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Your Workday More Productive

They say that working smarter is better than working harder.Why not both?

Whether you're running a high-volume warehouse, overseeing a new construction project, or managing a busy retail establishment, you know that a productive workplace is essential. When it comes to your workplace equipment, you need tools that not only save time and money but are reliable when you need them the most and help your team get the job done right.

At Absolute E-Z Up, we help professionals overcome low productivity by providing the finest stock pickers, tire pickers, and platform lifts in Greenville, SC. If you need more efficiency and more profitability at your job site, you're in the right place. Sure, big-picture processes play an important role in your workplace. However, in our experience, the top cause of low productivity involves wasted time on the job site - avoidable problems that slow down your day-to-day work. And when your day-to-day and overall deadlines aren't achieved, that fault falls on you.

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Some of the most common productivity issues
we hear about include:

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  • Low-capacity equipment that requires workers to make multiple trips to transport materials.
  • Unreliable equipment that breaks down again and again.
  • Workers on injury leave because of falls suffered from unsafe ladders or scaffolds.
  • Enlisting more manpower to fill in because you don't have the right equipment to get the job done.

If any of these problems sound familiar to you, you're probably wondering what in the world you can do to get back on track. That's where Absolute E-Z Up comes in - to give you the tools you need to be more productive and efficient, so you have peace of mind knowing your job will finish on time, the right way.

When we founded Absolute E-Z Up (AEUP), we created a plan to deliver safe, reliable work platforms, stock picker forklifts, inclined platform lifts, stair climbers, and material handling products that increase productivity by leaps and bounds. We're not talking a few minutes shaved off here or there. We mean upping your work cycles two to three times what you're used to, coupled with drastically reduced downtime from maintenance and repair.

Sound too good to be true?

Not at Absolute E-Z Up in Greenville, SC.

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The Absolute E-Z Up Difference

Our company was founded on three basic values:

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Safety - The Top Time Booster

When workers are injured, they're either placed on light duty or leave until they heal up and get back to work. This leaves you with the conundrum do you hire a new worker (which requires an initial expense) or reassign members of your staff to make up the difference? Obviously, neither situation is optimal. The biggest factor preventing these kinds of frustrating situations is workplace safety, which is why it's our top priority at AEUP. It doesn't matter if you buy a manual platform lift in Greenville, SC, or an electric stock picker. You can rest easy when you purchase equipment from us, knowing that AEUP aerial work platforms and material handling equipment come with the most innovative safety technologies.

A few of those safety mechanisms include:

  • Anti-tilt systems, helping to prevent toppling and turnovers.
  • Built-in pothole protection for driving equipment.
  • Double-foot sensors, which halts the machine from operating unless two feet are planted on the sensors.

Note: Depending on your needs, your machinery may or may not include some of these safety technologies. Please refer to specific product pages for more details.

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Productivity - Doing More with Less

Common sense might tell you it would be hard for workers to do twice as much work as they used to. However, with the right equipment, it's very possible. Common sense might tell you it would be hard for a worker to do twice as much work as they used to. However, with the right equipment, it's very possible. Whether it's hanging signs, moving a piano, working on a construction site, or any of the other tasks that require a stock picker, you'll save time and complete tasks faster with Absolute E-Z Up. Our stock pickers, vertical lifts, and stair climbers are:

  • Versatile - our equipment is more versatile than other options, giving you the ability to fit into small spaces with a zero turning radius.
  • Faster - our batteries change in only a few hours and can last for dozens if not hundreds of duty cycles.
  • More Efficient - Workers can speed up every part of the workday with special features, attachments, and deck extensions.
  • Lower Costs - You can maintain our equipment at lower costs, which saves you money when you need it most.
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Reliability - Always There When You Need to Work Hard

Common sense might tell you it would be hard for workers to do twice as much work as they used to. However, with the right equipment, it's very possible. Common sense might tell you it would be hard for a worker to do twice as much work as they used to. However, with the right equipment, it's very possible. Whether it's hanging signs, moving a piano, working on a construction site, or any of the other tasks that require a stock picker, you'll save time and complete tasks faster with Absolute E-Z Up. Our stock pickers, vertical lifts, and stair climbers are:

Industrial Stock Pickers in Greenville, SC

Warehouse picking involves workers pulling (picking) items located on warehouse shelves and moving them down the line for shipment to customers. This kind of work requires a great deal of coordination, organization, and attention to detail. Filling orders under deadlines and time crunches are common. As such, you need a trustworthy stock picker that can boost efficiency and increase production time.

