Lowcountry Gift Guide 2016

Yes, we know it's hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us, but have no fear. We're providing our second annual gift guide below, featuring great gift ideas for under $50. Last year's gift guide has held the test of time, with items from Rewined Candles and King of Pops, so feel free to trek back for additional ideas.

3 Little Beads Oyster Pendant, $52 (ok, just over $50!)
Known for their original painted oyster pendant, this company describes their designs as delicately fierce handcrafted jewelry.  | Online Shop

Bittermilk, $20
Hand-crafted cocktail mixer compounds | Retailers

Bulls Bay Saltworks Gift Box, $30
Salt, sustainably harvested from Bulls Bay | Retailers

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits, $40
Carrie Morey founded Callie’s Charleston Biscuits in 2005 with the goal of making the tender, buttery, made-by-hand biscuits of her mother accessible across the country | Retailers

Cirsea Ice Cream Pint Club Connosiuer, $50
Eclectic ice cream flavors made by hand | Retailers

Color Coloring Book Bundle, $30
Celebrate the unique qualities of Charleston and use your imagination to add in the real energy of these special places - the people! - as you color the town | Online Shop

CSA Gift Card, All prices
Give the gift of local fruits and veggies with a gift card for any amount to one of the local Community Supported Agriculture groups in the Lowcountry, like Ambrose Family Farm or Boone Hall Farm. | CSA List

Fiber Art Workshop Woven Wall Hanging, $42
Handmade weavings, felted wildflower arrangements and terrariums, and felted jewelry | Online Shop

Firefly White Lightening Moonshine, $20
Firefly Distillery is located on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, thirty miles south of Charleston. It is the largest distillery in the state and has become a top destination in the Charleston area. We recommend visiting the distillery to pick this gift up and staying for a tasting. | Distillery or local liquor stores

Geechie Boy Mill Holiday Breakfast Sampler, $50
On their Edisto Island farm, the Johnsmans, owners of Geechie Boy Grits, operate historic working mills, creating grits used in the country’s finest restaurants, includingJames Beard award-winning chefs in nearby Charleston and around the nation.  | Retailers

Heritage by Sean Brock, $25
In Chef Brock’s much-anticipated first cookbook, this James Beard Award-winning chef presents all of the sublime dishes that have made him one of our country’s most acclaimed chefs | Local bookstore or Amazon

Mac & Murphy Gift Card, $50
Card and accessories gift shop located in the Cannonborough neighborhood | Online Shop

Nostalgic Graphic Shrimp Boat Children's Tee, $31
Vintage inspired tees that capture the memorable moments of childhood | Retailers

Peninsula Grill Coconut Cake, $12 per slice or $130 for full cake (16 servings)
With its twelve towering layers of delicious, Southern perfection, the Peninsula Grill Ultimate Coconut Cake® caused a sensation when it first appeared on the Peninsula Grill menu Valentine's Day 1997. Praise from Bon Appétit, Saveur, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, TODAY Show, and Vogue—in addition to other esteemed culinary and travel media outlets, made the fresh vanilla and coconut infused dessert famous. | Online Shop or Peninsula Grill

So Twisted Up Headband, $12
Headbands and wraps with fun colors and designs that stay on securely with a "hidden" wire | Online Shop

Suite 33 Cosmetic Case, $45
Designer, Emily Papuga has created a collection of throw pillows and accessories using patterns inspired by iconic places and pieces of our #1 city. | Online Shop

Sweeteeth Chocolates, $6-$8
Sweeteeth creates artisan chocolates using traditional, handcrafted techniques. Their operation in North Charleston, is devoted to the small-batch production of finely crafted chocolate bars and bon-bons, with an emphasis on high-quality chocolate couverture and innovative flavor pairings. | Email sweeteeth@evopizza.com or spot them at many different food spots like Ted's Butcherblock or Caviar & Bananas

What's your favorite gift to give from the Lowcountry? Does you family have a tradition of giving certain gifts each year?

Farewell Summer: Labor Day To-Do List

Angela:

Summer is nearing its end and the relentless heat is subsiding (just barely). The end of summer means different things to different people. To parents, it’s that busy time that the kids go back to school. To the kids, it’s the bittersweet end of break freedom. To everyone else, it's the end of a glorious summer.  The last days of summer are marked by the Labor Day holiday weekend and we've made a list of things to-do to end summer with a bang! If you're planning to move here or have recently relocated, you'll notice there's never a day your calendar can't be filled with something fun! (Note: Be sure to read to the end for our giveaway!)

Labor Day Weekend To-Dos:

I'm planning to spend at least part of my holiday weekend on the beach. One of the best parts about living in Charleston is that there's always a beach nearby!
Photo: @angelawicke

Get your tickets to the 8th Greater Lowcountry Jazz Festival, September 2-4.
Photo: @lowcountryjazzfest

Set sail on the Palmetto Breeze, Friday, September 2nd for the Firefly Friday Charleston Harbor Sunset Sail benefiting the Susan G. Komen foundation.
Photo: @palmetto_breeze

You don’t want to miss the Labor Day weekend fireworks on Folly Beach, September 4th at 9 p.m. near 3rd Block West.
Photo: @edgeofamerica

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Other upcoming Lowcountry events to check out:

Photo: @chasriverdogs

As always, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has a great ongoing calendar here

*Now for the giveaway- Leave a comment with your favorite Lowcountry Labor Day activity for a chance to win two free general admission Riverdogs tickets to this season's last regularly scheduled game on Thursday, September 1 at 6:35 p.m. Giveaway ends Wednesday, August 31 at 12 p.m.

 

Buy Local Block Party- Meet the Vendors

We are excited to host the vendors for Lowcountry Local First's (LLF) Buy Local Block Party on Saturday, November 21. In preparation for this exciting event,  we're here to share a few tips that we've learned from many markets past and introduce a few of our vendors.

