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This is the first segment of "Get In Greenville." In partnership with Coldwell Banker Caine, we will explore how to "get into" the neighborhoods and communities that are the toughest to call home in Greenville. Because you don’t have to be a real estate expert to know the market is hot. (That's what we have their 170 experts in the Upstate for.) 👌

THE DRAW: Also known as Gower Estates, Gower is a section of the larger Parkins Mill neighborhood between Laurens Road and Pleasantburg Drive. It is multi-generational and 10 minutes to anywhere. Residents take advantage of the popular neighborhood pool and SAIL swim team that is one of the largest in the County and draws the community together.

HOME STYLE: Depending on where you are, home styles include cottages, ranches, split levels, and estates with large lots and mature trees. Many new buyers are renovating ranches built in the 1960s to open floor plans, or expand bathrooms and closet sizes.

SCHOOLS: Elementary – Sara Collins; Middle School – Beck Academy; High School – JL Mann (Close proximity to private institutions like St. Joe’s and Christ Church)

GET IN: The Gower market is competitive. Buyers are encouraged to be ready to act when they see a home they love. It helps to find a REALTOR who is extremely familiar with the area so you have boots on the ground. Your REALTOR will have access to data for the neighborhood, helping to identify potential households ready to sell. There are often multiple offer situations, so you will want to be creative with how you can set yourself apart.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? Depending on the area in Gower, the average house price starts around $300,000 for a home that may need some updating. Prices have increased in recent years because so many residents are updating and renovating. Discounts are hard to come by, but homes are forecast to increase in value as the neighborhood continues to improve over the coming years.







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RIP Dive N’ Boar, but helllloo new concept. 🙌🏼 / Greenville News




A couple of weeks ago, we shared the sad news that Dive ‘N’ Boar was closing their doors. The reason? Owner Renee Boyett (who also owns Southern Culture) and Chef Adrian Carpenter explained that it can’t be pinpointed to one factor, but that the location, the space, and the timing may have just been off. Carpenter joined the restaurant last summer to rebrand and recraft the menu.

What’s the future look like? Solidified plans have not been released but new plans for the space may be ready as early as this summer. Plans that will conceptually mimic Southern Culture and Bar. What we do know? “It will be a bar and restaurant, new name, new look, new ownership and will be a fun place for families and singles, for the empty nesters, for the college kids,” Boyett said.

The suspense is killing us, but we already know we’ll be first in line when it opens.







KIDDING AROUND GREENVILLE NEWSLETTER- REPOSTED HERE
Get up close with butterflies, see free outdoor movies, 50 free things to do this summer
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WEEKEND PLANNER FOR 6.3.2017


EDITOR'S PICKS: WEEKEND EVENTS

Butterfly Adventures finally opens on June 1st at the Roper Mountain Science Center and features an entire rainforest flush with butterflies. This is a must-see! Admission includes access to the all the buildings and Living History Farm as well, which is totally worth the trip. $8 adults, $7 kids 4-12, free for kids 3 and under.

Moonlight Movies in Greer City Park kicks off on Thursday with a showing of Zootopia. Preshow activities include free inflatables, line dancing, and a chance to win awesome door prizes. Movies start at dusk every Thursday night during the summer. Concessions will be available for purchase. FREE

Upcountry History Museum Neighborhood Nights on Thursday from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Admission is free and kids get a free book! FREE.

YMCA PB&J race on Friday at 6pm at the Travelers Rest Methodist Church. Entry fee is either a jar of peanut butter or a jar of jelly, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

Kids Game Night at Upcountry Provisions Bakery in Travelers Rest on Saturday from 4pm-8pm. The Bakery invites kids of all ages to come out for a night of music and games, including hopscotch, board games, puzzles, and much more. All kids meals are half price and include a drink and small Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Touch-A-Truck at the TD Saturday Market in downtown Greenville from 8am-Noon. Children will have the opportunity to climb on almost 20 different trucks.FREE.

Curious George exhibit opens on Saturday at the Upcountry History Museum from 10am-2pm and includes special family activities to celebrate the new exhibit. Activities included with admission fee ($6 adults, $5 seniors and college students with ID, $4 kids ages 4-18, free for children 3 and under).
I love, love, love the Roper Mountain Science Center. They bring out that nerdy kid in me who wants to know how things work and just marvels at science and animals (especially baby animals). Last year was the first time they did Butterfly Adventures (click through the link to find our giveaway for 4 tickets), which allows guests to get super personal with butterflies - holding them gently, seeing them eat, hearing them whoosh past your ears- and Greenville families LOVED it. Lines were out the door.

