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#YeahTHATAgenda: Westfield Event Space Opening, Bertolo's Expanding, J. Crew Closing, New Sculpture in West GVL, Robot Hotel Lays Off Robots

Jan 15, 2019 08:59AM ● By Chris Haire
New Downtown Event Space Opening on Swamp Rabbit Trail: For a time, it looked as if the empty building at 405 Westfield St. in downtown was going to be the new Greenville home for Blue Ridge Brewing, the long-time Main Street brewpub that left GVL for Greer in 2015. But that move wasn't meant to be.

Enter Westfield, an event space from Paula Rallis, the local real estate developer, travel and lifestyle blogger, and member of the Rallis Holdings team, the group most recently responsible for the NorthPointe Standard redevelopment  and the Revel event space.

A 20,000 square foot venue adjacent to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, Westfield is approximately a month out from opening, Rallis says, and bookings are already coming in for the space for this year and the next. 

The former owner of The Scout Guide, Rallis has teamed up with Farrah Redmon of Farrah Redmon Events, a Greenville-based event planning company, in launching Westfield.

Bertolo’s Pizza of Greenville coming to Boiling Springs (Herald-Journal)

J.Crew at Haywood Mall in Greenville to close this month (Greenville News)

Aerospace Continues To Be The State's Economic Rock Star (Greenville Business Magazine)

NCAA tournament expected to bring big crowds, big bucks to Columbia (The State)

South Carolina’s deep teacher shortage got even worse in 2018, school survey shows (Post and Courier)

Six-story Charleston Tech Center gets final OK from city board (Post and Courier)

What to do with Freestyle Park? The unused lot finds new owner (Myrtle Beach Sun News)

Facebook is investing $300 million to support local news (Fast Company)

Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots (WSJ): So far, the hotel has culled over half of its 243 robots, many because they created work rather than reduced it.

“It’s easier now that we’re not being frequently called by guests to help with problems with the robots,” said one staff member who has worked at the hotel for three years.

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50 Most Influential
South Carolina Children’s Theatre
Executive Director

For 30 years, Debbie Bell has been leading by example, employing her whatever-it-takes attitude to ensure the S.C. Children’s Theatre (SCCT) is the very best organization it can be.   

Driven by her passion for the arts, the crux of her dedication is providing accessible theatre experiences for all the children of South Carolina. During her tenure as executive director, Bell has grown SCCT from a small community theatre to one of the premiere children’s theatres in the region, serving more than 50,000 children and their families annually.

Under her leadership, a significant capital campaign went public in September and construction began on SCCT’s new Theatre Arts and Education Center for Children and organization headquarters. The center will be an anchor and showpiece of Greenville’s West End, bringing the city’s vision of a dedicated arts district to fruition.