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Track Meet: Who: Railcars with members of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. What: The living quarters for circus performers and their families as they travel from show to show. When: Saturday, January 31, 2015. Where: Along the Norfolk-Southern rail line near Lois Avenue, Greenville. Photograph by Mark Kirby (see “Eye of an Eye,� page 74)

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


Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.


Painter Darlene Fuhst finds inspiration on the road; freelance journalist Lydia Dishman’s secrets to success; and more.


Pediatrician Dr. Stuart Simko is the unlikely craftsman behind GQ-worthy bespoke bridle leather belts.






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Refresh your spring palette with green; add another dimension with stripes; and our must-have product finds.

Far from being a distraction, the Man reflects on the martini lunch as a way to better business.


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Guinness and Champagne cocktail; Pendleton Street gets a caffeine fix via The Village Grind; and more.

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DOUBLE VISION Paul and Ansley Hoke, Glynn Zeigler, and Jaime Cortez have meshed work and play.

/ by John Jeter // photography by Paul Mehaffey

EYE OF AN EYE FBI special agent Mark Kirby explores the world with a keen focus.

/ by Emily Price // photography by Mark Kirby


Got plans? You do now.


Sculptor Yuri Tsuzuki captures nature’s fragility and resiliency.

THIS PAGE: Baseball bats, handmade from Grade-A billets, by the Anchor Bat Company. For more, see page 44. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey COVER: Special agent Mark Kirby explores the world as an FBI agent and a photographer. For more, see page 74. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey

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

Working Life



veryone seems to juggle these days. March reflects our frenetic nature, with its wicked weather and spring pulse, the earth literally changing before our eyes. Our professional pursuits embody the same dynamism. Catering to personal interests trumps desire for stable career routes and obligations. It’s de rigueur to stay plugged in. The Internet allows us to buy, sell, showcase, and tout our hobbies and side interests, many turning into full-time gigs. Or second gigs. But it wasn’t as popular—or as easy—to pursue second careers a decade or more ago. That’s when the profiles of our feature story “Double Vision” (see page 68) started working double time. Paul and Ansley Hoke, Glynn Zeigler, and Jaime Cortez make solid livings as a lecturer, vice-president, construction company owner, and restaurant co-owner, respectively. They also bring in the dough as swing dance instructors, a music festival owner, and a pilot. The age-old conundrum of deciding what to be when you grow up flies out the window when you realize that you don’t have to choose—you can do this and be that, try this while pursuing that. Dreams become more approachable when we don’t box ourselves in. We find unexpected routes when we allow ourselves the freedom to roam. Take photographer Mark Kirby, who just happens to be an FBI special agent— or the other way around. Kirby’s far-flung travels to Russia and Kazakhstan introduced him to inimitable experiences and characters (See “Eye of an Eye,” page 74). Now, Special Agent Kirby markets his black-and-white photography under the tag Mere Humanity, snapping images of iconic landscapes and street life. He uses his proverbial eye in overtime. But overtime isn’t something these folks consider. For them, business is pleasure. They pursue work that brings joy to their lives—largely, as they note, because of the joy it brings to others. That’s a gig worth taking.

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle Jac Valitchka CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mary Cathryn Armstrong, Kat Davé, John Jeter, Kathleen Nalley, Emily Price & Stephanie Trotter CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS & DESIGNERS Chelsey Ashford, Jivan Davé, TJ Getz, TJ Grandy, Kate Guptill, Mark Kirby & Eli Warren EDITORIAL INTERNS Sinéad Haughey Cynthia Partridge Holly Hardin OPERATIONS MANAGER GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Kristy Adair Michael Allen Whitney Fincannon MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES Sarah Anders Kristi Jennings Donna Johnston Annie Langston Lindsay Oehmen Maddy Varin Emily Yepes Kate Madden DIRECTOR, EVENTS & ACCOUNT STRATEGY

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Contributors Kathleen Nalley Kathleen Nalley makes her living as a lecturer of English at Clemson University, and makes her life as a poet, writer, and mother of two beautiful beings. She shares the favorite colors of turquoise and red with artist Darlene Fuhst, whom she profiles this issue (page 38).

Emily Price Emily spends most of her time on the Internet, at the Community Journals (the new is one of her latest projects), and professing digital communication at Furman. Even though she’s submerged in tech, design, and Apple products, she’s got a pair of degrees from an English department and remains convinced that fine prose will forever surmount clickbait and listicles. While this is her first piece for TOWN (born of her friendship with Special Agent Mark Kirby, page ), she also (in spare moments) contributes to UBJ and the Greenville Journal, including a cover story for each.

Stephanie Trotter Look to the front lines of breaking news in the Carolinas and odds are Stephanie Trotter is working the scene. The award-winning reporter recently marked her twentieth anniversary with WYFF News 4. She enjoys trading in her mic for pen and paper and diving into entertaining features for TOWN, like the story on West Greenville newcomer The Village Grind (page 84). Stephanie and her husband enjoy traveling and playing sports with their teenage children.

Chelsey Ashford Chelsey Ashford is a photographer based in Greenville, where she captures life’s sweetest moments. “I am drawn to photography because I’m compelled to tell a story,” she says, which she does for engagements, weddings, newborns, lifestyle, and professional subjects. Her wide range includes event portraiture, and she is instrumental in the production of TOWN’s social events pages. “I love to photograph environmental portraits. There’s a thrill in shooting fast-paced events.” See Chelsey’s work at 14 TOWN /


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The art of ballet requires the utmost strength and discipline. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the live performances of the Joffrey Ballet, whose impressive resumĂŠ comes loaded with magazine covers, presidential audiences, and decades of accolades. Now, they bring their international roster of talent to the Peace Center stage, rolling through a visually stunning set of both contemporary and classic pieces. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, Mar 24, 7:30pm. $15$55. (864) 467-3000,

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Country music superstar Alan Jackson kicks off the celebration honoring his 25 years in the music industry with a special “Keepin’ It Country” tour across the U.S. With a slew of number-one hits under his belt, Jackson has left his mark with his down-home personality and twangy classics like “Chattahoochee,” “Little Bitty,” and “Gone Country.” Up-and-coming Nashville artists Brandy Clark and Jon Pardi are set to join Jackson for this rip-roaring evening of country sensations.

Back in 1970, before Nixon declared himself “not a crook” and Apple was just a glimmer in Steve Jobs’s eye, a group of parents founded the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the hopes of educating, treating, and one day finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. In recognition of their dedication, the JDRF will celebrate the decade with a special ’70s-themed gala: “One Night, One Vision.” The black-tie soiree will include a gourmet menu, live and silent auctions, and dancing. Additionally, the JDRF’s many annual achievements will be highlighted, along with honorees Matt and Heather Devine.

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It takes a pretty special (and secure) man to wear an outfit completely constructed from sequins, satin, and enough feathers to rival the Fraggle Rock family. But singer, songwriter, and master pianist Elton John pulls it off with ease, and his live performances are the stuff of rock ‘n’ roll legend. It’s hard not to join in when John belts out classic sing-along hits like “Benny and the Jets” and “Tiny Dancer”—though it’s perhaps best to leave the glitter and feathers to the master. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, Mar 13, 8pm. $39-$139. (864) 241-3800,

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For those of us who can barely hit ball-topaddle when it’s attached by a string, the athletic prowess of the Harlem Globetrotters seems otherworldly. The courtside antics are packed with all the ingredients for the perfect family outing: comedy, theatrics, slam dunks, and plenty of fun. Cheer on America’s favorite team as they take on their sworn enemies—the Washington Generals—in a game where only the best trick shot ensures victory.

As the Upstate continues to grow into one of the most sought-after destinations for work and play, it is vital to meet the needs of this growth by uniting the area’s movers and shakers. Seeking to do just that, the third annual Maker’s Summit hosts entrepreneurs from around the country for two days of intensive workshops, panels, and peer meetings customized for business owners at every level. This year’s keynote speakers include Rifle Paper Company’s Nathan Bond, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream founder Jeni Britton Bauer, and author Jeff Shinabarger. Friday’s sessions will be capped off in celebration at the Best Craft Party Ever.

Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, Mar 27, 7pm. $23-$105. (864) 241-3800,

Downtown Greenville. Sat, Mar 14, 8–11am. 5K registration, $30-$35; kid’s run, free-$10.

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Clemson University ONE Building, 1 N Main St, Greenville. Mar 6–7. Fri, 11am–11pm; Sat, 9am– 8pm. $225.

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Quick HITS AN EVENING WITH GARRISON KEILLOR z Known for his illustrious radio career with broadcast favorite A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor’s distinct personality has made his the voice of generations. Lucky for us, Keillor’s onstage live performances are equally as entertaining as his presence over the airwaves, integrating elements of both his signature storytelling and personal songbook that make for an intimate and unforgettable experience. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, Mar 12, 7:30pm. $35-$55. (864) 467-3000,

KEVIN HART z Despite his small stature, comedian Kevin Hart has transitioned well from internationally-touring performer to big-screen leading man. Riding high on the recent releases of Ride Along and The Best Man Ringer, Hart has taken his act back on the road. Both brutally honest and hysterically funny, Hart’s approach to everything from love, family, and everything in between has made him a funnyman favorite for fans of all ages.

Photograph courtesy of the Peace Center

Littlejohn Coliseum, 1 Avenue of Champions, Clemson. Fri, Mar 28, 9–10:30pm. $38-$73. (864) 656-0619, majorevents.

FASHION WITH A PASSION z It’s always fun to shop, but it’s even more fun to put that credit card to use for a good cause. Enter the 2015 edition of Fashion with a Passion, an event created to use the world of high fashion to give back to those who need it most. Take in a quick runway show with the latest in fabulous outfits provided by TAZ, Monkee’s of the West End, Muse Shoe Studio, and more, or partake in one of the evening’s unique live and silent auctions. Cocktails and appetizers will be provided, and all proceeds directly benefit domestic violence shelter and advocacy group Safe Harbor. Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 N Main St, Greenville. Thurs, Mar 5, 6:30–9:30pm. General admission, $65; VIP, $90; VIP table, $1,000.

OPEN DOORS: A WALK THROUGH HISTORY z For one day only, four historical downtown churches will open their doors for free public tours that will give special insight to the stories behind the interior and architecture. Included in this year’s tour are Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church, and Christ Church Episcopal. Tours run at each church in succession on the hour, with a thirty-minute break in between. Downtown churches. Sat, Mar 28, 9am–12pm. Free. (864) 271-8773

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Pippin From an outsider’s perspective, the life of a prince sitting high in his castle may seem the stuff of dreams. But for young Pippin, there always seems to be something better out there. Originally engineered by Stephen Schwartz, Roger O. Hirson, and Bob Fosse, this contemporary production directed by Diane Paulus maintains the same zealous energy as its predecessor and has already received a Tony for Best New Revival. Guided by a madcap troupe of performers, Pippin sets out on a life-changing journey to discover his true purpose in life. Fame or simplicity—which will he choose? The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Mar 17–22. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $45-$75. (864) 467-3000,

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Mardi Gras Madness January 17, 2015 The Warehouse Theatre’s 41st season gala saw about 200 masked guests enter a hidden French Quarter garden. Inside, they were treated to the soulful, New Orleans brass melodies of the Craig Sorrells Project while enjoying Mardi Gras–inspired dishes from Saffron’s and dessert from The Swiss Bakery. Silent and live auctions raised more than $55,000 for the Warehouse Theatre, whose programs reach more than 30,000 patrons annually. By Chelsey Ashford Photography ))) FOR MORE PHOTOS, CHECK OUT TOWNCAROLINA.COM

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Greenville Women Giving Reception January 29, 2015 Greenville Women Giving, a philanthropic organization based on the idea that women can make significant contributions to their communities, hosted a reception at the Metropolitan Arts Council headquarters. Members, friends, and interested individuals learned about the impact GWG has made on the community, as well as the numerous ways to support the organization.

