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Funnelicious wins the Greenville Chamber’s
Small Business of the Month Award
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Funnelicious was honored today as The Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Month.
Located in downtown Greenville, Funnelicious is known as the city’s smallest restaurant, but that doesn’t mean business is not big. Funnelicious offer a full assortment of deli sandwiches, fried hot dogs, hand dipped corndogs festival-style food and of course funnel cakes.
Funnelicious is a family owned and operated business with Steve McAleer Pennington, Malinda McAleer Pennington and Mike Pennington.
Steve and Malinda are both active in iT2Pi – a self started programming and physical computing charity. iT2Pi serves to contribute to an upcoming generation of creators and makers by introducing, teaching and inspiring with active learning with micro computers and controllers.
Mike Pennington has been active in Greenville Chamber of Commerce young professionals group, PULSE for more than three years and has been on the Advisory Counsel for two years. He will serve as the group’s chairman in 2015. He also sits on the Chamber’s LEAD Council and the Chamber Finance Committee. In addition, Pennington volunteers with Junior Achievement, and teaches job preparedness and interviewing skills to local high school students. He serves on the Opportunity Greenville board as well as LiveWell Greenville – Access to Healthy Foods action committee. He is active in Fresh Start SC public charity fundraising and helps coordinate The Funnelicious Community Garden.
The Greenville Chamber recognizes an extraordinary small business at each monthly board meeting. The Small Business of the Month is chosen by a selection committee from nominations provide by Greenville Chamber members. The Chamber’s annual small business of the year is selected from the year’s small businesses of the month.
Travel Channel features local restaurant.
Posted: Jul 23, 2012 7:30 PM EDT
By Angelia Davis • Greenville News Online Staff Writer • Published: April 01. 2011 2:00AM
Construction is underway for a restaurant that will offer fried desserts, grilled sandwiches, specialized hot dogs, and at least 32 fountain sodas with flavor shots. Those offerings will be among the specialties at Funnelicious, which could open in May at 155 Augusta Street.
Greenville attorney Malinda McAleer Pennington, the restaurant’s owner, said the store’s main focus will be its fried desserts and topping bar. The range of fried desserts could include funnel cakes, brownies, Oreos, snickers and strawberries.
Also available will be hot dogs known in New Jersey as “rippers,” homemade corn dogs, fresh fruit smoothies, fried potatoes on a stick, soft served ice cream and more. This will be the first shop for [Mrs. McAleer] Pennington said she and her husband, Steve, owner of Rhino Concessions. The idea of a fun dessert shop is one that the couple has had for a long time, [Mrs. McAleer]Pennington said. They were just waiting for the right time and the right location to move forward, she said.
Their new site behind the ball field is one that “we loved,” she said. “Hopefully, we’re going to have some things for kids. We want it to be a fun place for everybody,” she said. They are adding 600 square feet of new green space to the location as well as a 600- square foot patio, she said. The restaurant will have a walking club, an outdoor water fountain for runners, and a spray mister. [Mrs. McAleer] Pennington said she hopes Funnelicious will also be a venue for fun fund-raising events for her non-profit, Fresh Start LLC. Fresh Start offers family- based legal services including bankruptcy, credit counseling, and more. Pennington said the non-profit is also trying to offer bill assistance for HVAC replacement and weatherization.