The Village of West Greenville
Forbes.com recently profiled a part of Greenville that I honestly hadn’t given much thought to recently: the Village of West Greenville. Clearly, the area is just more proof of how quickly the Upstate is growing and changing. I was surprised to hear about all it has to offer, abd I thought you would too…
In the Forbes.com article “Neighborhood To Watch: The Village Of West Greenville, South Carolina,” 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. Home to 30 unique restaurants, galleries and shops, new businesses continue to relocate to the district.”
At the heart of the village is the Greenville Center for Creative Arts, which aims to enrich the cultural fabric of the Upstate through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration. The community is invited on the “First Friday” of every month to visit the center (and 25 other local art galleries and venues) from 6-9 pm to view exhibitions, buy local art, and/or register for a class or workshop. There is also a different free kid’s art activity each month.
Also a feature of the Village of West Greenville is The Anchorage, a casual neighborhood restaurant that focuses on serving thoughtfully-prepared small plates, craft cocktails and beer, and sustainable wine. Another local business is Unlocked Coffee Roasters, run by the Colombian husband and wife team of Andres Camargo and Rocío Salazar. It seeks to empower local women in shelters and support Colombian farmers while also providing high quality coffee.
Another cornerstone of the Village of West Greenville is Greenville Technical College’s Truist Culinary & Hospitality Innovation Center. This neighborhood-based venue delivers recreational classes for home cooks, corporate team-building, and job training. It is designed to bring inclusive economic mobility and workforce development to West Greenville with innovative facilities that are the result of more than $2.7 million in investments.