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Upstate Entrepreneurs Launch Farm-toTable Enterprise

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The last time we interviewed our next guest, she was expanding her entrepreneurial horizon from Greenville, SC to the small hamlet of Travelers Rest with an additional location of her bicycle-friendly bed and breakfast venture, the Swamp Rabbit Inn.  Now she has partnered with more local entrepreneurs to start a new farm-to-table enterprise in that same community.

Mike Switzer interviews Wendy Lynam, co-owner of Topsoil Kitchen and Market in Travelers Rest, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.