Our Favorite Local Businesses

Did you know that for every $100 you spend at a locally-owned store, $68 stays in the community via payroll, taxes, etc. but if you spend that same amount of money at a nationally-owned chain store, only $43 stays here?

And if you buy online, $0 benefits our city–unless it’s a locally owned web business–so before you spend your hard earned money, think about how that will impact our great part of the world. Let’s keep our green in Greenville!

To help you shop locally, we’ve assembled a list of local merchants, restaurants, and service providers that we know and recommend. Shop local, and keep more green in Greenville!

Charities/Nonprofits

Some of these aren’t local, exactly, but they do such good work they need our support, too!

Atlantic Institute– Love this organization – Atlantic Institute is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote dialogue among people and towards issues that pertain to their lives. Atlantic Institute’s mainstay is to engage in educational activities about social and cultural matters.

Big Cat Rescue – Big Cat Rescue is an animal sanctuary near Tampa, Florida, United States, devoted to rescuing and housing exotic cats, rehabilitating injured or orphaned native wild cats, and ending the private trade and ownership of exotic cats via educational outreach and legislation. I’ve sponsored several cats for nieces and nephews, and they loved getting updates about “their” animal.

Concerned Citizens for Animals – Concerned Citizens for Animals improves the loves of homeless animals in the Upstate. Through their shelter operation and a variety of community service programs, CCA offers a second chance to neglected, stray, and abandoned animals.

Dining for Women – Started by one of our Upstate Ladies, Marsha Wallace, Dining for Women is a global giving circle dedicated to transforming lives and eradicating poverty among women and girls in the developing world. Through member education and engagement, as well as the power of collective giving, Dining for Women funds grassroots organizations that empower women and girls and promote gender equity.

Istanbul Cultural Center – Istanbul Cultural Center is a non-profit organization, with offices in Greenville and West Columbia, that is devoted to the promotion of rich cultural heritage of Turkey and Turkish people to the well-diversified South Carolina community. They have Turkish Cooking Classes, Ladies Nights, and of course Turkish Food Fest!!

Let There Be Mom – A Greenville, SC, based nonprofit organization dedicated to serving local moms and dads who are battling a life-threatening illness. Raspberry Moon has been a sponsor for their Friend of Mom Program and Door Prizes for some of their events.

Speak for Animals – Speak for Animals has been going into Upstate South Carolina communities to save and improve the lives of companion animals in the Upstate since 2003 through:

  • Low and No Cost Spay and Neuter Programs
  • Community Outreach
  • Advocating for the most vulnerable
  • Humane Education
  • Working in collaboration with groups who share our mission

Raspberry Moon has been offering services at their Annual Spa for Spays Event for 5 years, as well as being a sponsor/donor of this event and others. Love this program and the assistance it gives to the Upstate.

The SC Ovarian Cancer Foundation – Dedicated to improving the health of women through education on the warning signs of ovarian cancer, support of those diagnosed with the disease and promotion of ovarian cancer research.

United Ministries  – Due to the foundational roots of poverty, financial crisis, and homelessness, outside help is almost always needed to give families a chance at something more than constant struggle. United Ministries exists to identify various contributing factors and offer multiple services with one goal: to serve and empower those on the transformative journey to self-sufficiency.

Upstate Forever – Greenville-based conservation nonprofit that protects land and water and promotes balanced growth in Upstate South Carolina. We’ve been a proud member of this organization for years.

Upstate International – A non-profit organization that exists to empower people and businesses of all nations to thrive in the Upstate by connecting them through programs, events, and initiatives that foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas.

Raspberry Moon has been involved with different events over the years and is a proud Sponsor of Salsa at Sunset that takes place every summer in Downtown Greenville at the Peace Center. Bringing people together from all walks of life, nationality and religions to enjoy the love of music and dance.

Education

English for Life – I went to Ecuador with Kim for a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification. It was a lot of work, but once you’re certified you can teach English internationally. (My bucket list/backup plan for someday.) EFL has graduates all over the world – literally!

Food, Health & Wellness

A Better You – This is Tina that I work with – she does a fabulous job and you can come in and have a facial with me and mani/pedi with her if your little heart desires. She does Electrolysis, Natural Manicures and Pedicures.

