Written by Smoak PR

Hartness Announces Opening of Home Site Reservations

March 31, 2017 | GREENVILLE, SC – Today, Hartness announced they will be accepting reservations for their new community on Greenville’s east side beginning April 3rd. The reservation process will be ongoing until the lot selection event on April 29th.

“We are very excited to begin the process of offering lots to future residents,” said Sean Hartness, CEO of Hartness Real Estate. “The amount of initial interest in Hartness has been somewhat overwhelming, and has certainly reinforced our belief that the Upstate is eager to embrace a quality of community life currently not available to them.”

Reservations will be randomly drawn for personal appointment times to select sites on April 29th. From there, purchasers will pick from the Hartness exclusive builder’s guild and may begin construction of their residence as soon as this summer.

ABOUT HARTNESS

Hartness, located in Greenville, SC, is a Traditional Neighborhood Development designed with walkable blocks kept close to daily conveniences, public spaces and nature. Situated on 400 pristine acres, Hartness offers an array of thoughtfully crafted home types ranging from cottages to estate and manor homes.

For more information, visit hartnessliving.com

Written by Smoak PR

SPINX SAYS FAREWELL TO FUELPERKS

Greenville, S.C. – Mar. 21st, 2017– BI-LO recently announced that it is ending its Fuelperks program in the next few weeks. BI-LO customers will be able to continue earning Fuelperks discounts until March 26th and will have roughly one month to redeem their savings before the program officially ends on April 30th.
Spinx has been a redemption partner in the Upstate for Fuelperks since BI-LO started the program in 2009 and is sorry to see the program end. “Fuelperks has been a great way for our shared customers to save money on gas these past eight years, so we’re disappointed to see it go away.” says Stewart Spinks, Founder and Chairman of Spinx. Spinx President, Stan Storti adds, “With Fuelperks going away, we think it’s important to let our customers know that our Spinx Xtras program is not going anywhere and if anything, it will give customers more opportunities to save on gas going forward.”
The Spinx Xtras program was launched in 2010 to compliment Fuelperks and has grown to the point that average discounts on gas are larger than Fuelperks’. Last month, Spinx Xtras customers saved 33 cents a gallon as compared to 28 cents a gallon on Fuelperks rewards redeemed at Spinx stations. Steve Spinks, CEO of Spinx stated, “Although we’re sorry to see Fuelperks go away, we’re excited about the growth we’re experiencing with Spinx Xtras now with over 50,000 customers participating. We believe that there are a lot of Fuelperks customers who will want to continue saving money on gas at Spinx and Xtras will give them that opportunity.”

Spinx Xtras provides customers with three ways to save. You earn 5 cents off per gallon for every $25 you spend inside of Spinx when you swipe your card or scanning your app when you check out. (A few exclusions do apply.) Spending is cumulative so customers do not have to spend all $25 in one visit. Also, customers earn instant fuel discounts when they purchase “XtraSpecial items” which change periodically. Lastly, Upstate customers earn an additional discount of 5 cents a gallon when they pay for fuel with their Xtras account by linking it to their Debit Card. Customers can start saving with the Spinx Xtras program by picking up a card at their nearest Spinx.
###

ABOUT SPINX

Founded in 1972 in Greenville, SC, Spinx aims to always be the friendly company that makes people’s lives easier. Driven by a passion for fulfilling people’s everyday needs, Spinx provides quality fresh food and products in a clean, safe and convenient environment. As an employee owned company, Spinx always strives to operate in a respectful manner that balances profit, community involvement and
environmental awareness, all while valuing on-the-go customers, partners, and team members. Spinx operates 82 convenience retail stores in South Carolina and is the largest privately held retailer headquartered in the state.
For more information visit, www.myspinx.com

Written by Smoak PR

SWAMP RABBITS CELEBRATE GREENVILLE

Greenville, SC |March 20, 2017 The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack will host Celebrate Greenville presented by Fluor  on Friday, March 31st. The evening will also feature Craft Beer Night, and a book drive benefitting Greenville Literacy Association.

The team will wear specially designed ‘Celebrate Greenville’ jerseys during the game that will be available for fans to purchase during a live auction after the game. 100% of the auction proceeds will benefit the Golf for Greenville tournament charities: Center for Developmental Services, Homes for Hope, Science on the Move and the Salvation Army of Greenville. The Swamp Rabbits will also be hosting a Craft Beer festival prior to the game. Fans 21 and older can enjoy a pre-game event with craft beer tastings from local and regional breweries in the Upstate, food pairings and a Swamp Rabbits souvenir from the event.

“The community is vitally important to all who live here and we are proud and excited to partner with Fluor to recognize and honor the individuals and businesses that make our area great,” said Swamp Rabbits President and General Manager, Chris Lewis. “This game provides a tremendous platform to express the admiration we have for the people and entities that make not only Greenville, but the Upstate, such a tremendous place to live and we are excited to be able to celebrate our community with our fans and partners.”

