Stilllife to debut rooftop bar, state-of-the-art facility
By Mackenzie Tewksbury
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, April 5, 2018
A local nightclub will become the first-ever establishment to have a rooftop bar in downtown Greenville this weekend.
Stilllife Greenville, a nightclub on 511 Cotanche St., is set to debut its fully renovated, state-of-the-art facility on Friday.
The idea for a rooftop bar was sparked nearly 10 years ago, but the path to realizing that dream turned out to be a long one.
Club founder Sharif Hatoum said he and his colleagues have been lobbying to expand for years, but were unable to do so due to a city ordinance that prohibited nightclubs from expanding unless they were 500 feet away from other public clubs, private clubs, residential or residential zoning districts.
However, in March 2017 the Greenville Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a special-use permit so the club could expand upward.
Following planning and an eight-month construction period, club owners said they are ecstatic to finally open the doors to an events center that they believe will give Greenville a unique edge.
“We felt that Greenville deserves to have a world-class establishment,” Hatoum said. “Greenville has changed over the years. By bringing this downtown, it goes to show a lot of great things are happening to Uptown.
“This is something we’ve been wanting to do since 2008,” Hatoum said.
With the rooftop bar came what co-owner Travis Hixon called a “complete overhaul” to the entire establishment. The nightclub has upgraded from two separate rooms to four, and each one harbors its own distinct vibe, atmosphere and age restrictions.
The Tiki Club, an outdoor “tiki party,” was expanded to create better traffic flow and the ceilings were raised in both the Tiki Club and the nightclub room. Both of those rooms remain open to patrons 18 and older.
The Skybar — a brand- new feature — offers a different atmosphere with big screen televisions and a draft system that keeps beer ice cold even in the dead of summer, the owners said. This room will cater to patrons 21 and older.
The rooftop bar — The Loft – is for customers 25 and older on Fridays and Saturdays, and 21 and older on Thursdays and Sundays. It is equipped with a retractable roof and offers an upscale lounge feel with craft cocktails and wine.
Hixon said he believes these changes will transform Stilllife from a nightclub into a fully functioning events center that will expand outside to wedding receptions, corporate events and charity functions. The business also will increase its operating hours, opening from noon to close Saturdays and Sundays and 5 p.m. to close on weekdays.
Both Hixon and Hatoum said they want to be a part of the growth and changes happening in Greenville.
“Greenville is the hub of the east. We want to be a part of the driving force to bring people into the city,” Hixon said.
The club opened its doors for select people and parties to hopefully work out any possible kinks, Hixon said, and the feedback from the community has already been positive.
“We love the comments we’ve gotten already,” he said. “All the comments say, ‘I feel like I’m not in Greenville.’”
Hixon said while eight months of construction can definitely take a toll, the million-dollar project and long, hard hours are all for the customers.
“We wanted to bridge the gap. Instead of just being a college nightclub, we’ve got a graduates and a young professional atmosphere where they don’t feel like they were just in a college town,” Hixon said. “We didn’t cut any corners. Everything here is custom. We wanted to give our customers nice things.”