Community Compass: Village of West Greenville

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Exploring The Village of West Greenville:

Greenville has grown tremendously over the past few years, expanding beyond the popular Main Street area. West Greenville has emerged as a hot destination for art, culture and more affordable housing. Artisans have flocked to this area to build and enhance the art community in the Upstate. Rebranded as the Village of West Greenville, this outlying neighborhood has created a new, revamped character of its own. The City of Greenville has implemented a master plan for the community’s revitalization of residential and commercial space.

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The Mill Villages of West Greenville offer unique opportunities in the housing market in affordability and charm. – CB Caine Agent, Berry Gower

Known for its traditional mill homes, West Greenville offers more affordable housing, while still in close proximity to downtown Greenville. It is a mixed-income community of renters, homeowners, community and recreational interests and neighborhood-based businesses. With the master plan still underway, many changes have already taken place. The Old Brandon Mill is undergoing a plan to be converted to the West Village Lofts. This project will be approximately 150 1,500-square-foot New-York style lofts with open floor plans and exposed brick. Venture out to the Village of West Greenville and see the changes for yourself!

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The evolving style of these homes built in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and in the era when hardwood floors were the norm, offer buyers the flexibility to express creativity at a reasonable price point.” CB Caine Agent, Jane McCutcheon

Things To Do, Places to Be:

Drinks & Eats

Naked Pasta– Looking for gourmet pasta and sauces that are fresh and made from local ingredients? The Naked Pasta is “Vocal about Local.” By establishing local partnerships with area farmers, The Naked Pasta reduces overall carbon footprint and supports small business in the Upstate. Take home a pasta dish and experience the fresh taste yourself.

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Mac Arnold’s Plate Full O’ Blues– One of Greenville’s beloved blues musicians, Mac Arnold, joined forces with the popular ASADA food truck in the creation of this unique new music venue/restaurant in the Village. Order from a selection of bold Latin-infused creations and grab a table to listen to a talented local blues band, handpicked by Mac Arnold.

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The artists in the Village are locally based; but their influences are felt both nationally and worldwide. They added the creativity, vibrancy, and recognition to the area, which has since brought in folks like Mac Arnold’s Plate Full of Blues, Naked Pasta, The Owl Restaurant, and other venues that offer more variety to the already budding artist and design community.- CB Caine Agent, Kathy Harris

Shopping

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Village Studios & Gallery– Located on Pendleton Street, this art district offers a variety of studios and galleries for the art lover. Home to Greenville’s premier exhibition space and professional artists, this area offers an intriguing collection of art that can be used for your home decorating needs. The galleries also serve as venues for receptions and events.

 

 

 

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Lash Bar takes eyelash extensions to a whole new level. Differing from false lashes, each extension is applied to individual lashes guaranteeing high quality long lasting lashes. It’s more than just a business, but an art form. This unique beauty lounge also offers airbrush makeup applications and brow waxing. Perfect for a group setting you can book a bridal party with the experts at Lash Bar.

Events

First Fridays– As a way to showcase the Upstate’s emerging and established artists, on the first Friday of each month studios and galleries are open from 6-9 pm throughout the Village. Experience firsthand the talent that thrives in West Greenville. A range of media is represented: oils, watercolors, pottery, jewelry, photography, mixed media and much more.

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West Greenville Community Center– One of five community centers throughout Greenville, this center offers programs and services for preschoolers to Senior adults. Opportunities include a variety of classes, fitness, travel, sports, cultural arts, after school and summer programs.

 

Written by: Jill Shepard           Photos by: Rachel Williams