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Taste of the TOWN

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67 In Style

Renowned designer John Saladino comes to the Greenville Museum of Art.

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

19 On the Town

Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.

101 Eat & Drink

North Carolina Apple Festival, White Tiger gin, Las Meras Tortas, and the Brick Street Café.

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Water of Life, Jim Bourey, indie filmmaker Chris White, author Kym Petrie, tech entrepreneur Rich Winley, and more.

57 Style central Fall in style for tailgating.

On the Cover: Pastor Sean Dogan of Long Branch Baptist Church; (this page) interior of Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Greenville

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Second Glance


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To grab hold of something boundless requires bounds. Here, we present six leaders of Greenville’s thriving religious community.

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Style and substance merge to feature the best of Upstate fashion and food

Art in the Park comes back to downtown Greenville.


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Letter Mark Johnston PUBLISHER Jack Bacot EdItoR-In-cHIEf

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Blair Knobel managIng EdItoR Paul Mehaffey aRt dIREctoR

Team Work


received a call in December 2010 asking if I was available to discuss a new venture. It was a Sunday afternoon, and I was intrigued. Partly because the call came from someone I knew as a competitor in the marketplace, but also because I would be speaking with someone I respected and who had always been cordial, supportive, and quick with a kind word. The Community Journal’s Mark Johnston went on to lay out his ambitious vision for launching a new regional magazine. It would be bigger and better than anything this market had seen, he exclaimed. He had big ideas and big plans, literally. That Sunday afternoon proved to be not only a meeting of minds, but a meeting of hearts and souls, as well. I like to think of it as our TOWN hall meeting. The grand idea was to give this region a publication filled with well-told stories and stunning images, to package them in a beautiful design and deliver them to the masses every month. Five months after that first meeting, one of the finest teams I’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of was working night and day to launch TOWN’s premiere issue. I think it says something that this same team continues to deliver an exceptional and ever-improving product every month. TOWN is a testament to a wonderful region brimming with unique stories; it is also evidence of an educated and sophisticated audience eager for thought-provoking content. From the very beginning, every issue has been a collaboration of talented creatives—writers, designers, photographers, and editors among them. Indeed, there are many roles in publishing. But, for me, there is nothing like starting with a blank sheet of paper and a roomful of ideas, and then using them to build a magazine from scratch. There’s nothing better than looking up from the drawing board to see a newly created publication being pulled from coffee tables, carried through restaurants and retail outlets, or perused on park benches from one end of a community to the other. To our team, it’s a sign of success. TOWN Magazine has been the most fulfilling kind of experience I could ask for. But the time has come for me to transition from this talented team to another one, with a company that has similar dreams and a lot of blank paper. Mark and this extraordinary team will continue to bring you the best of this TOWN each month. They are relentless in their pursuit of good stories and images, which means this magazine will continue to be the talk of the TOWN. It has been my privilege to earn your personal and professional support during my time here at TOWN. Turning the page is always bittersweet. But I’m encouraged by the fact that this is not the end of the story. TOWN’s best days are ahead, and I look forward to discovering them just as you have all this time, eagerly awaiting my copy at the first of each month.

Heidi Coryell Williams SEnIoR EdItoR Jac Chebatoris SEnIoR EdItoR Olivia de Castro faSHIon EdItoR contRIBUtIng WRItERS Anthony Esquivel Ruta Fox Kimberly Johnson M. Linda Lee Alison Storm Steven Tingle contRIBUtIng PHotogRaPHERS Patrick Cox Polly Gaillard TJ Getz J. Aaron Greene Jay Vaughan EdItoRIaL IntERn Anna DiBenedetto Holly Hardin PRodUctIon managER gRaPHIc dESIgnERS Kristy Adair Michael Allen Caroline Reinhardt maRkEtIng REPRESEntatIvES Mary Beth Culbertson Kristi Jennings Donna Johnston Pam Putman Katherine Elrod SaLES admInIStRatIon managER Kate Banner commUnIt Y SPonSoRSHIPS & EvEntS managER Angela DeGarmo EvEnt maRkEtIng cooRdInatoR

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Anthony Esquivel

David Robinson cIRcUL atIon managER Sue Priester PHILantHRoPIc advISoR

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Olivia, president of A Public Affair PR, hails from Palm Beach, but has divided her time between Greenville and Florida for the past ten years. Olivia loves to bring big-city looks to the Upstate. She also co-owns South Florida’s famous upscale children’s boutique Diana Classic Children, with her sister and mother, and she has recently opened a second store location in Greenville’s West End Market.

Anthony is A Public Affair PR’s director of sports, as well as the assistant coach for the Furman University men’s soccer team. From San Antonio, Texas, by way of Austin, Anthony is determined to help bring hip and fresh style to the men of the Upstate.

TOWN Magazine (Vol. 2, No. 9) is published monthly (12 times per year) by TOWN Greenville, LLC, 148 River Street, Suite 120, Greenville, SC 29601, (864) 679-1200. TOWN Magazine is a free publication. However, if you would like to have TOWN delivered to you each month, you may purchase an annual subscription (12 issues) for $45. For subscription information or where to find, please visit www.towncarolina. com. Postmaster: Send address changes to TOWN, 148 River Street, Suite 120, Greenville, SC 29601. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.

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Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill brings his country and bluegrass chops to town. Gill has sold more than 26 million albums and earned 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994. Last fall, he released his latest album, Guitar Slinger. Gill will be the inaugural performance at the Peace Center’s new outdoor TD Stage. TD Stage at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, Sept 12, 7:30pm. $85. (864) 4673000,







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experience the beloved musical filled with familiar songs like “My Favorite Things,” “dore-Mi,” and “Maria.” The young players of the south Carolina Children’s Theatre bring this rodgers and hammerstein classic back to the local stage by popular demand. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sept 7–23. Fri–Sun, times vary. $17-$26. (864) 467-3000,

pilots and spectators are invited to what is called the “augusta National of aviation,” where more than 400 planes arrived for the event last year. The weekend is filled with family activities like a pancake breakfast, bluegrass music, and Triple Tree’s world-famous barbecue. Triple Tree Aerodrome, 330 Mary Hanna Rd, Woodruff. Wed–Sun, Sept 5–9, times vary. (866) 678-4922,

Photograph courtesy of the SC Children’s Theatre

Celebrate a venerable fall fruit at downtown hendersonville’s 66th-annual North Carolina apple Festival. This weekend event features everything from the King apple parade and street fair to children’s activities, crafts, and, of course, bountiful apples and apple dishes. Downtown Hendersonville, NC. Sept 1–3. Sat–Sun, 10am–8pm; Mon, 10am–5pm. Free admission. (828) 697-4557,

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zWhat-Not-to-Miss / Euphoria Culinary delights and great music collide in a fusion of flavor during this annual fall festival. The weekend of all-things-tasty features the Taste of the South, a showcase of local food and music by Edwin McCain and Shawn Mullins, wine seminars, a recipe of a rhapsody concert, Jazz Brunch, and wine dinners. Don’t miss this palate-pleasing and soul-soothing weekend that brings some of the food world’s superstars to the upstate.

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upstate Visual arts presents the return of the art in the park festival this fall. Enjoy new work by local and regional artists in this open-air event on South Main Street in Greenville. There will be an interactive art area, raku firing for all ages, and art after Dark, a Saturday evening event with food and entertainment.

indie Craft parade brings quality crafts and handmade goods of many of the best artists from across the Southeast. Get a jumpstart on holiday shopping at this public market, enjoy local food, and connect with the artists themselves.

South Main Street, Greenville. Sat, Sept 22, 10am– 6pm; Art After Dark (at Larkin’s on the River), 7:30– 11:30pm; Sun, Sept 23, 11am–5 pm. Free admission. (864) 735-8823,

Photograph courtesy of Euphoria/Stephen Stinson

Downtown Greenville. Thurs–Sun, Sept 20–23, times vary. $35-$695.

Huguenot Mill at the Peace Center, 101 W Broad St, Greenville. Fri, Sept 7, VIP Party, 6–9pm, $25; Sat–Sun, Sept 8–9, 11am–5pm, free admission.

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ROCK OUT HUNGER zRising music star and Greer resident Noah Guthrie took the Internet by storm with his soulful rendition of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It.” Now, the teen is primed to cut a new record. Don’t miss him at Rock Out Hunger, a concert to benefit Loaves & Fishes, which rescues perishable food for distribution to human-service agencies. Greer City Park Amphitheater (rain or shine), Greer City Hall, 301 E Poinsett St. Fri, Sept 28, 7pm. $10. (864) 2323595,

The Rocky Horror Show zBack at the Warehouse Theatre for the first time in two years, this classic and campy B-movie returns to the stage bigger and bawdier. Directed by Brian Haimbach, this show features infectious music and Will Ragland as Frank-N-Furter. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Sept 7–29. Thurs–Sat, 8pm and midnight. $40. (864) 235-6948,

Greenville High 125th Anniversary Celebration

Upstate Forever Preservation Ride zWho said a scenic drive had to be by car? Grab your bicycle and join Upstate Forever’s fundraising Preservation Ride. Choose from three different routes, ranging from 75 miles to 20 miles, or sit back with the kids and enjoy the corn maze and hayrides. The bike ride will benefit your heart, and the proceeds will benefit conservation efforts of the Upstate—a win-win. Strawberry Hill USA, 3097 Hwy 11, Chesnee. Sat, Sept 22, 8am and 9am. $38.

greenville BUSINESS EXPO zIt’ll be a happy hour indeed at the TD Convention Center with live music by Hootie & the Blowfish’s lead guitarist Mark Bryan presented by TOWN Magazine. Why wait until the weekend when you can get a jump-start on a Tuesday night? TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. 5–7pm. Tues, Sept 25, call for cost. (864) 250-9713,

Photograph courtesy of John Hiatt

zTake a walk down memory lane for the 125th anniversary celebration of Greenville High School. A weekend-long event, alumni are invited to join in on classes, chow down at a BBQ tailgate, and relive their high school days in the stands of Sirrine Stadium as the Red Raiders take on the Greer Yellow Jackets. On Saturday night, Right to Party will provide entertainment at the Hyatt Greenville. Alums are especially encouraged to wear red. Greenville High School (1 Vardry St), Sirrine Stadium (Cleveland St and University Ridge), Hyatt Greenville, 220 N Main St. Sept 14–16, times and costs vary.

John Hiatt at The Handlebar Nominated for several Grammy Awards, singer-songwriter (and storyteller) John Hiatt will bring folk rock, blues, and good ‘ole country to The Handlebar this month. Come out for a good time. The Handlebar, 304 East Stone Ave, Greenville. Thurs, Sept 20, 8:30pm. $36. (864) 233-6173, September 2012 S






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Tapas & ’Tinis July 26, 2012 Shannon & Jim Donahoo, Melanie Clark & Scott Harke

Sponsored by Van Gogh Vodka and TOWN Magazine, the Euphoria Party “Tapas & ’Tinis” was by no means dry. At the Loft at Soby’s, guests indulged in Chef Daryl L. Shular’s creations to a backdrop of live music and Greenville’s cityscape. Photographs by Jay Vaughan

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July 13, 2012 An opening reception was held at Centre Stage for the work of photographer, attorney, and environmental champion Tommy Wyche. Patriarch of Greenville’s prominent Wyche clan, Tommy and his family are dedicated to environmental activism in the Upstate. The pieces sold at the exhibition benefited the Naturaland Trust, aimed at protecting the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Mary Kathryn Dykes & First Lt. Kenneth Milo Endicott July 7, 2012 First Lieutenant Kenneth Milo Endicott of Greenville met his fiancé, Mary Kathryn, of Dalton, Georgia, through mutual friends. After 14 months of dating, Kenneth surprised Mary Kathryn at Stone Mountain, where she was hiking with friends and he was waiting for her at the very top. The ceremony was held at First Presbyterian Church in the bride’s hometown with a special Sword Arch following the ceremony. Kenneth is a United States Marine, and he and Mary Kathryn reside in Pensacola, Florida. Photography by mike houston

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With thousands of recent college grads filing into the Texas A&M stadium to listen to an orientation speech and begin their graduate school careers, it was meant to be that Kendrick and Paul sat next to one another. After dating for two years, Paul proposed in the same stadium where the couple had first met. The two were married in St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Greenville, and the groom even learned to shag for their first dance. Kendrick and Paul are both employed by Texas A&M and live in Bryan, Texas.

