BagValet, Charleston’s new mobile luggage storage company launches service

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BagValet, Charleston’s new mobile luggage storage company, helps bridge the gap between flights and lodging accommodations by providing daily mobile luggage storage. Say goodbye to lugging your luggage to brunch. 

Charleston, S.C. – August 2019 – BagValet is excited to announce the launch of their new luggage storage solution to assist travelers by holding their luggage between that awkward span of time between check-out and flight times. 

Whether you’re a traveler looking to explore the city without your suitcase in tow or a restaurant owner who consistently has guests’ luggage piling up during peak times, BagValet makes the process of storing luggage convenient and affordable. 

Charleston resident, Amanda Sheridan, created BagValet created the concept while working indirectly within the thriving tourism industry here in Charleston, and realizing the ongoing luggage problem was not only inconveniencing visitors, but also putting a burden on our local small businesses.?Travelers want to make the most of their time on vacation and therefore will usually have flight times that don’t coordinate with check-in/check-out times. Then comes the big question, “What are we going to do with our stuff?” Rather than dragging bags into small shops, restaurants, tours, or sitting at the airport all day, BagValet aims to bridge the gap between flights and lodging accommodations by providing daily luggage storage with the convenience of curbside service.


Charleston Volunteer Business Spotlight: Fields to Families – Feeding the Lowcountry, one acre at a time

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What is Fields to Families?


Fields to Families serves those experiencing food insecurity in the Lowcountry by providing access to fresh produce collected from local farms, farmers markets, and their Moncks Corner garden.

Since 2006, each year our volunteers have distributed an average of 65,000 pounds of free, local produce.

Field to Families’ goal is to alleviate hunger in the Tri-County area by harvesting, collecting, growing, and distributing local produce to a network of service agencies and programs.


Established in 2011, Fields to Familes’ garden is located in Moncks Corner, thanks to a generous donor. The garden continues to grow each year. The format is both raised beds, which allows for easy maintenance of weeds and less potential damage with weather elements, and a newly tilled area to increase crop yield. Plans for shelter and greenhouse are underway!


Harvesting occurs at farms in the Lowcountry. Farmers communicate when there is an excess in fields and volunteers come out to glean/harvest. There are a variety of reasons that leftover produce does not get harvested. Sometimes produce is left behind because it has developed cosmetic blemishes or it has grown too large for its packaging. Other reasons include overproduction and dwindling market price.

According to the USDA, an estimated 25 – 30 percent of all food crops are left in the fields after harvest. When Fields to Families was established in 2006, they began to “rescue” these fruits and vegetables from being plowed under, reducing food waste and lowering the carbon footprint.


Generous farmers and local farmers markets help Fields to Families’ reach poundage goals from fresh produce donations. Bins are distributed at markets and poundage from each farmer is tallied. Volunteers then donate to our network of partners


We Deliver. To carry out their mission, they grow, harvest, collect, and distribute to local partners. Food is grown at their garden in Moncks Corner, which has tripled output in the last two years. Farmers communicate when there is an excess in fields and volunteers come out to glean/harvest.

How can I help?

Official 2019 SC TOP25 Fastest Growing Companies are Announced – 6 Lowcountry area companies named

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Now in its 18th year, this competition recognizes the achievements of top-performing private and publicly-owned companies that have contributed to South Carolina’s economy through exceptional increases in revenues and employment. SC 25 Fastest Growing Companies, was founded as a way to honor the state’s most dynamic businesses and their contributions to our state’s economic vitality.

The Official SC TOP25 Fastest Growing Companies program, presented by The Capital Corporation, and Co-sponsored by Integrated Media Publishing, A.T. Locke, PNC Bank, and HUB International Carolinas, has evolved into South Carolina’s most sought-after recognition for rapidly growing companies. 

This year’s TOP 25 highest ranking companies, SC Excellence in Business Awards, and South Carolina Economic Impact Award will be honored at a statewide luncheon to be held October 22nd.

