Main Street Hartsville Newsletter – April 10, 2015

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Turnip for what? The first Hartsville Farmers Market is tomorrow!

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Coming soon to a Carolina Avenue near you: we are happy to announce a “sold out” show this Saturday, with over 40 great attractions for you to come out and enjoy, like Farm Bureau’s Ag Simulator. Sit inside it, and pretend like you are harvesting a soybean field on a combine in South Carolina!

Enjoy live music by Frets & Necks (why yes, we do have a local luthier in Hartsville! And he happens to be a great guitarist who teaches lessons in our downtown, also!) And the One Hartsville Drum Circle will be demonstrating their soulful beats.

We have booths of deliciousness, including: Ovis Hill Farms, McCarley’s Bakery, Sunny Cedar Farms, 5th Street Farmer’s Market, Sans Gluten Bakery, Hazel’s Delights and Crema Coffee! And Jazzy Lils dog treats are the perfect reward for that new furry friend needing a forever home, who you can adopt this weekend on-site from the Darlington County Humane Society!

We will have vendors of creativeness: simply too many arts and crafts talents to name here, but if you’re looking for jewelry, ceramics, acrylics, homegoods, soaps, candles, artwork, and hand-crafted gifts, you won’t want to miss Saturday’s show!

Our service clubs and non-profit presence includes Hartsville Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Pilot Club, and Guardian Ad Litem. You’ll also enjoy North Hartsville Baptist, First Baptist and St. Luke United Methodist working on their missions and ministries.

We’ll also have the YMCA, Black Creek Arts and Kalmia Gardens promoting their fantastic upcoming programs. Friends Of The Library will have great books for you to read poolside this summer! And Sandhill Connextions will be there showing us what 4GLTE fast high-speed internet looks like!

It’s supposed to be 79 and sunny, what a great day to spend shopping our downtown stores and boutiques, and lunching at our great restaurants! #showsomelocallove

The fun starts at 9am, outside of City Hall at 100 East Carolina Avenue, so make plans to get there early and stay all day!

Many thanks to our sponsors, who have made this a great community event: Wells Fargo, Sonoco, Annie’s Project, Arbor One Financial and MBW Accounting. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Hartsville Farmers Market offers maximum number of vendors for opening day on April 11

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PrintThe Hartsville Farmers Market, Main Street Hartsville’s second-Saturday event taking place downtown on East Carolina Avenue, has filled up its 40 vendor spaces for its opening date: Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market’s sponsors include Wells Fargo, Sonoco, ArborOne Farm Credit, Annie’s Project and MBW Accounting.

A handful of the items for sale at the market provided by local farmers, chefs and artists will include locally grown and organic products, baked goods, nitrate-free bacon and pork, wild-cut flowers, homemade soaps, bath balms, jewelry, ceramics and paintings. The event will also feature the S.C. Farm Bureau Ag Combine Simulator and a variety of churches and nonprofit organizations, including the Darlington County Humane Society, which will be adopting out puppies, and OneHartsville, which will host one of its downtown drum circles.

The street closure on East Carolina Avenue will range from the Fifth Street intersection through the location of the Hartsville Family YMCA, and the event will return the second Saturday of every month until December. The Hartsville Farmers Market comes as a follow-up to the former Good Living Marketplace, which took place nearby on Cargill Way. In a new feature for the downtown market, the event is organized as a juried market, meaning that all vendors are selected from the applicants to create an attractive mix of creative and original goods. Sponsors of the event and partner businesses of Main Street Hartsville are eligible for free spaces, and the application form for participating may be found on the website. Volunteer opportunities during the market are also still available. Those interested can contact Main Street Hartsville at 843.383.3015 for more information.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to see the enthusiasm the community is showing for this first market,” Main Street Hartsville Executive Director Suzy Moyd said. “We’re hoping that the event can grow to a larger footprint with more vendors as it develops, and we can’t wait to get started this Saturday.”

Main Street Hartsville Newsletter – April 4, 2015

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Saturday, April 18th, from 11a – noon, Main Street, the Hartsville Chamber and Coker College will be giving a walking tour of our downtown to Coker College incoming freshman and their families. What can we do to welcome them? We are working on updating the Cobras Welcome Here program. Your input at tomorrow’s breakfast would be valued.

We have been awarded a Tourism Advertising matching grant, and will soon be running outdoor boards similar to these in outlying cities, like Marion and Pageland, to encourage day trippers and beach-going vacationers to come see all we have to offer!

The headline will change to “Explore” instead of “Shop,” to include all the great things going on in our downtown, but we thought you’d enjoy seeing what we are working on this week!

