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{December 13, 2011}   Making A Difference – Downtown Businesses That Are Giving Back

Christmas trees, sparkling lights, candy canes & hot chocolate…this time of year can be truly magical. But for some people in our area, holiday cheer is in short supply due to illness, unemployment and other hardships. SomeGreenvillebusinesses and non-profits are working to change that, even if just for a little while. So, when you are shopping for that perfect gift or celebrating with friends, make your purchase a donation to help others. Several Downtown businesses are donating a portion of their sales to help our neighbors in need, collecting items for Toys for Tots or are ReSale shops that fund area non-profits.

Want your purchase to not only benefit a worthy cause, but be eco-friendly as well. Then shop at ReSale stores, which are the ultimate in recycling! Red Ribbon ReSale Store is located on Pendleton Street, near the SC Unemployment offices. With an eclectic array of items that range from vintage Holiday decorations to sequined designer gowns, this store has a little something for everyone. Staffed by volunteers, this store funds the many HIV/AIDS awareness and support programs for AidUpstate. On the other side of Downtown, on Pleasantburg Drive near Big Lots, is the Safe Harbor ReSale Store. With an impressive selection of shoes, handbags and clothing – especially evening attire, you will certainly find the perfect outfit and accessories for all thoseHoliday parties! This wonderful ReSale store supports the programs that aid victims of domestic violence.

While you’re at SafeHarbor, pop over next door to Play It Again Sports. This sporting goods store not only offers great deals on new and used sporting equipment, but is a huge supporter of the Meyers Center for Children with Special Needs (their neighborhood down the street). For every customer mentioning that they also support this wonderful center, Play It Again Sports will make a donation to the Meyers Center. Head down Main Street into the heart of Downtown and you’ll find even more businesses who are giving back. TimesTwo, located on Stone Avenue, has long been a supporter of such area charities as Greer Relief, Safe Kids Upstate, Building Dreams Mentoring Program, The Family Effect and & Safe Families. The Barkery Bistro, a favorite among canines and their people, supports animal shelters and animal rescue groups with the monthly Yappy Hour events. A newcomer to Downtown, CityStory, has recently moved into the Westin Poinsett. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the book, “Greenville: Imprints of a City” are donated to area children’s charities through its ChildStory Charity.

Not to be left out, Downtown restaurants and bars are finding creative ways to give back. Liquid Highway, located on Main Street, is the little coffee house with a big heart. A generous portion of their proceeds benefits their Touch The Ground Foundation, a non-profit that aids medical clinics, orphanages, schools and families around the world lead healthier and fulfilling lives. A cornerstone of Downtown Greenville’s culinary scene, Soby’s is also a leader in giving back. Stop by on Thursday nights from 5-7PM for their Guest Bartender Happy Hour. 20% of the proceeds benefit area charities.

There are many more opportunities to be a Holiday Angel and help make a difference in the lives of others here in the Upstate & elsewhere. For a list of businesses giving back, volunteer opportunities and “Wish Lists” for area charities, visit the Downtown Greenville, SC Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/DowntownGreenville,SC. Happy Holidays!

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