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New yoga studio opens in Village of West Greenville this weekend

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A light-bulb moment during a meditation conference gave Katie Hughes the inspiration to renovate the building at 1270 Pendleton St., Greenville, she owned into Indigo Flow & Art, which opens Saturday, Feb. 17.

“I bought it in 2014 but didn’t know what to do with it,” Hughes says.

Next door, at 1272 Pendleton St., Hughes’ mother, Julie Hughes Shabkie, had owned her art studio since 2007. Now, the completely renovated buildings are combined into one contiguous space with an art studio at the rear. The left side of the two storefronts totals 1,100 square feet with the art studio, and the right side, the designated yoga studio, is 1,200 square feet, with an additional approximately 1,700 square-foot patio off the back, bringing the total to 4,000 square feet.

Hughes, who trained for her yoga instructor certification from 2016 to 2017, says she plans to use the studio to give back to the Village of West Greenville community in which she’s organized events since 2015. Her desire to include nearby residents in the local events and help underprivileged children has led her to commit a portion of class proceeds to offering free classes for at-risk children.

“Anytime you take a class, you pay it forward,” she says.

This new venture will allow Hughes to combine her background in dance (she attended the Fine Arts Center in high school) and desire to work with people in need.

“This is allowing me to be in dance and movement and do humanitarian work,” she says.

The studio is sparsely decorated, by design. Concrete floors, white-washed brick walls, and wooden benches are accented by pieces of local art hung along the walls. The art will rotate four times a year, each time featuring a few local artists. The back patio will serve as an event space and be used for classes when the weather cooperates.

Indigo, which comes from the color of the third eye of the chakra spiritual system used in Indian religions, will offer classes in vinyasa yoga as opposed to hot yoga seven days a week, with children’s classes offered on Saturdays.

 

Project partners:

Architect: AWHS Architects

General Contractor: Intercon Construction

Carpentry: Josh Bagwell

Logo design: Rooted

Exterior artist: Sunny Mullarkey

Art installation: Frameworks

 

 

 

Newest renderings for the AC Hotel submitted to DRB

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The most recent renderings for the proposed AC Hotel by Marriott in the Camperdown development at 305 S. Main St. have been submitted to the City of Greenville Design Review Board Urban Panel.

The application for a certificate of appropriateness for the Auro Hotels project cites changes to the rooftop feature that was previously approved; additional guest rooms, which result in a change of elevation along Main Street; and changes to the exterior materials.

Architectural drawings show a plaza-level bar, a rooftop bar overlooking Main Street, and the addition of an exterior water wall feature near the entrance.

The DRB Urban Panel meets March 1 to discuss this application. View the agenda and full submission here.

BMW Group unveils next-generation X4 that will be built in the Upstate

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The new BMW X4 xDrive M40d. Photo courtesy of BMW Group.

BMW Group’s X4 Sports Activity Coupe is getting a makeover.

The German automaker on Wednesday, Feb. 14, introduced the second generation of the popular crossover, which is one of four models produced exclusively at its plant in Spartanburg County.

BMW said the 2019 X4 is expected to hit dealerships in July.

“We’re excited that production of the all-new BMW X4 will begin soon,” said Sky Foster, spokeswoman for Spartanburg County-based BMW Manufacturing Co. “In December, BMW Group Chairman Harald Krueger called 2018 the ‘year of the X.’ Plant Spartanburg will be a major contributor to this X model offensive. We’ve already introduced the new X3, new X4 production begins soon, and production of the all-new X7 will begin at the end of this year. There is plenty to be excited about at BMW.”

BMW Manufacturing Co. is the birthplace of BMW’s X3, X4, X5, X6, and soon-to-be X7 models. It will end production of the first generation X4 in March.

More than 200,000 X4s have been assembled at the Upstate plant since the vehicle’s launch in 2014.

BMW said it has built more than 200,000 X4s since the model was first introduced in 2014. Photo courtesy of BMW Group.

“With its extrovert design, versatile driving properties, and dynamic character, the first ever mid-range Sports Activity Coupé in the premium segment has built up an impressive fan community within just a little over four years,” BMW said in a statement.

With this model, BMW once again created “a new category of vehicle,” the company added. “Since its launch, other manufacturers have been inspired by this fascinating concept of a mid-range Sports Activity Coupé for the premium segment.”

BMW described the X4 concept as a fusion of the “hallmark” features of its X models with the “sporting elegance” of a coupe.

