23 Jun New Travelers Rest Redevelopment to Open This Fall
Project from Coldwell Banker Caine to include Community Tap, restaurant, and multi-use real estate gallery
A new Travelers Rest mixed-use redevelopment project is set to re-activate the city’s first stop on the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail this fall with a third location from The Community Tap, a soon-to-announce new restaurant, and a multi-use real estate gallery and event space from Coldwell Banker Caine.
The restaurant will occupy the former Hare and Field at 327 S. Main St. that closed at the end of 2020, and The Community Tap and Coldwell Banker Caine will split the current 3,000-square-foot Creative Displays retail and warehouse space at 321 S. Main St.
To create a community-centric and family-friendly gathering space, an all-weather, common green space will join the two buildings and replace the current parking lot. The covered outdoor space will include seating, bike racks, options for live music, and the ability to be used 365 days a year. An additional shipping container food vendor facing the green space is also tentatively in the works.
Site work has begun, and construction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter.
“Over the years, the owners of Community Tap and I have become close friends, and when the opportunity to create a real gathering place in the growing area of TR presented itself, I knew who our partners should be,” says Stephen Edgerton, President and CEO of Coldwell Banker Caine. “With their ability to cultivate true hospitality and our goal of providing both our clients and team members with a unique place to plan their futures, sharing physical space was an obvious next step for both of our organizations.”
Community Tap co-owners Ed Buffington and Mike Okupinski didn’t envision expanding beyond their second location, which opened in 2019 at The Commons, so soon after navigating the challenges of 2020. But when Edgerton approached them with the location and vision, they were in agreement.
“It immediately made sense,” Buffington says. “Not only have so many of CB Caine’s real estate transactions kicked off in our taprooms, but we all happen to love Travelers Rest. After being spectators of the rejuvenation it’s experienced over the last few years, we are really excited about being part of it.”
The Community Tap in Travelers Rest will operate on a smaller scale than their two current bottle shops and taprooms, but will still provide the same family-friendly atmosphere that has made their original Stone’s Point location a North Main neighborhood staple since it opened July 1, 2010.
“We’re very excited to bring what we’ve learned over the last 12 years to another new location,” Okupinski says. “We’ve become better friends and more of a family and have a clearer vision of what we want our operations to look and feel like.”