Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Today's the last day to win the #ShopCHSlocal giveaway

Local or bust, right?

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 11:26 AM

All of this could be yours if you hop on Instagram by 3 p.m. today. - MELISSA GRIFFIN PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • All of this could be yours if you hop on Instagram by 3 p.m. today.

Five local companies have teamed up to create an opportunity for locals to win a Charleston themed gift worth $160, including: a Coastal Kelder throw pillow, a Charleston Weekender Turkish towel, Texture Design Co.'s window boxes of Charleston calendar and Christmas card, Hermosa Jewelry earrings, and Right Coast Collective Jewelry's bracelet.

To enter, follow the companies listed above on Instagram and tag two friends in a comment on one of their giveaway posts. And that's it. Do it by 3 p.m. today and you've got a chance for a holiday gift for a friend, or five, or maybe just for yourself.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ibu welcomes Beatrix Ost for trunk show, book signing, and talk tomorrow night

Global goods

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 4:47 PM

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Downtown's textile, apparel, and home goods store, Ibu, hosts Beatrix Ost, an artist, film and theater producer, designer, actress, and writer, tomorrow night from 5-7 p.m. We first wrote about Ibu last year, when Susan Hull Walker, the company's founder, spoke at Charleston's Creative Mornings.

Ibu isn't just a store — Walker considers it a movement, an organization that advocates for and sells global woman-made textiles. And tomorrow Ost will show her jewelry line, Article 22, which represents the same global interests as Ibu: The pieces of jewelry are hand-crafted from 80 million undetonated bombs dropped on Laos. Tomorrow's event kicks off Ost's collaboration with Ibu, where custom pieces will be available at the Ibu showroom and online. Ost will also be signing copies of her book, Grey Book: The Philosophy of Style.
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

So you wanna staycation this holiday? Here are some deals just for Charleston locals

Stay local

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 8:36 AM

Now through Dec. 22 you can get 25 percent off best available rates at Belmond Charleston Place. - PROVIDED
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  • Now through Dec. 22 you can get 25 percent off best available rates at Belmond Charleston Place.

Happy holidays, Charleston. There's no time like the present to revel in our city — the one that Travel and Leisure deemed "best in the world" this year. While we aren't in the business of agreeing wholeheartedly with such accolades (this city isn't perfect), we can all probably agree that Charleston is vacation-destination-worthy. We've saved you some time (and hopefully some money) by rounding up a list of local hotels, inns, and rental companies that are offering locals-only deals all over the Lowcountry this holiday season. Why travel when you can staycation right at home?

Fulton Lane Inn, 202 King St.
From Dec. 19-Dec. 25: rates from $149
Included in your stay: complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary wine and cheese, evening sherry.

Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St.
From Nov. 27-Dec. 22: residents of Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties can save 25 percent on best available rates.
Included in your stay: receive 25 percent off dinner at Charleston Grill, breakfast, or lunch at the Palmetto Cafe, cocktails and appetizers at the Thoroughbred club, or spa treatments at the Spa at Belmond Charleston Place.
The Regatta Inn on Folly Beach was voted Southern Living's best new hotel in 2015. - PROVIDED
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Water’s Edge Inn, 79 W. Second St., Folly Beach
Regatta Inn, 64 W. Ninth St. Ext., Folly Beach
Locals who call to book at either one of these Folly Beach locations will receive 10 percent off of their stay if they mention the City Paper. This discount is applicable seven days a week, but not over any major holidays or Folly festivals/parades (including FollyGras, Taste of Folly, etc.), through the end of February, 2017.

The Beach Club, 28 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant
Now through Dec. 31 Charleston-area residents will receive 25 percent off of room rates and breakfast for two daily.

King Charles Inn, 237 Meeting St.
Now through Dec. 31, locals who use the promo code LOCAL2016 will receive 20 percent off best available rates.
Included in your stay: complimentary parking, evening reception at BREW Pub & Cafe, breakfast options, and bike rentals.

Island Realty (IOP, Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan's Island, Goat Island)
When booking with Island Realty locals can use the coupon code LOCAL10, which offers 10 percent off of discountable properties during discountable times (i.e. not during holidays).

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Park Circle Local Brand coming soon to a market near you

Locals only

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 9:02 AM

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If you live in Park Circle, or frequent the area, you may have seen some neighborhood pride being flaunted in the form of hoodies and hats. Created by PC resident Missy Johnson, the Park Circle Local Brand (PCLB) features various designs, including a skull shaped logo that's filled with forks, knives, mugs, a bike, squirrel, etc. — hallmarks of the neighborhood.

Johnson debuted some products at September's North Charleston Harvest Festival, and she just got approved to sell her merch at Celadon's holiday market on Dec. 18. Peruse more PCLB goods on their website.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Have you visited King Street's new Uncle Kyle's Sweater Emporium yet?

Works of art

Posted by Erin Davis on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 2:52 PM

Kyle Kelly wants to sell you sweaters. - ERIN DAVIS
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  • Kyle Kelly wants to sell you sweaters.
If you’ve walked down King Street as of late, you may have noticed a peculiar little pop-up (414 King St.) nestled next to Virginia’s on King. The store is holiday eye candy, lined with seemingly infinite rows of Christmas sweaters. You can get anything from light-up Scandinavian designs to the oddball liberty bell woven piece. This place is called Uncle Kyle's Sweater Emporium.

Gear for your next holiday party? - ERIN DAVIS
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Kyle Kelly, whose residency in the Holy City for the last 10 years has earned him a spot as “local,” stands ready to greet customers with a smile, while donning the best tacky sweater possibly ever — a light-up kitten that may or may not stare a bit too deep into your soul. Kelly, after running various holiday stores around town, has decided to take his love of the Christmas season to a new level.

“This store keeps you from climbing through Grandma’s attic,” Kelly says adding that each sweater is vintage and unique. Some of them still have tags circa 1980. “These sweaters,” Kelly explains, “can go for $80 on Ebay. You can find them so much cheaper here, and we’ll even put on some Christmas bling for $10." By bling he means a snazzy array of twinkling lights to complete the ensemble.

The store will only be open during November and December, though, so stop by soon to get your Christmas fill. But remember, these sweaters aren’t just “tacky." As Kelly says, “I don’t see these [sweaters] as ugly, but as works of art ... plus, is there anything better than vintage sweaters and retro '90s music?”

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