2019 Award Winners in alphabetical order:

9 Round Simpsonville
Advantage | ForbesBook Charleston
Blue Haven Pools North Charleston
Cantey Foundation Specialists Camden
Clear Touch Interactive Greenville
Diesel Laptops Gilbert
Equiscript North Charleston
H&W Electrical Corporation Greenville
Harper General Contractors Greenville
Integrated Biometrics Spartanburg
Intellectual Capitol Greenville
JEAR Logistics Mount Pleasant
Jeff Cook Real Estate North Charleston
Kopis Greenville
National Land Realty Greenville
Orange Bees Greenville
Plus – Plus USA Greenville
Preferred Home Services North Charleston
Quality Business Solutions Greer
RealOp Investments Greenville
Springhill Construction Chapin
Sunny Days Entertainment Simpsonville
Swampfox Technologies Columbia
The Hiring Group Greer
THS Constructors Greenville

Secretary Castro Returns to South Carolina for Gun Violence Roundtable, College of Charleston Bully Pulpit Series?

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (August 28, 2019) – On Thursday, August 29 and Friday, August 30, presidential candidate and former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary under President Obama and San Antonio Mayor, Julián Castro, will return to South Carolina for a roundtable in Columbia on his comprehensive plan to end gun violence and to meet with voters and leaders in Beaufort and Charleston. This trip will be the first to South Carolina for Secretary Castro since he qualified for the upcoming fall Democratic debates. 

On Thursday, August 29, Secretary Castro will meet with community leader Germon “Mama G” Miller-Bey before the South Carolina Democratic Black Caucus hosts Secretary Castro for a community roundtable on gun violence with local organizations and community leaders. Secretary Castro will also attend house parties hosted by Carol and Don Fowler and Councilwoman-At-Large Tameika Isaac Devine and Jamie Devine.

On Friday, August 30, Secretary Castro will join the Beaufort Democratic Party and the Beaufort Black Chamber of Commerce for a breakfast meet-and-greet in Beaufort. Sen. Marlon Kimpson will join Secretary Castro in Charleston later Friday for the College of Charleston Bully Pulpit series. 

Along with qualifying for the next round of debates, Secretary Castro recently released his comprehensive Disarm Hate Plan to address gun violence and combat white nationalism. He also proposed the People First Economic Plan for Working Families to boost wages and ensure the wealthy pay their fair share, and released the PAW plan to protect animals and wildlife.

Charleston Event


: Secretary Castro will participate in the College of Charleston Bully Pulpit series with South Carolina state Sen. Marlon Kimpson. The event is open to the public. 

WHERE: Rita-Hollings Science Center, 58 Coming St., Charleston, SC

WHEN: Friday, August 30, 5:00-6:30 PM ET

WHO: Secretary Castro, Sen. Marlon Kimpson, College of Charleston President Andrew Hsu, Dean Gibbs Knotts and members of the College of Charleston community

Butcher & the Boar to Open in Mount Pleasant August 30th with Limited Reservations

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(Charleston, SC: August 27th, 2019): The wait for Minneapolis-based Butcher & the Boar is finally over, with a limited number of reservations being accepted for this Friday, Aug. 30. Inspired by his Lafayette, LA roots, executive Chef Tommy Begnaud’s Cajun and Southern influences ring through this new Mount Pleasant installment in its refined yet simple approach to cuisine, dedicated to local and seasonal ingredients, and also in its come one, come all feel.

Butcher & the Boar aims to bring people together throughout the impressively designed venue with an eye for detail and the guest experience in mind. Large, shareable portions with bold and inventive flavors make for a memorable dining experience. Featuring an indoor lounge and bar with an extensive whiskey and bourbon selection, private event spaces, an outdoor Cuban cigar lounge and a dog-friendly patio, there is something for everyone. 

Join Butcher & the Boar for their first family-style New Orleans Brunch, Sept. 8th, and enjoy Creole favorites such as Biscuits and Gravy, Shrimp and Grits, and of course Beignets. Keep an eye out for one of three dimes hiding amongst the 1,000’s of Lincoln’s that decorate the lounge floors to win a complimentary shot!

