The Upstate SC

VOL12ISS2 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 50 ANDERSON/LAKE HARTWELL BY LYNNE BRANDON Fishing at a championship level requires a championship lake. One of the largest in the Southeast is Lake Hartwell near the city of Anderson. For the second year, Lake Hartwell has been named as a Top 100 Bass Lake in America by B.A.S.S. Lake Hartwell, Green Pond Landing and Anderson County are the scene of numerous bass tournaments and championship events including the FLW Pro Series. "We're extremely excited to have Lake Hartwell named a Top 100 Bass Lake in America for the second consecutive year," said Neil Paul, of Visit Anderson. "Selfishly, I believe we're underrated as an elite fishery from a national standpoint. It took 80 pounds in March to win the FLW Tour Event and two weeks later, 78 pounds won the ABA Ray Scott Championship. I'll put those numbers up against any fishery in America. We have great support from Anderson County and Green Pond Landing, and we will continue to put our best foot forward and work tirelessly to keep Lake Hartwell among the nation's best bass lakes." Covering 56,000 acres with 962 miles of shore (in Anderson, Pickens and Oconee Counties), Lake Hartwell is one of the top five most visited (10.5 million annually) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation. Green Pond Landing covers 30 acres and offers the deepest launch lanes and longest courtesy dock on the lake with more than 300 parking spaces on land. Anderson/Lake Hartwell new business, miles of water, bbq, and fishing When you're not on the lake, a championship experience continues on land in Anderson. Fast becoming a destination in the Upstate, Anderson is known for its vibrant downtown with locally sourced food restaurants, sustainable farms and farmers markets, breweries and distilleries for craft beer, moonshine and whiskey, all featured along the South Carolina Satisfy Your Thirst Tour. Restaurants like Sullivan's use local produce from farms such as Happy Critter Ranch and Concord Produce to provide ingredients for their daily specials. Local barbecue restaurants are featured on the South Carolina BBQ Trail — The Little Pigs of Anderson, The Pompous Pig, and Creekside Bar-Be-Que, to name a few. Chef, farmer, caterer and food truck owner, Katie Tillman is a familiar face in the Anderson sustainable food movement. Tillman is one of the city's food pioneers and opened the first downtown restaurant in 1993 which paved the way for others to follow. She has since traded the role of restaurant owner for other roles and works tirelessly promoting Anderson's agri-tourism. Unique businesses contribute to the character of downtown, the heartbeat of the city. Rainbow Records on Main Street is an independent record store in business since 1981.To the delight of many, it is across the street from Planet Comics. Newly opened businesses are flourishing – Carolina Bauernhaus Ales, Downtown Café, CocoBon Chocolatier, Market Theatre Company, and Déjà vu (fine cigars, premium liquors and wines). Coming soon are Shucks Oyster Bar, Catfish Johnny's and the first downtown grocery, European Market. The Bleckley Event Center is scheduled to open on Main Street in December. The wedding and special event venue is developed by the owners of the Bleckley Inn. The Market Theatre Company and CocoBon Chocolatier were winners of the 2015 Accelerate Anderson Downtown Challenge that assists new business owners with a marketing plan and other services. Both were featured in GSA Business's "10 Startups to Watch." CocoBon produces gourmet chocolate, popcorn and a variety of vintage style gifts. The Market Theatre Company located at the Anderson Arts Center hosts a variety of community events including karaoke, poetry readings, comedy acts, dance lessons and a season of theatre productions. Community leaders and business owners like Craig Kinley and Dan McKinney are part of the growing entrepreneur base. Craig Kinley, businessman and native, has gained wide support for his Growler Haus locations, where exceptional customer service, comfortable

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