings often begin before a first kiss. The wedding is envisioned as a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of romance where the bride is the center of attention and admiration. She gets to wear the ultimate party dress, choose dresses for her best friends to wear, receive a special ring, and everyone brings a present. What’s not to love? All brides imagine their wedding day will be picture-perfect with little allowance for the unexpected or potential problems to occur. With so much attention on the bride and the accompanying self-imposed pressure for the day mounting, unfulfilled high expectations are bound to pack a punch when reality sets in and the first snafu occurs. And it will! As one who likes control, I am in awe of anyone with the nerve to plan an outdoor ceremony. The possibility of snow or rain or heat or gloom of night cannot dissuade these brides from the wedding of their dreams. Not me. I prefer my air to be conditioned and set to the ideal temperature, and so does my hair. Even though my own wedding plans lacked an outdoor component, the weather still tried to steal the show. A few days before our planned wedding day, snow began to fall . . . and fall . . . and fall. If you have lived in the South for even one winter, you understand that neither our municipalities nor Southern citizens are equipped to deal with anything more than scattered flurries. As a result, all of the meticulous details started to give way, guests began to withdraw their acceptances, and I began to doubt that the wedding would be able to happen at all.

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Teacher’s Pet The Man reminisces on elementary school antics


or the first several years of grade school, all of my teachers were sweet, elderly women who fawned on each student as if they were a favorite grandchild. These gentle souls would call us names like “hon” and “buddy” and treat most instances of misbehavior as minor infractions brought about by kids just being kids. It didn’t take long for my friends and I to come to understand, and then exploit, this atmosphere of generosity. Unfinished homework, playground scuffles, and writing on the bathroom walls could all be explained away with a sorrowful look and a “promise” to try better next time. But these laissez-faire days came to an abrupt end on the first morning of my sixth-grade year. “Your name is on your desk. Find it and take a seat,” said the middle-aged woman standing by the chalkboard as I entered the classroom. The teacher was tall and thin with wiry, streaked hair the color of asphalt shingles. On the board she had written her name—Mrs. Jenkins—and as she droned on about her classroom rules I began to feel sorry for Mr. Jenkins, if in fact there were a Mr. Jenkins. I found it hard to believe someone would actually marry this woman. It only took a few days for Mrs. Jenkins to wield her power and strike fear into our 11-year-old hearts. A week into the school year, my friend Bob was implicated in the drawing of a rudimentary penis on the side of a filmstrip projector. When he eventually confessed, Mrs. Jenkins opened the bottom drawer of her desk and pulled out a long wooden paddle. She then took Bob by the wrist and led him into the hallway. A minute later, three loud pops rang out as the class exchanged horrified looks.


“This woman is insane!” I thought—and any ideas I had of drawing genitals on school property immediately evaporated. As the year progressed, Mrs. Jenkins’ icy demeanor never thawed. While most of the class fell into order and obeyed her directions, I tried to bribe my way into her good graces with gifts of Pepperidge Farm cookies and humorous coffee mugs. Offerings she would accept with the thinnest of smiles and a slight rolling of the eyes. Bob, being a prolific penis artist, took a completely different route altogether, deciding it was easiest to just wear three pairs of underwear simultaneously to diminish the effects of his inevitable paddlings. By the end of the school year, I had finally surrendered to Mrs. Jenkins’ authority. I finished my homework, remained silent in class, walked in a straight line to and from the cafeteria. I was a shell of my former self. It had taken several months, but the woman had broken my desire to misbehave. On the last day of school, as the other sixth-grade classes ate pizza and played games, Mrs. Jenkins showed us a film about the Revolutionary War. After the film, she handed out our report cards and reminded us to behave ourselves during the summer break. When the dismissal bell rang, I bolted from the room like a hostage whose ransom had finally been paid. As I ran to the school bus, I passed the teachers’ parking lot and glanced toward Mrs. Jenkins’ car, a blue Volkswagen Beetle. On the hood someone had drawn a penis out of what looked to be shaving cream. It was Bob’s last work of art before starting junior high, and I still consider it a masterpiece.

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Essay Tent Revival: In a

new relationship, writer Ashley Warlick embraces the adventures that come with bridging worlds and families.

In the Open A writer reflects on new family ties during a summer camping trip / by Ashley Warlick // illustration by Timothy Banks


e’re going camping. There are four of us: the person I love and his son, myself and mine. We have spent the better part of a year loving each other, and this is what we’re doing to prove it, to test it, to see what the hell happens next: family vacation. We’re going camping in Hot Springs, North Carolina, in a complete and total downpour. We’ve packed our gear in the storm, bag after bag shuttled into the back of the late-model Ford SUV borrowed from my daughter who’s away on semester abroad. This is the same daughter who said of me, upon meeting the gentleman in question: whatever you do, don’t cook for her, and don’t take her outside. So there’s a little bit of that to this family vacation, too, something to prove. I know how to go outside, dammit. The back of the SUV is stuffed with blankets and marshmallows and sweatpants and poker sets and paperback novels, and there’s a seat-to-ceiling stack of soft things between the boys, one fifteen years old and one sixteen, full-grown boys, their backpacks jammed in around their size-twelve feet. The car hydroplanes twice on the highway from Asheville to Marshall, and we concentrate silently and mightily until we arrive at the campground, where the rain has gone, but might return.

HERE ARE THE THINGS WE’VE FORGOTTEN: • The rain fly for the big tent, the boys’ tent, where they will sleep. • The batteries for the pump that inflates the air mattress on which the boys will sleep. • An operational tent pole for the tent where we will sleep.

Duct tape, which we have remembered, does not hold it. The ballpoint pen we’ve shoved into the housing does not hold it. The boys are volunteering to sleep, upright, in the car, and the gentleman has gone to town to see what can be done. He is a resourceful man—mentally agile, consistently positive, a teacher. He has a lot of experience camping, hiking, canoeing, backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, zip lining, and probably field surgery, a lot more experience than I have, and so I’m not trying to figure this out. The boys fence each other with branches they’ve found in the woods. I sit on the banks of the French Broad River with gnats in my face, take out my bent ballpoint pen and write this down.