Managers often adjust their picking strategy to be less time-consuming and costly when the real answer might lie with the tools and machinery they're using. At AEUP, we provide the highest-quality stock pickers for your business so that your workers can do the job they need to do as quickly and safely as possible.

With AEUP, you can increase material handling efficiency in a variety of industries and workplaces. We're talking retail, warehouses, factories, and even event venues. The ISP series offers ideal solutions for diverse applications. The models feature a 35% gradeability for greater job-site accessibility.

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We offer several pickers for different needs, including:
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ISP-7M™

If affordable efficiency is your priority, this is the picker for you. With over a 13-foot working height, it will be the last "ladder" your business will need to use. The ISP-7M is one of the most versatile and affordable stock pickers on the market and is ideal for a variety of workplaces:

  • Airports
  • Warehouses
  • Retail Stores
  • Distribution Centers
  • Educational Buildings
  • Entertainment Venues

This fantastic stock picker is light enough to be used on any surface. It is also very maneuverable, making it a great choice for any company that needs a safer working platform with the fewest mechanical parts. The ISP-7M comes with our industry-leading 5-2-1 Platinum Warranty and clocks in at almost half the price of electric stock pickers.

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ISP-11™

Industrial Stock Picker

If maximum versatility modern safety features matter most to you, the ISP-11™ will allow your team to work safer, faster, and with less strain on your workers. With this stock picker, you can increase safety, maximize uptime, and be able to adapt to any floorplan or warehouse layout. Durable, versatile, and low-maintenance, the AEUP ISP-11™ is a self-propelled stock picker that will modernize your material handling process.

  • Drive, rotate and elevate all at the same time. Most of our competitors can only do one of these functions at a time.
  • Closed canopy and damage-resistant carbon bumper.
  • Comes with an aluminum alloy mast cylinder column. That means you don' have to worry about motors or chains to maintain. Add to that a 5-year warranty, and you'll be working smarter and harder for years to come.
  • Our electric material trays are adjustable to any shelf height. Many such trays are not electric and can only adjust in six-inch increments. Instead of adjusting your whole machine due to a three-inch miscalculation, you can save time and frustration with the ISP-11.
  • Our double-foot sensor requires that both of your workers' heels maintain contact with the platform to drive. No more safety nightmares, like hanging over the edge to drive.

This fantastic stock picker is light enough to be used on any surface. It is also very maneuverable, making it a great choice for any company that needs a safer working platform with the fewest mechanical parts. The ISP-7M comes with our industry-leading 5-2-1 Platinum Warranty and clocks in at almost half the price of electric stock pickers.

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ISP-11™ TTH

If you're in need of a tire picker in Greenville, SC, our tire transport handler is exactly what you need. Safe, efficient, and versatile, this picker has a working height of over 17 feet, giving you the ability to grab tires on the highest shelves. With tires getting bigger and heavier, it becomes necessary to prevent injuries during all operations involving them. The AEUP ISP-11 TTH lifts both the operator and tires, easily placing them at the desired height while allowing faster and safer performance. As if that weren't enough, this tire transport handler also comes with our stellar 5-2-1 Platinum Warranty.

A Warranty That's on Your Side When You Need It Most

Unlike other companies in our industry, we are proud to say that our warranty comes standard on all our equipment. Stock picker forklift in Greenville, SC? Check. Vertical lifts? Check. Inclined platform lifts? Check. But this isn't any warranty - it's the Absolute E-Z Up platinum manufacturer's warranty, which is why you can trust the quality of AEUP products. Our Platinum Warranties are part of our commitment to value, safety, and quality. When you work with us, we want you to be able to trust that your Absolute E-Z Up equipment is a reliable, smart, long-term asset to your business that saves you money and time.

Our warranty allows our customers to secure their long-term budgets by reducing maintenance and repair costs. Since each piece of machinery is different, your warranty should be customized for the equipment that you need.