“Greenville and the Upstate continue to reflect the hard work and talented people that reside here,” said Augustus Dicks, Finance Manager at Fluor. “It’s critical for us as proud Greenville businesses and residents alike, to celebrate Greenville and its people whenever we can. We are thrilled about the opportunity to do just this with the Swamp Rabbits.”

Before the game, the Swamp Rabbits will be hosting a book drive to help support the Greenville Literacy Association. The team will be accepting all types of books that span across all ages and interests. The Greenville Literacy Association has conveyed a particular need for adult fiction and non-fiction books so fans are encouraged to bring books of those types if possible. Encyclopedias and water damaged or moldy books will not be accepted.

Join Fluor and the Swamp Rabbits to celebrate our community and cheer the team on as they battle the Atlanta Gladiators at 7pm on March 31st. The Bon Secours Family Fun Pack, featuring 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 soft drinks, 4 bags of chips, and 2 Swamp Rabbits Souvenirs for only $60 js available for this game. To take advantage of this great offer or for more information visit the Swamp Rabbits’ website at SwampRabbits.com.

###

About the Swamp Rabbits:

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits organization is the ECHL “AA” Affiliate of the New York Rangers. The Swamp Rabbits are committed to providing a fun, affordable, family entertainment experience for the Upstate of South Carolina while striving for success on the ice. We aim to conquer our mission through our core values of making our community a better place by being a responsible, civic-minded and contributing community member.  We are Greenville’s hockey team! For more information visit, www.swamprabbits.com

 

Written by Smoak PR

Mosby Poinsett Apartments Open this April

GREENVILLE, SC and Fairfax, Virginia – Middleburg Real Estate Partners, a Fairfax, Virginia-based real estate investment, development, and management firm, officially announces the opening of Mosby Poinsett Apartment Homes. Located at the intersection of Old Buncombe Road and Poinsett Highway, within a ten minute drive to downtown Greenville, Mosby Poinsett brings the luxury of being close to the downtown activity while offering mountain views and close proximity to Travelers Rest and the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Mosby Poinsett will consist of 288 apartment homes within sixteen buildings and is designed to be NAHB Green Certified. Spacious, open floor plans will range from one-bedroom to three-bedroom and will also feature carriage houses with private garages. Each floor plan will feature large walk-in closets as well as private balconies. Other residence features include nine-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, wood-plank flooring, and Nest™ thermostats.

Future upscale retail and high end grocery will be connected to the community and walkable for residents. An on-site concierge will also be available for in-home package delivery and other various duties.  The fitness center will be open 24 hours a day as well as offer instructor led classes.  The individual apartments will be accessed by Kevo Bluetooth™ keyless entry and tenants can pair their Kevo and Nest™ to their smart phone.

Apartments are located within walking distance to the community’s club house, dog park, pet spa, fitness center, community lawn, outdoor kitchen, and resort-style salt water pool to allow residents maximum access to amenities as well as a views of Paris Mountain.

“We are excited to offer Greenville a new and modern apartment community!  By offering a mix of modern style and southern charm we hope to appeal to a wide market and give residents access to everything they need to make Mosby Poinsett feel like home,” Austin Knapp a partner with Middleburg Real Estate Partners.

About Middleburg Real Estate Partners: Middleburg Real Estate Partners is a fully integrated investment, development and management firm specializing in quality multifamily apartment communities in high-growth markets in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States. Leveraging the experience and talent of our team and supported by state-of-the-art technology, we maximize investment performance for our partners and provide high-quality homes to our residents.  www.MiddleburgPartners.com.

Written by Smoak PR

Greenville Humane Society Announces Sixth Annual Mutt Strut

Greenville, SC | March 6, 2017 – The Greenville Humane Society is thrilled to announce the sixth annual Mutt Strut, presented by Papa John’s, will take place on Saturday, April 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at its new location in downtown Greenville.

The Mutt Strut is South Carolina’s largest dog-friendly race that includes a new 2-mile run/walk course throughout downtown Greenville. The event is family friendly, fun and easy outing for participants and their dogs. This year’s event features a “Mutt Market” and an after party throughout Falls Park. Participants are welcomed to complimentary refreshments before and after the race, live entertainment and plenty of dog-friendly fun. In past years, over 1,800 people and 1,500 dogs have participated in the race. This year’s event is expected to have the largest attendance yet.
“The Greenville Humane Society is the community’s humane society. Your participation helps us care for the thousands of animals that come through our doors,” explains Kim Pitman, Executive Director of the facility. “The Mutt Strut is our only fundraiser this year. We would love for everyone to come join us at the new location!”

