Nissan of Greer takes part in historic Upstate celebration


GREER, S.C.  – The City of Greenville unveiled the Upstate’s first Level III electric car charger Friday morning, and Nissan of Greer was there.

The charger was installed at the Richardson Street Garage downtown through the Nissan EV Advantage Program, which donates equipment and services to eligible site hosts throughout the country to subsidize the cost to install the chargers.

The City worked with ChargeUp, LLC, a preferred EV infrastructure installation partner of Nissan North America on the installation. Friday’s celebration was led by Greenville Mayor Knox White along with  members of the City’s Green Ribbon Advisory Committee.

The DC Fast Charger, which rapidly charges electric vehicles (EVs) with direct current electricity, is the fastest charger available, said George Watson, the general manager at Nissan of Greer.

“We at Nissan of Greer are very excited to be part of this event,” Watson said.

About Nissan of Greer:

Located in the heart of the Upstate, Nissan of Greer offers great low prices, rebates and incentives for new and used cars, vans and SUVs to all of their neighbors in Greer, Greenville, Spartanburg, Easley, and Simpsonville. Nissan of Greer’s expert service and parts staff assists its customers in keeping their vehicles in great shape. Learn more at


Gowdy to visit Rotary Club of Greenville Tuesday

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Congressman Gowdy to address Rotary Club of Greenville


What: U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy , R-SC, to visit the Rotary Club of Greenville.


When: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at noon.


Where: The Westin Poinsett Hotel, 120 S. Main Street, Greenville, S.C.


Why: Congressman Gowdy will provide a Washington update to the Rotary Club of Greenville.

Who: Congressman Gowdy represents the Fourth Congressional District of South Carolina. He entered Congress in 2010 with a resolute commitment to the conservative principles that have guided him throughout his years in public service. Gowdy was recently named Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. He continues to serve on the House Committees on Ethics; Oversight and Government Reform; and the Judiciary, where he also serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee of Immigration and Border Security. Before becoming a Member of Congress, Trey served six years as a federal prosecutor and ten years as 7th Circuit Solicitor.



FunnelDelicious revamps downtown restaurant


GREENVILLE, S.C. – Downtown’s smallest restaurant is getting bigger.

FunnelDelicious has just completed renovating its restaurant to add more inside seating, a streamlined menu and an updated kitchen layout for more efficient cooking, said Mike Pennington, the restaurant’s owner.

Everything on the FunnelDelicious menu is cooked to order so the streamlined menu will means faster service for customers, he said.  The new menu includes fried desserts, hand dipped corn dogs, and of course, funnel cakes. The renovation adds three tables seating an additional 10 people in the store.  There is plenty of seating on the outdoor garden patio.

In addition, FunnelDelicious will be going to a seven-day a week schedule once Greenville County Schools go on summer break, he said.

“We have tried a lot of things in the past four years,“ he said. “There is still a lot of fine tuning, owning a restaurant is an everyday job, but our fans have really enjoyed the changes.”

Also new for the summer, FunnelDelicious is offering a special promotion for Greenville Drive games, which is located just across the street from the baseball stadium.

“We plan to stay open later during summer weekend games, offer a free topping if you show your Drive ticket stub, and really work to cross promote with our sister company – Rhino Concessions at the waterparks,” he said.

About FunnelDelicious:

FunnelDelicious is located at 155 Augusta Street across the street from the Flour Field and was a 2014 Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year finalist. Along with in-house dining and the world’s largest funnel cake, they also offer customized catering and party space rental. Learn more at

Media Advisory: Woodlands at Furman celebrates Red Nose Day

Premier continuing care retirement communities in the South

What: Over 150 Woodlands at Furman residents, staff, and families will sport their red noses, enjoy ice cream, and celebrate giving back to the community at a Red Nose Day event.

When: Thursday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m.

Where: The Woodlands at Furman

1500 Trailhead Court

Greenville, SC 29617

Why: Red Nose Day is a national campaign aimed at using fun and laughter to help raise money to support children living in poverty. The money raised from the sale of red noses at the Woodlands will be distributed to Mill Village Farms and Project Host, charities focused on hunger in our area. This initiative is one of several throughout the year aimed at connected the Woodlands at Furman to the Upstate community at large.

The Woodlands at Furman is a premier non-profit continuing care retirement community owned and operated by a local board of directors and managed professionally by Greystone. The 22-acre campus is located on the Swamp Rabbit Trail adjacent to Furman University. It offers four level of continuing care housing with the added financial assurance of Life Care. Residents enjoy a wide range of amenities – enabling them to continue an active and engaged lifestyle. For more information, please visit

Wagner Wealth’s Herman joins Chamber Small Business Council

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Jeff Herman, an Equity Partner in Wagner Wealth Management, has joined the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Council.

