SC Ports State of the Port Emphasizes Importance of Infrastructure Investment to Support Ongoing Growth Projections

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CHARLESTON, SC – October 29, 2018 – Today, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) president and CEO, Jim Newsome, presented the annual State of the Port to an audience of approximately 600 customers, elected officials and shipping industry representatives at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Jim’s presentation focused on the Port’s successes, strategic infrastructure investments to support continued container volume growth, new initiatives to increase Port productivity and overall industry trends that will impact the Port in the future. The Propeller Club of Charleston hosted the event which marked Newsome’s tenth address since joining SCPA in 2009.

SC Ports volumes for the 2018 fiscal year, which ran July 2017 through June 2018, were record-breaking. The Port handled 2.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs), an increase of three percent over the previous fiscal year. March through June marked the highest months of container volume in the Port’s history. In breakbulk, or non-containerized cargo, Charleston handled 760,501 pier tons during FY2018. Within the breakbulk business segment, SCPA moved 232,390 vehicles across the docks of the Columbus Street Terminal.

Approximately 22 percent of the Port’s container cargo moves via intermodal rail including freight moving to Inland Port Greer which is 212 miles from Charleston in the upstate. The Greer facility achieved 117,812 rail moves in FY18. With the success of Inland Port Greer, SCPA opened Inland Port Dillon, in the northeastern part of the state, in April.

Key financial metrics include operating cash flow of $85 million and nearly $214 million in capital expenditures.

In addition to volume growth, SCPA achieved significant progress of key infrastructure projects in FY2018. The nearly three-year effort to strengthen and refurbish the Wando Welch Terminal wharf was completed in July, which allows the facility to handle three neo-Panamax ships at the same time. Construction on the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project to 52 feet, which began in February, is well underway with three Great Lakes Dock and Dredge Company dredges currently at work in the Entrance Channel. The Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal also saw progress in FY18 with the completion of the fill phase, and the SCPA Board approved a $53.8 million contract for construction of the wharf structure for phase one of the facility, which has begun. The new terminal will open in 2021 to accommodate growth of the Port’s containerized cargo business.

“We had a really good year in fiscal year 2018,” Newsome said. “We saw record cargo come through the Port, and we completed the Wando Welch Terminal refurbishment project. We worked together as a team towards a vision of being the preferred port of the top 10 U.S. Ports.”

Looking ahead, the Port will continue to invest heavily to accommodate container volume growth and the efficient handling of big ships. East Coast ports have seen a continued increase in container volumes since the Panama Canal expansion. A nearly $400 million enhancement project is underway at the Wando Welch Terminal. Upon completion, the facility will offer 15 ship-to-shore (STS) cranes with 155 feet of lift height; 65 rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes; 25 empty handlers; 40 gates; a dedicated chassis yard; and optimized operations allowing for a 2.4 million TEUs capacity.

Construction on the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project continues to progress, marking a historic accomplishment that will make Charleston the deepest harbor on the East Coast. Newsome announced today that an updated benefit-cost-ratio (BCR) of 3.1 was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which meets the requirements for inclusion in the President’s Budget. The BCR recalculation took several factors into account, highlighting the fact that SCPA’s projected volumes out-performed the estimates used in the original study.

Vital to the Port’s ability to sustain the volumes and revenue required for such investments is the expansion of its cargo base. SCPA closed on the purchase of a nearly 1,000-acre industrial tract in Ridgeville, South Carolina to support import distribution and export growth. The rail-served site offers approximately 750 developable acres for port-related industry use.

Along with investments in the Port’s terminals are enhancements to intermodal efficiency. Newsome said as the Port grows, it must intelligently expand its reach by rail and improve the condition of the chassis fleet through the creation of the Southern States Chassis Pool (SSCP).

“We talk all the time about equipment and investments, but investments alone do not lead us to a winning outcome,” said Newsome. “The best people lead to the best outcomes, and through cooperation and collaboration we have worked together to build this port up. Our future is very bright and our best years are ahead.”

Click to view Jim Newsome’s State of the Port presentation.

About South Carolina Ports Authority
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), established by the state’s General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 187,200 statewide jobs and generate nearly $53 billion annual economic activity. SCPA is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet, and the Port is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. For more information on SCPA, please visit www.scspa.com.

