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Since the advent of the hybrid workplace, the home office movement has taken hold and changed the way that many contractors, corporate workers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners get work done. While working remotely certainly has its benefits, many professionals are beginning to find that spending 40 hours or more a week in a home office isn't the best choice. According to the INAA, working remotely can blur the line between professional working environments and a person's personal life.

As it turns out, having a dedicated, safe space to work privately or collaborate with others can boost efficiency and increase morale. Working in an office environment with readily-available resources like printers and meeting rooms makes accomplishing tasks and making progress much more manageable. For business owners and startups, the prospect of being unproductive at home just won't cut it.

That's where The Runway's co-working space comes into play.

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What is a Co-Working Space in Charleston, SC?

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A new take on the modern-day office, co-working spaces give individuals, entrepreneurs, startups, and business owners access to private desks, office resources, inclusive amenities, and exclusive perks. Imagine a purpose-built space filled with hardworking professionals, all employed by different organizations with different goals and tasks. The building has many different rooms, from communal areas with shared workspaces to large, private offices with frosted glass. Here, workers from every background can network with like-minded colleagues while having a dedicated place to work and collaborate.

From exciting startups owners working seven days a week to individuals needing a quiet place to do research, co-working office spaces offer help provide:

  • More Productivity
  • Collaboration and Networking Opportunities
  • In-House Resources
  • More Productivity
  • Collaboration and Networking Opportunities
  • In-House Resources

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If you're looking for an affordable office space for rent in Charleston, SC, a co-working space might be the perfect solution. But with more than 17,000 co-working spaces around the globe, what makes The Runway so special?

All of our membership options offer:

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When you rent with The Runway, you'll enjoy modern workspaces, shared and private desks, and private office options. Plus, with access to our fully-stocked Pilot's lounge and even a business address, you'll be set up for success on day one.

Whether you're looking for a co-working space for your new startup or you simply need a one room office space for rent in Charleston, SC, we have all the amenities you'd expect and more. Our goal is to provide our clients with a professional atmosphere where business-minded individuals and teams can work independently while still being a part of something bigger. It all starts by choosing the best office space rental options for your business needs.

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At The Runway, we offer a wide variety of rental options to best suit your needs, whether you're looking for a quick day pass for a few hours of work or you need a frequent monthly commitment. Plans at The Runway include the following:

Day Passes

Don't need to spend much time at The Runway? With our day pass, you can enjoy access at any time of day to our state-of-the-art lobby, conference room with frosted privacy glass, and convenient business center with printing and scanning. Relax in our fully-stocked Pilot's Lounge or get straight to work at the high tops.

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Meeting Rooms

Sometimes you need a clean, impressive meeting room for those big clients, but you don't want to sign a monthly contract. We get it! Our meeting room rental options are fully equipped for modern meetings with plenty of seating, privacy glass, high-speed internet, natural light, flat-screen TVs, and more. This option allows you to impress your business partners or guests without breaking the bank.

Co-Working Hot Desks

Our hot-desk options are perfect for individuals who may only need to use our co-working space a few times a week. Members can choose from a part-time hot desk with three days per week access or a full-time hot desk with five days per week access. Unlike our day passes, our hot desk rental options include access to the Pilot's Lounge and Conference Room.

Renters can also enjoy access to our state-of-the-art lobby any time of day, conference room with frosted privacy glass, and convenient business center with printing and scanning. When it's time to take a break, relax in our fully-stocked Pilot's Lounge before you get back to work. If you're looking for an office space for entrepreneurs in Charleston, SC, this option is a great choice.

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Private Dedicated Desks

If having a private desk to yourself is non-negotiable, The Runway has plenty of options for you to consider. Our private desks are an affordable solution for anyone who wants a budget-friendly option and requires a private space. When you rent one of our private desks, you'll get more perks than our day pass options, like a business address, mail service, conference room access, and access to the fully stocked Pilot's Lounge. It's all included in your monthly rate!

