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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Mauldin, SC. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Mauldin.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Mauldin, SC? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Mauldin. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Mauldin, SC, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Mauldin. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Mauldin, SC

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Mauldin to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Mauldin.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Mauldin, SC, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

Electrical Services Mauldin, SC

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Latest News in Mauldin, SC

New charter school, apartments for seniors to come to Mauldin at BridgeWay Station

This story has been updated with the address and purchase price of the school.Green Charter Schools is adding a sixth campus this fall at BridgeWay Station in Mauldin.To be known as Green Upstate High School, the campus will be located at 356 Bridgeway Blvd in the former Samsung Call Center building.The school "brings a signature approach to education and is creating a robust electi...

This story has been updated with the address and purchase price of the school.

Green Charter Schools is adding a sixth campus this fall at BridgeWay Station in Mauldin.

To be known as Green Upstate High School, the campus will be located at 356 Bridgeway Blvd in the former Samsung Call Center building.

The school "brings a signature approach to education and is creating a robust elective cycle in order to give students the experience to explore different career clusters," according to a news release.

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The Upstate campus is the third location in Greenville County for the charter school. It has two campuses in Greenville, one in Spartanburg, one in Irmo and one in North Charleston.

"Our new campus at Bridgeway Station is an exciting next step in our efforts to serve more students in our personalized schools,” Green Charter Schools executive director Tom Cronin said. “We are also excited to have Chase Willingham leading those efforts as our founding principal."

The school purchased the building for $9.5 million in August 2021 and expects between 300 to 400 students in its first year at the Mauldin campus

Independent senior apartments proposed in BridgeWay Station

Mauldin's planning commission and building codes departments approved a zoning change within the BridgeWay Station planned development to allow a 152-unit housing complex aimed at senior living.

City Council had a first reading of the ordinance Monday night. Council sent the proposal back to committee so the buyer and seller could work through some contractual matters, councilman Taft Matney said.

The four-story building proposed by Buvermo Investments would consist of market-rate apartments for seniors 55 and older. Access would be from internal corridors and there would be 167 parking spaces, including garage space.

The current zoning of non-residential, intended for the failed Project Koala, allows for light industrial and office space. An independent senior living facility would generate less traffic than either of those options, the developer said.

Arden at Mauldin would be tucked behind Cooper's Lake on approximately seven acres and include recreational facilities and a dog park for its residents. While the Comprehensive Plan designates the parcel as an "employment center," properties in the immediate vicinity also include subdivision, retail, mixed-use and the new charter school.

If the project will generate more than 100 peak hour trips or is expected to increase the peak hour trips by more than 25%, the applicant will be required to provide a traffic impact study before the final development plan can be approved, according to city staff.

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After being denied by Mauldin, Habitat for Humanity to open Restore on Woodruff Road

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County is opening a larger Restore on Woodruff Road this year, a step toward expansion despite being denied its preferred Mauldin location in October.Mark Steenback, chief resource officer for Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, expects the new store will be open in late summer or early fall, depending on its renovations.The Restore — which helps raise funds to build affordable homes — is moving from its current spot at 1659 Woodruff Road to the former Bi-Lo a...

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County is opening a larger Restore on Woodruff Road this year, a step toward expansion despite being denied its preferred Mauldin location in October.

Mark Steenback, chief resource officer for Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, expects the new store will be open in late summer or early fall, depending on its renovations.

The Restore — which helps raise funds to build affordable homes — is moving from its current spot at 1659 Woodruff Road to the former Bi-Lo at 1818 Woodruff Road that currently houses a Planet Fitness.

Habitat for Humanity had been eyeing a vacant Bi-Lo on West Butler Road in Mauldin and applied for a business license last summer to open a third store in Greenville County and expand its reach. But Mauldin City Council had directed staff to look at its thrift, consignment and secondhand store ordinance.

Facing impending changes to zoning for thrift stores, Habitat’s plans on West Butler Road were paused until council passed an ordinance 4-3 to limit thrift stores to areas zoned S-1, for services, or, with conditional approval, C-2, which is highway commercial. The former Bi-Lo is located in the “central redevelopment district."

The timing worked out for the Woodruff Road store, Steenback said, with the lease for its current store ending later this year and renovations at the grocery store already underway.

Restore currently has about 12,000 square feet of retail space, and the new store has close to 22,000 square feet.

Mauldin's city limits are a stone's throw from the space on the corner of East Butler and Woodruff roads. This former Bi-Lo isn't quite as large as the one Habitat organizers originally wanted, but it'll still boost business, Steenback said.

