Shrimp season opens in South Carolina May 29 with encouraging forecast

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Barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it or sauté it – however you cook it, fresh South Carolina-caught white shrimp are back on the menu.

Commercial shrimp trawling will open in all legal South Carolina waters at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Georgia state waters will open to trawling at the same time.

Hopes are high that 2019 will bring a plentiful harvest after the previous year of relatively poor shrimping. In January 2018, an unusually cold period killed the vast majority of the white shrimp overwintering in South Carolina waters, delaying the 2018 opening of shrimp season until mid-June.

Fortunately, according to regular trawl surveys conducted by South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) biologists, white shrimp numbers appear to have returned to at least the ten-year average, hopefully heralding a better season for the state’s commercial fishery.

“The lack of any commercial shrimp landings from our waters at the beginning of 2018 resulted in enough economic loss to allow the state to apply for a declaration of a failed fishery from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce,” said Mel Bell, director of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ (SCDNR) Office of Fisheries Management. “Following that experience, we are extremely encouraged this year to see how well things seem to be progressing with this year’s crop of white shrimp.”

In an average year, with more typical winter water temperatures, shrimp season opens in full by mid- to late-May, typically after the opening of eight smaller provisional areas in the state’s outer waters. This year those provisional areas opened on April 24, allowing shrimpers to begin harvesting some larger white shrimp from farther offshore while still protecting most of the spawning population closer to shore.

SCDNR biologists Kristin Hamilton and Mike Kendrick measure and count white shrimp aboard a regular trawl survey in 2018. (Photo: E. Weeks/SCDNR)
SCDNR biologists Kristin Hamilton and Mike Kendrick measure and count white shrimp aboard a regular trawl survey in 2018. (Photo: E. Weeks/SCDNR)

SCDNR officials set the opening date for shrimp season each year based on the conditions of the shrimp themselves. Aboard both commercial and agency vessels, biologists sample and study white shrimp frequently in late spring. One of the things they’re looking for is evidence that a majority of female white shrimp have already spawned at least once. Opening the season too soon – and allowing trawlers to catch females that have not had an opportunity to spawn – could reduce the size of the fall white shrimp crop, which are the offspring of the spring white shrimp.

South Carolina’s commercial shrimp calendar has historically had three peak periods. In the spring, shrimpers typically capitalize on the influx of roe white shrimp, large, early-season shrimp that generally fetch higher prices and generate the most value for fishing effort. The summer months are defined by a peak in brown shrimp, which are similar to white shrimp in size and taste. In the fall and into winter, shrimpers bring in a second crop of white shrimp; the offspring of the spring roe shrimp.

Because white shrimp are a short-lived species that are vulnerable to cold water temperatures and unusually wet or dry summers, their numbers can fluctuate dramatically from year to year. However, they’re also prolific spawners – which means that the populations can quickly rebound even after a poor year or season.

Flip Ninja Grand Opening (West Ashley) – June 1, 2019

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Flip! Gym – 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, SUITE 202B, Charleston, SC (West Ashley)

Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM



**Located in the Citadel Mall across from our Gymnastics Gym!**

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YETI Announces the Opening of its Charleston Retail Location – Opening June 14, 2019

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AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–YETI Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: YETI), a leading premium outdoor brand, today announced its anticipated Charleston, S.C. retail location will open to the public on Friday, June 14. The new store will be situated in the historic district of downtown Charleston at 360 King Street.

“Charleston’s passionate outdoor, fishing, and culinary communities make it an ideal city for our latest store,” said Matt Reintjes, President & CEO at YETI. “South Carolinians have long been wonderful supporters of YETI and we are excited to further share our brand in this unique coastal city.”

In addition to offering an extensive selection of YETI’s innovative hard and soft coolers, drinkware, and outdoor living accessories, the 5,000-square-foot retail location will inspire visitors to get outside and explore the wild through experiential installations reflective of both the brand and the city of Charleston.

The space also includes a bar that will serve as a local gathering place featuring craft beer, wines, custom coffees, and quick bites. The store will host a variety of live entertainment, including music, film screenings, Ambassador demonstrations and educational workshops. Visitors will also have a place to interact with and customize YETI products to be uniquely their own.

