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How to order at Greenville’s new coffee shop
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Greenvillians lined up for an early taste at the grand opening on Saturday, May 20. | Photo by GVLtoday
Meet Summer Moon Coffee — a locally owned and operated, Texas-based coffee chain that’s now open on Mills Avenue in the former Rita’s Italian Ice storefront. It’s known for its oak-roasted coffee and Moon Milk, and if you don’t know what that is, keep reading.

The vibe

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The coffee and the ambiance are the perfect blend. | Photos by GVLtoday

There are plenty of seats to get work done or chat with a friend over a cup. Take a moment to let your eyes wander: From the custom wallpaper to the cozy fireplace, you’re surrounded by creative details, including lots of pictures highlighting the oak-roasting process.

Moon Milk

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You can also order Moon Milk on its own to-go. | Photo by GVLtoday

This unique sweet cream is the base of Summer Moon’s lattes. To us, it tasted a bit like melted vanilla ice cream and was delectable.

If you’re dairy-free, don’t worry. Moon Milk can be made with a dairy-free substitution (almond, oat, or coconut milk).

How to order

We ordered a Winter Half Moon Latte, which may leave you saying, “Huh?” We’re here to translate.

If you want a hot coffee, you’ll order a “Summer Moon” + iced-coffee fans will order a “Winter Moon.”

How much Moon Milk do you want to add to your coffee?
  • A “Quarter Moon” — one part Moon Milk, two parts regular milk
  • A “Half Moon” — equal parts Moon Milk and regular milk
  • A “Three-quarter Moon” — three parts Moon Milk, one part regular milk
  • A “Full Moon” — all Moon Milk
If you’re looking for some extra flavor — a “Blue Moon” is a lavender latte, a “Mocha Moon” adds some chocolate, and a “Nitro Moon” is the Nitro Cold Brew.

The menu also features other cafe favorites like matcha, chai, Americanos, drip + more. Plus, the front counter boasts a case filled with pastries. We can’t wait to try the hand pies.

Get a taste

📍 409 Mills Ave., Ste. 200
⏰ Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. + Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

️Pro tip: There’s a drive-thru for grabbing coffee on the go and we suggest ordering ahead.
 
 
Events
 

Tuesday, May 23
  • Jagged Little Pill | Tuesday, May 23-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Peace Center, 300 S. Main St., Greenville | $35-$95 | Sing along during this musical based on Alanis Morissette’s “world-changing” music.
  • Networking Schmetworking | Tuesday, May 23 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Gather GVL, 126 Augusta St., Greenville | Free entry | Leave with a friend, not a business card, at this gathering for young professionals in the Greenville area.
  • Tuesday in Town Farmers Market | Tuesday, May 23 | 4:30-7:30 p.m. | Greer City Park, 301 E. Poinsett St., Greer | Free | Enjoy live music and multiple food options while you browse 30+ curated farmer, produce, and maker vendors.
Wednesday, May 24
  • Free Drive-thru Document Shredding | Wednesday, May 24 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Greenville Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr., Greenville | Free | Take advantage of free on-site document shredding.
  • Salsa Dance Class | Wednesday, May 24 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Dance United, 580 Woodruff Rd., Greenville | $15 | Learn to dance Salsa with or without a partner — beginner and intermediate classes are available.
Thursday, May 25
  • Family History | Thursday, May 25 | 4-5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Discover how to find Greenville records like marriage licenses and obituaries of your ancestors using the Greenville County Library’s record search indexes
Friday, May 26
  • Great Scot! Parade | Friday, May 26 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Main Street, Greenville | Free | Celebrate the start of the Greenville Scottish Games with pipe bands, marching clans, Scottish Chiefs, and a multitude of Scottish-themed entries.
Saturday, May 27
  • 10th Annual Take Flight 5k | Saturday, May 27 | 7:30-9:30 a.m. | Runway Park, 21 Airport Rd. Ext., Greenville | $10-$25 | Support GMU’s efforts to improve Runway Park’s playground by running a 5K on the runway.
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📚 Looking to teach? Greenville Technical College is hiring
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A career as an Adjunct Faculty member provides flexibility while teaching and enriching students. | Photo provided by Greenville Technical College
Bring your knowledge to the classroom. Greenville Technical College is looking to fill adjunct faculty positions and is holding a virtual networking and hiring event to connect applicants with department representatives on Tuesday, June 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (Applicants must register and apply the week before.)

Adjunct positions offer a flexible schedule with day, evening, weekend, and online classes offered at all campus locations. This makes it a great option for those who have retired from full-time work in their chosen careers but want to stay active within the profession, anyone looking to supplement full-time work with part-time work, or someone who has left a full-time faculty position but still loves teaching.

