Three Spartanburg County Chefs Serve Up Their Secrets

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

As a fourth-generation South Carolina farmer, I’m always interested to see how chefs showcase our regional staples on their menus. While Spartanburg County is renowned for peaches, our unique corner of South Carolina is home to a number of seasonal delights. I talked to three local chefs about the ways they highlight our area’s artisanal foodstuffs and here’s what they had to say. Read More ››


The Sparkle City Pizza Scene

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

When I told my girlfriend that I had been asked to write an article about Spartanburg’s pizza scene, she crunched her face into a quizzical smirk and asked, “What pizza scene?” The attitude was expected. My girlfriend is a bona fide Yank—born and raised just outside of New York City—which means, among other things, that she maintains a steadfast discrimination toward any pizza that hasn’t been hand-tossed and oven-baked north of the Potomac. Read More ››


The Scholar’s Tour of Spartanburg County

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Historical documents often give researchers an understanding of the social history of a place and how residents interacted with one another in the past. Libraries are one of my favorite places to visit when I go to a new town. This type of historical preservation is a quieter more nuanced art and it tends to be overlooked by visitors. However, if you find yourself in Spartanburg yearning to learn more about the city’s history, there are several places to go, depending on your interests. Read More ››


Spartanburg's German Connection

Monday, February 08, 2016

Raise your hand if, when you think of Germans in Spartanburg, you think BMW? Me too—so I was surprised to learn that there are 27 German manufacturing companies in Spartanburg County and that the German community here predates BMW by decades, going back to the days when textiles were king of the manufacturing landscape. Read More ››


It’s Official: Spartanburg is an Arts Town

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Music on Main, one of Spartanburg’s celebrated weekly warm-weather events, ceases at the beginning of winter, but there are plenty of things to do within city limits. With over 1,335 annual events and festivals, 43 galleries and art exhibit spaces, 21 indoor live performance venues, and nine outdoor performance venues, options abound, and most are free. There is no famine of options here. Read More ››


The Buzz in Spartanburg: Coffee Culture

Thursday, February 04, 2016

If you happen to be on the Mary Black Rail Trail during normal weekday business hours, you might find your curiosity piqued by a pleasant aroma as you arrive at the intersection with Marion Avenue. Follow your nose, and you will find yourself at one of Spartanburg's hidden gems: Little River Roasters. Inside you will find a coffee lover's paradise, with the smell of coffee from the roaster permeating the space and countless 150-pound burlap sacks of green coffee beans from around the world just waiting to be turned into a delicious cup of Joe. Read More ››


Meat and three: It’s what’s cooking in Spartanburg

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Wades
By Jan Scalisi
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

If you’re visiting Spartanburg County—and would like to think that you’re doing a fine job of taking in its special culture—be sure to do this before you leave: Relax your belt buckle a notch, loosen your traveling pants, and take in some Southern-style comfort food. The locals will tell you that you haven’t experienced our true culinary character until you’ve tossed your diet aside and ticked off a meat-and-three (that’s one meat, three vegetables, best served with sweet tea and dessert) at a classic Southern restaurant. Read More ››


A Tale of Two Distilleries

Friday, November 13, 2015

By Sharon Purvis
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

If you ask ten people to name ten things that they associate with the Southern Appalachians, it's a pretty safe bet that most of them will include moonshine on their list. And with craft breweries and distilleries on the rise, it was only a matter of time before legal hooch made an appearance-but it's not the stuff your granddaddy may (or may not) have enjoyed on the sly. Read More ››


Inside Spartanburg’s Craft Beer Scene

Thursday, November 12, 2015

By Harris King
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

Craft beer is booming across the country, and this is also the case in Spartanburg. Recently, the United States eclipsed 4,000 breweries, which is its highest mark since the late nineteenth century. Read More ››


Visiting Peter’s Creek Preserve

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Wofford
By Tim Marsh
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

When I first arrived in Spartanburg as the new Writer-in-Residence at the Hub City Writers Project, there was naturally a lot I needed to learn. There was the social and economic history of a very old county, the mannerisms of a deeply intricate culture, and the environs of a widely-diverse ecosystem. Read More ››


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