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DRIFT FLOAT & SPA Expect nothing Kelly Caldwell is providing the Upstate with the therapeutic experience of floating in solitude. At Drift Float & Spa, customers have the opportunity to float freely in a pool with the peace of mind that they are alone in a soundproof room. In these cutting-edge float tanks, customers can tune out the world while drifting just above the water’s surface. Drift’s owner started floating to clear her mind, but she soon realized it had tangible benefits in her daily life. “I didn’t know it was great for PTSD, depression and anxiety,” she says. “I saw a lot of benefits from floating, and it changed my whole life.” Kelly was hooked, and she wanted other people to experience the benefits of floating. She returned to her hometown of Greenville and opened up Drift Float & Spa, which now features four services: float tanks, infrared sauna, Lucia light and an oxygen bar. The three float tanks feature top-tier sanitation, ensuring that 100% of the water gets filtered through four different systems after each use. “At Drift, we have a real focus on innovation and providing tools that aren’t available anywhere else,” Kelly explains. “Greenville is becoming one of the premier cities in the South, but it was missing this cutting-edge spa service. We’ve been able to bring a whole new experience to people of the Upstate.”




644 N Main St., 105, Greenville



ESTABLISHED: 2017 DID YOU KNOW? Caldwell, founder and owner of Drift, came up with the logo design after working on it for months, while floating in Asheville.








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Community Journals is always delighted to showcase the people Behind the Counter — as you can see from the past covers above, we’ve been at it a long time. We hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as we enjoy telling them. Any company or organization, of any size, is fueled by the energy, creativity, wisdom and often the fortitude of its people. Local entrepreneurs — and their employees — are the engines driving this business community. Whether the economy is booming, or staggering, or somewhere in between, these folks suit up and show up.

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In these pages, we share who they are, what they do, and how they’ve created the products and services that make Greenville everyone’s favorite place to eat, shop, stay, play and, of course, live. As such, we’ve rebranded this annual publication, refreshing the design and title with a nod to the people who make us happy to “Live Local.”


Don’t just read about them – go meet Greenville’s entrepreneurs in person. They’ll be happy to see you. Especially now, remember: Eat, Shop, Stay, Play … and Live Local!

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PELHAM MEDICAL CENTER ESTABLISHED: 2008 DID YOU KNOW? The ER and in-patient units have a friendly kickball rivalry. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I love having the reward of working together as a team–it’s inspiring.”

Working hard to exceed the highest standards of patient care and safety It’s impressive to hear about the numerous accolades Pelham Medical Center has earned over the past year. But it’s even more impressive to hear about the supportive leadership, friendly environment and commitment to continuous improvement from the perspective of a few of the nurses that made the awards possible. “Our teamwork is what sets us apart,” said Rhonda Wright, registered nurse and clinical coordinator. “Quality improvement is part of our jobs, and we encourage everyone to get out there and make positive changes.” Listening to patients is priority one, with hourly rounds and checkins. “We’re inviting patients to be a part of their care plan,” said Myra Whiten, chief nursing officer. “They feel safe, and family feels comfortable leaving their loved ones in our hands.”

Amberly Tate, a registered nurse in the ER, says the family atmosphere among the staff translates to a better experience for patients. “I enjoy the people I work with and I wake up wanting to go to work and impact lives,” she said. Recent awards include the prestigious ANCC Pathway to Excellence, Modern Healthcare Best Place to Work and a S.C. Quality Forum’s Silver Achiever Award. Wright is a Palmetto Gold nurse, an honor recognizing nurses who contribute quality improvements, and she’s one of 32 Palmetto Gold winners currently on staff. Awards aren’t everything, but the staff at Pelham Medical Center lives up to the honors every day, all in the name of patient health and satisfaction.

250 Westmoreland Rd., Greer 864.530.6000 | LIVE LOCAL 2020


GIBBS CANCER CENTER & RESEARCH INSTITUTE Working hard to exceed the highest standards of patient care and safety Dr. Tondre Buck says the expansion of Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute at Pelham, which just opened in March, brings together the most important elements in cancer treatment. These include a stateof-the-art facility, a multidisciplinary approach and highly trained, caring staff members who put the patient at the heart of every treatment plan. Combining the warmth of a community hospital and the advanced care you’d expect at a large medical center, the new 191,000-square-foot expansion recently welcomed its first patients. “We’re all very excited,” said Dr. Buck, a hematology oncologist who has been affiliated with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System since 2016. “With all of the teams in close proximity, we’ll be able to work efficiently and effectively to find the most effective treatment plan.” The seven-story expansion offers a convenient location near one of the fastest-growing areas in the state, easily accessible from the Simpsonville area and I-85.

2759 Hwy. 14, Greer 864.530.6400

ESTABLISHED: Newly expanded WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “What drives all of us is treating patients like we would want someone to treat members of our own family.” 4



Dr. Buck was drawn to hematology — the study of blood and blood diseases — in medical school but wasn’t sure he was going that direction until his former little league baseball coach showed up at the hospital with myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. He still finds the field immensely rewarding, getting to know his patients and their families and working to improve their lives. “We’ll continue to provide state-of-the-art care in our new facility, in the effective, efficient way we all believe in,” he said. “We are open and ready to see people.”

P&H CONSULTING OF RAYMOND JAMES & ASSOCIATES Active risk management from a team of investment professionals ESTABLISHED: 2012 DID YOU KNOW? Anthony is a Clemson alumnus and the proud father of four beautiful daughters.

Anthony Panuccio, managing director of investments for P&H Consulting of Raymond James, has 30 years of experience in providing carefully customized and personalized financial advice to his clients. “This is our life’s work,” he says of himself and Emory Hendrix, his co-portfolio manager of eight years.

Emory and Anthony believe their clients deserve a more personalized approach, and pledge to personally review and evaluate every position for every account every day. “You want to be able to look yourself in the mirror every day and be proud of what you do,” Anthony says. “Our clients become our extended family, and we care about them.” Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC


112 Haywood Rd., Greenville 864.289.2104

Anthony and Emory are committed to maintaining their boutique practice. As such, they work with fewer than 100 client families and therefore are able to offer a high-touch service model and an uncommon client experience. To communicate, educate and bring their clients through the rough patches in the market, the team holds frequent social and educational events with clients in addition to their regular contact.

Hiring a mutual fund or other third party to manage client accounts as a group is common practice for financial advisors today, but not for clients of P&H Consulting.




Making it easier to enjoy your toys You can tell a lot about a person just by looking at their boat. “Show me the boat and I’ll tell you the personality of its owner,” laughs Blake Jones, who grew up on Lake Hartwell and spent a dozen years working at a local marina. “Pontoon? Laid-back owner. Wake boat? More extreme. Bass boat? Oh, that’s a hardcore fisherman.” A center console owner himself — easygoing, loves fishing — Blake is general manager of Take Cover Storage. By focusing on the needs of boat, camper and RV owners, this unique facility has created one more positive stereotype in just two short years: you can tell 6 6


FUN FACT: Take Cover operates out of 220,000 square feet of repurposed space in the old Covidien factory.

the people who utilize Take Cover, because they’re all so happy. “Take Cover takes the hassle out of boat and RV ownership,” Blake explains. “We make it easier to enjoy your toys.” In addition to secure, climate-controlled storage, Take Cover provides one-stop convenience with concierge services such as pre-use prep and post-use clean-up; re-fueling; maintenance, repairs and refurbishing; even transport and dockside delivery. “Give us the busy work and you get more time to play,” Blake says. “My hobby is being on the water and my job is helping other people love it as much as I do.”

1448 Blue Ridge Blvd., Seneca 864.608.9270

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Making it easier for people to enjoy an activity that I love so much myself.”



GRACE HERLONG LOVELESS 2019 President’s Circle Member Grace Loveless has real estate in her DNA. As the daughter of Joan Herlong, Grace grew up learning the real estate business from the comfort of her car seat in her mom’s van. Still, Grace had to earn her entry into the market. “My mom always said I shouldn’t go into real estate before I’d bought my own house,” she says. “You’ve got to personally understand and empathize with the buying and selling process.” After graduating from Furman, Grace and her husband Ryan moved to Charlottesville, VA, then to Atlanta, where she worked for BMW of North America. At BMW, she managed the luxury client experience in concert with 100+ dealerships. Greenville is home to their family, so after their first child was born in 2017, Grace and Ryan traded in hectic big city life to be close to their families, and to have more time to enjoy their own growing family. They just welcomed their second baby. When Grace went into real estate sales in 2019, she paired her corporate experience with all that she had learned by osmosis growing up: she finished in the top 3 percent of MLS (by sales volume). She was also company 2019 Rookie of the Year.


Today Grace is busy putting her lifelong knowledge of Greenville and her uncanny ability to communicate to work to deliver the best possible experience for her sellers and buyers.

1 McDaniel Greene, Greenville 864.660.3925

ESTABLISHED: 2019 DID YOU KNOW? Grace sold over $9 million in her first year in real estate sales!



GENCO POOLS AND SPAS From backyard getaways to commercial paradises For more than 30 years, Genco Pools and Spas has been the premiere installer for luxury pools, spas and water features in the Upstate. Whether it’s in a new hotel complex or a backyard in need of some recreation, Genco’s innovative pools can enhance any space. Todd Edwards, director of sales and business development and marketing, says, “Genco is the pool company of the Upstate. We often get asked to build what no one else can, so many of our pools are unparalleled in South Carolina.” The experts at Genco are second to none, and their willingness to think outside the box has led to some of the most unique creations in the area. Pieter Vorster, design team leader, takes customers’ dreams and makes them into an executable design. “Over the years I’ve been here, I’ve found Genco to be a family,” Vorster says. “You don’t just buy a pool from us, but you get a friendship as well — a friendship that lasts longer than any pool you can buy.”

Rusty Sabo, operations manager at Genco, takes Pieter’s ideas and makes them a reality. “What sets us apart is our ability to construct high-end projects,” Sabo comments. “We build everything from backyard pools to waterparks.” Many of those creations can be found throughout the Upstate and into Western North Carolina. Some of the most iconic pools and outdoor areas in Greenville were dreamed up and constructed by Genco. Once it’s time for shovels to hit the dirt, construction manager Josh Laughlin takes the lead. He’s been with Genco basically since the very beginning. “I’ve been here a long time,” says Laughlin. “And it’s been amazing to see how we’ve changed the way pools are designed and constructed.” On the cutting edge of design and technology, Genco has incorporated automation, lighting and water features that are second to none.

ESTABLISHED: 1983 DID YOU KNOW? Genco’s pools at The Hub in Columbia, North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach and Deca Camperdown are among the most unique in South Carolina. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “We are inspired by creating tangible products from the vast and infinite realm of customers’ imaginations.” – Todd Edwards

1217 NE Main St., Simpsonville 864.967.7665 | 8







MASSAGE ENVY Your body deserves — and needs — constant fine-tuning and maintenance

The Taylors are ME’s National Franchisees of the Year, a real honor in a company that has 1,157 outposts across the nation. Only the top-performing franchisees are eligible for the award, and letters from employees took the Taylors straight to the top of the list. They are employers who care – about their staff as well as their customers. “I guess the things we do that are typical in the South – treating people like family, taking meals when people are having a tough time – are considered extraordinary by some people,” says Caroline with a laugh. But that’s just another day at the office for the Taylors, who have three Massage Envy locations in the Upstate: Verdae Village, (opened in 2007); Pelham Hills (2008); and Downtown Greenville (opened in 2016), one of the top three performing franchises in the state. Despite the tough start of the year, the Taylors are looking forward to getting back to normal. They help the Upstate community with an ever-expanding variety of offerings: massages, facials, skincare, assisted stretch, Rapid Tension Relief,

chemical peels, microderm infusion, and a new six-week series of facials that target acne. “You can partner with a licensed aesthetician to achieve clear, healthier-looking skin,” Caroline says. All three locations now offer high-quality, hard-to-find skincare lines, including Jan Marini and Obagi. Massage Envy is a national franchise, so the three Upstate locations are locally owned and operated by a couple with deep Greenville roots. The Taylors remodeled their Verdae and Pelham Road locations with updated interiors that bring clients a sense of calm and relaxation. Don and Caroline also stay busy with the Upstate community, where they serve on the advisory board with Greenville Technical College. The couple participates yearly with Alzheimer’s Ride to Remember. In recent years, Don has ridden while Caroline volunteered; this year they are both training to ride in the three-day, 252-mile cycling event from Simpsonville to Mount Pleasant. They are longtime supporters of the cause in honor of Don’s mother, who battled Alzheimer’s disease. “We like to stay active, volunteering in the community, and this cause is so important to us,” Don says.


Don and Caroline Taylor are the reigning king and queen of the Massage Envy franchise, and they know that giving their clients the royal treatment is how they got there.

ESTABLISHED: 2007 DID YOU KNOW? The Taylors are officially empty nesters, with one child in college, one in graduate school and the eldest working as an accountant in Phoenix. WHAT INSPIRES US? “Whether it’s skincare, relaxation or pain relief, we are always rolling out new ways to help people and bring them joy.”

Verdae Village | 101 Verdae Blvd., Greenville | 864.675.1155 Pelham Hills | 3714 Pelham Rd., Greenville | 864.288.1150 Downtown Greenville | 120 North Laurens St., Greenville | 864.520.1111 LIVE LOCAL 2020


SCHOEN CAPITAL GROUP OF RAYMOND JAMES Helping to build and strengthen your financial foundation

Craigen Schoen has never been afraid to put in the work and wait for what’s right. A native of Florida, Schoen first made his way to Greenville as a student at Furman University, where he completed his business degree just in time for one of the worst economic downturns our country had seen since the Great Depression. Thanks to a pass/fail course he had taken in computer science he found work with a data processing company. “I didn’t like it, but it got me my first job,” he says. As he learned more about the financial planning industry Schoen determined that a fee-based structure was the right fit for him. “The question for me was, could I do what was best for the client, have passion for my work, and make a living at the same time,” he says. Schoen says he was blessed to start his career with Ron Blue and Company in Atlanta. “Their goal was to help wealthy clients give away more money for the kingdom through Christian causes,” he says. Schoen married a fellow Furman alum and the couple eventually wanted to make their way back to

Greenville. He spent the next 18 months working minimum wage jobs and moving furniture while he looked for the right opportunity to gain a foothold in the financial services market here. He found that opportunity at Smith Barney, where he started out leading seminars and making 6,000 cold calls a month to build his business, and worked his way to Vice President of Investments. “Making cold calls was hard, but it wasn’t as hard as the jobs I’d worked to get me there,” he says. After 17 years with Smith Barney, Schoen joined Morgan Keegan eventually acquired by Raymond James - where he now serves as Managing Director of Investments and oversees more than $250 million in client assets. He has been consistently recognized as one of the state’s best wealth advisors. Schoen and his wife, Cindy, are the proud parents of three grown sons, through whom he was able to indulge his lifelong love of baseball by coaching their youth teams for 15 years. You can still find him cheering on Upstate teams with his boys. Schoen is also active as the chair of Greenville Young Life Committee, and small group leader with Fellowship Greenville Church.




QUOTE: “You have to love and care about the people you’re working with. That cannot be understated.” WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Seeing young people come to faith in Christ and seeing lives change.”

112 Haywood Rd., Greenville 864.289.2164 | Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC LIVE LOCAL 2020



GATEWAY SUPPLY CO. Help you take the guess work out of the selection process

When you see the big orange gates off I-85, think of Gateway Supply Co. — and make sure to think of them for all of your plumbing, HVAC, kitchen and bath needs. You’ll usually find the Gateway team helpfully serving customers in their stunning showroom, though you may find them out in the community — for example, celebrating their customers at Fluor Field, cheering on the Drive. They probably won’t bring a bathtub, as seen here, but this tight-knit, hardworking group will definitely be having fun. Founded in April 1964 in Columbia, South Carolina, Gateway Supply Co. began as a plumbing supply warehouse. It has now grown to 14 locations all over South Carolina and it is still owned and operated by the Williams family. “We now have plumbing and HVAC supply counters and incredible bath and kitchen showrooms,” says Aimee Williams, marketing and showroom director. The Gateway showroom is a must for anyone building or remodeling a kitchen or bath. The helpful staff can assist with your plumbing needs along with an incredible array of faucets, fixtures, hardware and accessories

that can make your vision come to life. Customers have three extensive showrooms in the Upstate to choose from in Greenville, Spartanburg and Pendleton. The knowledgeable staff members at each location set Gateway apart from the rest. Gateway Supply Co. has been serving Greenville since 1989, and is managed and operated by Bill Fitts and Lonnie McCall. “We would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for our team,” Williams says. “We have an incredible staff that is always ready to help.” After more than 30 years in Greenville, Gateway has deep roots in the community, and loves to support local organizations and show appreciation for its Upstate customers. They are excited to team up with the Greenville Drive for an upcoming customer appreciation event. “Our customers mean everything to us, so we’re excited to have some fun in downtown Greenville with the people who make our business possible,” Williams says. Pictured are Gateway team members Tabitha Nelson-Cuyar, Aerika Paxton, Aimee Williams (in the tub) and Chasidee Knapke.

