Savannah Bee Co. celebrates their new location, Mead Bar and all their sweet honey products tonight at 5:00 pm on King Street. There will be food, a raffle and $5 mead tastings, with all your favorite people. Come, celebrate Savannah Bee.
Savannah Bee Co. is a beautiful place, where everything they do blossoms from their love of honeybees. Passionate founder Ted Dennard, who might just be on hand tonight, said "Our products deliver, they have real bee products in them, and I'm not sure everybody can say that." The honeys from Savannah Bee are curated by Ted, who knows the best of the best based on where the nectar comes from, and what gives it flavor, taste and color.
In addition to varieties of honey, you can try the bee products like luxury Royal Jelly Body Butter, shampoos and conditioners, Bee the Balm Gift Sets and our favorite, Orange Blossom Honey Hand Soap.
270 King Street
5 - 7:00 PM
While you're there, pick up a little honey to make Author Karen White's favorite drink, The Southern Queen Bee. We think Rosemary or Lavender Honey would be excellent, but you can taste and choose your own.
Karen White Dishes on Her Signature Drink, The Southern Queen Bee
Karen White's books have been nominated for numerous national contests including the Southeastern Booksellers Alliance Fiction Book of the Year, and has twice won the National Readers Choice Award. Karen is a New York Times andUSA Today bestselling author and currently writes what she refers to as grit lit Southern women's fiction. She has also expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston. Her nineteenth novel, The Sound of Glass, was published in May 2015 by New American Library, a division of Penguin RandomHouse Publishing Group.
Charleston is blessed with a significant number of artists, musicians, chefs and creatives that shape the culture and experience our city and make it like no other. I’ve always felt that artists create because they must. More than a choice, it’s a drive and the obedience of it. Rick Reinert paints every single day from dawn to dusk and has a significant following to collect what he is compelled to create. He also vets and invites other artists to share his space at 179 King Street. Sharing is another element of the creative process.
Goldsmith Michael Corneau is driven by colored stones. He has been fascinated with them since his work with Richard W. Wise, renowned goldsmith and gemologist, author of The French Blue and Secrets Of The Gem Trade, The Connoisseur's Guide To Precious Gemstones. When Corneau speaks of primary hue, secondary hue, tone, saturation etc. it is with respect. “What is the potential for the best color for this breed of gemstone? Why is this better than that?” He loves the science of it. “Why is most of your jewelry diamonds? Diamonds are a safe bet. Without having someone to guide and educate about other options, they’re a safe bet. But women are more adventurous, and they love the colored stones.”
Don't miss the Artisan Market Friday, March 4th - Sunday, March 6 in Marion Square as part of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. The Crescent Olive will be there sampling the best olive oils and vinegars around! The Artisan Market is your one-stop-taste-and-shop. Find a delightful array of regional artisanal brands to sample and purchase.
Objective Design Shop is a curated boutique – come experience a one-of-a-kind shop inside Distil Union, a local product-design studio. To share a taste of what inspires them, the designers have hand-picked an exclusive assortment of brands, many not found elsewhere in the state! From wallets and watches to kitchenware and lighting, it's Charleston's newest source for modern design.
The Objective Design Shop, located above Magnifilous at 525 King Street, will be open on 2nd Sunday from 1-5pm. Follow @distilunion for more hours.
Apologies to the rest of the world, but there’s no place like Charleston for making holiday magic and memories. With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to tinsel-up, make lists and kick off the season in our beautiful, world-class city. Decorations abound, store windows are beautiful, pretty much all the restaurants and hotels have great Christmas Trees and Marion Square is set to light up.
Make your shopping fun; relax, there’s plenty of time. Black Tie Optional Friday is November 27th, and there are specials, special events and great, expanded hours on King Street, in the City Market and all around. If you didn’t get the newsletter, rest assured it will be posted at www.christmasshoppingcharleston.com. Black Friday is also the day that the City of Charleston begins honoring those wonderful Free Parking Vouchers that you can download online at the same site.
