Music Inspired by Charleston – A Celebration of Home

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There have been some amazing videos and songs inspired by Charleston, SC.? We are a visually stimulating city where natural beauty follows us in every direction.? We want to shift away from the elegance of photography and give you some video stimulus.? Enjoy these selections of songs and videos inspired by our fair city of Charleston.

 

This is Charleston – College of Charleston Sports

Charleston, SC Song by Sarah Worel

Charleston – Holy City by Edwin McCain

South Carolina Lowcountry by Josh Turner

Come Back Song by Darius Rucker

Southern Style by Darius Rucker

Reasons to Come to Charleston – Elise Testone

South Carolina State Song: South Carolina On My Mind

Tribute to Tony The Peanut Man

A Prayer for Charleston: Steven Curtis Chapman

The Battery Fight Song

I think these videos will get you in the mood to get out and experience Charleston.? Each day here in the Lowcountry is a change to experience a new adventure and fall in love one more time.

Female Owned Long Island Based Frozen Beverage Company Expands to the Lowcountry

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For Immediate Release

Long Island Based Frozen Beverage Company expands to the Low Country in 2017.

Daiquiri Daddy, a Frozen Beverage & Machine Rental Company is expanding its operations to the Charleston, South Carolina area in 2017. This female owned and operated business has received major success on Long Island, servicing both corporate and private clients from New York City to Montauk since 2014.

Christine and Andrea’s mission was to provide amazing frozen beverages for backyard parties and corporate events.

As lovers of Frozen Margaritas, Strawberry Daiquiri’s and of course who could resist a Pina Colada, we found ourselves constantly filling blender after blender at our personal events.

Enough was Enough!

We researched the best machines to produce our favorite beverages, purchased a bunch, added a truck and we were in business.

Since 2014, we have serviced thousands of private events, weddings and corporate events for companies like Gulbrandsen Technologies, Phillips Art Gallery, & many more.

Since we are completely mobile, we are able to accommodate any event, any size and time

We are thrilled and excited to bring our concept to the Charleston area where Christine will head up operations while Andrea manages Long Island – together with family and friends we aim to be a crowd pleaser.

Interested in becoming a Daiquiri Daddy in your area, give us call.

Daiquiri Daddy Charleston (daiquiridaddycharleston.com) will begin taking reservations for September 2017 for weddings, bbq, or as we like to say, any day that ends in “Y”

We can also be reached at 1.877.DADDY.07 (1.877.323.3907) to answer any of your questions.

GALLERY: Signs of Spring Street (Charleston, SC)

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One area of downtown Charleston, SC that has seen tremendous change and personality is Spring Street.? With the recent confirmed decision to make this a two way street and a number of small businesses laying claim to Spring Street as their home, we thought it would be a great time to pay homage to the eclectic personality that is Spring Street.

From the floral beauty of Tiger Lily to the robust smells of Eclectic Coffee and Bearded Cafe, Spring Street is a trendy residential hot spot.

This bustling street, populated by students, locals and business owners is always ready to provide you with an international experience with a Southern smile.

To the yoga studios, salons, restaurants, veggie markets, grocers, Asian cuisine owners and barber shops, we thank you for making Spring Street an experience for all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Spring Street part of your next downtown adventure.

 

 

Study: Charleston Hospitality Workers Have Parking Needs

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A study shows most of Charleston’s hospitality workers drive to their jobs and must take parking costs from their paychecks.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the study by the College of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Analysis shows that about 60 percent of downtown Charleston’s restaurant and hotel workers live outside the peninsula. About 80 percent of workers drive to their jobs alone, regardless of where they live.

About 70 percent of the 503 workers the College of Charleston surveyed said they spend at least $25 a month on parking, with about a third paying $100 or more monthly.

Buses aren’t convenient because those working in hospitality tend to work later shifts.

The city council now requires new hotels to provide parking or shuttle plans for employees.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

Copyright 2017 The?Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Bringing Back the Screams – Boone Hall Fright Night Returns

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By Alyssa Zapinski

South Carolina’s largest multi-attraction haunt, Boone Hall Fright Nights, shocked the Lowcountry last year when they announced they would not be opening for the 2016 season. Since its birth in 2004, Boone Hall has worked alongside DVE Productions to bring us this spook-tacular show. Last year, however, they hit one too many bumps in the road and placed the haunt on hold. With not enough time to build an up-to-par attraction by October, Boone Hall promised us they would be back soon. Sure enough, they kept their word.