We all have our strengths. I wanted to take this camping trip because camping is something from the gentleman’s life that he loves to do, and I wanted to write about it because that’s what I do, and also, because I chafe at the idea that I’m incapable of roughing it. But this is not the sweaty, wild adventure I imagined. So far, it’s just smart people forgetting dumb shit. Like cold beer. The two nice guys next to us have cold beer. They have a checkered tablecloth on their picnic table, matching camp chairs, two dogs instead of two giant boys, and a neat bundle of dry firewood. The family behind us is blaring Taylor Swift on their radio. They have an adorable blonde daughter turning walkovers in the field by the bandstand, her belly skyward until her wrists give out and she flops back in the wet grass. They have a gazebo tent over their camp stove and what looks like a softsided shoe rack suspended from the crossbar to hold their cooking supplies. They’ve got their set-up, their mood. The gentleman comes back from town with a tarp, a metal tent pole splint, and a satisfied kind of smile. We’ve got our mood, too. There’s a half moon sifting through the clouds over the river, and the sun breaks occasionally hot against my back. I love how the light holds longest on the high parts of the mountains, like how light can sculpt the planes of a face. Two Canada geese fly upriver at sundown, a pair. That night, in our tent, we have a conversation by headlamp. I confess I thought we would be doing something more daring on this trip, more outside my comfort than car camping with teenagers. Above us, the newlyleafed trees make patterns on the fabric in the starlight, the beams of our headlamps crossing. The gentleman loves a challenge. He tells me about boards you could rent where you’re basically surfing river rapids on your belly, wearing webbed gloves for paddles. On one of our first dates, I lost my glasses falling out of a kayak; this is not the sort of risk I’m game for again. We discuss 24-hour solo hikes, moonlight hikes, naked hikes. There’s no way I’m going naked in North Carolina. And really, doing something for the drama of it feels forced and fake and orchestrated. We hear the door of the SUV open and close, one of the boys laughs. There’s risk here. I know what the risks are. We learn things, watching the boys together over such a long stretch, outside of their usual bedroom lairs. One of the boys sleeps with his earbuds in. One of the boys snores. One of the boys takes long walks alone by the river. One of the boys eats an entire bag of Goldfish crackers. One of the boys is reading Game of Thrones. One of the boys is pretending to read a book about David Bowie. He might actually be reading. He surprises us all the time.

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I wanted to take this camping trip because camping is something from the gentleman’s life that he loves to do, and I wanted to write about it because that’s what I do, and also, because I chafe at the idea that I’m incapable of roughing it. But this is not the sweaty, wild adventure I imagined.

One of the boys practices driving the SUV around the campground. One of the boys monitors his speed from the passenger seat. One of the boys whittles sticks with bright, dangerous-looking knives. Neither of us likes the knives, but the boys are being careful with them, and if they lose a finger, the gentleman knows what to do between here and the hospital. He once lost the tip of his finger when an old casement window slammed shut. We know the details of each other’s lives, and they bolster us like history. We have never done this before, this bringing together of a family, and it’s not like camping. There’s not a list of stuff you can pack in with you, no specialty gear or smart hacks. What is respectful discussion about sharp objects and driver’s education

when you haven’t raised a child? What is appropriate risk for a son who’s not your own? In the afternoon, we take a walk along the Laurel River toward a ghost town. I know the names of all the blooming wildflowers from researching a novel years ago: red and white trillium, phlox, violets, wild iris. I know which flowers can be eaten, and when I feed the gentleman a sprig of chickweed, we decide it tastes like corn. Back at the campsite, we eat corn, silked and tied back into its husks, roasted on the fire. We eat salsa and steak rolled into tortillas, eat brownies and marshmallows and bugs. I am pleased I have cooked; everyone is pleased to have eaten. There’s no food like food over a campfire. We listen to the high river, to the boys at their card game. We try to find both dippers in the starry night. Without both, which one is the small one? So much is learned in comparison. JUNE 2019 / 79

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Like most, if not all, of the other tapreneurs here, Lindsay and Shawn Johnson started as home-brewers before emptying their savings and handcrafting their own beer manufactory. “We lived in Alaska,” says Lindsay, 43, “and you have to find hobbies. We really started to get into experimenting with craft beer.” BI RDS FLY SOUTH ALE PROJ ECT launched in September 2016, the same month Shawn, now 42, retired from the Coast Guard after 22 years. A warrant officer, Shawn worked on an icebreaker and as a navigator on mega-huge C-130 airplanes. Ultimately, the family wound up in Greenville, where Shawn worked as a contractor with Lockheed Martin. “We timed it perfectly,” Lindsay says. “He was so ready to do something different, and once he started brewing himself, he really realized he’s got all the science, all the math, and his creativity, so it’s kind of the perfect place for him. And I’m good at all the admin stuff.” “Birds Fly South” comes from the affectionate way the Johnsons, married 18 years, refer to their family of three sons, ages 10 to 18—a flock that migrated across the country, finding its way to warmer climes. heir operation sprawls across 15,000 square feet in Hampton Station, a 100-year-old former cotton warehouse, now with a 30-barrel capacity—don’t ask about tanks and kegs because that stuff’s as technical as the biology that goes into filling ’em. Suffice it to say, each barrel is 31 gallons, and everyone here’s hopping. Varieties? “Endless,” Johnson says. “That’s why we call ourselves an ‘ale project,’ because we’re always doing something different.”




Operating out of Hampton Station, Shawn Johnson (opposite top), co - owner of Birds Fly South, considers his brewery an ale project, as his alchemical interests constantly lead to new beers that he and head brewer Brett Terrapin (opposite middle) bring to life. Some are so popular that they are canned, like The Bluprint (opposite right), a juicy double dryhopped IPA.

Billing its work as “Progressively Old School Urban Farmhouse Brewing,” BFS is perhaps best known for “wild farmhouse type of beers.” Here, you can really get into the alchemical wizardry that goes into creating any of hundreds of styles, including, to name just a few, saison, IPA, lager, porter, bock, pilsner, stout, sour, and wheat. BFS unveils two to three new beers each week, Johnson says. “We repeat a lot of beers, but we’re also brewing a lot of new styles.” You could spend the day cruising BFS’s website of offerings. Here’s a Belgian witbier, or white beer, called “Cherry Cit-Wit,” a summertime quencher with coriander, sweet orange peel, and cherries. Or check out “Llama Johns,” described thusly: “A classic Christmas beer, the Belgian Dark Strong was first aged on locally foraged figs before a secondary addition of cinnamon, nutmeg, maple, and plums.”

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Each beer itself is a work of art, even its own conversation piece— and that’s what this whole thing’s about. “Craft beer is really becoming more and more popular, especially with young 20- and 30-somethings, and people are really enjoying going to the source for the beer,” Johnson says. “They really enjoy going to a brewery and being able to sit amongst all the tanks and barrels, and they know the product’s always fresh.” LIABI LITY BREWI NG COM PANY / “I’m a pretty

entrepreneurial person,” says Terry Horner, 42, who moved to Greenville seven years ago from Ohio, where he started several software-related companies. “I knew I would eventually get back to opening another business someday, and the market factors—with the laws changing, my timing, personally, and my passion for beer—they all kind of aligned.” Horner, who works remotely for a company in San Francisco, opened Liability last August on the former Battery & Electric Co. site, now the Westone development, on West Stone Avenue. (con’d on page 88)

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WORT This is a sugary liquid leftover from mashing grains that ferments with the yeast and creates alcohol. Basically without wort, there’d be no beer.

CICERONE Pronounced “sis-uhrohn,” this designation is considered the beer equivalent to a sommelier. Same rigorous testing required to recommend pairings and highlight tasting notes.


