WEEKEND PLANNER FOR 10.14.2017

EDITOR'S PICKS: WEEKEND EVENTS

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Fall for Greenville kicks off Thursday night and runs through Sunday. This nationally-acclaimed foodie festival also has a huge kids zone with rides and games plus live entertainment. Mom Review here. FREE admission; tickets available for purchase for food and rides.

SPONSORED: Swamp Rabbits Opening Weekend games on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm, with free pre-game festivities starting at 5:30 pm (inflatables, music, concessions available for purchase). For the Saturday night game, fans are invited to bring new packages of underwear, socks, and diapers to throw onto the ice after the Swamp Rabbits score their first goal for the Underwear Toss. Items will be donated to a local charity. Friday Family 4-pack available for $60 (4 tickets, 4 meals, 1 souvenir); tickets for all games $10-$30. Note: The Bon Secours Wellness Arena has a new clear bag policy. Read up on it before you head to the game.

Second Saturday Superhero Science at the Roper Mountain Science Center on Saturday from 9 am - 3 pm. Enjoy the Living History Farm plus all kinds of superhero-themed science experiments and demos. I took my kids last year and we had a blast! $8/adults and teens, $7/ages 4-12, kids three and under and RMSC members are free.

Pumpkintown Fall Festival on Saturday from 8 am - 5 pm. BBQ, parade, vendors, and music at the Pumpkintown Fall Festival in Dacusville. FREE.

Kroctoberfest at The Kroc Center in Greenville on Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. Lawn games, bounce houses, homemade BBQ and cider, face painting, pumpkin decorating, food and the chance to win amazing prizes. In addition to the heated indoor pool and basketball court, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy some of our most popular group fitness classes in a Group Mixer. All activities are free to guests and members.

SPONSORED: U-Day at Bob Jones University on Saturday from 10 am - 1 pm. U.Day, short for University Day, features a fun, educational street fair including dozens of interactive booths plus families can enjoy bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, prize drawings, and several hands-on activities designed for all age groups. The event will feature live music and food from a variety of local vendors. FREE entry.

Anderson Buddy Walk on Saturday from 1 pm - 5 pm at the Chris Taylor Memorial Park in Anderson. The Buddy Walk is a day of fun to celebrate individuals in the Tri-County area with Down syndrome. The event is free and includes a short walk, bounce houses, games, arts & crafts, music, resource booths. FREE.4:30

YMCA Spectrum Harvest Festival on Sunday from 2 pm - 4:30 pm at the Hollingsworth Outdoor Center in Simpsonville. Tentative activities to include hayrides, pumpkin painting, archery, broom making, ash cakes, and more. All families affected by autism or related conditions are invited. You do not need to be a Y member, nor a resident of Greenville. $10/family, please RSVP online.

See our full calendar of events on our website

While Fall for Greenville is the biggest festival this weekend, there are tons other fall family happenings as well - Kroctoberfest, Pumpkintown, and Pendleton festivals. Plus the Swamp Rabbits are opening up their season with games on Friday and Saturday (if you haven't been to these family-friendly hockey games, you're definitely missing out).

If festivals aren't your thing, we've rounded up this great list of enclosed toddler-friendly playgrounds in the area. And apple orchards are still a good option for weekend fun plus pumpkin patches are open (and ready for those Insta-worthy shots)!

~Kristina

PS: Don't forget to download your free printable October Family Fun Calendar (our perk for email subscribers only!) You can always see our full calendar on our website.

PPS: This Fall Night Hike at Lake Conestee Park on Saturday night looks so cool! Its $8-$12 and you get to hike by the moonlight and learn about owls and other night creatures.

Ad: Denver Downs Farm Corn Maze & Fall Festival continues October 14th & 15th with live music and the Pumpkin Festival.

WEATHER

Thursday: 84°F, humid with clouds and sun
Friday: 77°F, thunderstorm in area
Saturday: 79°F, cloudy
Sunday: 83°F, partly sunny

WHAT WE ARE EATING

Everything at Fall for Greenville - the ice cream from Sidewall looks so tempting!

WHAT WE ARE READING

Motherly: These 3 words changed the way I parent—and made me kinder to myself, too
Ad: Spartanburg Methodist College is The Right Place to Start for Home School Students!

