National Geographic Rates Charleston the #11 Best Small City to Live in the United States

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National Geographic just released their Top 30 small cities in the United States to Live.? Coming in at #3 was Greenville, South Carolina and at #11, our very own Charleston, South Carolina.

Here is how they compiled their data and came up with the final list:

They partnered with Resonance Consultancy, a global destination branding advisor, to identify the top U.S. small cities based on unconventional metrics that they think lead to happiness: green spaces, galleries, coffee shops, breweries, music venues, Instagrammable moments, and more.

Next they sorted U.S. cities into three groups based on their population: 40K-100K, 100K-200K, and 200K-600K.

Resonance combined core statistics with social media data (from Yelp, Instagram, and other sources) on nightlife, culture, restaurants, and the like to determine the city leaders for each population group in categories from meatiest (lots of steakhouses and delis) to greenest (most parkland), based on per capita results.

Finally, Traveler editors added in trending cities—towns that didn’t make Resonance’s final cut this year but look as if they could in 2019.

Here are your top 25 United States Cities to Live In:

  1. Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania
  2. Boulder, Colorado
  3. Greenville, South Carolina
  4. Anchorage, Alaska
  5. Annapolis, Maryland
  6. New Orleans, Louisiana
  7. Madison, Wisconsin
  8. Reno, Nevada
  9. Healdsburg, California
  10. Santa Cruz, California
  11. Charleston, South Carolina
  12. Olympia, Washington
  13. Charlottesville, Virginia
  14. Spokane, Washington
  15. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  16. Rapid City, South Dakota
  17. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  18. Asheville, North Carolina
  19. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  20. Honolulu, Hawaii
  21. Kansas City, Missouri
  22. Lakeland, Florida
  23. Newport, Rhode Island
  24. Portland, Maine
  25. Louisville, Kentucky

Analysis Summary of Charleston:

Instagrammers love Charleston’s abundance of art. Works by local artists will fill the rooms and public spaces of the new Hotel Bennett, opening this summer on a chunk of prime real estate overlooking Marion Square. It’s a great crash pad for checking out Charleston’s booming arts scene, which ranks high in our survey because of a large number of schools and galleries, like the Art Institute of Charleston and Helena Fox Fine Art. The latter specializes in works by southern artists such as West Fraser, known for his muted paintings of nearby Low Country. Performing arts shine at the grand, three-year-old Gaillard Center, which hosts concerts and dance shows and serves as one of the venues for the city’s celebrated Spoleto Festival, taking place May 25 to June 10 in 2018.”

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GALLERY: Superbowl LII – Get to Know the Host State of Minnesota

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The Great North, as many come to know Minnesota, is a state with a rich Nordic history, 18 Fortune 500 Companies, the land of 15,000 Lakes (The license plate says 10,000, but there are many many more), State of Hockey, Prince, Bob Dylan, Walter Mondale, Jesse Ventura and the host of the 2018 Superbowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots slated for this coming Sunday.? Minnesota is also a state that has stayed under the radar for many years, but about to become the center of attention to the world.

Before we all launch our Superbowl parties, break out the beer and dip and download our Sportsbook apps, let’s take a picturesque look at a state so rich in natural beauty and architectural freedom, that is warrants the right to host this little sports party.

We spent many years in Minnesota and have grown fond of the culture, lakes, great outdoors, warm Midwest charm and the old fashioned sense of family and home.

Now sit back and enjoy this beautiful look at the host state to the world, Minnesota

Throughout the Twin Cities you will find statues of Peanuts bringing smiles


The Uptown Theater is a landmark of independent films


This sign tells it all and can be found on the front lawns of many homes.


The US Bank Stadium where all the magic will happen.


