Find the perfect balance of preservation and revitalization in historic downtown Greer. Settled in the 1700s and officially incorporated in 1876, the central business district has more than 40 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places — many of them now home to uniquely local restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues.

The main street — which is actually Trade Street — is pedestrian-friendly, paved in multi-colored brick and illuminated with sparkling string lights. Greer City Park elevates the outdoors, with a meadow, butterfly garden, sprawling playground, multiple fountains, trellised swings and a lake with an island gazebo.

Dubbed “Greer Station” by locals, this delightful city center offers some of the 864’s finest — and most fun — dining. Date nights call for reservations at fine dining establishments like SELECT, L’Incanto, Crate Restaurant & Wine Bar or The Strip Club 104 (a steakhouse).

Find more casual fare at places like Wild Ace Pizza & Pub and The Mason Jar, which serves comfort food with a side of karaoke. A new downtown collective, Cartwright Food Hall, is home to local restaurants focused on artisanal flare. Drink up local flavor at Stomping Grounds Coffee House & Wine Bar, Barista Alley or Blue Ridge Brewing Co. — be sure to sit on the Summit Rooftop here when the weather’s nice. Not downtown, but Greer-based The Southern Growl microbrewery is worth the drive for a curated menu designed to pair well with beer.

If you have a taste for antiquing, there’s The Galleries of Brian Brigham and Plunder, which wins for best-named antiques store and bills itself as the place where vintage meets vogue. Find gifts and décor at Sweet Tea Station, and a bit of everything at Shoppes Off Trade, a collective artisan boutique — ask sweetly for a free sample from the Chocolate Dream Shop in the back.

Ladies find their look at local retailers including Chelsea’s, Dress Me Lulu, Talloni Shoe Salon, Maiale, Southern Sisters and The Hanger. Men get dressed via shops like Gregory’s Boutique, Empire Ltd. Studio and Smith & James.

You’ll find plenty to do in and around downtown. Greer Heritage Museum tells the city’s stories — take a spirited ghost tour in the fall. Benchmark Bicycle Supply Co. leads recurring weekly rides. Plate 108 offers dynamic hands-on cooking classes. The Greer Cultural Arts Council presents a variety of theater productions at The Cannon Centre while The Spinning Jenny — a listening room and event venue — hosts some of today’s best arts and live music performances.

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