Small, Medium, and Large Private Offices

Whether you're working on a top-secret digital marketing campaign or you're just an introverted professional, our private office rentals are for you. In fact, many workers use 3300 W Montague Ave as their business address. When you rent a private office on a monthly basis, you'll enjoy a fully-furnished executive office with janitorial and valet trash services, 24/7 access to both our facility and an online Co-working Hub, and invitations to exclusive networking events. If you're looking for an alternative to the premium pricing found in most office parks and corporate centers, consider this option.

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Co-Working Spaces vs Traditional Office Spaces

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If you're like many of our clients at The Runway, you're probably wondering, "Why should I choose a co-working space in Charleston, SC, near me instead of a traditional office space?"

The truth is co-working spaces with flexible workplace options have drastically changed the way professionals work. Over the last few years, more self-employed business owners and companies have taken advantage of the savings and convenience co-working spaces offer. In the past, the only options on the table were limited by nature, at rates that seemed ridiculous, even for major companies.

On the other hand, co-working spaces offer professionals the chance to move right away to a fully-functioning, comfortable workspace in a business-centric part of town. Unlike traditional office space rentals, The Runway provides you with everything you need to be successful and grow your business, whether you're a sole proprietor or have several employees.

With a properly equipped co-working space, you can focus on accomplishing your goals and finishing your day-to-day tasks without the headaches of moving into and maintaining an expensive office. Co-working spaces offered by The Runway provide:

  • Flexible spaces and private offices to grow your business
  • No Lease Agreements
  • Utilities like power and high-speed internet included
  • Access to copiers, printers, and scanners
  • Move-in ready setups when you need them the most
  • An affordable monthly investment
  • Incredible networking and brainstorming opportunities
  • Free maintenance and cleaning services
  • Free refreshments like water and coffee

On the other hand, traditional office spaces often feature:

  • Limited workspace options
  • Long-term commitments
  • Additional cost for utilities
  • Printer, scanner, and copier setup needed
  • Expensive monthly investment
  • More restrictive opportunities to network and brainstorm

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Who Uses Co-Working Spaces in Charleston, SC?

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With the growing popularity of office rooms for rent in Charleston, SC, many types of businesses and people are inhabiting these spaces, from popular companies to self-starters and everyone in between. Here is a quick glance at some of the most common professionals using The Runway's co-working office space.

Remote Workers

Remote Workers

Yes, you read that correctly. Remote work is often associated with Zoom calls and home offices, but remote employees can benefit greatly from co-working offices. Most remotely-employed workers enjoy having more freedom but want to use it responsibly. They choose co-working spaces because, unlike working from home, they benefit from socialization, structure, and the ability to brainstorm with others.


Freelancers

Freelancers

As is the case with remote workers, freelancing doesn't inherently mean you have a dedicated workspace or home office. Since having a home office isn't always a guarantee, we find that many freelancers flourish at The Runway. Even freelancers who have home offices often prefer to work in a more structured environment to reduce distractions and downtime. For hardworking freelancers, co-working spaces present an opportunity for more productivity and career progress. When you add access to client meeting rooms, printers, scanners, free Wi-Fi, and even a business mailing address, co-working offices are often no-brainers for freelancers.


Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs

Especially in the early stages of growth, entrepreneurs need a dedicated, productive space to grow their business and determine the next steps to success. Depending on the industry, entrepreneurial work can quickly clutter your personal space, both physically at home and mentally, in your head. That's often the first reason why entrepreneurs flock to co-working spaces – they're away from home, where they're more inclined to relax and be unproductive. Whether you're looking for a private office or simply a desk where you can work away from home, The Runway is the solution you need.


Startups

Startups

A co-working space for startups in Charleston, SC, is a great idea because it provides a central location for full-time work, office meetings, and more. Startups are often defined by a team's ability to come together, brainstorm, produce a product, and fill a need. With The Runway's co-working office for startups, you can do exactly that.

Plus, having a co-working office space for a startup team saves money. If you've ever had the chance to grow a company from the ground up, you know first-hand how important budgets are for your business. When you rent from The Runway, you won't have to worry about expenses like management fees, insurance, power, internet, reinstatement fees, and other overhead costs.


Businesses

Businesses

If you own or manage a small to mid-size business, you know how expensive office space is in Charleston. As is the case with startups, many businesses use The Runway's private meeting rooms and offices to conduct business at a fraction of the cost of a traditional office. Plus, they use the space to connect with other businesses, professionals, and freelancers who often become valuable resources. As an added bonus, co-working spaces like those at The Runway have been shown to boost morale and provide a sense of camaraderie, collaboration, and community.


