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.


For Sale: Wine & Canvas Charleston – Bids Now Open

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Charleston’s premier sip & paint company is FOR SALE!

Become the mover and shaker that takes this company to the next level!
Mobile and Movable! Low overhead, 2 wrapped vehicles and supplies to support 50 painters at one time.

If you would like to make an offer or discuss, please email

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Chatham Lodging Acquires Brand New Residence Inn Charleston Summerville, S.C.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Chatham Lodging Trust (NYSE: CLDT), a hotel real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing in upscale, extended-stay hotels and premium-branded, select-service hotels, today announced that it has acquired the 96-room Residence Inn by Marriott Charleston Summerville, S.C., for $20.8 million, or approximately $217,000 per room.

“This is a beautiful, brand new, superior-quality hotel located in Nexton, a rapidly expanding area just outside of Charleston which sits in the direct path of metro Charleston’s most energetic growth,” said Jeffrey H. Fisher, Chatham’s chief executive officer and president. “Including the Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Summerville, this marks our second hotel in the heart of Nexton, a thriving community which mixes a smart, vibrant blend of businesses, schools, new homes, apartments, shops and eateries connected to each other by trails, parks and nature, and connected to the world through leading-edge technology.

“Volvo has completed construction of its first American factory, a state-of-the-art, 2.3-million-square-foot facility on nearly 3,000 acres very close to Nexton that is expecting its first cars to come off the production line in the next few months. Additionally and importantly for continued economic expansion in the area, Volvo has already announced plans to expand the facility with a second production line with completion estimated in 2020,” Fisher highlighted. “Our two hotels are the nicest and closest hotels to the new factory and are best positioned to service corporate guests given the mix of rooms and suites at our Courtyard and Residence Inn hotels. Given the recent run-up in construction costs, we already are acquiring this hotel below replacement cost, and operationally, we are able to leverage our operating expenses across two adjacent hotels which should generate higher than underwritten returns.”

South Carolina has been one of the fastest growing states in the country over the last five years due to the relocation of major corporations, as well as corporate investment and expansion. The state has one of the highest migration rates in the country for in-bound, college graduates under the age of 40. In the greater Charleston area, corporate demand is well-diversified with the area home to companies within the aerospace, automotive, bioscience, marine and distribution industries. Additionally, the region is home to over 250 technology companies employing more than 11,000 employees. Specifically, Nexton is projected to encompass approximately 10,000 homes, eight million commercial square feet and a medical campus over the next decade. In addition to the nearby Volvo facility, other major companies, such as Daimler and Boeing, have significant facilities in the area and have acquired additional land to expand their operations.

Chatham funded the purchase using available cash and borrowings on its unsecured credit facility. The hotel will be managed by Island Hospitality Management, which is 51 percent owned by Fisher. Chatham estimates it acquired the property at a year two net operating income capitalization rate of approximately eight percent.

About Chatham Lodging Trust

Chatham Lodging Trust is a self-advised, publicly-traded real estate investment trust focused primarily on investing in upscale, extended-stay hotels and premium-branded, select-service hotels. The company owns interests in 136 hotels totaling 18,616 rooms/suites, comprised of 41 properties it wholly owns with an aggregate of 6,117 rooms/suites in 15 states and the District of Columbia and a minority investment in two joint ventures that own 95 hotels with an aggregate of 12,499 rooms/suites. Additional information about Chatham may be found at?

