Sweet Tea Vodka, Farmer and Crafters Market, Louis (Only) in Las Vegas 

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SWEET TEA VODKA

The nationwide craze for Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka has left South Carolina dry. We've even heard stories about people from North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida driving to the state to get their hands on some. To keep shelves and bars stocked, Firefly is going to begin supplementing production of their vodka to Orlando, Fla. They are still trying to provide as much alcohol as they can to South Carolina from their distillery on Wadmalaw Island, but reps say it would be impossible to meet the demand using that facility alone without prices shooting through the roof (which makes us happy). Firefly's main goal is to keep the production of sweet tea vodka in Charleston, where it was born and bred. They're looking for a bigger place to move the operation. —Alison Sher

FARMER AND CRAFTERS MARKET

We love waking up on Saturday mornings and getting full off samples in Marion Square or heading over to Mt. P on Tuesdays after work for some produce, but now there is a slightly different way to enjoy Charleston's food and art vendors — island style. Starting this August, every first and third Sunday of the month, El Bohio and The Pour House will host a Farmer and Crafters Market from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Allie Seeger, a member of the Folly Beach Artists Guild, has planned the whole thing from scratch. Seeger says it's going to be more laid-back than other markets, especially since you can drink Bloody Marys while chilling on the Pour House's back deck. There will definitely be vendors you haven't seen before (homemade hula hoops, anyone?), plus some familiar favorites like the boiled peanut dude. But if you want to eat hot prepared food, you'll be limited to El Bohio's tamales and empanadas for Sunday brunch. —Alison Sher

LOUIS (ONLY) IN LAS VEGAS

Back in February, we wrote an article on famed Charleston chef and restaurateur Louis Osteen taking a gamble and opening two Las Vegas restaurants, Louis's Las Vegas and the Fish Camp. But now, with the success of his new business venture, comes the loss of Louis's at Pawleys and the Fish Camp. Call it Papa Zuzu's syndrome or something, but Osteen (the 2004 James Beard Award recipient for Best Southeastern Chef) has decided to focus his energy on his new Las Vegas restaurants. We don't blame him. Louis's at Pawleys and The Fish Camp are set to close on Sept. 5. It may be worth a trip to get a final (or first) taste. —Alison Sher

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