FAQs about Co-Working Spaces

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Co-working and shared workspaces from The Runway are cost-effective, convenient, and full of value for hardworking people looking to get ahead. Though co-working offices have grown in popularity, with approximately 24,000 locations globally, they're still a mystery to many. If you still have questions, we invite you to contact our office today to learn more about The Runway. Until we speak, here are just a few of the most frequently asked questions we encounter.

Q. Do co-working spaces actually work? My friend uses a desk from The Runway and swears by it, but I'm not convinced.

A. The short answer to this question is a resounding "Yes!" Thousands of people use co-working offices as a reliable way to stay productive and professional. In fact, research from Harvard Business Review states that surveyed workers benefit from more motivation, higher productivity, and more valuable social interactions.

Q. What does The Runway's co-working space offer?

A. The Runway is a co-working office space and community that offers clients a modern, purpose-built place to work and succeed. Depending on their needs, members enjoy many options and perks, including:

  • Secure 24/7 Access to the Facility
  • Ultra-Fast Internet
  • Access to Printers, Scanners, and Copiers
  • Private Offices
  • Private Meeting Rooms
  • Private Lockers
  • Fully-Stocked Lounge Area
  • Much More

Q. What is the point of co-working spaces?

A. Co-working spaces like The Runway give professionals a chance to work in a professional setting without the overhead costs and headaches of a traditional office. Whether solo or in a team, The Runway offers diverse groups of workers the opportunity to thrive professionally while connecting with others.

Let The Runway be Your Launching Pad to Business Success

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At The Runway, we're passionate about empowering risk-takers, dreamers, and businesspeople of all backgrounds with affordable office space for rent in Charleston, SC. Whether you're just starting a new venture or you're a veteran freelancer, The Runway is where your business can take off. Contact our office today to reserve your co-working space or to learn more about our day passes and monthly options.

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LOWCOUNTRY JAZZ FESTIVAL Returns To The Charleston Gaillard Center This August

The Charleston Gaillard Center will present the annual Lowcountry Jazz Festival this Labor Day weekend. Under the artistic direction of producer Tony Clarke, in collaboration with the Gaillard Center's artistic team, the Festival boasts an impressive lineup of award-winning jazz singers and musicians, including headliners Samara Joy and Brian Culbertson.More than a series of concerts, the Lowcountry Jazz Festival is a multifaceted cultural experience that has become an annual highlight of Charleston's artistic calendar, bringing toget...

The Charleston Gaillard Center will present the annual Lowcountry Jazz Festival this Labor Day weekend. Under the artistic direction of producer Tony Clarke, in collaboration with the Gaillard Center's artistic team, the Festival boasts an impressive lineup of award-winning jazz singers and musicians, including headliners Samara Joy and Brian Culbertson.

More than a series of concerts, the Lowcountry Jazz Festival is a multifaceted cultural experience that has become an annual highlight of Charleston's artistic calendar, bringing together a vibrant community of musicians and music lovers.

Drawing on the rich tradition of jazz in the South, this season's Festival unites venerable masters and emerging talents to celebrate this enduring genre and its profound connections to Charleston. As a pivotal hub for African American music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Charleston played a crucial role in the evolution of jazz, nurturing some of its earliest pioneers and ensembles. This Festival honors that heritage, showcasing world-class performances in the heart of a city that continues to influence and shape the jazz landscape.

Saturday night's performance features the headline act of three-time Grammy Award winner Samara Joy, whose self-titled, chart-topping debut album electrified the jazz scene in 2021. At just 24 years old, Joy has captivated a new generation of listeners, amassing over one million followers on social media and introducing new audiences to the vibrant world of jazz. The “smooth, but funky” Braxton Brothers and contemporary jazz masters Marion Meadows (soprano saxophonist/composer) and Alex Bugnon (jazz pianist/composer) open. Sunday opens with British jazz/funk band Incognito, and Brian Culbertson closes the Festival with a show stopping performance of genre-defying excellence.

