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We've all heard the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words". And photos really are a special way to help tell the story of our lives - who we are and what's important to us.

And, of course, some images speak to us more strongly than others. More often than not we love a photo not so much because it shows us how we look but because it captures a very human element that is hard to express in words – an authentic connection with those we love or with ourselves and how we show up or want to be seen in the world.

Whether you're looking to capture someone's attention with a professional headshot or want to commemorate the beautiful connection with your partner or family, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Greenville, SC. I truly find joy and fulfillment in the work I do. I love the adventure of photography and I continually immerse myself in learning and exploring how to improve my craft which includes learning new ways to connect with and capture my subjects. I truly understand that, for many people (if not most), even the idea of having your picture taken can cause a good bit of discomfort and anxiety. That's why I place so much importance on putting my subjects at ease while also really listening to any concerns or wants they have for their session.

I draw upon my technical knowledge of photography, my ability to connect with people, and my creativity to produce beautifully memorable photos for my clients. I believe that my unique creative vision and many years of experience combined with the way I strive to give my clients the most enjoyable experience possible sets me apart from some of the other great photographers in Greenville.

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Now that you know a little about my background, let's take a look at some of
my most popular photography services in Greenville: My mission is to beautifully capture the joy and connection of each unique family while also creating a fun experience for my clients.

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The importance of family is hard to overstate. From children to grandparents to nieces and nephews, families and the family dynamic can grow and change before you know it, with many beautiful milestones taking place along the way.

I think that one of the best ways to remember some of these important moments of togetherness is with a fun family photo session.

I absolutely love photographing families and, while no two families are the same, I always strive to give each session my all in order to best connect with and capture the uniqueness of each family. Even though each session is somewhat different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the distinct personality, affection, and energy of each family in order to provide authentic, engaging pictures and a joyful experience.

Whether you have a toddler that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Greenville is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches - Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, Kiawah, Seabrook, Isle of Palms, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places - Washington Square, Broad Street, Hampton Park, Waterfront Park, Shem Creek, The Cistern at College of Greenville
  • Historical Sites - Greenville Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Greenville, the Holy City is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Greenville, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much (in addition to getting to meet some really awesome people) is the opportunity to combine my creativity with my ever-evolving technical skill. I also gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for - be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a clear yet relaxed style of direction to get you and your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that really show the unique dynamic and relationships of each family.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

Change, of course, is part of life and with each passing year families, too, change and often grow. Each stage is beautiful in its own way and having annual family photographs is a fun way to document the different seasons of family life. Be it a new baby, a birthday or anniversary or simply wanting to capture your kids at each special age, I'd be honored to be chosen to help tell the story of your family over the years.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are reached. From a child's first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember these wonderful occasions than with quality photographs. Whether you're welcoming a new puppy into your life, are celebrating an anniversary or finally have gathered your extended family together in one place, capturing these special times in your life is a great way to ensure you'll be able to enjoy and relive these moments years from now.

Create Memories

Many families tell me before their sessions that it's not often that they are all able to be together and they emphasize how special and important this session is. Or, perhaps, a mom or dad will talk about how fleetingly special a certain age of their child is and how they really want to capture their children's personalities. Even if you capture lots of great moments of your family throughout the year it's likely not very often that all of you are in the pictures at once (other than maybe having a stranger tell you to "say cheese" after you hand them your phone. Having a time that's dedicated to capturing the special bonds between family members - parents and their children, grandparents and their grandchildren, siblings and maybe extended family as well - is so important. We all know just how special these people and moments are and how we tend to treasure these memories more with each passing year.

Portraits And Headshots In Greenville, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best - whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today's digitally-intensive society, having a professional headshot or portrait of you or your team that stands out for all the right reasons is becoming a necessity. It's no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many (if not most) people don't like being in front of the camera (trust me, I totally get that). I know that for some clients, it can be hard to know what to do, what to wear or how to relax enough to let their authentic selves come through so that they can end up with a professional photo or headshot that inspires authenticity and confidence.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots of all types of people. No matter what your comfort level is with having your picture taken, I pride myself on being able to create the conditions necessary to help capture my clients as you want to be seen. Through lighting, posing and direct yet relaxed interaction I'll help guide you to great photos that you’ll be proud to showcase and share with others.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

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Show Your Personality

Not all headshots should be approached the same way. Depending on your industry or how you'll be using the photos, there are certain things to consider. A great headshot reflects not just how you look but also how you show up in the world. It can help give people an idea of the kind of person you are before you sit down to meet them. Oftentimes, too, people may want a variety of "looks" to suit different needs and uses. My goal is to listen to your expectations and then deliver results that will serve you will in your professional and/or personal life.

