Many travelers are surprised at some of the customs and laws in the area. So, before you go, keep these things in mind.

  1. Unlike most of the country South Carolina does not have Sunday alcohol sales except in special circumstances. If you're in Newberry, you're not in one of those special circumstances. You won't be able to get a beer or wine in a restaurant nor will you be able to buy alcoholic beverages in a store. It's not the store's fault, the restaurant's fault, or the waitperson's fault. Complain to the legislature.
  2. Downtown businesses close early. Don't expect to find stores open after about 5pm on most days unless there is a special event.
  3. South Carolina has "Blue Laws". Most stores are not open on Sundays until 1:30pm. Those that are open such as Wal-Mart or Grocery Stores are restricted in what they can sell. For example you can buy a loaf of bread but you can't buy a Bible. (Go figure). Many downtown businesses do not open at all on Sunday in small towns like Newberry.
  4. You will not be able to buy liquor in a grocery store. South Carolina had a governer way back at the turn of the 20th century who decided to try to monopolize the liquor trade. The result of that is a system whereby only stores licensed by the Alcoholic Beverage Commission are allowed to sell liquor. These are separate store designated with a red circle and called either ABC stores or "Red Dot" stores by locals.
Those should help you plan your trip a bit better. It's been said that visiting small town South Carolina is like visiting another country and that's not too far off the mark!