JG’s Backpack: Update on Sip Tasting Room and Rooftop Lounge, Greenville.


Hey guys! I did  a story about a week ago about the self proclaimed “first rooftop lounge of Greenville” project in the city- Sip Tasting Room and Rooftop Lounge. Sip is a project done by the owner of Greenville eateries such as The Green Room and Ford’s Oyster House. While there is still much construction still yet to be finished, Sip will surely be a hot spot on the scene. It has the location (adjacent to the brand spanking new One Project, corner of Coffee and Main Street) A view you cant argue with and that trendy big city like aire that seems to be taking over Greenville trouve ici. I stopped by this week to check in on the progress, newer additions include a massive wine rack on the wall and wine casks (to be used for tables and decor) brought down from the Biltmore Estate. Sip is expected to open around April 10th and you can follow their progress!















Art Walk Spartanburg March 21st


6-9 pm             Spartanburg Art Museum                 Appetizers/wine

Chapman Center, 200 E. Saint John St.

NEW   Carl Plansky: Thirty Years of Painting.  Retrospective of acclaimed oil painter and founder of Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors, a leading artist supply company


6-9 pm             Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg gallery

Chapman Center, 200 E. Saint John St.

NEW   5th annual Focus on Youth show.  40 top entries from area high schools. Awards at 7 pm!



6-9 pm             Carri Bass Photography                    Appetizers/wine

100 E. Main St, to the right of Two Doors Down boutique

NEW   Kate Landishaw.  An evocative series of oils, watercolors, and acrylics, hinting at the real world through an almost-fantasy kaleidoscope…two sides of the same universe.



6-8 pm             Refuel Wine, Beer, Spirit & Art       Appetizers/craft wine

129 N. Spring St, down the street from the clock tower

John Dambold: Art from the Heart.   Closing reception for Dambold’s exhibit of amazingly vibrant colors along with black and white pieces.



6-8 pm             West Main Artists Co-op                  Appetizers/wine

578 W. Main

NEW   Folds of Nature by Margie Bibb (Gallery II),    Lois Ann Hesser (Gallery III)


6:30-9 pm        Carolina Gallery                                Appetizers/wine

523 W. Main, across the street from West Main Artists’ Co-op

Open for Art Walk with new work from represented artists.

6-9 pm             Gallery East                                       Appetizers/wine

512 E. Main, next to The Art Lounge

NEW   Dwight Rose: Around the World in Watercolor.  Opening reception for this amazing collection of adventures brought to life. On display Mar 21 – Apr 10

6-9 pm             The Art Lounge                                  Appetizers/wine

500 E. Main, next to Gallery East

NEW   Roxanne Kingsland.  Thursday—preview the detailed and delightful work of this local artist.  Return for another look during Friday’s opening reception.



6-9 pm             Wet Paint Syndrome

Hillcrest Specialty Row, 1040 Fernwood-Glendale Rd.

Open for Art Walk.  Studio and gallery/event space for Kris Neely.


Hub-Bub Showroom

149 S. Daniel Morgan

Thursday—closed for Art Walk.

Saturday, March 23—Expecting Goodness film festival at the Chapman Center, 3-10 pm.


Have an update or want a listing on the Third Thursday flyer? Email your info to markpruett@hotmail.com

JG’s Backpack: Lunch in Hendersonville, NC.

Thanks for all the suggestions about where to eat in Hendersonville! I never have time to sit down and actually eat during the workday, so this was truly a treat! I chose Mean Mr. Mustard’s Cafe. It was a quaint little cafe with plenty of character. The owners are apparently big Beatles fans, naming the cafe after the popular Beatles tune.


The walls are filled with Beatles posters and musical signage. It is bright and colorful and has the vibe of “where everybody knows your name.” I had the Helter Skelter Turkey wrap:Oven roasted turkey, fresh avocado, ripe tomatoes, arugula and swiss cheese served on a warm tomato
basil tortilla with mango-lime aioli.

It was absolutely delicious and it came with a nice kale coleslaw that was both healthy and tasty. If you are ever in Hendersonville and need a place to try out…I suggest this place–they serve breakfast and lunch….just check their times because they dont stay open late. (closing by 2pm)








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The Oscar winning Clemson Professor! A conversation with Jerry Tessendorf.

Two Clemson professors were nominated for Academy Awards this year, and one of them has won, yet again!
Professors Jerry Tessendorf( Life of Pi) and Robert Geist(The Hobbit) both worked on nominated films for visual effects. Life of Pi won the award and Jerry Tessendorf talked to Jamarcus about developing the technology which has gained him much attention in Hollywood. He also talks to Jamarcus about how Clemson is preparing students to develop their careers in the visual effects arena as well.