Addison Acupuncture – Amber has helped me over the years with various issues. Give her a call or text at 828.275.1008

The Carolina Honey Bee Company – Local Honey and Bee Keeping Supplies. Susan came to speak to my networking group and it was so interesting how bees work and the different types of bees. She is on Main St in Travelers Rest – take an afternoon and go check it out. There are some other great little shops there as well.

Greenbrier Farms – Farm in Easley with livestock, produce, a CSA program, and more. Mark your calendar for their spring plant sale! And find them at the downtown Greenville Farmer’s market every Saturday in season.

Greenville Natural Health – Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs – Marina was my first Acupuncturist. She is fabulous and also hosts Asheville Integrative Medicine every month or so for Thermography.

Greenville Yoga – This is my favorite place to take yoga. Liz and Caroline (she was one of my first yoga instructors when I started in 2002!)  have been helping me get my Zen on – well you know they can only do so much for me! ;) – for a long time now.

Hurricane Creek Farms – Their focus is on organically grown, hydroponic produce.

Pure on Main – Wellness center specialized in Cleansing, Detoxing and Rejuvenation in Downtown Greenville, SC. Colonics, Nutritional Counseling, Massage and Herbal Store.

Hair

Michele Dunn – Hello Beautiful – my lovely hair dresser. She is always willing to try one of my crazy ideas but also keep me in check by picking looks that she knows will work with my hair and my level of willingness to actually do my hair and keep up with color.

Nichole Ambrosia Biggs – She is fab! She did my hair and makeup for my business photo shoot with Grey Thompson of Color of Grey. She is super sweet and loves what she does. Whether you need help for a wedding, special event, or more costume style makeup, Nichole is your girl.

Home and Garden

Carter Color Company – LOVE LOVE LOVE this Benjamin Moore Paint Store – Esme and her hubby Curtis are fabulous. Esme was so helpful when I was in the process of renovating my house. I love color and wanted something really fun and different. I had a vision of what I wanted the outside of the house to look like. I tried to explain it to a few people and just wasn’t getting it explained well. Esme had the colors I wanted on the first try!! So worth the drive to Clemson.

Classic Lighting & Design – My friend Kim owns this business and she made my life so easy when I was trying to pick out lights for the house. I had a few lights I had already bought that I was worried I wouldn’t be able to use. She found the perfect spots for them and then picked out everything else I needed for the house and marked about where they should go. Because my ceilings are so low I mostly did canned lighting but 3 rooms have lovely ceiling fans and the bathroom has a beautiful light over the sink which was exactly what I described to her as well as an awesome heat lamp, light and fan combo in the ceiling. She made it so easy. The ordering process and delivery was equally as easy. I would highly recommend Kim for new designs or renovation projects!

Pittman’s Supply – This place is like the Ollie’s of Building Supplies. They have a little of everything. The people are all super helpful and easy to work with. So far I’ve just gotten a new front door but will pick up a few more things from them. I know a new door from the kitchen will come from there. Stop over and check them out, they are a few miles away from the Flea Market on White Horse Road.

Massage

Blue Ridge Sports Medicine – Ruth McDonough, LMT; Certified Reflexologist, is a South Carolina state licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Reflexologist. I have known Ruth for years. She has a very caring soul and loves Beagles! I love Reflexology! If you have never had it done, give her a call and check it out.

Rick Smith – 864-346-5457

Lisa Portele, LMT – I started going to Lisa a few months ago. I have known her for over 17 years. She is super hard working and knows her stuff. She has been really working on fixing my back. I am not going to lie, I normally have a death grip on the bed but I can feel myself being straighter and I am in less pain. She is great at what she does and if you are really wanting someone to help you fix some issues, she is your lady.

Unwind with Elizabeth –  So I have not actually been to Elizabeth but I have met her several times when she volunteers for Spa for Spays. She always has great energy. I have several people that go to her and really like her. If she is on your side of town for sure give her a try. She also does Reiki!

Raven Massage – I love getting Thai Yoga Massage with Mary. This is a lot of stretching and she is working on the muscles as well. This is sort of a lazy man’s yoga. So you actually need to wear comfortable clothes and you will be on the floor for this. It feels so amazing.  Mary also does other types of massage and teaches yoga. And uses both modalities to help with pregnancy and new baby.

Nature

SC State Parks – We have so many wonderful parks here in SC. Did you know that you can purchase an annual park pass for only $50! This is the best way to access the parks and not have to worry if you have the right amount of cash. It is also more cost effective. There are 3 different park passes to choice from, pick the one that is best for you.

