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Your 2023 Guide to the Upstate

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Wow, it’s been a heck of a year! As you know, Living Upstate SC is your local guide for the best places to go and things to doing the upstate area. From delicious eats and outdoor adventures to your favorite local shops, we’ve got you covered!

The Living Upstate SC team has had an amazing year showcasing our communities near and far, and we cannot wait to do more in 2024!

It is our passion to share the stories of small businesses that help make our area one of the fastest growing in the country, with a quality of life like no other.

 

Places to Enjoy

The Jones Oyster Co. brings fresh seafood to downtown Greenville – With about 40 seats in the restaurant, Chef Freidank said their goal was to have an intimate space to enjoy the flavors of the coast…

13 Stripes River Lodge – The brewery, located just outside of downtown Greenville, hosts events weekly. During the summer, the lodge and the Saluda Outdoor Center offer tubing on the Saluda River…

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Employees with different abilities thrive at Inspire Coffee House – “First of all, we have some of the best coffee around and the best people,” Central Mosaic Pastor Joe Clarey said with a smile. “We employ individuals with disabilities here…”

Scout’s Doughnuts opens storefront in Greenville – Scout’s Doughnuts has been popping up around Greenville since February of 2022. Now, it has a storefront location in Overbrook…

Perfect Buns, a walk-up burger bar, opens in Greenville’s Camperdown Plaza – Burgers, brews and handhelds. That’s what Perfect Buns, a walk-up burger bar located at the AC Hotel in the Camperdown Plaza, is all about!…

Discover the rich history and vibrant community at The Silos in Easley – The Silos in Easley is a one-of-a-kind destination that offers visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich history of the Upstate while enjoying diverse food vendors and entertainment…

Feed your body and mind at Chef 21’s new Greenville locations: Sushi Burger & Korean BBQ and Tea Republic – Chef 21 Sushi Burger & Korean BBQ pushes the boundaries of traditional dining by offering a unique menu that includes sukiyaki pots, sushi burgers, and Chef’s Table Experiences…

Eat, Drink, Stay at Chattooga Belle Farm – It’s a place to eat, drink, shop and stay right next door to Walhalla…

Crazy and Edible Creations in Lyman – If you are hungry, Crazy and Edible Creations in Lyman has something for the stomach and the soul…

Good Vibes Juice Bar offers healthy options in Easley – Looking for an inviting atmosphere that offers delicious and nutritious options to satisfy your cravings? Look no further than Good Vibes Juice Bar in Easley…

Experience Southern hospitality and culinary delights at Maples on Main in Rutherfordton – Entering Maples on Main feels like stepping onto a movie set, as many visitors have attested. The café offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere, reminiscent of a quaint European café…

Tandoor Express: Your gateway to exquisite Indian cuisine in Duncan – If you’re a food enthusiast on the lookout for an authentic Indian dining experience, look no further than Tandoor Express Indian Grill, a hidden culinary gem in Duncan…

Houni’s Italian Ice opens Simpsonville location – Simpsonville just got a whole lot cooler, all thanks to sisters Morgan Calhoun and Walker Hudzik, who have expanded their Houni’s Italian Ice business by opening a second location…

Indaco brings a taste of Charleston to downtown Greenville – Whether you’re a meatball enthusiast, a pizza lover, or simply in search of an exceptional dining experience, Indaco is sure to leave a lasting impression…

Experience mochi donuts, Korean hot dogs at Mochinut in Greer – If you’re looking for a unique treat, Mochinut in Greer offers a variety of customizable and tasty options!…

Experience the culinary magic of Charlie’s Hot Buns in Sapphire, NC – Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked bread straight out of the oven, and Charlie’s Hot Buns has mastered the art with their colossal cinnamon buns that rival the size of your head…

Elevate Your NYE: A spectacular winter wonderland awaits at Juniper’s Rooftop Gala – Set against the stunning backdrop of Greenville’s skyline, Juniper’s New Year’s Eve gala promises to be a winter wonderland of glamour and excitement…

 

Places to Shop

Fiore & Fields offers handcrafted, nature-inspired bath and body goods – A mother-daughter team in Greenwood is handcrafting beautiful, nature-inspired bath and body products. Their brand, Fiore & Fields, is sold in multiple stores across the Upstate as well as online….

Shop handmade and learn new skills at The Maker’s Market in Inman – In a world where mass-produced products dominate the market, it’s refreshing to see a resurgence of handmade goods and the people who create them…

Timms Mill makes grits and cornmeal the old fashioned way – Nestled on the banks of Six and Twenty Creek in Pendleton, South Carolina, Timms Mill is a living testament to the region’s rich milling heritage…

Experience the magic of Raven and Moon: A Simpsonville sanctuary for holistic healingRaven and Moon is more than a crystal boutique; it’s a women-owned, intentional lifestyle shop dedicated to consciously curated goods and holistic healing services.