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What began humbly as Henni’s Brewpub in downtown Greenville in 1994 has expanded into South Carolina’s largest brewery in terms of capacity, producing 23,000 barrels annually. Familyowned Thomas Creek opened in 1998 as the first brewery in Greenville. Now brewmaster Tom Davis and his father, Bill, the operation’s general manager and official “taste master,” make 40 different types of beer, including their two flagships, River Falls Red Ale and Trifecta IPA. Can’t decide? Narrow down your options by enjoying a beer flight in the tasting room or on the patio. Home brewers can purchase grains, hops, yeast, and anything else they need to make beer—or wine—in the onsite shop. 2054 Piedmont Hwy, Greenville. (864) 605-1166, thomascreekbeer.com

Quest celebrates its sixth anniversary in July, making it the second-longest continuously operating brewery in Greenville, after Thomas Creek. Of the beers available on tap in The Keep (as their tasting room is called), the six beers in the Legendary series, including Issaqueena Witbier and Golden Fleece Belgian Pale Ale, are available year-round, while changing selections in the seasonal specialty series—such as Strawberry Tarragon Wheat and Nitro Coffee IPA, made with Due South coffee—are available for a limited time. In summer, the brewery hosts a Thursday-night concert series starring local and regional bands who perform on the outside stage. The lineup for June kicks off with the Excons. 55 Airview Dr, Greenville. (864) 272-6232, questbrewing.com



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On Greenville’s Eastside, off the Interstate highway for which it’s named, Brewery 85 is the only Upstate brewery that hosts a farmers market—and a winter one at that. On Saturdays (11am–2pm) from December through March, the Toasty Farmer fills the back room of the brewery with artisans and food producers offering everything from just-picked veggies to locally made cheese. Come fill your bag with fresh produce, meat, and fish, and be sure to sample a beer in the taproom while you’re there—perhaps the Yeoman’s American Brown Ale, if it’s on tap. The 2016 version of this brew is aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. Drop by Sunday afternoons (2–4pm) in summer for free indoor concerts, part of the brewery’s Streamline Music series. 6 Whitlee Ct, Greenville. (864) 558-0104, brewery85.com

After an invigorating bike ride on the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, reward yourself in Travelers Rest with a beer at Swamp Rabbit Brewery. Recycled and salvaged elements—including redwood panels from an old South Carolina cotton mill—decorate the interior, while a covered area out back adds overflow space in nice weather. At the long bar, owner and brewmaster Ben Pierson keeps at least four beers on tap at any given time, including the coriander-infused Belgianstyle White Ale, the brewery’s best seller. This summer, look for the delicate Raspberry White Ale, one of a series of seasonal ales made with fresh berries—and check out the Summer Solstice Party on June 21. 26 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2424, theswamprabbitbrewery.com

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Terry Horner’s the only who kept his day job.

“One of the reasons I got into beer is because it’s very similar to technology,” he says, analogizing open-source software codes with open-source beer recipes. “There’s a bunch of people who don’t know each other that get together and build software, and beer is very similar. We have great relationships with almost every brewery in town.” And with local taprooms, too. Liability sells about 40 barrels a month, most out of its taproom, but now distributes to 20 accounts, such as Barley’s and Sidewall Pizza. “Distro,” as they say in the trades, isn’t the asset Liability’s aiming to build. “It’s mainly for eyeball purposes,” Horner says. “We want more people to know that we exist, and it’s easy to get that reach out there.” The name’s getting around, too, so let’s get around to the name. Liability? “We all know these people in our lives—our crazy uncle or friends who embarrass themselves or embarrass us,” Horner says. As with the other two microbreweries, Liability’s beer menu reads like a cross between a grocery list for a trippy farmers market and titles you might find at an out-there comic book store. A Snitch in Time, a crispy American Ale, serves up an aroma of honey butter, Hawaiian bread, and candied apricot, with flavors of English muffin, marmalade, and corn flakes. The hoppy Mortal Wombat, with essences of honeydew, guava, and cotton candy, gives off fragrances of nectarine, peach ring, and orange liqueur. Ted Danzig, a schwarzbier, or dark lager, is, as the menu says, “Pleasant like a cheerful bartender. Hard like a Jersey metal band.” he taproom generally keeps 13 beers on tap at a time, and despite the quirky names, Horner says Liability’s master brewer, C.J. Golobish, is “very triedand-true.” He wants to get the flavor out of the beer rather than putting a ton of adjunct ingredients into it. “That’s been part of our strategy, to work up to the weirdness. We wanted to make sure we made great-quality beer for people to come and enjoy first,” Horner says. To that, he raises a glass to Greenville’s barreling scene. “It’s kind of a chill, laid-back, everyone-come-drink-my-beer kind of thing,” he says. “We want people to share in these flavors we’re creating in this community we’re trying to build. We’re trying to educate consumers about what craft beer’s all about.”






Put simply, this is a sweet yet bitter high-alcohol beer. It goes through a warm fermentation process, resulting in it being very fruity and full-bodied.

Ever had the bartender tell you about a Lambic ale, and you just went with it? Us, too. A lambic is a type of sour, which has an intentionally sour or tart taste.

Describes barley or grain that has been used to brew or distill beer, and gives that distinct sweet taste reminiscent of toast and caramel.


The Eighth State Brewing Company’s Adam Cribbs (above), Cameron Owen (opposite right), and Jack Ryan McDonald craft a mix of their own exotic beers, but also collaborate with area breweries, like Carolina Baurenhaus and Resident Culture.

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TH E EIG HTH STATE BREWI NG COM PANY / A stunning spring morning finds The Eighth State’s three guys working on a fresh project: filling, capping, and labeling 130 bottles with barley wine—all by hand—one . . . bottle . . . at a time. “It takes a while, but the payoff is nice,” says Adam Cribbs, 37, whose business card reads “zymologist”— brewese for beer chemist. He explains the process. Boil some malt, barley, wheat, rye, rice to extract nutrients, enzymes, and sugars in an hour-long process not unlike making a big batch of oatmeal. Pump the resulting water, sans grains, into a kettle and boil that. Next, move the water to a tank and add yeast. When these microbes eat the water’s sugar, they pass gas—in this case, CO². Yes, in a word, says head brewer Cameron Owen, fungi farts foment fermentation, which takes about two to three weeks. This morning, general manager Jack Ryan McDonald is filling bottles of their latest creation, Neck and Neck, a dark, chocolatey concoction made with barley and brewed like wine—hence its oenological 14.6 percent ABV, or alcohol-by-volume, more than double, even triple that of your average beer. Neck and Neck’s name comes from a song lyric. The flavor’s drawn from the seven months the brew matures in an old brandy cask, among more than a dozen

wooden barrels lining the windows of The Eighth State’s 3,000-squarefoot brewery and taproom on Augusta Street. With roughly 10 taps going at once, The Eighth State offers an off-kilter mix of exotic brews with offbeat names, such as Cheat Code, described as a “triple Fruited Sour Ale with blueberry, strawberry, citrus,” and Sympathy for the Devil, an imperial porter with vanilla, cinnamon, graham crackers, orange peel, and jaggery, a cane sugar with, itself, a cool name. One stout included caviar and chocolate. “We’re trying to create something that’s a feeling more than just a brewery,” says Owen, 29. “That’s why it’s all related to the eightcircuit model and examining social consciousness rather than seeing it as beer.” What’s eight-circuit, you ask? Well, grab a pint and a seat inside the room tucked in the 90-year-old Claussen Bakery and learn about neurological evolution. Okay, so, the company evolved, too, adding a three-barrel brewhouse with 30-barrel capacity into the onetime Upstate Craft Beer Co., which focused, yes, on home brewers. Like the other brewers showcased here, The Eighth State’s guys found corporate jobs distastefully flat. At the same time, they say, unlike mega-brewers, local microbreweries aren’t competitive so much as they blend like hops, malt, and yeast. “The community as a whole likes seeing us cooperating with each other,” McDonald says. “It gives them a sense of community themselves, seeing businesses work together, and they’re part of that community as customers and friends.” ))) For Greenville’s new breweries on tap in 2019 TOWNCAROLINA.COM