Returning to the Gaillard Center this year is the much-anticipated All White Party, the Festival's opening-night event on Friday, August 30. Guests are invited to don their finest white attire and mingle with fellow jazz enthusiasts in a festive atmosphere featuring performances by Art Sherrod, Lin Rountree, and Ragan Whiteside.

In addition to annually bringing together jazz fans from across the Southeast, the Festival is the primary fundraiser for Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc.

All White Party (Friday, August 30, 2024)

Artists: Art Sherrod, Lin Rountree, and Ragan Whiteside

Day One (Saturday, August 31, 2024)

Opener: Braxton Brothers

Opener: Marion Meadows and Alex Bugnon

Headliner: Samara Joy

Day Two (Sunday, September 1, 2024)

Opener: Incognito

Headliner: Brian Culbertson

*Lineup is subject to change.

Lissa Frenkel, President and CEO of the Charleston Gaillard Center, noted, “The Lowcountry Jazz Festival has become a highly anticipated highlight of the Gaillard's season and we are thrilled to welcome audiences from all over the Southeast to experience and engage with world-class jazz.”

Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell, Founder of the Lowcountry Jazz Festival and Closing the Gap in Health Care, said, “As we approach the 18th Lowcountry Jazz Festival, I am thrilled to once again welcome audiences to experience the very best the genre has to offer at the Charleston Gaillard Center. This partnership continues to serve our community by bringing people together in celebration of jazz, and we look forward to ‘jazzing with a purpose' as we endeavor to decrease health disparities affecting the African American community.”

Tickets on sale Friday, May 10, at 11 AM EST at gaillardcenter.org. Gaillard Center Members receive presale access! To learn more about our Membership program, please contact our Advancement Office at info@gaillardfoundation.org or (843) 718-1578.

ABOUT SAMARA JOY

With her Grammy Award-winning Verve Records debut, Linger Awhile, 24-year-old Bronx-native Samara Joy has positioned herself to join the likes of Sarah, Ella, and Billie as the next mononymous jazz-singing sensation recorded by the venerable label. Her voice, rich and velvety yet precociously refined, has already earned her fans like Regina King and Elton John, appearances on the TODAY Show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS Mornings, MSNBC, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Drew Barrymore, etc., in addition to millions of likes on TikTok—cementing her status as perhaps the first Gen Z jazz singing star. Linger Awhile introduced that massive audience to a slew of classic standards several times older than she is through her timeless, irresistible sound. In 2024, Samara won a third Grammy Award for her take on the Betty Carter classic "Tight" and is currently in preparation for her full-length follow-up. The New York Times praised the “silky-voiced rising star” for “helping jazz take a youthful turn” while NPR's All Things Considered named her a “classic jazz singer from a new generation.”

ABOUT BRIAN CULBERTSON

Over the course of crafting a 25-album catalog and architecting nearly 40 Billboard No. 1 singles as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Brian Culbertson has charted his own unique course in music. Label him jazz and he makes a funk record. Call him an R&B artist and he drops an acoustic jazz trio collection. Brand him pop and he creates a 32-minute New Age opus. And you'd be hard pressed to name another instrumentalist of his ilk who can mount an elaborately designed concert production that will keep him on the road for three consecutive months.

Culbertson burst onto the scene in 1994 with a chart-topping album that he recorded in his college apartment featuring keyboard-led contemporary jazz tracks. “Long Night Out” landed him a lengthy record deal and signaled that a star was born.

Flash forward to present day, Culbertson composed thirty songs that populate the three albums in “The Trilogy” that describes the three-part arc of a long-term relationship: the hot and steamy “falling in love” phase, the rocky middle when perhaps they even break up for a bit, and the couple reunites to live “happily ever after” phase.

“Hearing the three albums in a row provides the context. All the songs on Red (October 2021) were clearly about passion and love. Blue (January 2022) is melancholy and sad songs, breakup songs, and ‘losing people' songs. Once you get to part three, White (May 2022) is all about songs that have an uplifting feel to them. Stylistically, they all feel similar even though they are emotionally broad,” said Culbertson.

