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Abbott's opening Jan. 8 on East Poinsett
DEC 29, 2015

Abbott's signage on East Poinsett Street marks the first franchise in the Carolinas and Georgia of the frozen custard shop.

Abbott’s Frozen Custard will open downtown Friday, Jan.  at 119 East Poinsett Street. It’s the first franchise in the Carolinas and Georgia.

Owner Mark Khoury has renovated the former Dixie Shoe Shop into the custard store with a contemporary design. Windows have replaced the side brick wall to create a view into the alley that will serve as a common area with outside seating and tables with umbrellas.

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Restaurants open on Christmas Day
DEC 24, 2015

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

Restaurants scheduled to open on Christmas day. Travelers are advised to call ahead as hours and locations will vary.

Applebee’s hours and locations will vary by location for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

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BIN112 selected No. 1 restaurant in S.C.
DEC 22, 2015

BIN112 is selected No. 1 overall restaurant in S.C. Follows by one year Jason Clark as Upstate Restaurateur of the Year.
 
 
 

BIN112 is the best overall restaurant in South Carolina, according to OpenTable, a national hospitality industry company that analyzes diner reviews.

Jason Clark is chef and partner of the fine dining restaurant at 112 Trade Street. BIN112 is ranked ahead of seven coastal restaurants, in the top 10.

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4th graders set up shop downtown to benefit Salvation Army
DEC 22, 2015

Jackson Suber, left, and Brady Brown have set up JB's Arts & Crafts, a holiday enterprise, outside the Stomping Grounds at 208 Trade Street.
 
 

A pair of fourth graders is making the most of their holidays making arts and crafts to benefit the Salvation Army.

Jackson Suber and Brady Brown, both 9-years-old, have been stationed outside the Stomping Grounds at 208 Trade Street the past two days making different shapes and sizes of multicolored sand jars and beaded necklaces. Prices range $5 and under.

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'It's Mommy!' Soldier home from Kuwait surprises daughter
DEC 18, 2015

Ryann Hoffhaus, 3, peeks through the wrapping to see what big present awaits her.
 

Ryann Hoffhaus, 3, peeled back the wrapping on a 6 ½-foot tall box in the corner of Wild Ace Pizza and Pub.

Nodding her head Ryann ripped the package open at her eye level, peeked inside and yelled, “It’s Mommy!”

Sgt. Cecilia Hoffhaus reached for her daughter, gave her a tight hug and a big kiss on the cheek. “I dreamed about this for days,” Hoffhaus said Friday.

 

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'Shopping from a wheelchair is a nightmare'
DEC 17, 2015

Author Kim Wooten shows the difficulty shopping, even without the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds that accompany holiday shoppers.
 

Long lines and crowded stores can come as a headache to some shoppers. However, Christmastime brings challenges to shoppers with disabilities.

“There's music and moving lights and large crowds and it's just difficult to maneuver anywhere," stated Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, a professor of marketing at the Rutgers School of Business-Camden. 

Kaufman-Scarborough has studied consumers with disabilities since 1995 and has found that most consumer research failed to consider customers with mobility issues ­– such as those having to shop from a wheelchair – as well as people with hearing, vision and cognitive impairments.

 

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Blue Ridge Brewing Co. schedules April opening
DEC 16, 2015

The Blue Ridge Brewing Company restaurant will be at 306 Trade Street featuring rooftop dining. The brewery will be in a separate building next door.
 

The Blue Ridge Brewing Co. in Greer is scheduled to open in April, according to owner Bob Hiller. It will feature a full-scale brewery next door.

“I don’t like opening restaurants in winter and the Greer rooftop is so important to us we feel pretty confident that we can be open in the first or second week of April,” Hiller told GreerToday.com.

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Culver's construction begins, tentative April opening
DEC 14, 2015

Culver's construction begins, tentative April opening

Culver’s has begun construction at its Greer location.

Jim Clark is locating his second fast-casual Culver’s at 1040 W. Wade Hampton Blvd, next to Aldi and filling in the former D&D Motors site.

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Tim Lowe is keynote speaker for annual Chamber event
DEC 9, 2015

Tim Lowe, President of Lowes Foods, with Lisa Garland, owner of the Stomping Grounds, the unofficial ambassador for the grocery store chain in Greer.
 

Tim Lowe, President of Lowes Foods, will be the keynote speaker for the 78th Annual Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

The event is Feb. 4, 6-9 p.m. at Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort and Conference Center.

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Lowes announces second grocery store in greater Greer market
DEC 9, 2015

Lowes announced its second store in greater Greer will be built at the new Village Market-East shopping center on the northwest corner of Woodruff Road and Sunnydale Drive in the Five Forks area of Simpsonville.
 

Lowes Foods, a Carolinas-based grocer with locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, announced its second new store within the Greer and Greenville market.

The store will be built at the new Village Market-East shopping center on the northwest corner of Woodruff Road and Sunnydale Drive in the Five Forks area of Simpsonville.  Construction will begin in spring 2016 with a targeted opening date in spring 2017.

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Gift with a Purpose program offered by GCM
DEC 5, 2015

Gift with a Purpose program honors a person making a $20 donation to Greer Community Ministries.
 
 

Greer Community Ministries (GCM) is offering The Gift with Purpose program.

Donate $20 to GCM to honor someone who blesses a life and the ministry will use that gift to feed a Meals on Wheels (MOW) diner for a week. Every meal costs $4 and is provided to MOW clients at no cost five days per week.

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Gee will be at Christmas Parade, 90 entries announced
DEC 2, 2015

Lonnie

More than 90 entries have been announced for Sunday's Greer Christmas Parade.

The star of the annual parade, titled An International Christmas, is typically Santa Claus. Santa will have some extra help this year.

Lonnie “Gee” McGee will be at the parade taking his usual place leading the Greer High School Marching Band.

 

 

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Sugar Creek's Jingle Bell Jog ends 8-year run Dec. 12
DEC 1, 2015

This will be the final year of the Jingle Bell Jog through the Sugar Creek neighborhood on Dec. 12.
 
 

The final Jingle Bell Jog and Fun Runs ends its 8-year run on Saturday, Dec. 12 through the Sugar Creek neighborhood.

Mary Lee Tierney and John Harrison have headed up the race event that raises money for local charities. They will no longer be co-managing the event.

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