Female Owned Long Island Based Frozen Beverage Company Expands to the Lowcountry

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For Immediate Release

Long Island Based Frozen Beverage Company expands to the Low Country in 2017.

Daiquiri Daddy, a Frozen Beverage & Machine Rental Company is expanding its operations to the Charleston, South Carolina area in 2017. This female owned and operated business has received major success on Long Island, servicing both corporate and private clients from New York City to Montauk since 2014.

Christine and Andrea’s mission was to provide amazing frozen beverages for backyard parties and corporate events.

As lovers of Frozen Margaritas, Strawberry Daiquiri’s and of course who could resist a Pina Colada, we found ourselves constantly filling blender after blender at our personal events.

Enough was Enough!

We researched the best machines to produce our favorite beverages, purchased a bunch, added a truck and we were in business.

Since 2014, we have serviced thousands of private events, weddings and corporate events for companies like Gulbrandsen Technologies, Phillips Art Gallery, & many more.

Since we are completely mobile, we are able to accommodate any event, any size and time

We are thrilled and excited to bring our concept to the Charleston area where Christine will head up operations while Andrea manages Long Island – together with family and friends we aim to be a crowd pleaser.

Interested in becoming a Daiquiri Daddy in your area, give us call.

Daiquiri Daddy Charleston (daiquiridaddycharleston.com) will begin taking reservations for September 2017 for weddings, bbq, or as we like to say, any day that ends in “Y”

We can also be reached at 1.877.DADDY.07 (1.877.323.3907) to answer any of your questions.

Why Charleston Isn’t Always “Paradise”

By Mark A. Leon

If you spend any time on social media and frankly, you may have to be living in a bubble or underground not to, the phrase “paradise” is often thrown around when describing Charleston.? As an avid supporter of the beauty, culture, community and charm, it is often easy to do.? We also need to look at the big picture of a geographic region and understand, that reaching the plateau of paradise is often challenging or impossible.? Setting those expectations, can also set others to fail, by painting a false picture of “paradise”.

This article is meant as a tool of awareness that Charleston has its own set of challenges and daily wears.? Like any other city, we have our flaws and many we deal with regularly, while others are growing to potentially explosive proportions.

Here are some of the reasons, Charleston is not always “paradise”