ESTABLISHED: 1964 DID YOU KNOW? The national magazine Supply House Times named Gateway Supply Co. Supply House of the Year in 2019.

70 Gateway Access Rd., Greenville 864.235.7800 | 14





MOBIUS CONSTRUCTION Residential design and build Matt Ruth has a deep appreciation for fine, old homes. That appreciation informs his design work as owner of Mobius Construction. “We try to make our houses look like they’ve always been there,” he says. Matt got his start in homebuilding more than 20 years ago, gaining valuable hands-on experience working as a brick mason while earning his degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech. When he returned home to Greenville, he worked in project management, expanding his skill set to include custom residential construction, commercial construction and land development. He brings all this experience to bear for his clients at Mobius, where he has built a solid reputation for tireless attention to detail and thoughtful floor plans that feel like home. His wife, Wendi, works in real estate with Coldwell Banker Caine, and lends her own impeccable eye for design to the selection of fixtures and finishes.

720 S. Washington Ave., Greenville 864.517.6000

ESTABLISHED: 2006 DID YOU KNOW? The company name is inspired by both the mathematical Mobius strip and Matt’s former partner’s dog. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “The craftsmanship and timeless design of old and historic homes.”




When Matt and Wendi aren’t knocking home designs out of the park, they’re likely watching their boys, Harrison (11) and William (8), round the bases on the Greenville Little League fields, or enjoying time with them on the lake.




DID YOU KNOW? Amy served as vice president of the Hyco K9 fund, focused on making every K9 unit as safe as possible.

1 McDaniel Greene, Greenville 864.314.4000

Dedicated to the extraordinary, the exceptional, the unique Amy Hammond fits right in with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, listing and selling high-end homes and working with international clients. Part of her unique ability to put high-end deals together is the way she’s always ready to roll up her sleeves. She works hard for her clients as she says, “Hold my champagne … watch this!” An Anderson native, Amy has 23 years of real estate expertise. Since she teamed up with Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty over a year ago, her sales and average sales price have skyrocketed. She’s expanded her scope to the international market, working with clients from Belgium, Egypt, Guatemala, India and beyond. She’s in the process of earning her international

properties specialist license. “Sotheby’s is truly a global brand, so I want to become a truly international broker.” Yet Amy will always have that Southern charm and her homegrown drive. Amy is an avid boater and golfer. She loves spending time with her two teenaged daughters and her husband Jody (23 years and counting). Whether her clients hail from the BVI’s, across the Atlantic, or the Upstate, Amy goes wherever her work takes her. Clients treasure her refreshingly candid advice in every aspect, including construction, creative financing, and the importance of every detail. Amy Hammond is always dedicated to The Extraordinary … The Exceptional … The Unique.



GREENVILLE CARPET ONE Not all flooring installations are created equal Since 1988, Greenville Carpet One and Michael and Company Interiors have provided the Upstate with top-of-the-line flooring and service. Whether it’s carpet, hardwoods, laminate, LVT or ceramic tile, GCO sets the bar for retail and commercial flooring. Michael Wilson, owner of Greenville Carpet One and Michael and Company Interiors, knows that attention to detail and customer service are what business development is all about. “We have the most knowledgeable sales people in the business,” says Michael. “And our installers are as professional as they come.” With one of the largest selections in Greenville, customers can find the most quantity and the best quality at GCO. Their partnership with CCA Global provides the buying power of more than 2,800 stores, and their exclusive brands bring life to any home or business.

226 Pelham Davis Cir., Greenville 864.281.0006

ESTABLISHED: 1988 DID YOU KNOW: Belue, Michael Wilson’s blue-gold macaw, has been around for 40 years! That’s long enough to see both GCO and Michael and Company Interiors founded in 1988. 18





Also, if you’re looking for a fellow Clemson Tiger to do business with, you won’t find any bigger fans than Michael and his family. When Michael is not making flooring dreams a reality, the Wilson family can be found at Lake Keowee, and they never miss a home Clemson football game. “People say I have the most orange office in the Upstate,” says Michael. Whether he’s cheering on the Tigers or installing state-of-theart floors, Michael, Greenville Carpet One, and Michael and Company Interiors are committed to being number one.


DID YOU KNOW? Jacob Mann was named the #1 agent by volume for 2019 by the Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS®. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “To show my family — especially my three fine young men — what being a dad, husband and loving your career is all about.”

JACOB MANN Your Greenville Realtor® As the consistently awarded number one agent in sales volume and units for Coldwell Banker Caine, Jacob Mann continues to not only be a top producer, but a leader in the community. Jacob is always on the move and known for his friendly disposition and work ethic — but when his feet hit the floor every morning, he’s just another man working hard to get the job done. Jacob’s passion for real estate and zest for life is evident to all who interact with him. As the number one producer per volume in the Greenville MLS in 2019, Jacob approaches his career with great care. When asked about his motivation for success, he says, “I wake up excited every day. It’s a blessing to be able to go out and thrive in my career — I absolutely LOVE what I do, and I do it to support my family. I want them to be proud of my work ethic and successful career.”

Jacob has called residential real estate his career for approximately 20 years and attributes this success to his willingness to take on any deal — from a first-time buyer, investor looking to flip, or a multimillion-dollar property buyer looking for their dream home. No deal is too small or too large. Jacob also values his ability to devote himself to his clients while still being present in the lives of his wife, Elizabeth, and their sons Chapman, McCrady and Bates. “Sometimes it almost feels like a circus act and I may come in on two wheels, but I am always there cheering for my boys in their sports activities. I pride myself on being there for my family as my main focus,” he says.

111 Williams St., Greenville 864.325.6266 | LIVE LOCAL 2020






Local family owned and operated since 1951 Home in time for dinner; with family on Sunday. These are the principles on which Jeff Lynch founded his appliance business in 1951, and they are at the core of how his son Mark still runs it today. Jeff Lynch occupied several prominent locations in Greenville before landing in Lake Forest Shopping Center, where they operated for the better part of four decades. It was in this location that Mark first came to work for the family business, eventually earning the job of watching the store on Wednesdays while his father played his weekly round of golf at Bonnie Brae. Mark learned the business from the ground up, riding along with the senior delivery installer while in high school, and working as much as he could during breaks from the University of South Carolina. While in college he started learning the sales and accounting end of things so he left college in 1981 and joined Jeff Lynch full time. “My father was a great mentor and he showed me everything he did and I was always interested

in it,” Mark says. “We had some tough times because we were both passionate, but we would always work it out.” Mark remembers the turning point in their relationship, when they weren’t seeing eye to eye and his father hauled him out to the parking lot and pointed up at the sign, reminding his son of who was in charge. “He said, ‘I want all your ideas but I have final veto. Once I’ve heard it, if I don’t agree with it, it’s time to get back to work,’” Mark remembers. “He was always fair and would always hear me out.” The business continued to grow and relocate as needed, finally taking over the former Lowe’s location at the corner of Woodruff and Roper Mountain Road — a move not without controversy, being that Jeff Lynch gives the big box stores a serious run for their money here in Greenville. “We’re fierce competitors of theirs, and that’s because we have the best staff in Greenville,” Mark says. “They’re good, and they know what they’re doing.”



DID YOU KNOW? Mark’s wife, Sarah, a ommercial interior architect, transformed the former Lowe’s into the showstopping showroom Jeff Lynch now proudly calls home.. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Knowing I’m saved is the biggest inspiration. In anything we do we should do our best, because Christ gave us everything he had..”

17 Roper Mountain Rd., Greenville 864.268.3101 |





DID YOU KNOW: CCES is welcoming to students of all religious backgrounds – only about 17% of current students are Episcopalian.

245 Cavalier Dr., Greenville | 864.331.4223 |



CHRIST CHURCH EPISCOPAL SCHOOL Personalized learning, care, attention, education CCES is an independent school with approximately 1130 total students in the Episcopal tradition serving primer through 12th grade on a beautiful 72-acre campus in Greenville. The school’s lower, middle and upper divisions are all housed on these pristine grounds that are reminiscent of a small college campus. Academic expectations at CCES are known to be very high, but not at the expense of turning out well-adjusted and well-rounded graduates. “Relationships are key,” says Jamie Bryant, director of Strategic Marketing and communication. “Each student is known by leadership and known by their teachers. We know how they learn, their personalities, what motivates them. We’re able to meet each student where they are.” Using a carefully coordinated curriculum, CCES students are taught resilience, intellectual curiosity and growth mindset, and are empowered for rational decision making. Self discovery is taught through service learning projects, starting as early as primer and first grade with oncampus projects, such as decorating pillowcases for homeless shelters and placemats for soup kitchens. Beginning in second grade students are out in the community, volunteering in soup kitchens and playing cards with residents at retirement centers.

CCES also boasts strong athletic and arts programming to complement the curriculum. “We have so many opportunities to get involved, and because of our small size if a student wants to join a team or be part of a performance, there is a place for them,” Bryant says. “Our students are well-rounded because they have the opportunity to pursue all sorts of interests.” CCES is currently in year three of a five-year strategic plan – Cultivating Deep Roots & Abundant Growth – which Angela Allen, assistant head for academics, was hired to see through. The plan lays out eight goals that hone in on things like exceptional writing skills and college preparedness, as well as cultivating a respectful, spiritual, welcoming community and promoting well-being and balance in all students. Pictured above is the CCES leadership team – names (left to right): Dr. Angela Allen, Assistant Head for Academics; Wes Clarke, Upper School Director; Amanda Beckrich, Upper School Assistant Director; Kate Fagan, Middle School Director; Hamilton Parks, Middle School Assistant Director; David Johnstone, Lower School Director; Valerie Riddle, Lower School Chaplain/Assistant Director – whom Bryant calls “champions of creativity.” “They infuse joy in the daily life of each student and faculty member, and that cultivates an environment people want to be part of.”

“A servant attitude is instilled in our students from day one of them being here,” Bryant says.



COMFORT KEEPERS In-home care that elevates the human spirit For 14 years running, Erin and Chris Couchell have been providing personalized care for seniors in the comfort of their own homes. The Couchells are the local owners of Comfort Keepers, an inhome senior care company that has expanded from Spartanburg to Greenville and even into North Carolina. With over 500 caregivers, they are able to provide personalized care throughout the Upstate. The idea for the business emerged as Erin was taking care of her mother, who was battling a terminal illness, while also working full time and caring for her own family. Erin realized a need for seniors to get professional care in the comfort of their own homes. “People were caring for their loved ones in their home but were not able to get this kind of professional care,” Erin says of those earliest days. “We are now able to come in and personalize care for each of our clients, and that makes a real difference.” Whether it’s a client who only needs a few hours a week or a person nearing the end of life, Comfort Keepers has caregivers who provide the highest quality of care in the Upstate.

1200 Haywood Rd., Greenville 864.268.8993

ESTABLISHED: 2006 DID YOU KNOW: The Spartanburg and Greenville franchises were recognized in 2019 for the President’s Club Award, celebrating the top 25 Comfort Keepers locations across the country. 24



“We’re not going to let a call go unanswered,” Erin says. “When we go into our client’s homes, we are not only caring for them physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. We want to bring joy into their lives.”

MELISSA MORRELL Leveraging creativity and old-fashioned hard work for buyers and sellers You don’t hit No. 1 nine years in a row without being BOLD. Melissa Morrell is hard-working, has endless energy and boundless positivity for her chosen career — everything you want in a real estate agent. But to maintain her proven track record she makes sure to stay ahead of the curve, using all of the latest technological tools from videos, social media and virtual tours while also relying on an old-fashioned arsenal of methods that still work like price, presentation and photography! “I find that having genuine and meaningful information and ideas for my clients is of utmost priority,” says Morrell. “Likewise knowing how to communicate with different audiences is equally important.” This wife and mom of three is smack-dab between young buyers purchasing their first home and retirees selling their final home. “I love being able to relate and assist buyers and sellers at every stage of their lives,” says Morrell. “With 17 years of experience, I have a wealth of experiences to draw from and a network to capitalize on.” Each year, Morrell looks for a word that she focuses on for inspiration. This year, she chose the word: BOLD. “It can be easy to become complacent in this business, but I want to step up and outside of the box for my clients by being creative each and every year, especially as we enter a new decade and with it oftentimes unchartered waters,” says Morrell.


864.918.1734 |

ESTABLISHED: 2003 DID YOU KNOW? She watched all three seasons of Stranger Things in two weeks – and still had a record month in sales! WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “My mom (a real estate agent who passed away after a battle with breast cancer). Continuing her legacy in some way is no doubt my inspiration, and I know she’s watching me.” ©2020 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Equal Housing Opportunity.



FOSTER VICTOR WEALTH ADVISORS Bringing a refreshing perspective to a collaborative financial planning process Foster Victor will be there for you, and the rain did start to pour just a few minutes after this photo was taken. The tight-knit team at Foster Victor Wealth Advisors is committed to their relationships with each other and their clients, building camaraderie and trust in a high-energy environment. Rather than whiling away hours at Central Perk like the characters in Friends, the Foster Victor team coordinates and hosts several events a year in addition to typical business hours. Their annual family-friendly Halloween Trunk or Treat is a hit with the little ones — last year’s attendees included fuzzy monsters, a Pink Lady from the musical Grease, and Ms. Frizzle. The firm also sponsors and participates in charitable causes including the Greenville Humane Society’s Mutt Strut, the American Heart Association’s CycleNation event, and the Greenville Area Parkinson Society’s Water Cooler Classic. FVWA team members gave hundreds of hours of community service over the last year, planting trees with TreesUpstate, teaching local students financial literacy, and 26


volunteering at Shriners Hospital for Children during the holiday season. Part of providing concierge-quality client service is honoring and appreciating your team, and the core of Foster Victor’s office culture is that team members lift each other up. There has been bubbly when a new professional designation is earned, Love Muffins from Brick Street Cafe to pep up a dreary Wednesday, and an elaborate coffee bar to celebrate the month’s birthdays between client meetings. Cards and gifts magically appear in the offices of team members who have something to celebrate or if they are going through a rough patch, reminding everyone that they are more than just coworkers. All of this involvement is what sets Foster Victor apart from other financial planning firms. Close relationships mean that they can hold themselves accountable to a high standard for service and hold their clients accountable to their financial plans, creating self-perpetuating success.


ESTABLISHED: 2016 QUOTE: “When you work with people you love, every day is an adventure to look forward to.” WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Our goal to build life-changing relationships inspires us every day.”

10 S. Academy St., Suite 250, Greenville 864.720.2000 |



FIVE OAKS ACADEMY A Montessori School Creativity is woven through the entire experience at Five Oaks Academy. It begins on a sprawling 11-acre campus with a hiking trail that runs alongside a bustling creek. It then winds its way into classrooms filled with hands-on materials and a process-based learning experience that engages each student. As a S.T.E.A.M accredited school, skills such as creativity, problem-solving, empathy, teamwork and critical thinking are infused into every aspect of the classrooms at Five Oaks Academy. The Academy hosts special guest artists and innovators throughout the year as part of their rich creative curriculum. Recently, local artist Eva Magill-Oliver took students on an artistic journey of discovery. Known internationally for her design collaboration with Nike, Anthropologie and a French linen company, Eva gets her inspiration from the natural world. With her guidance, students gathered images of interesting colors, textures and patterns to create personalized inspiration boards. She then demonstrated different techniques with liquid watercolors, allowing students to experiment with color and collage papers together in new and unexpected ways.