The all-new X4 will feature “significantly enhanced driving dynamics, standout exterior design accentuating the car’s sporting instincts, a further refined premium ambiance in the interior, state-of-the-art driver assistance systems, and leading-edge connectivity technologies,” the company said.

BMW said the next-generation X4 will eventually be available in seven variants including the four-cylinder gas xDrive20i and xDrive30i, four-cylinder diesel xDrive20d and xDrive25d, and six-cylinder diesel xDrive30d.

The company said two M Performance models, the six-cylinder gas M40i and six-cylinder diesel M40d, will be added to the lineup.

The interior of a new BMW X4 xDrive M40d. Photo courtesy of BMW Group.

BMW on Wednesday also introduced a six-cylinder diesel version of it next generation X3. That variant is the X3 M40d.

BMW of North America LLC on Wednesday introduced pricing for two versions of the new X4 that will be available initially in the U.S. The prices start at $50,450 for the 30i and $60,450 for M40i.

The company touted the new X4’s sportier proportions, wider tracks, latest generation suspension settings, lower center of gravity, and improved dynamics.

BMW of North America said the model will also boast a range of new standard safety features, including Active Protection, which initiates protective measures when an accident is imminent.

The standard Active Guard includes “frontal collision warning, city collision mitigation with braking, pedestrian warning with city braking, and speed limit information,” the company said.

Standard Navigation comes with a large 10¼-inch display with multiple ways to interact, including a touchscreen, iDrive Touch Controller, and cloud-powered intelligent voice touchscreen.

The new X4 also has a larger panoramic moonroof, and a three-zone climate control system.

Company Spotlight: McBee Avenue Wealth Advisors of Northwestern Mutual

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McBee Avenue Wealth Advisors, located in the heart of downtown Greenville, is a wealth management firm focused on effective risk management, wealth accumulation, and wealth preservation strategies to help their clients accomplish their financial goals. Mark Clary and Thomas Willcox are more than advisors. 

They are guides and architects who identify your financial blind spots, evolve with you as your priorities change, and help you build the future you envision. They offer financial planning, built on the pillars of integrity, trust and service, by a team that specializes in a variety of areas to meet all their clients’ needs.

Backed by the strength of Northwestern Mutual, McBee Avenue Wealth Advisors provides their clients with a balanced approach to achieving their specific goals by assuring that their clients’ intentions are understood and all their needs are addressed. And when it comes to implementing solutions, the full capabilities of Northwestern Mutual are leveraged to provide their  clients with comprehensive products and services.

Mark and Thomas look at today, tomorrow, and well into the future, to provide insurance and investment solutions that allow their clients to plan wisely and live confidently.

SERVICES

– Wealth Management

– Retirement Planning

– Estate Planning

– Investment Strategies

– Financial Planning

– Qualified Planning

– Risk Management Solutions

Company Spotlight: The Scarpetta Group

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Expertly Crafted Custom Applications

As we enter our 10th year and with over 20 years of experience, we are proud to have completed countless custom applications for small businesses to international Fortune 500 companies. These projects have ranged from single iPad applications using FileMaker® Go to 100+ user management systems, customer management systems, health management systems, training systems, insurance solutions, custom PHP APIs and complex web applications. Our partner companies are in multiple industries: insurance, government, healthcare, financial, training, and many more.

All of these companies had similar qualities. They entered duplicate data into multiple systems that could not communicate with each other. Additionally, they were unable to share and have access to current information in real-time. All had a need to access information remotely and on multiple devices. Most importantly, they realized that their current processes and systems were holding them back and costing them time and money.

This is where our expertise comes in. We have a unique knack for understanding our partners’ needs and translating those requirements into solid business applications. We produce real, measurable results such as time savings on tasks, simpler processes, data organization, and ease of remote access on multiple devices. As a company, we provide all the services necessary to create these outcomes: project scoping, project management, software architecture, software development, web development, systems integrations and award-winning interface design.

How do we do it?

This is our passion. We love what we do. We accomplish these successes with strong project management, diverse skills, industry experience, and a team of industry experts who maintain certification in FileMaker. We keep up with technology and industry trends so we can provide the best ideas and solutions.

Why Custom Applications?

Right this minute you can find an application to solve a problem, whether it is on your phone, your laptop, or an online service. Most of these applications will partially meet your needs. Eventually, you may have several applications that are doing a bunch of things, solving a bunch of problems, but none of them completely solves your problem. Customizations are not always possible or and are often too restrictive.

