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New Restaurants in Greenville SC

Greenville is so popular that it’s hard to keep up with the many new restaurants which keep popping up all over the area.   Here are a few of the latest, which you’ll enjoy checking out:

Hall’s Chophouse:  This gorgeous high-end restaurant is on the Reedy River, right above the Falls, on Main Street.  You’ll find small plates, live jazz and great cocktails in the bar (Thursdays are popular with locals) but there are three floors of seating for dining.  Great for a special occasion, a small plate or a romantic date.  Abundant parking is available in the attached garage: enter from River Street.

Ink & Ivy: This fun and cozy new bar and restaurant, (E. Coffee & Brown, just off Main Street), invites diners to enjoy the great outdoors, with its roll-up walls.  This American pub offers a nice twist on comfort food favorites, while also offering great cocktails.

Caviar & Bananas:  One of Charleston’s most popular options, this upscale deli offers patrons a sophisticated urban environment; fresh delicious takeout; gourmet deli items; wine and beer.  Patrons can sit in or out while enjoying three meals a day.  Find C&B beneath downtown’s Aloft hotel.

Kitchen Sync:  This new green addition to Greenville’s dining scene is a big hit.  Locals are gravitating to the Sync’s cozy interior, homemade pizzas, uber-fresh ingredients and New Southern menu. Meet new friends at the Community Table.  Dinner only, as of this writing.  Laurens Road, just below Antrim / 291.

Tuna carpaccio at Dive 'n Boar

Tuna carpaccio at Dive ‘n Boar

Dive ‘n Boar:  One of the city’s most popular chefs (from downtown’s former High Cotton), now helms this popular bar & restaurant on N. Pleasantburg Road (in the dining-centric strip mall across from Home Depot).  Craft beers are abundant, and the menu, which changes seasonally, has sophisticated small plates galore.

The Anchorage:  In the transitional Village of West Greenville, (a mile west of downtown) a much-anticipated restaurant is slated to open in late 2016.  The shared vision of Restaurant 17’s former executive chef and the owners of The Community Tap, The Anchorage will be a comfy neighborhood restaurant and bar, with a small rooftop terrace.  It will open with dinners and a Sunday brunch.


Book Launch Party a Success

August 11 was a fun night as newcomers and lifetime residents all joined together to help author Libby McMillan Henson celebrate the release of her book The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.

Popular Main Street bookstore M. Judson hosted the event.  Guests arrived at 7:00 p.m. to find an array of Southern treats: pimento cheese, deviled eggs, sweet tea and pecan pie tarts, as well as wine and a selection of local beers by Quest Brewery and Thomas Creek.

It was a rousing trivia contest

There was a rousing trivia contest during the book launch party at M. Judson Booksellers.

Mayor Knox White introduced the author, who made some short remarks about the creation of her 160-page guidebook, which is garnering positive reviews across the city.   The author’s husband, Joe Henson, took the microphone next, and invited the standing room only crowd to compete in a short trivia contest about Greenville. The answers to the questions were all inside the book, he said, while joking that anyone who purchased a copy right then could take an open-book test.

Even lifetime residents were stumped by two questions: the state animal of South Carolina, and the call letters for the downtown airport.  The overall winner, with the highest score, was Bonnie Wallen of The Greenville Humane Society.

The Greenville Newcomers Club also had three representatives in the crowd.  Many other local business people were in attendance, as well as friends of the author.

The book will be available for sale indefinitely at M. Judson Booksellers, as well as at these Greenville businesses:

Amanda Henry’s Popcorn Parlour
Antiques on Augusta
Jerky & Vine
Joe’s Place bookstore and coffee shop
Sully’s Steamers

The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide is also available online through the author, here, and at

Greenville’s Own Hotline for Residents

Have a question about an upcoming event?  Wonder where you can drop off extra recylcing?  Need to report a leaking hydrant?   These questions and infinite others can all be directed at the City of Greenville’s one-stop customer service center, called Greenville Cares.

