Grand Opening Celebration: Sambar Indian Kitchen (Downtown Charleston, SC)

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What:? Sambar Indian Kitchen Grand Opening

Where:? Sambar Indian Kitchen – 1503 King Street, Charleston, SC

When:? Sunday, September 3 – 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Join us for Sambar’s Grand Opening! Brought to you by the team behind Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts, Sambar is a modern Indian restaurant serving crisp dosas, mouth watering mango lassis, succulent lamb meatballs, and much more! We are located in Workshop on Upper King St. Come experience one of the most flavorful cuisines in the world with us!

Check out our website for the full menu

Charleston Mayor proposes African-American monument

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For Immediate Release:? CHARLESTON, S.C. — The mayor of a major South Carolina city is calling for an African-American monument and new plaques to be erected there.

Local news outlets report Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg asked the city’s Historic Commission on Wednesday to consider adding a number of revised historical markers as well as some new monuments across the city in order to create a more balanced narrative of Confederate-related history. Among Tecklenburg’s ideas is a proposal to erect a monument to African-American Union soldiers at one of the city parks.

Commission Chairman Harlan Greene says the group has accepted Tecklenburg’s challenge to “tell a better message” with the city’s markers and memorials.

The commission decided to defer discussion. Tecklenburg said after the meeting that he felt the group was “receptive” to his ideas.

Latest Cost of Living and Population Data for Charleston, South Carolina – How Do We Compare

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Cost of living is an important topic in Charleston, South Carolina.? It continues to stir up much debate, good and bad.? We have looked at three sources and compiled a summary of the latest cost of living and population statistics and how they compare with the rest of the state and country.? To add some perspective, we have also included links to the most expensive area homes for sale.

This data does bring awareness and hopes it continues the conversation.

This data looks closely at rent, home ownership, utilities, population averages, unemployment, commute, utilities, household goods and entertainment.

We welcome your thoughts and comments below.


Median Age:? 33.2
Married Population:? 41.2%
Unemployment Rate:? 4.4%
30 Year Fixed Mortgage:? 3.638%
Median Home Price:? $261, 400
Average Commute Time:? 22 Minutes

Breakdown of individual costs



Cost of Living Comparison

Cost of Living Charleston: 114

Cost of Living South Carolina: 97

Cost of Living National: 100

Most Expensive Charleston Area Home Listings on Trulia

Million Dollar + Home Listings in Charleston Area on Trulia

Source:? Sperling’s Best Places, Expatistan and Area Vibes

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts Are Coming From All Directions

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The overwhelming generosity in thoughts and contributions has been touching lives since the people of Texas were in the path of one of the most destructive natural disasters in this country’s history.

The compassion of the human heart has been seen from companies, celebrities and citizens around the country and world offering support to all the victims affected by this disaster.

Here are some of the countless acts of generosity rolling in shared on social:

















Is this the future of pricing in Charleston? Fixed Pricing

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By Mark A. Leon

Have you been to Normandy Farms Artisan Bakery, Jack of Cups or Baguette Magic recently? Besides having wonderful reputations for quality and customer service, all three businesses have incorporated the European style of fixed pricing.? This method also rings true at local area farmers markets with most vendors.

In a nutshell, the price you see on the menu, is the price you pay.

If an item is 91 cents and sales tax is 9 cents, the cost is $1.00. That is the price you see.

Last week, I had a memorable meal at Jack of Cups on Folly Beach.? Our meal for two consisted of:? Spring Rolls $9.00, Indian Thai Mexican Fusion Nachos $9.00, Basil Rice Bowl $10.00, Cocktails $9.00 each (2) and glass of wine $4.00.? Our bill was $50.00.

Why is this method of building in the tax to the final cost so efficient for all parties involved?

