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, SC travel service provider Vacation Inspirations has launched a new Sydney tour package

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Charleston, SC travel service provider Vacation Inspirations has launched a new Sydney tour package. Launched on the 3rd of February, the package includes experiences of the city’s iconic Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower Eye, with dining, shopping, and adventure experiences for individuals, couples, and families.

Charleston, United States – February 12, 2019 /PressCable/ — Charleston, SC travel service provider Vacation Inspirations announced the launch of a Sydney vacation holiday package. The package features visits to all major sights, shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences that the city has to offer.

More information about Vacation Inspirations is available at

The Sydney holiday package offer commenced on the 3rd of February and offers a tour of the city’s must-see architectural and cultural sites including Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, and the exquisite Royal Botanic Garden. The visit covers a visit to the city’s historic The Rocks, just a short distance from the Sydney Harbour Bridge with opportunities to discover the region’s colonial past and its confluence with open-air markets, street food, and fashion.

The Vacation Inspirations package also features a visit to the city’s vantage point, the Sydney Tower Eye and SkyWalk, a 360-degree view of the harbor and the city skyline. The tour also features visits to family-friendly Taronga Zoo and an all-day visit to surfer paradise, Bondi Beach.

The Vacation Inspirations team provides members and travelers with a customized blend of luxury and affordability, crafting unique travel experiences for individuals, couples, families, and larger groups. The company’s travel arrangements include assistance with flights, hotel and condominium accommodation, transportation, and other special amenities and services.

Vacation Inspirations also shares trip ideas on their facebook page which can be found at

According to a spokesperson for the Charleston, SC lifestyle travel management agency, “We are delighted to announce the launch of an immersive yet affordable new package that showcases the beauty and eclectic lifestyle of one of Australia’s beacons to the world—the beautiful city of Sydney. Our team focuses on customizing travel plans so our clients can enjoy their experience.”

Vacation Inspirations offers travel experience planning, international cruise experiences, discounted condo deals, and other world-class excursions within its global network of travel providers. More information is available at the URL above.

Contact Info:
Name: Doreen Batts
Organization: Vacation Inspirations
Address: 229 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401, United States
Phone: +1-877-642-8747

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Charleston Based and Woman-Owned Artisan Bong Company, My Bud Vase?, Wins the Canadian Cannabis Award for ‘Top Bong’

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U.S. Woman-Owned Artisan Bong Company, My Bud Vase?, Wins the Canadian Cannabis Award for ‘Top Bong’, Reaching Global Market Status as More Countries Legalize Cannabis

CHARLESTON, S.C., Dec.?5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Canadian cannabis market is exploding and on the heels of Canada going recreationally legal, My Bud Vase?, the cannabis lifestyle brand and makers of the original vase bong, was voted ‘Top Bong’ at the Lift & Co. Canadian Cannabis Awards (CCA) Thursday night in Toronto.

“I’m so grateful to be recognized in the Canadian market and to be growing internationally with my products and brand. The outpouring of love my team and I are seeing is beyond expectations and I can’t wait to see what 2019 holds for us,” said Doreen Sullivan, Founder, and Designer of My Bud Vase?.

A lifestyle innovator and career creative, Doreen brings bongs that are discrete and beautiful to the market. The artisan bongs combine floral, form, and function perfect for everyday home decor. Based in Charleston, S.C., her company features a wide array of vintage and decorative vases that they repurpose and manufacture into luxury smoking accessories as well as artfully designed Signature Collections.

“Through My Bud Vase?, I’m bringing much-needed expertise in creativity, sourcing, and manufacturing to the emerging cannabis industry,” said Doreen, “Women deserve a stylish and comfortable tool to consume legal cannabis.”

My Bud Vase? fulfills a niche recently identified by Bloomberg news. In an article they reported, “The industry has adapted its product offerings to the needs of targeted markets like women, who may prefer beauty and wellness products.”