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Pop Rocket Common Pops crafts artisanal icy treats for all / by Ashley Warlick // photograph by Paul Mehaffey


f you close your eyes and scroll back through your longest-held memories of summer, there’s a hot night standing on your front porch, fireflies in the distance, a popsicle melting down your arm as fast as you can eat it. There’s your mom, splitting a twin pop on the edge of the kitchen counter. There’s the stickiness and the sweetness of a cool treat. That’s the collective spirit behind Greenville’s own pop maker, the brand new Common Pops. “There’s a certain sense of pride that people take up around an item that’s locally made in their home city,” says David Baker, one of the main brains in this venture, which relies as much as possible on products sourced right here: Krause Brothers juices in their Grapefruit Mint flavor, strawberries from Sandy Flat in their Strawberry Lemonade, milk from Southern Oaks and Happy Cow in their Chocolate Sea Salt and Orange Cream. Sure, these flavors move beyond the red dye #42 of our childhoods, but who isn’t looking forward to a Fresh Peach popsicle, or Blueberry Cheesecake, Blueberry Ginger, Blueberry Whatever-They-Dream-Up-Next? One night, on deep recon, David and company steeped Fruity Pebbles in milk for a Breakfast Cereal Pop. “It just looked fun,” he says. “It’s some mad scientist kind of stuff. Every kid in Greenville is excited to see us coming.”

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And while that might be true, David also sees a bigger picture. “The popsicles are just the vehicle,” he says. They’re a quick spiritlifter. They’re a culinary surprise waiting to happen. “It’s too easy these days to find ways to divide ourselves from others in our community. No matter our background, beliefs, race, style, taste, job status, age—we can all at least share one thing in common.” Common Pops are available in downtown Greenville, the Travelers Rest Farmers Market, and will be coming soon to a bright blue cart near you. Common Pops, 123 Welborn St, Greenville. (864) 580-9882, commonpopsicles.com

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Coming Up Rosés: Serve this vibrant composed salad with a carafe of rosé, like the 2018 Brunn Zweigelt from Foxcroft Wine Co. Its clean flavors and acidity play well with the salad’s tomato and mint, topping off a summer dinner that’ll leave everyone feeling good.


he star of every summer salad, the finish of every summer dessert, the sidekick to my warm weather drinks—I owe it all to a pot of mint I planted on my back deck three years ago. The mint has returned happily every season, and I have done nothing to encourage it. My spontaneous planting, whether I knew it or not, was a gift to my future self. I once had a roommate who would prep breakfast or grind coffee the night before and explain it as, “I’m being kind to morning Lindsey.” As someone who identifies as “deadline-oriented” (read: procrastinator), I found this repackaging of self-discipline to be a marvel. It turns out that planting a garden of any size can be a way of showing kindness to a future version of yourself. So can going for a run or laying out your clothes or writing 100 more words or packing the lunchboxes—any of those unpleasant tasks that could otherwise speed bump your day later. If you consider eating a salad a kindness to your future self, you’re right, and if you consider it a gift to yourself now, you’re right—especially if you’re eating this grilled update to a Cobb salad. Shallot-heavy and showered in fresh mint, the lettuce-free salad is remarkably satiating, thanks to the quinoa, grilled chicken, and avocado that make up one half of the bowl. The rest rounds out with cherry tomatoes grilled until they burst, charred scallions, crunchy pistachios, shallot vinaigrette, and, of course, the mint. Grocery store mint will absolutely work here, but if you don’t have a pot of the herb already thriving at home, go plant some. You’ll thank yourself later.




3 cups cooked quinoa Juice from 1 lemon Olive oil 2 bunches scallions 1 pint cherry tomatoes 1–2 avocados, cut into 1-inch. pieces ½ c. fresh mint leaves ¼ c. chopped roasted pistachios 2–4 chicken breasts Kosher salt Freshly ground pepper

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

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

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

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

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

The Augusta Road crowd frequents the dark, cozy dining room here to knock back raw Gulf Coast oysters and happy-hour drink specials after work. An oldie but a goodie— 35 years strong and still kicking—Blockhouse offers a full menu of freshly prepared items including signatures like seafood gumbo and prime rib slow-roasted for eight hours.


This newcomer is the quintessential farm-to-fork partnership between Greenbrier Farms and Chef Shawn Kelly. With its casual, family-friendly feel, Fork and Plough brings a butcher shop, market, and restaurant to the Overbrook neighborhood. Chef Kelly masterminds an ever-changing roster of locally sourced dishes like barbecue local rabbit hash with bell pepper, onion, carrot, and more. $$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Tuesday. 1629 E

$$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 1619 Augusta Rd. (864) 2324280, blockhouse.net

North St. (864) 609-4249, forkandplough.com



At his new barbecue spot on Main Street in Fountain Inn, Tay Nelson smokes all the meat over oak wood in 1,000-gallon smokers. Named for his late father and brother (both named Bobby), the restaurant prides itself on its scratch-made sides and desserts. Go for the award-winning brisket and save room for the banana pudding. $, L, D (Thurs–Sat). Closed

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

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

Set in the historic Taylors Mill, The Farehouse imparts a laid-back feel ideal for neighborhood hangs. Begin with a pour from the brewery next door, 13 Stripes, and dig in to the beerboiled peanuts or burrata salad. House-made pasta comes in various forms, like linguine with shrimp, bacon lardons, smoked cherry tomatoes, zucchini, peas, and a Parmesan cream sauce. Finish with a creative cocktail, like the Orange Fashioned or Where There’s Smoke. $$, L, 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 house-made brioche bun— star at lunch. Check out the extended menu at dinner, which features an impressive repertoire of creative dishes. $$-$$$, L, D (Tues–Sat), SBR.

Closed Mon. 1269 Pendleton St. (864) 230-9455, eatgbnd.com HALLS CHOPHOUSE

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

Hare & Field serves comfort fare with upscale elegance. While the fried chicken skins in sorghum Sriracha sauce are a sure starter, make your main meal the tomato sandwich slathered in basil aioli, paired with the Hare & Field Trail Ale.

$$. L, D, SBR. 327 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-0249, hareandfieldkitchen.com

(Tues–Sat). 250 Mill St, PW3151, Taylors. (864) 509-6760, thefarehouse.com

$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 3620 Pelham Rd. (864) 297-6000, baconbrospublichouse.com

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Carol's Ice Cream Another welcome addition to the Village, this ice cream parlor delivers nostalgic favorites in a fun, modern space. Ice cream is spun with liquid nitrogen, making it the creamiest scoop to touch your tongue. Choose your base, add select housemade flavors, and pile on the toppings for the complete experience, like this matcha ice cream topped with pistachios and milk crumb. You can also sample soft serve, floats, and the rotating specials—treats like crispy golden waffles, ice cream doughnut sandwiches, and more. Vegan and glutenfree options available. $$, L, D. (Wed–Sun). 1260 Pendleton St, Greenville. @carolsicecream