Possessing style, panache, and a savvy business mind capable of moving the needle in music and beyond, Culbertson founded and curates the annual Napa Valley, Chicago, and New Orleans Jazz Getaways, which have attracted guests from all over the globe to experience his premier events.

Whether you're listening to music from “The Trilogy” on record or live in concert, you're hearing an eclectic, entertaining, and engaging set from an artist at the peak of his power.

ABOUT BRAXTON BROTHERS

The Braxton Brothers, Nelson and Wayne, bring over two decades of exceptional music to the smooth jazz scene, earning a revered spot as the "funky twins of Smooth Jazz." They started their illustrious career in 1996, captivating audiences with their debut album that stormed the charts and helped establish the 6-string bass and saxophone combination as signature elements of their sound. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the brothers not only perform but write, record, and produce their own music, creating a distinctively melodic, smooth, yet groovy sonic experience.

With six studio albums and over 70 commercially released original compositions, The Braxton Brothers continue to innovate by composing lyrics first, a unique approach for instrumentalists, ensuring their music resonates deeply and never fades into the background. Their latest single, "Groovin' at the Symphony Hall," exemplifies their blend of classic smooth jazz with symphonic elements, creating an immersive musical journey.

The duo's commitment to uplifting spirits and fostering a connection through music is evident in their live performances, described by Wayne as moments where "we laugh, we joke around...everyone's best comes when they are themselves." Their upcoming appearances include the Dave Koz & Friends at Sea 2024 Cruise, the Lowcountry Jazz Festival, the Long Beach Jazz Festival, and others across the country, promising fans on both coasts a dynamic, heartfelt, and fun experience.

ABOUT MARION MEADOWS

Marion Meadows was born in West Virginia and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. He began playing the clarinet and studying classical music at the age of nine. He started playing tenor sax in high school, and then migrated to soprano sax. His passion for various types of music led him down an eclectic musical path.

After studying jazz at Rippowam High School in Stamford, CT, with Anthony Truglia, Meadows attended Berklee College of Music. There he majored in arranging and composition. He later went to the SUNY Purchase School for the Arts. During his college years he played in a number of bands including disco, R&B, and various jazz ensembles, and perfected his craft studying with Sonny Fortune, Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman, and Eddie Daniels. “Not long after I finished school, (drummer) Norman Connors recorded one of my songs, “Invitation,” and then asked me to join his band. I later produced his Passion album with my colleague Jacques Burvick (Aquarium Dream),” said Meadows.

After that, things just fell into place. He hooked up with numerous artists and musicians, becoming a well-known sideman, recording or performing with Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, The Temptations, Michael Bolton, Angela Bofill, Will Downing, Bob Baldwin, Chuck Loeb, and John Lee, among many others.

In the late ‘80s, Meadows stretched his boundaries by becoming a member of a New York avant-garde band called the Aboriginal Music Society. In 1990 Meadows submitted a solo project to Steve Backer at Novus/RCA and was signed to a recording contract, thus marking the beginning of his solo career. Meadows' first RCA release For Lover's Only in 1990 was a huge success and was followed by his groundbreaking Keep it Right There album in 1992.

He became a staple of the contemporary jazz format with his subsequent recordings, which include Body Rhythm (1994) and Forbidden Fruit (1996), Pleasure (1997), Another Side Of Midnight (1999),

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Where to Celebrate National Burger Month in Charleston

Charleston's burger scene offers diverse options from classic to upscale eateries, showcasing local ingredients and creative tastes. Many local restaurants emphasize fresh, locally sourced ingredients like grass-fed beef and artisanal cheeses. Our Charleston chefs experiment with southern flavors like barbecue sauce and fried onions and add unique twists with toppings like pimento cheese, peanut butter, fried green tomatoes and even duck into their mouth-watering concoctions. If you are unsure of where to go for your next burger, check out o...

Charleston's burger scene offers diverse options from classic to upscale eateries, showcasing local ingredients and creative tastes. Many local restaurants emphasize fresh, locally sourced ingredients like grass-fed beef and artisanal cheeses. Our Charleston chefs experiment with southern flavors like barbecue sauce and fried onions and add unique twists with toppings like pimento cheese, peanut butter, fried green tomatoes and even duck into their mouth-watering concoctions. If you are unsure of where to go for your next burger, check out our list of suggestions below!

