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West Greenville Happenings!

Seems that West Greenville area is starting to pick up some more steam! Here’s what’s happening in that area:

Been to West Greenville lately lots happening over there. Now that Brandon Mill Lofts is open it’s bringing lots of little new businesses along with it. A new restaurant called The Anchorage ( that’s the cool looking place that they painted the mural on the front of) there’s also a new restaurant directly across the street from that called C B & D I believe that one is only open for breakfast and lunch maybe. Also a door or two down you have the Village Grind coffee shop. Across the road from that is going to be something else in the red brick building but I’m not quite sure what yet, but I heard it’s going to be another restaurant and then of course you have the restaurant at Mac Arnold’s it’s been open for a while but it used to be Asada and now it’s southern cooking I heard. And then if you keep going down Pendleton toward Academy there’s one more little restaurant on the left and I can’t remember the name of it but the word Crust is in their name.

Thank you to Erie for the tip! If anyone has any tips or news feel free to send them our way and we’ll try to get them posted!

Now Open: Aryana Afghan Restaurant (Downtown) and Fresh Burger (Greenville)


Aryana is now open off Coffee Street in downtown Greenville. Here is an article and video by WSPA on them. Food looks pretty good! Looking forward to trying this one out for sure.

Their address is:

210 E. Coffee Street
Greenville, SC

Open for Lunch around 11 AM.


In the former Golden Chick location off South Pleasantburg a new local chain has opened up called Fresh Burger. Report back and let us know how the food is!

Wade Hampton Happenings (Greenville, Taylors, Greer)

Lots of construction going on down the Wade Hampton Boulevard corridor. First of all Taylors/Greer has a new jewelry store!


In the North Hampton Market and in the former location of the Tutti Frutti will be opening a Kay Jewelers. Also, the old Papa Murphy’s space looks like it’s getting renovated as well. Not sure what will be going in there.



Down by the Hampton Village area in Taylors is a coming soon sign for the Highway 55 burger location that will be occupying 2 spaces of the new retail space that’s just finished being built. Starbucks is supposedly occupying the last space in that new area.

And it looks like the construction going on in front of the Wade Hampton HS and off WHB is the rumored Lidl grocery store and some other shops. And only a few more days till the newly renovated Aldi’s will be back open in Taylors!

There is also a good bit of construction happening down near the IHOP. That old hotel area is totally cleared out and looks like infrastructure is starting to be laid down for maybe retail or offices? Not sure.


Coming Soon: Grand Bohemian Hotel (Greenville)


A recent announcement has stirred some excitement for the downtown Greenville area. It looks like The Kessler Collection of hotels will be building a brand new hotel called Grand Bohemian Greenville on the other side of the Reedy River (where the old Bowater building/Wyche Law Firm is  located at).

This is not just any hotel. Inspired by the look and feel of a national park lodge, Greenville’s Grand Bohemian will add to Kessler’s 11 boutique hotels and restaurants, including Grand Bohemian hotels in Charleston and Asheville. And with an art gallery, spa, 4,000-square-foot ballroom, meeting space and a restaurant and bar overlooking the river, it’s designed to be a destination in and of itself. Hotel officials say they will break ground in the fall of 2017.

Kessler officials said the Grand Bohemian will be an integral part of the area’s transformation into the East Gateway District, in collaboration with developer Centennial American Properties and the City of Greenville. Centennial is redeveloping the Camperdown site, the current home of The Greenville News. The site will feature a hotel, retail, office and multi-family.

Centennial has proposed another building at 55 E. Camperdown Way along the banks of the Reedy. The new office and retail development is situated on property that includes the Bowater parking garage and the former Bowater building that now houses the Nexsen Pruet law firm, MGC Law, Colliers International real estate firm and others. Wakefield, Beasley and Associates of Alpharetta, Ga., architect for the project, has applied for a certificate of appropriateness from the city’s Design Review Board. The board is considering the project.


That will redefine the downtown landscape yet again and bring some really cool growth opportunities on the other side of the Reedy River.

That makes 3 brand new hotels coming to the downtown area in the next year or so! One by the Spring Street garage, one off E. Broad Street (across from Erwin Penland), and now this hotel.