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

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


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


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

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


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

Founded by three Alabama sons, this new ’cue joint hits the West Stone area with Bama-style barbecue and traditional Southern sides. Grab a seat indoors or out and enjoy a pulled pork platter or the fried catfish, all while cheering on your favorite football team on the flat screens. $-$$, L, D,

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

Monkey Wrench Smokehouse comes by its name honestly, taking up space in a long-standing hardware store in Travelers Rest. This BBQ joint from the folks behind Sidewall Pizza and Rocket Surgery serves everything from ribs, wings, and veggies— all wood-fired. Steven Musolf wears the title of head chef and is the mind behind the menu. $$-$$$. D. Closed Monday. 21 N Main St, Travelers Rest. (585) 414-8620, monkeywrenchsmokehouse.com NORTHAMPTON WINE & DINE

Linger in the relaxed atmosphere of Northampton’s wine bar. Choose a bottle from the hundreds for sale, open it for a

corkage fee, and enjoy with a selection of cheese or small plate. Or, stay for dinner and select from an ever-changing menu, which includes seafood, beef, and wild game. The outdoor patio is a decidedly relaxing location for a meal or a glass of wine. $$-$$$$. L, D. 211-A E Broad St. (864)

271-3919, northamptonwineanddine.com


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$$-$$$, B,L, D, SBR. 220 N Main St. (864) 2982424, roostrestaurant.com SMOKE ON THE WATER

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

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

Local flavor shines here in entrées like crab cakes with remoulade, sweet corn maque

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


Providing patrons and patriots alike with a wide porch area and spacious interior bar, 13 Stripes rotates a loaded arsenal of aptlytitled suds—including the Rise & Fight Again IPA and the Sgt. Molly American wheat— and rolls out session beers, IPAs, porters, and other seasonal kegs that pair perfectly with one of 13 Stripes’ “ration plates,” laden with fresh-cut meats and cheeses. Taylors Mill, 250 Mill St, Ste PW 3101, Taylors. (864) 349-1430, 13stripesbrewery.com BIRDS FLY SOUTH ALE PROJECT

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 endof-week place to drain a cold glass while noshing on local food truck fare. Expect to find a rotating roster, such as the Biggie Mango, Eldorado saison, or the 2 Hop session IPA. Thurs–Sun. 1320 Hampton Ave Ext. (864) 412-8825, bfsbeer.com BREWERY 85

Named for Greenville’s favorite freeway, this microbrew is attracting outsized attention with its eclectic collection of craft brews. From the crisp GVL IPA to the malty howdy dunkel, Brewery 85 combines Southern style with the best of German brew techniques. Trek to the taproom for their latest lagers; well-mannered kids and canines welcome.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

(864) 920-1599, liabilitybrewing.co


Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill satisfies as both pre–Greenville Drive game watering hole or after-work hangout. Inventive and hearty apps, such as the “Old School” chicken nachos, start things off before the main event of fish ‘n’ chips, the Liberty Club, or even a Signature Steak. Gather with friends at the long bar to enjoy one of 72 brews on tap. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St. (864) 7707777, libertytaproom.com


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, macspeedshop.com


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

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

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Eco-minded Quest guarantees to satisfy your beer cravings and environmental enthusiasm in a single sip. Grab a pint of QBC’s signature West Coast–style Ellida IPA, packing a punch of flavor, or venture to the JUNE 2019 / 103

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dark side with the Kaldi imperial coffee stout (crafted with locally roasted beans). Stop by for an afternoon tour, then follow up with an evening full of food truck fare and live music. 55 Airview Dr, Greenville. (864) 272- 6232, questbrewing.com SIP WHISKEY & WINE

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

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

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

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

A neighborhood gathering place, The 05, so named for the iconic Augusta Road zip code, offers seasonal cocktails and spirits as well as tasty tapas—like the roasted red pepper hummus or the chorizo-stuffed dates topped with whipped goat cheese. If you’re bringing the whole gang, opt for the cheeses and charcuterie, or nosh on the fabulous flatbread as a party of one. $-$$$, D. 3016 Augusta St. (864) 412-8150, the05.net THOMAS CREEK BREWERY

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

605-1166, thomascreekbeer.com UNIVERSAL JOINT

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


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

scenic vistas. $-$$, L, D. 250 RiverPlace. (864) 242-4000, eatupdrinkup.net VAULT & VATOR

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


Cozy in a funky way, this hip pub is right under the Mellow Mushroom. The menu has burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, falafels, and more. In addition to craft brews on tap, the Velo Fellow offers traditional absinthe service, complete with a silver-plated brouilleur. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 1 Augusta St, Ste 126. (864) 242-9296, thevelofellow.com YEE-HAW BREWING

Beers that celebrate good times with good company? Count us in. This Tennessee native serves up a mix of fine ales and lagers, including a World Beer Cup–Winning Dunkel dark lager. Diverse seasonals crop up with every change of the temperature giving guests a taste of something new. Gather with friends to find out which flavor fits your fancy. $-$$, L, D. 307 E McBee Ave, Ste C. (864) 6057770, yeehawbrewing.com


The queen bee of all things fluffy and delicious, Asheville-based Biscuit Head comes to Greenville with a wide array of home-cooked biscuits. Whether slathered in gravy or smothered in sweetness—the jam bar is slammed with fruity preserves— you can’t go wrong with the GreenVillain topped with fried pork steak, jalapeño cream cheese, bacon gravy, a sunny side egg, and pickled jalapeños. $-$$. B, L. 823

S Church St, Greenville. (864) 248-0371, biscuitheads.com/menu-greenville THE BOHEMIAN CAFÉ

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chicora Alley’s Caribbean riff on traditional Mexican and Southern fare offers signature crab cakes or mountain-high nachos, shrimp and chicken burritos, quesadillas, and more. Be sure to drop by on Sundays for brunch.

$-$$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 608-B S Main St. (864) 232-4100, chicoraalley.com EGGS UP GRILL

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

520-2005, eggsupgrill.com HAPPY+HALE

Based out of Raleigh, the healthy eatery’s

available, of course. $, B, L. 820 S Main St #104. (864) 552-1509, bex.cafe BRIDGE CITY COFFEE

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

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

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

St, Greenville. (864) 520-2882


Birds Fly South Ale Project no longer has a monopoly on cold brews now that Due South has set up shop in Hampton Station. In their new digs, the coffee shop sports a café vibe, with breakfast pastries, ice cream, and cold lunch items complementing espresso drinks and cold brew nitro (infused with nitrogen). Beans, sourced from around the globe, are roasted on-site. $, B, L. 1320 Hampton Ave Ext, 4B. (864) 283-6680, duesouthcoffee.com GRATEFUL BREW

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

L, D. Closed Sunday. 501 S Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 558-0767, gratefulbrewgvl.com KUKA JUICE


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

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

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

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


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

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and sumac popcorn and citrus-marinated olives, it's worth the rave. $-$$, B, L. 101 N

Main St, Ste D & 207 Wade Hampton Blvd. methodicalcoffee.com MOUNTAIN GOAT GVL

based, customized meals. We suggest the almost heaven burger with a fresh patty from Providence Farm, or the seasonal cobb salad—featuring Kaland Farm eggs and a house-made apple pie moonshine vinaigrette. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Saturday.

