Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Trail Named 3rd Best Urban Trail for 2015

Schuylkill River Trail Wins Best Urban Trail

MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, Swamp Rabbit Trail, Buffalo Bayou Park and Indianapolis Cultural Trail also winners

Summer is the perfect season go get active in the great outdoors, and thanks to an ever-growing network of urban recreational trails, staying active this season is easier than ever!

USA TODAY 10Best teamed up with a panel of travel and outdoor recreation experts to nominate 20 trails for the title of Best Urban Trail. Our readers have been voting daily for the past four weeks, and now we have a winner!

Coming in first place is Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail, a still-expanding project that already includes more than 60 miles of trails along the Schuylkill River.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Urban Trail are as follows:

  1. Schuylkill River TrailPhiladelphia
  2. MKT Nature and Fitness Trail – Columbia, Mo.
  3. Swamp Rabbit TrailGreenville, S.C.
  4. Buffalo Bayou ParkHouston
  5. Indianapolis Cultural Trail – Indianapolis
  6. American River Bike TrailSacramento
  7. Atlanta BeltLineAtlanta
  8. River Walk and Mission TrailSan Antonio
  9. Lakefront TrailChicago
  10. Rose Kennedy GreenwayBoston

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Barbara Tullpane (National Recreation and Park Association) and Larry Bleiberg (USA TODAY) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of urban parks and trails across the nation.

Other nominees for Best Urban Trail included Boulder Creek Path in Boulder, Colo.; Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle; Forest Park Trails in Portland, Ore.; Grand Rounds/Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis; Griffith Park Trails in Los Angeles; Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in Austin; Louisville Loop Trail in Louisville; Manhattan Waterfront Greenway in New York; Minuteman Bikeway in Boston and Mount Vernon Trail in Washington.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.




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Greenville, SC: Where Southern Charm Meets Cosmopolitan Living

Article via Ebony Online, Travel

By Kristin Braswell


When the wind hits my face after the second mile, I begin to really let go. Legs pumping, Beyoncé blasting–I have not a single worry. Bikers wave as they pass, critters scurry into the woods.  A stop at a small farmers market where families stuff fresh baguettes into their mouth is a ritual that makes me smile. If there is one thing my visit to Greenville, South Carolina taught me, it is this: simplicity brings abundance. It does not take much to find something to enjoy in this alluring Southern city. Nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with easily one of the most beautiful downtown neighborhoods in the country, Greenville should definitely be on your ‘to visit’  list. It’s city contemporary-meets-Southern charm in the best way. Here are just a few things to do during your first visit:


Eat. Then Eat Some More.

With over 90 restaurants in the downtown area alone, it’s hard for a food lover not to feel elated in Greenville… and very, very full. One may not think of sustainability and farm to table food when South Carolina comes to mind, but Greenville is proving that where our food comes from is just as important as how it tastes. For pork lovers, there is Bacon Bros. Public House. Nosh on the charcuterie platter of the day, all sourced from a local farm–then wash it down with a bacon martini if you’re feeling gluttonous.  Don’t forget to peak into the cure room, where you can see Chef Anthony Gray’s latest palate pleasers.

During the day, a Tastes of the South tour will take you through downtown Greenville to devour dishes like fried alligator, fried green tomatoes with pimiento fondue, and shrimp with grits. Learning the history of the city and its dishes is an added bonus to an already delicious afternoon.

For meals sourced from local and regional farms, American Grocery is a city favorite with an intimate setting. For larger groups and those that like to share plates, The Lazy Goat provides an array of dishes that are sure to delight. After a day of eating, end your night at Stellar Wine Bar, where if you’re lucky, bartender John may whip you up one of his cider-based cocktails that will leave you wanting more.

Be Entertained

There is plenty to do in downtown Greenville at all times of the day. Hop on a free trolley and explore downtown’s unique boutique stores. Check out one of the city’s many museums, visit the zoo, or walk into any sports bar to witness true football fans. At night, a jazz show at Blues Blvd. Jazz provides a sexy ambiance and true musical talent to patrons. For a nightcap, the Hyatt Regency’s lobby bar and restaurant Roost are always jumpin’.

Let Nature Take Its Course

Being outdoors in Greenville allows for quite a few unique experiences with nature. Downtown at Liberty Falls Park is a great place to have an outdoor picnic, listen to street musicians and stroll across the stunning Liberty Bridge, which hangs over the 28-foot Reedy River Falls.  After all of the eating you’ll be doing, a bike ride or jog along the 18.7-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail is exhilarating.

Say Hello to People

One of Greenville’s biggest charms is the people that live there. I am hesitant to strike up a conversation with strangers in New York, but in Greenville, chatting with people was easy and always entertaining. It’s also a great way to learn more about the city, the people that make it so wonderful, and of course, make new friends.



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Greenville Downtown ranked as Top 10 by Livability

Article via Upstate Business Journal:

Among small to midsize cities, recently ranked Greenville as having one of the Top 10 Best Downtowns 2015. The Upstate city was included as No. 4 on the list because of its growing downtown population and entertainment options along with arts and cultural attractions, according to a release.

Greenville also had a high “Walk Score,” based on walking routes to destinations such as grocery stores, schools, parks, restaurants and retail. The 20601 ZIP code has the highest Walk Score at 54 out of 100.

The listing also cites Falls Park, the urban historic districts, friendly local business owners, multinational corporations drawing international residents, Fluor Field, The Peace Center and The Children’s Museum of the Upstate as boons to downtown.

“We’re really in a new golden age of American downtowns,” said Livability editor Matt Carmichael in a release. “Throughout cities large and small, the energy and resources focused on restoring Main Streets and urban cores is paying off.”

