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A lifelong Spartanburg resident, Emily Vargo embarked on a journey to bring her vision of a plant-based cafe to her downtown community in 2014. After graduating from Coastal Carolina University in 2013 she moved to Palm Beach Florida where she was introduced to raw smoothies, cold pressed juices and all things wellness. She came back to her hometown and hammered out her plan to make healthy food taste great.

Health in Hand opened it's doors in January of 2015.

Being the first and only plant based restaurant in town, there has been a ton of learning, experimenting and growth that's taken place over the years. She's made Health in Hand a household name around here, and expanded into her second location in the Tyger River area in August 2022. Emily currently resides in the northern part of the County with her husband and daughter where they spend their time outdoors gardening, fishing, and enjoying friends and family.