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Charleston | 2016 | Issue 2


Getting to Know the Lowcountry Every Busy Woman was designed to help newcomers find information they need through trusted, word-of-mouth resources. If you need assistance finding information, please feel free to email us at Betty@EveryBusyWoman.com. For an excellent overview of living, working and getting to know your area, visit CharlestonChamber.net/living-in-charleston. NEIGHBORHOODS

Want to know more about where to live? These resources will help! • C harleston-sc.gov - Select Neighborhood Information under Quick Find Resources for a list of Neighborhood Associations • C harlestonRealEstateGuide.com - Hundreds of Neighborhood descriptions • NorthCharleston.org - Select Neighborhoods under Community Information

FA M I LY

The area is served by three main healthcare providers Medical University of SC - muschealth.com, Roper/St Francis Healthcare - ropersaintfrancis.com and Trident Health Systems - tridenthealthsystem.com as well as the East Cooper Medical Center - eastcoopermedctr.com. Primary and secondary school system contact information: • Berkeley County Schools: berkeley.k12.sc.us • Charleston County Schools: ccsdschools.com • D orchester County Schools: dorchester2.k12.sc.us, dorchester4.k12.sc.us • P rivate and Parochial Schools: SC Independent School Association, scisa.org.

WORK

Y ou will find that women are serious about professionally networking in Charleston, and the opportunities to meet others and grow your business, find a job or further your career are extraordinary. Charleston is home for SC’s largest women’s organization, The Center for Women, whose affiliate the SC Women’s Business Center is dedicated to helping women achieve their professional goals.

P L AY

From museums to comedy improv, Charleston boasts a remarkable cultural and arts scene. There are also many festivals like the international arts extravaganza Spoleto Festival USA that bring in performers from across the globe. To keep up to date on all there is to do, visit charlestonarts.org and northcharleston.org, selecting Cultural Arts under Department & Services. T he region’s bounty of fresh seafood and locally grown produce coupled with world-class chefs have made the Lowcountry a dining destination. T he waterways, green spaces and public parks offer opportunities to explore nature and live a “free range” life without leaving the city. Visit Charleston County Parks and Recreation - ccprc.com.


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Lowcountry Numbers to Note Arts and Culture Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 843.853.8000 CharlestonAreaConvention&VistitorsBureau.com Berkeley County Library 843.719.4223 berkeleylibrarysc.org Charleston Ballet Theatre 843.723.7334 CharlestonBalletTheatre.com Charleston Concert Association 843.571.7755 CharlestonConcertAssociation.com Charleston County Library 843.805.6802 CharlestonCountyLibraries.com Charleston Museum 843.722.2996 CharlestonMuseum.com Charleston Stage Company 843.577.5967 CharlestonStage.com Charleston Symphony Orchestra 843.723.7528 CharlestonSymphony.com

City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs 843.724.7305 CharlestonArts.org Dock Street Theatre 843.720.3968 CharlestonStage.com Dorchester County Library 843.871.5075 dcl.lib.sc.us Footlight Players 843.722.7521 FootlightPlayers.com Gaillard Auditorium 843.577.7400 CityofCharleston.com Gibbes Museum 843.722.2706 GibbesMuseum.com The Halsey Gallery 843.953.5680 HalseyInstitute.com Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum 843.853.4651 KarpelesManuscriptLibraryMuseum.com


North Charleston Cultural Arts Department 843.740.5854 NorthCharleston.org Spoleto Festival USA 843.722.2764 SpoletoUSA.org Theatre 99 843.853.6687 Theatre99.com

Schools Berkeley County Schools 843.723.4627 BerkeleyCountySchools.com Charleston County Schools 843.937.6300 CharlestonCountySchools.com Dorchester County District 2 Schools 843.873.2901 Dorchester2.com Dorchester County District 4 Schools 843.563.4535 Dorchester4.com

Transportation Amtrak 800.872.7245 AMTRAK.com CARTA 843.747.0922 RideACarta.com Charleston International Airport 843.767.1100 CharlestonInternationalAirport.com Greyhound 800.231.2222 Greyhound.com

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North Charleston Coliseum 843.529.5000 NorthCharlestonColiseum.com


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LOWCOUNTRY WOMEN RECOMMENDED

ART CENTERS

Redux Contemporary Art Center Redux is a nonprofit gallery, studio and education center. Through diverse programming and a full studio facility, Redux promotes and encourages all forms of artistic creation, while introducing and educating the public to the contemporary visual arts. Check our website for a current schedule of classes, workshops, exhibitions and special events.

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136 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC 29403 / tel 843.722.0697 email: info@reduxstudios.org www.reduxstudios.org ENTERTAINMENT

Charleston Harbor Tours

Virtually Visit the World’s Museums Over 1000 leading museums and archives have partnered with Google to bring the world’s treasures online with the Google Arts & Culture. Easy to navigate, explore art dating back thousands of years through the perspective of movements, artists, mediums, colors, locations and more. www.google.com/culturalinstitute

Climb aboard the Carolina Belle to enjoy the beauty of the Charleston Harbor and learn the rich history of the Holy City. During the scenic and relaxing 90 minute tour, you will see over 75 landmarks and points of interest. Sunday Jazz Brunch Riverboat Cruise: Every Other Sunday April - October Piccolo Spoleto Lowcountry Blues Cruise: May/June Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise: Thursdays April - October Plantation & Harbor Tour and Historic City & Harbor Tour Packages10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

tel 843.772.1112 or 800.344.4483 email: sales@charlestonharbortours.com www.charlestonharbortours.com MUSEUMS

The Gibbes Museum of Art Home to the foremost collection of American art that incorporates the story of Charleston, The Gibbes Museum enhances lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality, by collecting and preserving art that touches Charleston, and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy, and to be inspired by the creative process.

135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.722.2706 www.gibbesmuseum.org


SWEETWATER BREWING COMPANY, FOLLYWOOD PRODUCTIONS & CHARLESTON HARBOR TOURS PRESENT

RIVERBOAT CRUISES Great local talent covering some of your favorite bands – on the Carolina Queen!

2016

2016 CONCERT CRUISE SCHEDULE

Sunday Cruise Dates: July 31 August 14, 28 September 11, 25 October 9, 23

Get One FREE Bloody Mary or Mimosa per ticket!

• Live Jazz Music

by the TenCap Jazz combo...

• Gourmet Buffet Brunch

by Gourmet Bay - served with fresh-brewed coffee, sweet tea and orange juice.

The Carolina Queen departs from Charleston City Marina, 17 Lockwood Drive. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure.

Board @ 11:00am

Cruise: 11:30am-1:30pm Only $46.95 pp

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Aug 5 Sept 2 Oct 7 Oct 28

21 and over only • Board @ 6:30; Cruise from 7-9:30 Local food trucks will be on board selling delicious eats!!

Just $20pp

Limited Tickets Available!

www.CharlestonHarborTours.com

Phish –> Runaway Gin The Band –> BYOG Grateful Dead –> The Reckoning Halloween 80s Tribute –> Soul Fish

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SPECIAL EVENTS

MOJA Arts Festival September 29 - October 9, 2016 A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. Some highlights for 2016 include Dance Theatre of Harlem and an encore performance of Pop Life! Celebrating the Music of Prince.

Book Sales The Charleston Friends of the Library hosts five book sales throughout the year where books, DVDs and CDs are available for purchase starting at just $.50 each for children’s books. Visit the website to shop online or for more information on upcoming sales including: That BIG Book Sale October 14-16, Omar Shrine Auditorium, Mt Pleasant HOLIDAY Book Sale December 2 & 3, Mt Pleasant Regional Library www.charlestonlibraryfriends.org

www.mojafestival.com Southern Women’s Show Charleston September 23-25, 2016 You’re invited to join in the FUN! Jam-packed with cool jewelry and handbags, make-up tips and tricks, delicious gourmet treats and more. Besides the incredible shopping, you can enjoy runway fashion shows, cooking classes, and informed speakers. Grab your mom, sister, or best friend and spend the day - or weekend - doing everything you love!!

Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC tel 704.494.7554 www.southernshows.com/wcs THEATRES

Theatre 99 Charleston’s Home for Improv Comedy This local favorite makes the perfect night out with comedy improv, stand up and performances throughout the year at unbeatable ticket prices. An in-house bar and fun atmosphere top off the experience. Visit the website for a full schedule including Wednesday night’s Laugh for a Lincoln, select Thursday nights and Friday and Saturday night performances including The Have Nots! and Improv Bingo. Available for Corporate & Private Events • Improv Classes

280 Meeting Street, Above the Bicycle Shoppe, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.853.6687 www.theatre99.com


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business & finance

LOWCOUNTRY WOMEN RECOMMENDED

ADVERTISING, MARKETING & PR

The Charleston Cotton Exchange Specializing in screen-printed and embroidered corporate apparel and quality customer service.

