REVIEW: Flowertown Players ‘School of Rock’ Hits All the Right Notes

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Based on the 2003 film of the same name, written by MikeWhite, the musical follows Dewey Finn, an out-of-work rock singer and guitarist who pretends to be a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school.  If you have ever seen the film, the kids are the stars and this production is no exception.

Flowertown has brought the magic of live theatre, rock and roll and emerging talent together in one spectacular performance.  This is truly musical theatre that will leave you dancing in your seats and cheering all the way to the end.

School of Rock definitely rocked the quiet town of Summerville and is continuing to do so through December 16.

I had the pleasure of seeing the performance in person opening weekend and wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw the show.  I was told in advance that no adults would be a part of the show. 

As the show started, I was amazed and truly in awe by the talent of our Summerville area children.  The teacher Dewey was played by Konrad Knaak. He not only was talented singing, but he also played the role and sounded much like the film’s main character played by Jack Black. 

When Rosalie, the school principal, played by Celeste Class-Rodriquez started singing, I closed my eyes and saw a professional opera singer in my mind.  Her voice was so remarkable.  Each child that had a role in the play showed tremendous talent.  It was not an overwhelming set so you could concentrate on the show itself focusing on the core elements, the acting and singing performances.

I have lived in Summerville since 2009 and never had the pleasure to see a show at the theater.  I am sad I waited so long to see such talent in our community. 

They hold auditions for each show.  Even if you’re not a great singer, I would recommend not only seeing a show but auditioning and be a part of the show itself.  There are many upcoming shows for you to see and be a part of.  In fact, I expect to return in January to audition myself and hope to. find a place in this local acting and performance community.

See link below for dates and times on School of Rock and also upcoming shows and auditions.?

Tickets:  Adults – $30.00 / Seniors, Military and First Responders – $26.00 / Students – $22.00 / 15 and Under $15.00

Official Website for Flowertown Players 43rd Season

Flowertown Players Fundraiser and Special Santa Event

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Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down South Main!
We come bearing the gift of theatre this holiday season!!!
First off, you guys asked for it so we decided to give you it! We are hosting a Christmas Fundraiser! We are teaming up with our friends at Wine and Tapas for a dinner theatre event!
For ONLY $30 you will get: one interactive murder mystery, delectable hors d’oeuvres and non alcoholic drinks. A cash bar and silent and live auctions will round out the evening. Can you figure out who is the mastermind of the night? Only one way to find out!
Tickets are available now just click the link below to purchase.. Or feel free to call the box office and we’ll help you out. Our number is (843) 875-9251.
Location: Wine and Tapas?
Kick off your holiday with a little mystery, food, and fun. Flowertown Players invites you to be a part of a holiday murder mystery hosted by Wine and Tapas to benefit the Flowertown Players’ commitment to quality live theatre, youth education, and artistic stewardship. The party takes place at Wine and Tapas, 103 S Main St Summerville, SC 29483 on December 22nd from 7pm – 10pm featuring live theatrical performances, food, cash bar, silent and live auctions.
About the show: The CEO of a struggling accounting firm decides to throw a holiday party to boost morale. He also decides to bring in a consultant to streamline and straighten the company out. What he doesn’t realize is that those two independent decisions will result in bedlam, havoc and chaos in the middle of wildly performed holiday songs, door prizes and a visit from someone very special in a red Santa suit. Join Tom, Dick and Harry for a holiday party to beat all holiday parties! Happy holidays? Maybe, but stay away from the mistletoe… or that spirited kiss may turn deadly.
$30 general, Members and this year’s cast, crew, and volunteers will receive $5 off. Discounts are not online please call for reservations.
Santa Claus is coming to town!
He’s come by Flowertown super early this year to deliver the VIP passes for The Flowertown Players’ 44th Season!!!! The Santa Special allows you to buy next season’s pass for ONLY $100 and is now available through December 31st! This pass gives you 1 ticket to each main stage show next season. Makes a wonderful gift for the holiday season!
Not sure you want to give the whole season? No worries!?We have another deal you might like!
Gift cards are now buy 2 get 1 FREE through December 15th. You can call 843-875-9251 or stop in to purchase some gift cards today!

