When it comes to the latest trends in women's apparel, there's no better place to shop till you drop than Downtown Chucktown. And if you're searching for the finest threads in Greenville, look no further than Copper Penny - the Lowcountry's go-to shop for anyone that has a passion for fashion.

We have been dressing women in Greenville for over 34 years and offer upscale designer collections curated with a Southern eye. Here, women from around the United States discover sophisticated, effortless beauty for every season. Whether you're looking for a sassy new dress to impress that special someone or the perfect outfit for your next vacation, your options are endless at Copper Penny.

With easy-to-find locations close to Greenville's hottest spots, our curated selection of the newest, most popular women's clothing lines reflects the effortless glamour of Greenville. Whether you're a tidy professional or a fierce trend-setter, our goal is to help you find the perfect look for your own unique style. With designer brands like CK Bradley and Holst & Lee on hand year-round, finding your new look is easy and fun when you visit Copper Penny.

Our clothing lines give ladies a refreshing mix of one-of-a-kind authenticity with real wearability, allowing them to shine with confidence and style all year long. So, go ahead and spoil yourself - you deserve to look like a million bucks!

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Find the Perfect Dress to Impress

Diamonds are pretty and all, but honestly? Dresses are a girl's best friend. Dresses are fun, comfortable, and versatile. At Copper Penny, they're also fashionable and cute. We have a huge selection of women's dresses in Greenville, SC, from stylistic sheath dresses to drop-waist styles that will make your girlfriends jealous.

We offer several styles and shapes from which you can pick. Not sure what style fits best?

It all starts at the waist:

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A-Line Waist

These dresses are made to fit your waist and then gradually flare out towards the hem. A-line dresses are excellent for minimizing thighs, hips, and midsections while pulling the eyes to your bust. This style of dress is a great fit for almost any body type. There's a reason why so many brides settle on A-Line dresses for their big day! With plenty of varieties, this is a kind of dress that you can wear again and again.

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Empire Waist

Like the A-Line style, empire dresses are made to fit through your bust. Rather than creating a distinctly angular shape like the A-Line, the Empire style flows from the bust down. This is another kind of dress that fits many body types. From curvy to apple body shapes, the Empire draws focus to your bust and minimizes everything else. For lovely ladies on the shorter side, this style defines your silhouette, especially if you choose a maxi length dress.

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Drop Waist

A throwback to the roaring 20's style flapper dresses, Drop Waist dresses look best on lean, athletic bodies that don't have too many curves in the hip area. The key to pulling off a Drop Waist style dress is to ensure that it's not hugging you. This dress is best worn when it is able to hang freely on your body.

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Once you know the kind of waist that fits your body type, it's time to find your shape. A few of our most popular dress shapes include:

Fit & Flare Dresses in Greenville

Any clothing store for women in Greenville, SC, worth its salt, will have plenty of fit & flare dresses for you to try. This common-shaped dress is one of the most popular on the market, mainly because they look great on every woman, regardless of age or shape. A timeless choice, fit & flare dresses fit through the bodice and flare out just below your hip. This helps develop a balanced, slimming silhouette for most women. If you want to accentuate your best assets and hide everything else, ask our experienced fashionistas to show you some the most popular fit & flare dresses at Copper Penny.
Time to start doing your happy dance! Fit & flare dresses have very balanced proportions, making them a true winner for every body type. Women with athletic builds love this dress for the extra curves. Women with apple-shaped bodies love how fit & flare dresses define their waistlines. Because this dress already looks like an hourglass on the hanger, it will be a natural fit for ladies with such a figure.
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Shift Dresses in Greenville

Shift dresses are typically rectangular in shape and tend to be comfy and forgiving since they aren't fitted. Also called a column dress, the shift dress is a great choice for polished professionals needing a conservative, fashionable outfit for work.
These dresses look fabulous on women with athletic, lean shapes and women with an apple-like figure. This kind of dress doesn't work well with a belt, so ladies with an hourglass figure may not be able to show off their curves in a shift. Try pairing this dress with a nice pair of heels for a beautiful new look!
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Wrap Dresses in Greenville

Wrap dresses are one of the most popular styles on the market, because they give ladies of most shapes and sizes a flattering, fashionable dress option.
If you have an hourglass, apple, or generally curvy body shape, you're going to love wrap dresses. This style of dress offers a natural waist while placing emphasis on your bust. Wrap dresses give you a balanced silhouette and, with a knee-length fit, are great for any type of color or style, both day and nightwear.
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Timeless Tops for Every Style

Unless you're feeling extra sassy, chances are you're wearing a top at this very moment. Tops are garments that cover the top half of your body. At Copper Penny, we have an endless selection of tops in a wide range of styles - from basic tees to blouses and everything in between. If you're looking for the highest quality women's tops in Greenville, SC, you just hit the jackpot!

