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🎳 Saying farewell to a Charleston gem
A woman bowling, about to release the ball down the lane.
There’s nothing quite like a date night at The Alley. | Photo by @seanmoney_elizabethfay
The Alley, downtown’s sports bar + bowling alley, announced its last day of operation will be Saturday, June 1, making room for a hotel development.

The 17,000-sqft entertainment venue at 131 Columbus St. opened in 2012. It was the first public bowling alley to open downtown since the 1960s, and includes:
  • Eight bowling lanes
  • Three bars featuring craft beers
  • A full kitchen serving up American classics
  • Retro arcade games
  • Two projection screens and multiple TVs
“In our final weeks, we will work to ensure our people are taken care of to the absolute best of our ability and to serve many familiar faces. It has been a remarkable journey,” owner + operator David Crowley said on social media. “Despite the sadness we feel during this final chapter, we hope that we have created positive memories that will last a lifetime.” See the full statement.

What’s next?

In 2021, the building’s owners received approval from The Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals to replace the site with the 175-room Lowline Hotel.

Blueprints and renderings include a first-floor bar and dining space, underground parking, a meeting space, a fitness center, and an outdoor terrace with a rooftop restaurant.

When to visit:

There’s still time to enjoy The Alley before it closes. It’s open Monday and Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Thursday-Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Do you have fond memories at The Alley?

Charleston Southern University
Wednesday, May 15
  • Lite Lunch | Wednesday, May 15 | 12-1 p.m. | The Charleston Library Society, 164 King St., Charleston | $25-$35 | Hear the inside story of how Amazon grew into one of the most powerful companies in the world during a unique lunch + learn.
  • Ride of Silence | Wednesday, May 15 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Holy City Brewing, 1021 Aragon Ave., North Charleston | Free | Start with a memorial bike ride across the North Bridge and end with a gathering at Holy City Brewing.
  • Garden Strolls & Wine Tasting | Wednesday, May 15| 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd., Charleston | $30-$35 | Enjoy a Lowcountry evening as you walk through the Middleton Place gardens with a glass of wine.
Thursday, May 16
  • Vet the Vote Charleston County Event | Thursday, May 16 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | USS Yorktown CV-10, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant | Free | Geared specifically for Charleston County’s veterans and military families, this event will cover local elections.
  • That BIG Books Sale | Thursday, May 16-Sunday, May 19 | Times vary | Omar Shrine Auditorium, 176 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant | Price of purchase | Book it to this annual four-day event where over 60,000 books will be for sale for every age.
  • Embroidery Workshop | Thursday, May 16 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St., Charleston | $65-$75 | Join fiber artist and Community Engagement Coordinator Camela Guevara for an embroidery workshop.
  • Mahjong- Training Session | Thursday, May 16 | 7 p.m. | Community Center, 55 Center St., Folly Beach | Free | Reserve your spot to learn how to play this fun tile-based game.
  • Spring Sound Bath | Thursday, May 16 | 7-8:30 p.m. | The Sanctuary Store, 720 Magnolia Rd. Ste. 21, Charleston | $48 | Join for an evening surrounded by crystal energy, reiki, and sound bath.
Friday, May 17
  • Storytelling Concert: She Crab Soup for the Soul | Friday, May 17 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Timrod Library, 217 Central Ave., Summerville | $20-$25 | Join storyteller Tim Lowry as he shares tales that reflect the salty, sweet goodness of this place we call home.
  • May Candle Making Class | Friday, May 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Mercantile & Mash, 701 E. Bay St., Charleston | $60 | You’ll get your own unique vintage vessel to create a terrarium candle with soy wax and fragrance oil.
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News Notes
  • With hurricane season approaching on June 1, the Charleston Emergency Management released an updated hurricane guide. Download it here. (WCBD)
  • The initial phase of Folly Beach’s renourishment project, spanning from the county park to the pier, has been successfully completed. The finished project will help repair damaged dunes and severe erosion. As the second phase begins, it may impact beach access. The project should be finished by the end of August this year. (WCBD)
  • Babies “R” Us will be making a comeback. The baby retail chain will take shop inside 200 Kohl’s department stores around the US, including the Kohl’s in Summerville at 480 Azalea Square beginning in August. The last Babies “R” Us location in the area closed in 2018 in North Charleston. (Fast Company + The Post and Courier)
  • Southern Living selected a farmhouse at Kiawah River, a waterfront community in Johns Island, for the 2024 Southern Living Idea House location. The home will feature works of local creatives and will be featured online + in the 2024 September issue. Tours will be offered from August to December of this year. Tickets go on sale next month. (Charleston Regional Business Journal)
  • Trident Technical College received the Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education Designation from the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. Trident Tech is the only school in the state to receive this title, and it lasts for five years. (The Post and Courier)
  • Holy City skaters, check this out. Sk8 Charleston will host its Hawaiian Luau + Bowl Jam this Saturday, May 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be featured skaters, contests, live music, and food from Seol Ah’s Food Truck. See the schedule.
  • Bring your tote bag. Charleston Wine + Food’s Artisan Market Pop-up is this Saturday, May 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 635 Rutledge Ave. This family-friendly event will have sipping and shopping, food trucks, and live music.
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Try This
🍵 Spill the tea
on top of the rooftop of The Loutrel showing a tablescape of dishes and flowers and cups.
Grab your crew for tea time. | Photo provided by The Loutrel
It’s time for tea. The Loutrel (61 State St.) will debut Lady Loutrel’s Afternoon Tea beginning tomorrow, May 16.

This two-hour experience will be on the hotel’s rooftop and guests can enjoy:
Tea service seatings are available Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tables are available for four to eight guests, and tickets are $85 per person. Pro tip: Don’t forget to make your reservations a week in advance.

Lady Loutrel Afternoon Tea will be available through Sunday, June 30.

City Editor Erika here. I look forward to trying out this tea service. In the meantime, here’s a preview of the experience.
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In case you missed the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile at Nexton’s Harris Teeter grand opening yesterday, you can still relish the iconic attraction. It will make an appearance this Friday, May 17, at the Harris Teeter in Summerville on Bacons Bridge Road and then on Sunday, May 19, at the Harris Teeter location on West Ashley Circle. Get this: The driver and co-pilot’s names are Allie Dog and Glizzy Garrison.
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