Holly Durst & Dr. Blake Julian June 2, 2012 Holly of Suffield, Ohio, met Greenville resident Blake in modern day’s own little fairy tale. The couple met on the second season of reality TV show Bachelor Pad, and it didn’t take long for directors, viewers, or Blake, himself, to realize the pair were a match made in Hollywood heaven. Blake proposed to Holly on the season’s finale, and the couple was married at The Cliffs Country Club in Landrum. Holly recently published her children’s book Chocolate Socks, and Blake is a dentist at Greenville’s Signature Smiles Dentistry. The lovebirds vacationed in St. Lucia for their honeymoon. Photography by Callaway Gable

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In the last year and a half, Water of Life, founded by Upstate resident Roland Bergeron, has completed 99 water projects, serving 100,488 people. In India alone, 34,000 people— roughly the population of Spartanburg—now have clean water that didn’t just over a year ago thanks to Water of Life.

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Water Mark Roland Bergeron crosses continents for thirsty countries / by Alison Storm


Well Done: Roland Bergeron, a former homebuilder, founded Greenville-based aid organization Water of Life, which drills wells in countries in need of fresh water.

Rather than asking why, Roland committed to doing something about it. He’s told anyone who will listen about the situation, including rallying supporters on Facebook. Outrage among Roland’s contacts spread, putting pressure on Indian officials. Last winter some quarry owners were forced to start releasing child slaves, and in March, the Indian government banned the practice completely, releasing 3,000 child slaves. About 430 of the children are now receiving care partially funded by Water of Life and Upstate churches. Roland says most of Water of Life’s support comes from locals. Seven Upstate churches donate monthly, including large congregations like Brookwood Church in Simpsonville and smaller ones like LifePoint Church in Greenville. Individuals can donate through It currently costs $1,500 to drill a well in India and $2,500 to complete a project in Liberia or Sierra Leone, a small price given the lives saved. But for Roland, it’s a chance to tell others about his faith. He says, “Local people are making all the difference.”

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oland Bergeron made a living building luxury homes. But then something happened. He says God got a hold of his heart, prompting Roland to downsize his own home, pass the construction company on to his son, and start building something else— water wells in third-world countries. “I’ve discovered if you find out what God wants you to do and you go do that, you’re guaranteed success,” he says. These days Roland, who turned 62 last month while in Liberia, West Africa, measures success in wells. In the last year and a half, Water of Life, based in Greenville and the organization Roland founded, has completed 99 water projects, serving 100,488 people. In India alone, 34,000 people—roughly the population of Spartanburg—now have clean water that didn’t just over a year ago thanks to Water of Life. According to a 2012 report from the World Health Organization, 780 million people, or one in nine on the planet, don’t have access to an improved water source. And an estimated 3.41 million people die from water, sanitation, and hygienerelated causes each year. “Those numbers are far too large for me to do anything about,” Roland, a native of Pontiac, Michigan, says. “I have to break it down into a village or a family.” Last year, Water of Life’s work moved beyond the water crisis. After connecting with a pastor in India on Facebook, Roland visited a rock quarry there and saw child slavery firsthand. Children as young as eight, many in bare feet and ragged clothes, were mining slate with rudimentary tools. Roland describes the experience as the lowest point of his entire life. “I don’t believe my God is happy with that,” explains Roland of his shaken faith after seeing the child slaves. “Could He make it all go away? Absolutely. Why doesn’t He? I don’t have an answer to that question. I don’t think I could ever get an answer that would satisfy me.”

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City Boy Former Greenville city manager Jim Bourey keeps a broad view / by M. Linda Lee


or Jim Bourey, director of corporate development at Elliott Davis, one of the largest accounting, tax, and consulting services firms in the Southeast, it’s all about relationships. And he has forged more than his fair share during the nine years he has been in Greenville. Bourey’s gaze strays out the window of his fifth-floor office on East Broad Street. “From here,” he muses, “I can see my old office.” He’s referring to the downtown digs he occupied as Greenville’s city manager from 2004 to 2010. In fact, of the 15 states and 26 cities in which he has lived, his three-block move to Elliott Davis is the shortest he’s ever made. As the former city manager, this native New Englander, with degrees in both architecture and urban design, had his hands on such projects as CU-ICAR, the building of Fluor Field, the renovation of the TD Convention Center, and the completion of Falls Park, River Place, and the Marriott Courtyard—to name a few. He’s justifiably proud of his contribution to Greenville’s vibrant downtown. “It was certainly a challenge to keep the city on sound financial footing during tough

economic times,” he admits, “but in the first several months after I left my job as city manager, not one day went by that someone didn’t stop and thank me for all I did for the city.” After 30 years of working in the public sector, Bourey says his transition to the private sector at Elliott Davis was “seamless.” In his current position, he remains closely involved in community development. “My job is to connect Elliott Davis with the local business community,” explains Bourey. “I can help grow a marvelous company while still being engaged in growing the city of Greenville.” His thin frame reflects his passion for running, and when Bourey’s not running for exercise, he’s running most nights of the week to charity events. “I attend these events as part of the company’s giving-back strategy,” says Bourey. “Elliott Davis wants to be a good corporate citizen.” Of all the places he has lived, Bourey claims he has found his permanent home in the Upstate. “Greenville is an ideal place for my wife and I. Everything we could want to do is here, and we have a lot of friends.” It all comes back to relationships.

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Indie Grit Greenville filmmaker Chris White keeps true to his vision / by Ruta Fox


ou know the old adage, those who can’t do, teach? Well, in Chris White’s case, it’s more like, teacher knows best. White, a former J.L. Mann teacher of film criticism, has written, directed, and produced two feature-length films, done the film festival circuit, and is on his way to building an innovative film distribution company, Paris MTN Scout. Based in Greenville, where his family lives (three kids and his wife, co-writer/director/ producer Emily Reach White), he aims to stay local, no matter if Hollywood comes calling. According to White, “Today with the convergence of social media, the technology of high-definition cinematography, and Internet distribution, it’s proof there’s never been a better time to be an independent filmmaker.” His aim is to promote films that are artistically ambitious, non-cynical, and have a singular vision from a writer or director, not influenced by corporate interests.

With Paris MTN Scout’s platform for distribution, White wants to assemble a large community of independent film fans and then market films from a collection of around 50 filmmakers, selling them to consumers via any method they choose—Blu Ray, streaming on their computer or TV, downloading a digital file, or watching on a tablet or smartphone. His projects started small but continue to grow. Taken In, completed in 2011, was produced with a mini-budget of $8,000 and was shot in black and white. Get Better, the next film, was a step up—shot in color, utilizing several locations, with a lengthy script and professional actors, for a budget of $14,000. Both films were financed by Kickstarter, the crowd-funding Web site where, as White says, “family, friends, and fans” contributed anywhere from $1 to $1,000. The process allows White to make contributors feel like partners and receive rewards like their name in the film’s credits. Next up, with a budget of $100,000, is his newest film, See Rock City, a comedy “road movie” about a long-divorced couple who must play happily married at the funeral of an old friend. White sees it as Little Miss Sunshine meets Death at a Funeral, and he is co-writing it with Los Angeles–based actress Susan E. Isaacs, who was in the John Hughes movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. For this ambitious project, they are looking for private-equity funding in addition to crowd-sourced capital. White counts among his Hollywood friends Rian Johnson, director of Bruce Willis’ upcoming film Looper. They bonded when White turned Johnson’s film Brick, a 2006 Sundance Film Festival winner, into a play, which has been produced across the United States and Australia. Well, maybe he’ll pick up that call, after all. Movie Score: Chris White, a former teacher of film criticism at J.L. Mann High School, runs the film distribution company Paris MTN Scout, and writes and directs featurelength, independent films with his wife, Emily Reach White.

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hether or not they like salad, children touring Parson Produce and Bio-Way Farm during the CFSA Upstate Farm Tour this summer sure got a kick out of concocting their own dressings. In the process, they tasted the sweetness of honey, the tang of vinegar, the distinct smells and flavors of fresh basil, dill, and rosemary. Besides taking their dressings home to share, pint-size participants received $3 worth of “Slow Money” to spend at the farm. It was all part of a sensory-education program for children, sponsored by Slow Food Upstate with the help of a grant from Euphoria, Greenville’s premier wine, food, and music festival happening this month, raising money for local charities via the nonprofit Local Boys Do Good. “We are so grateful to Local Boys Do Good for this grant,” says Janette Wesley, chapter leader of Slow Food Upstate. “With this money, we are designing fun programs to engage children in learning where their food comes from and how it is grown.” This is the untold story of Euphoria—how the proceeds work behind the scenes. According to festival co-founder Carl Sobocinski, 100 percent of the profits from Euphoria are funneled back into the community. In fact, this was the intent from the beginning. “Edwin (McCain) and I were sitting around Soby’s one night seven years ago talking about events

we did for local charities,” Sobocinski explains, “and we started thinking about how much more impact we could have if we pooled our efforts.” That night, Euphoria was born. At the Meyer Center for Special Children, a local pre-school for children with special needs, money from Euphoria goes to fund the music therapy program. Cognitive skills, communication skills, and fine motor skills often improve when children listen to music. “One of the most exciting moments I’ve experienced in my nine years at the Meyer Center,” says boardcertified music therapist Lisa Hanson, “is when one little girl who had never spoken before uttered her first words as we were singing a song.” The charities chosen to receive Euphoria grants focus on issues close to the founders’ hearts: food, music, and children. Local groups may apply for the grants, which are subject to a vetting process by members of the festival’s board of directors. To date, the founding duo has given $150,000 to nourish their community, through both food and the arts. Why do they do it? As Sobocinski says, “The opportunity to help the less fortunate in our community touches our hearts and gives meaning to all the hard work we put into this event.”

Sounds Good: Euphoria, Greenville’s anticipated food, wine, and music festival, which donates proceeds to local charities, will be September 20–23, 2012. For information and tickets, go to

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Mission Control

Dermatologist and former flight surgeon Dr. Matthew Miller stays the course / by Kimberly Johnson

Skin Deep: Dr. Matthew Miller, head of Greenville Dermatology, takes his know-how each year to the Dominican Republic, where he first traveled as a Naval flight surgeon two decades ago.

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would have to know how to take care of tropical diseases,” he says. Coursework gave way to an experience that would affect his personal compass: Miller and his Naval colleagues traveled to the Dominican Republic, where they spent a month in remote villages treating patients. It was an experience that sparked a love of mission work, he says. “It was very fulfilling and rewarding. I always told myself that whenever I get a chance, I’ll do this again.” Two decades later, the head of Greenville Dermatology is still making good on that promise. For the past six years, Miller has traveled with a group from Westminster Presbyterian to the Dominican Republic, where they take educational supplies and money to pay for teacher salaries. They travel out into the countryside to bateyes, migrant-worker villages that surround sugarcane plantations. “They have no income or means of support. It’s only been recently that they’ve gotten schools there,” Miller says. “On a professional level, it allows me to see things I would not see here,” such as leprosy or malaria. “On another level, it’s very fulfilling to help someone who can’t help themselves and who has no other means of getting help unless you go there and help them,” he says. “It resets how you look at life.”

