The Stories of the Upstate™ #258: (Wendy Watkins) "I once bought a bacon costume for Halloween."

                     Our 258th story comes from Wendy Watkins, owner of Upstate Nutrition and Plate 108

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Is it possible to have fun doing your job and make a difference in people's lives at the same time?  For Wendy Watkins, the answer is a resounding yes!  Wendy's a registered nutritionist, a person who provides evidence based information regarding nutrition and healthy living. As the owner of Upstate Nutrition, Wendy provides registered dietitians to hospitals, nursing homes, etc, who help individuals from children to geriatrics with healthy living and dietary needs.  The fun kicks in as owner of Greer's Plate 108 where Wendy teaches people how to cook and eat healthy.  She says that eating and cooking are social things, so using cooking classes to help people lead healthy lives is a natural and fun part of her job. 

                                                     To learn more about Upstate Nutrition, click here
                                                            o learn more about Plate 108, click here.

A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Honey"

On the second Wednesday of each month on “Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, the Downtown Jam, for your smartphone, computer or tablet with local singer-songwriters and their original songs.  #gvlmusic

Here’s a JAM Extra™ Bonus Exclusive from the November 8, 2017 Downtown Jam with Charles Hedgepath, Alex Hunnicutt and Daniel Harper

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Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on iTunes.com or the Stitcher app to get free access to all episodes – interviews and free concerts known as “The Downtown Jam™” - from “Stories Of The Upstate™” now.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #257: (Ryan Heil) "I was a bit clumsy and goofy as a kid."

                Ryan Heil, former CMO of Zipbuds and Clemson PhD candidate shares our 257th story.

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These days, it seems everywhere you look, folks are sporting headsets and ear buds, and many are not happy with their current earbuds.  Ryan Heil knows something about the problems plaguing most ear buds.  As the former CMO of Zipbuds, Ryan said people complained about the sound quality, the fit, the stability, the battery life and Zipbuds was committed to creating a new kind of earbud that addressed all of these issues.  What did the former minor league baseball player and college baseball coach and his colleagues do in their quest for a great new earbud?  They consulted with audiologists, sound engineers and even fashion designers.  They also tapped a non-traditional funding source for Zipbuds, Kickstarter and raised over $280,000.  A welcome side effect of Ryan's work with ZIpbuds, was allowing him to put into practical application what he was learning as a PhD candidate at Clemson University.

                                                       To learn more about Zipbuds, click here
                                                            and follow Ryan Heil on Facebook

The Stories of the Upstate™ #256: (Morgan Riley) "I took hip hop and belly dancing classes as a teen and got really good at both."

                            Greenville singer- songwriter, Morgan Riley  shares our 256th stories.

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For many singer - songwriters, the realization that music was going to be their life doesn't hit them until later in life.   That's not the case for Greenville singer-songwriter, Morgan Riley, who from the age of 5, was shouting that she was going to be a singer/dancer/actress/model.
When she was 15 and attempting to write her own music as opposed to simply covering other artists, she discovered that she had a talent for creating unique songs.  Morgan tells us that inspiration for a great song can come from anywhere, even the most mundane things like change in own's pocket.

                                                         To learn more about Morgan Riley, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #255" (Perry J. Williams) "I’m a fanatic about beets and love to cook them in multiple different ways."

Our 255th story, a GSA Business Report Q&A, comes from the Chairman of Greer Commission
  of Public Works, Perry J. Williams.

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When we flip on the bedroom light, turn on the kitchen faucet, start the furnace or flush the toilet, we aren't thinking about water pipes, gas lines or waste water treatment, but that's exactly what Perry J. Williams concerns himself with daily as Chairman of Greer Commission of Public Works.  Originally chartered in 1913, Greer Commission of Public Works provides electricity, gas, water and waste water treatment for approx. 80,000 people.  Profit is not what drives the Greer Commission of Public Works.  Perry says that providing reliable and fiscally sound utilities is what drives him and the Commission.  So the next time you flip a switch or turn a faucet in the Greer area, you can rest assured that the power and the water will be there, thanks to Greer Commission of Public Works and it's Chairman, Perry J. Williams.

                                       To learn more about Greer Commission of Public Works, click here
                                                            and follow Perry J. Williams on Facebook.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #254: (Andrea Cooper) "Building forts and ice skating with my friends were a big part of my childhood."