Five Oaks Academy’s welcoming natural environment, research-based curriculum and hands-on materials engage all learning styles, appeal to the senses and cultivate the perfect setting for critical thinking and the creative processes. Visit the Five Oaks Academy website to see more pictures of students enjoying this experience.

1101 Jonesville Rd., Simpsonville 864.228.1881

ESTABLISHED: 2003 SHORT QUOTE: “Creativity is contagious … pass it on.” – Albert Einstein 28



This nurturing and inviting atmosphere is an environment that stimulates students’ natural curiosity and invites them to explore learning in a meaningful way.


ESTABLISHED: 1987 DID YOU KNOW? Carole served as sales manager for Spaulding Farm from 1990 until lot sales were completed in 1997. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I am inspired by the hard work, dedication and success of the agents on my team, and by the opportunities we have working and living in our awesome town … Yeah, THAT Greenville!”

SPAULDING GROUP Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS® Carole Atkison has been a fixture in the Greenville real estate market since 1987. She became sales manager for Spaulding Farm in 1990. In 1998, as partner and Broker-in-Charge of Spaulding Company, Carole was instrumental in the transition from an agency marketing home sites and new homes to a fullservice real estate company. Real estate is a second career for Carole — her first job was teaching special education. She leads a team of agents whose backgrounds include everything from teaching, nursing and college coaching to corporate sales, flight attendant and active duty military. For clients this adds up to a diverse skill set that

equips Spaulding Group agents to meet their clients’ needs to ensure a smooth sale or purchase. Carole merged her accomplished team with C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS® in 2009 and since that time Spaulding Group has received numerous awards on the local, state and national level. Since 2014 Spaulding Group has ranked in the top 100 agents/ teams for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices nationwide in units sold and in gross commission income. For the past 10 years her team has achieved the Chairman’s Circle, Diamond Level, awarded to the top ½ of 1% of agents and teams nationwide.

745 N. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville 864.458.8585 | ©2020 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Equal Housing Opportunity.




PROSOURCE Plumbing, lighting and hardware Jennifer Lopez got her start 15 years ago as a receptionist at ProSource, became a top salesperson and is now director of showroom sales at the company – a luxury plumbing, lighting and hardware showroom. She’s found a business she loves, and even more important, coworkers and management that make each day rewarding and fun. Grover and Tonya Martin opened the shop in 1996, and Lopez says they are the best of bosses. “I knew I wanted to work here as soon as I met Tonya,” she says. The Martins grew the company from six employees to 120 across five locations, and now operate from a massive 89,000-square-foot warehouse with a 10,000-square-foot state-of-theart showroom. They offer an incredible selection of plumbing fixtures from the best brands in the world, and also specialize in door and cabinet hardware 30


ESTABLISHED 1996 and lighting. The company is a member of Luxury Products Group (LPG), a buying group with vendors including Brizo, DXV, Elkay and Americh. When it comes to customer service, “we go beyond what most people do,” Lopez says. “We put in that extra time to make sure customers have what they need.” Drivers, counter guys, the inside team, management, receptionists and everyone on staff pitches in to assist customers – and every customer is equally important.

DID YOU KNOW? To go to sleep at night, Lopez drinks coffee! And yes, everyone calls her J. Lo. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I love customers and I love helping people. And I love how our staff works together for every customer.”

The whole team gathers together most Friday afternoons for a toast to a successful week, often with champagne (though not typically in a Bain Ultra Tub, as pictured here). Pictured from the bottom left are: Mckenzie Bagwell, Nikki Carter, Emma Coward, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Brewster, Monica Sanchez, Autumn Camp, Kourtney Camp, Megan Jerkins and Kierra Ludd.

200 Industrial Dr., Greenville 864.232.2545



DID YOU KNOW: More than 81 million people feed birds in their yards and spend $5 billion annually on birdseed and wildlife food.

626 Congaree Rd. 864.234.2150


Bring birds back

Abbie Pressley and Melanie Moore, co-owners of Wild Birds Unlimited in Greenville, have always had a soft spot in their hearts for birds. For 22 years, Abbie and Melanie have provided the Greenville-area with a one-stop shop for everything bird lovers and watchers need to accommodate their feathered friends that grace backyards across the Upstate. The mother-daughter duo is invested in the bird population of the Upstate working tirelessly to ensure that birds have a sustainable environment here. Since 1970, three billion birds have disappeared from our environment. That is one in every four birds that have vanished in the last 50 years. By educating the public and providing innovative products, Wild Birds Unlimited leads the way in preserving

and improving bird habitats in private backyards and public places around Greenville. Wild Birds Unlimited is a partner with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Bird-lovers can now get their backyard habitats certified by the NWF, which ensures birds have all of the necessities for a sustainable environment. At Wild Birds, Abbie and Melanie can help customers provide the appropriate food, water, cover and place to raise young that the NWF requires for certification. The Congaree Road store sells everything you might need to support the birds around your home, from feeders and seed to birdbaths and nesting boxes. They also stock a variety of bird-related gift items for the bird-lover in your life.



COUNTYBANK Helping you get ahead since 1933 Banks are typically where you make a deposit or take out a loan, but Countybank is so much more — it is an integral part of the community. Candice Good, Greer market administrator for Countybank, values her opportunity to serve the community where she was raised. “Watching the downtown Greer streetscape transformation is an experience I’ll never forget,” she says. “The city’s ability to invest in both itself and every business in town speaks volumes about their commitment to the community.” Countybank follows the same philosophy. With locations in downtown Greenville, Pelham Road, downtown Greer, Anderson and Greenwood, Countybank has been helping the Upstate community get ahead since 1933. With a full suite of financial services, they are a local, trusted community bank that works with businesses and individuals to provide personal, customized

financial solutions — and they have grown right alongside the communities they serve. “When small businesses experience growing pains, they need a bank that understands their business and their community,” says Matt Cloutier, SBA development officer. Tim Lincolnhol, commercial banking executive, and Scott Presley, director of residential construction lending, agree that they have seen surrounding areas like Simpsonville and the construction lending market take off — areas Countybank can financially support. With commercial and retail banking, insurance, mortgage, trust, and investments, Countybank is well positioned to assist residents and businesses as our area continues to grow — always putting people first.

ESTABLISHED: 1933 QUOTE: “Countybank has added small business administration (SBA) lending and residential construction expertise in recent years based on customer needs.”


201 West McBee Ave., Greenville 864.942.1500 |




ESTABLISHED: 2009 WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Seeing my employees, mostly single moms, be able to do for their families what they desire.” DID YOU KNOW: Conforti still homeschools her two youngest children, while the oldest is in Nashville pursuing a music career.

BUSY BEEZ CLEANING Finding trusted and dedicated cleaners to clean your home or business


Bonnie Conforti loved her role as a homeschool mom, but when her family lost everything during the 2008 recession, she needed to find a way to earn income. She started Busy Beez to help people who were busy and didn’t want to spend their evenings or weekends cleaning, and the business grew rapidly. “We were caring enough to be honest and provide the services people ask for,” says Bonnie, who now has 20 employees. Busy Beez doesn’t hire good employees. They hire amazing employees, and they train them to do work that is spectacular. “We have an awesome customer service experience as well, and we’re customizable,” she says.

Bonnie gets the best employees in the field by paying more, investing in them, and taking the time to find out how they are doing and what she can do to help. “People are happy to have a job where the owner cares, and I like to see people slowly and meticulously making a difference for themselves,” she says. For customers, she does not believe in contracts — “I don’t like to be roped into anything” — but offers impeccable cleaning on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis, or a one-time clean that leaves your home or office spotless. “We work with people to give them the best, most dependable, experienced service,” Bonnie says.



ADAM PETERSON State Farm Adam Peterson is the perfect local example of State Farm’s nationwide motto — “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.” For the last several years, Adam has built a reputation in the Greenville area for maintaining a focus on relationships in a market that is increasingly moving online. “Keeping that customer relationship is important to us,” says Adam. “Our clients know they have someone in their corner they can rely on from a service standpoint.” When the unthinkable happens, Adam’s customers take solace in knowing who is on the other end of the phone. “We want to earn our customers’ business and keep them for the long-term,” he says, adding that the trust he has built in the Upstate has helped him keep those kind of clients.

517 South Plesantburg Dr., Suite C Greenville 864.605.7733

ESTABLISHED: 2017 DID YOU KNOW? Adam was ranked #36 out of more than 1200 new agents nationwide in his first year for State Farm. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I’m inspired by taking care of my customers as I would my own family.” 34



In addition to helping the community in their times of need, Adam is working to help develop other State Farm agents through the Aspirant Program. By mentoring newer agents, Adam is able to extend his message of the importance of personal customer relationships. Whether it’s customers in an accident or aspiring agents needing help, Adam Peterson is there in every time of need.



ESTABLISHED: 1979 DID YOU KNOW? Stanley Steemer has developed a new disinfection process using an EPA-approved, non-toxic, non-corrosive spray proven to eliminate viruses, bacteria, mold, mildew, odors and allergens. Now more than ever, a cleaner home or business is a healthier one. Please call for free estimates on any Stanley Steemer services.

1140 Whitehorse Rd., Greenville 864.232.7746

For a cleaner and healthier home or b usiness When Allen and Sarah D’Andrea, along with their children— Luke, Ryan, Adam, and Ashley — bought the Stanley Steemer in Greenville in 2017, the company was doing exactly what you would expect — cleaning carpets. Since then, D’Andrea has expanded the franchise to bring brand-new services to the Upstate. Not only does Stanley Steemer lead the industry in carpet cleaning, but they also clean tile, wood, upholstery, area rugs, and now offer air duct cleanings and water restoration. Most importantly, they have added a new disinfection option. Recently, D’Andrea has added air duct cleaning and is certified by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association. This service is especially important for people with asthma and allergies or for homes that have undergone recent renovations, new builds or older homes. Another addition is water restoration. Stanley Steemer can now clean up homes after a flood, including mold remediation,

restoring floors and furniture to their former beauty. Certified with the IICRC, they are available 24 hours per day. “We fell in love with Greenville,” says D’Andrea. The Greenville location moved into a new facility on Whitehorse Road in November 2019. The D’Andreas and their four children are active in the community, both as participants and sponsors to many groups and events. “This is our home, and we want to support it.” D’Andrea says quality equipment, quality people and quality service are what set them apart. Stanley Steemer’s manufacturing facility makes all their equipment. “People can feel comfortable having our folks in their home because of our dedication to training and background checks,” he says. Combining the latest technology with the quality of local ownership ensures you’re making the right decision to call Greenville’s Stanley Steemer.



Earning trust, protecting assets, providing sound 1031 Exchange advice Taxes may be one of life’s few certainties but, like death, John Boyd thinks they should be put off as long as possible. “A tax dollar deferred is a tax dollar saved,” says Boyd, Founder/ CEO of Banker Exchange. “It’s a simple idea — and a complex process.” Banker Exchange focuses exclusively on maneuvering the complexities of Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows investors to defer capital gains taxes on real estate transactions through qualifying exchanges. With roots in the barter system, 1031 exchanges are highly regulated, with strict, detailed requirements and somewhat daunting terms.

“But the rewards,” Boyd says, “can be significant.” Banker Exchange advises investors through the process, thereby creating additional equity for future purchases. In effect, Banker Exchange originates a resizable, interest-free loan from the government, that only has to be repaid when the taxpayer decides to repay it. “Our purpose is providing sound 1031 advice and cutting-edge solutions,” says Boyd, whose team hosts educational seminars for investors as well as their advisors. “1031 exchanges are what we do — it’s all we do — and we’re humbled that clients from around the country trust us to do it right. We are committed to helping people keep more of their hard-earned money.”

777 Lowndes Hill Rd., Building 3, Suite 110, Greenville 864.271.1449 | 36


ESTABLISHED: 1992 FUN FACT: John Boyd launched a concierge service for boat owners – and in doing so learned to wakeboard at age 54. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “The fact that people trust us with their hardearned money – and refer us to their clients and colleagues.”



ESTABLISHED: 2013 DID YOU KNOW? TCM partnered in Greenville projects including ONE, Husk, The Anchorage, Hampton Station and Markley Station, just to name a few.


WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Seeing the dynamic redevelopment that results from connecting investors and developers via streamlined tax credit strategies.”

TAX CREDIT MARKETPLACE Connecting investors with tax credit opportunities He’s COO of “the project partner you never hear about” – but walk down Main Street, to the WestEnd, or through the Village of West Greenville and you’ll certainly see Josh Workman’s work. “Our role is connecting real estate investors with tax credit opportunities,” says Workman, who heads up Tax Credit Marketplace, “and that, in turn, provides capital to developers who are turning old, abandoned properties into exciting new projects. TCM is playing a part in revitalizing not only downtown Greenville but also other city centers throughout South Carolina.” Founded in 2013 by serial entrepreneur John Boyd,

Tax Credit Marketplace counts 19 projects thus far in the City of Greenville, including four on Main Street; the company has been part of 40 projects with Main Street addresses across the state. These ventures have retrofitted vacant and/or historic buildings into office space, restaurant/event venues, student housing, condominiums and more, with ripple effects that spark further revitalization nearby. “It’s a thrill to walk downtown and see the end result of our work,” says Workman. “We streamline a complicated process, making sure everything is done properly to connect investors and developers via the rules set forth by our state and federal legislature.”

777 Lowndes Hill Rd., Building 3, Suite 110 844.825.4337 |



JILL CHAPMAN “Buying or selling – a piece of cake” When it comes to getting things done for her clients, Jill Chapman is unstoppable. Recently she got a call from a couple – Steve & Kay Koffel – who were interested in looking at condos on Lake Hartwell, in a development where Jill happens to live. Dedicated to her exercise regimen, Jill got caught on the phone and was still in her gym clothes when it was time to meet her new clients. No bother, they said. If they were going to end up as neighbors, gym clothes were an inevitability. So onward Jill pressed. When they arrived at the unit in question, they were greeted by a swarm of wasps who had made their home in a wreath hanging on the front door. Jill grabbed the wreath, threw it over the railing and managed to make it inside, wasps swarming all the while. Now Jill was trapped inside and the Koffels were stuck outside. The front door was a no go, but Jill was determined they would do what they came to do. So like any quick-thinking superhero, Jill opened the bedroom window and pulled her clients safely inside – saving the day, and making the sale.

705 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., Greer 864.918.9508

ESTABLISHED: 2007 DID YOU KNOW? Jill may be nearing 50, but this adrenaline junkie has no plans to slow down any time soon. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “In any situation, I always look to give hope to the hopeless.”



©2020 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Equal Housing Opportunity.


Matthew L. Thrift, Jill’s Broker said, “Jill is the type of agent that from the time you meet her you love her. She is one of the best I have seen for building long-lasting relationships with her clients.”


ESTABLISHED: 1934 DID YOU KNOW? The company offers a wide range of styles – including unfinished, prefinished, solid, engineered and luxury vinyl plank flooring. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “The family-business is inspired by continuing three generations of excellence through integrity, fair pricing and a hands-on commitment to customer satisfaction.”

JORDAN LUMBER COMPANY Three generations of wood flooring excellence If you’re looking for hardwood flooring — traditional or exotic, retail or custom — Jordan Lumber Company has it all. The family-owned company, flourishing since its founding in 1934 by C.G. Jordan, specializes in hardwood flooring, serving builders, independent installers and homeowners. “There are a lot of years of experience in the family,” said David Sweeny, who joined the family and the business after marrying into the Jordan family. Now a vice president, he has been proudly working for 18 years alongside his brother-in-law, vice president Keith Jordan, and his father-in-law, president and owner Gary Jordan. The newest addition, Ben Greene, has been in the industry for 14 years and brings his experience to the sales and marketing at Jordan Lumber.

“When you’ve got a family-owned and operated business, the service is different,” David said. “We’re all in the business together, and that creates a trust and a connection with our customers.” As with any long-successful company, Jordan Lumber has adapted to meet the market demands. Still dedicated to its core business, the company has responded to the increased demand for specialty hardwoods and installations. “We install a wide array of hardwood floors to meet any taste,” said Keith, who joined the family business in 1997 after graduating from Clemson University. “We have high-quality employees across the board who are very respectful of our customers and their homes,” Keith said. “We treat them well and they treat us well. We really enjoy operating in the Upstate market.”

