Hey GVL. 👋 Last week we asked you to share your feedback about how we could better use our platform to serve the community at this time. We are listening, learning, and working to create content that answers your questions, provides support, and facilitates positive conversations about our diverse + vibrant community. Please continue to share your thoughts on how we can best serve Greenville here.
Many of our readers asked us to highlight local black business owners so folks could support them, so we turned the question over to you – our local experts. Here are some of the places you shared:
Note: Due to COVID-19, some businesses may currently be closed or offering limited services.
Boutique Solo! West End| A specialty gift shop focused on Color. | “I never leave empty handed. I travel the world for a living and this is one of the few places to find amazing art.” – Rudy on Facebook
The Sock Ministry | A men’s clothing store “providing finishing touches for the well-dressed gentleman.” | “Best customer service and styling experience I have had in Greenville by far. If you are looking for an authentic and one of a kind look, please visit the Sock Ministry.” – Devon on Facebook
Gifted Hands Artisan Soap| A small batch soap boutique. | “Everything smells so good and the presentation is phenomenal, just like the products.” – Deon on Facebook
Signature Collection from Gifted Hands Artisan Soap | Photo by @giftedhandsartisansoap
Food + Bev Jenauri’s Vegan Bakery | Handcrafted vegan sweets made with love. | “Absolutely amazing vegan desserts and perfect service and attention to detail.” – Greg on Facebook
MaraBette Teas | Quality ingredients + uniquely blended teas. | “Marla has expertly crafted tea blends that will enlighten you to the joy of bringing hearts together for the purpose of home and hospitality.” – DeAnna on Facebook
The Seafood Spot | Freshly cooked seafood with a taste of the Lowcountry. | “Place was amazing! You get well your money’s worth of food and it’s delicious!” – Brian on Google
Send this list to some friends so they can support black-owned businesses in our community too.
○ On Sunday, SCDHEC announced390 new cases of coronavirus + one additional death in SC. That brings the total number of cases in SC of COVID-19 to 14,286, and the total deaths to 546. Of the new cases reported, 57 were in Greenville County, 38 were in Spartanburg County, and 8 were in Anderson County. 246,331 COVID-19 tests have been administered in South Carolina.
○ Need to get tested for COVID-19 but not sure where to go? Clickhere to see the list of screening + testing locations across South Carolina, and click here to find a mobile testing clinic near you.
○ As of yesterday, DHEC reported a 66.61% statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the 6,927 inpatient beds currently used, 477 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.
○ SCDHEC officials are reminding protesters who attend rallies to wear masks + keep their distance from others to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to officials, the virus can spread easily in large crowds. (The State)
○ Ready to fire up the grill, head to the pool or spend a day at the beach but not sure if it’s safe or not? Check out this videoshared by WYFF 4 for the dos + don’ts of popular summer activities during the coronavirus pandemic. (WYFF 4)
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Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Greenville’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
#ICYMI Bobby’s BBQ in Fountain Inn was featured nationally on ABC News last week. Owner Tay Nelson spoke a little bit about the history of his restaurant he started with his wife back in 2018 + how they have overcome the challenges so many restaurant owners have been facing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
DYK – Bobby’s is named after Tay’s late father + brother who were both named Bobby. The restaurant’s slogan, “Make it good,” comes from Tay’s brother, and his father owned a restaurant that Tay started working in, washing dishes, at the age of 12.
Bobby’s BBQ was named by a couple of our readers as one of their fav minority-owned businesses in the Upstate + also gets an average rating of 4.6 stars from over 450 reviews on Google, so be sure to check them out.
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Weather ○ 85º | Afternoon thunderstorms |50% chance of rain
Community ○ More protests continued over the weekend in downtown Greenville following the death of George Floyd. The founder of the Upstate branch of Black Lives Matter, Derrick Quarles, joined other activists in front of the Peace Center for an “Even In A Suit”march + protest. The event was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. who attended all of his protests and events in suits. (FOX Carolina)
City ○ The Liberty Bridge and several other portions of Falls Park will be closed today from approximately 2:50-3:10 p.m. for a blast that will be necessary to install a stormwater box to capture runoff from the new Camperdown development. Vehicular traffic close to the intersection of South Main Street + Falls Park Drive will also be briefly paused. 🚧 (FOX Carolina)
Development ○ After a little over two years, the Dig Greenville project is halfway complete. This $46 million dollar sewer line sits 100 feet below downtown and will be roughly 1.3 miles long when completed – the largest underground tunnel in Greenville’s history. The goal of this project, spearheaded by ReWa, is to address the capacity problem of the current system due to our city’s rapid growth in recent years. (Greenville Journal)
ForKids ○ The Upcountry History Museum reopens to the public tomorrow, June 9, and the newest exhibition on display will be all about Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog. Designed for children ages 2-8, this bilingual, interactive exhibit reinforces, “…ideas for working together and creating a caring community.”
WaterCooler ○ TheGreenville Triumphannounced on Friday that July 18 was approved by the USL League One Board of Governors as a provisional start date for the 2020 season. The club will release more details about the format of the season soon, but they intend to follow all local + state public health guidelines. ⚽
Answered ○ On Thursday last week, our team got the opportunity to work at Endeavor. Endeavor’s current home was originally designed + built for CertusBank, so the ceiling in the lobby is covered with pennies. We asked on our Instagram if anyone could guess how many pennies were up there, and as it often happens, one of our readers had the answer. Andrew E. was a builder on the project and said it was approximately 1,000 square feet of space with 154 pennies per square foot so 154,000 pennies or $1,540. 💰
TheBuy ○ Say “Happy Father’s Day” + give your dad a break from working from home with a day pass to Endeavor ($25). Email [email protected] to purchase. Ⓟ
Number ○ 7. The infamous number of deadly sins –and how many unsavory ingredients you *won’t*find in Lowes Foods’ Brown Bag items. Read: None of the junk, all of the flavor. Ⓟ
On Friday we asked y’all how you were feeling. We received a variety of answers, but we wanted to share our favorite:
“If 2020 looked like a kids playground slide it would be a cheese grater.”
That about sums it up.
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