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very year, Greenville dermatologist Dr. Matthew Miller takes a week off from treating local patients and heads to the Dominican Republic. The annual sojourn is not so much a vacation, but a labor of love that changes lives—to help those in need become a little more comfortable in their own skin. There, in the Caribbean island, Miller treats a spectrum of skin infections that includes leprosy, but rarely sees skin cancer. “Here in Greenville, I see the reverse,” he says. Miller’s interest in all-things-skin-deep was spurred several decades ago alongside Navy Top Gun pilots. After medical school, Miller joined the Navy to become a flight surgeon, a doctor assigned to aviation crews. As part of this training, he attended flight school with Navy pilots to learn how to fly F-16s and A-4 jet fighters in order to increase his understanding of the mental and physical aspects of flying a military aircraft. “We would have to make decisions about whether they could fly into combat or not,” he explains. Later, as part of the dermatology program sponsored by the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Miller was offered an opportunity to study medicine in the tropics on location in Puerto Rico. “That was because if we got into a war situation in a tropical area, we

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Fortune Teller

Greenville entrepreneur Kym Petrie puts a spin on fairy tales / by Jac Chebatoris

t was time for a new fairy tale. And, likely, another vodka martini. That’s what Kym Petrie thought more than a decade ago when she would sit with her group of friends—all women, all driven, all successful— but struggling (including Petrie, herself) to various degrees in their relationships. Those roundtable nights not only prompted her appreciation for a stiff drink, but also led her to write what at first just seemed like a long letter to a friend, whose marriage was about to collapse. This note turned into a 40-page charming, uplifting book that’s to be published by Greenleaf Book Group on September 18— The Enchanted Truth: A Modern-Day Fairy Tale for Grown-Up Girls. “The only way I knew how to help my friend was to write her a story, so I wrote her a story,” says Petrie. The unexpected twist was that she helped herself in the process. Petrie, who has a degree in international business and runs her own consulting firm, is from Toronto, Canada,

started modeling at age 17 in Japan, has two children, and has lived in Greenville for the past four years with her husband, Ron Petrie. She wrote a few children’s books when her oldest son, Spence, was young (I Love You More and There’s a Moose in My Milk). She never thought that fated letter would take on another life, but it couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. We’re still shaking off the love hangovers from a Sex and the City society that convinces us we need to look outside of ourselves—especially women—to change what we think will please Prince Charming. Petrie’s take is more “Hey, you in there . . . yeah, you, what do you think about you just finding your own happy ending?” And it isn’t about Disney perfection or about being Gloria Steinem. “This isn’t a book about being single or married; this is a book about being whole. It’s for every woman, regardless of what their relationship is, because being whole is about finding out who you are on the inside instead of searching for it on the outside,” she says. Petrie’s candidness in talking openly about her own struggles—whether it was living up to an unrealistic notion of perfection while modeling or going through the strife of divorce or other relationships woes—boosts the book’s message that much more. “Here, I wrote it for this woman,” says Petrie, “but it ended up healing me.” Your own happy ending, Petrie is encouraging women to realize, is the one you write for yourself.

Photograph by Pat Staub

Write Stuff: Greenville resident and president of consulting firm Driven Global, mother and former model Kym Petrie inspires women to carve their own paths in her short book The Enchanted Truth.

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Family Ties

Upstate organization works to unravel the effects of addiction, one family at a time

Double Time: Scott Dishman (right) is the director of community engagement for The Family Effect, the fundraising arm of the Phoenix Center (headed up by Adam Brickner, left), which aims to knock out addiction in the home as the leading cause of child abuse and neglect. For more information or to make a donation, go to


he rope of addiction is the noose of a child. It’s a reality that bears out in heartbreaking numbers. Every year in Greenville County, about 1,300 kids are confirmed as neglected or abused, with about half of them removed from their homes and placed into foster care. Drug and alcohol addictions are the number-one single cause of child neglect, but an Upstate organization is working to change that. “Our mission is to reduce addiction as the leading cause of family collapse and harm to children,” says Scott Dishman, director of community engagement for The Family Effect. “There may be a lot of issues that family is facing, but addiction is the bottleneck in the equation. Nothing is going to get better for them as long as addiction is there.” The Family Effect organization was launched about two years ago as the funding and philanthropic arm for the Phoenix Center of Greenville, a nonprofit that has long operated the Serenity Place residential treatment facility. For four to six months at a time, it is home to 16 women—some pregnant— and their young children as they battle their addiction and relearn parental responsibilities and bonds. The program’s strategy of treating mothers and helping their neglected children catch up with their development is unique. Only about 3 percent of addiction programs accept a mother alongside her children for residential treatment. It’s a strategy that heads off having to choose between treatment and staying

with their kids, facility officials say. And results are promising. Of the mothers and children who have completed the program, 83 percent of the children were in age-appropriate classes in mainstream school. Without the program, those numbers fall to about 10 percent, according to Dishman. The program’s success has caught attention from academia. Local philanthropic groups Greenville Women Giving and Dabo’s All-In-Team Foundation have brought in clinicians from Duke University Medical Center, who are drawing on the clinical interactions at Serenity Place in order to create a curriculum for how best to treat a young mother facing addiction problems. “Once that’s done, that will allow us to teach other people to do this work and do it well,” Dishman says. “It’s not just having the program, it’s not just having the treatment, but we are working really hard to advance the science.” Angie Crawford says she’s living proof. Eight years ago, Crawford, a peer-support counselor at the treatment facility, found herself a patient with an infant and a toddler in tow. The program helped reestablish bonds with her children and put them all on a path of living up to their potential. “They were very fortunate that the intervention came early in their lives when they don’t remember Mom being wasted on drugs and alcohol,” she says. And most would agree that Crawford was fortunate, too.

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Buzz Kick Stand: Greenville attorney David Wyatt’s practice centers on entertainment law, but he also runs Wyatt Sports and has been an NFL agent for the past 18 years. Wyatt and Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish will present a workshop on strategies for the entertainment biz at the Greenville Business Expo on September 25.

Art in Practice

Entertainment attorney and sports agent David Wyatt has bright ideas / by Steven Tingle



ile folders stacked high, shelves filled with legal books and reference materials, the suit, the tie, the cufflinks, all leading to the feeling you will eventually be handed a Mont Blanc and a dotted line. But amid the sterile surroundings are signs of cool. A box set titled The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones, two framed Edwin McCain albums, a Denis Leary concert poster, a guitar silently leaning in the corner. The instant attorney David Wyatt welcomes you to his space in the Field House at West End, you wonder whether he’s a lawyer or a rock star. “I was involved in a car crash when I was young and was sued,” Wyatt explains. “My lawyer was a man named Paul Foster who had a colorful flair in the courtroom. When I got a glimpse of litigation, I thought, this is pretty cool. That’s what got me headed toward law school.” A college athlete and musician, Wyatt wasn’t quite sure where his law studies would take him. “I was in a band at Clemson, and one of my band mates found out I was going to law school and said, ‘You should be an entertainment lawyer.’ I had never heard of that, but it sparked an interest, and I pursued it.” As a partner in the firm Gleaton, Wyatt, Hewitt, P.A., Wyatt helps his clients navigate the complexities of intellectual properties and the various contractual agreements involved in the entertainment world. “As an entertainment lawyer, you’re either representing the company, the artist, or the songwriter,” says Wyatt. “You suss through the properties and make sure the agreements recognize the rights and hopefully clearly map out the obligations of the parties and the revenue streams.” For athletes, Wyatt operates a separate company, Wyatt Sports. Wyatt has been an NFL agent for 18 years and a certified NFL Player’s Association contract advisor since 2002. “We do skill-development training for athletes from 8 to 18, and we’re an NFL management company, so we help players go from the college ranks through the draft,” says Wyatt. “We help them negotiate their deals with the pro teams and endorsements.” Wyatt is also an adjunct professor at USC, teaching entertainment and sports law. “I have Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish come in and speak to my law class every year,” says Wyatt. “He’s a good friend of mine and will talk about how Hootie has a touring company, a company that owns the merchandise and trademarks, and another that handles the songwriting so they can diversify with respect to liability.” Asked if New York or Atlanta might be better locations for his type of work, Wyatt says he’s perfectly happy in his hometown. “What I do as a lawyer is represent entrepreneurs. Greenville has the entrepreneurial spirit and folks working together to make the town better. To be part of something like that is a privilege and an honor.”

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Bite by Byte Rich Winley sets the table—and tablet—for local eating / by Steven Tingle

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he inspiration for tech entrepreneur Rich Winley’s latest venture occurred in the Australian Outback. A “foodie” touring the country for seven weeks as part of the Rotary Foundation’s group-study exchange, Winley was excited at the prospect of “eating local.” “I didn’t want to do the touristy stuff,” says Winley. “I wanted that local feel, I wanted to find where the locals go, find the places with no signs.” Back stateside, Winley again found himself in the Outback—Steakhouse. “We eat at chain restaurants because of convenience,” says Winley. “But when you travel, you don’t want to eat at the Applebee’s or Carrabba’s, you want to eat at what’s local to that city. And once you find that local place, you want to know what’s good on the menu.” Finding that local spot and learning what to order is just what Winley’s “No Chains” Web community hopes to accomplish. “There are places only locals know about, regardless of how much you Yelp,” says Winley, who, while in Australia, used the only tools at his disposal—“my good looks and charm”—to find the local hot spots. “I was in this chain restaurant and asked the waitress, “Where do you eat?” The answer led Winley on a boat ride to a shack in the middle of a river that served nothing but local game burgers. “They had ostrich burgers and kangaroo burgers. There was no GPS to get to that place. You had to be local to know about it, and the view was amazing.” That experience was the highlight of his trip and thousands of miles better than a Bloomin’ Onion. The desire to share that “food story” and learn about other’s experiences sparked the idea for No Chains, which will focus solely on locally owned establishments. Winley’s No Chains concept won him a spot in the Iron Yard, a Greenville-based, 13-week startup accelerator program. “Over 400 teams applied to be part of the program,” says Winley, “and only ten of us got in.” The program culminates with each team pitching their business or product to more than 300 different venture capitalists and investors. “The challenge is to get enough money from South Carolina to be able to stay here and grow the company.” Winley hopes to have No Chains up and running this fall. But even Winley has his local food limits. Back in Australia, a local suggested trying a certain species of insect whose rear-end supposedly tastes like sherbet. Winley politely declined. “I’m not that guy off the Food Channel, I’m not doing that.”

Plate Up: Rich Winley is one of ten entrepreneurs (selected out of 400) to participate in the Iron Yard, a Greenville-based, 13-week, start-up accelerator program. His idea is a Web application called “No Chains,” which will present top local restaurants and suggestions of what to order.

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Who else but someone who recognizes the past as a palpable influence could do justice to it in the elegant, creative, uncluttered, but definitely not austere, way that Saladino does? “I think mostly it’s my historical love,” he says, when you reach him at home in Santa Barbara, of what informs his work. “My love of the past—and the past for me is not the past, it’s so vibrant and alive. It’s a well I drink from every day.” Before the well, however, there were fountains—those of Kansas City, Missouri, a town that Saladino says “has more fountains than any city in the United States,” where he was born after his parents moved from Italy in 1923. Saladino graduated from Notre Dame, and went to the Yale School of Art and Architecture, but it was his two years (1965–1967) spent working in Italy for an architect born into one of Rome’s ancient families that left an indelible impression on the designer and his work, especially, he says, an “appreciation for corroded surfaces and monumental scale.” By 1972, at 29, he opened his own practice in New York City with $32,000 he and his late wife, Virginia, received from selling 5 acres of land they had bought for $7,000 on Block Island off the Connecticut coast. “It gave me enough money to sustain myself for a year if the phone didn’t ring,” he says. “But the phone did ring, and I started getting little jobs, and one thing led to another.” Those “little jobs” turned into major jobs coming now out of a 14,000-square-foot office. From country homes to city high-rises, Saladino continues to add to a dazzling portfolio spanning a 50-yearlong career. (His first-ever retrospective, guest-curated by Eric Brown of Eric Brown Design, opens at the Greenville County Museum of Art on September 12 through October 28, 2012, and Saladino is the keynote presenter at its 27th annual Museum Antiques Show). “But you know it was scary,” the icon of design openly admits, reflecting on that early leap into the unknown, his candor revealing a firm grasp on finer points of simplicity and humility. Example: His favorite dessert? Key lime pie. (“Oh, absolutely that would be my last meal.”) One of his favorite Southern expressions from his childhood in Kansas City? “Pigs get fat, and hogs get eaten.” Saladino’s use of color is another fingerprint of his style, and he recites the names of his favorite colors like lovers would the names of their beloved—each syllable rolled out in adoring, enunciated CTaylor 4thS TownSept12.indd affect. Periwinkle blue is a signature hue, though he is drawn to shades he says that “are actually elusive, that change from morning to night so when you look at it, you say, ‘Is that celadon, or is that grey? Is that beige, or is that mauve?’” He likes to let the senses do their job—allowing the color, uncluttered wall space, and rustic and polished counterpoints to create a sense of exploration. His own started at age four when he first began drawing houses on the prescription pads his doctor father brought home at night. “And by eight, when I was a Cub Scout,” says Saladino, “we had to do scrapbooks, which you made out of plywood and lashed together with rawhide. All the boys in my den were collecting their favorite cars and sports figures, and I was collecting pictures of the great houses of Europe, which I put in there. That was shocking for the den mother, who called my mother, who said, ‘Oh yes, he’s a very unusual child.’ That was her polite way of saying difficult.” For the difficult kind, however, there is an ease in knowing that life can be a work of art. You just have to design it that way.