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Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are typically much more likely to interview you or to contact you or your business if you look professional. If you've taken the time to invest in your brand, in part by making the effort to arrange a professional headshot, people notice that. And who doesn't want to make a great first (or second or third) impression?

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Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you're looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn or, perhaps, update your website, a professional headshot can definitely set you apart in the modern sea of selfies and snapshots that you often see out there.

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Show Off Your Current Look

None of us look the same as we did 10 or 15 years ago yet some of us keep the same photo up for decades. Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up-to-date, professional headshots, you're showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

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Qualities Of A Great Photographer In Greenville, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning fancy equipment. While having expensive gear can be quite helpful, the real test of a professional, for me, has a lot more to do with being able to draw upon my deep understanding of the craft of photography so that I can focus more on connecting with and beautifully capturing my subjects without getting bogged down in figuring out the technical side of things. It's taken me many years to get where I am and I'm always striving to improve in order to continue to deliver the best pictures and most enjoyable experience possible for my clients.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because my experience shows and they trust me to always give them the results and experience that they're looking for. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

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Imagination

I wholeheartedly consider photography to be an artform - one that requires lots of curiosity and imagination along with a good bit of technique. A great photographer knows how to get beautiful results no matter what the conditions or circumstances are and this only comes with experience and preparation.

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Passion

This quality might seem obvious but I can't tell you how many times I've seen photography that may be technically good but is missing something. My passion for photography largely comes from my passion for connecting with people in a way that helps them feel comfortable letting their guard down so they can enjoy the process. And this almost always leads to exceptional, authentic images.

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Patience

Patience can also be essential for great photos. As in life, there are many things that we just can't control. Sometimes the best photos come from patiently going with the flow and not trying to force something to happen. I find that when I'm patient yet prepared - ready to capture the right moment or expression when the time is right - that's often the best approach. As a professional with many years of experience, I understand the importance of having the patience to deal with whatever comes my way as well as the flexibility and preparedness to make the most out of any situation.

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People Skills

If ever there was a business where people skills were important I think portrait photography is definitely one of them. Knowing how uncomfortable many people can be when getting their pictures taken, I put every effort into helping ensure the best possible experience for my clients and communication is such a big part of that. I love interacting with my clients to build trust and rapport as well as a deep understanding of your expectations including any concerns you may have. As I've said, for me my job is not just about delivering beautiful images but also a wonderful client experience. That's why I focus so much on each and every interaction with my clients. Yes, people skills are a must in this business. Luckily for me, it's one of my favorite parts of the job!

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Greenville, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Through my many years of photographing many different types of subjects under many different circumstances I've come to learn just how important details are. Whether it's finding or creating the best quality of light for my clients, eliciting a great expression or
adjusting the background or, perhaps, a piece of clothing, all of these things impact the overall look and feel of a photo. Whether I'm photographing a family, a business professional or a couple in love I always look for all the ways I can create the best image possible.

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"As I hope you can tell by looking at my work, I really love my job. And most of all I love the people I get to meet and work with. I'd be honored and delighted to be chosen for your photography needs."

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about what they're looking for and how I can serve them. If you are in need of professional photography, let's talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you're looking for family or couples' photography in Greenville or want great new headshots for you or your team, I'm here to help every step of the way!  

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Health Supply US establishing Glove One operations in Greenville County

$150 million investment will create 600 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Health Supply US, a leading government contracting and medical supply company, today announced plans to establish new manufacturing operations in Greenville County. The company is investing $150 million and creating 600 new jobs over the next five years.

A dedicated health care industry and government private sector partner, Health Supply US works to secure the United States’ domestic pipeline of medical supplies by identifying, sourcing and delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care systems and federal, state and local governments. The company’s FDA-compliant products include Class I medical devices and products such as medical isolation gowns and nitrile gloves.

