These are pretty hairy times for sure. The Dow is continuing to do a nose dive, and folks are being laid off like eggs in a hen house - one after another after another. And it's all because of, well, we're still not exactly sure who to point the finger at. Which, of course, means that we're all to blame. But chin up folks. We can make it through these days. One thing that might help is cutting back on our expenses. And guys can start with that little bit of skin above your upper lip. Let that hair grow. Think of all the money you'll be saving on razors and shaving cream. Of course, if you want to go the full monty, you can say goodbye to shaving altogether and grow yourself a beard. And don't fret about feeling all counterculture. Everybody's letting their facial hair run free these days. In fact, many of Charleston's most prominent citizens are getting in on the trend - women included - and you can see them all in the 2009 Best of Charleston issue, our annual celebration of the best in the Lowcountry. And remember: it's the year of the stache (and the burly beard too). Your wallet will thank you.