One of our New Year’s resolutions in 2021 is to bring you a new installment of Greenville’s seven historic districts every month. So, we’re proud to say that, so far, we’ve stuck to at least one resolution. Without further ado, it’s on to the Heritage Historic District, which was designated as a local preservation overlay by city council in Dec. 2001. (And, boy oh boy, do we have a cool tidbit of history to share with y’all about this neighborhood.)
Heritage Historic District (circled)
History time The majority of the 126 structures in this historic district were built in the bungalow style in the 1920s. Prior to the neighborhood’s construction, the area was home to a large vineyard and a dairy. For several years, when the neighborhood and agricultural endeavors coexisted, the residents of the Heritage Historic District worked in these two industries. Now on to that bit of fun history we mentioned.
Located at 307 Townes St. is a building that has been a synagogue, church, photo studio, and, now, private residence. The structure was completed in 1929 and originally functioned as the old Beth Israel Synagogue – the home of the first local Jewish congregation in Greenville. Former Greenville Mayor and local celebrity (in our eyes anyways)Max Heller was a member of this congregation and attended services in this building for many years. (You can even see the Jewish Star of David in the top right corner of the building.) To learn how the building has been transformed over the years, click here. And to get a sneak peek of what the interior of this incredible home looks like now, click here.
Digs for sale Want to live in (or close to) this historic district? Check out these homes. (Like everywhere else in Greenville, homes in this neighborhood are hot, hot, hot. Thus, why you only see one listing.) ○ NOMA City Terrace| 2+ BD, 2.5+ BA | Pricing begins in the mid $500s
Home in the Heritage Historic District | Photo by @gvl_digs
Walkable biz + things to do There are a lot of great things close to the Heritage Historic District. Here are some we recommend. ○ St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral(Completed in 1995 + the home of our favorite Greek Festival. Learn more about the church’s history here.) ○ HeadQuarters Day Spa and Salon (Intimate salon and spa offering a positive and personal experience.)
Missed the first few installments of our Historic Districts series? Click here to read more and use the buttons below to share with your friends.
Weather ○ 56º | Mostly sunny | 10% chance of rain
Biz ○ Brooks Brothers has now permanently closed following a temporary closure last year. The Main Street location was cleared by the first weekend of the new year. The brand’s other locations around SC, including Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Gaffney, have all reopened after similar temporary closures. 👔 (Post and Courier Greenville) ○ Additionally, Port City Java’s Main Street spot is closed“until further notice” because of a COVID-19 infection. Long-term plans for the business are unclear. Read more here. ☕ (Post and Courier Greenville)
WaterCooler ○ C.J. Spiller has beenselected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, according to The National Football Foundation. The Clemson legend is one of 11 players and two coaches selected in the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame Class. 🏈 (WYFF 4)
Outdoors ○ Interested in trout fishing? Taylor LeBlanc has written about some of thebest places to fish right here in the Upstate. Read the full articlehere. 🎣 (Travelers Rest Here)
Cause ○ United Housing Connections is looking for Upstate landlords who are willing to help local families experiencing homelessness. The organization’s Home Again program is working to provide funding for those in need as well as offer guidance to these families to help them be better tenants. 🏡 (WSPA)
Announced ○ The Five Points Association announcedthat the annual St. Pats in Five Points (in Columbia, SC)will not take place as the traditional large festival in 2021. However, the event committee is planning on a scaled down version of the event, details of which have yet to be determined. 🍀 (Post and Courier)
Coronavirus ○ Yesterday, Gov. Henry McMaster and SCDHEC announced that starting tomorrow, Wed., Jan. 13, any South Carolina resident 70+, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, can begin scheduling their appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.Individuals can also make an appointment by calling DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432. ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, andhere for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
ICYMI(in all the hubbub of the holiday season) we’re so excited to be partnering with the City of Greenville to create a 2020 time capsule in honor of GVL2040 – the city’s comprehensive plan for the next two decades. One of the items we are the most excited to include in the time capsule is something we hope you can enlist your kids, grandkids, neighbors, nieces and nephews, or any other school-aged child(grades K-12) to help us with.
We want to see these kiddos’ visions of what Greenville will look like in 2040. Will the Liberty Bridge be unchanged? How grand will the skyline be? Will there be flying cars or robots?
The child (or family if it’s a group effort) who creates the top entry will be asked to attend the time capsule burial ceremony on Feb. 1, and, hopefully, be present twenty years later for its removal.
Enter a photo of your child’s drawing hereby Tues., Jan. 19. Voting will be open from Jan. 20-22, and we’ll be announcing the winners, that you select, the week of Jan. 25.
Drawing by Wyatt, Knox, and Bo Hazard
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ForKids ○ Story Time – How to Catch a Yeti | Tues., Jan. 12 | 3-4 p.m. | Color Clay Cafe, 2518 E. North St., Ste. A | $15, call to reserve a spot | Enjoy the story of How to the Catch a Yeti (and paint one too). 📚
Dish ○Taco Tuesday with Comal 864 | Tues., Jan. 12 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Fireforge Crafted Beer, 311 E. Washington St. | Prices vary | Owner/chef Dayna Lee will fire up the grill and serve a variety of authentic Mexican tacos, quesadillas, and nachos. 🌮
Active ○ $5 Skate at Ice on Main | Tues., Jan. 12 | 2-9 p.m. | Ice on Main | $5 | Skate for $5 every Tuesday afternoon this season courtesy of United Community Bank. ⛸️
TryThis ○ Music Bingo at The Brass Monkey| Tues., Jan. 12 | 8-10 p.m. | The Brass Monkey, 723 Congaree Rd. | Free entry | Compete against your friends and test your music knowledge. 🎵
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.
Chef Bill working on a sauce | Photo by the GVLtoday team
Grace here.Is one of anyone else’s New Year’s resolutions to up their cooking game? Same.
Greenville Technical College’s new Truist Culinary and Hospitality Innovation Center at Poe West offers a wide array of hands-on and demo classes, and I had the chance to check out one of them. Here’s what I did and how you can #TryThis. 👇
Experience: I attended the Fresh Pasta: Techniques and Traditions demo + tasting class. Basically, for two hours I got to watch a professional chef make several homemade pasta dishes, and taste them all at CHI.
What we tried (with pricing): If you don’t know much about the new center, we’d recommend checking out our #FirstLook here.
The 11,000-sqft state-of-the-art facilityboasts 2 kitchens (including a teaching kitchen for hands-on training + a studio kitchen for demonstration and tasting classes), a service andmixology lab, two fully-equipped classrooms and high-end tools of the trade, such as a programmable combination oven.
We spent our time in the culinary studio, which has stadium style seating + is set up with large TV screens so you can make sure you see everything that is going on. It’s all in the details with making pasta.
Our personal favorite, the spinach pasta | Photo by the GVLtoday team