This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 about Chatham Lodging Trust, including statements regarding future plans, strategies, performance, acquisitions, capital expenditures, future operating results and the timing and composition of revenues, among others, and statements containing words such as “expects,” “believes” or “will,” which indicate that those statements are forward-looking. Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results or performance to differ materially from those discussed in such statements. Additional risks are discussed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Chatham Lodging Trust
Dennis Craven, 561-227-1386
Chief Operating Officer

Healthcare Organization Yields Impressive Fundraising Results Using Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT with Grateful Patient Solution

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Independent study shows how a healthcare organization can more efficiently identify patients who want to give back as thanks for exceptional care

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —?Blackbaud BLKB, +1.26% today announced the results of a commissioned Total Economic Impact? (TEI) [1] study conducted by Forrester Consulting, which examines the return on investment that a healthcare organization may experience by deploying Blackbaud’s smart cloud fundraising and relationship management solution along with its wealth and asset screening solution. Forrester found that over a three-year period, a healthcare organization can achieve a 90 percent return on investment, increase the volume of grateful patient gifts raised by gift officers by 40 percent and increase the average size of grateful patient donations by 28 percent.

To evaluate the economic impact, Forrester took a comprehensive approach to its study, interviewing Blackbaud subject matter experts, Forrester analysts and a hospital foundation (Inova Health Foundation) currently using Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT? and Grateful Patient Solution. Using the data, Forrester analysts constructed a financial model representative of the interview using its TEI methodology to identify the cost, benefit, flexibility and risk factors that affect the investment decision.

“For over 35 years, Blackbaud’s innovation, industry expertise and value-added services have helped healthcare organizations excel in fundraising and constituent relationship management,” said Page Bullington, president and general manager of Blackbaud Healthcare Solutions. “The ROI that Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT and Grateful Patient Solution brings Inova goes further than its financial results. Our innovations allow Inova to learn more about its constituents and leverage the combination of better data and enhanced functionality to focus its fundraising efforts, ultimately increasing its efficiency and effectiveness.”

Inova Health Foundation (“Inova”), based in Falls Church, Va., is part of the Inova Health System, a large nonprofit health organization that employs over 17,000 staff throughout five hospitals, 25 assisted living and long-term care facilities, 26 primary care locations and a variety of other health-related services. Previously struggling to identify and target ideal donor prospects, Inova turned to Blackbaud to enhance the technology powering its research, direct mail and gift officer outreach.

Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT and Grateful Patient Solution helped Inova identify grateful patient prospects with high giving potential. “It would be impossible to identify the right patients to talk to without Blackbaud because of the volume coming into our system every day,” said Paige Moses, associate vice president, Foundation Services at Inova Health Foundation. “We’ve been able to set up a process that can handle the volume of constituents Inova sees every day with a very lean staff. Before, we couldn’t get through this volume of constituents.”

After deploying Raiser’s Edge NXT with the Grateful Patient Solution, Inova experienced:

  • Raised an additional $429,511 from grateful patients. Gift officers leveraged better data and technology to target prospects, increasing the number of gifts from grateful patients by 40 percent and the average gift value by 28 percent.
  • Increased direct mail donations, raising an additional $142,300. Inova built highly-targeted direct mail efforts to grateful patients based on data from daily screenings and quarterly modeling.
  • Saved more than $113,000 per year. By replacing legacy solutions and upgrading to the cloud solution, Inova has also been able to greatly improve its efficiencies and productivity.
  • Recaptured $32,000 of increased foundation employee productivity annually. Foundation staff streamlined regular processes to save over 2,000 hours annually with Blackbaud’s solutions.

“Being able to establish a direct mail program that drove over 800 donors in one year versus a former program that only drove 78 donors in 2015 and 105 donors in 2016 is a huge win,” said Jeff Johnson, senior director of Inova Health Foundation.

Learn how Inova increased patient donations while improving productivity using the Blackbaud solutions by downloading the full study at Hosted by Blackbaud, join Inova Health Foundation and guest Forrester on September 19 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about this report in webinar form.

Click to tweet : .@InovaHealth increased its volume of grateful patient gifts by 40% with @blackbaud’s help – learn how!

About Blackbaud

Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, companies, education institutions, healthcare organizations and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit?

Blackbaud Media Contact
Nicole McGougan
Public Relations Manager

Boingo Wireless To Acquire Charleston Start-up Elauwit Networks For Venue Wireless

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Boingo Wireless intends to acquire Elauwit Networks for $28 million in cash plus an additional earn-out of $15 million.