104 Rutherford Rd. 864.232.9686 | LIVE LOCAL 2020





BANK OF TRAVELERS REST Community-minded and driven to provide outstanding financial service The people of the Upstate know that the Bank of Travelers Rest is more than just a bank — it’s part of the community. In times of economic growth or difficult financial times, Bank of Travelers Rest is committed to doing whatever they can to help local people and local businesses. “We love the Community Journals’ name change for this magazine from Behind the Counter to Live Local,” commented Eric Wall, marketing director for Bank of Travelers Rest. “As a community bank, we’ve never really viewed ourselves as being behind any counters. Rather, we’ve built a reputation for living, working and investing in the communities we call home.” Throughout the bank’s 74-year history, its bankers have built a strong reputation grounded in deep community roots. Banking executives like Doug Thackston, Betsy Steifle and Justin Hill are citizens as well as bankers, and

they believe in continuing to foster growth in the Upstate. “We bring our communities resources that help them on a consumer level and a business level,” says Betsy Steifle, who is a member of the TR Chamber of Commerce and the local Goodwill’s organizational board. “We’re in a partnership with our local businesses and our customers. We’re only as successful as our customers.” Engaging with the community for decades has earned Bank of Travelers Rest the trust of the Upstate. Growing local businesses, helping customers with financial obstacles, being involved in local events and reaching out to local charities has made Bank of Travelers Rest a central part of the Upstate’s growth. “Communication is the key to our relationships,” adds Doug Thackston. “In good times or bad times, we stay in contact with our customers so they know we are always there for them.”

ESTABLISHED: March 18, 1946. DID YOU KNOW? Bank of Travelers Rest ranked first place in Forbes Best Banks in South Carolina in 2018, and it’s ranked first place in Best of the Upstate for the past five years. QUOTED: “What inspires us at Bank of Travelers Rest is a genuine commitment to our customers. We find inspiration in their successes, their growth and in how these lead to the betterment of the communities we serve. And above all, this propels us to provide the quality customer care that our customers have grown to expect from Bank of Travelers Rest.” – Eric Wall

42 Plaza Dr., Travelers Rest 864.834.9031 |

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK We move people forward

Two Men and a Truck has been moving folks around the Upstate for decades, but in the 18 years since Rebecca and Bryan Feldman have owned the business, it has extended its services to meet the needs of every homebuyer and seller. “Our core business is moving,” says Rebecca. “But we have expanded to help better serve the Upstate.” Among those additional services are storage options, accommodations for designers, and junk removal. Two Men and a Truck can now store homebuyers’ belongings until they are ready to be moved, and they offer receiving, storage and delivery for interior designers while homes are being planned and designed. The newest addition to the Feldmans’ franchise is junk removal, in which a truck can come to customers’ houses and haul off unwanted junk. “When you move, you realize how



much you’ve accumulated,” says Rebecca of the new service. “And you often try to clear out excess items. That’s what this new service is intended for.” Now, Two Men and a Truck can move what you want and throw away what you don’t. The Feldmans own 13 franchises across the Southeast, but they call Greenville home: “We love Greenville. We love all the growth it is experiencing, and it’s a wonderful town to raise our children, who are now 12 and 14.” Two Men and a Truck is certainly growing in the Greenville area, but top-of-the-line movers are still the core of the company. “What sets us apart is our dedication to customer service and the professionalism of our movers,” says Rebecca. That’s why when the Upstate is planning to move, Two Men and a Truck is planning to help.

107 Sandra Ave. Greenville 864.329.1228

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “We are inspired by our employees, our customers, and our community. Our focus is employees that love us, customers that trust us, and profits that make a difference in the community.”



SILVERLINE INC. Quality, style and service you expect It started with a hand-drawn farmhouse. Every inch of that home was thought through and designed to be what blended the best of old-world farmhouse and our modern style today. From there … another. And another. The Farmhouse Series was the spark. We opened one of the homes for an event the night before it hit the market and over 400 people came through, drawn to the quality and design, and drawn to the importance placed on community as well. Aspects of personal dreams were seen in the homes, and clients began designing and building with us.


“Strength in numbers.” It’s a catch phrase because there is so much truth to it. We can often do more when we combine our strengths, abilities and resources then we can when we go at it alone. This is the philosophy of Mark and Jeremiah (over 45 years combined in the building/ high-end custom home industry) and it is the heartbeat of Silverline Inc. It’s the reason we have the resources to be able to communicate and skillfully take a project from a dream to completion, without compromising attention to detail, quality or design. It’s why we can run a referralbased business and continue to make wonderful new friendships along the way. Fine custom home building is a process requiring communication, creativity, skill, knowledge and analytical execution. When all the parts are there, the end product is a lifelong dream come true, and that is the heart of our success.

4800 Wade Hampton Blvd., Unit G, Taylors 864.901.2621

ESTABLISHED: 2017 FUN FACT: Mark’s wife Lynnette is a designer and Jeremiah’s wife Lydia is a Realtor. Follow our Instagram page @ Silverline_Custom_Homes for photos, design, flips and projects!





FRANCIS PRODUCE Driven to meet all your produce needs and then some For nearly a century, Francis Produce has provided the highest quality produce to the Upstate. The Francis family began providing local farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to the Greenville area in 1927. The goal was and still is to provide the best product the area had to offer. Ninety-three years later, Francis Produce is still family-owned — run by the third and fourth generations of the Francis family — with no sign of slowing down. The company has blossomed over the decades, providing services that span across the United States while maintaining its local charm and commitment to quality. Today, Francis Produce specializes in food service, grocery stores and logistics. In order to deliver the best

produce to the Upstate, the Francis family picks up directly from farms around the Southeast, as well as nationally. That produce is delivered to local restaurants and grocery stores around Greenville. However, those trips around the Southeast and to the west coast aren’t just one-way. Francis has added a trucking division, which ships dry goods from the Upstate to places all across the country. Through those years of buying from trusted farms across America, the Francis family has made relationships with the highest quality farmers for every kind of produce. Those relationships, along with the relationships they have created with their customers, have made Francis Produce an essential part of the Upstate community.

ESTABLISHED: 1927 DID YOU KNOW: Francis Produce is currently run by F.B. Francis’s grandson, Steve Francis, and a professional staff that the company considers family.

3048 Whitehorse Rd., Greenville


864.295.2780 |




ESTABLISHED: 1875 WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “It is very fulfilling to help people during what can be one of the most challenging times of their lives. We’re here to help every step of the way.”

1425 Powdersville Rd., Easley 864.442.1800

ROBINSON FUNERAL HOMES Digging roots deeper in the Upstate Established in 1875, Robinson Funeral Home is one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the Upstate. Nearing 150 years of helping people say goodbye to their loved ones, the company maintains its tradition of caring, but continues to grow and change to reflect consumer needs. One important aspect of that is Robinson Memorial Gardens, currently undergoing a large expansion of more than four acres. Robinson Memorial Gardens already offers a variety of options, including glass-front niches, a Veterans Garden of Honor, Chapel of Reflection Mausoleum, and plots overlooking more than 80 acres of rolling green hills. The new addition will offer even more options for Upstate families, including a garden mausoleum and pavilion that is unlike anything else in the area. “This will be a really unique development with the garden

mausoleum and pavilion, various cremation options and more burial plots,” says Chris Robinson, managing owner and a fourth-generation funeral director. “It will be a peaceful place, and a calming and soothing gathering place for families and loved ones.” With full-service funeral homes in downtown Easley, Powdersville Road and Central-Clemson Commons, plus Robinson Memorial Gardens being easily accessible to each, Robinson can assist families throughout the Upstate as they honor and celebrate their loved ones. The Powdersville Road location is the only funeral home in the Upstate that can facilitate all arrangements in one convenient setting including a crematory, cemetery selection area, and an experienced staff, which is licensed, professional, dedicated and responsive.



HEIDI PUTNAM Coldwell Banker Caine Real Estate When you work with Heidi Putnam, you are getting much more than a real estate agent. You’re getting insight into landscape design, interior decorating, renovations, paint colors, Greenville neighborhoods and so much more. And her trustworthy, no-nonsense approach is yet another plus for her clients, who can rest assured she has their best interests at heart. “I don’t think of myself as a salesperson,” Heidi says. “I’m more of a home consultant, and I think about what’s best for the client.” She’s even told several clients not to sell their homes, putting their best interests above her own. Heidi got her start in real estate after having a less-than-ideal experience buying her own home. “I felt like the agent only cared about the paycheck, and I didn’t want anyone to feel that way,” she says. “I decided I could do it better. Clients should never leave a closing table upset or dissatisfied.”

111 Williams St. Greenville 864.380.6747

ESTABLISHED: 2012 DID YOU KNOW? Putnam has a master’s degree in landscape design and had her own landscape design business before becoming a Realtor®.




She makes sure her clients walk away excited, thanks to exceptional customer service and a wealth of knowledge about everything related to homes. She’s the friend you text when you want to know whether you should remove a wall, or if an animal print fabric works in the living room. “It’s service beyond the transaction,” she says.

CHRISTOPHILLIS & GALLIVAN Personal approach, professional advocacy

When attorneys Jessica Christophillis and Amanda Gallivan opened their doors seven years ago, it was a leap of faith. Now, their firm is a prominent piece of the Upstate’s legal landscape, and the attorneys are proud of turning their dream into a reality. While Amanda and Jessica are always looking for opportunities to learn and grow, they are also finding comfort in being an established part of the family law community in the Upstate. The law firm of Christophillis & Gallivan is comprised of four female attorneys and additional staff who seek to provide customized family law solutions in a corporate boutique setting. They are lawyers who believe in aggressive advocacy without sacrificing efficiency or compassion. “To us, being a good family lawyer is about looking at the family as a whole,” Jessica says. “This often requires us to think outside of the box and dig a little deeper to create workable solutions.”


At Christophillis & Gallivan, clients can expect excellent legal representation in issues of divorce, separation, custody, visitation, alimony, child support and will packages. “Practicing family law is a calling,” says Amanda. “People are going through truly difficult times in their lives, and we have the ability to give them advice and confidence to come out with hope on the other side.”

420 E. Park Ave., Suite 301 864.233.4445

ESTABLISHED: 2013 DID YOU KNOW? Jessica and Amanda have been voted by their peers as Legal Elite of the Upstate multiple years and were rated AV Preeminent in 2019 for the highest level of professional excellence.



Proven ability, personal commitment

When it comes to accounting, Graydon Thompson does things differently. While many accounting firms have operated the same way for decades, Phyllis Graydon and Greg Thompson are embracing the newest techniques and technology. Nine years ago, the firm went completely paperless. “A lot of accountants still do things with pencil and paper,” says Phyllis. “But we don’t even have file cabinets here.” The desire to provide the very best for its clients led Graydon Thompson to its innovative approach. The firm offers tax planning and preparation, auditing services for commercial enterprises and retirement plans, review and compilation services, as well as bookkeeping and payroll processing services for local businesses. Graydon Thompson has built a reputation as a reliable firm for more than 15 years, and their modernized approach enables them to more readily meet their client’s needs in a timely fashion, without the excessive wear and tear of old technologies. “We strive to maintain an even workload for ourselves and our staff. A tired accountant is a poor accountant,” Graydon says. “Eliminating some of the paperwork, being flexible with hours and working remotely allows our professionals to focus on fulfilling our clients’ needs.”

401 Parker Ivey Dr., Greenville 864.232.1545

ESTABLISHED: 2015 WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Although we run a business, our greatest satisfaction is assisting clients through the maze of tax and other financial reporting requirements so that they can run their businesses more successfully.” 48




LARUE FINE CHOCOLATE Her love of wine and food and travel translates into every bite of chocolate For years, Elizabeth Logan McDaniel was a wine distributor in the Upstate. Today, she’s providing another kind of indulgence to the people of Greenville. Owner and founder of LaRue Fine Chocolate, Elizabeth has finally opened her first chocolate shop after several years of selling chocolates at the TD Market and online. Located at Poe West, the new shop will feature seating for 40 people, cakes and pies from various chefs, ice cream, cheese boards, small meals, coffee, beer, wine and cocktails. And, of course, chocolate. Several years ago, Elizabeth began making chocolates with her niece as a fun project. She quickly realized that she had natural skill as a chocolatier and began giving out samples to her customers at Christmas time. She tinkered with the idea of leaving her corporate job and starting her own business after her husband bought her some books and chocolate classes. Eventually, she went to Vancouver and took a Master’s chocolate course, which put her on the path to become a professional chocolatier.


Before long, Elizabeth was selling her chocolate at the TD Market to great acclaim. She believes her past as a certified wine specialist helps her create chocolate creations that are one-of-a-kind. “I believe that my experience in the wine business and spending so much time thinking about flavor profiles and pairings helps me blend sweets as well,” says Elizabeth. “My truffles unfold the way that a fine wine does.”

556 Perry Ave., Suite B115, Greenville 864.263.7083

ESTABLISHED: 2020 DID YOU KNOW? McDaniel’s company gets its name from Elizabeth’s mother and Army Veteran, Dora LaRue Smith Logan. “My mother always hated her name, but I always thought it should be painted on a B-17 airplane,” says Elizabeth.



For the ‘Go,’ on the go festivals and other community events. They can be found at athletic events at Clemson University, Furman, Wofford, Southern Wesleyan and North Greenville. If you’ve been to a Clemson football game, you’ve probably seen — or used — a LittleJohn portable.

With over 30 years in the community, LittleJohn Portable Toilets has established itself as a reliable, essential part of the Upstate. Brad Steele, owner of LittleJohn, prides himself on being customeroriented, which has led to customers returning time and time again, some working with LittleJohn for decades. “We’re a family-owned business,” says Steele. “Customers can always reach us on the phone, and we’ll do whatever we can to get customers what they need.”

But LittleJohn does more than just standard portable toilets. They can also provide portable sinks, holding tanks, and even roomy, updated portable restrooms that approach the luxurious.

As the Upstate continues to flourish, LittleJohn Portable Toilets can be found across the area at construction sites, big and small. They also provide portables to special events, weddings, parties,

“We are proud of our past 30 years and are looking forward to our future,” says Steele. “We appreciate the customers we’ve had for decades, and we are constantly improving for our future customers.”

P.O. Box 8622, Greenville 864.295.2969 |



ESTABLISHED: 1991 FUN FACT: Brad Jr. and Anna – and son-in-law Brantley – are now part of the business. DID YOU KNOW? Dedicated employees Jesse Redding, Brandy Miller, Zeke Adams, and Rogelio Ponce among others have allowed LittleJohn Portable to grow because of their commitment to customer service.



TANYA STIEGLER DESIGNS Translating the wonder of nature into wearable art

Tanya Stiegler creates using ideas and aesthetics that she collects outdoors to set herself apart as a jewelry designer. She is meticulous about how she presents these ideas in her jewelry, explaining, “I spent 25 years learning the language of my craft: what each material is capable of and what each technique can achieve.” This attention to detail is driven by her dedication to craftsmanship, ensuring that each piece is made with functionality and durability in mind. A Philadelphia native, Tanya grew up playing with her grandmother’s rhinestone jewels and pop-it beads, and learned early on how jewelry was a powerful way to celebrate family milestones and remember connections with loved ones. Both of her parents loved gardening, and her mother, a master gardener, also passed on a passion for creating. Tanya started metalsmithing and goldsmithing in college, and worked in the jewelry business for several years before switching to the kayaking industry — another passion. But her love of jewelry-making was too strong, and she returned to the creative work full-time in 2007. Popular lines include her Tendril series, cast in silver or gold using real grapevine tendrils to create one-time molds, and a Fizz series inspired by water tumbling in a stream.


1320 Hampton Ave. Ext., #202A 864.735.8379

ESTABLISHED: 2015 DID YOU KNOW? Tanya has run the falls at Falls Park in a kayak. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Waterfall hikes, exploring my backyard, and seeing my pieces become a precious part of someone’s life story.”