Located at 1 Quality Way adjacent to Beechtree Business Park, the Health Supply US Greenville County facility will operate as Glove One with a distinctive focus on the manufacturing of American-made nitrile gloves. The new state-of-the-art facility will produce an expected 4.3 billion nitrile gloves per year and greatly increase the domestic supply for this critical medical supply item – helping to protect America’s public health and national security.

The new medical device manufacturing facility is expected to be complete by January 2024 with local hiring to begin in 2022. Individuals interested in joining the Glove One team should visit the company’s website.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. The council also awarded a $300,000 Set-Aside grant to Greenville County to assist with the costs of site preparation and building construction.

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“Health Supply US is dedicated to bringing critical medical supply chains back to the United States. Nitrile gloves are a vitally needed medical item that keep our frontline health care professionals and first responders safe, an item that we simply cannot rely completely on international markets for our domestic supply in the future.” -Health Supply US CEO Christopher Garcia

“We embarked on this critical project on behalf of our nation, and in doing so, knew that manufacturing site selection was of paramount importance to operational longevity. Greenville and the entire state of South Carolina displayed tremendous enthusiasm for life sciences and support for this medical device operation. We’d like to thank all those involved from the Lowcountry to the Midlands to the Charlotte-region, and of course, those in the Upstate that enabled this project to find its Greenville home for many decades to come.” -Health Supply US Executive Vice President Aaron Petrosky

“This major investment by Health Supply US is further proof that our increased efforts to recruit life sciences companies to South Carolina are paying off. Expanding our life sciences industry is critical to safeguarding our supply chain and ensuring life-saving medical supplies are readily available during future emergencies. I congratulate Health Supply US on their investment and look forward to the impact they will have statewide.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina’s life sciences sector continues to grow at a rapid pace – amplified by today’s announcement that Health Supply US is investing $150 million and creating 600 new jobs in the Greenville County community. Not just a win for South Carolina, Health Supply US’ new Glove One operation is a win for the medical supply chain across all of the U.S. We look forward to a strong partnership with Health Supply US for many years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Health Supply US produces and delivers essential safety and medical supplies to frontline workers, our military and those who need them most. Greenville County is excited to welcome the organization as they establish this significant manufacturing facility here, and we wish them long-lasting success." -Greenville County Council Chair and Greenville Area Development Corporation Board Member Willis Meadows

Mystery company revealed as Health Supply US plans to make major investment in Greenville

Health Supply US, a government contracting and medical supply company, is establishing major manufacturing operations in Greenville County, the company announced Monday at Greenville Area Development Corporation’s annual meeting.The company is investing more than $150 million and will create 600 new jobs over the next five years.Health Supply US...

Health Supply US, a government contracting and medical supply company, is establishing major manufacturing operations in Greenville County, the company announced Monday at Greenville Area Development Corporation’s annual meeting.

The company is investing more than $150 million and will create 600 new jobs over the next five years.

Health Supply US struck a deal for a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement, meaning the company will pay the county a fee instead of the property tax it would pay on the development — with the idea that the creation of jobs and investment in Greenville County has a comparable public benefit to that of the taxes.

Under the terms of the deal, the company agreed to invest upwards of $100 million and create 600 jobs over the five-year period beginning May 17. Meanwhile, the county agreed to lower the assessment ratio for the company’s property, down to 6% from the standard 10.5%, and to freeze the tax rate at 326.6 mills for a period of 30 years.

The new Glove One operation will have the capacity to produce 4.3 billion nitrile gloves annually, with the ability to triple production in the future, according to a press release.

“Health Supply US is dedicated to bringing critical medical supply chains back to the United States,“ said Health Supply US CEO Christopher Garcia. “Nitrile gloves are a vitally needed medical item that keep our frontline healthcare professionals and first responders safe — an item that we simply cannot rely completely on international markets for our domestic supply in the future.”

Initial report:Major investment in Greenville to come but company remains a mystery as it gets tax break

A healthcare industry, government and private-sector partner, Health Supply US makes and delivers personal protective equipment for healthcare systems and federal, state and local governments. The company’s FDA-compliant products include Class I medical devices and products like medical-isolation gowns and nitrile gloves.