Scenic rooftop view of downtown Minneapolis



Diverse street art


Sculpture Gardens – Walker Art Museum



Sculpture Gardens






Basilica of Minneapolis



Prince Immortalized in Uptown


Many unique looks of Uptown


Community Garden




Was a White Castle – Now a Jewelry Store


Clearest waters in the country


Minnesotans love their classic cars



Stillwater, Minnesota – The historic bridge between Minnesota and Wisconsin


Summers at the lake


Tubing on the lake


Como Park Conservatory



Mill City Museum



Light Rail – Nothing more efficient



Minnehaha Falls


Only in MN – State Capital





Como Zoo


The Great Bob Dylan – Mural in Downtown Minneapolis



Betty Danger’s Country Club Restaurant Ferris Wheel


Mall of America


Weisman Art Museum – U of Minnesota


Enjoy the big game.


Charleston, SC Ranks #27 in the 2018 “Best Places to Live” Annual Survey

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  1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Manhattan, Kansas
  3. Corvallis, Oregon
  4. Iowa City, Iowa
  5. Charlottesville, Virginia
  6. Palo Alto, California
  7. Madison, Wisconsin
  8. Santa Cruz, California
  9. Rochester, Minnesota
  10. Bellevue, Washington

Complete List

Charleston, South Carolina – #27

Author and contributing writer Matt Carmichael states why Charleston came in at #27 on the list:

“Few cities on our Top 100 Best Places to Live list are as steeped in their history as Charleston. Fewer have had so much of their history under the leadership of one man. Mayor Joe Riley began his tenure in the mid-1970s. He has generally been credited with helping grow Charleston into a modern small town while maintaining the antebellum charm that drew so many to it in the first place. If you look at the other cities on our Top 100, you’ll see some trends in amenities and programs that make them great places to live. Many of those ideas had their seeds in Charleston.

The city began its modern resurgence by developing the waterfront area into public space with surrounding low-rise development. Getting the parks right was an important first step for Mayor Riley. “Parks are forever,” he says. Today, cities from Louisville to Tampa to Chicago have invested in creating public waterfront spaces.

The Spoleto Festival, a two-week long arts festival, helped put the city on the international map and forced it to up its game. If you’re going to present a world-class event, Mayor Riley says, you have to be a world-class city. Grand Rapids, Mich., now has a similar program with its annual ArtPrize festival.

One thing that can’t be adapted by other cities is the Citadel, one of the most prestigious military colleges in the nation, which has its home in Charleston. The South Carolina Aquarium is located here as well, and Charleston has ranked well on our Top 10 cities for historic preservation, top 10 downtowns, top 10 spring break destinations among others.

The mayor also hasn’t been shy to borrow ideas from other cities himself. From Nashville, he adapted a program that celebrates the start of the school year with a giveaway of backpacks and schools supplies to 10,000 families. He heard about Louisville’s monthly open house in the mayor’s office and how any residents can drop in on the first Tuesday of each month and tell him what’s on their mind.

Creating great cities for all residents is one of the core values Livability looks for in its Best Places. That’s a point of pride for Mayor Riley. “We worked hard to make this deep south city, where the civil war began, a city of racial progress and racial unity.”

Official Ranking States for Charleston on the 2018 Ranking

GALLERY: Life in the Lowcountry – Photography Expose

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Come with us for a beautiful look at life in the Lowcountry.? Picture the serenity and brisk Southern breeze. Take in the beautiful natural surroundings and become part of a life that enjoys things a little slower, a little more relaxed.

This is life in the Lowcountry.

Sit back on your rocking chair and enjoy.

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Photo Credit:? Mark A. Leon – Charleston Daily





Ingevity to install solar panels at North Charleston, S.C., plant

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 24, 2018 – Ingevity Corporation (NYSE: NGVT) today announced that it will install a photovoltaic solar panel system at its pine chemicals plant in North Charleston, South Carolina. Once the installation is complete, the company will be participating in South Carolina Electric & Gas’s customer-scale solar generation program, which will allow Ingevity to offset part of their electric usage at the facility.

