Amy Christian



“When I Come Home”

“When I Come Home”

This week, the world lost soul and funk singer Sharon Jones, but the Augusta area lost a piece of its heart. Sharon Jones, a North Augusta native, was always so proud of her hometown. She was so full of life and kind to everyone she met. The last time the Metro Spirit spoke to Ms. […]

Giving Back

Giving Back

All it took for Russell Joel Brown to know he wanted to be a dancer was to see his sister Karen on stage in New York City. “My sister Karen went to dance at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1973 and, out of all seven children, my parents took me to see her debut […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

It may be called Day of the Dead, but Craft & Vine’s upcoming celebration is just that: a celebration. “Day of the Dead is about honoring friends and family who are no longer with us,” explained Megan Thrash, operations director of the Frog Hollow Restaurant Group, which owns Craft & Vine. “This is the perfect […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

It’s been 12 years since Tricie Scholer and her family opened Wild Wing Café in a busy stretch of Washington Road. Some thought that, like its brew pub predecessor, it wouldn’t last much longer than a year. Tricie and company proved the doubters wrong, however, and diners still fill up its massive parking lot several […]

As You Wish

As You Wish

The great thing about Craft & Vine is that you can make the experience there anything you want it to be — the menu of snacks, charcuterie, small plates, pizzas and desserts lends itself just as well to a fine-dining date night out as it does to an early evening of sharing happy hour snacks […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

There’s a framed piece of art in one of the dining rooms at Buona Caffe, a watercolor and ink print by local artist Kenneth James Benson. Its subject is many of the main characters of “Twin Peaks,” with FBI Agent Dale Cooper near the center holding a cup and saying “This is a damn fine […]

Kroc Center Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

Kroc Center Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

Five years ago this week, Salvation Army Augusta unveiled its brand-new, state-of-the-art Kroc Center. Built from funds donated by Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonalds founder Ray Kroc, as well as those raised by the community, people in the area had a difficult time wrapping their heads around what the $35 million, 100,000-square-foot facility was […]

Cuisine Scene

Cuisine Scene

Bryan Mitchell didn’t grow up in Georgia or South Carolina, so the kind of cooking we’re used to isn’t something he had growing up. “I had never really had mac and cheese except for Kraft mac and cheese,” he said. “We had lima beans, but they were in a can. We had sweet potatoes, but […]

“Overnight” Success

“Overnight” Success

Walk into any of Diablo’s Southwest Grill’s four locations for the first time and a customer would be forgiven for thinking it’s a national chain. The décor is impeccable, the food is fantastic and the restaurant itself is filled with thoughtful touches like cell phone charging stations at each booth. “A lot of people in […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

Belair Donuts proves the old adage the early bird gets the worm. Or, in this case, the donut. Not only are they open extraordinarily early — 5 a.m. at their Evans location and 5:30 a.m. at the location near Fort Gordon’s Gate 2 most days — but those who visit near their 1 p.m. closing […]