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The Gardens of Spartanburg

By Jan Scalisi , produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. You can drive by it on busy John B. White Sr. Boulevard and never notice it. You can even pull in and park at the entryway, but still have no clear idea of what’s ahead. It’s only as your walk unfolds, step by surprising step, that you begin to realize where you've arrived: in a peaceful garden in the middle of the city. Amazing how Spar

The Fish Camp Experience

By Jeremy L. C. Jones, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. The Flounder Fish Camp doesn't look like much. It's nothing fancy inside or out. Most fish camps aren't. They're not supposed to be. The Flounder is out of the way—off Interstate 26, northwest of the city of Spartanburg, at 160 Barbado Lane. It's a relatively plain stucco rectangle with brown siding at the roof-line, a simply-let

The West Main Artists Co-op

By Christopher George, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. From the outside, the steeply sloped roofline and large, ornate windows would make it easy for anyone to guess at the original purpose of the large red brick structure at 578 West Main Street. Originally housing a Baptist church, this 20,000-square-foot building planted on a small hill just west of downtown Spartanburg serves today as

Cycling Spartanburg

By P. L. Thomas, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. My journey to becoming a cyclist began in the early 1980s when I bought my wife and me two Schwinn bicycles from the Great Escape in Spartanburg when the store was housed in what we called then “the old Sears building” across from the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. At the time, as we walked out of the shop with a Schwinn Sport and Schw

BMW: A Day with the Ultimate Driving Machine

There’s a green cone just off the edge of the track at the BMW Performance Center, marking where my first of four timed laps will start. I’m behind the wheel of a 135is, the fastest version of a diminutive vehicle affectionately known by German car enthusiasts as the “Baby Beemer.” Mine is the first in a line of five identical models—all in a color BMW calls “Deep Sea Blue Metallic”—set to take on the

Brewing Beer in Downtown’s Grain District

By Jodie Free, HubCity Writers Project I came to Spartanburg on a summer internship from my graduate school in Oxford, Mississippi, and during the three months that I lived there, RJ Rockers beer became a staple of my diet, and the brewery became one of my favorite places to be downtown. Founded in 1997 by head brewer and New Jersey native Mark Johnsen, RJ Rockers is a microbrewer with more than a dozen beers. Loca