The holiday season brings friends and families together, but extra houseguests - and extra food - can often be stressful for your pet.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, offers tips to keep your pet happy and stress-free this holiday season.
BMW Group reported its best year-to-date sales ever, crediting the new X5 produced in Greer, as one of the key components.
The BMW Group U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) is up 9.2 percent on sales of 331,801 in the first 11 months of 2013 compared to 303,728 in the same period in 2012.
Saturday is “Take Your Child To a Bookstore Day”. It will be the last time greater Greer residents will be able to visit the Paperback Exchange at 105 N. Main Street on that annual date.
The independent bookstore will close on Dec. 31 ending another small business venture that will fall victim of the e-readers, iPads, Nooks, Kindles and tablets. The bookstore has been in business three years.
The Cazbah at 308 Trade Street is closed for the holidays with its future in Greer tenuous.
The restaurant posted signage two weeks ago it would be closed Nov. 19-23, apologizing for the inconvenience. However, all wine and liquor has been removed and furnishings moved to the front of the restaurant.
I’m in the military, and my wife and I have $13,000 in the bank along with $35,000 in a Roth IRA. We also have no debt, and we put $3,500 into our savings account each month. Our new baby is due to arrive in January, so do you think this would be a good time to buy our first home?
Ace Restaurant Group (ARG) was granted its request for a parking variance for Wild Ace Pizza and Pub at its planned relocation at 103 Depot Street.
The Board of Zoning Appeals’ public meeting also produced more information showing a sketch of the restaurant that will include the original building and a proposed addition that connects with a covered patio. An 18-space parking lot, to be upgraded by ARG, will separate the patio from Randall Street.
Wild Ace Pizza and Pub is pursuing a move from its Trade Street location to Depot Street as a result of a downtown business owner constructing fencing at two locations that has eliminated over 60 parking spaces.
It appears to be the second business owned by Chris and Denise VandenBerghe to leave Trade Street within the past eight months. Acme General Store abruptly closed on March 20.
Residential builders that install gas hot water heaters separately or with a primary heating system to natural gas will receive incentives of $400 and $800, respectfully, from Greer Commission of Public Works.
The Greer utility introduced the incentive program that began Monday to promote the use of natural gas on CPW’s system.
Greer CPW Commissioner Jeff Howell warned commissioners and the Greer utility the spiral decline in its profitability must stop. The utility reported a net loss of $369,071 for October operations.
“I am very concerned where we might be ending up,” Howell said at Monday’s monthly meeting. “I don’t think we can continue to lose money on three out of four utilities. I am asking if these increases are enough.”
Holiday breads are available daily at the Atlanta Bread Company at Pelham. The breads, nine varieties and special ordered, are baked fresh with no preservatives.
“We can present them in a loaf or sliced with a nice wrap and bow, or place the slices on a catering tray,” Jackie, of Pelham ABC, said. “People are ordering these as gifts for colleagues, family, friends.”
My husband and I tithe, but right now we’re on Baby Step 2 of your plan and we’re expecting a child in a few months. Since we’re trying to pay off all our debt except for our home, what should we do about giving beyond our tithe in this situation?
Greer Family Dental Care claims on its website to “promote open communication, to understand what you are looking for in your smile.”
A staff that speaks six languages – Ukrainian, Russian, Hindi, French, Spanish and English – covers a lot of understanding.
Diane Christofferson, downtown Greer merchants and at least a half dozen celebrity shuckers will be hosting the final “Give A Shuck” night of 2013 Thursday at 6:30 at the Great Bay Oyster House.
Two previous “Give A Shuck” nights, held the third Thursday of the month, have been so successful it has turned into a fundraising event that keeps on giving in Greer. Proceeds from tips for celebrity shuckers and a percent of total food sales benefit three charities in rotation. Thursday’s charity is theSoup Kitchen. Greer Relief received $980 for the September event and Greer Community Ministries earned double that amount in October.
Developers were approved by the Planning Commission Monday to build 32 lots for single family housing on 10.7 acres of undeveloped land at Lismore Park at South Suber Road. The controversial proposal followed a rare executive session, lasting 45 minutes, where the city attorney advised commissioners of their options.
An amendment to the proposal was adopted requiring the wording “Phase 5A” removed from Lismore Park. Developers must come up with a modified name that includes Lismore Park to be approved by Greenville County.
Greer Bancshares Inc., parent company of Greer State Bank, reported third quarter net income attributable to common shareholders of $668,000 or 27 cents per diluted share, compared with $777,000 or 31 cents per diluted common share, during the same quarter the previous year.
As of Sept. 30 the bank reported (at Dec. 31, last year):
We’ve been supporting our son while he’s in college. He just finished his sophomore year, but he told us the other day he has dropped out of school and isn’t going back. He’s been playing in a band on weekends, and he has this vague idea of becoming a musician. We don’t think this is a good idea, but we still want to be supportive … just not too supportive. We want him to be financially independent, as well. How should we handle this?
Dave Ramsey and his daughter, Rachel Cruze, were in Simpsonville Thursday night to present lessons for managing your budget and gaining financial independence.
Below is Dave's tips on managing your Christmas budget.
The Greer Trading Post had its ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday night and to also celebrate Tuesdays on Trade.
Jessica Monroe is the owner of the consignment shop at 217 Trade Street.
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Rachel Cruze wanted the same thing her teen peers had, nicer clothes and a pretty purse among other material possessions. “I was a full blown drama person,” Cruze said. “As a teen, for a girl, it was hard.”
• Limited number of tickets remain for Thursday.