What is the Key to The South Magazine?
The Key To The South is a southeastern regional publication for businesses located in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Our quarterly magazine features ads from businesses located in these states to provide visitors and tourists various resources to dine, sleep or engage in entertainment events.
Our magazine is a FREE publication (printed and digital) and our mission is generate more revenue for our advertisers and increase presence in the local communities. Our publication also features places to visit such as amusement parks, museums, hiking trails, camping sites, fishing and dining. Our goal is to be a main resource for visitors who desire to experience the climate and true southern hospitality. We use a high-grade enamel stock paper with bright, vivid colors producing that “Stop and Look” response!
The Key To The South is precisely that – we are the key to businesses in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia to attract every visitor and included links to attractions, events, museums, state parks and more!
At TheKeyToTheSouth.com, our mission is to make our advertisers more profitable and to provide a resource to the visitors and local residents of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Experience the true nature of southern hospitality, charm and traditions – Come visit North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia! You’ll be glad you did 🙂
The key To The South Magazine is a high Quality 4-color publication using a high-grade enamel paper which produces a colorful and attractive magazine! Our magazine is also available in digital download on our website.
If you’re an advertiser, we are confident that our magazine will be picked up and read by your existing customers as well as new customers! We welcome advertisers to make suggestions and share new ideas for your business promotions – If you’d like to see these in our Key To The South magazine, please use our online Contact Form and send us an email and it will be considered for publication in our magazine.
We extend our thanks and gratitude to all of our advertisers to make The Key To The South happen – without you, our publication would not exist! We also thank WebAuthorsGroup (contact Bruce: firstname.lastname@example.org) for developing our website for us with hopes of improving upon our website to bring you the best southern publication for visitors and tourists – both print and web!
Ray Lewis Sr – President
Aggressive Distribution Strategy
Displayed prominently in hotels, motels, restaurants, grocery stores, markets and real estate companies, as well as welcome centers coming into the states. Our advertising reaches many different platforms. Additionally, there is high visibility in Greenville along the 15 block stretch of Main Street reaching from Academy to Pendleton Street.
We cover a fifty mile radius covering South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. In South Carolina,, we reach Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson and reach the small bedroom communities of Walhalla, West Union, Seneca, Clemson, Aiken, Rock Hill, Newberry, Oconee County, West Minister, Belton, Piedmont, Pendleton, Easley, Pickens, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn, Travelers Rest, Marietta, Greer, Lyman, Duncan, Taylors, Landrum, Gaffney, Boiling Springs, Inman, Roebuck, Woodruff, Blacksburg, Powdersville, Laurens, and Abbeville.
In North Carolina, we reach areas such as, Asheville, Hendersonville, Catawba, Burnsville, Shelby, Statesville, Mountain, Norwood, Saluda, Brevard, Hickory, Valdese, Franklin, Waynesville, Clarmont, Conover, Lenoir, Albemarle, Fletcher, Weaverville, Taylorsville, Spruce Pine, Columbus, Gastonia, Cherryville, Bryson City, Bessmer City, Tryon, Spindale, Chimney Rock, Forest City, and Maiden. In Georgia, we reach Lake Hartwell, Jasper, Blue Ridge, Clayton, Dahlongea, and Toccoa.
Aggressive Distribution and Website Presence
The key to the South magazine has a new unique and exciting website with a unique layout and design we use a high grade enamel stock paper for our publication which assures you that people will stop, look and read our Magazine at first sight.
Our website displays all the advertisers you see in our magazine with the added bonus for visitors! We included a “Visit The States” page displaying a beautiful video of what each state offers the visitor and included links to many attractions, state parks, museums and more. We will always be adding to this list to provide you the best resources for all your vacation needs!
