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Planning a Trip to Ridge Spring?
Ridge Spring is located on South Carolina highway 23 between Batesburg-Leesville and Johnston. There are several places on Main Street (which is highway 23) that display the works of local artists. Parking is free and so is entrance to each place that displays the art. The Art Center in Ridge Spring anchors the art displays on the Johnston side of town, and Olde Treasures anchors the Batesburg-Leesville side of town. If you are driving on highway 23 coming from the Johnston side, both these places will be on the left side of the road. If you are driving on highway 23 coming from the Batesburg-Leesville side - you guessed it - they will be on the right side of the road. The distance between the two anchors is only a few blocks, so you might want to walk. If you are interested in antiques, you may want to browse the antique shops along the way. Also, Ridge Spring was settled before the American revolution, so some of the older buildings along Main Street are worth a look as well.
Art Center in Ridge Spring Gallery - located in a historic school building between the Ridge Spring Civic Center and the Ridge Spring Baptist Church. Featuring drawings, acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, gourds, collages, mosaics, jewelry, photography, basketry, pottery, and greeting cards and prints from artists' originals. Open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, click Gallery.
Juniper Restaurant - 640 East Main Street. Featuring mostly acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings, but also some photography, encaustic wax, and gourds. Open for lunch 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; for dinner 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; for Sunday brunch 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Carlene's - 614 East Main Street. Face jugs. Indoor Mini Charleston Market Days on Oct. 26 and Nov. 10, featuring crafts and art. Open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 - 4 p.m.
- Olde Treasures - 612 East Main Street. Art, including note cards and prints, oil, acrylic, and encaustic wax paintings, photographs. Open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 - 4 p.m. 803 685-7634 For more information, click www.oldetreasures.com
- Joann's Diner - 104 Town Square (fronts on Main Street). Featuring local art depicting scenes in and near Ridge Spring. Open for lunch starting at 11 a.m.Thursday through Sunday. Sunday buffet. Real home cooking. Mural painted on the Town Square side of the building.
- Studio23 - 200 DuBose Street (across Main Street from the Art Center). Custom framing, printing, photograpy and an art boutique.