Apple Opens Haywood Mall Location Saturday!

July 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Tech

Apple Comes to Greenville

The wait is over and my bank account officially broke.  Well, maybe not broke, but I have definitely considering picking up a part time job at Haywood Mall to fund my habits.

Apple will open its second SC retail store this weekend, Saturday July 10th, 2010 at Haywood Mall in Greenville.

To bad I just made my recent purchase at BB Mobile, but will definitely visit when the opportunity presents itself.

Restauranters Weigh In

March 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

We just received an email from restauranter extravagant, Carl Sobocinski, to the economic tune.

For those of you who don’t know, Carl is the owner of Table 301, a group of restaurants in downtown Greenville, SC that truly enjoy food and providing the best hospitality.  His restaurants include the fabulous Soby’s (new southern cuisine), Soby’s on the Side, The Loft at Soby’s, Devereaux’s (new age and southern cuisine), The Lazy Goat (Mediterannean, International), Table 301 Catering and opening this spring, a new restaurant in the former Restaurant O.

For the promo piece, great food and awesome service.  My wife and I visit Soby’s, Devereaux’s, or the Goat at least once a month. We ate at Devereaux’s for the first time about 2 weeks ago and loved it.  Chef Green (Devereaux is his middle name) never left the floor while we were there.  He plated every dish and added his special touch each time.  We took our kids with us, sans Burger King, and were treated like kings.  The waitstaff was very helpful and Chef Green acknowledged the kids and treated them to his special Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.  The kids loved it.

Carl got political though in January.  Fortunately for my family and I, we were able to cash in on the Table 301 “stimulus package” before the end of January.  Playing on the catchy phrase, Table 301 began offering $25 off coupons for parties of 2 during the evening dining hours.  By going by the end of January, you received another coupon for February for $25 off.  As long as you go every month, the coupon continues.  Needless to say, I believe this plan was very successful.

Today though, Sobocinski decided he was going to take on the machine and posted an editorial in which he challenges Oprah Winfrey and Suze Orman.

For those of you who don’t know what Winfrey said, she stressed the need to live simply during these challenging economic times and cited three steps from Orman’s money pledge.

  • Don’t spend any money for a day
  • Don’t use your credit card for a week
  • Don’t eat out in restaurants for a month

This all sounds well and good if your the casual diner looking to save a dime or two for the house payment.  But just like Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, when a businessman or city is attacked by an individual / federal government, you have to stand up and fight back.

Sobocinski shares several methods that Winfrey could have counseled her audience with instead of trying to kill another industry.

You’ll have to read Carl’s editorial to see his argument though.  In the mean time, head out to Soby’s, Devereaux’s, The Lazy Goat or your other favorite local restaurants and enjoy a peaceful evening and some of the best food in the world.

Exercising Our Gun Rights

February 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

MP-5 Automatic Machine Gun

MP-5 Automatic Machine Gun

My father-in-law and I decided to take Thursday afternoon and exercise our 2nd amendment rights.  Allen Arms Indoor Shooting Range in Greenville is a great location to go and enjoy a few hours shooting your weapons and working on your aim for hunting.

We continue to hope that our government will continue to protect our rights to bear arms.  Some of the rules being proposed by Bobby Rush would damage this market and our rights.  Some of the bill calls for bullets to be bar-coded so they can be traced back to the owners. Other bills being proposed would outlaw the weapon above, the MP5.  The shear cost for the weapon alone would outlaw it ($17,000+).  But we were doing some research and found what else it would take to purchase this weapon.  We found this on Yahoo Answer’s:

Since the Heckler & Koch MP-5 is a fully Automatic Machine Gun, you will need to order one thru a Class III Dealer, but before that you will need to complete an application for purchase of a machine gun thru BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms) You will be subjected to a complete background investigation, and you will be required to submit fingerprints as part of the application process. When and if approved you will in addition also be required to purchase a $200 Federal Tax Stamp. You will then have to figure out where you are going to come up with the cost of the MP-5 itself. They can cost as much as $20,000 and UP, depending on what model and version you choose.

Needless to say, it’s pretty hard to get one with the current process.  Thankfully, to enjoy shooting the weapon, Allen Arms currently rents it for about $20.  Ammunition for the gun was about $12/box of 50.  Needless to say, we only shot it for about 15 minutes, as it gets expensive to shoot.  Overall though, this weapon shoots like a charm.