local lovin’…shopping edition


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Time to show some local love, belles!!

With all this “sheltering in place”, we are sure thinking of our local business owners and how they must be missing their shoppers!! We couldn’t help but wonder…what on earth can a belle do to help??

Well…we can keep shoppin’ – online, on instagram, by FaceTime, or just a quick call. There are all sorts of ways to break down those “social distancing” barriers!!

We checked with some of our favorite local merchants (and did a bit of shopping ourselves while we were at it) to give you the how-to on scoring some of their spring/summer goodies right from the comfort of your own, personal quarantine spot!

At Monkee’s of the West End one of us scored this cute little number…

The Cherry Dress from Celia B at Monkee’s

You can view Monkee’s inventory (shoes, accessories, clothing, vintage…) and purchase online for pickup at the store or have your goodies shipped. And…at the moment, shoppers get 20% off online purchases, so click away , belles!!

At Twill, we found an excellent assortment of jeans, accessories, and cute summer tops including several like this one by Xirena

The Eden shirt in white from Xirena at Twill

Twill has everything up and running on their website as well, so purchases are super easy! Just click, purchase, done. They offer pick-up, local delivery, and shipping – no excuses.

Muse Shoe Studio is also worthy of some lovin’!

We are all about these cuties…

From Pedro Anton at Muse

They are posting their wares on instagram @museshoestudio and have regular shop hours (Mon – Sat 10-3) to answer calls and fill orders! PLUS…they are also offering 20% OFF all shoes!!

Here’s the “how-to” for quarantine-shopping at Muse…

Next up…Savvy Greenville! Another one of our faves and certainly worthy of some love and attention, Savvy also has their online shopping experience down pat!

One of us nabbed this breezy number

Halsey Vintage Floral Dress in antique white by Pink Chicken at Savvy

We all need a little “retail therapy” as they say!! Savvy is offering free shipping over $100 – so get busy, belles!

Augusta Twenty is also ready and waiting with an excellent online shopping experience! We are all about some Ulla Johnson and they have quite the selection!!

But, why not elevate your lounging look with this kimono by Spell & the Gypsy Collective…

The Hendrix robe from Spell & the Gypsy Collective at August 20

Hop on Augusta Twenty’s website and have some virtual fun!

And downtown, Coleman Collection is full of all kinds of goodies! Jennifer’s website is fully functional and just waiting for your clicks!

And we are diggin’ some of her Coleman Collecton Private Label items like this fun, fancy baby…

One day, we will have the PERFECT event for donning something this fancy…we promise!! (as we sit in our pj’s at 5pm these days)

And for the fellas…

Rush Wilson is a must-do while you are clicking away!

They are offering “virtual shopping” by appointment and “RW Direct” with items curated with the discerning shopper in mind, posted online and ready for purchase (take all or just one or two of the items)…

Above…shirts from H Goose, and Duckhead chinos

Rush has someone always “manning” the store, so get in touch! They would love to hear from you and help in any way!

We know…we know…there are MANY more shops to cover! We will get to them and work to send some clicks their way as well!

For now, you have your shopping work cut out for ya!


stay fit, healthy & cute while remaining at home


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Hello, stay-at-home belles! While we haven’t been out hitting the stores as much lately – nothing can stop us from some valuable online shopping-

Our latest favorite is from Splits59. The Icon sweatpants are the bomb! They hug you in all the right places but give you the freedom of movement at the same time. A belle can look good and feel good at the same time – just sayin!

How cute -right?!

Available at Shopstyle

Love, love, love


drinkin’ on the job…wining and dining at Northampton


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from northamptonwineanddine.com

While we are always up for a good cocktail (duh), we took a step away from the hard stuff again this month for our drinkin’adventure, spending a leisurely afternoon with Richard DeBondtat Northampton Wine and Dine. Tucked away under the Church Street bridge near downtown, it’s one of our favorite haunts!


from northamptonwineanddine.com

History and experience…a winning combo

The original Northampton opened in 1975 (same year disco arrived on the scene for a bit of trivia) and has been going strong ever since – with a couple of location changes. Richard and Robert Warth were working at Sonny’s Steak House out on Wade Hampton way back then.  Sonny’s had an incredible wine list which sparked their interest.  They opened their own shop, and the rest is history. Richard and David E. Williams own and run the current version with a few more bells and whistles thanprevious iterations.  Still stocking that impressive array of wines, they have been serving up fine food and even selling liquor for nearly 20 years now. Obviously, they know a thing or two about this biz.

