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CONTENTS ISSUE 43

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JUNE 2019 BUSINESS 11 The Mailroom Barber Co. 14 Wilcox, Buyck & Wiilliams, P.A.: Investing In Federal Qualified Opportunity Zones 16 Wally's Fire & Safety Equipment 18 Around Town: Taste of Hartsville 19 Around Town: HMRA Casino Night 20 Dargan Farms: Farming with the Family 22 WebsterRogers: Sharon Norris 24 Gift Guide: Father's Day Ideas 26 Gillespie's Peanuts 28 Woodworks by Franklin Brown 30 Florence Chamber of Commerce's Member of the Month: Micky Finn's

LIFESTYLE 34 June 2019 Calendar of Events 36 Rebecca Giese: Farmers Market Finds 38 The Fox84 Initiative for Boys 40 Q & A with Blogger Hunter Frazer 42 A Saturday Guide to Hartsville

28 HOME 44 Did You Know Lake City with Kent Daniels 46 Around Town: A Very Special Prom 48 Bucket List: Forty Acre Rock 50 Doug Smith: Easy Grilled Pineapple

HEALTH + BEAUTY 52 HopeHealth: Proactive Prevention 54 Man 2 Man: A Lifeline for Fathers in the Pee Dee

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58 Regency Hospital: Showing Thanks 60 SUN-sational Watermelon Smoothie


Staff & Contributors Publisher Tammy Clark tmclark225@gmail.com Editor Heather Page heather@vipmagsc.com Office Manager Tiffany Skipper jtskipp35@gmail.com Advertising Executives Jordan Pupa jordan@vipmagsc.com Julie C. Tyler juliectyler@yahoo.com Creative Design Tuesday Taylor Ashley Rogers

Contributing Photographers Jonathan Boatwright Erin Daniel Rebecca Giese Phillip Guyton Collin M. Smith Contributing Writers Alan Barrett, PA-C Lindsay Brown Mark W. Buyck, III Kent Daniels Hunter Frazer Rebecca Giese Alexis Grantham Zach Hughes Jack Muench Allie Roark Doug Smith

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During June, we celebrate Farms & Fathers! Flip through the pages as we learn more about Dargan Farms located in Darlington (page 20), Woodworks by Franklin (page 28), and WebsterRogers lead Agribusiness Tax agent Sharon Norris (page 22). Thanks to Jonathan Boatwright for capturing the beautiful cover this month. If you’d like your photography featured on Vip’s cover, send your entries to heather@vipmagsc.com! June 2019

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Owner Robert Watkins with client, Kris Curtis

TRADITIONAL BARBERSHOP + GROOMING SUPPLY It is no question that men's grooming continues to witness phenomenal market growth across the United States. Additionally, millennials are emerging as the next generation of business owners. Some of the most profitable businesses today are run by those under the age of thirty-five. Robert Watkins of The Mailroom Barber Co is no exception. Focused around providing a positive experience for customers, community feel, inclusivity, natural products, and giving back, The Mailroom Barber Co exists for people who refuse to settle for bad haircuts or color, or mass-produced products that just simply don’t work.

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Robert started cutting his own hair in 2012 and later started cutting his friends’ hair too. “I was in school at FMU studying photography and graphic design, but it wasn't leading me in the career direction I had hoped,” explains Robert. “As I was learning more about cutting hair, I started looking into the barber industry and fell in love. The image of the classic barbershop and the idea of being a Barber struck a chord with me.” Robert left school and started an apprenticeship at Trendsetters Barber Lounge on Pamplico Hwy. He was there for two and a half years. In 2016, at the young age of 21, he opened The Mailroom Barber & Studio with Molly Norton. A few months into business, Robert purchased the Studio from Molly to make it a more unified shop and cohesive brand. Molly Norton is currently the Studio Manager. The studio side of the Florence location specializes in Balayage, vivids, and other coloring services. Robert had two focuses when starting The Mailroom Barber Co. First, he was fed up with cheap, mass produced hair and beard products surrounding the barbering industry. Second, he knew that by consuming products with corrupt supply chains, that we are actually contributing to the problem of underpaid children and slave laborers. In order to make a change, The Mailroom Barber Co makes pomade and other products in-house by hand, strictly using 100% ethically sources ingredients and packaging. Using ethically sourced products is one of the easiest ways to be involved in stopping the abuse of human life because it puts a dent in the market of unethical production and forced or slave labor.

The full line of high-quality masculine-scented products produced includes a variety of hair pomades, beard products, lip balms, and more, all of which can be purchased online. One of their most popular items is the Pipe Tobacco scented Beard Oil. “That scent, in particular, is the most popular one we make,” shares 12

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Rob Bispo, Barber Robert. “It's so popular because the scent is made from essential oils which means it isn't an overpowering fragrance. It's floral, spicy, and nostalgic. For Father’s Day, I would suggest a Beard Kit with the Pipe Tobacco scent.” Robert is excited to be a part of helping Florence grow, specifically by being a part of the revitalized Downtown district. His connection with Florence runs deep, as he was born there and grew up there. The Mailroom Barber & Studio has been so successful that a second location was opened in Greenville, SC. Robert explains that Greenville has been on the horizon for quite some time now. “I happened to meet John Redgrave, the Greenville shop owner, at a perfect time when we were looking heavily into which city to expand to. John and I hit it off immediately and after forming a relationship, I offered him a brand licensing deal. Greenville is one of my favorite cities in South Carolina, so I had no doubts that it would be a great first city to expand to.” Both shops are doing remarkably well. The Florence location has a waiting list of about a month and the shop in West Greenville books about a week out! It is clear that Millennials have proven to have the drive and the entrepreneurial spirit needed to run a successful business. Robert would like to expand to a few other cities in South Carolina, but he will need to find the right people first. His current team of master barbers and experienced cosmetologists have come together to do things the right way by creating a neutral space that fosters community and meets their clients’ needs. Visiting this unique and hip barber shop is something you won’t regret.

Book your appointment today online.

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"A straight razor shave is something too few people get to experience. We use two hot steam towels and top shelf shave soap to create an experience that feels more like therapy than grooming. Do future you a favor and put a hot towel shave on the books today."

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THE MAILROOM BARBER & STUDIO 116-B S IRBY ST, FLORENCE, SC (843) 773-0626 FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM: @THEMAILROOMBARBER

Client: Kris Curtis

SALON INSTAGRAM: @THEMAILROOMSTUDIO

After taming Kris’s unruly facial hair and providing a hair trim that renewed his confidence, Robert used the Matte Clay Pomade, which has no shine, to complete the look. June 2019

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Investing in Federal Qualified Opportunity Zones Issues to Consider in Making a Qualified Opportunity Zone Investment

This is the first part of a two-part article that explains investing in qualified opportunity zones, its opportunities, and its restrictions. The first part of this article, presented below, deals with critical non-tax issues for potential Opportunity Zone investors. The second part will present an overview of the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury regulations that form the basis for the tax savings. In late 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. That legislation contained Internal Revenue Code Section 1400Z, which provides income tax advantages for persons who invest indirectly in property located in Opportunity Zones. Investments in qualified opportunity funds are generally intended to encourage investments to start small businesses, to develop abandoned properties, or to provide low-income housing in economically distressed communities. Internal Revenue Code Section 1400Z allows the deferral and, in some cases, the negation, of capital gains tax. In order to achieve these tax benefits, an

investor must invest in either Qualified Opportunity Zone stock or in a Qualified Opportunity Zone partnership interest. From a non-tax perspective, an investor must examine the structural and operational risks inherent in any investment venture. This is especially true where, as here, the investment term required to achieve the tax benefits is between five and ten years. A Qualified Opportunity Zone investor will become a shareholder in a corporation, a partner in a partnership or a member in an LLC. Regardless of the entity type, the typical investor will have relatively little say in management or critical decisions. These decisions include the following, all of which should receive careful attention in making such an investment.

1. Capital Calls. Some entities require that the general partner/CEO/ manager will have the ability in certain instances to call for additional capital past the original amount invested. It is critical for the investor to understand what these instances are and to make sure that she can protect herself against an untoward capital call if at all possible. Preferably, a capital call cannot occur without a vote of a substantial percentage of the investors. Investors should be aware that, even if it takes a substantial vote, once the requisites for the capital calls have been met, an investor will generally have a fairly short period of time to contribute the additional capital. Typically, if he or she does not, there are penalties for not contributing, which can include a substantial diminution or even a forfeiture of the original investment. Identify up front whether capital calls will be required and seek to limit them as much as possible.