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SC Children’s Theatre Donor Party January 29, 2015 The SC Children’s Theatre hosted a drop-in to celebrate those who make possible its mission to stimulate young minds through the art of theatre. Nearly 100 supporters dined on light hors d’oeuvres from Saffron’s while enjoying a short production featuring scenes from the show Fancy Nancy: The Musical. A ceremony was held afterward to honor a few of the most prominent donors, including Sue Priester of Greenville Women Giving as individual donor of the year. Photography by TJ Grandy ))) FOR MORE PHOTOS, CHECK OUT TOWNCAROLINA.COM Anita Hargett & Catherine Culler


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February 7, 2015 Meals on Wheels of Greenville hosted more than 500 guests at its 20th annual Sweetheart Charity Ball. The night began with cocktails and a silent auction before guests sat down to a three-course meal. The evening’s festivities also included a live auction (featuring trips to Hawaii and San Francisco) as well as the spirited melodies of Finesse. Proceeds from the ball will provide more than 40,000 meals to the homebound in Greenville County. By Chelsey Ashford Photography ))) FOR MORE PHOTOS, CHECK OUT TOWNCAROLINA.COM Brad & Carri Medcalf

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The Metropolitan Arts Council celebrated its successes in 2014 with a drop-in hosted by Steve and Janet Sumner at the Commerce Club. About 100 donors, supporters, staff, and board members dropped by the reception and enjoyed wine and beer. MAC, founded in 1973, continues to advocate on behalf of local artists and support artistic opportunities with cultural and educational planning and a grants program. By Chelsey Ashford Photography


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Flint and Tinder Gather close and snuggle up. There’s more to winter warmth than the fire.

Renee Williamson & Curtis Chow October 18, 2014

After dating for five years, it can be a challenge to surprise your significant other—especially when it’s a proposal. However, Curtis successfully avoided tipping off Renee on a weekend visit to see friends at the beach. For Renee, it was an ordinary trip where Curtis and their friends avoided any mention of romance or weddings. It wasn’t until he convinced Renee to accompany him for a walk on the beach that she started to suspect something. After keeping casual conversation, Curtis urged Renee to sit down and then proposed. Their ceremony was held in the South Carolina Museum in Columbia, SC. PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVEY MORGAN // DAVEY MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY MARCH 2015 / 33


Weddings Amanda Spatharos & Ben Long September 6, 2014 One way to ensure a memorable experience is to go somewhere you’ve never been before, and that’s exactly what happened when Amanda and Ben brought 26 of their family members across the country to Green Valley Ranch in Coram, Montana, for their wedding. Adding to the excitement of the momentous occasion, the wedding party went on a hike through iconic Glacier National Park (just five miles from the ranch) to take in the stunning views at Hidden Lake the day before the ceremony. That night, the women crafted flower arrangements and bouquets for the big day, providing a fun way to get out some pre-wedding jitters. Amanda, an accountant at Clemson University, and Ben, an irrigation manager at the Preserve at Verdae, live in Greenville, SC. PHOTOGRAPH BY ANGELA COX // ANGELA COX PHOTOGRAPHY

Chelsea Brock & Ted Simmons October 25, 2014 The best kinds of gifts are the ones you don’t expect. For Chelsea, her surprise gift was found within another present. After two years of dating, Ted took her to celebrate their anniversary and Chelsea’s birthday at the Melting Pot. For a gift, Ted had given Chelsea a coveted measuring cup set from Anthropologie. Chelsea, who was slowly unstacking each cup, didn’t even notice Ted getting on one knee until she uncovered the ring at the bottom of the measuring cup set. Their wedding was held at The Davenport and included personal touches near and dear to their hearts. Ted’s father officiated the wedding, and Chelsea danced with her father to “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman—a song she had pictured for her wedding since she was a child. PHOTOGRAPH BY CHELSEY ASHFORD // CHELSEY ASHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

Devyn McDowell & Luke Whitmire December 12, 2014 Lying never gets you anywhere—until it does. Luke’s proposal began with a harmless lie: he told Devyn that a friend needed her help with a brokendown car. When she arrived, there was no car, just Luke waiting for her at Glencairn Garden in Rock Hill, SC. Luke took Devyn by the hand and led her on a path lined with luminaries to a lighted tree where he proposed. Afterwards, he led Devyn to a surprise engagement party where more than 80 friends and family were waiting to celebrate with them. The ceremony was held at Tanglewood Baptist Church, the bride’s childhood church, and the reception took place in the Upcountry History Museum. Devyn, who works in marketing and human resources at a Chick-fil-a, and Luke, who works with communications at North Rock Hill Church, live in Rock Hill, SC. PHOTOGRAPH BY ANNA WEAVER // MINTED PHOTOGRAPHY HEARING WEDDING BELLS? TOWN Magazine wants to publish your wedding announcement. If you currently live or grew up in the Upstate and were recently married, please write to us at TOWN Magazine, Attn: Andrew Huang, P.O. Box 2266, Greenville, SC 29602, or e-mail Due to space constraints, inclusion is not guaranteed. 34 TOWN /

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Artwork courtesy of Darlene Fuhst

Painter Darlene Fuhst gets her kicks on Route 66

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Route Cause Painter Darlene Fuhst takes to the open road

/ by Kathleen Nalley


// photography by Eli Warren

eyond the quirk and color, Greenville artist Darlene Fuhst’s works tell a story—whether the narrative reflects the optimism for a future in which robots do work and families drive around in flying cars, or the realism captured as signs rust and decay, glass and dreams shatter—the subjects reveal as much about American character as its history. Working largely in oils and often in zoomed-in perspective, Fuhst often forces the viewer’s imagination to fill in the blanks—to imagine the context for the visible. The outcome is nothing less than an original, personal experience. Fuhst’s alphabet series, which will be featured at Artfields art festival in Lake City, SC, in April, epitomizes this aesthetic. The series features singular, colorful letters taken from contexts along Route 66. For example, “K” is from a mural on the side of a bookstore in New Mexico; “A” and “C” are from nameplates on vintage cars; “J” is from a wall of graffiti in the middle of the Mohave Desert. The alphabet series sprung from a larger, more encompassing project. In 2011, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Fuhst traveled the length of Route 66 (Chicago to Los Angeles), with the goal of making at least 66 finished paintings. “From the time I started painting neon signs and kitschy roadside stuff (around 2004), it was always my dream to travel Route 66,” says Fuhst. “It’s the iconic road trip, and it makes an ideal self-contained theme for a project.”

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Kitschy Cool: Darlene Fuhst raised money via Kickstarter to travel the entirety of Route 66 to create 66 paintings. From this, she created her alphabet series, each letter taken from a different location along the route. Several of Fuhst’s paintings are currently on display at the Matthew Campbell Studio in the Village. Check out the alphabet series at Artfields art show in Lake City, SC, April 24–May 2. Fuhst will be a guest artist at the Curiosities show at Greenville’s Ward Studios on April 19. Visit her Web site at

Since most exhibitions contain 12–15 paintings, a goal of 66 seemed ambitious, and 10,000 reference photos, overwhelming. The alphabet project gave Fuhst a starting point to delve into those reference photos. “It was like a treasure hunt,” she says. Along the way, she found inspiration for other pieces, from the Paul Bunyan Muffler Man in Illinois to the Bent Door Café in Texas to a blue concrete whale in Oklahoma. Currently, Fuhst is working on a series inspired by the defunct neon signs in the famous Boneyard of Las Vegas. These photorealistic paintings look abstract at first glance; upon second look, however, the eye begins to discern a light bulb or a rusty bolt, and the imagination takes over, filling in the blanks. For Fuhst, art is “an intensely personal experience,” and what resonates is different for every viewer. “From my perspective, Vincent Van Gogh, Jack White, Louis C.K., and Vince Gilligan are all equally deserving of the title ‘artistic genius.’ For someone else, the list can, and should, be very different.”

Artwork courtesy of Darlene Fuhst




Close for Comfort Greenville’s elegant Westin Poinsett Hotel offers regal charm / by M. Linda Lee


ising twelve stories, the stately silhouette of the Westin Poinsett Hotel has long been a fixture on the downtown Greenville skyline. Sure, you’ve passed it countless times, but have you ever stopped to take a good look at this historic gem? Named for South Carolina statesman Joel Poinsett, who incidentally was born in Charleston, not Greenville, this BeauxArts-style beauty bears testament to bygone days. The Poinsett Hotel, built for the tidy sum of $1,500,000 in 1925 on the site of the Mansion Hotel (which predated it by 100 years), reigns as the oldest hotel in the city. In the Poinsett’s early days, the hotel quickly became known as “Carolina’s Finest,” thanks to the efforts of its general manager, J. Mason Alexander. Dubbed “Old Admiral Spit and Polish,” Alexander adhered to the four Cs of “cleanliness, cooking, competence, and courtesy” when it came to his hotel. He insisted that his staff polish all coins before putting them in the cash register, so that the Poinsett’s guests would always have clean money in their pockets. In the restaurant, which was originally located upstairs in the Poinsett Ballroom, the menu offered a continental feast including chicken giblet pot pie, blanquette of veal, and grilled spring lamb chops. In the 1950s, the restaurant’s famous spoonbread—from which the present-day restaurant takes its name—was served to guests at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 40 TOWN /

The high quality of service here appealed to a constellation of stars, including Amelia Earhart, John Barrymore, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Bobby Kennedy, and Liberace. And while some of the hotel’s conventions have vanished over the decades, the Poinsett is still revered for its service. “We deliver excellent service consistently, and that brings people back,” says John Geddes, the director of sales and marketing. Noteworthy modern guests, such as President Obama, actor George Clooney, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani, would no doubt agree. After passing through a succession of different owners, the Poinsett closed in 1975. In the 1980s, several developers attempted to renovate the aging dowager, but work progressed in fits and starts. Finally, in 1997, the Westin Hotels & Resorts group stepped in to save the hotel. The restored Westin Poinsett opened in 2000, the year of the hotel’s seventy-fifth anniversary. New York architect William L. Stoddard designed the redbrick structure—a “skyscraper” in its day—with a narrow rectangular plan and tall arched windows spanning the second and third stories. Inside, the lobby rises to a coffered plaster ceiling and displays the hotel’s original terrazzo floors and ironwork (on the balcony above). The 200 spacious guest rooms, well-appointed with design elements that recall the 1920s, invite you to indulge in a good night’s sleep on a pillow-top mattress tucked under fluffy duvet covers. Two ballrooms, the aqua-hued Poinsett Ballroom and the Gold Ballroom, provide coveted spaces for weddings and receptions. “The beauty of this hotel is that there’s nothing cookie-cutter about it,” Geddes says. “At the Poinsett, you have the best of both worlds. You have all the modern amenities of the Westin brand, coupled with the unique charm of a historic hotel.” That definitely bears a second look—and a weekend staycation. The Westin Poinsett, Greenville 120 S Main St. (864) 421-9700 Rates range from $149–$399

Photographs courtesy of the Westin Poinsett Hotel

Timeless Style: (clockwise, from left) The Westin Poinsett Hotel’s Spoonbread Restaurant, named for its famous side dish, where business and pleasure mix daily; a guestroom with a high view; (opposite) the hotel’s majestic lobby, with original terrazzo floors and ironwork



House Work Biz jour nalist Lydia Dishman writes for an inter national audience from home / by Blair Knobel

// photograph by Paul Mehaffey


heck out Fast Company online? You might be reading the work of your neighbor Lydia Dishman, who pens for the likes of FC, The Guardian, the New York Times, and Forbes. Instead of writing from a congested metropolis, though, the Bronx native finishes stories in her Greenville home. Here, she dishes on her business path, daily regimen, and the benefits of tweeting.

Freelance journalism is a competitive sport, but you’ve been successful at landing work for formidable, well-established sources. Explain a bit of your background and experience of achievement. >> In the early days of Twitter—and during the dark days of the recession—a fellow freelancer (based in Colorado) and I were brainstorming ideas on how to reach editors we didn’t know at publications we’d love to write for. We began seeing a groundswell of engagement around weekly Twitter chats held by a public relations exec who was trying to connect other PR folk with reporters to facilitate story pitches, best practices, etc. We thought, why not do our own chat to connect journalists with editors? #Editorchat was born. We invited guest editors from such sources as Businessweek, Fast Company, the New York Times, AdAge, LA Times, OC Register, and the Wall Street Journal to answer questions. We retired the chat after over a year of operating faithfully every Wednesday night, but the credibility we built continued to boost our efforts when we sent story ideas to our new editorial friends. Not long after I landed two big assignments: one for Entrepreneur Magazine and another for Yahoo.