MOM I'M BORED

Safe Haven & Educational Adventures Fall Festival on Thursday from 11 am to 5 pm in Easley. Like animals? Like exotic animals? Guests can expect to see a wide variety of animals including various birds, lizards, tortoises, bobcat, alligators and even monkeys. There will be live animal encounters as well as, food, raffles, games and crafts for the kids and much more! FREE admission; wristbands will be sold for $5 for anyone interested in touching some of the animals.

Science Station at Greer Library on Friday at 10:30 am. Explore science through experiments and activities. This month’s theme is pumpkin science. Ages 6-12. Adult caregiver required. This is designed for homeschool students. FREE.

Starry Nights at the Roper Mountain Science Center - shows are at 6:15 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:45 pm. Mom Review here. Tickets $5-$6.

Balloonacy shows at the South Carolina Children's Theatre at 9:30 and 11 am on Saturday. Children and their caretakers will delight in the comic antics that are generously sprinkled through her story and the friendship that floats into her life at just the right moment. $9.50/ticket

Mischief Managed Farm Day for Special Needs Children on Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. The farm is opening up for a second year in a row for special needs children and their families to enjoy a day on the farm, free of charge. Ride ponies, pet chickens, feed horses and goats, milk a goat and more. FREE.

Pendleton Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm. Children’s games, music, scarecrows, ghost tour, crafts, and food in Pendleton, SC. Food and activities available for purchase.

KIA Family Education Fair on Sunday at Haywood Mall from 1 -5 pm. Learn more about schools and speak directly to college representatives. Scholarships will be given away and 30 different schools will be in attendance. FREE but register online to be entered into scholarship giveaway.
See our full calendar of events on our website for more great ideas for fun.

GIVEAWAY

Enter to win two tickets to opening night of the new South Carolina Children's Theatre production of "The Boy Who Cried Bully"! Enter here. Ends October 17th.

REVIEW: BOO IN THE ZOO

My family tries to trick-or-treat at Boo in the Zoo every year. We enjoy the safe trick-or-treating atmosphere, chance to see the animals, and cute Halloween decorations and photo ops. This annual Halloween event in Greenville, SC has been going on so long that many of us parents remember trick-or-treating at the zoo as kids.

Boo in the Zoo is a non-scary annual Halloween event for children 12 and under the last two weekends in October.

Children (and some adults) wear costumes and carry a special provided bag through the zoo and receive treats from local businesses. The animals are allowed out although some may stay indoors. (If you want to see the animals, be sure to go early in the evening when the animals will be more likely to be awake and moving around.) Even though all non-member visitors to the zoo must pay, only children are allowed to trick-or-treat. Read the rest of the review and get all the info you need to know here!

Ad: Swamp Rabbits Opening Weekend is October 13th & 14th. Help the Salvation Army by bringing new undies on Saturday for the Underwear Toss!

How This Small South Carolina Town Quietly Became The Coolest Place In The South

We’ve featured the City of Greenville numerous times on our “modest” website – whose Only In South Carolina Facebook page just surpassed 200,000 followers. From casting the spotlight on the fantastic Falls Park on the Reedy, to various restaurants, events and fun venues we’ve managed to suggest many places to go and things to see in Greenville, one of the hippest places in the Palmetto State. But we’ve never really told you WHY or how this small town in South Carolina quietly became the coolest place in the South. Take a look at these 11 reasons:
1. No matter where you look, Greenville is gorgeous.
Facebook/Visit Greenville SCFrom the breathtaking Falls Park on the Reedy, to the Swamp Rabbit Trail and the bustling Main Street, this is one invitingly beautiful city.

2. Main Street still has that small town feel.
Facebook/Greenville, South Carolina - Official City Government Homepage
Facebook/Visit Greenville SCLined with lush trees and inviting seating provided by various merchants and restaurants, Greenville's Main Street feels like home. After just one visit, you'll see why and how Greenville's Main Street made the USA TODAY list, "Seven City Streets Worth A Trip On Their Own."
3. The events are top-notch.

Facebook/Visit Greenville SCCountry Living Magazine recently named Greenville's "Fall For Greenville" one of the best festivals in the whole country. Additionally, other events like the seasonal Saturday Market and the annual Artisphere make downtown Greenville a place everyone wants to be.

4. The arts scene in Greenville is out of this world.
TripAdvisor/managementThe Peace Center is host to Grammy winning artists, stage performances and a variety of other cultural events. And Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery is home to the largest collection of religious art in the Western Hemisphere.