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5-2-1 Platinum Warranty
5-2-1 Platinum Warranty™ on AEUP Low-Level Access Series

No other elevated work platform or stock picker supplier has anything close to our 5-2-1 warranty. Here's what our warranty guarantees on our low-level access machinery:

  • 5 years on your mast assembly and cylinder
  • 2 years on all other components of your platform or stock picker.
  • 1 year on the lift's battery, which is not pro-rated.
  • Optional AEUP Extended 10-5-1 Warranty Service Coverage (ISPs)
5-2-1 Platinum Warranty
5-2-1 Platinum Warranty™ on AEUP EZ Climber Series

Customers choose our E-Z Climber series because it gives them years of dependable service, backed by a warranty that will replace any parts that fail, which minimizes production downtime. We are committed to covering labor costs for the first six months of your purchase. Our E-Z Climber Series warranty guarantees:

  • 5 years of coverage on the structural steel chassis of the machine.
  • 2 years of coverage on your electrical components.
  • 1 year of coverage on the battery, which is not pro-rated.
5-2-1 Platinum Warranty
5-2-1 Platinum Warranty™ on Electric Utility Vehicles

Our electric utility vehicles give you years of dependable service, coupled with a powerful warranty that covers and service that will replace any parts that fail during your warranty period. If a part fails, we'll get it replaced quickly, to minimize downtime from work. Your labor rate is reimbursable and is covered for the first six months.

  • 5 years of coverage on the structural steel chassis of your EUV.
  • 2 years of coverage on the EUV's electrical components.
  • 1 year of coverage on the EUV's battery, which is not pro-rated.

Ready to Get Productive?

At Absolute E-Z, our goal is to provide you with the highest quality transactions and product solutions in the safest manner possible. With the right equipment and mindset, we believe that work can be fun again, and we're here to help make that happen for you and your team. As such, our mission is to be the top provider of stock pickers and other warehouse equipment in Greenville. We make it a point to listen to our customer's needs and do everything in our power to uphold our reputation for excellence.

We'll do so by continuing to honor the commitment we made to ourselves and our customers from the very beginning - earning your respect and loyalty through continuous improvement driven by integrity, teamwork, and innovation.

If you're ready to take your workflow to the next level, we're only a click or call away.

Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
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Latest News in Greenville, SC

Dorman 4-star OL Markee Anderson commits to South Carolina football over Clemson, UNC, LSU

There was never an exact moment of clarity for Dorman four-star offensive lineman Markee Anderson in which he knew for sure where he wanted to go to college.As recently as just a few days ago, all four of his finalists were still under strong consideration with Anderson carefully weighing the various aspects offered by ...

There was never an exact moment of clarity for Dorman four-star offensive lineman Markee Anderson in which he knew for sure where he wanted to go to college.

As recently as just a few days ago, all four of his finalists were still under strong consideration with Anderson carefully weighing the various aspects offered by South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina and LSU.

Anderson committed to South Carolina on Sunday during a ceremony at Kingdom Builders Baptist Church. He had a plate of pancakes and four syrup bottles in front of him, each depicted with the logo of one his four finalists. He picked up the USC bottle, poured the syrup and said, "Go Cocks." He plans to enroll at USC in January.

"There wasn't really a sudden click moment where I knew where I wanted to go," Anderson said. "It was more of me looking at all the facts and deciding what school fit me best. At the end of the day South Carolina just pulled away in my heart."

USC also picked up a commitment Sunday from three-star offensive tackle Jatavius Shivers, one day after he received an Auburn offer. Shivers decommitted from Vanderbilt earlier this month.

Earlier in his recruitment:Dorman lineman Markee Anderson 1 of only 2 in-state recruits with Clemson and USC offers

Beamer buzz:Buzz around Shane Beamer, South Carolina football at SEC Media Days isn't about viral videos this time

Anderson said it was a a relief to have his decision made because "a lot of times the process is very fun and it can sometimes be stressful. I'm just glad to get this weight off my shoulders. I felt most at home (at USC), and it's just the best conference for me and I feel like I can thrive in the SEC."

He becomes USC's highest-ranked commitment for the Class of 2023 and highest for the program since 2020 at No. 136 overall and No. 5 among interior linemen in the 247Sports Composite. The next two highest are linebacker Grayson Howard (No. 221 and No. 15 at his position) and running back Dontavius Braswell (227 and 10). The Gamecocks are 26th in the team rankings.

"It was just the people I met down there, especially the coaching staff," Anderson said of USC. "Coach (Shane) Beamer has always been nice and genuine every time I visited or talked to him. (Offensive line) coach (Greg) Adkins is just a caring coach and a great coach in general. And then I got to hang out with some of the players and they said all good things about the coaching staff.

"I just think highly of Coach Beamer's character and enthusiasm and he's a great coach. He brings a spark to any room he's in."

