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Re: “Longtime music venue Cumberland's will be missed

I'm about three years too late with this comment but the saddest part of this story was entirely left out.

Tim Kerwick. The real legend behind this Charleston hot-spot and local entity. If it hadn't been for Tim, Sinan Raouf wouldn't have stood a chance when his original partner almost bankrupt the Cumberlands on 26 Cumberland Street. Luckily, Kerwick stepped in to buy back what he sold months prior to Sinan and Phillip, affording Sinan a chance to redeem what he nearly had to eat in the way of monetary investment and time.

Unfortunately, another greedy landlord scenario would soon force the original Cumberlands from its long time home (over 7 years since its original inception under Kerwick and his wife at the time) near Market Street. With another new location in mind, Kerwick had higher hopes for Cumberlands 2 that didn't include subletting from Grannies. But, Raouf's idea won out & Cumberlands soon found a troublesome but do-able new home just a 10 minute walk from the original.

Then - chaos. One twisted scenario after another lead to Kerwick being undermined, literally, by his business partner. Sides were taken and Kerwick was forced to leave the place that he had spent over 12 years creating and managing. A handful of employees stayed, siding with Raouf, while the other half left on account of the disloyalty they had just been witness to.

And then, within a year, the very foundation of the business so easily gained by Raoufs' cunning and ruthlessness crumbled. Leaving no trace of Kerwick and no trace (at least to the knowing onlooked) of the original Cumberlands.

What looked like a winding down really came to a screeching halt - as it should. Cumberlands never stood a chance without Tim Kerwick.

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Posted by Dims85 on January 7, 2011 at 4:12 PM
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