A blue moon will soon rise in downtown Spartanburg, and this one will be chocked with an array of delicious sauces, seasonings, fresh foods, and fun.
Chris “Wishbone” Walker and his daughter, Molly Walker Cashman, plan to open the new 3,700-square-foot home for their growing local venture Blue Moon Specialty Foods on Monday, Feb. 26, at 130 S. Church St.
“We are super excited,” Cashman said. “We’re not new at this. Dad’s been doing it since 2006. We really hit a growth spurt that coincided with the growth in Spartanburg. We’re excited to serve the community. … We think this is going to give our brand more visibility. There are a lot of opportunities here.”
Cashman said she and her father closed the doors to the business’s original location at 351 E. Henry St. for the final time on Thursday, Feb. 15.
The space had a large commercial kitchen, but only a few hundred square feet for Blue Moon’s expanding retail business.
Walker and Cashman said the new store will help them continue to grow the commercial side of the business while giving them an opportunity to become an anchor destination in downtown.
The space will feature a market, deli, bakery, commercial kitchen, kid’s area, cookbook corner, dine-in space, and more.
Downtown patrons will be able to grab breakfast and juice, tea, or coffee from Spartanburg-based Little River Roasting Co. and Mozza Roasters.
Hot sandwiches, soups, quiche served by the slice, wraps, salads, and a variety of sides will be available at lunch.
Blue Moon’s offering, Cashman said, will include baked goods, breakfast bowls, and single-serve meals made from scratch.
Customers will be able to take advantage of free Wi-Fi, USB hookups, and power outlets.
Cashman said Spartanburg interior designer Sandra Cannon helped bring some rustic, industrial charm to the former A Arrangement Florist space across from the Spartanburg County Headquarters Library.
Dunbar Construction of Spartanburg renovated the building in about nine months.
A focal point of the new space is a display wall created from the former flower shops shelves that will allow customers to build their own gift baskets with local products, such as Colonial Milling grits, Sallie’s Greatest jams, and Dottie’s Toffee.
Artwork and handcrafted items from several area vendors will also be for sale.
“We want to be a staple in the community and an inviting place for people to come together,” Cashman said.
Walker has a plot at the Spartanburg County Foundation’s Community Garden next door, where he will grow and pick many of the fresh herbs for his recipes. He will continue to source ingredients from his home garden.
Cashman said the owners could host cooking classes and other events in the space.
She said the store has created nine jobs so far.
The company’s wholesale business spans from the Upstate down to Florence, but Blue Moon ships all across the country.
Walker said about 19,000 cars per day pass by the new location along Church Street.
The store will operate from 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.