A dark horse of the Charleston carriage industry has emerged. Local entrepreneur Kyle Kelly recently unveiled a hand-built prototype ofthe area’s first e-Carriage in front of a private audience at Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company.
It’s time to giddy-up: We’re here to answer the questions that probably just popped into your head.
This all-electric carriage serves asa green alternative to the horse-drawn rides seen in downtown’s historic district. The design is intended to look “classic Charleston.” There are four rows of seats and a bench + it can hold up to 18 people including a driver.
How does it work? The carriage is powered by 16 batteries and features LED lights for a quiet + environmentally-friendly ride. Safety features include running boards, arm rails, and lighting, plus step rails on either side for passengers to climb on and off safely.
The e-Carriage makes its debut. | Video provided by Kyle Kelly
How was it dreamed up?
Kyle started working on the electronic carriage around four years ago. He wanted to offer a tour ride with a modern twist in downtown Charleston.
Kyle wants the e-Carriage to represent evolution in the industry. Charleston is the homebase for the electronic carriage, but he hopes to eventually roll it out to other cities, depending on its success.
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Music Bingo | Mon., May 16 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Brewlab, 2200 Heriot St. | Free | Swing by for beats and bingo + get six wings free when you buy two pints of beer. 🍻
Chicago | Tue., May 17 | 7:30 p.m. | North Charleston Performing Arts Center | $58.50+ | One of the longest-running + best-selling music groups is performing in the Lowcountry for one night only — grab tickets before they sell out.
Garden Strolls and Wine Tasting | Wed., May 18 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. | $30+ | Stroll through America’s oldest landscaped gardens + sample old and new world wines. 🍷
Music at the Library | Thurs., May 19 | 7-8 p.m. | Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. | $35 | Kick off the Colour of Music Festival with piano and violin performances.
Party at the Point 2022: Dave Matthews Tribute Band | Fri., May 20 | 5 p.m. | Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant | $10| Charleston’s longest running happy hour concert series is in full swing — score tickets to rock out with the Dave Matthews Tribute Band. 🎸
Yoga Fest | Thurs., June 16 | 6-8 p.m. | James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. | $35 | Celebrate the summer solstice with a flowing yoga class as the sun rises to the highest point in the sky — live reggae music by Mystic Vibrations begins at 6 p.m.
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Local land design firm SeamonWhitesidecompleted its latest project:
The Mount Pleasant Town Hall Track. Finished last month, the improvement project features an upgraded rubberized running track, new lighting, covered bleachers + a new scoreboard. The complex is now open to the public at 944 Provincial Cir. 👟
City parking lot rates may be bumped up by 50 cents on Folly Beach, contributing to the cost of hiring parking representatives. City council has approved the concept and will vote on the possible increase for city lots with signage and pay stations in June. FYI, the cost is currently $2 per hour or $10 per day. (WCSC)
Venture capital firm Good Growth Capital closed a $102 million fund, the largest in SC history — as announced at the recent Dig South Tech Summit. The firm, with locations in Charleston and Boston, invests in the areas of science and technology. 💸 (Charleston Regional Business Journal)
Park Circle Pride is back for its second year from May 31-June 5. The six-day LGBTQ+ festival will include
35+ eclectic events like Thrifty Thursday, then concludes with a finale party at Tattooed Moose. Check out the full list of events. Fun fact: Park Circle was just named “Best Neighborhood” in Charleston City Paper’s Best of Charleston 2022.
Calling all crafty readers — the
43rd Annual Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show is back in Wragg Square
May 27-29 and June 3-5. The event will feature art from 40 artisans + display original clay, wood, glass, and mixed media work.
Pssst: The Piccolo Spoleto Festival will take place May 27-June 12.🖼
The City of Charleston plans to install pocket wetlands in Outer West Ashley to mitigate flooding and also add recreation to the area. Changes will be made to several lots intheChurch Creek Basin, including the addition of ponds, a walking trail, rain gardens, and improved drainage pipes. (The Post and Courier)
Mike Lata, chef and co-owner of downtown restaurants FIG and The Ordinary, recently appeared on “LIVE with Kelly and Ryan” with Maria Menounos and Ryan Seacrest. Chef Mike shared his pickled shrimp recipe and love for South Carolina seafood. Watch here.
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Check out this rendering of a new bar coming early next year to King Street, next to Prohibition. NYC-based Irish pub Dead Rabbit, twice named the World’s Best Bar, plans to open a sister concept called Hazel and Apple with an 80-person back patio.
The space at 549 King St. is currently occupied by Bonny’s, a temporary bar opened by the Prohibition team. Hazel and Apple aims to begin construction in the fall.
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Editor’s pick:I’ll be checking out Baguette Magic’s new space this morning at 73 Spring St. This upcoming location will join the breakfast + lunch café’s existing spot on James Island.
The eatery hasn’t announced an opening date yet, but I can’t wait to enjoy its sweet treats so close to home. I’ll take some photos and videos of the downtown digs, so stay tuned on our Instagram page for a first look inside. 🥐
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