1758 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29407 tel 843.763.0740 or 800.749.2041 email: stephanie@charlestoncottonexchange.com www.charlestoncottonexchange.com Limelight Custom Sign Company BUSY WOMAN TIPS

A one stop shop for signs, banners, retail and fleet lettering. Call Gregg Pavone to talk about putting your company in the Limelight.

tel 843.697.7873 / email: gp@limelightsc.com www.limelightsc.com CAREER COUNSELING

Crystal-Barkley Corporation

KiwiLive.com Engage your audience at your next event using this online tool. Direct participants to the site and have them enter the event keyword. The interactive experience allows for notes, polls and email/data capture.

Originators of Life\Work Design. For more than 20 years, we have helped thousands of women and men learn how to create their own successes – their own jobs. Crystal-Barkley’s disciplined approach helps you find and grow your innate strengths. You will discover – or rediscover – what you care about the most. We will help you craft that into real work. The result: success. On your terms.

tel 843.727.7990 / email: crystalbarkley@careerlife.com www.careerlife.com COMPUTER & DEVICE REPAIR

Digital Remedy Repair Provides computer repair, iPhone repair, iPad repair, and Android repair at the best prices and in the shortest time in Charleston.

263 King Street, Suite D, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.300.1713 www.digitalremedyrepair.com


LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT

Programs and initiatives that provide resources, skill development, training and awareness aimed at emerging and evolving leaders in all stages of life.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Build financial literacy and confidence through programs and workshops resulting in financial savvy and good sense.

AWARENESS AND ADVOCACY

Programs that raise awareness and connect with stakeholders and decision makers to advance women.

SC WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER

An affiliate of the Center for Women, the SCWBC encourages entrepreneurialism by assisting women in starting and improving their businesses.

(843) 763-7333

129 Cannon Street Charleston, SC 29403 www.c4women.org

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Connect for Success!

We educate and advocate so that women in SC have economic success and are leaders in their professional, community and personal lives.


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CORPORATE EVENTS

Charleston Harbor Tours

Brand Marketing That Connects Do: Stay consistent to your brand imagery and message. Don’t: Be boring about it. Expand your visual style guide to include graphics that are interesting. Do: Show off! Do what you do best and let key decision makers sample it. Have a bakery? Deliver a “Cake-o-Gram” to local wedding planners or make scratch and sniff business cards to hand out with samples at a trade show. Don’t: Forget to plan ahead. For deliveries, connect with your contacts beforehand to qualify your leads and map out your route for efficiency. Some favorites and ideas: • Rosalyn Adams, Director of Marketing and Counseling with Pitt Street Pharmacy, custom prints prescription labels for events and fills the bottles with mints or other treats. • Personalized Lego figures at brickengraver.com. • Custom print balloons at Teacups & Trucks in Mt Pleasant and give them out “uninflated” with a special message or giveaway that is seen only when inflated.

Whether you’re entertaining clients or teambuilding with your staff, Charleston Harbor Tours offers unique options that make your event special and memorable. The Tall Ship Pride: build cooperation and trust and promote productivity with teambuilding events. One-of-a-kind group or corporate outings! The Carolina Queen or The Carolina Belle: accommodate groups from 2 - 250. Our experienced sales staff will help plan the perfect event within your budgetary needs. We can help arrange all details of your event catering and entertainment, as well as photography and personalized merchandise. Cruise when you want, where you want — the boat is yours! Corporate Events • Holiday Parties • Fundraisers • Business Dinners • Client Parties • Group Functions

10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC, 29401 tel 843.772.1112 or 800.344.4483 email: sales@charlestonharbortours.com www.charlestonharbortours.com EventHaus A complete event rental resource for corporate events, private parties, conferences and festivals, EventHaus offers the widest range of products in the region. Our team offers unrivaled service, selection and style — all served up with a dose of southern hospitality.

2220 Old School Drive, Suite A, Charleston, SC 29405 tel 843.407.0473 / www.eventhausrentals.com The Harbor Club Located in the heart of historic Charleston, the Harbour Club has several rooms to meet any capability that you may need, from business lunches to all day corporate meetings. Call for a tour today.

35 Prioleau Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.723.9680 / email: melissa.palma@ourclub.com www.harbour-charleston.com EDUCATION

Lowcountry Graduate Center South Carolina’s top universities offer a variety of programs at the Lowcountry Graduate Center to help you reach your career goals. Designed for the convenience of working adults, classes are held in the evenings and weekends. Graduate degrees are offered by the College of Charleston, The Citadel, Clemson and USC in the following areas: Education • Engineering • Project Management • Social Work • Student Affairs • Urban and Regional Planning

3800 Paramount Drive, North Charleston, SC 29405 tel 843.953.4723 / www.lowcountrygradcenter.org


White Elephant Gift Exchange This is a fun way to get everyone involved but take the pressure off purchasing something specific. There are several ways to “play� but the gist is, you purchase and wrap a gift and add it to a pile. Each person picks a gift that they open and then have one opportunity to switch gifts with another person.

Reindeer Games Put lots of office-appropriate challenges or games (serenade your coworkers with a Jingle Bells for example) in a stocking and have team members complete the challenges. Encourage festive attire!

Donate or Volunteer Adopt a family for the holiday and complete their wish list. Contact local charities and see what your team can do to help fulfill a hands-on project together.

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INSURANCE PROVIDERS

McKay Insurance Kathy McKay, CIC, CPIW & Kadi McKay Quinn, CISR

Leadership Training Across industries and particularly in technology and industrials, women are underrepresented at every level of companies with the disparity widening at senior level positions. The Lean In and McKinsey & Company’s 2015 report “Women in the Workplace” found that the leadership ambition gap persists, women experience an uneven playing field at work and at home, employee programs are abundant while participation is low and women’s networks provide less access to senior-level sponsorship. What can you do? Leadership: The Center for Women offers the Smart Leadership program that helps mid- to upper-level management team learn how to lead and manage complimentary yet conflicting attributes like delivering results while building relationships in pursuit of organizational goal attainment. Employees: Self assess: what are your concerns, stresses, barriers on your pathway to personal and professional growth? Examine your responses and systematically work to address each one seeking the outside support and guidance from an expert where necessary. Find a sponsor; someone who is in an influential position in your workplace who will help you expand your network. For more information: www.c4women.org www.womenintheworkplace.com

Our mission is to educate, protect & guide clients to control exposure to risk. We work with multiple insurers, delivering individualized tailored programs.Daily, our customers get the best effort from our staff of eleven, wholly dedicated to service with respect & courtesy. Since 1995, our Mount Pleasant based office has been insuring businesses, residences and second homes. Please contact us to consult about your needs. Call or write to her at mmckay5@mckayins.net

1321 Chuck Dawley Boulevard, Suite 201, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.881.2229 www.restinsuredcharleston.com LENDING

Charleston Local Development Corporation Your Source for Small Business Lending The Charleston LDC is a not-for-profit organization fostering economic development of the greater Charleston region, and serving as a funding resource to small businesses in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester Counties.

2 George Street, #3600, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.973.7298 email: cindi@charlestonldc.com www.charlestonldc.com PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES

The Center for Women The Center for Women is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources to help all women find what they need to be successful every day. The Center offers support groups, individual counseling, referral and information and educational outreach programs. For a current schedule of events contact the Center at:

129 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC 29403 / tel 843.763.7333 email: info@c4women.org www.c4women.org See our ad page 9 The South Carolina Women’s Business Center Women helping women do business better. Providing one-on-one business counseling, training, networking and mentoring services for women entrepreneurs. Explore Starting a Business • Develop a Business Plan • Address Business Issues • Strategize for Future Growth • Loan Application Preparation • Networking Opportunities

129 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.763.7333 x 211 email: info@scwbc.net www.scwbc.net


PO Box 21332, Charleston SC 29413 www.womenatworkcharleston.com

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Women at Work Supporting the professional growth and development of business women throughout the Charleston area. Monthly lunch meetings with a guest speaker, monthly informal coffee meetings, a website listing and member specials are just some of the benefits to membership. Visit the website for details on meetings and membership. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!


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LOWCOUNTRY WOMEN RECOMMENDED

BAKERIES

Ashley Bakery A full service bakery, including artisan breads, pies, cookies, wedding cakes,specialty celebration cakes, party trays and pastries for wholesale and retail customers. The owners, along with their 4 daughters and loyal employees, are dedicated not only to quality and customer service, but to the community as well.