  • Perception: If there is no tax found on the bill, it creates a perception to the consumer that they got a deal and are apt to tip their servers more.
  • Ease of table sharing management. How many go out with friends or co-workers and they split the bill.? This makes it so much easier to determine who owes what.
  • Tight Budgets: If you are on a tight budget and trying to determine cost of a meal, this solves all your issues.
  • Even number obsessives: There are a few of you out there that needs all charges on your credit card to end in a complete number (no cents).? This makes your lives so much easier.
  • An overall simple dining experience


I initially got comfortable with this form of pricing when I lived in Florence, Italy.? Not being able to speak the native tongue, made it a challenge for me to go to the grocer or farmers market, but having the fixed pricing helped me know exactly how many Euros my items were and thus eliminating the awkward language barrier.

That saved me during my Summer in Italy and I am so thankful.

We hope this trend continues with more restaurants in the Lowcountry and spreads even further to grocers and retail stores.


Charleston, SC Based HookLead Appoints New Digital Marketing Project Manager

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Charleston, SC – HookLead announced today that Ellison Jusino has joined the agency to manage their growing client roster and strengthen client success.

He has previous experience with analytics, leadership, communication, content creation, client management, process flows, global account management and has worked with HookLead this past year part-time. He loves all things tech, has a strong fascination for learning and always improving his digital skills. He is also an Eagle Scout, avid lover of everything international and can be found in his natural habitat at the library or a local coffee shop.

Ellison joins HookLead as Digital Marketing Project Manager to continue recent success managing client projects and their digital marketing success. “We’re excited to have Ellison join our team and growing agency in an expanded role in helping our valued client’s succeed,” says Co-Founder, Zack Hanebrink.

About HookLead

HookLead is a growing digital marketing and design agency located in Charleston, South Carolina. HookLead offers a wide range of digital marketing and design services designed to generate traffic, leads and increase revenue for clients. Learn more by visiting

Media Contact
Company Name: HookLead
Contact Person: Zack Hanebrink
Phone: 740-500-4665
Address:225 Seven Farms Dr, Suite 201F
City: Charleston
State: South Carolina
Country: United States

Charleston Parks Conservancy Expands Programming Mission with New Hire, Additional Public Events

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – With the addition of more public programming, the Charleston Parks Conservancy is furthering its mission of connecting people to their parks in a way that inspires engagement and involvement in the Conservancy’s work to create stunning public spaces and a strong community. This year, the Conservancy created a new position of community engagement manager to organize more community programming in Charleston’s city parks.

Pam Zanowski, who has extensive experience in parks and recreation, has joined the Conservancy to fill this new role. She’ll be creating educational programs, developing partnerships with like-minded organizations and overseeing the Conservancy’s efforts to engage people in their parks.

‘We are fortunate to have so many beautiful parks and open spaces within the City of Charleston and for the Conservancy to have a presence in many of them,” Zanowski said. “I am eager and excited to build relationships with community members and work together to offer quality programs and activities that meet the needs of our residents.”

Part of the Conservancy’s expanded community engagement is the new Art in the Parks program. In April, the Conservancy awarded its first Charleston Parks Conservancy exhibition prize to Georgia artist Joseph Dreher, who participated in the the annual ArtFields competition showcasing the work of artists around the Southeast. Dreher will create a work of art to be displayed at Hampton Park later this year.

And this summer, the Conservancy was awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a project that will add public art programming along the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway.

“Since its inception 10 years ago, the Conservancy has never lost sight of its core goal: connecting people to their parks. It’s what drives our organization,” said Harry Lesesne, executive director. “Whether it’s a park renovation, a new playground or a family friendly event in the park, we remain committed to creating stunning public spaces where people want to spend time outdoors, meet friends and neighbors, and develop a greater appreciation for our city’s parks.”

Upcoming community events in the parks include:

Parks and Pacies — Bring the little ones out into Charleston’s parks this fall. Join the Conservancy from 9-10 a.m. every Wednesday in September for the Parks and Pacies playgroup. Each week we will explore a different playground around Charleston (Sept. 6 at Hazel Parker Playground; Sept. 13 at Corrine Jones Park; Sept. 20 at Tiedemann Park; Sept. 27 at McMahon Playground). Surprises and snacks provided. Event is free, but please register at