While DVE Productions is no longer a part of the project, Boone Hall is promising bigger and better scares with 4 new attractions. If you’ve driven past the farm on Highway 17, you’ve already seen the ghoulish facade of the The Crypt, where winding hallways will bring you up-close and personal with your darkest nightmares. If you’re feeling brave, you can take on The Cemetery of Lost Souls, an adventure through the realm of the undead.

Even with the re-vamp, Boone Hall is keeping the classic Wicked Woods Haunted Hayride – just hold on to your seat, there’s a lot of hungry monsters out there. The final addition is a 4D attraction called The Gateway, which plays with high-tech chroma depth special FX, while also hurling you into another dimension filled with creatures thirsty for blood.

Tickets are on sale now through Boone Hall Fright Night’s website and opening night is set for September 29, 2017. The attractions will be open through Halloween night. Weekday hours will go from 7:15pm to 10:00pm and weekend hours until 12:00am. Each attraction can be purchased separately, but if you want the full haunting, you can purchase a ScreamPass for only $45.

For more info, visit http://www.boonehallfrightnights.com

A Baby Sea Turtle Rescue Story: With a Little Help From My Friends

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By Mark A. Leon

When a sea turtle egg hatches, the baby sea turtles make a migration from the protected nesting area to their ocean home.? This natural phenomenon happens in the middle of the night as the moon lights the pathway.? By morning, there is no sign of the migration.? Yes on this morning, one got left behind.? Whether born with a limp limb or a predatory attack, this baby sea turtle saw the light of day trying desperately to get to the ocean with three working fins.

As we stumbled on this brave young thing trying to enter safely into the ocean and meet his family, we felt nothing but sympathy and quickly became fans of his plight.? As he tried using his three strong limbs and one limp one, he kept getting pushed back ashore by the incoming waves.? It was at this moment, we put our heads together and called the Folly Beach patrol for guidance.? After two phone calls and several discussions, it was deemed best, we go as deep as we could into the ocean and place him in.? They felt this was his best chance of survival.

As each of us said goodbye to Nelson (Yes, we named him Nelson.? He looked like a Nelson), we felt a bond and a very special moment shared.

Thus, our morning was highlighted by our own sea turtle release, reinforcing that there is never a dull moment on the beaches of Charleston.

We wish you well Nelson and hope you are with your family now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nelson, the Sea Turtle from Mark A. Leon on Vimeo.

Who is Hiring in Charleston, South Carolina – Career Pages

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Here is a one stop shop to all the major companies hiring in the Lowcountry

Top Employers in Charleston, SC

Hall Management Group Purchases No. 5 Faber Events Facility

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Hall Management Group Purchases No. 5 Faber Events Facility
CHARLESTON, SC— Hall Management Group (HMG) today announced the purchase of No. 5 Faber, a private events facility from 5 Faber LLC. Capital Bank provided financing.

The property, located directly behind HMG’s Slightly North of Broad (S.N.O.B.) restaurant at 192 East Bay Street, can accommodate groups for weddings, corporate or private events. No. 5 Faber has over 7,000 sq. ft. with a 1564 sq. ft. commercial kitchen, full bar with granite countertops, lobby with baby grand piano, and a mezzanine lounge area.

“We receive requests every day for weddings, rehearsal dinners and evening business outings that are difficult to provide for our customers with our current restaurants,” said Bill Hall, Sr., President and CEO of HMG. “This property will provide us with much needed event space.”

According to Hall, “only minor cosmetic changes are planned for S.N.O.B. with the relocation of the restrooms.” Hall added that the new property would enhance S.N.O.B.’s kitchen efficiency and storage with the addition of the walk-in cooler and freezer.

HMG also announced that Jennifer Kleckley (843-724-3808) will manage the new space and future event reservations.