                         Andrea Cooper, Executive Director of Upstate Forever, shares Story #254

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It was her college experiences at the University of Colorado in Boulder where Andrea Cooper, Executive Director of Upstate Forever, first got interested in conservation.  Andrea tells us that she went to one keg party and one football game, just so she could check those things off her list, but her and her friends spent most of their time hiking and backcountry skiing in the Rockies.
Now, Andrea's focus on conservation finds it's outlet with Upstate Forever and their work to help the Upstate manage our growth so the wonderful things that draw visitors and new residents here and that we all love are preserved as we grow.  And with all the beautiful places the Upstate has to offer, she still gets to enjoy biking and hiking.

                                                 To learn more about Upstate Forever, click here
                                                              and follow them on Facebook.

The Downtown Jam™ #25: Charles Hedgepath, Alex Hunnicutt and Daniel Harper

Once a month, 3 to 6 local singer songwriters walk into a secret location in downtown Greenville.  They only bring their guitars, their stories and their original songs.  They play an entire free concert.  We record it and play it back for you on-demand 24/7 beginning the second Wednesday every month.  We call it "The Downtown Jam™" and it's another way to thank you for listening and subscribing to "The Stories of the Upstate™  #gvlmusic

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #253: (John Jeter) "For a few years growing up, I had the biggest, best, safest playground and 1, 800 older brothers.

             Story #253 comes from Converse College adjunct professor and freelance writer, John Jeter.

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John Jeter has a passion for telling stories and he's found several ways to tell stories throughout his career.  For several years, John told stories through his work in the newspaper industry. Then, for 20 yrs, it was music that he used to tell stories, not his own music, but the music of the singers and bands that he highlighted at Greenville's Handle Bar. Now, John's storytelling is done through his freelance contributions to local magazines and through his work as an adjunct professor at Converse College teaching music business.  "I'm a storyteller in all my roles," a fitting description for John Jeter and his career.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #252: (Rush Morgan) "I was always getting into mischief as a teen and was good at keeping it secret."

                                  Central singer-songwriter, Rush Morgan shares our 252nd story.

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People voice their opinions in a lot of different ways.  For Central singer-songwriter, Rush Morgan, it's his music that lets him voice his opinions, but his music is more than just how he expresses his opinions.  Rush's music keeps him sane.  Creating music and sharing his feelings through song is often therapeutic.  Rush considers himself a guitarist first and a singer-songwriter second.  He says most of his songs start with just the cords, although sometimes, the right cords and the right feelings hit at the right time and a song quickly follows.

                                                 To learn more about Rush Morgan, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #251: (Taryn Scher) "I danced on the field of Pro Player Stadium during the Orange Bowl when I was in college."

   Our 251st story, a GSA Business Report Q&A. comes from the Sparkle Boss (CEO) of TK PR.

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"Public relations," a term we've all heard, but probably don't really understand.  Taryn Scher, the CEO of TK PR spells it out for us.  She says public relations is telling the story of a business, often not the obvious story, but the story that gets earned media coverage.  Basically connecting the true story of a business with journalists earnestly seeking true stories.  Need some idea of how TK PR successfully is the bridge between the story and the journalist, check out Euphoria Greenville and VisitGreenvilleSC, you know:  #yeahthatgreenville.

                                                       To learn more about TK PR, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #250: (Jason Elliott) "From my teen years, I've had a fascination with the weather."

                           Greenville attorney and SC State Representative Jason Elliott brings story #250

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Greenville native, Jason Elliott says that if you have a passion to do something, to make a difference, you can't wait around for an invitation or for the perfect opportunity.  He says you need to just take the initiative and go for it.  Jason's life demonstrates that philosophy.  He's been a prosecutor, which he describes as the most fulfilling work he has ever done.  He has his own law practice, Jason Elliot Law Firm.  But he began noticing that while good things were happening for Greenville and our state, little of that was the result of the representation this area had in the South Carolina State House.  He saw a need for better, more active, more effective representation, so he took the initiative, made his own opportunities and ran for SC State House and won.  

                                            To learn more about Jason Elliot, Greenville lawyer, click here
                                   and to learn more about Jason Elliott, SC State Representative, click here.

A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Old Melinda"

On the second Wednesday of each month on “Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, theDowntown Jam, for your smartphone, computer or tablet with local singer-songwriters and their original songs.  #gvlmusic

Here’s a JAM Extra™ Bonus Exclusive from the October 11, 2017 Downtown Jam with Charles Hedgepath and the LOZ Band featuring  John Durham, Wes Treadway, Josh Forbus and Dr. LuvBeatz

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Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on iTunes.com or the Stitcher app to get free access to all episodes – interviews and free concerts known as “The Downtown Jam™” - from “Stories Of The Upstate™” now.