Monday's announcement marks the latest significant life sciences investment for Greenville County and the Palmetto State.

The life-sciences industry has become South Carolina's fastest-growing industry since 2017 and has featured a higher growth rate than in any other southeastern state. More than 1,030 life sciences companies are spread across 42 of South Carolina's 46 counties, employing 87,000 residents, according to the press release.

“This major investment by Health Supply US is further proof that our increased efforts to recruit life sciences companies to South Carolina are paying off," Gov. Henry McMaster said in the press release. “Expanding our life sciences industry is critical to safeguarding our supply chain and ensuring life-saving medical supplies are readily available during future emergencies. I congratulate Health Supply US on their investment and look forward to the impact they will have statewide.”

Garcia said the company was attracted to Greenville's market and location for its new facility, as well as the local resources that are available to help businesses succeed and expand, like GDAC.

Health Supply US' facility will include nearly 400,000 square feet of industrial manufacturing and distribution space, according to the press release. It will be located at 1 Quality Way, adjacent to Beechtree Business Park in the Gantt area south of Interstate 85.

The company will hire for a variety of positions, including production, warehouse, engineering, sales and marketing positions, Garcia said.

“Health Supply US produces and delivers essential safety and medical supplies to frontline workers, our military and those who need them most," said Willis Meadows, Greenville County Council chair and Greenville Area Development Corporation board member. "Greenville County is excited to welcome the organization as they establish this significant manufacturing facility here, and we wish them long-lasting success."

Greenville and state officials displayed "tremendous enthusiasm" for life sciences and support for the company's operations, said Health Supply US executive vice president Aaron Petrosky in the press release.

“We’d like to thank all those involved, from the Lowcountry to the Midlands to the Upstate, that enabled this project to find its Greenville home for many decades to come," Petrosky said.

Founded in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Supply US officials say they are committed to "transforming the pipeline" for America’s healthcare facilities, first-responder networks and federal, state and local governments by identifying, sourcing and delivering essential safety and medical supplies to frontline workers and those who need them most.

Health Supply US' mission is focused on American manufacturing, and the company has employed thousands of American workers across nine facilities in five states. The company now operates in the US and Malaysia, and it focuses on strategic partnerships for domestic industrial base expansion, allowing its operations to scale up quickly to employ thousands of domestic workers producing essential PPE.

Health Supply US is dedicated to reshoring PPE manufacturing "as a matter of national security" so that overreliance on foreign products which led to chronic shortages of critically needed products during the pandemic does not reoccur in the future, according to the press release.

In addition to the Health South US announcement, GADC celebrated Greenville County’s job creation and capital investments in 2021 at the luncheon Monday.

CEO Mark Farris said Greenville County officials announced capital investments totaling $1.1 billion and 4,644 new jobs since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

For 2021 alone, Greenville County saw $142 million in investment and 1,836 new jobs, with mean wages well above both county and South Carolina averages, he said.

GDAC has played a key role in attracting this new business. A 2021 economic impact study by researchers from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina estimated GADC’s total economic impact in the county exceeds $6 billion annually and sustains 64,784 jobs in Greenville County alone. Cumulative economic impact from GADC activities rings in at more than $55 billion over 20 years, according to the study.

“Despite COVID, Greenville County and GADC have realized a remarkable period of growth by virtually any metric,” Farris said. “The $1.1 billion in capital investment adds to our community’s economic vitality, diversity, and tax base. And the 4,644 announced jobs, with mean wages well above both county and South Carolina averages, portend a bright future. Raising Per Capita Income is always a primary goal in our efforts, and we continue to raise the bar.”

The GADC annual meeting was held in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting also featured congratulatory comments by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and U.S. Rep. William Timmons.

Check back for more on this developing story.

Macon Atkinson is the city watchdog reporter for The Greenville News. She's powered by long runs and strong coffee. Follow her on Twitter @maconatkinson.

Health Supply US Establishes Major Nitrile Glove Operation in Greenville, SC

Company to invest over $150 million, create 600 new positions as state's life sciences boom continues GREENVILLE, S.C., June 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Supply US, a leading government contracting and medical supply company, will establish manufacturing operations in Greenville County, SC, the company and ...

