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Upstate Forever Announces 2018 ForeverGreen Luncheon Speaker and Awardees

ForeverGreen Luncheon to Honor Conservation Advocates in the Upstate   GREENVILLE, SC | NOVEMBER 1, 2017 – Upstate Forever is hosting their annual ForeverGreen Awards Luncheon on February 27th, 2018 at the Embassy Suites on Verdae Boulevard. The luncheon celebrates individuals and organizations for significant contributions in fields related to conservation and sustainable growth. Upstate Forever’s Executive Director, Andrea Cooper, is excited to celebrate the individuals and organizations in the community who are actively working to effect change. “We are honored to recognize those who are passionate about protecting natural resources in the Upstate and who have made it their mission to improve the area in which we live. To be successful, we must work together as a community to make the Upstate an even better place,” Cooper said. This year’s keynote speaker will be Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Manager for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chastain has worked for Sierra Nevada since 2006....Read More
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Goodwill Industries Celebrates at 9th Annual Champions Tribute

Greenville, SC | October 20, 2017 – Every year since 2009, Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC has celebrated successes of South Carolina residents whose lives have changed as a result of Goodwill’s education and training initiatives with an awards dinner. The Goodwill Champions Tribute was held on Thursday, October 19 at the TD Convention Center. Kevin Sorbo, international TV and film actor, stroke survivor and author of True Strength, delivered an inspirational keynote address for the evening. Honored were four individuals who have overcome adversity and found employment through various job placement programs, as well as one employer and one partner organization who support the mission of Goodwill. Award recipients for 2017 were: Tracy Littlejohn – James E. Jones Healthcare Excellence Award, sponsored by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System  Frank Bulow – William Wylie Job Connection Success Award, sponsored by J. Smith Lanier & Co.  Samuel Salthouse – Ralph...Read More
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Magnolia Park Hosts First Annual Team Spirit Celebration 

Hurricane Relief Fundraiser Drives Families to Shopping Center for Football-Themed Event  GREENVILLE, SC | October 3, 2017 – On Saturday, Magnolia Park Shopping Center held its first annual Team Spirit Celebration to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts following devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Situated off of I-385 and I-85 on Woodruff Road, Magnolia Park is the area’s premier destination for shopping, dining and entertainment in Greenville. This free event featured live music by The Sound Committee, lawn games, face painting and giveaways for guests. Families and tenants dressed in game day gear, sporting their team's colors, as they enjoyed tailgate festivities. Restaurants located in the shopping center provided game day deals to welcome fans in for the broadcasting of both the Clemson and South Carolina football games. In the wake of two devastating hurricanes, guests were encouraged to donate funds to benefit the relief efforts in Florida...Read More
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Merit Technologies Announces Acquisition of Edge IT

Greenville, SC | September 14, 2017 – Locally owned and operated, Merit Technologies LLC recently acquired Edge IT, an IT company also located in the Upstate. This acquisition enables Merit Technologies to extend their reach and expertise locally, while also bringing into focus the strategic plan for continued growth moving forward. The acquisition of Edge IT will enhance Merit’s current portfolio of services as well as aid in achieving the following long-term goals; expanding as one of the most recognized IT firms in the Southeast, hiring impressive talent and garnering a broader reach among potential clients. "Edge IT focused on small and medium businesses who needed reliable and affordable information technology solutions, therefore, it was a smooth transition given our similar visions for success," stated Abe Varughese, Merit Technologies CEO, "We felt as though this was a perfect opportunity to grow as well as provide an increase in service and expertise...Read More
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Spinx Hires New Director of Marketing and Advertising

Greenville, SC | August 31, 2017 – The Spinx Company, an operator of nearly 80 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, recently announced that is has hired Beth Thomason as its Director of Marketing and Advertising. In this role, Thomason will oversee all branding, advertising, public relations and special events for the state’s largest privately-held retailer. “Beth is the perfect fit to lead our marketing and advertising efforts because of her extensive professional experience and her familiarity with Spinx. Being a Greenville native who grew up with and understands the Spinx brand and our local origins, Beth has a great perspective on our brand.” said Stan Storti, president of Spinx. “We are excited to welcome her to the Spinx team and I know she will do a great job of continuing the progress already made in taking our brand to the next level.” Thomason’s career spans more than 20 years,...Read More
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Tucanos Donates School Supplies to Greenville County Schools