Anderson, who joins Oceanside Collegiate Academy offensive tackle Monroe Freeling as the only in-state players with offers from both USC and Clemson, officially visited all four finalists in June with the Gamecocks getting his final one June 24-27. He has made several visits to Columbia during the past year and attended multiple games at Williams-Brice Stadium.

"The atmosphere down there is incredible," Anderson said. "Every time, no matter how big or small the game was, it was always a packed-out, loud stadium and just a great atmosphere in general. And the fans have been giving me a lot of positive energy and have been really excited trying to get me to come play for them."

Anderson said as time went on during his recruiting process any emphasis he'd initially put on proximity to his home began to diminish.

"In the beginning, it was a factor, but as I eventually began to get closer to a decision it never really was a factor to me. I feel all four of my final schools were great schools and the distance from home never really mattered to me. I think I can really help this program get to the next part of the journey."

Anderson and Shivers (920 overall, No. 80 tackle) give the Gamecocks four 2023 offensive line commits. They join Trovon Baugh (349, 17 on the interior) and tackle Isaiah Jatta, ranked as the No. 3 junior college transfer and the No. 1 tackle.

Offensive tackle Oluwatosin Babalade (273, 25) has the Gamecocks in his final five with Ohio State, North Carolina, Maryland and Rutgers. He officially visited all five schools in June and was at USC's spring game. He was going to announce Sunday prior to delaying his decision. Four-star receiver Carmelo Taylor, who has USC, Penn State and Virginia Tech as finalists, also postponed his Sunday announcement.

The wild west of homeowners associations in South Carolina

Michael Cassar has been locked in a costly, two-year legal dispute with his homeowners association over three steps he wanted to build off his backyard deck in an upscale Greenville neighborhood. And now he gives newcomers here a heads-up.“If you’re buying a home in Greenville and it’s under 20 years old, there’s probably 90% chance it’s going to have an HOA,” the local real estate agent says.With Greenville ranking among the nation’s ...

Michael Cassar has been locked in a costly, two-year legal dispute with his homeowners association over three steps he wanted to build off his backyard deck in an upscale Greenville neighborhood. And now he gives newcomers here a heads-up.

“If you’re buying a home in Greenville and it’s under 20 years old, there’s probably 90% chance it’s going to have an HOA,” the local real estate agent says.

With Greenville ranking among the nation’s 10-fastest growing cities, HOAs are coming under increased scrutiny, according to people who live in them, people who manage them and lawyers involved in them.

HOAs adopt and enforce community standards, codified in covenants, conditions and restrictions, or CC&Rs, and bylaws. Membership is required. So is due diligence, stakeholders say.

Bruce Braun, president of the five-member HOA board at Montebello, a gated Paris Mountain community where Realtor.com lists homes for sale in the $800,000s, calls HOAs a “constitution.”

“It’s an extension of my house, the way I take care of my own home. I want to make sure that our community, all of our common area, are maintained on a similar level,” he says.

But disputes happen, and those sometimes boil over. Consider Cassar’s case.

In February 2020, he submitted a request to the HOA to add steps that would extend 3 feet into the 60-by-120-foot lot of the custom home he built for around $800,000 in 2016 in a Hollingsworth Park neighborhood in Verdae.

Neighbors claimed that, even though Cassar says the HOA’s architectural-review panel had approved his plan, the stairs violated the Braydon Homeowners Associations’ CC&Rs.

Next came lawsuits, mediation involving a half-dozen lawyers, heated exchanges with members— and legal bills he says amounted to some $75,000 for both sides.

He blames the situation on over-zealousness. “I think it’s when people take a little bit of power, they become tyrannical,” he says.

Eric Kohorn, vice president of association management at NHE, calls those people “condo commandos,” but when it comes to purchasing a home in an HOA, he says, “It’s buyer beware.”

From his Greenville-based firm that manages more than 80 community associations in 15 Southeastern states, he encourages buyers to vet HOAs with the same care they give to closing documents their real estate attorneys are required to provide.

Bailey Parker, director of public information at the state Department of Consumer Affairs, also advises prospective HOA members to know thy neighbor.

“This may seem creepy, but go door to door and talk to people,” she says. “Just knock and say, ‘Hey, I’m thinking of buying the house across the street or in this neighborhood. How do you like the HOA?’”

Hers is the only state agency involved in HOAs, but its job isn’t regulatory; it can only monitor and field complaints and attempt mediation.