All proceeds from the Mutt Strut benefit the Greenville Humane Society and the homeless pets in their care.
To register for the race as an individual or a team, please visit the GHS Mutt Strut website www.ghsmuttstrut.com. To learn more about the Greenville Humane Society’s sixth annual Mutt Strut or to inquire about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 235-8330 or email emily@smoakpr.com.

ABOUT GREENVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY
The Greenville Humane Society is the 2nd largest No-Kill facility in the Southeast behind Atlanta. Through our network of over 30 shelters, we have lowered the euthanasia rate across the entire region. We are also the leading provider of low cost vaccines and spay and neuter services in the Upstate. We do not receive funding from the government, United Way or national animal welfare organizations, but rely solely on funds from day to day operations, generous contributions from private donors and corporations and volunteer time totaling over 40,000 hours last year.

Written by Smoak PR

Tucanos Hosts Quilts of Valor Fundraiser to Honor Veterans

GREENVILLE, SC – (March 3, 2017) – On March 2nd, Tucanos Brazilian Grill, a fun, festive churrascaria inspired by the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, partnered with local charity, Quilts of Valor Foundation, to host a fundraising night honoring three veterans, Ralph Hendricks (WWII), Elisha Sellers Jr. (WWII) and Harold White (Vietnam). Attendees at the event were given the opportunity to talk to the veterans present and thank them for their service, as well as watch them be wrapped with a homemade quilt on behalf Quilts of Valor Foundation Coordinators, Suzanne DiCarlo and Kenneth Hinkle. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing ‘Quilts of Valor’. The Foundation was started in 2003 by Catherine Roberts whose inspiration was her son Nathaniel and his service. “Hosting this fundraiser at Tucanos was a great way to engage with the local community and we are proud to share this special event with those that were able to join us.” Said Kenneth Hinkle, representative from ‘Quilts of Valor’. Tucanos prides itself on being a vibrant part of the communities they reside in. The partnership with Quilts of Valor kicks off a monthly community relations initiative by the churrascaria. “We were honored to be a part of such a special ceremony. We love being an active part of our community and we plan to host monthly fundraising nights. Working with ‘Quilts of Valor’ for our first event proved to be a great success” said John Ramm, General Manager. “The atmosphere here is perfect for private parties and working with this organization was very special for all those involved.”

For more information about Tucanos Brazilian Grill, please visit http://www.tucanos.com or Facebook.

###

ABOUT TUCANOS The award-winning Tucanos Brazilian Grill is a community oriented, experiential dining destination that combines the traditional Brazilian grilling experience with the fun and flair of the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Founder Steve Oldham and co-founder Joe Heeb opened the first Tucanos in 2000 in Provo, Utah, and have since opened nine more locations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Salt Lake City, Utah, Boise, Idaho, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Newport News, Virginia, St. Charles, Missouri, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Noblesville, Indiana, and Greenville, South Carolina.

For more information visit, www.tucanos.com

Written by Smoak PR

STEWART SPINKS DONATES TO THE GREENVILLE TECH FOUNDATION

Greenville, S.C.Mar. 3rd , 2017–  Stewart Spinks on behalf of Spinx Inc. donated a 1983 Falcon 10 Dassault aircraft to the Greenville Tech Foundation for the college’s Aircraft Maintenance Technology Program in addition to a scholarship for the college’s Culinary Institute of the Carolinas on Monday afternoon.

The aircraft has an estimated value of $300,000 and will allow Aircraft Maintenance Technology students to master the skills required to become certified maintenance technicians. The Dassault is now part of a fleet of jet and reciprocating engine aircraft used for the hands-on component of the curriculum in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved program.

“We are very grateful to Stewart Spinks and Spinx Inc. for providing us with an excellent tool for teaching,” said Carl Washburn, department head for Aircraft Maintenance Technology and Truck Driver Training at Greenville Technical College. “This support ensures that our program delivers graduates with the skills to enter the workplace prepared for success.”

Spinx also endowed a scholarship for the culinary arts. The $25,000 scholarship will be used to provide scholarships for students enrolled in a certificate, degree, diploma or vocational course through the Culinary Institute of the Carolinas at GTC.  Recipients will be selected by the College Scholarship Committee at the Greenville Tech Foundation.  To be eligible for the awards, students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA from previous high school or college academic work.

“A scholarship can make all the difference in whether a student is able to start, stay, and succeed,” said Alan Scheidhauer, department head for the program. “This generous donation will go a long way in helping students become well equipped for the culinary field and in delivering the graduates that area restaurants and businesses require to prosper and grow.”

###

 

ABOUT SPINX

Founded in 1972 in Greenville, SC, Spinx aims to always be the friendly company that makes people’s lives easier. Driven by a passion for fulfilling people’s everyday needs, Spinx provides quality fresh food and products in a clean, safe and convenient environment. As an employee owned company, Spinx always strives to operate in a respectful manner that balances profit, community involvement and environmental awareness, all while valuing on-the-go customers, partners, and team members. Spinx operates 81 convenience retail stores in South Carolina and is the largest privately held retailer headquartered in the state.