These are signs that a custom application is what fits your needs. Imagine for a moment your business with a single application, one place to manage tasks, check up on a project, view a calendar, create an invoice and sync it to your accounting system. All of this — and more — is possible. Your custom application can run on the web, desktop, and on your mobile devices, with all connecting to the same core application. Your team will be really connected and sharing information with the workflows, just as you’d like.

In 2017 at the FileMaker Developer Conference, we won the FileMaker Excellence Award for Design on our core application Jarvis CRM™ (Customer, Business and Project Management).

The FileMaker 16 Platform gives us the power to honor our commitment to design while providing us with rich features for developing custom applications. Integrations to data APIs using JSON is now significantly simpler, allowing us to communicate with many systems. Accounting systems, email marketing, and phone systems are some of the most common.

How can we help your business?

1. Schedule a 1-hour free consultation with us in our office. Tell us your story. We’ll listen intently and discuss how our services can add value to your business.

2. Check out our product, Jarvis CRM. Jarvis was beautifully designed with all the core features needed for businesses. It is fully customizable and flexible enough to make your own. This is an amazing solution to get your data pulled together and get you up and running quickly.

3. If you already use FileMaker, we can provide an analysis of your system, help you upgrade it to the current version of FileMaker, review your FileMaker licenses, provide coaching, or help build on new components to an existing system.

The Scarpetta Group has the expertise to lead you in the right direction to build your custom application.

Company Spotlight: Bradshaw, Gordon & Clinkscales, LLC.

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The strong relationships Bradshaw, Gordon, and Clinkscales’ partners develop with clients are what sets them apart from other CPA firms.  They promise, “The reason our clients find us, choose us, and stay with us is that we don’t simply offer commodity services.  We’re not just number-crunchers.  We roll up our sleeves, stand beside you, and help you solve problems, big and small, so that you can grow.”

Founded in 1980 to provide personal and small business tax and accounting services, this CPA firm has grown with the city of Greenville to become one of the largest accounting firms in the Upstate.  The growth has created more opportunity and resources for the firm to expand its services to larger companies while still maintaining personal relationships with clients.

The people at Bradshaw Gordon & Clinkscales (BGC) have seen just about everything.  The Firm serves businesses in a wide range of industries from distribution to manufacturing, construction, retail and non-profits. Chances are if you name an industry, BGC is currently serving clients in that area.  Also, BGC provides more than just tax and accounting services – the Firm helps clients with bookkeeping, payroll, buy-sell agreements, internal control implementation, business valuations, forecasts, financial statement audits, compilations and reviews.

Peter Tiffany, a managing partner, says, “Our primary goals are to build personal relationships with our clients and to have a fantastic team at BGC to serve our clients and the community. I think we are succeeding on both goals.”

FAST FACTS

• BGC was founded in 1980 by Del Bradshaw.

• BGC’s first client is still a client today.

• BGC employs 39 people.

• In addition to serving its clients, BGC’s people volunteer for various community organizations including: Meals on Wheels, Rotary of Greenville, the Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Arts Council, the Better Business Bureau, Compass of Carolina, Carolina Youth Symphony and the Greenville Jazz Collective.

Greenville’s Hulsey McCormick & Wallace announces new office in downtown Spartanburg

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Greenville County-based civil and environmental engineering firm Hulsey McCormick & Wallace has announced it will establish a new office in 1,700 square feet of Downtown Spartanburg's 101 Pine building.

Several new white-collar jobs are headed for downtown Spartanburg.

Greenville County-based civil and environmental engineering firm Hulsey McCormick & Wallace has announced it will open a new office in Spartanburg-based Johnson Development’s 101 Pine building beside the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Wes Hulsey, the firm’s president and CEO, said the 1,700-square-foot office will house eight employees, including David DePratter, division manager, and Hal Morris, senior project manager and chief financial officer.

Hulsey said the office will enable the firm to better serve its clients in Spartanburg and North Carolina, including the city of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Water, and some industrial customers.

“We just reached a point where we felt we needed to have a presence there,” Hulsey said. “It helps shorten the distance between our offices in Greenville County and Hickory, N.C.”

“It’s important that we continue to provide responsive service to our private and public clients,” Hulsey added. “It benefits them and helps us to accomplish our vision.”