With that said, finding the right top for the right occasion is easier said than done. However, at Copper Penny, we make finding the right top fun. Whether you're looking for a top that makes a statement or you need a classic button-down for a subdued style, we've got your back. We only carry the most popular tops from the best brands and designers around the world.

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Here are just of our most popular tops:

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Women's Poplin Tops in Greenville

Sometimes called broadcloth tops, poplins have classic characteristics and are often woven with an over/under weave. This kind of weave gives more substance to your top while also giving you room to breathe. Poplin shirts are typically soft and smooth, and are great for everyday business attire, some formal occasions, and for certain ceremonies. Sweet and feminine, our Bruna poplin eyelet bib top features ruffles at the sleeves and an eyelet lace yoke at the front. Pair your poplin with your favorite pair of shorts or jeans for a contemporary, relaxed look.

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Women's Wrap Tops in Greenville

Great for wearing solo or layered over a camisole or tank top, wrap tops are lightweight, versatile, and great for many different occasions. Wrap tops go well with jeans, maxi dresses, and high-waisted jeans or trousers. Our V-Neck Wrap SLV Top by Jayden is uber-popular at Copper Penny and the perfect choice for dressing down or dressing up. The choice is yours!

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Women's Off the Shoulder Tops in Greenville

For a dose of feminine fashion, be sure you add an off-the-shoulder top to your everyday wardrobe. A casual, sexy choice, off-the-shoulder tops have unique necklines that cut across your upper arms and chest, leaving your shoulders bare. The result is a flirty flash of skin, which elongates your neck and gives a relaxed, "daytime casual" look. Our Nola off-the-shoulder top pairs perfectly with shorts or even a flowy skirt and is hand-woven in Spain using Jacquard fabric.

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Women's Tank Tops in Greenville

Who doesn't love a good tank top?! Tank tops are lightweight, versatile, and equally great for lounging in the yard or running errands on weekends. Tank tops lend an air of simplicity to your outfit and can be styled in endless ways. Take our Velvet Heart Victory Tank, for instance. This tank is a refreshing update on our classic sleeveless tank top, complete with fray details and a scoop neck. Throw in the fact that it's machine washable, and you have a wardrobe winner.

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Having trouble finding the best top for your size and style? As the most trusted women's clothing boutique in Greenville, SC, Copper Penny has helped women discover new looks in the Lowcountry for more than two decades. We take pride in providing a personalized, boutique experience for our customers. If you have questions, give us a call or swing by one of our locations. We would be happy to give you our professional opinion.

Until then, here's a quick guide you can follow to help you find the right fit for your women's top in Greenville:

How to Find the Right Fit for Your Women's Top

When choosing a women's top for your outfit, you have to consider how comfortable, confident, and beautiful you will feel. The best way to feel your best in an outfit is to make sure it fits correctly. To get started, you'll want to take your measurements. For most women's tops, the best areas to focus on are your hips, waist, and chest.

  • Hip Measurements: Measuring your hips is fairly easy. Take your measuring tape and use it to wrap around the widest area of your hips.
  • Waist Measurements: Take your measuring tape and place it at the very top of your hip bone. Wrap it all the way around your body. Try to keep your measuring tape in line with your belly button. For the most accurate measurements, stand up straight and breathe normally.
  • Chest Measurements: For an accurate chest measurement, take the end of your measuring tape and place it on the fullest area of your bust. From there, wrap the tape around your body, under your armpits, and around the blades of your shoulders. Then, wrap the tape tightly from the back of your body to the front, where you started.
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Need help measuring? Swing by Copper Penny and ask one of our friendly sales associates to help you out! While you're there, don't forget to check out our huge selection of women's tops in Greenville, SC.