The My Bud Vase?’s lifestyle brand, My Bud Life, has started a cultural shift in at-home consumption for cannabis users. The legendary cannabis activist and entrepreneur Steve DeAngelo agrees. He recently said of Doreen, “Your works of art are things of beauty— and potently de-stigmatizing. Well done.”

Proudly displayed or hidden in plain sight, My Bud Vase? is smoking made beautiful. This product is embraced by women in the cannabis space but enjoyed by male consumers as well because there’s a vase for every face. My Bud Vase? has also been selected by as a recommended gift for the 2018 holiday season.

For more information visit, on Instagram, or at Basel House during Miami’s Art Basel Week 2018.

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SC Ports State of the Port Emphasizes Importance of Infrastructure Investment to Support Ongoing Growth Projections

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CHARLESTON, SC – October 29, 2018 – Today, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) president and CEO, Jim Newsome, presented the annual State of the Port to an audience of approximately 600 customers, elected officials and shipping industry representatives at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Jim’s presentation focused on the Port’s successes, strategic infrastructure investments to support continued container volume growth, new initiatives to increase Port productivity and overall industry trends that will impact the Port in the future. The Propeller Club of Charleston hosted the event which marked Newsome’s tenth address since joining SCPA in 2009.

SC Ports volumes for the 2018 fiscal year, which ran July 2017 through June 2018, were record-breaking. The Port handled 2.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs), an increase of three percent over the previous fiscal year. March through June marked the highest months of container volume in the Port’s history. In breakbulk, or non-containerized cargo, Charleston handled 760,501 pier tons during FY2018. Within the breakbulk business segment, SCPA moved 232,390 vehicles across the docks of the Columbus Street Terminal.

Approximately 22 percent of the Port’s container cargo moves via intermodal rail including freight moving to Inland Port Greer which is 212 miles from Charleston in the upstate. The Greer facility achieved 117,812 rail moves in FY18. With the success of Inland Port Greer, SCPA opened Inland Port Dillon, in the northeastern part of the state, in April.

Key financial metrics include operating cash flow of $85 million and nearly $214 million in capital expenditures.

In addition to volume growth, SCPA achieved significant progress of key infrastructure projects in FY2018. The nearly three-year effort to strengthen and refurbish the Wando Welch Terminal wharf was completed in July, which allows the facility to handle three neo-Panamax ships at the same time. Construction on the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project to 52 feet, which began in February, is well underway with three Great Lakes Dock and Dredge Company dredges currently at work in the Entrance Channel. The Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal also saw progress in FY18 with the completion of the fill phase, and the SCPA Board approved a $53.8 million contract for construction of the wharf structure for phase one of the facility, which has begun. The new terminal will open in 2021 to accommodate growth of the Port’s containerized cargo business.

“We had a really good year in fiscal year 2018,” Newsome said. “We saw record cargo come through the Port, and we completed the Wando Welch Terminal refurbishment project. We worked together as a team towards a vision of being the preferred port of the top 10 U.S. Ports.”

Looking ahead, the Port will continue to invest heavily to accommodate container volume growth and the efficient handling of big ships. East Coast ports have seen a continued increase in container volumes since the Panama Canal expansion. A nearly $400 million enhancement project is underway at the Wando Welch Terminal. Upon completion, the facility will offer 15 ship-to-shore (STS) cranes with 155 feet of lift height; 65 rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes; 25 empty handlers; 40 gates; a dedicated chassis yard; and optimized operations allowing for a 2.4 million TEUs capacity.

Construction on the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project continues to progress, marking a historic accomplishment that will make Charleston the deepest harbor on the East Coast. Newsome announced today that an updated benefit-cost-ratio (BCR) of 3.1 was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which meets the requirements for inclusion in the President’s Budget. The BCR recalculation took several factors into account, highlighting the fact that SCPA’s projected volumes out-performed the estimates used in the original study.

Vital to the Port’s ability to sustain the volumes and revenue required for such investments is the expansion of its cargo base. SCPA closed on the purchase of a nearly 1,000-acre industrial tract in Ridgeville, South Carolina to support import distribution and export growth. The rail-served site offers approximately 750 developable acres for port-related industry use.