CAROLINA FURNITURE & INTERIORS Four decades of fine furnishings Forty-four years ago, two great things happened in the Dickens family. Linda opened a Simpsonville furniture store, and she had a son, Will, who would eventually become a partner in Carolina Furniture & Interiors. Demand for their traditional, high-end furniture and inspired accessories led to expansion and, later, a sister store featuring more casual pieces. In 2008, to the delight of loyal customers, the two combined in Greenville, forming an incredible 25,000 square-foot showroom on Mall Connector Road. In addition to an unparalleled work ethic, Linda has always had a keen eye for design, which translates to hand-selected pieces from top




manufacturers in the marketplace. The goal is for customers to find creative ways to make their homes unique and livable. “We want people to see and feel what it’s like to live in that space,” Will said. Will also noted that his team of interior designers is available for all of your home design needs. Will now handles everyday operations. Away from the store, he enjoys spending time with his children, Witt, Hayes, and Leighton. His favorite “fishing hole” beckons, but he and his wife Leigh are busy furnishing their downtown home with a distinctive mix of classic and modern style. He says the secret to their success is simple: “Hard work, customer service and a love of the industry.”

135 Mall Connector Rd., Greenville 864.963.9536 |

ESTABLISHED: 1976 DID YOU KNOW? Will Dickens is an interior expert and an exterior adventurer – an avid hunter, fisherman and conservationist. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “We are inspired by helping customers create stylish, livable spaces in their homes that they can be proud of and enjoy with family, friends and neighbors.”

ESTABLISHED: 2015 FUN FACT: Rob met his wife at Samford and their first conversation was about opening a gym in Greenville. Three years and three months later, they did. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I love that my job allows me to actively help people and give them the best 45 minutes of their day.”

IRON TRIBE FITNESS GREENVILLE Creating fitness communities that change lives Rob Jackman and his team are on a mission to use fitness as a platform to change lives in Greenville and around the world. Jackman attended Samford University, where he discovered Birmingham-based Iron Tribe Fitness. After learning more about the company, he was hooked. “We love the fact that we know all of our members. We know their goals, preferences and challenges. It’s this tight-knit community that allows us to serve our members through fitness, nutrition and accountability.” he says.

Rob brought Iron Tribe to Greenville five years ago in May 2015 and has developed a loyal following at his Augusta Road facility. “I love to create relationships and use fitness to genuinely help people,” Rob says. “That’s really what motivates me and my staff.” Rob also uses Iron Tribe’s model to do good beyond Greenville by partnering with nonprofits such as Neverthirst and Vapor Ministries. These organizations work to bring clean water, medical care and food to poverty-stricken communities across the globe.


2227 Augusta St., Greenville 864.990.2020

Rob joined one of the first Iron Tribe franchises in Montgomery as a coach and was sold on the format that caps each class at 20 members and the facility’s total membership at 300. This intentional restriction on growth allows coaches to know their athletes on a

personal level and target training to help meet their individual goals.




European contemporary furniture Ivet Ivanova has had a love affair with fashion and design for as long as she can remember. She learned to sew while still in high school and went on to earn a master’s degree in finance. Even while working for one of the largest banks in her home country of Bulgaria, Ivet practiced her passion through a small home design business she ran on the side. When her husband Lyudmil’s job brought their young family to the United States more than two decades ago, Ivet soon saw an opportunity to put her passion to work for the benefit of her new community. “I realized there was a marked absence of quality European

contemporary furniture in the Upstate,” she says. BOGARI opened its doors in April 2004, showcasing Ivet’s take on mid-century modern and contemporary design. The store is home to more than 40 vendors, each carefully selected for their quality, design and sustainable practices. “We focus primarily on manufacturers that are eco-friendly, and that don’t use harmful chemicals that may affect the health of our customers,” Ivet says. When Ivet isn’t designing for clients, she and Lyudmil enjoy music, travel and spending time with their two children.

66 Carolina Point Parkway, Greenville 864.254.0770 |



FUN FACT: As a child Ivet was part of the Bulgarian National Children Choir and traveled around the world. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Most of my inspiration comes from nature — the textures, the colors, the movement. Everything that is not fake.”



JEFF MEISTER Certified Luxury Collection Specialist, a Top Producing Agent since 2012, Chairman’s Circle Gold and President’s Circle Jeff Meister is a true story of the American Dream. When he got his real estate license in 2010, he was determined to become one of the best real estate agents in the Upstate. While building his reputation around Greenville, Jeff was working days as a realtor and nights as a bartender. Some days, Jeff would get up before seven in the morning, get his children ready, drop them off at school, work a full day at C. Dan Joyner Real Estate, change clothes in his office, bartend from dinner until well after 2 a.m., and then wake up to do it again the next day. Today, Jeff puts that same work ethic into finding his clients the perfect home. Jeff’s determination has earned him the respect of the Upstate and several accolades as well. As a Certified Luxury Collection Specialist, he has been a Top Producing Agent since 2012 and is consistently one of the Top Ten Agents at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. “When people call my number, they get me. I answer the phone, day or night,” Jeff says. Building relationships and making clients feel like family is what sets him apart. “Whether it’s in a bar or in real estate, it’s all about how you treat people,” he says. “Looking people in the eye and shaking their hands is still how I like to do business.”

745 N Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville 864.979.4633


ESTABLISHED: Jeff Meister has been a real estate agent in the Upstate since 2010. DID YOU KNOW? Jeff attributes his work ethic to his upbringing: “I believe it comes from something my father taught me — that when you’re employed by someone, you always give them 100 percent.” WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I’m inspired by being able to help people. Real estate provides me the opportunity to use my work ethic and integrity to find clients the best deal and improve their lives.” ©2020 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Equal Housing Opportunity. LIVE LOCAL 2020


ALEX & ELLIS CRIGLER Everything we touch turns to SOLD Alex and Ellis Crigler are on the brink of an exciting new challenge. “We’re at the point right now where we feel like every single thing we’ve done in our careers has led us here,” Alex says. “And the best is yet to come.”

“When I was approached by Chet to work with and learn under him, it was a no-brainer,” Alex says. “Over the last 25 years they’ve literally seen everything and tried everything. Having them express interest in Ellis and I joining their unbelievably hardworking and successful team is inspiring.”

Alex is no stranger to the responsibility of legacy. As the oldest grandchild of the late C. Dan Joyner, who founded a real estate company under the same name in 1964, Alex grew up in the business, first working for his father, David, while in high school. He later sold and leased commercial property and was the BrokerIn-Charge of the property management company. Now he and Ellis, who works as an agent on their team, have a second torch to carry, as they prepare for their next chapter with The Chet & Beth Smith Group. This new adventure in the residential sales arena has the Criglers energized.



745 N. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville 864.458.SOLD | ©2020 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Equal Housing Opportunity.

DID YOU KNOW? Alex and Ellis are the busy parents of three young children: Bo (8), Mary Ellis (6) and Reed (4). WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “My grandfather and entire family have put over 50 years into growing this business, and growing that legacy is what drives me every day.”



MARTIN GARDEN CENTER Every day is a garden party day Martin Garden Center is a happy place for many Upstate residents. After suffering through a shockingly malicious vandalism in March of 2019, they have bounced back with determination. “As I understand,” says majority shareholder Reggie Meehan, “it was the largest herbicide attack in U.S. history.” More than $190,000 in plants were quarantined and then either thrown away or rehabbed for later sale. Looking at the “five acres of gorgeous” comprising Martin Garden Center now, one could hardly believe such an event had taken place. The tables in the greenhouse and courtyards are laden with blooming plants everywhere. “You just have to keep going – and growing. We’re as green as we’ve ever been,” says shareholder Linda Schweickert. The shareholders boast about their new hybrid pansy named Meehan’s Melancholy, a white pansy with just a little blue around the edges. They also are celebrating having been named one of the top ten garden centers in the U.S. by Southern Living magazine’s Grumpy Gardener.


One of their new joys,, has just been opened to allow for the “non-interaction transaction.” With health fears and social interaction concerns, Martin Garden Center delivered a true gem, allowing customers to order plants online, pay online, and have plants, soil and other garden necessities locally delivered or available for curbside pickup. Families with cabin fever plus spring fever now have an outlet — gardening — and GardenDelivery. com will make their dream gardens a reality.

198 Martin Rd., Greenville 864.277.1818

ESTABLISHED: 1970 WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I’m inspired every day by joy. Anyone who walks into our center is overwhelmed by the beauty of it, and it gives them instant joy and happiness. It’s such a happy, joyful place.”




MURPHY BUSINESS SALES Trusted, experienced business brokers Every business will one day change hands. Businesses, big and small, are bought and sold every day, and Murphy Business Sales facilitates that process. For more than 25 years, Murphy has been helping people achieve their dreams of buying a business or transition to another adventure by selling theirs. Jon Swift, managing director and principal of the Greenville location, has more than 35 years of business experience in the commercial, middle market, corporate and investment banking industry. Whether you are a small business or a large corporation, Murphy Business Sales of Greenville provides advisory services to help prepare a company for sale, value the business, create a customized business and marketing plan, negotiate the sale and oversee the closing of the sale. The Greenville

ESTABLISHED: 1994 Murphy team can simplify and streamline the business transfer process, from start to finish. Murphy Businesses has independently-owned offices in 36 states and Canada, which provides unlimited access to partners and helps maximize exposure, ensuring your business will sell quickly and for the right price. While the national exposure provides a huge benefit, Swift believes his personal approach to relationships with clients makes Murphy part of the local business community and is one reason Murphy enjoys one of the highest closing ratios in the industry. “We are focused on exceptional customer service to our clients,” says Swift. “We manage the transaction process so that clients can stay focused on running their business.”

5517 Old Buncombe Rd., Greenville 864.800.3175 | 58


DID YOU KNOW? A baby boomer business owner will turn 65 every 57 seconds for the next 14 years. 87% of business owners do not have a documented exit plan, and 60% of those businesses are unable to sell their business for expected value.

ESTABLISHED: 1972 FUN FACT: Concerned about your carbon footprint? Repurposing antique furniture is the ultimate form of recycling, and Greystone is here to help. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I am inspired by anyone who quietly pursues and perfects a skill with a force to be the best there is at it.”

GREYSTONE ANTIQUES Antique furniture restoration and sales Mark Strange learned everything he knows about lamps from Robert Fonville, Greenville’s original illuminati. “Most of the people reading this have a lamp in their home made by Robert,” he says. “Everything he learned over his 30 years he gave to me.” Many readers also likely have a piece of furniture in their home built or restored by Trey Sherman or his father, Tommy, who opened Greystone Antiques in 1972 and handed it down to his son in 1998. “I’ve dealt with antiques my whole life,” Trey says. “Where my experience and knowledge really come into play is when I can share the history of a piece someone brings me and advise the best way

Mark worked for several years at Harrison Lighting, and when he learned of the owners’ plans to close up shop he saw an opportunity and brought his bright idea to Trey. The two decided to bring together services Greenville’s discerning customers have come to rely on under one roof. Long considered Greenville’s most knowledgeable source for antique furniture and restoration, Greystone is now also the destination for those seeking the perfect shade, rewiring of a favorite lamp or a custom build from a treasured memento.


1500 Augusta St., Greenville 864.233.3424

to preserve its value and integrity. Refinishing is not always the answer.”\



SAMSON STONE You dream it, we can stone it Can Greenville design a stone project too big or too small for Samson Stone to install? Probably not. Since 2005, Samson Stone has been installing stone on some of the most beautiful homes and commercial buildings in the Upstate, Lake Keowee and Western NC. But it doesn’t stop there. They also have an impressive portfolio of outdoor living projects that include flagstone patios, stone fireplaces and chimneys, grills, stone accents and a variety of other stone projects. Silas Lewis, owner of Samson Stone, took a chance after realizing there was a need for a reliable stone company in the area. “I took a leap of faith and started my own company,” says Lewis. “Now, we’re the largest stone installer in the Upstate.” But Samson Stone’s size doesn’t mean it only tackles large projects. “No job is too small for us, and rarely is a job too big,” says Lewis, who has over 70 expertly trained masons. “We’ll install a 40 square-foot fireplace or a 20,000 square-foot apartment complex.” In fact, Samson Stone has done large projects all over the region. They are responsible for the remarkable stonework at the Kroc Center, Cancer Survivors Park in downtown Greenville, Lakeside Lodge in Clemson, the pool house at Greenville Country Club and many other notable doctors’ offices, restaurants and commercial buildings throughout the Carolinas. Samson Stone’s work speaks for itself, but Lewis knows that earning the trust of the Upstate takes more than just expertise. “It’s a combination of communication, management and quality,” he says. “We communicate well, we have several project managers that provide the best service and we do quality work.” Because of that, Samson has built a reputation in the Greenville area that is rock solid.

205 E. Lee Rd., Taylors 864.729.3538

ESTABLISHED: 2005 WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “My guys and I are inspired by seeing a customer’s vision, making that vision a reality and then seeing how happy they are. When it has that wow factor, that’s what inspires us.” 60



Samson Stone’s staff includes Ricky Carroll, Nathan Beck, Hunter Kay, Andy Joines, Jay Allen, Stuart Price and Tim Deaver.


HARMONY AT FIVE FORKS ESTABLISHED: 2017 WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “We welcome your family to join ours, because at its core, Harmony is ‘Family Serving Families.’ – Terry Howard, CEO, said.

Comforts of home, care of professionals, energy of life It’s been on few individuals’ short list to move into a senior living community. Perhaps, it’s because they’ve not yet visited Harmony at Five Forks in Simpsonville. Celebrating their three-year anniversary in June, Harmony continues to grow their family with services in independent living, assisted living, and memory care. The team, with 40 years combined experience recognizes the necessity to care for their residents, but similarly, for all those who love them. Adam Jennings, the Director of Marketing, believes, “Our community is successful because we are committed to transparent communication with our residents and their families.” Jennings

explained how residents are able to stay in their new home even as needs change. “What makes this community stand out continues to be the people I encounter, our beautiful accommodations, delicious meals and continuing care.” Barbara Rawls, a resident, explains. Harmony at Five Forks features luxury amenities, like restaurantstyle dining experiences and round-the clock concierge services. “But, we believe our care separates us,” Catherine Kirk, Healthcare Director, explains. Their founder, James Smith, believes, “By making the move to Harmony, you will live longer and with a much higher quality of life.” Take to that short list and experience Life in Harmony today.

345 Five Forks Rd., Simpsonville 864.412.4700 | LIVE LOCAL 2020




ESTABLISHED: 2016 DID YOU KNOW? Between them, Holliday and Ingram have 10 kids. Holliday has three and Ingram has seven. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “My wife. She’s amazing. And our children of course. And it’s very motivating to build a company with dear friends in a way that helps others and contributes to the health of our community.” – Trey Ingram

25 E. Court St., Ste. 201, Greenville 864.232.3541 | 62


Real estate law Trey Ingram and Hayes Holliday view every real estate closing as an opportunity to help people plant roots in the Upstate community. “We are actually helping our community grow, in tangible ways,” says Ingram. “We all absolutely love our community and it is really such an honor to get to help people achieve the American dream of homeownership, which is one of the most exciting and monumental purchases they will ever make in their lifetime.” Ingram, Holliday and their team love what they do, and it shows in the way they intentionally handle each closing from start to finish. They make sure to let clients know from the outset that they are here to help navigate the sometimes-overwhelming barrage of legal paperwork, and they tailor the experience for each client’s needs. And most importantly they make themselves available at all times for any questions that arise for the lawyers. “We want our clients to know

they are valued personally and are not just another file,” he says. “We make it a simple, approachable process that is celebratory and provides a unique experience.” Buying a home, especially for the first time, can seem daunting and intimidating, but Holliday Ingram helps make it stress-free and enjoyable for everyone involved. Holliday Ingram has maintained that commitment as the company continues to grow. With 17 staff members – up from eight just last year — and a new location in Charleston, the management team has remained tightly focused on the impeccable service customers have come to expect. The company keeps its roots planted firmly in the community by pitching in with organizations including the United Way; Genesis Homes, an affordable housing organization; and Fostering Great Ideas, a group that works to improve the lives of children in foster care.

