Top Ten Misconceptions Folks Have About Charleston, SC

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Around the country and the world, visitors have been flocking to Charleston, SC. by plane, car and boat to witness the spectacular beauty, historic significance, cultural renaissance and true southern hospitality our city has to offer.? With all the media, comes awareness.? Though our name and face are more pronounced than ever before, not everyone truly knows the Charleston and the South we all know.? As a result, some folks may have a few misconceptions about who we are.

We want to shed a little light on the situation and help you all out by knocking down some of those false ideas.

  • We are not in North Carolina.? For some reason, many of you in the North think we are Charlotte.? Even when we correct you, you still think we are in North Carolina.? The country does actually extend further south and we are in the heart of South Carolina.? Proud and true of our South Carolina coastal home.
  • There are a few rumors that we are “slow” or “dumb”.? A few little facts that may change your mind.? The Citadel is the #1 Public School in the South for the 4th straight year.? The College of Charleston MBA program ranks 3rd in the nation for percentage of graduates finding careers within six months of graduation.? Charleston Southern University is ranked #93 in the US News and Worlds Report Best Southern Schools in their 2015 report.
  • Always with a smile
    Always with a smile

    We genuinely like to say hello and smile.? Many of you that have recently visited for the first time may notice us locals making eye contact, smiling and saying hello to you.? It isn’t part of a master marketing plan or a shot at other areas of the country where the cultural norm is to avoid one another.? We really enjoy meeting you all and making your acquaintance.

  • We don’t believe the South won the Civil War.? Yes, the first shots of the Civil War were fired in Charleston.? Yes, the most number of slaves that came into the United States came through the Charleston port.? Yes, there is a rich historic heritage of plantations and slave ownership in this region.? Yet, we are fully aware of history and we embrace all perspectives and views.? Our tour guides, historians and history buffs believe in family, tradition and preservation and that includes not just our region, but the country as a whole.
  • We have a thriving business community.? With the additional of Boeing to compliment PeopleMatter, Benefitfocus, Blue Acorn and the incoming Volvo facility in Berkeley County, Charleston is becoming a thriving business community.? We are no longer built around health care, hospitality and small business.? Look at the many awards we have received in investment funding and development.? Some still think we survive only on hospitality (hotels, restaurants) and the hospital system, but are are so much more than that.
  • The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge / Cooper River Bridge is the longest cable stay bridge in the Western Hemisphere at 2.5 miles in length.? Some of you have heard that and said “this isn’t the longest bridge in the United States let alone the Western Hemisphere.”? You are correct, it is the longest cable stay bridge in the Western Hemisphere only behind Sutong Bridge in Chine.? A cable stay bridge is one that uses cables attached to towers to support a roadway.? In a very specific category, we are the largest.
  • We don’t just eat fried food and grits.? Charleston is a very health conscious city that thrives on its health and wellness businesses and lifestyle.? From Five Loaves to Verde to Gathering Cafe, Charleston offers a thriving list of dining options for the health minded individual.? With a strong community of yoga, bikers, runners and adventure seekers, Charleston is a haven for a lifestyle of health conscious resident.
  • We don’t just listen to country music.? We aren’t Nashville, TN, Austin, TX or New York City, but have a diverse and well rounded music scene.? With venues that include the Charleston Pour House, Music Farm and Charleston Music Hall, Charleston welcomes musical talents from all around the area to express openly their vision through music and lyrical poetry.? In fact, Awendaw, SC hosts a weekly Barn Jam? every Wednesday, 52 weeks a year, showcasing original singer/songwriters in an open outdoor setting.? This venue that includes outdoor live original music, a food truck, bonfires, play area for kids, dancing spot for fans and even a goat is our local scaled down version of Woodstock.? At $5.00 with BYO anything, it is a community party every week.
  • We don’t just own flip flops for foot attire.? Is it true that some people have flip flops in every color of the rainbow? Yes.? Is it true that some have a pair for every month of the year? Yes? Is it true that flip flops define a lifestyle? Yes.? Some would even say “barefoot” defines a lifestyle.? We do get classy and? dressed up on many occasions donning Aldo, pumps, heels and cowboy boots.? You may even witness some gals wearing high heels to church on Sunday.
  • We are not all raging sports fans that drive pick up trucks.? Many of us are and we are pretty darn proud of our teams.? It is true, you do not mess with SEC football in Charleston.? Ever.? We won’t turn on you, throw you in the back of the pick up and dump you in the pond or anything, but….? On game day Saturday, bars have crowds, we put on our jersey’s and start our day early with a couple of beers in the shower, but many of us find other ways of entertainment.? Charleston has a robust festival circuit, shopping and attractions scene to meet all locals and tourist needs.? You won’t find all of us drunk at noon glued to a TV set.

