A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of May 2, 2016
TD Saturday Market returns this weekend
The sweet smell of newly harvested vegetables, fresh-baked goods, and simmering shrimp and grits filled the lobby of City Hall Tuesday morning giving a hint as to what this TD Saturday Market season will bring. Artisan bread, hydroponic microgreens, non-GMO artisan granola, and heirloom tomatoes are all some of the items you’ll be able to find at this year’s TD Saturday Market, which starts Saturday in downtown Greenville.
Here’s why Greenville has a growing role in the Southeast’s tech scene
Ask entrepreneurs why they move to and stay in Greenville, and you’ll likely get a variation on the same answer: community. Greenville is not as large as Atlanta or North Carolina’s Research Triangle, nor has it had a significantly sized tech and startup community for as long, but the community is tight-knit, wrapped around twin pillars NEXT and the Iron Yard, both of which support and develop startups at different stages.
New ice cream truck churns out old-fashioned homemade organic ice cream
Ryan Owens never really considered selling ice cream. But when Owens found the perfect 1965 Divco truck, and his wife perfected her own ice cream recipe, the stars aligned to start his own, unique ice cream truck. A web designer and marketing expert by trade, Owens said, “We thought if we’re going to do it we didn’t want to go the scary ice cream truck route. We wanted to go more upscale.”
S.C. outpacing larger neighbors in bank growth
S.C. Bankers Association President Fred Green likes what he sees happening in South Carolina, with aggregate deposits increasing by $7 billion over two years and out-of-state banks moving in. While looking to build on that 10% growth in deposits, mostly in the Upstate and Charleston area, the state’s bankers are part of a national appeal for relief from Dodd-Frank regulations. Green said the industry is also leery of the Nov. 8 presidential election. “Listen to the experts and their thoughts on presidential politics, and I guess conventional wisdom is that right now it is uncertain whether either presumptive candidate would be harmful or helpful,” Green said.
Changes come to Greenville dining scene
The theme of Greenville’s food scene right now is change. In the past year, the city has had a number of old establishments close their doors, and a number of new ones open. And the coming year will bring even more new. Changes are apparent throughout downtown’s burgeoning business district, of course, but the growth extends to other parts of the city as well. The Pelham Road/Interstate 85 corridor has seen significant evolution with the opening of a number of new restaurants. Rick Erwin’s Eastside, a high-end steak and seafood establishment from veteran Greenville restaurateur Rick Erwin, joined the Rick Erwin Dining Group family in the spring of 2015. The restaurant, with fresh seafood, premium steaks and creative brick oven pizzas, has helped usher in a new scene on the Eastside.