 

Things to Do

Motive School of Movement offers unique gym experience – In March of 2020, American Ninja Warrior competitors Scott “Bootie” Cothran, Brett Sims, Grace Sims, and Bob Reese opened a ninja obstacle and parkour gym near the Haywood Mall in Greenville…

WaveRoom Yoga opens in Spartanburg – “Yoga is for everyone. It is for every body type, every physicality. It is absolutely phenomenal at opening up the body, strengthening the joints, and strengthening the muscles,” Co-Owner Reid Johnson said…

Visit the Upstate’s only vintage arcade and ice cream shop – The Upstate’s only vintage 80’s arcade and 50’s ice cream parlor combo is located just off of Highway 81 in the Electric City!…
Alpaca Southern offers unique experience in Travelers Rest – If you’re looking for a unique experience in the Upstate, Alpaca Southern, a small family-owned alpaca farm in Travelers Rest, offers some great options!..

Experience the Upstate’s newest zipline course at Keowee-Toxaway State Park – During the two-hour zipline tour, you will cross one suspended bridge and ride 10 lines, reaching as high as 120′ above the forest floor and spanning up to 2000′ in length…

Join Southern Om’s Summer Challenge & win free yoga – Southern Om, a renowned hot yoga studio in the Upstate, invites you to experience the transformative power of hot yoga…

Headwater Outfitters offers fishing, tubing & more in Rosman, NC – If you’re seeking thrilling outdoor adventures, look no further than Headwater Outfitters. Nestled just outside of the picturesque town of Brevard, North Carolina, this premier, family-owned outfitter has been catering to outdoor enthusiasts for over three decades..

From apple picking to apple cannons: Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard has it all – With over 50 years of history in agritourism, this orchard has transformed into a wonderland of activities for all ages…

Eerie excitement awaits at Nightmare Hollow Haunted Trail in Spartanburg –  For over two decades, Nightmare Hollow Haunted Trail has been a spooky-season staple in Spartanburg…

Learn new skills at the Holly Springs Center in Pickens Co. – The Holly Springs Center is a non-profit community center in northern Pickens County that offers a variety of Appalachian heritage classes as well as a preschool and day camp.

 

Things to Know

How to identify snakes in SC, NC & GA – How can you tell if a snake is venomous and non-venomous? Roper Mountain Science Center Natural Science Educator Tim Taylor shared some tips for identifying snakes in the area…

Pay your tab, find your friends, meet new people with Tabbi app – Imagine being able to close your tab from your phone. Now, there’s an app for that! A Greenville startup launched Tabbi in September of 2022…

Hub City Hog Fest to benefit Mobile Meals of Spartanburg – “We have about 50 barbecue competitors that come in, and then we have food vendors that come in. But this year, we’re adding an expanded Artisans Alley…

New single by local singer songwriter James Wilson Tucker – Local singer songwriter James Wilson Tucker talks to Jamarcus about his new single “Stay Home Tonight.”

Paralysis to Perseverance: Upstate teen shares recovery journey after spinal injury – The culmination of a journey that started with a traumatic pool accident, but guided by faith, determination and a team of supporters Austin is standing tall and moving forward…

Debut album “Perch Coo” by independent artist Mark Stephen Pelfrey – He joins Jamarcus to talk about his debut album “Perch Coo” and where you can catch his upcoming shows…

Adam Schrimmer of Blank Canvas Mural Company to Design Three Murals in Travelers Rest – Adam Schrimmer, Lead Artist and Owner at Blank Canvas Mural Company, was selected by businesses in the city of Travelers Rest to design and paint three murals as part of the city’s on-going Façade Improvement Program…

SIX: The Musical now at the Peace Center in Greenville – Prepare to be dazzled by the global sensation “SIX: The Musical” as it makes its way to the Peace Center for an unforgettable performance.

Visit the Hispanic & Latino Heritage Art Exhibition in Greer through Oct. 19 –  In honor of Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, The Edward R. Driggers City of Greer Center for the Arts is highlighting artwork created by five local Hispanic and Latino artists…

Local Family Shares Extreme Halloween Tradition – We are all excited about Halloween, but this local makeup influencer that takes it to a whole other level with her family…

Town of Lyman to hold Centennial Celebration – This milestone dates back to 1923 when Pacific Mills established the Lyman Printing and Finishing Company, which became a textile powerhouse and the largest employer in Spartanburg County during its peak…

‘Breaking Bad’ star RJ Mitte to host ‘A Very Merry Red Carpet Christmas’ in Greenville – A Very Merry Red Carpet Christmas, presented by Sundt Promotions, promises to be a night of holiday magic with special celebrity guest RJ Mitte…

CreativeSoul Photography exhibit on display in Greenville – A Greenville native and her husband are making waves worldwide with their creatively captured images of Black children in empowering poses…

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