In Charleston’s Historic District, an old three-story building stretches from 89-91 Church St. – its gray walls accented with cherry redwindow frames and a hanging sign titled “Catfish Row.”
A century ago, however, this plot of land was not the site of cheery restaurants + shops catering to throngs of Lowcountry tourists; it was a hometoformer slaves. Back then, it was known as Cabbage Row – a fitting name, since its residents would sell cabbage + other produce directly from the windowsills. 🥬
Just down the street lived notable author Edwin DuBose Heyward, a struggling artist working on his first(and most successful)novel, “Porgy.” Located at 76 Church St., Heyward was able to poke his head through his front door and witness the daily goings-on of his busy neighbors on Cabbage Row. Thus sparked the inspirationfor his book. 📖
While writing “Porgy,” Heyward drew from many real-life places + events, though he changeda few keydetails. For example, the titular characterPorgy was based off of an actual man named Sammy Smalls, infamously known around Charleston for his many run-inswith thelaw and most notably, riding through town in a goat cart. Heyward also took artistic liberties with Cabbage Row, changing its name to Catfish Row and moving it to a waterfront location rather than its landlocked one on Church St. 🐐
After Heyward’s novel gainedpopularity – and later became both a successful (and for some, controversial) play + opera – many Charlestonians began using the terms Cabbage Row and Catfish Row interchangeably. Either way, it’s important to recognizeits role in Charleston history. The next time you find yourself on Church St., consider taking a stroll down Cabbage(or Catfish)Row in commemoration of the men + women who oncelived there.
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Irmo, SC native Dustin Johnson won The Masters golf tournament yesterday afternoon with a record-breaking 20-under par finish. The win is his first at The Masters + follows his previous Major win at the 2016 US Open. ⛳
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Bubbly selection at Bottles | Photo by Brennan Wesley
Picture this: The lights are strung, your table is set, and the holiday feast is calling. Now, what to drink?
As much as we love our seltzers, the holiday season tends to take our taste buds to red wine + brown liquor – so we asked the local experts at Bottles (610 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant) what they recommend.
Here are 4 popular, easy-drinking bevs that are perfect for the holidays + available now at Bottles through in-person shopping (with employees on-hand to offer additional customized recommendations), call/email-ahead order, and curbside pickup:
For sparkling savours 🥂 ○ Recommendation: Taittinger Brut La Francaise Champagne France, $39.99 (save $13 at Bottles). ○ The deets: Elegant and fresh with bright core fruits + zesty citrus. ○ Another round: Toast on a budget with the Champagne of Beers.
For cocktail connoisseurs 🥃 ○ Recommendation: Larceny Single Barrel Bourbon, $24.99. ○ The deets: A rush of sweet and bold flavors finished with a touch of bitterness. This barrel is exclusively available at Bottles. ○ Another round:Warm up your holiday with your favorite brown water.
For red wine lovers 🍷 ○ Recommendations: Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2018 Willamette Valley Oregon, $19.99 (save $9 at Bottles). ○ The deets: Rich + deep with flavors of black cherry, boysenberry + cranberry. ○ Another round: Red can’t go wrong when it’s mellow and smooth.
For gift-givers 🎁 ○ Recommendations: Jack Rudy Manhattan Gift Sets ○ The deets: This kit ($39.99 at Bottles) crafts a variety of cocktails (hello, elegant holiday gift). ○ Another round: Stay hydrated and make a cocktail on the rocks.Ⓟ