Johnson Development acquired the building at 101 N. Pine St. positioned at the city’s eastern gateway to downtown in 2012 via foreclosure sale.

To meet a growing need for office space in downtown Spartanburg, the company has spent more than a year breathing new life into the facility, including recently rebranding it as 101 Pine.

Geordy Johnson, CEO of Johnson Development, said Alex Powell, leasing and development manager for Johnson Development, has led the company’s effort to reenergize the facility, taking it from about 40 percent to 65 percent occupancy during the past few months.

Powell represented Johnson Development in the transaction.

“We are thrilled to welcome another meaningful employer to downtown Spartanburg,” Johnson said. “We are excited about the jobs HMW will create. Their selection of Spartanburg further validates the market as a destination for highly skilled professional firms. Additionally, we have seen significant interest in 101 Pine for office users.”

Tim Satterfield, with Coldwell Banker Commercial Caine, represented HMW in the site selection process.

“HMW’s move into the Spartanburg market shows that there is a need and opportunity for their services to be provided to local businesses and government agencies,” Satterfield said. “We are starting to see more highly skilled professionals look at the Spartanburg market, and HMW is a reflection of that.”

Spartanburg’s new Downtown Development Partnership (DDP), an entity launched through the county’s cultural and economic vision plan OneSpartanburg, assisted HMW with the selection process.

“We are seeing the business community take note of Spartanburg’s momentum,” said Jansen Tidmore, executive vice president of DDP, in a statement. “They understand that now is the time to invest in downtown Spartanburg.”

Anderson-based Palmetto Distillery, SC’s first legal moonshine distillery, opens retail shop at GSP

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Palmetto Distillery of Anderson has opened a retail shop at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport passengers will be able to take some Upstate spirit, or rather spirits, home with them when they fly.

Anderson-based Palmetto Distillery has opened a 500-square-foot retail shop on the second floor of the airport’s main terminal just beyond the Transportation Security Administration’s centralized security checkpoint.

Store manager Zach Taylor said the space is designed to give flyers a mini version of the experience at Palmetto Distillery’s headquarters in Anderson and to expand the fan base of the brand’s craft moonshine and whiskey.

“When GSP called us and asked if we’d like to be a part of the new retail mix in the renovated terminal, it was a true honor,” said Trey Boggs, who founded Palmetto Distillery in January 2011 with his brother, Bryan Boggs. “We knew it would be a unique opportunity. As South Carolina’s first legal moonshine distillery, it’s truly special to be a part of what’s going on at GSP.”

“I can’t think of anything better than a jar of moonshine to bring back and share with your friends and family,” Trey Boggs added.

The space features seven of Palmetto Distillery’s brews.

The space features seven of Palmetto Distillery’s brews that are available for sale or for tasting.

That list includes two of the distillery’s clear moonshine staples, a 105-proof White Lighting and a new 130-proof Bootlegger variety, which Boggs said is the highest proof moonshine legally produced in South Carolina.

For customers who prefer a fruitier note, the space offers four of the brand’s 44- to 45-proof flavored shines — peach, blackberry, apple pie, and strawberry.

The distillery’s 89-proof Palmetto Whiskey, a 21 percent rye matured in new French oak with an amber hue and notes of caramel and vanilla, is also available in the space.

Customers can also grab a four-pack of sample size portions of moonshine.

Prices range from $19.99 to about $75.

The space has a tasting counter made from large, wavy-edge slabs of oak. It features a range of rustic accents, such as exposed brick, weathered tin, distressed wood, and metalwork.

Store Manager Zach Taylor said the space is designed to give customers an experience similar to the company’s headquarters distillery in Anderson.

Cocktails featuring Palmetto Distillery’s liquors are available at the Thomas Creek Grill, RJ Rockers Flight Room, and Wolfgang Puck’s The Kitchen inside the newly renovated main terminal at GSP.

Other Palmetto Distillery collectibles, such as candles, shot glasses, jams, and soaps, are available for purchase in the airport’s Hudson News stores.

“We are very excited about Palmetto Distillery’s new location at GSP,” said airport spokeswoman Rosylin Weston. “When we set out to revamp the retail, food, and beverage options to improve the passenger experience as part of our main terminal renovation, we very much wanted to have a local flair. Palmetto Distillery is unique to the Upstate and to South Carolina, and we are very happy to have them here.”

The Boggs brothers got into the moonshine business two years after the state legislature passed a bill that provided a legal path for micro-distilleries to set up shop in South Carolina.

