Market Place: Zenzera wine bar, Allstate insurance open

Published 2:59 pm Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Zenzera Coffee and Wine Bar
Partners Debbie Briggs and Chas Anderson wanted a unique dining experience featuring fine wines, coffees and tapas dining with a Tuscan theme.
“We wanted to create a comfortable atmosphere where people could enjoy good food, have a glass of wine and relax,” Briggs said.
Zenzera serves heart and health conscious dishes by head-cook Miles Briggs who has spent the last several years learning to eat wisely as a diabetic and recovering heart patient. A full bar including American and micro-brewed beers is also available.
The cafe is planning book and poetry readings, music, open mics, and other entertainment. Free Wi-Fi is offered.
Zenzera recently partnered with Spartanburgs Carolina Gallery to display work by local artists such as Patricia Cole-Ferullo and Carol-Beth Icard.
The restaurant is open Tuesday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information call 864-457-4554.
* * *is now open for breakfast, lunch and evenings at 208 E. Rutherford St., Landrum.
The Millwood Agency
The agency is owned by Joey Millwood, a Landrum resident. The company sells homeowners, auto, and life insurance and deals with financial investments. The Millwood Agency office is across from O.P. Earle Elementary School at 1109B East Rutherford Street between Blue Moon Properties and Curves.
The office number is 864-457-2185 and the agencys email is joeymillwood@allstate.com.
* * *, an Allstate company, opened in Landrum in November.
The Lake Lanier Tea House
“As many of you know, we have been searching for a new chef for what feels like a very long time,” owner Patty Otto announced recently. “Although the staff and our guest chefs have done their best to ensure consistency and great food, we know that it has been far from the standards that we strive to achieve at the Tea House. You have our apologies and our gratitude for sticking with us through this difficult time.”
Otto said the Tea House has now hired David Sparacino, an executive chef from the Hendersonville area. Sparacino grew up in the restaurant business, studied abroad and has owned several restaurants over his career. He has earned many awards for his culinary creations, Otto said.
Jon Deaver from Greenville, S.C., has been hired as the Tea House Sous Chef. Deaver has years of experience in the restaurant business and most recently had his own business as a personal chef. He is also the father of 7-month-old twins and has a 7-year-old stepson.
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This December marks 11 years for Stephanie & Jim Ott as owners of the
This year they will start a new “Christmas Tradition” by opening the Inn to the public on Christmas Day for a wine and cheese reception and a buffet dinner.
* * *has hired a new chef and sous chef.Historic Mimosa Inn and there have been many changes made in the past year. They have opened the Restaurant and The Tavern and now offer a weekly “Prix Fixe” menu and drink specials.
Asheville Regional Airport Authority
Local officials and members of the Asheville Symphony were present to kick off the new service, which runs twice daily on a 50-seat CRJ200 regional jet aircraft operated by SkyWest Airlines.
“This new route provides the business community easy access to the world, and will also bring tourism to our area from the third largest U.S. city, which is important for the local economy,” said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Airport Director. “We are proud to deliver this exciting new route to Western North Carolina.”
“The strength of the United code opens a vital domestic and international gateway to Asheville customers,” said Mike Thompson, SkyWest Airlines vice president market development. Chicago is the third new destination acquired by Asheville Regional Airport this year, adding to Orlando (MCO) and New York City (LGA). Travelers can book their trip at www.united.com and www.flyavl.com.
Asheville Regional Airport is also served by AirTran, Continental, Delta, and U.S. Airways.
* * *recently commemorated the inaugural United Airlines flight from AVL to Chicagos OHare International Airport (ORD) with a ribbon-cutting and celebration in the B-Gate area of the terminal.
Paul Saenger, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Blue Ridge Bone & Joint, located in Asheville, N.C., was honored by being selected one of North Carolina Best Doctor(s), a recognition presented by Boston-based Best Doctors, Inc. Best Doctors polled physicians to find the best doctors in North Carolina.