In celebration of the grand opening on June 14, YETI will open its doors to the community for a weekend of events and activations beginning that Friday. Visitors are invited to explore the store, enjoy live music and savor an Austin-meets-Charleston menu that will feature brisket tacos from Austin’s Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, helmed by pit master and YETI Ambassador, Miguel Vidal. The celebration will continue Saturday with additional live music acts and a cookbook signing with YETI Ambassador, James Beard award-winning pit master and restauranteur, Sam Jones. On Sunday, YETI will auction a limited collection of painted coolers designed by celebrated coastal artist, Paul Puckett, with all proceeds benefitting the Charleston Waterkeeper water restoration project. A Father’s Day social will follow that afternoon and dads can get a beer on the house, with any purchase.

To learn more about YETI’s retail locations and stay up-to-date on the latest news, visit or follow along at @YETIcoolers. About YETI Holdings, Inc.

YETI is a designer, marketer, retailer, and distributor of a variety of innovative, branded, premium products to a wide-ranging customer base. Our mission is to ensure that each YETI product delivers exceptional performance and durability in any environment, whether in the remote wilderness, at the beach, or anywhere else life takes our customers. By consistently delivering high-performing products, we have built a following of engaged brand loyalists throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and elsewhere, ranging from serious outdoor enthusiasts to individuals who simply value products of uncompromising quality and design. Our relationship with customers continues to thrive and deepen as a result of our innovative new product introductions, expansion and enhancement of existing product families, and multifaceted branding activities.


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Verdant EcoSpa & Organic Oasis reminds us of the sacred cathedral of our body, mind and soul offering sustainably sourced products and holistic wellness treatments

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Your Body is a Miracle of Nature – Wellness and a Holistic Experience

The only home we ever have is our own body.  It is the ecosystem that drives energy, passion, sadness, strength, kindness, fear, compassion and beauty.  This gift of body, mind and soul is a miraculous creation that gives meaning to existence. 

That foundation is the heart of local Charleston business Verdant EcoSpa & Organic Oasis and what separates them from others in the Lowcountry.  We invite you to learn more about their philosophy, services, products and most importantly, the relationships the staff builds with their clients.

The Verdant team has procured a highly curated collection of sustainably sourced, largely organic wellness products that has been thoughtfully assembled to support your journey to sustainable vibrancy – mind, body, soul & spirit. This distinguished anthology represents small, American business owners at the vanguard of the holistic wellness movement who are passionately committed to providing you solutions that don’t compromise your longevity, your bank account or degrade the Earth. Every product included has been selected with intention and respect for every ingredient used. They have collated only the best options to meet a plethora of diverse needs. The collection continues to be updated with new innovations in the holistic wellness domain.

Lowcountry Renaissance

The Lowcountry has witnessed a renaissance in the last decade.  It has become a high-end escape filled with culinary manifestation, boutique lodging, health and wellness centers and natural wonder.  It is a place we call home and one that millions each year come to escape life.  We welcome family, love, tradition and faith and thrive on the truest sense of Southern hospitality

Verdant EcoSpa & Organic Oasis has created an environment rich in positive energy, eco-friendly solutions and consultants that truly put the client first.  Your well-being is what they breathe every day.

A Tasting of the Services

Verdant is proud to introduce the launch of their new online shop including a 25% discount for first-time shoppers:

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Local Charleston Singer/Songwriter plays tribute to Emanuel AME with an original song “Ghosts of Charleston”

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Local area resident Marc Kruza, who resides in Mount Pleasant, has composed and recorded a tribute to the victims of Mother Emanuel AME and a touching tribute to the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Marc is a published graphic novelist and songwriter. His original composition Ghosts of Charleston speaks of the beauty, compassion and love of our Southern home with poignancy and care.

Take a moment to listen to this touching tribute to a tragedy that did not destroy this city, but made it stronger through an unbroken bond of community, faith and love.

Ghosts of Charleston – Original Song and Lyrics by Marc Kruza

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Ghosts of Charleston – Lyrics

Verse 1
Some folks tonight went out and hit the town
And gazed west to watch the sky turn red.
But I, unarmed, had blue lights chase me down
Ran for my life, and the law shot me dead.
The living watched the news in disbelief
In a stew of anger, pain and grief.
Their anguished voices echoed to the sky,
But silence is the voice of those who die.

Oh, Charleston, my bittersweet city,
You’ve taken my life and broken my heart.
Music and art, and beaches were so pretty,
But oh, Charleston, why did this have to be?
Remember my city, to please remember me.

Verse 2
Some folks toured the town and drank some wine,
A perfect day, they drank iced tea and ate.
But we a bible study group of nine
Were shot dead by a man of icy hate.
The living watched the news and pondered how
The devils of the past still haunt us now.
Their anguished voices echoed to the sky,
But silence is the voice of those who die

Repeat Chorus

We call from the grave
Don’t wait ’till tomorrow.
Speak out be brave
Don’t marinate in sorrow.
Don’t just turn a page
Write a new story.
Take the stage
For there is no glory
If just some are free.
This must be your call
 Justice for all, 
for all, for all.

