PHOTOS: 2 new businesses are providing a spark to Uptown Clinton, enhancing the dining and after-hours options - March 21, 2023.
The celebrations continued in the City of Clinton, SC yesterday afternoon for the PC 112 Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting! This new downtown hub, located at 112 Musgrove Street, is designed to break down barriers and build community with many offerings for residents, visitors, and Presbyterian College students. We are very excited about the opening of this facility filled with goodness, including Freshens restaurants, Scotty’s pub, meeting spaces, and lounge areas for PC students and community members.
We were excited to host a celebratory ribbon cutting for Scoops on West Main this afternoon (March 21)! Congratulations to Jason and Tia Devette on their rebranding and reopening in the City of Clinton SC. Many community supporters, including friends and family, City of Clinton representatives, Mayor Randy Randall and Council members attended the event to share the excitement. Stop y 200 W. Main Street in Clinton to try out their large variety of ice cream and toppings, sundaes and hot dogs. — By Laurens County Chamber of Commerce
An exciting new social hub for Presbyterian College students and Clinton residents will open in early March.
112 Musgrove – known simply as “112” – will serve the public as a restaurant and pub and provide students an engaging place to have fun, relax, study, or meet. The facility will open for business at 11 a.m. Monday, March 6. PC will also celebrate the opening of 112 with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 21.
“After remaining vacant for more than a dozen years, this 12,000-square-foot, former bookstore will come roaring back to life,” announced PC president Dr. Matthew vandenBerg. “This incredible accomplishment is a testament to the exceptional cooperation and diligence exhibited by both city and college leaders. We are confident that 112 will encourage students to engage more fully with their community, facilitate relationship building, and contribute to Clinton’s growing vibrancy.”
112 will quickly become a popular off-campus gathering place for PC students, with space on the second floor and basement level reserved only for their use as a meeting place, study space, or recreational venue.
The public will enjoy 112, too. On the main floor, PC’s food service partner, AVI, will provide its Freshens-brand menu daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the evenings, Crave Town-brand menu will feature pub fare from 5-11 p.m. Sundays will feature the Freshen’s menu 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Scottie’s Pub will offer beer and wine selections during restaurant open hours.
From its inception, the concepts for 112 – the paint schemes, furniture choices, and programming ideas – were driven by students. Landon Norizsan, a junior from West Union, S.C. and chair of the 112 Student Advisory Group, was part of the first PC students to plan for 112.
“I think people would be surprised just how large a role this group has played,” Norizsan said. “From the food people will eat to the fabric they will sit on, this group of students has had a hand in all of it. It has been a really great experience getting to work with PC’s administration – they have guided us through this unique entrepreneurial process while also giving us the space to do the hard work and have the hard conversations as a group of students.”
Norizsan said students and the community are also in for other surprises.
“112 will completely change the way our student body interacts with the City of Clinton,” he said. “The basement and the loft are exclusively for students, it’s our space. We can use the spaces to have great conversations with friends, play games and watch movies, be creative, and be a student. The ground level will provide students with a unique chance to interact with the community and our professors. Personally, I cannot wait to see our students’ relationships with our professors flourish in this new setting.”
Presbyterian College has announced that Margot Brooks will lead two of the college’s major off-campus initiatives. Brooks was named director of 112, the new restaurant and social hub on Musgrove Street in Clinton, and the historic Capitol Theatre, which includes PC’s esports arena, restaurant, movie theater, and performing arts center in Laurens.
Brooks will serve as the advisor to the 112 Student Advisory Committee and will work alongside them to develop programming and oversee special events at 112. Her responsibilities at the Capitol will include organizing movies, performances, and other entertainment to engage students and the Laurens County community at large. She will also manage the operation of the PC Trolley. The Saluda native served most recently as the S.C. State House Tour Office and Gift Shop manager. She was responsible for regular tours and special tours for guests of the S.C. Governor’s Office, state legislators, and state agencies. She was involved in marketing and promoting the gift shop and tours and also developed a new visitor experience at the Governor’s Complex.
Brooks also worked in community relations at the Saluda Chamber of Commerce, served as a special events assistant for S.C. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, and was a visitor use assistant and park ranger at Ninety Six National Historic Site.
A graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in history, Brooks began her career in public education as a social studies teacher and school-to-work coordinator in Saluda School District One. She later served as a history teacher and career development facilitator at Saluda Middle School.
“From working in a small town to the capital of our state, I am thrilled to bring my experience in developing new programs to Presbyterian College and the cities of Clinton and Laurens,” Brooks said. “It is an honor to be a part of PC and these progressive projects. I look forward to opening the doors of 112 and The Capitol to the college and community.”
Brooks and her husband, Tom, the Clinton city manager, have four children – Reid, Boone, and twins Anna and Witt.
More info about PC 112 here.
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