Shopping Your Way Downtown

..and the clock struck midnight, and Christmas carols starting prematurely ringing from all of the stores..

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That special time when you try to start and finish all of your holiday shopping before the season really beings. It’s the sad truth but we seem to skip right over Thanksgiving and begin the Christmas season as soon and the trick or treat-ers stop their candy expedition. We can’t help it, there’s something special about the red cups at Starbucks and the smell of fake pine that really gets us in the shopping spirit. Red CupThis shopping season, while you’re visiting our wonderful city, I suggest you skip over the humdrum shopping spots like the mall and congested Woodruff Rd. and shop on Main Street. I know that we are used to the one stop shopping of Target for all of our gift giving needs, but before you say “Bah Humbug”  remember what makes shopping on Main Street so wonderful this time of year.

There’s something for everyone!

For the gourmet chef (or in some cases want-to-be chef),  Charleston Cooks! and Oil & Vinegar carry unique kitchen gifts and high quality ingredients to help put the finishing touches on your holiday feasts. If you’re going to buy Dad a tie, make it a great one by stopping in at Brooks Brothers. Their sales associates can help you dress dad or the man in your life in head to toe timeless, high quality clothes.There are many options for the family Fashionista but a few of our favorites are  Anthropology, Custard Boutique, and Beija Flor. Which ever boutique you shop at on Main Street, West End, and Augusta Rd you’ll find a trendy trinkets sure to dazzle. Want a little sparkle? Browse the unique designs of Lynn Strong jewelers on Main Street.  Wish and Pink Azelea are crowd pleasers for your teenager daughter or girly co-workers. Never really know what to buy for the outdoors man in your life? Stop by Mast General Store, they’ll help you buy the perfect gift for the man (or woman) who seems to have everything. Don’t forget about the iStore in the RiverPlace  facility for your favorite i-fanatic! Buying for a big Greenville sports-fan? It’s never too soon to stock up on Drive or Road Warrior gear or buy season tickets. What about tickets for The Peace Center Broadway Series- Wicked will be here before you know it, so why not treat your friends to a show?  If you’re in need stocking suffers for the little ones, Poppington’s makes the perfect treat for the family to enjoy early Christmas morning!

Still need convincing?

  • Free parking on Thanksgiving and on ‘Black’ Friday in all of the city parking garages downtown.
  • Ice on Main opens on November 21st
  • Festival of Tree, supporting St. Francis Hospital, opens on Dec. 1st- which means you can stop in our hotel and see the wonderfully decorated trees for a great cause!
  • Stop in at Coffee Undergroud, Tealoha, Spill the Beans, and of course(!) Starbucks for tasty seasonal drinks while shopping.

 So now that you’re convinced, be sure to ask our guest services representatives for a walking map of downtown to help with all of your holiday shopping needs.

We’ll see you at check in!

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Coming Home

Every Fall, Furman alumni make an annual pilgrimage back to Greenville for a weekend filled with friends and tradition. Forbes recently named Furman one of America’s Top Colleges, ranking #19 in the South and #83 in the over list of 100 schools. There’s no doubt as to how or why Furman made the elusive list. The university not only offers a top notch education for their students but also a bustling student life where bonds form fast between friends. During Homecoming, these proud alumni leave their day to day routine behind and travel back to their ‘college town’ to relive their youth. It’s amazing to watch our lobby come to life as friends from around the country gather for a weekend of fun.

Even though the university will have a plethora of alumni events for their former students to attend, we suggest spending some time downtown and seeing how Greenville has changed over the years.  If you’re arriving on Friday, we suggest catching up with friends at The Lazy Goat , located conveniently right outside of our lobby. With a relaxed atmosphere, tapas style servings, and attentive staff, The Lazy Goat is the perfect venue for meeting close friends before a big weekend on the town. Saturday morning, if you’re in need of a little pick me up before the big game, swing by Tealoha or Moe Joe to recharge with a delicious caffeinated (or decaffeinated) beverage. Saturday night is our town’s night to shine! If you’re in the mood for some piano dueling fun head over to Jack n’ Diane’s. If you’d you rather spend the night playing darts and pool, check out Barley’s! Dancing diva? Head over to Ford’s. End the weekend on a high note with Sunday brunch in Falls Park at Passerelle  or along the river at Blue’s Boulevard.

However you decide to spend Homecoming weekend, we are glad you decided to spend it with us at RiverPlace- see you soon!

“Life at RiverPlace is a blog about the on-goings and social life in downtown Greenville, SC. Nestled in the heart of downtown, along the Reedy River at Falls Park, The Hampton Inn & Suites at RiverPlace is an urban sanctuary for visitors. Not your typical “Hampton Inn'” and backed with our 100% Guarantee, we are sure you will enjoy your stay.”

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