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

Dunkin’ Donuts Opening New Restaurant in Summerville, South Carolina on Tuesday, July 17th

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New Dunkin’ Donuts Restaurant to Open in?Summerville

Summerville,?S.C.?(July 13, 2018)?—?Dunkin’ Donuts?today announced that it will open a new restaurant in Summerville at 4720 Ladson Road on Tuesday, July 17th.

The new Dunkin’ Donuts in Summerville will keep people running with the brand’s beverage offerings including high-quality, freshly-brewed Hot and Iced Coffees, Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee, Cold Brew and Rainforest Alliance Certified? Dark Roast, along with a Rainforest Alliance Certified? espresso lineup that includes Americano, Cappuccino, Espresso, as well as Hot and Iced Lattes and Macchiatos. Dunkin’ Donuts will also serve a full menu of Premium Hot Teas,?Coolatta? frozen beverages, delicious donuts, sandwiches and bakery goods?–including the new warm and crispy Donut Fries — that pair perfectly with the brand’s coffee beverages.?All Dunkin’ Donuts menu items are available any time of day, and guests are encouraged to customize their favorite food and drinks.

The new?Summerville location?will be open seven days a week from?5?a.m.?to?10 p.m. and?will employ approximately?30?crew members.?Comfortable?indoor and outdoor?seating?will?provide a welcoming environment for guests to enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts’?high-quality?coffee beverages?in a friendly atmosphere. Guests?will also?be able to enjoy?free Wi-Fi?access?at the new restaurant.

With Dunkin’ Donuts’ On-the-Go?Mobile?Ordering, members of the DD Perks? Rewards Program can order in advance using their mobile phone,?speed past?the line and go straight to pick up when they get inside the store. Guests can also pick up their mobile order at the drive-thru. Guests can place a mobile order up to 24 hours in advance, then simply confirm via the Dunkin’ Mobile app when they are at the restaurant and ready to pick up their order.

Coastal Franchising LLC?is the franchisee for the new?location?in Summerville and currently operates?46 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in North and South Carolina.?“Dunkin’ Donuts is one of the world’s leading brands and is proud to keep busy, on-the-go people energized with delicious coffee, food and other beverages?throughout the?day,” said?George Ross,?CEO of Coastal Franchising LLC. “We are very excited to serve the people who live and work here in Summerville?and?look forward to becoming a popular destination for this community.”

Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, selling approximately 2 billion cups of hot and iced coffee and espresso-based beverages per year and 2.9 billion donuts and MUNCHKINS??donut hole treats combined globally per year.?Today, there are more than 12,500 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants worldwide?in 45 countries, including?more than?9,000?Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants?across?the United States.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit? subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at?


About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot?regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand?Keys for 12?years running. The company has more than 12,500 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit


Drew Porcello
(704) 774-9271

Historic Flowertown Players Theatre in Summerville: A Reminder of the Traditional South Carolina Communities

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By Shelly Woodward

I have lived in Summerville, South Carolina for almost a decade, finding my home here in 2009.? During these years, it has been a goal for me each week to try a new local restaurant or business.? My son and I have explored numerous places.? The one surprise is when I was asked to tour the Flowertown Players Theatre, a historic foundation in Summerville whose doors I have never walked through.

I grew up with a love of musical theatre and Broadway.? Two of my favorite musicals are RENT and West Side Story. As I walked the hallowed hallways, rooms, corridors and stage, I was mesmerized visualizing images in my mind of what it was like in the beginning and knowing over 80 years of history lived and breathed under this roof.? Courtney Bates, Executive Director of Flowertown Players, was a wonderful tour guide providing warm and insight throughout my tour.

History of Flowertown Players:? Summerville’s Community Theatre

Back in 1935, a building stood across from Hutchison Square in Summerville, South Carolina.? It started off as a theatre, then a cinema and once again a theatre where it has been performing community performances since 1976.