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Where can we read your stories? >> I’ve been published in Fast Company, The Guardian, Forbes, AdWeek, Popular Science, CBS News MoneyWatch, Entrepreneur, the New York Times, Slate, the Washington Post, AOL, Yahoo News, and a slew of other specialized blog sites. What is your daily routine? >> I’m usually answering email that came in overnight by 7 a.m. From there, it differs depending on the day. I typically have a deadline to meet every day, so it’s research, interview, write—not necessarily in that order. Once I’m writing, I require total focus: I ignore the phone and can’t even have music playing in the background. That said, I do try to get up and walk around at least every hour. My back can’t take it when I sit for too long, even in an ergonomic chair. What do you find satisfying about your work? >> I’ve always wanted to be a reporter because I believe journalism plays an integral role in our social structure. While I don’t cover politics and therefore am not an official member of the fourth estate, I believe in the importance of investigative journalism to keep the public informed. I’ve covered business of all kinds for most of my career and have been fortunate to meet some incredibly intelligent and innovative people who aren’t just building companies, they are building our future. That said, if I had a nickel for every time an over-zealous entrepreneur wanted to tell me all about their awesome new app . . . I could retire. What has been your “sweating bullets” story (personally challenging/most intense/ much at stake)? >> I’ve had a couple of those. A few years ago, after a great deal of persuasion, I managed to get Gregg Steinhafel, then CEO of Target Corporation, to agree to talk to me for a leadership profile. I had just 45 minutes to ask him everything—no followup phone calls would be scheduled. It turned out just fine, but I definitely needed a drink after it was over.


Design Wood Fire: Father and son Eddie and Matthew Rollins craft grade-A bats in Taylors. To find out more about the Anchor Bat Company, visit or find them on Instagram at @anchorbatco.

Home Run The Anchor Bat Company is churning out Grade-A baseball bats in a Taylors garage


/ by Steven Tingle / / photography by Paul Mehaffey Anchor Bat Company uses only Grade-A billets, which is nearly unheard of in the business.


he first time Eddie Rollins made a baseball bat, his son Matthew wanted no part of it. At the time, Matthew was a high school senior and a talented baseball player who would go on to play college and professional ball. But teenagers are not known for their balanced judgment. “I wanted to be the cool kid,” Matthew says. “I didn’t want to swing some bat my father had made.” Matthew’s friends and teammates felt differently. “They kept telling me the bats were awesome,” Matthew says. “It was always, ‘Hey man, can you get your dad to make me a couple of bats?’” Not cool. But oh, how things change. Now, some 13 years later, Matthew and his father are working together to produce some of the most consistent, high-quality bats on the market. The Anchor Bat Company is currently headquartered in a small garage in Taylors, but the two-year-old company is growing fast, and Matthew and Eddie hope to sell close to 5,000 bats this year. “We just signed a deal with the Charlottesville Tom Sox,” Matthew

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says, referring to a Valley League team in Virginia. “We beat out five other bat companies, and we were not only the smallest but also the most expensive. It really gave us a confidence boost.” Matthew credits the company’s growth to the social media chatter from Anchor Bat fans all over the world. “We’ve taken orders from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, and Belgium,” he says. “Our market is anyone who plays baseball.” Like golf clubs and tennis racquets, baseball bats come in varying degrees of quality. Each bat starts out as a billet, a smooth cylinder of wood— generally ash—that resembles a table leg. Billets are graded A, B, or C, depending on the quality of the wood. Unlike most bat companies, Anchor uses only grade-A billets, which, according to Matthew, is almost unheard-of in the business. “For most companies, when they grow in quantity, they start cutting corners and their quality starts to suffer,” he says. “We want to provide the same quality, if not better, five years from now that we are right now.” Matthew and Eddie are doers. Eddie, a carpenter by trade, will look at a guitar or farmhouse table and say, “I think I can make that,” and then proceed to go and make it. That’s how this whole bat business started. And Matthew is tenacious. While researching top-quality billets, he called the Louisville Slugger plant in Pennsylvania every day for a month before someone finally took his call—only to give him a different number, which he called for another three weeks. “It’s what we have to do,” he says. “It’s all about time, energy, and effort.” The marks of a good sport.


iazza Bergamo was still fenced off in a tangle of mud and construction when Tupelo Honey Café opened next door to Anthropologie on June 18. Diners are still buzzing about this Ashevillebased chain, which is in the process of expanding to several Southern states. Even on a rainy weeknight, there was a 30-minute wait for a table in the sunny yellow space with its cozy Need bar a different image at the back. here - too similar to one “Our reception in Greenville at left. Maybe one of has been overwhelming,” says the that you’d selectcompany’s owner, Steve Frabitore. those “I ed for TOC? still pinch myself that Tupelo Honey Café is a part of Greenville’s vibrant downtown.” It didn’t take Greenvillians long to discover that the café’s big, fluffy biscuits are worth a trip. Available at breakfast (which is served all day) and with evening entrées, the biscuits


he first time Eddie Rollins made a baseball bat, his son Matthew wanted no part of it. At the time, Matthew was a high school senior and a talented baseball player who would go on to play college and professional ball. But teenagers are not known for their balanced judgment. “I wanted to be the cool kid,” Matthew says. “I didn’t want to swing some bat my father had made.” Matthew’s friends and teammates felt differently. “They kept telling me the bats were awesome,” Matthew says. “It was always, ‘Hey man, can you get your dad to make me a couple of bats?’” Not cool. But oh, how things change. Now, some 13 years later, Matthew and his father are working together to produce some of the most consistent, high-quality bats on the market. The Anchor Bat Company is currently headquartered in a small garage in Taylors, but the two-year-old company is growing fast, and Matthew and Eddie hope to sell close to 5,000 bats this year. “We just signed a deal with the Charlottesville Tom Sox,” Matthew says,

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Warm Welcome: The Banner Elk Winery offers award-winning wines and an eight-room inn with elegant suites, morning coffee, and fresh-baked goods.

High Taste Banner Elk Winery offers blue-ribbon wines and elegant accommodations


s the crow flies, Banner Elk is only 95 miles from downtown Greenville, but by car the journey is a three-hour exercise in patience. Interstates, fourlane highways, and two-lane ribbons of twisting mountain roads create a serpentine route more fitting for a wagon train than a late-model SUV. The journey takes the traveler to Asheville then east past the small towns of Black Mountain and Old Fort. Upon entering Marion, an abrupt left turn begins the ascent north, past the Christmas trees of Spruce Pine, the famous caverns of Linville, and finally to Banner Elk at an elevation of 3,700 feet. Banner Elk has no off-season. It is one of those rare tourists towns that seems to bustle twelve months of the year. The spring brings golfers and road cyclists, and the fairs and festivals of the summer months fill the streets with arts and crafts. The fall sees the return of the 900 or so Lees McRae students whose old Jeep Cherokees and ’90s-era Subarus idle patiently behind the puttering leaf lookers in BMWs and Audis. And the annual Wooly Worm festival in October brings an estimated 20,000 visitors to town, including 1,000 worm trainers. But if Banner Elk has a real “season,” it’s winter, when waves of skiers and snowboarders arrive in puffy jackets and UGGs, ready to tackle the slopes of the area’s two ski mountains, Sugar and Beech. In the late afternoons, you can find many of these visitors at the Banner Elk Winery swirling glasses of full46 TOWN /

bodied Sauvignon Blanc or crisp Seyval Blanc. Co-owned by Dr. Richard Wolfe, a former enological researcher at Appalachian State University, the winery opened in 2006 and utilizes grapes from the property as well as from 35 other local growers. The winery’s tasting room features a bar and gift shop along with a fireplace surrounded by leather couches and armchairs. On a recent visit many guests took their glasses and bottles out the tasting-room door and down the steps to several Adirondack chairs that surround a fire pit near the property’s trout pond. For those worried about being “over-served,” the winery’s eight-room inn is just a few steps away. The inn’s décor is more Tuscan villa than mountain B&B, and the touches are elegant yet understated. The Cabernet suite is as robust as its name implies, with heavy velvet curtains framing five large windows that look out over the winery, trout pond, and surrounding mountains. The suite also features a gas fireplace, two seating areas, and a Jacuzzi tub. In the morning, the inn’s kitchen is full of coffee, juice, and fresh-baked goods that help soak up some of the previous night’s wine. For a wine lover, it’s the perfect weekend getaway. Banner Elk Winery, 60 Deer Run Ln, Banner Elk, NC. (828) 898-9090, Open year-round, Tues–Sun, noon–6 p.m. Tastings, $10 per person; tours (May– Oct), $12 per person, Fri–Sun, 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Wine Shop The winery currently offers six wines: Banner Elk Red, Banner Elk White, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marechal Foch, Seyval Blanc, and a High Country Rosé. A Blueberry Wine is available in season, produced from the winery’s historic blueberry farm. The standout wines are the Marechal Foch ($24) and the Banner Elk Red ($18), both Gold Medal winners at the 2013 International Eastern Wine Competition held in Sonoma County, California. The Seyval Blanc and the Cabernet Sauvignon were awarded Gold Medals at the 2011 North Carolina State Fair.

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Group Project: MAConnect is an initiative fostered by young art collectors such as Brent and Penn Williams (above) under the auspices of Greenville’s Metropolitan Arts Council. To learn more about MAConnect, contact

Collective Culture MAConnect bridges local artists and young collectors / by M. Linda Lee

// photography by Eli Warren


hen Brent Williams began collecting art in 2000, he started, in a manner of speaking, with the kitchen sink. That’s the subject of the first piece he purchased, a linocut titled Cottage Dishes by South Carolina artist Mark Mulfinger. Coincidentally, the first piece of art his soon-to-be wife acquired was also by Mulfinger. Brent and Penn Williams, who met at Wofford College and married in 2001, are now avid art collectors. Their carefully-curated collection, which focuses on local artists, may not be large, but it graces the walls of their Greenville home with pieces such as linocuts by Mark Mulfinger, landscapes by Carl Blair, monotypes by Jeanet Dreskin, and abstract figures in motion by Glenn Miller. A business economics major, Penn credits an art history professor at Wofford for fostering her interest in art, 48 TOWN /

while Brent grew up with parents who exhibited an everincreasing appreciation for it. After they married and settled in Greenville, Brent’s older brother introduced them to Sandy Rupp, owner of the Hampton III Gallery in Taylors. “Sandy is our go-to,” says Penn. “She represents many local and regional artists, and she has been our sounding board for years. Sandy made art accessible for us.” When she isn’t caring for the couple’s seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son—and their adorable cocker spaniel puppy, Lady—Penn works part-time as giving coordinator at Christ Church Episcopal. Brent is the director of client strategy at The Palmetto Bank, which, incidentally, has its own collection of fine art. About a year ago, Penn and Brent banded together with several other couples to discuss the idea of forming a group of young professional art lovers. With the help of Alan Ethridge, executive director of the Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC), MAConnect was born. They credit Ethridge with having the energy and the connections to support MAConnect. “He puts all the pieces together,” claims Penn. “MAConnect brings together young people who appreciate art,” Brent says. “The idea is to connect young collectors with local artists.” For now, the group holds two big events a year, in the spring and fall. Often held at area galleries, these gatherings feature an educational element, usually in the form of a speaker. “Part of our goal,” adds Penn, “is to open people’s eyes to new artists and to expose local artists to potential buyers.” They hope MAConnect will help sustain the arts community in Greenville for years to come and nurture the next generation of arts supporters. As far as the Williamses are concerned, Penn admits: “Wherever we are, it doesn’t feel like home until art is on the walls.”

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Profile Buckle Down: Dr. Stuart Simko, a Greenville pediatrician, crafts leather belts under his bespoke line C.S. Simko. The belts have been featured in GQ Magazine.

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Pediatrician Dr. Stuart Simko crafts high-end leather belts for his line C.S. Simko / by Jac Valitchka

// photography by Paul Mehaf fey


eather will always smell better than a dirty diaper. Especially if it’s the good stuff. The leather that’s the “good stuff” for Dr. Stuart Simko comes all the way from the town of Colyton in England. The dirty diapers, however, he can find right here in Greenville where Simko is a pediatrician at The Children’s Clinic, a partner of the Greenville Health System. When he’s not wielding his stethoscope, or otoscope (the ear one that the children just loooove), in exam rooms, Simko is working with his edge-beveller or strap cutter in his atelier, for his other role as a belt maker and founder of C.S. Simko, his bespoke line of high-end belts.