There you go, ten misconceptions about Charleston.? We hope we cleared the air and gave you a better understanding of our quaint little city of Charleston.

 

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Runway Shines: Visual Look at Day One of the 10th Annual Charleston Fashion Week

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

Last evening, amongst the tents and lights and models, Marion Square converted into a mini mecca of the fashion industry with the kick off of the 10th annual Charleston Fashion Week.? With a week of events guaranteed to outshine previous years from March 15-19, fans, designers, models, make up artists, musicians, dancers and even a hedgehog are in for a week of incredible memories and a future of great fashion talents.

Day one introduced the audience to emerging designers Destani Hoffman, JD Noble, Storm Dorris and Elias Gurrola who each brought a unique flavor to the runway.? Donning from Alabama, Georgia and New York, this years emerging designers have stretched the limits of the East Coast.

The evening festivities sparkled with local business showcases from Bits of Lace Fine Lingerie, Shoes on King, Taxidermy, tres Carmen Boutique and 7Gypsy.? With show stopping musical choreography from ritual chant to the iconic Whitney Houston, the first evening was deemed a tremendous success.

We invite you to experience the memories of the first of many incredible nights of Charleston Fashion Week with some visual memories of last evening.

Kick-ass dance number to open the night on the runway

Spectacular lighting to compliment the dance number

Elegant attire was in full gear

Creative designs on display.

Sometimes you got to hit the beat.

Class and style

Professionalism to the tee

Passion and focus

Designs of Elias Gurrola

Representing the head gear

All eyes on the models

Full line up of beauty

Overall, the staff, models, volunteers, caterers, bar staff, vendors and city officials created an atmosphere of energy.? The showcase of talent in the Charleston community came prepared and showed once again how passion, creativity, motivation and a little dreaming can make any fantasy a reality.

None of this would not be possible were it not for the visual of founder and MC Ayoka Lucas who has brought now a decade long tradition to Charleston.

If you would like to be part of Charleston Fashion Week, tickets are still available – Click Here

Fall Fashion in Charleston

By Rose Leadem
By Rose Leadem

Don’t let the sunny skies fool you. As much as we don’t want to hear it, before too long a hard rain is going to fall here in Charleston, and you’re going to want to be ready. If we choose to believe the folks at the National Weather Service, we could be in for some cool weather as we move closer into winter. On the streets of downtown Charleston, we have already begun to see some boots, sweaters and coats… A preview of what’s to come. Now that we have been reunited with the sun for a few weeks, take advantage of the outdoors, but also take this time to start planning out your cold weather must-haves.

This year, the runways were packed with exciting new styles that will appeal to anyone’s taste. From bright blues to soft pastels, the season has a variety of colors in store for everyone. For those who are daring, warm colors of orange and red, as well as metallics, will be dominating colors for winter 2014. For the rest of us who tend to stray away from anything too bright, every shade of blue will be popular this season, as well as an array of pastels like pale pink and light greys. Downtown Charleston’s House of Sage stylist and retailer, Molly Stichter, provides insight as to what she foreshadows trending in Charleston over the next few months: “Although it seems like the holidays are a ways away retail-wise, we always have to be looking ahead. I’m predicting a lot darker hues and metallics on trend with pops of bright colors to keep the transitional period from fall to winter fun and lively.”

With regards to keeping warm for the upcoming cold front, bomber jackets, oversized coats, ponchos and anything shearling will be the new “go-to,” no matter where you live. Per usual, winter seasons are full of sweaters. But this season holds a strange twist: sweater sets. Feeling daring? Try out a matching pair of knit pants with a coordinating sweater. Although this winter gear may sound excessive for cold weather months in Charleston, trust me, you will be happy with your investments once the thermometer begins to drop.

While it is still nice out, take a stroll down King Street and observe the new window displays of Charleston’s varying fashion boutiques. Notice something? That’s right girls, leopard print is finally back on the market. This season’s collections are a serious “blast from the past” as many designers have created mod pieces with inspiration from the 1960s. Animal prints, plaids, men-inspired oxfords, waist-high belts, and a-line dresses are among some of this season’s exciting must-have styles.

Whether you are in Charleston, New York or Milan, other emerging trends to take note of this season are: the “tough girl chic” look, below-the-knee dresses, statement bags, and my personal favorite, ankle boots. So forget about buying those new pair of shorts or those summer sandals, and begin to stock up on these trendy pieces in preparation for the chilly upcoming winter.