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1662 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 tel 843.763.4125 www.ashleybakery.com See our ad page 40 WildFlour Pastry

Must Have Travel App Whether in Dubai or DC, this app uses geotagging to help you discover and explore the cool things to do that are close to you. Search by Art & Museums, History, Cool & Unique, Offers & Deals, Food & Drink and more. www.fieldtripper.com

Wild, out-of-the-box pastries and desserts. Pastry Chef Lauren Mitterer serves up deconstructed yet elegant versions of comfort favorites using local and seasonal ingredients, like double chocolate cookies, sweet & savory scones and the legendary “Sticky Bun Sunday”. Grab a spot in a cozy booth or on the patio of the Cannonborough shop or call ahead to order for pickup. Specialty cakes and desserts available for all occasions.

73 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403 1750 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 tel 843.327.2621 www.wildflourpastrycharleston.com CATERING

Cru Catering Eclectic Modern American Cuisine More than just a catering service, we present a team of event specialists and culinary experts who will assist you in creating the ultimate experience - from hors d’oeuvres to specialty beverages and multiple course menus for events large and small. Voted Best Caterer 2001 - 2014 by Charleston City Paper Readers. Voted the Best of Weddings Pick by The Knot

1784 Harmon Street, Charleston, SC 29405 tel 843.534.2433 email: info@crucatering.com www.crucatering.com see our ad page 41


Greater Charleston Restaurant Association

The GCRA hosts three of the most popular culinary events on the year: Charleston Restaurant Week 9/7/16 - 9/18/16 & 1/6/16 - 1/17/17 Participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.

Taste of Charleston 9/23/16 - 9/25/16 This 2-day event transforms Boone Hall Plantation into a sea of culinary enchantment with 40 of the Lowcountry’s favorite casual and fine dining restaurants serving sample size portions, beer and wine.

Lowcountry Oyster Festival 1/29/17 The world’s largest oyster festival with 80,000 lbs of oysters, live music, wine and beer, a Children’s Area and a “Food Court” showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants at Boone Hall Plantation. www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com

Charleston County Parks Brewsdays at Olde Towne Creek Park 9/13/16; 9/27/16; 10/11/16 Happy hour event on select Tuesdays featuring craft beer, food trucks, yoga and live music.

Wine Down Wednesday at Olde Towne Creek Park 9/21/16; 10/5/16; 10/19/16 Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music on select Wednesdays.

Latin American Festival at Wannamaker County Park 10/2/16 Live Salsa and Merengue music, authentic food and family activities. www.charlestoncountyparks.com

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RESTAURANTS

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit A small, grab & go eatery serving piping hot Callie’s award-winning biscuits, pimento cheese sandwiches, and other locally inspired breakfast, lunch treats.

Food to Follow The Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits The deans offer classes, entertaining and etiquette education and recipes. @chs_academy Charlestonacademy.com Charleston Food Writer Dining out, cooking in, gardening and culinary travels. @Chsfoodwriter chsfoodwriter.com Foodcoma843 2 food lovin gals takin life 1 bite at a time @foodcoma843 Foodcoma843.wordpress.com Holy City Handcraft Cocktails, cooking and culinary adventures. @holycityhandcraft Holycityhandcraft.com Limehouse Produce Follow the freshness from local farms to the table of some of your favorite restaurants. @limehouselocal Limehouseproduce.com

476 1/2 King St, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.737.5159 www.callieshotlittlebiscuit.com Charleston Grill by Belmond Chef Michelle Weaver has created an exciting menu that incorporates tradition without being bound by it, then adds a few touches of the delightfully unexpected. The menu, which changes regularly, is divided into four categories: Pure, Lush, Southern, and Cosmopolitan, each section beautifully reflecting its title, or allow the chef to create your own special tasting menu. But don’t let that stop you from mixing and matching from the categories. In fact, we encourage it.

224 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.577.4522 / email: charlestongrill.cph@belmond.com www.charlestongrill.com Cru Café Charleston’s home to some of the best gourmet comfort food in the Lowcountry, Cru Café is a culinary destination off the beaten path in a classic 18th century Charleston single-style home. Cru Café and its award-winning Cru Catering division are consistently ranked as top eateries by locals and tourists alike. From our famous Four Cheese Macaroni to our tasty Thai Seafood Risotto, we feature something for everyone. And if you’re in the mood for lighter fare, try our Chinese Chicken Salad or Duck Confit Salad. Guests of the restaurant can enjoy daily specials, indoor and outdoor porch seating, a wine list tailored to the varied menu and rich, mouthwatering desserts. We invite to stop in and enjoy a delicious meal with us today. Lunch: Tues - Sat, 11 am - 3 pm; Dinner Tues - Thurs, 5 - 10 pm & Fri & Sat, 5 - 11 pm

18 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.534.2434 / www.crucafe.com


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Artisan Meat Share Offering Cypress’ Chef Craig Deihl’s farm-fresh, seasonal, award-winning meats, gourmet sandwiches, fresh butcher shop products, house-made condiments and more.

33 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.641.7299 www.artisanmeatsharecharleston.com goat.sheep.cow Filled to the brim with cheese, charcuterie, wine and gourmet groceries carefully selected from all around the world.

106 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.4802526 www.goatsheepcow.com

Thanksgiving To Go Caviar & Bananas www.caviarandbananas.com Cru Catering www.crucatering.com

GrowFood Carolina Connects growers to local grocers, restaurants, community organizations and institutions, to make local and healthy food more accessible to the entire community.

Hamby Catering www.hambycatering.com

990 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.727.0091 / email: info@growfoodcarolina.com www.growfoodcarolina.com

Ted’s Butcherblock www.tedsbutcherblock.com

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CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

Loblolly Adventures Outdoor education programs for children and families in Charleston, SC.

www.loblollyadventures.com Songs for Seeds A rockin’ music program that encourages children newborn to 6-years old to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. BUSY WOMAN TIPS

3381 S Morgan’s Pt Rd, #501, Charleston, SC 29466 tel 843.214.2337 www.songsforseeds.com/sc/charleston CHILDREN’S FASHION

Natural History Museum Many moms don’t realize that sitting on the corner of Calhoun and Coming Streets is a world of prehistoric intrigue waiting for family discovery. The College of Charleston’s Mace Brown Museum of Natural History displays more than 3,000 fossil specimens including Dinosaurs, Crinoids, Oligocene Mammals of North America, Mosasaurs, Cave Bears, Pleistocene Mammals of the Carolinas, Fossil Shark’s Teeth Through Time, Ocean Life Through Time, Fossil Plants, “Megalodon” Shark Jaw, Freshwater Fishes, and Fossils of Mammoths and Mastodons. 202 Calhoun Street, 2nd floor Open Daily (including weekends) from 11 - 4 except for Wednesdays Admission: Free; Donationswelcome! www.geology.cofc.edu

Angels and Rascals The Lowcountry’s favorite place to shop for gently-used, children’s clothing, maternity, & toys! Now Shop Online - browse our ever-changing inventory, click to purchase and pick up in store or have it shipped! Angels andRascals now offers brand new, gift items like aden + anais,Itzy Ritzy, eeBoo & more! Have some barely worn items your kiddos have outgrown? Bring them in and let us make you an offer to buy them outright from you OR consign them and earn 50% off the selling price of your item(s)! It’s your choice! Please visit angelsandrascals.com for details on how to prepare your items for drop off.

1200 B Queensborough (in the Publix Shopping Center, behind Chick-Fil-A), Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.606.2980 email: erin@angelsandrascals.com www.AngelsandRascals.com

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Flowertown Moms and Minis

MOPS

Helps moms from the Summerville area find other moms to form friendships with while keeping kids entertained and busy!

MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers (or kids age 0-K) - connects moms to a community of women who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. www.mops.org

www.meetup.com/flowertownmoms

Mount Pleasant Moms

Goose Creek Moms

Designed so that moms can connect, talk, laugh, vent and relax. Events for moms, family get-togethers and playdates for kids.

Supportive moms (& dads) looking for friendship, advice, support and fun for the kids in the North Charleston and Goose Creek areas. www.meetup.com/Goose-Creek-Moms

www.meetup.com/MtPMoms

James Island Mamas

Summerville Moms

A fun and safe group of like minded moms and little ones looking for playdates and fun stuff to do in the James Island, Johns Island and West Ashley areas.

Meet other moms at local, safe, public places for kids to play, and moms can make some friends and find support. www.facebook.com/groups/sweetsummervillemoms

www.meetup.com/jamesislandmamas

Working Moms Meetup

MOMS Club of Charleston

A fun group for working moms who get together for support, laughs, to commiserate or just enjoy each other's company.