As for the drinkin’ part of this assignment, instead of highlighting three different wines – because personal preference is the name of the wine game  we thought we would give you three different reasons to visit this old-school gem…


photo by Nathan Gray

By the glass…

 Need to take a quick afternoon break – or occupy yourself for a couple of hours when “consumption” is an option?  There’s a seat at the bar with your name on it.  On any given day, Northampton will have 20+ bottles lined up for your by-the-glass choosing.  And these are not just any old wines  or their attempt at cost-cutting.  Their pour-on-demand bottles are chosen based on their merits and highlight some of the very best of each variety.  It’s like all your favorite candies in a row, just waiting to be savored!

photo by Nathan Gray

You do you

One thing that David and Richard like to focus on in the wine-purchasing area is finding and offering the best of what each distinct wine region has to offer.  They choose to purchase from vineyards who do what they do really well, producing the latest, greatest wines that represent and highlight the nuances of theirarea. Not everyone needs to attempt to produce a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or any other variety, just because it might sellkind of the “you do you” of the wine world!

photo by Nathan Gray

20,000 and counting…

Walk in and take a gander.  Those cubbies are stocked to the gills with over 1600 different wines…that’s around 20,000 bottles on hand and ready to be enjoyed!  Stop in and give them an idea of what you might be cravin’ – they’ll have it.  Purchase by the bottle to enjoy with dinner on-site or take it home – or stock up on a couple of cases!  And if you need some coaching, they offer 50-80 wine tastings each year (almost every Friday). We can all stand to learn a thing or two!

The Hot Chili Seafood – from northamptonwineanddine.com

Dine with your wine…

Whether you’re just popping in for a quick bite on the more casual “bar side” or you’re looking for some fine dining on the more “formal” side, you will not be disappointed with their from-scratch, first class menu.  And if you want to bring a real crowd, their private room seats up to 40!  Regardless of the size of your party, the wine makes it more intimate.  The sharing of a bottle – and the chatter surrounding it – just brings folks together.

Open every day except Sunday, Northampton definitely has its “regulars”, but they are always happy to make new friends!  And one special note for this month in particular…it’s a great spot to consider when planning that romantic evening with yoursweetheart come the fourteenth – hint, hint.  

Northampton Wine and Dine . 211A E. Broad Street .  Greenville . (864)271-3919 www.northamptonwineanddine.com

drinkin’ on the job…somethin’s brewin’


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From thomascreekbeer.com

This month’s cocktailin’ adventure involves no fancy flourishes or complicated concoctions.  We headed out to visit Terri and Tom Davis at Thomas Creek Brewery for a super relaxed brew-tasting experience…and ended up with a surprise or two.  One of us has simply never developed a taste for beer…and has, therefore, never, ever drunk a whole beer in her life.  Well…never say never!  This chick got her brew-groove on in a big way and is now totally on the Thomas Creek band wagon!

When bacteria is your friend…

So what could cause a non-beer-drinkin’ gal to fall in love with what – for all intents and purposes – is a “beer”? Terri, in all her infinite brewing wisdom and experience, explains that dedicated wine drinkers are usually the biggest fans of a good sour.  A sour is made with wild bacteria and yeasts, while beers are made in sterile environments with specific yeast strains.  Thus, in this case, bacteria rocks!  Dedicated beer fans tend to enjoy the unusual flavors in a sour while those who typically don’t take tobeer at all are pleasantly surprised by its kinder, gentler side.

We did some sampling…here’s how it went…


Photo by Nathan Gray

Feelin’ Berry Peachy…

This beer is the lightest of all our samplings. It’s important to note if you are tastetesting, start with this one or you won’t be able to taste its subtle undertones. A touch of blueberry adds some tartness, peaches add a sweet nuance and there is a hint of saltiness on the back end which we thoroughly enjoyed.


Photo by Nathan Gray


This nitro’s name means cherry in Zulu. True to one of these belles South African roots, it was an obvious choice both in name and flavor. Distinct but not overpowering, hints of cherry come to the forefront as you sip this creamy, delish, surprisingly dark creation.  The name came a long time before the actual brew. We can firmly say this one was worth the wait!


Photo by Nathan Gray

Sour IPA…

Third up on the agenda was the Sour IPA which is a pretty doggone perfect brew!  It melds a sour and an ipa in a very balanced fashion..no easy task in the brewing business. This beer (along with pretty much any beverage on the menu) would be perfect with what claims to be the worlds best Reuben (the key is a mix of pastrami and corned beefwhat else would we expect from these masters of blending?). 