Company to invest over $150 million, create 600 new positions as state's life sciences boom continues

GREENVILLE, S.C., June 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Supply US, a leading government contracting and medical supply company, will establish manufacturing operations in Greenville County, SC, the company and Greenville Area Development Corporation have announced, investing more than $150 million and creating 600 new jobs over the next five years. The new Glove One operation will have the capacity to produce 4.3 billion nitrile gloves annually.

A dedicated health care industry and government private sector partner, Health Supply US works to secure the United States' domestic pipeline of medical supplies by identifying, sourcing, and delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care systems and federal, state, and local governments. The company's FDA-compliant products include Class I medical devices and products such as medical isolation gowns and nitrile gloves.

The announcement was the latest feather in the life sciences cap of South Carolina. According to life science industry organization SCBIO, since 2017, life sciences have become the state's fastest-growing industry and feature a higher growth rate than any other Southeastern state. More than 1,030 life sciences companies are spread across the state, employing 87,000 citizens.

"Health Supply US is dedicated to bringing critical medical supply chains back to the United States," said Health Supply US CEO Christopher Garcia. "Nitrile gloves are a vitally needed medical item that keep our frontline health care professionals and first responders safe, an item that we simply cannot rely completely on international markets for our domestic supply in the future."

"This major investment by Health Supply US is further proof that our increased efforts to recruit life sciences companies to South Carolina are paying off," stated SC Governor Henry McMaster. "Expanding our life sciences industry is critical to safeguarding our supply chain and ensuring life-saving medical supplies are readily available during future emergencies. I congratulate Health Supply US on their investment and look forward to the impact they will have statewide."

Founded in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic with a mission focused on American manufacturing, Health Supply US has employed thousands of American workers across nine facilities in five states.

The Health Supply US Greenville facility will operate as Glove One. The state-of-the-art facility will produce more than 4.3 billion nitrile gloves per year and greatly increase the domestic supply for this critical item.

"We embarked on this critical project on behalf of our nation, and in doing so, knew that manufacturing site selection was of paramount importance to operational longevity. Greenville and the entire state of South Carolina displayed tremendous enthusiasm for life sciences and support for this medical device operation," said Health Supply US Executive Vice President Aaron Petrosky. "We'd like to thank all those involved who enabled this project to find its Greenville home."

Health Supply US is committed to transforming the pipeline for America's health care facilities, first responder networks, and Federal, State and Local Governments by identifying, sourcing, and delivering essential safety and medical supplies to frontline workers and those who need them most.

The company is dedicated to reshoring PPE manufacturing as a matter of national security so that overreliance on foreign products which led to chronic shortages of critically needed products during the pandemic does not reoccur in the future.

Sam Patrick, 864.787.0820sam@patrickmkt.com

SOURCE Greenville Area Development Corporation

Embracing the Summer Staycation: Vacation Things to Do Right Here in Greenville, SC

Are you changing your vacation plans due to high gas costs and the expense of, well, everything? If you’re thinking about trying a stay-cation in the Upstate, SC area, you’ve come to the right spot. At Kidding Around we know a lot about local family fun, and we’ve even tried out the staycation idea already this summer. So, take that week off, or plan that long weekend. We promise, you can have a vacation experience and still sleep in your bed every night. This article includes:...

Are you changing your vacation plans due to high gas costs and the expense of, well, everything? If you’re thinking about trying a stay-cation in the Upstate, SC area, you’ve come to the right spot. At Kidding Around we know a lot about local family fun, and we’ve even tried out the staycation idea already this summer. So, take that week off, or plan that long weekend. We promise, you can have a vacation experience and still sleep in your bed every night.

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What is a Staycation?

Mix “stay” and “vacation” and you have “staycation.” Plan to do vacation-like things, while staying at home. Maybe this means eating out, maybe it means just a week off of work and enjoying the outdoors, maybe it means doing a few of those fun family things to do that have been on your list for awhile. Either way, it can be just a relaxing, if not more, than a traditional vacation.

Summer Staycation Things to Do in Greenville

Since we’re not spending money on lodging, maybe that will open up your budget a little to spend on local activities that you ordinarily wouldn’t be able to do. Or, maybe you’re looking for free or very cheap things to do on your staycation. Either way, we have some great ideas.