Subject areas with openings for instructors include:
  • Paralegal
  • Accounting
  • Automotive Technology
  • Philosophy
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Computer Networking
  • And more*
 
News Notes
 
Traffic
  • SCDOT will close Bridges Road bridge over I-385 on Saturday, June 3 to resurface the bridge deck. Work is expected to last 45 days, and while the I-385 ramps will remain open, through traffic will detour about three miles on East Butler and Holland Roads until the bridge work is finished. (The Greenville News)
Travel
  • The second phase of road work at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport kicks off this week. Note: Valet parking will temporarily move to Parking Garage B. Fly over to our breakdown of the Terminal Roadway Improvement Project (aka TRIP) for what to expect in each phase.
Opening
  • Sunflower, a new bakery serving breakfast and lunch, opens Friday, May 26 at 728 Wade Hampton Blvd., near Hall of Fame Sports Bar and Grill. Browse the menu featuring sandwiches, bowls, salads, and baked goods.
  • Feng Cha — a Texas-based coffee, tea, and dessert shop — will open its first SC location at 12 N. Spring St. (near Café West) on Saturday, May 27. Indulge in boba milk tea drinks, fruit tea drinks, and sponge cake. (Upstate Business Journal)
Ranked
  • No. 13. That’s where Greenville ranked on WalletHub’s list “2023’s Best Summer Travel Destinations.” The website analyzed factors including travel costs and convenience, attractions and activities, weather, safety, and the local cost. Want to hit the road? The No. 1 destination, Atlanta, is only ~2.5 hours away.
Featured
  • “Greenville may be small, but its food scene is mighty,” writes Southern Living as it named euphoria the No. 1 festival on its list “The South’s Best Food Festivals You Need To Attend.” It lauds the festival’s showcasing of local culinary stars + how it brings in some of the world’s top talent.
Greenvillian
  • The City of Greenville honored two-time Grammy award-winner Peabo Bryson on Saturday, May 20. The city declared Academy Street near Bon Secours Wellness Arena “Robert Peabo Bryson Boulevard” and honored the R&B singer — who was born and raised in Greenville — with the keys to the city. (FOX Carolina)
Theater
  • The Scarlet Letter by Kate Hamill — which debuted at the Inaugural SC New Play Festival in 2022 — will have its world premiere at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ in February 2024. Want to see more future shows before they hit bigger stages? Plan ahead for this year’s SC New Play Festival.
Drink
  • Buchi’s newest drink line of guilt-free sodas feature pre and probiotics, ideal for summertime sipping. With only 5g of sugar and 9g of fiber per can, Wild Pop flavors are crafted with the perfect blend of nostalgia + nutrition. (Think: Organic Root Beer Float, Strawberry Cream, and more).*
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Concert
  • Ready to jam, GVL? Southern Fried Circuit is a charity concert featuring musician, philanthropist, and SC native Darius Rucker and one of country music’s most celebrated female voices, Lindsay Ell. Presented by Upcountry Fiber, this event is dedicated to celebrating and connecting Upstate South Carolina communities. Snag tickets.*
Active
  • Contemplating an e-bike purchase? Upway — the No. 1 certified e-bike provider — sells top-quality electric bikes up to 60% cheaper than retail. Shop top e-bike brands in new or like-new condition. Bonus: Your bike will ship right to your door, so you can immediately experience the sheer joy of effortless travel.*
 
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Spa H at Hotel Hartness
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Sip on seasonal water flavors in between treatments. | Photo by GVLtoday
We’ve taken you inside the new Hotel Hartness, to its restaurant Patterson, and even helped you get to know its general manager, but now it’s time for some pampering at Spa H.

You don’t have to be a hotel guest to make an appointment, so it’s the perfect way for Greenvillians to relax.

Keep reading for how you can Try This.

What we tried:

Danielle here. I started my day with the 80-minute hot stone massage ($245), which eased my muscle tension. After a break for lunch from The Captain — I had the tuna poke — it was time for my balancing botanical facial ($150), which left my skin clear and glowing.

Kyle here. My first treatment was the 80-minute honey magnolia body wrap ($245). I felt relaxed and refreshed with glowing skin. For lunch I ate The Captain Club, with delicious house-made chips, before heading to my balancing botanical facial ($150) — which was so good I left with some of the skincare products I fell in love with.*
 
 
The Wrap
 
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From the editor
When we update our coffee guide, I’m excited to add Summer Moon. Do you have other favorite spots that aren’t on our list? Thanks a latte in advance for the recommendations.
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