The Upstate SC

VOL11ISS1 2015

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 11 — ISSUE 1 30 SPARTANBURG The Upstate Hub of Growth BY LYNNE BRANDON Something is going on in downtown Spartanburg. The signs of life and booming business are everywhere. "Since about January 2013, 50 new businesses have opened in our downtown," said Will Rothschild, communications manager for City of Spartanburg. "We have more places to eat and grab a drink than we did 24 months ago as well as retail and white collar businesses." Visitors are noticing and setting up new shops, and moving downtown. In less than a year, 97 new housing spaces have opened up adding to the nearly 400 options already downtown. Occupancy is nearly at capacity at almost 95 percent. It is a signal of approval for the growth and energy in the heartbeat of the city—its vibrant downtown. Two major retail expansions will drive more visitors to the already thriving downtown. The state's frst community-owned grocery operation, the Hub City Co- op, will open across from the Chapman Cultural Center in a renovated structure. The town's second brewery will position itself next to the co-op. More than 20 million will be put down for the town's new boutique hotel that is projected to open by fall 2017. The Hub City Tap House will join popular R.J. Rockers to add to the craft brewery scene. The new venture will bring not only craft beer to the beverage landscape, but will add hard cider to the menu. Wine bars and Motte & Sons Bootlegging Company add to the diversifed adult beverage choices. New retailers set up shop with the help of the city or on their own. Paisley Paw, a dog grooming salon with pet supplies, and Health In Hand Juice and Smoothie Bar were recognized by the city's Main Street Challenge and received assistance to open their ventures downtown. Other new downtown business owners are: Hub Diggity, a restaurant that sells hot dogs and other products; Dotties Toffes, a candy manufacturer and ice cream retail; The Grapevine gift shop and refurbished furniture; and Vintage Warehouse. "We have so many new businesses opening and it's a very exciting time for Spartanburg," said Kathy Chandler, director, Spartanburg Downtown Association. Entrepreneurs, like the non-proft company Rice Bowls, have a place in Spartanburg. The group was recognized in March by technology giant Facebook with its "Social Good App of the Year" award for its hunger- fghting video game app, Hunger Crunch. The app gives 100 percent of its profts from in-app purchases toward feeding children in 54 orphanages in eight countries around the world. Spartanburg's name as "Hub City" fts every aspect of the town from culture to entertainment to outdoor living. Culture is on every corner from the impressive Chapman Cultural Center where performing and visual arts performances are held almost nightly, to boutique art dealers, writers, musicians and other creative types. The Spartanburg Music Trail honors notable musicians from the "Hub City," and it serves notice that visitors are in a music town. The famed music trail expanded again in 2015 by honoring Carlos DuPre Moseley (deceased managing director, president and chairman of the board of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra), and David Daniels, a countertenor, who has starred in productions at many of the world's most famous opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Daniels' parents were Converse College voice professors for many years. Previous inductees include bluesman Pink Anderson, country/jazz guitarist Hank Garland, bluegrass picker Don Reno and Southern rock's Marshall Tucker Band, among others. The musical city features live music somewhere in the city every night at restaurants or bars. A vibrant literary community is alive and well thanks to the Hub City Press which celebrated its 20th anniversary. The organization's function is two-fold with its writers group and independent book store. The Hub City Writers Project has published more than 60 books and operates a non-proft bookstore in the center of town. The Hub City's bookselling operations help fund a successful writer's conference, a mentor program, summer writing camps, college scholarships, books for area schools, and dozens of annual readings. The organization has won the South Carolina Governor's Award for the Humanities, and three frst-place IPPY (Independent Publisher) awards. t u r e i s o n

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