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    All Local, all the Time

    Show your love for South Carolina, and for the hope and resiliency of our community with our Dum Spiro Spero t-shirts, stickers, and letterpressed cards and prints.

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    Authentics: Cheryl Marvin & Heidi Sklizovic

    Nurses have always served a critically important role in caring for and keeping our community safe, but this spring, their profession was thrown into the spotlight as these men and women became the frontlines of fighting a global pandemic.

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    Small Business Champion for Big Smile Peaches

    In 1931, just two years removed from the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and in the heart of the Great Depression, J.W. Yonce borrowed money from his father to plant 25 acres of peach trees on land 30 minutes up the road from Aiken in Johnston, South Carolina, having no idea just how much his orchard would grow over the years.

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    A Note from Fig

    Welcome to the Summer Issue of Fig Aiken, an issue that we have completely dedicated to our resilient small business community. I want to first acknowledge the incredible business people that made this issue possible. A big thank you to Herlong & Doran Financial Group for being our Silver Champion. They, along with other small businesses, made this issue possible and we sincerely appreciate your altruism, kindness and support!

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    Creating Community While Social Distancing

    In a time where staying at home is the best course of action, how are you staying in touch with your community?

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    Spotlight: Menagerie

    Meet Meghan Conner Timmerman, the small business owner and creative mind behind Menagerie on Laurens Street.

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    Spotlight: South Carolina Rough Riders

    In 2004 , a group of teenagers started a grassroots effort to bring a top professional wakeboarder to South Carolina. The effort was a success, and the group dubbed “The Rough Riders” hosted two world famous wakeboard athletes for a weekend on Lake Murray.

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    Social Mission: Children’s Place, Inc.

    “’Stand Up for Children’ is our capital campaign to raise funds for a new building,” said Peggy Ford, Executive Director of Children’s Place, Inc.

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    Authentic: Betty Ryberg

    For Aiken local Betty Ryberg—whose family has called this town home for over four decades—Hitchcock Woods is one of the best parts about living in Aiken.

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    Aiken’s Newest Tradition

    In the mid -1800s , the Legare-Morgan House was a quaint, charming yellow cottage “just before the bridge” and was a part of the original Winter Colony of Aiken, South Carolina.

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    Love your Aiken

    Spring has arrived. The days are longer, warmer, and perfect for spending time outside exploring Hitchcock Woods or Hopelands Garden; the Dogwood trees are beginning to bud with the promise of new leaves, the new spring lines are arriving at the local shops and boutiques, our favorite spring events are just around the corner, and our city is beginning to shine with the brilliance of a new season.

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    Giving the Gift of Life for 10 Years

    Ten years ago, the situation and the conditions at the Aiken County Animal Shelter were abysmal. The shelter took in thousands of animals every year and only had the support and capacity to save 9% of them—the remaining 91% were euthanized.

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