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SIGHT SPECIFIC father tom pistolis, of saint george greek orthodox cathedral, shows the way by Blair Knobel

alking into the still sanctuary of Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral is like stepping into view of Times Square. Awe, and peace. A sense that life is greater than its parts. That each of us, like the tesserae of a brilliant mosaic, is unique, beautiful, and one iota of a magnificent whole. It’s likely that Father Tom Pistolis, celebrating his 25th year as head priest at Saint George, feels the same. Of a recent trip to New York City with his wife, he says, “We were told we looked like tourists, because we were looking up.” But looking up is nothing new for Father Tom, who helms the largest Greek Orthodox congregation in South Carolina. The cathedral’s crowning dome, soaring 50-feet high, cradles a Byzantine mosaic of God looking down upon Saint George’s congregation, 530 households strong. Chartered in Greenville in 1936, the church’s relatively young roots run counter to the core distinction of the Greek (or Eastern) Orthodox faith—with 275 million members worldwide, behind Roman Catholicism—which is to follow the original teachings of Christ, as He and his apostles presented them 2,000 years ago. The “Greek” designation is a reflection of the predominant language during the time of Christ. “The mode of worship, the rites, the rituals, the traditions, the philosophy, is as was done in that early apostolic church. The liturgies that we follow date back to that early church,” says Pistolis. But while this defines the church, it also challenges it, according to the priest. “What that means is that I have the truth. What that means is not that I have it and you don’t, that I’m getting to heaven and you’re not, what that means is that God is


going to hold me much more accountable than He is someone else who may not have the truth in its fullness. So, this is a twoedged sword.” Father Tom heeds this call in practice more than contemplation. “Theory is good as theory, philosophy is good as philosophy, but you can’t really appreciate it until you live it,” he says, noting the Greek Orthodox paradigm theosis, or “becoming like God.” “I have this opportunity to get close to Him every moment of my life.” Pistolis knew early on that his life would be of Godly service. Born in Hendersonville, North Carolina, to Greek parents with a resolute idea of what their son should be—a medical doctor—the priest felt equally as strong of his dislike for chemistry. During a semester home, he met with his parish priest at the family’s Asheville church. “At some particular point, he asked me, ‘Did you ever think about being a priest?’ I was just flabbergasted. It’s like I had to wait for someone to say it,” he says. After Pistolis chose to walk that path, it led him to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston for his doctor of divinity degree; then to Houston for two years, where his first child was born; to Knoxville, where his remaining three children came along; and finally to Greenville, in 1987, to oversee the construction of Saint George’s new cathedral, built from 1992 to 1995, and to lead its congregation. With a thriving church community, Father Tom continues to relish the call. He’ll take on his wife’s “honey-do” list an item at a time, and find joy in working on his “muscle cars” and being with his 11 grandchildren, but his soul is with the church, like a city native watching amusingly, and with satisfaction, as his parishioners look up.

“Theory is good as theory, philosophy is good as philosophy, but you can’t really appreciate it until you live it. I have this opportunity to get close to Him every moment of my life.”

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Master CARD temple of israel’s Rabbi Jeremy Master broke from LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK, to follow his hebrew calling by Alison STORM


abbi Jeremy Master grew up on Long Island, in the heart of the world’s largest Jewish population outside of Israel. Roughly one-third of the American Jewish population lives in the New York City area, according to a recent study from UJA-Federation of New York. His Jewish faith was a centerpiece of his childhood, but it wasn’t until he arrived at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and took an introduction to Judaism course that his passion was truly sparked. There, he decided he wanted to become a rabbi, continuing his education at Hebrew Union College, a rabbinical school. He spent a year studying in Jerusalem, where he met and fell in love with his wife, Alana Wasserman, also a rabbi. After the pair served five years as assistant rabbis for New Jersey synagogues, they made the move to Greenville with their young daughter, Peri. Master didn’t set out to lead a synagogue in the buckle of the Bible belt, but there are only so many open positions every year, which is why he applied for the rabbi position at Temple of Israel. While he was used to being part of the largest Jewish community in the United States, here in South Carolina only 0.3 percent of the population is considered Jewish. “I understood there would be challenges in leaving New York,” says Master, 35, “but in talking with people, the reality is, as Greenville has grown people have come here from all over the country and the world.”

So he accepted the job and headed south, leaving New York, the only place he’d ever really called home. Temple of Israel started in 1913 as a group of six families meeting in homes. Now the congregation includes 190 families gathering in a large building on Spring Forest Road in Greenville, complete with an Early Childhood Education Center and a recently constructed Family Life Center. A typical day for Master includes visiting congregants in the hospital, preparing his weekly sermon, and singing Jewish songs with pre-schoolers. Not only does he deliver the sermon during Friday night services, but he also leads worship, playing guitar and singing. His objectives for his weekly sermons are lofty. “The goal is to inspire people with the wisdom of Jewish tradition, that people should feel transformed by Jewish tradition,” he says, “that Jewish tradition speaks to their lives and values.” Although he’s spent more than a decade studying Hebrew texts, it’s a quote from the Talmud that he says epitomizes the heart of Jewish ethics and his life’s mission. “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And, if I am for myself alone, then what am I? And, if not now, when?” Quite simply, it means that we must focus first on the self as a compass for our life. “However, we must also recognize that we cannot be solely concerned with ourselves, as we are responsible for others,” explains Masters. “We cannot wait, we must get busy with changing ourselves and our world right now.”

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And, if I am for myself alone, then what am I? And, if not now, when?”

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Reverend Deb Richardson-Moore, of Triune Mercy Center, found the call to ministry through journalism by Kimberly Johnson


astor Deb Richardson-Moore has found her calling, “where the Gospel hits the street,” she says. As the spiritual leader of Triune Mercy Center, a nondenominational church that ministers to and alongside the homeless, she see every day how hard times cut across demographic lines. The toll of homelessness in Greenville runs the gamut—from those homeless for more than a decade to those finding themselves suddenly without a roof over their heads. At any given time, about 2,500 residents of Greenville County are living in shelters, woods, or doubling up with extended family, she explains. Tucked on the edge of downtown Greenville, Triune Mercy is uniquely positioned to minister to them. “We are located in what police call the ‘homeless triangle,’” she says, describing the area stretching between Triune Mercy to the Salvation Army and the Greenville Rescue Mission. She knows from first-hand experience, however, the path to the church’s door isn’t always a straight shot. Almost a decade ago, after all, she was a reporter with more than 20 years under her belt working for the Greenville News. When her editor assigned her to write for the religion beat, she decided to take a few college courses to prepare. “I got so involved, I ended up getting a master’s in divinity at Erskine seminary,” she says. “I did not plan any of this,” she admits. “I felt like God had to almost trick me to get me into seminary.” While in school, however, she found comfort in that preaching was a lot like

writing. “I felt like God was using all of my limited skills from other aspects of life to give this church something different that, it turns out, maybe it needed. We need each other, this church and I.” When she arrived at Triune Mercy in 2005, it was hardly easy. “It was incredibly difficult those first few years,” she admits. “It was like the Wild West. There were a lot of drug addicts, a lot of alcoholics, a lot of mentally ill. There just was not a lot of structure, and there was a lot of bad behavior,” such as fighting during mealtime. But this mother of three deployed a healthy dose of parental discipline. Structure took root, and services, such as drug rehabilitation, art courses, and employment counseling, began to thrive. It’s a story better than fiction, and one she chronicles in her new book, The Weight of Mercy, which comes out in October. “We started attracting a whole lot more middle-class people who just think this is what the kingdom of God looks like—a whole lot of homeless people, a whole lot of poor people, and a lot of middle-class people all worshiping together.” The result, she says, is the most economically diverse church congregation in the city, with parishioners ranging from credit union presidents and retired neurosurgeons to people living under bridges. “Quite frankly, some of these people will never hold down jobs, and some of them may never live in a house for that matter. But we want them to know that when they are here, we are glad to see them. They are children of God.”

“I felt like God was using all of my limited skills from other aspects of life to give this church something different that, it turns out, maybe it needed. We need each other, this church and I.”

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Father Dear est Father Patrick Tuttle, of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, welcomes you by STEVEN TINGLE


ou just want to hug Father Patrick Tuttle. You can’t help it, the man is a living, breathing tractor beam. Maybe it’s his smile, broad and disarming, or perhaps it’s the robe or rope belt, knotted three times to signify the vows taken by all friars. Or maybe it’s his hands, large and powerful, as if carved from granite, gently spreading open as he welcomes you to St. Anthony’s. But then you realize it’s the eyes, the way they’re looking at you, with nary a hint of suspicion or judgment, just sparkling pools filled with kindness and joy. They’re the eyes of a child reaching for his mother, or of a mutt welcoming home its master. “Nobody puts a friar on a pedestal,” says Father Tuttle, who has served at St. Anthony’s since 2005. “We’re never going to be that kind of clergy that you shudder in front of. We are basically straight up. We’re going to be much more like your brother who is a poor slob and is really trying hard to do what is right. And we’re so grateful that the Lord has decided to favor us while we are in sin. That gladness and gratitude shows up in the work that we do.” Young Patrick Tuttle had other plans for his future. “I wanted to be Glen Campbell when I was a boy, and then I wanted to be an Air Force pilot when I was a teenager,” he says. But the college Tuttle attended in New York employed 36 friars, and

he was taken in by their humor and good works. “Their style of being Christian is very informal,” he says. “It’s filled with humor and has a real punch. You either get punched in the head because you’re too cocky, or you get punched in the gut because you didn’t love enough.” Asked about the three vows, Father Tuttle explains they are poverty, chastity, and obedience. “We affectionately call them no money, no honey, and do what you’re told.” St. Anthony’s and Father Tuttle have a long history of good works in the community, from supplying dentures and groceries, to helping families secure affordable housing. Many of the area’s less fortunate stop by the church throughout the day for food, clothing, and an encouraging word. “My favorite piece of scripture is Matthew 25, the judgment of the nations,” says Father Tuttle. “‘Whenever you did this to the least of my sisters and brothers, you did this to me.’ He equated himself with them so if you wanted to see Him or get to know Him, you would go to them, and that’s how you would find Him. The doorbell at St. Anthony’s rings all day long. We open the door, and for us there’s His face. It’s fascinating when we look at them like that. They feel respected here. That’s just how the Lord wants it.” That’s when you realize what is so special about Father Tuttle’s eyes. No matter where they look, they see God.

Asked about the three vows, Father Tuttle explains they are poverity, chastity, and obedience. “We affectionately call them no money, no honey, and do what you’re told.”

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Soul Solution Pastor Sean Dogan, of Long Branch Baptist Church, FOCUSES on whole-being wellness by Steven Tingle


astor Sean Dogan of Long Branch Baptist Church has been a licensed minister for more than twenty years. Pretty impressive considering he’s only 35. “I felt a call to share the word of God with people at a very young age,” says Dogan. “I was a licensed minister at fourteen, and I’ve been doing it for the past twenty-one years.” Dogan is a youthful thirty-five, short but solid, like a running back. His smartly cut, pin-stripe suit and polished shoes reflect the seriousness of his duties, but he is a humble man, full of love and compassion for the people he serves and excitement for the changes he’s witnessing in his hometown. “It is very unique to see positive change be as extended as it has been,” says Dogan. “It seems like we haven’t hit any resistance yet. I think Greenville is more sensitive than it was ten years ago, I think it’s more diverse than it was ten years ago.” Dogan gives much credit to the city’s leaders including Knox White and Lillian Fleming. “Just that diversity itself has moved Greenville to great levels.” While the city as a whole continues to move forward, Dogan is hard at work at Long Branch managing programs aimed at helping the less fortunate and elevating the health and welfare of the community. “We focus on being a beacon of hope and light,” says Dogan, whose outreach work ranges from creating new community green spaces to providing groceries to more

than 70 households each week. “Our motto here is ‘saving souls and solving problems,’” says Dogan. “We believe that if we can help people solve problems, that helps them get to their faith in God. Just to tell someone, God will make a way for you, is one thing, but if you’re hungry, we need to feed you first, then give you that message.” The latest problem Dogan is tackling is the health of the community. “We just started our 100 Days of Faith, Fitness, and Fellowship,” says Dogan. “We really focus on getting in shape, not just physically, but our spirit, our heart, our attitude.” The meals served by Long Branch are now healthier, and Dogan himself is practicing what he preaches, hosting a Walk with the Pastor each week. “We do two miles,” he says. “A group will come, and we’ll walk the perimeter or sometimes we travel around the city and go to different parks.” Dogan, who is on the board of Livewell Greenville, hopes other faith-based organizations will be inspired to start their own health initiatives. Long Branch Baptist Church has witnessed many changes throughout its 90-year history, and pastor Dogan, citing Psalms 51, is confident the church and surrounding community can continue to grow and prosper. “David was a respected person, but he was not perfect,” says Dogan. “His prayer was ‘God, just create in me a clean heart.’ I believe as long as our hearts can stay pure and stay clean we can move forward.”