A group of moms and kids with a monthly calendar that stays filled with fun activities. www.momsclubofcharleston.com

www.meetup.com/Mount-Pleasant-Moms-Meetup

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CHILDREN’S FASHION CONTINUED Southern Belles A Children’s Clothier Voted Best Children’s Shop 11 Years in a Row! Traditional, yet up-to-date clothing, sizes preemie to 16. Smocked apparel: Zutano • Kissy Kissy • Hatley • Anavini

Mom’s Handbag Musts Keep these items in a large pouch that you can transfer to any handbag for quick access: ­ ❑ Stain pen ­❑A  ntibacterial hand gel or spray ­ ❑ Wet wipes ­ ❑ Band­aids ­ ❑ Antibiotic ointment

• Eland Kids • J Bailey • Busy Bees • Isabel Garreton • The Beaufort Bonnet Company • Nostalgic Tees • Le Za Me • Bella Bliss • Kayce Hughes • Johnnie O • Auraluz • Emerald August & More Gift items: Beatriz Ball Baby & Christening Gifts • Little Giraffe • 3 Marthas • Noodle & Boo • Gund • Bunnies By The Bay • Monogramming Services for items purchased in our shop as well as those bought elsewhere. Southern Belles Shoes: an extensive selection of children’s shoes for any occasion, including: Tsukihoshi • Kid Express • Sun Sandals™ • L’Amour • Angels • Yosi Samra • Hanna Anderson • Livie & Luca • See Kai Run • Natives • Pazitos • Elephantito • Footmates & More

280 W. Coleman Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (Northcutt Plaza Specialty Shops) tel 843.881.1741 www.southernbelleschildren.com

­❑S  ingle­-serving snacks ENTERTAINMENT

­ ❑ Tissues ­❑S  mall pack of crayons

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry Nine interactive exhibits, including a two-story Medieval Castle, a pirate ship and a dedicated Art Room, allow your children to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through their own hands-on experiences. Weekly classes expose children to the arts, movement and foreign languages.

25 Ann Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.853.8962 / www.explorecml.org HELPING HANDS/MAMA SUPPORT

Bright Heart Mother Care Postpartum doula services as well as private and in-studio yoga classes geared toward all people, with a focus on women in the childbearing year.

706.799.0606 / www.brightheartmothercare.com Postpartum Support Charleston Dedicated to educating and supporting mothers and their families, the medical community and the general public about the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression, available treatment options and community resources. Support Groups, Resources and More.

636 Long Point Road Unit G #51, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464 tel 843.410.3585 ww.ppdsupport.org


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www.shinyhappyhuman.com MATERNITY CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

Angels and Rascals Offering The Lowcountry’s ONLY selection of maternity consignment. At Angels and Rascals, find everything from designer jeans, to everyday essentials for a fraction of retail!

1200 B Queensborough (in the Publix Shopping Center, behind Chick-Fil-A), Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.606.2980 / www.AngelsandRascals.com See our ad page 19

Charleston Water SportsFest 9/12 - 9/18 Over 50 different water activities to choose from whether you are a competitor, recreational enthusiast or leisure water buff. www.charlestonwatersportsfest.com

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Shiny. Happy. Human. Life coaching for mothers, postpartum, perinatal, pregnancy and motherhood.


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fashion & accessories

LOWCOUNTRY WOMEN RECOMMENDED

BOUTIQUES

Anne’s Anne’s has been the downtown destination store for generations of women who understand that quality apparel and personal service from a knowledgeable staff is what maximizes a shopping experience. Anne’s carries fabulous jewelry and complete accessories to compliment their selections of clothing lines for everyday, party dresses, business wear, casual attire, evening gowns and stunning jackets.

312 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.577.3262 / www.annesdowntown.com

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Be the Change Boutique Purchase with a purpose. Every item has a beautiful story to go along with it.

218 B King Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.654.9650 / www.bethechangeboutique.com Berlins for Women A Charleston mainstay featuring contemporary clothing for women.

116 King Street Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.723.5591 Blue Poppy Boutique & Beyond

Fall Fashion 2016

The latest trends in women’s clothing, shoes & accessories. Who says fashion has to cost a fortune?!

Try some of these easy-toincorporate items to update your wardrobe:

186 Seven Farms Drive, Suite E, Charleston, SC 29492 tel 843.388.4148 / www.bluepoppyboutique.com

❑ Layers - turtlenecks under dresses, jackets over vests over shirts, etc.

Luxury clothing, shoes, jewelry and gifts.

916 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.884.9518

❑ Metallic and glittery fabrics

Hampden Clothing 314 King Street Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.724.6373 / www.hampdenclothing.com

❑ Western-inspired look ❑ Leather skirts, dresses, pants and more ❑ Velvet dresses, suits and more ❑ Flared pants at ankle and below ❑ Statement fur coats and shearling jackets

Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant

The Pink Crocodile Jewelry, home decor, collegiate, clothing, cute baby gifts and more.

1054 E Montague Avenue, North Charleston, SC tel 843.212.3533 / www.facebook.com/thepinkcroc


130 Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401 www.charlestonplaceshops.com Trés Carmen Boutique

The newest ready-to-wear designs at killer prices.

1175 Folly Road, Suite B, Charleston, SC 29412 tel 843.974.4383 / www.trescarmen.com JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES

Croghan’s Jewel Box A 100 year old family owned jewelry store specializing in estate jewelry and silver as well as cutting edge designs.

308 King St, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.723.3594 / www.croghansjewelbox.com

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The Right Fit Get fitted for your bra; it makes the biggest difference in how you feel and also the way your clothes fit. Bits of Lace 453 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant www.bitsoflace.com Soma Intimates 197 Meeting Street, Downtown www.soma.com

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The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place From Godiva and Gucci to Louis Vuitton and Tommy Bahama, The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place are an exclusive collection of world-famous stores nestled in the heart of Charleston’s downtown shopping district. With more than 30 different shops and restaurants, The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place provide a diverse selection of covetable items for every interest.


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health & wellness

LOWCOUNTRY WOMEN RECOMMENDED

DAY SPAS

The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place

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Step into the award-winning Spa at Charleston Place, a full service European style spa where every age is celebrated with a program of renewal to alleviate your body from outside interferences - stress, pollution, sun exposure, life’s little over indulgences - with forward thinking skincare, detoxifying treatments, therapeutic massage and exercise. Deeper benefits go beyond the skin’s surface to maintain total health and wellbeing. Spa services are available by appointment. Gift cards available. “Like us” on Facebook at The Spa at Charleston Place or Follow us on Twitter at CharlestonPLSpa. Located on the 4th floor of the Charleston Place Hotel. Parking validated for duration of spa visit.

205 Meeting Street, Downtown, 29401 tel 843.937.8522 / www.charlestonplace.com see our ad page 31 Stella Nova Spa Salon Go Green Make drinking green tea a part of your daily ritual. One cup can increase your metabolism, reduce stress and inflammation and provide essential antioxidants.

West Ashley - Mt. Pleasant Where beauty come with free, convenient parking. The most luxurious salon and spa West of the Ashley and East of the Cooper offering: Hair Styling, Cutting, Color, Highlights and Texture • Make-up Application and Lessons • Facials • Massage • Body Scrubs • Waxing, Threading and Tinting • Manicure and Pedicure. Our extensive retail boutique has the most sought after brands for all of your beauty needs.

West Ashley: 843.766.6233 2048 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29407 www.facebook.com/stellanova.wa Mt. Pleasant: 843.884.3838 1320 Theater Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 www.facebook.com/stellanova.mtp www.stella-nova.com Sweet 185 Sugaring Studio and Organic Boutique We provide natural hair removal and esthetic services to clients in a beautiful, warm, nurturing environment--from eyebrows to Brazilians, facials to body treatments. Body Sugaring • Organic Facials • Brow & Lash Tinting • Holistic Massage • Oxygen Therapy • Wedding Day Prep & Special Events. We also offer products that complement our services and philosophy such as sea sponges, all natural skin-care products and clothing made from organically grown materials. Shop Online or take advantage of our Curbside Concierge Service

476 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 / tel 843.329.3500 www.MySweet185.com


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Waters Edge Dentistry We take pride in serving Charleston, Mt Pleasant, Daniel Island and the Lowcountry with gentle dental care in a comfortable, spalike environment. As an LVI certified dentist, Dr. Dahlkemper can truly focus on complex full mouth smile makeovers and improving form and function of one’s oral health. • Cosmetic Dentistry: Porcelain crowns, veneers, teeth whitening and invisible braces. • Family/General Dentistry: Quality dental treatment to everyone in your family. • Sleep Appliances: Does your spouse snore? Do you hate your CPap machine? Dental sleep appliances may be able to help you sleep better. • TMJ Treatment: If you have chronic pain in the head, jaw, neck and sometimes shoulder, please contact us today for more information on our TMJ treatments.

