The Village of West Greenville’s first new commercial construction in decades is less than two months from breaking ground while various new restaurants and retailers have opened or are near opening.
A project by Henry and Harrison Horowitz, the new 2,092-square-foot, two-story building will be constructed at 578 Perry Ave. on land next to Kuka Juice. The Horowitzes own multiple other buildings in the Village, including the Kuka Juice building and the adjoining Textile Hall.
Originally, they bought the land next to Kuka Juice so they could commission a mural on the side of the building and wouldn’t risk its view being blocked should someone else decide to build there. Those plans have since changed, with a new mural by local artist Dorothy Shain to be painted across both current Kuka Juice and Textile Hall white storefronts facing the plaza.
The new construction, with a custom ironwork gate between the old and new buildings, will have its own elements of local art, which has been a primary focus of the Horowitz family, with Henry Horowitz’s founding Artisphere in 2003. A six-by-two-by-10-foot window box on the front right of the storefront will feature rotating art installations that will be lit at night. Steps away is the most recently commissioned Artisphere sculpture in the plaza.
And while the building is new construction, Harrison Horowitz says the goal is for it to look otherwise.
“The idea is for people to drive by and think the building has been here for years,” he says.
To accomplish that, they are sourcing reclaimed brick from an old Maytag appliance warehouse and laying them in various historically used patterns. They’ll also be installing black steel casement windows, similar to Coastal Crust’s windows half a block away.
Each floor is 1,046 square feet with the first floor under contract with a local barbershop tenant. The second floor, with a separate entrance on the side facing the soon-to-be-completed Poe West development, will be office space. Leasing efforts are being handled by Rakan Draz and John Odom of Avison Young.
Meanwhile, all along Pendleton Street and throughout the Village, other retail and restaurant tenants are moving in.
Amazing Grace Hemp Company opened the first week of November at 1284 Pendleton St. Designed to be a community hang-out to encourage discussion about personal health and wellness, the shop is owned by Nate Phillips, whose brother Stephen Phillips is a partner in the soon-to-open Exile Bar in the West End. The shop sells CBD products, hemp, kratom, and many other items from brands curated specifically for their high quality, Nate Phillips says.
“Health is not an individual idea,” he says. “I want this to be a community center type of space.”
Dobra Tea, next door at 1278 Pendleton, began upfit in early October and continues to move forward toward an early 2020 opening of the global tea house brand.
Hookah lounge [email protected], at 1237 Pendleton St., has planned grand opening festivities for Nov. 22-23 in the space that formerly housed Tipsy Music Pub and Dr. Mac Arnold’s Blues Restaurant. The legendary blues musician himself will be performing a show at his old spot on Dec. 14. [email protected] is a Charlotte-based concept from Darren “Jaz” Vincent that will serve global cuisine in a vintage environment.
Golden Brown & Delicious will be moving later this year from its home at 1269 Pendleton St. to The Commons food hall at 147 Welborn St. and chef/owner Alex George will expand the bar, Bar Mars, into the restaurant dining room while working to open a new concept in the space.
Poe West, the 60,000-square-foot mixed-use development at 556 Perry Ave., continues to move forward with construction and some tenant spaces are expected to be completed early 2020. Anchor tenant Greenville Technical College Center for Culinary and Hospitality Innovation (CHI) plans to move in early summer. Other restaurant tenants include Carolina Bauernhaus, LaRue Fine Chocolate, Unlocked Coffee Roasters and Six & Twenty Distillery.