“We believe that if we can help people solve problems, that helps them get to their faith in God. Just to tell someone, God will make a way for you, is one thing, but if you’re hungry, we need to feed you first, then give you that message.”

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he joyful voices rise and swell inside the Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church on this Sunday morning, as humidity swarms around the brick building on Green Avenue in Greenville’s West End. The sonorous baritone of Reverend James E. Speed breaks through the exuberance to continue his preaching today on miracles, pausing a beat until querying upon those in the pews, “Do you believe in miracles?” then raising up his own voice—“Sing, choir”—and so they do, once again a mix so convincing in its conviction it could shake the stained glass through which the sun is gleaming. Reverend Speed, once a boy crawling around these very same pews, now stands cloaked in his white robes leading the worship service. He is in his element as the pastor here, and why wouldn’t he be? These are, after all, his brothers and sisters. Reverend Speed, who has been married for 41 years (with two grown children), has been a pastor for 21 years and returned in 2008 to the church he was raised in to be its reverend. He has an undergraduate degree in religion from Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, and a master’s in divinity from Erskine Theological School, though the reverend always thought he would become a businessman, and after getting out of the military, attended Greenville Tech, taking accounting, marketing, and industrial technology courses. That’s what he thought he would do anyway—until he knew he had to answer the “call.” “I couldn’t not do it,” he says. “I tried not to preach. I tried not to

pastor. I ran for years. You either act on it, or, I believe, you lose your mind. You just end up aimless. The pull is so tremendous.” The AME church was founded in 1816 after Reverend Richard Allen was physically removed from the altar where he was praying by the white trustees of the Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are now AME churches in nearly 40 countries and on five continents. “We proclaim a liberation theology,” Reverend Speed says, alluding to the Church’s foundation and mission of the Allen Temple, as stated on its Web site: “Allen Temple is growing, liberating, reconciling, and empowering the Christian Community.” “We really are the oldest denomination of color,” the reverend says about the AME Church, emphasizing, however, that all are welcome. “Christ said, ‘I come that all might be saved,’” he recites before leaning in, adding, “the definition of all . . . is all,” the wisdom in his vintage and studies evident behind the glasses that sit down his nose. It’s been two hours since the first lilting notes of the choir prevailed upon the congregation to join in worship, and their faces have not lost one bit of bliss—even with the promise of Sunday dinner to quell the rumbling stomachs. They are here first to feed their souls, nourish their hearts, and uplift their fellow brothers and sisters who are always welcome at the table. Reverend Speed will be at his own table soon, too, before he gets to work today on next Sunday’s message. You don’t need to RSVP, by the way, if you’d like to join him, because your spot is already saved.

“I couldn’t not do it,” he says.“I tried not to preach. I tried not to pastor. I ran for years.You either act on it, or, I believe, you lose your mind.You just end up aimless. The pull is so tremendous.”

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larkin’s on tHe river Larkin’s on the River is an award-winning restaurant


Double Cross HibisCus Martini

serving premium cut steaks, fresh seafood,

1.5 oz. Double Cross Vodka

fine wines and creative cocktails.. Every item is created

1 oz. Grand Marnier Liquor

with the freshest ingredients and served with a creative

1 oz. Rhubarb-Hibiscus Syrup

flair. Larkin’s, at the Peace Center, is situated in the heart of Greenville, along the Reedy River, in the Gower Coach Factory. With beautifully preserved

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

exposed brick walls and open ceilings, the history of

Top with Champagne and garnish

the building serves as the perfect backdrop to the

with a candied hibiscus flower

modern and hip atmosphere of Larkin’s.

318 s. Main st. (at the Peace Center), Greenville | 864.467.9777 |

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Liberty tap rooM & GriLL Liberty Tap Room & Grill provides patrons with simple and eclectic fare, served alongside unique draft beer and craft brews. Well-known for its tasty and satisfying food, Liberty is an easy place to relax with friends and let the friendly, attentive service take over. Located directly beside the Greenville Drive in the West End, Liberty Tap Room is also a great place to stop before or after a game, to enjoy traditional American cuisine in a fun, modern atmosphere.

Liberty CLaSSiC MartiNi Enjoy this classic martini made with premium Ketel One vodka and a hint of vermouth. Shaken, strained, and served ice cold with blue cheese stuffed olives.

941 S. Main Street, Downtown Greenville 864.770.7777 |

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Mac’s speed shop

Bell’s Two hearTed ale

Mac’s Speed Shop’s signature combination of beer, bikes, and BBQ first roared onto Charlotte’s

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop

restaurant scene when it opened in an old transmission shop near Uptown. Now the newest Mac’s

aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the

is revving up the fun in Greenville too. Rick Browne of Barbecue America says Mac’s cooks “the best

Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest,

brisket I ever had.” The Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain loves Mac’s special recipe mac ‘n cheese.

massive additions in the kettle and again in the

With hand-pulled pork, wings, beer can chicken, St. Louis and Kansas City style ribs, collard greens,

fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and

banana pudding, and so much more, the hardest thing about eating here is deciding what to order.

pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances

Our “featured drink” is a specialty beer selection that comes with a High Octane Warning: “These

this hop presence; together with the signature

beers are made to sip.” One thing’s for sure. With its extensive beer list, you’ll run out of toasts long

fruity aromas of Bell’s house yeast, this leads to a

before we run out of interesting beers to sample and celebrate.

remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.

930 s. Main street, downtown Greenville | 864.239.0286 |

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grill MARKS After months of hard work, the hardhats are finally off and Marks’ doors are now open! MARKS is Greenville’s only sophisticated burger joint with the best burgers, buns, and toppings you’re sure to love. Our comfortable, chic atmosphere makes us THE place to enjoy a great burger, creative salad, and side with your favorite glass of wine. To top it all off, MARKS is proud to feature homemade ice cream and gourmet shakes – even “shake-tails” for those of age!

“SKinny” CuCuMbeR – CilAntRo MARtini This refreshing summer cocktail features a delicious blend of Skinnygirl Cucumber vodka, fresh cilantro, cucumber puree, a touch of lemon juice, and garnished with a slice of cucumber and a sprig of cilantro.

209 S. Main Street, Downtown Greenville 864.233.5825

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NOSE DIVE NOSE DIVE is a casual GastroPub that offers high quality food, unique cocktails, a distinctive offering of wines on tap, and a selection of handcrafted beers, along with superior customer service in a warm, environment in the heart of Downtown Greenville. The restaurant features an eclectic menu of ingredients and flavors found in comfort foods and “pub” fare. Signature dishes include a Black Angus burger, Fish and Chips, the pub-favorite Scotch Egg, and a Traditional lobster roll.

WINE ON Tap “Wine on Tap” is a unique new trend in wine service – ensuring the wine you taste is “barrel fresh,” eliminating the potential for spoiled or corked wines, while also being a great “green” method to offer a wide variety of wines by the glass. As opposed to bottling the wine in the traditional method, these wines are delivered to the restaurant in sealed kegs and served on tap – “winery fresh, from barrel to glass” – ensuring the last glass poured is as good as the first. Our wines on tap rotate often, but always feature selections that will delight any wine lover’s palate.

116 S. Main Street Downtown Greenville 864.373.7300

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Ruth’s ChRis steak house Ruth’s Chris Steak House is a Greenville favorite, featuring custom-aged, USDA Prime steaks, served with the signature sizzle and legendary hospitality. Start your unforgettable dining experience with a handcrafted cocktail or a selection from the award-winning wine list. Indulge in an extraordinary cut of steak such as the tender, juicy Filet or a classic New York Strip. If it’s seafood you fancy, indulge in a fresh Maine lobster.

FRenCh QuaRteR 75 Originally created at Harry’s Bar in Paris for soldiers returning from World War I, the French (Quarter) 75 was named for the French 75-millimeter howitzer artillery piece, which like the drink, was known for its surprising kick. A delightful combination of gin, elderflower liqueur and a hint of lemon, topped off with a splash of bubbly, this refreshing and sophisticated vintage-inspired cocktail is sure to start your evening off with a bang!

851 Congaree Road (at Crowne Plaza), Greenville | 864.248.1700 |

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’Bout Dem Apples Hendersonville celebrates the fruits of labor at its yearly apple festival


Top Pick: North Carolina Apple Festival, Aug 31– Sept 3, downtown Hendersonville, NC. For more information,

hile most people associate apples and New York City, those who have been lucky to live south of the Mason Dixon might think of a different spot. Henderson County has been plucking apples since the mid-1700s, and takes credit for 65 percent of its state’s apple distribution—which is seventh in the nation. And every Labor Day weekend (August 31–September 3), Hendersonville, the county seat, has a sweet celebration. This year marks the festival’s 66th anniversary in its historic downtown. The North Carolina Apple Festival will feature apple breakfasts, a family-fun zone, live music, arts and crafts, and more than 200

vendors at the street fair. The festival usually attracts around 250,000 visitors, and the highlight of the four-day weekend is always the King Apple Parade on Labor Day, with fire trucks, floats, antique cars, bands, and clowns crowding Main Street. And while the long weekend will be filled with countless activities, the real crowd pleaser is the endless supply of tasty food—starring apples, of course. A maze of vendors will dish out their juicy lot as fried apple pies, apple cakes, apple butter, and apple cider, to name a few. After all, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but if you think you may indulge in one too many slices of warm apple pie, no worries—there’s an 8k for that. —Anna DiBenedetto

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Tiger Strike Dark Corner Distillery debuts White Tiger Gin


It’s All White: White Tiger Gin at Dark Corner Distillery 241-B N Main St, Greenville (864) 631-1144,

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t’s rarely good to see right through something, though gin is an exception. Dark Corner Distillery, producer of Appalachian, hand-distilled whiskey, presents an award-winning version that makes clear something else—taste. White Tiger—a New Western–style gin— is South Carolina’s first and only legally produced, hand-distilled gin. Master distiller John Wilcox developed White Tiger’s exotic flavor in homage to ancient Chinese astrology, which deems the white tiger a “guardian of the West.” Wilcox takes Dark Corner’s cornwhiskey base, and infuses botanicals of juniper, Szechuan pepper, lemongrass, ginger, and Thai basil, to develop a layered, complex, and luscious 90-proof gin—worthy of a blue-ribbon cocktail or drinking straight from the bottle. Though a 3rd-place-overall finish at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition says a mouthful—the taste speaks for itself. —Blair Knobel

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Sub Standard

Las Meras Tortas Taco & Burrito Shop redefines the sub / by Jac Chebatoris


nder a black and white poster of Mexican bandit Pancho Villa, you prepare to conquer your first torta—a Mexican-style sub sandwich stuffed with any combination of divine ingredients (mainly meats and cheeses) inside an oblong, crusty loaf. In sculpture, it’s what you take away from the object that brings the art into being. The same can be said for Las Meras Tortas Taco & Burrito Shop, meaning it’s a very unassuming (and we’re not being casual with the comment—this is no-frills at its best) spot next to the sprawling La Unica market on White Horse Road. But “unassuming” does not mean it should be unappreciated, and one bite will have you convinced. The tortas are the main stars of the show. There are 20 varieties, the #2 La Mexicana, stacked with grilled steak, ham, pineapple, and melted mozzarella, being the most popular. It’s easy to taste why: the cheese melts like lattice through each distinct layer, from the creamy avocado hitting right under the top crust to the piles of sweet cubes of pineapple that balance each savory bite of the ham.

