History Time The extension of Greenville’strolley line in 1910 was the catalyst for Overbrook, a neighborhood that, today, gives off an eclectic, secret garden vibe. In 1913, the Woodside brothers(yes, those Woodside brothers of Woodside Mill) bought land in the area for $7,500. If only that was possible nowadays, right? They later sold a portion of the land to R.J. Rowley who is cited as the developer of the first section of Overbrook’s 120 homes that were predominantly craftsman bungalows. Homes (and their lots) built in the neighborhood in the early 1920s were larger as they were developed for “well-off” businessmen + professionals.
It’s the ivy, arched door, sunlight, and porch for me | Photo by @gvl_digs
Walkable biz + things to do ○ Gassaway Mansion(1920s mansion + popular wedding venue that might even be haunted.) ○ Timmons Park(This 26-acre park has a disc golf course, a mountain bike trail, and more. The City of Greenville is scheduled to renovate this park this year. You can provide feedback here.) ○ Oase Day Spa (Non-toxic skin, body, and nail care spa that recently completed this new location in Overbrook in 2020.) ○ Overbrook Village (#ComingSoon to the Overbrook community is a new mixed-use development called Overbrook Village. C.O.R.E Grow Strong is the development’s first tenant and will have a fitness studio + plant-based market.) ○ Fork and Plough(A neighborhood restaurant that focuses on fresh, local ingredients with an ever-changing menu.) ○ Clare’s Creamery (Clare’s Creamery, in all their small batch goodness, is expanding to a brick + mortar location in the Overbrook neighborhood this spring.)
BlackHistoryMonth ○ Peter Moseley was one of the first people to everdeliver Coca-Cola in Greenville, by horse and wagon at that, and he was one of the original hires at the Coca-Cola bottling factory here in town. He continued to be the most faithful employee for five decades. Read Peter’s full storyhere. 🥤 (Greenville Journal)
State ○ Last year, South Carolina reported$30.3+ billion in export sales, according to the SC Department of Commerce. The state led the country in exports of tires, completed passenger motor vehicles + ball and roller bearings. 🚗 (CRBJ)
Apply ○ Applications for the next South Carolina Poet Laureate are currently being accepted by the South Carolina Arts Commission. The position will be appointed by Gov. Henry McMaster + applications will close March 19.
Announced ○ On Friday, 92.5 WESC announced that on Fri., May 7 they will be hosting a socially distanced Family Reunion concert at Heritage Park in Simpsonville. The five artists performing at the concert will be announced on Fri., Feb. 19 and tickets go on sale Fri., Feb. 26. Stay up to date on all the details here. 🤠
Virtual ○ The Annual Duck Derby will be goingvirtual for the second year in a row. You can watch the race to the finish line on May 1. WSPA-TV’s Gordon Dill will be announcing the winners on theRotary Club of the Reedy River’s social media at 2:30 p.m. Adopt a duck to racehere. 🐤 (Greenville Journal)
Cause ○ Harvest Hope Food Bank is asking the local community to help “Spread the Love” by donating jars of peanut butter to help feed neighbors in need. The food bank hopes to collect 15,000 jars of peanut butter this year. See how you can donatehere. 🥜
On February 13, Lemuel J. Alston sent the famous two-term, and, at that time, retired, president a letter requesting that Jefferson send him a sheep from Monticello to live in South Carolina amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Was the request ever fulfilled? Well, unbaa-lieveably Jefferson wrote Alston back on February 25, but, unfortunately,did not fulfill his wish to send a sheep this way. See President Jefferson’s letter here.
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Biz ○ Building Business Resilience| Mon., Feb. 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free, register here | Business owners and community partners discuss best practices + what they are doing to jumpstart their businesses. 💻
Active ○ Skate, Roll and Stroll | Mon., Feb. 15 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Bon Secours Wellness Arena | Free | Enjoy some disability-friendly fun on the big ice. Guests are encouraged to bring their own sled or wagon, and ice walkers are free and available on a first come, first served basis. ⛸️
PlanAhead ○ Mill Village Farms Culinary Concert | Thurs., Feb. 25 | 6:30 p.m. | Virtual | $150 | Join Mill Village Farms for a virtual fundraiser from the comfort of your home with Table 301’s Chef Rodney Freidank and musical entertainment from the Peace Center by L.C. Branch. 🍽️
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Carolina Pharmacy is offering $30 off rapid COVID-19 testing with code GVLTODAY | Photo via Carolina Pharmacy
To help meet demand for quickCOVID-19 test results, independent pharmacy group Carolina Pharmacy has opened 7 convenient testing sites, including one in Greenville at 3 Market Point Dr. (in the former Sticky Fingers, next to Whole Foods).
The site is open 7 days/week for testing with same-day results (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). See their COVID-19 testing FAQs and make an appointment. Ⓟ