Last week, we posed the question: what brought you here?
For those who aren’t originally from here, we wanted to know why you chose the Lowcountry as your new home. Here’s just some what some of you said:
“Love being near the water!” -Amy P.
“The captivating smiles of the southerners brought me here.” -Diana
“We moved from South Africa and we moved here because of golf courses, surf, art, history and sunshine.” –Linda W.
“[From] New Hampshire – I’m too old to be cold and you don’t have to shovel hot!” –Debbie N.
“[From] Botswana, Africa. I am a U.S. citizen but have never lived in the U.S. so I decided to move to the U.S. to learn more about the country I hold a passport to. I was able to transfer within the company to get here. I LOVE CHARLESTON! So happy I made the choice!” –Jessica B.
“I visited CHS for the first time in 2009 and felt an immediate connection I couldn’t explain at the time. Moved to this amazing city in 2012 for a short time and fell in love…the people, the history, the weather, the beach, the scent of the plough mud, just everything. Found out recently with DNA testing that I have ancestors that lived in the Lowcountry as well as TN and WV. I will be returning within the next 3-4 years to live permanently and I can’t wait. It’s home.” –Stacy S.
“Married a Charlestonian.❤️” –Gail T.
“I had conducted business in Charleston since 1984 and was always awe struck by the peace, grace, and hospitality of the Lowcountry. In 2015, my three grown sons were in Atlanta, with his firm being in Mount Pleasant, in Boone, and my youngest was just stationed at Camp Lejeune. Suddenly, Charleston called me to move. We had previously professionally lived all over our great country and now when I travel I crave to return home.” –Tom M.
“[From] Hawaii. Beautiful architecture, history and a booming economy.” –R. L.
“[From] Pittsburgh suburbs. We wanted to walk everywhere, have the best restaurants as our walking destination, and do it in pretty extraordinary weather. So happy to be here.” –Nancy S.
“I lived on my boat in Wrightsville Beach, NC, but moved to the Florida Keys. My boat was being delivered to Florida, but it broke down near Charleston, so I just decided to move here instead of the Keys.” –Charlotte C.
Coronavirus ○ In a press conference yesterday afternoon, Gov. Henry McMaster announced all South Carolina public schools will receive COVID-19 rapid testing kits for students, faculty and staff who are symptomatic. Students will need permission from guardians to be tested + officials expect to deliver kits the week following Thanksgiving. (WCIV) ○ Additionally, Gov. Henry McMasterencouraged South Carolinians to “get tested before turkey” – an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 around Thanksgiving celebrations. He also suggested outdoor celebrations(if the weather permits) + spacing tables and seats farther apart than typical. (WCSC) ○ Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina and accelerateSC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats on South Carolina’s employment, business, economy, education, and more.
WaterCooler ○ Grant Riller, a basketball player at the College of Charleston + a three-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) First Team selection, was picked by the Charlotte Hornets during Wednesday night’s second round of the 2020 NBA Draft. Additionally, Aaron Nesmith, a 6-foot-6 graduate from the Porter-Gaud School, was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 14th overall pick in the first round of the draft. (Holy City Sinner)
Holiday ○ Freshfields Village(165 Village Green Ln., Kiawah Island) has partnered withDee Norton Child Advocacy Center(1061 King St.) during this holiday season to collect letters to Santa Claus. From Nov. 23-Dec. 18, parents are encouraged to bring their children to a special mailbox in Freshfields Village to deliver handwritten Christmas wishlists addressed to Santa + his elves. For each letter that Freshfields Village receives, it will donate $5 to the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center. 💌
Asked ○ Because once the turkey’s gone… the holiday shopping is on. If you’re a local biz, we want to know: What deals are you offering this Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Let us know here for a chance to be included in an upcoming newsletter.
Wellness ○ Want to treat yourself before Thanksgiving? Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery is offering a Pumpkin Honey Drip Facial ($99), ft. a warming honey ISClinical cleanser, copper mist toner, pumpkin enzyme scrub and shoulder/neck massage. More info + book.Ⓟ
Travel ○ Roadtrip, anyone? Fill your bellies with turkey this Thanksgiving, and then sleep it off in Greenville, SC – they have a ton of socially-distant outdoor activities to offer, plus great rates on downtown hotels. 🧳Ⓟ
Click the button below for local resources regarding COVID-19.
Sunday ○ Park West Fall Fest| Sun., Nov. 22 | 4-8 p.m. | Park West Recreation Complex, 1251 Park W. Blvd., Mt. Pleasant | Free admission | Play glow-in-the-dark putt putt, experience a virtual roller coaster + order snacks from a variety of food trucks.
PlanAhead ○ Kiawah River Home for the Holidays Tour of Homes| Fri., Nov. 27 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | 3883 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island | Free, RSVP | Explore a variety of homes and lots as you make your way through festive avenues lined with holiday cheer + enjoy live music, food trucks and a bloody mary and mimosa bar. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Holiday shopping is upon us, and you’re probably working through your holiday budget, checking items off your gifting list + scouting out holiday sales. Since we can now buy anything and everything online, it’s a good idea to be aware of ways to protect yourself (and your hard-earned money)while shopping online this season.
1. Stay with the brands you know. If you don’t have a particular merchant in mind, Google can be a great place to start. But simply having a website does not mean a company is reputable. When using search engines, look at the spelling and grammar on the merchant’s website. Common misspellings and poor grammar are all red flags. Also, avoid websites with country-specific domains unless you are specifically shopping for overseas goods. Online reviews can be a great resource, but keep in mind not all positive “testimonials” may be legitimate. Be cautious of a large number of overly positive reviews which occur within a short time frame and then suddenly stop.
2. Look for the lock to indicate a security enabled site. Protecting yourself online is all about knowing what to look for. Never buy anything online from a site that doesn’t have Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption. You will know if the site has SSL because the URL begins with ‘https’, rather than ‘http’. The ‘s’ at the end indicates the site is secure. If you see a padlock symbol displayed in the website address bar, it also indicates that the site is encrypted. Ⓟ