5. Outdoor activites around Greenville seem limitless.
TripAdvisor/275GTSWithin minutes from the city, you can feel a million miles away from everywhere. Whether it's at Paris Mountain State Park (shown above) or any of the other peaceful nearby hidden oases, you can always find the perfect spot to escape.

6. In fact, there are countless "escape hatches" right in Greenville's own back yard.
Facebook/Visit Greenville SCLive in Greenville and want to get away for a weekend? Drive a few miles and feel a million from home.

7. The people are fantastic.
Facebook/Visit Greenville SC
Small town charm and hospitality are abundantly obvious anytime you meet someone from here.

8. The food scene is outrageously delish.
Facebook/Visit Greenville SC
Facebook/Visit Greenville SC
No longer considered "up and coming," the variety and quality of the restaurants in this small city are beyond your wildest dreams.

9. There's a stunning waterfall right in the middle of town.
Flickr/katie wheelerNot many cities and towns in the US boast a natural waterfall quite like this one. The one-of-a-kind spectacle is the centerpiece of Greenville's downtown landscape.

10. Outdoor fun is everywhere.
Facebook/Visit Greenville SCFrom the Swamp Rabbit Trail to Fluor Field on the West End, Greenville's outdoor scene has something for everyone.

11. Greenville is romantic.
Facebook/Visit Greenville SC
Liberty Bridge is a perfect stroll for a romantic evening. Stop in the middle to admire the falls immediately below. This focal point on the downtown landscape recently made USA TODAY's "50 States, 50 Dates: Romantic activities around the USA" list. It's easy to see why!
On top of all the above reasons, Greenville somehow manages to retain that small town feel even though it’s one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Have you visited Greenville lately?
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TIDBITS OF STRANGE....
So, every now and then we stumble upon some super awesome things during showings...take a look at what I have found in the past year.
This is just genius to me. Stumbled upon it out in the sticks...near Campobello

Aside from these ceramic collectibles...the house was vacant....just rubbed me the wrong way (San Souci)

Please refrain from creepy dolls and awkward flower arrangements (next to lamp...) (Taylors, SC)

I do believe in recycling, this dude just took it to the next level....also genius. No HOA here....=P (Downtown Greenville)

Another genius recycler...boat motor mailbox. I kinda want to be a mailman now (Greenville, SC)

FSBO Firepit...another reason we have Realtors (this is not an upgrade folks) (Travelers Rest, SC)

Yard art in Overbrook. Toilet cemetery. (Downtown Greenville)
couldn't get the pic to rotate...but it is a Jesus face carved out of a tree trunk...even in the Bible belt...still not an upgrade (State Park Rd. area)

Call the fire department...sweet cat guarding the house. (Taylors, SC)


April 6th, 2017

Upstate Headlines: Easter egg hunts, park plans and new business

Apr 05, 2017 12:18 pmA collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of April 3, 2017click here ->2017 ultimate list of Easter egg hunts in the Upstate
Easter is April 16, and families looking for egg hunts have plenty of options. Once again, we’ve compiled an extensive list of the Easter egg hunts and family-themed events happening in the Upstate. While we’ve verified all of the information below, check with the event’s website or host prior to attending, since some events do get postponed and cancelled. Happy hunting!
0827grnlookplanegregCleveland Park master plan on the horizon
A lot has changed since William Choice Cleveland donated a crescent-shaped, 110-acre plot of land to the city in 1924, a move that led to the creation of Cleveland Park. Initially, the park, much of it along the Reedy River, originally had a Girl Scout meeting place and a nine-hole golf course. In 1960, the Greenville Zoo opened. Now, the Swamp Rabbit Trail is a major drawing card. Today, Cleveland Park is being hurt by its own popularity. Enter Greenville City Council, which has set aside $165,000 to craft a master plan for the park in its proposed 2017-18 capital improvement plan budget. The budget is expected to be approved in May.
3.31.17-UBJ-RUTH_The-Rutherford-Event-Space_exterior-rendering_front_final-2New event venue, the Rutherford, to open this summer
Just one month after giving birth to her first child, Yasha Patel was signing a mortgage in early December for a complete gut job of a 1950s-era property. Upon completion, the location will be transformed into a 10,000-square-foot event space situated between North Main Street and Poinsett Highway on Rutherford Road. Originally a motor freight company and most recently Gypsy G’s Roadhouse, the building at 520 Rutherford Road sat vacant for about three years before Patel snatched it up to become the Rutherford. If all goes according to plan, it will open June 1.
Spartanburgbrewing1-642x325Bohemian-style lager brewery headed for Spartanburg
A new brewery is planned near Spartanburg’s western gateway to downtown. Spartanburg Brewing LLC, a venture founded by four friends — Petr Valenta, David Wenstrup, Tim Meade, and Pradip Bahukudumbi — will open this summer in a 4,000-square-foot building at 101 Chester St. The brewery will feature five Bohemian-style lagers, some food, comfortable indoor lounge space, and ample outdoor space for a range of activities, including a beer garden, beach volleyball, and live music.
Eclipse-1The curious reason Greenville Schools will start late this year
Greenville County Schools will start its 2017-18 school year on Tues., Aug. 22, the day after the total solar eclipse, Mon., Aug. 21. South Carolina is one of the 12 states in the country that will experience a total eclipse of the sun. Recently, lawmakers voted to allow schools to start Thurs., Aug. 17, earlier than normal. Some districts have chosen to do that and cancel classes on the day of the eclipse. Greenville County Schools elected not to start early.