Photo: www.clemson.edu

JG’s Up Close: ‘Survivor’ star Jay Byars offers advice to Amazing Race contestants.

Jay Byars, Jane Bright, and now two firefighters…all with Gaffney roots…all contestants on reality television shows. I spoke with former Survivor contestant Jay Byars by phone today. Jay actually knows Gaffney’s two newest reality contestants, Matt Davis and Daniel Moss, firefighters who will appear on “The Amazing Race” in Feb. I asked Jay to offer some advice to these contestants and why he thinks Gaffney is such a hot spot for reality stars. I also caught up with him about his careeer since the show.

JG’s Up Close: Dylan Arms. Local Singer/Songwriter talks about getting ticket to Hollywood on American Idol.

I had a chance to talk to local singer/songwriter Dylan Arms tonight about getting the golden ticket to Hollywood on American Idol. He says seeing the celebrity judges didnt seem real and he is looking forward to heading to the west coast to see how far he goes!

Check out some of Dylan’s music!

Behind the Scenes: Voice Over Artists. JG has fun with the VOXY ladies

Election Day Freebies


Here are some election day Freebies I have found:

According to Forbes:




White Castle, America’s first fast-food hamburger chain, is offering a FREE small Sweet Potato Waffle Fry with a purchase at any White Castle location to anyone who shows his or her “I Voted” sticker. · From November 1-6, Cravers can vote for their favorite French Fry – Sweet Potato or Crinkle Cut – by logging onto White Castle’s Facebook page. All participants will receive a coupon for a FREE small Sweet Potato Waffle Fry or small Crinkle Cut French Fry with a purchase. Redeemable at any White Castle location on Election Day only.

Sticky Fingers is offering a $5.00 pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwich if you show your “I voted” sticker.

7-Eleven: FREE Cup of Coffee when you cast your vote.

Boston Market: Free Market Bowl with Purchase of Bowl and Drink

On the Border– FREE Sopapillas

Starbucks: FREE “Indivisible” Wristband

Starbucks – Free Tall Coffee, 12 oz
Valid 11/6/2012 Be sure to call location to make sure they are participating

MACYS: The department store is having an election day sale, with 15 to 20 percent off items. Use the coupon code “ELECT” to get 20 percent off online purchases.

Chick-fil-A – Free Chicken Sandwich
Must have “I Voted” Sticker
Valid 11/6/2012 Please Call and see if location is participating

Krispy Kreme – Free Star Shaped Doughnut with Red & Blue Sprinkles

Valid 11/6/2012



JG’S UP CLOSE NOV 5TH: Greenville one of Oprah’s Favorite things?

Food. Music. Wine. What is not to like, right? Euphoria combines the creative forces of singer/songwriter Edwin McCain and local restaurant superstar Carl Sobincinski. As an entertainment reporter and consumer I have loved Euphoria for a long time and it seems like the news its getting out about our little piece of heaven.

Social media was all abuzz this morning as local public relations  firm TKPR heard the news that Euphoria would be one of the ‘favorites’ inside Oprah’s magazine.  The ‘favorites’ edition is perhaps the most anticipated of the year for Oprah fans—-consumers awaiting which products will get the O seal of approval–and in this case it was one of the faves of an Oprah staffer.TKPR President Taryn Scher spoke with me by phone today, saying that an ‘O’ Mag associate editor attended the festival in 2011 and that she knew that something would come of the visit but *this* was a surprise.  Euphoria is listed as Associate Editor Katie Arnold Ratliff’s Favorite Unexpected Vacation Destination.  ” I went there for a food and music festival called Euphoria, and I left feeling like I had experienced the best of the South,” the article states.  TKPR got an early peek at what the feature will look like…but the actual Favorite things edition isnt on stands quite yet. Taryn says this is of course big for TKPR….but she is more excited about what this means for Greenville as a growing destination!

Take a listen to the full interview with Taryn for more details.

JG’s Up Close: Upstate runner talks about how marathoners came together to run and help those impacted by Sandy.

Rebecca Gordon Pike lives in Greenville  and had planned to run the New York City marathon after years of hoping to get in. After driving through the night to make to the city on Friday, Mayor Bloomberg called the marathon off. Rebecca spoke to me by phone about how many of the runners decided to Run Anyway while also helping the NY families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. She also shared some photos from today’s event.

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