by Abby Gibbs
As Fall returns and we begin to look for opportunities to share those things we think about for the season the City of Mauldin took a new step toward promoting their new businesses along the East Butler road block near the Mauldin Cultural Center.
Butler Brews and Mead is a concept of the Community Development Director Van Broad along with the business owners along the Butler Road block to enhance awareness of the opportunities to shop in Mauldin.
Included in the planning was a new meadery (brewery) in Mauldin located on Miller Road called the Wandering Bard Meadery. This business is owned and operated by Brian and Adam Daughhetee. In a recent interview, the Daughhetee uncle and nephew team described their desire to bring mead in a local setting as the community is moving toward the sampling, strolling and shopping concept.
Brian Daughhetee is a former Mauldin City Councilman and resident. He has returned to call Mauldin home and open Wandering Bard Meadery . His nephew, Adam was attracted to the partnership and has relocated to Mauldin as well. Both are employed full time in tech service and use their free time to work the meadery, produce product, and ready that product for market. Their purpose will not be to open an every-day stop but to be an outlet for sales for their Black Cherry Mead with other occasional flavors. The freezer is stocked with fruit and honey, ready to be appropriately blended and for their beautifully designed packages. They are considering focusing on occasional special event gatherings once the meadery is up and running. Each of the 6 businesses who participated were provided a different flavor mead for the sampling as customers came by the shop.
The Friday evening was perfect Fall weather to check in at the Mauldin Cultural Center with community volunteers, Richard Kincer, Judy Kincer, and Tom Jarrett. They greeted each guest with smiles and supplied brochures with a walking map and opportunities to get the visit stamped at the businesses to win door prizes from participating businesses.
The guests made their way from the Cultural Center sidewalk down to the first stop at Rainbow Paints and Antiques. Little did they know there would be delicious goodies awaiting them as they enjoyed their first sample of mead and browsed the shop for the latest colors of paint for Fall and a variety of antiques. Owners, David Tibbetts and Herbie Pickell also assist with design and home remodeling services through consultation. The store encompasses over 3,000 square feet of collectibles from Fenton, Hull and McCoy, and all types of home and outdoor furnishings.
Jon Kane is no stranger to the Mauldin Community. His shop on East Butler is known around the Greenville and Mauldin to many. The shop opened in February, 2017. So, Jon was enthusiastic in participating in the Butler Brews and Mead evening. Kane Collections began from inspiration of his 2 daughters, Kirsten and Victoria, who love fashion and handbags. Drawing and sketching came naturally to Jon. So when the girls recognized his hidden talent they encouraged him to begin sketching handbags they had in mind. What started as fun, eventually became a purposeful design and creation of what is now Jon Kane Designer Handbags. No two handbags are alike and each is handmade. Once a bag is sold another will not be created. Jon is intimately involved in the material selection and product inspection so only a top quality bag come to his shelf. His goal is a top quality product that remains affordable.
Next on the walking map was a low-country experience of gumbo and hushpuppy samples at Low Country Shrimper with owner, Don Deas. This new restaurant experience is incredible and the Mauldin Community has enjoyed it. Usual lines of customers oder lunches and dinners each day as word of mouth brings them for delicious shrimp and grits, corn on the cob, and hushpuppies.
David O’Brien is the proud owner of The Mad Vaper on East Butler. His mead sampling was awaiting the guests and the reviews of his business say “he always has a great inventory…” David cut the ribbon to open his store in June, 2015. Customers can choose from a virtually infinite variety of flavors.
Ashley with Tech Works opened her doors with pretzels and snacks with a traditional mead sample She explained to the guests the purpose of her business: though her computer business is for hardware and network support, it is not for individual customers but corporate business. For those who visited it was good to be aware of the business and with Mauldin’s growing business community residents know they have a local business for corporate support.
The final destination of the stroll was owner Julia Taylor of The Dress-Bridal Consignment Boutique. Julia opened her business 9 years ago to help every bride find the gown of their dreams without having to sacrifice style and elegance because of budget. Her shop is a year-round sample sale store for brides. Brides have the opportunity to purchase their gown off the rack at a discount or consign a wedding gown and recoup some of their investment. Julia located her shop in Mauldin because she wanted that small town feel and escape the congestion in Greenville and to be close enough to attract customers from surrounding areas. Gowns were quite a setting for the guests who stopped by to enjoy their last sample of mead and return from to the Cultural Center and submit their walking map with stamps to enter the door prize drawing
Brian and Adam Daughhetee had quite a display of the varieties of mead they are producing set up at the Cultural Center upon the return of the guests. The sampling time had allowed guests to determine their favorite flavors and ask questions about the Wandering Bard Meadery.
In spite of the conflicts of Friday night football games and Fall for Greenville opening night, the crowd was great and excited about purchases they made, business owners they’d met and the next plan for a Butler Brews and Mead. The Butler Road business owners were extremely pleased and excited to meet the guests and share information about shopping available in Mauldin.