Thursday, January 17, 2019

Bachelor star Arie Luyendyk wore a Charleston-made Brackish bow tie for his wedding to Lauren Burnham

The wedding was 'Twilight' themed

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 2:51 PM

Luyendyk seen here sporting his Brackish tie of black goose feathers - PROVIDED
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  • Luyendyk seen here sporting his Brackish tie of black goose feathers
Big news, Charleston Bachelor fans who also love local products: Arie Luyendyk and all of his groomsmen wore Brackish bow ties at Luyendyk's recent wedding to Lauren Burnham.

The Twilight-themed wedding (we can't make this shit up) took place in Hawaii earlier this month.

Luyendyk, a pro racecar driver, was a polarizing figure for many Bachelor fans, mainly because he proposed to one woman, Becca Kufrin, and then later was like oops JK, and proposed to Burnham. The couple are expecting their first child later this year.

Luyendyk's particular Brackish tie was made from jet black goose feathers. A press release describes the tie in even greater detail: "Artisans crafted a symmetrical design by layering five rows of feathers on either side creating depth and dimension to perfectly complement his traditional black tuxedo."

Delightful. While we here at City Paper are not particular fans of the Bachelor, we do love local products getting airtime. Congrats, Brackish.

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The Water Room, a luxe nail salon, is open at the Cigar Factory

Nailing the nail biz

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Air plants? Yep, you already know this place is chic. - PROVIDED
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  • Air plants? Yep, you already know this place is chic.
Last week The Water Room, which describes itself as Charleston's "first ethical and non-toxic nail salon," opened in the Cigar Factory. Co-founded by local beauty blogger, Jessica Morse of Bare Beauty, the salon joins spots like the popular Mylkbar (a franchise with a location in Mt. Pleasant) that use nail polish free of hazardous ingredients.

The posh nail salon joins fellow Cigar Factory tenants, including: the offices of Garden & Gun, two restaurants and a bar, a design collective, a "proper barbershop," the Cedar Room event space, and a personal training gym.

The interior was designed by Melissa Sutton of Plum Collective who brings a feeling of transparency to the space, especially the water room in the center. Sutton says, "I wanted clients to see and feel the energy of the entire experience in an almost ritualistic way. From the technician preparing bowls of water to setting up the treatments, the entire process is in full view."

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There are a number of salons in the area that promote non-toxic, eco-friendly products, so The Water Room is certainly not the first prototype for this kind of experience. They may be the first place to offer guided meditation during your pedicure, though. That's right, under 'additions,' you can peruse extra luxe offerings for your mani/pedi including muscle repair balm ($5), aromatherapy ($3), and noise-cancelling headphones with guided meditation ($3).

The Water Room is now taking appointments through January.

Gotta admit, we've never seen a pedicure set-up this cute. - PROVIDED
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  • Gotta admit, we've never seen a pedicure set-up this cute.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Holy City Vintage Market serves up a Valentine's-themed market surrounded by gorgeous vintage furniture

Shop vintage, buy local

Posted by Morgan Galvez on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 4:34 PM

Who needs someone to buy you a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day when thrifty shopping for yourself is so much more fun? Holy City Vintage Market (HCVM) — a Charleston-based pop-up market focused on vintage items and sustainable fashion — will return to the French Eclectic Warehouse on Sun. Feb. 3 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a Valentine’s vintage spectacular.

Guests will enjoy the romantic setting of lavish vintage furniture and decor from The French Eclectic, a vintage furniture rental company. HCVM serves up complimentary Valentine's Day punch and if you get a little hungry after your photo shoot,  the Brunch Holiday food truck will be selling eccentric foodie concoctions and British bar munchies to fill you up. Brunch Holiday’s signature dishes will be served: the O.G. Chicken, Union Jack Bowl, and veggie brekky bowl.

The market will feature various local pop-up shops and artisans selling one-of-a-kind pieces. Vendors include Frenchie Vintage, Runaround Sue Vintage, Peachy Keen Creations, Crass Stitchery, Graveface Records, Third Eye Vintage, Tuff Stuff Vintage, Tinted Saga, Reflections African Jewelry and Tarot Card Readings, Threads Todisco, fk vintage, Dry Run Goods, Malted Mutts, Hause of Hygiene, and Grease Kelly Vintage.

If you can’t make this market, don’t worry: There are more chances for you to shop until you drop. Holy City Vintage Market will be at Park Cafe for Sunday brunches on Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 17 and Apr. 7. Guests can also attend their shop at the Royal American on Sun. Mar. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with live music by the DUMB Doctors.
Event Details Holy City Vintage Market: Valentine's Edition
@ The French Eclectic
4244 Scott Street
North Charleston, SC
When: Sun., Feb. 3, 12-5 p.m.
Price: Free to attend
Fashion + Shopping and Festivals + Events

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Friday, November 30, 2018

'Experiential retail concept', Fit Atelier, pops up at The Works starting Fri. Nov. 30

"Our clothes are the new 'going out' outfits"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 10:11 AM

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Fit Atelier, a Charlotte-based "experiential retail concept" launches a four month store-in-studio at 137 President St., where exercise studio The Works is currently popping up. We know, we know, a lot of pop-ups within pop-ups. The Works is building a permanent spot on Meeting Street, but while that space is under construction, the "sweat studio" will be holding classes at 137 President, the former location of Redux Yoga.

Still with us fitness fiends? Cool. While you're checking out one of The Works' classes, you can shop Fit Atelier's collection, which calls itself the "most curated selection of activewear in the southeast." Brands include Alala, Ultracor, PE Nation, Heroine Sport, Varley, Koral, Alo Yoga, and more.

Fit Atelier founder and CEO Brit Turner says, "We feel like we’re in an incredibly interesting time of wellness and fitness. Workouts like The Works are the new form of entertainment and our clothes are the new 'going out' outfits."
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Needless to say this carefully curated selection of clothing isn't cheap; leggings will range from mid $70s-$196 and sports bras, tanks, and sweatshirts start in the low $50s. Fit Atelier tells us that the assortment of clothing for sale will changed out every 3-4 weeks with selections chosen specifically for the Charleston crowd.

With the introduction of ClassPass (The Works' classes are accessible on that app, FYI) to our fair city earlier this month, it's looking like Charleston is gearing up for fitness greatness.
Location Details Fit Atelier
137 President St.
Downtown Charleston
Charleston, sc

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Charleston retailers Croghan's, J. Stark, Ibu, and more featured in NYT Style section

All the more reason to buy local

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 12:50 PM

Yesterday the New York Times' piece "Shopping the New South," mentioned several local retailers — "design-minded businesses [who] are staying put in the South instead of decamping to New York or Los Angeles."

Sisters Kathleen Hay Hagood and Mariana Hay, of Croghan's Jewel Box, say, "We have one shot to create a great experience — to introduce the customer to a place that’s like nowhere else." Two in-house lines, the ever popular Goldbug Collection and a new flora series, Bloom Where You're Planted, "help shepherd the family's 111-year-old store into the 21st century."

Ibu, the boutique that sells clothing made by women in developing nations, also gets a shoutout, as well as Cannon Street's "creative corridor" (who knew?), which includes stationary store Mac and Murphy, American-made goods retailer J. Stark, and independent men's brand store, Indigo and Cotton.

Deemed "possibly Charleston's prettiest shop," the Cigar Factory's Fritz Porter is mentioned as well. Owner Sarah-Hamlin Hastings says, "There is the real opportunity to grow here; to try something new."

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