Herman has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, holding positions of client advisor, sales representative, sales manager and chief distribution officer for various firms including Dreyfus Investments and AXA-Equitable Life Insurance.

Herman focuses on several strategic growth initiatives for the expansion of Wagner Wealth Management, including succession and business continuity planning for financial advisors looking to transition their business.

His most recent position prior to joining Wagner Wealth Management was as Executive Officer for AXA Life Japan. While in Japan he created and managed a distribution organization to support the investment products offered by AXA.

About Wagner Wealth Management:

Wagner Wealth Management specializes in helping individuals and companies reach their personal and professional goals. Wagner Wealth Management currently oversees more than $260 million in total client assets; their experience is diverse, exceptional and ready to work. The firm has offices in Anderson, Greenville and Seneca. Learn more at

Securities offered through Triad Advisors, Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory Services provided through Wealth Management Advisors, LLC, A Registered Investment Advisor. Wealth Management Advisors is not affiliated with Triad Advisors.


MeetingPoint and Atlantic Institute to host an event


GREENVILLE, S.C. –  MeetingPoint along with the Atlantic Institute are joining together for a special discussion during National Jewish Heritage Month.

Dr. Fred Leffert, who has deep roots in Greenville’s Jewish community, will be speaking about Jewish heritage in the Upstate on Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hughes Main Library. Admission is free.

Each month, the Atlantic Institute focuses on a specific culture in the Upstate to learn and dialogue about the roots that each of them bring to make the region unique. Some of the city’s earliest Jewish immigrants came here to make a living as peddlers, tailors, merchants and businessmen and some like Max Heller laid a lot of the groundwork for Greenville’s renaissance. Fred Leffert received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, and he did his residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, followed by service in the U.S. Navy at the naval hospital in Portsmouth, Va.

After several years in academic medicine at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver and the University of Chicago School of Medicine, he returned to Greenville to start a practice in 1980. He is presently semi-retired — working part time at New Horizons. He has had a lifelong interest in Jewish studies and presently teaches courses in Jewish history and philosophy at Furman’s OLLI program.

About MeetingPoint:

MeetingPoint is a United Interfaith Community, drawing together people of goodwill in prayer, study, fellowship and compassionate service. MeetingPoint is a direct outgrowth of Greenville’s Year of Altruism (YOA), which has taken our community to new heights of compassion, civic awareness, and social action. Learn more at

Engenius launches 2015 Grants Campaign


GREENVILLE, S.C. – Upstate web marketing and design firm, Engenius, started its 2015 Grants program by honoring past winners Monday morning.

Engenius recognized the previous nine winners of Engenius Grants at a special celebration of five years of the grant program. Engenius also announced the opening of this year’s grant application season. Engenius has given more than $127,000 to the community via the Grants program and other community giving in the past five years, said Chris Manley, the firm’s managing partner.

“This ceremony gives us the opportunity to show how the Engenius Grants impacts the Upstate community by bringing the past recipients together at one time,” Manley said.

Engenius selects two local non-profit organizations yearly to support with professional marketing development. The Grant recipients receive a fully developed website, web hosting and support, marketing consultation, and access to marketing seminars. The value of these grants is more than $12,000.

Organizations located and serving within Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Greenwood, Laurens, Spartanburg, and Greenville counties are eligible to apply. Interested parties can apply at through June 5.

The nine previous winners are the Warehouse Theatre, Soteria Community Development Corporation, Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas, Loaves and Fishes, Shalom House, Blue Tent (formerly known as Camp Opportunity), Gardening for Good (a program of Greenville Forward), Center for Community Services and Pendleton Place.

As part of Monday’s announcement at the Warehouse Theatre in downtown Greenville, each past recipient received a top hat, which is part of the Engenius logo, and then tipped to one another as well as the Engenius team.

“We are very proud to have been an Engenius Grants recipient,” said Paul Savas, executive and artistic director of the Warehouse Theatre. “We would advise that any other nonprofit in the region apply.”

The idea for the Engenius Grants grew out of the idea that nonprofits need a professional and functional website to help them stand apart, Manley said. The Engenius team saw many nonprofits lacked websites that adequately promoted their mission. It is part of Engenius’ larger mission to balance business with serving the community through unique partnerships.

“At the end of the day, this is how Engenius can make a better Upstate community,” Manley said.’

About Engenius: 

With a hallmark of unparalleled service, Engenius is a premier web design and marketing company. The Engenius team provides strategic, focused campaigns aimed at driving traffic, sustaining exposure and solving problems for businesses, nonprofits and entrepreneurs. Learn more at

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