With downtown overrun with new college graduates, their families, and everyone celebrating Mother’s Day, we decided to hop over the bridges and check out what sort of events our neighbors had to offer outside of the 29401 zip code.
Beer yoga, an Avondale house show, and coffee shopping
Our first stop North Charleston’s Holy City Brewery for Bendy Brewski Yoga on Monday. The warehouse isn’t much to look at, but with the gorgeous mural of the Charleston skyline painted on one wall and the open sky above, it was the perfect place to practice our cobra pose. We laid our spongy mats on the floor while instructor Elizabeth Auden Cosi eased us newbies into the basics of Vinyasa flow. By the third abdomen-burning plank, we were wondering what we’d gotten ourselves into — luckily, the class was only 45 minutes and we were promised beer afterward. The $10 cost for the class also covers four samples of Holy City draughts. We couldn’t think of a better way to rehydrate than with a Chucktown Follicle Brown and a Fancy Stout, the brewery’s new Sweetteeth collaboration.
After our adventures in North Charleston, it was time to check out what the Avondale neighborhood in West Ashley had to offer. Last Thursday, Steven Fiore and Sabrina Heise opened their home to music enthusiasts for an intimate concert of Fiore and Nathan Reich’s work. While a house show may sound exclusive, the couple invited all fans to come out for the evening. Guests mingled throughout the expertly decorated house; Heise stocks her Etsy shop, Inherited, with vintage wares, so it makes sense that her home would have the same sensibility. A few of the attendees were on the back porch, cracking open a beer or pouring wine they had brought to the party. Fiore paced through the house barefoot and seemed a bit nervous to play for the crowd; we found this rather endearing. Reich, who is as tall as he is talented, took to the microphone first to play songs from his new album, All Night Pharmacy. Sitting in the living room full of enraptured observers, we realized what a relief it was to actually hear the musician rather than the din of drunken fans that plague many of the concerts we’ve attended in Charleston. After a duet with Reich, Fiore sang for the room. Ladies made flirtatious glances at their dates as he sang of love and diamond rings, while others lost themselves in the lyrics. When Fiore asked for requests, audience members revealed their super-fan status by requesting many songs from extensive catalog — he could have played all night. After the set, everyone was encouraged to investigate the merchandise table or stay to have another beer.
On Sunday, we crossed over the Ravenel Bridge to see if Mt. Pleasant had any hipster hangouts. The Collective Coffee Co. hosted American Caravan to sell their goods to the Mother’s Day crowd. The Collective is the East of the Cooper reincarnation of the once beloved downtown favorite, Hope and Union. We were happy to discover the same fine attention to coffee details and kids in skinny jeans at the new Shelmore Boulevard location. After grabbing a latte, we perused the goods laid out for sale from the local Etsy shop, American Caravan. Bridget Manzella was helpful in explaining her vintage trappings and made suggestions for those looking for a last-minute gift for their moms. It was a relaxed afternoon of lazy browsing and slowly catching up on the Sunday Times while the staff of the Collective played a consummate selection of tunes.
We would later wind our way back downtown to find the streets clear and parking spaces empty — it seemed we had the peninsula back to ourselves.