• The Marlboro Chamber of Commerce is excited to recognize the outstanding members in our community! The Business of the Month award is presented the first week of each month and is offered only to current members of the Marlboro Chamber of Commerce.

  • The Business of the Month is...

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  • Join us in congratulating our January 2024 Business of the Month, The Skye!
    The name "The Skye" was chosen for several reasons. First and foremost was that the site of the building was the location of The Skye Hotel. The hotel was built in 1903, during Bennettsville's heyday as a cotton capital. The beautiful hotel's life was short. It was destroyed by fire in 1908 after less than half a decade in business. The fire took out the entire block of Main Street eastward from Marlboro Street. The hotel was apparently a Bennettsville landmark during its short existence, appearing on numerous postcards from the era.
    Following the fire, the site was quickly rebuilt with the series of structures that occupy the block today. Several variety stores including Rose’s 5 & 10 and Allied Department Store offered wares and gifts to the Bennettsville and surrounding areas. Allied
    was the final tenant, operating until the late 1980s. The building was unoccupied for well over a decade and a half while receiving no maintenance. By 2002, a hole had developed in the roof, accelerating the decay. Only drastic measures and a new purpose could save the old building. In 2002, Dan and Elisabeth McNiel purchased the abandoned, derelict building in downtown Bennettsville. "When we started the project, I know some people had to think we were ‘crazy’. There was a hole in the roof big enough to drive a small truck through. Rain water had been pouring in for a couple of years. It was a real mess," says Dan McNiel.
    The roof was immediately repaired but further work was delayed almost a year while the interior of the building dried out. In the fall of 2003, contractors began turning 208 and 210 East Main Street into The Skye. The department store sales floor was partitioned into two large event spaces, a catering kitchen and two large accessible restrooms. The original hardwood floors were repaired and new front windows were installed. A modern heating and air conditioning system was installed, as well as new lighting. "We chose the name for the building first because of the old hotel that had once occupied the site. Also, we both are interested in our Scottish heritage. The beautiful Isle of Skye is where my McLeod ancestors came from so it just seemed really appropriate," says Elisabeth McNiel. Finally in January 2005, The Skye hosted its first event, an afternoon wedding reception. Since that time, the building has hosted well over 250 functions annually, both public and private.
    Fun fact, today, January 2nd, marks 19 years that The Skye has been in business! So happy anniversary and once again, congratulations, to our January 2024 Business of the Month! We appreciate all that you do for the community!
    They are located at 210 East Main Street, Bennettsville SC and can be contacted at 843-479-0747 or theskye29512@gmail.com. Check out theskye.net to access the booking calendar, additional information, and interior photos.

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