The Charleston Health and Wellness Expo: Keep Your Well-Being a Top Priority

People exercising in Charleston, South Catolina

In the Lowcountry, we like to maintain an active lifestyle. From walking the Ravenel Bridge to kayaking in one of the many local waterways, we revel in being outdoors while staying fit. In 2017, just as folks start to make those lofty New Year’s resolutions, a Health and Wellness Expo that’s sure to inform, entertain and inspire will take center stage. On Jan. 9 and 10, from 10 … [Read more...]

Santa the Sandbird: Off Duty in East Cooper

Santa the Snowbird

What’s happened in your life over the past five years? Quite a lot, I’d venture. Well, same here. Five years ago, one of the intrepid reporters for this very publication tracked me down at home at the North Pole. Normally, I would have ducked him and directed my PR elf, Manny, to call him back or just issue a press release. I get enough publicity every December when I zip … [Read more...]

Spiritual Growth: Church Planting in East Cooper and Beyond

Church Planting

Have you ever wondered how a church comes into being – not necessarily the building that houses the church but the congregation, leaders and mission that come together to create a spiritual journey for all involved? If you engage in regular worship at a local church, there’s a good chance your own church was “planted” by another. This phenomenon, known appropriately as “church … [Read more...]

A Lasting Impression: Pat Waters Remembers His Famous Grandfather

General George S. Patton painting by Boleslaw Czedekowski hangs in Mt Pleasant home of his grandson

In real life, actor George C. Scott looks nothing like the colorful and controversial World War II general he portrayed in “Patton,” the award-winning 1970 movie. One Mount Pleasant resident does exhibit a marked resemblance to the iconic Army officer, however, and for good reason. George Patton “Pat” Waters is the grandson of Gen. George S. Patton Jr. And Waters, though he … [Read more...]

Chance Encounter in the Wilderness

Sarah Carmical hunting

How many times had I been here? How many times had I stared out through the branches under the stars? Sitting in the tree stand, I checked my phone: 9:47. How much longer would I wait for that phantom, that big boar I had hunted for seemingly months on end? Luckily, I stumbled across the landowner while out riding my horse a while back. “You see what those hogs have done … [Read more...]

A Living Legacy: Museum Will Honor Nation’s Heroes

Future Museum will honor our nation's heroes

Wounded three times, unable to walk and facing an overwhelming enemy force, Capt. James E. Livingston carried on the fight, leading Marines from three different companies in a brutal battle that helped turn the tide of the Vietnam War. Two years later, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest accolade possible for a member of the American armed services. A retired … [Read more...]

A Sharper Image, Somerby of Mount Pleasant

Dick Bilas, a retired college professor who lives at Somerby, presents lectures on economics to fellow residents. But he’s also a eucharistic minister who gives communion to residents on Sundays.

Somerby of Mount Pleasant is focusing on five overlapping areas as it strives to sharpen its image in the East Cooper Community and make life more interesting, more meaningful and more fun for its 240 or so residents. The acronym SPARK stands for Spirituality-Purpose-Activity-Knowledge-Relationship, according to Executive Director Lisa Kinsella, but she pointed out that … [Read more...]

A Cut Above, Diamonds Direct

Artwork courtesy of Diamonds Direct.

Eartha Kitt was spot on when she remembered to “mention one little thing: a ring,” in her hit song, “Santa Baby.” The holidays are one of the most popular times of the year to give jewelry, and the experts at Diamonds Direct are ready to help customers find the perfect gift for that special someone this season. While the Mount Pleasant location of Diamonds Direct has … [Read more...]

It’s Only Rock and Roll, But They Love It, Shem Creek Music Center

Photo courtesy of Shem Creek Music.

Whether you’re buying your first guitar or simply adding to your collection, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Shem Creek Music Center can help you find the perfect fit. Shem Creek Music has been a hot spot on the local music scene since 2004. Family-owned and managed by owner Phil Thomas, the staff of trained musicians provides a safe and fun environment for all … [Read more...]

For Ladies and Gentlemen, Henry & Eva

The name henry & eva lends itself perfectly to the store’s unique balance between the masculine and feminine vibes of the boutique.

Start and finish your holiday shopping at just one store in Mount Pleasant: Henry & Eva. Step inside and see an array of gorgeous, handcrafted knives, outdoor products, women’s jewelry, décor and gifts that are truly one-of-a-kind. Wesley and Jeff Kennedy opened the shop two years ago in the Moultrie Plaza on Coleman Boulevard. After decades in the scrap metal business, … [Read more...]