1203 Two Island Court, Suite 101, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466 tel 843.884.6166 www.watersedgesc.com See our ad back cover HAIR SALONS

Joanna Katz Chronister Joanna knows what clients want - making the connection between what the client is really about, defining it and incorporating this into their image. The number one reason is simple: the dialogue between stylist and client is the number one tool that gives the creative process the strongest foundation. Joanna has built a solid reputation over her 28-year career in hair design training under the likes of world renowned artists such as Michael O’Rourke (Big Sexy Hair, Rock Your Hair), Phillip Wilson (L’Oreal, ColorProof) and Scruples Professional.

tel 843.406.1119 / www.katzhair.com Stella Nova Spa Salon West Ashley - Mt. Pleasant Where beauty come with free, convenient parking. The most luxurious salon and spa West of the Ashley and East of the Cooper offering: Haircuts, Blowouts, Highlights, Balayage, Ombré, Color, Keratin Straightening, Extensions, Updos • More Women, Men and Children • Bridal Hair

West Ashley: 843.766.6233 2048 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29407 www.facebook.com/stellanova.wa Mt. Pleasant: 843.884.3838 1320 Theater Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 www.facebook.com/stellanova.mtp www.stella-nova.com

Oily Hair To remove the oil from your hair after your DIY treatment, use an egg rinse. Whisk one egg then massage into the scalp, let sit, then rinse and shampoo and condition per usual. Too eggy? Massage conditioner into your hair before rinsing the oil treatment, let sit, then rinse and shampoo.

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OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY

LowCountry Women’s Specialists

Women’s Health Myths, Busted You can’t get pregnant during your period. FALSE Sperm can live for up to a week! My mother had a late menopause, so I will too. POSSIBLY TRUE The timing of menopause is dependent on the number of eggs you have. Factors such as smoking and childhood infections can kill off the eggs at a faster rate, but in the absence of these circumstances, menopause is usually determined by the number of eggs you have, which is quite similar to that of your mother’s. You need to go off the Pill three months before trying to get pregnant. FALSE The pill does not remain in your system for longer than 24 – 48 hours. Your daughter doesn’t need to see a gynecologist until she’s sexually active. FALSE A visit to the gynecologist is recommended for girls starting at 15 and 16 years old. While a pelvic exam may not be necessary, it’s important to discuss her health and any irregularities in her menstrual cycle.

We combine experience with state of the art technology to give you confidence in your health care decisions. Come to us for preventive care and pap smears. For prenatal care, ultrasounds, and delivery. For medical and surgical management of gynecologic problems, including menstrual and urinary tract disorders. For osteoporosis screening and mammogram referrals. For family planning and infertility counseling. For our diagnostic and surgical skills, including DaVinci robotic laparoscopic surgery. From teenagers to those in their post-menopausal years, we’ve devoted our entire practice to women’s health. We offer all the care you need for all your life! Dr. Christopher R. Accetta; Dr. Ronnie M. Givens; Dr. Jennifer J. Heinemann; Dr. Christine L. Hunter; Dr. Michael W. Prystowsky; Dr. William M. Reeves; Dr. Heather S. Schwartzberg; Dr. Erin “Kickie” Ward

North Charleston: 9291 Medical Plaza Drive Summerville: 77 Springview Lane tel 843.797.3664 / www.lowcountrywomen.com PEDIATRICIANS

Palmetto Pediatrics 2781 Tricom Street, North Charleston SC, 29406 tel 843.797.5600 / www.charlestonpalmettopediatrics.com Parkwood Pediatrics Daniel Island: 109 River Landing Drive, Charleston, SC 29492 West Ashley: 1243 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 tel 8435568110 / www.parkwoodpeds.com Summerville Pediatrics 312 Midland Parkway, Summerville, SC 29485 tel 843.875.6262 / www.summervillepediatrics.com


Welcome Dr. Erin “Kickie” Ward to our Lowcountry Women’s Specialists Family.

Dr. Ward and her husband Price, a Neonatology fellow at MUSC, and their family moved to Charleston in July. She will be seeing patients in Summerville and North Charleston.

We take care of you for life! Where Experience Meets Innovation Through All Phases of Your Healthcare Needs Annual Wellness Exams | Contraceptive Options | Normal and High Risk Pregnancies

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PLASTIC SURGEONS

The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction

THE CENTER FOR NATURAL BREAST RECONSTRUCTION Helping Women Make Smart, Informed Choices

naturalbreastreconstruction.com breastreconstructionnetwork.comMT. PLEASANT - CHARLESTON

843.849.8418

We help women make smart, informed choices for breast reconstruction - offering state of the art procedures like DIEP, GAP, SIEA, TUG. Regain breast shape and fullness without artificial implants or loss of muscle. To learn more about natural breast reconstruction or to schedule surgical or consultation appointments, contact us:

Charleston: 1930 Charlie Hall Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29414 Mt. Pleasant: 1300 Hospital Drive, Suite 120, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.849.8418 or 866.374.2627 / email: info@ecplasticsurgery.com www.naturalbreastreconstruction.com Anne L. Edwards, MD, PC Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery Plastic Surgery from a Woman’s Point of View. Breast Surgery • Reconstructive, Enhancement, & Reduction Facial Cosmetic Surgery • Skin Care & Facial Peels • Botox Spider Veins • Permanent Makeup • Restylane • Skin Cancer Radiesse • Body Contouring & Liposuction

811 St. Andrews Boulevard, Suite C, Charleston, SC 29407 tel 843.769.6608 / www.dranneedwards.com PRIMARY CARE

Palmetto Primary and Specialty Care Physicians With over 30 offices in 7 counties and over 100 providers, great care is always nearby. All PPSCP patients have aroundtheclock access to a health professional through the Clinical Line. Primary Care Specialty Care Urgent Care

tel 843.572.7727 / www.palmettoprimarycare.com PSYCHOLOGISTS

South Carolina Neuro Dr. Howard Buddin The Low Country’s premiere center for neuropsychological evaluation and care. We offer a variety of services, including neuropsychological and psychological evaluation, forensic services and individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Charleston native, Dr. Howard Buddin has specialized training that allows him to perform evaluations for individuals ages 6 and older, across the lifespan. Assessment for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)/Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs) | Assessment for Functioning following Stroke or Mild Tramatic Brain Injury | Treament for Depression, Anxiety and Phobias | Forensic Evaluations. If you have questions about a specific concern, evaluation or treatment, please contact us to discuss the wide range of assessment and treatment services to meet your unique needs.

222 W. Coleman Blvd., Suite 105 tel 843.509.6521 | fax 843.636.3406 www.SCNeuro.com


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RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

Sandpiper Retirement Community

Top Healthiest Foods TIME Magazine curated a list of the top 50 healthiest foods based on nutritional value and paired each food with a recipe from “Cooking Light.” Try going through the list with your family and trying out new flavors and recipes. The top 20: Bananas Raspberries Oranges Kiwi Pomegranates Blueberries Grapefruit Tangerines Avocado Tomatoes Eggplant Swiss Chard Mushrooms Kale Broccoli Sprouts Fennel Garlic Sweet Potatoes Beets Spinach Alexandra Sifferlin, “The 50 Healthiest Foods of All Time (With Recipes),” TIME, March 2, 2015

A Premier Senior Living Community Situated in the heart of Mount Pleasant, minutes from the beach and historic downtown Charleston, we’ve served the Lowcountry for over 25 years. Sandpiper Retirement Community offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, In-patient short term rehabilitation, Outpatient rehabilitation and Long term skilled nursing. Medicare and Medicaid certified. We have a variety of individualized programs: social, recreational, cultural and spiritual activities including day trips, events, gardening, and other life enrichment activities. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and assist you in making the right choice for retirement living.

tel 843.881.3210 or 800.732.6761 www.sandpipercenter.com WELL BEING

Susan G. Komen Lowcountry Get Your Pink On! Race for the Cure: October 15, 2016 Our mission is to provide funding for breast health services, breast cancer education and outreach in our 17 county region investing a minimum of 75% of our revenue to serve our local communities. The remaining 25% of funds raised support groundbreaking cancer research, touching every major advancement in the fight against breast cancer. Community Health Workshops Year Round • Racefor the Cure • Swing for the Cure • Various 3rd Party Events

50 Folly Road Boulevard, Charleston, SC, 29407 tel 843.556.8011 email: forthecure@komenlowcountry.org www.komenlowcountry.org


Happy Trails to You

Sneak it In

The SC State Trails program offers a comprehensive guide to the state’s trails. Search by location or interest to find everything from hiking and equestrian to paddle sports and biking trails.www.sctrails.net

At work? Walk around the block at lunch. Cooking dinner? Crank the music and dance. Waiting for practice to be done? Walk around the field.

