GREENVILLE, N.C. — On Friday, Uptown Greenville held its first ever Shop, Snack, Sip event.
It was one of Uptown Greenville’s first big events since the coronavirus pandemic started. Local vendors said they depend on events like this, and they’re excited to see them return.
“For a lot of us small vendors like this, this is kind of how we get our name out there, most of our sales come from this, so it’s great to start seeing these things start to happen again,” said Alan Riggs, who owns R.A.W. Plastic.
People gathered at the ‘Believe in Greenville’ mural Friday night to shop at retail vendors, snack at food trucks and sip at the beer garden. They also enjoyed live music from local artists.
“It’s a local Greenville event,” said Riggs. “We’re a local Greenville business. Always looking for an opportunity to help out.”
Across the Uptown district at the Hammock Lot on Evans Street, the same shop, snack sip event took place in a different location.
“We’re used to throwing much larger events and we’re following covid guidelines,” said Courtnee McGrath, Uptown Greenville Events and Branding Director. “That’s why we split up the two locations and it’s just a great way to get the community coming back and enjoy the events as restrictions get eased.”
It was all part of Uptown Greenville’s initiative to bring foot traffic to the district.
“It gets people walking the uptown district and it can get a new clientele for them,” said McGrath. “It’s also great for the businesses around and the merchants just having people stroll the uptown district and supporting and seeing some new businesses.”
Vendors like Rachel Harris are thankful that events like this are coming back.
“The main source of my income is doing fun events like these,” said Harris, who owns Sunray Fiber Art. “Especially last year was very slow with COVID, but as you can see today, there’s a lot of people out here and you can see that everything is kind of coming back to life, which is really exciting.”
Uptown Greenville hopes to host more events like this one as restrictions across the state continue to ease.
Get ready to Shop, Snack, and Sip the night away in the Uptown District. Uptown Greenville hosts “Shop, Snack, Sip Uptown” on Friday from 6-9 p.m..
The event will feature live music, food trucks, retail vendors, and beer gardens. There are two locations spaced out in the Uptown District to follow COVID-19 guidelines, The Hammock Garden Lot at 423 Evans Street and in front of the “Believe in Greenville” mural at 710 Dickinson Avenue.
Enjoy a variety of offerings at the Hammock Garden then make your way to the “Believe in Greenville” mural for more. It’s a great night to be Uptown with merchants open for dinner and entertainment.
Cost of attendance is free, but services are provided at the vendor’s cost. The food trucks are Anita’s Taqueria Food Truck and Last Call Pizza Co. Coastal Beverage Company and Uptown Brewing Company will provide beverages at the Beer Garden at each location.
Holden Dixon and Kay Street Station will fill the air with live music, one being at each location.
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