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🖋️ Take note
The Paper Canopy opened its shop on Spring Street in August 2023. | Photo via @jnellyjelly
If a love of letters and stationery didn’t exist, how do you explain movie moments like Tom Hanks and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils in “You’ve Got Mail,” or this scene in “The Lakehouse”?

When it comes to Charleston, multiple shops around town exemplify the adoration for letters and stationery — 10 to be exact.

💌 Snail mail, party supplies, and more

A few stationery items from Mildred Newberry in Charleston, SC.

Mildred Newberry has plenty of fun items that make for great gifts.


Photo by @iamkelliparker

Mildred Newberry, 27 Broad St., Charleston | Offerings: Greeting cards, writing instruments, party supplies, gifts, and accessories.

The Paper Canopy, 93 Spring St., Charleston | Offerings: Craft supplies, stationery, greeting cards, writing instruments, wax seals, washi tape, art prints, and fun home goods.

Social Paper Co., 826 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant | Offerings: Greeting cards, party supplies, invitations, holiday cards + ornaments, and gifts.

The Scratch Pad, 409 Mill St., Mt. Pleasant | Offerings: Invitations, party supplies, stationery, and gifts.

If It’s Paper, 615 Skylark Dr., Charleston | Offerings: Announcements and wedding invitations, SC Palmetto State products, gift wrapping goods, and party supplies.

Quirky Pickle, 2359 Bohicket Rd., Charleston | Offerings: Stationery and stickers + kid-friendly events, a sticker pen pal club, and custom designs.

🖋️ Custom invitations, calligraphy, and stationery


Sas-e Ink uses various tools to create custom stationery — one of which is a vintage letter press.


Photo by @saseink

Sas-e Ink Paper & Press, 7 Radcliffe St., Ste. 100, Charleston | Offerings: Custom wedding invitation suites, business printing, stationery, and greeting cards for various occasions.

Julie King Studio, 3430 Maybank Hwy., Ste. A2, Johns Island | Offerings: Custom wedding designs and invitations + commissions.

Holy City Handwriting, online only | Offerings: Custom wedding invitations and calligraphy.

ByGeorge Press, by appointment only | Offerings: Custom wedding invitations, stationery, and branding.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Live Jazz Music | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7 p.m. | Eli’s Table, 129 Meeting St., Charleston | Free | Enjoy an evening of jazz music — Open Table reservations are recommended.
  • Rita’s Italian Ice Grand Opening | Friday, Sept. 15 | 4-6 p.m. | Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, 401 Faison Rd., Ste. 102, Mount Pleasant | Free | Celebrate with giveaways and discounted Italian ice + the first 50 guests will receive free Italian ice for a year.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Classical Kids Concert: The Story of Teresa Carreño | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 11 a.m. | Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., Charleston | $7-12 | This concert mixed with storytelling + visual imagery is for children 10 year and younger.
  • Charleston’s 2nd Annual Truck Expo | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Exchange Park, 9850 US 78, Ladson | $25+ | Come for a day of education, networking, food, and fun.
  • Charleston Pride Festival 2023 | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12 p.m. | The Refinery, 1640 Meeting St., Charleston | Free | Stop by this festival for all ages + enjoy live entertainment, local food trucks, specialty drinks, and vendors.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Holy City Vintage Market | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | The Royal American, 970 Morrison Dr., Charleston | Free | Support local by shopping affordable vintage clothing, accessories, decor + homemade goods.
  • Name That Tune Music Trivia | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 12-5 p.m. | Snafu Brewing Company, 3280 Industry Dr., North Charleston | Free | Come eat Bangin’ Vegan Eats, hang out with DJ Ceelow + test your music knowledge.
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This annual festival is all about books, ideas + conversations
Charleston Literary Festival, Inc
Now in its seventh year, the festival is an independent, non-profit 501(c)3 that runs over 10 days. | Photo provided by Charleston Literary Festival, Inc
Calling all literature lovers: The Charleston Literary Festival, an annual boutique literary event, is happening downtown Nov. 3-12.

Charleston Literary Festival has a strong track record of hosting internationally-acclaimed writers, and this year is no different. (Keep reading...) This year’s festival is anticipated to be the biggest and most ambitious yet with 30+ sessions covering AI in literature, memoir and healing, the art of mastery, grief, historical fiction, and more.