Therein lies the problem, Kohorn and others say.

“My observation about South Carolina is that it seems to be very libertarian and just everybody gets to do whatever they want to do as long as it doesn’t hurt somebody else, and the state prefers to just let them litigate,” says Kohorn, who has been in the property management business for 16 years.

Kohorn worked in Alabama and Florida for 13 years before moving to Greenville in 2019. He cites the latter state as the premier source for regulatory standards.

“When it comes to HOAs, it’s kind of the wild, wild west here,” he says.

He points to the Florida Community Association Act, which runs 52 pages. Among its many requirements are that HOA board members must obtain state certification within 90 days of their election and condominiums must produce an annual FAQ document for prospective owners.

In 2018, the same year Florida’s rules took effect, South Carolina adopted the Department of Consumer Affairs Services for Homeowners and Homeowners Associations Act. Only the title is longer than Florida’s Chapter 720; the Palmetto state’s law runs five pages.

That lack of regulation “creates kind of a vacuum where things can happen that don’t normally happen in an HOA” in the Sunshine State, says Kohorn.

Take, for instance, the case of Nicholas Galipeau, a property manager who embezzled from 10 Greenville-area HOAs over three to four years. In 2019, Galipeau, then 36, owned Commercial Management Co.

He ultimately turned himself into Greenville County sheriff’s deputies after admitting he had stolen money to salvage his other company, a lawn-maintenance business, according to an arrest report obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

He provided authorities with a handwritten list of the subdivisions and his loot: $720,659.76, the report shows.

“It was never my intention to have this go so badly, but I take full responsibility for my terrible judgment. It has literally cost me everything,” Galipeau is quoted as saying in the report.

What might prevent something like that from happening?

“Regulation. It’s as simple as that,” says Simon Kaye, owner of Community Management Partners. “It needs to be state-level regulation.”

Echoing Kohorn, he adds: “I would pull the whole Florida HOA code, put it in South Carolina. There’s a lot more transparency between the board, the homeowners and the management company.”

William Swent, attorney for the Braydon HOA in the Cassar case, says has no sympathy for those who move into HOAs without doing their homework, but he also doesn’t buy the argument that there is a need for state regulation.

“I’m a big believer in the private marketplace, especially when it comes to real estate rights and encumbrances,” says Swent, a partner in Greenville’s Fox Rothschild firm.

A homeowners association, he says, is “nothing short of democracy.”

“It’s the collective conscience of the community, flexing its muscle,” Swent says. “I don’t know why we need to regulate that because some one person was offended at collective will.”

Kaye and Kohorn say they have approached state lawmakers about creating more oversight; the Greenville Journal reached out to six legislators in Greenville, Horry and Richland counties, and only two returned calls; those representatives spoke off the record about their distaste for more regulation — and for HOAs in general.

“It is a complete cluster,” Kohorn says. “If you just wrote a comprehensive HOA statute and condo statute and regulated the management companies and the boards, I think a lot of people’s perspective on HOAs and the way things go in the state would change overnight.”

What is an HOA?

Residents in homeowners associations adopt and abide by covenants, conditions and restrictions, or CC&Rs, designed to maintain property values and community standards — for instance, no multihued mailboxes or cars on blocks in the yard.

Operating as nonprofits, the associations also levy dues to finance common-area maintenance and upkeep of community amenities such as pools, clubhouses, tennis courts and the like. Monthly dues nationwide average $250 per household, according to iPropertyManagement, a clearinghouse for property management resources and research.

HOA boards also have the power to enforce all manner of rules, from architecture to landscaping, from fences to garbage cans and more. HOAs can disallow or limit pets and can even determine specific breeds. Some covenants can even tell you whether you can leave your car parked in a driveway and whether a guest’s car can stay on your property overnight.

As an example, the Cliffs Valley and Cliffs Valley North CC&Rs document runs 80 pages.

You can access properties’ covenants and restrictions through Greenville County’s Register of Deeds. HOAs, as nonprofits, are also registered with the state, and you can find them through the South Carolina Secretary of State’s office.

The state gives the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs no regulatory authority but requires the agency to collect data on HOAs. In 2021, the DCA reported only eight complaints from Greenville.

This year, statewide, the DCA reported:

Source: South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs Homeowners Association Complaint Reports

In 2020, South Carolina was home to around 7,000 community associations, with more than 1.3 million people, or about 25% of the people in South Carolina, living in one. Roughly 80% of new homes sold in 2020 are located in HOA communities, up 7.5% year-over-year.

