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Shoppes On Trade maintains boutique vendor businesses
JAN 30, 2013

Kendra Glenn, right, and vendor Tracy Brandon get together for a photo today at the Shoppes On Trade. Glenn was explaining plans to add more artisan vendors and a small deli and spa services.

The Shoppes On Trade is open for business under new management and the new moniker at 211 Trade Street.

Kendra Glenn, whose family owns the building they renovated, will run the vendor-oriented business and is entertaining adding a deli and space for spa service.

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Howell represents Lucky Strike Amusements in sale
JAN 30, 2013

Jeff Howell, of Langston-Black, represented Lucky Strike Amusements in it sale of a convenience store.

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Greer State Bank reports significant improvement in 2012
JAN 29, 2013

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, reported strong growth in 2012 with a net profit of $4.18 million. That followed the previous year's net loss of $2.794 million.

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, today reported an annual net profit of $4.18 million after TARP related expenses of $723,000.

The results show significant improvement from the previous year’s net loss of  $2.794 million after TARP related expenses of $625,000.

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Walmart Market grand opening set, hiring ongoing
JAN 29, 2013

Walmart Market grand opening set, hiring ongoing

The Walmart Neighborhood Market has set a Feb. 20 grand opening and is still hiring.

Construction is nearly complete in the first Neighborhood Market to open in South Carolina. Associates are stocking shelves in the 48,000-square-foot store at 805 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. A full line of groceries and assorted merchandise will be available.

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CPW commissioners approve aggressive Grease Strategy
JAN 29, 2013

A collection container for used cooking grease sits near the dumpsters behind BIN112. It is used to make biofuels. Other captured FOG are forwarded to landfills in enclosed containers.

Greer CPW has its sights set on being more active policing FOG  – fats, oils and grease – that may have accumulated within its sewer system.

Commissioners on Monday approved a more aggressive Grease Strategy, mostly through an education program for CPW customers. But violators will be fined if residential and commercial customers are unwilling to comply.

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Allen Bennett campus has prospective buyer
JAN 28, 2013

The Allen Bennett Hospital campus is in due diligence with a prospective buyer for the two-building campus – the hospital and the Roger Huntington Nursing Center.

A suitor for the Allen Bennett Hospital campus is undergoing its due diligence with the City of Greer, according to City Administrator Ed Driggers.

Meanwhile, the City is in the final steps remedying DHEC’s latest request to put closure to about 1,500 gallons of a diesel fuel spill in 2010.

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Legal Staff Professionals elect officers
JAN 27, 2013

Legal Staff Professionals of South Carolina elected their 2013-2014 officers who will be sworn in during the LSPSC annual meeting in Spartanburg, April 26-28. All three are from Greer.

The members of LSP of Greenville appointed: 

Lois J. Belle, Certified PLS, President

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CPW hosts festival to commemorate 100th anniversary
JAN 25, 2013

Greer CPW is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a day of celebration on April 27 at the administrative and operations complex. The family-oriented event will feature music, food and activities and end with a fireworks display at 8 p.m.

Greer CPW is celebrating its 100th year of service to the greater Greer area and has scheduled a day of celebration for the public to enjoy.

A Centennial Celebration is scheduled at the administrative and operations complex on Saturday, April 27 from 4-8 p.m. that will provide music, food and end with a fireworks display at 8 p.m.

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Allender, Langston represent Brashier in sale of building
JAN 23, 2013

Tim Allender

Tim Allender and Chuck Langston of Langston-Black Real Estate, Inc. represented Walt Brashier in the sale of his 12,000 square foot building (.94 acre) at 3220 Wade Hampton Blvd. in Taylors.

Part of the building will be used as a dentist office with the remaining space leased for office use.

 

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City Council approves three rezoning ordinances for Gibbs Shoals development
JAN 22, 2013

A 36-unit housing project at East Suber Road and Gibbs Shoals Road received a boost from City Council tonight when it approved three of four annexation and property rezoning requests on second and final reading.

A fourth rezoning request for a small parcel was tabled. A former investor in the property died last November leaving the legal ownership to be remedied.

