Upstate Quarantine: 5 Questions With Stephen and Cheryl Kraus

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  • April 17, 2020
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Social Distancing is a shared experience that we all are dealing with in unique and varied ways. We thought if would be interesting to see how people across the Upstate are handling this situation and get their outlook on things going forward.

Today we talk with Stephen and Cheryl Kraus of the incredibly popular Upcountry Provisions Bakery and Bistro.

Upcountry Provisions is located in Travelers Rest, SC, at 6809 State Park Rd, just behind the My Sister Store at the Corner Parlor and across the street from the Swamp Rappit Trail! Stop by for a delicious sandwich, fresh baked bread and a signature peanut butter cookie.
Open Monday – Saturday 7:30am-7:00pm
Call ahead – 864-834-8433 – and pickup your order outside the restaurant.


    • What has surprised you most about Social Distancing?

      How much people seem to be a little more willing to make eye contact and acknowledge their fellow man’s (or woman’s) presence. Presence.

    • Do you see Social Distancing having a lasting effect or do you see this as a temporary phase that will be unlikely to affect the way we live and interact longterm?

      That’s a tricky one, and it goes all the way up to the national level; that’s going to depend on each community. I think ours will survive the lack of human touch and interaction, but it seems the greater the population density, the greater the human touch gap will divide. Going from TR to NYC 10 years ago was a shock in the way that folks didn’t acknowledge or make eye contact with us, but that’s just their way of life. That’s how they do life there.

      It’s not like that in our corner of the world. It’s gonna have some lasting effects, but our job as hospitality professionals is to break down barriers that may prevent community and wellness.

    • What’s the first thing you plan on doing once this is all over?

      Hugging something other than a tree.

    • What’s your favorite way to cope with Social Distancing?

      Headphones, convertible rides, and prepping The Grove for when we’ll get to hang out again.

    • Has your view on what’s essential changed over the past few weeks?

      Yes. Obviously there’s TP, but we still have our restaurant suppliers for that, so there’s no shortage for the time-being. But the day in day out is a constant reminder for connection and community that our culture has been growing toward a lack thereof. So, in the meantime, we will wear our masks and serve, knowing that hopefully someday soon, we’ll be free to bear our smile for our customers and our future.

    • Tell us about your organization or business and how we can help promote what you are doing during this challenging time.

      Call-in orders and delivery within 5-ish miles of TR are encouraged. If not, we’ll be there with walk-in and drive-thru service, from 7:30-7, as per usual. 834-8433, give us a call. Cheers

    • Learn more at http://www.upcountryprovisions.com

    • What has surprised you most about Social Distancing?

      Having fewer meetings and appointments helped me focus on the daily work at hand. For example, I was able to reorganize our drink stations.
      Since customers aren’t dining in, we are going through much less soda!

    • Do you see Social Distancing having a lasting effect or do you see this as a temporary phase that will be unlikely to affect the way we live and interact longterm?

      I do think we will focus more on our core services and appreciate how the drive-thru has made to-go orders accessible to customers on the run or for customers that need us to bring their orders out to their cars. We appreciate all the love that we received and that won’t be forgotten!!

    • What’s the first thing you plan on doing once this is all over?

      Meeting with friends! Getting out in the community!

    • What’s your favorite way to cope with Social Distancing?

      Video chats, walks, and more time in the garden.

    • Has your view on what’s essential changed over the past few weeks?

      It’s been hard for us and everyone. We are seeing our staff much less and this is a testament to the necessity of human connection and that connecting with each other IS essential!

    • Tell us about your organization or business and how we can help promote what you are doing during this challenging time.

      We are launching a take-and-bake product line which will include chocolate chip cookie dough, pizza boxes, and pastries such as cinnamon rolls.

    • Learn more at http://www.upcountryprovisions.com

     

     

    Together with Fete Magazine and GVLMedia, iOnGreenville will be sharing this new 5 Questions Series as a way to hear from a few of the voices that make Greenville a great place. We will also be using this space to help people easily support our local organizations these people represent.

     


     



     

     

     


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