SOUTHERN TRADITIONS Putting Southern Charm in your home decor

When Matt Cobb was in business school at Clemson University, he didn’t know that his own business would one day provide an essential element to the school’s newest building. Cobb, along with Stephen Wisdom and Sandy Williamson, built Southern Traditions into one of Greenville’s leaders in window treatments, installing shutters, blinds, draperies, motorized shades, exterior shutters and even automated awnings. Cobb and his partners at Southern Traditions provided all of the window treatments for the new Clemson University College of Business. At over 175,000 square feet, the project was quite an undertaking that included 400 roller shades. Many of the roller shades are automated, and some controlled shades adjust automatically based on the weather outside. The brand-new building, opened in 2020, required innovative window treatments, which is why they turned to Southern Traditions. The company also outfitted the new IPTAY building in November with top-of-the-line window treatments.


The commercial side of Southern Traditions has taken off in the past year, but the company still offers the best in residential work as well. “We carry great products, but above everything else, we value our interaction with people,” says Cobb. “It’s our goal to enhance the lives of our customers and our team members through establishing and maintaining quality relationships.”

30 OId Mill Rd., Greenville 864.286.0044

ESTABLISHED: Matt, Stephen and Sandy bought Southern Traditions in 2012. 7 CORE VALUES: Customer Focus, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Gratitude and Profitability. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “We are inspired by the opportunity to serve people’s needs—to build relationships that coincide with giving people exactly what they want.”



Choose us. Change lives! Lisa Lane and Susan Sachs met in 1997 as two moms desperately seeking autism services for their young sons. They couldn’t find what they needed, so they created it together. Since then, Project HOPE Foundation has grown to a full range of innovative autism programs, serving across ages, across the spectrum and across the Upstate. The rate of autism has increased dramatically from 1 in 2,500 to its current 1 in 54, making the need for a lifespan of services greater than ever, particularly for those over 18. Adults with autism have the lowest rate of employment compared to adults with other disabilities.

Printed by HOPE, a t-shirt printing business run by Project HOPE Foundation’s young adults, is an innovative way to meet that challenge. Employees take orders online and print the t-shirts, while learning valuable job skills like data entry, sorting, inventory and quality control. They’re earning a paycheck, which encourages budgeting and taking care of a household. They are also building relationships and gaining confidence. “It’s important for them to learn those skills,” says Printed by HOPE supervisor Tish Amos. “This is about so much more than t-shirts. When you choose HOPE, you really are changing lives.”

751 E. Georgia St., Woodruff 864.476.7400 |



ESTABLISHED: 1997 DID YOU KNOW? Adults with autism have the lowest rate of employment compared to adults with other disabilities. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism, and the need to continue to learn and grow lasts a lifetime.”




ESTABLISHED: 1991 FUN FACT: Matt and his wife carve out time to see a new part of the world every year. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Our employees are family. They have invested their livelihood in our business and it gives me tremendous pride to see the company reciprocate that back to them.”

MATT, DOMINICK & MICHAEL ABBATE Clearly the choice, reflecting excellence Matt and Michael Abbate’s father, Dominick, founded Golden Strip Glass in 1991. He got his start in the glass business in his native Long Island, and found work with a local company after migrating south in the early 1980s. When that company eventually closed, Dom set up shop in the back of his truck, and Golden Strip Glass was born. The business quickly grew out of Dom’s truck and into its current location in Mauldin, where the young Abbate brothers spent many afternoons and weekends cutting weather stripping, doing odd jobs, and learning the family trade. Both sons came to work with dad full-time as adults — Michael

running the residential end of things and Matt overseeing the commercial side — and are now running the show while Dom enjoys retirement. The local construction industry has grown rapidly over the last couple of years and the Abbate brothers have further expanded the original shop to include a state-of-the-art fabrication facility to keep pace with demand. They have also used their good fortune to give back through the donation of labor and materials used for improvements to local nonprofits Piedmont Women’s Center, Pleasant Valley Teen Center and Ripple of One in Seneca.

343 Miller Rd., Mauldin 864.297.9989 |





Cheers to 15 years! Every September, food, wine and music enthusiasts gather in Greenville for four days of exclusive tastings, cooking demonstrations, wine and cocktail seminars, multi-course dinners, live musical performances and more. “We created euphoria to shine a spotlight on Greenville’s thriving culinary arts scene, while also giving back to the community,” says Carl Sobocinski, who co-founded the festival with Edwin McCain in 2006. Since its inception, euphoria has funded projects for more than 40 local charities that help children, provide education through music or performing arts, and work to eliminate hunger. “This year, we will be dedicating the festival to our culinary and music arts

community,” says euphoria Executive Director Morgan Allen. euphoria showcases dozens of local restaurants and chefs each year, while giving them a chance to cook alongside visiting chefs from all over the country, including several with Michelin stars. In 2018, the festival had a $3.8 million economic impact over four days. “We are proud to be a festival our locals enjoy, as well as one people look forward to traveling for,” says Allen. “Guests get a chance to see why we love our city so much, and we get to show them what Greenville hospitality is all about.” Mark your calendars for the 15th annual helping of euphoria: September 17-20, 2020.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Our festival brings people in from all over the country, so we can make a strong impact on Greenville’s hospitality, tourism and economic development.”


531 S. Main St., Suite ML-7, Greenville 864.233.5663 |

DID YOU KNOW? euphoria is more than a four-day festival in September. It’s a nonprofit organization that hosts food, wine and music events all year long.






No cuts, no color: just wash, blo and go!

DID YOU KNOW? Raynes served in the Air Force and has worked as a graphic illustrator, a flight attendant and an archery instructor. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I really believe in mentoring, helping people benefit from what I’ve learned along the way. I want to help the women who work for me become whatever they want to be.”

Shelly Raynes and her team can’t wait to blo you away.

4 Market Point Dr. Greenville (The Point) 864.283.6510

Like many business success stories, Shelly Raynes’ tale began with a personal need. “I was growing out a haircut, and I wanted a blow-dry bar, and we didn’t have one,” she says. She had also been considering opening a business, and the timing seemed perfect for taking the leap. Last October, she opened her Blo Blow Dry Bar at The Point, near Whole Foods on Woodruff Road. The response has been beyond what she imagined. “It’s great for the busy woman,” she says. “You can come for a blow-out on Monday and your hair looks great for three or four days. And, you’re not cheating on your hairdresser!”

Seven signature styles make it easy to walk out with the look you want, and each staff member is highly skilled and trained by a corporate educator, so you don’t have to wait for a specific stylist. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins can often be accommodated. Blo can host events and gatherings that are fun and festive, complete with Champagne. The idea is offering an affordable luxury that is also a timesaving service. It offers the downtime and pampering many people love about a pedicure, but with even more noticeable results. “You could have on a couture outfit, but if your hair doesn’t look good, you don’t look good,” she says. “Good hair is the key, the ultimate accessory.”



THE FAMILY EFFECT Heal a family and we all get better The Family Effect is the philanthropic arm of the Phoenix Center supporting treatment centers underneath the Phoenix Center umbrella. Serenity Place is a residential treatment facility for mothers and their preschool-aged children recovering from substance abuse. Jamie came to Serenity Place in a dark space. Like many mothers that come to Serenity Place, her addiction was coming between her relationship with her and her child. Her son Oakley was no longer in her custody and she was living in beat-up hotels and doing everything it took to maintain her high. She felt alone and was living with untreated postpartum depression. Jamie completed 90 days in residential treatment and chose to continue her recovery in the step-down program known as the LOTUS Program. Jamie states: “It has been a long road, but today I have goals and ambitions and I never settle for less than I deserve. In one year, I have changed everything in my life, and I couldn’t be prouder.”

1400 Cleveland St., Greenville 864.467.3790

ESTABLISHED: 2008 DID YOU KNOW? Only 3% of treatment centers in the United States allow mothers to bring their children to treatment. Serenity Place is one of them. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Seeing families grow and recover from the negative effects of addiction inspires us every single day.” 68



Today, Jamie is a strong, independent mother who is proud of the person she is and the life she can give her son. Since moving out of Serenity Village, Jamie has moved into an apartment, continued her education at Greenville Tech and recently got a full-time job! She has a community of support around her and is full of hope for her and Oakley’s future.

PHOENIX CENTER OF GREENVILLE Where families heal and find peace Derik had been in and out of detox for the past 10 years. He was using morphine intravenously every day. Derik knew the detox routine inside and out but when he was admitted for the last time in February 2018, he saw something on the daily schedule that stumped him — Introduction to Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT). Derik showed up for the activity wondering what MAT was all about and felt hope for the first time in 10 years. When Derik completed detox he started MAT immediately. With medication, group-counseling and community support groups, Derik started to get his life back on track. He quickly found that he could think more clearly and make better decisions. Derik has made new friends and feels supported in his recovery but he is most excited about having his wife walk alongside him in recovery. They are thankful for the richness of their lives, not just surviving, but thriving. Now 2 years later, Derik has found peace and he supports others in recovery. He is not only giving back what was freely given to him, he is giving back what he fought hard for — HOPE.

1400 Cleveland St., Greenville 864.467.3790


ESTABLISHED: Phoenix Center was established in 1972 to provide prevention and treatment services in Greenville County and across the state of South Carolina. DID YOU KNOW? Substance use affects the entire family, so Phoenix Center provides services for everyone including newborns, children adolescents, and adults. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Hearing clients tell their personal stories to the community because they know the power of advocacy.”



Impactful learning

You’ve seen the star at the holidays, perched just off I-385 atop the highest point in Greenville’s city limits, and maybe you’ve visited for an event or two. But do you really know the wonders that await at the Roper Mountain Science Center? Owned by Greenville County Schools, RMSC is a public-private partnership and is truly one of a kind, designed to ignite the natural curiosity of all learners. Thousands of students regionally visit each year — and thousands more from across the U.S. and beyond participate in virtual field trips and outreach programs.

a living history farm with 13 historic structures, an indoor rainforest, and Daniel Observatory, home to a historic 23-inch refractor telescope, the eighth-largest of its kind in the nation. A new environmental science and sustainability building is set to open in early 2021.

“People always come here and say, ‘I had no idea all this was here,’” says Amanda Lenar, community engagement specialist. “We’re a hidden gem that doesn’t need to be so hidden — we want people to experience all we have to offer.” They serve students during the school day, but summer camps, “Our vision is to be a national leader in science Second Saturdays, Friday Starry Nights, Butterfly education, and we take that very seriously,” says Adventure, and seasonal laser shows are just a few Thomas Riddle, assistant director. options available to visitors throughout the year. “The community’s support allows us to offer all of Top draws include a planetarium with a 360-degree full-immersion dome and 4K projection, these unique hands-on experiences,” she says. 70


402 Roper Mountain Rd. Greenville 864.355.8900

ESTABLISHED: 1985 DID YOU KNOW? The telescope at Roper Mountain Science Center is the same one featured in the 1938 Orson Wells radio play “War of the Worlds.” WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “When, on the way home from field trips, students tell their teachers they want to be scientists. To inspire kids at an early age is very impactful.” – Riddle



AR HOME INTERIORS Interior design and home design studio Bruce Pasquarella founded American Eagle Builders in 2002. His company builds high-end luxury custom homes throughout Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina, including all seven of The Cliffs communities, as well as many other upscale neighborhoods. In 2012, American Eagle Builders began building AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg, a name synonymous with high-end luxury custom homes since it was founded 60 years ago in Florida. American Eagle Builders is in the process of adding its own design studio. AR Home Interiors will be headed up by Kirsten Gilliam and located in a 120-year-old building called the “Old Cotton Warehouse” in downtown Greenville. Gilliam was previously the head of the Arthur Rutenberg Homes Design Studio along the South Carolina coast for nearly a decade, and works with all AR Homes clients on selections and finishes for their home – from kitchen and bath fixtures to lighting, drapes and furniture. She also has contributed to the design of stunning model homes at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove and The Cliffs at Keowee Springs.


After great feedback from clients and many requests, AR Home Interiors will soon be open to serve not just AR Homes clients, but anyone who wants to update their home with color, texture, comfort and beauty. Furniture from recognized brands, detailed drawings for furniture placement and a huge library of textiles — along with Gilliam’s exacting eye and extensive experience — bring enduring style to any project.


DID YOU KNOW? Gilliam was valedictorian in high school and an all-state soccer player. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Helping people who have a vision for what they want, but don’t know how to get there. We can make those dreams reality.”







At Proactive MD, patients are always our priority From affordable access to primary care that extends beyond clinic walls to prioritizing the doctor-patient relationship and providing patient advocates who will do whatever it takes to engage patients both on-site and through the health care community, we passionately partner with employers to elevate the standard of care for their employees and help people live fuller lives. Affordability While many Americans are struggling to pay for health care, a 2020 study proved our Care Beyond the Walls™ model of advanced primary care saves patients money. The Validation Institute, an independent, objective, third-party organization focused on changing health care, recently confirmed a study showing significant cost savings for our patients. The study revealed members engaged with us after two years cost $42 less per member per month (PMPM), while those that were not cost $129 more PMPM than they had at baseline. By partnering with companies to make health care more accessible and understandable, our model ultimately leads to cost savings. We are the first and only primary care provider to receive this distinction, cementing our dedication to serving patients by flattening health care cost curves. Doctor-Patient Relationship Remember when medicine was personal?

Today, the average primary care doctor has a panel of 3,000-4,000 active patients, according to The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology, which means physicians only see each patient around three times a year, spending between just seven to 12 minutes per visit. Passionate about practicing medicine the way it should be, our provider team serves smaller patient panels for a more personal approach. This allows doctors to fully know their patients, improving outcomes and changing lives. Patient Advocacy Through our unique patient advocacy program, we guide patients through the entire continuum of care, finding better ways to provide health and care at every point. Our dedicated patient advocates manage every aspect of patient engagement. Using our proprietary analytics, patient advocates identify patients in need of support and proactively reach out, in addition to collaborating with physicians to ensure patients have access to the care and resources they need. Working both inside and outside the clinic, patient advocates are the devoted, trusted partners that walk side by side with patients to tackle all their care needs, questions and concerns. We provide the compassionate, personalized and comprehensive care that’s bringing health care full circle.

ESTABLISHED: 2014 DID YOU KNOW? A Harvard study found that improving the doctor-patient relationship can produce health effects as beneficial as some common treatments. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Our patients. We look at them and see our own loved ones and want to give them the care they deserve. We are honored to walk alongside our patients as they progress toward health and well-being.”

10 Centimeters Drive, Mauldin 864.501.0751 | LIVE LOCAL 2020



Greenville’s one and only evening Rotary Club Rotary is a very active club, made up of serviceminded individuals, men and women, ages 25-80+ who are involved in many service projects throughout Greenville County. Our signature event each year is the Reedy River Duck Derby, where over 10,000 rubber ducks race down the Reedy River Falls in downtown Greenville. This familyfriendly event offers entertainment, prizes and fun, while raising funds for multiple local non-profits. The club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, from 5:30 – 7pm at the Commerce Club. Come join us and get involved with this fun, 74


vibrant club. Rotarians are inspired by our motto, “Service Above Self” and our six Areas of Focus: • Peace & conflict prevention/resolution • Disease prevention and treatment

Club of the Reedy River Greenville

• Water and sanitation • Maternal and child health • Basic education and literacy • Economic and community development To reach the current club president, email

DID YOU KNOW? Rotary International is “this close” to eradicating polio worldwide. WHO WE ARE: Rotary is a membership organization that exists to serve.



STINA THOENNES The leader in Greenville, SC real estate Stina Thoennes is a native of New Jersey, but fell in love with Greenville — and her husband — over 23 years ago. Now as a converted “Greenvillian” — she spends her workdays assisting clients within the arena of real estate in her adopted hometown. “I personally challenge myself to find the home or investment my buyer clients didn’t know they even wanted,” she says. Stina appreciates the family value-oriented culture that permeates through C. Dan Joyner, and enjoys being able to carry that over into her relationships with her clients. “It’s nice to know I work for a company with a similar mindset of personal connection and values,” she says. Stina is certified in both residential construction and as a new home specialist, and has the experience necessary to guide both buyers and sellers through the building, renovating and general real estate process. “Based on my experiences and knowledge, I would label myself an expert in those areas,” she says. “I can walk a house, let my client know what needs specific attention, and provide tools to help them make informed decisions.” Give Stina a call to see for yourself why she’s at the top of her real estate game.