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DSI Lyman Dialysis Clinic opens today
JAN 22, 2013

DSI Renal, a provider of dialysis services for patients suffering from chronic kidney failure, has opened its new DSI Lyman Dialysis clinic at 208 Holy Springs Road.

The clinic will host an open house today from 5 – 8 p.m. for patients, physicians and other visitors interested in seeing the state-of-the-art new facility.

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Piedmont Natural Gas petitions to lower gas prices
JAN 18, 2013

Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE: PNY) has filed to reduce its natural gas rates in South Carolina and North Carolina.  The new rates, if approved by the respective state commissions, would go into effect on Feb. 1 and would reduce current residential natural gas rates by a range of approximately 7.5 percent to 9.5 percent.

The proposed rate reduction would also save the average PNG residential customer approximately $8 to $10 on their upcoming February natural gas bill.

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Food Lion's closing changes grocery store landscape
JAN 18, 2013

The Food Lion at 1207 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. is scheduled to close within 30 days. Vendors will come in Monday to remove some of their inventory.

The grocery store landscape in Greer is rapidly changing ­– between the 800-1200 blocks on Wade Hampton Blvd.

Food Lion is closing its doors at 1207 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., scheduled for mid-February or as soon as its inventory is removed or sold. The Walmart Neighborhood Market, the first of its kind in South Carolina, opens in four weeks at Greer Plaza. And Publix remains interested in setting up shop in Greer.

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Inspirational evening celebrated by Greer Chamber
JAN 18, 2013

Inspirational was the keyword at the 75th Annual Greer Chamber of Commerce dinner tonight at the Embassy Suites in Greenville.

Sgt. Chad Richardson of the Greer Police Department was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award, two Greer area soldiers were posthumously honored for the Citizenship and Service Award and keynote speaker Craig Dietz delivered a poignant and humorous talk on overcoming Tetra-amelia syndrome (born without limbs.)

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Gibbs Shoals development on verge of construction
JAN 17, 2013

This 8.46-acre parcel will have 36 patio homes with approximately 2,500-3,500 square feet each and prices from $250,000 and up. It is located at Suber Road and Gibbs Shoal Road.

The City of Greer is one step closer to seeing a 36-unit housing project come to fruition at East Suber Road and Gibbs Shoals Road.

Paul Harrison of Blue Waters Civil Design appeared before the city Planning Committee this morning to listen to city staff ask questions and discuss zoning and planning ordinances. The infrastructure, storm water, sidewalk, road and engineering issues were among those addressed today.

Harrison told GreerToday.com the homes will range from 2,500 to 3,000 square feet. Prices, although still to be announced, is likely to be $250,000 - $350,000. The patio-type homes will be on 7,000 square foot lots. Parking will be two vehicles per unit.

According to the 2010 census the development could result in about 90-100 more people living in the city.

No time frame was announced but Harrison said he would expect the project to be built out by the middle of 2014. “It would take about a year,” he said. “For my clients, time is money and as soon as we get the final plans OK’d, we’re ready to start.”

The 8.46-acre parcel, owned by Randy Brewer, will be given its second and final reading at city council, Tuesday, Jan. 22, to be zoned R-5 (patio homes). The land has been cleared and curbing installed.

Harrison said Greer appears to be heading to another housing bubble, although not to the point the city grew during the growth of BMW in its early years. “Greer is a hot climate for housing,” Harrison said. “We’re also developing Wellington Point across the street.”

“We’re going to see residual growth from the inland port with commercial, warehouse and industrial,” Glenn Pace, Greer Planning and Zoning Coordinator, said. “It’s tremendous what is going on. Everybody is pushing forward. We’re not dropping back and the financing appears to be available.”

• Dollar General did not attend the planning meeting, as scheduled. The company is scheduled to add a store on Wade Hampton Blvd.

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Welch brings boutique, cosmetic line home to Greer
JAN 16, 2013

Christina Welch, right, opens Stella Louise Boutique and Cosmetics Saturday at 217 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. Georgeanne Craft, left, will open Twist, a hair salon, on Feb. 1 next door. Jordan Craft is helping during the move.

Christina Welch’s first day as owner of her own business – Stella Louise Boutique and Cosmetics – will be as memorable for her as well as her clients.

