The city of Greenville received national recognition on March 4, 2021 when Forbes Magazine included the Village of West Greenville as "a Neighborhood To Watch". Author Roger Sands writes, "Less than two miles from Main Street, The Village of West Greenville has been quietly expanding and gearing up for its moment in the spotlight. Thanks to a master plan started in 2014 to make the area more pedestrian and visitor friendly, the area is emerging as what some are calling the SoHo of Greenville with a heavy emphasis on the arts and independent creative businesses."
We think it's pretty cool that Poe West is a large part of the SoHo vibe. Bringing those good vibrations to the Village are an A list of business that Sands showcases in his article:
"Unlocked Coffee Roasters, run by the Colombian husband and wife team of Andres Camargo and Rocío Salazar, uses the shop and roastery to empower local women in shelters and support Colombian farmers while providing high quality coffee. Carmargo says, "Our goal is to bring the best flavor and aroma of each coffee bean, giving our customers a real connection to the farmers and the origin of the coffee they are drinking. Our roastery and coffee shop are focused on specialty coffee, distributing coffee as a wholesaler and retail store. We were both born and raised in Colombia, that is why coffee is running in our veins.”
Carolina Bauernhaus Ale, a farmhouse brewery and winery, features hand-crafted ales, ciders, and meads. It pays homage to the rich agricultural resources of upstate South Carolina by using locally sourced malt, grains, yeast and hops. While brewing techniques may be Belgian inspired, beers are by no means reverent to tradition. LaRue Fine Chocolate owner Elizabeth McDaniel launched her artisan chocolates business after spending years in the wine industry and as a hobbyist chocolatier. She developed her skills as a student of the Ecole Chocolat and is a maître chocolatier. LaRue Fine Chocolates is a purveyor of handcrafted, small-batch, artisan chocolates that feature local and organic ingredients such as Bee Well honey, Happy Cow Creamery butter, Bulls Bay sea salt, Queen's Cupboard sugars and Nellie T's peanut butter. Six & Twenty Distillery, one of South Carolina’s premier craft distilleries, will also present classes and tours along with an extensive menu of cocktails and flights.
Center for Culinary & Hosptiality Innovation- with weekly cooking classes (both participation and demo) open to the public, the incubator space will also serve to help train professionals for the hospitality industry locally."
To read the full article, head over to Forbes and read Neighborhood To Watch: The West Village of Greenville, South Carolina.
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