3539 Pelham Rd., Greenville 864.304.9475 |



DID YOU KNOW: Stina was in color guard as a rifle twirler in high school and college, and also knows her way around a violin. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I’m inspired by happy, positive people. Activity breeds activity, and I am motivated by positive activity.”

©2020 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Equal Housing Opportunity. LIVE LOCAL 2020


THE BURROW RESTAURANT & BAR Your neighborhood bar A comfy place for people to burrow in and have some good food. That was Josh Beeby’s vision for his latest offering to Greenville’s F&B landscape, The Burrow, which opened last summer in the heart of Augusta Street. In addition to good food, The Burrow’s menu offers an eclectic, well-procured wine list, a robustly creative cocktail program, and, of course, good beer. Josh is perhaps best known for his hand in elevating Greenville’s craft beer scene, first at Barley’s, where he worked as bar manager and then general manager before taking ownership in 2003, and then at The Trappe Door, the Belgian restaurant and bar he opened in 2011. Josh is also known for being a great boss, and many of his employees have been with him from the beginning. In fact, he says, The Burrow is a bit of a testament to their loyalty. Because they were running his businesses so smoothly, he had grown a bit bored. This new venture gave him something to do, as well as creating space to promote people from within.

2017A Augusta St., Greenville 864.412.8677

ESTABLISHED: 2019 DID YOU KNOW? Josh Beeby’s pro snowboarding career first brought him to the U.S. from his native Australia. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I’m inspired by the people – my employees. I enjoy going to work and figuring out problems together.” 76





“One thing that has been consistent over the last 15 years has been my staff,” he says. “We are a real family.”


ESTABLISHED: 1981 DID YOU KNOW? Even though the soup kitchen is the heart of Project Host, we are so much more! Check us out at


WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Resiliency of people who are living in poverty.�

525 S. Academy St., Greenville 864.235.3503 |

Using food as a tool to nourish the hungry and train the unemployed Project Host operates a soup kitchen six days a week offering a hot meal, no questions asked. Project Host is also home to the CC Pearce Culinary School, a six-week culinary arts school focused on training the unemployed and underemployed for a career in a commercial kitchen. Students enrolled in the six-week culinary school learn skills by preparing scratch-made, nutritious meals to over 300 children of low-income families throughout Greenville. Referrals to our training program come from collaborations with other nonprofits like Jasmine Road, Goodwill, United Ministries, Miracle Hill and many others. A recent graduate of our program is currently

employed by Project Host in our bakery! The Hostmobile food truck and onsite bakery are designed to employ graduates on a part-time basis to further enforce lessons learned in the culinary school acting as a stepping stone on the path to gainful employment and financial stability. Project Host is also home to a greenhouse and garden that are vital in helping to offset the cost of fresh produce. The garden generates over one ton of produce in the summer alone. This fresh produce is utilized in the preparation of meals served to guests in the soup kitchen and in the meals prepared by students in the culinary school.






It starts with a vision The best companies live up to their names — and Aaron Dyer says that’s a given at Elevations by GBS. “Our ‘why’ is to provide an elevated experience,” says Aaron, Cabinetry & Design Manager at Greenville’s go-to design center for kitchens and baths. “We make it easier — and more enjoyable — for homeowners to move from initial concept to finished project.” Elevations carries the leading brands in cabinetry, countertops and hardware, with displays highlighting the latest trends and styles — but that’s not all. This full-service showroom is staffed by creative, credentialed designers to help with product selection, space optimization 78


solutions and tailored 3D designs, as well as installation support. Catering to builders’ new home clients as well as homeowners who want to remodel, Elevations was born out of GBS Building Supply, the region’s preferred building material supplier for nearly 50 years. While its lumber yards have long displayed kitchen and bath selections, GBS wanted to raise the bar. “There aren’t any other showrooms in the Upstate like Elevations by GBS,” Aaron says, noting there’s a sister locations in Hendersonville, North Carolina. “We customize the process and partner with you every step of the way, from idea to installation.”





711 Congaree Rd. Greenville 864.525.3731

DID YOU KNOW? Parent company GBS Building Supply was founded by 10 local homebuilders back in 1972. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “The Golden Rule! It’s a privilege to serve others as we live out our personal values in the professional world.”

KOPIS Proactive innovation He looked to ancient lore for a company name. For everything else, Andrew Kurtz is all eyes forward. “Businesses can’t stand still,” says the CEO of Kopis (née ProActive Technology), a software development company that’s been driving innovation for 21 years. “Our mission is leveraging technology to change the future.” Kopis established its brand by building transformative digital products that solve clients’ toughest problems. The secret is simple. Literally. “We believe software should be as simple as possible — but no simpler,” Andrew says, paraphrasing Albert Einstein. “I love an eloquent, uncomplicated solution to a complex challenge.” Kopis is synonymous with effective strategy — its name harks back to the legend of the Gordian knot, famously unloosed by Alexander the Great. “Where others struggled, unsuccessfully, to untie an impossibly tangled knot, Alexander took a different approach,” Andrew says. “He simply cut through the knot with a kopis sword … that’s the story of who we are. Innovation is always key.”


And so are smart people. Kopis hires savvy developers and fosters a work-life balance to encourage long tenure. Because in an industry where paradigms shift constantly, one thing never changes. “Companies want an IT partner they can trust,” Andrew explains. “Clients count on our agile team to help them achieve their game-changing goals.”

411 University Ridge, Suite 230, Greenville 864.421.9247 |

ESTABLISHED: 1999 DID YOU KNOW? Recently honored as Greenville Chamber’s Small Business of the Year, Kopis also earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Fostering innovation, within my own company and out in the community as a whole.”



SENIOR ACTION So much more than you expected! “Some people see aging as a period at the end of a sentence. We think of it as an exclamation mark,” says Andrea Smith, executive director of Senior Action, a non-profit organization devoted to keeping adults over 55 active, healthy and engaged. Senior Action offers a variety of wellness programs, social and civic activities, art and music programs, and much more. Through eight locations across Greenville County, seniors connect with each other, enjoy lunch each day and take in a class or two — ranging from fitness, yoga and line dancing, to art, music, book clubs and educational classes. Senior Action also provides services to assist seniors with critical needs such as transportation to centers and doctors appointments, lawn care services and affordable housing.

ESTABLISHED: 1967 In 2020, Senior Action will open a new location on E. North Street that doubles the size of its current headquarters. The new space will include a 400-seat conference center, expanded space for wellness programs and a first-of-its-kind Fine Arts Center for seniors. “We serve 5,000 seniors each year, but we are barely scratching the surface. We are thrilled to reach more seniors in new and exciting ways,” Smith says. This is a great year to get involved with Senior Action. Whether you’re a current member who wants to get more involved, a former member interested in coming back, or someone who’s never been to Senior Action before, come join the fun and find your exclamation mark!


WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Taking the time to listen to the amazing stories in the lives of seniors. It truly gives you perspective you cannot gain any other way.”


50 Directors Dr., Greenville 864.476.3660 |

DID YOU KNOW? By the end of 2025, 1 in 4 Americans will be a senior (age 55+).




ESTABLISHED: 1992 MISSION: A Child’s Haven is a 501(c)(3) organization that treats children with developmental delays as a result of limited resources, abuse, or neglect, and provides support and education for their families. VISION: Children in our community are thriving with families that nurture their success.

Therapeutic treatment center On the surface, it looks like a childcare center, but A Child’s Haven (ACH) is so much more. For 28 years they have provided healing therapy for at-risk, young children with social and emotional challenges while fortifying their families and strengthening our community. ACH breaks the cycles of abuse, neglect and poverty with multi-generational, mental health treatment. Trained educators and clinicians serve young victims of abuse and neglect in specialized classroom settings. All of the children in treatment have been kicked out of mainstream childcare settings and many live with adult caregivers who suffered childhood abuse and neglect. ACH’s licensed clinical social workers treat those families in their homes and work to strengthen the entire

family unit. ACH therapies equip families with behaviors and skills that keep children in their homes and out of foster care. Children move on to success in traditional classrooms, and caregivers find stability that allows them to live and work productively, making them contributing members of society. There are many ways to invest in the future of our community and support ACH. Financial gifts are always welcome, but ACH also welcomes volunteers and donations of diapers, pull-ups, clothing, cleaning items and lightly-used home goods. LIVE LOCAL 2020


COLE PROPERTIES Artfully designed, sustainably built

He learned carpentry as a teen, matching a skilled hand with a creative touch — and Trey Cole has been building a name for himself ever since. “I’ve always loved designing and building,” says Trey, founder of Cole Properties (née O’Leary Cole Inc., Trey Cole Design Group), whose passion for green living has influenced Greenville’s built environment for 35 years. “I have an eye for design and a heart for sustainable living.” These traits earned a variety of accolades, from Builder+Architect’s Home of the Year Award for a luxury lake house on Keowee to DHEC’s Earth Day Award for a certified “green” home in North Main. Over the past decade, Trey’s emphasis has evolved from custom building throughout the Upstate to infill communities within Greenville’s downtown core. “Sprawl doesn’t have to be inevitable,” he says. “Infill is part of my sustainable philosophy – build where there’s already density, infrastructure and a community.” As Greenville grows, so too grows Trey’s commitment to utilize existing resources in active, urban locales. “I like to think of infill as recycling the city,” he says. “For these projects to ‘work,’ they need to match the sense of place where they’re infilling.

The location dictates the design.” Craftsman Court, for example, blended into the Heritage Historic District on Townes Street; City Homes at Markley took inspiration from being part of the WestEnd Warehouse District. This fitting in isn’t always easy, but the effort pays off. “I’m never sure what my next project will be until we get the land,” says Trey. His next project – Augusta Street City Homes – is a Modern Tudor style, designed to match the fabric of the WestEnd community. These seven townhomes will feature four stories — each with a sky lounge on the top — along with open floor plans, a social kitchen, an elevator, and a two-car garage, just steps from all the activity of downtown Greenville. Trey and his wife live in one of his recent infill projects, walking distance from the Cole Properties office, which was upfitted from a decades-old abandoned store near the Amtrak station. “I like doing unique projects — and I can – because we are an everythingunder-one-roof company,” Trey says. “We’re the developer, the designer, the licensed builder, the general contractor — and the licensed Realtor, too. It’s our project at every touchpoint of the entire process, and that’s what makes us different.”

ESTABLISHED: 1986 DID YOU KNOW? Combining his enthusiasm for hiking and his desire to help others be their best, Trey is participating in the 28.3-mile Trailblazer Challenge to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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GENERATIONS GROUP Breaking the cycle, transforming lives For nearly three decades, Generations Group has been working to put an end to the cycle of abuse in South Carolina. As the only organization specifically designed to rehabilitate boys who are victims of physical and sexual abuse, Generations has achieved a 98% success rate – graduating young men from their program who have broken the cycle of abuse, never to demonstrate abuse themselves. “Our recidivism rate is about 3%,” says Brian Clark, executive director at Generations. “Statistically, if a boy comes to Generations, he is going to put an end to his cycle of sexual abuse.” Clark joined the organization 25 years ago and fell in love with the mission. Caring for about 60 boys at a time, Generations has graduated more than 900 boys from its program. The residential 84


facility provides 24-hour care for young men, who participate in twenty-four therapy sessions a week. In addition, Generations builds these boys into productive members of the community without putting them behind bars. “We take them to ballgames, volunteer for senior organizations, clean the Reedy River and teach them the importance of giving back,” says Scott Stephens, director of development. The staff and volunteers at Generations make it all possible. “I believe that the caring, trusting relationships that our staff are able to build with the kids while confronting issues that many people are not comfortable dealing with is what makes us successful,” says Clark, noting that the meaningful time spent with volunteers only enhances that.

DID YOU KNOW? Generations spends about $75,000 per boy each year to care for them. That is a tremendous savings from the estimated $180,000 it costs for a young man to be imprisoned for a year.

P.O. Box 80009 Simpsonville 864.243.5557

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I know that every young man that is admitted to Generations means there are children in our communities who will now never become victims, and that’s incredible inspiring,.” – Brian Clark





ESTABLISHED: 2015 DID YOU KNOW? Tiffany also works as the finance manager at High Spirits Hospitality. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Creating a positive space where people can feel comfortable in their own skin.”

Be healthy, be happy Tiffany Norris believes fitness should be fun. This energetic entrepreneur muscled into the crowded fitness niche with something decidedly different: a workout disguised as a dance party and an emphasis on inner wellness rather than outward appearance. Adrenaline Dance Fitness was launched as a passion project five years ago and recently moved into The Junction to accommodate an ever-growing, always-enthusiastic clientele. “Dancing makes you feel good inside and out,” Tiffany says. “We encourage healthy, happy habits, rather than focusing on numbers on a scale.”

fitness studio staffs a dozen instructors leading a variety of classes — Hip Hop, Zumba, HIIT, power yoga and more — with playlists ranging from hip hop to salsa. “There’s no skill required,” Tiffany says. “Whatever your age, shape, gender or fitness level, you will love our classes! The lights are low, the music’s on, and if you miss a few moves it’s okay — what matters is that you’re moving.” A Greenville native who loves giving back to the community, Tiffany volunteers with Fostering Great Ideas and VITA, and hosts recurring fundraising classes at Adrenaline to benefit local nonprofits.

Adrenaline offers a body-positive, judgement-free space where people come to dance, sweat and, above all, laugh. The independent

301 Airport Rd., Suite C., Greenville 864.416.1466 | LIVE LOCAL 2020



SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN – GREENVILLE The trusted leaders in orthopaedic care for kids While the words crafted by a former hospital administrator can be seen throughout Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, they can be felt far beyond the walls of South Carolina’s only freestanding children’s hospital. Home to the largest team of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the Carolinas, the team of trusted professionals is uniquely positioned to base each decision on the best interest of the child. “We treat over 85 different orthopaedic conditions, from routine to rare, and the generosity of our donors guarantees that whether you are here for a simple sprain or complex scoliosis, you have access to technology that is second-to-none,” says Donor 86


ESTABLISHED: Hospital established in 1927

Development Director Paul Finelli. Radiology, prosthetics and orthotics, rehabilitation services, motion analysis center, outpatient appointments and surgery – all elements of treatment, and the clinicians who provide it, are located under one roof. This makes the continuum of care seamless.

DID YOU KNOW? Our orthopaedic team is comprised of 7 surgeons with 150+ years of clinical expertise.

“Our care is extended regardless of insurance status,” explains Finelli. “Offering care ‘regardless of ability to pay’ means you are welcomed by our trusted team whether your financial means are limited or great.” To learn more about the Greenville Shriners Hospital, visit


WHAT INSPIRES US? “Together, doing the right thing, every time, for every child.”




Harvesting fun memories

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I just love people coming out and having fun at our farm. As the sun sets on a crisp fall night, relaxing by the bonfires, making s’mores and listening to live music. Can’t beat that!” – Catherine Garrison Davis DID YOU KNOW? We will have 80 tons of pumpkins at our farm in the fall. We sell almost all of them and the rest go to the pigs.

864.305.1268 1515 Denver Rd., Anderson (Exit 19B)

Where can locals and visitors alike witness pigs with names like “DeSausage Watson” race for first place in the Pigtucky Derby, get lost in a 10-acre corn maze that’s listed as “10 Best in the U.S.” or be entertained by over 35 family-friendly activities? At Denver Downs Farm in Anderson, all ages can join the fun. They can jump on a giant jumping pillow, go zip lining, experience ropes courses, mine for gems, see farm animals and visit the “silo bar” for lemonade or adult beverages. In the spring, patrons enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Music Festival. Concerts are held throughout the year as well. Autumn’s brisk weather brings Fall Farm Fun including a maze, hayrides, pumpkin picking, and bands on Friday and Saturday night. Concession

stands serve famous kettle corn, funnel cakes, apple nachos and BBQ with food truck options also available. For corporate parties, weddings and events, hundreds can gather in the Grand Pavilion Barn, large tents or silo venue. W. D. Garrison purchased land off Clemson Boulevard as a cotton farm. These days, the farm produces row crops, livestock and collard greens. Fourth generation owners including Gaye, Tom, Lee, Elizabeth and Catherine operate a variety of farm businesses such as tourism, which began in the 1960s. Since then, the landmark has been mentioned in Southern Living Magazine and USA Today!



