Café Chat – July

Sister and I try to stay cool on the porch because things are heating up in Travelers Rest and especially here at the Café.
We share some details about some big news and we also want to be sure that you know we’ll be open Monday, July 4th.
Come by and see us at the Café!

Y’all Come Celebrate with Us!


Cafe at Williams Hardware BLT

We are so excited to announce that we are one of three restaurants nationwide to advance in the Neighborhood to Nation™ Recipe Contest from General Mills Foodservice. The 2nd annual contest called on independent family or “neighborhood” restaurants to submit an original recipe in the categories of breakfast, entrée or dessert for the chance to put their local dishes and local “flavor” in the national spotlight.

Our very own Christina Halstead’s recipe for BLT on Pimento Cheese Buttermilk Biscuit w/Red Pepper Jelly (photo above) won the Breakfast Category in the Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest. The tasty sandwich, a twist on a classic BLT sandwich that features pepper jelly pizzazz, has already been a hit among the café’s customers.

Come visit with us as we celebrate this amazing award!

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15 at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Right here! Café @ Williams Hardware, 12 South Main Street, Travelers Rest, South Carolina

Christina will join the other two Recipe Contest winners to travel to General Mills’ headquarters in Minneapolis on June 21-22 to find out if she is the Grand Prize winner who will receive $50,000 ($40,000 cash plus $10,000 for a local charity). The First Place Recipe Winner will win $15,000, and the Second Place Recipe Winner will receive $10,000. Celebrity Chef Amanda Freitag Food Network’s “Chopped” and “American Diner Revival” will make the official Grand Prize announcement on June 22nd.

In the meantime, y’all are invited to visit with us on June 15th at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the award-winning recipe in the Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest and wish her well before her trip to Minneapolis.

  • The Café will be presented with a blank check from a General Mills’ representative; the final amount will be announced on June 22.
  • Y’all will be treated to samples of Christina’s winning recipe.

Come and celebrate with us!

Café Chat – June

Okay – in this episode, Sister and I cool things off as we talk about the process of making homemade ice cream the McCarrell way. We even used raw eggs!
Did you make homemade ice cream? What was the family flavor?
Be sure to share this video with your friends!

Café Chat – May

Sister and I talk about our school days and graduating into life – you don’t want to miss this!
Do you have any graduation memories? Share them here.
Share this video with your friends and be sure you come by and see us at the Café.

Café Chat – April

Sister and I recall some outdoor excursions when we were younger that landed us in many a beautiful spot!
We also have a few items we know you’ll want to have before your next outdoor adventure.
Share this video with your friends and be sure you come by and see us at the Café.

Café Chat – March

Sister and I go hippity-hoppity down memory lane as we recall Easter memories in Travelers Rest.
Also, catch a glimpse of some new items in the Café’s upscale gift shop!
Share this video with your friends and be sure you come by and see us at the Café.

Café Chat – February

When Sister and I made this video, Snowmageddon 2016 was barreling down on us.
In this episode, we reminisce about the snow of yesteryear in Travelers Rest.
We even have our very own public service announcement!
Share this video with your friends and be sure you come by and see us at the Café.

Café Chat – January 2016

It’s a new year and it’s time for our new video!
Sister and I talk about new things to discover in town and also the unique things you can discover in our gift shop.
Check out the video and please share it with your friends!

McCarrell Christmas Memories

Merry Christmas to you all!
Here’s a little something extra for you – some McCarrell Christmas memories.
We hope you enjoy taking a trip down memory lane with us and that it evokes warm memories from years gone by.
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Café Chat – 2015 Holiday Blooper Special

It’s taken the WHOLE year, but we finally have it ready.
Gather your friends and family around and enjoy our 2015 Holiday Blooper Special!
We are so thankful for ya’ll – come by and see us, eat some food, do some shopping… but be sure you share this video!