CHSLOT Launches campaign for South Carolina’s First “Library of Things”

Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  • Contact: Anne Herford, Founder, Charleston Library of Things
  • 843-608-0775  | anne@chslot.com

Charleston Library of Things

South Carolina’s first sharing hub for tools and other household goods.
“Learn. Build. Grow. Share.”

(Charleston, SC) Charleston Library of Things announced today that it is raising funds and offering membership opportunities on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo for South Carolina’s first “library of things,” slated to operate from Charleston, SC. The company is aiming to raise $40,000 as start-up capital for a mobile library that will service the greater Charleston community as a lending library for tools and other household goods. 

A library of things is a community sharing space filled with commonly needed, but not often used items.  The library will begin with the core categories of home improvement and gardening tools, kitchen countertop appliances, and DIY equipment. Additional categories, based on community demand, can include seasonal items such as camping gear, or entertainment items such as board games. 

In lieu of buying and storing costly items that take up space and are rarely needed, the goal is to have them available to borrow, similar to borrowing a library book. Membership is annual and is sliding scale in order to make it affordable to the entire community.

There are other sharing libraries around the world and a few exist in the southeast, but none yet exist in South Carolina. Charleston Library of Things would be the first of its kind in the state.

Beyond the offering of the library itself, the organization’s goal is to build community in three core ways that benefit their members – repair cafes, community classes and events, and a sharing blog.

Repair cafes

Regular “repair cafes” will be offered so that members can extend the life of the things they already own by having them repaired at these events.

Community classes

Rotating basic skills classes will be offered based on community demand and collaborations with other local businesses. Not only will new skills sharpen members’ abilities to use the items they borrow but will introduce them to the offerings of other local businesses. 

Sharing blog

The library will also have a blog on its website which can feature members as guest bloggers. Each guest blog post will feature a member who has documented how they used what they borrowed. The goal here is both community building as well as giving members the opportunity to show off their skills – possibly launching their own small business by showcasing their talents. 

By extending the idea of the sharing economy which already offers the benefits of home-sharing (AirBnb), ride-sharing (Lyft and Uber), and bike-sharing (Holy Spokes), Charleston Library of Things is aimed at alleviating the burden of ownership and increasing community by sharing things, repairing things, and teaching new skills. 

The bulk of the funding from the library’s Indiegogo campaign will be used to purchase a bus so they can be mobile and start serving the community by visiting neighborhoods, farmer’s markets, and other community gathering spaces. The remainder of the funds will be used to pay for other operating expenses such as insurance, gas, office supplies, maintenance, and large equipment purchases. 

The campaign is live now and will run through November 1st. 

To contribute to the campaign and to become a sponsor and/or member, visit: igg.me/at/CHSLOT or go to indiegogo.com and search for “Charleston Library of Things.”

To learn more about Charleston Library of Things, visit: chslot.com or find them on Facebook and Instagram at: @chslot


###

Roller Rabbit to open its 13th retail store with its latest in Charleston, SC at 163 King Street on November 5, 2019

Read More

ROLLER RABBIT’S VIBRANT, HANDCRAFTED STYLE JOINS CHARLESTON’S BUSTLING BUSINESS DISTRICT

October 29, 2019 – Roller Rabbit, the happiness-driven lifestyle brand founded in 2003, is excited to announce it is bringing its collection of globally inspired clothing, accessories, and home goods to South Carolina with the opening of a Charleston store. Located at 163 King Street, the new store opens to the public on November 5th, with a sip and shop event co-hosted by renowned photographer, Lucy Cuneo. Guests who attend this grand opening fete will be offered a sneak-peek into Roller Rabbit’s Holiday & Resort 2019 Collection and will receive a 25% discount on full-priced merchandise.

The Charleston store’s product offering will honor Roller Rabbit’s legacy of enlisting artisans from all corners of the world to produce its high-quality lifestyle goods. Shoppers of all ages are encouraged to discover the soulful curation of designs merchandised throughout the 663-square space, including kurtas featuring unique patterns that are hand-block printed onto garments in India to cozy sleepwear produced in Peru made from 100% Pima cotton. The shop will bear Roller Rabbit’s signature prints up-cycled into the store’s interior finishing. After exploring products that elicit feelings of happiness and joy, visitors also will be invited to relax and unwind on the store’s outdoor patio.