Along with investments in the Port’s terminals are enhancements to intermodal efficiency. Newsome said as the Port grows, it must intelligently expand its reach by rail and improve the condition of the chassis fleet through the creation of the Southern States Chassis Pool (SSCP).

“We talk all the time about equipment and investments, but investments alone do not lead us to a winning outcome,” said Newsome. “The best people lead to the best outcomes, and through cooperation and collaboration we have worked together to build this port up. Our future is very bright and our best years are ahead.”

Click to view Jim Newsome’s State of the Port presentation.

About South Carolina Ports Authority
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), established by the state’s General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 187,200 statewide jobs and generate nearly $53 billion annual economic activity. SCPA is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet, and the Port is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. For more information on SCPA, please visit

Media Contact:
Kelsi Childress
External Affairs Coordinator
SC Ports Authority

Charleston’s Southern Current Named SC’s Fastest Growing Company

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SC Biz Recognizes Solar Company’s Expanding Footprint

CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ —?Southern Current has been named the fastest growing company in South Carolina for 2018 by SC Biz News and its Roaring Twenties awards. Headquartered here, Southern Current operates in 10 states and is a market leader with nearly $450 million in investments for 500 MW to date. In the past year, Southern Current’s team has doubled in size to nearly 100 members.

Twenty large companies and 20 small companies gathered last night at an event in Columbia to recognize the finalists at the Roaring Twenties presentation. This honor recognizes the state’s fastest-growing companies based on both dollar and percentage increases in revenue from 2016-2017.

“We are honored to be named the fastest growing company in South Carolina, a state with such a robust collection of organizations,” said Jon Downey, President and CEO. “As our team and our footprint grow across the country, we remain fully committed to our home state and helping make it an even better place to live and work.”

In order to qualify for the Roaring Twenties designation, companies must have a physical presence in South Carolina and be a for-profit entity or a unique, non governmental nonprofit organization.

Company size was determined by gross revenue and percentage growth, year over year. Southern Current was selected as the fastest growing among all 20 finalists.

About Southern Current: Founded in 2016 with the merger of Sustainable Energy Solutions and Solbridge Energy, the company creates solar energy infrastructure in 10 states. The company focuses on large-scale, commercial and residential solar development and deployment. To date, Southern Current has invested $450 million in 500 MW to date, with $2 billion additional investment committed.

SOURCE Southern Current

Tiger Lily Opens Second Location on James Island; Completes Downtown Renovation

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston’s award-winning florist Tiger Lily has opened a second location on James Island, giving locals even more access to their favorite flower shop.?
A Charleston staple for more than 20 years, Tiger Lily now has a state-of-the-art floral design studio and retail shop at 1614 Camp Road. Tiger Lily owners Manny and Clara Gonzales have been overseeing the renovation of the 4,000-square-foot facility for the last several months.?
The James Island location is designed with an open concept, allowing customers to watch the floral artisans at work in the design studio. The new location will be their main hub housing all floral production for daily and wedding operations, consultations for weddings, customer service and sales assistants, delivery vehicles and administrative offices.
Tiger Lily will maintain their presence at its original location at 131 Spring St. A portion of the Spring Street building has been renovated into a modern urban floral boutique. The remaining 5,800 square feet is available for lease. They purchased the Spring Street location in 2004, renovating the abandoned 1920s service station. For their efforts, they were awarded the prestigious Carolopolis Awards from the Preservation Society of Charleston.?
“We’re really grateful for the support of the Charleston community over the last two decades, and we’re excited to give James Island and West Ashley residents easier access to our services,” said Manny Gonzales. “At the same time, we love our downtown location and certainly didn’t want to move from the Cannonborough-Elliottborough neighborhood we have grown to love. We feel confident our customers will appreciate having two locations for greater access to our floral services.”?
Over the last two decades, Tiger Lily has established itself as a leader in the Charleston floral industry with its attention to customer service, its floral design excellence for weddings and its charitable efforts. The company regularly partners with area nonprofits for its Charity in Bloom program, and Tiger Lily participates in the annual “Petal It Forward” program giving away hundreds of flowers. Tiger Lily has been named Charleston’s Best Florist since 2000.?
About Tiger Lily
Inspired by the beauty and sophistication of Charleston, Manny and Clara Gonzales started Tiger Lily in 1996. Their goal was simple: Be the best florist in Charleston. Since then, Tiger Lily has grown to be the largest florist in South Carolina and has been Voted “Charleston’s Best Florist” every year since 2000. For more information, visit or stop by one of their two locations at 131 Spring St. in downtown Charleston or 1614 Camp Road on James Island.