Many thanks to Tyler Senecal and LeftFoot Media for their great photography work, and also to our models who volunteered their time!

This Saturday! April 11th 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 100 East Carolina Avenue

The new and improved Farmers Market starts this Saturday! And it is a “Sold Out” event (but we can always make room for more than 40! What a great problem to have!)
Space is always free for Main Street Partners, so just let us know if we need to reserve you a space! We would like to encourage everyone to have a sidewalk presence that day, as it will make the Farmers Market feel like a bigger event! Our barricade with street closure is only from City Hall down to the last pillar of the YMCA building, leaving the side parking lot at the Y open for guests, and leaving more parking available further down the street. Think how you would like to be a part of the excitement!

Many thanks to our Downtown Block Party sponsors, for being involved in organizing a great Spring celebration for all!

Want your business promoted in this Newsletter? We are always happy to help! Let us know how!

Main Street Hartsville Newsletter – March 19, 2015

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Promtime: A formal affair!

“And as long as I got my suit and tie,” sing it, JT. Did you know you can rent a tux right in our downtown? Prom season is here:

  • April 11th: Darlington High School
  • April 18th: The S.C. Governor’s School’s and Mayo High School
  • April 25th: Hartsville High School and Trinity-Byrnes

Alexander’s is offering this promotion to all students! Want to be part of a Main Street Downtown Prom Promotion? Email us today!

Check out Bizzy Night Ready Meals from Bizzell’s!

Delicious, downhome take-out you can pick up at the drive-thru! Your 4-course meal is only $50! Also a great gift idea for families with new babies, or as a get well soon or a thoughtful bereavement gift. You can call ahead 843-857-9080 and pick up your dinner, or simply buy a Bizzy Night Certificate as your gift and let the recipient choose their meal and date. Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th!

March 27 – 29 – Downtown Hartsville

Led by Ronnie Reno and the Reno Express, RenoFest in downtown Hartsville is a three-day bluegrass music festival that serves up small-town style with lots of southern hospitality and outstanding down-home cooking which is a perfect fit for that great American musical genre – bluegrass music. The  festival is home of the SC Championship Bluegrass Band Guitar and Banjo Contests which attract Americas most outstanding bluegrass musicians each year. RenoFest also features outstanding concerts by Americas most outstanding professional bluegrass entertainers.
For festival event schedules, including the Friday night Hoedown, advance tickets, contest rules and applications and other festival information visit

April 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – East Carolina Avenue

The Market is moving to East Carolina Avenue this Spring! We are reworking our 2nd Saturday Market to be a juried show, and have locally sourced produce as well as unique, handmade and homemade quality products, made by local artists, chefs and farmers.
Also, booth space is always free for Main Street Partners, so just let us know if we need to reserve you a space! We would like to encourage everyone to have a sidewalk presence that day, as it will make the Farmers Market feel like a bigger event! Our barricade with street closure is only from City Hall down to the last pillar of the YMCA building, leaving the side parking lot at the Y open for guests, and leaving more parking available further down the street. Think how yo
u would like to be a part of the excitement!

April 23, 6 – 9 p.m. – East Carolina Avenue

















Want your business on the Block Party poster? We are still looking for Sponsors for our Downtown Block Party! We already have 5 locked in, making it affordable for all! Call 843-383-3015.

Want your business promoted in this Newsletter? We are always happy to help! Let us know how!

Downtownly yours, Main Street Hartsville

The new Hartsville Farmers Market to open April 11th

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2nd Saturdays


9 AM – 1 PM



Hartsville’s second-Saturday downtown community market is back and better than ever with a new location on East Carolina Avenue!

Every month from April to December, the Hartsville Farmers Market will be home not only to fresh, healthy, local produce, but also handmade artisans’ crafts and wares, festival food, sidewalk sales from downtown merchants, and special events. Admission is free, and April will feature live musicians and the Farm Bureau Ag-Simulator. Make plans to make downtown your 2nd Saturdays morning destination!


For booth information for artists, entrepreneurs or your non-profit group, contact:



Be Valen-Tastic this Valentine’s Day with Deals from MSH Partners

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Make it Valen-Tastic with Main Street Hartsville

Looking for the perfect gift for your lover this Valentine’s Day, and great savings for yourself? How about a Main Street Hartsville Valen-Tastic treat for your sweet with free local delivery!

Select a combination of deals from the menu below and we’ll put it together and deliver it to you for free in the Downtown area or for $5 anywhere else.