Contestants in the Miss Wade Hampton / Taylors pageant, scheduled Saturday night at the J. Harley Bonds Career Center, will be visiting Welch as she prepares their hair and makeup hours before the competition.

Welch is a fixture at beauty pageants as choreographer, hair stylist, makeup artist and judge. She has competed in pageants and as a result created her own makeup line, Stella Louise Cosmetics, named for her grandmother, who died a few years ago. “She was always a huge inspiration to me when it came to beauty and fashion,” Welch said.

Welch, who is moving her business from Columbus, N.C., said the opportunity to open next door to friend Georgeanne Craft’s salon – Twist – was everything they both were exploring. Welch’s boutique is at 217 West Wade Hampton Blvd.

Twist – A modern salon with a Southern Twist’ is scheduled for a Feb. 1 opening and will complement Welch’s services.

“I had the honor of being crowned Miss Greater Greer in 2004. During that year, I had the privilege of providing over 830 hours of community service to the Greater Greer area and loved every second I was able to spend with the citizens of the community. I knew at that time that I wanted to open a business in Greer,” Welch said.

“I have so many contacts in Greer, I live here and have always wanted to have my own business on Wade Hampton Boulevard,” Welch said. Craft and Welch were exploring where to locate their businesses when they spotted the adjacent suites.

The boutique will carry women’s and juniors clothing, jewelry and accessories. Services include ear piercing and spray tanning. The décor in the bright and welcoming studio will be contemporary. “I want to keep it personable and have the customers feel comfortable and welcome,” Welch said.

Welch will also provide personal makeup consultations. “I will go through the lessons with the customer and give them personalized instruction when they leave here.”

Welch proudly claims to be a product of the City of Greer’s Harvest Market it has sponsored the past two years along the promenade. She was able to promote her cosmetic line and chat with customers.

“I will keep my costs reasonable. I want everybody to feel glamorous and good about themselves,” Welch said.

 

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Burke joins Bannister & Wyatt law firm
JAN 16, 2013

Luke Burke has been added to Bannister & Wyatt law firm. His Burke practices primarily on real estate litigation and corporate law cases.

Luke Burke has been added to Bannister & Wyatt law firm, located in Greenville’s historic district. Burke’s practice is primarily focused on real estate litigation and corporate law cases.

“I’m honored to be part of a team of attorneys that serves Greenville and its citizenry in the highest regard each and every day,” said Burke.  “My aim is to bring my skill set and experience in contract law to further grow this dynamic and specialized firm.”

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Stillwaters gets new life on Lake Robinson
JAN 15, 2013

Stillwaters at Lake Robinson has made its signature selling point the majestic view across the lake to Cliffs at Glassy and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Only the weather is holding up Stillwaters of Lake Robinson to begin the process of revitalizing the upscale, 50-acre residential community that has lay dormant for almost six years.

“We’re just waiting for the sun to come out so we can cut down the tall growth and hydroseed the area,” said Joe Orr, director of sales for Stillwaters. “By spring with the flowers blooming and the common area cleaned up, this site will be completely manicured and looking prettier and majestic the way it was planned.  We will then be ready to sell lots and revitalize this neighborhood.”

Bald Eagle Partners LLC has purchased the notes that had been held by banks and the remaining property. The company secured $20 million to fund its program to acquire builder-ready lots in residential communities throughout southeastern United States.


Signage at Stillwaters, from years past, suggested housing costs in the upper $300,000s. Orr said that is reasonable. The 12-month average when the property first sold was $521,000, the original company announced on its website.

Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) provided the infrastructure for Stillwaters. Curbing remains from years past with a final layer of asphalt to be added with further development.

Stillwaters has 155 lots available with 10 homes on site, owned and leased. Signs with the names of lots purchased have remained on them for years. “We find a lot of people interested from Florida. These homes are geared for the empty nesters and upscale lake living,” Orr said. The homes feature Charlestonian-like porches.

No plans have been filed with the City of Greer. The address of the property is Taylors in Greenville County.

Residential activity has increased dramatically the last quarter of 2012 and heading into this month.

“We have seen a good bit of activity in December and this month is off to a good start,” said Donna O. Smith, a partner with C. Dan Joyner Prudential.