It opens up again this summer on Thursday and will run through July 7th. I tried to go on off hours last year or first thing in the morning to get the most out of the trip. Take your camera and explore the other things the RMSC offers - the marine life tide pool, the insect room, active beehive, and Living History Farm. All of this is included in the admission. Go for it!

Oh, and check out and bookmark our list of 50 Free Things to do This Summer!

~Kristina

PS: Don't forget to download your free printable June Family Fun Calendar (our perk for email subscribers only!)

PPS: Journey is coming to The Well! Belt out "Don't Stop Believin''" on June 11th with them. Tickets here (apologies for getting that song in your head).

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WEATHER

Thursday: 84°F, partly sunny and pleasant
Friday: 82°F, afternoon t-storm
Saturday: 84°F, possible t-storm
Sunday: 87°F, cloudy, couple of t-storms

WHAT WE ARE EATING

Hungry for a juicy burger? Three new burger joints are opening up in Greenville because apparently you can never have too much of a good thing. Via the Greenville Journal.

Off the Grid Greenville has an awesome write-up of O-CHA tea bar, which is right on the Swamp Rabbit Trail in downtown. The photos themselves has me dreaming of going asap.


WHAT WE ARE READING

Greenville Journal: I started following @FarmShenanigans on Instagram last year as they transformed their farmhouse into something beautiful. HGTV noticed and now the couple is set to appear on June 3rd's episode of "We Bought the Farm."

CNN: Graco recalls over 25,000 car seats.

Trying to find a good birthday party for your little princess? Check out our mom review: My Daughter’s Super Fun Birthday Party at Pigtails & Crewcuts

Today's Parent gives a list of the 19 best sunscreens for kids.

DON'T FORGET

To register your child(ren) for Vacation Bible School this summer. Here is Greenville's VBS list for 2017! I just signed my kid up over the weekend!

MOM I'M BORED

First Friday in downtown Greenville, Taylors Mill, and the West End. Free kids craft at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts from 6pm-9pm. FREE.

Home Depot Kids Workshop on Saturday from 9am-Noon. Kids get to do a free project the first Saturday of every month using kid-size hammers and paint. Wear play clothes you wouldn't mind getting messy. FREE.

Starry Nights at Roper Mountain Science Center on Friday at 6pm, 7:30pm, and 8:45pm. Buy tickets online since they sell out fast.

A Midsummer Night's Dream shows in Falls Park at 7pm Thursday-Sunday. FREE.

Concerts at Trailblazer Parks in Travelers Rest on Saturday from 7pm-10pm. FREE with food for purchase.

Watch Trolls in the outdoor movie setup at the Shops at Greenridge on Woodruff Road on Saturday at dusk (about 8:30 pm) near Dick's Sporting Goods. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. FREE.

A list of places to cool off in Greenville - lakes, splash pads, pools, water parks!

Kidding Around Greenville: Inclusive and Accessible Playgrounds near Greenville

PARK HOP REVIEW: SOUTHSIDE PARK

Many of you may have headed to Southside Park in Simpsonville to visit Discovery Island Water Park, but there is so much more to do there. Let me share with you some of our favorite things about the park!

The playground area at Southside Park is huge! There are several different play zones set up for children of various ages. There is an area just as you enter the playground for small children [with]... swings and climbing structures just their size.

Just below the small children’s area is the riding and rocking area. The four person bouncer is so much fun to explore with your kids. The large child play area is filled with three large structures that feature slides, climbing spaces, and bridges.

Read the rest of the review here!

GIVEAWAYS

Enter for a chance to win 2 tickets to the opening performance of Miss Nelson is Missing performed by the South Carolina Children's Theatre at the Peace Center's Gunter Theatre.

This popular musical has sold out in other cities. It will run from June 17-25.

Enter for a chance to win a Family Pack of 4 tickets to see the Butterfly Adventure at Roper Mountain Science Center.






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Upstate Headlines: Greenville’s Growth, New Grocers, and More