Elauwit provides WiFi installation and operations for student and multifamily venues in the U.S.

The deal provides Boingo with a beachhead in these large markets, but they present a slow sales cycle which Boingo will need to improve upon.

Quick Take

Boingo Wireless (WIFI) has announced it has agreed to acquire Elauwit Networks for $28 million plus revenue earn-out.

Elauwit Networks is a Wi-Fi network provider for student and multifamily properties.

To deliver on the deal, WIFI will need to speed up Elauwit’s market penetration with slow-moving real estate and education venue owners.

Target Company

The Charleston, South Carolina,-based Elauwit was founded in 2002 and currently supplies high-speed Wi-Fi to more than 220 student housing and multifamily properties across the US.? Management is headed by CEO Barry Rubens, who has been with the firm since 2013.

Below is an overview video of the company’s offerings:

The company’s primary offerings include Wi-Fi services installation and operation. Additionally, the company enables clients to have their users billed directly from Elauwit or include the charge in the bill from the client, allowing for potential ancillary revenue.

Charleston Based, Women and Veteran Owned Dynepic Completes Techstars Program with Funding to Bring Safe, Secure Connected Play to the Masses

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CHARLESTON, S.C., June 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dynepic, creator of playPORTAL, a groundbreaking platform that makes developing child privacy-certified and secure apps fast and easy, announced it has received $675,000 in a recent funding. The financing occurred with its completion of the Techstars Boulder program, a seed accelerator, designed to provide entrepreneurs with market exposure and access to financial resources. Participating in the oversubscribed round are Good Growth Capital, Black Lab Sports, Charleston Angel Partners, and Techstars. To date, Dynepic has raised $1.5M.

“Dynepic participated in the 2018 Techstars Boulder program and we were impressed with their team and the importance of their technology,” said Natty Zola, managing director of Techstars Boulder. “We believe that children should have safe access to the online world and have seen firsthand the ways in which playPORTAL is revolutionizing connected play. We couldn’t be more excited about Dynepic’s mission and the impact playPortal will have on millions of families.”

“We are honored to bring these well-respected investor groups into the Dynepic family to help us grow and influence the way families play and connect through technology,” said Krissa Watry, CEO and co-founder of Dynepic.

Dynepic will use the capital for marketing and engineering to expand its playPORTAL platform, and grow its developer community of innovators, toy makers, and brands that look to extend their connected products to Gen Z with personalized cutting-edge technology and play patterns.

Dynepic now offers playPORTAL platform software development kits (SDKs) backed by a kid-safe and secure family network. The solution allows developers to achieve instant COPPA- (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) compliance with the highest level of verifiable parental consent for their apps, games, and connected devices.

The platform addresses the complex issues surrounding COPPA compliance, which forbids most developer SDKs and APIs from use in child-specific apps without in-depth knowledge of privacy laws or parental consent. Failure to comply with COPPA guidelines can result in considerable fines and legal consequences. SDKs for iOS, Android, Unity, and Java Script are in closed beta and will be available later this Summer for public access.

“As a smart toy inventor, myself, I know all too well the challenges of trying to understand and meet the child privacy laws,” Watry explains. “There was no easy solution, so we decided to build one. Today, playPORTAL is the only child privacy-certified platform with the tools that help protect developers creating apps for kids under the age of 13.”

About Dynepic
Launched in 2014, Dynepic, Inc. is the creator of playPORTAL, a secure platform that makes developing child privacy-certified apps fast and easy.?With cross-platform Software Development Kits (SDKs)?backed by a first-ever kid-safe family network, developers can now create apps with instant Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) compliance allowing game-developers, app-developers and toy-makers to focus on making amazing personalized and social connected products that include kids, while playPORTAL handles the data security and privacy compliance. playPORTAL is architected with Dynepic’s portable profile cloud data vault technology, ensuring users are in complete control of their and their kid’s personal information on the platform.