Final Chorus
Oh, Charleston, my bittersweet city,
You’ve taken my life and broken my heart.
Music and art, and beaches were so pretty,
But oh, Charleston, why did this have to be?
Remember my city, please remember me.
Remember my city, please remember me.

Wild Dunes Resort Announces New Cultural & Historical Charleston Museum Package

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Charleston’s barrier island resort, Wild Dunes Resort, is thrilled to announce its new Cultural & Historical Charleston Museum Package. Combining an enriching excursion to the downtown Charleston Museum with a relaxing beach vacation, guests can experience the best of both worlds with this unique new getaway option.

America’s first museum, the Charleston Museum is filled with rich Lowcounty history with permanent exhibits including the Lowcountry History Hall, Becoming Americans, City Under Siege: Charleston in the Civil War and more. The Cultural & Historical Charleston Museum package can be customized for both couples and families alike and includes:

  • Resort accommodations in a AAA Four-Diamond rated Boardwalk Inn guestroom or Village suite (minimum two-night stay required)
  • Two adult Charleston Museum tickets
  • Charleston welcome amenity

Add-on options include:

  • Two youth Charleston Museum tickets (ages 3-12 or 13-17)
  • Joseph Manigault House & Heyward-Washington House Tour
    • Joseph Manigault House: This famous structure was home to rice planting and slave owning Joseph Manigault who was related to both Arthur Middleton, one of the SC signers of the Declaration of Independence, and Charlotte Drayton, whose family owned Drayton Hall.
    • Heyward-Washington House: This historic home was originally home to Thomas Heyward, one of the four SC signers of the Declaration of Independence. It was also once occupied by George Washington during one of his visits to Charleston.

To book, please visit or call 866.359.5593.

Town of Mount Pleasant, SC Seeks Feedback for Proposed Shem Creek Scenarios

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The Town of Mount Pleasant Shem Creek Study Advisory Committee is seeking public feedback on three proposed future scenarios for Shem Creek.

Feedback may be submitted on the Town’s website here. Respondents are asked to summarize their opinion of each scenario, with space for additional comments. Feedback must be submitted no later than Friday, May 31.

Based on the input received, the committee will submit their recommendation report to Town Council at the June 11 meeting for their consideration.

The Shem Creek Area Management Plan was borne out of the desire by the Shem Creek Study Advisory Committee to determine appropriate actions to preserve the future of Shem Creek, an iconic working creek that is a valuable cultural and economic resource to the Town and its citizens.

The group’s mission is to preserve, promote, and protect the unique history, nature, and economy of the Shem Creek Study Area and maintain the character of it as a working creek.

More information about the Shem Creek Study Advisory Committee and their work can be found on the Town’s website here:

Concept Organic Grocer (GreenWise) Opens in Mount Pleasant, SC

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LAKELAND, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The second new-concept GreenWise Market opened today in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, at the Indigo Square shopping center located on the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 17 and Indigo Market Drive.

“We’re excited to bring the simple, yet sophisticated, environment and high-quality, unique products of GreenWise Market to the Mount Pleasant community,” said Publix President Kevin Murphy. “GreenWise Market is more than a store. It’s a gathering place where our customers can discover local items, indulge in a decadent treat or find the items they need to support their healthy lifestyle.”

GreenWise Market is a specialty, natural and organic store featuring grab-and-go options, organic produce, indulgent gourmet treats, local and unique products, bulk items, body care, and a variety of in-house made products like smoked meats and sausages. Customers can purchase a glass of wine, locally brewed beer, locally roasted coffee, tea or smoothie to enjoy while they shop or relax in one of the store’s seating areas. The store also includes a three-panel mural by local artist Amelia Rose Smith, featuring painted scenes from nearby Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms.

The first new-concept GreenWise Market opened in Tallahassee, Florida, in October 2018. Eight additional locations have been announced, and three of those are expected to open this year. The company continues to look for additional GreenWise Market locations throughout its operating area. Customers may sign up for GreenWise Market REWARDS to receive personalized offers.

GreenWise Market is a banner owned and operated by Publix Super Markets Inc., a privately owned Fortune 100 company with 2018 sales of $36.1 billion. Publix operates more than 1,200 grocery stores throughout seven states in the Southeast. For more information about GreenWise Market, visit For more information about Publix, visit


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Good Vibes and Delicous Burgers: That is the reason to go to Chuck & Patty’s and keep coming back

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As you enter Workshop at 1503 King Street Extension, an unorthodox business is going to catch your vision in the right-hand corner. It will be filled with fluorescent signs, flashy trinkets and a signed picture of Tiffani-Amber Thiessen aka Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell.?

