June 20, 2021

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What to do in Spartanburg

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There’s plenty to celebrate in Spartanburg arts and culture over the next two weeks. 

From community parties to new party venues to live music and art markets, this week and next have plenty of opportunities to get out and spend time with friends and family in and around Spartanburg.  

Here’s what you need to know about the Spartanburg cultural scene:

Take It Holmes has a new home

Inman meals-to-go catering company Take It Holmes has relocated and is offering expanded services and a family-friendly atmosphere at 9329 Asheville Highway in Inman. 

Tim Holmes stocks meals at Take It Holmes Gourmet Meals To Go in Inman Friday.

Owner Tim Holmes said he’d been looking for a location where they could serve their customers and have warehouse storage on site. When they found the new warehouse site on Asheville Highway, his plans quickly expanded to include an ice cream shop and outdoor entertainment venue. 

“We were in downtown Inman and we had Take It Holmes and we had some warehouses there. We felt like it was time to sell the buildings in Inman because Inman is getting ready to burst, to blow up,” Holmes said. “The response has been phenomenal beyond belief.” 

Customers enjoy treats at Averie's Ice Cream Shop on the Asheville Highway in Inman, Friday, May 21, 2021.

The new location serves more than 30 flavors of ice cream in the attached Averie’s Ice Cream Shoppe, named for Holmes’ young granddaughter, next to the pick-up location for the caterer’s ready-made meals. The ice cream shop serves Hershey’s brand ice cream in cups, cones, and milkshakes. 

Easton Burrell, 3, enjoys a Stuffed Brownie milkshake at Averie's Ice Cream Shop. Business partners Dan Bolton and Tim Holmes held a soft launch for their new business venture, The Tailgate, a family venue located on the Asheville Highway in Inman, Friday, May 21, 2021. The venue will be part of Take It Holmes Gourmet Meals To Go, Averie's Ice Cream Shop, and a Snowie icee stand, and include a stage, games, and movie showings.

The warehouse also features a party room that can be rented for special events.

The new property is being utilized to the fullest outside as well, with a stage for live music and a space for up to 10 simultaneous games of cornhole. The outdoor area is called The Southern Tailgate and partner Dan Bolton said they plan to start a cornhole league, show drive-in movies and s on the side of the building, and use another vacant piece of the property as a dog park. 

“It’s going to be a fun little family spot that’s going to be open pretty much from 11-10 every single day,” Bolton said.

Business partners Tim Holmes and Dan Bolton inside the Snowie icee stand. Their new business venture, The Tailgate, is a family venue located on the Asheville Highway in Inman, Friday, May 21, 2021. The venue will be part of Take It Holmes Gourmet Meals To Go, Averie's Ice Cream Shop, and a Snowie icee stand, and include a stage, games, and movie showings.

Guests can also enjoy a Snowie snow cone during the outdoor events. Bolton who partnered with Holmes for the snow cone venture said the snow cone booth, located by the parking lot, will offer hot chocolate and doughnuts during the fall and winter. The pair also have a Snowie truck so the snow cones can come to you. 

The new location is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-8 p.m. on Sundays.

Local author releases children’s book about immigration 

Spartanburg author Marjy Appiah, who writes under the pen name Marjy Marj, has released her first children’s book. 

Local author Marjy Appiah has released her first children's book, "Sasha Goes to America."

The book for young readers ages 3-9 is titled “Sasha Goes to America” and tells the fictional tale of Sasha, the protagonist from Appiah’s novel “The Shimmigrant,”  emigrating from Ghana to the United States as a child and highlights the dangers of child labor and exploitation. The young reader book is the first in a planned series of three books and is illustrated by Ghanaian artist Fleance Forkuo. 

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