A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of September 19, 2016
Westone to feature restaurant, retail and office space on Stone Avenue
Initial redevelopment plans are emerging for a former dry cleaners-turned-lawn-mower-repair store along Stone Avenue in Greenville to be converted into retail, restaurant and office space, including a second location of Coffee Underground.
White Duck Taco Shop migrates to Greenville
Asheville’s White Duck Taco Shop co-owner Ben Mixson had been eyeing Greenville since 2011 when a customer approached him about opening another location. It took a few years, but that interested customer from Asheville turned his interest into reality. Richard King, along with his friend Daniel Singletary, both Asheville residents, are the franchise co-owners of the newest White Duck Taco Shop, opening in Greenville in the Hampton Station development at 1320 Hampton Ave.
Lowes Foods set to open in Greer
Lowes Foods will open in Greer on Sept. 23, at the intersection of Suber Road and Hammett Bridge Road. The new grocery store will focus on local products and customer service as well as various “special store areas” such as a site for the store’s craft beer collection, the Community Table where shoppers can sample and learn how to prepare local foods, and a place where coffee beans are roasted on-site.
Two Chefs officially opens dual-purpose restaurant
Two Chefs Café and Market co-owner Judy Balsizer wanted her new 7,000-square-foot space on the street level of the Main + Stone development to feel like a country house. A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows runs the restaurant’s length. The open dining room and natural color palette are complemented by a custom wooden bar-height community table made by the Upstate Wood Shop in Mauldin, a wall of horizontal wood slats of varying lengths and widths and fresh flowers on every table.
Swamp Rabbit Trail helps Travelers Rest businesses boom
It’s a warm Saturday afternoon in Travelers Rest and Main Street is humming with activity. People walk down sidewalks, share meals on patios and drink cold beer on a shaded porch. Bike racks are full as cyclists arrive in the small town north of Greenville on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Main Street wasn’t always lined with restaurants and shops. When Travelers Rest City Councilwoman Rebecca Cooper graduated high school in 1976, “Main Street was just a four-lane highway.”