Left to right: Tracy Mazzitelli and Kim King of Café Mazzitelli, Dara Hoopingarner of Dress Me Lulu, and Sabrina Hodges of Sweet Tea Station stand at the corners of the Greer Station medallion at the corner of Trade Street and Randall Street in downtown Greer.

Small Businesses Growing and Expanding in Downtown Greer Despite Economic Impact of COVID-19

City of Greer Sees Continued Return on Investment from CenterG Project Phase 1

GREER, S.C. – Downtown Greer is welcoming three new, women-owned small businesses to Trade Street as a continued return on the city’s investment of the CenterG streetscape project, Phase 1. Sweet Tea Station is expanding to add a second location to their current store in Reidville, South Carolina; Café Mazzitelli is reopening with a new name and menu following an initial closing due to the impact of COVID-19, and Dress Me Lulu is a first-time small business retail venture.

Sabrina Hodges opened Sweet Tea Station in Reidville in January 2018, as A Farmhouse Home Decor and Gift Shop. Sweet Tea Station recently expanded and more than doubled their Reidville location, and they are now opening a second location in Greer Station at 228 Trade Street, opening October 2020. Sabrina stated, “My family and I are extremely excited to bring Sweet Tea Station to Greer Station! The excitement in downtown Greer is quite contagious, and we can’t wait to be part of it! Opening our second location in Greer is a dream come true!”

Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, Mazzitelli Deli closed on July 3. Following a business reassessment, Café Mazzitelli was born and will be owned and operated by friends and co-workers, Kim King and Tracy Mazzitelli, at the original location of 224 Trade Street. Café Mazzitelli will be a new spin on the original restaurant with a different look and menu. They will offer some customer favorites along with weekly specials and options of half portions to mix and match. A tentative opening is scheduled for early October. Owners Kim King and Tracy Mazzitelli stated, “Closing Mazzitelli Deli was heartbreaking for us and our customers. We always felt that we belonged in Greer, and we are excited to start over with the new streetscape and everything Greer has to offer.”

Dara Hoopingarner always dreamed of owning a boutique, and Dress Me Lulu was born from the desire to help women choose their best style. Having operated as an online boutique for the last 6 months, she is excited to open Dress Me Lulu at 210 Trade Street in November 2020. “The name Dress Me Lulu comes from friends always wanting me to help pick out their outfits, and my nickname growing up was Lulu. So Dress Me Lulu seemed like the perfect fit” states Dara. “Why Greer? I grew up in Spartanburg, but my fiancé’s roots are planted in Greer. He brought me to Greer and I love it. I am excited to join the amazing community in Greer and offer the ladies of Greer that perfect last minute outfit for date night or brunch with the girls!”

“Phase one completion of the CenterG streetscape project in Greer Station has made our downtown a regional destination for great shopping and dining.” said Mayor Rick Danner. “The addition of Sweet Tea Station and Dress Me Lulu, as well as the return of Café Mazzitelli, will further add to the vibrancy of our central business district and it is a pleasure to welcome them to the community.”

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The Greer Development Corporation’s (GDC) mission is to be a catalyst for sustainable economic growth to secure Greer’s future. GDC works to increase the wealth-creating opportunities in the community, while preserving the high quality of life in one of South Carolina’s fastest growing communities.

Greer Station is the business association for Historic Downtown Greer. To learn more visit our website at www.greerstation.com

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