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

860 S Church St, Greenville. (864) 518-1978, eatfarmfreshfast.com


$-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 101 Falls Park Dr. (864) 312-9060, rickerwins.com

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

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

SWAMP RABBIT CAFÉ & GROCERY Grocery store, neighborhood café. Local produce, delicious food. These intersections are what make the Swamp Rabbit Café a staple. But new to the operation is woodfired pizza. Sourcing every ingredient from area vendors, the ever-changing toppings feature local cheeses and fresh-from-the-farm produce. Beer taps flow with excellent local suds. $, B, L, D.

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

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



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


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

evenings). Open until 3am on Friday & Saturday. 6 E Washington St. (864) 5096061, sullyssteamers.com TABLE 301 CATERING & KITCHEN

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


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


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

Sundays. 6809 State Park Rd, Travelers Rest. (864) 834-8433, upcountryprovisions.com


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

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

While “fast food” and “healthy” aren’t often synonymous, Farm Fresh Fast might change your mind. The restaurant’s mantra is simple: build sustainable relationships with local farms and provide nutrition-


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

The enticing aroma of Afghan cuisine delivers savory satisfaction at this local

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


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

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


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

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

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


Lomo saltado, ceviche, rotisserie chicken, and other Peruvian classics form the core of the menu at the Golden Llama, but you won’t regret the bistec a lo pobre—beef tenderloin, plantains, and potatoes, topped with a fried egg. The eatery’s two no-frills storefront locations (the second one in Five Forks) sport golden-hued walls and offer dine-in and carry-out service. $, L, D. 2435 E. North St. (864) 373-9958, goldenllama.net



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

the vegan moussaka. $$, L, D, Closed Sunday. 644 N. Main St #100, Greenville. (864) 3739445, jirozgreenvillesc.com


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


This Charleston-originated restaurant makes its Upstate mark by serving up heaping portions of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, like slow-roasted kabobs that explode with flavor even before you dip them into the homemade tzatziki sauce. Their chooseyour-own approach leads to options like this salad combo: mixed power greens, roasted chicken, cucumber salad, chickpea salad, tzatziki, and red pepper feta. You can also turn any meal into a pita wrap, bowl, or platter. $-$$, L, D. 1800 Augusta St. (864) 520-1723, kairosgreekkitchen.com KOREAN BBQ

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

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


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

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

Modeled after the informal, after-work drinking holes of Japan, Otto Izakaya is the latest dining concept unveiled by Peter Lieu and Doug Yi—longtime owners of Lieu’s Bistro restaurant. The menu invites guests to embrace familiar favorites—spicy tuna and BBQ eel rolls with assorted nigiri and sashimi—while expanding palates to new tasting territories a la the mac ‘n’ cheese loaded with Panang curry, jack cheese, and radiatori pasta or banh mi sliders with chili pork and spicy mayo.

115 Pelham Rd. (864) 271-0900, irashiai.com

$$, D. 802 S Main St; 15 Market Point Dr, Greenville. (864) 568-5880; (864) 568-8009, otto-izakaya.com



True, it would be fantastic if the Greek Festival happened year-round. But until that day, pop into this authentic Mediterranean eatery with modern flair. Take a light lunch on the outdoor patio with a Kalamata olive and fetatopped Greek salad or a classic gyro wrapped with your choice of lamb, chicken, or veggies. At dinner, try something more indulgent like

The 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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


You’ll find Italian-American classics to feed every member of the family at this Greenville icon. For two decades, the familyowned restaurant near Greenville Mall has been pleasing palates with a generous menu of pasta, seafood, and saltimbocca. For the gluten-sensitive, sautéed vegetables can be substituted for pasta in many of the dishes $, D. 30 Orchard Park Dr., Ste. 22. (864) 627-7706, portofinossc.com ROCKET SURGERY

From the culinary team behind Sidewall Pizza and Monkey Wrench Smokehouse, this recrafted concept ups the ante on contemporary Italian cuisine. Fresh housemade pasta highlights chef-driven seasonal dishes, like the bucatini with house-cured smoked bacon, sabayon egg sauce, grana padano, and black pepper. Select wine, beer, and cocktails available. $$, D (Wed–Sat).



164-D S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 6100901, rocketsurgery54321.comm RISTORANTE BERGAMO

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

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in olive oil, garlic, and white wine, veal with homegrown organic herbs, and pasta creations such as linguine with shrimp and mussels. The bar fronts 14-foot windows along Main Street, making it a prime location for enjoying a glass while people-watching. $$$, D. Closed Sunday

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

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

Slope Rd, Ste 100, Greenville. (864) 6266900, stellasbrasserie.com VILLA FROSI

A Greek and Italian restaurant with traditional flair, Villa Frosi hits Wade Hampton with Southern European staples. Sample specialties like the spanakopita, the seafood fettuccine, or go straight for the pizza. Finish with a slice of limoncello cake, and you’ll be booking you’re Mediterranean dream cruise, pronto. $$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 2520 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 520-0298, resto.tpsitetesting.info


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

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

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



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

(864) 608-6187, kickinpigbbq.com

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Not to be cheesy, but the latest addition to Greenville’s food truck scene is melting hearts, one grilled sammie at a time. Lauren Kulesz of Mobile Meltdown has been delivering creamy grilled cheese, paired with tomato bisque or fried mashed potato balls, to comfort-food cravers from her truck window since fall 2018. Grab your typical American cheese and bread blend with the classic, or dig into the likes of the spicy pig. $, L, D. Times

& locations vary. facebook.com/ mobilemeltdownfoodtruck ONE LOVE FUSION

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

399-9392, facebook.com/OneLoveFF SMOKIN’ BLUES BBQ

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



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


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


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


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

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Hailing from Charleston, D’Allesandro’s Pizza brings its dough lover’s paradise to Greenville. The D’Allesandro brothers’ philosophy is simple—if the pizza is good and the beer is cold, people will come. Created with quality ingredients, D’Allesandro’s pushes out pies in the North Main area, where guests can enjoy a variety of savory pizza, calzones, and even signature CalJoes. $$, L, D. 17 Mohawk Dr, Greenville. (864) 252-4700, dalspizzagvl.com GRIMALDI'S PIZZERIA

Experience Big Apple flavor without the bustle at this NY-style brick-oven pizzeria. Serving up pies and calzones in a traditional yet chic environment, Grimaldi’s is dedicated to authenticity, down to the imported NYCwater used to craft their dough. Grab a slice of the buffalo chicken pizza, or build your own, just don’t miss the daily house-made cheesecake or wine pairings. Located in Magnolia Park Shopping Center, it’s an ideal spot to snag a bite before a cinematic viewing. $, L, D. 1025 Woodruff Rd, St. K101. (864) 412-1032, grimaldispizzeria.com SIDEWALL PIZZA COMPANY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


From the owners of downtown's beloved Coffee Undergroud, World Piece brings Chicago-style pizza to Greenville’s dining scene from their laidback, 16-seat bar on Stone Avenue. Offering a line-up of draft beers, as well as menu features — buffalo chicken wings, assorted salads, beef and veggie burgers, french fries, and, of course, savory pies—this pizza joint ensures there’s a little something to please everyone. $-$$. L, D. 109 West Stone Ave


