Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Shop a "carefully curated indie maker and small shop" village at Workshop this weekend

Did somebody say bespoke?!?!

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 3:24 PM

Look, a poster that's so cute we want to throw up. - PROVIDED
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  • Look, a poster that's so cute we want to throw up.

Pop-up markets hit the town every week — from vintage-drenched affairs to more farmers market leaning iterations — and I'm here to say that Charleston's motto should be "shop local 'til you drop more money than you actually have and then spend years in debt."

The motto manifests this weekend as the Wash with Water and Friends' pop-up shopping village at Pacific Box & Crate, held on Sat. April 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. April 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Based in Charleston, Wash with Water and Friends (WwW&Friends) is a "creative community celebrating 'Made in the USA' makers, dreamers, and the next generation of indie talent." The community is founded by organic skin and hair product company, Wash with Water's Stephanie Pascarella, a self-described mompreneur.

This WwW&Friends event features makers like Hemming Birds, Baby Jives, Be Little Swings, Split Woodworks, Penelope Design Studio, Poppy & Hen, Lovelane Designs, and more. There will also be live music, coffee from Brown Fox Coffee Co. and Sassyass Coffee, kid-friendly activities, yoga, a mobile bee hive, and a social photo booth from King and Field. It's like a fair-weather Portlandia, no?

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This King Street swimwear store will expose you if you try to shoplift

Bikini bandits

Posted by Adam Manno on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Las Olas on King Street. - PHOTO VIA GOOGLE MAPS
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  • Las Olas on King Street.
A swimwear store with locations throughout the Lowcountry has taken a unique approach in trying to bust those granting themselves five-finger discounts: Instagram exposure.

For at least a year, Las Olas has posted still shots from its in-store surveillance cameras onto its Instagram in an attempt to identify suspected shoplifters.

The most recent photos do not appear on the store's Instagram account as regular posts — the photos that are permanently shown on an account. Rather, they appear on the app's ephemeral Stories, which debuted last May as a rival to Snapchat and allow users to post pictures that disappear after 24 hours.

In a series of Stories last month, the store uploaded shots of a blonde woman with the captions "REWARD," "Identify this thief," and "Anonymous DM." 
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After asking its followers whether they had identified the woman with the help of a poll, the store published a photo from Google Images of a woman who they allege to be the same as the person in the store's CCTV footage.

"Case Closed," the store wrote on its final Instagram Story on the suspected shoplifter. "You'd think a lawyer would know better than to steal."

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The swimwear shop has locations on King Street, in Mt. Pleasant, and in Kiawah Island.

Store owner Daniel James did not return our requests for comment, but Meredith DeBar, who has worked at the stores since 2014, according to her LinkedIn profile, and currently manages the different locations, did.

In a phone interview with CP, DeBar says the practice of calling people out on social media originated with the store's owner and has been in use since she started.

"He does a lot of the posts," she said. "As long as I've worked here, it's always been a thing."

DeBar did not say if the strategy has resolved any incidents.

Trey Jameson, an intellectual property lawyer at
Jameson Law, says that the store is likely within
its right to use its own camera footage, especially if
its suspicions of shoplifting are correct.

"With the exception of something being newsworthy or of interest to the public, the store owner could be found liable for misappropriation of image and likeness by using the image," Jameson said in a phone interview with CP. "If there actually is shoplifting there, the use of the image could fall under the exception of something that's newsworthy."

The store might find itself in the middle of a defamation suit if their suspicions are wrong. But the store's use of photos off Google Images is an even bigger issue, according to Jameson.

"If they're going online, even to Facebook, the use of someone else’s picture could be copyright infringement," Jameson said. "There are fair use defenses, but at the end of the day, you generally can't take someone else's photograph or image without their permission."

"Store owners should determine if the negatives outweigh the benefits," Jameson said. "Public shaming might not be the best way to prevent shoplifting."