Photo by Nathan Gray

Deep Water Stout…

The Deep Water Stout was the last, but in no way the least, masterpiece we tasted.  Folks often equate a dark beer with a very heavy finish and a strong bitter taste. Not here!  Roasted barley is what makes it a stout with a slight hint of coffee flavor. Malt creates the color and adds no bitterness. We found this to be our surprise favorite of the lot, but they are all winners in our book!  (And our book is getting pretty big…just sayin)

Photo by Nathan Gray

What’s cookin

After operating Thomas Creek for a full 20 years, Terri and Tom decided to take it a step further in January of 2019 with the opening of their kitchen.  Now they are serving up some pretty substantial nibbles to accompany the brews!  We are saving up on our calorie and carb counts so that we can treat ourselves to “Peggy’s Poutot’” (tater tots topped with cheese curds and brown gravy) and maybe a pizza or two. And if the smoker is goin’ the chopped pork is to-die-for!!

Whether you are heading out there for a quick sip or planning an event, don’t hesitate for even a sec!  Their indoor and outdoor spaces work beautifully for casual events, and they are almost always open.  No excuses…just go!

Open Sunday 1-8pm and Mon-Sat 10am-8pm

Thomas Creek Brewery . 2054 Piedmont Highway . Greenville . (864)605-1166 . thomascreekbeer.com


what’s ringin’ our belle…round 142


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Some great beauty tips we hadn’t heard before …

Via the The Sunday girl

We don’t like burpees …we’re diggin’ these other Options via Popsugar

The devil itself…

Image via Pinterest

The absolute best way to cook bacon…..

Via Food52

How to keep those pesky mosquitoes from biting

Via The Atlantic

Doesn’t this sound delish ?

Via Halfbakedharvest

Have a belle-ringin’ week!


drinkin’ on the job…all “burrowed” in

There’s a new haunt on Augusta Street, and we are hooked!  Located in the all fixed-up old Gregory’s Laundry & Cleaners space, The Burrow at Augusta has created quite the stir in these parts.  With a dual meaning to its name  “borough” or neighborhood of a large city and “burrow” or safe haven/home for a small animal  there’s brilliance in the concept!  From comfy, cavernous booths to an abundance of tables for two (or pull them together for a crowd – inside and out) to a single perch at the bar, there’s a place for just about anyone to burrow in!

from theburrowgville.com

These folks know a thing or two…

The Burrow might be the new kid on Augusta Street, but it has some serious culinary chops behind it.  Owner Josh Beeby has been around the block a few times with his other two über-popular establishments downtown, Trappe Door and Barley’s Taproom.   This time around, Beeby wanted a place that would attract the neighborhood with a casual, laid-back vibe and an inventive menu focusing on quality food and beverages…and that’s where we come in!  We tried a few for ya…

photo by Nathan Gray

The Conejo Picante

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when you wrap your hand round this cocktail, you will heartily agree. Shades of fall are abundant in this persimmoncolored libation featuring Milagro Reposado, carrot juice, cayenne and agave nectar.  Served in a crystal old fashioned glass, it’s easy on the eyes and good for ‘em too. But watch yourself…order too many andyou’ll be seeing double!


photo by Nathan Gray

The Tequila Smash…

In honor of Halloween, we’ve nicknamed this beauty the Monster Mash!Milagro Reposado, strawberry, lemon, basil and honey come together to create a giant dose of deliciousness served cold in a stemmed glass. Get your blood going with this unique and delectable concoction that strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart.

photo by Nathan Gray


The Walking Dead…

This will be the best looking walking dead you’ve ever seen, and you will definitely not want to turn and head in another direction! The Burrow macerates pineapple with vinegar to make their own shrub, then adds their homemade orgeat (almond syrup), dehydrated mint, black tea, and their special rum blend to create this beauty. Take one sip and you’ll be wishing for the zombie acopalyse so you can order another round!


photo by Nathan Gray

Fire it up

If it’s a savory bite you’re after, we’ve found the place!  There’s an abundance of delicious wood-fired dishes rolling out of The Burrow’s kitchen, thanks to the enormous open-fire grill. Roasted pork belly, steak, ribs and wings are sure to please the carnivores among us while the pescatarians can have a go at the poke, octopus and the whole fried fish.  And we are hearing thatred beans and rice (from a special family recipe) are already making a name for themselves…a must-try in our opinion!


photo by Nathan Gray

Young and old, singles and families, good friends and neighbors, you’ll find ‘em all at The Burrow.

