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#YeahTHATAgenda: Tacos & Mas Opening at 13 Stripes, New Eggs Up on Pelham, Camperdown, Juul Plant Coming to Lexington, ESPN's Sports Betting Bid, South Korean Robot Soldiers

May 14, 2019 12:38PM ● By Chris Haire

What's Going on at Camperdown?

Two restaurants open in Greenville today -- a new Eggs up Grill on Pelham Road and a Taco & Mas outpost at the 13 Stripes Brewery at Taylors Mill. 

Headquartered in Spartanburg, the breakfast-and-lunch chain Eggs Up Grill has been growing steadily since it was founded in 1996, with 32 locations in the Carolinas and Georgia and a spot in Florida on the way. 

The 3935 Pelham Road location is the second Greenville Eggs Up Grill owned by former preschool teacher Dazz Collins. 

“The first time I walked into an Eggs Up Grill, I fell in love with the entire concept,” said Collins. “I purchased the Woodruff Road location four years ago, and the positive experience led to me to open my second Eggs Up Grill.”

Tacos & Mas opened its first location in 2017 in Greer and followed with a Woodruff Road location last year. In addition to serving Mexican dishes, Tacos & Mas also tackles dishes inspired by Cuban and the Dominican Republic. In addition, they also offer brunch, serving traditional and Latin fare. 

The newest location will open today -- on Taco Tuesday of course -- at the 13 Stripes starting at 5 p.m., giving the brewery's team the opportunity to gush on Facebook: "Today will go down in history as the best Taco Tuesday. Ever! ... Now we have literally no reason at all to ever leave the Brewery!"

13 Stripes is part of the growing Taylors Mill development, a home to artists, a train museum, an event space, and the Farehouse, a farm-to-table eatery which recently relaunched its Sunday brunch. A few weeks ago, the coffee house Junto opened at Taylors Mill. 

Unlike Greenville which has a number of adaptive re-use developments in operation or under construction, Taylors Mill is the lone such project on the east side of Greenville County.  

In other restaurant news, Green Tops Scratch Kitchen is set to open at 2903 N. Pleasantburg Drive -- a one-time home of Bika's -- while the Field House has been renovating the old Blue Ridge Grille in Travelers Rest, 216 N. Poinsett Hwy.

U.S. News and World Report's annual Best States list is out and South Carolina didn't fare so well, coming in 42 overall. The bottom three states in descending order: Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. 

The study "uses more than 70 metrics and thousands of data points to capture how the 50 states best serve their residents across eight main categories, including health care, education, economy and infrastructure," U.S. News notes. 

South Carolina consistently score fair to low numbers in all categories accept for economic growth, where it was ranked eighth. However, the Palmetto State only managed to come in at 16th for the economy as a whole, a position brought down by a ranking of 34 in business environment and 23 in employment. 

Georgia earned an overall rank of 17, with North Carolina following at 18. The No. 1 state: Washington, home to Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, Starbucks, among others. New Hampshire, Minnesota, Utah, and Vermont rounded out the top 5.

Why workers in South Carolina tweet the most nationwide about hating their jobs (Greenville News)

New convenience store chain investing $50M in 9 locations across Charleston (Post and Courier)

Flush with funds, Spartanburg County to tackle more road improvements (Herald Journal)
Vape giant Juul to bring 500 jobs to Lexington County this summer (The State)

Semiconductor Manufacturer Announces $1B Expansion in N.C. (Engineering News-Record)

Uranium from U.K. 'did not come' to Environmental Management at SRS, rep says (Aiken Standard)

Charleston-based Ceterus looks to grow revenue under new sales chief (Post and Courier)

Timeline: The Boeing 737 MAX Crisis (Aviation Week)

Return of Boeing’s 737 MAX Delayed, Posing Further Headaches for Airlines (WSJ)

USPS Fiscal Q2 net loss tops $2 billion   (Logistics Management)

In-store concepts feeding customers’ needs (Supermarket News)

Are Plastic, Paper Or Reusable Bags Better For The Environment? (Huffington Post)

Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs (Reuters)

Co-workers keep mixing up people of color. It's more than a mistake. (Washington Post)

Best & Brightest 35 and Under
Damon Qualls
Monaview Elementary School – Greenville County Schools | Principal
Age 35

My lifelong dream has been to serve as a public-school educator. From years playing school as a child to tutoring opportunities in grade school, I ultimately began my career through acceptance into the very first cohort of Clemson University’s Call Me MISTER Program.

After graduation from Benedict College in 2004, I ventured to the Upstate to begin teaching. After two years, my colleagues selected me as Teacher of the Year, leading to being named first runner-up as Greenville County Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Earning master’s degrees from Columbia College and Southern Wesleyan University and now with more than a decade of teaching and administrative experience, I am now the proud principal of Monaview Elementary School.

I’ve been extremely blessed to hold numerous national, state, and district leadership roles, which have pointed to exciting opportunities with Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Colbert, and Harvard University’s Principals’ Institute.

I believe in the importance of teacher quality and staff morale to promote both student achievement and a positive learning and working environment. With coined hashtags #MonaviewMoments and #loveSCschools, as well as collaborations with, Public Education Partners, and the United Way of Greenville County, community engagement proves to be an essential component to the success of public schools.