Young Entrepreneurs Open for Business in Spartanburg

A juice bar, a cloud-based real estate firm, a web design and marketing business, and a chiropractor practice don’t have much in common except for this: They are all run by young entrepreneurs in Spartanburg. Entrepreneurship is a way for young people not only to stay in and contribute to their communities but to infuse fresh ideas into existing industries.

With the exception of Justin Schutrumpf, D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic), owner of Precision Chiropractic, all of the featured entrepreneurs are under 30 (he is 31). Schutrumpf is also an outlier in that he didn’t grow up in Spartanburg, as the others did—but he chose Spartanburg and is invested in being part of the community. His practice had its grand opening last month, and it’s no accident that he’s located next to the Fresh Market, whose shoppers, he says, are likely to be health conscious and open to chiropractic care. Dr. Schutrumpf specializes in infant care with babies who have developmental delays and working with children on the autism spectrum who may have sensory disorders. “A lot of people may not even know that there’s a chiropractic college right here in Spartanburg [Sherman College of Chiropractic],” he says, adding that his industry has an image problem that he wants to help to change through educating the public on chiropractic. “The impact I’m trying to make is helping suffering people, which helps the community,” he says.

Health in Hand, owned by Emily Wood, was one of the winners of Spartanburg’s second Main Street Challenge. Wood left home to attend college at Coastal Carolina University and then spent time in West Palm Beach, Florida, before returning home with an idea for a business: a juice bar incorporating a lot of raw foods. “I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit,” Wood says. “Pet sitting, plant watering for neighbors, that kind of thing. I would make up flyers and put them up in the neighborhood.” After winning the contest in 2014 and opening her doors, she found it necessary to make changes to her original business model once she was dealing with real customers and the day-to-day realities of running a business, but she has met and exceeded the financial goals she set out or herself in the plan she submitted to the Main Street Challenge. Health in Hand makes all of the juice in house, squeezing a whopping five pounds of produce into each bottle of juice. In addition to juices and smoothies, healthy lunch wraps and breakfast items are served daily.

Clemson graduate and Spartanburg native Charles Refshauge, with his older (over 30) brother Drew, owns A-LINE Interactive. He started out doing web design but has since shifted to full-service marketing, including content planning and creation, campaign evaluation, social media, and branding. Including the two Refshauge brothers, A-LINE Interactive employs ten people, and the company’s clients are local—Spartanburg Water, H&K Gallery, and the Montgomery Building restoration project—as well as from the broader region of the Upstate and Western North Carolina. Although A-LINE’s employees do most of their work from home, the company rents space from Little River Roasting in downtown Spartanburg as well as using co-work space at Endeavor in Greenville. “We want to be active in the communities we serve,” he says—and, citing the presence of Health in Hand as an example, he adds, “Entrepreneurship is a way to shape your community.”

After Marina Moroz graduated from USC-Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics (known locally as “The George”) with a degree in finance, she spent a year in Germany as an intern with BMW, picking up another degree in international business while she was there. When she returned home, she had job offers, but what she really wanted to do was start her own business. While at the George, she had worked with the Greenhouse Business Incubator, where she saw first-hand the ins and outs of getting a business off the ground. Growing up in a real estate family, she had people around her who could advise her in that business, so Up Realty was the perfect start-up for her. In an industry where practices change slowly, Moroz spent a year planning a business structure that revolves around the ways millennials like her want to do business—on the internet. She offers her agents guaranteed leads and aims to grow them into franchisees, and plans are in the works to open satellite offices. Since the official ribbon cutting in July of this year, Up Realty has closed on over $3 million in properties.

All of these businesses and their young owners, as different as they are from one another, contribute to the economic landscape of Spartanburg and, as Refshauge says, help to shape their community.

Sharon Purvis is a freelance writer and editor who makes her home with her husband in Duncan, South Carolina. You can find more of her work at