A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of June 6, 2016
Southern Tide ‘signature store’ coming to downtown Greenville
The Southern Tide clothing brand is re-establishing its hometown roots with the opening of a signature retail store later this summer in the heart of downtown Greenville. The new store, slated to open in August, will inhabit the former home of Charleston Cooks at the corner of North Main and East North streets — the latest in a movement of high-end, national-reach retailers to Main Street. “We’ve had our eyes set on trying to find just the right location to be a home-based store in Greenville,” Southern Tide CEO Chris Heyn told The Greenville News. “The town is going through tremendous growth, and we want to be a part of that.”
Ink N Ivy now open
The murals are complete, the chandeliers are in place and the rooftop is waiting. Today, Greenville’s Ink N Ivy officially opens its doors. I got a preview of the space Friday and while it will take some time to find its groove, the restaurant and lounge definitely provides something different to Greenville. This difference is mainly due to the space. Ink N Ivy spans four floors, including a restaurant and bar space, a lounge area, an event space and a rooftop lounge as well. The building, located on the corner of Coffee and Brown Streets, is in the old Corner Pocket space.
Clemson ICAR reveals Deep Orange 6 Toyota prototype
Every class of automotive engineering graduate students at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research has a common task: Design and build a working vehicle prototype by graduation. Monday evening, the latest product of that challenge was revealed for the first time in Greenville. Deep Orange 6 was created in partnership with Toyota and given the name uBox. The teal multi-utility vehicle premiered in April at Detroit’s SAE World Congress. Students don’t have many restrictions when they begin each Deep Orange project, according to CU-ICAR Executive Director Fred Cartwright. Sponsors, like Toyota or BMW, can put guidelines in place, but most projects have had few rules for the engineering students to follow.
Downtown Spartanburg community garden under construction
A community garden under construction in downtown Spartanburg will teach local residents about healthy eating. The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Spartanburg class of 2016 and the Spartanburg County Foundation recently broke ground on the garden. It is at 150 S. Church St. in a vacant lot owned by the city between A Arrangement Florist and the Nautilus Fitness Center. The site will be managed by the Hub City Farmer’s Market.
The Anchorage restaurant coming to Village of West Greenville
What does the executive chef of Restaurant 17, owners of The Community Tap and the Village of West Greenville have in common? A new restaurant in the Village called The Anchorage located at 586 Perry Avenue, next to Knack Furniture and across the plaza from Community Journals. “Opening my own place has always been a dream and was a goal when I moved back to Greenville several years ago,” says Greg McPhee, who currently serves as executive chef of Restaurant 17 at Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest. McPhee studied at Johnson & Wales University and did stints at The Cloister at Sea Island and several restaurants in Columbia. He served as executive sous chef at Sean Brock’s Husk restaurant in Charleston and later brought High Cotton to Greenville.