The tortas are more than substantial, as they all come with Mexican cheese, onions, tomatoes, avocado, jalapeños, and beans—on the sandwich. Las Meras is the spot to hit on a sleepy Sunday afternoon after a late Saturday night, perhaps. Or, anytime you want an authentic, simple, straightforward plate—in this case, a paper-lined basket. The chips ($1 an order) are made-toorder and come fresh out, muy caliente, with a choice of at least six salsas at the salsa bar, along with myriad Mexican condiments like roasted peppers, onions, limes, and more. Thankfully, there’s not an over-sauced enchilada or “combination platter” swimming in a moat of queso with the consistency of glue on the menu. Just fresh and real tacqueria-style fare is found, along with a friendly staff. The hardest-hitting libation, in the cooler behind the “ordene aqui” (order here) sign, is sangria in a bottle. Tacos start at $1.75 each, burritos at $4.50 (the behemoth California is $6.50), and the tortas top out at $7—and could be shared between two people. That way, you might even have room for the tres leches cake, or traditional flan for dessert. Or, like one of Villa’s own overmatched adversaries, you might declare defeat, and take it to go.


he Upstate boasts a legion of young talent. The Fine Arts Center of Greenville County attracts and nurtures gifted high-school students in a wealth of disciplines, and it has partnered with local publishing company Genesis Press to produce a first-edition 2012 calendar of outstanding student work to benefit the school. Your gift for another has just become a gift for the gifted.—Anthony Reese Buy Time: The calendars are $10. To order, contact the Fine Arts Center at (864) 355-2550.

Sublime: Las Meras Tortas Taco & Burrito Shop 6119 White Horse Rd, Ste 1, Greenville. (864) 220-5355

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Brick Street Café / by M. Linda Lee / photography by Paul Mehaffey

Layers of Love

Brick House: Sara Wilson and sons have been pleasing diners for 17 years at Brick Street Café with delicious twists on Southern standards, such as a pork chop with pomegranate and apple glaze, fried seafood, and generous portions of homemade cakes and pies.

Brick Street Café keeps its Southern charm


adies who lunch in downtown Greenville have long favored this Southern café, which was opened by Sara Wilson in 1995 in a century-old leather factory. The high-ceilinged, central dining space displays eclectic décor, its walls dotted with antiques and bric-a-brac. Paper lanterns hang alongside more industrial light fixtures, and little adjoining alcoves provide cozy places for a tête à tête. At 7pm, there are several families here, as well as some larger parties celebrating birthdays. On most weekend evenings, there’s live music. Frying is a cooking method this Southern kitchen has mastered, as we discover with our starter, a large plate of fried oysters. Cornmeal breading gives the coating a satisfying crunch, while the oysters themselves are perfectly juicy within. Pimiento cheese served alongside gets a nice kick from jalapeño peppers. As for entrées, the café’s crab cakes have long been a favorite, and rightly so. Made with a combination of claw and lump crab meat, they are skillfully seasoned and served with a mild remoulade sauce and roasted corn salsa. “Signature” fried shrimp are beer battered and tender, with sweet potato fries making an addictive accompaniment. Potatocrusted halibut and a grilled pork chop don’t score quite as high. The former yields a hefty piece of firm, fresh fish atop a rather dry wild mushroom and pea risotto, while the latter is sweetened with a pomegranate and apple glaze but sat on the grill a minute too long. All entrées come with a choice of Caesar or house salad. Whatever you order, be sure to save room for dessert. Luscious baked goods are made in-house and are worth splurging on the extra calories (not insignificant, since the slices are more than generous). The sweet potato pie is somewhat of a local legend, but our party of four takes the cakes. Two people at the table share the wonderfully moist, raisin-studded carrot cake. Crowned with rich cream-cheese frosting, this cake puts many other versions to shame. With the carrot cake disappearing before my eyes, I debate between the German chocolate and the coconut cakes. Our waitress kindly solves the dilemma by bringing half a slice of each. Of the two, the creamy coconut cake wins my “favorite” vote by a delicate crumb, but I take the remains of the German chocolate slice home, and savor sweet dreams of devouring it for breakfast.

LocAtioN: 315 Augusta St, Greenville (864) 421-0111 Hours: Mon–Wed, 11am–2:30pm; Thurs–Sat, 11am–2:30pm & 5:30pm–9:30pm Prices of disHes: Dinner entrées range from $13 to $30

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to dine on Dutch entrées with an Indonesian tinge. $$-$$$, D. Closed

downtown GREEnVILLE ChERRydaLE wadE hampton BouLEVaRd pLEasantBuRG dRIVE

Monday. 17 E Coffee St. (864) 232-2339

AmeriCAn groCerY American Grocery offers refined American cuisine (and a frequently changing menu) that emphasizes the highest-quality ingredients from local, regional, and national produce. The heirloom tomato tart makes a decadent starter. For an entrée, the potatocrusted Sunburst trout or the saltcrusted ribeye are standout options. Finish with the housemade doughtnuts with apple pastry cream. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 732 S Main St, (864) 232-7665,

BArLeY’S TAProom & PizzeriA

ADDY’S DUTCH CAFÉ 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

Pizza and beer—flowing from more than 27 taps downstairs and another 31 upstairs—are what bring students and young revelers to Barley’s. Beside 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,

Inspired by brew pubs in the Pacific Northwest, the Blue Ridge Brewing Company caters to Upstate connoisseurs. Pair a Colonel Paris Pale Ale, Kurli Blonde Ale, Total Eclipse Stout, or seasonal offering with a slow-roasted cut of beef, pork, or chicken. Or for the adventurous, choose selections from the Wild Game Sampler. $$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 217 N Main St. (864) 232-4677,

THe BoHemiAn CAFÉ Treat your taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records music store. This electic café with an international flair serves up daily specials for curry and pasta. For Sunday brunch, treat yourself to a Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Sunday & Monday. 2 W Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 2330006,

BreAKWATer reSTAUrAnT Breakwater is one of those places that makes Greenville shine: an unpretentious hotspot that serves exquisite food (blue crab marinated in olive oil and lemon atop a farro salad)

and creative drinks in a New York City-meets-Lowcountry vibe. A game changer for the ever-evolving West End. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 802 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 271-0046

BriCK STreeT CAFÉ You’ll likely have to loosen your belt after chowing down at this Augusta Street mainstay, serving the comforts of home. Try Mom’s Spaghetti, Miss Sara’s Crab Cakes, or the signature fried shrimp with sweet potato fries. But do try to save room for dessert. Made-from-scratch sweets like the “24 Karrot” cake, peanut butter cake, and sweet potato pie are hard to resist (desserts are available for special-order, too). $$-$$$, L, D (Thurs–Sat). Closed Sunday. 315 Augusta St. (864) 421-0111,

THe BroWn STreeT CLUB You’ll think you stepped out of time at this ’20s-inspired jazz bar. The Brown Street Club offers a polished menu that partners well with its fine bar selection. Pair your Brown Street Sidecar with the beef short ribs and spicy macaroni and cheese, or match your Oregon Pinot Noir with the figglazed pork tenderloin. Enjoy live jazz and take a turn on the floor—it all

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Many new additions to our already popular International menu makes this unique European place well worth a visit. Addy’s is well known for its unusual and rare-to-find menu items, extensive European beer selection and elegant wine menu. Private upstairs dining room available. See you soon!

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Regional chain Carolina Ale House serves up all-American bar fare of gooey cheese fries, thick Angusbeef 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.

21 East This new hotspot has a focus on fun, from the city-slick décor to the dance floor upstairs. Even the food shines as small plates to mix and match (and pair with standout cocktails). Try the sexy roasted beet salad or the lobster “mac n cheese,” a dressed-up riff with generous bites of sweet lobster meat tucked into gouda-swathed corkscrew pasta. $-$$, D. 17 E Washington St. (864) 271-0533

113 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 3510521,

THE CAZBAH For a unique dining experience, try the Cazbah. Linger over a light dinner, or create a sumptuous meal of the menu’s tapas, such as the lobster cigars or sesame-seared tuna. While you won’t find sweet tea, an extensive wine selection will delight those looking for a more sophisticated evening. There is a sister location in Greer. $, D. 16 W McBee Ave. (864) 241-9909,

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COFFEE TO A TEA 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. Lunch shines with a chicken or tuna salad sandwich on house-baked bread. 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. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfast-anytime

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B, L, D, SBR. 1 E Coffee St. (864) 2980494,

COMPADRE’S This Mexican grill and cantina in the West End is a good spot to grab a bite and a margarita before a Drive game. Tried-and-true combinations of chalupas, burritos, tacos, and chile rellenos don’t disappoint, but authentic Mexican accents spark dishes such as a ribeye with cactus (nopales) and camarones a la mojo de ajo (grilled shrimp in a garliclaced marinade). $, L, D. 929 S Main St. (864) 282-8945,

DEVEREAUX’S Housed in a century-old cigar factory, Devereaux’s offers New American cuisine prepared in an open kitchen. Exposed brick balances the space’s more modern furnishings and contemporary art. For a savory surprise, try the Chef’s Ultimate Menu: 10 spontaneous courses

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created for the evening, or the lighter five-course tasting menu. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Monday. 25 E Court St. (864) 2413030,

FORD’S OYSTER HOUSE Ford’s—a nod to Greenville’s first Ford dealership of 1918 in the same building—combines fresh seafood with Cajun flavor straight from New Orleans. The gumbo or shrimp-jalapeño beignets are satisfying starters. Try the BLT po’boy, with thick-cut, smoked bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and Creole mayo, stuffed in a soft sub roll. The double chocolate bread pudding will make your dancin’ legs wobbly. $-$$, L, D, SBR. Ford’s Oyster House & Cajun Kitchen, 631 S Main St. (864) 2236009,

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

(864) 241-7999,

THE LAZY GOAT The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes,

featuring such unusual pairings as trout spanikopita and grilled calamari. An extensive variety of wines—focusing on the Mediterranean—is available in addition to a full bar.

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

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,

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) 770-7777,

Photograph courtesy of Mac’s Speed Shop

Hot Plate

Overlooking Main Street and Falls Park in Downtown Greenville’s Historic West End, this 4000 sq ft space has its original wood floors and 20’ high ceilings and is perfect for all your special event needs. We offer full service event management with catering and staff from our restaurants, The Green Room and Ford’s Oyster House and Cajun Kitchen. The space is located above Ford’s Oyster House and Cajun Kitchen at 631 S. Main Street, Greenville.

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Call or visit us online for reservations and more information.

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



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Discover GreeNville’s FiNest Homes LUNA ROSA GELATO CAFÉ From the cobbled streets of Italy and the hustle-bustle of New York, gelato has found a home in Greenville. Indulge in this creamier, healthier version of ice cream, in a selection of satisfying flavors made fresh daily. Don’t forget to save room for lunch or a snack, such as the homemade roasted eggplant and tomato soup. $-$$, L. 9 W Washington St. (864) 241-4040,

MARY’S RESTAURANT AT FALLS pARk Located in historic Falls Cottage, Mary’s offers brunch and lunch. The menu includes the Ultimate Reuben and Chicken Salad Croissant, as well as Southerncomfort favorites such as the black-eyedpea salad and Mary’s Pimiento Cheese. $, L, SBR. Closed Monday. 615 S Main St, (864) 298-0005,

MELLOW MUSHROOM Greenville’s West End outpost of this beloved pizza joint is perfect for families, parties, duos, or flying solo. Try the Kosmic Karma with sundried tomatoes, feta, and pesto, or the House Special, stacked with three meats, veggies, and extra cheese. Wash it all down with one of the artisanal brews on tap. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste

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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 blue-crab hushpuppies with a drink at the elegant bar, pre– or post–Peace Center performance. $$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad

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The Rickman House. Queen Anne Victorian completed in 1908. 3 story, 6 BR with large foyer lined with original pocket doors that lead to the parlor, formal living, great room, and massive dining room. Large kitchen with butler’s pantry, front and rear staircases with intricate woodwork, eight fireplaces. Original stained glass, wrap around porch with corner gazebos. Paved brick driveway with porte-cochere leads to parking for up to 6 cars. Large backyard with a deck, gazebo, and Koi pond. The widow’s walk allows you to see wonderful views of downtown and the distant mountains. The opportunity to own this sought after home only comes around once in a lifetime. MLS#1236513

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NORTHAMpTON WiNES & WiNE CAFÉ Linger in the relaxed atmosphere of Northampton’s wine bar. Choose a bottle from the thousands for sale, open it for a corkage fee (no fee before 6pm), and enjoy it with a selection of cheese. Then venture to the dining area for dinner from an ever-changing menu that typically includes seafood, beef, and wild game. Enjoy lunch on Saturdays. $$-$$$$, L (Sat only), D. Closed Sunday. 211-A E Broad St. (864) 271-3919,

ORiENT ON MAiN Here, you’ll find the standards, along with house specialties (whole steamed flounder or a Triple Gourmet Bird Nest, a “nest” of lo mein noodles filled with a mix of meat and veggies), and hibachi dinner entrées that come with rice, vegetables, soup, and salad. From kung pao shrimp to chicken coconut curry to tofu, there’s something for everyone. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 4 S Main St. (864) 787-6241



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Perched on the edge of Falls Park, the Overlook features a flavorful blend of burgers, salads, wraps, and Southern favorites. Indulge in a spicy, New Orleans– style crab cake sandwich or a loaded Philly cheese steak for lunch. Savor stone-ground grits and sautéed shrimp topped with Tasso ham sauce for dinner. $$, L, D. 601 S Main St.