According to its website, Livability examines community amenities, education, sustainability, transportation, housing and economy related to places to live. It also issues rankings on small towns, college towns and an annual Top 100 Best Places to Live.

The site also features an interview with Greenville mayor Knox White, taken at the CEOs for Cities event.


Top 10 Best Downtowns, 2015

  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Minneapolis, MN
  3. Indianapolis, IN
  4. Greenville, SC
  5. Salt Lake City, UT
  6. Alexandria, VA
  7. Fargo, ND
  8. Lincoln, NE
  9. Somerville, MA
  10. Evanston, IL

2015 Top Producing Monthly Front Runners


Congratulations to our 2015 TOP PRODUCING monthly Front Runners


 May 2015

Joey Beeson– Top Unit Listing Leader of the Month

Joey Beeson– Top Volume Listing Leader of the Month

Valerie Miller– Top Unit Sales Leader of the Month

Valerie Miller– Top Volume Sales Leader of the Month

Nancy McCrory & Karen Turpin– Top Unit Listing Team of the Month

March to Sold Team: Anne Marchant, Jolene Wimberly, Brian Marchant– Top Volume Sales Team of the Month


April 2015

Tom Marchant & Kathy Slayter–  Top Unit Listing Leaders of the Month

Tom Marchant –  Top Volume Listing Leader of the Month

Kathy Slayter – Top Unit Sales  Leader of the Month

Valerie Miller – Top Volume Sales  Leader of the Month

Mikel-Ann Scott & Lydia Johnson – Top Unit Listing Sales  Team of the Month

Karen Turpin & Nancy McCrory – Top Volume Sales Team of the Month


MARCH 2015

James Akers Jr. & Valerie Miller –  Top Unit Listing Leader of the Month

Valerie Miller –  Top Volume Listing Leader of the Month, Top Unit & Volume Sales Leader of the Month

March to Sold Team: Anne Marchant, Jolene Wimberly, Brian Marchant – Top Units & Volume Sales  Team of the Month



James Akers Jr. –   Top Volume Listing & Top Unit Sales Leader of the Month

Tom Marchant – Top Unit Listing Leader of the Month

Joan Rapp –  Top Volume Sales Leader of the Month

March to Sold Team: Anne Marchant, Jolene Wimberly, Brian Marchant – Top Units Sold Team of the Month

Nancy McCrory & Karen Turpin – Top Volume Listing Team of the Month

Lydia Johnson & Mikel-Ann Scott – Top Unit Listing Team of the Month.



James Akers Jr. –   Top Volume Listing Leader of the Month

Kathy Slayter – Top Unit Listing & Top Unit Sales Leader of the Month

Barb Riggs –  Top Volume Sales Leader of the Month

March to Sold Team: Anne Marchant, Jolene Wimberly, Brian Marchant – Top Unit Closed Sales Team of the Month

Lydia Johnson & Mikel-Ann Scott – Top Unit Listing & Top Volume Closed Sales Team of the Month.

Greenville Named Hot Spot of 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015, on CBS This Morning, Peter Greenberg (CBS News travel editor) shared his top six picks for 2015 hot new vacation destinations. Amonf the 2015 Hot Spots for travel in the New Year, there were a few surprises as the top picks included:

  • Faroe Islands off the coast of Iceland
  • Cuba
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Egypt
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Downtown Los Angeles, California

Peter Greenberg said, “Greenville (SC) has become the new Austin.”


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Welcoming New Agents & Staff!


The Marchant Company is pleased to announce five new Realtors have joined their firm. Director of Veterans Services Lee Vining, Elise Francis, Charlotte Faulk, and a duo Lydia Johnson and Mikel-Ann Scott have come to find the growing local firm as the right place to do business.

Lee Vining joins the Marchant Company following a career in the military lasting over ten years. He has devoted himself to improving the lives of military men and women following their deployment. Lee was best suited as the Director of Veterans Services because of his commitment to serving the local community through the Upstate Warrior Solution and management of the Veteran’s Treatment Court. Lee spends a great deal of time seeking out homeless veterans to help them fill out the necessary paperwork to get VA Medical coverage.

Charlotte Faulk has decided to take the plunge into the real estate world after being on the sidelines as a banker for the past 25 years. The transition from banking to Real Estate is natural for Charlotte since her banking experience was primarily residential real estate lending.  Although not a native Greenvillian, Charlotte has spent a total of thirty years in the Upstate and claims it as home.  An active member of St. Paul’s Church, she enjoys exercising, college football and spending time at the beach.

Lydia Johnson began working in the Real Estate industry in 2001 as an account executive for The Homes section at The Greenville News. She also worked with The Greenville Journal in the launch of their “Friday Homes Report” (now “Journal Homes”) in 2004. With the knowledge obtained in marketing Upstate area homes, she made the transition to become a licensed agent in 2012 and now works with buyers and sellers. Lydia is married to a homebuilder who has built beautiful upstate homes and estates. “Our careers go hand and hand and we continue to learn more about the market and homes through each other’s expertise.”

Mikel-Ann Scott is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Mathematics and an option in Computer Science. She has over 11 years of experience in Real Estate print and digital marketing with The Greenville News and has enjoyed working with buyers and sellers since 2012. Mikel-Ann is a proud member of the Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS, the SC Association of REALTORS, and the National Association of REALTORS. She is heavily vested in our community through commitments to various organizations and charities. Mikel-Ann is an active member of First Presbyterian Church and enjoys spending time with her family.  After growing up in seven different states, she has lived in Greenville for 20 years and is happy to call the Upstate home.