But Trey Boggs said the craft is a part of their family’s heritage that dates back to their late relative Moran Lee “Dock” Boggs, who started as a coal miner and became a moonshiner and bootlegger before carving out a career as a musician.

The GSP store is in addition to Palmetto Distillery’s main location in Anderson and a retail shop in Myrtle Beach.

The brothers opened their distillery in 2012. Their earliest legal runs were made on a 35-gallon copper still, which is on display in the new space at GSP.

“It’s the first still to make a legal run of moonshine in South Carolina,” Trey Boggs said. “It’s a piece of history.”

As their operation grew, the Boggs brothers upgraded to a 250-gallon still. They now brew on a 1,000-gallon copper still.

In addition to its headquarters in Anderson and the space at GSP, Palmetto Distillery has a retail store in Myrtle Beach.

The company’s distribution has grown to include 26 states, and it can legally ship to 40 states.

Palmetto Distillery’s liquors have been sold as far away as Canada, Scotland, and Sweden, Trey Boggs said.

Taylor said the GSP store will be manned by six to seven employees. It will operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

He said the company is in the process of getting a variance to be able to operate the space on Sunday.

Milliken & Co. named one of World’s Most Ethical Companies for 12th consecutive year

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Spartanburg-based Milliken & Co., a global leader in manufacturing innovation, announced it has been named to Ethisphere Institute's 2018 list of the "World's Most Ethical Companies." It is the 12th consecutive year Milliken has been named to the list.

For a 12th consecutive year, Spartanburg-based Milliken & Co. has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2018.

Milliken is one of only a dozen companies that have earned the Ethishere Institute award every year since it was first given in 2007.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a values-based company among other prestigious organizations,” said J. Harold Chandler, president, CEO, and chairman of Milliken & Co., in a statement. “We consider commitment to a disciplined and consistent culture of ethics and fair play to be a competitive advantage to the global marketplace. Our 7,000 associates are grateful for the recognition extended to our company.”

The 2018 list included 135 companies in 23 countries representing 57 industries, according to Milliken.

Companies are chosen based on a comprehensive assessment through Ethisphere’s “Ethics Quotient.”

“While the discourse around the world changed profoundly in 2017, a stronger voice emerged,” said Timothy Erblich, CEO of the Ethisphere Institute, in a statement. “Global corporations operating with a common rule of law are now society’s strongest force to improve the human condition. This year we saw companies increasingly finding their voice.”

Although integrity has always been at the core of Milliken’s values, the company said in 2017 it looked to “advance its integrity further through radical transparency.”

The company said it “sparked meaningful discussions” on issues facing various industries, including the recertification of Continuing Education Unit addressing ethical issues in the architectural and design communities.

Milliken said it “emphasized its role as an environmental steward” and “helped reframe what was thought possible for healthier environments” by implementing a new LEEDv4 credit on materials transparency for floor covering.

The company was recently named the first inductee into EHS Today’s America’s Safest Companies Hall of Fame.

In November, Milliken announced it became a founding member of the Well Living Lab, a collaborative research initiative led by the wellness firm Delos and the Mayo Clinic dedicated to studying the impacts of indoor environments on health and wellness.

Milliken also said it “began strengthening communities worldwide” through its Milliken Gives program, which is a three-pronged initiative aimed at fostering community engagement through significant and impactful connections that best suit the preferences of its associates.

“I congratulate everyone at Milliken for being recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies,” Erblich added.

Founded in 1865, Milliken & Co. holds more than 5,000 patents, employs 7,000 associates, and operates 35 facilities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India, and Australia.

This summer marks the 60th anniversary of the relocation of the company’s headquarters to Spartanburg County. Today, the facility employs 900 people.

Former Blinds America on Laurens Road building to be redeveloped

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The 4,700-square-foot former Blinds America building at 1411 Laurens Road, Greenville, is next in line for an overhaul along the redeveloping Laurens Road corridor.

Bill Burgess, principal and founder of The Burgess Company, is the developer of the single building with the noticeable red awnings that will be turned into a multi-tenant strip.

“With reinvigoration of Laurens Road, expansion of the [Greenville Health system] Swamp Rabbit Trail, proximity to downtown, the property is supremely located,” Burgess says. “It is easy to notice the improvement when you start with the ugliest building on the street to make it attractive.”

