Today we’re talking love stories, Charleston love stories that is. Y’all were kind enough to share your first date stories, engagement tales, and other scenes that could’ve been plucked straight out of a Charleston movie with us, and we’d like to share them with you while love is still in the air.
Without further ado, here are 11 times that cupid visited the Holy City.
A proposal heard ‘round the world My daughter just got engaged the day after Christmas on the rooftop of the Dewberry Hotel. The proposal has gone viral! It’s on Tik Tok. (Watch here.) -Helen S.
A romantic day peeling shrimp I’m a native South Carolinian who has been living in Atlanta and met my husband six months after moving here. He was in the Hospitality industry and I was in sales so I called on him and scored a sale. After several appointments he asked me out and I accepted. First date? He took me out in the Charleston Harbor and we went shrimping and the second date was popping the heads off the shrimp. Twenty five and a half years later we still laugh about our “romantic” first date. BTW he’s one of the good ones and I didn’t throw him back. -Susan K.
Confidence is key Yes! @jasonteknut approached me one day at lunch at The Workshop in 2017. Told me I was the prettiest girl in the room and that he’d like the chance to get to know me better. Handed me his business card, and walked out. We were married 2 years later. 💜 [email protected]
Never too late “Late in Life Love Story”. Reconnected with a fellow alumni from St Andrews High School from 1966. Facebook friend request, first date at LoLo’s on Folly Road (2/11/2020), and getting ready to celebrate our one year anniversary (2/11/2021). He said it took him over 50 years to get a date with me!😎 -Linda W.
Coronavirus ○ The South Carolina Senate passed a resolution on Tuesday to move teachers + school staff members up to Phase 1A of the COVID-19 vaccination plan. In addition, they voted to reopen all schools to include in-person learning following spring break. (Charleston City Paper) ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina andaccelerateSC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats on South Carolina’s employment, business, economy, education, and more.
State ○ The South Carolina State Senate voted on Wednesday to increase teachers’ paychecks by 2% througha one-time payment to account for the hold put on salary raises last year. The bill will now move to the Senate Finance Committee, where it is expected to pass. 💸 (Post and Courier)
Civic ○ Folly Beach moved forward with its proposal to end beach smoking on Tuesday when the City Council voted 4-3 in favor of the ban. If the bill is passed, items such as cigarettes, e-cigarettes + cigars would be prohibited on the sand. (Post and Courier)
Award ○ Charleston native Robert E. Bohrnreceived the Order of the Silver Crescent – the state’s highest civilian award for significant contributions – on Thursday for his discovery of the remains of African American soldiers who once fought with the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War. 🇺🇸 (Charleston City Paper)
BlackHistoryMonth ○ Black Food Fridays (BFF) is “an online initiative that encourages everyone to support Black-owned restaurants by purchasing food and/or gift cards on Fridays.” The owner/operator of BFF is North Charleston nativeKJ Kearney, and his Instagram account(which now has over 20K followers) has been profiled by Mic, TheNew York Times, Conde Nast Traveler + TODAY show.
Cause ○ What’s a more romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to give the gift of life? No, notthat kind of life. Consider scheduling a blood donation(read: best date ever) at The Blood Connection. Ⓟ
FeaturedJob ○ Kingstide, a new woodfire seafood restaurant on Daniel Island is hiring for all dining and kitchen positions. Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply here. Ⓟ
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