“This is a tangible example of Ingevity’s commitment to sustainability and our mission to purify, protect and enhance the world around us,” said Michael Wilson, Ingevity president and CEO. “We have achieved significant energy savings over the past several years through conservation efforts and efficiency upgrades. SCE&G’s solar program for businesses provides an appealing opportunity to reinvest those savings into a renewable and more sustainable energy infrastructure while simultaneously diversifying our electricity sources.”

The early stages of the installation are currently underway, with North Carolina-based Strata Solar Commercial providing engineering, procurement and construction services.?“We’re excited to partner with Ingevity to help?bring more renewable energy into their portfolio,” said Henry Dziuba, Strata’s chief revenue officer. “Strata is thrilled to be able to bring our vast experience in utility scale?applications to the commercial environment and help more organizations like Ingevity?meet their sustainability goals.”

Construction on the solar panel system is expected to be completed and operational by the end of the first quarter in 2018. It will consist of approximately 1,476 solar modules, and will produce approximately 723,000 kilowatt hours of energy in its first year of operation, offsetting the equivalent of 1.1 million pounds of carbon dioxide on an annual basis.

Ingevity: Purify, Protect and Enhance

Ingevity provides specialty chemicals and high-performance carbon materials and technologies that purify, protect and enhance the world around us. Through a team of talented and experienced people, Ingevity develops, manufactures and brings to market products and processes 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, publication inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Headquartered in North Charleston, South Carolina, 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).?

About Strata Solar

Strata Solar is a leading provider of utility-scale, commercial and industrial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Strata has constructed over 1.2 GW in total solar capacity and maintains a development pipeline of over 3.5 GW. The company’s integrated approach, which includes development, financing, engineering, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance, allows Strata to consistently build quality projects with long-term ownership in mind. Strata is consistently ranked as one of the largest utility-scale solar integrators in the U.S.

Media Release: Dear Prospective New Charleston Residents – Charleston is Officially Closed

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By Mark A. Leon

This is going to come as a shock to many who have already rented Uhaul trucks, looked at Google Maps and prepped road trip meals and gas breaks, but in a major announcement, Charleston has been declared closed to new residents.

After a massive public uprising, the powers above have made a declaration stating the reasons why it would not be prudent to move here:

  1. We don’t have a professional sports team (ok, major professional).? Think about this for a moment.? Charleston has a comparable cost of living to Chicago (this is truth) and they have the World Series Champion Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and the Chicago Fire.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, Bill Murray doesn’t always like to be bothered out in public. Besides, he is rarely in town anyway. You have a better chance of spotting a dolphin doing the backstroke.
  3. I know Charleston flaunts unseasonably warm winters, but it does snow. In fact, we recently got enough to shut down our international airport for three days, businesses were shut down and schools were closed.? It was mayhem and panic in the streets.
  4. We hide it well on social media, but the Lowcountry has a bit of a traffic issue. Structurally, this small coastal community wasn’t built for the size it has become and it becomes apparent during those busy rush hours.
  5. It is illegal to drink on our beaches. Do you really want to go to the beach and not be able to relax with a cold one?? Really??
  6. Our mascots are a Cougar, a Bulldog, and a big floppy eared dog. We are dorky and so unoriginal.? You deserve better.
  7. Southern pride isn’t for everyone. It is an acquired taste that has taken hundreds of years to obtain.
  8. If you aren’t an SEC or ACC fan, you are an outsider and who wants to be an outsider?
  9. We are much too expensive for you all. Charleston is 31% above the national cost of living average, our sales tax is 9.5% on everything including clothes, 10.5% restaurant food tax and 15% restaurant alcohol tax.? We feel bad putting that financial burden on y’all.
  10. We don’t even have a Macy’s or Tiffany’s or Lord & Taylor
  11. Charleston does not have a 24-hour coffee shop. What happens when you get that late-night inspiration and you need coffee?? You are out of luck my friend.
  12. You must experience it to believe it, but the heat and humidity have a life of their own during the summer. And do we have a summer.? It lasts for 9 months.
  13. With all our fried food, your New Years Resolution will go right out the window.? See how much we care.