Sidney Legendre owned multiple theaters in the South with his brother.? In 1935, the brothers purchased the building.? They were not interior decorators by any means, covering the walls with various hunting trophies from hunting expeditions.? They operated the theater until the 1950’s, converting it into a cinema and featuring showcase Hollywood stars including Grant, Hepburn, Tracy and Bogart.

Movies continued to be featured until 1976, when a theater group named the Flowertown Players asked for permission to use the stage inside where they produced several local community shows.

In 1986, after the cinema was closed for repairs, the Flowertown Players purchased the building.? The group finished the restorations on the building and it was named after founding member James F. Dean.

The mission for the Flowertown Players was to produce and show great community shows that helped to educate and promote performing arts.? This also provided projects for local creative people to explore and produce theatre shows utilizing local talent.

Since 1976, when the Flowertown Players purchased the theater, they have been the only running community theater in Dorchester County.? This past June, auditions were held for its 43rd season.

The theatre will be undergoing additional renovations this year with the addition of a waiting area for theatre goers to enjoy drinks and conversation prior to the performances. The theatre group also purchased a building behind the core performance space where smaller shows will be held and players can get ready for shows.

There is also an additional building, one which houses all the scenery and where sets are built.? You can even stumble on the very cute theatre mascot.

Flowertown Players has truly defined itself as the true ideology of community, passionate performing arts, volunteerism and creative collaboration.

How Can You Help or Attend as a Patron of the Arts?

They are always in need of volunteers to help build sets.? If you have a desire to learn the process and be a part of something special, give Courtney a call at 843.875.9251.

There are many great shows coming this season.? School of Rock will be on the stage October 7-8, 2018.? Crimes of the Heart is another great show coming in January 2019.? Titus Andronicus is a Shakespeare adaptation and not for the faint of heart.? It is based around the Roman Empire and will be violent and bloody as most Shakespearean tragedies are.

This is only a small list of upcoming shows.? Visit the Flowertown Players Official Website for complete listings.

I plan to attend several.? I look forward to seeing you at the theatre.

Frampton Construction Breaks Ground on Largest Hotel and Conference Center in Summerville, South Carolina

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Charleston, S.C. — Frampton Construction Company, LLC, a regional full-service construction firm providing planning and design support, preconstruction, construction services, and sustainability services throughout the Carolinas, is underway on construction of the Hilton Garden Inn-Homewood Suites Summerville and Lowcountry Event & Conference Center. The facility will be the largest and tallest of its kind in the Summerville area, with the accompanying event and conference center fulfilling a significant need for meeting, training, and accommodation space in the burgeoning business corridor.

Frampton Construction was selected by developer Lowcountry Hotels and partnered with project architect Bounds, Gillespie, Killebrew, Tushek, PLLC, to design, plan and build the 208,828 square foot facility.? The hotel and conference center will sit on a 6.1-acre site in the Nexton community, at the corner of Sigma Drive and Edge Street.

At a groundbreaking ceremony held June 28, Daniel Blumenstock from Lowcountry Hotels commented, “It was apparent to us that there was a need not just for a hotel in this market, but for event and conference space, and I believe we’ve found the perfect location, the perfect hotel brands, and the perfect mix by including the conference space in this development.”

Featuring a total of 250 guest rooms, the eight-story hotel will measure 93 feet in height, making it the tallest building in Summerville and Berkeley County. Amenities are set to include a full-service restaurant, bar and lounge, resort-style pool with cabana, several outdoor green spaces, a workout facility, and a business center.

Chad Frampton, president of Frampton Construction, said, “We’re honored to be part of one of the most significant private developments in Berkeley County and humbled by the confidence Lowcountry Hotels and the Fennell family have shown in the Frampton team.”

The dual-brand concept caters to both select service and extended stay hotel customers through one property by pairing two distinctly branded hotels under the same roof while consolidating guest amenity spaces and back-of-house-operations for maximum efficiency.

A two-story conference center with 14,000 square feet of meeting space will connect to the hotel. Keeping the area’s growing automobile manufacturing industry in mind, the conference center’s first floor will feature a back entryway suited for vehicle access and over 7,000 square feet of uninterrupted space large enough to showcase automobiles. Folding walls will allow this area to be separated into three smaller conference rooms as needed. The second floor will house six additional meeting rooms.

