Juniper’s owners, Brandon and Jeanne Velie, opened the restaurant five years ago on East Main Street in Ridge Spring and since then, it has been well-received in the community. Their restaurant is housed in a building with a past just as colorful as the local artwork that adorns the walls. Built in the 1890s, this building was once a hardware store and an auto parts store. Today, Brandon and Jeanne have turned it into a dining destination in this rural community.

Brandon studied culinary arts in the U.S. Marines where he learned to cook, and Jeanne worked in varying positions in the restaurant business for years, but Juniper is the first restaurant they have owned. Before moving to Ridge Spring with their children, they lived in Virginia where together they learned to appreciate local farmers markets and buying locally grown. That appreciation has driven their selections for the meals served at Juniper.

Chef Velie is a 2015 South Carolina Chef Ambassadors with the SCPRT.