“It’s not exactly that you double your space and you double your sales,” Steenback said, “but, when you double your space, you see a significant increase in sales, and we expect to have more great stuff there for customers.”

The Mauldin ordinance change sent them back to the drawing board, so to speak, though the Golden Strip was largely supportive of Restore opening in the cities southeast of Greenville, he said.

“I think most everybody in the Golden Strip area understands the importance of what we do,” he said.

The new store should be easier to access for donors and shoppers alike since it's on the corner of two major roads in the area.

As the zoning ordinance was being discussed last year, proponents said it was part of a larger, lengthier effort to make Mauldin's business portfolio more attractive to economic developers. Those opposed to the changes said it was against affordable housing and showed the city picking who it does and doesn't want inside its limits.

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Mauldin, Simpsonville and Fountain Inn plan festivals, farmers markets all spring, summer

The Golden Strip is getting into the swing of spring with markets, live music, food festivals and other outdoor activities, and the action is planned to last through the summer.Mauldin festivals and events? Makers MarketCatch local artists and craft vendors at Mauldin's Makers Market from 5 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month, from April through No...

The Golden Strip is getting into the swing of spring with markets, live music, food festivals and other outdoor activities, and the action is planned to last through the summer.

Mauldin festivals and events

? Makers Market

Catch local artists and craft vendors at Mauldin's Makers Market from 5 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month, from April through November, at the Mauldin Cultural Center. The market opens for the first time this year on April 12.

Entry is free.

? PB&J: Pizza, Blues and Jazz Festival

Celebrate all things cheesy and greasy on April 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., and on April 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the Pizza, Blues and Jazz Festival at the Cultural Center.

The two-day festival features not only pizza from local restaurants but arts vendors and live music. Entry and parking are free. No outside food is allowed.

? Beachin’ Fridays

The unofficial start to Mauldin's weekends comes back May 27 with Beachin' Fridays at the Cultural Center from 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday, weather permitting, through July 29.

Enjoy beer and wine, food trucks, shag lessons and more at this free event. Food trucks vary each week.

? Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival

History comes alive with the Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival on June 13, June 15 and June 16 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. nightly, with shows performed in costume by nationally acclaimed historical interpreters.

Step back in time and meet game-changers in American history. Characters featured at the Mauldin Cultural Center amphitheater are Georgia O’Keefe on June 13, Dwight Eisenhower on June 15, and Robert F. Kennedy on June 16.

The shows in Mauldin are free, and similar sessions take place throughout the Upstate from June 9 through June 19. See the full schedule at historycomesalive.org.

Simpsonville festivals and events

? Simpsonville Music Series & Food Truck Rodeo

All concerts in the Simpsonville Music Series & Food Truck Rodeo, which is presented by the city and the Simpsonville Arts Foundation Inc., are free and family-friendly with plenty of parking and space to hang out with friends.

They take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday in May and June at Heritage Park.

Food trucks will be on-site selling food and beverages.

The 2022 lineup:

The amphitheater also hosts paid concerts with major acts. This spring’s lineup includes Willie Nelson and Family, Brad Paisley and more.

? Simpsonville Farmers Market

The Saturday farmers market in Simpsonville has a new location this season due to construction and renovation at City Park. The farmers market will be behind City Hall, 118 N.E. Main St., on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon starting May 7.

? Sippin’ in Simpsonville's Summer Beer Tasting

May 13 brings a summer beer-tasting version of Sippin' in Simpsonville at downtown shops and local businesses. Ticket holders will enjoy craft beer samples, local food and live music as they walk along the tasting route of more than 25 businesses hosting a variety of local brewers.

Tickets are available at simpsonvillechamber.com. Early bird pricing for $30 regular tickets and $50 VIP tickets ends May 8.

? Fair at Heritage Park

The annual fair at Heritage Park is set for May 20 through May 29 with a variety of free shows taking place. Rides require purchased tickets. Fair food like funnel cakes, cotton candy and other classics will be sold on-site. Magic shows, an exotic petting zoo and a sea lion splash are scheduled daily.

Admission is $7 for those ages 11 and older.

The fair opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It opens at 11 a.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. See specials, schedules and more details at fairatheritagepark.com.

Fountain Inn festivals and events

? Mac Arnold Cornbread and Collard Greens Blues Festival

The Mac Arnold Cornbread and Collard Greens Blues Festival is back for its 16th year on April 23 from noon to 6 p.m. at Commerce Park, 110 Depot St. This year’s event includes a Jeep Jam on Main Street and coincides with the city's spring farmers market.