  • Postal System Challenges:? If you are a local, the news that we have a poor postal system in Charleston County should come as no surprise.? From the long lines and slow service to the delayed delivery times, even for local postal items, there is tremendous room for improvement in our postal system.? Often, the daily home deliveries are inconsistent and not uniform.
  • Limited Nature Preserve Outdoor Options:? If you are an avid runner, hiker, biker or adventurer, the term Lowcountry has never had a more defined meaning.? If you are looking for mountains or waterfalls, the closest destinations are four hours plus away from Charleston.
  • Heavy Taxation:? Charleston County just approved in 2016 a 0.5% tax increase bringing sales tax to 9.0% (Higher than New York City).? Our restaurant food tax is 10.5% / restaurant alcohol is 15%.? In a 2016 study, South Carolina was rated the third worst driving state and this has resulted in increases in automobile insurance rates.? This author saw a 22% annual increase in insurance rates without any incident.? In 2018, the annual vehicle renewal fee has added 5 additional taxes to support county programs adding a 310% increase in annual vehicle fees.
  • Housing Costs:? If you are in the real estate market, you are capitalizing on a golden opportunity.? If you are looking to buy a home or rent, you need to do a bit of research, because it may be very costly.? We are in a housing bubble.? One that could grow or explode very quickly.? Recently, a house was sold on The Battery for a record $6.2 Million and houses throughout the county are seeing sharp rises.? This is also affecting rental costs on the peninsula.? In the Elliotborough Section, we found a 3 bedroom, 2 ? bath for $3600 a month.? In 2010, a two-bedroom ranged from $900 – $1300 a month.? Today, that same option is averaging $1600 – $2000.? With the added costs of utilities and internet, it is becoming a struggle to support downtown living.
  • Traffic: The only explanation this needs is experiencing this on a daily basis.? Whether you drive Savannah Highway, Bees Ferry, Highway 17, Interstate 526, Interstate 26, Folly Road or Calhoun Street, maneuvering through the Charleston area is nothing short of a driving nightmare.? If you have the unfortunate distinction of driving during rush hour or tidal flooding, the situation only gets worse.
Spring Street
Spring Street
  • Flooding:? Charleston is coastal living.? There is no denying the unquestionable beauty of the harbors and beaches, but there is also a sustainable issue about flooding on city streets and residential areas.? As an attendee of the recent mayoral debate, flooding was a critical topic throughout the discussion and remains today.? One consistent element the audience took away from the seven candidates, is that no one has a sustained answer on how to address and correct the issue.
  • Unspoken Racism: We are one of the friendliest cities in the country, if not the world.? We don’t protest or riot and we keep to ourselves except for the friendly smile or ‘hello’.? That doesn’t mean we opening believe in equality for all.? Charleston has a clear separation of black and white.? In economics, housing, lifestyle and treatment.? Southern racial tensions are high in Charleston and those that choose to ignore it, are making a clear statement as well.
  • Construction:? You would be hard pressed to remember a time in the last three plus years when there weren’t cranes, construction vehicles, cones or detours destroying the esthetics of The Holy City.? Drive down Lockwood, President Street, Spring Street, King Street, Calhoun or Meeting.? Watch out for potholes and construction workers.? It has been a long time since we didn’t have to walk through a construction tunnel or see a crane blocking one of our beautiful church steeples.
  • Affordability: We have a Mayor that campaigned on “livability”, yet failed to look at affordability as Charleston continues to grow to a “high end” residential and hospitality community.? With the new community taking over Sergeant Jasper, boutique shopping on Upper Meeting, Northern expansion of Upper King, high end hotel development and retail, Charleston is becoming less about appealing to locals and more about tourism.? That position was made very clear when in 2016 when Hughes Lumber, Bob Ellis Shoes and Morris Sokol Furniture closed (All local foundations that stayed in business from 60 to 100 plus years).
  • Identity Crisis: For those that don’t know, James Island resides under two jurisdictions, James Island and Charleston.? There are even two different garbage pick-ups in the same neighborhoods.? Is James Island part of Charleston or its own municipality?? West Ashley has fought for its own namesake for years, but it is still part of Charleston.? This identity crisis needs to be addressed.
  • Corporate Name Tags:? I moved to Charleston partly because of Jestine’s Kitchen and a local record store.? It was the small-town appeal that won me over.? Today, there are 9 Starbucks downtown, Five Guys Burgers, Chipotle, Panera, Subway, Moe’s, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Godiva, Victoria’s Secret, American Apparel and an Apple Store. ?We expect those corporate name tags to continue to grow.
  • Lack of Ethnic Food: Food is king in Charleston.? Hello, ‘Top Chef’ just filmed here.? You can search the peninsula far and wide (Campus Food excluded) and you will find a large void in ethnic food options.? Traditional Southern cuisine owns downtown.? There are derivatives of that theme, but still one-sided.? If you want true ethnic options, North Charleston offers the best selection.
Radcliffe Street
Radcliffe Street
  • Cooper River Bridge and Ice – I will be the first to say, the Cooper River Bridge is one of the most beautiful bridges I have ever seen.? It is part of who we are and folks around the world identify us by its majestic span.? Many years ago, when the architectural designers laid plans and built this bridge, it came with a flaw, falling deadly icicles.? We don’t often get freezing level temperatures, but when we do, it can and has shut down the bridge that connects Mount Pleasant to Charleston over the harbor.? This shutdown forces traffic to detour to 526 and 26.? If you have lived through it, you have stories, but we don’t recommend it.
  • Rise in tourism and drop in local commerce is driving generational local businesses to sell or go under – The local Charleston community has witnessed dozens of local businesses, annually, closing due to lack of customer traffic and forced increases in rent opening the doors to large corporate retails outlets with deeper pockets.? Yet, the city pushes “buy local”.? Unfortunately, that message is not reaching the masses of tourists coming by boat, car and plane.

Debate and expressionism is healthy.? It breeds creativity and ignites change.? We hope this article opens your minds and reminds you that Charleston is a remarkable place to live, but we have areas that are not perfect.

We welcome your thoughts, comments or stories.

Farewell To Those Businesses We Have Lost in Charleston in 2016

This year saw a tremendous amount of change on the peninsula. New development was in the forefront of our vision, but on the ground level, we said goodbye to some old friends. Many businesses that have been with us for many generations closed their doors for the final time. We want to take a moment to pay homage to those that we lost in 2016. Thank you for your dedicated support of the community and being there for us for so long. For the next step in your journey, we wish you all the best.

