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!


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

Atlantic Institute

Big Cat Rescue – I’ve sponsored several cats for nieces and nephews, and they love getting updates about “their” animal.

Concerned Citizens for Animals

Dining for Women

Hands On Greenville

Istanbul Cultural Center

Let There Be Mom – We are a sponsor for the Friend of Mom Program

Speak for Animals

The SC Ovarian Cancer Foundation

United Ministries

Upstate Forever – We’re a proud member of this organization

Upstate Homeless Coalition

Upstate International


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

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.

Creative Living Wellness –¬†Supplements, Iridology, Nutritional Counseling and much more. I recommend Alison Lively for Iridology and Nutritional Counseling.

Fit Body Boot Camp

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

Greenville Yoga – This is my favorite place to take yoga. Liz and Caroline 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

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!

Blast Heating and Cooling Repair Service – Love this husband and wife team!

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!

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. 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.


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

Golden Llama

Handi Indian Restaurant – My favorite Indian restaurant in 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.

Kannika’s Thai Kitchen

Kanpai of Tokyo

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

Local Cue

Luna Rosa – the best gelato in Greenville.

Mekong – Best Vietnamese in town!

Nothing Bundt Cakes – Love these guys.

Palmetto Fine Foods

Rocket Surgery

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. I prefer Cazadores Tequila.

Saffron’s Indian Restaurant – If you are closer to Woodruff Rd, Saffron Indian Restaurant is yummy. I love their chicken soup, hot Indian tea, Vegetable Jalfrezi just to name a few. I always love to hear our favorite waiter say “My pleasure, mama!”

Saffron’s Side Deli – Awesome caterers.

Sidewall Pizza

Sun Belly Cafe – Vegan/Vegetarian cuisine.


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


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

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



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