The Key to the South magazine is a modern day magazine and we have a brand new website that is awesome! You can download as many free copies of our magazine as you want – just visit us at https://thekeytothesouth.com and view our digital magazine on our home page. This newly developed website has videos displaying scenic photos of the local places in the South, local museums, sports arenas, movies theatres and more! And don’t forget the Southern Food – just delish! You have heard of “Come Eat in our Local Restaurants” – well see for yourself and indulge in the taste of the south in our fine restaurants. If asked, tell them the Key to The South sent you! 🙂 North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia are great places to vacation!
If dining is in your plans when you visit, southern food is just delicious we know you have heard of how good Southern food is – probably all your life! Well come on down and see for yourself – have lunch, or dinner at one of our Local fine dining restaurants and see for yourself what good old southern cooking is all about – southern restauranteurs take pride in cooking using local ingredients from local farmers and merchants!
We have a unique website and a unique layout and design of our magazine – we use a high grade enamel stock for our four-color printed issues and it guarantees that the key to the south magazine will be picked up and read by your new potential customers! Remember, you can go to our website and download as many free copies (PDF format) of our magazine. See for yourself as our website is easy to use, easy to navigate and just plain fun, exciting, informative and will help you with your plans when you do come to visit on vacation or on your next business trip!
Looking to the Future
We feature a website with the new current issue and the past issues available on all major search engines, thereby increasing the reach of our advertisers. We have doubled our web hits each month since we started and in queries from as far away as Europe and from all walks of life, from your business person to the family that is comping to Greenville on vacation. Our goal is to reach visitors and travelers before they reach the Upstate. We want you to use The Key Magazine for trip planning purposes as well.
The Key Magazine was established in 2008 and is one of the only magazines that is not owned and operated by an individual, not a large corporation. We are locally owned and operated with an annual leadership of approximately 200,000 readers. The Key Magazine’s founder and owner, Ray Lewis Sr., and his wife of 43 years, has life-long ties to SC, NC, and GA.
- The Key Magazine was established in 2008 and is one of the only magazines that is not owned and operated by an individual, not a large corporation.
- We are locally owned and operated with an annual leadership of approximately 200,000 readers
- The Key Magazine’s founder and owner, Ray Lewis Sr., and his wife of 41 years, has life-long ties to SC, NC, and GA
About The Owner
The Key Magazine’s founder, Ray Lewis Sr., has lifelong ties to SC, NC, and GA. His wife of 43 years is from the Upstate and he has spent his life in South Carolina. Ray has been in the printing and advertising business for over 50 years and has accomplished a lot.
Ray has lived fully in his 71 years and conducted business in all 3 states (NC, SC and GA) for over 40 years so Ray is very knowledgeable about the South. He served in both the Marines and the Army before getting into the publishing business. After working for the Mayor of Jamestown, Tennessee, he gained valuable contacts in city and local government and went on to publish books for non-profits and souvenir books for the city of Colombia in South Carolina.
Ray has served in the Army and the Marines before getting into the advertising and publishing business. At one time, he worked with the mayor of Jamestown, TN Where he made great contacts and learned a lot about printing and advertising. He made valuable contacts and soon moved back to Columbia, SC where he published souvenir books for baseball and football leagues with the parks and Recreation Dept. After that, advanced his skills and experience in Ad sales and print magazines for non-profits and different organizations. Ray finally moved to Greenville, SC were his wife of 43 years was from and started The Key To The South Magazine. After 12 years, he decided that there needed to be a Tri-State magazine that covered the NC, SC and GA areas because these three states are connected by families and businesses.
Ray’s early success gave Ray the knowledge and confidence to self-publish this newest project. Ray sees an opportunity in the Upstate with its booming tourism industry. While visiting other cities in the Carolinas best known for their tourism, he met with leaders in the tourism industry. The result of his research was the conclusion that the Upstate needed a publication leading visitors and residents to the best restaurants, motels, shopping, art, museums, and night life. Ray decided to build a magazine based on the past success of other local publications. Starting with nothing but an idea and a battery of information, Ray is making himself and The Key Magazine a part of the community.