Open 3-5 p.m. daily for bar service and snacks; 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday for dinner; 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday for dinner; and brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Burrow . 2017A Augusta Street . Greenville . 864-412-8677 . theburrowgville.com


drinkin’ on the job…gettin’ “thrifty”


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from elthrifty.com

Once again…we have a “must-go” for ya in this month’s TALKGreenville magazine cocktailin’ spot.  If you haven’t ventured over just yet, El Thrifty is the happenin’ watering hole du jour – er..del dia!  This Mexican-inspired cantina, bar and all-around fun spot is located on the Swamp Rabbit Trail just a quick skip from downtown Greenville; but it feels like a world away…a place to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle.  

from elthrifty.com

Wanna come out and play?…

El Thrifty has a bit of entertainment for just about any crowd.  It’s basically 10,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor “playground” with games like shuffleboard, cornhole, billiards and ping pong just to name a few. And you’ll want to check the schedule to keep track of live music and other entertainment options (like the throw-down they have planned for National Tequila Day – July 24).  You don’t want to miss a single bit of the fun!

While the young and young-at-heart play their little games, the grown-ups can have some entertainment of their own…of the liquid variety!


photo by Nathan Gray

Juanita Appleseed

Made up of tequila blanco, mezcal, lemon, agave, apple cider and ginger beer, Juanita is a light,refreshing number who will steal her way into your heart quickly and smoothly. The fizz makes her fun while the cider provides a tart balance to any unnecessary sweetness. We made fast friends with her and can hardly wait until we meet again!


El Matador…

A brilliant mix of reposado mezcal, passionfruit, fresh mint, agave, lime, a touch of habanero, El Matador is smoky, sweet, tart and spicy all at once. The tastebuds will be singing una otra spor favor. One is just simply not enough.  Word to the wise…this is highly addictive!

photo by Nathan Gray

Spicy Margarita…(shhh) 

This beverage isn’t on the menu, but we are here to spill the big secret!  El Thrifty’s twist on the classic margarita is good to the very last drop. A nice dose of jalapeño adds just the right bit of heat to remind you it’s summertime…but the remaining ingredients come together to provide pure, unadulterated refreshment. Knowledge is power…so be in the know when you go!

photo by Nathan Gray

Pablo Frescobar 

This is a beautiful, refreshing non-alcoholic concoction…but since we discuss cocktails, may we suggest adding tequila to kick it up a notch? Well, we just did…just sayin’. (They’ve actually gotten this request before, so it will come as no surprise and they will be happy to oblige.) Orange hibiscus adds a distinct, light flavor that still has some zip to it. You won’t be disappointed when you sip on this one…Pablo is muy fresco!


Although many of us will be perfectly happy working our way through el Thrifty’s cocktails, the purists will be blown away by the “neat” list.  They have quite the collection of tequilas and mezcals, and they serve them with flair. A refreshingly delicious house-made sangrita (we could just sit and sip it alone!) accompanies the tequila while the mezcals are served with orange and sal de gusano” (translation…salt of the worm) which is a rather surprising taste-thrill.  Go figure!

Our significant others have never really thought of us as the “thrifty type”, but we might have a surprise in store for them.  They are gonna have a hard time dragging us away from el T!


El Thrifty . 25 Delano Drive . Greenville . 864-232-2053 . elthrifty.com


drinkin’ on the job…”swarmin’ the hive”


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There’s a whole new beehive in town, and it’s quite the colony – with two hotels and one buzz-worthy restaurant, Oak and Honey. Just a couple of blocks off Main Street at the corner of Spring and Washington, the restaurant is located at street level in the building housing the Residence Inn and Springhill Suites. What better way to give the visitors in our fair city a little taste of what Greenville has to offer?

from oakandhoneygvl.com

Traditional with a twist…

The new American cuisine” at Oak & Honey is decidedly fresh and local.  Sourcing as much as possible from as close as possible is the name of their game.  From the house-made honey bourbon beef jerky with roasted South Carolina peanuts to the charcuterie with local cheeses, the menu offerings give a hearty nod to area farms, hives and distilleries.

And the “bites” aren’t the only items on the menu to get the local treatment…the craft cocktails get their own unique twist!  We invite you to feel the sting!

photo by Nathan Gray

Honey I’ll Be Home Late

The name alone deserves accolades in our not-so-humble opinion! It just makes you smile…just sayin.  And when you order your second round, you’ll smile even brighter! Absolut Elyx vodka, Aperol and lemon bring a tart element while the ginger honey and peach bitters lend a tangy aspect to this drink. Together they create the ideal adult sippy cup of a concoction.  Presented in a honey bear glass, this is the ultimate comfort cocktail, no matter how old you are!

photo by Nathan Gray

Oak & Smoke

In keeping with the establishment, this beverage is defined by its name. With its oakiness and smokiness, this one sips like a very sophisticated, grown-up drink. Wild Turkey Rare Breed, Angostura Amaro, and lemon maple bitters are the key characters, but a generous slice of orange peel hits the nose before the tongue, making it very clear that even a small part can make a big impact. Sipping and savoring is the mood for this one.

