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Top 7 Livin’ Upstate stories of 2019

From Pumpkintown and Pickens to Slater and Sugar Tit, we traveled the Upstate in 2019 to give you a glimpse of the people and places that make our region special.

Here are the Top 7 Livin’ Upstate stories of 2019, based on user interest:

1. Take a trip down memory lane at Wilson’s 5 Cents to $100
An old-fashioned five-and-dime where you can find just about anything, Wilson’s in Greenville is a leader on the list of Upstate institutions. One Livin’ Upstate user commented, “If they don’t have it at Wilson’s, you don’t need it.”

2. Sugar Tit and 6 more unusual town names in the Upstate
The Upstate has its share of unusual town names like Sugar Tit, Possum Kingdom and Pumpkintown. Livin’ Upstate users enjoyed learning about some of them in this Top 7 list.

3. Food is the focus of Pumpkintown General Store and Café makeover
Bill Alexander transformed the old Pumpkintown General Store in Pickens County into a café. Now, in addition to a steady stream of locals, people are coming from all over the Upstate for hamburger steak, club sandwiches, hot dogs and the café’s famous hamburgers.

4. South Carolina state dance as much about socializing as it is busting a move
Jeff and Dede Ward of Simpsonville, SC teach every age group from teenagers to empty nesters how to dance The Shag, passing the state dance along to newcomers and new generations of South Carolinians.

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5. Slater Drug is known for great ice cream and a heavy dose of customer service
Whether filling a prescription or scooping ice cream, Vassar Livengood feels a sense of pride in the business her family built and in the northern Greenville County community it serves.

6. Satisfy your hotdog hankerin’ on national hot dog day
To celebrate National Hot Dog Day in July, we sent Greer, SC resident and hotdog lover Allen Knighton out to try the dogs at a few popular and a couple of lesser-known spots. Livin’ Upstate users enjoyed Allen’s list and gave us a few recommendations of their own.

7. Top 7 spots for apple pickin’ in the Upstate
While the Upstate is best known for growing peaches, the area has its share of apple picking spots that are the perfect setting for a fall outing. To commemorate National Apple Month in October, we shared our Top 7 list for apple picking in the Upstate and in nearby western North Carolina.

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