Glenn Pace, Planning and Zoning Coordinator with the City of Greer, told commissioners at their Monday night meeting, there was already activity that required a meeting next month. Pace said residential and commercial development has picked up. “We’re very busy and that is good news,” Pace said.

Orr, who lives on the property, said Stillwaters was developed and beginning to sell lots when “the economy tanked. Nobody was buying. Just now we’re beginning to see interest in these type communities.”

“We will maintain the integrity of our property,” Orr said. “We want people to know we will have this community in pristine condition.”

“I believe if people come here and take a golf cart tour and see all that is available they will fall in love with Stillwaters,” Orr said. “My philosophy is you can sell it if people feel it and smell it.”

Stillwaters, a gated community, has spectacular views. On a clear day the Cliffs at Glassy and the Blue Ridge Mountains are in the distance across Lake Robinson. Wildlife and their natural habitat can be seen on the lake and shores. In fact, the Stillwaters logo features a Blue Heron. “That bird has grown up here,” Orr said.

The amenities that were part of the property’s past lure remain, some in use others that need to be revived. The one-mile shoreline has a nature trail. The wetlands are registered. The cabana-like pool, with hot tub and a kitchen area for grilling is in use. A clubhouse was previously used as a sales office and will be adapted for sales, fitness and gathering place until more residents occupy the community. A fire pit, community garden plots, small orchard of apple trees and a botanical were part of the original community. Orr said that remains in place.

Fishing has provided Orr and his neighbors an opportunity to stock the small pond on the property. “We’ve caught bass, catfish and brim and have added them to the pond. There are some big fish in there now.”

There is one common dock, but Orr anticipates petitioning for three more as the community builds out.

The proximity to surrounding cities and landmarks, according to Orr, is in the eye of the beholder. “We’re nine miles from Greer and 14 miles from Greenville and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport. We’re 20 miles from the city of Spartanburg and 12 miles from Travelers Rest and the Swamp Rabbit Trail,” Orr said. He qualified the distance by saying, “of course that’s as the crow flies.”

Partners in Bald Eagle Partners LLC are Paul F. Larner, M. Scott DeCain and Robert M. Ullmann.

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Dave Ramsey: Setting up the kid's car insurance
JAN 14, 2013

Dave,

I’m divorced and have a teenager who will be driving soon. What would be the best way to set up insurance for the child.

Mike

Dear Mike,

I suppose a breakup does change the dynamic somewhat, but with my kids I simply left the car in my name and paid the extra insurance cost for a little while. For me, still being in control of the car as a dad outweighed the additional money I was paying in premiums.

Having a minor child running around in the world with his or her name on a car title is not a good plan.

Then, when they turned 18, I put each of their cars into their names. This, of course, was dependent on them behaving and acting responsibly. They were legally liable at that age too. I’m sure the insurance costs went up, but at that point the financial risk and liability factors were on them, not me.

In this kind of situation, especially because there’s more of a potential for disagreements, I think I’d do it that way. Just put it in your name for now, especially if you’re putting money toward the purchase of a vehicle.

Dave

Where to put the 15 percent?

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Senior Services Division opened by Prudential C. Dan Joyner
JAN 14, 2013

Prudential C. Dan Joyner Co., REALTORS recently became the first real estate company in the upstate to open a Senior Services Division. The initiative features professional advisors counseling seniors as they decide whether to relocate or remain in their current homes as they age, a national initiative dubbed “aging in place.”

John Moore, previously the broker-in-charge of the Pelham Road office, is heading this division, which opened on Jan. 1. “This specialized division will help seniors think through their options: to either renovate or relocate to accommodate their changing needs. Then we can help clients tap into a network of credentialed partners to make the changes,” said Moore.

“We are pleased to be able to help our customers feel empowered in making action plans so they are prepared for the future.”

Prudential has partnered with Interim Healthcare to expand the resources available to senior clients and families.  Interim HealthCare of the upstate markets services to keep clients safely in their homes in face of challenges from aging, disease and disability. It is adding comprehensive move management services. 

In addition to assisting with health care and personal care needs, Interim will offer a menu of services that facilitate moving, from assistance packing and sorting to fall prevention and home safety education.

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