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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Leadership Spartanburg

The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce honored the 37 graduates of the 2014-2015 Leadership Spartanburg class earlier this month at the Piedmont Club.

THEN & NOW | The Coca-Cola Bottling Company

The Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Greenville was established by Charles W. Ellis. Following her husband’s death in 1918, Stella Ellis capably assumed direction of the company. In 1930 a new bottling plant was built on four acres of wooded land on Buncombe Street.

Pitching practice

The Founder Institute held a Startup Pitch Bootcamp for entrepreneurs seeking potential investors last week at NEXT.

Drive Business Downtown

Last week, the Greenville Drive celebrated the fifth annual Drive Business Downtown Day presented by Elliott Davis Decosimo at Fluor Field. Harvest Home Food Bank served as the Drive Business Downtown charity.

Donor appreciation

The Greenville Tech Foundation’s annual Appreciation Reception was held last week at the Greenville Country Club.

THEN & NOW | East Coffee Street

In 1912 the first downtown YMCA building, seen on the left, was completed on the northeast corner of East Coffee and Brown streets. After the Cleveland Street YMCA opened, the Coffee Street building was vacated and demolished in 1958. The block then became home to a modern office building. The sign for Brown Street is on the left.

THEN & NOW | Deluxe Diner

In the 1940s, the Carolina parking lot was to the right of the Deluxe Diner, with the Ottaray Hotel in the background. Today the site of the old Deluxe Diner is a construction zone. A Homes2 Suites is going up next to the Ogletree Building, on right.


Last week, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture held an open house to introduce the community to its new space in the old Claussen Bakery building on Augusta Street in Greenville. The firm now occupies 16,000 square feet on the second floor of the newly renovated 1930s building.

To the hoop

During the heat of March Madness, Northwestern Mutual hosted an NCAA Viewing Party for employees, clients and friends at American Roadside in Greenville.

THEN & NOW | Main Street

Since 1899, Greenville's Main Street has replaced two courtrooms with the Chamber of Commerce. View what other changes have taken place.

Grand opening for e-Merge

Last week, e-Merge @ the Garage and the City of Anderson held a grand opening of the facility at 102 N. Murray Ave. in Anderson.

Geniuses at work

A series of after-hours networking events for tech entrepreneurs and professionals, Tech After Five meets every month in Greenville at the Pour Lounge on Main Street downtown.

THEN & NOW | West End of Greenville

In the 1940s new stores were opening in the West End of Greenville. The importance of the West End to Greenville's Heritage was recognized in 1993 when the West end Commercial District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

THEN & NOW | Westfield Street

In 1920 Greenville Senior High School was built on Westfield Street. Today the site is used as the Greenville Water System's headquarters.

CREW Upstate luncheon

Members of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) gather at the Poinsett Club for their monthly luncheon. The CRE professionals gathered to listen a presentation on “The Past, Present, and Future of Upstate Commercial Real Estate,” from Brian Reed, AICP, research manager for CBRE.

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