Proposed suites include two at approximately 1,200 square feet, one at 1,400, and the smallest at 480. Listed leasing rate is $21 triple net.

Mark Godfrey with LMG Architects is the architect on the project, which will include raising parts of the roof, replacing the roof, gutting the inside to the studs, and a new exterior.

Burgess Company associate Grayson Burgess says Godfrey was chosen because of his work on the nearby Kitchen Sync redesign in order to maintain a similar aesthetic along Laurens Road.

“Specializing in the Laurens Road/Stone Avenue corridors, I had been actively looking for opportunities for a client, so when we found the opportunity at 1411 Laurens, we knew we wanted to do something there,” Grayson Burgess says. “With its highly visible location and close proximity to the [Swamp Rabbit Trail] extension, it seemed like an excellent location. We have been told by many to just tear the building down and start over, but we want to preserve the original bones of the building and build on that.”

Permits have been submitted to the city, and completion of the renovations is expected in May or June.

Tetrad Brewing Company to open this spring on Stone Avenue

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Another brewery is coming to the Stone Avenue corridor in Greenville.

Liability Brewing Co. was announced last fall for the Westone project at 109 W. Stone Ave., and on the other side of the Church Street overpass, Tetrad Brewing Company has signed a lease for the 3,368-square-foot ground-floor space in the future Half-Moon Outfitters location, 603. E Stone Ave.

Grayson Burgess with The Burgess Company represented the owner, Half-Moon, and Rakan Draz of Avison Young represented Tetrad in the transaction.

“Consistent with their mission, Half-Moon Outfitters purchased the building to renovate in as green a manner as is possible with the possibility and goal of achieving net-zero energy consumption (the solar tariff being an important new variable),” Burgess says. “The possibility also existed to attract a tenant that would be a great and complementary fit with the vision of Half-Moon. We are confident we found that with Tetrad brewery.”

SHLTR Architects principal Tara Hile is the lead on the design for the renovations, which should be competed by June 1.

Tetrad, co-owned by brothers-in-law Chad Tydings and John Bucher, will be a micro-brewery with a heavy emphasis on the taproom experience. With Bucher as the head brewer, Tetrad’s three and a half barrel system will produce classic beer styles with a modern twist to serve at the family-friendly taproom.

“Greenville has shown its respect and support for local artisans and craftsmen, including brewers,” Bucher says. “As a central location between cities like Asheville, Atlanta, and Charlotte, we believe Greenville has the potential to be a craft beer destination. Chad and I are excited to be a part of this growing community.”

Tetrad, which is an ancient Greek word for a group of four, represents many aspects of the co-owners, not the least of which is the owners’ families, the four ingredients in beer, and the brewing process.

“Retail is changing but is certainly not going away,” Burgess says. “The experience is more important than ever, something Half-Moon has always done extremely well. With this new location, customers will be able to shop and get all their outfitting needs, as well as enjoy a cup of coffee, sit down and relax on the outdoor areas, take advantage of free Wi-Fi, and of course enjoy beer from Tetrad Brewery. Half-Moon’s mission statement is ‘Our product is the experience,’ and they are certainly following through on that with this new project.”

SunCap Property Group purchases Forrester Park

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Charlotte, N.C.-based SunCap Property Group has purchased Forrester Park in Greenville. The property is a fully leased 236,800-square-foot business distribution and light-manufacturing center located at 201 Forrester Drive, near the intersection of Laurens Road and Forrester Drive.

The site is a mile from I-85 and adjacent to Millennium Park and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).

Tenants include Gexpro Services, Safelite Auto Glass, Woodward, Trust

Technologies, and Aerodyne Alloys.

The seller, BCM Associates, was represented by Kim Wilson of Boyette Properties in the transaction, and SunCap Property Group had no outside representation. Colliers International’s Greenville office will be responsible for leasing and management of the buildings.

This is SunCap’s third project in the greater Greenville area since the company’s inception in 2009. In 2015, SunCap developed a FedEx Ground distribution facility in Spartanburg, and SunCap recently completed an automotive manufacturing facility for Magna Seating in Moore.

“As evidenced by our history of development and investment here, SunCap firmly believes in the strength of the Greenville-Spartanburg market,” said Derek Mathis, SunCap Property senior vice president. “We are excited about this latest acquisition and are actively pursuing other opportunities in the Upstate region.”