“Yes, come hang out in the atelier, if you will,” says Simko, laughing, affecting the air of pretension that the fancy French word for “workshop” gives off, though it is noticeably absent in him. If there is a style described as “discheveled chic,” Simko wears it well. That’s the point, though. His own style, he best explains, is “tailored, but nonchalant about it,” says Simko. “You want a mix of things.” One thing you won’t see on Simko? Pleats. The seemingly innocuous, yet evidently offending pleat served as the kickstarter for Simko’s quest to beef up his own fashion plate. “It was in residency when I got called out for wearing pleats one day that I started looking into things. Why did I wear pleats?” he says, “and that’s when I started watching these “GQ Rules” videos,” he adds, referring to GQ Magazine’s online fashion how-to video series. These videos in turn inspired his quest to “find beautiful, raw materials and then refine and finish them and make something unique. Something you won’t see everywhere,” he says. Including on the good doctor himself depending on the day. Like the cobbler who has no shoes, when you take your own infant son to see Simko at his office, you notice no belt. So, lo, where is your very own C.S. Simko belt on you, C.S. Simko? The doctor laughs—a rocket launcher of a sound, and one that is emitted easily and frequently—a great, if not necessary, trait to have when one spends the bulk of days around children with colic, ear infections, and, yes, those dirty diapers—and assures that his own belts do make appearances when he dresses, just not every day. So, who is wearing his belts? A lot of equestrians. In a whole lot of places. Orders for both men’s and women’s belts come in from Canada to Texas; Australia to Seattle. The belts are soft and buttery, yet solid and rich in tones of tobacco, jewel reds, and greens and inky black. The leather he searched the world for until finding J & FJ Baker tannery in England, which has been in the same family since 1862 and is one of only a couple of places in the world—and the only one in Britain—Simko says, that uses the oak bark method of tanning the leather, a MARCH 2015 / 51



So, who is wearing his belts? A lot of equestrians. In a whole lot of places. Orders for both men’s and women’s belts come in from Canada to Texas; Australia to Seattle. process that takes up to 14 months to transform the raw hide into leather. “What they do,” he explains, “is take the unfinished hide and clean it and put it in a pit with dried oak bark. Then it goes in a pit with water and tannins, and they leave it in there for three months and then it goes into another pit for another nine months. It’s a really, really slow, gentle process.” This creates the sturdy, long-wearing, yet comfortable, bridle leather popular in the equestrian world. The brass buckle and handpunched holes are just the right counterpoint to the sumptuous leather so that the tailored look is not just for riders. In an age where everything animal-inspired (antler coffee-table legs, beaverfur footstools, and the like) is trendy, his line of classic, streamlined, elegant accoutrements are right on target. “GQ Rules” thought so and included one of Simko’s belts in their pages in January 2013, only a year after the line launched. That a semi-famous actor (Reid Scott) wore one prominently in the spread was sweet enough. Even sweeter was that full-circle moment when one of Simko’s belts also ended up in GQ Rules video.

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Luxe Leather: (from top) Dr. Stuart Simko cuts a strip from fine Colyton leather from Londonbased tannery J & FJ Baker, in business since 1862; Simko’s tool variety; freshcut belts await shiny buckles.

The goal, however, is not to be The Belt Maker (and, oh, pediatrician) and sell his belts everywhere. On the contrary, he’d like the relationship with his customers to be one where he can maintain direct communication, care, and consideration, personally. Something that Simko designs into his other job, as well. “It’s like every kid is different. There are variations in each belt, and you look at each piece of leather separately,” he says. “I don’t think about how many I’ve sold. I think about the people I’ve sold them to and their excitement. I could care less about how many kids I see in a day; I just think about the families and how I get to know them. It’s not just a belt; it’s the whole process.” Find Dr. Stuart Simko’s handmade leather belts at


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Pleasure Doing Business The Man argues the merits of the martini lunch


s a kid growing up in the rural mountains of western North Carolina, I reveled in my father’s stories of his days in Manhattan. Throughout the late ’50s and ’60s, he worked in the fashion and publishing industries in a fourteen-story building that still stands on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Spring Street. This was the Mad Men era, and although my father was not exactly Don Draper, at least I hope not, he did wear slim suits and skinny ties, smoke in his office, and flirt with secretaries. And he often indulged in the three-martini lunch. Now some fifty years later, many of the affectations of the Mad Men era are back: trim-fitting suits, pocket squares, hornedrim glasses. But while the business fashion may be similar, the business style is very different. Business lunches today are hardly indulgent. The lunchtime martinis and highballs that once lubricated the conversation (and the clients) have been replaced with sparkling waters, diet sodas, and what is, in my opinion, one of the most offensive beverages ever created, sweet tea. The newest trend is to forgo a proper lunch altogether and instead drink a bottle of cold pressed, organic, green sludge. The only indulgence is that it costs as much as a cocktail. So, what has happened to the three-martini lunch? Jimmy Carter fired the first shot during the bleak economy of ’70s when he exclaimed that the “working class was subsidizing the $50 martini lunch.” The Wall Street highs of the ’80s saw a brief return of lunchtime indulgence, but the stock market crash of ’87 seems to have pounded the last nail in the daytime

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martini’s coffin. Despite today’s economic growth, the threemartini lunch has never come into favor with the young tech executives who believe a three-piece power suit means jeans, sneakers, and a hoodie. But speak to someone who was alive during the time of boozy lunches, and they will tell you that the three-martini lunch was a time for people working together to connect without the stodginess of the conference room. A chance to strengthen the bonds of working relationships. Can the same be accomplished over a coffee or diet soda? Certainly, but in today’s world where many people eat lunch alone at their desk, there is little opportunity to connect over a leisurely meal, either with or without alcohol. It’s time to reverse this trend and give the business lunch the respect it deserves. While imbibing a half bottle of gin on a Wednesday afternoon might not be the best way to increase productivity, connecting with your coworkers and your clients outside of the office is always a good idea. And what better way than over good food and drink? It doesn’t have to be a lobster and a martini; it can easily be a chopped salad and a Perrier— though a whiskey or glass of wine might just get the creative juices flowing. Sweet tea can’t compete with that.

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Second Swing: Corporate exec Ansley Hoke and her lecturer husband Paul turned an evening hobby into a second business.

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A SUNDAY, AND ANSLEY’S Ieaving for Cancun the next day. A business trip. (Tough duty.) She’s vice-president of merchandising at Scansource Catalyst, a division of Greenvillebased Scansource, which sells voice, video, and wireless technology. When she’s not at work or traveling, which is a third of her day job, she helps her husband Paul, a lecturer/dance coordinator at Clemson University.

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lynn’s a 65-year-old kid. He runs GA Zeigler Construction Co., so he’s always building things. At the same time, he operates the bi-yearly Albino Skunk Music Festival, arguably the largest privately owned, longest-running multiday fest in the state—if not in the South. He founded his contracting company in 2002. He started the festival in 1995. He lives in his office, a bungalow that he repurposed at 204 W Stone Avenue in Greenville. SkunkFest, as it’s affectionately known, takes place at his 22-acre Blue Ridge farm. “Originally, when I was going to have a party . . . I said, ‘Let’s have a little cookout and have some bluegrass.’ It wasn’t even live music—we were just going to play CDs. Then we set it up, and I said, ‘Let’s call it a festival. I know some bands out there; let’s get some pickers,’” Zeigler says. The (blue)grassroots event has since blossomed from three bands and 60 friends on a Friday night to twice-yearly festivals that feature nearly two dozen bands playing to as many as 1,500


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Ansley and Paul have been dancing together since meeting on Halloween night in 1998 at The Handlebar’s original location, where Paul had started teaching swing dance there in August. (Full disclosure: This writer’s an owner of The Handlebar.) “I came out to one of the lessons at the old Handlebar at Mills Mill,” she says, “and Paul pulled me out of the crowd to teach one of the lessons, and a year later, we were married.” The partnership has since expanded with two children—Hudson, 8, and Hadley, 6—and incorporated as Upstate Swing LLC in 2012. Along the way, Ansley and Paul have danced for a cameo appearance in the 2004 film The Notebook; the CBS miniseries Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story in 1999; and the Super Bowl XXXIV pre-game show in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome in 2000. They also taught the cast of Lifetime’s Army Wives how to swing dance. “It’s a good hobby that turned into a business,” Ansley says of her nocturnal work as ticket-seller, company accountant, and occasional teacher, or as Paul says, “She’s the pretty face of customer service.” Both have marketing backgrounds, she says, “but, honestly, we can’t believe it’s still going strong.” (Full disclosure No. 2: Just a few months after the Hokes launched their soon-tobe dance empire in the old mill, the writer, in a prediction that Paul loves to repeat, proclaimed: “Swing is dead.”) You’d think that so much work would kill anyone. After all, Ansley is a corporate executive, wife, mother, and business partner, and Paul is a lecturer and dance coordinator at Clemson University. But, she says, “When you’re passionate about anything, it’s easy. I love to teach. Even with my job in the corporate world, my most favorite part is teaching others how to sell, how to write business plans, even the technology.” Besides, weekly dancing has a lot of benefits, she says, never mind that both Hokes are in great physical condition. “It’s very social. A lot of what I do in the corporate world is relationship-building, and that’s what I do at the swing dances: build relationships, have fun, and enjoy life.” So . . . uh . . . Upstate Swing isn’t dead? “If it’s not fun, we’re doing too much of it,” she says. “That’s what’s kept it successful—we haven’t gone overboard as a business. We’ve kept it fun all these years.”


Setting the Stage: Glynn Zeigler, owner of GA Construction Co., started the popular Albino Skunk Music Festival in 1995. It began as a private, backyard party.

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fans. Glynn’s once-free party now must charge admission to pay for the festival’s rising stars, which tend to play the more popular and mainstream Americana rather than bluegrass nowadays. Glynn points with no small pride to several Skunk alumni who Made It Big after playing his small, front-porch-style stage: the Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive, and Trampled by Turtles, to name a few. “When you come to SkunkFest, you’re going to meet your next favorite band,” Glynn says. In addition to the enormous amount of Skunkwork—negotiating with talent agents, signing contracts, paying bills, and actually putting on the festivals themselves, Glynn still has to make his own ends meet; music makes only a few people rich. “It’s a philanthropic thing,” he says with his typical wry humor. GA Zeigler “specializes in adaptive use of historic buildings.” His first job was building Horizon Records and the Bohemian a few blocks away from his office. More recently, his company expanded Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on State Park Road and renovated the brick building at 508 Rhett Street, one of the oldest structures in town. Talking with him at a table he crafted from a 1919 church pew in his office/home, it’s hard to tell where he’s having more fun—putting in 60 hours a week at work or putting on music. “I’m not an idle person,” he says. “We can’t stop it now,” he says of his festivals. “Too many people rely on it, y’know?” Besides, he says, “Another reason I do it, you walk up the hill during the show, all these people are sitting up there under the oak trees, listening to just as good a music as you’ll see anywhere, and they’re all smiling.” So, sure, while he’s living at work and working where he lives, he’s clearly “playing” at both. After all, he says, “We call the Skunk Farm the Zeigler Home for Adult Children.” SpringSkunk Music Fest runs April 9–11 at the Skunk Farm, 4063 Jordan Rd (technically in Greer). Featured artists include Lydia Loveless, The Steel Wheels, The Stray Birds, Front Country, Dustbowl Revival, and Special Consensus. For tickets and more information, visit




hen it comes to the Monday morning alarm clock, most of us experience what psychologists call a “fight-or-flight” response. Jaime Cortez experiences food-and-flight. For eight consecutive days, the pilot flies for Planesense, a company that manages a fleet of 34 airplanes under “fractional ownership”; its 120 pilots fly for any number of clients who own these timeshares with wings. When Jaime’s on duty, he doesn’t know where he’s going to fly until the night before, and he doesn’t know who his passenger(s) will be. On any given day, he may fly from Key Largo to Canada. When he’s not flying, he’s grounded, chopping vegetables and prepping lunches for Asada, the Latin-fusion food truck/restaurant that he started 2.5 years ago with his brother Roberto and Roberto’s wife, Gina. As just about every foodie in town knows, “Lola” was Greenville’s first food truck. This month, their brick-and-mortar presence, originally in the Village of West Greenville, is relocating to their own restaurant at 908 Wade Hampton Boulevard. Jaime flies easily between runway and restaurant. “I have always loved food,” he says, and in the next breath adds: “I have to be flying. My only office is a cockpit.” He may be in charge on the flight deck, but he’s perfectly happy at the grill. “Roberto and Gina are the brains with the recipes and all that. I’m more the logistics guy. I’m a pilot, so I’m a control freak, so I like to do the inventories,” he says. “And I’m one of the faces to the public when I’m here.”

WHEN JAMIE’S ON DUTY, HE WHEN JAMIE’S ON DUTY, DOESN’T KNOW WHERE HE’SHE GOING DOESN’T KNOW WHERE HE’S GOING TO FLY UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE, TO HE FLYDOESN’T UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE, AND KNOW WHO HIS AND HE DOESN’T KNOW WHO PASSENGER(S) WILL BE. ON ANY HIS PASSENGER(S) WILL ON ANY GIVEN DAY, HE MAY FLYBE. FROM KEY GIVEN DAY, HE MAY FLY FROM KEY LARGO TO CANADA. LARGO TO CANADA. While he reinvests his sweat equity into the restaurant, he also gets only one day off, Sunday. One day, though, he hopes to spend more time with his wife Fiorella and their three daughters, also named Fiorella, age 11; Sophia, 10; and Daniela, 8. (Funny story: Jaime met his wife four years ago in Miami. They’re both from Chinandega, Nicaragua, a city of about 150,000 people about 80 miles northwest of the capital Managua. In fact, Jaime shows a picture of them together back home when he was 20 and she was 9. When they met, he had no idea who she was.) Like the Hokes and Glynn Zeigler, all that work is worth it, especially when they see happy customers . . . eating, dancing, or listening to music. “No matter how tired we are,” Jaime says, “the response of people, that’s what really motivates us to keep going.” Clearly, success comes from doing what you love doing … so, hey, go out and get another job.