On Thursday, December 3rd Charleston’s most notable locavore Jamee Haley, also known as Executive Director of Lowcountry Local First, takes the stage at Small Business Lunch at Halls. I’m betting her Holiday Gift Guide is worth a look, especially since it’s Buy Local Month through mid-December.
Here’s a gift for those who miss Mayor Riley already; that’s most of us. Brian Hicks will present and read from his new book, The Mayor: Joe Riley and the Rise of Charleston, at the Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series December 10. Get your tickets at www.charlestonauthorseries.com. I can’t wait to read the book and hear Brian’s comments about writing it.
Next up, the Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll December 11th, 5-8:00 PM. Refreshments, holiday cheer and specials you can only get with your VIP Passport. An $18 ticket gets you the Passport, a ticket to the after-party at the Grand Bohemian Hotel’s most excellent rooftop restaurant, Elevé and a ticket for the most wonderful raffle ever. Scores of prizes will be awarded at the party beginning at 8:00 p.m. Check in and pick up your VIP Passport and tickets at Leaf Restaurant or Seeking Indigo on Upper King. Both have a really fun check-in planned. Shopped ‘till you dropped? Head over to the Grand Bohemian early and enjoy a cocktail with your view while you wait for the rest of us. Oh, and there’s transportation. Free rides will be provided by Scoop, who will make their entire fleet available to Shoppers & Strollers all evening. Tickets are available at www.christmasshoppingcharleston.com.
December’s 2nd Sunday on King Street on the 13th is a much-loved event every holiday season. In addition to all the tempting selections and promotions from stores, there’s holiday music from our 2nd Sunday musicians and a few special guests. The Pauline Sisters have their annual bake sale in front of the bookstore/media center at Beaufain Street. The Charleston Catholic School on King Street brings their Middle School Band. Holiday Magic goes on in Marion Square with all the Farmer’s Market regulars ramped up to holiday decibels. Don’t worry, our exclusive stores and multi-star restaurants will provide the highest-level experience to be had at the same time you enjoy classic holiday fun.
Walter Arnold is a self taught fine art photographer born in Tallahassee, Florida in 1981. Walter grew up in a creative and artistic family and spent most of his childhood in Elmira, New York. After living for years in Florida he settled in Hendersonville, North Carolina and now calls the mountains home.
After picking up his first digital SLR camera in 2006, Walter used the beauty of Western North Carolina to help train his creative eye, and hone his photographic skills. In 2009, he stumbled on an abandoned airplane graveyard in St. Augustine, Florida. Shooting the abandoned planes, he discovered his passion for abandonment photography. Since then he has focused on developing his own personal style of photography that he calls “The Art of Abandonment”.
Seeking Indigo is more than just a wellness center. Their retail center is full of treasures like colorful scarves, jewelry, and home goods to enrich your life. Find hand-made one-of-a-kind jewelry by Miller Mae Designs and Illume candles to bring calmness and serenity to any room.
Digital Remedy Repair, 263 King Street, is one of those tucked-away places down a long hallway that, if you didn’t know it was there, you’d never know it was… there. Turns out it’s a great place to have your phone or laptop repaired very quickly and reasonably while you enjoy King Street. Digital Remedy Repair is so successful that Lauren Fairbanks and partner Alex Mouravskiy are opening a third location in Miami. The first was in Monroe, LA. I asked Lauren, given that back-to-school is on everyone’s mind, for a little digital advice. Here are some of her recommendations.
“Invest in a good phone case. A really good one will cost $65 - $85, which is still cheaper than getting your screen replaced after you drop your phone. A lot of good cases like LifeProof and Dog and Bone are waterproof. Water damage is incredibly difficult to diagnose and fix, so that's a great benefit to have. Many case companies warranty their products for life.
“Sign up for a data backup service. Set it up to run in the background so you don't have to worry about it. Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive, iCloud and services like Backblaze are a few. They're cheap, and they can really be a lifesaver if something happens to your computer.
These merchants participate in the Parking with Purchase Program. They want to treat you like the VIP you are, and will validate an hour or more of parking at any City of Charleston parking garage when you shop or dine with them.