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Diamonds Direct to Celebrate Official Grand Opening of Greenville Store with Local Charity Partnership

August 23, 2021 | Greenville, SC - Diamonds Direct, worldwide leader in diamond sourcing and consumer education, is pleased to announce that local non-profit, Safe Harbor has been selected as the sole beneficiary of their official grand opening celebration on Thursday, September 23rd from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The special event is intended to shed a light on a deserving local non-profit, while bringing community supporters and VIP guests together inside the beautiful new showroom located at 1113 Woodruff Road (across from Target).  “Working with a local non-profit like Safe Harbor is what makes celebrating our official grand opening so special,” stated Lynn Tu, VP of South Carolina, Diamonds Direct. “A portion of sales generated from this event will go directly to Safe Harbor to support a variety of their important initiatives including, but not limited to, their safe emergency shelters, counseling for survivors and their children, and transitional housing. We hope...Read More
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LyonJay Announces New Senior Vice President of Development

GREENVILLE, SC | August 3, 2021 – LyonJay is excited to announce their recent new hire, Blake Loudermilk, as the Senior Vice President of Development. Located in Downtown Greenville, LyonJay focuses primarily on opportunistic investments in the housing sector, including lot development for publicly listed builders, build-for-rent communities, and single and multi-family rentals. Loudermilk comes to LyonJay with 15 years of experience as a civil engineer. He has a diverse profile of projects that range from residential and commercial land development to transportation planning and active transportation design. Loudermilk has provided leadership to projects that have improved the overall quality of his hometown, Spartanburg, SC, and surrounding communities. “Blake has a proven track record of success in our industry, and we are confident he will make a positive contribution resulting in better communities,” said Jennings Lyon, Founding Partner and CEO of LyonJay. “We look forward to having Blake on the...Read More
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Spinx Raises Over $75,000 for Four Local Beneficiaries

Greenville, S.C. – July 12, 2021 – The Spinx Company, the Greenville-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations and 50 car washes statewide donated $78,000 across four local charities including: the American Red Cross, Safe Harbor, Loaves and Fishes and the Greenville Free Medical Clinic. Representatives from each organization were invited to enjoy “Spinx Day” on Thursday, July 8th at the Greenville Drive game where the ceremonial check was presented. Pictured Left to Right: Brandi Majewski (Red Cross)– Suzie Foley (the Greenville Free Medical Clinic) – Becky Callaham (Safe Harbor) Tessa May (Loaves & Fishes) “It was an honor to provide this money to our beneficiaries this year, especially after such a difficult 2020” stated Stewart Spinks. “I am so proud of our team, vendors and partners for their charitable contributions, and I look forward to an exciting tournament again next year to continue to provide for those in need...Read More
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Ten at The Top Will Host Blues, Brews + BBQ Outdoor Networking Extravaganza on August 30th

Networking Event with Specialty Food and Music from Across the 10-County Upstate Region to Take Place This Summer Greenville, SC | July 7, 2021 – Ten at the Top [TATT] is excited to host Blues, Brews + BBQ, an outdoor networking extravaganza, featuring various food and beverage vendors, along with live music from the ten-county Upstate region. Through presenting sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, and host connector, GSP International Airport, this event will give Upstate residents the opportunity to network with Ten at the Top’s additional partners while enjoying food, drink, and live music. “This event focuses on our strong Upstate culture, and we are thrilled to celebrate safely together in-person again,” said Dean Hybl, Executive Director of Ten at the Top. “While our community has always been close-knit, this past year was difficult for many, and we are so grateful to unite by celebrating the great food...Read More
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Ten at the Top to Host Elevate Upstate Grant Workshop on July 14th

Greenville, SC l July 6, 2021 — After taking off a year due to the Global Pandemic, the 2021 grant period for the Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Grants is currently open. On July 14th, Ten at the Top will host a workshop to guide applicants through the process and parameters of the grants. The workshop is from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at their event space at Park 37, 250 Executive Center Drive in Greenville. Since 2013, Hughes Investments has provided nearly $100,000 in funds to 30 local communities as part of the Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grant program. The purpose of the Elevate Upstate Grants is to identify and provide initial funding support for community-based programs that promote community and economic vibrancy in local areas across the Upstate. “The Elevate Upstate Grants are for those wishing to bring new life to their communities—a spark, a fresh idea, a new tradition—something that will...Read More
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EY Announces James Jordon of Jordon Construction Company, LLC d/b/a JCC General Contractors as an Entrepreneur of the Year® 2021 Southeast Award Finalist