The Upstate area waterparks may not be huge when compared to what large theme parks offer, but they still offer family fun and have a lot of good things going for them. Our kids had a blast and that makes for happy parents.

Benefits of visiting a local waterpark:

Plan a visit to one of the Upstate, SC waterparks during your staycation:

Free alternatives:

We took our kids to The Big E in Gaffney, SC, on a rainy day of our staycation. But there are certainly closer options to do all these things if you’re looking to save money on fuel.

We did enjoy our trip to the Big E and overall it was quite affordable. If you go on a Monday movie tickets are only $5. Get the refillable popcorn bag and toss some plastic cups in your purse so that everyone can have their own container.

Bowling is one of those things we just never really got around to with our kids. We did it maybe once or twice and then, well, everything is expensive when you have four kids. But, it was a staycation and the Big E’s bowling is also pretty affordable at $5 per person per game, and $3 shoe rental. So we did it, and had a lot of fun. We are also all terrible bowlers.

Save more money! The Big E also participates in Kids Bowl Free. This will let your kids play two games for free every day. You’ll need to sign-up for kids bowl free in advance.

The last thing we did at The Big E was to turn our kids loose in the arcade. We were able to load a set amount of money on one play card and watch the kids from the tables on one side of the arcade. They had one card and had to share, but $25 on the card had all four of them busy for about 40 minutes.

Stay Closer to Home and Save More Money

These arcades, movies, and bowling options might be a little closer to your home, and we have some free options, as well.

Escape rooms can be a super fun thing to do with your family! Work together and enjoy seeing how your kids’ minds work as they mull over each puzzle in the room.

Our family did Yuletide Magic at Escape Artist in Greenville. It’s a family-friendly room, nothing scary at all, and it was super fun to experience the holiday theme in the summertime! We did succeed in getting out and we all had a great time. Our crew was made up of three adults, and four kids ages 9 -13. Even younger kids would enjoy this room, though they may not be able to assist much in the actual puzzle-solving.

Escape Artists has lots of other rooms, especially if you have older kids! And, they just opened some new options at their second location at Hampton Station.

Escape Artist Locations

Low Cost or Free Options

We drove down to Columbia, SC to visit family camping at Sesquicentennial State Park where we rented kayaks, pedal boats, and paddle boards for just $5-$10 an hour. Similar options are available at state parks in the Upstate, too, so you don’t have to drive that far.

But, Sesqui has a free (with park admission) splash pad that is really nice. If you have younger kids who like splash pads, that might be worth the drive alone.

You can also head to Oconee State Park to rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and pedal boats for just $5 an hour. Oconee State Park also offers mini-golf, so you can totally make a day of it.

For more places to paddle and rent kayaks, check out our list of 20+ Places to Paddle near the Upstate!

Cheaper option

Just want to float or swim? Grab your pool float (you can get tubes for $5 at Target) and head to Mile Creek County Park on Lake Keowee. There’s a small beach area, a playground, and places to picnic. It’ll only cost you $5 per car admission. Pack your family some of their favorite snacks and you can have a totally fun staycation day for just a few dollars.

At a place like Gather GVL everyone can order something that they like because you have menu options for a variety of local eateries all in one spot. Visit Gather GVL on Wednesday night at 6 pm and you can enjoy playing music bingo for free while you eat. We had a lot of fun!

Another fun option is Cartwright Food Hall in Downtown Greer. They are a brand new food hall and offer several local eateries under one roof.

Spend Less Money

In our experience, eateries like this are a little more affordable. We bring our water bottles with us so we’re not buying drinks, and because you order and pick up your food at a window, there are no servers to tip. If you’re on a budget, consider getting some fries and an appetizer to share for a treat, and then getting a more filling dinner at home.

Hollowed Earth Pottery

The big splurge on our Staycation was an Intro Pottery Class for all six of us at Hollowed Earth Pottery. That place is simply fantastic with amazing teachers. All of us had an awesome time. If you have a lot of kids, you know that almost never happens. But it did.

We learned so much and made real pottery currently sitting on our mantle. It was so great that my husband and I signed up for the next class for date night. The intro class is $75 a person and that includes creating two pieces which Hollowed Earth will glaze and fire for you to pick up a couple of weeks after the class.

Classes are recommended for ages 10 and up, but our 9-year-old had no problems. The piece in the picture above is one she made.