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POMEGRANATE ON MAIN Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and a flavorful variety, such as the slow-cooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Also try the martini menu. $$-$$$, L, D. 618 S Main St.

(864) 241-3012,

PURPLE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO & SUSHI A stone’s throw from Fluor Field, this place serves an Asian mix. There are Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Asianfusion entrÊes, but sushi is a strong suit—go for the specials, offered at lunch and dinner. The udon with Prince Edward Island mussels, mahimahi with a spicy crawfish glaze, or roasted duck are worthy options. The latter, perfumed with star anise, is roasted to order—and worth the wait.


RAINER’S Across from Falls Park, gallerist Betty Bercowski opened this cute cafÊ named for her son Rainer (pronounced RHYnÝr), where everything—including the furniture—is for sale. Homemade chicken salad and fresh cold cuts are delightful options, but the homemade desserts are the pièce de rÊsistance, including a mile-high chocolate torte


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$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 610-A S Main St. (864) 232-1753,

RICK ERWIN’S WEST END GRILL Traditional surf-and-turf meets upscale West End dining at Rick Erwin’s. The dining room is decorated in rich, dark woods that, along with low lighting, create an intimate, stylish atmosphere. EntrÊes range from sashimi-grade tuna, lobster tail, and Chilean sea bass, to certified Angus beef. À la cârte sides round out any entrÊe nicely. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 648 S Main St. (864) 232-8999,

SAFFRON’S SIDEWALK CAFÉ Saffron’s Sidewalk CafÊ offers a large selection of salads, burgers, sandwiches, and more. Eat inside or in the sun at one of the sidewalk tables. On- and off-site catering is also available. $-$$, L. 31 Augusta St. (864) 241-0401,

SASSAFRAS SOUTHERN BISTRO Sassafras Southern Bistro offers traditional Lowcountry cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Meet friends at the large bar area or take a seat outside for Southern culinary creations ranging from rainbow trout to quail. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 103 N Main St, Ste 107. (864) 235-5670,

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Mouth-watering steaks, chops, chicken, and seafood, served in a casual, fine dining atMosphere Monday through Thursday 5:30-9:30pm Friday and Saturday 5:30-10:00pm

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Private dining rooms available. Reservations suggested


The Cazbah This tapas bar holds sway in both downtown Greenville and historic Greer. On the menu, “foreplay� might mean black and white hummus or baked brie en croute, while innovative “finger lickers� like a mac-n-cheese egg roll compete with the signature lobster cigars. All the wines are available by bottle or glass. $, D (Greer location closed Sunday & Monday.) 16 W McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 241-9909; 308 Trade St, Greer. (864) 8779311,

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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 outdoor tables great for sunny days. Choose something from the smoker (Beer-Butt Chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. Smoke ’n’ 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, saucytavern.

SPOONBREAD Off the lobby of the historic Westin Poinsett Hotel, Spoonbread serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner in true Southern style. Lunch here is best begun with a cup of Lowcountry crab and corn chowder, followed by a patty melt or perhaps a Poinsett Chicken BLT. Sunday brunch offers elegant buffet service and a la carte options. $-$$$, B, L, SBR. 120 S Main St. (864) 421-9700

STELLAR RESTAURANT & WINE BAR Elegant tapas and an extensive wine list (including beer) punctuate this initmate second-story space. Try the Seared Diver Scallops or the Pork Tenderloin Wellington. Finish off with chocolate fondue. $-$$$, L, D. 20 N Main


St, Ste B. (864) 438-4954,

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

TAKOSUSHI Good for a group, especially if you’re in the mood for a sushi roll and your friends are craving burritos. You can start with shumai; your pals with nachos. Then you’ll have to pare down the long list of makimono rolls while the rest of the table decides between tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 34 S Main St. (864) 271-5055,

THE TRAPPE DOOR A rathskeller vibe pervades this underground tavern that boasts an incredible beer program, with 10 on tap and more than 150 bottles. Mussels come in six different preparations, served with crispy homemade frites. Other Belgian specialties include waterzooi (a creamy seafood stew), and carbonnades flamandes (beef stew braised in Belgian beer). $$, L, D. Closed Monday. 23 W Washington St. (864) 4517490,

TSUNAMI Come here for fresh fish, 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. $-$$, L ( Mon–Fri), D. 106 E North St. (864) 467-1055,

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BOCcA ITALIAN You won’t need the moon in your eye to exclaim, “That’s amore!” here. Enjoy fine Italian in a renovated Pizza Hut. Chef specialties include fried eggplant, scallop and shrimp carbonara, veal saltimbocca, and a variety of woodgrilled pies. For dessert, the housemade cannoli says nothing but love. $$-$$$, L, D. 2660 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. (864) 271-7877,

FLAT ROCK GRILLE Seafood—Southern-fried flounder, baked stuffed shrimp, hickory-glazed salmon—is the main event at Flat Rock Grille. But there are plenty of choices for carnivores, too (come Friday or Saturday for prime rib). Since Flat Rock Grille is right next to the Cherrydale Cinemas, it offers a dinner-and-a-movie deal: For every dinner entrée you order Monday through Thursday, you can buy a discounted movie ticket at the restaurant. $$-$$$, L, D. 3201 N

Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 235-6533,

MOJO’S FAMOUS BURGERS & MORE This Simpsonville-based chain of burger joints prides itself on serving premium aged beef, hand-cut fries, onion rings, and thick shakes. Burgers come in abundant incarnations, from

$, L, D. 2541 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 552-1398,

THE PEDDLER STEAK HOUSE Within easy striking distance of Cherrydale, Furman University, and Travelers Rest, the Peddler occupies a charming, nearly century-old stone house. “Where’s the beef?” is a silly question here. Your waiter will bring a tray of choices so you can customize your steak according to size and cut. Entrées include a baked potato and unlimited trips to the bounteous Peddler salad bar. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 2000 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. (864) 2357192,

STAX ORIGINAL Owned by the Stathakis family from the early ’70s, Stax’s location has weathered the years since the ’50s, when it opened as a pharmacy (note the original counters). Hearty country breakfasts— with homemade biscuits, of course— will set you off on the right foot, while sandwiches and burgers make do for both lunch and dinner. And it just wouldn’t

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WADE HAMPTON boulevard BEST OF FRIENDS CAFÉ On the south end of Wade Hampton, next to Joe Joe’s Seafood Market, this little restaurant is announced by a bright-red awning. Inside, it’s a simple affair done with wood-paneled walls and basic booths lit by Tiffany-style, stained-glass lamps. The meat-and-three menu includes a wide range of mains and sides; and the café, which serves beer and wine, also offers catering. Best of Friends is open for dinner, but only until 8pm, so there’s no late-night dining here. $, L, D. Closed Sunday. 2607 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 268-5323

THE CLOCK In the early ’50s when the Clock opened, it was the favorite hangout of local high school students who came here for cheap burgers and shakes. Today, the modest structure marked by a large towering clock no longer offers drive-in service (you have to go inside to order), but that doesn’t stop fans from coming here for the signature chili cheeseburgers. In case you’re wondering, the Clock takes its name from the original Billy Haley song, “Rock Around the Clock.” $, L, D. 1844 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-5122

haus Edleweiss What began on Stone Avenue in 1979 as a small venture by two German housewives has ended up as a fullservice restaurant, deli, and catering operation in its current (and larger) location near Bob Jones University. Lovers of German food have long prized this eatery for its authentic dishes (think sausages and Weiner schnitzel) and the perpetual favorite, German potato salad. $, L, D (weekends only). Closed Sunday & Monday. 903 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 919-8998

HENRY’S SMOKEHOUSE Though this barbecue joint has since branched out with several satellites, Henry’s original location has long set the standard for hickory-smoked pork butt. A Greenville institution, the Smokehouse specializes in slow-cooking meat in open pits over hickory logs. Sure, there’s smoked chicken and Brunswick stew on the menu, but a rack of Henry’s succulent ribs with sides of beans and slaw (or sweet potato casserole and mac and cheese) will transport you to hog heaven. $, L, D. Closed Sunday. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 232-7774,

THE Open hearth Named for its exhibition kitchen, this Greenville stalwart has been in business since 1959. Despite the host of trendy new restaurants in town, fans still come here for the buttery steaks. Jimmy Melehes and his wife, Paula Starr, own the place (which was founded by Jimmy’s parents)

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the mild Mushroom Swiss burger to the El Diablo (blackened and topped with jalapeños, pepper-jack, and hot sauce). And if you’re into supersizing, the Quadruple Coronary Challenge stacks four “chubby” burgers with American cheese, chili, bacon, and fried eggs between four grilled-cheese sandwiches. It’s not for the faint of heart . . . or appetite.

and are always on hand to give guests a warm welcome. Steaks abound, but there’s plenty to satisfy seafood lovers, too. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 2801 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-2665,

nopales (cactus sauce); traditional barbacoa (slow-cooked lamb shank) in Rosalinda’s choice of sauces; and chicken choices include pollo en mole poblano, smothered with a spicy, housemade mole.

$$-$$$, L, D (no dinner Mon & Tues; no lunch Sat). Closed Sunday. 1124 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 292-7002,

PLEASANTBURG DRIVE COFFEE & CREMA Coffee & Crema is located across from the Fresh Market in the Forest Park shopping center. Here, you can satisfy any java craving with international offerings including French press, cappuccino, and a unique pour-over. Don’t need that jolt? Go for a fruit smoothie, and treat the kids to a chocolate (or vanilla or strawberry) milkshake. Despite its name, Coffee & Crema even draws tea drinkers with a selection of organic loose-leaf brews. There’s a satellite at Haywood Mall. $, B, L, D. 27 S Pleasantburg Dr, Suite 130, Greenville. (864) 235-0051,

PItA HOuSE Pita House has been family-operated since 1989. The cognoscenti come here for good Middle Eastern fare, such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shwarma. The menu is basically the same for lunch and dinner; if you’re having trouble deciding, go for one of the sampler plates (they may set you back a few more bucks). And save room for baklava and other Mediterranean sweets for dessert. Want to cook up some authentic dishes at home? Check out the little grocery in the back of the restaurant. $, L, D. Closed Sunday. 495 S Pleasantburg Dr, #B, Greenville. (864) 271-9895

FONDA ROSALINDA If you’re looking for Mexican food beyond the usual tacos, enchiladas, and burritos, head for this little storefront around the corner from East North Street. Mexican-born chef/ owner Rosalinda Sala, who started cooking at her mother’s side when she was a small girl, goes beyond the standard in her menu of South of the Border fare: sea bass with shrimp and scallops comes doused with salsa

spaghetti, and deviled crab. And that’s not to mention comfort-food sides of macaroni and cheese, whipped potatoes, collard greens, and corn on the cob. Bring the whole family, or get your dinner to go. $, L, D. 1037 N. Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 2333339,

