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VOL12ISS2 2016

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 33 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 SPARTANBURG "Their decision to allocate capital for this hotel in Spartanburg speaks volumes about their belief in and commitment to the future of Spartanburg," said Oakes. "We travel across the country looking for interesting urban energy and have found it here in our own city's downtown – the future has never been brighter in Spartanburg." The excitement and energy is echoed by local business owners and leaders, three of which benefitted from the town's Main Street Challenge to start their businesses - Growler Haus, Health in Hand and The Local Hiker. Craig Kinley, owner of Growler Haus, sees the transformation of the city as positive. "We look at economic development (industry leaders), community investment (streetscapes and parks) education and the art/culture in a community when deciding on a location," said Kinley. "This is our best market– it is clicking on all cylinders." Emily Wood is the proud owner of Health in Hand, Spartanburg's first and only juicery, and third in the state. The young entrepreneur took the dive into business when she opened the shop in 2013 at the age of 23. Like many business owners she found out that home is the best place to do business. Returning home after college, the Spartanburg native took the city's Main Street Challenge and was one of three winners. The first rent-free year made a difference. "The vibe and energy downtown is great," said Wood. "Business is better than I thought it would be." Michael and Kathy Silverman, owners of The Local Hiker and Hub City Scoops, are happy they took the "Challenge." The assistance from the city enabled them to open the first hiking, camping and backpacking shop downtown. A few doors down from their outfitter store you can try a scoop of one of their 28 ice cream flavors. R.J. Rockers is part of the Spartanburg success story. Voted the "best place to meet in Spartanburg," the brewery's home is a former Dodge dealership in the burgeoning arts and entertainment area, the Grain District. >>

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