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Charleston-based company, Nectar, helps honeybees with sunglasses and pollen rich flowers

Their future's bright

Posted by Katie Molpus on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 2:35 PM

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Spring has officially arrived, and it’s time to bust out that new pair of shades. Thanks to Charleston-based company, Nectar, you can take your sunglasses game to the next level and save the bees at the same time.

Now through August, every online purchase of Nectar sunglasses will include a free bag of Honeybee Wildflower Mix so customers can plant their own pollen-rich flowers. The initiative, in partnership with American Meadows, is aimed at increasing the population of honeybees.

The special seed blend features 19 nectar-rich wildflowers and clovers, including varieties like Lacy Phacelia, Yellow Prairie Coneflower, Mexican Hat, and Echinacea. The combo creates a perfect pollen-filled habitat for bees.

Nectar has been a longtime proponent of preserving and growing the insect population to ensure sustainability in the future. With important species disappearing, they’re giving everyone an opportunity to help protect declining populations.

For all the Nectar goods and to receive your bag of seeds (orders to Hawaii and international orders are not included in the promotion, FYI), check out Nectar Sunglasses online.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Fresh threads: All Charleston's fashion markets and pop-ups happening in April

Stuff your closets

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 3:44 PM

Shop local goods at markets like the Cigar Bazaar at the Cigar Factory. - PROVIDED
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  • Shop local goods at markets like the Cigar Bazaar at the Cigar Factory.
Let's talk spring cleaning: If you're like us, you're in serious need of a major closet overhaul. So, while you still have a bunch of old stuff lying around, get rid of it. Toss it! Burn it! (No, really don't do that). Donate it! Now you're ready to buy some new shit.

This April you can pop all over town — to get your furs cleaned (yes, really), your vintage fix, and the chance to peruse high end clothing at a discount. And p.s., if we left ya out, send all the details to connelly@charlestoncitypaper.com.

Here's the skinny:

This Thurs. April 5-Sat. April 7, take your furs to summer camp at Gwynn's of Mt. Pleasant. Furriers will be on site to repair furs. This is your chance to be a part of the most Mt. Pleasant thing ever to happen in Mt. Pleasant (until next week at least).
Jahde Leather Atelier, located at 68 Queen St., features pop-ups all the time, with goods from both artists and artisans. On Fri. April 6 check out contemporary jewelry from NYC-based jeweler, Shannon Carney.
On Tues. April 10 head to the Grand Bohemian Gallery for a trunk show from J. Catma Exotic Eastern Textiles, which features, well, what the name suggests. Pop in between 3-7 p.m.
Charleston Style Exchange, held at Armory Park from Thurs. April 12-Sat. April 14, features brand names and designer labels at a self-described "fraction of the price." Proceeds from this event benefit East Cooper Community Outreach and Dragon Boat Charleston.
On Sat. April 14 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., The Cigar Bazaar Spring Market at the Cigar Factory features local vendors like Third Eye Vintage, Stitchy Things, Suite 33 Boutique, Foxy Fossils, Black Octopus Mercantile LLC, Thrive Life, and more.
The Holy City Vintage Market — celebrating all things vintage with over nine vintage vendors — heads to Park Cafe on Sun. April 15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oh yeah, and there will be a tarot reader on site. We see cool clothes in your future...

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre gets even more pleasant with addition of Southern Tide and M. Dumas signature store

Pleasant preppy pep boys

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 10:46 AM

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What do my 23 year old brother, 35 year old fiance, and half of the incoming class of CofC 2022 have in common? Southern Tide, baby. Prep boys (and gals) around the region love the Greenville-based clothing company and according to P&C, Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre (founded in 1776 we presume) is getting a very special signature store this May.

How special? Southern Tide — best known for its polos adorned with little fishies — teams up with downtown's M. Dumas (a store that was legit founded a century ago) to open a 2,104 square foot shop full of Southern Tide gear and owned and operated by Dumas. Southern Tide sells everything #saltlifelite lovers need: men's, women's, and kids apparel, golf towels, happy hour sunhats, bow ties, and motherfuckin' Yeti coolers.

The store takes over the location formerly occupied by Teal, on Belk Drive.

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