To some of our old friends, we say goodbye – You are missed


Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen – 218 President Street

Menkoi Ramen House – 41 George Street

Stereo 8 – 951 Folly Road

Joe Pasta – 428 King Street

Nancy’s of Charleston – 342 King Street

Chick’s Fry House – 1011 King Street

Hughes Lumber (Since 1888) – 82 Mary Street

King Street Grille – 304 King Street

The Westendorf – 114 St. Philips Street

Bob Ellis Shoes – 332 King Street

Blind Tiger (Left us, new owners and new restaurant) – 36-38 Broad Street

Morris Sokol Furniture – 510 King Street

Wasabi (Now Sushi Blue) – 61 State Street

BiLo – 445 Meeting Street

Big John’s Pub – 251 East Bay Street

Wet Willie’s – 209 East Bay Street

Bocci’s – 158 Church Street

Molly Darcy’s – 235 East Bay Street

Leaf Charleston – 15 Beaufain Street

Parlor Deluxe – 207A St. Philip Street

Octobochi – 119 Spring Street

Crosby’s Seafood Market – 382 Spring Street, Charleston, SC

Dunkin’ Donuts – 200 Meeting Street

Wild Wing Cafe – 36 North Market Street (Closed after 24 years at this location)

Stono Breeze Cafe – 2408 Maybank Highway, Johns Island

Tony The Peanut Man – Everywhere


Maxtrix Kids Rooms Flagship Showroom Opens in Mount Pleasant


Media Release:? MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – The much-anticipated Maxtrix Kids Rooms
celebrated its opening today with a ribbon cutting and private shopping
event for customers eager to get a sneak peek at the company’s
revolutionary kids furniture system.

The showroom at 816 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. officially opens its door to the
public at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. This is the first retail showroom
for parent company, Maxwood Furniture Inc. Maxwood also moved its
headquarters into the building, a former restaurant that the company
owners renovated over the summer.

The Maxtrix Kid’s Furniture system is designed to grow up with your
child. Made to last from solid hardwood, Maxtrix beds can easily be
changed with simple conversion kits, so parents can optimize the space,
design and fun factor at every stage of their child’s development from
toddler through tween to teen.

Maxwood Furniture was founded in 2004 by Stephen Jensen, a Danish
furniture professional who relocated to the United States. His wife,
Anne, a former global marketing executive, joined the company as chief
marketing officer in 2014 when the couple and their two children
relocated to the Charleston area to further build their business.

“We’ve had several requests from customers to develop a store
concept for our Maxtrix brand,” said Anne Jensen, chief marketing
officer. “We fell in love with the area, and Mount Pleasant seemed
like the perfect place to open our very first kid-friendly showroom
where families can fully experience the Maxtrix line of products.”

Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page congratulated Maxtrix on its opening,
saying, “We’re delighted to have Maxtrix Kids Rooms flagship
showroom open in Mount Pleasant. Operating at the intersection of
innovation, quality and families, Matrix Kids Rooms is a reflection of
our town as a whole.”

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


A family friendly grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday,
Nov. 12. Tour the new store and get inspired with unique kid’s and
teen room designs and ideas. Light refreshments will be served and kids
can enjoy fun activities. Also, the winner of a bunk bed giveaway will
be drawn at the end of the celebration. Sign up for the bunk bed
giveaway at www.maxtrixkidsroomscharleston.com.

Jen Poolaw of Mount Pleasant has been hired as the Maxtrix Kids Rooms
store manager. She has more than 13 years of experience providing home
furnishings to local families as well as working with corporations on
large scale projects. Poolaw’s knowledge of the furniture industry,
product construction and sense of design enables her to provide a
seamless service for all her clients.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Follow Matrix
Kids Rooms Charleston on Facebook at facebook.com/maxtrixkidsrooms
and on Instagram @maxtrixkidscharleston.

Maxtrix is the company’s flagship brand and the new showroom will
showcase multiple ideas and solutions from toddler beds to loft and bunk
beds plus matching furniture pieces like desks, chairs, dressers and
bookshelves. The company’s other brands – Craft and Jackpot – also
will be featured. Plus, the showroom will be used as an event space for
designers, bloggers and retailers, and become the backdrop for content
creation such as photo shoots for the company’s various websites and
social media accounts.

The Maxtrix Kids Rooms concept store will serve as a blueprint retail
concept that has already attracted several potential franchisees in
other major metropolitan areas in both the United States and Canada.


Maxwood Furniture, specializing in kids and youth furniture, offers four
brands that cover a wide selection of styles and price points. Family
owned and operated for more than 10 years, Maxwood specializes in
quality solid hardwood furniture, with a strong focus on safety. Maxwood
supplies independent retailers large and small all over the United
States, Canada and internationally, and maintains two direct to consumer
e-commerce sites. For more information, visit www.maxwoodfurniture.com