GREENVILLE, SC – (August 29, 2017) - Tucanos Brazilian Grill located in Magnolia Park donated a variety of over 400 school supply items during their recent school supply drive to benefit the Greenville County School District. As a token of appreciation for participation, Tucanos provided those who donated an item, a complementary Brazilian lemonade. Throughout the supply drive, Tucanos also provided a free dessert to area teachers who dined at the restaurant. General Manager John Ramm stated, "I am thrilled that our school supply drive was such a success and that we were able to help out our community. The support our staff showed also confirms the values that we foster in our employees every day." As a family restaurant that values a strong community, hosting this school supply drive was a natural fit for Tucanos, making a difference in the lives of the teachers and students in the area....Read More
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SPINX recognized as “Top 100” Convenience Stores in U.S.

Greenville, SC | August 24, 2017 – The Spinx Company, an operator of nearly 80 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, received national recognition as one of the largest U.S. convenience stores in the July issue of Convenience Store Magazine. Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., Spinx operates stores in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Columbia and Charleston, and continues to grow through the addition of new locations. Steve Spinks, CEO of Spinx states, “We are honored to be on Convenience Store Magazine’s annual Top 100 list again this year and I consider it an affirmation of our ongoing growth strategy. We are committed to growing the number of Spinx stores to meet the needs of on-the-go consumers in our markets.” Stan Storti, president of Spinx, adds, “While this list may be based on store count, our focus has always been, and will continue to be, on the quality of our customers’...Read More
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THE ABERNATHY CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING 

Clemson’s Premier Boutique Hotel Celebrates Grand Opening Event  CLEMSON, SC | August 17th, 2017 –Clemson’s newest boutique hotel, The Abernathy, celebrated its Grand Opening event on Tuesday, August 15th. The event featured entertainment from the Clemson Cheerleaders and the Clemson Tiger, while guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The hotel welcomed influencers from the community including Clemson’s Mayor, J.C. Cook, and Clemson Head Football Coach, Dabo Swinney, who has endorsed the hotel. Swinney spoke on The Abernathy’s true Clemson spirit and his connection to the property at the event. "This place is special. Genuinely welcoming. A true sense of belonging,” said Dabo Swinney.  Named after Clemson’s late, long-time mayor, Larry Abernathy, The Abernathy aims to embody not only the community, but also the spirit of the town, which values southern charm and hospitality.  The Abernathy credits the late mayor as inspiration to reflect the best of Clemson’s past, present and...Read More
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Link Apartments West End Celebrates Grand Opening

Greenville, SC| August 17, 2017- Link Apartments West End celebrated its grand opening in Downtown Greenville yesterday. Located at 25 River Street in the Historic West End of Greenville, Link Apartments West End is in the perfect spot for residents to take advantage of all that the city of Greenville has to offer. Restaurants, coffee shops, bars, the Swamp Rabbit Trail, and Falls Park are all within walking distance. There are 215 apartments available in one or two bedroom layouts. Each apartment is modern in style and maximizes space for urban living. All apartments have EnergyStar appliances, a washer and dryer, USB outlets, and access to a connected parking garage. Other features include oversized windows, spacious closets, and quartz countertops. Link Apartments West End includes a variety of community amenities such as a saltwater pool with an aqua deck, an open-air rooftop with a chef demo kitchen, an outdoor fire...Read More
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Hartness Breaks Ground on First Home and Welcome Center

August 8, 2017 | GREENVILLE, SC – Hartness, the Upstate’s newest and most iconic Traditional Neighborhood Development, is pleased to announce that it has officially broken ground on their first model home, “The MacMillan.” This model home will also serve as the community’s Welcome Center. Milestone Custom Homes, one of the exclusive builders at Hartness, is constructing the home. Sixteen additional homes will be commencing construction over the next two months, showcasing many of the floorplans that are available to interested families. Each home design may be customized to suit individual tastes, ensuring the buyer’s absolute delight. The Hartness exclusive builders are also happy to design/ build custom plans for families wishing to go that route.   The MacMillian rendering is pictured above. Director of construction Jim McCoy stated, “We are very eager to begin vertical development of the Hartness project! It’s extremely exciting to think that more than twenty...Read More
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