“From the city’s love of color and free-spirited lifestyle to the strong appreciation for friends and family, the Charleston market sits at the crossroads of Roller Rabbit’s heritage and future. The South has always felt like a natural home for the brand. The time felt right to come back to Charleston’s growing and vibrant community. The renaissance happening in the retail district of King Street is one that Roller Rabbit is thrilled to be a part of in our return home to Charleston,” says Roller Rabbit CEO, Andrew Seibert.

The King Street boutique will become Roller Rabbit’s 13th U.S. brick and mortar store. It will operate Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and on Sundays from 11 AM to 5 PM.

###

ABOUT ROLLER RABBIT

Roller Rabbit was founded in 2003 with a capsule collection of colorful, block printed kurtas inspired by a piece of discarded fabric found in India. This fabric was more than a scrap of printed cotton; it told the magical tale of the Roller Rabbit and its quest for joy. The company has evolved into a full lifestyle brand offering a dynamic range of women’s and children’s ready-to-wear, sleepwear, accessories, and bedding. Roller Rabbit believes how something is made is just as important as the finished product. From India to Peru, from Thailand to Bhutan, and even here in the United States, all branded creations are handmade by regional artisans who use time-honored methods to generate soulful products that bring happiness into the homes of customers. Every artisan in the company’s production network is part of the Roller Rabbit story.

@ROLLERRABBITOFFICIAL

WWW.ROLLERRABBIT.COM

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

  • Krupp Group
  • Denise Martinez
  • Denise@kruppgroup.com

Investment Firm Charleston Commercial Donates $30,000 to Lifeline Children’s Services in Support of Local Foster Care?

Read More

photo attached; from left, Joshua Schaap, Cathy Leeke, C. Kendrick

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Local investment firm Charleston Commercial is making a significant impact on the state’s foster care crisis. The company — led by C. Kendrick and managing director Joshua Schaap — donated $30, 000 to Lifeline Children’s Services South Carolina, making the company the largest single donor in Lifeline’s foster care program. The donation will fund the organization’s work securing and supporting foster families. 

Lifeline has three social workers and 35 foster families — another 200 foster parents are needed in the Charleston area. Lifeline’s goal is to add 40 more foster families to its roster in 2020. 

So far, this year, 43 children have been placed in foster care with Lifeline, yet across the state many more foster care families are needed. According to the S.C. Department of Social Services, as of June 30, there were 4,584 children in foster care. Of that total, 796 were in the Lowcountry region. The state recently announced it would boost the daily rate it pays foster families in an effort to curb the shortage of foster families. 

Even still, the Lifeline training for foster families and the ongoing support for those families is much more rigorous and supportive, Schaap said. One Lifeline social worker trains and supports 11 foster families. Each Lifeline foster family loves and supports an average of 3.5 foster children. Therefore, for every $2,000 donated to Lifeline, a child in the Lowcountry receives needed services. 

“What needs to happen is quite simple: We, as a community, need to fund Lifeline to hire and sustain 18 social workers,” Schaap said. “This would eradicate the total foster care need in the Lowcountry. That’s impactful. That’s getting a big ‘bang’ for your buck.” 

A faith-based nonprofit, Lifeline Children’s Services South Carolina is one of 13 state locations of Lifeline Children’s Services, which is headquartered in Alabama. The organization provides a significant amount of support to its foster families both as children transition into their homes and as they leave to be reunited with their biological families. It works closely with local churches and provides parenting courses and education.

Lifeline’s commitment to resourcing foster families throughout the process is one of the reasons Schaap said he has been a long-time supporter of Lifeline Children’s Services. He also believes in funding organizations that get to the root cause of solving problems.  

“If a foster child is cared for, loved and guided with an ethical compass, the chance of that child becoming a meaningful member of society is fantastic,” Schaap said. “If the child’s family receives counseling, love and support, the chances of their child re-entering the foster care system is diminished.  Conversely, if a child is placed in and out of state foster care, group homes or placed back with non-functioning families, the probability of that child becoming a meaningful member of society is not equal to the former example. So, why not support Lifeline, which supports both the child, the foster family, and the birth family.”

