Farewell To Those Businesses We Have Lost in Charleston in 2016

This year saw a tremendous amount of change on the peninsula. New development was in the forefront of our vision, but on the ground level, we said goodbye to some old friends. Many businesses that have been with us for many generations closed their doors for the final time. We want to take a moment to pay homage to those that we lost in 2016. Thank you for your dedicated support of the community and being there for us for so long. For the next step in your journey, we wish you all the best.

To some of our old friends, we say goodbye – You are missed


Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen – 218 President Street

Menkoi Ramen House – 41 George Street

Stereo 8 – 951 Folly Road

Joe Pasta – 428 King Street

Nancy’s of Charleston – 342 King Street

Chick’s Fry House – 1011 King Street

Hughes Lumber (Since 1888) – 82 Mary Street

King Street Grille – 304 King Street

The Westendorf – 114 St. Philips Street

Bob Ellis Shoes – 332 King Street

Blind Tiger (Left us, new owners and new restaurant) – 36-38 Broad Street

Morris Sokol Furniture – 510 King Street

Wasabi (Now Sushi Blue) – 61 State Street

BiLo – 445 Meeting Street

Big John’s Pub – 251 East Bay Street

Wet Willie’s – 209 East Bay Street

Bocci’s – 158 Church Street

Molly Darcy’s – 235 East Bay Street

Leaf Charleston – 15 Beaufain Street

Parlor Deluxe – 207A St. Philip Street

Octobochi – 119 Spring Street

Crosby’s Seafood Market – 382 Spring Street, Charleston, SC

Dunkin’ Donuts – 200 Meeting Street

Wild Wing Cafe – 36 North Market Street (Closed after 24 years at this location)

Stono Breeze Cafe – 2408 Maybank Highway, Johns Island

Tony The Peanut Man – Everywhere


Must See Videos from the Charleston, SC Archives

Sometimes we are lucky to uncover some rare footage of Charleston yesteryear.? We have a few great looks back at the way Charleston used to be.

Sit back in this virtual time machine and enjoy some footage from the treasure chest of the Charleston historic archives.

Budweiser Clydesdales – Charleston, SC 1957

Sara Byrne and Nessa K in Charleston, SC – Sullivan’s Island (Music Video)

Charleston, SC Snow – 1973 (Super 8)

WXTC Charleston, SC (Light Rock) – Donna McCoy (1986)

WXTC Charleston, SC (Light Rock) – Mark Cardnella (1985)

Hurricane Hugo – Wrath to Restoration – Charleston, SC (1989)

Hurricane Hugo – The Morning After News Charleston, SC – 1989

South Carolina 1950’s

Charleston, SC Historic Flooding – October 3, 2015

Charleston, South Carolina 1964

We hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane.

Iconic Historic Images of Charleston, South Carolina

Robert Frank Iconic Image of 1950's Charleston
Robert Frank Iconic Image of 1950’s Charleston

The passion for Charleston history has inspired us to do another installment of historic Charleston, SC images.? We have searched far and wide to show the people, architecture and lifestyle of Charleston through the years and your enthusiasm to absorb, remember and share has been overwhelming.? Please enjoy these prints that take us through the years.? Some memories fond, some heartbreaking, but all memorable.

Charleston, Through the Years – A Visionary Look Back

Charleston Market circa 1906
Charleston Market circa 1906


1914 Charleston Police Station Postcard
1914 Charleston Police Station Postcard


Print advertisement for sale of slaves
Print advertisement for sale of slaves


Drayton Hall 1869
Drayton Hall 1869


King Street 1907 Postcard
King Street 1907 Postcard


Vendue Range 1865
Vendue Range 1865


1915 - Children playing in flooded streets
1915 – Children playing in flooded streets


Fire scarred Mills House - 1865
Fire scarred Mills House – 1865


4th of July 1937 Folly Beach
4th of July 1937 Folly Beach


Physicians and Surgeons Hospital 1886 Charleston
Physicians and Surgeons Hospital 1886 Charleston


Post Fort Sumter Attack
Post Fort Sumter Attack


African American Family 1938
African American Family 1938


Gene Wilson Miss Charleston 1958
Gene Wilson Miss Charleston 1958


Charleston child 1950
Charleston child 1950


Cannon Street YMCA 1955 - Watching a game
Cannon Street YMCA 1955 – Watching a game


Aftermath of 1938 tournedos in Charleston
Aftermath of 1938 tornados in Charleston


Feb 18 1965 - Surrender of Charleston
Feb 18 1865 – Surrender of Charleston


Never forget our past

PWC Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2017 Reports Reveals A Great Deal About Charleston Market

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) has released its 2017 Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report for 2017 for the United States/Canada and it reveals a very telling story for Charleston and its housing markets.