Mercedes-Benz Vans opens new Sprinter plant in North Charleston – Amazon becomes the world’s largest Sprinter customer

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  • New part-by-part production facility with body shop, paint shop and final assembly opens in time for the U.S. market launch of the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • First Sprinter out of new production delivered to Amazon:
  • New Partnership with Amazon includes the delivery of 20,000 vans for small businesses across the U.S., making the online retailer the world’s largest Sprinter customer
  • Investment of approximately 500 million U.S. Dollars in new plant
  • State-of-the-art intelligent production – with driverless transport systems, paperless documentation and exceptional digital training tools
  • More than 900 employees at start of production; up to 1,300 team members planned by the end of 2020

Mercedes-Benz Vans has opened its new Sprinter plant for the North American market. After considering the high market potential for the new Sprinter in North America, the decision to build a new production facility in time for the launch of the new Sprinter model in the USA was announced in March 2015. The facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, is now up and running following a two year construction period. The total investment adds up to approx. 500 million dollars with more than 900 people working at the expanded North Charleston site, that number is set to grow up to 1,300 by the end of 2020. According to estimations, suppliers will create an additional 600 new jobs in and around North Charleston.

“The USA is already the second largest market for our Sprinter today. With the new, state-of-the-art production site in South Carolina, we will be able to supply our customers in North America even faster and with more flexibility in the future. This makes better use of the dynamic market potential, placing our new plant in North Charleston as a central component of our growth strategy ‘Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global,'” said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

“The new plant in North Charleston combines our global expertise and experience resulting in a state-of-the-art facility in every respect. It is a valuable asset that completes our global production network. Our priority at Mercedes-Benz Vans during the planning process for this facility was maximum flexibility. This enables us to react in an agile and anticipatory manner to current developments and customer desires. Additionally, it guarantees excellent quality within our proven, standardized production system,” said Frank Klein, Head of Operations Mercedes-Benz Vans.

To coincide with the opening, Mercedes-Benz Vans also announced it will be producing Amazon branded Sprinter vans for the retail company’s new Delivery Service Partner program at the new plant. Small business owners will work with third-party fleet management companies to procure their customized vans and get special leases in order to keep their startup costs low.

“We’re proud to partner with Mercedes-Benz Vans to contribute to local economies through the order of Amazon branded Sprinter vans produced at their new plant in North Charleston,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations. “Thanks to the tremendous response to Amazon’s new Delivery Service Partner program, we are excited to increase our original order of branded Sprinter vans to 20,000 vehicles so new small businesses will have access to a customized fleet to power deliveries of Amazon packages.”

U.S. market launch for the new Sprinter

The opening could not come at a better time – 2018 marks the U.S. market launch of the new generation of the highly acclaimed van.

The third generation of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter defines the top class of large vans in all sub-disciplines. Its classic strengths have been improved upon and are complemented by new intelligent products and services.

Among the outstanding innovations in the North American market are the new multimedia systems MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), the control and display concept in the cockpit, as well as ergonomically shaped seats and modern assistance systems – some of them were taken over by the car sector and, for the first time, found their way into a Mercedes-Benz van.

New standards are being set in the field of digitization and connectivity, which is why the new Sprinter can be described as the first van in a new category with a holistic overall system solution. The previously available version of the proven Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was in high demand among customers in the USA, the second largest market in the world for Sprinter vans.