“We are excited to begin construction of this formidable project that will take a tremendous team effort. Over the next 20 months, our team will manage an estimated 500+ construction trade workers who will put in place approximately 8,000 cubic yards of concrete, 1,500 tons of steel, 1,750 gallons of paint, and over 350,000 square feet of drywall,” Frampton further commented.

Bill Peagler, Berkeley County supervisor, also at the ceremony, noted, “If there’s one thing I can say about Frampton Construction, they will get the job done, and they will get it done on time.”

Construction is expected to be complete in early 2020.

About Lowcountry Hotels:

Lowcountry Hotels is the hotel development and management company division of Fennell Holdings, with award-winning properties and staff leading the way in hospitality in Charleston, S.C. With a focus on dependability, efficiency, and customer focus, Lowcountry Hotels takes pride in their reputation for excellence in service and accommodations. Lowcountry Hotels offers exceptional hospitality to guests in their three Charleston Area Convention Center hotels, as well as the Ansonborough Inn in Historic Downtown Charleston, and are working to expand their venture across the Lowcountry with new projects in Mount Pleasant and Summerville. For more information, please visit or call 843-723-0009.

Frampton Construction is a regional full-service construction firm with financial strength and industry knowledge born of years of experience employing proven procedures. Frampton Construction offers planning and design support, preconstruction, construction services, and sustainability services. The dedicated team of professionals takes pride in building strong relationships with clients while providing the highest quality of service. They deliver executive leadership and personal oversight throughout the building process, while working diligently to exceed the expectations of every client. With offices in Charleston, S.C., and Charlotte, N.C., the company is positioned to manage projects in the Carolinas and beyond. For more information, please visit or call 843-572-2400.

Media? Contact:
Elizabeth Boineau,
843-869-4938 or 843-224-1106

In Photo: Pictured left to right in the attached photo from the groundbreaking ceremony are Fred Drulard (Senior Vice President, South State Bank), Gary Finnell (Senior Director of Development, Hilton Worldwide), Chad Frampton (President, Frampton Construction), Wiley Johnson (Mayor of Summerville), Scott Fennell (Chief Operating Officer and President, Lowcountry Hotels), George Fennell (Chairman, Lowcountry Hotels), Bill Peagler (Berkeley County Supervisor), Greg Padgett (Chief Financial Officer, Lowcountry Hotels), Brent Gibadlo (General Manager, Nexton), and Daniel Blumenstock (Director of Hotels, Lowcountry Hotels).

Registration Open for 19th Annual Race for The ARK in Summerville, South Carolina

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – Registration is open for the 19th annual Thrivent Financial Race for The ARK set for Saturday, Aug. 25 in historic downtown Summerville. Race proceeds benefit The ARK in its work providing comprehensive support services to families living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.

The race includes a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run – both races begin and end at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 206 Central Ave. The 5K begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run kicks off at 8:45 a.m.

“Each year this event grows bigger and bigger and we are so grateful to the community from the Lowcountry and beyond who join us to help the individuals and families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other related dementia,” said Peg Lahmeyer, executive director of The ARK. “This event funds our programs in five area counties, including memory screenings, resource fairs, educational workshops, support groups and respite centers.”

In South Carolina, 86,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s and that number is estimated to rise to 120,000 by the year 2025. The state has the eighth highest Alzheimer’s death rate in America and has seen a 122 percent increase in deaths since 2000.

Register before May 31 and save $5 with promo code ARKRUN18. Registration for the 5K run/walk is $35 with a T-shirt and $25 without a T-shirt. Register for the 1-mile fun run for $10 or $30 for a family of four (T-shirts are not included with the fun run registration).

Registration and packet pickup will be noon to 6 p.m. on Aug. 24 and from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on race day in St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall. Day-of registration for the 5K is $40. Day-of registration for the 1-mile fun run is $15 or $35 for a family of four.

Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female winners as well as in several age groups. Plus, $100 will awarded to the first male and female to break the course records (15:40 male and 17:51 female).