2. Management Bonuses. In many deals, an incentive for management performance is a “flip” in the management interest. Typically, the flip will allow the general partner’s interest in profits to be significantly increased after the investors have received a minimum return on their invested capital. Investors must analyze their proposed shareholder/partnership agreements carefully in order to ascertain that the flip cannot be achieved merely by insignificant sales of entity assets or the passage of time. 3. Replacing Management. Continuity of management is critical to the success of any enterprise. In some instances, however, management acts in a fashion such that removal is required. Hence, removal provisions should be carefully analyzed to require that, in the event of behavior such as fraud, theft, or a material breach of the partnership agreement (or the partnership’s loan documents with its lender) swift and certain removal and replacement are addressed.

a "put" is desirable from the investor’s standpoint, its very existence will require the entity to maintain a pool of money (which may make the desired tax benefits unavailable). Further, exercising the "put" may result in financial strain to the entity. 6. Lender Issues. Real estate investment projects typically require a loan. Since at least 2008, lenders have become increasingly sophisticated in ascertaining that their loans will not go into foreclosure. Thus, loan agreements may require a significant equity-todebt ratio and may prohibit the replacement of management without lender approval, at least of the replacement manager. Loan agreements may also seek to require management and, in some cases, investors to sign a personal guaranty of some or all of the loan. A potential investor must be aware of the particulars any loan documentation in place or likely to be put in place during the term of the project.

4. Conflicts of Interest.

There are significant non-tax issues

Management expertise is critical to the success of any enterprise. This signifies that the manager of your investment project may well be the manager of other, and even competing, projects. Entity documentation must be carefully analyzed to ascertain the degree to which conflicts of interest are permitted and minimized.

that arise in Qualified Opportunity Zone investments. These issues must be analyzed before a potential investor becomes enamored of potential income tax savings.

5. Investment Liquidity. It must be recognized that an Opportunity Zone investment is not the same as buying a share of stock in IBM. Indeed, due to federal and state security laws, an investor will almost certainly find her investment to be very difficult to sell. In this regard, an investor would like to see a partnership agreement provision allowing for a forced sale (a “put”) from the investor to the partnership. While

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pictured l to r: Jeff Black, Shelia Smith, Wally Elliott, Angie Elliott & Boone Elliott, not pictured: Jess Turner

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Wally's Fire & Safety Equipment story by Jordan Pupa Firefighters need to be ready to move at a moment’s notice and always need to be prepared with the right equipment. What many people may not realize is that there are certain retailers that provide high-quality firefighting gear to meet their needs. Wally’s Fire & Safety Equipment, Inc. in Mullins, a family business founded by Wally Elliott in 1980, is one of those places. Nobody else could possibly have a better idea of how to provide value to firefighters than someone with experience in the field themselves. Though currently retired from active firefighting, Wally has served every position with the Mullins Fire Department from Firefighter to Chief. He has served as an Adjunct Instructor for the SC Fire Academy where he taught classes all over the state. He also serves on the Advisory Board for several of the manufacturers that he represents. Wally saw a need for a good solid provider 16

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of firefighting equipment for SC and NC. He was taken under the leadership of another firefighting equipment provider that showed him the ropes and introduced him to many key players in the business. This kind man’s leadership helped Wally see the potential in the business.  So, what does the business offer? Wally’s Fire & Safety Equipment, Inc. covers all of SC and the lower region of NC. “We offer a full line of firefighting equipment that would include everything a firefighter might use or wear or put on a fire truck, with the exception of the truck itself,” explains Wally. “Firefighting methods have become very complex over the last few years and we are aggressive in our efforts to stay on the cutting edge with all the technologies.” Wally and his team attend regional and state meetings, training classes, and conferences to continually stay in touch with their customers. Many of Wally’s family members, including his wife, daughter,


son, and sister-in-law, play important roles in the business. They also have one longtime employee that they consider to be family. Wally believes Wally’s Fire & Safety Equipment, Inc. is unique because they offer a high level of personal attention and service to their customers. It is important to Wally and his staff to provide top of the line products. “We want to blend ‘old school' customer service with today’s technological capabilities,” explains Wally. “When our customers contact us with an order, we enjoy actually having conversations with them about the products they are using. In doing so, we sometimes find they are requesting the wrong product or we can suggest a new product that is more user-friendly than the product they are currently using. That’s what customer service is all about; helping the customer.” Their job is very serious because they are providing tools and equipment that will go in the hands of firefighters, who arguably have the most dangerous job in the world, and place their lives on the line in order to save others.  Now that the family has been in the business for nearly 40 years, a personal relationship has been built between the fire departments and Wally’s Fire. “When we visit these departments, I know many by name. I’ve watched their children grow up and they’ve watched mine,” explains Wally. “When I first joined the fire department, I admired the relationships that the then department Chiefs had with each other, their firefighters, and the families of these people. I wanted to have that. And now I do. I think everyone should think their job is special and we certainly do at Wally’s Fire.”

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Wally Elliott also owns Diamond E Farm, a working family farm in Mullins that he and his wife, Angie, live on with their nine Labrador Retrievers. Wally is also a Deacon and Sunday School teacher at Mullins First Baptist Church. Wally and Angie share an outreach ministry where they travel with and use their dogs in a Christian based Retriever demonstration named “The Roxy Ministry.” June 2019

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AROUND TOWN: TASTE OF HARTSVILLE

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On behalf of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce, the chamber board, and the 2019 Taste of Hartsville Committee, we would like to extend our thanks to all who were involved with, or attended, this year’s Taste! It was a huge success and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The food was amazing, the weather was beautiful, and the company was even better! We are already looking forward to next year’s event and brainstorming ways to make it even bigger. Again, thank you to everyone who made this event happen! The Hartsville community is truly one-of-a-kind! Thank you for throwing on your leis and making Hartsville a little piece of tropical paradise. You rock Hartsville, never change!


AROUND TOWN: CASINO NIGHT

On May 4, HMRA celebrated Marion’s Rich History with a casino themed Annual Meeting! Guests were treated to food and drinks throughout the night, while enjoying music and playing Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps at Rosewood Manor House. The evening ended up being an amazing success! Because of events such as this, we are able to grow awareness for our mission to restore the economic vitality and historic appearance of downtown Marion. A portion of the funds raised are used to help our downtown businesses. HMRA is able to provide facade grants, as well as money for updating signage and paint of our buildings downtown. We extend our deepest gratitude to all of our sponsors, vendors, and guests who made this evening into what it was. We hope to be able to bring this event back to the town of Marion again in the future. Would you like to stay up to date on what is going on with HMRA and our revitalization efforts? Care to join in on our fun? Become a member! You can sign up online at www.theswampfox.org or by filling out the application and mailing it in to 103 E. Dozier St. Marion, SC 29571. Questions? Call Stephanie at 843.423.9918 or catch us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

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The Dargan Family

FARMING with the Family

story by Jordan Pupa

Dargan Farms,

located in Darlington, is a fifth and sixth generation, family-owned operation with roots that go back hundreds of years. The land was obtained before the Revolutionary War through a King’s Grant. Most recently, Dargan Farms has been recognized as SC’s Top Large Farm of the year. They grow wheat, rye, corn, soybeans, cotton and turfgrass. Additionally, they love having friends, family, and lots of people around to join in on everything they do at the farm. Fun at the farm is always guaranteed! Growing is their passion and it shows. Dargan Turf Farm was started in 2001 when Edwin Dargan and his son, Ned, put their years of agriculture expertise to work in the turf growing business. Both Edwin and Ned graduated from Clemson University with agronomy degrees. Dargan Turf Farm provides turf to homeowners, lawn professionals, athletic fields, and golf courses. They grow and sell Zoysia turf, Centipede and 419 Bermuda grasses, which have proven to be the sod types that do well for the Pee Dee Region and surrounding area. They even deliver sod in Florence and the surrounding counties in South Carolina. With their extensive farming and growing experience, they bring you the finest, durable turf grown in the best conditions available.


The community is always welcome to enjoy the farm. Many years ago, Ned and his brother, James, along with their wives, expanded the farm to include agritourism. At the time, there weren’t any corn mazes in the Darlington and Florence areas and the couples believed the Pee Dee could benefit from a family friendly attraction. They started the corn maze at a farm in Florence in 2011 and relocated it to the Darlington home a few years later. They grow strawberries for picking in the spring and open a corn maze during the fall. Many fun-filled, family-friendly events are held throughout the year such as the Easter Funfest complete with a helicopter egg drop and a Fall Festival complete with a pumpkin patch. The play area features a giant tube slide, a corn box, a rope maze, a tire mountain, a dirt mountain, corn hole games, swings, and chickens and goats! Field trip and birthday party packages are also available for groups to enjoy fun and interactive adventures on the farm. Their goal is to make the Dargan Farms experience enjoyable and educational for those of all ages!

