Upstate Headlines: Greenville County opening $8.5M library near Woodruff Road

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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of August 8, 2016

GreenvilleCountyLibrary-heroGreenville County opening $8.5M library near Woodruff Road
The Greenville County Library System will begin constructing a 28,410-square-foot library at the intersection of Woodruff Road and Sunnydale Drive in Simpsonville. The new library will feature a large active-learning area for children with an adjacent porch for hands-on play and social skill development.

First look: Caviar & Bananas caviar-and-bananas2_8.9.16
Charleston-based gourmet market and café Caviar & Bananas, opened its doors at its downtown Greenville location on Aug. 10. Caviar & Bananas Greenville occupies 4,700 square feet on Laurens Street, next to the Aloft Greenville Downtown Hotel in the ONE City Plaza. The market and café will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, and will feature an espresso/tea bar, a charcuterie and cheese counter, as well as an outdoor seating area.

636059268099927903-jhmNew Spring Street hotels to begin construction
It’s been more than three years since plans were shared to build a dual-branded hotel on an inconspicuous parking lot on Spring Street — but now those plans are moving forward. The one-acre property across from the Spring Street garage between East McBee Avenue and East Washington Street has been cordoned off with a black screen in preparation for construction to begin.

Breakfast, brunch place will take over Two Chef’s spot downtown 636062590467012041-FamousToastery.png
Famous Toastery, which is based in Charlotte, North Carolina will open in the spot at 104 S. Main St., said Robert Maynard, co-owner. Plans call for opening the restaurant either later this year or early next, Maynard said. Maynard and his partner, Brian Burchill, began looking at places to open their restaurant in Greenville last year. They also have plans to open four other restaurants in South Carolina over the next year, Maynard said.

Gibbs’ “next generation” cancer research draws international attentiongibbs-hero-642x325
Health systems with access to the latest cancer research and laboratory work can provide oncology patients with treatments that are a decade ahead of what other patients receive — especially in this era of personalized medicine. With a $2 million investment in its research laboratory, Gibbs is a community-academic hybrid. Clinicians are focused on treating cancer patients, but they’re also working in a research atmosphere.