Wednesday, October 23, 2019
In the 11 years since the first Upstate Pride March at Barnet Park, Spartanburg has grown with new businesses and community organizations supporting and welcoming the local LGBTQ community and visitors coming in town for Upstate Pride Week with events at LGBTQ-friendly Spartanburg businesses like Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery, Denny’s, and the Chapman Cultural Center.
Crystal Pace, area director of sales marketing with Pinnacle Hospitality Group, said the most comforting thing for an LGBTQ visitor is to know when they’re in Spartanburg, they’ll be treated the same as anyone else.
We talked to a group of locals in-the-know to put together a list of the best spots for LGBTQ visitors in #OneSpartanburg during Pride Week and beyond.
Little River Coffee Bar offers a welcoming vibe on top of locally-roasted caffeinated concoctions. The Little River Coffee Bar on West Main Street, or The Pharmacy inside the historic Montgomery Building, are perfect ways to start any visit to Spartanburg.
The Hub City Bookshop sits right next door to the Coffee Bar. The Bookshop, also home to the nationally-recognized Hub City Writers Project, offers a diverse selection of reading from around the country, but the Bookshop truly specializes in earning the talented local writers of Spartanburg more exposure.
Two Spartanburg businesses with a craft beer focus are Upstate Pride friendly businesses.
Spartanburg is full of restaurants with something for everyone, no matter your taste.
The Chapman Cultural Center is Spartanburg’s arts hub and the centerpiece of the Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District. At Chapman on any given day, you can find live performances, art exhibits, artists-in-residence working on unique pieces, community events, classes, and more. On top of the fine arts, Chapman is home to the Spartanburg Science Center, the Spartanburg Little Theatre, the Spartanburg Art Museum and a bevy of other arts organizations.
Arrowhead Design Co. is Spartanburg’s home for all gear, well, BURG. The popular design took off with locals and visitors alike, and now the BURG logo, as well as designs with the enjoyable description, “Spartanburger,” can be seen emblazoning T-shirts, hats, tote bags, and more. Arrowhead designs can be found at their Kennedy Street store as well as other businesses around Spartanburg, including Ciclops, the Coffee Bar, The Local Hiker and more.