Hope to see you at the farm!

For more information on upcoming events, follow Dargan Farms on Facebook, @darganfarms, or visit darganfarms.com.

For more information on upcoming events, follow Dargan Farms on Facebook, @darganfarms, or visit darganfarms.com. For more information on Dargan Turf Farms, follow @darganturf on Facebook or visit darganturffarm.com. June 2019

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With one deadline behind them, WR is still working diligently on client projects. Given the new tax laws, they have been planning with many of their clients since late last year as there are a myriad of changes impacting individuals and businesses. Taxpayers are impacted in different ways. Fortunately, WR has the expertise and experience to navigate the most complex issues.

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SHARON NORRIS: Diverse Experiences story by Jordan Pupa / photography by Fred Salley

Sharon Norris developed an interest in accounting after working as a receptionist in a one-man CPA firm immediately after high school. She was given the opportunity to take on other responsibilities above her clerical duties, which lit a fire under her, encouraging her to go back to school. The accounting, bookkeeping, and tax information just clicked. Sharon graduated from Francis Marion University in December of 1985, sat for and passed the CPA exam in November 1986, and the rest is history! She has been with WebsterRogers since its start thirty-five years ago. Today, Sharon leads the Agribusiness Tax Group where she specializes in specific tax strategies and business structures that provide the most benefit to farmers. WebsterRogers launched an Agribusiness Farm Group about twelve years ago. “I love working with farm families,” shares Sharon. “Farmers are special people. I like that they are loyal, down to earth, and very family-focused. Their character and work ethic continue to impress me.” Sharon explains that some of the farmers are working on farms that have been in their families for 100 years and almost all of them are multi-generational family businesses. “I am humbled by the honor of helping them shepherd those farms to the next generation,” says Sharon. “Take for instance Dargan Farms; I work closely with them on various aspects of family farming with all three of their companies: Dargan Farms, Dargan Turf Farm, and Dargan Farm Agribiz. They were one of my first farming clients. Now we have worked together for over ten years. Very special people near to my heart.” Sharon is also the lead for the Not-For-Profit Group at WebsterRogers. She enjoys helping people in these difficult areas. “I also work with individual clients and their associated small businesses. This gives me a lot of client contact which I love,” explains Sharon. “I have clients who have moved all over the country and continued to send their tax work to me. My clients have become extended members of my family. Some of them have known my girls (34 and 36) since they were two and four years old. My work is largely consultative and concentrated on problem solving.” While Sharon often helps clients overcome obstacles, a memorable moment dates back several years when two of their farms were pulled for an IRS audit at the beginning of tax season. At the time, the IRS was auditing specific partnership structures that were being used most by farmers, so, these were “routine

audits” which typically take up to two years. “Given the complexity of the farms involved—multiple counties, etc.—I worked closely with our Business Services Group. Our Business Services Group handles bookkeeping and creating financial statements. It is an important part of addressing needs outside of ‘traditional tax’ work. We work together to support a business owner so they can focus on managing the business. We focus on the financial details. Because of the detailed records we kept, I was able to represent the farms/farmers to the IRS and produce the records they needed in a timely manner. We closed those audits in less than six months with NO changes on both!” Sharon’s drive developed early on in her career and has helped her to continue to thrive. She has always stretched to work just above her comfort level. “An early memory I have when working for a CPA firm WebsterRogers ultimately acquired was when a partner asked me, 'Can you type up an audit report?' While I had never done it before, I immediately answered, ‘YES!’ My experience with the firm has been, if you work hard and show interest, you will be given opportunity.” A strong work ethic is something Sharon proudly inherited from her father. "My father brilliantly used common sense, Godly wisdom and a hard work ethic to help him succeed. This trait is something I truly value and believe has helped shape me into who I am." Overall, Sharon is grateful for the opportunities for diverse experiences, growth, and relationships over her career with WebsterRogers. She is also thankful that she is able to put her family as a top priority. “I have been supported and given opportunities to grow that inspired me, however, it all comes down to the people to me. My co-workers, my clients, and the chance to mentor our upcoming associates. The people brought me here and have kept me here over the years. People I meet often say, ‘You’re an accountant. You must really love numbers.’ My response is always, ‘No, I love people.’”

Sharon and her husband, Larry, have been married for 45 years and have two daughters, Laura and Callie. They are members of Florence Baptist Temple where Larry teaches eighth grade boys and they both serve in the music ministry. Sharon also serves on the board for the WebsterRogers Foundation. They enjoy spending time with their family, camping, and hanging out with their English Springer, Sydney. They also enjoy living on the lake where they spend a lot of time boating and fishing. Sharon’s mother, husband, brother, two daughters, and many other relatives also attended FMU, making it a family tradition! June 2019

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Special Edition Charleston labels available in Lowcountry stores.

About Gillespie’s Peanuts Rogers Brothers Farm, a large farm in Darlington and Lee counties, is unique in that it grows 100% high-oleic peanuts, which means they are more resistant to field disease and more sustainable to grow. There is also an inherently higher percentage of monosaturated fats (also known as the “good fats”) in the peanuts, which leads to having a longershelf life than some others. Gillespie’s Peanuts are grown and shelled on Rogers Brothers Farm and are freshly packaged, making for a flavorful and crunchy snack produced with love in Darlington County.

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What Happens “Before the Can?” Peanuts don’t grow on trees or bushes. They, instead, grow underneath the soil. From planting to harvesting, the growing cycle of peanuts can take numerous months. For Gillespie's, peanut season begins in late April. Peanuts are usually planted in a field 1 out of 4 years. It takes 22 weeks for the peanuts to mature before digging begins. After being dug, the peanuts have to dry for about a week. After they dry, combining begins which separates the nuts from the vines. The combining process takes about a month. The peanuts are transported out of the field and transported to the plant where they are stored and shipped to the shelling plant. They are then shelled, cooked, and placed into cans.


Perfect for road trips, ball games, boat rides & poolside!

Gillespie’s Peanuts Introduces Lime Margarita Flavor After several years of offering the same seven flavors of peanuts, Gillespie’s introduced Caramel Crunch Peanuts in the fall of 2017. Almost two years later, the peanut gallery decided it was time for a new flavor.  

Here’s a look at the timeline of the production of Gillespie’s Peanuts... • May 1st - Begin Planting     • June 1st - Complete Planting • Average 140 day growing season. • October 1 - Begin Harvesting • November 1 - Complete Harvesting (goal) • Dry on the ground for 5 days • Pick up with combine. For Gillespie’s Peanut's most-loved Chocolate Covered flavor, the process is a little different. Cocoa plants have to be planted in July near the peanut plants that will be chocolate covered. Gill Rogers shares, “We have to start harvesting the chocolate first—before it gets too hot. Otherwise, the chocolate will melt in the combine and we’ll have a huge mess on our hands!”

Gillespie’s had perfected savory peanuts—like Salted, Sea Salt & Pepper, and Low Country Boil. They also had a nice ‘spicy’ peanut flavor—Spicy Sriracha. Gillespie's couldn’t think of anything that needed to be added to their ‘sweet’ collection of Chocolate Covered, Honey Roasted, and Caramel Crunch. But, it still seemed there was something missing. Maybe another spicy?  Maybe something with a sour punch to it?! Gillespie's sampled many flavor combinations and finally landed on Lime Margarita. People seem to love the sour and salty mix, and it really is a great summer flavor! The Lime Margarita peanuts have done very well from the beginning, and although they were planning on making them a limited edition product, they may have to extend that a little bit! Gillespie's has encouraged fans to pick up the Lime Margarita Peanuts to use as #boatsnacks, but really, they are perfect for traveling, ball games, and hanging out by the pool.  Right now the Lime Margarita Peanuts are being sold in select stores and on their website, www.gillespiespeanuts. com.   Gillespie's Peanuts always has something in the works—who knows what they’ll come up with next! Charles Rogers, one of the owners, and Linzie Batchelor, Marketing Director are unofficially the R&D department. Every meeting they seem to be tossing out ideas about some new product of flavor Gillespie’s Peanuts could try. Of course their entire company is always on the lookout for new opportunities and listening to the needs of their fans! They are ‘nuts’ about their customers! June 2019

Stores that carry Lime Margarita Peanuts:

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WOODWORKS BY FRANKLIN story by Lindsay Brown / photography by Fred Salley

Even as a child, Franklin Brown was always more interested in how something was made than in the product itself. From toys and computers to engines and power tools, he was often found dismantling and then reassembling items that other people took for granted.

out the fine details of each piece, Franklin’s unique pens and pencils quickly became a hit with friends and family. As the holiday season approached, he began taking orders for gifts and soon realized that he would have to upgrade his equipment if he wanted to keep up with the demand.