First indication is that this is not your typical corporate high-end fancy dining establishment and you are correct. What Chuck & Patty’s brings to the Lowcountry is a unique and delicious concept, fostered by proprietor Jacob Hunter and his very close team.

My first encounter with Chuck & Patty’s occurred at the 2019 Charleston Wine + Food Festival. I was in the media and vendor area and fortunate to get the final burger slider they were offering on Sunday afternoon. I walked outside and situated myself by an oak barrel table and savored that slider for ten minutes with each bite better than the last. During that time, five different sets of people came over seeking out this culinary treasure. After that experience, I had to share my story with Jacob and his lovely wife. Even while we spoke, someone asked if my half-eaten burger was available to take. That is when I knew they had something special.

I knew I had to sit down further with Jacob and hear his story. Honestly, it was quite simple. Jacob and his wife got married in Charleston and that love carried over when they decided to leave Washington, D.C. to raise a family and needed to decide where to live. Charleston became that place they would call home.

When thinking about a dining concept, Jacob wanted to pay homage to the California burger scene where some of the best burgers and vibes were born and continue to flourish. Also, being a child of the ’90s and having some of his earliest crushes on TV and film, he saw his vision come to life with his personal theme and tribute to the 1990’s.

With a combination of some great culinary training, a 90’s upbringing and a unique concept to help expand the diversity of the Charleston dining experience, Chuck & Patty’s was born and what a treat they have brought to Charleston is just under one year.

Chuck & Patty’s is for everyone; families, adults, children, business professionals or groups. Whether you want a mouthwatering burger, fries, ice cream, milkshake, vegetarian offerings, Capri-Sun (yes they have them too) with a flair for the South, New York, Pittsburgh or California, Chuck & Patty’s is here to meet all your needs and even bring you back to another more simpler time period.

Sometimes you find a place to make you smile because of the eclectic theme; other times, the food warms your heart and still, some come for the great customer service and feeling of community. Chuck & Patty’s brings that all to you and in the end, the food will keep you coming back.

Head to The Workshop for lunch or dinner and enjoy a truly fun and deliciously delightful down to earth meal.

Hours of Operation

  • Sunday 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Monday 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tues – Thurs 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • Friday 11:00am – 10:00pm
  • Saturday 10:00am – 10:00pm

Photo Credit: Chuck & Patty’s

Charleston Photography Spotlight: Sally Gray Mahon (Open Aperture Photography)

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On May 15, 2018, just over a year ago to the day, Sally Gray Mahon left a stable marketing career with salary, benefits and set hours to begin her dream of exposing love, passion, and emotion through her photographic eye. Thus, Open Aperture Photography in Charleston was born.

“I had no savings, no business plan, and no idea that May 15th would become such an important date in my little world. This year has been filled to the brim with bitter tears and explosive joy and experiences I never thought I would deserve. I have made embarrassing mistakes. I have created things I am proud of. I have worked harder than I thought I ever could to build something worth offering. I can’t believe it’s real. Every client, collaborator, and critic. Every partner and teacher and friend. Every human that has allowed me in. I am weeping in the parking lot as I type this mess of words. I am so grateful to be here. There is so much still to learn. I can’t believe it’s real. I can’t believe it” – Sally Gray Mahon

Beyond every picture is a vision and story that is captured forever for generations to learn from, cherish and embrace. Photography has a responsibility to tell a story and capture the essence of a moment. That takes a level of heart that so many never understand. It is this heart that makes this story and profile so special.

Sally Gray Mahon has taken a tremendous risk to follow her heart and is bringing so many along with her on this journey.

Her eye for looking beyond the subject and exposing their feelings and bringing a sense of love and togetherness to the photographic community makes her one of the beautiful stories in Charleston.

From weddings to engagements, music events to portraits, this eclectic and visionary artist is a gift to the Lowcountry. As Sally states in her bio, it is all about the human experience.

We were fortunate to see her in action at RapFest 2019 at The Purple Buffalo on Saturday, May 25th. Her vision and connection to her subjects painted a visual of just how dedicated she is to her art and the message she wants to share.

To learn more about Sally Gray Mahon and Photograph Everything go to:

Photo Credit: Photograph Everything / Openaperturephotography

Artist/Photographer – Sally Gray Mahon