Coffee lovers have another reason to rejoice! Spill the Beans, the latest coffee shop to be added to downtown Spartanburg, is now open.
The coffee shop, located at 174 E. Main St., is the first business to move into the recently renovated Aug W. Smith building.
The shop, currently in soft opening mode, is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. this week. After the official opening, they’ll be open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Spill the Beans will also be open during Spring Fling this weekend, but the grand opening has not been set.
“That is TBD, to be determined,” said manager Alec Hansen of the official opening, “Definitely, we know that Spring Fling is coming up this weekend, so I think we can probably expect some sort of opening around that time.”
Hansen feels that the shop’s unique specialty drinks will help them to stand out in downtown. The shop’s claim to fame is their espresso milkshake, which combines a double shot of espresso with vanilla or chocolate hard scoop ice cream and your choice of 30 add-ins.
“The espresso milkshake is most popular,” Hansen said. “We also have a great chai. We can do that iced or do it hot. We have smoothies; smoothies are unique to us as well. We just do 100 percent fruit and a little bit of fruit juice. There’s nothing else added — no sugar, no yogurt — just fruit and juice. That is a very popular and refreshing menu item, as well, in the summertime.”
The new downtown location is the first Spill the Beans satellite location, the beginning of a franchise for owners Abram and Heather Curtis. The original Spill the Beans is located at 531 S. Main St., next to Greenville’s Falls Park.
Hansen said the owners were attracted to the growth in downtown Spartanburg. ” Spartanburg definitely seems to be gaining traction, and we can see that big things are coming to Spartanburg. More and more interest is moving into Spartanburg, and we definitely didn’t want to miss out,” he said. “We love the city already.”
Spill the Beans had considered other locations, including a spot in the Montgomery Building, but ultimately decided on the Aug W. Smith building.
“As soon as we saw Aug Smith, we fell in love with the location. It’s right on Main Street. We have great neighbors with ( Spartanburg Methodist College) moving in, and we just like exactly where we’re at, right across from the Denny’s building and the park,” Hansen said. “I think it’s cooler than the space we have in Greenville.”
The Aug W. Smith building gave the shop a blank canvas to work with, and Hansen and owner Abram Curtis completed many of the renovations themselves.
“(Abram’s) a very handy guy, and he has done so much even just with building the windows and countertops, counters,” Hansen said. “Everything you see; most of it had Abram behind it.”
Hansen said more announcements, including any opening specials and events, will come out on their social media pages.
“Definitely stay tuned to social media, and hopefully, something soon will be up for everyone to see.”
By By Samantha Swann, Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, S.C.
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