Go Full Tourist Get a guide book and pick out 3 or 4 sights around the area that you’d like to see. Plan your route, then bike/walk/run to explore all while getting a good workout!

Try Something New Gym got you bored? Take a class! From tennis to hip hop dance, there are hundreds of options to choose from.

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home & garden

LOWCOUNTRY WOMEN RECOMMENDED

FENCING

AAA Fence Company of Charleston Providing residential and commercial gate and fence products and related services in the Lowcountry since 1990.

2825 Meeting Street Road, North Charleston, SC tel 843.797.5362 / www.aaafencechas.com FLOORING & RUGS

John Griffiths Hardwood Flooring South Carolina’s premier hardwood flooring installer and refinisher offering beautiful flooring on any budget. With over 25 types of flooring to choose from, you too can enjoy the mark of a craftsman. Hardwood, tile & leather flooring installation. • Hardwood flooring repairs • Handmade parquets & borders • Shoe Molding • Charleston’s Antique Wax Finish • Woodblock countertops • Dustfree sanding & refinishing John Griffiths Hardwood flooring would love to work with you.

tel 843.442.5366 / email: john@jghardwood.com www.jghardwood.com See our ad page 35 Zinn Rug Gallery 30 years of providing the best. Nese Zinn, owner, travels the world hand selecting each and every rug, chosen for its age, color, condition and design. Our dedicated and well informed staff is happy to help you choose the art for your floors.

767 Coleman Boulevard, Number 4, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.856.5066 email: zinnruggallery@comcast.net / www.zinnruggallery.com FRAMING

Artizom Frame Gallery Artizom is a locally owned and operated fine art service. We offer professional custom framing for works on paper, canvas, photographs, textiles and collectibles. We employ a knowledgeable staff of artists that can help choose a frame package to best complement and protect your artwork. We are proud to offer museum quality, conservation framing as well as the replacement of broken picture frame glass. We are proud to introduce our own line of hand-finished, solid hardwood frames with spline corners. Customers can choose the wood combination, shape and finish to suit their piece and personal style.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm Ansonborough Shopping Center, 334 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.723.3726 / www.artizom.com


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GDC Home A one stop shop for all of your home’s needs, indoor and out. Home Furnishings, Upholstery, Lighting, Outdoor Furniture, Accessories. Come see one of our design consultants for a free in-store consultation.

Charleston: 1290 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard Charleston, SC 29407 tel 843.571.5142 Mt Pleasant: 695 Coleman Blvd. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.849.0711 Kiawah: 420 Freshfields Drive Johns Island, SC 29455 tel 843.768.4246 / www.gdchome.com Main Street Antiques Antiques, Consignment & Unique Gifts Over 6500 sq ft with new items arriving daily.

Open Monday - Saturday, 10:30 am - 5 pm 200-A North Main Street, Summerville, SC tel 843.879.9529 See our ad page 37 Page’s Thieves Market A landmark in Mount Pleasant and the Charleston area featured in several magazines including, Southern Living, Cottage Living, Charleston Magazine, Charleston Home Magazine and Lucky. Established in 1959 as a retail antique shop, Page’s is now a full service auction and appraisal company. Every few weeks we head out and scour the countryside for treasures and our prices are the lowest in town. We accept consignments every day for auction and specialize in downsizes and decedent estates. We offer a wide range of fee based Antique Appraisals for Attorneys, Banks, Trust Companies, Insurance Companies for individual, tax or court purposes. Call today and see what we can do for you.

1460 Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.884.9672 email: pagesauction@gmail.com www.pagesthievesmarket.com GARDENING & LANDSCAPING

O’Dell Landscaping A family-owned, landscaping company that understands the Low Country’s unique micro-climate and the art of fine gardening. Garden Maintenance • Decorative Masonry Irrigation • Garden Renovation & Design We look forward to creating a timeless, personalized landscape for you and your family.

tel 843.556.7333 email: odelllandscaping@comcast.net www.odelllandscaping.com see our ad page 36

Decorating Sense Keep these tips in mind the next time you are updating a room in your home: • Set a budget for what you want to spend on the room. • Make a list of the functions that a room must have and let the form follow. • Use a bulletin board (electronic or physical) to pin up your paint choices, wallpaper samples, fabric selections and clippings you have gotten out of magazines, etc. to help give your idea direction. • Use a piece of graph paper to make a scale size room and cut paper to represent your furniture pieces so you can play with the arrangement of the room without breaking your back! • Be sure to take an inventory of all the items you have in your home before going out to buy something new. Often times, we “designate” a piece of furniture to one room of the home and keep it there over time. Open your mind – that china cabinet could make a great piece in the study! • Save money on drapery by selecting a fabulous, pricier fabric for the front of the drapes and putting an interlining between that fabric and the lining. You’ll love the way it drapes.

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GIFT SHOPS

Sweet Olive

Gift Giving Q & A • Do I send a gift upon receiving an announcement (birth, graduation, etc.)? A gift, though appreciated, is not required. A note is a great alternative. • Is it impolite to print “No gifts, please” on invitations? While formal etiquette once declared this practice to be in poor taste, it is now generally accepted. • Is it impolite to mention plans for a group gift on party invitations? Include a note that gives guests the opportunity to contribute and provide details. Have all that contribute sign the card. • I showed up without a gift; what do I do? Send one later with a nice note and don’t apologize or belabor the fact you didn’t bring it to the event.

A Unique gifts and home and garden accents including the Original Charleston Bedswing. Our offerings include home decor items, beautiful pots, fountains, bird houses and feeders, terrariums, outdoor/ indoor rugs, statuary, orchids and tropicals and more. Sprucing up your home for the holidays? We can plant your pots, hanging baskets, and window boxes for you.

264 N Shelmore Boulevard in I’on, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.216.2821 / email: melinda@sweetolivegarden.com www.sweetolivegarden.com The Boutique A Charleston shopping institution which has been around Church Street for over 50 years. We love to help all generations of Charleston ladies and their friends with their gifts, linens and lingerie.

47 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.722.1441/ www.theboutiquecharleston.com GLASS & WINDOWS

Glass Act Productions Windows • Ornamental Glass • Shower Enclosures • Glass Cutting and More

1606 Meeting Street Road, North Charleston, SC 29405 tel 843.853.8911 HANDYMEN & CONTRACTORS

Young Oakes Benjamin Oakes Small repairs and home improvements. From changing lightbulbs to building a new house call to discuss your project.

tel 843.225.8250 / email: youngoakes@gmail.com HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING/HVAC:

Charleston Air Company Derek Bell We deliver the highest quality services available to our customers. Though our services are very thorough, they are performed in the most cost-effective manner possible. By uniting long-term solutions with efficiency, we deliver both peace of mind, and value.

tel 843.593.8189 / email: info@charlestonaircompany.com www.charlestonaircompany.com INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Ginger Brewton Interiors Full service, high-end residential and commercial interior design Chic, Comfortable, Sophisticated Named one of the 20 designers to watch (2010) in the US by House Beautiful magazine.

76 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.270.7491 / email: info@gingerbrewtoninteriors.com www.gingerbrewtoninteriors.com


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Barrier Pest Services We offer lifetime termite bonds, guaranteed pest control services, moisture services, and Cl-100 reports.

7335 Cross County Road, North Charleston, SC 29419 tel 843.225.8250 / email: trip@barrierpestservices.com www.barrierpestservices.com PLUMBERS

Blitch Plumbing Servicing the Lowcountry for over 70 years. 24 hour emergency service available.

tel 843.795.9674 email: info@blitchplumbing.com www.blitchplumbing.com REAL ESTATE

Crissy Rowell Real Estate Carolina One Real Estate

195 W Coleman Boulevard, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.377.5177 email: crissy.rowell@carolinaone.com www.CrissyRowell.com

Fall Tours of Homes & Gardens This year’s Fall Tours are October 6 - 23. The Friends of the Preservation Society of Charleston welcome you inside the private interiors of some of the nation’s most exceptional historic houses. www.thefalltours.org

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THE 5 COMMON LANDSCAPE PLANTING MISTAKES 1. Over-planting

Small trees and shrubs are often planted too close together to get a "full" look. The result several years later is a crowded landscape. Know the mature size of plants and give them room—and time—to grow.

2. Lawn areas are cluttered with trees and shrubs

Plants scattered throughout the lawn appear unorganized and create maintenance problems. Group shrubs and trees in mulched plant beds bordering the lawn.