Youth Running Teams from local schools are invited to compete in the Youth Team Challenge. Registration for Youth Teams can be done through the high school coaches and online. Students who participate enjoy a great training run and fun competition to start their running season. Registration is $35 with a T-shirt and $25 without a T-shirt. The deadline for team registration(s) is Aug. 13. Students under 18 must have the parent/guardian waiver signed.

Businesses can create teams of five or more as part of the Corporate Challenge. The winning team (combined best times) receives a hand-crafted traveling trophy to display at its business or organization for one year. The cost is $350 and the deadline to register is July 23.

Learn more and register for the Race for The ARK at For more information on Corporate Team Challenge, Youth Team Challenge or sponsorship opportunities, contact Michel’le Cressman at


The ARK is a local nonsectarian nonprofit outreach program providing comprehensive support services to families dealing with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. For more information, call 843-471-1360 or visit

Photo Credit:? Tiffany Hicks Photography

Toast Breaks Ground on New Restaurant Location in Nexton Community in Summerville

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Location Number Four for Toast’s Cozy, Breakfast All-Day (plus Lunch and Dinner) Where Everyone Knows Your Name Restaurant Brand

Charleston, SC? – January 25, 2018 – Ground broke today for Charleston Hospitality Group’s fourth Toast! location, this one in the family-friendly Nexton community in Summerville. With locations in downtown Charleston, West Ashley, and Old Trolley Road near downtown Summerville, the newest Toast! is scheduled to open in late 2018 or early 2019.

Built from the ground up, CHG’s newest restaurant marks a departure from CEO Sam Mustafa’s usual strategy to buy a pre-existing restaurant/business structure and morph it into the concept he foresees for each space, as he did with the original Toast (formerly Diana’s Tropical Toast) at 155 Meeting Street in 2005.

“This is a rapidly growing community in an already growing, family-focused Summerville. As an immigrant, I’m keenly aware of the American dream. I envision this Toast, as all of the others, as truly a place where people from all walks-of-life feel welcome, like family, and will come and enjoy our food and hospitality and feel completely at home. I see Nexton as the perfect place for our newest Toast!,” says Mustafa.

About Toast! – Often imitated, but never duplicated, Toast is a casual, friendly neighborhood restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner classics like shrimp & grits and French toasts. There are currently three locations: Toast! 155 Meeting Street, downtown, 843.534.0043, Toast of West Ashley, 2026 Savannah Highway, 843.556.0066, and Toast of Summerville, 717 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, 843.900.4422. For more information, visit

About Charleston Hospitality Group (CHG) – CHG is a restaurant and entertainment group comprised of Eli’s Table, FILL Restaurant & Piano Bar, Queology, Tabbuli, Toast!, Toast of Summerville, Toast of West Ashley, HonkyTonk Saloon(s), Cove Oyster Bar & Grille, and Charleston Hospitality Catering. For more information, visit or call 843.822.0011
Holly Herrick
Charleston Hospitality Group

Charleston Photographer Spotlight: Summerville Based Ted and Rachel Linczak, Owners of Linczak Photography and Nuvo Images

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Ted & Rachel Linczak, M. Photog.Cr., are the owners and photographers of Linczak Photography and Nuvo Images. After starting their business in 2006, they quickly became one of the most sought after photography studios in Northeast Ohio, and in 2012 expanded their market reach with the Nuvo Images brand in Charleston, SC.

Ted & Rachel’s style is glamorous and combines high fashion photography with photojournalism to display relationships and connections between? their subjects. Their instincts lead them off the beaten path as they continuously challenge themselves to not only stay current in the field of wedding? photography but also create new trends and set new precedents. Their goal in education is to teach photographers the fundamentals of beautiful posing, lighting, and capturing the decisive moment.

