Owner, Hester General Store

Easley, SC

Participating In: A Southern Remedy

Katie Chaney was born and raised in the Upstate of South Carolina. She graduated from Wofford College in 2012 and moved abroad to Germany, building her career as an HR professional. She relocated back to the States in 2014 and went on to work and live in Austin, TX and Portland, OR until settling back in Travelers Rest, SC in 2020.

While Katie worked during the days, it was her self-taught nights in the kitchen that kept the fire going behind her eyes. Katie’s experience with different foodways, like Alsace-German and Texas-style “tex mex,” as well as exposure to consumer product goods (CPG) food capitals in the Pacific Northwest, has colored her culinary conscious. Newly postpartum during the global pandemic, Katie started to re-think her career – leading her to step down from partnership in her own consulting agency, buy an abandoned general store, and create a bakery & mercantile concept for her local community in the Upstate.