GNHA Hiking Group – So the group I go hiking with on Wednesdays is part of this larger group. There are hikes overall all week and with all different levels. Please read each hike carefully to know what you are getting into. I am on the Wednesday group and we leave from the Publix at Furman. There are 3 groups all different levels that leave from the same area on Wednesdays!  I am usually in Bud or Lynn’s group.

Elevated Rides – So mountain biking or even biking in general is not my thing BUT Amber (who I work with) loves it and she is involved with mountain bike training weekends. She is of course handling the food aspect. So if you are crazy like she is and love mountain biking or want to give it a try she is your lady!

Pet Sitting

At Your Beck and Call – my friend Angela can watch over your furbaby while you’re out of town and your dog or cat gets to stay at home in familiar surroundings, with a new person to play with!

Professional Services

Bennett’s Frame and Art Express – Suzi does all my framing and has for over 14 years. She is fab. Be sure to go to Express which is just a few doors down from Bennett’s Frame Shop.

Blast Heating and Cooling Repair Service – Love this husband and wife team! Jeff is very trustworthy, honest, reliable and affordable. So glad I found him 10 years ago when my compressor blew in July!

Discount Tires – These guys are awesome. They repaired several things for me over the last 4 years, never charging me, they simply told me to come to them when I needed new tires. I didn’t look any place else for new tires! I always go to the one on Woodruff Rd.

JH Tax Service – Janice is the gal to see to get your taxes done.

Mancini Plumbing – Great guys and very reasonable.

Needs for New Moms – Perfect help for new moms. Laura can teach you everything you need to know for taking care of your newborn. Laura provides a variety of in home services including Lactation Support and classes, Baby Nurse for day and night sitting, and Infant CPR classes. I have known Laura for 12 years. She would be my go to for baby help. Makes a great gift!

Pixel & Paper Designs – My awesome design lady. Steph does all my marketing stuff, from business cards and postcards to email newsletters and this website. I nicknamed her “Google” because I can call her with a question and if she doesn’t know the answer already she can find it really fast. She is also the person that makes this lovely website flow!

Recycling

Ever Green Environmental – Ever Green Environmental provides business recycling services in South Carolina. They help businesses in South Carolina dispose of their waste in a more efficient and environmentally friendly manner.

Greenville County Recycling – Recycling dropoffs, what material Greenville recycling accepts, and news for special recycling events.

Restaurants

Acropolis on Pelham – Great food at great prices. Tell Rihad that Nicole said hello!

Bocca Italian – Love Shauna and Horacio. This is my go to place in the area for Italian. I have also had several events here and they are always willing to help and accommodate their guests. You can stop in for dinner or book your next event, reception, rehearsal dinner or anniversary party with them. Also, Horacio teaches a cooking class which I haven’t done yet but plan to this summer.

Carniceria Y Taqueria El Gallo Giro – This place is super yummy. We get carnitas and pollo enchilado. I am sure they have other things that are good, but that is what we always get. My Salvadorian says they are the best.

Golden Llama – Yummy Pervuvian Food!

Handi Indian Restaurant – Delicious Indian food in the heart of Downtown Greenville! They have a fabulous lunch buffet so you can try a lot of different things if you are a newbie to Indian cuisine. They are super nice and will take good care of you.

Kanpai of Tokyo – Love Happy Hour here at the Sushi Bar – they have it every day at lunchtime and Sunday-Tuesday for dinner (check website for hours). Ask for Laura – aka LaLa, she is our favorite. I LOVE their Plum Punch Sake drink. Be prepared to only drink one – that puppy is strong but so delicious. We also have our go-to Sushi Rolls – Latin, Mummy, Hot Momma, Tuna Radish just to name a few. And see something you like but need to tweak it a little? No worries they are very accommodating and have Gluten Free Soy Sauce if you ask for it.

La Costena –  So I haven’t gotten to go to this one yet but my Salvadorian said it is a nice place and has yummy food.

Lazy Goat – This is my favorite tapas restaurants. This is where my friend Juan works so be sure to ask for him!

Local Cue – Great local bar hangout with games, billiards, darts and TV for sports. Great food and bar service. Maggie is the best.

Luna Rosa – the best gelato ever and in the heart of Downtown Greenville – their new fancy digs are located right across from the Westin Poinsett. They also have yummy lunches and dinners, I am just always there for gelato!

