Charleston Restaurant Week – January 7 – 17, 2021

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The next installment of Charleston Restaurant Week is set for January 7-17, 2021! This culinary dream, executed by Explore Charleston, is one of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the Charleston area. It is an opportunity to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.

For a full list of participating restaurants, please visit the website provided and continue to check for updates upon the start of the week.

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?Brewing In The South: America’s Next Big Beer Brand – Charleston-based Island Brands USA is making waves and suds

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Brewing In The South: America’s Next Big Beer Brand
Island Brands USA raises nearly one million dollars in one month!

Charleston, SC (January 5, 2020) – Island Brands USA, producers of clean, better for you, super premium beer, set at a competitive price point to fill the gap between factory beer corporations and craft breweries, announced today nearly a million dollars in new funding – raised in just one month – on StartEngine, the crowdfunding platform backed by renowned businessman and SharkTank investor, Kevin O’Leary.

The fast-moving campaign (link:? offers 7 unique tiers of investment ranging from $250 (Tier 1) to $50,000 (Tier 7). In exchange, investors can gain brand equity, exclusive brand merchandise, and a range of outrageous perks – from creating the next Island Brands beer, to a private seaplane fishing excursion in the Bahamas, and even an oyster bed built in your name. So far, the campaign has attracted over 969 investors and raised over $994,425.

“About 85% of US beer drinkers consume mass-market lagers from multinational corporate beer factories. These beers contain corner-cutting fillers, GMOs, preservatives and other unwelcome ingredients. The remaining 15% of beer drinkers consume what’s commonly known as craft beers – often times heavier beers, and with a higher alcohol content,” explained Brandon Perry, Co-CEO and CMO at Island Brands USA. “We’re convinced there’s another path: a mass-market lager made with only four fresh ingredients (malt, hops, yeast, water), containing zero fillers, but yet still delivering that easy-drinking experience most beer drinkers crave.”

Island Brands’ two flagship beers, Island Coastal Lager and Island Active (containing just 88 calories and 2.6 carbs) deliver on the founder’s vision and in the next 6 months, the brand will introduce two additional varieties: Island Lemonada and Island Southern Peach – just in time for Summer.

“We’re taking on the heavyweights of the beer world in true ‘David vs Goliath’ fashion,” said Scott Hansen, Co-CEO and CRO at Island Brands USA. “Three years ago, we launched with one beer. People in the industry thought we were crazy. But here we are today, in 7 states and 3 countries, with over 6,000 points of distribution. We’re in Publix, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Kroger, Whole Foods, you name it. Our brand has shown the highest growth in the Southeast’s largest grocer and the second highest YOY growth for beer brands in the Southeast. We struck a deal with Carnival, the world’s largest Cruise company, and we’ve developed a massive, passionate, and growing following on social media. This crowdfunding campaign is an opportunity for people to get on board a rocket ship, or maybe in our case – a speed boat.”

About Island Brands USA
Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Island Brands USA is a rapidly expanding domestic super premium lifestyle beer brand, first conceived when the founders took a trip to Cuba in 2016. The following year, the recipe for brand’s first beer, Island Coastal Lager, was developed, brewed, and launched into the marketplace. In 2020, Island Brands launched its second beer, Island Active, a refreshing low-carb alternative to the limited choices available in the market. Island Brands USA is active in coastal conservation efforts through various partnerships and charities. For more, visit:?

Palmetto Islands County Park hosting new Fairy House Festival in January – Saturday, January 23, 2021 (Mount Pleasant)

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[MOUNT PLEASANT, SC]  – Charleston County Parks is pleased to announce a new whimsical family event coming to Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park in January! Called the tiniest building project ever, the Fairy House Festival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Kids of all ages are invited to this festive event to build their very own fairy house using materials found in nature. Advance registration is required and will be limited. Attendees will check-in and receive their building permit and guidance, then they can begin gathering materials and creating their own dwelling for a fairy or gnome. The Charleston County Public Library will be on-site for some socially-distanced storytelling. The festival will also feature a nature walk and a scavenger hunt. Food truck fare from Waffle Connection and The Holy City Cupcakes will be available for purchase on-site. Guests are invited to come dressed as a fairy or gnome. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and group size, advance registration is required and on-site registration will not be offered. To ensure safe distancing, each registration will include a physically-distant 10×10 building plot that accommodates up to four people. Registration must be made by an adult, and an adult chaperone is required to be on-site at each plot. There will be 30 building plots available per time slot with a maximum of 240 attendees total, so guests are encouraged to sign up early in case the event sells out.

During registration, builders can select a timeslot of either 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., as well as a schedule of activities that best fits their preferences. Registration is $5 per building plot (max. four attendees). Admission to Palmetto Islands County Park, which is $2 per person or free with the Gold Pass, is a separate fee.

Masks will be required during this event. Restrooms and hand sanitizer stations will be available at the event. This is a family-friendly event meant to be enjoyed while social distancing, so guests are encouraged to be mindful and courteous of other festival-goers.

For more information on the Fairy House Festival or to sign up for a building plot at the festival, call 843-795-4386 or visit

Owned and managed by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC), Palmetto Islands County Park is located at 444 Needlerush Parkway in Mount Pleasant. The mission of CCPRC is to improve the quality of life in Charleston County by offering a diverse system of park facilities, programs and services. The large park system features over 11,000 acres of property and includes six land parks, three beach parks, three dog parks, a historic plantation site, two landmark fishing piers, three waterparks, 19 boat landings, a climbing wall, a challenge course, an interpretive center, an equestrian center, cottages, a campground, a marina, as well as wedding, meeting and event facilities. The park system also offers a wide variety of recreational services – festivals, camps, classes, programs, and more. For more information on CCPRC, call 843-795-4386, download the Charleston County Parks mobile app or visit