What Charleston is Thankful for in 2016

Charleston, we asked and here is what you are thankful for at the start of this holiday season…


-“Thankful I’m a teacher and can still make a difference in the world of a child.”

-“Family and beauty of Charleston and its people.”

-“Fish fingers and custard.”

-“My work ethic.”

-“My friends and family, opportunity, and beauty.”

-“Generosity of friends and family, and that this baby seems to be developing well.”

-“Time off with family.”

-“Sanity.”Thanksgiving People Table

-“Life. Family. Friendship. Health.”

-“Nap time!”

-“Thankful when nothing is left unsaid.”


-“Home, health, family, experience.”

-“That I wake up each morning to a new day.”

-“Wine and ice cream.”

-“To have friends and family that I can count on.”

-“Healthy kids, affectionate pets, loyal and loving friends, and the respect of my parents.”

-“Wonderfully, amazing friends who love me for me.”

-“2016 is almost over.”

-“God, my family and friends.”

-“Three children, Alyssa, Kyle, and Blake and for their strength and perseverance. Beyond blessed.”

-“A new start at a new life.”

-“Indoor plumbing…and soft toilet paper.”


-“Still breathing.”

-“To be able to watch the sunrise.”

-“The relationship with my family.”


-“Coffee, so I am able to wake up early to catch my flight to visit friends and family for Thanksgiving.”

-“To be alive for the holidays.” #CancerStrong

-“Family, good health and America.”

-“The time that we did have together.”

-“Supportive family and friends, a new career that I love, and health.”

-“The immense amount of love I’m surrounded by with my Charleston family…especially when so far from my actual family.”

-“Selfless friends who spend their time helping me fix my truck.”

-“Family, friends, good health, salt water, diet green tea and that I can smile every day.”


Princess Diana is given credit for the saying “Family is the most important thing in the world,” however we have known this for centuries. Given how our hearts’ shine, it is no surprise that family appears as a reoccurring value amongst Charlestonians.

Happy Thanksgiving,
from our family to yours

Getting to Know Philadelphia Alley



By Minta Pavliscsak

If there is one thing Charleston, South Carolina will never be lacking, it is charm. In historic downtown Charleston, every street, store front, restaurant, park, and even alleyway has a way to make you point and say “awe”. Then, as if an automatic response, your camera is out taking pictures before you even realize it.

Follow us as we take a stroll down Philadelphia Alley and see alleyways as only Charleston knows how to do them.



This charming alley can be found between Queen Street and Cumberland Street. Often overlooked, Philadelphia Alley is one of the many hidden treasures Charleston offers. Dating back to 1776, Cow’s Alley as it was originally called, was access to rental homes behind Francis Kinloch’s house. He renamed it Kinloch’s Court after he widened it.



This alley has seen two fires in its lifetime, including the infamous fire of 1796, and another in 1810. Holding true to its name, The City of Brotherly Love stood by Charleston’s side by donating?financially to aid in rebuilding this area in 1811.


What a more proper thank you than to forever give this beautiful strip of canopy covered, cobblestone refuge from the heat during the summer months, and the best place to listen to the bells of St. Phillips Church the honor of the name Philadelphia Alley.


Many locals refer to this passageway as Dueler’s Alley. Back when gentleman settled their disputes with pistols twenty-one paces away, this alley was the perfect setting in Charleston to do so. One of the most famous stories is of one man’s love and what he did to prove said love. Dr. Joseph Brown Ladd, known as the whistling doctor would eventually meet his demise as a result of a duel with Ralph Isaacs in 1786.


Many local ghost tour companies will tell the tale of the Whistling Doctor, and some Charlestonians have even said to have heard faint whistling while walking down the alley alone. Today you will find a tranquil, picturesque setting where each person you meet will pass you by with a friendly smile and nod. So as Robert Frost first suggest, take the road less traveled and be sure to explore Charleston’s only Philadelphia Alley.






How Charlestonian Are You? Ultimate Charleston Daily Quiz

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How Charlestonian Are You – Ultimate Charleston Daily Quiz

Here is an opportunity to test the strength of your Charleston foundation. Are you truly a member of the finest community in the country or just passing through town? Take this 25 question quiz and see how Charlestonian you really are. Feel free to print the questionnaire and answer sheet and play along with family and friends.
Remember: No Cheating!!!! No internet, library, smartphones, phone a friend or ask a professor.

1. Name two Pat Conroy books, from memory.
2. Name five Charleston County Parks.
3. How many pets have you rescued?
4. What do the following acronyms stand for:

I.O.P. _____________
P.A.C. _____________
CofC _____________
S.N.O.B. ___________

5. Name all three of Charleston’s professional sports teams.
6. What year did Charleston stop using mini bottles?
7. What was the name of the major record store on the corner of King and Calhoun Street prior to it being Walgreens?
8. How many Cooper River Bridge Runs have you participated in?
(Can be run/walk/volunteer)
9. What was the date Hugo hit Charleston?
10. Who is the #1 seller of PBR in the US? Hint: It’s on the Peninsula
11. What current NY Yankees star was a College of Charleston graduate?
12. Where is Barn Jam held?
13. Do tourists bug you?
14. Which state do you hate people from most?

__ Ohio
__ New York
__ Michigan
__ Massachusetts
__ New Jersey
__ All of the Above

15. Clemson, Carolina, or some other team?
16. Do you own a boat, kayak, or jet ski?
17. Do you surf or S.U.P.?
18. Is your air conditioning off between May and October?
19. Do you like shrimp and grits?
20. For a weekend get-a-way, would you rather spend it…
__Walking around the historic streets of Savannah, Ga
__Tanning on the sands of Myrtle Beach
__Hiking in the mountains of Asheville, NC
21. Who is Charleston’s Best Friend?
a. a dog b. a truck
c. a train d. Savannah
22. Are you happy that Boeing came to Charleston?
__ Yes __ No __ Don’t Really Care
23. How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
24. Which Charleston native signed the Declaration of Independence?
25. Did you live in Charleston prior to Joe Riley being mayor?

How Charlestonian Are You? – Printable Quiz

How Charlestonian Are You Answer Sheet