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Looking to take your style to the next level? You can also get in touch with a personal stylist directly from our website. With a personal stylist by your side, you can find stunning looks for specific occasions, using comfortable clothing in your favorite colors and cuts. Copper Penny is your one-stop-shop for fashionable, fun, fabulous designer clothing in Greenville. But don't take our word for it – come see for yourself!

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Upcoming Greenville events: Story times, Mayan mysteries and waterparks

Summer is flying by much too fast. Make sure to take advantage of the time left before school starts with these events happening in Greenville and around the Upstate. Let your imagination run with an outdoor story time at the Hughes Main Library. Learn about ancient civilizations by visiting the "Mystery of the Mayan Medallion" exhibit at Roper Mountain Science Center. Or cool off by visiting one of the many Greenville County water parks and splash pads.Outdoor story timeOutdoor story time is at 10 a.m. July 22 at t...

Summer is flying by much too fast. Make sure to take advantage of the time left before school starts with these events happening in Greenville and around the Upstate. Let your imagination run with an outdoor story time at the Hughes Main Library. Learn about ancient civilizations by visiting the "Mystery of the Mayan Medallion" exhibit at Roper Mountain Science Center. Or cool off by visiting one of the many Greenville County water parks and splash pads.

Outdoor story time

Outdoor story time is at 10 a.m. July 22 at the Hughes Main Library. Get the details at greenvillelibrary.org.

Friday Family Hike at Paris Mountain State Park

A Friday Family Hike is at 10 a.m. Fridays in July at Paris Mountain State Park. Take a nature walk with a ranger or staff interpreter, and wade into Mountain Creek. Using one of the park’s nets, search for dragonfly nymphs, salamanders and more. Registration is required. The cost is $5 per person, including adults, in addition to admission. (If you have a Park Passport, you only pay the program cost). These hikes are limited to 25 participants. To register and to confirm that the scheduled hike will proceed, email ctaylor@scprt.com, call 864-244-5565, or check at the admission booth.

Beat the heat:Try one of these water parks and splash pads in the Upstate to beat the heat

Calendar of events:July 2022 Events Calendar and Things to Do in the Upstate and surrounding area

Summer Adventure at Roper Mountain Science Center

Summer Adventure is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays at Roper Mountain Science Center. This year’s traveling exhibit, “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion,” is open. Look for STEM Days on select Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer. Admission is $12 each for ages 13 and older, $10 each for ages 3 – 12 and ages 60 and older. Admission is free for children ages 2 and younger and to Roper Mountain members. Lunch is available through the Connections Café from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and is free for ages 18 and younger. For details, visit ropermountain.org.

Greenville County Waterparks

Greenville County Waterparks are open. Visit greenvillerec.com for hours and ticket details.

TD Saturday Market in downtown Greenville

The TD Saturday Market is 8 a.m. – noon July 23 in downtown Greenville. For vendors, children’s events and more, visit saturdaymarketlive.com.

Unity Park:The 60-acre Unity Park in Greenville has an abundance of green space and playgrounds

Family Connection’s “Look!” Photography Exhibit

Family Connection’s “Look!” Photography Exhibit honors children and youth living with a disability. It is open July 24 – Sept. 16 at the Richland County Library Gallery in Columbia. Several Upstate families are included. For details, visit familyconnectionsc.org/look.

Building block party at the Five Forks Library

A building block party for ages 2 – 6 is at 10 a.m. July 25 at the Five Forks Library. For details, visit greenvillelibrary.org.

Sunny Day Story Time

Sunny Day Story Time for preschoolers is at 10 a.m. July 25 outdoors at the Travelers Rest Library. For details, visit greenvillelibrary.org.

Summer movies

Summer movies – “Minions” and “Trolls World Tour” are shown July 26 and 27 at select Regal theaters. See details at regmovies.com/static/en/us/smx.

See The Critter Keeper and meet animals

See The Critter Keeper and meet animals at 2 and 3:30 p.m. July 26 at the Five Forks Library. For details, visit greenvillelibrary.org.

Looking ahead:

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day is 10 a.m. – noon July 30 at the Upcountry History Museum. Learn more at upcountryhistory.org.

A timeline of the dispute over the Roberts Farm subdivision in Greenville

The proposed Roberts Farm subdivision near Pebble Creek has been the subject of lengthy debate among Greenville County Planning Commissioners, scrutiny from area residents and a year-long legal appeal process.Here is a timeline of the fight over the neighborhood that appears to be headed toward final approval:February 2021: Residents sign petition opposing Roberts Farm On Feb. 24, 2021, the Roberts Farm subdivision application was up for a vote by Planning Commission. Commissioners ultimately decided to ...