With a  presence inside the lobby of Main Street’s City Hall -adjacent to the VisitGreenvilleSC tourist information desk – Greenville Cares is there to make life easier for everyone in the city, including new residents who are moving to Greenville or have just relocated.

greenville cares

This friendly service center has its phones manned Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, at 864-232-CARE, or 864-232-2273.  You can call them to:

  • learn more about City programs
  • inqure about City events
  • get help or information about City services
  • submit a City service request
  • report an issue

You can also email Greenville Cares with questions or service requests, using  There’s also a convenient online service request form.

For even more information on various city departments, the city-managed park system and the economic development team, pick up a copy of The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.


-Libby McMillan Henson is the owner of Greenville Relocation, offering local relocation concierge services, and is also author of ‘The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.’

Live Music Venues in Greenville

Live music fans living in Greenville SC have no shortage of music to listen to.  If you’re thinking of moving to Greenville, know that your entertainment options are many.

West End String Band 

We compiled a list of live music venues in the greater Greenville area, for you to follow on social, or simply check out in person.  You’ll find everything from coffee shops to massive concert venues.

At most of the smaller businesses, music is typically offered only a few nights a week, however, or – in some cases – weekends only (like at brunch), so do a little research before you drive.

The Fete Greenville app is also a great way to find out what’s happening when and where.

Aloft Hotel
Bleu VooDoo  (Easley)
Blues Boulevard
Blind Horse Saloon
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Brick Street
Cabin Floor Records
The Channel
Charter Amphitheater
Coffee Underground
Downtown Alive (free outdoor concerts at NoMa Square)
Due South
Ground Zero
Hall’s Chophouse
Horizon Records/ The Bohemian
Mac Arnold’s Blues Restaurant
Main St. Fridays (free outdoor concerts at NoMa Square)
Peace Center
Quest Brewing
Radio Room
Rainer’s Bar*
Rhythm & Brews
Sans Souci Community Gardens
TD Stage
The Mason Jar (Greer)
The Playwright
The Showroom
The Velo Fellow
The Village Grind
Smiley’s Acoustic Café
The Soundbox
Southern Culture
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium (Spartanburg)
Spinning Jenny
Stomping Grounds (Greer)
Wild Wings

If your venue isn’t listed, please drop a line to help@greenville relocation dot com and we’ll gladly add it!

Libby McMillan Henson is the owner of Greenville Relocation, offering local relocation concierge services, and is also author of ‘The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.’

Greenville as a Business Location: Make the Comparison

If your company is considering a move to Greenville, look for a copy of ‘The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide’ (due Spring 2016) and check out the inspiring chapter called ‘Innovative Business Environment.’  It holds surprises which will sway your decision.

If you’re considering a business move to Greenville SC, you likely already have the facts and the numbers. Here are a few other things to remember as you make comparisons to other cities:

1. Greenville adapts.  
2. Greenville is welcoming.  
3. Locals are proud of this region and its products.
4. Locals are also loyal and hardworking.
5. Public-private partnerships thrive here.
6. City leaders make decisions with quality of life in mind.
7. The quality of life is unparalleled: your employees and your family will love living here!

This list is the secret sauce that makes Greenville the top choice for many new companies each year. Greenville welcomes students, internationals, new companies and new residents with enthusiasm. Residents put locally-manufactured Michelin tires on their cars. Those who can drive BMWs made here in the Upstate. Local events are well attended. Greenville charities are supported. Local sports teams enjoy undying devotion.

And take another hard look at #7.  You know what it costs to hire, train and keep employees.  If you choose Greenville as your business’s home base, the city does the heavy lifting for you.

The GADC, the City of Greenville’s economic development team and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce are also great sources of information as you tackle your due diligence.

-Libby McMillan Henson is the owner of Greenville Relocation, offering local relocation concierge services, and is also author of ‘The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.’

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