Media Contact:
Kelsi Childress
External Affairs Coordinator
SC Ports Authority
843-577-8676
kchildress@scspa.com

Charleston’s Southern Current Named SC’s Fastest Growing Company

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SC Biz Recognizes Solar Company’s Expanding Footprint

CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ —?Southern Current has been named the fastest growing company in South Carolina for 2018 by SC Biz News and its Roaring Twenties awards. Headquartered here, Southern Current operates in 10 states and is a market leader with nearly $450 million in investments for 500 MW to date. In the past year, Southern Current’s team has doubled in size to nearly 100 members.

Twenty large companies and 20 small companies gathered last night at an event in Columbia to recognize the finalists at the Roaring Twenties presentation. This honor recognizes the state’s fastest-growing companies based on both dollar and percentage increases in revenue from 2016-2017.

“We are honored to be named the fastest growing company in South Carolina, a state with such a robust collection of organizations,” said Jon Downey, President and CEO. “As our team and our footprint grow across the country, we remain fully committed to our home state and helping make it an even better place to live and work.”

In order to qualify for the Roaring Twenties designation, companies must have a physical presence in South Carolina and be a for-profit entity or a unique, non governmental nonprofit organization.

Company size was determined by gross revenue and percentage growth, year over year. Southern Current was selected as the fastest growing among all 20 finalists.

About Southern Current: Founded in 2016 with the merger of Sustainable Energy Solutions and Solbridge Energy, the company creates solar energy infrastructure in 10 states. The company focuses on large-scale, commercial and residential solar development and deployment. To date, Southern Current has invested $450 million in 500 MW to date, with $2 billion additional investment committed.

SOURCE Southern Current

Truesdale Medical Center Opens in North Charleston, Offering HIV Care and Primary Medical Care

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – ?Truesdale Medical Center, offering both primary medical care and treatment specific to those living with HIV, has opened in North Charleston. The center operates in partnership with Palmetto Community Care, a nonprofit providing complete compassionate HIV care and prevention education awareness in the Charleston area.

Truesdale Medical Center is located at 6296 Rivers Ave., Suite 310 in North Charleston, in the Trident United Way building. It provides a variety of services, including HIV medical care, HIV primary care, primary care for non-HIV patients, treatment for acute illness and chronic illness as well as gynecological services, viral hepatitis management and prevention and treatment for other sexually transmitted infections.

“Truesdale Medical Center is committed to providing excellence in health care as well as focusing on complete, compassionate HIV care and preventative medical services,” said Bradley Childs, CEO of Truesdale Medical Center and Executive Director of Palmetto Community Care. “This is a much-needed resource for the community and for HIV-positive clients at Palmetto Community Care.”

While clients at Palmetto Community Care will be able to receive both HIV care and primary care services at Truesdale Medical, members of the community ages 16 and up can seek care at the center as well. The general public can pay for services with insurance, Medicaid and Medicare.

Jami Dybik is the center’s practice manager. She previously was financial services coordinator for Palmetto Community Care. Samantha Wadford is the family nurse practitioner. She has 18 years of experience working in community and hospital nursing, most recently as the family planning nurse consultant for S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The center’s physician is William D. Largen, MD, a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in infectious disease at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has a strong passion for managing the complexities of HIV care, including the special psycho-social support it requires.

“With more than 500 HIV-positive clients at Palmetto Community Care, we know that our community needed another medical provider for HIV primary care. Our central location at the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the Lowcountry combined with 27 years of work in the HIV/AIDS community ensures that we are very well equipped to help all HIV-positive patients with a full spectrum of medical care, and focus on those most at need for complete, compassionate medical care and preventative services,” Childs said.

Truesdale Medical Center is named in memory of James Edward “Jimmy” Truesdale who passed away on Feb. 12, 2017, at the age of 76. Truesdale was a dedicated supporter of Lowcountry AIDS Services (now Palmetto Community Care) for many years, including serving as president of the board of directors.

Truesdale Medical Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday; and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 843-266-3870. Learn more about Truesdale Medical Center at www.truesdalemedical.org.

