COVID-ictionary: “Zoom Towns” (noun) – referring to housing markets that are experiencing a “boom,” as remote work is on the rise. 🏡 And another phrase to add to your pandemic glossary.
You may have seen this term thrown around recently, as many workers are telecommuting more because of COVID-19 – providing ample opportunity to live where they please, regardless of where their office may be located.
More often than not, this means that people arefleeing the hustle + bustle of larger metropolitan areas and seeking a spacious, tranquil, and more affordable place to practice their craft. Does this ring a bell for anyone? We’re thinking of a certain warm-ish weather city nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with plenty of small town charm and big city culture.
As you may have guessed (or even witnessed for yourself) at this point, Greenville has been making national headlines recently for its desirability as a “Zoom Town” along with some other places you may have heard of – Bend, OR, Louisville, KY, Burlington, VT, and Knoxville, TN, to name a few. So, let’s see exactly how we measure up.
○ No. 17. The Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin area ranked no. 17 on USA Today’s list of 20 Cheap American Cities That Are Seeing a Boom of Move-ins this Year. The research compared local costs of living to the national average, and our area was found to be 9.6% lower than most other metros with most potential buyers searching from the northeast – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. ○ No. 8. According to this study, shared by NPR, migration to Greenville grew 79%, the eighth highest increase in the country, this spring when compared with last spring. ○ Top 10. Greenville was named one of the top cities to relocate to during COVID-19according to a survey commissioned by Airbnb and conducted by research and consulting firm Clearpath Strategies.
Click here to see why so many of our readers have chosen to call Greenville their home. While only time will tell if these “Zoomers” are here to stay, one thing’s for certain – there’s no place like home.
Share this with your big-city friend that’s new to remote work + should make Greenville their home away from home.👇
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Edu ○ Beginning next week, middle schoolers in Greenville County will begin returning to full-time, in-person learning. Read more about the transition and the timeline to get middle schoolers back in the classroom here. (WYFF 4)
Drink ○ Capitalizing on COVID-19 shutdowns, the folks at Northampton Wine + Dine took the opportunity to complete some renovations to their space at 211 E. Broad St. The building, built in 1891, used to be Greenville’s Trolley Barn and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more about the recent upgrades and see some pictures here.🍷 (Greenville Journal)
TryThis ○ If your ideal fall or winter getaway includes picturesque landscapes, printed wallpaper, and stone fireplaces, plan a trip to the newly renovated Highlander Mountain House, less than two hours up the road in Highlands, NC. The eighteen-room inn was built in 1885 and also doubles as an art gallery. 🍁 (Garden and Gun)
Watch ○ If you live in + around Simpsonville, be sure to check out “Wake Up Simpsonville” – a Facebook Live morning show airing Monday through Thursday every week. The co-hosts, Blake Webb and Ray Carmen, hope the show will allow Simpsonville residents to connect with new and existing businesses in the area and grow personally. 🎙 (Upstate Business Journal)
Job ○Homes of Hope is on the hunt for a Client Resource Coordinator. The coordinator will be “responsible for coordinating resources, events, and opportunities for housing clients.” If you excel at planning + critical thinking, problem solving, and healthy conflict resolution, click here to apply by Tues., Nov. 24.🏠
Coronavirus ○ If you or someone you know is struggling to pay utility bills because of COVID-19, a reminder that you can receive assistance from the United Way of Greenville County by calling 2-1-1. Funding through the organization’s “Keep the Lights On” programis available through Dec. 31. To donate to “Keep the Lights On,” click here. 💡 ○VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
Drink ○ Winc delivers a world of wine right to your door. Take their simple 6 question palette quiz and get wine paired to your taste preferences.Bonus: You’ll receive 40% off + free shipping(i.e. 4 bottles for just $39). Score. 🍷 Ⓟ
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Yesterday, the Greenville Zooannounced that Autumn, the zoo’s 14-year-old female Masai giraffe, is pregnant again. The calf is expected to be born very soon – either in late November or early December.
This is Autumn and Miles’ (the zoo’s male Masai giraffe) third calf together. Kiden, the couple’s first calf, was transferred to the Oregon Zoo earlier this year, and Kellan, their second calf, is expected to receive a placement recommendation next year.
Monitor Autumn’s pregnancy and check out Miles and Kellan on the zoo’s popular giraffe cam here.
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Active ○ Trailside Trotters | Tues., Nov. 17 | 6-7 p.m. | The Commons, The Community Tap Trailside | Free | Meet up with other local runners every Tuesday for a 3-mile jog + an after beer on The Community Tap. 👟 ○ $5 Skate at Ice on Main | Tues., Nov. 17 | 2-9 p.m. | Ice on Main | $5 | Skate for $5 every Tuesday afternoon this season courtesy of United Community Bank. ⛸️
Arts ○ Art Show for People Experiencing Homelessness| Tues., Nov. 17 | 5-8 p.m. | Open Art Studios, 14 S. Main St. | Free entry | Visit a pop-up art show featuring the inspirational photography of local writer Courtney Madeira. Any sales of Courtney’s framed photography artwork will go to United Ministries on Pendleton Street. 📸
FeaturedEvent ○ Greenville Open Studios| Ends Mon., Nov. 30 | Times vary | Locations Vary | Free | Meet the talented Open Studios artists in-person. Use the Greenville Open Studios app to view the artists’ hours and create your route. Ⓟ
PlanAhead ○ Lights of Love for RMHC of the Carolinas House Lighting Event | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | 706 Grove Rd. | Free | Be a light of hope for families with sick or injured children staying at RMHC of the Carolinas by making a gift towards the Lights of Love campaign. A $25 donation includes a yard sign + your gift will be celebrated with the illumination of the House in holiday lights.Ⓟ ○ Friends of Friends Beer Dinner| Thurs., Nov. 19 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Habitap, 1325 Miller Rd. | $75 (only 40 tickets available) | Partnering with Thomas Creek Brewery and UpCountry Brewery, this event will feature a six-course meal paired with local craft beers.Ⓟ
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.
A new team of highly-trained and specialized orthopedic physicians are offering cutting edge treatments for injuries of all types, using non-surgical methods (like injections + physical therapy) and the latestsurgical techniques and technologies (think: minimally invasive + robot-assisted procedures, like their less-painful, faster-healing ACL surgery) with a comprehensive care approach – and convenient location,right off Highway 81. Ⓟ