For orders and questions please contact Suzy Moyd at 843-230-5837 or



#ConnectHartsville combines local businesses, students in drive to build better social media branding and promotion

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#ConnectHartsville1Downtown Hartsville became the site of a potent collaboration of some of the community’s greatest resources in the past few months, as local businesses and students from the S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) came together to learn more about how to build social media presence for businesses by working with the real thing.

The project, called #ConnectHartsville, is an effort of Main Street Hartsville, GSSM and the Duke Energy Center for Innovation to facilitate stronger social media usage and understanding among businesses, improving exposure and brand awareness, even while serving as a real-life educational opportunity for GSSM students.

#ConnectHartsville took the form of a GSSM community engagement opportunity, helping businesses establish their presence or further developing existing presence with social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, TripAdvisor and even management systems for multiple social media platforms, such as Hootsuite. Participating businesses included Bizzell’s Food & Spirits, Burry Bookstore, Coldwell Banker Deborah Gandy & Associates, Lulu’s Clothing Boutique (now Brandi’s on College), MBW Accounting, Minnie’s Giftique, Rambos Shoes, The Clothesline Consignment Boutique, Sophia’s Pizzeria and #connecthartsville itself. Working with the business owners, the students created accounts and filled them with content including profile information, photos and ongoing promotions, while tracking activity and engagement from target audiences.
GSSM student Zach Wyman worked with Bizzell’s Food & Spirits, whose social media advertises dinner specials and events.
“Not only do we get to help local businesses prosper, but we also get to help connect the Governor’s School student body with the community, something that I think can benefit everyone,” he said.

Crystel Sylvester, meanwhile, worked with Sophia’s Pizzeria, which opened in March. She said she had enjoyed working closely with the restaurant in a type of job she would like to do in her professional career as well.

“We just do whatever the business needs in terms of web presence,” she said. “Sophia’s needs a website, so I’m building them one. They also needed to be more active on other social media networks, so I set up Twitter and Instagram profiles. It’s been a true learning experience and I’ve picked up a few new skills, such as how social media works from a business perspective. I’m glad that I am able to work on this project.”

Main Street Hartsville Executive Director Suzy Moyd described the project as a valuable opportunity for all of its participants in the rapidly changing world of online brand building.

“Social media has become a crucial aspect of the image which businesses, retail and otherwise, present to their customers, but it’s always evolving and demanding that content creators keep up,” she said. “ConnectHartsville has assisted many of the downtown businesses we are always working to promote, but it has also given these students a chance to experience the process of communicating and advertising for actual local businesses, and letting them apply a wide range of skills that they are learning in the classroom.”

To learn more about the project, visit, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at

Photo: S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics students who partipated in #ConnectHartsville include, front row, from left: Crystel Sylvester, Julia Daniels, Aida El Kouri, Zach Wyman, Carla-Jane Pax. Back row, from left, are Tiger Mou, Ryan Moughan and Jay Sridharan. Not pictured: Alex Sizemore and Elizabeth Mugo.

Concerts on College Ave. wraps up fall season with Skymonk, sponsored by First Citizens Bank, Vintage Craft Beer and Wine Boutique and Lulu’s Clothing Boutique

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Hartsville concertgoers will get one more opportunity this fall to show some local love with the last of the Concerts on College Ave. on Thursday, Oct. 23, featuring blues rock group Skymonk, sponsored by First Citizens Bank, Vintage Craft Beer and Wine Boutique and Lulu’s Clothing Boutique. This free concert finale will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on East College Avenue in downtown Hartsville.

Skymonk is a Columbia-based alternative blues rock band that was formed by Kelly Nash (guitars, vocals), Scott Roberts (bass guitar, vocals), Ben Evans (drums). After playing many shows in Columbia and making numerous local and regional radio appearances including WUSC, The Palm and WXRY, Skymonk is now making an East Coast tour this fall to support their latest EP release.

Skymonk’s influences come from many sources, but the band focuses mostly on rock, blues and alternative music. Taking elements of groups including Mutemath and the John Butler Trio, the band compiles energetic, melodic rock, syncopated rhythms and soaring melodies in a way that moves and connects them with their audience.

This last date in Main Street Hartsville’s fall concert series will feature pizza from Sophia’s Pizzeria for sale alongside drinks from Vintage Craft Beer and Wine Boutique. Downtown businesses with extended hours for the concert will include Nana’s Play Zone, Lulu’s Clothing Boutique as well as Klick N Flair, all of which are located on East College Avenue. Florence-Darlington Technical College Hartsville’s student club, the Swarm, will provide concert site children’s activities, including sidewalk chalk drawing and hula hooping.