Over the last several years, Charleston Commercial has donated more than $50,000 to Lifeline as well as donating a car for Lifeline social workers to drive when visiting foster families across the Lowcountry. 

“This is the first time we have announced our giving to this organization since we began supporting Lifeline several years ago,” Kendrick said. “We hope others in the community will realize you don’t have to be super wealthy to make a tremendous impact. The fact that we remain one of Lifeline’s largest single donors in their foster care program is upsetting. There is so much wealth in this community, and people need to wake up as to what’s going on and how easy it can be to make a difference.”

Cathy Leeke, SC state director for Lifeline, added, “All of Lifeline’s services are provided to the state of South Carolina free of charge. While foster families and children receive state-funded benefits, our Lifeline staff is supported by private individuals, local businesses, churches and grants. Without support from businesses like Charleston Commercial, we could not continue our work and many more children would go without a loving foster family.” 

About Charleston Commercial
Charleston Commercial is a fully integrated commercial real estate group located in Charleston, S.C., specializing in commercial brokerage and asset management for a wide range of property types, including retail, medical office, office, multi-family, hospitality, urban infill, and industrial properties. The firm offers a broad range of incorporated services to see assignments through from start to finish. Services range from market prospecting, acquisition, value creation (including entitlements, zoning, approvals, and development oversight), leasing, asset management, and disposition. 

Touch – Original Poem

By Mark A. Leon

Borrowed air
Borrowed time
Touch

A terminal birth followed by a lifetime of wonder
A million momentary explosions of euphoria spreading like a disease infecting the soul
A universal spirit
Infinite, yet so close

Breathe
Just breathe
Repeat
Taste the air
The nectar of existence
Feel it coat the tunnel of your throat

Touch

Listen to that child’s song
Here the powerful lyrics of hope
It penetrates the spirit with the essence of faith and dreams
It reminds the sleeping heart to waken
Let go
Break the padlock
Open the door of desire
A promise of failure
A restoration of endurance
Begin again
Touch

A purr from a cat nudging the ankle
Birds whistle harmonies of love
Tranquil leaves fall from a branch
Rivers stream the purity of waters rush freedom
Nature’s symphony
Touch

Love
Filled with tears
Uncontrollable
Tightening the stomach
Uncontrollable
Love
Power unexplained
No ancient scrolls have answers
No doctrine

Embrace the sorrow; caress the bliss
The rain will wash it all away

Love is felt with the touch
In the darkness of closed eyes, sense the presence
The approach
Anticipation
Touch

Omit color
Black and white
Purity
A poetic journey; empty canvas; unknown abyss
These are only the beginnings
A rainbow awaits and all in between in a world of pure imagination
Soon you will see, that is all that matters
Touch

U.S. Department of Transportation Approves Lowcountry Rapid Transit for Project Development Phase?

Read More

Federal Funding to Support Progress through Capital Investment Grants

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (October 8, 2019) The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation recently to initiate project development for South Carolina’s first mass transit project. 

A BCDCOG initiative, the Lowcountry Rapid Transit project development will receive key funding through the DOT’s Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program, which will provide much needed dollars for the estimated $387.5M total project cost.

“Receiving preauthorization to enter the project development phase is another huge step forward in making LCRT a reality in our region,” said Ron Mitchum, the BCDCOG’s executive director. “This step opens critical funding streams and puts us in position to continue generating forward momentum and progress on the project.”

LCRT 101

Lowcountry Rapid Transit is a proposed 26-mile bus rapid transit system connecting the communities of Charleston, North Charleston, and Summerville along the US 78/US 52 (Rivers Avenue) corridor. LCRT is projected to improve transit and enhance regional mobility in one of the most important and most congested corridors in the state.

The project includes upgrades to the existing maintenance and storage facilities, adding bus rapid transit stations and articulated electric vehicles.

“LCRT is a network of possibilities that will provide residents with dependable, frequent transportation and greater access to opportunities throughout the region,” said Sharon Hollis, the BCDCOG’s principal planner and LCRT project lead. “Connections between communities and employment centers would be enhanced and would also accommodate other modes such as biking and walking.”

