DOWNTOWN GREER From February 2012


Bridal Show features interactive ceremony and events
FEB 29, 2012

Lauren Kingstro knows all about the excitement leading up to the wedding day. She married Paul Kingstro on Aug. 18 last year. The reception was held at The Davenport on Trade Street. Krystal Grant provided GreerToday.com with the wedding photo of Lauren. 

The Greer Station Association and its vendors request the honor of your presence at their Bridal Show on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Greer City Hall Events Hall.

Guests will attend interactive events – ceremony, cocktails and reception –  with vendors showcasing their talents and services. A bride and groom will be featured with guests invited to follow them through the ceremony, cocktails and reception venues or visit the hall in any sequence. All staff will be dressed in formal attire.

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Downtown apartments favor fixed income 'elderly'
FEB 29, 2012

Cannon Street Elderly Apartments proposed by McKean & Associates Architects from Montgomery, Ala.

Greer City Council enthusiastically approved two parcels of land for rezoning tonight to accommodate proposed  apartment complexes. Skepticism quickly replaced the enthusiasm when it came time to approve first reading of the proposed 54 and 56 apartment units, respectively, specifically a 4-story complex planned across from Greer City Park.

The Cannon Street Elderly Apartments would be built on 1.6 acres owned by Greer Partners at 217 Cannon Street. The C-1 (Central Business District) property, was approved for DRD (Design Review District). A parcel of land owned by Brenda Medlock at 706 West Poinsett Street was approved to be rezoned to RM-2, residential multifamily, from its former C-2 and R-12.

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Citizens Police Academy's first class is Thursday
FEB 28, 2012

The Citizens Police Academy begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Greer Police Department personnel teach a 10-week program designed to give citizens working knowledge of law enforcement.

Topics include patrol procedures (including a ride along), dispatch, detention, community outreach, criminal investigation, gangs, animal control, and K-9 and taser demonstrations. Classes are 6:30-8:30 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays.

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Greer Relief gets Christmas cheer; Roses for Relief next
FEB 24, 2012

Kendra Kemp, president of the Greer Jaycees, presented a $1,000 check Thursday  to Caroline Robinson, Executive Director of Greer Relief. The proceeds were from the 2011 Jaycees Christmas Parade.

It was Christmas in February for Greer Relief when the Greer Jaycees presented a $1,100 check from the proceeds of the 2011 Christmas Parade.  Kendra Kemp, president of the Greer Jaycees, presented the check Thursday  to Caroline Robinson, Executive Director of Greer Relief. The Jaycees welcome guests to their meetings at 7 p.m. on every third Thursday at His Vineyard on Arlington.

Rose for Relief St. Patrick's Celebration is Greer Relief's next big event, scheduled on March 17 from 7 p.m. to midnight at 317 S. Buncombe Road. A silent auction, live band, Irish menu and bar will be part of the program.

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Oyster Roast, pound for pound, best bargain in Upstate
FEB 24, 2012

Eat a light lunch today and forget about dinner.

There is 1,000 pounds of oysters, hundreds of pounds of shrimp and more seafood gumbo than probably every cooked in Greer. We'll call it an unofficial record for a shrimp boil. All that adds up to an all-you-can-eat seafood extravaganza.

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Big turnout at Chamber for minority open house
FEB 23, 2012

William Grady has been a proponent of bringing diversity into the forefront of the business community. He helped organize today's Chamber of Commerce Minority Open House.

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce with Allen Smith and John Mansure paving the way, are trying to put a new face on the business organization.

"We've been male, pale and stale for too long," Smith, President and CEO of the chamber, repeatedly tells audiences at his public speaking engagements.

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Miss Greer Teen's theatre debut in 'Hairspray'
FEB 22, 2012

2012 Miss Greater Greer Teen Sydney Sill reflects on her past two weeks and her upcoming performance in

2012 Miss Greater Greer Teen Sydney Sill has had a non-stop schedule since the week she competed in the Greer pageant. Sydney talked with GreerToday.com between her ride from Byrnes to Greer for “Hairspray” rehearsals. She was upbeat, laughing and looking forward to performing in her first theatre production outside of school. Sydney was the second runner-up (Miss Lyman) in the 2011 Miss South Carolina Teen competition. She will compete in the 2012 Miss South Carolina pageant July 10-14 in Columbia.

Q: You played a big role in the Miss Byrnes High School pageant last weekend. What did you do?

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56-unit apartments planned for Cannon, W. Poinsett streets
FEB 20, 2012

The Cannon Street Apartments would be constructed at the corner of Cannon and Jason Streets. These buildings would be razed.

Two proposed apartment complexes with 56 units each, one across from City Park in downtown Greer, and another on W. Poinsett Street, cleared their first hurdle tonight. 

The City Planning Commission approved property at 217 Cannon and Jason Streets to be rezoned from C-1 (commercial) to DRD (Design Review District). That property is owned by T.L. Baldree of Greer. The 1.62 acres was previously listed by Coldwell Banker Caine at $1.5 million.

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Ember's salt block orders are half price on Wednesdays
FEB 20, 2012

Salt block orders are half price on Wednesdays at the Ember Restaurant at 302 Trade Street. The signature item features salt blocks heated to over 600 degrees with food prepared tableside.

