This is is not the Florence I grew up in
Growing up in Florence
, you could find a pulled-pork sandwich almost anywhere on almost any given day, but a vegetarian plate? Well, forget-about-it. (Vegetables, yes, but they almost always were seasoned with, well, pork.)
Florence has changed a lot since my childhood days, and this change is reflected most in its more eclectic offerings of food and entertainment.
The Clay Pot Coffee Shop
, 166 South Dargan St., Florence, (803) 407-1646 specializes in all things organic and locally grown. Its eclectic menu ranges from pulled pork sandwiches to vegetarian delights. Its art offerings include photography, watercolors and ceramics. And its entertainment offers everything from local singer/songwriters to a monthly storytelling club.
This Wednesday, the monthly Clay Pot Story Swap will be a liar’s club featuring the tall tales of Martha Reed Johnson and Jessica Willis, Alan Hoal – an import from Cary, N.C. – and Brianna Zhang. Audience participation is welcome so brush off your best five-minute lie and take a chance you will get chosen to share it. The fibbing starts around 7 p.m., honestly, it does.
On Friday, the Vicious Hillbillies will perform, and on Saturday there is a meet and greet with Marilyn Smith Neilans, author of “Saying Goodbye to the Iris Lady.” Also on Saturday is an artist sidewalk sale featuring the work of local metalsmith John Dix.
Hours are 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; add 5-9 p.m. for Wednesday-Saturday and Sunday hours are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
If you find yourself heading over to catch a show at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center
, make a stop at the Clay Pot, you never know what you might see or hear.
Or just head over for breakfast, lunch or dinner or maybe just to share a little white lie over a cup of black coffee.