The proposed Roberts Farm subdivision near Pebble Creek has been the subject of lengthy debate among Greenville County Planning Commissioners, scrutiny from area residents and a year-long legal appeal process.

Here is a timeline of the fight over the neighborhood that appears to be headed toward final approval:

February 2021: Residents sign petition opposing Roberts Farm

On Feb. 24, 2021, the Roberts Farm subdivision application was up for a vote by Planning Commission. Commissioners ultimately decided to hold the application for at least 30 days citing traffic concerns and the now defunct Article 3.1 of the county's Land Development Regulations. Before the meeting, hundreds of area residents signed a petition raising their concerns about the proposed subdivision.

Roberts Farm Application Paused:Greenville County planners put decision on proposed Pebble Creek development on hold

March 24, 2021: Planning Commission denies subdivision

A divided Planning Commission voted 5-4 to deny the Roberts Farm subdivision application after much debate. Commissioners discussed ongoing traffic concerns and disputed who should be responsible for installing a traffic light at a busy intersection near subdivision site.

April 29, 2021: Property owner asks court to overturn Planning Commission

Landowner Jo Ellen Johnson filed an appeal with the 13th Circuit Court seeking to reverse the Planning Commission's denial of Roberts Farm. The appeal cited the subdivision's Traffic Impact Study as a reason why it should be approved. It also claimed that Article 3.1 did not apply to the Roberts Farm due to the land's zoning designation.

Roberts Farm Heads to Court:Landowner goes to court seeking to reverse rejection of subdivision near Pebble Creek

Article 3.1 Poses Challenges:County Council members delay action on development rule after judge urges them to 'fix' it

Aug. 18, 2021: County revises development rules

County Council revised its land development rules after five months of debate surrounding contentious Article 3.1. The article led to multiple lawsuits and was criticized for being too vague.

Article 3.1 Revised:Hasty passage of development rule unleashes acrimony at Greenville County Council meeting

Sept. 21, 2021: Court reverses county decision on Roberts Farm

On Sept. 21, 2021, 13th Circuit court judge Letitia Verdin reversed the county's denial of Roberts Farm, ordering the Planning Commission to further review the subdivision application.

Oct. 26, 2021: Planning commission denies neighborhood again

Planning Commissioners again denied Roberts Farm, prompting Johnson to file a second appeal in the 13th Circuit Court a month later.

Roberts Farm Denied Again:Roberts Farm subdivision denied again following court reversal

June 3, 2022: Judge again rules in favor of Roberts Farm

Verdin again ruled in favor of Johnson's appeal, sending the Roberts Farm application back to Planning Commission for further review. Lawyers for the Planning Commission submitted a

July 27, 2022: County approves plan, but more votes ahead

Verdin's June 21 ruling prompted the Planning Commission to approve the Roberts Farm final development plan at its July 27 meeting. But the title of final development plan is deceiving, as the subdivision's preliminary plat is now undergoing the approval process and must be voted on by the Planning Commission before construction can begin.

– Tim Carlin covers county government, growth and development for The Greenville News. Follow him on Twitter @timcarlin_, and get in touch with him at TCarlin@gannett.com. You can support his work by subscribing to The Greenville News at greenvillenews.com/subscribe.

South Carolina Restaurant Week: Here are the dishes I'm excited about

As if you needed another reason to love local restaurants, South Carolina Restaurant Week is here. The annual celebration of the state’s local restaurants, organized by the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, kicks off Thursday, Aug. 18, and runs through Aug. 28 in G...

As if you needed another reason to love local restaurants, South Carolina Restaurant Week is here. The annual celebration of the state’s local restaurants, organized by the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, kicks off Thursday, Aug. 18, and runs through Aug. 28 in Greenville, with prix-fixe meal deals at 43 restaurants.

Choose from dinner or lunch and even takeout (some places are offering that option). It’s a great way to try a new place or to get a little more bang for your buck at your local fav.

A couple of tips: reservations are recommended and gratuity is not included in the prix-fixe price, so tip accordingly.

Also, enjoy!

Find more details about participating restaurants and menus here: https://restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com/city/upstate_region

While my mouth is watering looking at all the menus, here are some of the dishes that caught my eye this year:

Sicilian watermelon and goat cheese pudding with pistachio dust and mint crystals? Wow.