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Kirby’s brother—a sometimesdiver named Thornton—introduced him to photography about seven years ago. It was under Thornton’s guidance that the special agent purchased his first DSLR camera, a Nikon D80 and “a couple of lenses,” and began shooting underwater. Kirby shows off his brother’s fantastical images: whales near the Dominican Republic, a great white shark off of the California coast. “Look how big it is,” Kirby says. Thornton told him, “I’ve done some scary things in my life, but there’s nothing in the world that compares to the adrenaline I felt the very first time [the shark] came out of the dark and I could see it.” He told Kirby the bodies of the great whites S P E C I A L AG E N T M A R K K I R B Y I S A S T O R I E D M A N . “are bigger than a Volkswagen.” “THE ONLY TWO THINGS I EVER WANTED TO DO GROWING UP While living in south Florida four years ago, Special Agent Kirby WERE TO BE A SOLDIER AND AN FBI AGENT,” HE EXPLAINS IN A worked to develop his style and THREE-HOUR EXCHANGE THAT OUTLASTS COFFEE AND EGGS INTO technical skill—he got serious SATURDAY AFTERNOON. WEDGED IN A BOOTH CLOAKED IN STEELY about picture-taking. He consumed WINTER SUN, KIRBY UNOBTRUSIVELY STUDIES THE SIDEWALK’S a multitude of books and posted OCCUPANTS THROUGH THE LARGE MAIN STREET–FACING WINDOW, his work to online groups he’d SEARCHING FOR FACES THAT AROUSE HIS CURIOSITY, SOMETIMES joined, soliciting feedback from professional photographers. He OFFERING COMMENTS ON IMPRESSIVELY-PAIRED DOGS AND began to point his lens far above OWNERS. MOSTLY, HE MAPS OUT CERTAIN PINNACLES OF HIS PAST, sea level, capturing mountain WITH A DECIDEDLY SOUTHERN CADENCE. ranges and other landscapes. “There was this one professional When one is given the opportunity to interrogate an FBI photographer that would always come back and say, ‘Well, agent—no matter how friendly and approachable he what’s the subject?’ And I thought, ‘Well, it’s that beautiful may be—there’s still an element of respect, an unspoken mountain range . . .’ But every time he’d come back with, consideration of the fabled intrigue of secret operations ‘What’s the subject? What’s the subject?’ It was a big learning and, in this case, historical traditions of espionage brought point for me—that, yes, it’s great to go see this amazing vista, about by the Cold War. and it’s great to have the technical skills to take a picture of The enchantment of photography works much the it. But a truly great photograph’s got to be more than that,” he same way as the manner of a special agent: in essence, says. conveying the notion that what’s not shown is as effective The first time Kirby took a portrait was during the summer as what is. There’s an element of sorcery in taking a of 2013 in Kazakhstan, where he would return to his hotel photograph—plucking a moment’s existence from the from work each night a few hours prior to the 10 p.m. sunset continuum of time and, simultaneously, fixing that and then go exploring with his camera. moment as an artifact of historical record. Somehow, “The hotel I was staying in was right on the river, and across photography both defies the real and defines it. a little footbridge was an old Soviet park. It still had some of the old amusement park rides from the Soviet era and a handful of newer ones. Perhaps photography’s INTRINSIC POWER comes from its But people from that part of the world MYTHIC NATURE: the magical intrigue in the NOT-REVEALED. love parks, love the summertime, love being outdoors—and so, in the summer, A photograph is paradoxical in other ways, too. From there would literally be thousands of people in this park. one perspective, it’s empirical documentation of what has “So I was out looking, taking pictures of the old rides, or the been—a factual record of events, evidence in criminal river, or something else. And I remember walking by this one justice and of institutional identification and surveillance. man and thinking, ‘That was the most awesome face!’ This old It presents an aura of machine objectivity that (almost) guy with this great weathered face looked so strong and rather promises a direct representation of the truth—cold proof. dignified, and I remember thinking, ‘You know what, I’m going But great photography doesn’t leave us feeling cold. to turn around and go talk to him, and if he doesn’t want me Mark Kirby’s certainly doesn’t; even his snowy portraits of to take his picture, that’s fine, but I’m just going to go for it,’” Kazakh faces—prematurely withered by brutal winters— he says. So Kirby approached the man, who was dressed in an glow. Perhaps photography’s intrinsic power comes from ill-fitting suit, a taqiyah (Muslim skullcap), and holding a bag. its mythic nature: the magical intrigue in the not-revealed. “We talked for the longest time—a really great guy. I remember Perhaps that mystery moves us beyond cold specificity, telling him, ‘I’ve taken pictures of every building and every and instead tells us a grand, expressive story. river, but that’s not really real life. You are real life. And I would

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Modern Nomad A Kazakh rancher waits on a snowy roadside for the right moment to take his herd across.

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love to show my family and friends what real life is like here. Do you mind if I take your picture? And he said, ‘No, I don’t mind at all.’” The first time Kirby received feedback that made him believe he’d “started to find [his] photographic vision” was when he posted portraits from Kazakhstan. It was the first time a group’s professionals told him, “You’re on to something here. This is something special.” It was the first time Kirby thought that “maybe this is going to be my vision. Maybe this is part of it. Even though I still love doing landscape stuff, I realize that what I’m really so passionate about is trying to communicate to people real life,” he says. hat’s when he came up with the idea to develop his Web site (, naming his photography project “Mere Humanity,” a riff on C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity. “When I think about trying to capture someone’s personality in a photograph, or to portray what they were thinking at the moment I took [it], I identify with C.S. Lewis’s desire to simplify the real meaning of something,” Kirby says. Kirby speaks Russian to his photographic subjects overseas. At times, he charms the portraitworthy with his rhetoric: recitations of Russian poet laureates he memorized in his immersion courses. “Sometimes when I meet these older ladies—not just to take their picture, but maybe even in the lunch line at the Embassy—and we’re joking around, I’ll recite some of these great Russian poems by Pushkin and Lermontov,” Kirby says. Just as he did to one wrinkled, bright-eyed Kazakh he met on a stroll at an outdoor market, who was cheerfully tending her errands in negative-twenty-degree temperatures. He was the first American she’d ever met; they talked for “a long time.” Another time in Kazakhstan, Kirby and a colleague were exploring with their lenses when they passed a group of men taking apart the cinderblock walls and tin roof of a little shack. It was winter and such extreme working conditions were worthy of documentation, so the two guys walked up to the site with their cameras. Kirby, who handles introductions, said, “It’s amazing you guys are out doing this!” Immediately one of the guys said, “Come on, come on, let’s go inside!” It was midday. The laborers offered the local beverage of choice: a fermented mare’s milk that’s “hideous” and difficult for Westerners to stomach, though is social tradition comparable to sharing a cup of coffee. Kirby discovered a way without giving offense, offering to drink the vodka on the table instead, which was like “music to their ears. We made our way through the first bottle quite easily,” jokes Kirby. The vodka and exchange of Russian words flowed. One character was convinced to sing as the others bragged about his musical inclinations; he picked up a guitar held together with frayed tape and launched into a series of old Soviet Gulag and army songs. Suddenly it became “this surreal experience,” Kirby remembers, “like you’ve gone back in time. The folk music from that part of the world is just incredible, and so there we are, having this experience.” The man finished a tune and said, “Well, you know, Oleg is a poet!” Oleg was also a Russian raised in Kazakhstan. “He had been in the army.


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I was bonded with all of them; I mean look at his hands. That’s a hard man right there. Next thing you know, he’s reciting Pushkin poetry, Lermontov, everything you can imagine. Then they start telling him, ‘Do some of your own,’ and he started reciting poetry he himself had written! Finally I said, ‘Look, you’ve got to let me start taking some pictures of this.’” Kirby has other stories he tells with favorite photographs, such as the old Russian chess (a widely popular Soviet pastime) players, huddled around public benches in summer, overseeing the current match in silence like “the guy’s at the free-throw line, and they’re waiting for him to take the shot” for up to half an hour. Or the cowboy guiding his perfectly-lined procession of untied horses across an icy desert snow plain, reared by a camel that was “acting almost like a shepherd dog. The camel was pushing them. I don’t know enough to know if that’s normal,” he says. The photographer defines his artistic style as black and white (“I like old things; it’s kind of nostalgic”) with an aversion to editing (“I have no desire to show a photograph of something that doesn’t exist”), though through experience shooting in raw format, he has found it necessary to use Adobe Lightroom. He comments on the irony of color— “particularly the underwater blues”—as a distinct feature in his brother’s work. Thornton is colorblind. Mark is not.

MARK KIRBY’S TRAVELS led him to the transcontinental country Kazakhstan in central Asia, part of its western border crossing the Ural River of Eastern Europe. Its landmass is larger than the size of Western Europe, making it the largest landlocked country in the world, with approximately 15 people per square mile.

World View Special Agent Kirby’s photographs bring to life the myriad faces and experiences of his eastern travels: (clockwise from topleft) Kazakh laborers take a break to sing Russian folk songs; a Kazakh man met at a Soviet park; Oleg, the poet; rows of tea on a plantation in Matsetsa, Russia; a Kazakh woman at an outdoor market. To view more of Kirby’s work, go to, or see it in person at Coffee Underground and Art & Light Gallery, both in Greenville.

“Strangely enough, there’s probably a whole lot more artistic freedom in black and white, because there’s not a single black and white photograph that’s ever been produced on Earth that was actually what was present,” he muses. “To me that’s kind of fascinating—to me it’s a higher degree of reality than the color. Which is obviously 180 degrees from the truth.”

and explains, “Everything we do outside of the U.S., we do together with those countries. We work with the former KGB. That’s why we’re there—to work with the law-enforcement agencies. Our governments don’t have great relations. But when you get down to the guys doing the job on [the operator] level, you get a lot of great stuff done. You’re just as concerned about this terrorist or this mafia guy or this cyber criminal as they He CHARMS THE PORTRAIT-WORTHY with his rhetoric. “Sometimes are . . . We have common when I meet these older ladies and we’re joking around, I’ll RECITE some of interests. Common goals,” he these great Russian poems by PUSHKIN AND LERMONTOV,” says Kirby. says. “I’m not a bleeding-heart As it happens, degrees of truth have never much idealist who thinks that everybody can get along. I know mattered in the best storytelling. There’s a magic that we can’t. But I think I’ve become—certainly, if nothing drums in the human spirit that’s rhythmic, but not quite more—more of a centrist along those lines than an temporal in the black-and-white way of clocks; it defies extreme one way or another. I’m under no impression details of logic. And whether the situation involves that we and everyone in the countries in the Middle East, coffee or fermented mare’s milk, Mark Kirby upholds and or in former Soviet Union, or in Southeast Asia, or in protects the laws of great storytelling—in photography, South America are going to be getting together for that but in Russian and English, too. bonfire, kum-ba-ya session. But what I do know, when As far as his day job, Special Agent Kirby has you get down to the human level, there are a lot of developed many friendships in the former Soviet Union common parts there.”

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Café Cool: Lindsey George, co-owner of The Village Grind, uses beans roasted by Due South Coffee in Taylors. The shop features local producers for its syrups, milk, and rotating pastries selection.