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


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


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

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OPENING SUMMER 2019! 1254 Pendleton Street Greenville, SC 29611

552-1054, neoburrito.com PAPI’S TACOS

Table 301 plankowner Jorge “Papi” Baralles brings family tradition and the familiar childhood flavors of Cuautla, Mexico, to this walk-up taqueria on the Reedy River. The menu is short and to the point. Get your tacos with shrimp, barbacoa, al pastor, carne asada, carnitas, or chicken and chorizo, or sample some gelato in the display case. Get in, get out, and enjoy Falls Park. $, L, D. 300 River St. (864) 373-7274, eatpapistacos.com


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

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

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


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

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


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Established in 1977 as a sister festival to Italy’s “Festival dei Due Mondi,” the Holy City’s iteration has transformed into one of America’s top performing arts celebrations. Housed in a variety of locations—theaters, recital halls, gardens, playhouses, parks, churches—the popular festival invites renowned artists from around the globe to share their culture with the South. Slated on this year’s dynamic entertainment lineup are productions in dance, opera, music, theater, acrobatics, and much more. Various locations, Charleston. Times, prices vary. (843) 579-3100, spoletousa.org


BBQ & BLUEGRASS May 2nd; Sat, 5:30– 8:30pm. Adults, $15; youth, $8; 5 & under, free. Greenbrier Farms. Nosh on sustainably raised, local fare at Easley’s scenic Greenbrier Farms, topped off with folksy tunes and a slew of outdoor games.

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smokers from across the country, but also live music performances by Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues, Epic Proportions, and Odyssey, as well as a gospel choir talent competition. Barnet Park, 240 E St John St, Spartanburg. Sat, 1–11pm. $10. rhythmandribs.org

UPSTATE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: ROMEO AND JULIET Downtown Falls Park provides the ideal scenery for the Bard’s centuriesold romantic tragedy—and the Warehouse Theatre’s first production in their free season presented al fresco. You know how it goes; two star-crossed lovers from dueling families pine for each other. There’s a little betrayal, a little “wherefore art thou,” a little sword fighting, yada, yada, yada, everyone dies at the end. Falls Park, Greenville. Thurs–Sun, 7pm. Free. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com

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CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: THE MUSICAL First it was an autobiography crafted by the man who lived it. Then it was a high-grossing, critically respected film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Now, Frank Abagnale, Jr.’s story has taken on fresh life on the Broadway stage. Nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Musical, the smashing spectacular bedazzles the true-life story (and various exploits) of one of history’s


most famous con men— through flashy song and dance, of course. Catch it while you can! Greenville Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. (864) 233-6238, greenvilletheatre.org



Start stocking up on wet wipes— things are bound to get a little bit sticky. Sparkle City Rhythm & Ribs will include not only plenty of pig pickin’, courtesy of championship


Take a drive out to one of the Upstate’s favorite locally owned sustainable farms for a special summertime smokin’. The folks at Greenbrier will be cooking up a few choice cuts of their pastured BBQ pork along with a few savory side items. The family-friendly event will feature outdoor activities for the little ones and tasty libations for the big ones. Greenbrier Farms, 766 Hester Store Rd, Easley. Sat, 5:30–8:30pm. Adults, $15; youth, $8; 5 & under, free. (864) 855-9782, greenbrierfarms.com

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Congratulations—you finally have a good use for all those folding lawn chairs collecting dust in the garage.

The Amphitheater at Trailblazer Park is set to host a versatile collection of musical guests throughout the warm months, offering the perfect distraction for those lazy summer nights. This month’s billing belongs to J-E-T, Honey & the Hot Rods, Retro Vertigo, the Erica Berg Collective, and Jacob Johnson. Food trucks, craft beer, and wine will also be on-site. Trailblazer Park, 235 Trailblazer Dr, Travelers Rest. Sat, 6pm. Free. (864) 834-8740, trailblazerpark.com


From a mail-order catalogue peddling preserves and pepper jelly to bestselling cookbooks and traveling television series, Charleston natives the Lee Brothers have forged a name for themselves on the Southern food landscape. Their latest published work, Hotbox, goes behind-the-scenes of the catering business, and they’re celebrating with you—along with Chef Heidi and Joe Trull of Belton’s Grits and Groceries restaurant. M. Judson Booksellers, 130 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, 7pm. $95. (864) 603-2412, mjudsonbooks.com



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Introducing Falls Tower Camperdown – the tallest condominiums our city has ever seen. Unlike anything else in downtown Greenville, these unique, exquisite spaces are fully customizable – meaning buyers can select their team of architect, builder and an interior designer or choose from the A-list of vetted contractors to finish out their “shell space” to exacting specifications. There is no need to settle for anything as the entire condo will be custom-built to owner preferences. And while the perks of living in Falls Tower Camperdown are already incredible, we also provide: • Rooftop Pool • Direct Access to Falls Park • State-of-the-Art Fitness Center • 9th Floor Grilling Terrace • Dedicated, Secure Parking

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE June 7th–30th. $35. The Warehouse Theatre. A talented troupe of Warehouse regulars takes on a humorous retelling of Jane Austen’s witty tale of unrequited romance.

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the debut of our new Uncorked wine series at Greenville’s hip new event venue, Westfield. Five illustrious chefs from the Rick Erwin Dining Group will create tapas-style fare paired with rare vino courtesy of Mission Grape. These flavors are for one night only, so don’t wind up wishing you were there. Westfield, 153 Westfield Dr, Greenville. Tues, 6pm. $100. towncarolina.com/uncorked


Some people go for the golf. Some people go for the celebrity stalking. Either way, the BMW Charity ProAm has become a centerpiece in the Greenville sporting community. Matching golf professionals with amateurs and celebrities for nearly a week of competition on the Upstate’s most challenging greens, the Pro-Am has amassed millions of dollars in charitable funds for programs around the Upstate. Thornblade Club & The Cliffs Valley. Times vary. $10-$150. bmwusfactory.com/charity-golf


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The bona fide lineup of Warehouse Theatre stars takes on Jane Austen’s classic tale of romance—retooled by author Kate Hamill, of course. Directed by Jay Briggs, this witty take on the typical boy-meets-girl novel stays true to Ms. Austen’s original storyline, albeit with a more modern spin that includes cast members giving their all in multiple roles, quick-hit edits, and a few slight quirks of cynicism. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Wed–Sun. Times vary. $35. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com

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A South Pacific Island embattled in the midst of World War II is the setting for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical. U.S. military officers stationed nearby find themselves caught in a variety of risky love triangles when they begin mingling with the island’s native residents. But when deep-rooted prejudices come into play, can romance save the day? Featuring favorites like “Younger Than Springtime,” and “Bali Ha’i,” the seven-decades-old smash hit still has the right stuff to make you sing. Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Wed–Thurs, 2pm & 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 2pm. $17-$58. (828) 693-0403, flatrockplayhouse.org