From 1970 to 2020, community associations across the country grew from 10,000 to 355,000, with planned communities accounting for 61%, condos 36% and cooperatives 3%.

In South Carolina’s HOAs, 45,500 association board and committee members volunteer $47.1 million worth of their time to manage homes valued at $114.2 billion.

Costs for association operations, physical-asset management, major repairs and replacements, capital improvements, conservation, and sustainability run $2.5 million in the state.

Sources: Community Associations Institute (South Carolina chapter), the Foundation for Community Association Research and iPropertyManagement.

HOA resources The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs provides ample literature and YouTube videos for consumers.

Literature

How Does an HOA Know What It Can or Cannot Do?

South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs Contact Information

(800) 922-1594 Toll free in SC (803) 734-4200

293 Greystone Blvd. Suite 400 Columbia, SC 29210

Mailing Address: PO Box 5757 Columbia, SC 29250

The Community Associations Institute’s 2022 Homeowner Satisfaction Survey found:

Source: Foundation for Community Association Research video

Drink Up Week specials in Greenville, SC

Cheers, GVL. It’s officially #DrinkUpGreenville week. From cold brews to cocktails, we’re celebrating our beverage community all week long.Here are 10+ drink specials to start sippin’:You’ve had a cocktail, but what about a “beertail?” Southernside is serving up five beertails, each made with one of their in-house brews + a spirit, like the Unity Park Beer-garita, featuring Unity Park (Cream) Ale, simple syrup, lime, orange juice, and ...

Cheers, GVL. It’s officially #DrinkUpGreenville week. From cold brews to cocktails, we’re celebrating our beverage community all week long.

Here are 10+ drink specials to start sippin’:

You’ve had a cocktail, but what about a “beertail?” Southernside is serving up five beertails, each made with one of their in-house brews + a spirit, like the Unity Park Beer-garita, featuring Unity Park (Cream) Ale, simple syrup, lime, orange juice, and Lunazul Blanco tequila. Also try The Black Pearl, Whiskey Sour, Trust Your Fate, and Most Known Unknown.

Get your pub + play on with Undisclosed Girl Scout Cookie, a cocktail that tastes like a coconut cookie or go for all the flavor of a classic cocktail minus the alcohol with the non-alcoholic Old Fashioned.

Grab a cold brew blend of Rwandan + Colombian coffee or a cascara, a fruity, hibiscus-like iced tea made from the dried coffee cherry (not the seed) — visit their tent at the Greer Farmers Market Tues., July 26 or the Travelers Rest Farmers Market on Sat., July 30.

Start your day with a throwback to the 1950s with a modern twist — an Orange Julius Cold Brew: house-made cold brew made with Methodical Coffee’s “Pink Lady” Beans, sweetened with Mountain Goat’s signature “Old Fashioned” simple syrup (an infusion made with fresh orange juice and zest, cinnamon and rosemary), and topped with a scoop of Clare’s Creamery “Orangesicle” ice cream.

Wrap the day with a Pomegranate Rosé, featuring a 2021 “Côtes de Thau” french rosé and topped it with a splash of sparkling pomegranate juice + two house-made ice cubes that melt and disperse fresh berries and rose petals as you enjoy this summer sipper.

Celebrate Eagle Mountain’s first anniversary + Drink Up Week with two new wines: A Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine and a Rose of Pinot Noir. The winery will donate $2 to Habitat for Humanity for every bottle sold of Blanc de Blanc + $2 to Cancer Survivor’s Alliance Park for every bottle sold of the Rose of Pinot Noir.

You don’t need a sunrise to enjoy some tequila. Cool off with the 21 Seeds Tequila Valencia Orange Hibiscus Agua Fresca, shaken + garnished with fresh lime.

Master Mixologist Baileigh Wilson’s created three new cocktails to try at each of the hotel’s bars — all of which are made with Six & Twenty Distillery double-made gin:

People watch from a swing outside Paloma (@paloma.gvl) with a Paloma 76

Catch views of downtown Greenville while sipping on the Ballroom Spritz

Sink into the week with a Slightly Passionate

Toast to Drink Up Week with five new cocktails, each made with a different Six & Twenty spirit, like Tuesday’s “No Vacancy,” made with Six & Twenty’s Old Money Whiskey, house grenadine, lemon, mint, and campari. Get a taste of the Lavender Lemon Drop on Monday, Palmetto Peach Lemonade on Wednesday, the Oak & Honey Old Fashioned on Thursday, the Carolina Colada on Friday, and all five on Saturday.