We know The Lazy Goat is adept at working with goat cheese, and this sounds exceptional.

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SC Flounder with caramelized heirloom peppers, spinach and sauce verde sounds delicious. Plus, I’m a sucker for seafood, and I wanna eat at Larkin’s before their big move. Exciting things to come!

That summer corn and herb agnolotti checks two boxes for me – summer corn and fresh pasta.

The SC Softshell crab is a must because the season for softshells is so dang short. P.S. summertime, please don't go.

Txipirones intrigued me partly because I had to look up what it is. Also, calamari with olive, saffron and herbs is right up my alley.

Entree: Abanico

The braised chicken in a creamy almond sauce because it’s new to me, and the tortilla espanola because my dad used to make this dish at home, and I know it would comfort me.

Honestly, the whole meal sounds good to me, and I’m excited to try some of the food from their new chef.

Lillia Callum-Penso covers food for the Greenville News. She loves the stories recipes tell and finds inspiration in the people behind them. When she’s not exploring local food, she can be found running, both for pleasure and to keep up with her 6-year-old twins. Reach her at lpenso@greenvillenews.com, or at 864-478-5872, or on Facebook atfacebook.com/lillia.callumpenso.

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South Carolina football vs. Georgia State: Scouting report, prediction for season opener

COLUMBIA — South Carolina football opens the 2022 season against Georgia State on Saturday in Williams-Brice Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET / SEC Network+).The Gamecocks will look to set a positive tone for Shane Beamer's second season at the helm of the program. Here's everything you need to know about the first matchup of the year.Gamecocks' history with Georgia StateSouth Carolina and Georgia State have never played before, but the connections between the programs run deep. Panthers coach Shawn Elliott a...

COLUMBIA — South Carolina football opens the 2022 season against Georgia State on Saturday in Williams-Brice Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET / SEC Network+).

The Gamecocks will look to set a positive tone for Shane Beamer's second season at the helm of the program. Here's everything you need to know about the first matchup of the year.

Gamecocks' history with Georgia State

South Carolina and Georgia State have never played before, but the connections between the programs run deep. Panthers coach Shawn Elliott and Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer coached together under Steve Spurrier at South Carolina in 2010, and Elliott remained the co-offensive coordinator until leaving for Georgia State in 2016.

Each team also has a transfer from the other that will start Saturday. Fifth-year linebacker Jordan Strachan came to South Carolina in 2021 after starting his college career as a walk-on at Georgia State. Strachan recorded three sacks and five quarterback hurries last season for the Gamecocks and will be one of the team's go-to pass rushers this year.

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On the other side, redshirt senior Jaymest Williams developed into one of Georgia State's top running backs after spending two seasons as a cornerback at South Carolina. Williams rushed for 870 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021.

Spencer Rattler, transfers debut

Spencer Rattler has been the name on every South Carolina fan's mind for months. The Oklahoma transfer was the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the Class of 2019 and earned Heisman Trophy hype before his chaotic 2021 season with the Sooners. Expectations are enormous for Rattler in his fresh start with the Gamecocks.

However, the quarterback won't be the only new face in Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday. Tight end Austin Stogner, who came with Rattler from Oklahoma, will start against Georgia State, as will safety Devonni Reed, a transfer from Central Michigan.

Christian Beal-Smith, a transfer from Wake Forest, has struggled with a foot/ankle injury for several weeks but is expected to play in Week 1. Rounding out the key transfers is wide receiver Antwane Wells, who came to the Gamecocks from James Madison.

Keys to controlling George State run game

Georgia State is known for its strength on the ground. The South Carolina defense allowed 175 rushing yards per game in 2021, and Georgia State averaged more than 226 yards per game. Panthers senior Tucker Gregg returns after leading the team with 953 yards last year.

Defensive coordinator Clayton White faced Georgia State several times in his career and lost to the Panthers in 2020 as defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky. He said quarterback Darren Grainger will pose a challenge as a dual-threat quarterback — Grainger was one of Georgia State's top rushers in 2021 with 660 yards.

Size versus speed

South Carolina's defensive linemen weigh an average of 295 pounds, and its offensive linemen average more than 306 pounds. The Panthers' linemen on both sides average well under 290 pounds.

