Keep your eyes open for Who’s Who at these spots – and you might just overhear the Upstate’s next game-changing conversations.


Todd Horne

The Coffee Bar, 188 Main St., Spartanburg

“It has a great atmosphere and if you go in there, you’ll see everyone. In Greenville, I meet people at Coffee Underground.”


Blake Zemp, Global Chief Information Officer, ScanSource

Rick Erwin’s West End Grille, 648 S. Main St., Greenville

“I like Rick Erwin’s for an after-work conversation or casual meeting.”


John Warren

Del Frisco’s, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York City

“When I’m not at my office, or I go to New York a lot. The spot there where everyone talks hard-core finance is Del Frisco’s in Midtown. A lot of deals are closed at Del Frisco’s, or at least celebrated.”


Robert Hughes III

Soby’s, 207 S. Main St., Greenville

“Most of our meetings are in our office, but I’d say the Soby’s bar after work.”


Minor Mickel Shaw

Court Street, downtown Greenville

“My brother Charlie and I have offices here, and it’s our philanthropic center where we have our meetings.”


Peter Barth

Methodical Coffee, 101 N. Main St., Greenville

I meet at Methodical pretty often. For lunch I tend to meet at Barley’s or Trappe Door. I’m not a coffee drinker, so I don’t usually end up at any of the coffee places that are only coffee.


Pamela Evette


I think any place is a great opportunity to tell your story if there’s somebody there who really wants to hear it. I can kind of talk to anybody and everybody. I’ve started conversations with people in a restaurant, and then you find out they have a business and the next thing you know you have a call scheduled and you’re exchanging business cards on a Saturday night when you didn’t expect to be talking business at all.

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