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About Truesdale Medical Center
Founded in 2018, Truesdale Medical Center’s mission is to improve the health of those it serves through excellence in patient care and the utilization of evidence-based practices. Truesdale Medical Center, located in North Charleston, focuses on providing excellent health care to its clients with a focus on complete, compassionate HIV Care and prevention. Learn more at www.truesdalemedical.org or at www.facebook.com/TruesdaleMedical.

CARTA, Town of James Island Cut Ribbon on Camp-Folly Bus Stop Shelter

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Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority
A BERKELEY-CHARLESTON-DORCHESTER COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS PROGRAM

CARTA, TOWN OF JAMES ISLAND CUT RIBBON ON CAMP-FOLLY BUS STOP SHELTER

Town funded construction of the new structure

James Island, S.C. (Oct. 22, 2018) – Charleston Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and Town of James Island officials today cut the ribbon on the transit system’s newest shelter at the intersection of Camp Road and Folly Road.

The Town funded the $32,000 shelter, built on land provided by Walgreens. The structure was part of the Charleston County-led Camp Road at Folly Road Intersection Improvement Project.

“This is an excellent example of partnership among multiple government agencies and the private sector,” said CARTA board of directors chairman Mike Seekings. “The CARTA board thanks to the Town of James Island for funding the shelter, Walgreen’s for providing the necessary easement and Charleston County for their role in the project.”

“The Town recognizes the importance of public transit on James Island and placing a shelter at this important intersection made sense,” James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey said. “We also hope to find further ways to partner with CARTA in the future.”

The ribbon cutting comes ahead of a public meeting next week to discuss possible service changes on James Island that potentially include shorter headways and more trips per day. The meeting will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Oct. 29 at St. James Presbyterian Church, 1314 Secessionville Road.

Elsewhere in the system, CARTA is in the midst of constructing more than 60 shelters this fall.

ABOUT CARTA

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is a public transportation system dedicated to providing affordable transit in the Charleston community through local fixed routes, on-demand paratransit service, and express commuter routes. For the latest on CARTA, visit www.ridecarta.com, like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @RideCARTA. All customers are encouraged to plan rides and track buses with the CARTA-endorsed Transit app.

Brown Dog Deli – A Game Changer in the Charleston Sandwich Scene

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By Mark A. Leon

We have all walked past Brown Dog Deli located at 40 Broad Street hundreds of times.? Perhaps on your way to the Art Walk or Blind Tiger.? Maybe you were looking up at the church steeple and you didn’t even notice.? It is a small unassuming restaurant that provides a safe haven of dining and delivery to the Broad Street, Battery and peninsula community.? As you walk in, there is a casual look and feel.? A nice bench in the front window as you wait for take out; a soda machine and two vats filled with sweet and unsweetened Ice Tea; tables in a small open setting and staff scurrying around to meet your needs.

Brown Dog is a traditional deli offering:

  • Salads
  • Wraps
  • Traditional Deli Classic Sandwiches
  • Specialty Sandwiches
  • Assortment of homemade sides (We recommend the hummus or macaroni salad)

Here is what you need to know and this is the secret we are finally going to unleash:? The food is outstanding.? The peninsula has transformed itself to a foodie paradise where inventive dishes have created a competition that lives and breathes on its own.? Hidden in this renaissance is a traditional deli environment surrounded by lawyers and fine art that delivers some of the most enticing salads and sandwiches in Charleston.

brown1There are two specialty sandwiches we would like to tell you about that we recently tried:

  • “The Grateful” Duck Club – This memorable gourmet sandwich includes:? apple-smoked duck breast, cashew butter spread, peach-ginger-pepper jelly, bacon, colby-cheddar cheese, arugula, & sherry walnut apple salad on a toasted sourdough bread.? Let me ask you, how long does it take to typically eat half a sandwich (yes, we shared it)?? I am thinking five to ten minutes, maybe fifteen if you engage in a thought-provoking discussion.? This half a sandwich took over 45 minutes to eat.? Not because I was super busy with work, but because I savored each and every bite.? The sweetness of the jelly and apple salad combined with the hearty bacon and duck was heavenly.? I was a little surprised at the thought of arugula, but it added a refreshing tartness to the sandwich.? As referenced in the title, this is a game changer.
  • Apple “Butter” Jeans – A beautiful autumn creation made with warm melted brie, sliced Granny Smith apples, local apple butter, fresh arugula, mesquite smoked turkey, honey ham, and applewood-smoked bacon served on a panini-pressed local French baguette.? Some sandwiches scream a season and if one was born for the fall and winter, this is it.? Typically, you cannot go wrong with brie and apples on a baguette, but add smoked turkey, ham and bacon and oh my do you have a meal.? Once again we shared and one half of this sandwich was enough to fill your appetite.