The Festival has two locations:
  • Nov. 3-5 at Circular Congregational Church
  • Nov. 7-12 at the historic Dock Street Theatre
This year’s festival kicks off with an opening night party on Nov. 4 and features standout events like:
  • Generation-defining, world-class author Margaret Atwood (read: “The Handmaid’s Tale”) during a virtual event
  • Award-winning poet Safiya Sinclair on her journey to find her voice as a woman and a poet in her memoir “How To Say Babylon”
  • Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Paul Harding on “This Other Eden” — his novel that has been nominated for this year’s Booker Prize
  • And more
News Notes
  • The Longboard on Sullivan’s Island will now serve lunch, including Caribbean-inspired salads and poke bowls. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The restaurant takes limited Resy reservations + welcomes walk-ins.
  • Carnes Crossroads in Goose Creek previewed a sneak peek of its Agrihold communities that emphasize sustainable agriculture practices + recreation. Groundbreaking amenities (think: a water slide tower + sports courts) are slated to begin in the fall. Take a look. (Charleston Regional Business Journal)
  • The City of Charleston invites citizens to attend a series of open houses to plan for the peninsula of Charleston over the next 10 to 20 years. These events will held at International Longshoremen’s Association Local on Morrison Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 19 + Thursday, Sept. 21. Refreshments will provided. Learn more.
  • The Charleston County Public Library system will offer free blood pressure kits at all 18 branches. All you need is your library card. The kits include a device to measure blood pressure + a month-long tracker to document your results. (WCSC)
  • In case you missed it — Mount Pleasant’s proposed new bike + e-bike rules a couple of weeks ago. The Town Council unanimously adopted those rules to improve public safety. Review them here. (The Post and Courier)
  • Dreamalot, a longstanding bookstore at 1013 Old Hwy 52, will end operations at the end of October. The owner has over 100,000 books + games, puzzles, trinkets, pictures, and clothing. The shop is open Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. (The Post and Courier)
  • Want to join one of Charleston’s fastest growing nonprofits? HALOS — an organization that promotes safe and nurturing homes for children in kinship care — is hiring a Director of Finance to join its senior leadership team. Learn more + send your cover letter and resume to*
  • It’s been a record-hot summer — and we still haven’t drank water since 1997. But this water brand makes us want to actually stay hydrated. It’s infused with fruit essences and has zero calories, diet sweeteners, and sugar, and still manages to taste great. New customers score 36 bottles for $36 + free shipping.*
Fun Fact
  • Whiskey returned 314% over the last 10 years. Invest in fine whiskeys and wines with Vinovest to diversify your portfolio and watch it age like fine wine.*
  • Yesterday, we reported that WestRock Co. agreed to sell the North Charleston paper mill to Smurfit Kappa for $11 billion. That was incorrect. WestRock Co. will be sold to Smurfit Kappa as part of a large merger deal. (The Post and Courier)
Try This
🌊 Tour beach homes
An aerial image of homes along Kiawah Island.
How dreamy are homes on the beach? | Photo by The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League.
Charleston, we’ve got a treat for all those who love music + interior design.

The Symphony Tour of Island Homes will celebrate its 26th anniversary on Kiawah Island, Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Long-time + new tour-goers are invited to check out unique homes that showcase a variety of design + lifestyle exclusive to the island. Premier designers, architects, and builders will be on display. Pro tip: There’s a lot to see, so wear flat shoes.

During the tour, guests can browse through a curated collection of artisan items that will be available for purchase.

As guests explore the homes, they will hear the sounds of symphony musicians and have the option to attend a Charleston Symphony concert at 5 p.m. at the West Bach Conference Center. Note: The concert is a separately ticketed event.

Advance tickets for the Tour of Homes are $65 through Friday, Nov. 3. Tickets will be sold day-of at Freshfields Village Green for $70. Tickets for the concert following the tour are $15.
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Check out Fiesta on the Square in Summerville this evening at 6 p.m. to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This free, family-friendly event will feature music, dancing, food, and the opportunity to learn about various cultural + civic organizations.
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