For more information visit, www.myspinx.com

About Greenville Technical College

Greenville Technical College (GTC) is a five-campus system where nearly 30,000 students are annually preparing for the strongest careers of today and tomorrow. Established in 1962, the college’s mission is to drive personal and economic growth through learning. With more than 100 curriculum program choices along with short-term training for career and personal development, Greenville Technical College gives employers a ready supply of skilled workers and provides students with an education that will help them succeed. First accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 1968, the college’s accreditation was reaffirmed in 2013 for a ten-year period – the maximum time period possible. Regional accreditation allows students to transfer easily and gives employers assurance that job candidates from Greenville Technical College have received a quality education.

GTC promotes a respectful campus culture that reflects appreciation for diversity and inclusion at all levels. For more information about the college and its programs, professors and partnerships, visit www.gvltec.edu.

Visit www.gvltec.edu/gainful-employment for important information about the educational debt, earnings and graduation rates of students who attended programs.

Written by Smoak PR

TUCANOS HOSTS QUILTS OF VALOR FUNDRAISER TO HONOR VETERANS

GREENVILLE, SC – (March 3, 2017)On March 2nd, Tucanos Brazilian Grill, a fun, festive churrascaria inspired by the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, partnered with local charity, Quilts of Valor Foundation, to host a fundraising night honoring three veterans, Ralph Hendricks (WWII), Elisha Sellers Jr. (WWII) and Harold White (Vietnam).  Attendees at the event were given the opportunity to talk to the veterans present and thank them for their service, as well as watch them be wrapped with a homemade quilt on behalf Quilts of Valor Foundation Coordinators, Suzanne DiCarlo and Kenneth Hinkle.

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing ‘Quilts of Valor’. The Foundation was started in 2003 by Catherine Roberts whose inspiration was her son Nathaniel and his service.

“Hosting this fundraiser at Tucanos was a great way to engage with the local community and we are proud to share this special event with those that were able to join us.” Said Kenneth Hinkle, representative from ‘Quilts of Valor’.

Tucanos prides itself on being a vibrant part of the communities they reside in. The partnership with Quilts of Valor kicks off a monthly community relations initiative by the churrascaria.

“We were honored to be a part of such a special ceremony. We love being an active part of our community and we plan to host monthly fundraising nights. Working with ‘Quilts of Valor’ for our first event proved to be a great success” said John Ramm, General Manager. “The atmosphere here is perfect for private parties and working with this organization was very special for all those involved.”

For more information about Tucanos Brazilian Grill, please visit http://www.tucanos.com or Facebook.

###

ABOUT TUCANOS The award-winning Tucanos Brazilian Grill is a community oriented, experiential dining destination that combines the traditional Brazilian grilling experience with the fun and flair of the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Founder Steve Oldham and co-founder Joe Heeb opened the first Tucanos in 2000 in Provo, Utah, and have since opened nine more locations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Salt Lake City, Utah, Boise, Idaho, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Newport News, Virginia, St. Charles, Missouri, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Noblesville, Indiana, and Greenville, South Carolina.

For more information visit, www.tucanos.com

Written by Smoak PR

Carolina Nephrology Presents 2017 Upstate Kidney Walk

March 01, 2017 – Carolina Nephrology, a top provider for patient kidney care in Greenville, South Carolina is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the National Kidney Foundation’s Upstate Kidney Walk.

The walk will be held on Sunday, April 2nd at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville, S.C. Check-in begins at 1:00 p.m. and the walk begins at 3:00 p.m. The walk is open to all ages and is a great weekend activity for the family.  It is free to participate, however participants are encouraged to fundraise. To register please visit donate.kidney.org.

Funds generated from the walk will be used to provide resources to administer free health screenings, host educational sessions, and support kidney research.  Last year Carolina Nephrology’s team raised over $3,000 and the walk generated approximately $60,000 to help fight kidney disease.

As a disease that shows few warning signs until almost all kidney function has deteriorated, education is a crucial aspect for its prevention.  The walk encourages individuals in the Upstate with high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of these conditions to participate in regular screenings while generating support for kidney patients and other groups affected by the disease.

About Carolina Nephrology:

Carolina Nephrology specializes in interventional nephrology, as well as the treatment of kidney disease and hypertension.  The physicians of Carolina Nephrology are committed to delivering quality kidney care by utilizing the best clinical data, education and technology available.  Carolina Nephrology is located in six areas throughout the Upstate, with the main office in Greenville at 203 Mills Ave.  The practice has twelve nephrologists who are board certified in both internal medicine and nephrology, as well as six mid-level practitioners.  For more information on Carolina Nephrology or its physicians, please visit www.carolinanephrology.com.