Saturday, October 25, 2014

Out with the old, In with the new, Bringing it Greenville Style!



out with the old in with the new bringing it greenville style
As I was traveling around our little town the other day, I realized that some new and exciting things were happening in Greenville. For instance…

Did you know that the old Greenville News building is going to be re-developed? In a joint venture, Centennial American Properties and Dallas developer, Trammell Crow Co., plan to add a Dine-In Theater, a hotel, an office building, an upscale fitness center, and some shopping and restaurants. Also in the developers’ hearts is the thought of honoring the history of The Greenville News building, which has been its home since 1937.

Also in the news: 9Round kickboxing, a Greenville-based franchise, raised money for breast cancer by kicking cancer to the curb. In total, 160 locations across 36 states raised $57,813 to support advanced treatment and lab research for breast cancer. Let's hear it for the Ta Ta’s! Thank you 9Round for an excellent job during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

out with the old in with the new bringing it greenville style
A new bookstore will be opening in downtown Greenville in the Greenville County Family Court building. The vision of the entrepreneurs is to bring a bookstore and café into historic downtown, and revamp an old World War I era building. The renovation is forecast to last six months.

Do you remember the Corner Pocket pool hall? Well looks like it is getting a facelift and redesign also. Plans for a new restaurant have been submitted and are awaiting approval by the city. It will be "prettied" up with more doors added for easier access to the space.

Bam! Greenville is growing and changing. Look for The Handlebar to change and the additions of new shopping in the One development along Washington Street. If you don't live here yet, what are you waiting for?

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Don't get tricked this Halloween!







don't get tricked this halloween
It's almost Halloween! Here are some safe and fun places where you and your kids can enjoy some safe fun this Halloween in Greenville, SC.
  • Nightmare Dungeon This scary haunted house that has been around the longest (18 years). Put on by a cast of professional actors, you wander through a really scary old house. Located at 645 Old Anderson Rd in Greenville (Powdersville area). Admission: $20 adults, $15 10 and under. Happening through November 1st.
  • West Springs Spook House. This began in 1974 by some guys wanting to support the community. Located on Hwy 215 W Springs Ballfield Rd in Glenn Springs. Admission: $10 single or $15 couple. October 26th -31st. Opens at 8 pm.
  • Booseum at the Children's Museum in Greenville. Here they combine education with Halloween activities. Address is 300 College St, Greenville. Admission: $10 adults, $9 ages 2-12. Tue-Sat 9am to 5pm and Sun 11am to 5pm.
  • Big Boo at Stewart Farms. This is a family friendly event with their corn maze as the main attraction. Located at Stewart Farms, 6600 Hwy 92 in Enoree. Admission: $9 ages 6 and up. Oct 26th and 27th until 10 pm. This one won't last long!
  • Nightmare Hollow. This is a spooky haunted trail along the Tyger River. Thirty-five minutes of bone chilling fun, featuring many of your favorite classic horror movie stars. Located at 3411 Reidville Rd, Spartanburg. Admission: $12 per person. Oct 24th -31st and Nov 2nd and 3rd. Dusk until 11pm.
This is only a short list of the area’s haunted houses available for your entertainment. For even more fun, check out a larger list of Halloween haunted houses. Make sure to visit each website for details before making plans. The Boneyard Trail of Terror was cancelled for this year. I also found a list of lots of kid friendly Halloween activities in and around Greenville.

This Halloween, don't get tricked into making a bad decision when it comes to buying or selling your home. Contact me for a professional opinion, and I will treat you with some good advice.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Oh the weather outside is chilling…

oh the weather outside is chilling
Winter is on its way. I know that being stuck inside can really put a damper on your mood and your energy bill. So I did some research and came up with these cozy ideas to help you save energy while staying warm this winter. Some of these might even brighten your mood.

  • Help your home look 30 percent brighter by cleaning dirty light fixtures and dusty bulbs. Cleaning your fixtures will help the light refract correctly and brighten your rooms. And although we now have longer lasting LED and CFL bulbs, they should be cleaned regularly too. Wipe thoroughly with a dry cloth.
  • Seal up your air leaks. Windows and doors aren't the only place you need to look. Check around recessed lights, wall outlets and electrical boxes. Using a lit incense stick will help you check for drafts.
  • Replace your current wood burning or gas fireplace. These types of wall units just suck all your heated indoor air up through the chimney. Install a gel fireplace insert. These units are eco-friendly, smoke-free and have fewer allergens than traditional fireplaces. Basic models are affordable with custom models increasing in price. Gel fuel by the case costs around $35, and each can will burn for up to 3 hours.
  • Pick up some indoor plants. Golden pothos and gerbera daisies are efficient at inhaling nasty VOCs. Plants will also raise your humidity levels and keep dust down.
  • Set you HVAC fan to "on" while you vacuum. Your system will help filter out the kicked up dust from vacuuming, but only leave it running for a short time after vacuuming (since they aren't meant to run full time).
  • On that note, change your HVAC filter on a regular basis; more often if you have pets.
  • Make your windows gleam. Clean windows will let in more light and warm up your home better than dirty ones.
  • Store the screens for your windows in the Fall and Winter. They will store dirt and dust, and darken your home on the inside.
  • Add interior windows in walls next to rooms that get lots of light. By opening up the wall, you can spread the light around and brighten your home.
  • And finally, according to a Michigan State University study, painting chilly rooms and north-facing walls with a warm color will make you feel warmer when you're in the room.
Do you have any tips for bettering the winter blahs? Let us know in a comment below.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Fall for Greenville!

fall for greenville
Coming up next weekend, October 10-12, is our Fall for Greenville Festival. Downtown Greenville becomes alive with tempting tastes, mouthwatering aromas, and sights and sounds from around our area. Over 40 restaurants will be represented, and live entertainment will be performing on many stages too!

Purchase your taste tickets online before that weekend and save a bit of money. If you pre-purchase $50 worth, you will get a FREE sheet of tickets. A sheet of eight taste tickets is $5 and can be used throughout the festival weekend. To consume alcohol at the festival, you will need to purchase a $1 City of Greenville wristband.

Hours are Friday Oct 10 from 5 to 11 pm; Saturday Oct 11 from 11 am to 9 pm. The festival wraps up on Sunday, Oct 12, with hours from 12 to 7 pm. Admission is FREE! There will be parking and shuttles.

You will be able to taste, listen, learn, play and compete. Beverage professionals will be on hand to offer advice. Local chefs will give cooking demonstrations. Competitions, such as Waiter’s race and an Absolut Bartenders’ Mix-Off, will be taking place.

For more details, check out their website www.fallforgreenville.net.

After attending the festival, if you are interested in relocating or if you need assistance with selling or buying a home, I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.