Next Steps

Operating under the federal government’s Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015, the BCDCOG will be required to select a locally preferred alternative, which it plans to have done by August 2020, and have the alternative adopted into the long-range transportation plan by January 2021.

As part of the National Environmental Policy Act framework, the required environmental review process began earlier this year. The NEPA process allows the project team to learn as much as possible about the local area and communities in order to reach a decision that best meets the needs of the community and minimizes or avoids impacts to the environment and communities.

At its completion, LCRT is expected to begin revenue service in late 2025.

“Being able to adjust to the rapid growth in our region is important when we consider mobility as a key factor in the expansion,” said Mitchum. “BCDCOG is very excited for this advancement in the LCRT process and is ready to improve not just transit for our residents and visitors in the Tricounty area, but their quality of life as well.” 

ABOUT BCDCOG

The BCDCOG is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, and was established to assist Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester county leaders in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development. BCDCOG’s purpose is to strengthen the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions. For the latest on BCDCOG, visitwww.bcdcog.com, like us onFacebook or follow on Twitter at @BCDCoG.

Luxury Brokerage Teams Up with Edwards Place Development in Old Mount Pleasant, SC

Read More

Charleston, SC  (October 17th, 2019) –  Top luxury real estate firm, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty has partnered with the developer of Edwards Place, a picturesque neighborhood of 10 custom homesites in Old Mt. Pleasant.  The boutique luxury brokerage will handle the marketing and sale of this historical piece of Old Mt. Pleasant as one of the last single family homesites in the area.

“Edwards Place is quintessentially Charleston. It will meet eager homeowners awaiting the next evolution of rare premium new construction in a well-established and highly sought-after neighborhood” says Andrew Robertson of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty.

The development was once part of the late Gov. Jim Edwards’ family homestead and is the last remaining and largest undeveloped site in Old Mt. Pleasant at 3.4 acres.  Now the new owner in this historical area has created a Lowcountry designed, elegant lifestyle focused community with low maintenance and pre-installed irrigation and full service lawn care. This property is also situated on one of the highest elevations in Mt. Pleasant which is out of the flood zone that encompass lot elevations between 18′ – 23′ above sea level.  The site was planned and permitted in close coordination with the previous owners and the Town of Mt. Pleasant, with features that are expected to enhance the property values of the surrounding homes and neighborhood.     

“We feel extremely fortunate to be the current stewards of this beloved family property. It’s been wonderful to work with the Edwards and Melcher families and it’s an honor to invite the next generation of families to enjoy Edwards Place” says Scott Elferdink developer of Edwards Place.

For more information contact the sales team at Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty or visit the website at?www.EdwardsPlaceHomes.com. The sales team is available by appointment and can be reached by email at?info@edwardsplacehomes.com?or by phone at 843-580-2400P

###

Serving the Lowcountry for 36 years, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty has closed over $2 billion in real estate sales, all without litigation. Joining the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in 2007, the company has taken its local market expertise and expanded into the international arena through a close partnership with the Sotheby’s Auction House and a powerful referral network across affiliate offices worldwide. 

Property listings from Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty also are marketed on the SothebysRealty.com global web sites, as well as on the firm’s local website, DanielRavenelSIR.com.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 22,500 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 990 offices in 72 countries and territories worldwide. in 2018 its affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved more than $112 billion USD in global sales volume, the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

A Christmas Miracle – Original Poem

Read More

By Mark A. Leon
?
The first Noel, longing for hope
The last warm flow of cocoa sweetening the heart
?
Fires warm the soul as the flame burns bright
Memories of mistletoe reflect throughout the night
?
It was your love that was wrapped inside that gift box
It does something to me this time of year
Bringing warmth on these cold wintry nights
?
This love blankets my body with an impenetrable fortress of shelter
I know I don’t deserve this sensitive gift wrapped up in my arms
But unwrapping the layers has been a blessing from the start
?
From snow angels to the wet dark kisses
The lights of our tree flickering in the distance
The smell of fragrant leaves teasing the air
The sound of your voice blowing nothings inside my ear
?
There is a Christmas miracle locked up for just this time of year
?
Like a magician, it captivates
A piece of art, priceless and pure
An original straight to the core
?
Carols in the distance closer they seem
Songs so true reflecting on another wonderful dream
?
Once again I look into those eyes
Our childhood; our doubts; our dreams; our tears
All in route
A journey side by side filled with candy canes and often all cried out
?
Still by your side, hand in hand I stand here looking at this gift, this Christmas miracle knowing I’m the luckiest man