Media Contact:
Traci Massaro
Winkowski Public Relations, LLC., for Dynepic

Nectar Sunglasses Celebrates Grand Opening in Charleston

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Nectar Sunglasses Celebrates Grand Opening in Charleston

NECTAR Sunglasses opens new manufacturing and distribution center.

March 27, 2018

Charleston, South Carolina – Nectar Sunglasses held its Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for its new manufacturing and distribution center on Thursday, March 23, 2018. Representatives from the Charleston Metro Chamber were present to help celebrate this great step for Nectar.

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Charleston, Nectar is a globally recognized name in the sunglass sector and aggressively growing while catering to all activities life has to offer.? Their mission is to “create unique, high quality sunglasses and innovative products inspired by our Nectar Family while providing off the chart service to our customers.”

Nectar’s brand represents their lifestyle – good vibes and a taste for the outdoors. They have a laid-back, beach-inspired style that is made for everyone, from bold risk-takers to travel enthusiasts to those looking for the perfect shades for a day out with friends. As Nectar says, “We bring the sweet life to you, no matter where you are.”

Nectar also donates a portion of our profits to to help repopulate endangered honeybees in the United States.

You can find Nectar Sunglasses at

Charleston, S.C. Based The New Primal Launches Revolutionary Whole30? Approved Beef Thins at Natural Products Expo West 2018

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Media Release: Charleston, SC – March 5, 2018:? The New Primal, a pioneer of the healthiest, most responsibly sourced, meat snacks on the planet, is thrilled to announce the launch of the Beef Thin, a savory and snackable jerky with a crunch. A first of its kind in meat snacks, officially arriving to Whole Foods nationwide this June, Beef Thins are thinly sliced cuts of 100% grass-fed, grass-finished beef flavored with a list of the simplest ingredients found on any jerky package. The innovative items are Whole30? Approved to boot.

“I’m always looking for on-the-go protein sources made with 100% grass-fed beef and no added sugar for my Whole30 community. The New Primal has knocked it out of the park with the taste, texture, and fun-factor of their new Beef Thins. I shared my first pack with my son and immediately sent their team an email: ‘Send. More. Now.’” – Melissa Hartwig, Whole30? Co-founder.

Give Your Jaw a Break

With a commitment to invite new consumers into the category, The New Primal Beef Thins are much easier to bite, chew and enjoy than traditional jerky. These guilt-free, crispy jerky snacks will be available in two flavors including Sea Salt and BBQ. The Sea Salt flavor touts just FIVE simple ingredients (100% Grass-Fed Beef, Coconut Aminos, Garlic, Onion, Sea Salt). Each pouch contains thirteen grams of protein and only 90 calories.

“Our goal with the Beef Thins is to bring a new type of meat snack to market that not only caters to the particularities of Whole30?, but also appeals to consumers who are put off by the toughness of traditional jerky,” says The New Primal founder Jason Burke. “We created an easier-to-eat jerky, made it Whole30? Approved, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with our loyal customers and those who may be new to trying beef jerky.”

Beef Thins will be available on e-commerce sites including Amazon and Thrive Market this month. They will be available in Whole Foods Market locations nationwide in June 2018.

Meet the team at Natural Products Expo West

The New Primal Beef Thins will be making their official debut at the Natural Products Expo West Show in California March 9-11, 2018. Visit booth #5162 for tastings, demonstrations, and engaging food chat. For further information on The New Primal products and ingredients, visit

About The New Primal

As the pioneer in grass-fed beef jerky snacks, The New Primal brings a fresh approach to an old favorite. While The New Primal begins with jerky, our core mission extends to an entire way of life that emphasizes simplifying and fueling world adventures wherever they may take you. We are a company founded on honesty, transparency, and integrity. Ultimately, our aim is to inspire everyone who encounters our brand to make better food choices–jerky and beyond.

You are what you eat. Choose Wisely?. Learn more at