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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of April 10, 2017
Grand 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.
Review: ‘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.
State 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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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)
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! Cleveland 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.
New 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.
Bohemian-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.
The 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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‘Fun Home,’ ‘Color Purple’ coming to
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.
Greenville 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.
Chip 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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Greenville 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!”
City 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.
Roper 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.
Comicon 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.
Hub 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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Chris 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.”
Tourism 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 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.
Downtown 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.”
Kitties 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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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:
Fork & Plough will open 2017 at 1629 E. North St. The meat and produce will be from Greenbrier Farms.
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
Greenville 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.”
Clemson 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.
GSP 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.”
Spartanburg 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.
- Upstate Light Festivals: http://bit.ly/189C9Fn
- Greenville Holiday Happenings: http://www.visitgreenvillesc.com/events/annual-festivals/
- Greenville Ice on Main: http://www.iceonmain.com/344/Ice-on-Main
- Spartanburg Skating on the Square: http://www.cityofspartanburg.org/skating-on-the-square
- Roper Mountain Holiday Light Show: http://ropermountainholidaylights.com/
- Upstate Holiday Lights: http://www.upstatelights.com/
- Easley Parade of Lights: http://easleychamber.org/events/Easley-Christmas-Parade-of-Lights-881/details
- Greer Holiday Events: https://greertoday.com/greer-sc/events-calendar/
- Spartanburg Holiday Events: http://www.visitspartanburg.com/events/scvb-main-calendar.html
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!
More West End Developments
QT is planning to move in across from AJ Whittenburg
Historic Hayne School in the Pettigru District could become 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!!