The live music lineup includes Drink Small from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Motor City Josh from 3 to 4:30 p.m. while Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues take the stage at 4:45 p.m.

? Fountain Inn Farmers Market

The farmers market on Depot Street in Fountain Inn previews the year with a spring market on April 23, coinciding with the blues festival.

Then vendors will be back in action every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon June through August.

? Italian Heritage Festival

Fountain Inn is hosting the inaugural Italian-American Heritage Festival on April 30 from noon to 8 p.m. on Main Street. The festival features live music, dancing, food, beer, wine, crafts and shopping — all with an Italian flair.

Admission is free and dining vendors will be on site.

? Taste INN

Get a taste of the town at Fountain Inn's Taste INN on May 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. as local restaurants, food trucks and other vendors set up on Main Street. Guests are tasked with sampling all the foods and voting on their favorites.

Early bird tickets for Taste Inn are $30 and are available at fountaininnchamber.org. Early bird pricing ends May 2.

? Sounds of Summer

The free Sounds of Summer music series downtown runs Friday nights June 3 through Aug. 26, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Commerce Park.

Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.

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Meet the candidates: Mauldin City Council

As voters head to the polls Nov. 2, two city of Mauldin council incumbents have challengers, Jason Kraeling (Seat 3) and Dale Black (Seat 5). Seat 1 incumbent Taft Matney is running unopposed.Seat 1Unopposed: Taft MatneyPosition: Public relations and governmental affairs consultantYears on City Council: 7What are you planning to work on in your next term?...

As voters head to the polls Nov. 2, two city of Mauldin council incumbents have challengers, Jason Kraeling (Seat 3) and Dale Black (Seat 5). Seat 1 incumbent Taft Matney is running unopposed.

Seat 1

Unopposed: Taft Matney

Position: Public relations and governmental affairs consultant

Years on City Council: 7

What are you planning to work on in your next term?

The work in my next term will be a continuation of my priority areas. When I first ran for council, I said I wanted to increase economic development, work to deepen Mauldin’s sense of place by creating a live/work/play environment, keep increasing recreation options for youth and adults, and keep public safety a priority. I stayed focused on those goals when I ran for re-election in 2017, and now with so many of those plans underway, I feel like I have more to offer as we keep moving Mauldin forward.

Seat 3

Incumbent: Jason Kraeling

Position: GE Power ITR Value Stream Leader

Years on City Council: 1

What are you planning to work on in your next term?

I ran last year on improving Mauldin’s infrastructure. Years of neglect and looking the other way has resulted in some significant issues only made worse by crazy growth. After being elected, I was made chairman of the Public Works Committee. Mauldin scanned, prioritized, planned and repaved close to 12 miles of city streets in 2020-2021, developed a strategy to improve the stormwater infrastructure significantly beginning this year and is looking for ways to improve other services without increasing taxes.

Challenger: Rachel Putman

Position: Nonprofit executive

What is the one thing you plan to change if elected:

As a trusted representative of Mauldin’s sprouting population, a seat on the city council presents a chance for me to fulfill a significant portion of my civic responsibility. With my experience as a business leader in a social enterprise, I want to actively participate in constructing a strategic vision for a model community that is inviting, leads in economic growth and provides opportunities for generational prosperity.

Seat 5

Incumbent: Dale Black

Position: Retired from the telephone business

Years on City Council: 15

What are you planning to work on in your next term?

I would like to have the chance to work with the other elected members of city council, and our great city staff and employees to move forward with the Mauldin City Center, BridgeWay Station and [Prisma Health] Swamp Rabbit Trail project. By working together, we can continue to provide a great place for the citizens to live, work, eat and raise their family and educate them in our outstanding schools. Mauldin has everything working that most people enjoy with the low tax base that still provides great services from all city departments. Nothing is impossible when everyone works together.

Challenger: Francis “Frank” Allgood

Position: Your Marketing Co. vice president of relationship development

What is the one thing you plan to change if elected:

The most dangerous phrase in business and in government is, “Well, that’s the way we’ve always done it.” I’m a native to Mauldin and I don’t think anyone truly wants to settle for “good enough.” If elected, I will take a consensus-building, strategic approach to shape the future of public safety, education, health care, housing, recreation and commerce for all of those who call Mauldin home.

Challenger: Travis Reeder

Position: Janitorial/disinfectant business owner

What is the one thing you plan to change if elected:

I want to help manage the growth in Mauldin’s diversity before the growth ends up managing Mauldin. I plan to embrace the change but maintain Mauldin’s values.