So, it wasn’t really unusual that when Franklin decided to try his hand at creating handcrafted wooden projects, like pens and bottle stoppers, that he also decided to build his own lathe for turning the wood. “Woodworking and lathe-turning have long been an interest of mine, but there was always an excuse to not get started,” Franklin said. “Lathes and woodturning tools can be expensive and preparing a project can take a long time.”

The first step was purchasing better quality carving tools, which helped Franklin improve his skills and products enough to justify a Kickstarter campaign that would help him raise enough money to purchase a professional quality lathe. The campaign was successful, eventually funding at 176 percent of its goal. Backers of the campaign became loyal fans after receiving one of a kind pens and pencils created using the new lathe.

Still, he kept coming back to woodworking as a hobby, even creating wood slice platters and a few Adirondack chairs as he and his wife prepared decorations for their do-it-yourself wedding in October of 2018. After the wedding, he realized he missed the time he spent on the projects and decided to put excuses aside, creating his own lathe using a power drill and some creative manufacturing.

“That was when I realized that I may be able to turn my hobby into a side business,” Franklin said. “The new lathe made a world of difference in my end products, and I began delving into other types of lathe-turned products, like bottle stoppers, rings, bowls, and even knobs and handles.”

“There was some trial and error at first because it was hard to get the lathe stable enough to turn the wood safely,” he said. “There were some interesting initial outcomes, like exploding, flying wood that my wife didn’t think was too funny. After some adjustments though, I was able to produce some pens worthy of showing without getting a concussion. “I found that I really enjoyed the process of taking a block of wood and seeing what it would become. Each piece of wood has its own unique markings and can be shaped differently just by the way I use the tools to carve it.” Created with natural woods ranging from oak to Australian burls and then polished to bring 28

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A second Kickstarter campaign that focused on pens and pencils made from rare Australian burl woods was even more successful than the first, funding at 311 percent, with several of Franklin’s original backers coming back to support the new project. “The support has been amazing,” he said. “I never expected something that started as a hobby to turn into this. People ask me to make pens as gifts for family members and coworkers. It feels so good to know I have had a hand in helping make a special gift for someone. I even had a custom order where I turned an old hammer handle that had special meaning into a pen for someone’s father.” Eventually, Franklin hopes to focus completely on custom orders so that he can continue to grow as an artist. Meanwhile, he has another Kickstarter campaign idea in the works where he plans to make pens using wood from trees that were destroyed during Hurricane Matthew in Bay County, Florida, where much of his wife’s family lives. The couple plans to donate the profits from the campaign to help support relief efforts in the region.


INTERESTED IN A CUSTOM PEN OR PENCIL? Find Woodworks by Franklin on Facebook or Instagram to see pens and pencils currently for sale, or message Franklin directly on either site for custom orders.

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The Man Behind Micky Finn's HOW RICK HAVEKOST DOES IT ALL story by Allie Roark

If you’re packing a cooler for a beach day, planning a dreamy wedding, or unwinding from a stressful day at work, Rick Havekost and his crew at Micky Finns have just what you need to quench your thirst. Maybe even get you out on the dance floor! In 1999, Rick began fulfilling his dream to offer an untraditional service to the historical persona that surrounded a liquor store. During college at the University of South Carolina, Rick worked at Greens Liquor Store, an upscale beverage establishment. While there, he learned the basic procedures of the business. Shortly after college and a brief restaurant stint that proved to not be his passion, Rick felt he knew what would make a liquor store successful, and just what he wanted to bring back to his hometown. Upon returning to Florence, Rick and his father, Richard, a retired Nucor Vice President, did a lot Rick & family, Boyd, Lilah Bleu & Mallori

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of traveling, researching, and exploring to find just what his store needed. Rick had a vision of a nice building with fully stocked shelves that was welcoming to any valued costumer regardless of their gender. “Women control the money and they will only go into stores where they feel comfortable and safe,” explains Rick. “Our options were to build a small building off of a sketchy road and put bars on the window, or we could buy a pristine piece of property in the middle of town and build a 10,000 square foot building with Mexican tile, I chose the latter.” And so the Five Points location in Florence was born. It wasn’t long before Rick was able to open up an additional store on the south side of Florence that was a replication of his store at Five Points. Micky Finns at Five Points soon became the largest top-selling liquor store in the state. In addition to offering top retail selections, Micky Finns dominates wholesale distributing throughout the state. In 2005, state laws changed allowing local liquor stores to distribute to businesses, where in previous years an employee from these establishments would have to pick up their own alcoholic beverages. Rick began to visit franchise owners of Outback, Applebees, The Cheesecake Factory, and many others across the country in order to sale not only to their Florence locations, but to every location they owned throughout the state. Rick’s


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approach was that each restaurant would receive the same low cost, the best and quickest service, and would work directly with him to ensure it stayed that way. This promise won the business of many and Rick’s continued approach at quality service has gained him more success. This local businessman is currently focusing on quality rather than quantity. Rick plans to expand in the future, but is content in where his company stands at the moment. Rather than expanding locations, Rick is focusing on his stores, employees, and family. Rick enjoys knowing his employees. Some have worked with him for 20 years and are more like family. Rick enjoys knowing his employees, their families, and hosting Christmas gatherings at his home. Rick has shown his appreciation for his employees by helping many of them gain their masters or undergrad degrees.

HOW DOES RICK DO IT ALL? He has a great support team. His family is his biggest motivation. His father still works with him after initially committing to six months or at most a year. Another superstar of the company is Julia Coleman who is a main player in the day-to-day operations. It seems that one of Rick’s best assets could be his employees. He has a knack for employing ambitious people who aspire to grow with the company.

In addition to being a supporter of several nonprofits in the community, Rick has also been a member of the Florence Chamber member since first opening his doors. He values his relationship there and values the connections available through the Chamber. “In my opinion, one of the Chamber’s most valuable assets is the member catalogue that comes out yearly,” he says. “If I’m ever in need of finding a business owner or a particular local service, I reference the member guide. It’s everything I need in a fingers reach.” Micky Finns is well-known due to its intentionality, great prices, stocked shelves, and welcoming staff. When a business runs off these key ingredients, it has no choice but to continue to grow and expand. We are excited to see what this company has in store in the years to come. Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce's Member of the Month:

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Crossroads: Change in Rural America Dillon County Courthouse

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Think & Drink Trivia Southern Hops, Florence

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Small Business Professionals Roundtable Hartsville Chamber

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Lip Sync Battle SiMT, Florence

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Rebecca Giese took these photos at the May Hartsville Farmers Market.

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Check out these Pee Dee area Farmers Market locations: City Center Farmers Market, Saturdays Florence Flea Market, Saturdays, and Sundays Hartsville Farmers Market, June 8th and every 2nd Saturday, April- December Pee Dee  State Farmers Market, Monday-Saturday  Some day-trip options around South Carolina: Barnyard Flea Market Lexington, Saturday, and Sundays Blythewood Farmers Market, Wednesdays Clemson Sandhill Farmers Market, Tuesdays Coastal Carolina Flea Market, Saturdays, and Sundays Goose Creek Farmers Market, Saturdays March - December Hudson's Surfside Flea Market, Tuesday - Sunday North Myrtle Beach Flea Market, Friday - Sunday The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, Tuesdays afternoons