Movies at Magnolia featuring “Moana” — Join the Charleston Parks Conservancy for a family fun movie night at Magnolia Park in West Ashley on Friday, Sept. 29. Come at 6 p.m. for Hawaiian-themed activities, including a photo booth, hula hooping and tie dye T-shirts (please bring your own shirt). Purchase an icy treat from Pelican’s SnoBalls or grab dinner from a local food truck before the movie. Free popcorn will be available from the City of Charleston Recreation Department. Bring chairs and blankets; the movie will begin at dark (about 7:15 p.m.). Pets on leashes are welcome. Disney’s “Moana” is the story of an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. For more information, visit

Intro to Photography in the Parks — Professional photographer Libby Williams will lead a three-hour class on the basics of photography in Charleston’s parks. The class is 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Charleston Parks Conservancy office, 720 Magnolia Road, Suite 25, in West Ashley. Explore composition, light and techniques to learn how to take great photos of the parks and beyond. Participants will spend a few hours in the classroom and then go outside for hands-on instruction to perfect their craft and tell as story with their camera. Note: This class is not designed to teach attendees how to use their camera, so come with some basic knowledge of how the camera works. A DSLR camera is recommended, but all cameras are welcome. Cost is $40. Space is limited so please register at

Williams has been taking photos and doing graphic design work for the Charleston Parks Conservancy since its inception. She has worked as a photographer all over the state, region, country and even traveled around the world following her dream and telling stories for her clients. Her work has appeared locally in publications like Charleston magazine, City Paper, Skirt!, and Garden & Gun. Williams got her start in photography early, begging her parents for her first SLR camera at the age of 10. She hasn’t stopped shooting since.

Jazz Brunch in Hampton Park — Join the Charleston Parks Conservancy for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy jazz music by Asa Holgate and his band while relaxing in Hampton Park. Admission is $10 and includes one free drink ticket for those 21 and older. Free admission for children 12 and under). Tickets are limited; purchase at Local food trucks Brunch Holiday, The Waffle Connection, Roti Rolls, and Notes Curbside Coffees will have food available for purchase along with beer, wine and mimosas. No coolers or pets allowed. Also, Charleston Moves will be hosting a Pedal to the Parks bike ride that morning, ending at Hampton Park in time for the Jazz Brunch. To participate in the bike ride or for more information go to

About the Charleston Parks Conservancy

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and together create stunning public places and a strong community. The Conservancy opens doors to individuals and organizations in Charleston wanting to engage with their parks and green spaces in a kaleidoscope of positive ways. With the help of its Park Angels, the Conservancy improves, enhances, and invigorates these spaces, making Charleston even better, stronger, and more successful. For more information about or to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy, please visit


Charleston Parks Conservancy on social media:

Twitter / Instagram @charlestonparks


Photography in the Parks

Holly A. Fisher, MMC
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Desirable Places in Charleston, SC to Escape Life

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By Minta Pavliscsak

Ever have one of “those” days? Sure you have; we all have. The type of day where you just want to be alone and escape life for a bit. Between work, school, family, friends, and the constant connection with technology, places where you can just be alone are difficult to come by.

However, as long as you do not check in on Facebook or Yelp when you get there, you can seclude yourself and escape life if you wish to do so. Turn off your phone, bring a book, magazine, your puppy, a notebook, or simply your own thoughts, take a few deep breaths and enjoy your solitude.

Here are a few of the best hidden places in Charleston to escape life, if only for a few minutes.

Folly Beach: You have a few options here. The best places to go to be alone with your thoughts are as far east as you can go on the island, and as far west as you can go. On the east end you will enjoy a scenic view of Morris Island Lighthouse. The far west end is a bit further of a walk, but totally worth it. The walk there is part of the destination itself.

Charleston Waterfront Park swings at night: There’s not a sound much more soothing than the sound of water, and when accompanied by the feeling of gently swinging back and forth under the moonlight, worries seem to melt away. Bring a comfy sweatshirt, even in summertime as it tends to get a little chilly.

Melton Peter Demetre Park (formally Sunrise Park): If you want a unique view of Charleston and the surrounding areas, here is your spot. Nestled deep within James Island, this is the perfect place to start your day or spend the afternoon in peacefulness.? In the distance you can view the Cooper River Bridge or the church steeples of the peninsula.