SunCap Property Group is a privately held, national commercial real estate development, investment, and advisory firm, specializing in the development of speculative and single-tenant build-to-suit facilities, the creation of multifamily and mixed-use communities, and the acquisition of institutional-grade real estate in key markets.

Front Row: February Design Review Board Urban Panel

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The one official application on the February City of Greenville Design Review Board agenda drew only minor discussion and rather quick approval from the panelists.

The City of Greenville’s application for a certificate of appropriateness was approved for the design of the streetscape in the public space between 44 and 55 E. Camperdown Way that will transition from Falls Park to the planned Grand Bohemian Hotel.

The City of Greenville has entered into a development agreement with The Kessler Collection, which is developing the 160-room hotel on the current Wyche Law Firm site at 44 E. Camperdown Way. The city’s goal is to create a new entrance to Falls Park by converting the current parking lot into a large green space for public use as well as improving the intersection at Falls Street and East Camperdown Way.

Mary Douglas Hirsch, real estate development manager for the city’s economic development department, represented the city in the public portion of the meeting along with Day Dantzler, executive vice president of the Kessler Collection, and Christian Sottile, the architect on the project with Sottile & Sottile.

Sottile said that after more than two years working on this project, it has come full circle back to this streetscape plan, which is the basis for all of the other stages of the project.

In the course of the public portion, Dantzler revealed that building permits and civic plans were filed with the city last week, which means construction for the long-awaited project will get underway as soon as they receive approval.

“Well done,” said panelist Bogue Wallin. “This is a nice addition to the urban fabric of the city.”

Panelist Danielle Fontaine asked the applicant and Sottile to consider the specific transition of materials around the “Untitled 2002-2003” red sculpture by Joel Shapiro at the Camperdown entrance to the Liberty Bridge.

Hirsch clarified that the area in question was outside of the scope of this particular application, but it will be addressed in a later application.

The motion to approve the certificate of approval was accepted with the exception that the developer and city consider how to visually merge the area around the statue.

RealOp purchases first Florida property for $21 million

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In its first foray into the Florida market, Greenville-based RealOp Investments recently purchased Bay West, an eight-building, 195,558-square-foot Class-B suburban office park located in the 5000 block of Cypress Street in Tampa.

The properties were purchased for $21 million and closed on Dec. 28.

“We are excited to have completed the acquisition of Bay West and will immediately begin the execution of our value-add investment strategy for the properties,” says Reggie Bell, CEO of RealOp Investments. “We are rapidly expanding our footprint across the Southeast and pleased to be entering the Tampa market.”

RealOp president and managing principal Paul Sparks says the timing, location, and market dynamic all coincided to make the Bay West acquisition the right move for the private equity firm to enter the Florida market.

Located in Tampa’s Westshore submarket, one of the metro’s leading employment centers and Tampa’s most institutionally held office market, Bay West is currently anchored by Fidelity National Title Group, Trace Systems Inc., Air Culinaire Worldwide, and ARCO/Murray.

Offering easy access to Veterans Expressway, Interstate 275, and both the Howard Frankland Bridge and Courtney Campbell Causeway, the property is centrally located and easily accessible from all parts of Tampa Bay.

Greenville to host annual ULI Carolinas’ Meeting

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ULI South Carolina, ULI Charlotte, and ULI Triangle will be hosting the annual ULI Carolinas’ Meeting in Greenville this year on Feb. 12-13 at the Hyatt Regency.

Urban Land Institute (ULI) is an international nonprofit research and education organization with offices around the world. Its stated mission is “to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.”

The meeting in Greenville will bring together more than 600 real estate development professionals to network and learn from nationally recognized speakers and each other. Local member of 36 years, Phil Hughes of Hughes Investments, was instrumental in bringing the meeting to Greenville.

“We try to have a meeting in the Carolinas each year, and we have done Charleston, Charlotte, and the Triangle. I have been pushing for Greenville for a long time, so we are happy it’s finally here,” Hughes says. “It wouldn’t be here if there weren’t a lot of big things happening in Greenville. I think it will be very beneficial for the city, as well as ULI.

“It’s incredible what Greenville has done to make downtown into a dynamic, festive, and walkable community. Many people in the Carolinas don’t know Greenville the way that we do,” he adds.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Leading the Region Forward,” which will focus on building the regional economy, sustaining success, and collaborating across disciplines. The meeting is open to both members and nonmembers.

For more information on the 2018 Carolinas’ Meeting, or to register, visit www.carolinas.uli.org

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