The Underground Guide to Spartanburg: Volume 2

Editor: Joe Mullinax

Softcover (ISBN: 978-1-938235-14-6 )

From craft beer to acupuncture and smoothie stores to Russian groceries, Volume 2 of The Underground Guide to Spartanburg has the lowdown on plenty of unexpected treasures and trips inside Spartanburg County.

Publication Date: Aug 2015
Dimensions: 5 x 8 in.
112 pages

There are more than 60 new entries in this 112-page guidebook. If you’re looking for late-night music, anti-gravity yoga, oddball yard art, LGBT-friendly clubs, bike trails or Patagonia gear, this guidebook is for you.

“More than 50 new businesses have come to downtown since we produced this guidebook in 2012,” said editor Joe Mullinax, who coordinated a team of more than two dozen writers who contributed entries to the book. “It was time for a major overhaul.” The project was funded by the City of Spartanburg and the Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. There are sections on nightlife, eats, arts, outside, shopping and odds & ends.

The guide is produced for both locals and visitors. Several colleges use it in student orientation, and businesses use it for employee recruitment.

The Underground Guide recommends ethnic restaurants that are authentic and out of the way. It tells readers where to buy music gear, get a tattoo, rent a kayak and chow down after midnight. There are spotlights on the Deadly Dolls roller derby team, the Sparkle City Mini-Putt, the Scuba Shop, and the Northwoods Alpaca Farm, along with more than 200 others and plenty of photographs.

Joe Mullinax

Joe Mullinax

Joe C. Mullinax grew up in Spartanburg and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in English and advertising. He lived and worked in Yellowstone National Park, San Francisco and Los Angeles as a chef, music retail manager and promotion-guy for Guitar Center. He returned to South Carolina many years later and now is the principal at MoreView Media. When he’s not doing that, he’s busy being a husband, a dad and making an awful racket with drums or a ukulele.