The Minneapolis Butcher & Boar has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Steakhouses in America (OpenTable) and one the the Best Bourbon Bars in America (

A modern steak & smoked meat house with a focus on large shareable portions with inventive American flavors.

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  • Tuesday – Thursday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Friday – Saturday 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Sunday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Bar / Lounge

  • Tuesday – Thursday 4:00 pm – Close
  • Friday 4:00 pm – Close
  • Saturday – Sunday 5:00 pm – Closed


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  • Friday 4:00 pm – Close
  • Saturday 12:00 pm – Close
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WCSC’s Bill Walsh to sign “Uncle Danny” at Turning Page Bookshop – Saturday, September 7

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Bookstore will have events through the months of September, October and November

Turning Page Bookshop will be hosting Live 5 News meteorologist Bill Walsh on Saturday, September 7. He will be signing copies of his latest book, “Uncle Danny” from 10 am to 12 pm.

When Walsh is not predicting Lowcountry weather, he is writing fiction under his pen name, W.F. Walsh. A description of “Uncle Danny” by the publisher:

DANNY WALSH, aka “Uncle Danny” along with Owney “The Killer” Madden and William “Big Bill” Dwyer ran an organized crime syndicate called the Big Seven, and nothing stood in their way. If something did, it was dealt with. Violence and payoffs were part of the game they played throughout prohibition making millions on illegal booze.

Al Capone ran Chicago. The North End Gang ran Boston. The Big Seven ran New York, New England and just about everything else. Tensions over territory and supply led to gang warfare as cash money continued to roll in.

Everyone wanted a piece of the action no matter what the price. This action-packed novel is based on three true characters and a snapshot of a violent era gone by. “Uncle Danny” is one family
member you don’t mess with.

Walsh has also written two books about national security, “Red Carpet Ransom” and “The Umbrella Option”.

A writer’s workshop hosted by Penwork Publishing will be at the store September 14 from 12 pm to 2 pm. The workshop will be instructed by Penwork owner and local author Lataryn Rainey-Perry. The cost of the workshop is $25 and there is limited seating.

Also signing at Turning Page in September is local historian and college professor Damon Fordham, who will be signing September 27 from 2pm to 5pm.  He will be signing several of his books, including “True Stories of Black South Carolina” and “Voices of Black South Carolina: Legend and Legacy”.

Jonny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves, also known as the Cocktail Bandits, will be at the store October 2 from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm. They will be signing copies of their book “Holy Sprits! Charleston Culture Through Cocktails”.

Other Events at Turning Pages:

  • Kathryn Smith Book Signing: August 31 at 6 pm – Smith will be signing copies of her book “Gertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre”.
  • Book Club Groupies Meeting: September 7 at 6 pm – The book club will be discussing books  that were finalists of The Tonight Show’s Summer Reads voting contest.
  • Anthony Moore Book Signing: September 14 at 11 am – Moore will be signing books from the SandBox Kids series, including the latest “On My Way”.
  • Makayla Tyler and Cheryl Greer Book Signing: November 30 at 12 pm – Tyler and Greer will be signing copies of their book “Love 7: Positive Character Traits for Children”.
  • Throughout November and December, there will be Holiday Open Houses at the store with local and regional authors signing their books and crafts created by local artists. Slots are still available for artists and local authors.

Turning Page Bookshop is located on 216 St. James Avenue, Unit F. Hours are from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Thursday and 10 am to 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 843-501-7223 or email at  You can also visit the website at and like their Facebook page at

Sisters of Charity Foundation of S.C. strengthens S.C.’s communities 2019 Community Enrichment Grant recipients announced?

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has issued Community Enrichment grants to 23 nonprofit organizations that implement best practices to address the root causes of poverty.

“Our Community Enrichment grantee partners go beyond the expectation to assist people who experience poverty – they work to interrupt the cycle of poverty altogether. We applaud their work to address the root causes of poverty in their respective communities,” said Tom Keith, president of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

Community Enrichment grant recipients serve 27 South Carolina counties, and several of them provide services across the state. The organizations are listed below.