Husk (Charleston) - Known for its upscale Southern cuisine, Husk's burger is made with freshly ground beef, topped with American cheese, bread-and-butter pickles, and a special sauce, all served on a house-made bun. The quality and flavor are exceptional.

Poe's Tavern (Sullivan's Island) - Named after Edgar Allan Poe, this casual beachside spot serves up creative and delicious burgers. Try the Tell-Tale Heart Burger or the Amontillado Burger for unique flavor combinations.

Tattooed Moose (Charleston) - Famous for its Duck Club sandwich, Tattooed Moose also offers a killer burger. The "Lucky #1" burger is a must-try! It's topped with a fried duck egg, caramelized onions, applewood-smoked bacon, and cheddar cheese. This burger is a must-try for flavor enthusiasts.

Prohibition (Charleston) - Prohibition's "PB & J Burger" puts a playful twist on the classic burger with peanut butter, bacon jam, and jalapeños. It's a sweet and savory combination that surprises and delights.

The Rarebit (Charleston) - The Rarebit's "Mac & Cheeseburger" is a comfort food lover's dream. This burger is topped with creamy macaroni and cheese, making it a decadent and indulgent treat.

Jack of Cups Saloon (Folly Beach) - Jack of Cups Saloon offers creative and globally inspired burgers. Try the "Chow Thai Wow" burger, which features Thai curry peanut sauce, pickled cabbage, and crispy shallots.

Bay Street Biergarten (Charleston) - Bay Street Biergarten's "Pretzel Burger" is a crowd-pleaser. This burger is served on a pretzel bun with beer cheese, bacon, and fried onions, combining classic pub fare with a twist.

The Great Greek - The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill’s Athenian Burger gives the beloved classic a unique twist! This half-pound grilled certified angus beef burger is stacked high with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, tzatziki, and feta. Paired fresh daily using family recipes that have been passed down for generations, enjoy this mouthwatering burger as a combo, paired up with TGG’s famous Feta Fries, rice, soup, or salad.

Red Drum Restaurant (Mt. Pleasant) - Red Drum's "Lowcountry Pimento Cheeseburger" showcases local flavors with a pimento cheese topping and bacon-onion marmalade. It's a sophisticated take on a Southern classic.

The Alley (Charleston) - The Alley's "Bacon Mac & Cheeseburger" is a showstopper. This burger is piled high with creamy macaroni and cheese, crispy bacon, and cheddar cheese, offering a deliciously indulgent experience.

Big Gun Burger Shop & Bar - Home to “The Classic,” heralded locally as the #1 burger in Charleston, that comes smothered in cheese, onions, pickles and our famous Big Gun sauce, our reputation has grown as both a neighborhood pub and a cozy restaurant from lunch until late into the evening.

Little Jack's Tavern - This retro-style diner serves up a mouthwatering cheeseburger made with a blend of chuck, brisket, and dry-aged beef, topped with American cheese, onions, and house-made pickles. The burger is simple yet incredibly flavorful.

Moe's Crosstown Tavern - Moe's is a laid-back neighborhood spot famous for its "Crosstown Burger" made with a half-pound Angus beef patty, Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and caramelized onions. It's a hearty and satisfying choice.

We’re shouting out these three Lowcountry teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and to celebrate, we asked you to shout out some local teachers. Here are three who are rockstars in our community.Mrs. Parker, Mt. Zion Elementary “I’d love to brag on Mrs. Parker, a first-grade teacher at Mt. Zion Elementary in Johns Island. She has a true passion for fun, learning, and creating a safe space for all children in her class. Her creative ene...

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and to celebrate, we asked you to shout out some local teachers. Here are three who are rockstars in our community.

Mrs. Parker, Mt. Zion Elementary “I’d love to brag on Mrs. Parker, a first-grade teacher at Mt. Zion Elementary in Johns Island. She has a true passion for fun, learning, and creating a safe space for all children in her class. Her creative energy that she pours into the classroom is unmatched. Mt. Zion is so blessed to have her.” - Casey V.