With Candace instructing full-time at Stone Academy and Jim teaching dentistry a few days a week at Georgia Regents University, The Village Grind would have ground to a halt if not for fate. Chance conversations between Jim, his college roommate Carl Chambers, and his financial advisor lead to the perfect space in the rising Village of West Greenville—as well as a 22-year-old barista with a business plan. “I really wanted to focus on building the community and using local products,” says the genius behind the joe, co-owner Lindsey George. “We use local roasters, milk, syrups, tea, everything.” With years of experience operating a La Marzocco machine, George is the foam to the larger investors’ latte. She pairs flavors to create weekly specials, using beans Due South Roasters procures in Colombia, Ethiopia, Brazil, and beyond. With a smile, she reveals, “I was surprised at how many people hat a difference a day makes—or in this order straight-up double-shot espresso, which tells me Greenville is serious about its coffee.” case, the time it takes to brew a pot of The aroma the steaming concoctions give off is coffee. Jim Bolt spent his entire career as enticing as the Grind’s ambiance. It’s a unique working as the one person most want blend: part vintage, part industrial, part Pinterest. to avoid: a dentist. Now, droves happily rush to his work each week at The Village Grind. “It’s amazing,” Since opening in January, it’s exceeded the Bolts’ expectations. “We love The Village, the vibe,” says the retired dentist shares, just two weeks after Jim. “It’s become a destination. It’s exciting to be a opening the coffeehouse on Pendleton Street. “This part of that.” Candace sees power in the diversity allows me a lot more freedom. In dentistry, you’re confined to the office pretty much all day. You’re on of the area. “We want to be part of positive change a strict time regimen and try to stay on schedule with here. We both have adventurous spirits. If we fail, at appointments. Now I enjoy meeting people, watching least we had a great adventure. Life’s about taking risks, and if you’re not taking risks, you’re not living.” them relax, and learning the coffee business.” Judging by the line at the counter, the risk is The dream to open a java hot spot has been worth the reward. percolating between Jim and his wife Candace for years. “I’m of the Friends generation,” explains the high-energy mom and teacher. “I just loved the idea The Village Grind: of friends having a place to hang out that wasn’t necessarily a meat-market bar. I always wanted to be 1263 Pendleton St, Greenville. Mon–Fri, 7:30am–3pm; Sat, 9–3pm a barista, but who has time? It’s one of those things Find The Village Grind on you always want to do, but it’s not gonna happen.” Instagram: @thevillagegrind

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Bubble Up: The Black Velvet cocktail is a radical mix of St. Paddy’s Day favorite Guinness Stout and sparkling wine.


t happens to the best of us. You realize that your green-beer-drinking days are over—and decide that St. Paddy’s celebrations call for a new libation . . . preferably one less chemically-enhanced. So, what’s on tap this spring if you’ve outgrown the neon green brew? A classic pub crawl through Greenville’s favorite Irish bars—where you can order a Black Velvet or a Black Apple, a delicious way to class up the obligatory St. Paddy’s pint of Guinness. The drink was invented in 1861 after Prince Albert’s death, when an emotional barkeep decreed that even the Champagne should go into mourning. His solution? Darkening the most celebratory drink of all with a pour of Guinness. Christened the Black Velvet for its rich color and thick, decadent texture, the drink became wildly popular everywhere it was served. When pubgoers had trouble ponying up for the cost of Champagne, bartenders substituted hard cider for a “Poor Man’s Black Velvet.” Here, it’s known as the Black Apple, and you can try this layered libation at all three of Greenville’s quintessential Irish bars: Connolly’s, Fitzpatrick’s, and The Irish Pub, which you might make your first stop. This Irish-owned place feels classic in the dive-bar sense—that is, unless you go out back, where the pub offers volleyball courts, human foosball, and an expansive patio for sipping a pint or two with your friends. Move on to Fitzpatrick’s if you’re hungry: the cozy, plaid-flaunting pub is often packed at dinnertime, and the shepherd’s pie is a menu favorite. You can order a Black Velvet at the U-shaped bar, or enjoy a properly poured pint. Finish up at Connolly’s, the beloved downtown spot. Decked in twinkle lights, this friendly bar boasts two bars, pool, darts, a small stage for bands, and an infamous trivia night. Of course, if the most appealing crawl to you is the one from your couch to your bed, there’s no shame in breaking out the Champagne flutes and enjoying your Black Velvet at home. NOTABLE NEARBY:



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Spring Fling Pasta is the perfect showcase for spring’s earliest vegetables / by Kathryn Davé

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ust when it seems like spring is ready to commit after weeks of flirting with us, the temperature plummets and wintry skies return. So goes March in the South, that wild, temperamental, freespirited month. By the time the groundhog sees his shadow, we’re all a little tired of root vegetables and belly-filling comfort foods. Small as it may be, that farmers’ market green is a beacon of hope for the bored winter cook. March calls for a certain flexibility in the kitchen, a willingness to embrace dishes that can bridge the chill of winter and the first vegetables of spring. Pasta makes a great transitional spring meal—and a satisfying backdrop to the peas, asparagus, ramps, and green onions just beginning to appear. With a few pantry staples, you can turn today’s score at the market into a simple dinner that delivers creamy comfort with the crisp vivacity of early produce. Adding wild mushrooms ups the earthiness of the dish, giving the pasta a deep bass note to ground the bright asparagus and peas. The end result tastes just like you’d imagine: both warming and fresh. Fitting for a month that begins gray and ends green.


Soak dried mushrooms in 8 cups of warm water for 30 minutes to reconstitute them. Strain, reserving all soaking liquid.


Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat and sauté chopped shallots with 2 cloves of garlic until soft, fragrant, and just-golden. Add mushrooms to the pan with ¼ c. reserved soaking liquid, along with asparagus stems (leave heads aside). Sauté for 2–3 minutes before adding cream and bringing to a boil. After the sauce reaches boiling, turn it down to a low simmer, stirring in Parmesan and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Boil reserved mushroom soaking liquid for pasta, adding water if necessary. Be sure to heavily salt the water. Cook linguine until al dente, adding peas and asparagus heads to the boiling water for a minute to blanch. Drain pasta and vegetables, reserving some liquid. Add pasta, peas, and asparagus tops to the sauce, stirring to mix, adding pasta water to loosen the sauce if necessary. Fold in torn prosciutto and serve on warmed plates.




INGREDIENTS: 1.5 c. green peas (fresh or frozen) 1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-inch segments, heads and stems separated 3 shallots, finely chopped 3 oz. dried mixed wild mushrooms 2 cloves of garlic 2 c. heavy cream ½ c. grated Parmesan 2 Tbs. butter 4 oz. prosciutto, torn into strips 1 lb. linguine Salt and pepper


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American Grocery offers refined American cuisine (and a seasonal, frequently-changing menu) that emphasizes the highest-quality ingredients from local, regional, and national producers. The maple-glazed pork belly with pencil cobb grits makes a decadent starter. For an entrée, the cornmeal-crusted trout with charred sweet potatoes or the braised beef tongue are standout options. Finish with the frozen espresso soufflé. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 732 S Main St. (864) 232-7665, AUGUSTA GRILL

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The unassuming Augusta Grill is home to owner Buddy Clay’s vision of upscale comfort food. From cozy booths and the intimate private dining room, patrons can enjoy dishes such as cornbreadstuffed quail with thyme au jus and veal picatta with herb pasta. The lineup of entrées and appetizers changes daily, but regulars can always get Chef Bob Hackl’s highly sought-after blackberry cobbler. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1818 Augusta Rd. (864) 242-0316, BREAKWATER RESTAURANT

Breakwater is one of those places that makes Greenville shine: a hotspot that

serves exquisite food (Diver scallops with creamed-corn risotto) and creative drinks. Candy apple red accents (the bar, dining room chairs, and wall decorations) meld with mirrors and glass to produce a uniquely New York City-meetsLowcountry vibe. A game changer for the ever-evolving West End. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 802 S Main St. (864) 271-0046, THE GREEN ROOM

Like a European brasserie, the Green Room’s diverse menu features standout dishes that change with the time of day. Start your day with eggs Benedict or down a Lil’ Piggy pork sandwich with sweet potato fries for lunch. For dinner, the melt-in-your-mouth, sweet chipotle meatloaf, served with jalapeño macaroni, is the ticket. $$$, B, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St. (864) 3358222, HIGH COTTON MAVERICK BAR & GRILL

Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook picturesque Falls Park for an airy and relaxed dining room. The menu, steeped in locally-sourced ingredients, features fish, game, and steaks prepared with a Southern flair. Staples include the apricot-mustard-glazed pork chop (paired with brown-sugar-baked Sea Island red peas and bacon-bourbon jus) and the Maverick Shrimp & Grits (featuring house-made Andouille sausage, stoneground yellow corn grits, and roasted tomatoes). The bar also features the restaurant’s own private-label spirits. $$$-$$$$. D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 335-4200,


Located fortuitously between the Peace Center and the Reedy River, Larkin’s seeks to balance upscale dining with comfort. Start with she-crab soup, then an entrée from the day’s selections—or opt for an aged filet mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Dine in the enclosed outdoor patio to enjoy the river view, and polish off your meal with a selection from the extensive wine list. $$$-$$$$, L, D. 318 S Main St. (864) 4679777, NANTUCKET SEAFOOD GRILL

Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant brings us closer to the sea. The day’s fresh catch tops the menu, grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or in chef-designed specialties. Try the bluecrab hushpuppies with a drink at the elegant bar, pre– or post–Peace Center performance. A destination for a group dinner or a quiet date night, Nantucket offers both an intimate and entertaining atmosphere. Enjoy views of the Village Green and the courtyard patio through panoramic windows alongside the bar. $$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 5463535, NOSE DIVE

The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. A wide range of beer (local, domestic, international), wine, and an ambitious menu that hits nearly every continent make it hard not to dive in. Look for an elevated gastro pub experience at every meal, from golden tilefish with shrimp bisque to a customized grits bar at brunch. Located right on Main Street between ONE City Plaza and the Peace Center, this gastropub

is downtown hotspot and neighborhood hangout, all in one. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St. (864) 3737300, RICK ERWIN’S WEST END GRILL

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 Chilean sea bass, to certified Angus beef. À la cârte sides round out any entrée. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 648 S Main St. (864) 232-8999, ROOST

This nod to the enterprising farm-to-table trend lends a modern, tasty addition to North Main. Chef Trevor Higgins brings old-fashioned Southern favorites into the twenty-first century, like jalapeño butter-basted scallops with linguini, and Southern fried chicken poutine, which remixes the Canadian classic with Joyce Farms fried chicken, Ashe County cheese curds, and brown pepper gravy. $-$$$, B, L, D, SBR. 220 N Main St. (864) 298-2424, SMOKE ON THE WATER

Located in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with a separate street-side dining area and covered patio tables overlooking Pedrick’s Garden. Choose something from the smoker (beer-butt chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. Sides vary from mac ’n’ cheese to a bowl of greens, and even spinach casserole. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 202. (864) 232-9091,

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Local flavor shines here in entrées like the crab cakes with remoulade and bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with habañero butter sauce. With an astonishing selection of 700 wines, you can’t miss the perfect complement to your meal. Featuring different selections every week, the Sunday brunch buffet showcases the chefs’ creativity. For breakfast and lunch any day of the week (think soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts), check out Soby’s on the Side, right around the corner.

Come here for fresh fish and creative sushi bar, sure—but if you’re in the mood for something hot, try one of the many hibachi selections, including filet mignon, or the teriyakis, stirfries, and soups— steaming bowls of fresh udon or soba noodles. Perfect for slurping.

$$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 2327007, TUPELO HONEY CAFÉ


Here, big Southern charm is served with a steaming-hot biscuit and local produce. Indulge in the famous sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter of course) any time of day, or for a heartier appetite, try one of the mouthwatering sandwiches like the Southern Fried BLT with maplepeppered bacon or a stacked grilled cheese with the just-right-for-fall tomato soup. Chef Brian is serving up entrées inspired by the season. Try the Hickory Nut Gap Farm beef and bacon meatloaf with rosemary tomato shallot gravy or the roasted duck breast with cherry port wine sauce, shaved Brussels sprouts salad, and root vegetable pot pie. $$, B, L, D. 1 N Main St, Suite T. (864) 4516200,





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

Lemongrass Thai brings flavor to please. Choose from curry, noodles, and fried rice, or vegetarian dishes. The Bangkok Street Cuisine menu includes Siam Chicken (grilled, marinated chicken breast with chunks of pineapple, carrots, bell pepper, cashew nuts, and mushrooms) and Prik King (chicken or pork sautéed in spicy chili sauce), while the chef’s specialties offer even more choices. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 106 N Main St. (864) 241-9988, PURPLE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO & SUSHI

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A stone’s throw from Fluor Field, this place serves an Asian mix. There are Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Asian-fusion entrées, but sushi is a strong suit—go for the specials, offered at lunch and dinner. The udon with Prince Edward Island mussels, mahi-mahi with a spicy crawfish glaze, or roasted duck are worthy options. The latter, perfumed with star anise, is roasted to order and well worth the wait. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 933 S Main St. (864) 232-3255 SUSHI KOJI

Sushi Koji flaunts a contemporary air. Chef Koji Fujikawa presides over the five-seat sushi bar. If you order one of the two omakase menus, you’ll be treated to the chef’s choice of the freshest fish flown in from markets in Japan and the United States. $-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 217 N Main St. (864) 631-1145