Looking for a non-alcoholic way to cool off in the summer heat? Sip on one of Saltwater Kitchen’s infused waters, with flavors like Blueberry Lime Mint, Lemon Peach + Strawberry Basil — each carafe is $10 and serves four people.

Celebrate Drink Up week + Wellborn Winery’s fifth year with live music from the 1950s-1970s featuring Bobby Blakely and his buddy “Elvis” Sat., July 30 from 3:30-5:30 pm. Plus, enjoy their July special: Buy one bottle of rosé, + get the second half off.

Snag a summer sipper from Greenville’s first cider tap room, the cider mule in a mason jar — plus, enjoy 4-for-$4 cider flights.

Iron Hill’s pouring up Dankonia, a New England-style hazy IPA with notes of pineapple, tropical fruits, and hops.

Brew up a cup of Methodical Coffee at home by buying a bag from the Six & Main shop.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #DrinkUpGreenville on social media + tag @GVLtoday for a chance to get featured.

All promotions are subject to change — make sure to follow each business’s website and socials for the latest news. Cheers, Greenville.

Drink Up Week Playlist

Whether you’re sipping on a craft cocktail, cold beer, glass of wine, cup of tea, or hot latte, you deserve a playlist. We asked about your favorite drinking songs and you (sign, sealed) delivered. Cheers, GVL + check out our official playlist below for this week’s Drink Up Greenville festivities.

Ice Cream, Animals, and Fun at Famoda Farm near Greenville, SC

Have you heard of Famoda Farm in Tigerville? We just had the most amazing afternoon visiting the farm, enjoying delicious ice cream, and hanging out with baby goats! The cows, donkeys, bunnies, and sheep joined us at the fence to visit, and we even picked up some fresh milk to bring home. This is a special place, I mean like turn a “grumpy preteen” day into a “sunshine-filled happy day” kind of place. Do you know how rare that is? It’s awesome, which means we’re telling you all about Famoda Farm so you...

Have you heard of Famoda Farm in Tigerville? We just had the most amazing afternoon visiting the farm, enjoying delicious ice cream, and hanging out with baby goats! The cows, donkeys, bunnies, and sheep joined us at the fence to visit, and we even picked up some fresh milk to bring home. This is a special place, I mean like turn a “grumpy preteen” day into a “sunshine-filled happy day” kind of place. Do you know how rare that is? It’s awesome, which means we’re telling you all about Famoda Farm so you can plan your visit.

Arriving at Famoda Farm

The entrance to Famoda Farms is a gravel driveway with pasture on either side. Just plug the address into your GPS and look for the signs. Even my preteens and teenage kids were stoked to see the cows in the pasture as we drove in. You think it’s cute when little kids love animals. Well, hearing “Aw, there are cows! Hi Cows!” will melt your heart when it comes out of the mouth of a fourteen-year-old boy, too.

Ice Cream at Famoda Farm

Amazing Grazin’ Hand Dipped Ice Cream is the newest addition to Famoda Farm. You’ll find their cute ice cream truck beside the farm store with a wide array of seating options in the shade.

There are quite a few ice cream flavors to choose from, plus toppings that can be added. Choose a cup or cone variety My kids always go with the “ice cream in a cup and a cone on top option”, having been raised from tots to enjoy the cone without the stress of racing to polish off a melting, dripping cone. But, you know, you do you.

There was one dairy-free option – a lime daiquiri sorbet- that I enjoyed.

Things to Do at Famoda Farm

The ice cream is good, but the animals are the best part, in my humble opinion. Where else can you go enjoy some ice cream and then wander around hanging out with adorable farm animals? Nowhere! There is no admission fee to the farm, so checking out the animals is totally free and you definitely don’t want to skip this part.

Visit with cows, donkeys, bunnies, a sheep, and goats. Most of the animals are in pastures, but a few of the older goats roamed with supervision. They aren’t allowed over by the ice cream though, so don’t worry, you won’t have any goats trying to steal your dessert.

Some wonderful people at the farm told us about the animals and even walked us over to the baby goats in the barn. Yes, there were baby goats in the barn and yes, we got to pet them.