As a Group of Five program, Georgia State doesn't bring the same physically-imposing roster that the Gamecocks are used to among SEC competition, but the Panthers have elite speed that has given them an edge over stronger opponents in the past. In 2019, Georgia State stunned Tennessee with a 38-30 win at Neyland Stadium, and they led Auburn through three quarters last season.

"They may be 20 pounds lighter, but they move so fast and effectively with a relentless mindset," said Gamecocks offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield. "It's going to be tough to block with that. We've got to have our ducks in a row and keep it simple."

Game day prediction

South Carolina 31, Georgia State 17: Excitement is high around the Gamecocks, and they won't make the mistake of underestimating the Panthers like other SEC programs have. It may take a half to get going, but the offense will put things together eventually for a decisive win.

Contact Emily Adams at eaadams@gannett.com or on Twitter @eaadams6.

Mama Mozzarella to open at Gather GVL in Greenville, SC

Mama Mozzarella, an Italian deli restaurant concept with a twist, is coming to Gather GVL next month, Sept. 2022. Taking over the booth formerly belonging to The Pasta Addict, Mama Mozzarella will feature sandwiches, wraps + fun bites (like a Sicilian quesadilla) with an emphasis on local ingredients. We can’t wait to try the Caprese BLT with prosciutto and Calabrian chili mayo.Meet the chefChef Baileigh Reardon, originally from Charlotte, NC, ...

Mama Mozzarella, an Italian deli restaurant concept with a twist, is coming to Gather GVL next month, Sept. 2022. Taking over the booth formerly belonging to The Pasta Addict, Mama Mozzarella will feature sandwiches, wraps + fun bites (like a Sicilian quesadilla) with an emphasis on local ingredients. We can’t wait to try the Caprese BLT with prosciutto and Calabrian chili mayo.

Meet the chef

Chef Baileigh Reardon, originally from Charlotte, NC, started cooking when he was a student at the University of Mississippi. He went on to work with award-winning + renowned chefs in Mississippi and Charleston before bringing Mama Mozzarella to Greenville.

We asked Chef Baileigh three questions about his culinary background, his return to the Carolinas + what to expect from his first restaurant concept.

Tell us about your culinary background and how you landed in Greenville.I grew up with a mother + grandmother who both encouraged my participation in the kitchen, giving me positive memories relating to food. I started cooking in “real” kitchens during my time at Ole Miss. I needed a job a couple days a week and ended up helping open the first food truck in the state in 2015.

I worked there for roughly three years. I found my way into Snackbar in Oxford, MS working with John Currence + Vishwesh Bhaat, both James Beard winners. I stayed there until I felt I was ready for a bigger market.

Next up was Charleston. I started out as a junior sous at Le Farfalle, owned by a legend in his own right Michael Toscano. I then went to Wild Common, a tasting menu in Charleston. This was my dream restaurant and working for one of the best people imaginable, Orlando Pagan.

I got a call from a friend from college in Biloxi, MS wanting to open a restaurant (Field’s Steak & Oyster Bar Biloxi). I went down there for two years to get everything up and running.

Now that the restaurant scene is somewhat back to normal I figured now was a great time to approach a growing market in a place I love. Greenville is becoming the South’s worst kept secret. I know people all over the country that are starting to hear about this little town.

As a Carolinian, what does it mean to you to be able to bring everything you’ve learned home?Opening my first concept in Carolina was something that was a priority to me. I’ve been lucky enough to live in some amazing places throughout the South; but there always feels like there’s something missing. I can’t tell you if that’s from missing family or just wanting to be in familiar territory, but I can tell you there’s an overwhelming sense of nostalgia coming back.

What can people expect from Mama Mozzarella?I’m going to try to put my own twist on the Italian deli. From the traditional minimalist cuisine to the bastardized American counterparts, I love it all. We’re going to serve mostly sandwiches + wraps with some fun bites, keeping things as local as possible. I can’t give it all away just yet, but a couple of offerings from the opening menu are toasted 5 cheese ravioli, fried zucchini curls with honey-dijon aioli, meatball patty and red pepper parmesan, a caprese BLT with prosciutto and calabrian chili mayo, and what we call a Sicilian quesadilla (something that will please both little and big kids). We plan on also offering an assortment of Italian sodas and gelato.

Are you excited about Mama Mozzarella opening at Gather GVL next month? Let us know.

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