We apologize for any inconvenience and wish you all the best of luck.

Why Seanachai Whiskey and Cocktail Bar on Johns Island has one of the Best Happy Hours in the Lowcountry

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Perhaps some of your have never heard of Seanachai.? Or maybe you have but don’t know why.? Maybe, just maybe you said to yourself, I’m not going to John’s Island for a drink.

Maybe it is time to rethink your stance on any of these possibilities and head over to what may be the best happy hour in the Lowcountry.

Here is why:

  • Happy Hour is everyday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • For the foodie in you:? Crispy Tots or Fries (Pimento Cheese Aoli), Wadmalaw Oyster Mushroom Flatbread or Fried Chicken Sliders are $4.00 each
  • For the drinker in you:? Donny Brook Stout, Clontarf Irish Whiskey (neat or rocks) or Moscow Mule are all $4.00 each
  • One of the finest selections of whiskey’s anywhere in town
  • From Fish and Chips to Meatloaf, the food is out of this world.
  • A true Irish culture from the dim lights, hardwood tables to authentic Irish bar table top games
  • All Cocktails are $8.50 and Drafts $5.50 – $6.25

This is truly and experience you want to repeat.

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Interluxe to Offer South Carolina Luxury Sportsman’s Retreat through Online Auction

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Golf, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, swimming and pristine natural beauty are all practically on the doorstep of this exclusive plantation estate home in Brays Island, South Carolina. Beginning Monday, January 29 at 9:00 a.m. EST, one lucky bidder will have the opportunity to call this magnificent retreat home.

Brays Island is a private, shared plantation in the heart of South Carolina Lowcountry, surrounded by nature preserves of salt marshes, ponds and huge trees draped in Spanish moss. More than 20 miles of tidal estuaries, as well as direct access to nearby rivers and the ocean, offer unlimited variety for boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and crabbing. The nature center hosts activities for people of all ages to explore the history of the plantation and wildlife of the region.

This serene natural setting is supplemented by deluxe community amenities including equestrian facilities and trails; golf with no tee times; a fitness and tennis center; indoor and outdoor swimming pools; skeet, five-stand and clay trap shooting; and expert instruction in all these pursuits.

In the midst of this sporting paradise is a magnificent 4-bedroom family home with semi-detached 2-bedroom guest home, set on a bluff overlooking serene views of woods and waters. Built in 2002, it blends integrated state-of-the-art electronics, including a THX home cinema system and multi-zone sound, with elegant traditional craftsmanship such as mahogany paneling, marble and hardwood floors, and four fireplaces.

The open floor plan flows seamlessly through entertaining and relaxing areas, including formal dining, a breakfast nook surrounded by bay windows, and a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, two islands, two sinks and a dedicated grill top. For outdoor living and entertaining, Brazilian Ipe wood decked porches wrap around the home and open off of nearly every room.

Private and family pursuits have also been catered for, including an exercise room and executive study. The master suite is a gracious retreat with its own fireplace, spa bathtub, huge walk-in shower, and a private deck overlooking the tree-lined pond. For extended family, the guest house offers a luxurious living zone all their own.

The perfect spot for living the southern outdoor lifestyle, Brays Island seems a world away from the bustle of the city. Yet both Charleston and Savannah are in easy reach for an array of modern entertainment and services.

The owners of this remarkable property have chosen to offer it through online auction because, says Interluxe President Scott Kirk, “It’s an excellent way to obtain competitive pricing and fair market value. Traditional real estate marketing techniques often fall short with unique, luxury properties because of their limited reach, but with Interluxe, a larger pool of bidders from all over the world can easily participate.”

