If you're one of those people who complain that Charleston isn't happening enough, then look no further than Jamie Lin Snider's backyard for a little excitement. The Charleston Fashion Week alum has made a habit of hosting First Friday parties in the backyard of her King Street shop for several months now, drawing huge crowds with the promise of good music, cheap beer, and bargains.
This past Friday's party boasted two bands (Color Copier and The Lean Few), DJ Stumble, and a host of local vendors. My friend who arrived before me, accustomed to parties catered by Hamby's, texted, "I've fallen into a parallel hipster universe." Indeed, it wasn't your typical Charleston party.
Just as important as the fete, Snider was offering discounts to attendees, many of whom browsed the racks in between acts. Snider's shop specializes in her own designs, smaller labels, and vintage. The bohemian crowd seemed to fit the same aesthetic, decked out in their finest skinny jeans, Chelsea boots, and Goodwill finds.
While in line for the bathroom, I met a man resembling John Waters carrying a large suitcase. He explained that he was changing costumes in preparation for his act. Later, we were mystified as he breathed fire over the audience while wearing a clown nose.
A fire pit and a keg of PBR kept everyone warm into the night. With all the revelry going on, I did wonder what Snider's neighbors thought — usually parties of this amplitude get shut down before the second act takes the stage. I'm happy to say that wasn't the case on Friday, and everyone danced and caroused well into the evening.