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story by Rebecca Giese

Something about the treasure hunt makes walking in the hot sun buying unique gifts, the freshest vegetables and vintage finds worth it. Since I was a kid, I remember going with my parents almost every weekend, to get vegetables and the occasional "rare" Beanie Baby with the five dollars I had for the occasion. After roughly two decades of visiting flea markets and farmers markets alike, I have perfected the art of the flea market/farmers market hunt. *While sometimes the terms Farmers Market and Flea Market can be interchangeable for the location, they are technically two different scenarios. A Flea Market is defined as a market for vendors to sell pre-owned goods, whereas a Farmers Market is a space for farmers and artisans to sell directly to the consumers.* It may seem obvious, but one should dress comfortably when planning a visit to a flea or farmer's market. Usually, if not always, parking is a hike so you will be walking quite a bit. Plan on wearing sneakers or shoe that are comfortable. Also, pro tip, check out where the market is located online before heading out. Many flea markets, especially, are in open fields and that mud and clay will destroy your favorite pair of sneakers and unless you love dirt between your toes avoid sandals.  Now that you have your outfit planned out, what should you carry? I suggest to travel light, I am notoriously a bag lady, but when heading to flea or farmers markets I try to avoid a muti-bag situation, it gets tiresome and annoying very quick. If you know you will be getting tons of produce and treasures, you should invest in a rolling cart. They make life so much easier plus fewer trips to the car. Some are simple wire baskets on wheels, while others have multiple levels and pockets, which are great to double for snacks and as a purse. The cart gives me flashbacks of middle school rolling backpacks, but we are treasure hunting not trying to make a fashion statement. Lastly, and super obvious, but I would carry cash. Many vendors take cards now but having cash helps when negotiating the price on that wingback chair you have your eyes on. Credit card systems charge the vendor for the transaction so you may be able to get a least %10 off when paying in cash at flea markets. Please note this trick usually doesn't work at farmers markets with fresh and artisan products, but everyone loves cash over dealing with that little dongle. Now speaking of that wingback chair, I do have some tips to finding quality treasures while at flea markets. Always check the condition and get up close a personal with the piece. On most chairs, tables, and benches the

What's on My Radar? Honestly Farmer and Flea Markets! I love finding exploring new areas and going to markets before the weather gets too unbearably hot. Finding the perfect Father's Day Gift, if your dad likes steaks check out Bigs Meats or if he is obsessed with fishing book him a fishing trip out of Murrells Inlet. Art in the Park June 29th & 30th in Myrtle Beach, check out local artisans and unique pieces of art during a trip to the beach!

manufacturers market will be underneath, for dressers, you can find the mark sometimes on the back or in the drawer. This marking will help you find out who, when, and where about the piece, which is essential if you want to restore it to its previous glory or find the actual rarity/ value of the piece. If you are looking for the perfect piece to flip, hello chalk painters, then marks don't matter, but the overall condition does. Look all over for any water damage, check the joints and legs for stability, also check to see if for warped wood or peeling and smell it. Yes, if it smells like smoke, it will be a beast to prep and paint, which is a hard pass for us each time. If you are curious if it is a reproduction or truly old, turn the piece over and check how it is put together. Phillip head screws weren't used until post-WWII so the piece can be vintage, but if it looks primitive and turn-of-the-century with Phillips head screws, then it is a reproduction. Also, check for nicks and cuts in the wood on the bottom and under the drawers, circular saws weren't used until the 1860s and reproductions are known to be mass produced with perfect edges using circular saws. There a lot of educational materials out there on the history of furniture and collectibles so if you are on the hunt for something, in particular, do your research first to make sure you don't buy a dupe or pay too much.   Overall enjoy the hunt, you never know what you will find, maybe homemade lavender soap, local honey or a midcentury buffet you just never know!  June 2019

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The Fox84 Initiative for Boys Bringing awareness to the importance of mentoring story by Heather Page Where we come from and where we grow up have a lasting impression on our lives. While some force those memories to the very back of their minds, others take what they learned through those early experiences and attempt to make a difference for the youth following behind them. This is certainly the case for four 1984 Marion High School graduates - Christopher Shelvin, Keith Fore, John Grice and Rev. Terry Davis. In 2016, the old friends devised a plan that allowed them to give back to the community that raised them by offering mentoring programs to at-risk youth through The Fox84 Initiative for Boys. Sticking to their roots, their goal with The Fox84 was to establish a program focused around Marion County boys to help promote healthy friendships, build strong interpersonal skills and inspire hope for a brighter future. Through partnerships with local schools, businesses and the juvenile court system, the 501c3 nonprofit is dedicated to providing positive adult role models who mentor and empower teens, equip adults and strengthen communities. Co-founder Christoper Shelvin also serves as the President and believes, “Mentoring, at its core, assures young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures that they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

A generous portion of The Fox84’s focus is spent teaching these young men basic skills that they may not learn in their current living conditions, like tying a tie, shaking hands, or the appropriate way to dress for job interviews. In addition, they take these boys on once in a lifetime adventures to learn more about life outside of their surroundings. In 2018, The Fox84 took ten boys to 38

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Washington, DC where they explored the White House, toured Howard University, stood at the podium of the Pentagon, plus many other unforgettable experiences that will have a positive influence on their futures. Throughout the year, The Fox84 team visits Marion County schools for several 4-day mentoring sessions. With one out of every three young persons missing out on a mentor, The Fox84 Initiative for Boys is imperative. During those early years of finding yourself, its important to have a role model, someone who can act as your cheerleader as well as a policy enforcer, and even more as a friend. The Fox84’s vision includes, “boys and young men should be taught the true meaning of responsibility at an early age so that when they grow, they will act with respect, honor and integrity, and the community as a whole will prosper.” Based on several studies, the advantages of mentors includes better class attendance, college enrollment, lower use of drugs and alcohol, and less likely to engage in violence. (Big Brothers Big Sisters; The Mentoring Effect, 2014; The Role of Risk, 2013) Each year, The Fox84 holds two large fund raising events - the 5K Fun Run/Walk held in May and a Fish Fry in January. These events along with local sponsors help fund future exploration trips for the boys. This fall The Fox84 team looks forward to taking 8 ninth grade students and 10 eighth grade students to New York. Donations and volunteers are always needed in order to increase The Fox84’s ability to provide quality, lifechanging mentoring relationships for at-risk youth.

To learn more about The Fox84 Initiative for Boys or to become active within the organization, visit thefox84initiative.


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Q & A with Hunter Frazer blog While blogging has been relevant for many years, a lot of people still just don’t quite get it. Tell us a little bit about blogging in general and why it is so popular today. “By definition, a blog is a website that covers a particular topic that is regularly updated by and individual. We live in a world of instant gratification, so bloggers offer specialized information on an array of topics for others to glean inspiration and learn from with the click of a button. For me, I took a topic I’m passionate about and highlight information I feel may be helpful to others as it pertains to style.”

Tell us about you and what inspired you to start blogging. “I have always had an affinity for style. I draw inspiration from those who raised me, each bearing their own individual style. My mom loves bold, bright colors, while my sister prefers darker tones. My Poppy is never shy to splurge, while my Mimi is forever looking for a bargain. Because of these contrasting influences, I have never truly fit into a style 'box.' I’ve always tested the boundaries of style and though I participate in and appreciate trends, I’ve never let them dictate my taste. I know there are others out there who can relate, so I created The Hunt for Style as a space where I encourage all individuals to embrace their own personal style. I strive to create looks that are chic yet attainable, and love to mix a splurge with a steal! And since my style doesn’t fit in one category, there’s a little something for everyone.”

With thousands of blogs out there, many may say that blogging is an "oversaturated market." What makes your blog unique? “First and foremost, I strive to keep it 'real.' Real women, real bodies, real, attainable style. Because I strive to keep my social media in line with the blog, it can often times turn into a highlight reel—and I’m far too open for that. So every once in a while, you’ll catch a 'raw' moment to keep things balanced because things are rarely as stylish as they seem! "Being a Hartsville native, I feel that I also have unique inside perspective on our town. I love this town and it brings me so much joy to highlight its growth in my blog. I hope to convey a homey Hartsville feel through my website, even when the town isn’t the topic.” 46

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Many say that the blogging world never sleeps! Tell us about your normal daily routine. “It’s so true! The internet is an ever-changing world, and to be successful, you have to be consistent! I am constantly creating content for the website and social media! I definitely consider the blog a job. It requires so much time and effort on my part, and because I 'report' to myself, I have to practice a lot of discipline when it comes to scheduling, shooting looks, meeting with local businesses, etc. I’m still getting a feel for what 'normal' is going to look like in my blogging-sphere. As far as an income goes, the blog will hopefully be a lucrative source of income at some point, but right now I’m just building out her platform and sewing seeds!”

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started blogging? “How incredibly supportive our community would be! I have wanted to launch a blog for several years, but my pride and fear kept me from taking the plunge. I have felt so much love and support from friends and even complete strangers—makes all that fear seem insignificant.”

