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New Hyatt Hotel Opens in Downtown Florence

Article courtesy of (, Ardie Arvidson, Reporter) FLORENCE, S.C. –Hyatt Place Florence Downtown, a five-story, 103-room hotel, opened on February 6, 2019. It is the first Hyatt-branded hotel in historic downtown Florence. Owned by East Evans Hospitality LLC, the hotel is managed by Raines Hospitality, which manages several hotels in Florence and South Carolina. The property was […]

Downtown Fountain for Children Coming Soon!

Downtown Fountain for Children Coming Soon!

Article courtesy of (, Matthew Christian, Reporter) FLORENCE, S.C. – Children from ages 2 to 12 will soon have a new activity in downtown Florence. Clint Moore, development manager for the city of Florence, said Wednesday that, upon the approval of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, construction would begin on a […]

Winner Selected in Downtown Florence Business Contest

In May, the Florence Downtown Development Corporation announced their “Full Forward Downtown Business Contest.”  By the deadline of July 7th, thirty-six business owners had submitted their entry to win $50,000.  The contest was created to give existing retail businesses owners or franchisees the opportunity to relocate or expand their existing business into the Downtown Florence […]

Visiting Florence? Try Downtown Connect!

(article courtesy FLORENCE, S.C. – Two of Florence’s main attraction hubs are now connected via shuttle. The Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority announced “Downtown Connect” on Monday morning. It’s a free shuttle that runs between major attractions in downtown Florence and hotels near the Florence Civic Center. The shuttle service began running with Monday’s […]

FDDC Announces $50,000 Business Contest

Courtesy of FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence Downtown Development Corporation has begun a “Full Forward Downtown Business Contest” designed to attract new businesses to the downtown historic district. The winner will receive more than $50,000. The contest, announced Wednesday morning, is open to all current retail business owners who have been in operation for […]

Play Me I’m Yours-Florence Seeking Artists

Play Me I’m Yours-Florence Seeking Artists

              From FLORENCE, S.C. – On April 21 “Play Me, I’m Yours” will return to Florence County with dozens of pianos in public spaces for anyone to play, anytime they want. Pianos will be located throughout Florence and Lake City, and will remain available May 7. An opening-night […]

Holiday Light Display in Downtown Florence

Just in time for the holidays, Florence Downtown Development and the City of Florence have put together a magical synchronized light and holiday music experience located next to Wholly Smokin’ on the 100 block of South Dargan Street in Downtown Florence! Enjoy a selection of familiar holiday tunes synchronized with thousands of Christmas lights and […]

City Center Farmers’ Market Now Year-Round!

City Center Farmers’ Market Now Year-Round!

            The City Center Farmers Market in Downtown Florence has expanded to a year-round market, every Saturday through the Fall and Winter (except Christmas Eve). The hours are 9am-1pm through December.  In January, winter market hours will be 10am-2pm. In April, the market will resume the 9-1 Spring/Summer hours. Located […]