Chicken, beef and shrimp entrees are featured.

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Greer business luncheon Tuesday at First Baptist
FEB 20, 2012

The February Business Luncheon at Greer First Baptist will meet at 11:50 a.m. today. Business owners, friends and associates are invited for a meal, music, fellowship and Pastor Rick Ezell talking about “Living with Broken Dreams”.

The event is held at the church’s Family Life Center at 201 W. Poinsett Street. It lasts one hour.

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Pole dancing comes to Greer
FEB 17, 2012

The North Pole Dance Studio has opened at the Depot. Yolanda Morton, owner, learned pole dancing in Atlanta and opened her first studio in Greenville before relocating in Greer.

The North Pole Dancing Studio has Greer in a flutter. With instructor names like "Vanity", "Patience", "Sapphire" and "Foxy" there was plenty to talk about.

Women in a downtown restaurant were talking about the "Pole/Flirty Laptease" coupon for the new Greer business on a social media website.

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Tippin's concert will provide maximum viewing
FEB 16, 2012

Spectators at the Greer Family Fest will be afforded a more advantageous view with the stage placed at the circular drive at the entrance of City Hall.

The stage Aaron Tippin will perform on at the 2012 Village Hospital Greer Family Fest will be located at the picturesque circular drive entrance to City Hall.

"This location affords more people to see Aaron Tippin perform and we're anticipating the biggest crowd ever to attend the festival," Mark Owens, Greer Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator, said.

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City Council approves purchase of land for recreation
FEB 15, 2012

Greer City Council  gave its approval Tuesday night to purchase land for recreational purposes. The action was approved in executive session and the price and location of the property was undisclosed.

"As Greer is expanding we need to look for opportunities to offer our citizens expanded services. Parks and Recreation needs land and this is an opportunity for us to acquire it," Mayor Rick Danner said.

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Ryan Storrie remembered as everybody's best friend
FEB 14, 2012

Ryan Storrie, 29, lived to open a restaurant that had personality and character in the way food was cooked and presented. He saw the fulfillment of his dream come true. Sadly, it was too short-lived.

Ryan Storrie was the best friend of more people than he ever could have imagined. 

"Ryan had a ton of people say 'he's my best friend' because he was everybody's best friend," Tim Kearns said. Kearns and Storrie were best friends and opened Ember, a downtown Greer restaurant, on New Year's Eve.

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Roses are red but the Blues is American
FEB 14, 2012

Join Max Hightower on Valentine's night at the 5th Rockin' Tuesday Blues Jam at Rhythm & Brews. 


Willie Nelson once said in an interview “Blues is the first music born in America”.

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Rutland is turning her full attention to family
FEB 8, 2012

Angela Rutland is leaving the Greer Economic Development Corporation to spend more time with her family. Elliott, 5, enjoyed the company of her mom Monday when her daycare closed early due to repairs.

Elliott Rutland was meticulously drawing a two-story structure she described as her home. She drew the windows and penciled in the doorknob.  It was left to the imagination if it was Elliott’s symbolism recognizing her mother, Angela, was within days of becoming a stay-at-home mom.

Angela Rutland, the Commercial Development Director for the Greer Development Corporation (GDC), has decided to become a stay-at-home mom for Elliott, 5, and Emma, 8. A life event convinced Rutland and her husband, Vernon, she was making the right decision for her family.

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Fiber optics pathway to City Hall
FEB 7, 2012

Gerald Skidman, foreground, and Joe Laws, both from Triple B Boring, work at this concrete crossroads that will connect the cable to the telephone pole and run it across Poinsett Street to city hall.

Greer City Hall is preparing to receive fiber optic cable from Charter to speed up connections and provide a backup

Triple B Boring set a 680-foot path along School Street.

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ACME Lunchbox sets specials for breakfast and lunch
FEB 7, 2012

Jacob Danner, manager of the Lunchbox deli at Acme General Store, has daily bagel and sandwich specials. The bagels are produced in the Bronx, N.Y.

ACME General Store has opened announced daily bagel and deli specials.

The 4,000 square foot second floor opened last week. An Activity Wall equipped with rock climbing sections for boys and girls and a Ball Arena is open for all ages. Soft Nerf-like balls are shot at targets with individual and team scores.

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Rockin' Tuesday Blues Jam at Rhythm & Brews
FEB 7, 2012

The stage was already smoking when good friend Taylor Moore set the stage ablaze. With three other guitarists shoulder-to-shoulder, all that lead guitar was like scrambling eggs in an hot iron skillet.- Max Hightower

Last week at the Rockin’ Tuesday Blues Jam at Rhythm & Brews in Greer, it was like "The Last Waltz" of blues jams with musicians on and off the stage all night long. It’s hard to believe it was only our third jam. And there’s no telling what the fourth one will be like tonight.

Let me set the stage. It’s 8 p.m. on January 31. Tuesday night.

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Citizens Police Academy spring session taking applications
FEB 6, 2012

The Greer Police Department is accepting applications for the spring session of the Citizens Police Academy.

The 10-week program begins Thursday, March 1 at the police department at 102 S. Main Street. Classes are 6:30-8:30 p.m. and designed to give the public working knowledge of the Greer PD. Graduates have also aided the department in public events in support roles.

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