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VOL12ISS2 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 34 SPARTANBURG "It was built in the '50s. It feels industrial and authentic at the same time," said co-owner, Henry Depew. The popular brewery has been in business since 1997 and moved downtown in 2009, a few blocks from its original location. "We believe beer culture is about creating an authentic, good product that brings people together," said Depew. "When one walks into the brewery it is clear that the product is made right here. And, it is fun for all of us to have families, friends and co-workers gather for a pint after work – it makes all of us feel like our work has a great purpose. In this electronic age it's nice that people are willing to take time to talk face-to- face and socialize with others." Son of a Peach is Rockers best seller and requires 150 pounds of peaches in each batch. It is promoted as "an unfiltered American wheat ale made with real mean peaches and the only thing missing is the fuzz." Another favorite is Bell Ringer - a double pale ale that clocks at 8.5% ABV Spartanburg believes in the partnership between industry and education. The city works closely with local institutions – University of SC Upstate, Wofford College, Converse College, Spartanburg Community College and Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic. The GreenHouse incubator sits on the top floor of the George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics, a part of USC-Upstate. GreenHouse hopes to expand the number of businesses operating in the space, and the impact those businesses have on the community. One of GreenHouse's success stories is the Hub City Co-Op, which started its operations inside "The George" before moving to its new location. The city is proud of its Spartanburg Cultural District designation awarded in 2015 by the South Carolina Arts Commission, one of only three districts in the state. The approximately four-block downtown district includes live performance venues; galleries, exhibit spaces; museums; historic sites; green spaces and arboretums. The district is home to more than 1,000 events and festivals open to the public. The Chapman Cultural Center is a major player in the cultural landscape. The $42 million 86,000-sq.- ft., three-building facility is the city's premier venue for the performing and visual arts. The center is home to Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Ballet Spartanburg, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Artists' Guild of Spartanburg and other artistic organizations. A long artistic thread runs through the city connecting the love of the written word, performing arts, festivals music and other creative expressions. Book lovers are proud of the Hub City Bookshop & Press, voted one of the best bookstores in the south by Southern Living. The independent book stores gives back to the community in spades - all proceeds from the sale of books fund creative writing education and independent book publishing in its home community. The Hub City Writers Project has published more than 500 writers in 66 books and given away more than $20,000 in scholarships Spartanburg's long history of welcoming a diverse international community was on display at the annual Spartanburg International Festival in October. The colorful event, featuring food, dance and folk art marked the 30th year of celebrating the diverse cultures and people that call Spartanburg home. Spartanburg's history is on display each fall when FestiFall celebrates colonial and Revolutionary War history told by more than 200 re- enactors, storytellers and artisans. The tradition of music runs deep through the veins of Spartanburg. The Spartanburg Music Trail recognizes musicians from the Hub City who have made an impact in the world of music, including the Marshall Tucker band who were introduced during their 70s heyday as the band "from Spartanburg, South Carolina." The Melting Pot Music Festival multi-genre music and arts festival highlights the city's love for music with something for everyone from kid-friendly stations to beer gardens with live music at its center. National bands play at the anticipated event each year. Justin McCorkle, son of Marshall Tucker Band founding member George McCorkle, and his band performed in 2016. Special events are enticing reasons to get outdoors but locals don't need coaxing. Fitness and health matter to residents and more people are using the city's bike sharing program for exercise and to protect the environment. Spartanburg is the first Bicycle-Friendly Community in the state, since 2006. The city rolled out the first bike-sharing system (B-Cycle) in the Southeast in 2012. Spartanburg is the home of Assault on Mt. Mitchell, one of the country's toughest cycling challenges, Spartanburg Regional Classic and other events. For a more leisurely ride, print a bicycle map and start exploring the city, one trail at a time. The tournament loving city is home to Tyger River Park with 12 ball fields, a championship stadium, and unmatched site amenities. The premier softball/baseball tournament facility is host to National Championships and World Series tournaments. Football fans love watching the NFL's Carolina Panthers practice each summer during training camp at Wofford College. A tradition in Spartanburg since 1995, the nearly three-week practice sessions are free and open to the public. In the burgeoning food destination a new restaurant opens every few months with five opening since mid-year, many with ethnic origins and rooted in other cultures. The Crêpe Factory opened in March to rave reviews. The locally owned and operated crêperie and coffeehouse serves delicious crêpes made in an open kitchen allowing guests to watch French trained chefs perform magic to create sweet or savory crêpes. The phenomenon in the food world known as poke (Poke-eh) will soon arrive in downtown Spartanburg.

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