Stories of Downtown Florence

Florence has a history rich in stories from General Francis Marion and the Revolutionary War and the railroad, to world renowned artists and even an atomic bomb! Downtown Florence is no different, and it's the stories of our shop keepers, restaurateurs, small business employees, community characters, and residents that make our community so unique. Our goal with sharing the stories of those who live and work downtown and those who love downtown is to bring richness and vibrancy, inspire our community, and hopefully preserve the tales from those who make Downtown Florence the vibrant, diverse, and unique place it is. 

Find all of our downtown stories on this page and check back often for new stories. You can find our stories in real time on our social media outlets, too!

 

Adalia Ellis-Aroha's Story, Owner of Aroha Afro Latin Dance

 

READ ADALIA'S STORY

VISIT AROHA'S WEBSITE

 


Bridget Hearne's Story, Owner of Bubble by Bridget

READ BRIDGET'S STORY

VISIT BUBBLE BY BRIDGET'S WEBSITE

 


Mike Miller's Story, President of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce

READ MIKE'S STORY

VISIT THE CHAMBER'S WEBSITE

 


Andrena Mullins' Story, Owner of Liljazzi's Cafe

READ ANDRENA'S STORY

VISIT LILJAZZI'S FACEBOOK

 


Ella Frazier's Story, Owner of Ella's Boutique

Ella Frazier

READ ELLA's STORY

READ PART TWO of ELLA's STORY

VISIT ELLA'S BOUTIQUE'S FACEBOOK

 


Dan E. Lockemy's Story, Florence After 5 Emcee

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READ DANNY'S STORY

VISIT THE FLORENCE AFTER 5 FACEBOOK

 


Dwight Milliken Jr.'s Story, Owner of Milliken Farms

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READ DWIGHT'S STORY

VISIT THE CITY CENTER FARMERS MARKET'S FACEBOOK

 


Charles Durant's Story, Owner of Durant Cutmaster Barbershop

Photo of Charles Durant

READ CHARLES'S STORY

 


Brenda's Story, Co-Owner of El Agave

Read Part One of Brenda's Story

READ PART TWO OF BRENDA'S STORY

Visit El Agave's Website

 

Jayne Murray's Story, Banquet & Event Manager at Victors

READ JAYNE'S STORY

VICTORS CATERING & EVENT INFO

 


Laurie Crouse's Story, Owner of Top Hat Special-Teas

READ LAURIE'S STORY

VISIT TOP HAT'S WEBSITE

 


Cooper Thomas's Story, Chef and General Manager at Victors

READ COOPER'S STORY

VISIT VICTORS' WEBSITE

 


Starlee Alexander's Story, Co-Owner of MiLadies 182 and State Farm Agent/Owner

READ STARLEE'S STORY

VISIT MILADIES 182's WEBSITE

VISIT STARLEE'S STATE FARM WEBSITE

 


Jesse Wiles III's Story, Owner and Manager at Leaf Lounge

READ JESSE'S STORY

VISIT LEAF LOUNGE'S WEBSITE

 


Molly Norton's Story, Studio Manager and Stylist at The Mailroom Studio

READ PART ONE OF MOLLY'S STORY

READ PART TWO OF MOLLY'S STORY

VISIT THE MAILROOM STUDIO'S WEBSITE

 


Bud Simmons's Story, Director of the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

READ BUD'S STORY

VIST THE FMU PAC's WEBSITE

 


Ranny Starnes's Story, Co-Owner of ChocoBella

Photo of Ranny

READ PART ONE OF RANNY'S STORY

READ PART TWO OF RANNY'S STORY

VISIT CHOCOBELLA'S FACEBOOK

 


Willa's and Terrell's Story, Owners of Dash-N-Dogz

Photo of Willa and Terrell

READ WILLA'S STORY

READ TERRELL'S STORY

VISIT DASH-N-DOGZ'S FACEBOOK