ENGINEERED SLEEP True direct-to-consumer business — manufactured right here in the Upstate Quality sleep comes from quality mattresses made right here in Greenville. Engineered Sleep Mattress Company was born in the Upstate and has locally manufactured eco-friendly bedding materials with real wool from real sheep farmers. Unlike the standard petroleum-based foam beds and fabrics containing fiberglass, Engineered Sleep uses organic cotton and sustainable products, which helps Earth-conscientious customers sleep at night. On a traditional foam mattress, what’s comfortable in the showroom may not be consistently comfortable over time. With the materials used by Engineered Sleep, the bed is going to feel the same out of the box as it will in 10 years. An important trend in the marketplace shows people care more about the environment and the products they buy. The shift led consumers away from cheaply made mattresses. They’re interested in quality and making more thoughtful purchases. People value sleep and what they’re sleeping on. That’s why Engineered Sleep strategically makes products that satisfy customers’ needs. Their goal is to manufacture as many ecological products as possible. The company’s plan is to leave the world better than how they found it. By hand tufting the layers of the mattress, they’re connected without an adhesive. Removing glue from the process allows the

bedding to be recycled and keeps it out of local landfills. Most mattress manufacturers treat fabrics with chemicals that are bad for humans and the environment. Engineered Sleep cuts out harmful processes to create a healthier world and community. Jay Orders partnered with John Renew and Carter Mahafee to establish Engineered Sleep Mattress Company. They’ve developed strong relationships with customers by focusing on specific needs, unique products and fast shipping. There’s a no pressure sales approach in-store and the customer experience is five-star. Big benefits of being a local business are supporting the local economy and problems can be fixed quickly. The company also donates mattresses to charity and sponsors Upstate soccer teams. Jay’s family legacy has made mattresses in Greenville since 1931. His great grandfather opened Orders Mattress Company, which became one of the largest mattress manufacturers in the country. It’s no secret deep sleep leads to more productivity, better mood and improved overall health. The team at Engineered Sleep invites locals to fall into a cloud of comfort with a new mattress, feel refreshed and simply sleep better than ever before while leaving the planet in a cleaner condition.

ESTABLISHED: 2010 DID YOU KNOW? “Jay’s father, Jimmy Orders, invented the adjustable airbed in 1981, which is now sleep number. His company was called Comfortaire.” WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “By nature, I’m a competitive person. I like to make the best product we can. Competitiveness inspires me.”


627 Congaree Rd, Greenville 866.244.0898 | LIVE LOCAL 2020




RUSH WILSON LIMITED Purveyors of classic American style

But the Rush Wilson family extends beyond bloodlines. “Our team is a family,” says Rush. “The people I get to work with are the best. They’re conscientious, family people who love Greenville. It makes coming to work exciting and fun.” When customers enter Rush’s store, they can sense the family atmosphere, providing a comfortable and 90


inviting shopping experience. While Rush considers his employees family, he considers his customers close friends. “Our job is to treat everyone with respect and to make a friend,” he says. “I’d rather do business with a friend, and when we earn the trust of our customers, they become friends.” A young man looking for his first suit for a job interview is treated with the same respect as a corporate buyer shopping for an entire business wardrobe. Whether it’s ready-made or made-to-measure, Rush Wilson provides everything a man might need from socks and shoes to boxers and hats. And when customers buy from a friend, they know they’re taken care of.

23 West North St. Greenville 864.232.2761

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “I’m inspired by making people feel good. When people feel good about the way they look, they perform better, and we’re able to touch a lot of people’s lives that way.”


In every sense of the term, Rush Wilson Limited is a family business. Since Rush’s father opened the business 70 years ago, Greenville’s premiere men’s clothing store has built a culture of camaraderie and respect inside the store and throughout the community. Today, Rush’s wife, Amanda, and son, Jay, work in the store alongside him.





A beautiful marriage of art and science At Vicario micro-distillery and farm, Renato Vicario and Janette Wesley create 15 different liqueurs and gin from a considerable compendium of knowledge of the historical, cultural and mythological characteristics of the herbs, spices, nuts and fruits which have been used for many centuries in liqueur making. Inspired by centuries of Italian traditions, Vicario’s products express old-world wisdom for new-world endeavors. Folks can visit their farm and facility and take a tour where they can see, touch, smell and taste many of the farmfresh ingredients grown on the property that go into their award-winning liqueurs. The other ingredients come from the family’s other farm

in Tuscany, Italy, offering a rich array of estategrown elements. The primary mission of Vicario Liqueurs and Spirits is to offer an outstanding taste experience in the glass. If not grown directly by the Vicario family, the herbs, fruits and spices are organically-grown or wild-harvested from the regions and places of the world where the plants are renowned for exceptional quality and taste, presenting the best of terroir in every element. These efforts are recognized immediately when tasted. Well-balanced, highly intriguing, sophisticated and complex, yet simply delightful, Vicario Liqueurs and Spirits stimulate the senses and give pleasure to the table.

OWNERS: Renato Vicario and Janette Wesley

800 Old Jones Rd. Greer 864.420.0225

DID YOU KNOW? The Vicario family operates two farms – one in Italy near Cortona, and one in Greer, just behind its microdistillery. LIVE LOCAL 2020


COWART AWARDS MORE THAN AWARDS At Cowart Awards, we’re committed to providing personable, timely service, products of the highest quality and a level of expertise, resourcefulness and knowledge that is standardsetting in the industry. People are what make Cowart different. We each share a working knowledge of the awards and recognition industry and the know-how and wherewithal to get things done. We’re committed to providing quality products you’re proud to present, and awards recipients are proud to cherish. Cowart was founded in 1965 in a West Greenville garage by brothers Tom Cowart Sr. and George Cowart Sr. The Cowart brothers prized excellence, a tradition honored today by George Cowart Jr., Cheryl Taylor, Erin Hester, Raji Ward and the Cowart team. Since the move to Laurens Road in 1968, Cowart has been serving the Upstate with awards and recognition, but that is only a part of what we do. We come in early and stay late. We ask, “Why?” We ask, “What if?” We do more than trophies, plaques and engraving. We innovate. We create. Whether name badges, interior signage, apparel or anything requiring custom production…we find one-of-a-kind solutions. Because awards and recognition mean something to people. They have impact. They have meaning. They’re worth our time. They’re worth our best.

ESTABLISHED: 1965 DID YOU KNOW? Every trophy has a story! WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Our customers’ smiles.”

912 Laurens Road, Greenville 864.271.9131






SEASONS CATERING Full-service catering and event center Seasons Catering has been one of the top caterers in the Upstate for years, but their recent growth promises to propel them to the top of the culinary scene. Just last year, owners Julie Ellis and Mark Bergstrom moved Seasons into a new location — four times larger than their previous space. Their new home allows them to expand their catering services, but it also encouraged them to use the space in new, exciting ways. “We transformed the space into the largest catering kitchen in the Upstate,” says Julie. “We do a lot of corporate catering, but we also offer cooking classes, room rentals and team building for businesses.” Seasons provides a space for corporate groups to use for off-site training and team building with hands-on cooking activities and classes. “So many are looking for new options for team-building activities, to get out of the office. We are providing a fun, unique opportunity,” she says. As you enter the foyer of the new building, there are four huge windows that feature a view of the stainless steel commercial kitchen as far as the eye can see. Julie says, “People walk into our space and are amazed by what they see. Our location finally matches the beauty

of the food we create.” The topof-the-line equipment and space allow Seasons to accommodate any catering challenge — whether it’s a small rehearsal dinner or a corporate gathering for thousands of people. While the space and tools allow Seasons to take on new challenges, a catering business is only as good as its chefs — and Julie and Mark are two of the best. Both are professionally trained chefs, but they come from different backgrounds. Mark has worked at universities and hotels in America, while Julie brings an international flavor to the business. “I love international food. I lived in Asia for nine years,” says Julie. “I teamed up with Mark because we both cover so many aspects of food, hospitality, people and events.” While Seasons is the obvious choice for catering and corporate events, some people may want a taste of Julie and Mark’s creations without an event. In that case, you can find fresh-baked goods from Seasons at Crave Coffee, another of the duo’s businesses. You can also find their breakfast and lunch items at The Hub at Park 37. With all of these options and experiences, it is no wonder Seasons Catering is changing the culinary scene in the Upstate.

ESTABLISHED: Seasons began in October 2014 and just moved into their new space in the Fall of 2019. DID YOU KNOW? Last year, Seasons won Small Business of the Year from the Mauldin Chamber for work in the community. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “We’re inspired by making fresh, quality food. Making it beautiful, making it taste good, and being open-minded to the world of food and flavors keeps us going every day.”

68 Global Dr., Greenville 864.297.6516 | 94





CAROLINA BAUERNHAUS BREWERY & WINERY Handcrafted beverages from the finest local ingredients As his name suggests, Keston Helfrich’s heritage is German, but the founder of Carolina Bauernhaus has created a culture that thrives on locally sourced ingredients. In 2020, he and his partners will bring that spirit of synergy and some award-winning brews to Greenville’s West End.

Thornton has constructed numerous biodiesel and ethanol facilities, launched breweries and grown ingredients for many. They met attorney Brad Thomas, whose practice covers issues affecting alcohol producers, retailers and distributors, at a home brewers’ club meeting.

Helfrich got his unofficial start over a decade ago with a simple home kit. He admits to more than one botched batch, an apparent hallmark of home brewers, but his inventiveness soon became a way of life.

For their second location, the Bauernhaus owners have chosen a part of downtown some call the Wild West — but they won’t be braving the frontier alone. As neighbors in the Poe West development, the Greenville Tech Foundation’s Center for Culinary & Hospitality Innovation, LaRue Fine Chocolate and Unlocked Coffee Roasters will enhance the creative process.

“A can of malt syrup, some hops…I thought it would be fun, and then I wondered how far I could push this,” Helfrich said. Initially, Helfrich continued to work remotely as a web developer for a New York company before taking on the “dubious distinction” of head brewer full time. In addition to Helfrich, two others helped build the Bauernhaus (German for farmhouse). Together, they set the scene for a classic joke: “A brewer, an engineer and a lawyer walk into a bar…” In this case, they walked into a successful partnership. Helfrich met David Thornton, a bioprocess engineer, at a home brew competition. Neither recalls who won, but approximately five years later, they were in business. 96


“This is an amazing opportunity to collaborate,” Helfrich said. “We’ll have a one-barrel system designed for experimentation. It always start with ingredients, like the coffee and the chocolate, and how to integrate them. It’s an old-world style people don’t see anymore, enhanced by these fantastic elements.” Greenville’s Bauernhaus will feature an ample outdoor beer garden and an array of European-style pub ales. Helfrich says their award-winning Farmhouse Rye IPA (FRIPA) will be in the rotation and is a standout for him; however, his favorite beer “changes on the regular” with new experiments inspired by new ingredients.

ESTABLISHED: 2015 (Anderson, SC); 2020 (Greenville, SC – coming soon!) PHOTOGRAPHY BY MONICA PARKKONEN PHOTOGRAPHY

DID YOU KNOW? Helfrich’s all-time oddest ingredient is spirulina algae — an attempt to go green naturally on St. Patrick’s Day. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “The wealth of natural ingredients all around us inspires me.”

556 Perry Ave. Suite B118, Greenville



GVLTODAY Join the conversation More than 50,000 Greenvillians start their weekday mornings with GVLtoday, a hyperlocal email newsletter that delivers all the info they need to live, work and play. Designed to educate and activate its audience, GVLtoday encourages readers to engage with how the city is moving forward. Over the past year, this fast, friendly newsletter delivered more than 122 million impressions and enjoyed 12 million engagements (clicks, likes, comments and shares) related to the content and conversations fostered within the community. Greenvillians are always encouraged to submit their own content, too, via email, by tagging @GVLtoday on social, or through the website. As part of the 6AM City platform, GVLtoday allows advertisers to connect with a local, social and vocal audience. Through integrated branded content and display, this dynamic digital platform provides a variety of options for the local business community to participate daily.



What’s more, GVLtoday reinvented the classifieds with eCommerce listings including Events, Digs (real estate), Jobs, DealOfTheDay and Celebrate. These listings provide a cost-effective way to directly control when, what and how items are shared in the email newsletter. (Check out to learn more about advertising options.) GVLtoday was 6AM City’s first market. The company has since expanded to publish in six more cities, including Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina; Asheville and Raleigh, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Lakeland, Florida. The entire network is delighted by the opportunity to operate in these thriving locations, and the teams appreciate their audiences and advertising partners for paying attention. Wake up with GVLtoday — and be sure to join the conversation.

ESTABLISHED: 2016 DID YOU KNOW? 6AM City – which includes GVLtoday – is the fastest-growing local media network in the United States based on total number of markets, revenue and subscribers. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Educating and activating the cities we call home.”




With, for and about Greenville Launched in the heart of the city — with Greenville as its beat — Community Journals is all about living local. “This is more than a publishing company,” says President/ CEO Mark Johnston, who founded Community Journals with fellow media veteran Doug Greenlaw to focus exclusively on local news. “We provide a voice for the people of Greenville — residents, community leaders and business owners. We’re here to be a vehicle, a platform, a medium and, most of all, a catalyst for the community.” The Journals team creates an array of print and digital products designed to advance Greenville’s people, places and businesses, including Greenville Journal, Upstate Business Journal, TOWN Magazine and AT HOME. The model is simple

and effective: creators engage consumers, consumers attract brands and brands support creators. While the economy is ever-evolving — Community Journals was born in a boom, withstood the recession in the aughts, and is currently weathering the COVID-19 crisis — the company’s hyper-local focus never changes. “We are 100% with, for and about Greenville,” says Donna Johnston, Business Development Manager. “The equity we’ve built with readers and advertisers over the past 21 years is significant. We invest in Greenville. We advocate for Greenville. Even in the midst of unprecedented market turmoil, we are more committed than ever to telling our community’s story.”

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ESTABLISHED: 1999 DID YOU KNOW? Community Journals has garnered an impressive array of industry awards, for everything from investigative reporting to feature writing to graphic design. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “The compelling obligation to provide in-depth reporting, insightful features and interesting commentary, all focused exclusively on our local community.”



Making Greenville More Flexible


here comes a time when most people feel a little out of shape and perhaps unable to enjoy sports and hobbies they love. When that time came for

Ashley Gondi, she literally decided to

stretch her limits.

“I’ve been skiing since I was four and had

always led an active lifestyle. After I had my

daughter, we were in Vail, and I found myself

feeling sore and not really able to hang in there for the whole week,” she said.

That began to change during a later trip to

California. Gondi and her husband discovered StretchLab where “flexologists” help clients increase flexibility. Returning home, Gondi

was dismayed to find the closest studio was

in Charlotte. Before having her children—now

six and two—she had a career in finance. Her husband owns multiple businesses, and their combined skills eventually led to franchise

ownership of StretchLab on Augusta Road.

“We actually looked at more than one company,

but StretchLab requires an extensive background and education for employees. We identified with their values and phenomenal positive energy,” she said.

Newcomers sometimes question this relatively

new modality, thinking stretching is something they could do themselves. Gondi insists,

however, that the results of having someone “do the stretching for you” exceed what one could achieve alone.

“Why go to the dentist to have your teeth

cleaned? It’s the same idea with this type of

deep stretch,” she said. “You feel good while

it’s happening. You feel good when you leave— physically and mentally.”

Two more local StretchLabs will open soon.

With all that to manage, Gondi doesn’t get to ski

often, but the experience is better when she does. “I can do side twists and buckle my boots

while I’m still standing,” she said. “I’ve realized

how important range of motion is. Stretching has definitely brought new quality to my life.”



TRANSPARENCY. INTEGRITY. HONESTY. RESULTS. Those are just a few of the attributes that give Wilson Associates the reputation it has in our community. You’ll never feel pressured, uninformed or unimportant when you do business with us. You’ll just feel at home.


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