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Upstate Headlines: ‘Fun Home,’ ‘Color Purple’ coming to Peace Center

Mar 29, 2017 11:23 amA collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of March 27, 2017 636263064963536775-The-Color-Purple-3---Cynthia-Erivo-and-Jennie-Harney-in-THE-COLOR-PURPLE-on-Broadway.-Photo-by-Matthew-Murphy-2016‘Fun Home,’ ‘Color Purple’ coming to Peace Center
The 2017-2018 Broadway season will feature nine shows, opening Sept. 11 with “The Bodyguard,” the stage adaptation of the 1992 Whitney Houston-Kevin Costner film. This year’s lineup includes several new shows, including “Fun Home,” the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir about growing up in a funeral home with an emotionally abusive father, along with perennial favorites such as “Les Miserables” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Additionally on the schedule are “School of Rock,” “On Your Feet!”, “The Color Purple,” “Waitress,” and “Love Never Dies.”Officials: NCAA had at least a $3.6 million impact on Greenville
The return of March Madness had at least a $3.6 million economic impact on Greenville, a local tourism official said. For the first time since 2002, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament was held in the city March 17 through 19. Officials said Greenville, which hosted first- and second-round games, sold out of the 42,000 tickets available for the event. All of the 6,000 hotel rooms tracked by VisitGreenvilleSC were occupied throughout the weekend. Official economic impact numbers from the event are being calculated and will be released soon, he said.
03.31.17.GJ_.ZooTunes.Keller-WilliamsGreenville Zoo announces 2017 ZooTunes lineup
The Greenville Zoo Foundation has announced the first two artists performing at the 2017 PNC Bank ZooTunes Concert Series. The series, which is presented through a partnership with the Foundation, the Greenville Zoo, the City of Greenville and Eleven Events, features concerts performed at the Greenville Zoo, with on-site food and beverage service included in the ticket price. The first show, on Friday, June 23, will feature Keller Williams, and the second show, on August 25, will be a performance by The Revivalists.
S.C. cities rank high to start a business in 2017
With a strong percentage of new companies starting in the last year and low unemployment rates, the three largest metropolitan statistical areas in South Carolina ranked in the top half of cities to start a business in 2017. According to the study, out of 358 metro statistical areas, Greenville-Mauldin-Anderson was No. 185. while Spartanburg was No. 277. In the Greenville MSA, the stand-out statistics were the lower-than-average real estate taxes and housing costs, both were in the top percentiles in the state and the nation.
0331.GJ_.PineyMountainBikeLounge.ChipAndJackieBatson1.WillIamCrooksChip and Jackie Batson aim to foster Greenville’s mountain biking community through beer and gear
Bikes and brews, they go hand in hand. Or at least Greenville’s Chip and Jackie Batson seem to think so. The husband-and-wife duo and veteran mountain bikers recently held the grand opening for their new venture, Piney Mountain Bike Lounge, on March 18. The new full-service bike shop and craft beer taproom, which is located at 20 Piney Mountain Road, features local craft beers, a pump track with an outdoor viewing area, and an extensive inventory of mountain bikes and gear.