TIPS

  • Bring Cash – This is a “just in case” tip. Many of the vendors accept cards, but sometimes the internet may run slow. Bring a little cash, so you don’t have to leave your one-of-a-kind at the market.
  • Come Hungry – LLF has lined up a number of food trucks along with several sweet treats! Roadside Seafood, Roti Rolls, Dashi, Crave Kitchen’s Mac Daddy Food Truck, Zombie Bob’s, Platia, Dulce, and King of Pops just to name a few!
  • Pace Yourself – Shop for yourself, or pick up some great gifts for the holidays, with items unique to Charleston that are truly one-of-a-kind finds.
  • Take a Business Card – Most of the vendors have shops online, so be sure to grab their business cards in case you would like a different item, size, shape, color, etc. They may have additional goods online or be open to custom orders.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: an all local farm market stand!
    The stand will feature produce grown by the Lowcountry’s next generation of farmers and food system leaders. Participants of our Growing New Farmers Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program have been working hard to produce a variety of products and will be at the Block Party selling the (literal) fruits of their labor. It will showcase a variety of fall crops grown at our Dirt Works Incubator Farm on Johns Island, including Rooting Down FarmsCompost in My Shoe, and Spade and Clover Gardens! Spread the word and come ready to support your local farmers!

Since we are teaming up with LLF on this one, there will be an admission fee. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased here or $15 at the gate.

VENDORS
Now a sneak peek into our fabulous lineup of vendors! Start making your list. Here are a few of the vendors that will be showing on November 21st!

8 Petals Designs
Alison Brynn Ross Illustration & Design
Art Board Co.
Austin Grace Smith
be More Heart
Breton Trading Co.
Brinko Ties
Bulls Bay Saltworks
The Cake Farmer
Cavortress
Charleston Crafts Cooperative
Charleston Fish Company
Fiber Art Workshop
Fisher Recycling
Hemming Birds Boutique
Hermosa Jewelry
Ink Meets Paper
Itinerant Literate Books
J. Stark- Starkmade
Kendal Leonard Designs
KLO Apparel
Knotty Cards
The Artwork of Kristen Solecki
Lauren Amos Designs
Laura Jane Louise Designs
Modern South Design
MoonBath Botanicals
Old Whaling Company
pH Reclaimed
Plum Hill Paddles
Pure Fluff Co.
Seersucker Appreciation Club
SheSells Candles
So Twisted Up
Southern Smoke Cigars
Stephanie Rose Designs
Tremundo



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A favorite of ours... Kristen Solecki's portrait of Emily's house! 

A favorite of ours... Kristen Solecki's portrait of Emily's house! 

We know you're looking forward to November 21st as much as we are, now! 

Details:
Buy Local Block Party
w/ Vendors curated by The Lowcountry Artist Market
1630 Meeting Street, 29405
Saturday, November 21 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
RSVP on Facebook
 

Questions? Hello@lowcountryartistmarket.com

Lowcountry Staycation: Summer Edition

So you’re visiting the Lowcountry and want the ‘true’ Charleston experience? What should you do? How can you possibly choose what to see with all of the amazing things to do and see here?  This week, we decided to see what a local would do given a chance to vacation in their own city...  

Folly Beach steps to my beach chair

Folly Beach steps to my beach chair

I had a few days to myself and decided to have a true ‘Staycation.’ For those unfamiliar with the term, a staycation is when you vacation in your own home town. I started my planning by writing down all of the ‘tourist hotspots’ as they’re known to us locals; places that I’ve always meant to go, but never really taken the time to visit/tour. Since moving here many years ago, I’ve always enjoyed exploring. Especially in my line of work, exploring different neighborhoods and communities is in the job description.

I started the staycation by enjoying Second Sunday on King Street. It was a hot day, so I made sure to enjoy a cool popsicle from the King of Pops. My husband and I strolled down King Street, admiring the local musicians, performers and artists. I had a craving for tacos, so we decided to make our way to East Bay Street to try out Minero. We had heard great things about it and love chef Sean Brock, so decided to give it a try. We weren’t disappointed. On the way back to King Street, we cut down Queen Street and discovered a cute vintage shop, Curiosity. It was a bit off of the beaten path, but definitely worth wandering into (located at 56 1/2 Queen Street).  

Checkout @shopcuriousity on instagram!

Checkout @shopcuriousity on instagram!

Day two I decided to head down to Folly Beach for a beach day. I dropped into Baguette Magic to grab a quick breakfast, making sure to leave reasonably early so that I could beat the beach traffic. To my surprise, I was able to get to the beach with little hassle (parking at Folly Beach is free if you head away from Center Street and ensure that all four of your tires are off of the road). After some sunbathing and frolicking in the ocean, I decided to walk to the Folly Beach Pier. Here they have public restrooms, a restaurant, and showers. After a quick break, I crossed the street to The Juice Joint and bought myself a refreshing juice for the walk back to my beach chair. I decided to end the day with a stop at The Barrel for a cold beer, game of cornhole, and to enjoy some live music. The sunset over the marsh was spectacular and I’m never disappointed with the views that The Barrel has to offer.

On my last day of my staycation I decided to go for some cooler options and catch a mid-day movie at the Terrace Theater. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to go to a movie in the middle of the day when all of your friends/family are at work. It felt mischievous. If you’ve never been to the Terrace Theater, it’s worth checking out! A nice glass of wine and scoop of gelato while watching an indie film was the perfect ending to my mini-vacation, I meant staycation.

While I admit, I didn't actually make it to anything on my list, such as Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation, or The Black Fedora Comedy and Mystery Theater, I did get to experience just enough to go back to work relaxed and satisfied!