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A Saturday Guide

with Hunter Frazer

for a Perfect Hartsville Summer Stroll

Beat the Heat in Hartsville If you’re like me, the onset of summertime can rival the busyness of the holiday season. Between weddings and cookouts, family vacations and beach trips, each year I feel like it’s gone before I can blink! This summer, however, my personal goal is to stop and soak in my hometown surroundings in the midst of the craziness— there’s so much right here at our fingertips, especially this time of year! To give myself, and especially you readers, some inspiration, I’ve put together my ideal Saturday in Downtown Hartsville and hope you enjoy all of the lovelies this town has to offer!

Stop One: Morning Stroll through Kalmia Gardens Crisp morning air, paired with the sights and sounds of Hartsville’s own botanical garden, makes for the perfect start to a Saturday morning. The 35-acre gardens boast beautiful blossoms and surround a nearly 200-yearold historic home, the Thomas E. Hart house. Feeling adventurous? Take the plunge down into the floodplains of Black Creek, where miles worth of trails lead you through swamp life and an array of interesting vegetation. If you’re feeling really saucy, hop on your bike and take the path straight on into downtown for our next stop!

Stop Two: Brunch at The Midnight Rooster Affectionately known as “The Rooster”, this coffee shop and eatery has been a Hartsville staple since 2002. Since then, it has blossomed into a hip spot for coffee dates, eclectic lunches, and my favorite, brunch. Available every Saturday, the menu ranges from decadent beignets to biscuits and gravy, with a few salad options for you health-conscious folks! My favorite? The Pedros Rancheros grits bowl. Grits, topped with pimiento cheese, avocado, pico de gallo, and a scrambled egg…what’s not to like? Pair it with a mimosa and you’ve got my go-to Rooster order. Seriously, every time.

Stop Three: Shopping Around Downtown If you catch downtown on a “second Saturday”, you’ll be greeted with a number of street vendors participating in the Hartsville Farmer’s Market. From fresh meats and produce to hand-crafted artisan goods, you’re bound to find something to take home with you. On any and all Saturdays, wander the streets from Carolina around to Fifth for some oneof-a-kind boutique shopping. Check out Minnie’s Giftique for anything from home décor to ladies clothing and everything in-between. And be sure to take them up on their gift wrapping service…it’s to die for! Then, scoot on down to COAST on Carolina to see my girl Johnna and get summer ready! COAST is your one stop for all things beachy and breezy. She can help you get your glow on with a quick spray tan, too! While you’re in there, be sure to check out products from Cotton Patch Hemp—Hartsville’s latest CBD company! From there, hang a right and find yourself at Mahala Reese. If you can get past the gorgeous interior, peruse Amy’s collections for some equally stunning finds. From special occasion dresses to stylish sneakers, you’ll be sure to find something unique.

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Stop Four: Cocktails and Dinner Let’s be honest. That mimosa kicked in, and retail therapy paired with the heat of the day led you to a nice afternoon siesta. Perfect! You’re ready for round two. Now that you’re rejuvenated, head on over to the Rooftop at the Mantissa for a delicious cocktail. My favorite is the Ruby Red Greyhound! Enjoy the gorgeous view of downtown in the sophisticated but relaxed setting, and if you really want to indulge, book one of their luxe-butaffordable suites for a local “staycation”. After cocktails, it’s time for some local grub! Depending on your personal palate, there are a few options I love: • For the Burger Enthusiast: Hoof and Hound is your spot! Build your own or choose one of their hand-crafter burgers (my favorite is the Smokehouse!) For those with different tastes, the quesadilla is also SO good! • For the Foreign Foodie: Bow Thai is a Hartsville hidden gem that you’d surely miss if you weren’t seeking it out! This small space boasts big flavor at incredible prices. I recommend the Pad See U on a Level 2 for a little kick! • For, Well, Anyone: Sam Kendall’s has quickly become a standard for dining out in Hartsville. Whether it’s apps and drinks during happy hour, a romantic night for two, or ladies’ night, there’s a little somthin’ for everyone. You MUST get the Red Hot Shrimp (I like spice, okaaay?) as an appetizer, and the Kingston Cut for your main and I promise it won’t disappoint. If you’ve still got a little bit of life in you, round out your perfect Saturday with a nightcap from Vintage or Retrofit. We like to call Vintage our “Cheers”. There’s always a familiar face and a cold beer waiting on you. Retrofit is another favorite, offering tasty beverages and beautifully refurbished furniture waiting for a home. And since it’s Saturday, be sure to warm up your pipes for some karaoke! Whew. Wasn’t that fun? So this summer, when you’re itching to run out of town for the weekend, just remember: sometimes, the very best vacation spot is right there in your own backyard; you just have to embrace it. I hope you enjoy each and every stop on my Perfect Saturday Hartsville Guide! Be sure to follow The Hunt for Style on all social media platforms to keep up-to-date with Hartsville Happenings and beyond! Stay Stylish and Enjoy the Hunt!

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story by Kent Daniels Lake City native, retired teacher, and now Director of the Lynches Lake Historical Society

Lake City in the Beginning?

Lake City, an outstanding agriculture market for a century, first came to be known prior to the Revolution as the crossroads of important highways from two seaport towns - the road from Georgetown to Camden and the road from Charleston to Cheraw. An inn known as McCrea House on the southwest corner of this crossroads served as a convenient stopping place for numerous travelers, and soon became a favorite place to barter goods.

Sometime prior to 1828, this tract of land came into the possession of Aaron Graham, from whom the original name of the community gets its name, Graham’s Crossroads. It probably would be called by the name of Graham’s or Grahamville today had it not been that there was already a Graham post office in South Carolina when local residents made an application for a post office about 1858. The post office department granted the request and the name of Lynch’s Lake. The two names continued until 1882, when because of the constant confusion of a town of one name and a post office of another, citizens met in the old academy, on the grounds of the Baptist church, to decide on the name for the town. C.C. Bristow suggested the name of Lake City and it was accepted both by the town’s charter and the post office department.

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Graham (son of Aaron Graham), a gin, a Baptist church, an academy, and slave quarters to the rear of the inn. The drug store was on the northwest corner of the crossroads, the Baptist church on the same location as the present church, and the slave quarters about where the village green is. The Northeast railroad (now the CSX) was completed here about 1858 and passed several hundred yards to the west of this crossroads. In 1872, John D. Singletary purchased part of the Graham tract and give it to his daughter Olivia Erwin Singletary. Mrs. Singletary and her husband, Henry Horace Singletary developed most of the present business and residential section of the town. Mr. Singletary did much toward building the business section of the town. In the early 1880s, Lake City’s leading citizens included the late Sam M. Askins and B. Wallace Jones, merchants, and a physician Dr. Middleton Kelly. There was a newspaper known as The Tatler, and three churches, Methodist, Baptist, and Presbyterian. Parts of this article was written by Rev. R.W. Park on August 21, 1939, in the News and Courier and taken from the notes of the late Miss Vonnie Singletary (1878-1938), daughter of H.H. Singletary. Continue to follow Kent in future issues of Vip as he sheds some light on the history of Lake City.


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AROUND TOWN: A VERY SPECIAL PROM 2019

Very Speical Prom Thanks to all that were involved in making the 2019 - A Very Special Prom such a wonderful event! The dance floor stayed full and the faces kept smiles!

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KERSHAW, SC

FORTY ACRE ROCK story by Zach Hughes

One of the things I truly love about traveling in South Carolina is as you travel west from the Pee Dee the landscape slowly changes right before your very eyes. It doesn't matter which road you take, but with each passing curve, the fields begin to transform into hills. The further west you travel the more dramatic the hills begin to present themselves. Growing up in Florence, which is somewhat flat, the Midlands always had a unique draw to it. Of the many roads west that you can see this transformation, one of my favorite drives is to take 151 northwest past Hartsville. I will even admit that I have always been drawn to Hartsville as well because of this. Once you get up around Lake Robinson, the dramatic hills let your eyes see for miles. On this particular trip a few weeks ago, we recently found a very interesting and surprising reason to travel right into the Midlands. Located within the east side of Lancaster County, and just outside of Chesterfield and Kershaw Counties, is a place called Forty Acre Rock. Hidden within these hills, the enormous rock covers the top of the tallest surrounding hill and peeks its head through the trees surrounding it. Over the years, I have heard friends speak of this rock and thought it was about time I go check it out. As I mentioned before, the drive there was half the fun. Once you have made it past Hartsville, the hills really begin to

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present themselves as the road begins to rise and fall as if you are navigating a boat over long rolling waves in the ocean. Once we got close we decided to take a hike to the rock from the lower parking lot. It just so happens that this was the first day-hike that my wife and I took our newborn son on. Strapped to my chest in a baby carrier, we took off down the trail in search of a big rock. Curving through midland hills and luscious green trees the trail took us northward and the path increased in elevation ever so slightly.