Since 2006, Semi-Knocked-Down kits have been assembled in North Charleston for imported Sprinter vans and since 2015 also for imported Metris Midsize Vans (known in other markets as “Vito”). With the new plant and the “made in USA” vehicles, the business area will be able to serve the growing demand of North American customers more economically and significantly reduce delivery times in this market.

The new Sprinter will be made under the brands Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner.

Additional facilities including body shop, paint shop and final assembly

Mercedes-Benz has put the full weight of its technical expertise into the North Charleston location. The new factory expands upon the existing Mercedes-Benz Vans assembly plant with additional facilities, including body shop, paint shop and final assembly. The company is implementing its most innovative production technologies and concepts at the location, making it one of the most modern of its kind in North America and an integral part of Mercedes-Benz Vans’ global production network.

The expansion of the production facility has tripled its footprint, now covering 222 acres or nearly 10 million square ft. The production and office building area comes now to around 41 acres or 1.8 million square ft., supplemented by free and logistics space. Central to the innovations are connectivity and digital communication in manufacturing due to continuously growing demands for flexibility and efficiency in production and to the increasing diversity of vehicle variants and sales figures continuing to rise.

Employees are also benefitting from increased digitalization as it minimizes routine and repetitive tasks, giving them more time for higher-value work. The outstanding innovations include self-driving transport systems, the shift to paperless, digital communication and new opportunities provided by virtual employee training.

Autonomous transport systems deliver free-flowing traffic

Like other locations within the Mercedes-Benz Vans production network, the plant in North Charleston is equipped with driverless transport systems – which can travel more than 40 miles in one shift. They are controlled through networking with the plant’s IT system and via RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology. The associated transponders, incorporated into the factory floors, receive the necessary driving commands. The vehicles can also use Bluetooth to communicate with one another and coordinate automatically, thus guaranteeing smooth traffic flow at all times.

Paperless documentation with RFID technology

Among the biggest transformations is the paperless, digital production documentation, based on RFID technology. It means the position of a specific component can be pinpointed precisely at any given time with contactless, automatic identification and localization. This information allows employees in logistics and production to feasibly adjust to process changes. Moreover, quality assurance personnel can ascertain that the correct part has been installed in the correct vehicle. Relative to conventional processes, RFID technology has made it possible to eliminate several steps of documentation, with one example being the manual scanning of barcodes. This not only saves time and money but also reduces the number of potential sources of error.

Effective training with digital tools

At every Mercedes-Benz plant, personnel remains the most important factor when it comes to quality. At the North Charleston plant, conventional methods are amplified by digital training tools to help prepare them for their jobs. Due to the diversity of body types, powertrain concepts, body lengths, tonnages, cargo-space heights and equipment options, the new Sprinter is available in more than 1,700 variants. Each and every employee has to learn around 900 individual process steps in a specific order to enable them to build the new Sprinter. With the utilization of digital tools, this process is now efficient and sustainable. In assembly, employees can use an on-screen approach similar to that of a computer game to familiarize themselves with procedures and components. Previously, training for assembly work was conducted purely on pre-production vehicles. Training of paint-shop personnel is likewise aided by digital techniques. For example, they are able to use Virtual Reality (VR) spectacles and VR paint guns for realistic simulation of the painting process.

Moneypenny Expands First U.S. Office in Charleston, South Carolina

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MEDIA RELEASE:? Award-winning UK Company Anticipates Significant Growth in Market

CHARLESTON, SC (August 8, 2018) Moneypenny, the world’s lead provider of call answering and customer contact services, has expanded its first US office in Charleston on Faber Place Drive. The award-winning employer will have brought 50 jobs to the area by the end of this year, and anticipates adding another 20 positions in 2019.

“Charleston was a natural fit for our first US office because the city’s unique charm aligns so nicely with our own business philosophy,” said Charlotte Glover, Director of Operations for Moneypenny. “We take a unique approach to call answering by offering dedicated professional receptionists that act as an extension of our clients’ businesses. Where better to find the talent for those positions than the cradle of southern hospitality?”