  • Anderson Interfaith Ministries
  • Charleston Promise Neighborhood
  • Children In Crisis In Dorchester County
  • Communities in Schools of the Charleston Area, Inc.
  • Community Works
  • Compass of Carolina
  • Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina
  • Foothills Family Resources
  • Greenville Tech Foundation
  • Helping Hands of Georgetown
  • Lowcountry Local First
  • Middle Tyger Community Center
  • Miss Ruby’s Kids
  • Northside Development Corporation
  • Serve & Connect
  • Soteria Community Development Corporation (CDC)
  • Teach For America – South Carolina
  • United Ministries
  • United Way of the Midlands
  • United Way of the Piedmont
  • University of South Carolina Educational Foundation
  • Village Group

About Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, founded in 1996. Their mission is to address the needs of the poor and underserved throughout the state of South Carolina. Through the strategic use of resources, they seek to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

Mount Pleasant, SC Business Spotlight: Kahuna Poke Bar

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Why Kahuna Poke Bar? Their mission says it all:

“After visiting the Hawaiian Islands, the owner fell in love with Poke. Sushi was a staple in her weekly diet. However, she found it wasn’t ideal for someone on the go, who has a busy schedule. She also found it to be pricey and limited. When she returned to Charleston from Hawaii, she wanted to create a place where people could enjoy quality food without missing a beat in their busy lives, while being affordable for everyone. This vision, combined with a love for sushi, inspired our mission to create fresh poke without sacrificing taste, health, and quality in a fast-casual restaurant environment.”

Explore their amazing menu customized just for your dining needs

976 Houston Northcutt, Mount Pleasant, SC

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They even educate

What is Poke Bowl?

Poke (pronounced POKE-AY, not POKE-EE) is served all over Hawaii, and now many cities throughout the mainland. Poke is a raw fish salad, traditionally made with ahi tuna or sashimi grade salmon, tossed with onions and a soy-sesame dressing. In Hawaii, there are many different types of poke made from a variety of seafood (Squid Salad is Popular!) and dressings. Poke shops mainly serve poke bowls, big bowls of rice or other bases like salad topped with a generous scoop of poke and your choice of toppings.

You’ll be happy to know, poke bowls are not only addictively delicious but also a nutritious way to celebrate the Hawaiian food trend, especially when it’s piled high with nutrient-packed toppings! #betterthansushi #IBowlMyOwnWay

What is Acai Bowl

One of the most delicious members of the superfood squad—a fruit you’ve probably seen all over your social media. A?aí (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) is best known for being the not-so-secret ingredient in picture-perfect frozen bowls, topped with your choice of other healthy ingredients.

A?aí bowls are the latest trend in providing a healthy and even more delicious alternative to frozen yogurt or ice cream. A?aí berries mostly found in Brazil, resemble grapes are actually quite low in sugar, containing close to 0 grams per 100g serving.

MUSC Seeking Healthy Volunteers for Study of Cognitive Enhancement (1 Week Study – Compensation Provided)

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We are currently seeking healthy individuals for a study of cognitive performance. We are investigating whether a 1-week course of non-invasive brain stimulation may lead to improved cognitive function and stress management.

  • Participants must:
  • Be ages 25-55
  • Have no metal in your body
  • Commit to daily treatments for 5 consecutive days

Compensation will be provided

May the Force Be With You – All 9 Star Wars Trailers, Original Audition Footage, Music and more…The Journey comes to an end

Today has become a bit of a holiday for many as May 4, has become the heralded day to celebrate the legacy of Stars Wars and all it has brought to generations for 40 years.

Our way to celebrate is to provide you the trailers to all seven films (even the bad ones) and a few more videos to give you goosebumps

Enjoy great quotes, original audition video, openings, music and trailers.  A true gift for fans all around the world.

May the Force be with you, always

I have a good feeling about this