Brown Dog Deli does offer a combination option that includes a drink and side to make your meal complete.

If these two gourmet delights do not put you in a curiosity frenzy to stop by for lunch, then the Salmon, watermelon, feta cheese salad, chipotle chicken cobb salad or Mesquite Turkey Croissant (brie cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, sprouts, red onions & cranberry-pepper jelly) should completely win you over.

Wesley Denney, is titled a cuisine artist on the website and the mastermind behind the menu, What he does is more than create culinary art, he has mastered a true marketing victory.? By catering to the traditionalists and the creative salad and sandwich diners in a comforting setting, he has built a home for northern tourists, locals and business professionals from government officials to art curators.? With fresh local ingredients, gluten-free options and refreshingly explosive menu of mouth-watering dining treats, Brown Dog Deli is a winner in the Charleston casual dining space.

If you are looking for a craft beer to wash down these great menu selections, rest assured, they do offer a fine selection of drafts and bottles.? Come in for lunch or dinner, but not too late, they do close at 8:00 PM.? Come in for lunch or dinner, but watch out, it could get addictive.

Charleston’s The Avian Conservation Center & Partners Bring “Year of the Bird” to Cainhoy Elementary

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Corporate and Foundation partners invest in under-served students, inspired learning, and avian conservation

The Avian Conservation Center, a renowned educational, conservation, and scientific organization in Charleston, has received a $12,500 grant from BP America and a $20,000 grant from the Daniel Island Community Fund to fund the Year of The Bird Program at Cainhoy Elementary School.

In 2018, we commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next one hundred years. The need for this focus on avian science and conservation has never been more urgent. Today nearly one in eight species of birds (~12% of all birds worldwide) is at “real” risk of becoming extinct in the next 100 years – 50 times the historical rate.

Building on the Center’s past work at Cainhoy Elementary School funded by BP America, the Year Of The Bird Program will expand the Center’s impact on Cainhoy students from a role of programmatic support to that of cultural transformation. Cainhoy Media Specialist, Ashley Illig, has been designated as a liaison between Cainhoy faculty and the Center’s Education Staff. Illig completed a three-week internship at the Center over the summer, becoming immersed in the Center’s medical, educational, research, and conservation work.

Center educators led a day long Teacher Training Workshop for all Cainhoy Elementary teachers on the Center’s campus in August. During this workshop ornithology curriculum was integrated with problem-based learning and STEAM connections into classroom lesson plans intended for the Cainhoy students. Illig is helping teachers create year-round, hands-on grade level projects for students utilizing this curriculum.

Funding from BP America, the Daniel Island Community Fund, and Coastal Expeditions will provide monthly programs for Cainhoy students conducted by the Avian Conservation Center’s staff. The first of these programs took place at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in September featuring new work by the Italian artist Hitnes. The exhibition is a culmination of The Image Hunter project, in which Hitnes retraced Audubon’s travels in the United States and created work during a residency in Charleston, SC.

Next month students will visit the Center’s campus during fall raptor migration to participate in the annual SC Coastal Raptor Migration Survey. This survey, part of the Hawk Migration Association of North American’s international research on avian migration, will utilize novel radar technology to track migrating birds. Funding from the corporate and foundation partners of this project will make nature and wildlife more accessible to Cainhoy students in a way stimulates a renewed and sustained interest in learning and the STEAM disciplines.

“The decisions we make today directly affect the status of environmental conservation for generations to come. By exposing students to programs incorporating live birds of prey, we are able to encourage active participation in the natural world with a scientific perspective. It is our obligation to assist these young students in developing an understanding and appreciation for our crucial role as stewards of our cherished natural resources,” says Jim Elliott, Founder and Executive Director of the Avian Conservation Center and Center for Birds of Prey.