SACHA’S CAFÉ Bright walls and a long, inviting bar make a sunny backdrop to chow down on Colombian food at Sacha’s. Arepas are available with ingredients like beans, chorizo, avocado, shredded beef, stuffed inside (rellenas) or piled on top (encima). The patacones, or deep-fried plantains, are thick and sweet. For the unadventurous, there are hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings on the menu. Hungry groups can order the Fiesta Platter, a sampler that serves six people. To drink, try one of the natural fruit juices, or the imported cervezas.

tACO CASA At this little, red-roofed Mexican place dating back to 1985, do as the locals do, and start with an order of nachos. When your meal comes, you can spice up your entrée, from the simple menu of tacos, burritos, tostados, and enchiladas, with a variety of salsas (mild to tongue-searing). A nod to its setting in the South, the restaurant even serves sweet tea. Prices here are a real deal, but be sure to bring cash—Taco Casa doesn’t accept credit cards. $, L, D. Closed Sunday. 1001 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 232-1021,

$, L, D (no dinner Fri & Sat). Closed Sunday & Monday. 1001 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 232-3232,

S&S CAFEtERIA Part of a dying breed of Southern traditions, S&S Cafeteria has but one location left in Greenville. The place is named for its parent company, Smith & Sons Foods, which opened its first cafeteria in Columbus, Georgia, in 1936. A vast array of items encompasses mains like prime roast beef, Southern fried chicken, baked

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north carolina aPPle FeStival Celebrate a venerable fall fruit at downtown Hendersonville’s 66th annual North Carolina Apple Festival. The weekend event features everything from the King Apple Parade and street fair to children’s activities, crafts, and, of course, bountiful apples and apple dishes. Downtown Hendersonville, NC. Sat–Sun, 10am–8pm; Mon, 10am–5pm. Free admission. (828) 697-4557,



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Bring your lawn chair to Little Rainbow Row’s back deck and enjoy the fresh air during this family-oriented concert series. Petteway and White perform original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music, featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, and world percussion. Food and drink will be available from the Flat Rock Village Bakery and Hubba Hubba Smokehouse. 2720 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Sat, 6–8pm. Free. (828) 6977719,

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Dr. Marvin Sapp is back with a brand-new hit song, and Shirley Caesar and the Mighty Clouds of Joy return to the Spirit Fest stage for the first time in several years. Fresh, new artists to the stage also include the Soul Seekers, and William McDowell. Rance Allen & the Rance Allen Group, and Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s return as staples for the event. Bi-Lo Center, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sun, 6pm. $32-$38. (864) 241-3800,

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Brighton Beach Memories Dreaming of baseball and girls, teenage Eugene Jerome must cope with living with his extended family in a crowded Brooklyn walkup in 1937. Don’t miss a chance to see this hilarious snapshot of family life from Neil Simon. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $15-$25. (864) 233-6733,

Uproar Festival

Have a rockin’ time before the end of summer with this show that’s sure to cause an uproar. The day features sets from Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, Adelitas Way, P.O.D., Fozzy, Mindset Evolution, Deuce, Redlight King, and Candlelight Red. Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park, 861 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Wed, 1pm. $30-$70. (864) 2413800,

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Triple Tree Aerodrome Fly-In

Pilots and spectators are invited to what is called the “Augusta National of Aviation,” where more than 400 planes arrived for the event last year. The weekend is filled with family activities like a pancake breakfast, bluegrass music, and Triple Tree’s worldfamous barbecue. Triple Tree Aerodrome, 330 Mary Hanna Rd, Woodruff. Wed–Sun, times vary. (866) 678-4922,


Sparkling Celebration Beer & Wine Tasting

Celebrate the arts and the 40th anniversary of the Anderson Arts Center at this evening featuring sparkling wines and beer. Stroll the galleries and take the chance to see the art center’s permanent collection. Anderson Arts Center, 110 Federal St, Anderson. Thurs, 7–9pm. $30-$35. (864) 222-2787,


The Sound of Music

Experience the beloved musical filled with familiar songs like “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “Maria.” The young players of the South Carolina Children’s Theatre bring this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic back to the local stage by popular demand. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri–Sun, times vary. $17-$26. (864) 467-3000,

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Back at the Warehouse Theatre for the first time in two years, this classic and campy B-movie returns to the stage bigger and bawdier. Directed by Brian Haimbach, this show features infectious music and Will Ragland as Frank-N-Furter. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm and midnight. $40. (864) 235-6948,

Learn the fundamentals of cooking the bounty of the sea in this participation cooking class. Hands-on dishes include crab and corn fritters, pickled shrimp salad, linguini and clams, grilled honey-glazed salmon, and pecan-encrusted fish. Charleston Cooks, 200 N Main St, Greenville. Wed, 6:30pm. $65. (864) 335-2000, charlestoncooks



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The Rocky hoRRoR Show

Join the Peace Center for the inaugural performance on its new TD Stage at the banks of the Reedy River as Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill brings his country and bluegrass chops to town. Gill has sold more than 26 million albums, earned 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994. Last fall, he released his latest album, Guitar Slinger. TD Stage, Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, 7:30pm. $85. (864) 467-3000,

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Make Your own Herbal extracts & Medicine froM trees

Learn how to make your own herbal tinctures and how to use trees for everything from syrup to tea in this series at the Hagood Mill in Pickens. Robin McGee, a community herbalist, organic gardener, herbal medicinemaker, writer, and herbal educator from Anderson, offers a wealth of information and ideas. She has been studying, using, and creating herbal medicines and products for more than a decade. Pre-registration is required. Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center, 138 Hagood Mill Rd, Pickens. Sat, noon–3pm. $40-$60. (864) 898-5963


alcHeMY iMprov

Each week, this comedy improv troupe presents a variety of shows featuring everyone from the core cast to guests. “Local Legends” interprets local stories to inspire a fully improvised show. Previous guests have included filmmakers, psychologists, professors, actors, and more. Coffee Underground, 1 E Coffee St, Greenville. Fri, 9:30pm. $5-$8. (864) 256-1467,


Greenville HiGH 125tH anniversarY celebration Take a walk down memory lane for the 125th anniversary celebration of Greenville High School. A weekendlong event, alumni are invited to join in on classes, chow down at a BBQ tailgate, and relive their high school days in the stands of Sirrine Stadium as the Red Raiders take on the Greer Yellow Jackets. Saturday night, Right to Party will provide entertainment at the Hyatt Greenville. Alums are especially encouraged to wear red. Sirrine Stadium (Cleveland St and University Ridge), Greenville High School (1 Vardry St), Hyatt Greenville, 220 N Main St. Fri–Sun, times and costs vary.

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Want to see more money in the bank? Ready to cut down on spending and start saving? Join Sally Palaian, Ph.D., author of Spent, for this workshop to devise a plan to help you become financially empowered. The all-day program will help you examine the underlying emotional, familial, and societal factors that trigger spending behaviors. Lunch and a journal provided. Space is limited, so participants are asked to register. Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Pl, Greenville. Sat, 10am–5pm. Free. (864) 527-9253,


steve lippia— siMplY sinatra

Steve Lippia brings the audience back in time with his personal musical interpretation and the influence of the greatest singers of an incredible era in American music. In this show, he serves up standards that are engraved in music history, like “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Mack the Knife,” “Just the Way You Are,” and “That’s Life.” Fountain Inn Civic Center, 315 N Main St, Fountain Inn. Sat, 3 & 7:30pm. $18-$20. (864) 409-1050,

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Joe Jackson and the bigger band

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English musician and singer-songwriter Joe Jackson is a renaissance performer, with roots in punk rock and ska, and in his later career, jazz/classical fusion. He comes to the Peace Center stage with jazz violinist Regina Carter. The pair will play reinterpretations of Duke Ellington hits, as well as Jackson’s originals. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, 7pm. $35-$65. (864) 467-3000,

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Culinary delights and great music collide in a fusion of flavor during this annual fall festival. The weekend of all things tasty features the Taste of the South, a showcase of local tastes and music by Edwin McCain and Shawn Mullins, wine seminars, a Recipe of a Rhapsody concert, Jazz Brunch, and wine dinners. Don’t miss this palatepleasing and soul-soothing weekend that brings some of the food world’s superstars to the Upstate. Downtown Greenville. Thurs–Sun, times vary. $35-$695.


John Hiatt at the Handlebar

Nominated for several Grammy Awards, singer-songwriter (and storyteller) John Hiatt will be performing at Greenville’s The Handlebar. His music ranges from folk rock to blues to good ’ole country music. Come out for a good time. The Handlebar, 304 E Stone Ave, Greenville. Wed, 8:30pm. $30. (864) 233-6173,


Upstate Forever Preservation Ride

Who said a scenic drive had to be in a car? Grab your bicycle and join Upstate Forever’s fundraising Preservation Ride. Choose from three different routes, ranging from 75 miles to 20 miles, or sit back with the kids and enjoy the corn maze and hayrides. The bike ride will benefit your heart, and the proceeds will benefit conservation efforts of the Upstate—a win-win. Strawberry Hill USA, 3097 Hwy 11, Chesnee. Sat, 8am and 9am. $38.

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Randall Bramblett Band

Bramblett “grew up playing soul music� in Jesup, Georgia, and his hero was James Brown, along with Ray Charles. Shortly after the release of his new album, Bramblett brings his sound to the Upstate stage. Mauldin Cultural Center, 101 E Butler Rd, Mauldin. Thurs, 7:30pm. Free. (864) 335-4862,







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Upstate Visual Arts presents the return of the Art in the Park festival this fall. Enjoy new work by local and regional artists in this open-air event on Main Street in Greenville. There will be an interactive area for children, raku firing for all ages, and Art After Dark, a Saturday evening event with food and entertainment. Main Street, Greenville. Sat, 10 am–6pm; Art After Dark (at Larkin’s on the River), 7:30–11:30pm; Sun, 11am–5 pm. Free. (864) 735-8823,

Join in on a happy hour indeed at the TD Convention Center with live music by Hootie & the Blowfish’s lead guitarist Mark Bryan. Why wait until the weekend when you can get a jump-start on a Tuesday night? TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Tues, 5–7pm. Call for cost. (864) 2509713,


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David Lee Nelson and Adam Knight, both Greenville natives, are returning to the Upstate for a comedy show you won’t want to miss—a take on Nelson’s own coming out of the closet to his father . . . as a democrat. Only in town for two nights, get your tickets while you can, before the duo heads back to New York City. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Tues & Wed, 8pm. $25. (864) 233-6733,

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The Greenville Symphony Orchestra opens its new season with a selection of “Americanborn” compositions featuring Bernstein’s Candide overture and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. In addition, Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez presents a performance of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major. And one hour prior to both performances, there will be a free, pre-concert talk that will offer insights into the program and featured composers. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $15-$55. (864) 467-3000,

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if all of Greenville County’s readers could talk about the same book? This fall, they can, during The Amazing Read, an event to bring the community together around a single book and spark discussions. At the kick-off event, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Rick Bragg will read excerpts from his memoir, All Over but the Shoutin’, in addition to answering audience questions and signing books. Fountain Inn Civic Center, 315 N Main St, Fountain Inn. Thurs, 7–8:30pm. Free. (864) 527-9293,

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Designed to inspire and educate, this film festival features works that strive to create environmental awareness and action on a local scale. In addition to highlighting concerns, it also seeks to provide solutions. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Tues, 6-8:30pm, call for cost. Children’s Museum of the Upstate, 300 College St, Greenville. Thurs, 6-8:30pm, call for cost. (864) 2500500,

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Art in the Park returns this year to South Main Street in Greenville, after a four-year hiatus. But it has graduated to an even better festival than when it began in 1991 as the area’s premier venue for purchasing local art. On view this year will be nearly 90 artists, mainly of the Upstate, showcasing work in ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, metal, painting, drawing, and photography, such as this encaustic piece by Greenville photographer Marie Gruber. Additionally, the weekend festival—September 22 and 23—will feature a community art project, a plein air event, raku firing, food, and a Saturday night Art After Dark soirée at Larkin’s on the River. Evidence that Art in the Park, like Greenville itself, has moved up.—Blair Knobel For more information, go to

Artwork courtesy of Marie Gruber / “Queen Anne’s Lace” photography with encaustic, 12” x 12”

Upstate Visual Arts brings back Art in the Park—better than ever

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