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Regional chain Carolina Ale House serves up all-American bar fare of gooey cheese fries, thick Angus-beef burgers, finger-lickin’ ribs, and specialty desserts, like the Dessert Nachos and Ale House Mud Pie. This joint satisfies both foodie and fan alike. Enjoy its open-air bar upstairs to the tune of your favorite team stomping the competition. $-$$$, L, D. 113 S Main St. (864) 351-0521, THE COMMUNITY TAP

Convenience and expertise collide at the Community Tap, Greenville’s neighborhood craft beer and wine shop. Take your time to browse their extensive selection—more than 180 local, national, and international brews, and a solid selection of white, red, and bubbly—or fill up your very own TCT growler at one of their ever-rotating taps. Mon–Thurs, 11am–8pm; Fri & Sat, 11am– 9pm; Sun, 1–6pm. 217 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 631-2525,


With stores and express locations nationwide, the Growler Station boasts a foam-free method for a faster, cleaner growler fill. Greenville’s downtown location has selections from Brewery 85, Thomas Creek, and Quest Brewing on tap, making this Growler Station a onestop-shop for all your Upstate favorites. Mon–Wed, 11am–9pm; Thurs–Sat, 11am–10pm; Sun, 1–6pm. 109 Augusta St. (864) 400-8327, LIBERTY TAP ROOM BAR & GRILL

Located next to Fluor Field, Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill is both pre-game watering hole and after-work hangout. Dinner choices range from the classic burger and juicy steaks to spinach pizza. Gather with friends around the long bar to enjoy one of the nearly 50 brews on tap. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St. (864) 7707777, UNIVERSAL JOINT

Everyone needs a neighborhood bar. Where better to cheer with (or mercilessly heckle) your friends? This hangout is within walking distance of the North Main area and features an enclosed and heated patio—perfect for the mild winter weather. Rotating bottle and draft selections and plenty of outdoor seating keep things fresh. And since Universal Joint is open late, you can stay to celebrate after your team wins—or commiserate with fellow fans after a loss. $-$$, L, D. 300 E Stone Ave. (864) 2524055, THE VELO FELLOW

Cozy in a funky way, the Velo Fellow is a hip pub under the Mellow Mushroom. Burgers and sandwiches form the core of the menu, which includes fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and—in a twist—tofu Marsala. In addition to the craft brews on tap, the Velo Fellow offers traditional

$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 1 Augusta St, Ste 126. (864) 242-9296,



Mornings (and afternoons) are made better at this quaint spot with a focus on local products and healthy options. Start your day with a signature breakfast sandwich or fresh-baked cinnamon roll paired with Brazilian coffee from Simpsonville importer Terrado. For dessert, try a slice of cake from the rotating counter selection. Gluten-free options abound. $-$$, B, L. Closed Sunday. 1Augusta St, Ste 101. (864) 373-9836, COFFEE UNDERGROUND

Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, hot chocolate, and adult libations. The pumpkin cheesecake with butter cream icing makes the ideal afternoon treat. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfast-anytime option, sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and desserts. And don’t miss Sunday brunch in the Red Room. $-$$, B, L, D, SBR. 1 E Coffee St. (864) 2980494, METHODICAL COFFEE

Between the white marble countertops, the gleaming chrome Slayer espresso machine, and the white-tiled loft (emblazoned with the directive “enjoy”), Methodical is a coffee bar built for Instagram. It’s no surprise, considering tastemakers such as the Vagabond Barista Will Shurtz, designer Marco Suarez, and hotelier David Baker are the forces behind Methodical. Even better: there’s plenty of substance to go with style. Single-origin espressos, house-made shrubs (showcasing unconventional pairings like beet and peppercorn, for instance), and more ensure there’s plenty to rave about. $-$$, B, L, D. 101 N Main St, Ste D. O - CHA TEA BAR

A trip to O-CHA will have you considering tea in an entirely new light. This sleek space, located right on the river in Falls Park, specializes in bubble tea (flavored teas with chewy tapioca pearls) but also offers a large assortment of loose-leaf teas, cold drinks, and snacks. Bring your friends on Friday nights to enjoy O-CHA Unplugged, a live-music series. $, B, L, D. 300 River St, Ste 122. (864) 2836702, TEALOHA

As the weather warms up and Main Street fills, it pays to have a cool, quiet escape from the crowds. Tealoha’s blend of raw and refined fills the bill. Recycled barnwood panels and earthy brown and green tones impart the feel of a subdued oasis, while sleek, modern furniture is decidedly comfortable and urban. A menu of exotic loose-leaf teas is fleshed out by smooTEAS (tea-infused smoothies) and specialTEAS (tea-based lattes). $, B, L, D. 131 E McBee Ave. (864) 5091899, THE VILLAGE GRIND

Tucked nice and snug between art galleries in the heart of Pendleton Street, the Village Grind is an essential destination for Greenville coffee lovers. With its emphasis on community, the coffeehouse uses only local ingredients—

from milk and syrups to beans from Due South Coffee—to create one-of-a-kind beverages to be enjoyed with friends on the mid-century couch or solo at the pallet-inspired window bar. $, B, L. Closed Sunday. 1263 Pendleton St. (864) 915-8600, thevillagegrind



An airy, sunlit interior gives Green Lettuce a Mediterranean vibe fully matched by its menu of hearty salads and sandwiches. Fresh lettuce forms a base upon which buttery avocado, fresh feta, and other flourishes rest. Make sure you sample some of the fragrant pita bread seasoned with fresh garlic and olive oil. $, B, L, D. 19 Augusta St. (864) 250-9650, RICK’S DELI & MARKET

One suspects the chalkboard menu of deli standards (made with gourmet attention to detail) is just pretense for having a case full of delectable pastries. After all, you have to view a gauntlet of colorful macarons (rose, pistachio, and salted caramel) before even getting to the savory stuff. For dinner, the menu transitions to an eclectic selection. Homemade lasagna, vegetable stir fry, and English fish and chips make the cut.

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

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

Local produce, delicious food. Biking to work? Enjoy fresh-baked scones, croissants, or breakfast sandwiches, or enjoy a pogacha (a Turkish pastry stuffed with beef, spinach, and feta) for lunch. And for a quick pick-me-up at any time of day, try the café’s organic coffee from Counter Culture. While you’re here, peruse the grocery’s extensive local inventory. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 104 S Main St. (864) 370-9336, TWO CHEFS DELI & MARKET

Count on this deli for fast, high-quality food. Hot and cold lunch fare is available, ranging from homemade soups to a traditional grinder and a turkey melt. If you’re not up to cooking, there’s a case of “crafted carryout” entrées and sides to go, including a standout selection of baked goods. For Eastsiders, there’s another location at the intersection of Pelham Road and Route 14. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 104 S Main St. (864) 370-9336,

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Addy’s fosters a comfortable, intimate atmosphere of uniquely European charm. At the bar, choose from an eclectic selection of small plates: assorted cheese platter, sate (glazed, spicy chicken kabobs), Swedish meatballs, and more. Or head upstairs to dine on Dutch entrées with an Indonesian tinge, like beef rendang, spicy beef slow-simmered with coconut and lemongrass. $$-$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 17 E Coffee St. (864) 232-2339, DAVANI’S RESTAURANT

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

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

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The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, featuring crispy Brussels sprouts (a perennial favorite) and fried goat cheese. For a unique entrée, try the duck confit pizza with a sour cherry vinaigrette and a farm egg. The daily fish feature is also a sure bet.

At this dining hotspot, you can gaze over Falls Park while digging into mouthwatering French-inspired cuisine. Make a lunch date to enjoy lighter dishes like the French green lentil salad (with p’tit basque cheese, hazlenuts, carrot and fennel slaw, and sherry vinaigrette) and the potato and smoked salmon croquettes, or enjoy hot sandwiches such as the traditional croque monsieur, made with Gruyere cheese and Mornay sauce on sourdough. At night, the bistro serves up romance à la Paris, with items like escargot and seasonal cassoulet. $$$, L (Mon–Fri), D, BR (Sat–Sun). 601 S Main St. (864) 271-9700,

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Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and a flavorful variety, such as the slowcooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Or try the eggplant stew slow-cooked in a tomato sauce and served with basmati rice. Be sure to sample from the martini menu at the aquamarine-tiled bar. $$-$$$, L, D. 618 S Main St. (864) 2413012, RISTORANTE BERGAMO

Ristorante Bergamo, open since 1986, focuses on fresh produce and Northern Italian cuisine: seafood such as New Zealand mussels in light saffron broth, savory entrées such as veal, and pasta creations such as fettuccini with shrimp and arugula. The bar (with its extensive collection of wine) fronts Main Street, making it a prime location for enjoying a glass while people watching. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sat–Mon. 100 N Main St. (864) 271-8667, TRATTORIA GIORGIO

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



Replete with all the nostalgia of an old underground jazz parlor, Blues Boulevard sits nestled in downtown Greenville, tantalizing visitors with the promise of a smooth cocktail— and even smoother jazz. Well-known instrumentalists and songstresses from around the country plan visits to Blues Boulevard, lighting up the moody atmosphere with a variety of easy-listening tunes. And if you need something to munch or sip while drinking in the jazz, the menu offers signature tapas and delectable entrées, like the salmon with orange-brown sugar Cajun glaze, in addition to homemade cocktails. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 300 River St, Ste 203. (864) 242-2583, SMILEY’S ACOUSTIC CAFÉ

When Mike and Chana Fletcher took over Smiley’s Acoustic Café in October 2012, they had only one goal in mind: keep the music on the forefront and the restaurant in the backseat. However, much of the menu is still music to foodies’ ears. Items range from casual appetizers like Panko-battered shrimp and hot-yaki chicken wings (the recipe is secret, so don’t ask) to more upscale options like seasonal baked acorn squash with apricot-plum chutney. $$, D. Closed Sunday. 111 Augusta St. (864) 282-8988,

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Pizza and beer—flowing from more than 27 taps downstairs and another 31 upstairs—are what bring students and young revelers to Barley’s. Besides the tap, there’s a list as long as your arm of selections by the bottle. Try your luck upstairs at the billiards tables and the dartboard lanes. $-$$, L, D. 25 W Washington St. (864) 232-3706, greenville BELLACINO’S PIZZA & GRINDERS

Bellacino’s, in the former historic Carpenter Brother’s Drugstore, specializes in hot, savory sandwiches. Order an Italian Grinder with ham, sausage, salami, onions, and mushrooms piled high atop a toasted sub roll. If you’re not looking for a sandwich, that’s okay too. Pizzas and calzones round out the menu. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 123 S Main St. (864) 242-6009,


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. With a Falls Park view or patio seat on a cool evening, you won’t leave unsatisfied. $-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 608-B S Main St. (864) 232-4100, 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,


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

$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 12 E Coffee St. (864) 232-9191,


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THE WHIPPING MAN In the post–Civil War South, both slaves and their former owners are learning how to rebuild their lives in a free world. One such tale comes from the DeLeon household in Virginia, where former soldier Caleb DeLeon returns after fighting for the Confederates. Badly wounded and with no family to be found, Caleb is forced under the care of two former slaves—Simon and John—and the three men form an unlikely bond that will stand the test of time. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $30. (864) 2356948,

The brainchild event of both Edible Upcountry’s Upstate Food Hub and the South Carolina Organization for Organic Living’s conference, Cultivate makes its debut at the beginning of March. Centered on the implementation of clean, healthy alternatives in the kitchen, Cultivate offers full-scale classes and workshops on organic and sustainable growing techniques, cooking classes, and educational sessions. The Monday segment will be devoted to networking opportunities, inviting food producers, buyers, and government officials to meet and mingle. Greenville Tech’s Culinary Institute of the Carolinas, 8109 White Horse Rd, Greenville. Times vary. cultivate-2015-grow-cooknetwork-tickets-14691044309

Thru March 15 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Believer or not, you’re bound to find some spirituality in this Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice classic. The

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rock opera centers on the final days of Jesus Christ as told through the words of the Gospels. Tracing the arrival of Christ’s disciples to his betrayal by Judas, trial by Pilate, and eventual crucifixion, the musical has been both lauded and criticized for its unconventional approach. Featuring songs like “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Hosanna,” and “Superstar,” this is one production that has been—and will be—popular for generations to come. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $30; senior, $28; junior, $20. (864) 2336238,

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TIES THAT BIND: COMMUNITY The Fine Arts Center turns its eye to local artists for the third installment of the school’s Ties That Bind series. The series, a celebration of the Fine Arts Center’s 40th anniversary, honors the creative energies that have contributed to the school’s success: faculty, alumni, community, and students. Many of the local artists featured in this installment have given generously

of their time, energy, and talent during the FAC’s history. Ties That Bind: Community is also dedicated to Debbie Cooke, a former FAC photography instructor. Sheffield Wood Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 102 Pine Knoll Dr, Greenville. Mon–Fri, 8:30am– 3:30pm. Free.


