We love to celebrate great local makers, service providers, and resources that encourage small business growth in the Upstate!
Here’s to our LOCAL maker community, check them out! #LocalLove
THE LOWCOUNTRY LADLE
Using time-honored southern recipes, they started this business as a tribute to their family and to create a legacy for their children. They specialize in soups and spreads and you can find them selling at local artisan and farmers markets with items like Chicken Salad, Pimento Cheese, Bacon Jam and Brunswick Stew. In addition to selling their signature products in local markets, they also offer catering services for weddings and other local events.
iVIVA offers himalayan salt and essential oil goods. Handcrafted natural Himalayan Salt Lamps emit negative ions that create a balanced and harmonious mood while purifying the air. Himalayan Table Salt is pure, hand-mined salt that is believed to be the purest salt found on earth! Himalayan Bath Salts allow you to cleanse the body and revive your spirit. These salts awaken the senses while increasing circulation, relieving stress and revitalizing your metabolism.
Jonathan Caleb CAKE
Jonathan Caleb is a self-taught confections creative specializing in custom sweet creations, based in Greenville, South Carolina. A graphic designer by day, Jonathan’s attention to detail and innovative combinations have brought him world-wide attention. A gold foil, sprinkle, and glitter lover, he combines seasonal flavors with a whimsical flare, making any occasion feel like a party. His work has been published in countless magazines, websites and social media channels and he plans to open a brick-and-mortar storefront in the near future.
LA DOLCE VITA CATERING AND EVENTS
La Dolce Vita is a family run & owned business that takes pride in their classic Southern Italian cooking, guest experience, and remarkable service that will leave a lasting impression! Owner and Executive Chef, Abe Aquirre, has the goal of opening a Latin Kitchen & Italian Steak House Restaurant. Abes vision for La Dolce Vita Catering & Events is to keep the tradition of his rich cultural heritage going strong and to gather and delight the Upstate community with memorable culinary experiences that will leave a lasting impression!
MEMOIRS FINE CATERING AND EVENT PLANNING
Memoirs is a full service Event Planning Company providing, Planning, Catering, Personal Chef Services and Intimate Events Creating Memories.” They manage all stages of your event, so you can relax and enjoy your event knowing that every detail has been handled with perfection. Their mission is to create lifetime memories by elevating the standards of events, by providing quality products, sound advice and attentive professions from start to finish. As Events Designers, we are guided by your vision and expectation of excellence.
As described by the owner, “I want the bold flavors of real, local, fresh ingredients to speak (loudly!) for themselves. I think a perfectly baked cake with just the right amount of fluffy buttercream swirled on top or a fudgy, gooey slice of chocolate pie wrapped in flakey, buttery crust are beautiful things all on their own. My ingredients are who they say they are. When you taste vanilla, it’s really vanilla. That strawberry you’re tasting? Actual strawberry. That’s why even our vanilla flavored cakes aren’t bleached white. We make everything with real ingredients, never artificial flavorings.”
KICKIN PIG BBQ
Kickin’ Pig Bar-B-Que smokes BBQ the old fashion southern way. Low & Slow hickory smoked BBQ that is big on flavor. Options to hire our food truck or services include catering, tailgates, and events.
“We can take care of all of your catering needs. And keep in mind we can provide a wide variety of food choices. No matter if you want a casual barbecue affair or its a more formal affair we can provide the food you want. We know sometimes you don’t need a caterer. You just need a lot of barbecue. While you are taking care of everything else we can smoke you whole butts, ribs, brisket, and chicken.”
THYME AND PLAY
THYME and Play is a personal chef service that creates fun dinner experiences for veterans, adults, caregivers, and families that are neuro-diverse, physically impaired, or may struggle in a “typical” restaurant environment. Our mission is to nourish the heart, mind, and body of our Greenville community by fusing social opportunity, disability awareness and great food all in one. THYME and Play is a woman owned, service-connected disabled veteran small business that operates in the upstate of South Carolina.
Energi provides Greenville, SC with healthy, gluten-free and vegan treats, and they are happy to ship nationwide.
Their products are sold daily at Southern Om Hot Yoga (on Woodruff Rd). Energi was started by Gigi Nally, who was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 15 and who has been an ethical vegan for years now. She has a passion for baking and for helping others achieve their healthiest, best self. She believes snacks be delicious, healthy, and cruelty-free.