Thanksgiving is looming, and most of us have two things on our minds: Food and shopping. Because not only is the holiday an excuse to overeat, but it marks the start of the holiday shopping season. To help encourage you to buy locally over the next few weeks, we've put together a little guide to shopping in the Holy City. Now that's something you can be thankful for. — Erica Jackson Curran

Surviving Thanksgiving: a disaster guide for the host and hostess
Surviving Thanksgiving: a disaster guide for the host and hostess Rules to Live By on T-Givs

Disasters happen. Especially when you host a bunch of people on one of the most important holidays of the year. Thanksgiving is no joke, since it's all wrapped up in family history and warm (or not) memories. A host could really freak him or herself out at the though of ruining it for somebody. I'm here to testify: Thanksgiving is not only survivable but it can actually be enjoyable too. As long as you follow a few rules. — Stephanie Barna


Give your holiday dinner guests a place setting that'll last all year
Give your holiday dinner guests a place setting that'll last all year A Year of Thanks

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it's easy to get stressed out and forget all of the amazing parts of our lives to be thankful for. Not only does this DIY project serve as a place card for your Thanksgiving table, but it also encourages everyone to look past the busyness of the holidays and take time each month to be thankful. — Allison Nadeau


Some of Charleston's best shopping is off the beaten path
Some of Charleston's best shopping is off the beaten path Treasure Hunt

Compared to larger, more spread-out cities, navigating Charleston's shopping district is easy peasy. But locals know if you stay on the main drag, you'll miss some of the city's best stores. Here are a few of our off-the-grid favorites. — Erica Jackson Curran


Where to buy local on every inch of King Street
Where to buy local on every inch of King Street Shop Like a King

It's no surprise that King Street was named one of the best shopping streets in the country by U.S. News and World Report. While plenty of chains live on King, there is also a solid share of locally owned establishments that will make it easy to stick to your Buy Local goals. Here are some of our favorites, divided by area. — Seth Clare


Why you should take the Buy Local Challenge this holiday season
Why you should take the Buy Local Challenge this holiday season Buy Local, Be Happy

The holidays conjure up images of simpler times — chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and all that good stuff. But in reality, this is when rampant consumerism really goes through the roof. In fact, Americans consistently spend more around the holidays than almost any other country, something we're not so sure we should be proud of. Unless that money is helping your community thrive. — Libby Conwell


No-cook Thanksgiving options
No-cook Thanksgiving options Now is the time to order

Turkey time at Ted’s Butcherblock means your life just got little easier and a lot more delicious. Fresh poultry from Bell & Evans Turkeys are running $3.15/lb for those under 20 lbs and the big birds (20+ lbs) run $3.50/lb. — Libby Conwell


Support Local This Friday!
Support Local This Friday! How local can you go?

A note from Jamee Haley, Executive Director of Lowcountry Local First: Thanksgiving is slowly being swallowed by national retailers’ perpetuation of the ominous Black Friday. Gone will be the days of cooking a beautiful turkey, sharing food with family and friends, and spending hours around the dining table actually experiencing gratitude. — Laura Cannon


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