There was a light drizzle from the overcast sky, but that's okay, it made the trees seem even greener and more alive. After passing through an opening, cut out for power lines, we found ourselves towing the edge of a small creek that cut through the ground like a snake. In following that creek, it led us to a small waterfall that lay out over a rather large piece of rock cut from the earth. A quick step over the small rocks at the base of the waterfall, and we were faced with a nice steep trail upwards. As we hike our way up the edge of the waterfall via roots and jutting rocks, we could tell that the ground was beginning to change. Rocks were becoming even more frequent, and that means we knew we were getting close. The top of the waterfall was merely a small stream that seemed to cut its way through a wall of rock. Around the corner and through more trees we found ourselves at a crossroads. To the right, we could continue to follow the stream and to the left, it looked like it was a trail almost straight up. But through the trees, we could see that at the end of this trail was a clearing. So naturally, we went left. This being the steepest part of the trail we found ourselves some makeshift walking sticks just to help with the climb. As we neared the top, the trail was quickly surrounded by rock and the trees came to a sudden end. What we found at the end of the trail was a field of wavy rock slab that seemed to cover acres of land. As we trekked up this patch of rock, our walking sticks scraped against the

rock with each step. It almost seemed like an abandoned parking lot that throughout years of wear began to sag and give way to the earth. Small patches of vegetation out of the pools of water and cracks in the rocks told a story of how alive this place was. Near the top, you could see for miles through a clearing in the trees. Although you are not quite on top of the world, you feel like you can see over the Midlands for a fair distance. This patch of rock is also surrounded by a ring of trees and plant life, only to come to an abrupt halt when facing the rock. This place is truly unique in the nature of its existence within the Midlands. It is well worth the day trip from wherever you are in our state, even though it is not as well known. It is a decent little hike to the top, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and check the weather before making the trek. All in all, we were pretty well pleased with our experience of the place. As the weather begins to warm up, make sure to take time and go explore this natural wonder. You will be surprised what a place like this may reveal to you.

Zach Hughes resides in Florence with his wife Alexis and their newborn son Christopher (pictured above). Zach is a local entrepreneur, and has spent most of his time working around the automotive industry. In his spare time, Zach enjoys discovering South June Carolina dabbling in journalism 2019 and VIPMagSC.com

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GRILLING Summer is almost here and you know what that means...It's time to fire up the grill and plan some fun! Each summer, my daughter plays as the "party planner" and has all of her friends over to swim in our backyard. It’s funny how it starts off, “Hey dad, can I invite two or three friends over?” That will grow to a number of seven or eight or even more. And then you know what the next question will be: “Hey dad, do you think maybe you could cook us something?” Even though they’re almost grown, I know what will take this group of friends back to their childhood - grilled pineapple. It works every time! It’s so easy, and it’s so good. It is quite honestly one of the easiest summer snacks I know how to make and is a great crowd pleaser. The ingredients are minimal and the time to make it is short. Without fail, if I offer to make grilled pineapple, the masses rejoice and that grilled pineapple will be devoured. It also makes for a tasty side dish to a summer lunch. Hotdogs or hamburgers go great with grilled pineapple and will add some spark to any party or gathering you throw. As a dad, you’re always looking for ways to make memories with your kids. I’m not sure if the grilled pineapple will make the top 10 for our family but the time cooking together sure will. Story provided by Doug Smith. Following him on Facebook and Instagram at "Doug the Food Guy". 50

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GRILLED PINEAPPLE Ingredients: 1 fresh pineapple 1/2 c. brown sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon Dash of cayenne pepper

Method: • Cut pineapple into spears. • Mix brown sugar and spices together. Use a large freezer bag. • Add the pineapple spears and shake to coat. Set aside. • Grill the pineapple on medium heat for about 8 to 10 minutes turning after about 5 minutes. What you’re looking for is a golden brown on all sides. • Sprinkle with fresh walnuts and serve it with vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat!


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PREVENTIVE PRE-habilitation story by Alan Barrett, PA-C

When it comes to men’s health, preventive maintenance varies little from car or home maintenance. We routinely change the oil, rotate and balance the tires, and perform other preventative services to keep our rides performing safely and at optimal performance. Our garages are full of tools and gadgets to address the smallest of needs around the home from changing a light bulb to installing a new picket fence. When it comes to vehicle and home maintenance, we are forward thinkers. We want to get the most miles out of our purchase and feel comfortable in our surroundings. In contrast, our thinking tends to be more concrete when it comes to the care of our bodies and minds. We have a mentality that what didn’t kill us today must be all right to do again tomorrow. Cigarettes, beer, soda, and fast food quickly become routines and habits. Too often, we consider the movement and energy expended during the workday to be sufficient exercise. We wake up tired after a few hours of sleep and proceed through our day with minimal water intake because “tap water tastes bad.” In order to get the miles out of your body that you desire, you have to start treating it like your other prized possessions. The more work you put into maintenance, the less likely it is you will have to take your car to the dealer for extensive work or hire a contractor for your home to do expensive repairs. You should have this same mentality with your body and mind. You have to perform pre-habilitation in order to avoid rehabilitation. So, how do you go about doing that? First, start small. What can you do today that will improve your health tomorrow? • Can you stop eating fast foods and start eating clean? Make the focus fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. • Can you improve your sleep? Quality does not always equal quantity; but by simply increasing the number of hours that you are getting quality sleep (6-8 hours), you’re on your way to great pre-habilitation. • Remember to hydrate. Water is not cost-prohibitive so feel free to splurge when drinking (64 -128 ounces daily). • What about cigarettes and alcohol? Consider them the equivalent of putting water in your gas tank. Would you really do that? Small changes made on a daily basis can add up to big pay-offs when you go to see your primary care provider. Individuals who take the best care of their bodies tend to have better examinations and lab work. They also have fewer complaints in their home and work life. Good physical health promotes good mental health. Be proactive and promote prevention. #Prehab!

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Florence staff: (Left to Right) Joseph Fleming, Craig Lightfoot, Derrick Dease, Daniel Blathers, Deon Campbell, Gailon Wisdom, Terrance Turner, Mindy Lott, and Anthony Green

Man 2 Man

A Lifeline for Fathers in the Pee Dee

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ads make a difference, and yet, too many dads today are not involved in their children's lives. Not because they do not want to be involved, but things have simply gone wrong. Relationships with their children's mother may have become strained, jobs may have failed, incarceration or life may have gotten complicated. Luckily, Man 2 Man, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help fathers overcome the barriers to be a responsible, involved father, is here to help.

story by Gailon Wisdom Man 2 Man is a holistic program touching and strengthening all aspects of fatherhood. The program has more than ten years of experience in the Pee Dee region. Various services provided include education in areas of health, legal, and drugs and alcohol. Services also include help with economic stability and employment, parenting and co-parenting, peer support and personal development, Child Support and Visitation. Due to the services offered, many fathers are now reconnecting with their children, which is the ultimate goal. In addition to supporting fathers and families, they are also a resource to businesses seeking employees that are ready-to-work and community organizations who want to learn more about father absence and engaging fathers.

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client testimonials: Man 2 Man is one of a network of six fatherhood programs reaching across the state to help reconnect fathers and their children. The SC Center for Fathers and Families helps to coordinate this statewide initiative. However, the idea for the program came about in 1999 when a group of concerned citizens in Marlboro County convened to address one of the most pressing issues at the time: father absence. After they assessed the needs of low-income fathers and developed a holistic plan to address them, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina approved the group's request for funding, and Man 2 Man gained its start in 2000 under the umbrella of the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. From 2002-2003 the program operated under the umbrella of Chesterfield Marlboro EEOC. By 2004, the project was flourishing and growing and eventually established a standalone 501c3. Today Man 2 Man not only serves Marlboro County but now serves the counties of Florence, Darlington, Dillon, Chesterfield and rural areas of Marion. Collectively, the Man 2 Man program has impacted the lives of over 2,300 fathers in these counties since 2002. In 2018, 424 fathers were served, positively affecting the lives of over 900 children. Over 40% of the fathers enrolled in the program paid child support which amounted to $72,256.00. Man 2 Man also saved the Pee Dee region over $1.28 Million dollars in our Jobs and Not Jail program. Executive Director Derrick Dease believes that the program has become an oasis for men in the Pee Dee to develop their parenting skills, empowering them to become strong fathers to creating strong families. The program hosted several events geared to improve the mindset of fathers. These events are weekly peer group meetings on parenting, healthy relationship, economic stability, and men’s health. Other events are Dads to Grads, Job Fairs, Employability Job Boot Camp, Father’s Cookout, Free Men Health Fair, New Dads Boot Camp, and Expungement Conference. The program also assisted over 25 fathers to complete the Manufacturing Industrial Skills training at Florence Darlington Technical College in 2018.