Ted won the overall Grand Imaging Award from PPA in 2016 for his album

1863, which also was awarded the Gold Medallion Award by the American Society of Photographers. Ted was named Photographer of the Year for 2015 in both Ohio and South Carolina, and has won the award for highest scoring wedding album in Ohio 4 out of the last 5 years. The PPSC has awarded Ted the top wedding album award in both 2015 and 2016. Ted has won the 1st place award in the Wedding Album category in the

SEPPA Print Competition in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. In February of 2016, Ted was also awarded the Canon Par Excellence Award at the SEPPA Print Competition. Ted and Rachel have had their wedding albums finish in the top 3 at PPA’s Grand Imaging Awards in 2014 and 2015 (3rd in 2015, 2nd in 2014), and were in the top ten for 2016. They placed in the top 3 in the non-event album category at the WPPI Print Competition for both 2014 and 2015 (3rd and 2nd respectively).

Ted and Rachel have been active participants in PPA’s International Print Competition the past 3 years, having earned Platinum Medals in 2014’s? competition, in addition to Gold and Silver Medals in 2013 and Platinum and Silver Medals in 2012. Ted and Rachel both earned their Master of Photography and Craftsman degrees from PPA in 2015.

Ted and Rachel currently live in Charleston, SC. They photograph 30-40 weddings a year, as well a steady amount of family and senior portraits.

Official Studio Website –






Summerville Based Chase After a Cure Releases ‘Chase Away Childhood Cancer’ Specialty License Plates in Time for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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‘Chase Away Childhood Cancer’ Specialty License Plate Launches in Time for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – Beginning today, there’s a new way for South Carolina residents to show their support for childhood cancer research efforts. A pediatric cancer specialty license plate is now available from the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. Proceeds from the purchase of the plates will benefit Summerville-based Chase After a Cure, which has raised more than half a million dollars for pediatric cancer research at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital.

The “Chase Away Childhood Cancer” plate is available for motor vehicles. The cost is $50 every two years in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee. Order plates online at, by mail or at the local DMV office.

The release of the license plate at the beginning of September coincides with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to bring attention to the critical need for more pediatric cancer research funding. In the United States, 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; about one quarter of them will not survive the disease.

The push for a state license plate started with Summerville area mother, Julie Reynolds. She approached Chase After a Cure with the idea, hoping to honor her 17-year-old daughter Rachel, who died in 2014 from a rare form of cancer.

Chase After a Cure was quick to lend its support. The “Chase Away Childhood Cancer” plate was approved by the S.C. Legislature in 2017. Childhood cancer advocates around the country are working to get a childhood cancer license plate in all 50 states.

“This is a daily reminder to people of the need for more childhood cancer awareness and research funding,” said Margaret Marcoe, marketing director for Chase After a Cure. “We hope when people are sitting in traffic and see this license plate in front of them, they will pause to consider all the children fighting cancer and the need for more research into better treatments and an eventual cure.”

Also as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Chase After a Cure is partnering with Nothing Bundt Cake in Mount Pleasant. This is the third year that owners Eric and Julie Sakae have committed to raising awareness of childhood cancer. During the month of September, Nothing Bundt Cake will donate 10 percent of its sales for customers who mention “Chase After a Cure.”

“As a pediatric registered nurse, I have witnessed the devastation neuroblastoma wreaks on a family,” Julie Sakae said. “Chase After a Cure is so amazing. What (founder) Whitney Ringler has done over the years with MUSC gives hope and strength to many families.”

Chase After a Cure funds innovative research and promising clinical trials that have the potential to immediately impact the lives of pediatric cancer patients. Cancer is the No. 1 cause of death by disease among children. In fact, the incidence of childhood cancer has been rising about 0.6 percent each year since the mid-1970s, resulting in an overall increase of 24 percent over the last 40 years.

Despite the growing number of children diagnosed with a form of pediatric cancer only three drugs have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

About Chase After a Cure
Chase After a Cure was started in 2009 by Summerville, S.C., resident Whitney Ringler and her family after her son, Chase, was given a 30 percent chance of survival after being diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. Chase survived this aggressive form of cancer. Chase After a Cure is dedicated to funding research and raising awareness for alternative and more effective treatments for children with cancer with a specific focus on hard-to-treat cancers such as neuroblastoma. For more information, visit


Holly A. Fisher, MMC
Inbound Marketing Certified
Writing | Social Media | Public Relations