Charleston-based Bohemian Bull to anchor Mauldin’s Maverick Station

Mauldin is already bullish on downtown growth and development but as of Sept. 10, they’re bullish on burgers and brews, too.Bohemian Bull, a low country burgers and brew restaurant, announced plans to bring a franchise to Mauldin’s Maverick Station ...

Mauldin is already bullish on downtown growth and development but as of Sept. 10, they’re bullish on burgers and brews, too.

Bohemian Bull, a low country burgers and brew restaurant, announced plans to bring a franchise to Mauldin’s Maverick Station that is part of the city’s City Center adaptive reuse project at 1 East Butler Road.

Upstate entrepreneur Yogi Patel, the franchisee, says the burgers-and-brews concept fuels his passion for bringing people together and fits well into his wheelhouse experience-wise. Patel created and later sold Wine Express at Five Forks and owns a deli and several convenience stories with his brother-in-law.

“I always loved the food and beverage atmosphere — the one-on-one interaction. I’m a people person. I could talk to people all day long,” he says.

Patel says he came across the idea after meeting franchisor Chad Biel a few months ago and the two hit it off almost immediately.

“He believes in mentorship — we’re both on the same level,” Patel says. “We don’t want to just run a business. We want to engage the community and bring the talent out from within. We want our employees to become entrepreneurs and successful business owners. And that’s exactly what Chad is doing in Charleston.”

What’s in a name:

Bohemian Bull’s franchisor, Chad Biel, says it’s named in homage to the carefree, easy-going, bohemian culture of James Island, home of the first Bohemian Bull franchise, and the burger-centric menu.

Square footage:

The Mauldin location includes a 5,000 square-foot dining room/kitchen/bar, another 2,500 square feet of outdoor seating plus a 3,500-square-foot rooftop patio.

Location:

The former Rite-Aid at the corner of North Main Street and East Butler Road.

Jobs:

Anywhere from 70 to 100 full- and part-time employees, including servers.

ETA:

Spring 2022.

The menu features scratch-made burgers using as many locally-sourced ingredients as they can, Patel says, adding that his favorite is, ironically, the Vegan.

“The food is phenomenal,” he says. And so is the opportunity to bring a new business to Mauldin where, in 2006, Patel bought an Exxon station – his first entrepreneurial venture after immigrating to the U.S. in ’99 and attending college in Oklahoma.

“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to do business in Mauldin after 15 years. I’m thankful and grateful to God for the opportunity,” he says. “Everything we have today is because of the people of Mauldin.”

“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to do business in Mauldin after 15 years. Everything we have today is because of the people of Mauldin.” – Yogi Patel

The Mauldin location will be Chad Biel’s first franchise location after starting at the original Bohemian Bull as a 16-year-old dishwasher, working his way into a chef’s role and advancing to general manager before stints at Chick-fil-A and Carraba’s as a corporate trainer.

He bought Bohemian Bull about four years ago. The idea to franchise it came in March, he says, and the choice to put one in Mauldin was easy.

“It’s a good fit for Mauldin — we’re all about the the love of ‘burgers, beer and bourbon’ and it fits right in. I really like the culture up there,” he says.

The deal, brokered by Curtis Harper at Sirius Realty, brings an anchor restaurant to Maverick Station that is innovative, serves great food and offers a family-friendly atmosphere, says Drew Parker of the Parker Group, the developer behind Mauldin’s 22-acre City Center project.

“It’s something I know the city of Mauldin is happy to see,” he says, adding that Bohemian Bull will join Sully Steamers in Maverick Station. “These are two extremely exciting restaurant concepts that I think Mauldin will really get behind.”

Mauldin Mayor Terry Merritt says the restaurant fills a need.

“I’m thrilled Drew’s got another anchor restaurant facility in the City Center area — it’s what the public has been clamoring for,” he says. “These two restaurants on the southwest corner or our City Center combined with the plans for the northeast corner — the vision is taking shape.”

Once Bohemian Bull opens (Harper says they’re aiming for early 2022), there will be one remaining tenant space in the footprint where the old Rite Aid stood, Parker says.

“[Bohemian Bull] is a huge step forward — it sets a precedent and shows our commitment to bringing high-quality business and restaurants to the City Center development. It’s just the beginning and sets a high bar.”

Next up for City Center? Forty-five townhomes and a food hall and entertainment complex called the Pickle Yard, Parker says. For more on that and more, read here.

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