May 31, 2017 09:30 am


A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of May 29, 2017
July-2015-Mayor-Knox-White-Greenville-bookKnox White reacts to Greenville being named 4th fastest growing US city
From 2010 to 2016, Greenville’s population jumped nearly 10,000 people, making it the fourth fastest growing city in the nation, according to a new Census Report. Mayor Knox White said, “As the city becomes more desirable — great downtown and neighborhoods — we are getting a greater share of that growth. Hence our city population is jumping after decades of decline. More than ever we have to plan smarter. “
LidlUSStoreExterior1Greenville, Spartanburg Lidl stores will open June 15
Lidl stores will open in Greenville and Spartanburg June 15. The two stores, at 2037 Wade Hampton Blvd. in Greenville and 8180 Warren H. Abernathy Highway in Spartanburg, are the Germany-based global discount supermarket chain’s first in South Carolina. The two stores are among the nine Lidl plans to open in the U.S. June 15. The chain plans to open 20 U.S. stores this summer.
DCIM100MEDIADJI_0016.JPG Charleston, pshaw — Greenville County is the state’s most populated
After years of coming in second to Columbia, the City of Charleston finally crossed the final hurdle that would once and for all set them apart as South Carolina’s top city. Greenville is right at No. 6 with a population of 67,452. Greenville County has a population of 498,766, making it the most populated county in the state.
Sprouts-StorefrontGrocery chain Sprouts may put first SC store on Woodruff Road
What could be the first Sprouts Farmers Market in South Carolina is on track to open at the corner of Woodruff Road and Highway 14 after the Greenville County Planning Commission agreed to a rezoning. The rezoning, applauded and opposed by neighbors at a public hearing, now goes to Greenville County Council. Under a proposal from RealtyLink, a Greenville-based real estate developer, the grocery would occupy 30,000 square feet of retail space at the intersection, beside a cemetery called Graceland East Memorial Park.
Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 9.25.18 AMNew Spartanburg restaurant serves up soul food
Jason W. Glenn Sr. has always dreamed of opening a restaurant. After years spent catering, he’s now fulfilling that ambition by opening Big Glenn’s Grill at the corner of East Main Street and Pine Street in Spartanburg. The restaurant’s menu is a combination of soul food and grilled food. Big Glenn’s held its grand opening May 28 after months of work getting the building ready since December.

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Upstate Headlines: Grand Bohemian plans at Liberty Bridge revealed

Apr 12, 2017 01:27 pm


A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of April 10, 2017
636275308387962051-IMG-4052Grand Bohemian plans at Liberty Bridge revealed
The east landing of the Liberty Bridge will change dramatically beginning as soon as next year with plans for a Grand Bohemian hotel and civic lawn that were revealed Tuesday afternoon to members of City Council. The East Gateway Master Plan envisions a shared plaza and distinct entrance into the east side of the park. It would be the introduction to the East Gateway District, which will include the Camperdown development currently under way at the site of the old Greenville News building.
636275161526581848-rottenreviewReview: ‘Something Rotten!’ generates fresh laughs
There’s a fine line between clever and nutty (to paraphrase the would-be rock stars of the mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap”), and “Something Rotten!” gleefully tap-dances all over it. If you’re looking for a few laughs, or if you’ve ever wondered why no one’s thought to make a musical with tap-dancing grim reapers singing peppy songs about bubonic plague, “Something Rotten!” is worth your time. “Something Rotten!” runs through Sunday at the Peace Center. For more info, go to www.peacecenter.org.
Drayton Mills project praised for role in economic growth in Spartanburg
Gov. Henry McMaster lauded the vision of developers, who transformed the historic mill into a multimillion-dollar housing and commercial complex. “This has all developed right here with the spirit and the innovation and the ideas of people right here in the community,” McMaster said. “You can look out the window and see the great potential that this has.” Tenants that will be opening soon include Rick Erwin’s restaurant The Standard: A Refined Kitchen; Mozza Roasters, Bella Latte and Melotte Enterprises, a coffee roaster, coffee shop and corporate headquarters; and Burn Boot Camp of Spartanburg.
6996787273_0ca16297a7_oState plans expansion of Greenville’s Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources plans to purchase 48 acres of private property in northern Greenville County that will expand the state’s Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area. The state’s purchase of the 48 acres, if successful, would connect the Greenville Watershed and a piece of SCDNR land on the northern side of the Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, providing a corridor of protected properties from the North Carolina state line to Oak Grove Road, according to Lucas. The Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area currently comprises about 1,800 acres off Highway 11 in northern Greenville County. It’s currently used for hunting, fishing, hiking, and other recreational activities.
Public art project installed in the Northside of Spartanburg
Four public “artlet” installations were unveiled Tuesday evening in the city of Spartanburg’s Northside neighborhood. The project, under the leadership of Spartanburg artist Eli Blasko, community organizer Janet Kagan and the Chapman Cultural Center, involved building four wooden gazebo-like structures in the Northside for residents to enjoy. The artlets are located at 159 W. Pearl St., 225 Milan St., 297 Farley St. and the corner of Farley and Brawley streets. The structures were built with the idea that they can be relocated if and when necessary, Blasko said.

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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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Recent Articles:

Victoria Tate Joins Coldwell Banker Caine in GreenvilleOpen Houses This Weekend! Home Tip Of The Week: 20 Home Cleaning HacksSusan Murphree Joins Coldwell Banker Caine in SpartanburgUpstate Headlines: Tourism grew to $20.2 billion for SC in 2015
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!!