Greer Business News



Owens is promoted to Vice President at Greer Chamber
MAY 29, 2012

Mark Owens has been promoted to Vice President for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Owens, 27, has been promoted to Vice President for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, effective immediately. Owens, formerly Director of Events and the Director of Business Development, will maintain those responsibilities with added duties including staff management.

“This is a position we have been working on since December,” Allen Smith, Executive Director and CEO of the chamber. Smith became the chamber head in June 2010.

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Christofferson's 'incredible legacy' is a pathway to the future
MAY 29, 2012

Stan Christofferson and his daughter, Katie, shared a few moments between vists from guests at the Stand Up For Stan fundraiser on March 29. Katie delivered Stan his first grandson earlier this spring.

Stan Christofferson, owner of the Great Bay Oyster House, was an easy mark for people seeking help with a project that needed some infusion of money or contributions of goods. He was a good place to start because it would prove to be a positive beginning for a community drive.

“I would walk into Stan’s office and he would say, ‘you’re here again? How much do I owe you now chief?’ Anytime we needed something or wanted help Stan was there for us,” Greer Police Chief Dan Reynolds said. Reynolds laughed at the recurring visits that resulted in both teasing each other. Cops for Tots and other fundraisers were always the winners and Stan “provided valuable assistance to us.”

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The Upstate has a strong global economy
MAY 26, 2012

Hal Johnson is president and CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance.

Upstate Alliance President/CEO

National pundits have spent the last decade talking about the global economy and how the world’s business markets now occupy a modern flat world.

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Countybanc Insurance Services add Southern Mutual
MAY 23, 2012

Countybanc Insurance Services has added Southern Mutual Insurance Company to its list of insurance providers. 

Southern Mutual Insurance Company, located in Athens, Ga., began operating in December 1847 and provides personal lines insurance coverage for homeowners, automobile, dwelling fire and umbrella.

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Greer alums light up downtown Greer with memories of good times
MAY 20, 2012

Greer High School alums were everywhere. 

They dined, in classes, at Rivera’s, in the courtyard at Wild Ace Pizza and Pub, atop the roof at the Cazbah, BIN112, Great Bay Oyster House and other downtown restaurants. Reservations tonight were made by “Class of … “ instead of individuals. Many visited Acme General Store, the Shoppes at the Grapevine and walked downtown as one – one big reunion of Greer High School graduates, former students, friends and acquaintances.

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Greer State Bank reports $1.6 million 1st quarter profit
MAY 19, 2012

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, is reporting a first quarter net profit of $1.85 million before TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) related expenses of $188,000. The result reflects net income of $1.6 million or 67 cents per diluted common share.

The results show significant improvement over the same reporting period last year of a net loss of $39,000 before TARP related expenses of $164,000 and a net loss of 8 cents per diluted common share.

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Ember closes after 5 months, death of founding partner
MAY 18, 2012

Ember restaurant, at 302 Trade Street, has closed after five months. 

Ember restaurant at 302 Trade Street has closed. The only announcement restaurant owner Tim Kearns left was a handwritten sign on the door reading: Coming soon. Pour Judgement (sic). Greer’s destination for hamburgers, wings, alcohol & music.

Kearns and Ember’s staff was jolted when partner and general manager Ryan Storrie died of a heart attack on Jan. 31, one month after the restaurant opened for New Year’s Eve. Storrie, best friends with Kearns, came up with the Ember name and Himalayan salt block idea.

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Greater Greer Chamber hires Furman University intern
MAY 17, 2012

Nathan Wade II

Nathan Wade II, an economics major at Furman University, has been chosen to serve as an intern at the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce through a partnership between the university and the chamber.

Wade began his work on May 14 and will assist the staff in various ways including administrative support, membership retention, office organization and marketing. 

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Sunset Monument Co. brings new business to the city
MAY 16, 2012

Signage, not monuments, gives the location of the Sunset Monument Co. at 217 W. Poinsett Street. The business is across the street from Wood Mortuary.

Melanie Connolly couldn’t have found a more practical place for her Sunset Monument Co. It’s located across the street from Wood Mortuary.

The grave marker company, at 217 W. Poinsett Street, is the only one of its kind in Greer. A company sign marks the front of the business instead of monuments. “We’re not limited to grave markers,” Connolly said. “We do benches and business signs, too.”

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Southern Tide debuts youth boys Skipjack Polo shirts in 7 colors
MAY 15, 2012

Southern Tide, a rapidly growing lifestyle brand of apparel founded in the Upstate, today announced the company has expanded its collection by adding a new product, three youth boys sizes, available in seven different colors.

The Southern Tide Youth Boys Skipjack Polo is now available in red, white, nautical blue, leaf green, lemon, persimmon and ocean blue. The shirt comes in sizes small (8), medium (10-12) and large (14-16).

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Clock celebrates 54th anniversary with lunch special
MAY 15, 2012

The Clock Restaurant is celebrating its 54th anniversary by offering customers free tea or coffee with any plate purchased from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through June 30.

There are also 20 lunch specials with the price point of $5.55 – $7.99.

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Merrill's Pizza is newest entry into restaurant business
MAY 14, 2012

Ray Merhed is co-partner in Merrell's Pizza at 1207 W. Poinsett Street. The pizzeria features pizza and subs. Merhed has worked at his family's restaraunts before opening Merrell's.

It’s unusual to find a family-owned pizzeria that embodies family values and features a dessert creation called peanut butter and apple pizza pie.

Ray Merhib and Willis Terrell, best friends since the sixth grade, have partnered in opening Merrill’s Pizza at 1207 W. Poinsett Street. It’s located next to the popular Carnival Confections. “I think we kind of feed off each other,” Merhib said, with no pun intended. “I think what we offer complements each other.”

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Art & Artisans are featured at The Shoppes May 24
MAY 10, 2012

The Shoppes at The Grapevine is featuring “Art & Artisans” on Thursday May 24 5:30-8:30 p.m. Vendors who are categorized into the artwork and handcrafters category will feature their work in metal work, paintings, art glass, pottery, textiles of all sorts and refurbished home wares.

An open house at The Shoppes last month had over 300 visitors to the boutiques consignment store.

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Crescent Park Apartments sold to California company
MAY 8, 2012

Greer’s 240-unit Crescent Park Apartments has been acquired by KBS Legacy Partners Apartment (REIT), the Newport Beach, Calif., company announced today.

The acquisition of the 95-percent occupied complex brings KBS Legacy Partners Apartment REIT to 1,195 apartment units in four states.

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Bentley will give testimony at Greer Business Luncheon
MAY 8, 2012

The Greer Business luncheon is scheduled Tuesday, May 15 from 11:50 a.m. 12:50 p.m. at Greer First Baptist Church.

The luncheon, $7 per person, is a good opportunity for business people to network. GFB Pastor Rick Ezell will lead the fast-paced program with a program of music with inspiration and motivation. Ezell’s May Talk is Business by the book: Management Principles from the Bible.

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Groundsmaster hosts Pelham Power Breakfast Wednesday
MAY 8, 2012

Groundsmaster at 1443 South Batesville Road will host a Pelham Power Breakfast 8-9 a.m. Wednesday. The breakfast is free for Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce members and $10 for non-members. Call 877-3131 for more information.


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Wild Ace No. 2 opens north of Greer
MAY 1, 2012

The band of choice, Twisted Trio, was symbolic in its own way performing at the Wild Ace Pizza and Pub tonight on Trade Street.

“We’re celebrating our anniversaries tonight,” Denise VandenBerghe said. “At 4 o’clock today Wild Ace was three years old and today is the first anniversary for Acme.”

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