Today's Wonder of the World is Greer, South Carolina, my hometown.
Technically I live between Greer and Greenville, but my mailing address says Greer, and I'm happy to claim it.
Here are five reasons why I nominate Greer as a Wonder of the World:
Reason #1: Trade Street
Just look at it. It's our main street, though it's not Main Street.
Take a look at Bullock's Barber Shop. Can't you just imagine Floyd and Andy in there, gabbing away?
It even has The Starlight Ballroom!
George Clooney must have liked Trade Street pretty darn well, since he used it quite a bit in his movie Leatherheads. Here is another blog which shows pictures of Trade Street transformed for the movie. Thanks, Leiby family!
Reason #2: If you walk down to one end of Trade Street, you come to the old Train Depot. There are several cute shops in there, and a guy named Steven who gives a great haircut. And his family is in the antique/auction business, so you can talk antiques while he makes you beautiful.
Reason #3: Cannon's Restaurant
Cannons is a great place to get your standard Meat & Three. (For you sophisticated people out there, that's a meat and three veggies. And yes, macaroni and cheese counts as a veggie, just in case you're wondering.) But I get their hot dogs. They're awesome and they're just $1.50 a piece! The sweet tea is nice and cold and crystallizes between your teeth. If you're a drag racing fan, it's owned by Scotty Cannon's family. Woo Hoo!
I'm not really an expert on that.
Reason #4: Panaderia Y Pasteleria La Estrella
It's a Mexican/Central American bakery and it is full of pastries that will make you want to speak Spanish even more than Shakira, just so you can tell them how happy they've made you. In fact, I think this place deserves its own Wonder of the World status. I'll blog more on it another time, but suffice it to say that I had to buy new pants after a few months of Saturday visits.
And I thought I was leaving addicting pastries behind when we left France!
And last, but certainly not least
Reason #5: Mr. James Worley
You can always find Mr. Worley on Main Street, in the parking lot in front of Staggs Plumbing, across the street from the McCleskey-Todd Pharmacy, selling fruits and veggies out of his truck. When I bought strawberries from him on Wednesday, he told me that he is 87 years old and that he got married twelve years ago, so he's practically a newlywed. He looks slightly demonic in this picture, unless you click on it for a close up. He's a sweetheart.
So is that enough proof for you?
Have a great time this weekend, living it up in your own hometown! And if you don't have a Mr. Worley near you, head for the grocery store for a can of these.
They make for good eating!