3. Shrubs around the home are too tall

When plants grow too tall they cover windows and no longer enhance the home's appearance. Select foundation plants with an ultimate (mature) size that fits their location. Instead of shearing shrubs, selectively clip stray shoots to keep the plant neat and full.

4. Plants are planted too close to the house

Plants too close to the house have an unattractive "cramped" look and may cause moisture problems by blocking vents. Foundation or corner shrubs should be planted half their mature width plus one foot away from the wall.

5. Bright colors are scattered throughout the yard

When brilliant color is scattered along the foundation or elsewhere around the yard, it confuses and may overwhelm the viewer. Concentrate color where accent is desired. The goal is to attract attention to focal areas of the house.

- CLEMSON EXTENSION SERVICES


Weekly

Every 3 to 6 months

❑ Furniture ❑ Floors ❑ Appliances ❑ Counters ❑ Toilet ❑ Kitchen sink ❑ Shower/bathtub ❑ Change sheets

❑ Curtains ❑ Mattresses ❑ Comforter ❑ Leather furniture ❑ Wooden blinds ❑ Drapes ❑ Baseboards ❑ Windows ❑ Stove hood ❑ Appliances ❑ Refrigerator ❑ Coffeemaker

Monthly ❑ Upholstery ❑ Wastebaskets ❑ Doorknobs ❑ Ceiling fans ❑ Stove burner grates ❑ Moldings ❑ Kitchen cabinets ❑ Microwave

Every 6 to 12 months ❑ Oven ❑ Lamp shades ❑ Upholstery (washable) ❑ Slipcovers

❑ Pillows ❑ Cabinets ❑ Tile grout ❑ Rugs (professionally clean) ❑ Upholstery (unwashable) ❑ Carpeting (professionally clean) ❑ Fabric shades and Drapes ❑ Wood floors ❑ Walls

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12 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING ❏ Set a budget ❏ Select a theme, colors, etc. ❏ Ceremony date, time and site ❏ Book officiant ❏ Reserve the reception site ❏ Select your attendants ❏ Caterer, Florist, Wedding Consultant ❏ Photographer and Videographer ❏ Music - ceremony and reception ❏ Wedding dress, headpiece and accessories ❏ Bridesmaid’s dresses ❏ Begin compiling guest list ❏ Be sure to sign contracts! 9 MONTHS BEFORE ❏ Register for china, gifts, etc. ❏ Plan the honeymoon! ❏ Send out save the date cards

6 MONTHS BEFORE ❏ Order bridesmaid’s dresses and flower girl’s dress ❏ Current visas and passports? ❏ Discuss rehearsal dinner with groom 4 MONTHS BEFORE ❏ Finalize guest list ❏ Order invitations, programs and stationery ❏ Order formal wear for groom and attendants ❏ Book hair and makeup ❏ Wedding cake and groom’s cake 2 MONTHS BEFORE ❏ Final dress fitting ❏ Finalize ceremony details: procession, seating chart, etc. ❏ Gifts for bridal party ❏ Cake knife and champagne glasses for toast ❏ Guest registration book ❏ Wedding rings ❏ Select who will be in charge of what on day of ❏ Plan your getaway - car, carriage, etc. 6 - 8 WEEKS BEFORE ❏ Mail invitations ❏ Photo list for photographer and videographer ❏ Send announcement to newspaper 2 WEEKS BEFORE ❏ Pick up wedding gown ❏ Marriage license ❏ Put all necessities in one bag or container for easy transport 1 WEEK BEFORE ❏ Guest count to caterer ❏ Check in with all service providers ❏ Inform attendants and family where to be and when

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BUSY WOMAN TIPS

BAKERIES

Ashley Bakery 1662 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 tel 843.763.4125 www.ashleybakery.com WildFlour Pastry Specialty cakes and desserts available for all occasions.

Save Your Wedding Cake The tradition of saving the top of tier of the wedding cake to eat on the first wedding anniversary started when the cake was saved to be served at the couple’s baby shower. Now you can have your cake (and your family-planning freedom) and eat it too. Follow these steps to keep it as fresh as possible: • Remove sugar decorations or flowers. • Wrap the cake in several layers of plastic wrap (never use aluminum foil). • Seal the wrapped cake in an air­tight bag. • Store in the freezer.

73 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.327.2621 1750 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 www.wildflourpastrycharleston.com see our ad page 14 BARTENDING SERVICES

CRU Bar CRU Catering is proud to offer a wide variety of bar services to compliment your event. We provide an unparalleled level of service and professionalism; allow our skilled staff to handle all of your beverage needs, from set-up to conclusion, to customizing your specialty cocktails and wine selections recommended by our Certified Sommelier and Mixology Specialist on staff.

1784 Harmon Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.534.CHEF (2433) www.crucatering.com ICEBOX Bar Services Outstanding, high quality event bar services offering fresh, innovative and exciting beverage ideas. Our many packages offer the ability to customize bar service to accommodate your every need. We are committed to delivering the best quality service and products with expert bartenders trained in the latest techniques of mixology, speed techniques, and customer service. Now offering free beverage consultations and client cocktail tastings. Professional & Friendly • Fully Insured Standard & Tailored Bar Packages

2220 Old School Drive, Charleston, SC 29405 tel 843.407.0473 email: info@iceboxbar.com www.iceboxbar.com


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BRIDAL BEAUTY

Makeup By Merit

No Makeup on the Dress Many brides face the challenge of not getting makeup on their dress if it requires them to put the dress over their head. Here’s an easy tip. Put on your makeup first, and then put a clear shower cap over your face. It won’t stick to your make up, your makeup won’t get on your dress, and you can still see through it!

Inner beauty amped up is the motto at Makeup By Merit. From bridal makeup to photo shoots, Merit Sander, professional makeup artist, works with each client to showcase their inner beauty and make them feel confident. Specializing in traditional and airbrush makeup for every event. Visit our website for a complete list of services.

tel 843.737.1213 email: MakeupByMerit@gmail.com www.makeupbymerit.vpweb.com The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place Located on the 4th Floor of Charleston Place Hotel, in the heart of downtown Charleston.

205 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.937.8522 / www.charlestonplace.com See our ad page 31 Stella Nova Spa Salon West Ashley - Mt. Pleasant Stella Nova is the bridal expert, let us prepare you for the aisle.Bridal Gifts, Bridal Suite. Outcall Hair & Make-Up.

West Ashley: 843.766.6233 2048 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29407 www.facebook.com/stellanova.wa Mt. Pleasant: 843.884.3838 1320 Theater Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 www.facebook.com/stellanova.mtp see our ad page 24 BRIDAL SHOWS

The Charleston Bridal Show Meet Charleston’s top wedding professionals conveniently gathered under one roof and narrow your search in creating your dream wedding.

Gaillard Center, 77 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401 www.thecharlestonbridalshow.com


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Cru Catering Eclectic Modern American Cuisine Cru Catering offers full-service customized catering, including weddings, meetings, special events and private parties. We coordinate pre-planned menus for groups of all sizes. Find out why we’ve been voted Charleston’s Best Caterer for more than a decade. Voted Best Caterer 2001 - 2014 by Charleston City Paper readers. Voted the Best of Weddings 2010 - 2012 Pick by The Knot Chef John Zucker, 1st in Class, Cordon Bleu Graduate

1784 Harmon Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.534.CHEF (2433) / www.crucatering.com See our ad page 41 CHILDREN’S WEAR

Southern Belles Exquisite and Unique Children’s Attire & Gifts for Weddings and Special Occasions

280 W. Coleman Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (Northcutt Plaza Specialty Shops) tel 843.881.1741/ www.southernbellesonline.com See our ad page 21 TRANSPORTATION

Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co Featuring the finest antique cars and buses in the south, our goal is to take you back in time and offer you a piece of nostalgia in it’s truest form. From photoshoots to full scale transportation let us help create the memories that last a lifetime.

3706 Priscilla Street, North Charleston, SC 843.810.0107 www.lowcountryvalet.com

Food for Thought ❑ Know how much you can spend. Most caterers’ menus are quoted per person, and your caterer can help you work with your budget to create a menu that goes a long way without compromising the quality of the food. ❑ Choose a unifying principle for your food - an ethnic theme, your favorites Southern foods dressed up a bit, a spread featuring seasonal produce, etc. ❑ If you’re looking to save costs, have your baker make one, small, more-elaborate cake for display and the ceremonious cutting and keep a sheet cake in back to serve to guests on plates after the cake cutting. ❑ Stock your bar with the most popular liquors, decent wine and enough sparkling wine for a toast. If you’re budget is tight, choose beer, wine, bubbles and a signature cocktail. ❑ Edible party favors like cookies, cupcakes, spiced nuts or even more substantial food like sliders make a great night cap after a night of celebrating.