It’s always fun to shop, but it’s even better when you put that credit card to use for a good cause. Enter the 2015 edition of Fashion with a Passion, which uses the world of high fashion to give back to those who need it the most. Take in a quick runway show with the latest in fabulous outfits provided by TAZ, Monkee’s of the West End, Muse Shoe Studio, and more, or partake in one of the evening’s unique live and silent auctions. Cocktails and appetizers will be provided, and all proceeds directly benefit domestic violence shelter and advocacy group Safe Harbor. Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 N Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 6:30– 9:30pm. General admission, $65; VIP, $90; VIP table, $1,000.




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In the world of contemporary Christian music, singer and songwriter Chris Tomlin is certainly one of the greats. Now on the map for more than ten years, Tomlin has reached high peaks in the Christian music charts with hits like “How Great is Our God,” “I Will Rise,” and “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).” Join Tomlin, along with special guest artists Tenth Avenue North and Rend Collective, for an evening of celebration and spirituality during this special stop on the “Love Runs Red” tour. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Thurs, 7pm. $29-$39. (864) 2413800,


As the Upstate continues to grow into one of the most sought-after destinations for work and play, it is vital to unite the area’s movers and shakers. Seeking to do just that, the third annual Maker’s Summit hosts entrepreneurs from around the country for two days of intensive workshops, panels, and peer meetings customized for

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business owners at every level. This year’s keynote speakers include Rifle Paper Company’s Nathan Bond, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream founder Jeni Britton Bauer, and author Jeff Shinabarger. Friday’s sessions will be capped off in celebration at the Best Craft Party Ever. Clemson University ONE Building, 1 N Main St, Greenville. Fri, 11am–11pm; Sat, 9am–8pm. $225.


There’s certainly no questioning Greenville’s breathtaking appeal for outdoor activities, and this Upstate tradition has been a staple for runners since the late 1970s. Complete with a 10K, 5K, youth mile, and fun run, there’s no excuse not to lace up those sneakers and hit the pavement on an early March morning. A Fit Cool School challenge is also a part of this year’s race, designed to reward the area elementary and middle schools with cash for the most participants. Downtown Greenville. Fri, 5:45– 6:30pm; Sat, 8:30–10:45am. $15-$40.

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Every year, the Guild invites Upstate arts advocates to celebrate and support the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s endeavors both on and off the stage. This year’s edition, appropriately titled Legends, is set to honor the organization’s greatest contributors, including Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel and his ensemble of talented musicians. The blacktie-only affair includes lively dance music by Top Hat, an open bar, gourmet dinner, and both silent and live auctions. Keep the spirit of music alive and thriving in Greenville at this fabulously glamorous event. Westin Poinsett Hotel, 120 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 6pm. $160. (864) 370-0965,



Music and movement are two things that have always seemed to go hand in hand. In honor of this harmony, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra presents “Smiling and Dancing,” a tribute to the works that let our minds—and our bodies—

wander in delight. This Spotlight Series concert features Mozart’s Sonata in B Major, Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach’s Duet for Flute and Violin, as well as Quintet by Sergei Prokofiev. Centre Stage Theatre, 501 River St, Greenville. Sat, 2pm & 7pm. $15. (864) 233-6733,



Known for his illustrious radio career with broadcast favorite A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor’s distinct personality has made him the voice of generations. Lucky for us, Keillor’s onstage live performances are equally as entertaining as his presence over the airwaves, integrating elements of both his signature storytelling and personal songbook that make for an intimate and unforgettable experience. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 7:30pm. $35-$55. (864) 467-3000,



The Greenville Symphony Orchestra sets out to highlight the power of one of the most multifaceted family of instruments in this Chamber Orchestra Series performance. Works by Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, and Grieg are on the program, using the versatility of the orchestra’s string section to emphasize concepts of light and dark, beauty and strength, and other thematic components that were the driving force behind these composers’ most inspiring works. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $41. (864) 467-3000,

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The only things hotter than the Southern heat in this Tennessee Williams original are the fiery relationships between members of the well-to-do Pollitt family. Revolving entirely around events transpiring at Big Daddy’s birthday party, son Brick, his wife Maggie, and brother Gooper are forced to examine their roles and connections when it is revealed their patriarch is dying. There are plenty 12:33 of PM secrets, deception, and resentment buried deep in these Southern roots, making this one tale more fascinating than seeing a June bug in winter.

It takes a pretty special (and secure) man to wear an outfit completely constructed from sequins, satin, and enough feathers to rival the Fraggle Rock family. But singer, songwriter, and master pianist Elton John pulls it off with ease, and his live performances are the stuff of rock ‘n’ roll legend. It’s hard not to join in when John belts out classic sing-along hits like “Benny and the Jets” and “Tiny Dancer”—though it’s perhaps best to leave the glitter and feathers to the master. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, 8pm. $39-$139. (864) 241-3800,



Have your New Year’s resolutions already fallen through the roof? Car broken down? Dog run away? Never fear! The comedians are here! The weekend’s perks include a stellar set list of wildly popular comedians, as well as a luxurious setting at Asheville’s Grove Park Inn. Included in the package deal are breakfast buffets at the Blue Ridge, as well as entry into Friday and Saturday night performances featuring the likes of Lachlan Patterson, Julian McCullough, Tone Bell, Tony Papa, and many more. The Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC. Times, package prices vary. (828) 252-2711, comedyclassic



It’s time, once again, to roast one of our area’s most influential individuals in the spirit of good fun and charity. Each year, the Ronald McDonald House hosts the Greenville Roast, and the 2015 honoree (or target?) is community leader Bob Hughes. Hughes, who has lent his wisdom, weight, and career to memorable projects including RiverPlace and the NEXT Building, will be left to the hands of colleagues and old pals

Merl Code, Cecil Nelson, and Hayne Hipp. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 N Main St, Greenville. Sat, 6–8:30pm. $60-$5,000.



Hoping to burn off some of those green beer calories? Then look no further than this St. Paddy’s Day celebration. Start off with a timed 5K “dash” through the downtown area and cross the finish line at Fluor Field, where live music and refreshments await you at the Southern Tide 500 Club. As for the “bash” portion of the day, a kid’s fun run, silent auction, and costume contest are in store, as well as free admission to the Furman and USC Upstate baseball games. Downtown Greenville. Sat, 8–11am. 5K registration, $30-$35; kid’s run, free-$10.



From an outsider’s perspective, the life of a prince sitting high in his castle may seem the stuff of dreams. But for young Pippin, there always seems to be something better out there. Originally engineered by Stephen Schwartz, Roger O. Hirson, and Bob Fosse, this contemporary production directed by Diane Paulus maintains the same zealous energy as its predecessor, and has already received a Tony for Best New Revival. Guided by a madcap troupe of performers, Pippin sets out on a life-changing journey to discover his true purpose in life. Fame or simplicity—which will he choose? The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $45-$75. (864) 467-3000,


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Back in 1970, before Nixon declared himself “not a crook” and Apple was just a glimmer in Steve Jobs’s eye, a group of parents founded the Juvenile Diabetes

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Research Foundation with the aim of educating, treating, and one day finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. In recognition of their dedication, the JDRF will celebrate the decade with a special ’70s-themed gala: “One Night, One Vision.” The black-tie soiree will include a gourmet menu, live and silent auctions, and dancing. Additionally, the JDRF’s many annual achievements will be highlighted, along with honorees Matt and Heather Devine. TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Sat, 6–11:30pm. $175.



There’s nothing kids love more than seeing their favorite Disney characters come to life. In this vein, the wildly popular Disney Live! series introduces Mickey’s Magic Show, featuring film favorites including Donald Duck, Snow White, and even the Mad Hatter himself as they make magic onstage with illusionist Zach Williams. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 7:30pm. $15-$55. (864) 467-3000,

Photograph (Restaurant 17) by Paul Mehaffey; (Christ Church Episcopal) courtesy of the Library of Congress




Admittedly, not everything about the old South was wonderful (we’re looking at you, secession). However, there are some longstanding traditions that deserve a reawakening every now and then. At the Olde South Ball, upstanding ladies and gents are encouraged to don their best antebellum formal wear (a la Scarlett O’Hara) and enjoy a lavish Southern supper before dancing the night away to the tunes of the Blue Ridge Rounders. Also included in the evening is a silent auction and Olde South Bazaar with plenty of gifts for the history buff in your life. Greenville Marriott, 1 Parkway East, Greenville. Sat, 5:30– 11:30pm. $50-$65. (864) 2442732,


The city of Greenville has plenty to offer the roaming foodie. This crawl sheds new light on diverse flavors with the small-plate concept, offering diners reasonably-priced bites from some of their favorite local eateries. Participants use their “passports” to travel to restaurants that include Coffee Underground, Kilwins, Restaurant 17, and many more, and can even earn special prizes along their journey. There’s no better way to get a taste of what our town has to offer, so don’t miss out on this gourmet adventure. Locations and times vary. Plates, $3$8.

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For those of us who can barely hit ball-to-paddle when it’s attached by a string, the athletic prowess of the Harlem Globetrotters seems otherworldly. The courtside antics are packed with all the ingredients for the perfect family outing: comedy, theatrics, slam dunks, and plenty of fun. Cheer on America’s favorite team as they take on their sworn enemies—the Washington Generals—in a game where only the best trick shot ensures victory. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm. $23-$105. (864) 2413800,



Despite his small stature, comedian Kevin Hart has transitioned well from internationally-touring performer to big-screen leading man. Riding high on the recent releases of Ride Along and The Best Man Ringer, Hart has taken his act back on the road. Both brutally honest and histerically funny, Hart’s approach to love, family, and everything in between has made him a funnyman favorite for fans of all ages. Littlejohn Coliseum, 1 Avenue of Champions, Clemson. Fri, 9–10:30pm. $38-$73. (864) 6560619,



Episcopal. Tours run at each church in succession on the hour, with a thirty-minute break in between. Downtown churches. Sat, 9am12pm, tours on the hour. Free.

Country music superstar Alan Jackson kicks off the celebration honoring his 25 years in the music industry with a special “Keepin’ It Country” tour across the U.S. With a slew of number-one hits under his belt, Jackson has left his mark with his down-home personality and twangy classics like “Chattahoochee,” “Little Bitty,” and “Gone Country.” Up-and-coming Nashville artists Brandy Clark and Jon Pardi are set to join Jackson for this rip-roaring evening of country sensations. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, 7pm. $25-64. (864) 241-3800,


Proving that you don’t have to come from the same generation to share the same musical perspective, this GSO Masterworks Series production accentuates the common link of German influence in a multitude of composers’ most significant pieces. Works by significant German composers Johannes Brahms, Carl Maria von Weber, and Paul Hindemith are on tap for the evening, taking the audience on a transformative journey through the musical history of the decades, as told by those who experienced it firsthand. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $16-$57. (864) 467-3000,


OPEN DOORS: A WALK THROUGH HISTORY While many of us pass right by these beautiful buildings nearly every day, we hardly give thought to the history of their structure or what other wonders they could hold within. For one day only, four historical downtown churches will open their doors for free public tours that will give special insight to the stories behind the interior and architecture of these landmark establishments. Included in this year’s tour are Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church, and Christ Church

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nyielding in constitution yet lyrical in disposition, Yuri Tsuzuki’s steel sculptures evoke an ethereal tactility. Known for her vibrant and imaginative exploration of nature, Tsuzuki bends resilient metal into what she refers to as “calligraphy in three dimensions,” powder-coating some pieces in eye-popping colors of blue, yellow, green, and magenta, while highlighting the rustic veneer of steel in others. From this delicate give-and-take of elements, Tsuzuki has developed a visual vocabulary for the ubiquitous power, vitality, and splendor of nature.—Sinéad Haughey

Hampton III Gallery, located at 3110 Wade Hampton Blvd, Taylors, will be displaying Yuri Tsuzuki: Heart of Steel from March 12– April 18; the artist will be present at the opening, March 12, 7–9pm. The gallery is open Tues–Fri, 1–5pm; and Sat, 10am–5pm.

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Yuri Tsuzuki, (clockwise from top-left) Sea Grass. Powder-coated steel; Winged Heart. Powder-coated and raw steel; Umbrella Tree. Powder-coated steel; Tough Love. Powder-coated steel; images courtesy of the artist.

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