About the Avian Conservation Center

Founded in 1991 in response to the crucial need of an avian conservation center in South Carolina, the Center utilizes the unique role of wild birds as unsurpassed indicators of the overall health of our ecosystem to preserve the future of the natural world, upon which we all depend. The Center’s mission is to identify and address vital environmental issues by providing medical care to injured birds of prey and shorebirds, and through educational, research and conservation initiatives. The Center for Birds of Prey is the principle operating division of the Avian Conservation Center and is open to the public every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org or call 843.971.7474.

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Contact: Kara Bale
843.606.3400
kara.bale@avianconservationcenter.org

New Charleston Nonprofit Aims to Change the Way Dyslexic Students are Taught to Read

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — A newly formed nonprofit organization is giving hope to children who struggle with reading, spelling, writing and reading comprehension. The Orton-Gillingham Center of Charleston was established by Mount Pleasant mothers Renee Byrd McCaslin and Lindsey Propes Ballenger, both of whom were seeking change in the way struggling readers are being identified and taught to read, write and spell.

Orton-Gillingham is a multisensory approach to learning with each lesson personalized and structured for an individual student’s needs and goals. It incorporates phonemic awareness and both reading and spelling are taught together.

This teaching approach was developed by Samuel Torrey Orton (1879-1948), a neuropsychiatrist and pathologist who was a pioneer in focusing attention on reading failure and related language processing difficulties. Anna Gillingham (1878-1963), a skilled educator and psychologist, worked with Orton to train and publish instructional manuals.

For more than 50 years, the Orton-Gillingham Approach has become the most widely used intervention designed expressly for remediating the language processing problems of children and adults with dyslexia.

Locally, the Orton-Gillingham Center of Charleston is committed to elevating the Orton-Gillingham Approach in the Lowcountry by training more professionals and ensuring completion of the accreditation process. The center is located on the campus of Coastal Christian Preparatory School, 681 McCants Drive in Mount Pleasant, but is an independent entity from Coastal Christian Prep.

The Orton-Gillingham Center of Charleston is working to train more people in the Orton-Gillingham Approach and, with a training fellow on the team, can ensure those who are trained complete a 100-hour practicum through the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. The center also provides a space for student instruction and resources for parents.

McCaslin has an extensive background in education while Ballenger has worked in nonprofit fundraising and business administration. Both have been trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

“This is our ministry,” Ballenger said. “This is what we’ve been called to do.”

McCaslin says she is most excited about tying all her professional and personal experiences together, and bringing together educators, experts and families to impact the community.

The organization is awaiting final approval of its federal nonprofit status, so it can begin fundraising to support teacher training in Orton-Gillingham and to provide scholarships for students who may not be able to afford the private instruction.

Parents can get in touch with the Orton-Gillingham Center of Charleston to schedule a parent meeting and informal assessment to see if their child might benefit from the Orton-Gillingham Approach. The center does not provide an official diagnosis; that must be done by an educational psychologist. Learn more at www.ogcharleston.com.

Educational forums for parents and educators are being planned for early 2019. The center is bringing together professionals from a variety of background to offer families comprehensive support. A parent mentor also will be available to help families navigate resources for their children.

Part of the center’s mission, Ballenger said, is to educate the public about dyslexia. It’s more than just seeing letters backward, as so many people think.

Dyslexia is a neurological, lifelong condition. People don’t outgrow dyslexia, but, with the right instruction, it is possible to minimize the effects. Dyslexia is also hereditary and occurs on a spectrum from mild to profound.

One in five people have some form of dyslexia, meaning the need for early intervention is critical. Ballenger said research shows that offering specialized instruction to children with dyslexia in kindergarten and first grade can close the achievement gap. It’s why she’s so passionate about helping other parents recognize the red flags and signs of dyslexia early.

About Orton Gillingham Center of Charleston

The Orton Gillingham Center of Charleston was established in 2018 by Charleston educational leaders seeking change in the way dyslexic learners are taught to read. The center is committed to elevating the Orton-Gillingham Approach in the Lowcountry by training more professionals and ensuring completion of the accreditation process with The Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. The center offers intervention support by qualified practitioners to students throughout the Charleston area. Learn more at www.ogcharleston.com.