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Upstate Headlines: Greenville makes 5 Top Places to Retire list

Mar 22, 2017 10:00 amA collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of March 20, 2017 Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 9.31.44 AMGreenville makes 5 top places in the US to retire list on the Today ShowMark Ellwood of Conde Nast Traveler joins Craig Ferguson and Kathie Lee Gifford with a list of the top five places in the U.S. to retire, particularly if you’re a baby boomer, including Greenville. Ellwood says, “If you want to eat your way through retirement, go to Greenville!”
Downtown-RebornCity of Greenville launches online Downtown Reborn visual guide
Ever wondered what Main Street looked like when it was four lanes instead of two? Or how the Reedy River banks looked before RiverPlace dominated? A new City of Greenville project, Downtown Reborn, provides all of those answers via a visual map of downtown along with an interactive map showing investment dollars on the most notable downtown landmarks, such as the Poinsett Hotel, the Peace Center, RiverPlace, and Project ONE.
0324.GJ_.RoperMountain.NatureCenter6.WillIamCrooksRoper Mountain Science Center plans new $9M facility
Greenville’s Roper Mountain Science Center, which provides hands-on learning labs for elementary and middle school students, is planning to pump $9 million into a 24,000-square-foot facility that officials say will focus on environmental science. The two-story facility will be located beside the Harrison Hall of Natural Sciences, and is expected to open by 2022.
636257013653149446-comicon-carComicon brings zombies, superheroes to town
Zombies and superheroes and Stormtroopers are headed back to Greenville this weekend. Around this time every year, the Upstate’s population of costumed heroes and villains skyrockets, thanks to South Carolina Comicon. This marks the fourth year for the convention that celebrates pop culture, comic books and cosplay. The event, which goes on Saturday and Sunday at TD Convention Center, features actors, writers, comic artists and more.
HogFestlogo-642x325Hub City Hog Fest returning to downtown Spartanburg in April
The Hub City Hog Fest will return for its fifth installment April 7 and 8 at Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg. Upstate residents will be able to fill their bellies with delicious barbecue, listen to live music, and sample some refreshing suds in support of Mobile Meals of Spartanburg. Founded by Spartanburg brothers Grey and Cal Wicker, the annual event has raised more than $200,000 for the faith-based nonprofit, which serves meals to about 2,000 frail and homebound people throughout the county.

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Coldwell Banker Caine Names February Circle of Excellence Recipients

Mar 08, 2017 12:15 pmColdwell Banker Caine recently recognized its top producing agents in property sales and listings from February through the Circle of Excellence program. The Circle of Excellence distinction is awarded to agents within the company’s five offices – Easley, Greenville, Greer, Seneca and Spartanburg – and celebrates $1 million in listing or closing volume, or four units listed or closed.Circle of Excellence agents achieving $1 million in listing/closing volume or four listed/closed units include:
  • Bobbie Johnson-Gould
  • Charlene Panek
  • Charlianne Nestlen
  • Donna Morrow
  • Eva Sandfort
  • Faith Ross
  • Felicia Griggs
  • Francie Little
  • Helen Hagood
  • Jacob Mann
  • Kiersten Bell
  • Mike Dassel
  • Pat Loftis and Brett Smagala
  • Shelbie Dunn
  • Susan Gallion
  • Tracy Bogie
  • Virginia Hayes
  • Wanda Stewart

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Upstate Headlines: Chris Stone, The Tourist in Chief, on Greenville’s Transformation

