Monday, May 14, 2018

Virginia College Cosmetology students offer free services to cancer survivors on Tues. June 5

Giving back

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, May 14, 2018 at 12:36 PM

As part of the national initiative, Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support, students of V's Student Cosmetology Services at Virginia College will offer complimentary manicures, haircuts, and hair curling from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tues. June 5 at their campus, located at 6185 Rivers Ave., Suite C.

All men, women, and children who have battled cancer are invited to attend, with additional activities like face painting, a balloon pop, and photo booth available as well. An appointment is not required, but those interested in receiving services can make an appointment by calling (843) 614-4364.

In a press release Virginia College campus president Jeff Georgeson says, "It has been so wonderful to see our students love what they’re learning and become inspired to use that to help others. Cancer has affected our Virginia College family, too, so it is a real honor to be able to contribute to this cause."

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Nordstrom-owned Trunk Club closing Cigar Factory location

Shipping Out

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, May 4, 2018 at 4:13 PM

  • Sam Spence
Trunk Club says it's closing its Charleston Clubhouse location in the Cigar Factory (701 E. Bay St.) at the end of the month.

Trunk Club, which offers personal stylist services by mail, opened the local clubhouse in the newly-reopened Cigar Factory building in 2016 to provide an in-person experience to compliment the company's services which are usually offered virtually. Founded with venture capital money in 2009, Trunk Club was bought by Nordstrom in 2013 for $350 million.

Asked about the closure, a Trunk Club media rep included the following with a statement:

"Closing a Clubhouse isn't a decision we take lightly, because it has an impact on our people and our customers. We remain committed to serving the Charleston market, and believe the best way for us to do that moving forward is by focusing on our Trunk service."

The company occupied a ground floor storefront space in the historic building as well as a large chunk of the second story of the pristine renovated factory building. Earlier this week, Koko Fit Club also closed its doors at the Cigar Factory.

Trunk Club says the local Clubhouse will take appointments through June 1.

Location Details The Cigar Factory
701 East Bay St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 723-4444

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Blake Lively wears Brackish Bow Ties on the red carpet

Lookin' good

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 10:10 AM

...Who wore it better?

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It's no secret that Blake Lively loves Charleston — she did get married at Boone Hall afterall. This morning, when trolling the 'gram, we saw that Lively's got love for Lowcountry style, too. Last night the celebrity wore a Brackish Bow Tie — the "Eddy" to be specific — at Las Vegas' Cinema Con.
While we're inclined to think that Lively heard about Brackish through Best of Charleston — hello Best Local Clothing Designer — we're just glad that the company has hit it big. With 20.3 million followers, Lively's got quite the following. Get ready to start making some more bow ties, Brackish.

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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." 
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."

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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