Mekong – Best Vietnamese in town! I love a lot of things on their menu but for sure Sauteed Jicama Rolls, Chicken Wings, Chicken and Green Cabbage Salad, Sweet Potato Soup, their subs are fab and very inexpensive. Their Pho soup is delicious but a very big serving. I love that they have container gardening in the back and also have kitty houses in the back wooded area for feral kitties that are fixed and safe!

Nothing Bundt Cakes – Love these guys. OMGosh these are so delicious and they have a lovely Gluten Free Option.

Palmetto Fine Foods – My amazing neighbors who take such great care of me. You can find everything from a Nick Burger and Fries to Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken and the Homemade Greek Dressing is the Bomb.

Pupuseria Mister – Yummy Salvadorian Restaurant on Cedar Lane. My Salvadorian thinks they have the best pupusas, he would know better than me!

Rocket Surgery – Their brunch is awesome. They have a banging Bloody Mary and I don’t even like Bloody Marys!

Rosalinda’s Mexican Restaurant – Love Rosalinda’s – best Mexican in town. This is not your typical Mexican place. I love the divorced tacos with chicken, sea bass tacos, and Jamaica margaritas if they have them. BYOB!

Saffron’s Indian Restaurant – If you are closer to Woodruff Rd than downtown Greenville, Saffron Indian Restaurant is yummy. I love their chicken soup, hot Indian tea, Vegetable Jalfrezi just to name a few. Their Lunch Buffet is every day and is the best way to try lots of different dishes. Their Indian Sweet Tea is the bomb.

Sidewall Pizza – Pizza, Salad, and Homemade Ice Cream, oh my! They now have four locations and you can sign up for a free birthday pizza. We stop most Wednesdays at the Traveler’s Rest location for a little sercie after hiking.

Sun Belly Cafe – Vegan/Vegetarian cuisine.

Swad – Little Mom and Pop hole-in-the-wall right near my shop that serves Vegan and Vegetarian Indian Food. I always get Hot Chai and Vegetable Thali, sometimes samosas and potato bonda. FYI – Their food tends to be spicier. Aunti and Uncle are so nice – be sure to tell them if you need something Vegan or Gluten Free they can make it happen.

2 Chefs to Go – I mainly eat at the one on Pelham Rd. They have the best rice krispie treats with peanut butter filling.

Viva Villa – Mexican with a fun atmosphere and great people. The owners are super nice and they make their own tortillas every day!

Retail and Art

Anthropoloca – My friend Jessica makes amazing jewelry and other pieces.

Daly Designs – Liz is a wonderful glass artist. Liz has great art work for sale in her shop and they also teach art classes! I love the glass fusion class. I have made 2 necklaces and I wear them all the time.

Grey Thompson – I have 2 of Grey’s pieces hanging in my house.

Kay Larch – Great Local Artist with a focus on the Day of the Dead. Super interesting pieces and very colorful.

Laura Aiken Studio – Love Laura, I have taken several of her mosaic art class and I love my pieces. One of my favorite classes to date. She now has interesting mosaic style jewelry and she also teaches a mixed media class. This is next on my list.

NIAD – Dance classes, various art classes, and henna.

Nyla Beans – Great store on Pleasantburg/Wade Hampton they have all sorts of interesting hand crafted jewelry, clothes, unique gift ideas. I always find something great here.

Prohibition Ink – Not local anymore, but if you’re in Salt Lake City stop by to see JJ!

Wild Birds Unlimited – This is a local Mom & Daughter team – love these girls. I am lazy about my own yard but I love to buy gifts from them. Everything I have bought people they have loved.

Social Stuff and Dance

Blu Martini – A great place downtown to go dancing.

Gallabrae – The Greenville Scottish Festival and Games

La Taberna de Pancho

NIAD – Dance classes, various art classes, and henna.

VIBE Lounge

Wedding

Color of Grey – So Grey does all sorts of things. He took my fabulous new business pictures; you will see him at all the cool events capturing the fun; He does Bridal and Wedding pictures; he is an artist so you can commission him to do custom work. I so dislike getting my pictures taken and I always have some weird look on my face but Grey somehow can take the best pictures of me.

The Upper Room – My friend Jane Kelley has a beautiful space with a garden rooftop view of Greenville. This is perfect for all sorts of events not just weddings.

Zen Greenville – On the West End of Greenville, Zen is a lovely space with 1 large area, 1 smaller area and a great courtyard space. The staff is wonderful and very easy to work with and are accommodating to different event needs.

 

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