CAMP, MILLS RIVER 8 BEER The only thing better than a giant

celebration of all things craft beer is one that comes with adult foosball. Sierra Nevada’s North Carolina residence hosts a grown-up-sized helping of summertime nostalgia with an afternoon of revelry that includes hungry (human) hippos, silent disco, keg bowling, an obstacle course, a costume contest, live entertainment, and plenty of brews on tap. It’s all the fun of summer camp without the counselors . . . and lumpy bunk beds. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Fletcher, NC. Sat, 1–6pm. $30-$45. sierranevada.com/ beercamp-millsriver

CHORUS DEEP 9 GAY SOUTH—FILM SCREENING In a time of national unrest and conflict, the 300 members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus set off on a journey to open the lines of communication and connect with audiences through song. Roadtripping across the Deep South, the SFGMC shares their own stories of personal triumph in dark places, and comes face-to-face with anti-LGBTQ prejudices in this moving and inspiring documentary. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, 5pm. $20. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

who signs on to transport the oftcrotchety woman. For 25 years, the pair forges a bond that is unbreakable, even in their final days together. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $15-$30. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org


CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL Taking place across the Upstate, Chautauqua hosts a series of free shows that feature some of the country’s most talented historical interpreters. This year, “It’s Revolutionary!” for audiences, who can expect to see a variety of influential and impactful figures who helped shape the world today, including Jackie Kennedy, Malcolm X, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, and Hamilton’s women. Hey, it’s better than a wax museum, right? Locations, times vary. Prices vary. (864) 244-1499, greenvillechautauqua.org


An elephant and a pig may seem like an unconventional set of pals, but if a talking bear can befriend a jungle boy, anything is possible. Author Mo Willems’ popular kids book series follows along as Elephant and Piggie go on a series of wonderful adventures together—and, yes, that includes starring in a production with their musically inclined rodent buddies, the Squirrelles. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 10am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm; Sun, 1:30pm & 3:30pm. $19-$28. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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Based on his grandmother’s 25-year relationship with her chauffeur, playwright Alfred Uhry’s 1988 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama is a poignant masterpiece that weaves the tale of a powerful friendship that blossoms during an unlikely time. When the elderly Daisy Werthan is involved in a car accident, her middle-aged son quickly encourages her to hire a driver. Enter in Hoke Colburn, a 60-year-old African-American

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PEOPLE 18–26 GOOD Boston’s densely

populated Southie neighborhood is the land where the Red Sox rule and Saint Patrick’s Day is a national holiday. It’s also the home of playwright David LindsayAbaire’s protagonist, Margie Walsh. Unemployed, on the brink of eviction, and down on her luck, Margie jumps at the opportunity to begin romancing a local boy-done-good who re-enters her life. Aware of the dangers but ready to make a better life for herself, Margie must make the choice between the life she wants and what she’s willing to leave behind.

Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Tues–Wed, 7pm. $15. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

throw from downtown, there’s simply no excuse not to make the drive. Augusta St, Greenville. Thurs–Sun. Free. onlyonaugusta.com


THE QUENE 21 JANE At the age of 15, most of us


The annual event makes its seasonal comeback, packing the weekend with even more local bands, shopping, and dancing. Sure, Summer on Augusta is home to the Tomato Pie Contest, but there’s the kickoff block party at Capers Place, Augusta Commons Grillin’ and Chillin’, plus, a good old-fashioned shagging contest. Since it’s a mere stone’s

were still figuring out how to apply sparkly eyeshadow in between algebra and biology class. This girl became the Queen of England. A string of sly tricks lands the young woman on the throne—albeit for only nine days—and completely changes the way she relates to her faith and humanity as a whole. The Academy of Arts Logos Theatre, 80 School St, Taylors. Fri, 7pm. $10. (864) 268-9342, thelogostheatre.com



While it may be the bottle of choice for bachelorette weekends and mom’s night out—let’s not forget this pink drink has a finer side. Sample a large selection of quality rosés from celebrated domestic and international wineries at Foxcroft Wine Co., paired with a sampling of light Mediterranean fare. Call to book your spot, and expect a wine list release closer to date. Foxcroft Wine Co., 631 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 1–4pm. $30-$35. (864) 906-4200, foxcroftwine.com/greenville



Remember, what happens in the Octagon . . . probably ends with a lot of stitches and plays nonstop on the ESPN highlight reel. The world’s premier mixed martial arts athletes are coming to the Upstate, and bringing their best round kicks and double-leg takedowns with them. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, 4pm. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com


She’s beauty and she’s grace. She’s queen of the Palmetto State. The next reigning royal of South Carolina will be crowned from a sea of contestants at the culmination of the weeklong competition that is highlighted by personal and physical evaluations by a panel of qualified judges. The event will also feature the Miss South Carolina Teen competition for young hopefuls. Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St, Columbia. Thur–Sun. $31-$69. (843) 857-9173, miss-sc.org


Get ready to raise your voice in celebration of the red, white, and blue. The Greenville Chorale will join forces with the Furman Lakeside Band to spread the star-spangled banner across every corner of the beautiful Furman campus with a rousing, robust

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selection of Independence Day tunes. Furman Amphitheater, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. Thurs, 7:30pm. Free. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org





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Singer and songwriter Hayes Carll welcomes you to the jungle—er, kinda—for another iteration of PNC Bank’s wildly popular Zoo Tunes musical performances. The vocalist recently dropped his sixth studio album, What It Is, this past February, peaking at the number-six spot on the U.S. heat and indie charts. The rollicking-yetintimate artist is guaranteed to put on a good show—no monkeying around! Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Dr, Greenville. Fri, 7–10pm. $49-$99. (864) 467-4300, greenvillezoo.com

JANE THE QUENE June 21st; Fri, 7pm. $10. The Logos Theatre. In a one-night-only production, The Logos Theatre delves into the tragic saga of The Nine Day Queen.

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Who says July 4th should get all the fireworks? This annual patriotic celebration has become a family favorite, lighting up the summer sky with fantastic pyrotechnic displays that will make you burst into an offkey rendition of “I’m Proud to be an American.” Military vehicles, fun activities, food vendors, and other entertainment are also on the schedule. Greer City Park, 301 E Poinsett St, Greer. Sat, 6–10:30pm. Free. (864) 848-2150, freedomblast.org

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he concept of deteriorating architecture may feel unsettling, but artists Seth Clark and Jason Forck have collaborated in their exhibit, Dissolution, to showcase just that. At Asheville’s Momentum Gallery, this mixed-media exhibit features individually created and collaborative pieces from the artists. Original sculptures of glass and wood challenge the traditional ideas of the materials. Glass may give the illusion of splintered wood, while the delicate nature of wooden sticks can appear as fragile as glass. “The buildings, often on the brink of ruin, have something very energized and present trying to escape from their fragmented reality,” says Clark. This is the first time Clark and Forck have joined forces in Asheville, showcasing how two artists speak cohesively with their concept of abstraction through decay.—Sydney Taylor Dissolution will be on display at the Asheville Momentum Gallery at 24 N Lexington Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina, through June 22nd. The gallery is open Monday–Saturday, 10am–6pm, and Sunday, noon–5pm. For more information, visit momentumgallery.com.

(left to right) Seth Clark, BARN II. Collage, charcoal, pastel, acrylic, and graphite on wood, 30 x 40 x 1½ inches. Clark, Gambrel Rooftop. Networked glass, wood. 5 x 8 x 7½ inches.

Asheville’s Momentum Gallery challenges our perception of materials

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