An alternative golf and entertainment concept that was teed up in South Carolina about two years ago has scored a celebrity backer with a knack for the game.
Singer, songwriter, producer and actor Justin Timberlake and 8AM Golf last week announced an undisclosed investment in 3’s, which made its debut in Greenville in 2020. The 28-acre site combines a lighted 12-hole, par-3 course with hospitality and entertainment amenities.
The idea is to expand the business, which competes with the likes of topgolfto “major metro areas” around the country “in the months to come” by working with local partners.
“The 3’s concept is one I’m extremely excited about,” news said in a prepared statement, and that’s exactly what 3’s accomplishes with its 12-hole, par-3 layout and its relaxed, ‘all are welcome’ vibe.”
The Upstate location on Villa Road was the brainchild of golf and resort industry veteran Davis Senzato train top executive at The Cliffs Communities in Travelers Rest. It operates as 3’s Greenville Golf & Grill. The price of a round on Nov. 22 was about $27.
Senza called the idea “a creative culmination of my 40 years of loving golf, food and beverage, hospitality, and most importantly, making it fun for all. Saying that I’m excited to grow with 8AM Golf and JT would be a huge understatement.”
His new backer has investments in several businesses tied to the game, including Golf Magazine, Golf.commanufacturer club Miura and the firm that the legendary Jack Nicklaus established to design courses and sell merchandise. Timberlake has been a partner in 8AM since 2020.
A technology company that served as an Apple products retailer and service provider went bankrupt over the summer and it’s unclear if another company will reopen the shuttered locations, including one in Mount Pleasant.
Salt Lake City-based Simply Mac blamed its financial woes on the pandemic, though it continued to open stores across the nation. The shop at 675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., near the end of Shelmore Boulevard, opened last November, three months after stores in Columbia and Myrtle Beach welcomed customers.
All of them closed abruptly after the company filed for bankruptcy.
Stepping in to fill the void is Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Techy. The company announced over the summer it planned to acquire the Simply Mac business once the bankruptcy is completed.
Techy doesn’t have any shops in the Lowcountry, but its website shows Experimax stores in Columbia and Rock Hill.
Fill ‘er up
It’s where cargo meets charity.
The owner and operator of the Port of Charleston is teaming up with the International Longshoremen’s Association and trucking group Coalition 18 to fill a 40-foot shopping container with gifts that will go to foster children for the holidays.
Tea State Ports Authority is accepting unwrapped toys at its 200 Ports Authority Drive headquarters in Mount Pleasant.
Toys can also be purchased through online retailer Amazon‘s Holiday Toy Drive Wish/Gift List at tinyurl.com/nhh3p335. From the website, select the following shipping address: “Toy Drive Mount Pleasant, SC – Deliver to this address.”
Charleston’s maritime community is encouraging employees, local businesses and organizations and area residents to donate enough toys by Dec. 9 to fill a cargo container at the Wando Welch Terminal. The donations will be distributed to foster children through the SC Department of Social Services.
The SPA’s mission extends beyond its gates and into our communities,” Barbara Melvin, the maritime agency’s president and CEO, said in a written statement. “The SC Ports team and our maritime partners work together every day to keep freight moving. We are now partnering to encourage people and businesses to donate to the Holiday Toy Drive. Let’s bring some holiday cheer to children in our communities.”
Members of the three ILA labor unions that work at the port also will be collecting toys, as will local truckers.
“Truck drivers are a critical part of the supply chain,” said John Gordonpresident of Coalition 18. “We move containers filled with goods every day, so it is especially meaningful for Coalition 18 to be a part of this effort to fill a container with toys for serving kids in South Carolina.”
A Steel City lender has set its sights on Flowertown.
ETF Corp.’s First National Bank of Pennsylvania subsidiary is seeking permission to open its first branch in Summerville and its third in the Lowcountry.
The financial institution filed a request last week with the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to establish a full-service retail office at 1307 N. Main St., triggering a 30-day public comment period. The planned branch formerly was the site of a Shoney’s restaurant.
Pittsburgh-based FNB expanded south into the Carolinas in 2017, when it bought Raleigh’s Yadkin Bank.
First National — unaffiliated with a small Holly Hill financial institution with a similar name — has since opened branches in downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Kiawah Island. It also has offices in Gaffney and Fort Mill. The bank is building its first Greenville branch at 1217 Woodruff Road.
A team of three has put the “tech” in Trident Tech by taking first place in a competition demonstrating their cybersecurity skills.
Summerville-based Advanced Technology Internationala former division of the SC Research Authorityinvited 16 trios of underrepresented minority students from South Carolina’s historically Black colleges and universities and from Trident Technical College to participate in the Hack@SChack ‘2022 Hackathon on Nov. 5.
The capture-the-flag style event had competitors follow the planning, discovery exploration and reporting phases of simulated attacks on a computer system to find tokens for points.
Throughout the event, participants received hints to encourage thought and keep the momentum going. The harder the token was to find, the bigger the points awarded.
The event marked the end of a nine-month virtual mentorship and one-week internship program ATI provided thanks to a grant from the SC Department of Commerce‘s Office of Innovation.
Denmark Technical College‘s EET Cyberpunk and Morris College‘s Hornets tied for second place. In a tie for third place were Benedict College‘s Team 2 and Team Gigatron from Denmark Tech.