Celebrating the 35th class of unstoppable entrepreneurs who transform the Southeast and beyond July 7, 2021 – GREENVILLE, SC – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) announced that James D. Jordon, President of Jordon Construction Company, LLC d/b/a JCC General Contractors was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Southeast Award finalist. Now in its 35th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® program honors unstoppable business leaders whose ambition, ingenuity and courage in the face of adversity help catapult us from the now to next and beyond. James was selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on July 29, 2021, becoming lifetime members of an esteemed community of Entrepreneur Of The Year® alumni from around the world. “I am extremely honored and humbled to be a finalist for this award. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition we have received...Read More
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Diamonds Direct Hosts Highly Anticipated Summer Show Featuring 20% Savings

Designer Showcase Event to Take Place July 21st – July 25th at Diamonds Direct’s Greenville Store July 8, 2021 | Greenville, SC - Diamonds Direct, worldwide leader in diamond sourcing and consumer education, is set to host their highly anticipated summer show July 21st-25th at their newest South Carolina showroom located at 1113 Woodruff Road (across from the Target). This show will feature an expanded selection of designers and 20% off savings. During the summer show, walk-in visits are always welcome in addition to in-store and virtual appointments. In addition, the public is invited to attend an exclusive cocktail hour from 5-7 p.m. on July 22nd  which will include a wine tasting, sweet treats and live music by Spencer Rush. “We are so excited to host the upcoming Summer Show at our newest store and we look forward to showcasing all of the incredible designers throughout the long weekend. It will be an event that customers definitely do not want to...Read More
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Attorney David M. Thompson Joins Merline & Meacham, P.A.

GREENVILLE S.C. – July 5, 2021 – Merline & Meacham, P.A. is pleased to announce that attorney David M. Thompson has joined the firm.  Thompson practices in the areas of taxation, estate planning, business organizations, and probate. He earned his Master in Taxation Law Degree (LL.M) from the University of California, Irvine School of Law and his Juris Doctor Degree, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law. “We are thrilled to welcome David to the team of talented attorneys at the Firm,” stated David Merline, Jr. “I am confident that his experience will provide great benefit to both our clients and Merline & Meacham moving forward.” Prior to joining Merline and Meacham, he clerked for Judge J. Cordell Maddox, Jr. in South Carolina’s 10th Judicial Circuit. Prior to attending law school, he was a baseball player on the Anderson University baseball team. David and his wife, Sadie, enjoy spending time with their friends and...Read More
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Spinx Named One of the Best Places to Work in S.C.

Greenville, S.C. – June 21, 2021 – The Spinx Company, the Greenville S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations, 45 car washes and 1,500 associates statewide was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The ranked companies will be recognized at a reception, presented by Colonial Life on August 5, 2021, at the Columbia Convention Center and the rankings will be published in the August 2021 issue of SCBIZ magazine. The S.C. Chamber, the publishers of SCBIZ, and the Best Companies Group join each year to produce the Best Places to Work in South Carolina program. This initiative is dedicated to identifying and recognizing South Carolina’s most innovative and top-notch employers. Those companies selected as “Best Places to Work” are recognized and honored during a reception and dinner held annually in August. The award is open to all South Carolina for-profit and not-for-profit organizations...Read More
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Spinx Leads Convenience Store Industry in Self-checkout Trend in Upstate

Greenville, S.C. – June 15, 2021 – Greenville-based fuel and convenience retail company The Spinx Company is thrilled to announce they have begun piloting a convenient self-checkout program to maximize the roles of team members and to provide increased service to all customers.  Spinx is leading the industry in the Upstate with this new offering and has a goal to rollout self-checkout to all Spinx stores in Q2-Q3 of 2022. “At Spinx, we exist to make people’s lives easier. By providing the self-checkout option to our customers, they will be able to stop at our store, shop for what they need and quickly and easily get back on their way”, stated Spinx President, Stan Storti.  “We’ve heard from some peers in the industry that customers can get upset and interpret the implementation of this technology as reducing jobs, but in our case, nothing could be further from the truth. We’re moving our teammates’ efforts...Read More
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