PWC Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2017 Full Report

The report defines the future of Charleston, SC real estate, saying:

“Charleston, South Carolina, could be considered an emerging 18-hour city with an economy that is firing on all cylinders going into 2017. Strong demographic growth, the expansion of manufacturing facilities, improved transportation and logistics access, and a growing tech services industry are all driving the Charleston economy. Population and household growth is projected to be strong in 2017. In addition, Charleston is becoming a preferred destination for college graduates between the ages of 25 to 34. The younger well-educated workforce is facilitating the growth of Charleston’s expanding tech base. High-tech employment is projected to expand at a faster pace than the national average in 2017. On the manufacturing front, one automaker is starting a major expansion while another is opening a new production facility. Auto production activity could lead to an influx of new parts suppliers locating in the region. Finally, the Port of Charleston should benefit from the Panama Canal expansion. Planned capital expenditures at the port will improve the competitiveness of the operation and further establish Charleston’s reputation as a logistics hub.”

State of Charleston, SC Real Estate

This report indicates that there is an increased demand for investment in Charleston real estate and the potential for a huge upside in 2017.? For overall real estate prospects in 2017, Charleston, SC is ranked #31 in the nation.? Charleston is ranked #2 behind Raleigh, NC home building prospects in 2017.? Investor demand, which is an indicator of the interest investors have in the future prospects of development in a region has Charleston #14.



Charleston Buy, Sell, Hold Recommendations

The full report contains an in-depth analysis on pricing, population and other key census indicators.


Charleston Based Ingevity raises more than $1,000,000 in Trident United Way campaign


Ingevity employees recently presented a check totaling $1,012,146 to Trident United Way, representing donations made by the company and 228 of its Charleston area-based employees. Ingevity is the sixth company in the history of South Carolina to donate over $1 million to Trident United Way. This year’s donation marks the third consecutive year that Ingevity has raised more than this amount for the organization.

“This donation represents an investment in the education, financial stability, and health of the community,” said Michael Wilson, president and CEO, Ingevity. “We are happy to play a role in helping to improve the quality of life for our neighbors.”

Trident United Way is a catalyst for transformative community change, working with the community to identify the most pressing needs, and finding the resources to address them. Monies raised by Ingevity directed to Trident United Way will assist in providing support including grants, infrastructure and guidance in the areas of:

  • convening and integration;
  • education;
  • financial stability;
  • health; and
  • connecting the community.

Ed Rose, executive vice president and president, Performance Chemicals, Ingevity, and chairman of the board for Trident United Way, stated, “Giving back to the community is an important component of who we are at Ingevity. We are proud of our employees, and continue to be impressed by their generosity.”

“We are so grateful for Ingevity and its employees who are committed to making Bold Community Change locally by giving of their time, talent and treasure,” said Chris Kerrigan, president and CEO, Trident United Way. “For the third year in a row, we are amazed by Ingevity’s achievement and dedication to Trident United Way’s mission.”

Ingevity: Purify, Protect and Enhance

Ingevity provides specialty chemicals and high-performance carbon materials and technologies that help customers solve complex problems. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, printing inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Through a team of talented and experienced people, Ingevity develops, manufactures and brings to market products and processes that purify, protect and enhance the world around us. Headquartered in North Charleston, S.C., Ingevity operates from 25 locations around the world and employs approximately 1,500 people. The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NGVT). For more information, visit?www.ingevity.com.

What Charleston is Thankful for in 2016

Charleston, we asked and here is what you are thankful for at the start of this holiday season…


-“Thankful I’m a teacher and can still make a difference in the world of a child.”

-“Family and beauty of Charleston and its people.”

-“Fish fingers and custard.”

-“My work ethic.”

-“My friends and family, opportunity, and beauty.”

-“Generosity of friends and family, and that this baby seems to be developing well.”

-“Time off with family.”

-“Sanity.”Thanksgiving People Table

-“Life. Family. Friendship. Health.”

-“Nap time!”

-“Thankful when nothing is left unsaid.”


-“Home, health, family, experience.”

-“That I wake up each morning to a new day.”

-“Wine and ice cream.”

-“To have friends and family that I can count on.”

-“Healthy kids, affectionate pets, loyal and loving friends, and the respect of my parents.”

-“Wonderfully, amazing friends who love me for me.”

-“2016 is almost over.”