Hollowed Earth is located in Hampton Station so you can extend your visit with some tacos from White Duck Taco, coffee and treats from Due South, or a craft beer at Birds Fly South.

For cheaper or free options, consider:

Walk the sidewalk, check out the shops, and grab an ice cream or a coffee, just like you would if you were somewhere far away. Be a tourist right here. You just might find your new go-to spot.

Haven’t taken the kids to TCMU lately? Maybe staycation is the time to do it!

If “staycation” is a word, I propose the addition of “nearcation.” Day trips aren’t exactly staying, but, they aren’t requiring an extended time on the road or overnight accommodations, either. If you can afford the gas, they can make for a really fun, lower-cost adventure.

We spent a day in Hendersonville, NC, and had such a fun day. There are so many free and low-cost things to do in Hendersonville and the downtown area is really cute and fun to walk around.

More ideas for low-cost day trips:

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South Carolina football legend Sterling Sharpe talks state of program under Shane Beamer

Legendary South Carolina and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sterling Sharpe was in Spartanburg on Thursday to play alongside golf pro Michael Kim during the opening round of the annual BMW Charity Pro-Am.Sharpe is one of the greatest Gamecocks in team history and has remained heavily invested in...

Legendary South Carolina and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sterling Sharpe was in Spartanburg on Thursday to play alongside golf pro Michael Kim during the opening round of the annual BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Sharpe is one of the greatest Gamecocks in team history and has remained heavily invested in the program since his final 1987 season.

He took a few minutes to give his thoughts on a few USC football topics at The Carolina Country Club.

? On what appears to be abundant renewed energy around the program in the second year under coach Shane Beamer

"The fan base is definitely energized and charged up with them going to a bowl game and winning the way they did and having a guy like (quarterback) Spencer Rattler, who has had a lot of success at Oklahoma coming over here. On paper they look like they have a really good squad, but that's why they play the games, because you don't play them on paper.

"I love my school and want what's best for my school and for them to have as much success as humanly possible, but that's as far as I can go. I am like everybody else in that I hope and I pray. I try to stay as far away from them and let them do their thing. I watch and I talk to Shane, but I don't talk to Shane about football."

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? On the addition of Rattler at quarterback from the transfer portal

"Spencer looks like he's going to be a starting quarterback and I hope he works out the way (Beamer) thinks he's going to work out for the team. But the quarterback can't score them all. They're going to have to stop people, too. We're in a tough side of the bracket in the East. Florida and Tennessee are going to be better and Georgia is still going to be loaded, so it's a tough road to hoe. But I think because of their excitement and they feel like they have a quarterback that can make the throws they need to make that they're going to be OK.

"When you play in the SEC, the thing is you have to strap it on every week so I just hope Spencer plays like he's capable of playing and I hope he does for Shane what he needs him to be. But in the SEC it's tough. I hope they will be better, I believe they will be better, but when you say 'better' what are you asking for? Are you asking them to beat Florida, Georgia and Tennessee? I'm hoping, but we have to wait and see. I just hope they play the way they want to play and then we add them up at the end."

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? On how excited he is about the current state of the program and did Rattler's decision to play for USC provide something extra

"I'm not a fan so don't give me that 'shot in the arm' or the 'excitement' or any of that because those don't win games. Players win games. I think Shane likes his recruiting class and likes the guys who are coming back. As far as Spencer, in this day and age of football you've got to have a quarterback and (Beamer) feels like he has that. So I'm hopeful just like Shane that everything works out for them."

? On whether Beamer has the perfect personality and approach to restore the program to success

"I like Shane just like I like (former coach) Will (Muschamp). I think they're both really good football coaches. When you look at where you are, when you're in the SEC and the head guy at a program like South Carolina, who are you? Are you looking at yourself like a Tennessee, Texas A&M or an Auburn? You kind of have to figure out your identity and I think that's what South Carolina is doing. I'm not going to look at Shane's energy because he doesn't play. He's not going to throw or catch any passes and he's not going to kick any balls. So I just hope the players perform up to that level to how he picked them, when he recruited them. I don't get caught up in energy and excitement and all that because that's great when you're coming out of the tunnel, but it does nothing for you after you kick it off."

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