Mar 08, 2017 10:35 amA collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of March 6, 2017 0303YeahThatGreenville.VGSC_.ChrisStone11.WillIamCrooks-e1488568918509Chris Stone: The Tourist in ChiefThirteen years after the Liberty Bridge was built, Chris Stone still walks from his office at the Innovate Building on River Street, crosses over Main, and heads to the destination centerpiece of downtown. “[I] think about the day when I came to Greenville and people said, ‘Tourism is something that happens at the coast.’ And back then somebody walking with a camera — why would you have had a camera? There weren’t any pictures to take. Today, we see people taking pictures all the time. We see people on the bridge constantly taking pictures.”
Spartanburg 2016 Tourism InfographicTourism study shows Spartanburg made more gains in 2016
The tourism industry in Spartanburg continues to be a boon for the local economy, according to a recent study of the economic impact of tourism on the area. The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism rated Spartanburg seventh in the state for the economic impact of tourism as visitors spent more than $390 million in 2016. The study indicated a 7.6% increase in total room demand to more than 898,000 rooms in 2016 as well as a 16% increase in total room revenue during the year. In 2016, the study found total room revenue of $75.4 million. Additionally, unique visits to visitspartanburg.com increased 48% which is in addition to the 54% increase in unique traffic the site experienced in 2015.
Piney-Mountain-Bike-Lounge-exteriorPiney Mountain Bike Lounge celebrates grand opening March 18
You may have already seen plenty of Instagram photos from Piney Mountain Bike Lounge since it quietly opened in late November. But the new full-service bike shop and craft beer taproom at 20 Piney Mountain Road will be officially official during the daylong March 18 grand opening celebration. The celebration runs 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and includes 10 percent off store-wide all day. Attendees can enjoy wine and craft beers from 14 taps showcasing local and regional breweries, try out the pump track located outside, or watch from the overlooking deck.
image2Downtown Spartanburg’s iconic Magnolia St. Pub up for sale
A once-popular downtown Spartanburg music venue is on the market after sitting vacant for nearly 13 years. Magnolia St. Pub is for sale along with two adjacent buildings that sit on nearly a 1/2-acre at the intersection of Magnolia Street and Daniel Morgan Avenue about a block away from the Spartanburg Marriott. “It’s like stepping back in time more than a decade,” said Tim Satterfield, a commercial broker with Coldwell Banker Caine, who is helping Morrison sell the property. “It looks like they just closed it up and walked away. It’s pretty cool. It will be great for this to be active again.”
Organic-Cat-Cafe-more-catsKitties and coffee are a purrfect pair at Organic Cat Cafe
Picture this: 30-40 friendly cats roaming around inside a 3,600-square-foot living space while their human guests sip tea and coffee at the rate of $10 per hour. Now envision them climbing on you, around you, and possibly settling in your lap for a little catnap. That either sounds like the best day ever for the feline enthusiast or an allergy-sufferer’s nightmare. But, regardless, it looks like the longtime dream of cat-lover Jennifer Bronzel — Organic Cat Café — will finally come to life in May in the former JB Lacher Jewelers location at 123 College St.

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February 1st, 2017
There is an incredible amount of new business moving to the Upstate, from Condo's, Apartments, Restaurants and Shops to even the new c ity park's and expansion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail parallel to Laurens Rd. No doubt Greenville is growing at a rapid pace in order to accomodate all of the growing families, relocations and retiree's. Welcome!!
I just wanted to take a moment to address the fact that while there are so many fantastic dining establishments, that they are not all downtown! It is nice to see more restaurants opening just outside of Downtown! Not everyone wants to be on Main St. all of the time and to worry about parking and walking etc. Don't get me wrong, I love it. But, sometimes we just need a change of pace and scenery. I wanted to share with you a list (a few) of my Favorite restaurants that haven been around for a while that continue to be amazing even in this storm of new competition.Feel free to click on the names below to view their menu's!
In NO particular order:
Coming Soon! Overbrook's first restaurant, Fork & Plough will open 2017 at 1629 E. North St. The meat and produce will be from Greenbrier Farms.

January 26th, 2017


Information From the Coldwell Banker Caine Blog and Upstate Business Journal

Upstate Headlines: Greenville to pay $4M for Falls Park office property

Jan 25, 2017 10:33 amA collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of January 23, 2016 Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 10.17.01 AMGreenville to pay $4M for Falls Park office property
The effort to build a new, modern office building on a sliver of land in Falls Park along the Reedy River prompted a public uprising when the plans were first announced months ago— and now the city is prepared to pay $4 million to make sure the project doesn’t happen, with some financial help from two private organizations. Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 10.17.52 AMDetails about downtown Greenville’s new rolled ice cream shop
Karen Williams tends to get the same reaction every time she tries to explain what rolled ice cream is to people. “It’s like they’re looking at me like I’m crazy,” says Williams, who admits she had to YouTube the concept herself. “Really, you have to see it.” And Williams, along with husband, Fred, both veterans of the restaurant industry, are going to ensure you do. The two plan to open Creme Shack, which will specialize in the unique Asian-based dessert, but with an American twist, in the former Chocolate Moose location on Main Street, in February. First phase of City Park could open in 2020 if Council approves plan, funding
The first phase of City Park, the signature park planned for the western side of downtown, could be opened by spring 2020 if the Greenville City Council moves to approve a community plan and financing, a consultant said Monday. Groundbreaking for the first phase of the park could be held as early as spring 2018, according to a timeline presented.MorganSquare02(1) Spartanburg city leaders launch OneSpartanburg initiative
Spartanburg is ready to move forward with a plan that city leaders hope will put it on track for future prosperity. Allen Smith, president of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, along with other city officials, unveiled the OneSpartanburg plan to focus on the quality of life in the Upstate city. The plan includes creating an organization dedicated to improving downtown and another aimed at implementing the OneSpartanburg plan.
0127.UBJ_.JoesPlace1.WillIamCrooksJoe’s Place bookstore moving from Main Street to Pettigru District
Joe’s Place, the new and used bookstore near Falls Park on the Reedy is moving across the river to a 1920s residence at 2 Williams St. in the Pettigru Historic District. “It’s not because of the normal reasons most people move,” said Mary Bernard, co-owner. In fact, the shop’s moving after only three years in its current location has nothing to do with their rent, or location, or any other business-impacting factor. The move is driven by the owners’ desire to own an asset, now that they’ve found a knack for retail.