-“God, my family and friends.”

-“Three children, Alyssa, Kyle, and Blake and for their strength and perseverance. Beyond blessed.”

-“A new start at a new life.”

-“Indoor plumbing…and soft toilet paper.”


-“Still breathing.”

-“To be able to watch the sunrise.”

-“The relationship with my family.”


-“Coffee, so I am able to wake up early to catch my flight to visit friends and family for Thanksgiving.”

-“To be alive for the holidays.” #CancerStrong

-“Family, good health and America.”

-“The time that we did have together.”

-“Supportive family and friends, a new career that I love, and health.”

-“The immense amount of love I’m surrounded by with my Charleston family…especially when so far from my actual family.”

-“Selfless friends who spend their time helping me fix my truck.”

-“Family, friends, good health, salt water, diet green tea and that I can smile every day.”


Princess Diana is given credit for the saying “Family is the most important thing in the world,” however we have known this for centuries. Given how our hearts’ shine, it is no surprise that family appears as a reoccurring value amongst Charlestonians.

Happy Thanksgiving,
from our family to yours

Benefitfocus Ranked Number 483 Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500?

The recognition follows the company’s recent quarterly results including:

  • Ended the quarter with 827 large employer customers, up from 703 at the end of the year ago period and 803 at the end of the second quarter of 2016.
  • Signed 6 new national accounts with more than 10,000 lives during the third quarter.
  • Announced major platform upgrades in its Autumn 2016 Software Release. This latest release gives consumers on the BENEFITFOCUS? Platform the ability to complete open enrollment on their mobile device using the BENEFITFOCUS? App or directly through the mobile optimize BENEFITFOCUS? Marketplace.

“We continue to develop our technology platform so that employers, insurance carriers and the consumers they serve have the ability to stay ahead of unprecedented change and uncertainty in the health care and employee benefits industries,” said Shawn Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer of Benefitfocus. “Many are realizing the significant advantages of adopting a modern enterprise benefits management platform to improve plan design, increase employee engagement, reduce administrative burdens and encourage a more personalized benefits experience for associates. We’re honored to be recognized by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and share this success with our customers, associates and stakeholders, who all echo our commitment to improving lives through better benefits information.”

“Today, when every organization can be a tech company, the most effective businesses not only foster the courage to explore change, but also encourage creativity in using and applying existing assets in new ways, as resourcefully as possible,” said Sandra Shirai, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and U.S. technology, media and telecommunications industry leader. “This ingenious approach to innovation calls for the encouragement of curiosity and collaboration both within and outside the office walls.”

“This year’s Fast 500 winners showcase that when organizations are open to diverse perspectives and insights, they are able to create an environment for their employees and customers to see the possibilities and ingenious solutions that might lie ahead,” added Jim Atwell, national managing partner of the emerging growth company practice, Deloitte & Touche LLP. “Entrepreneurial environments foster change and innovation within businesses, and we look forward to watching these companies continue to drive change across all sectors.”

Overall, 2016 Technology Fast 500? companies achieved revenue growth ranging from 121 percent to 66,661 percent from 2012 to 2015, with median growth of 290 percent.

Learn more about Benefitfocus’ solutions at www.benefitfocus.com/solutions.

About Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500?

Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 provides a ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies – both public and private – in North America. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2012 to 2015.

In order to be eligible for Technology Fast 500 recognition, companies must own proprietary intellectual property or technology that is sold to customers in products that contribute to a majority of the company’s operating revenues. Companies must have base-year operating revenues of at least $50,000 USD, and current-year operating revenues of at least $5 million USD. Additionally, companies must be in business for a minimum of four years and be headquartered within North America.

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

About Benefitfocus

Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT) provides a leading cloud-based benefits management platform that simplifies how organizations and individuals shop for, enroll in, manage and exchange benefits.?Every day leading employers, insurance companies and the consumers they serve rely on our platform to manage, scale and exchange benefits data seamlessly.?In an increasingly complex benefits landscape, we bring order to chaos so our clients and their employees have access to better information, make better decisions and lead better lives. Learn more at www.benefitfocus.com, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. Actual results might differ materially from those explicit or implicit in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: the need to innovate and provide useful products and services; changes in government regulations; the immature and volatile nature of the market for our products and services and other factors that could impact our anticipated growth; management of growth; fluctuations in our financial results; general economic risks; reliance on key personnel; our ability to compete effectively; our ability to maintain our culture and recruit and retain qualified personnel; privacy, security and other risks associated with our business; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in our SEC filings, copies of which are available free of charge within the Investor Relations section of the Benefitfocus website at http://investor.benefitfocus.com/sec.cfm or upon request from our investor relations department. Benefitfocus assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

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Getting to Know Philadelphia Alley



By Minta Pavliscsak

If there is one thing Charleston, South Carolina will never be lacking, it is charm. In historic downtown Charleston, every street, store front, restaurant, park, and even alleyway has a way to make you point and say “awe”. Then, as if an automatic response, your camera is out taking pictures before you even realize it.