In addition to S.N.O.B., Hall Management Group owns Halls Chophouse and High Cotton in downtown Charleston, Old Village Post House Inn in Mt. Pleasant, Rita’s Seaside Grille on Folly Beach, and Halls Chophouse in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Blackbaud’s Intelligence for Good? Leverages Advanced Analytics to Transform Data into Mission-Based Outcomes

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Blackbaud's Intelligence for Good offers the market's only set of fully social-good optimized intelligence capabilities. (PRNewsfoto/Blackbaud, Inc.)

CHARLESTON, S.C., July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —?Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today reported that new AI-enabled analytics offerings are available to serve healthcare institutions, higher education institutions and nonprofits. This announcement comes just months after the company announced Intelligence for Good?, its unique approach to optimized intelligence for the social good community.

“As we continue to rapidly innovate, it’s exciting to see customers take advantage of our advanced, AI-enabled analytics to make smarter decisions,” said Richard Becker, president of Blackbaud Target Analytics?. “Organizations are leveraging our intelligent solutions to transform data into high-impact predictive and prescriptive insight that turn their fundraising, advocacy and other interactions into more powerful outcomes.”

Blackbaud Extends Analytics Capabilities within Industry-Leading Healthcare Solution

Blackbaud has enhanced its industry-leading Patient Conversion Model?, which leverages proprietary donor data for advanced insight, to include new capabilities for population health management and patient marketing. The solution leverages a universal patient identifier for identity management resolution and offers a new suite of personal wellness and financial insight that enables both geographic-based prospecting and patient remarketing campaigns.

For the healthcare and hospital market, identifying opportunities to positively affect the population health needs of the community is a primary objective of many hospitals. AI-enabled insight assure cost-effective outreach and audience-specific communication that improves both the population health and addresses the budget concerns of healthcare customers.

“Our latest upgrade came with comprehensive data services wrapped in, allowing us to segment and identify potential donors based on demographics and predictive information like household income and whether they had children–information that helped us make smart decisions as we prepare for a capital campaign.” — Lauren Short, Annual Giving Manager at Riverside Healthcare?

Blackbaud Introduces New Campus-Wide Solutions for Higher Education Institutions

Blackbaud released a new Athletic Giving Model? solution designed to help athletic departments raise more money through the expanded university community and athletic program supporters. “This is the first Target Analytics solution built specifically for athletic departments and booster clubs, expanding universities’ fundraising reach beyond alumni,” noted Becker.

Colleges and universities have many campus visitors including prospective students, ticket buyers, athletics supporters and event-goers. With a dynamic and diverse set of individuals engaging with universities on a regular basis, higher education institutions are looking for intelligence that identifies visiting VIPs in real time so they can build relationships with potential donors. Blackbaud’s Alumni Analytics Solution?enables on-demand wealth screenings and provides actionable insight for every campus visitor, putting the power of AI in the university’s hands.

“Our major gift officers now believe that these predictive analytics can get them in the right living rooms, sitting with the right people who really want to make a difference by donating to the University.” —Margaret Williams, Director of Prospect Research for University of South Dakota Foundation?

New Solution Allows Nonprofits to Understand and Use Affluence Data to Grow Donor Base

Blackbaud also recently introduced Affluence Insight?, a new donor segmentation and research tool, enabling the identification of annual, mid-level and major gift prospects. Designed for nonprofits, researchers and direct marketers, it provides detailed financial attributes and an affluence-driven segmentation system that combines giving behavior, demographics and financial information for high-value prospect identification.

Affluence Insight offers the ability to use AI-powered analytics to identify high-value donor prospects and predict a prospect’s likelihood to give with unparalleled accuracy.

“It’s important for us to show our leadership that the technology we have is helping us drive the mission and program further, such as allowing us to confidently reach every individual through their preferred channels. As we continue to ask what is possible within our organization, we are really relying on Blackbaud to help us determine what’s next, and I think the sky is the limit.” — Andy Schroeder, Director of Development for the Sisters of Charity

For organizations driven to make smarter decisions faster, Blackbaud’s Intelligence for Good offers the market’s only set of fully social-good optimized intelligence capabilities, bringing together the power of AI, analytics, big data and expertise built on the world’s most robust industry-specific data set.

For more information about Blackbaud’s latest Target Analytics solutions visit www.blackbaud.com/target-analytics. For more information about Intelligence for Good, visit www.blackbaud.com/IntelligenceForGood.

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and?volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit?www.blackbaud.com.

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