Erica Becker, Lucy Beckham High School“Erica Becker is a very special Spanish teacher at Lucy Beckham High School. She has been a department chair and is now heading up a special program to get high school kids interested in becoming teachers. She works tirelessly on lesson plans and still makes time to attend games, dances, and plays. Additionally, she has a long commute and a 3-year-old to care for. She deserves a big shoutout.” - Gayle B.

Mrs. Jennifer Cooper, Reeves Elementary School“Mrs. Jennifer Cooper is a kindergarten teacher at Reeves Elementary School in Summerville. She is finishing up her 18th year teaching, was named the 2022-23 PTA Teacher of the Year, and still loves being in class every day. Not only is she a teacher to her students, but also a mentor and in many ways, a parental figure. All while coming home each day to be a mom and teacher to her own three kids. Mrs. Cooper’s passion for education and her students is unwavering, as each year is a new challenge of teaching and balancing 20+ students of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and learning abilities. Mrs. Cooper takes her students under her wing and helps guide them from nervous and scared 5-year-olds, where some have never been to any type of school before and do not know any numbers or letters, and sends them to first grade as confident early readers. Mrs. Cooper loves her school “babies” and we know they love her right back. She is truly a rockstar and a shining example of what early education should be. We Love you.” - LB C.

To all the teachers, thank you for what you do every day.

Sarah’s Dumps celebrates AAPI with collab event this month

On May 29 at Counter Culture Training Center, a mix of Charleston-based AAPI Heritage chefs, makers and creatives will collaborate for a special class and dinner experience in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This event features Korean and Filipino cuisine by Sarah’s Dumps and ...

On May 29 at Counter Culture Training Center, a mix of Charleston-based AAPI Heritage chefs, makers and creatives will collaborate for a special class and dinner experience in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This event features Korean and Filipino cuisine by Sarah’s Dumps and Bok Choy Boy from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s a limited 14 seat event, priced at $150 per ticket.

”It’s important to collaborate and do something together where multiple people can be involved and garner the attention, follow and really showcase their stories and art — whatever form that comes in,” said Sarah Williams-Scalise, co-founder of Sarah’s Dumps.

Williams-Scalise grew up in upstate New York but was originally adopted from South Korea in 1988. She recalls childhood memories attending Korean culture camps where she had her first taste of mandu (Korean dumplings) and thought to herself, “these are amazing.”

In 2019, she and her husband Nate launched Sarah’s Dumps to share that wow-factor with the rest of the Charleston community.

“We wanted to connect with the community in a very different way,” Williams-Scalise said. “Kind of like Korean culture camp all over again.”

They started hosting monthly classes and pop-ups for people to taste (literally) what Sarah’s Dumps is all about. Sharing a piece of her Korean heritage through her dumplings, she recognized a scene of AAPI small-business owners who had a story to tell, too.

Entering through the bar area, you’ll prepare your own beverages (BYOB) and enjoy a snack to settle in at the May 29 event. Sarah’s Dumps, along with Bok Choy Boy owner Setrini Sinson and founder of Studio Sontosis & Floral Studies Sonny Sontosis, will greet the room by sharing their personal heritage story and how it inspired their businesses. Guests will move to the dining area and find a comfortable seat at a beautifully arranged and lit table with plates and floral designs by Sontosis. The evening will be captured through the lens of photographer Laura Saur.

Learn the art of hand-wrapping pork and beef mandu with Williams-Scalise, followed by a lesson in rolling and pinching siopao with Stinson. Accompany your creations with additional sides and save room for a surprise Life Raft Treat ice cream by Cynthia Wong.

“We want to foster conversation within more of an intimate setting,” Williams-Scalise said. “Hopefully people that come have stories they’re willing to share, are open to connecting with everyone in the room and come face to face with AAPI Heritage, whether that’s their personal experience or questions they have for us.”

She anticipates “a good mixture of flavors, textures and personalities.”

Tickets include a pair of stainless steel chopsticks, a small rolling pin, a handmade cup and follow-up email containing recipes from the class. For more information and tickets, visit online at Sarah’s Dumps.