Allan Park

Fishing and Crabbing Dock at James Island County Park: Even if there is someone fishing, they usually just nod to say hi and focus on catching a big one. The dock is large enough for you to have your own spot to yourself. Bring your fishing pole, crab net, or just sit and enjoy the view.

Allan Park: Located just off of Ashley Avenue near Hampton Park, Allan Park is a splendid half acre of tranquility. There is a large fountain in the center and plenty of grass for picnics. There are also benches around the fountain if a blanket is not your thing.

Caw Caw Interpretive Center: Located about sixteen miles from downtown Charleston, Caw Caw Interpretive Center has remained virtually untouched over the years. Once several rice plantations, it is now home to a multitude of wildlife which you can enjoy along over six miles of trails winding throughout swamplands, cypress trees and boardwalks.

Magnolia Cemetery: Not many people think “relaxing” when it comes to cemeteries, but trust us on this one. Magnolia Cemetery is located on the banks of the Cooper River and in our opinion has to be one of the most beautiful places one could spend their resting days. Taking a stroll through this 92 acre stretch of land can give a whole new meaning to “escaping life”.

MUSC Urban Farm:? Right in the heart of the medical district off of Bee Street between Ashley and Courtenay is a safe haven.? In the heart of this square escape is an educational community garden where you will find everything from lemons, to rosemary to sunflowers with free gardening and nature lessons weekly.? Just outside the garden are open grassy areas and benches to relax, have a meal or just daydream.? Also, enclosed in this area are stretching equipment to keep your body physically fit.? This is a true mental and physical realm of health and solitude in the heart of the Charleston peninsula.


Magnolia Cemetery

We know there are more, but we do not want to give away all of the secrets! If you have a favorite spot that you like to go to escape life and would like to share, please comment below.

A Love Letter to Texas from Charleston, SC

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By Mark A. Leon

This is a time that tests the hearts and souls of humanity.? Sinking in the tears of a tragedy, memories floating away right before your eyes, families without homes, loved ones lost and at this very moment, no answers to your prayers.? It is a time when the human condition kicks in and reminds us that we are blessed with the ability to overcome.

It is in these trying times, we could turn our heads and look the other way, but humanity doesn’t let us play that way.
In brotherhood and sisterhood, we stand before you Texas.

Charleston Strong sends its Love to Texas until the last home is rebuilt.

As Hugo and Matthew linger behind us, we know we can never forget.? They are constant reminders that material value can be lost in a moment, but the love of family and friends and their unconditional support is something that never wavers.

We have seen images and watched the stories of this past weekend, but they don’t even tap into the emotional and physical trauma you are facing right now.

Many without homes
Lost power
Unable to find food and shelter
Lives built from scratch, now but a fleeting memory.

The effects of Hurricane Harvey will remain for the rest of your lives.? That fact is true.? So too knowledge that the kindness of others will help you in rebuilding your lives.

For some, it will be days, weeks, or even months before that emptiness in the pit of your stomach fades awa
We know, we relate and we care.

Remember this:? Strength is found in the heart.? It is in the power you find in the worst of times. It is the generous hand of a stranger.? It is the financial support from strangers hundreds of miles away.? It is knowing that at the exact moment you feel like giving up, so many will come to your rescue.

That is the poetry of tragedy.

We never want to go through this type of event.? We hope for the best and expect the worst.? For so many, this weekend was the worst.

For those that lost, we mourn with you.
For those looking for answers, we pray with you.
For those in need of support, we stand with you.

To all the people in Texas who have and continue to suffer from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we stand strongly with you here in Charleston as you take the first steps toward recovery.

MoviePass – Unlimited Theater Films for $9.95 a Month

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Did you know there there is a new option for unlimited first run film viewings for $9.95 a month.

In essence, it is the Netflix and Hulu streaming system but for first run theater films.? If you are a movie fan, you can see one two-day movie every day for the entire year.

A movie fan dream.

Sign Up Today

How does it work?

What do you need to participate?

What is not included?

We are sorry, but IMAX and 3D are not included with this package.

You are limited to one movie per day.