Friday, February 3, 2017

Drybar opening, Urban Nirvana downtown closes, Vanity Salon opening in West Ashley

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 10:03 AM

Belly up to the Drybar for free blowouts next Fri. Feb. 10. - PROVIDED
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Drybar Charleston, South Carolina's first iteration of the California-based chain, opens up shop at 556 King St. on Fri. Feb. 10, and is offering free blowouts to new clients compliments of local partner Servisfirst Bank. Get your weekend-hair ready in the sprawling two-story space, adorned with marble countertops, iPhone chargers, and flatscreen TVs. Make a reservation for the free 'do here before they're booked.

Looking for a full treat yo' self day? Check out Vanity Salon, specializing in "hair styling, spray tanning, airbrush makeup, eyelash extensions, and facial spa services," opening a second location this Sat. Feb. 4, at 2875 Ashley River Road (the Mt. Pleasant location has garnered both a Best of Mount Pleasant 2016 award and a 2017 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award). The grand opening includes a cocktail reception starting at 5 p.m. and a raffle for a special salon package. The West Ashley location will be open Tues.-Thurs. from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Downtown's Urban Nirvana has closed, according to Urban Nirvana West Ashley's Dana Harmon, who tells us that stylists from the downtown location have been relocated to other Urban Nirvanas around town.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Is 'Becky with the Good Hair' coming to Charleston Fashion Week?

Hi Becky

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 1:36 PM

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That's what we hear. Hot on the heels of Beyoncé Knowles' announcement that she's having twins (fun veil, B), an anonymous source tells us that Rachel Roy — no, not Food Network darling Rachael Ray — but Rachel Roy, a.k.a. the fashion designer, a.k.a. "Becky with the good hair," will be making an appearance at this year's Charleston Fashion Week.

No idea who we're talking about? Roy is allegedly the woman behind one of music's harshest burns. When Beyonce dropped her latest album Lemonade last year, the album included the seemingly autobiographical track "Sorry" which took a deep dive into marital misery. Beyonce never confirmed or denied the real life accuracy of the lyrics, but suffice it to say the Beehive deduced that it was B's way of telling the world that Jay Z had cheated on her with the succinct:

"He only want me when I'm not there / He better call Becky with the good hair."

The music blogosphere's hot take was that "Becky with the good hair" had to be Rachel Roy, the ex-wife of Jay Z’s former partner Damon Dash. Roy's name first came to fans awareness in May 2014 when a video of Solange Knowles, Beyonce's sister, went viral showing her beating Jay Z an elevator at NYC’s Standard Hotel. According to tabloids, like Hollywood Life, Solange was pissed at Jay Z for his “'too close for comfort' friendship with Beyonce‘s husband."

Following the release of Lemonade, Roy posted a since deleted Instagram post reading, "Good hair don't care, but we will take good lighting for selfies, or self truths, always. Live in the light. #nodramaqueens."

So that's the dramz. Keep your eyes open the week of March 14-18 for Roy — she'll be the one with the really good hair.

For a full list of Fashion Week happenings, head here.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

M. Dumas & Sons celebrates 100 years with monthly events

A century of style

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 9:17 AM

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It ain't easy keeping a locally-owned retail store open in Charleston — a look at the closures on King is plenty proof of that. Which is why it's all the more impressive that M. Dumas & Sons celebrates 100 years in the city this year. Owner David Dumas says, “We are so grateful and humbled by the support we’ve received from the Charleston community since my grandfather first opened the store in 1917."

In 1917 M. Dumas & Sons started as a uniform shop for service jobs, eventually transitioning to selling menswear around 1948, when the store introduced Levi jeans to Charleston. Gaining recognition for its fashion denim in the 1960s, M. Dumas & Sons transitioned into men's apparel full time in 1973, when it moved to its current location at 294 King St. In the fall of 2015 the store underwent a $2 million renovation.

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While the store's big celebration is in April, there are also events in February and March. The February event is still in the works, but on Thurs. March 9, apparel partners Adriano Goldschmied, Citizen's of Humanity, Hiltl, and Moore + Giles help Charleston get ready for Charleston Fashion Week by highlighting M. Dumas & Sons' high-end denim lines. This event, co-hosted by The Manual's Cator Sparks, will benefit a local charity.

Thurs. April 20 is M. Dumas & Sons centerpiece centennial celebration, featuring a fashion presentation on Society Street showcasing 100 years of M. Dumas style. In the store guests will find a Hickey Freeman trunk show, along with a VIP cocktail party on the mezzanine. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit a local charity.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

This February Tiger Lily's Charity in Bloom program benefits Chase After a Cure

The gift that gives back

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 2:58 PM

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Local florist Tiger Lily launches a new program, Charity in Bloom, next month. Twenty percent of proceeds from the Charity in Bloom arrangement to be donated to Chase After a Cure, which funds pediatric cancer research.

Each month, Tiger Lily owners Manny and Clara Gonzales will create custom-designed arrangements to benefit partner organizations.

February's arrangement will be sold at four sizes, ranging from $85-$200. Learn more at

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Drybar's King Street location opening later this month

Hot heads

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 10:31 AM

Drybar offers  a variety of hairstyles, all named after cocktails. - PROVIDED
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New year, new you, eh? January comes with a whole host of resolutions and we bet our bottom dollar that most of those will fall by the wayside come the end of this month. That's fine, though, because by then you can get a pick-me-up with Charleston's newest blowout bar, the nationwide chain, Drybar.

Drybar Charleston is South Carolina's first location and will open up shop at 556 King St. later this month. The company's tagline, "No cuts. No color. Just blowouts," pretty much sums up what you can expect — hair styling, straight up. All of Drybar's signature styles are $45 and named after cocktails, like the Manhattan, described as sleek and smooth, or the Mai Tai, described as messy and beachy.

The "bar" part of Drybar refers to the complimentary beverage you get with your service (coffee, tea, or flavored water — kind of teasing us with those cocktail names, but ya know). Drybar also features marble countertops and iPhone chargers ... and "fan favorite 'chick flicks' on flat screens." We assume this is where you start your evening before heading to Charleston's newest Ladies Bar.

Stay up to date with Drybar's opening, here.

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