Charleston Parks Conservancy’s Picnic for the Parks draws 400 attendees, raising $40,000 for parks

The Charleston Parks Conservancy marked its 17th birthday with a resounding success at the Picnic for the Parks event held on Sunday, April 28, 2024, at the Rose Pavilion in Hampton Park. The event gathered nearly 400 people and raised a record-breaking $40,000. These funds will support the Conservancy’s ongoing efforts in creating exceptional horticulture and programming in 24 public parks in and around Charleston.Demonstrating dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainability, the Conservancy achieved an impressive 81...

The Charleston Parks Conservancy marked its 17th birthday with a resounding success at the Picnic for the Parks event held on Sunday, April 28, 2024, at the Rose Pavilion in Hampton Park. The event gathered nearly 400 people and raised a record-breaking $40,000. These funds will support the Conservancy’s ongoing efforts in creating exceptional horticulture and programming in 24 public parks in and around Charleston.

Demonstrating dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainability, the Conservancy achieved an impressive 81% landfill diversion rate at the event. “This accomplishment underscores the organization’s proactive approach to minimizing waste and protecting the local ecosystem,” said Darlene Heater, Executive Director and CEO of Charleston Parks Conservancy. “The event saw minimal food waste, with compostables primarily comprising paper plates, napkins, and serving boats. Such initiatives align with the Conservancy’s mission to enhance public parks while fostering a culture of environmental responsibility and sustainability within the community.”

Picnic for the Parks attendees enjoyed various activities, including a petting zoo, field games, flower crown making, face painting, live music by the Green Levels, slides, and a donut-eating contest. Local culinary delights from Slice Co., The Dewberry, and Hero Doughnuts were savored, complemented by libations from Bevi Bene Brewing Company, Volley Tequila Seltzer, and a curated wine bar from Graft Wine Shop.

“One of the reasons I helped spearhead Picnic for the Parks is because I felt there was a need for more family-oriented events in Charleston. I wanted to help create a space where families could come together, enjoy the outdoors, and support our beautiful parks at the same time,” said Alexandra Malloy, co-chair of Picnic for the Parks. “The Charleston Parks Conservancy’s dedication to enhancing our public spaces inspired me to collaborate on this event, recognizing the vital role the organization plays in making our community vibrant and connected.”

“I grew up in a big city and have always valued green spaces. However, it wasn’t until I had children that I fully grasped their importance. Whether I’m running at Hampton Park, walking with friends at Colonial Lake, or playing with my kids in the playgrounds, I always find happiness there,” said Lauren Netter, co-chair of Picnic for the Parks. “That’s why I support parks—to maintain their beauty and spread joy in the community.”

The Charleston Parks Conservancy extends its gratitude to the generous sponsors of Picnic for the Parks, including United Community Bank, The Charleston Place, Croghan’s Jewel Box, DesignWorksLLC, Jason + Sam Easley, Juliska, Lowe, The Exchange Co., Refuel, Over the Moon, Van Wyck/Morrison Family, Berolzheimer Family, Boyd Family, David Family, Dicker Family, Floren Family, Leatherman Family, Lowcountry Editorial, Lowcountry Kids Pediatric Dentistry, Macon Family, Malloy Family, Netter Family, Raffle Family, Rose Family, Schaible Family, Shuford Family, Towill Family/Basic Group, Wirth Family, Bevi Bene Brewing Company, Braxton Crim Art Direction + Design, ChappyWrap, Charlotte Elizabeth Photography, Dino Bars, Graft Wine Bar, Hobnob, Jack Rudy Cocktail, Life Raft Treats, Pop Up Parties, REI, The Dewberry Charleston, and Volley Tequila Seltzers.

Plans are underway for the Conservancy’s 18th-anniversary celebration, the 2025 Picnic for the Parks, slated for next April. Learn more about the Conservancy’s efforts and programming at charlestonparksconservancy.org.

About Charleston Parks Conservancy The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and create stunning public places and a strong community. For more than 15 years, the Conservancy has had a hand in renovating and beautifying 24 parks in partnership with the City of Charleston. Notable projects include the renovation of Colonial Lake, the Rose Pavilion at Hampton Park, Moultrie Playground, St. Julian Devine Community Center and Park, Magnolia Park and Community Garden, Medway Park, and Community Garden, and Corrine Jones Community Garden. For more information, visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.

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