Monday, March 28, 2016

A More Perfect Union: Friends of the Library

The first non-restaurant in this series is the Friends of the Carnegie Library. The Friends are most well known for their work as fundraisers for Union's library, but but not as many people know about their new used book store at 126 E. Main St.

All the books in the store are donated, and all the money from book sales goes directly to the Library. The Main Street store has over 10,000 books, both hard and paperback, from all different genres. As part of their March Madness sale, they are offering 3 hardback books for a dollar, and 10 paperback books for a dollar.

The Friends are able to sell their books at such a low price because the store was donated. The only problem is the store needs a new roof, which may cost as much as $30,000. They are currently raising money to repair the roof, and donations are accepted and tax deductible.

I used to go to Pages on Pine in Spartanburg to get my used books, so I'm glad to have a place right here in the county where I can shop. Not only can I keep business local, but I know money spent makes its way to our own Carnegie Library as well.

The store is open on Fridays from 11:00-1:00.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A More Perfect Union: Fresh Seafood on Main

This installment of the series features one of the county’s newest restaurants, Fresh Seafood on Main. Located just off Main Street at 200 S. Gadberry, Fresh Seafood on Main serves lunch daily Tuesday through Saturday.

This establishment offers more than just lunch, though. Customers can dine in or carry out, but they can also leave with their own fish. On ice and under the glass in the restaurant is a variety of fresh fish that can be taken home to cook and eat. It’s that freshness that makes the food on the menu stand out.

Fresh Seafood offers a variety of catches, including steamed, fried or grilled flounder, tilapia, catfish, Florida bream, and ocean perch. They offer unique items like frog legs, calamari, oysters, and gator.

In addition to the regular menu they also have specials, like the honey teriyaki salmon, curry fish, and shrimp and grits. Non-seafood eaters can find hotdogs, turkey burgers, spaghetti, and Philly cheesesteaks.

Fresh Seafood on Main is helping to make a More Perfect Union by offering fish so fresh you’d think you were at the coast. Owner Stanley Clowney, Jr. turned his love for fishing into a market/restaurant combo that gives Union residents another reason to stay home and keep business local. Fresh Seafood on Main is a great catch for Union County.    

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A More Perfect Union: Kirby's Cake Shoppe

The second business highlighted in this series is closely related to the first, in that they are both bakeries. Kirby’s Cake Shoppe, at 1222 S Duncan By Pass, has been around a long time, but has recently expanded their menu.

Over the years Kirby’s has been the place in Union for cakes—weddings, birthdays, or any other reason to have a slice. They have catered events, and several years ago began hosting events in their new location. Last week Kirby’s even hosted a wedding in their banquet room.

In addition to cakes, the Cake Shoppe offers a variety of desserts, including cupcakes, cheese straws, cookies, and coffee.

But what sets Kirby’s apart is their new lunch menu. For years their customers have enjoyed chicken salad, pimento cheese, hotdogs, and vegetable soup, but now the menu has evolved.

At Kirby’s Cake Shop in Union you can have a Reuben sandwich that tastes like New York, BBQ that tastes like Texas, and gumbo that tastes like Louisiana. There are other items on the menu, but the potato salad and sweet tea are a staple with any plate.

We can’t spill the beans about it yet, but owners Wayne and Ann Comtois promise some exciting, delicious news in the near future.   

Thank you, Kirby’s, for offering us another reason to keep business local, and for helping to build a more perfect Union.