photo by Nathan Gray

Party of 2…4…6…8… – or 20…

Super-convenient to the Main Street foot traffic, Oak & Honey is the perfect spot to duck in for a quick drink and a bite.  But there’s more!  Because they are in the building with hotels, they have quite a bit of event space and can cater to a crowd.  Big birthday dinners…they can do that.  Weddings or rehearsal dinners…check.  Bar or bat mitzvahs…you bet!  Perhaps we just made your planning a smidge easier!

photo by Nathan Gray


What…you might ask…do the iconic red-bottom shoes have to do with this cocktailin’ experience?  These folks are brilliantly in touch with a generous portion of the female persuasion and their (er…our) attraction to “the shoe”.  At each visit, patrons are invited to put their name in the bowl for a monthly drawing for a pair of Christian Louboutins.  The pair of the month is proudly on display so that we can keep our eyes on the prize.  Again…brilliant!

 Welcome to the land of Oak & Honey!

Oak & Honey . 200 East Washington Street . Greenville . 864-720-2900  www.oakandhoneygvl.com

Angi Einstein and Alex Ryan . http://www.therarebelle.com



drinkin’ on the job…and needing an Encore


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Another TALKGreenville cocktailin’ adventure is on stands now in the April issue…


As luck would have it, a last-minute dining excursion with one significant other lead to this month’s cocktailin’ experience.  Driving down Main Street and trying to come up with something “new”, Encore…a Gastrolounge caught our eye.  We had seen it before, but had not had the chance to visit, so here was our chance…and we are so glad we took it!!  They had the hubby at “Lollipop Lamb Chops”.  Of course, they had this particular wifey (considering her cocktailin’ history and their mind-blowing craft cocktail menu) at “Hello”.  

from encoregreenville.com

Decisions, decisions…

When it comes to beverage options, owners Heather and Elizabeth aim to please.  From their extensive wine and beer options to the epic craft cocktail selection, they pretty much have your “beginning covered.  But the fun doesn’t end there!  Flip the menu over to discover your “happy ending” options.  So…you have some decisions to make.  We did our best to sample as many as possible and to give you some guidance.  Tough job, but someone had to do it!


Photo by Nathan Gray

The Ruby Bell…

Being belles ourselves, we couldn’t resist this decidedly southern moonshine cocktail. The Ruby Bell features Belle Isle Ruby Red moonshine, a dash of Cointreau, a smidge of Parma pomegranate liqueur, a dose of fresh lime juice and a splash of soda served with a custom-created garnish of sugared dried pineapple so beautiful that we thought it was a flower. These gals know how to entice the eye as much as the palate  which inevitably creates an irresistible beverage!

Photo by Nathan Gray

There’s a reason they say frosé all day  because it’s really that good…and this establishment has upgraded it to another level!  Time to, as we like to say, practice some spring adulting.” Tito’s, sparkling rose and strawberry simple syrup come together to create just the concoction you need to while away the days that are finally getting longer.


Photo by Nathan Gray

Drink your dessert…

And now for the “happy endings.” Cool your jets with some bubbly mixed with a scoop of housemade sorbet in the “Sorbogne. This cocktail is a beautiful, boozy way to refresh your palate! And last but not least…the “Encore”!  This is a drink worth sipping and savoring. Housemade Nutella vodka and hazelnut liqueur create the most perfect chocolate martini…and the perfect ending to the evening. We believe there are a few occasions when it’s well worth drinking your calories and this is one of those times. Believe us when we say you won’t regret having to put in a little extra exercise the next day!


Photo by Nathan Gray

Two smart chicks and their gastro-hit

Because this is not their first rodeo, Heather and Elizabeth know a thing or two about the food & beverage biz.  They call themselves “front-of-the-house bar people (they also own on the Roxx  right next door), but they have honed their back-of-the-house skills as well.  We tasted the proof! From the Duck Fat Fries and brussels sprouts to the Roasted Duck Breast and aforementioned lamb lollipops, this was an epic gastro experience.  


Plan ahead so you don’t miss out

Pop in for Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday for special drink pricing and half-off the Duck Fat Fries…and don’t miss Ladies Night on Wednesday (half-price wine) and the live music on Thursdays.  And whether your party is 2 or 10, they will reserve your table (see Open Table for more).  

Now that you have the 411, it’s time to plan your visit.  We are ready for our encore!

Encore…a Gastrolounge . 732 South Main Street . Greenville . 864-520-1618 . encoregreenville.com