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January 10, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS! We are excited to have a successful start to our year here in the Upstate!

From our Coldwell Banker Caine Blog:
A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of January 10, 2016
0722swamprabbittrailstops-5-willcrooks-e1469135536890Greenville lands in the New York Post
Greenville’s breweries, restaurants and GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail have garnered some snark-filled attention from the New York Post. After noting some of the lesser attractive Greenville attributes, writer Chris Bunting concludes, “Greenville’s done an exhaustive job dolling up its north/south-split main drag with boutique shops, exotic eateries, craft beer bars, performance spaces, a no-joke distillery, a Segway livery stable — all magically preventing the town’s official (and easily derisible) tourism tagline ‘Yeah, THAT Greenville’ from skewing sarcastic.”
clal2h5678Clemson schedules parade to honor national champions
Clemson celebrated its football national championship with a welcome-home gathering Tuesday and will hold a parade later in the week. The Tigers arrived at Memorial Stadium around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to thousands of fans. A parade and stadium celebration will take place Saturday. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at the WestZone of the stadium. The Tigers topped Alabama 35-31 on Monday in Tampa, Fla., to win their first national title since 1981.
gspeventcenter1-642x325GSP unveils new event center in main terminal
Business and community groups in the Upstate will soon have a new venue for meetings, presentations, classes and other events. Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport on Wednesday unveiled a new 1,734-square-foot event center adjacent to its ticketing lobby as the most recent addition to its $125 million main terminal renovation called Project WINGSPAN.
State plans controlled burns at Upstate parks to prevent wildfires
The Beautiful Places Alliance, a Columbia-based nonprofit, has been awarded $35,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation to help the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism conduct controlled burns at several state parks in the Upstate. “These parks have seen 75 years of fire suppression with years of accumulated combustible fuels,” said Duane Parrish, director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. “Controlled burns help us remain committed to the stewardship of our natural communities and the service we provide to park visitors.”
bmw_5616Spartanburg BMW plant sets production record in 2016
Spartanburg County-based BMW Manufacturing Co. set a new vehicle production record in 2016 — the third consecutive year the local plant has increased its output. The company said it produced 411,171 X models, a nearly 2.6 percent increase compared with 2015’s tally of 400,904. It maintained its position as the largest BMW plant in the world. Based on its current production, the plant could hit its 4 millionth vehicle milestone in 2017.

December 5th, 2016

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Big Plans for Greenville's Old Mills
Upstate Business Journal has announced that several new projects are going through planning for Greenville's West side. Many old Mills may breathe new life!
http://upstatebusinessjournal.com/news/plush-mill-development-planned-former-west-greenville-industrial-complex/

More West End Developments
QT is planning to move in across from AJ Whittenburg
http://upstatebusinessjournal.com/news/quiktrip-buys-west-end-liquor-store-property-construction-start-january/

More Condos?
Historic Hayne School in the Pettigru District could become Condos
http://upstatebusinessjournal.com/news/developer-wants-turn-historic-hayne-school-condos/

As reported by the Greenville News and GVL Today....Breakwater is reopening their doors tomorrow, December 6th at 4pm. 802 S. Main St. They will have a more lounge/bar type atmosphere and less of fine dining. Although, some of their signature dishes will be back! I don't know about you, but I am super excited!!