The babies in the barn were 2-3 months old and full of energy. Of the older goats that roamed outside the pasture, the youngest is Billy. He’s 6 months old and super sweet. The other two goats are Fancie and Mama Goat. Fancie is the tan goat and she was not into pets, preferring to meander to a new patch of grass to munch when approached. Mama Goat is the largest goat and she spent most of her time relaxing in the shade.

There is an outdoor play space with climbing equipment, a see-saw, and more fun things for younger kids. All of the equipment is spread out across a shaded lawn, perfectly inviting even in the summer heat. This is a great spot for the kids to run off some of that ice cream before popping them back in the car.

Grazers: Farm Store at Famoda Farm

The farm store, called Grazers has lots of local items like raw milk, Happy Cow milk, local cheese, and local meats. You’ll also find pottery, candles, and other locally made items that would make excellent gifts.

Event Space

Famoda Farm also has a beautiful barn event space that can be rented for weddings, baby showers, really any large gathering.

Famoda Farm: Our Review

I’m trying to figure out if I can justify taking the kids out for ice cream again tomorrow, too. Or, maybe we’ll finish that whole gallon of milk I just bought tomorrow morning so we can go back and buy some more.

Truly, it was one of the best summer afternoons I’ve had with the kids this year.

The farm is perfectly set up for families to enjoy. If you like ice cream, if you like animals, if you just need a gallon of milk, go visit. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

It’s a farm. There are animals and that means poo, insects, and even those pesky fire ants. Closed-toed shoes would be a good choice if you plan to walk around by the animals.

You can pet all the animals that come to the fence, just be mindful of the wire on the inside of the fences. They are electric, they are on, and they will hurt if you touch them.

Hours: Ice cream is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 4 pm to 9 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 9 pm.Grazers (farm store) is open Wednesday -Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 1 pm

Famoda Farm7410 Mountain View Road, Taylors

South Carolina COVID-19 cases are 'spiking,' DHEC says

GREENVILLE, S.C. —COVID-19 cases in South Carolina are spiking, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.DHEC says the updated community levels map for South Carolina from the Centers for Disease Control shows 29 counties with high levels of COVID-19 and 11 counties with medium levels.Here is a breakdown of those counties:Counties with high community levels: Aiken, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Colleton, Darlin...

GREENVILLE, S.C. —

COVID-19 cases in South Carolina are spiking, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

DHEC says the updated community levels map for South Carolina from the Centers for Disease Control shows 29 counties with high levels of COVID-19 and 11 counties with medium levels.

Here is a breakdown of those counties:

Counties with high community levels: Aiken, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Hampton, Horry, Kershaw, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland and Williamsburg.

New vaccines aim to slow COVID-19 spread

Counties with medium community levels: Allendale, Beaufort, Cherokee, Chester, Clarendon, Lancaster, Lee, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, and York.

DHEC is recommending in communities with medium levels of COVID-19, individuals who are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 as well as those who are regularly around immunocompromised individuals are encouraged to mask up, while it is optional for others.

In communities with high levels of COVID-19, DHEC is recommending masking in indoor settings, including schools and workplaces.

DHEC said from July 17 through July 23 more than 16,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported statewide with nine new deaths and 538 hospitalizations.

DHEC held a virtual media briefing on Wednesday and said hospitalizations are now a major concern.

The full briefing is posted below:

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They also encouraged parents to get students vaccinated before the school year begins.

"Our students and teachers have been significantly impacted by COVID-19," Dr. Brannon Traxler said. "With vaccines readily available now for everyone 6 months old and up there's no better time than now for all children to get their COVID-19 vaccination. So that they can focus 100% on school."

Traxler also spoke about COVID-19 vaccinations. She said DHEC is ordering doses of Novavax, which is the newest COVID-19 vaccine.

Traxler also spoke about the antiviral Paxlovid, which President Joe Biden used to treat the virus.

What is Paxlovid, Biden's COVID-19 treatment?

"The monoclonal antibodies there's only one that is still effective against this Omicron and particularly this subvariant that we are seeing BA4 and BA5," Traxler said. "And so we really are seeing an increased emphasis the oral, the pills by mouth, which are the Molnupiravir Paxlovid, with the Paxlovid being the most commonly used one."

For COVID-19 testing locations, visit http://scdhec.gov/covid19testing and to find a vaccine or booster provider, visit http://scdhec.gov/vaxlocator.

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The CDC's updated community levels map for South Carolina includes 29 counties with high levels of COVID-19 and 11 counties with medium levels.

— SCDHEC (@scdhec) July 22, 2022

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