Follow us as we take a stroll down Philadelphia Alley and see alleyways as only Charleston knows how to do them.



This charming alley can be found between Queen Street and Cumberland Street. Often overlooked, Philadelphia Alley is one of the many hidden treasures Charleston offers. Dating back to 1776, Cow’s Alley as it was originally called, was access to rental homes behind Francis Kinloch’s house. He renamed it Kinloch’s Court after he widened it.



This alley has seen two fires in its lifetime, including the infamous fire of 1796, and another in 1810. Holding true to its name, The City of Brotherly Love stood by Charleston’s side by donating?financially to aid in rebuilding this area in 1811.


What a more proper thank you than to forever give this beautiful strip of canopy covered, cobblestone refuge from the heat during the summer months, and the best place to listen to the bells of St. Phillips Church the honor of the name Philadelphia Alley.


Many locals refer to this passageway as Dueler’s Alley. Back when gentleman settled their disputes with pistols twenty-one paces away, this alley was the perfect setting in Charleston to do so. One of the most famous stories is of one man’s love and what he did to prove said love. Dr. Joseph Brown Ladd, known as the whistling doctor would eventually meet his demise as a result of a duel with Ralph Isaacs in 1786.


Many local ghost tour companies will tell the tale of the Whistling Doctor, and some Charlestonians have even said to have heard faint whistling while walking down the alley alone. Today you will find a tranquil, picturesque setting where each person you meet will pass you by with a friendly smile and nod. So as Robert Frost first suggest, take the road less traveled and be sure to explore Charleston’s only Philadelphia Alley.






East Side Charleston: Where the Deep Roots of Community Live

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

“Philip Simmons is a poet of ironwork. His ability to endow raw iron with pure lyricism is known and admired throughout, not only in South Carolina, but as evidenced by his many honors and awards, he is recognized in all of America.”– John Paul Huguley:? Founder, School of the Building Arts (now the American College of the Building Arts)

Philip Simmons (1912 – 2009)

Philip Simmons is one of the most celebrated blacksmiths of the 20th century.? Born in the Wando area of Daniel Island, his influence on Charleston and the country is a symbol of the structural bond the East Side has.? That influence is readily seen in the streets and parks of the East Side.

His legacy is a reminder of the importance the East Side has in the Charleston diverse and evolving cultural ecosystem.? As I walked the streets of the East Side, I saw faces on a fences in a photographic expose entitled East Siders Matter:? Faces of a Neighborhood in Transition.? As I looked deep into the eyes of the portraits I saw pain and hope.? I saw a neighborhood rich in history, solidified by a common struggle and strong in faith.

The East Side is a proud neighborhood with a supportive foundation and like the work of a professional blacksmith, is rooted with strength and the commitment that it will remain for a very long time.

As I walked the streets on Sunday morning, watching the churches fill up, the residents sitting on their steps talking, dogs out with their owners and a moment of solace in the air, I saw an area that is overflowing with pride.

Take a walk with me and see the inner beauty of the East Side of Charleston.

Philip Simmons lives on in the street art

The Simmons Park offers a safe haven for children and adults to play.

A community struggling for identity stands strong

The lines of life in their faces show hope, promise and love.

East Siders even find art and beauty in waste.

The legacy of Philip Simmons lives on forever.

Everyone is welcome on the East Side.

Time to relax with a good book on the porch.

Growth local produce in the Community Center Garden.

The garden is supported proudly by the Boys and Girls Club.

Stop on in for a little local soul food.

The children are our future.

If you need your hair done, come to Julia’s.

If you want to witness true humanity, go to the park that bares the statue of Philip Simmons on Sunday at 12:30 and observe the Pot Luck Homeless lunch.? In fact, come a little early and donate your time to help become closer to the community.

The East Side is a small and proud neighborhood, where you can go to the Palace Hotel Bar and see Shepard Fairey spin on DJ, have a bite of soul food to eat at Hannibal’s Kitchen, check out a band at The Royal American or attend a service with the locals.? It is filled with wonderful and caring people.? Take a trip off the beaten path and spend some time on the East Side.