Kirk also notes that an online auction sale has a fixed closing date within 45 days, while even the most desirable high end properties may sit on the market for months or even years. “Sellers love that they can control their outcome and move on with their lives,” he says.

More information about the property, open house preview dates and procedures for registering to bid can be found at To make an appointment to view a property, call the Interluxe Auction Manager at (888) 415-5893.

The sale is being conducted in cooperation with the listing agent, Paul Burton of Brays Island Realty. Agents are protected and a commission will be paid to the buyer’s representing broker. See Auction Terms and Conditions at for full details.

About Interluxe:

Interluxe is the next step in the evolution of the real estate industry. Its streamlined and intuitive online platform allows motivated sellers, qualified buyers and seasoned agents around the world to interact, facilitate transactions and achieve the best possible outcomes, all within 45 days. Since its founding in 2013, Interluxe has represented properties in 27 states and territories throughout the U.S. and abroad and is expanding to more international territories. More information is available at


(888) 415-LUXE

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Clemson Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks 2018 Football Schedules are Out

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The wait is over.? It is now time to get mentally prepared for another great season of Clemson Football

Here is the line up for your Tigers

Clemson’s 2018 football Schedule

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Sept. 1 – Furman
Sept. 8 – at Texas A&M
Sept. 15 – Georgia Southern
Sept. 22 – at Georgia Tech
Sept. 29 – Syracuse
Oct. 6 – at Wake Forest
Oct. 13 – OPEN
Oct. 20 – N.C. State
Oct. 27 – at Florida State
Nov. 3 – Louisville
Nov. 10 – at Boston College
Nov. 17 – Duke
Nov. 24 – South Carolina

2018 South Carolina Gamecocks Schedule

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Saturday September 1 Coastal Carolina Columbia, S.C.
Saturday September 8 Georgia Columbia, S.C.
Saturday September 15 Marshall Columbia, S.C.
Saturday September 22 Vanderbilt Nashville, Tenn.
Saturday September 29 Kentucky Lexington, Ky.
Saturday October 6 Missouri Columbia, S.C.
Saturday October 13 Texas A&M Columbia, S.C.
Saturday October 27 Tennessee Columbia, S.C.
Saturday November 3 Ole Miss Oxford, Miss.
Saturday November 10 Florida Gainesville, Fla.
Saturday November 17 Chattanooga Columbia, S.C.
Saturday November 24 Clemson Clemson, S.C.

Save the Date: Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Cool Runnings with the Charleston RiverDogs and Doug E. Doug

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Media Release – CHARLESTON, S.C. – On the heels of Jamaica sending their first women’s bobsled team to this year’s winter games, the Charleston RiverDogs will highlight one of the greatest underdog stories of all-time this season. The club will go for promotional gold as they host Jamaican Bobsled Night, featuring a guest appearance by one of the stars of Cool Runnings, Doug E. Doug, on Thursday, May 3 at Joe Riley Park.

The club will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cool Runnings, the story of Jamaica’s first bobsled team to qualify for the Olympic Games, highlighted by a guest appearance by the actor and comedian who starred as Sanka Coffie in the 1993 Disney hit film.

“I can’t believe we get to do a night about Cool Runnings,” said RiverDogs Director of Promotions Nate Kurant. “I’m looking forward to meeting Doug and breaking down the film line-for-line; the fans might even have a few minutes to meet with him, too.”

Adding to the fun, the RiverDogs will wear specialty Jamaica-themed jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game, allowing fans to go home with a unique souvenir from the night.

The evening’s festivities will feature a bobsled photo opportunity and meet and greet with Doug, along with push cart races, Olympic trivia, and medals awarded to the top competitors of the night.

It’s also a Budweiser Thirsty Thursday featuring dollar beers in the Ashley View Pub as DJ Natty Heavy spins tunes, featuring inspiration from the Caribbean. Don’t miss out on “Sanka Iced Coffee” drink specials to cool off during the game.

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