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HōM Introduces New Fall Menus Featuring Bigger, Badder and Bolder Burgers

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HAPPY HOUR UPGRADES TO SLIDERS, BURGER DOGS AND HOTDOGS

CHARLESTON, S.C. (OCTOBER 16, 2018) – HōM, the downtown burger boutique and ping-pong hotspot, has released new Fall menus inspired by the latest creative burger trends. The 6.5-oz. double patty, smash-style burgers are cooked to order on a flat top, which seals in more flavor and produces a much juicier burger.

“We listened to customer feedback and wanted to get more creative with our burgers,” said Pete Smith co-owner of HōM. “By streamlining the burger selections, we can focus on the quality of the double patty and grind fresh beef in-house every day.”

HōM also updated the Happy Hour menu, which now features Sliders, Burger Dogs, Hotdogs and $3.50 well drinks.

New appetizers and entrées include:

Fried Butternut Squash ($8)

Guajillo pepper & chocolate goat cheese, vanilla onion relish, maple bacon arugula, balsamic reduction

Down N’ Out ($10)

American, lettuce, tomato, red onion, fancy sauce

80/20 ($10.50)

Smoked bacon, avocado, sunny egg, gouda, caramelized onion

Mushroom & Swiss ($10)

Portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, swiss, dijon

Hatch Chili Burger ($10)

Grilled, roasted chilis, chihuahua cheese, braised red onion, tortillas

New happy hour dishes include:

Shroom N’ Swiss Slider ($5)

Portobellos, caramelized onions, swiss, dijon

Inside Out Burger Dog ($5)

Bacon wrapped, cheddar stuffed, avocado, caramelized onions, dijon

Sonoran Hotdog ($5)

Bacon wrapped, pico, guacamole, roasted garlic sour cream

To view the full new spring menu, visit www.homcharleston.com/menu/

ABOUT HōM
Featuring bright orange booths and lounge-inspired decor including a ping-pong room, HōM is a unique burger boutique and neighborhood bar located in the heart of downtown Charleston. HōM has become a destination for generous hospitality on Upper King. For more information, visit www.homcharleston.com, like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @homcharleston.

Infographic Guide to Wellness and Happiness

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Is life bringing you down?
Is work hindering your ability to pursue your dreams and goals?
Do you feel overwhelmed?
Are stress and anxiety a regular part of your life?

It may be time to slow down and find balance.? Here are some great ideas, tips and plans to bring wellness, balance and happiness back into your life

Infographic Guide to Wellness and Happiness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charleston, South Carolina Ranked #22 Best City to Retire in for 2019

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A new U.S. News analysis compared the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States as potential retirement spots. The study included data about housing affordability, happiness, desirability, retiree taxes, the job market and access to quality health care. The data was weighted based on a U.S. News online survey of people age 45 and older about their retirement preferences.

Over half of the list contains cities from just three states: Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania. There are seven cities in Florida that made the 25 Best Places to Retire, largely due to affordable homes, low taxes and high ratings for happiness and desirability. The list also contains four places in Texas and three Pennsylvania communities that provide a high quality of life at an affordable price. Here’s a look at the Best Places to Retire in 2019

Here is the Top 25

  1. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  2. Fort Myers, Florida
  3. Sarasota, Florida
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  6. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  7. Nashville, Tennessee
  8. San Antonio, Texas
  9. Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas
  10. Lakeland, Florida
  11. El Paso, Texas
  12. Washington, D.C.
  13. Daytona Beach, Florida
  14. San Diego, California
  15. Raleigh, Durham, North Carolina
  16. New York, New York
  17. Phoenix, Arizona
  18. Allentown, Pennsylvania
  19. Portland, Maine
  20. Portland, Oregon
  21. Miami, Florida
  22. Charleston, South Carolina
  23. Melbourne, Florida
  24. Jacksonville, Florida
  25. Boston, Massachusetts

Charleston Details

Visitors flock to South Carolina’s oldest city to walk the cobblestone streets, take in the classical architecture and enjoy the unique southern hospitality. History buffs will enjoy a visit to Fort Sumter and the area’s many historic landmarks and museums. This seaside city on the Charleston Harbor provides plenty of opportunities for boating, water sports and enjoying the fresh local seafood. Health care is available at the Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and MUSC Health-University Medical Center. While some parts of Charleston are expensive, the median home price among people age 60 and older is $253,900.