Plus, new live jazz series at The Establishment.
 
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Inclusivity update for Charleston County Parks
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Wannamaker Park, Palmetto Islands County Park, and James Island County Park are three of the most popular Charleston County Parks. | Photo provided by Charleston County Parks
Three Charleston County Parks have made changes to be more inclusive for groups with sensory needs.

Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant, Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston, and James Island Park are now Certified Sensory Inclusive Venues after the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission partnered with Kulture City, a national nonprofit working on sensory accessibility and acceptance for those with invisible disabilities.

This new initiative promotes an “accommodating and positive experience for all guests with a sensory issue, no matter their age or ability.”

Now, park staff are equipped with Kulture City Sensory Bags and are trained annually by leading medical professionals to help lessen sensory overload.

The three Charleston County Parks now use sensory bags that include resources like a lanyard and noise-canceling headphones

Here are the resources included in the Kulture Sensory Bags.

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Kulture City Sensory Bags contain:
  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • Fidget tools
  • Verbal cue cards
  • Lanyards
Plan ahead

Park patrons can download the free Kulture City app to find resources and view where Quiet Areas are located, where to receive a Kulture City Sensory bag, and where the Headphone Zone is. Guests can also view a customized visual preview of what to expect while visiting the three parks. You can also visit the Palmetto Islands, Wannamaker Park, and James Island Park sections on the Kulture City Website to see what to expect.
 
 
Events
 
Friday, Feb. 9
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 9-11 a.m. | Palmetto Island County Park, 444 Needlerush Pkwy., Mount Pleasant | $35 | Join the pack for a 5K run or walk with our best four-legged friends — all dogs must be well socialized and on a leash.
  • A Weekend of Local Love Pop-Up | Saturday, Feb. 10-Sunday, Feb. 11 | Times vary | Celadon Home, 1015 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant | Price of purchase | Shop at two unique pop-ups this weekend celebrating the local small business community.
  • Black History Soul Meet + Eat | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 12-4 p.m. | James Island Arts + Cultural Center, 1248 Camp Rd., Charleston | $10-$15 | Enjoy an afternoon of Lowcountry food tastings, expressive art forms, networking, vendors, Black history trivia, and prizes.
  • Junie B.: Toothless Wonder | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 2 p.m. | The Historic Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., Charleston | $36.50 | Come watch everyone’s favorite first grader lose a tooth.
Sunday, Feb. 11
  • Holy City Vintage Market | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | The Royal American, 970 Morrison Dr., Charleston | Price of purchase | Purchase vintage clothing, accessories, and decor + handmade goods — all from small, local businesses.
  • The Superbowler BBQ | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 6-11 p.m. | New Realm Brewing Co., 880 Island Park Dr., Charleston | $0-$200 | Get ready for a day filled with football, friends, fantastic brews, and BBQ — plus, VIP options are available.
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This Valentine’s Day special from Woodhouse Spa features a sweet treat
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From now-Thursday, Feb. 15 you can get your loved one a trip to the spa, plus a box of artisan chocolates. | Photo provided by Louis Sherry
Sweep your sweetheart off their feet with a day of pampering at Woodhouse Spa — with a special, seasonal touch.

To celebrate the day of love, Woodhouse Spa is including a free 12-piece box of luxurious Louis Sherry Chocolates with the purchase of a $250 gift card (limit one gift purchase per customer) at their downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant locations.

Your sweetie will enjoy a day of relaxation (think: a massage, body treatment, facial + more) and savor premium, high-quality chocolates presented in Louis Sherry’s iconic signature packaging.
 
News Notes
 

Read
  • Charleston County Public Library’s Folly Beach branch will close temporarily beginning on Friday, March 1, for renovations that are expected to last several months. This project will update the library’s paint, technology, and furniture. On-hold items will be rerouted to the Baxter-Patrick James Island Library, and book returns can be returned to any other location. (WCSC)
Active
  • Professional skateboarder and 14-time X Games medalist Mitchie Brusco will host a three-hour recreational skate session at SK8 Charleston (1549 Oceanic St.) tomorrow, Feb. 10, from 12 to 3 p.m. Participants can skate along Brusco and have items autographed. Park admission is $3. (WCIV)
Festival
  • The Black Food Truck Festival returns on Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, from 12 to 7 p.m., at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson. Attendees can expect the celebration of Black business and culture with food, music, and family-friendly activities and entertainment. General admission tickets are $20. See last year’s recap video.
Show
  • The Establishment, the seafood eatery at 28 Broad St., is bringing back a live jazz series every Friday + Saturday night from 8-11 p.m. Local pianist, jazz artist, and music producer Demetrius Doctor will headline the series most Friday nights and curate its programming to rotate Charleston musicians. The series kicks off tonight. This event is free, and reservations are encouraged.
Coming Soon
  • Looking for a new way to shake those aches and pains, or maybe just relax? Asheville-based Sauna House is adding a new location in the Holy City. Learn about this business and get ready to try cold plunges + sauna treatments.
Health
Seasonal
Drink
  • No one likes being the only person at a party without a “drink” in their hand. Enter: Rebel Rabbit, a refreshing non-alcoholic, Delta 9-infused seltzer for the sober curious or anyone looking for an alternative to traditional alcohol offerings. Cheers, Charleston.*†
Announced
  • We’re excited to share that 6AM City, our parent company, closed its Series A funding round led by the media company, TEGNA. This partnership means continuing to deliver the same hyper-local news and events while expanding our reach to new readers and communities. Learn more.
† Please note: Rebel Rabbit advises consumers to read the company’s terms and conditions, consult a physician before trying products, start only with small amounts, and to not consume products before driving or before a drug test. The information about providers and services contained in this newsletter does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by CHStoday.
 
 
Eat
 
🍕 Slice, slice baby
a whole pizza with artisan lettuce, black cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, capers, white cheddar, pistachio crumble, garlic ginger vinaigrette
garlic cream, calabrese, red onion, roasted broccolini, pickled fresno, Bee City honey, fontina
We’re drooling over this pizza from EVO Pizzeria. | Photo provided by @evopizza
ICYMI: Today is National Pizza Day. Keep reading to find a few of the best local pizza spots around town. We’re sharing the knead-to-knows. If we didn’t include your favorite pizzeria, send us a message.

Charleston

D’Allesandro’s Pizza, 229 St. Philip St. | A neighborhood favorite since 2006. We love the Big Cheesy.

Pizzeria di Giovanni, 40 N. Market St. | Check out Neapolitan-style pizza paired with a Greek salad.

Sabatino’s Pizza, 151 Calhoun St. | Consistency is key and Sabatino’s passes the test.

Mt. Pleasant

Orlando’s Pizza, 230 Mathis Ferry Rd. + 295 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island | You can’t beat the two-slice lunch special — $8 for cheese and $9 for a topping.

Amalfi’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 664 Long Point Rd. | Pro tip: Try the Sicilian-style pizza.

North Charleston

Park Pizza, 1028 E. Montague Ave. | Mix up your usual order with the pizza of the month.

EVO Pizzeria, 1075 E. Montague Ave. | Pair your snack plate dinner special with a local draft beer from Indigo Reef or Revelry.
 
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