George Johnson Cheraw resident, Father of three, Attended Chesterfield County Peer Group Sessions George discovered Man 2 Man through Father365, a campaign to provide information and support to fathers looking to be the best dads they can be for their children and families. George recently was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff with the Chesterfield County Sheriff Department. He thanks the program for helping him to plan out the necessary steps to reach his goals. “Attending the group sessions has helped me learn to have patience with the situation I am in. It’s not about me or my child’s mother, but it’s about our child. I have been more organized, communicating better, and listening, so when I can start getting my daughter, I can better tend to her needs. The biggest thing of all that I learned is to stay humble and to let God fight my battles for me.”

Tyreek Blair Bennettsville resident, Father of one, Attended Marlboro County Peer Group Sessions Tyreek was referred to Man 2 Man by the SC Youth Offenders Program. Tyreek completed the Employability Job Boot Camp and Industrial Manufacturing Skills Training at Florence Darlington Technical College. Today, Tyreek has his CDL, was recently employed by a local industry, and is now in a better position to take care of his family. "When I got locked up, I realized I needed the support from Man 2 Man to help me become a better man, son, father, brother, and friend. The program has helped me look at life a different way and to put my kid first and to give him everything I did not have growing up. Man 2 Man helped me with being mature as a man and a father, and to put my priorities first. Man 2 Man offers programs that teach you to become a better father and they help you find a job to provide for your family. Today, I am proud of the changes I have made in my life to become a better father.” client testimonials continue on next page.... June 2019

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Ron Pyett Florence County resident, Father of three, Attended Florence Peer Group Sessions While struggling to find a job, Ron was also falling behind on child support payments. Due to his situation, Ron felt stuck and unable to see past the world he knew. A family court case worker suggested he consider the fatherhood programs at Man 2 Man. Ron was hesitant, but after interacting with staff and listening in on several group sessions with other fathers in the program, he opened up about his own struggles and began to realize his potential to rise above his circumstances. Ron enrolled in Man 2 Man's Employability Boot Camp to position himself for better job opportunities. He was selected for a career training program in partnership with Florence-Darlington Technical College where he completed the program as a certified welder. Ron shares, “Everything that I learned from Man 2 Man put me in my current position. They taught me about job stability, financial responsibility and helped me become a better father to my kids. When you’re having a bad day, you can go talk with somebody who can steer you in another direction or give you another glimmer of hope or flicker of light. Before I started going there, I didn’t have an outlet. Man 2 Man became my outlet.”

Timothy Seltzer Hartsville resident, Father of two, Attended Hartsville Peer Group Sessions Featured in Man2Man Fatherhood Initiative documentary, “From Job to Career – Creating Employment Opportunities for Fathers,” on YouTube. Timothy was referred to the Man 2 Man program by the Department of Social Services (DSS) in Darlington. He struggled finding a job because of his background, which affected his child support payments. Man 2 Man connected Timothy with the Vocational Rehabilitation program in Hartsville. Through the program, he was offered a job at Lowe’s in Hartsville. His employers were impressed with his work ethic and promptness. Timothy enrolled and completed the program's Employability Job Boot Camp, Man 2 Man Dads 2 Grads, and a certified Forklift course at Florence Darlington Technical College. Timothy shares, "I remember riding my bike for over fourteen miles to apply for a job, only to be denied. Man 2 Man helped me to remain focused and encouraged me to not give up." 56

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Man 2 Man program has impacted the lives of over 2,300 fathers in these counties since 2002. In 2018, 424 fathers were served, positively affecting the lives of over 900 children. Peer Group Session Schedule: MONDAYS Man 2 Man Florence Office @ 10am & 6pm TUESDAYS Dillon County Library @ 2pm Harbor Freight Tools-Dillon Distribution Center @ 4:30pm WEDNESDAYS Northeastern Technical College Cheraw @ 2pm Florence-Darlington Technical College - Hartsville Office @ 4pm THURSDAYS Man 2 Man Bennettsville Office @ 11am & 4pm

Office Locations: Florence Office (Headquarters) 1321 West Evans Street Florence SC, 29501 Tel: 843.676.0407 Bennettsville Office 110 South Parsonage Street Bennettsville SC 29512 Tel: 843.479.4177

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SHOWING THANKS story provided by Regency Hospital of Florence

Don Ellis is always grateful to celebrate another Father’s Day and he has, in many ways, Regency Hospital Florence to thank for that. In 2013, then 67-yearold Don walked into his local emergency room short of breath, exhausted, and generally feeling bad. In quick succession, he developed a fever and went into respiratory distress. He was placed on a ventilator. Eventually, doctors discovered that Don, owner of a heating and air conditioning business, had contracted Legionnaire’s disease. Mary Lee, Don’s wife, remembers hearing the terrifying words when her husband mumbled, “Help me. I can’t breathe.” She remembers asking the Lord at that moment to not let those be the last words she would hear from him. He spent a month in his local hospital, cycling through rapid heartbeat, respiratory issues and acute renal disease that required dialysis. By August, he stabilized and was transferred to Regency Hospital Florence for added healing and recovery time. He was disoriented, on a ventilator, requiring airway support, and a feeding tube. He was severely weak and had muscle loss in his lower body. The Regency Hospital physician-led team of nurses, specialists, therapists and nutritionists formed a plan to help Don regain consciousness, breathe independently and gain enough strength to eventually continue therapy at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Doctors closely monitored his condition and medication, phasing him off drugs that disoriented him. As Don returned to consciousness, respiratory therapists began to test his readiness to begin transitioning him off the ventilator. Physical therapists also helped Don begin to sit up in bed for extended periods. 58

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Respiratory therapists prepared him to wean by conducting spontaneous breathing trials. With therapists monitoring the ventilator’s settings, the machine gradually reduced the air it was providing Don, allowing him to take an increasing number of breaths on his own. He continued this several times a day until his chest muscles and lung capacity strengthened enough to breathe on his own. Once off the ventilator, respiratory therapy began decreasing the size of his tracheostomy until his airway no longer needed support. Simultaneously, dietary stepped in to help retrain Don’s throat muscles to swallow food by giving him increasingly thicker liquids until he could handle swallowing liquids and foods. The increased nutrition was important because the disease significantly weakened Don’s lower body. He needed those extra calories to increase his stamina. Over the next month, therapists increased his activity, helping him sit at the bed’s edge, pivot safely, move to a chair and later, into a wheelchair. On Sept. 25, 2013, 32 days after his arrival, Don discharged to the next level of care. Out of bed and in a wheelchair, he was breathing on his own and ready to tackle the several hours of daily physical therapy at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Today, Don has enjoyed being retired. His son, Lee, now runs the heating and air conditioning business. Retirement gives Don the time to whip up an incredible feast, with help from his son, that he brings for the Regency Hospital staff on Thanksgiving. They have carried on this tradition every year since Don has been out of the hospital. Don and Mary Lee are so grateful that Lisa Gibson referred them to Regency Hospital. They can’t thank the nurses, doctors, and therapists enough and have since referred many people to Regency Hospital. They are grateful for their ongoing friendships with doctors at the facility, too. Regency Hospital Florence is also grateful for Don and Mary Lee’s continued friendship – and their delicious turkey dinner. Today, it 805 Pamplico Highway represents more than just giving 2nd & 3rd Floors, thanks, but also the celebration South Tower of MUSC, Florence (843) 661-3471 of a healthy life.


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Keep It Cool This Summer

SUN-sational Watermelon Smoothie INGREDIENTS:

Watermelon Slices, seedless preferred Frozen Raspberries Peeled Cucumber Slices Ice Optional Additions: Water, Yogurt, or Milk The watermelon adds sweetness while the raspberries add tartness so increase the quantities of each ingredient depending on your taste. In addition to being delicious, cucumbers help reduce bloating making this a great smoothie to sip while lying on the beach! Adding in dairy products provides protein, which can help make your smoothie a true meal replacement that keeps you satisfied.

Place all ingredients in a blender until well mixed. Garnish with mint.

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