Intimate Obsession – Original Poem

Read More

By Mark A. Leon

You know I’m obsessed with your body
The curve of your hips teasing my insides
Pressed beneath the sheets in an intimate erotic video with an audience of two
Smoke fills the room from the heat of our kiss
You lost me in the dream sequence of your heart
Wet desires raining from the heavens

Like a bolt of lightning, you came into my life with the force of a thousand horses
The aroma of perfection, I foresaw from years of waiting

The clock has stopped ticking
Time has frozen for your and I

Sweet oblivion of your love forever secure in this locket hanging from your soft neck
Our dirty little secret is that you see what I see

In a world caught up in self-definition, I am my most vulnerable through your eyes straight to your soul

The apocalypse is our solitary calmness
War rages; our love prevails
Just can’t say goodbye
Can’t walk away, for even a moment
Want you all the time

You rebuilt this fragile being with kisses on the forehead
Wrapped up in your arms
Hidden from a world of misunderstanding

Telling your story in your song
Silent lyrics are sung with those wet lips drenching my spirit with warmth
I listen; feel; indulge

This is the heat of our moment
As I close these tired eyes, I feel a desire to touch this body with the gentleness of an angel

SpiritLine Cruises Selects Charleston Area Preferred Caterers for Special Events?

Read More

CHARLESTON, S.C. – SpiritLine Cruises has added five local companies to its list of preferred caterers, giving event planners more flexibility for private events and weddings aboard its yachts. 

The new preferred caterers list includes: 

SpiritLine will continue to offer its own catering under the direction of Executive Chef Shawn Eustace. 

The change is an opportunity for event planners to use some of their favorite local caterers. 

“We want event planners, brides and businesses to consider SpiritLine as an event venue so opening up the food service to additional caterers gives everyone more options,” said Ian Harris, director of sales and marketing. “We’ve selected some of Charleston’s best caterers and feel confident they can provide the high-quality level of service we want for events hosted on our yachts.” 

Tanya Gurrier, owner of Salthouse Catering, said, “We are so excited to partner with SpiritLine Cruises to bring our customized service and restaurant quality catering to guests aboard their unique fleet of boats. The event possibilities are limitless and, so, now are the catering options. Imagine enjoying restaurant quality catering while cruising the waters of the Charleston Harbor.”

SpiritLine Cruises also recently expanded its group sales team to better service Charleston’s fast-growing special events and wedding market.

About SpiritLine Cruises

SpiritLine offers daily harbor tours, evening public dinner cruises and private charters. In addition to harbor tours and special events, in 1961 the Campsen family of Charleston founded Fort Sumter Tours to provide daily excursions to the Fort Sumter National Park. For more information, visit spiritlinecruises.com.?

What are you searching for baby? – Original Poem

Read More

By Mark A. Leon

What are you searching for baby?
In this world not meant for us, we are a billion points of light lost in a universe of chaos in the quest for meaning

When I see your heart stretch in the realm of infinite purpose, I am blown away by the strength you share

In the shadows of darkness, poverty a candle burns in the cauldron
I hear your message in the emotion you share
In a world muted, your voice is loud and clear

But something lingers inside
An unknown haunting your nights
A greater purpose, yet undefined

Are you undiscovered?

I see a million smiling children laughing
A hoard of puppies in your arms
A cloud above with you its captain
A single life saved
In this hour, this minute, this second

I see the purpose
This mortal legacy stirred up with a pinch of kindness and a cup of selflessness

Now I beg on my knee with this quiet voice
“What are you searching for?”

I feel you know
Unleash this vulnerable state
Discover the true you
Remain in the fight
You will reach the heights of infinity high above the clouds