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WEDDING EVENT VENUES

Carolina Queen Make your wedding a truly special occasion aboard the Carolina Queen – one of Charleston’s most unique event locations. Whether you’re planning a rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony or wedding reception, delight your guests with exceptional service, delicious food and the ever-changing views of Charleston’s picturesque harbor as you cruise on Charleston’s only Paddlewheel Riverboat.

tel 843.722.1112 or 800.344.4483 email: sales@charlestonharbortours.com www.charlestonharbortours.com See our ad inside back cover

Wedding Roles for Children Some ways to get young people, who are special to you, involved in your wedding. The ages are guidelines, but, the measure that matters most is the child’s personality and maturity.

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, the 200-year-old building and rooftop terrace offer an atmosphere symbolic of southern hospitality for parties of to 250. Allow us to create a day to carry you through forever.

Flower Girls (4 - 8) – proceed the bride, tossing petals on the aisle; you can have as many as you want

WEDDING RENTALS

Ring Bearer (4 - 8) - carries the ring/s down the aisle; you can have two Junior Attendant (8 - 14) - perfect for a young girl in the groom’s wedding party or a young boy in the bride’s wedding party Junior Bridesmaid (8 - 14) for girls who are too old to be a flower girl and too young to be a bridesmaid Junior Usher/Groomsman (8 -14) - for boys who are too old to be a ring bearer and too young to be a groomsman/usher. Bride/Groom’s Attendant (14+) - helps with the preparations before the ceremony and/or reception and assists the bride or groom wherever needed Gift Attendant (12+) – mans gift table and helps carry them to the car Guest Book Attendant (14+) – encourages guests to sign your guest book

Harbour Club

35 Prioleau Street, Charleston, SC, 29401 tel 843.723.9680 / www.harbour-charleston.com

EventHaus EventHaus is a complete event rental resource for weddings, corporate events, private parties and festivals, offering the widest range of products in the region. From hand crafted wood bars to linens, fine china and tents, EventHaus has you covered. Experience unrivaled service, selection, and style—all served up with a dose of southern hospitality.

2220 Old School Dr., Charleston, SC 29405 tel 843.497.0473 / email: info@EventHausRentals.com www.EventHausRentals.com PDA: Production Design Associates PDA has been providing audio, lighting, staging and design for over 20 years to an important roster of clientele. Our experienced team creatively works with our clients, pulling from our extensive inventory and knowledge, to build a unique and memorable event. We know you only have one shot at getting it right in the event world – find out why clients trust us to handle their technical details. Creativity, professionalism, and a warehouse full of gear. We’re PDA.

email: info@pdastage.com 2799 Three Lakes Road, North Charleston, SC 29418 tel 843.554.3466 / email: info@pdastage.com www.pdastage.com


Tables ❏ Guests/Head Table ❏ Cake ❏ Buffet ❏ Gifts ❏ Guest Book ❏ Bar Seating ❏ Ceremony ❏ Recemption ❏ Chair Covers

*Tip: Assign coordinator or trusted friends to move ceremony chairs to reception site if at same location. Use furniture that is on location if available to create seating areas for the reception.

Linens ❏ Tables ❏ Napkins

Tableware & Servingware ❏ Plates ❏ Silverware ❏ Glasses ❏ Cake Stand ❏ Chafing Dishes ❏ Drink Dispensers *Tip: Use family pieces wherever possible, like your grandmother’s heriloom cake service for your cake cutting.

Tent or Canopy ❏ Ceremony ❏ Reception

*Tip: Provide a picture and layout specs to your rental company when meeting.

Flooring ❏ Ceremony Site ❏ Dining Area ❏ Dance Floor

*Tip: Use built in patios or walkways to limit the amount of flooring you need to put down.

Other ❏ Portable Bathroom Facilities ❏ Generator (if there is not power on site) ❏ Gas Heaters or AC ❏ Florists Needs ❏ Trash Receptacles ❏ Lithing

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Questions for Vendors

Venue ❏ Can the facility comfortably accommodate the size of the wedding or the number of guests invited? ❏ Does the site have handicap access? ❏ Is there a power source where you need it to be? ❏ Does it have restroom facilities? ❏ Is it heated and/or air-conditioned? ❏ Is there a room available for the bride to change clothes or freshen up? ❏ How much is the total rental fee and what does it include? ❏ Is there a time limit on our reception? ❏ Do you provide a discount on hotel rooms? (If location is a hotel). ❏ Do you provide tables, chairs, china, linens, glassware and/or flatware?

Photographer ❏ What is your photographic style? (journalistic, artistic, traditional) ❏ How many weddings have you worked on and do you have a portfolio of your work that I can look through? ❏ Do you shoot film or digital? Do you use color and/or black and white film? What kind of equipment will you be using? ❏ What packages are offered and what is included in each? How many hours do they include and what is the cost for additional time and photos? ❏ Do your packages include a Bridal Portrait? ❏ How much is the deposit and when is it due? ❏ Will you be taking the pictures yourself or do you have an assistant? How early will you come and do you charge extra for extended times? ❏ What kind of input do we have on the pictures taken, and can we provide you with a list of shots to get? ❏ Do you provide touch up, photo correction or editing services? Is there an extra charge for that? ❏ How is the final product delivered? Prints, on disk, in an album? Will I be able to share the images online with my family and friends?Are these extra costs? ❏ How much do you charge for reprints or enlargements? ❏ Can I buy the negatives from you? Will I have ownership of images?

Videographer ❏ What packages are offered and what is included in each? ❏ How many hours do they include? What is the cost for additional time? ❏ Will you have available backup equipment in the event of difficulties or problems? ❏ How many cameras will be covering the events? ❏ Can friends or family purchase copies? If so, how much do they cost? ❏ Will the event be placed on DVD? How many copies will I receive?


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Caterer ❏ What is the ratio of staff to guests? ❏ Are there extra charges for buffet servers, champagne toasts, cake cutting, etc? ❏ What equipment do you provide? ❏ Do you provide tables and chairs? Is this extra? ❏ Do you have china, linens, glassware and flatware available? ❏ How many weddings will you be catering on my wedding day? ❏ Do you have pictures of the past events? ❏ Do we have to be available when food and equipment is delivered? ❏ Have you worked with my reception venue previously? ❏ Are we able to have a tasting prior to the event? Baker ❏ Do you “custom-make” cakes based on individual preferences? ❏ Can I see pictures of your work? ❏ If I see a cake in a magazine that I like, can you create it? ❏ What cake flavors do you have? What do you recommend? ❏ What types of icing do you recommend? ❏ If you are using fresh flowers for the cake, will the baker or florist provide them and will they already be in place or is the florist responsible? ❏ Will you place the wedding cake topper? ❏ What is the price per serving? ❏ Are we able to have a tasting prior to the event? ❏ Do we have to be available when cake is delivered? ❏ Do you provide the cake stand? Is there a fee? ❏ Do you offer a discount for groom's cakes? Florist ❏ Do you have a portfolio and a list of referrals? ❏ Have you handled events of my size wedding before? ❏ What type of design do you specialize in? ❏ Have you worked with my ceremony location & venue previously? ❏ Are you able to provide samples of flowers that will be used? ❏ Which flowers do you recommend? ❏ Do you handle delivery and set up? ❏ If I use flowers on my cake, can you work with my baker?

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Emergency Wedding Day Kit No need to say, “If only I had my........” on your big day! Gather the following things together to make your own wedding day “emergency kit.” For the Bride ❏ Band-Aids ❏ Any medications you may need ❏ Bobby pins ❏ Make-up ❏ Hairspray ❏ Clear nail polish (for pantyhose runs) ❏ Brush ❏ Tissues ❏ Baby powder or white chalk (for covering stains) ❏ Comfortable shoes ❏ Safety pins ❏ Cell phone & a list of vendors numbers ❏ Water & spirits for a pre-wedding toast with the gals (don’t overdo it).

For the Groom ❏ Rings ❏ Spare, white shirt (leave unopened so that you can return if unused) ❏ Large, black umbrella ❏ Hair styling products ❏ Razor & shaving cream (just in case you miss a spot) ❏ Tooth brush & tooth paste ❏ Breath mints ❏ Cologne & deoderant ❏ Camera ❏ Cash for tipping & emergencies ❏ Local map and/or directions to your honeymoon escape ❏ Water & spirits for a pre-wedding toast with the guys (don’t overdo it).


Every Busy Woman | Charleston, SC | Issue 2 | 2016  

The Little Black Book for every busy woman, featuring the Bride Guide (July - December 2016)

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