Moneypenny’s office in North Charleston accommodates up to 150 employees, and the company expects to outgrow the space within the next four years. Started as a family business in 2000, Moneypenny now employs more than 650 employees globally, and has twice been named in the top 5 of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by The Sunday Times in London.

“Today’s ‘always on’ customer has fueled our growth, which we expect to accelerate as more businesses recognize the value in having us cover the phones,” added Glover. “The need

Charlotte Glover

to provide constant customer coverage is taxing small business owners across industries. Nearly every prospective customer hangs up at a voicemail message, but our research shows that a third of businesses still fail to answer their incoming calls.”

Studying the various customer journeys of the 13,000 businesses it works with, Moneypenny has found customers no longer use phones as a research tool. Instead, they now use social media, review sites and media for their initial business inquiries. A phone call today serves as the final reassurance a customer seeks prior to purchase, which means there are fewer calls, but that they are of a higher value.

For further information please contact:

Ariel Herr for Moneypenny

Leila Bibby for Moneypenny

Mary Jane Greenhalgh for Moneypenny

About Moneypenny

Moneypenny helps businesses earn new and retain existing customers?by offering a customized suite of inbound call and customer contact services. From a state-of-the-art facility in Charleston, South Carolina, and the United Kingdom, Moneypenny manages more than 13 million calls, chats, text messages, and emails for more than 13,000 clients annually.

Started as a family business in 2000, Moneypenny has grown to over 600 employees globally. Their industry-leading technology and scalable solutions make Moneypenny the right fit for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Moneypenny was awarded the prestigious?Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation?in 2008 and was recognized by The Sunday Times as one of the?100 Best Companies to Work For?an astonishing five times including top 5 listings in 2015 and 2017. Moneypenny’s charitable arm helps unemployed and underserved young women in the local community find new opportunities in life and work through its?‘We Mind The Gap’?initiative.

Find more information about how Moneypenny is reshaping the ways businesses interact with their customers at?


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

Charleston SC Bachelorette Party Private Event Boat Tour Service Announced

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Carolina Marine Group has announced it can provide brides and their friends and family with boat trips around the water of Charleston, SC. This can be a great way to celebrate the wedding and share special memories before the big day.


Charleston, United States – August 12, 2018 /PressCable/ —

Carolina Marine Group has announced it can provide bout tours and trips out on the water for bachelorette parties in Charleston, SC. The boat tours are both relaxing and fun, and a number of different options are available for different group sizes, with “Ship of Fools” ideal for larger groups.

More information can be found at:

The cruises and boat tours are available leaving from The City Marina in downtown Charleston. Customers can climb aboard Ship of Fools which can accommodate up to 18 guests or for smaller groups of 6 or less enjoy cruising Charleston Harbor aboard a fully restored classic 1971 Hatteras.

Ideal options are available for the celebration of a wedding with a fun bachelorette party in Charleston. Private parties are also available, along with romantic sunset cruises and a range of other tours catering to clients wanting a unique experience.

Boat trips can last for a few hours or take all day, depending on the type of event the client is after. A boat trip can be a great way to relax and cherish some unforgettable memories and moments before the big day and a great way to start off a bachelorette celebration before a night out on the town.

The company states: “Chartering Hatterass for up to 6 in your wedding party is a great way to not only get everyone together but, to see Charleston and the water. Take a ride to Shem Creek for a drink or just cruise the harbor and enjoy the sites and the soon to be bride without all the noise of a crowed bar.”

The bride can have family and friends come down to the dock and watch or cheer along as they are whisked away to tour the beautiful, peaceful water. Carolina Marine Group can even help to plan other elements of the celebration for those who want a little extra help or guidance.

Full details can be found on the URL above.

Contact Info:
Name: Dave Gugliotti
Organization: Carolina Marine Group
Address: 17 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC 29401, United States
Phone: +1-843-779-5711

For more information, please visit

Source: PressCable