Archive for March, 2011

Hampden Clothing: One Fierce Boutique

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Stacy Smallwood

Written by Alexis Comer:

Located on the bustling retail mecca of King Street, Hampden Clothing is just what your inner fashionista is thirsting for in Charleston. I attended a Charleston Fashion Week kick-off event at Hampden recently and checked out the designs of A.L.C., Helmut Lang, Rag and Bone, and Charleston’s own Marysia Swim while sipping a cocktail with live house music in the background. The store had been set up specifically for this 4-trunk event showcasing cutting edge designers by devoting separate areas of the store to each designer who in turn had their own style and aesthetic.

The store looked amazing and the atmosphere was a preview to the of excitement of Charleston Fashion Week, just six days away. Ayoka Lucas, Style Editor for Charleston Magazine, was on the scene as were a bevy of fashionable ladies, taking in the unique clothes, shoes, and jewelry. The event’s success and flawless execution are a testament to Hampden’s exceptional influence in the Charleston fashion world.

With the vision to create a boutique that offered trendy pieces, emerging designers, and wardrobe staples, founder Stacy Smallwood established Hampden Clothing as the Southeast’s newest destination for personal style. A native of South Carolina, Smallwood has had an interest in the creative arts since her childhood. Following college at Vanderbilt University, Smallwood leapt into the rigorous and well-respected buyers training program at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas. There, she was mentored by some of the best buyers in the business and carefully honed her retailing and customer service skills. Smallwood rose through the ranks as an assistant buyer for designer sportswear and department manager of Ladies Shoes.

Hampden Clothing stocks designer and contemporary clothing from the most emerging, hard to find designers such as Opening Ceremony and Dagmar to the hottest designers of the moment like Alexander Wang, Yigal Azrouel, and more. Hampden Clothing has been regulary mentioned in Elle, Lucky, InStyle, Vogue, and was featured as one of the Top 50 Stores in the Country by Marie Claire Magazine. With two locations and an online website, Hampden Clothing offers customers a unique experience including all of your favorite designers along with impeccable customer service.

Hampden Clothing
314 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ph. 843-724-6373

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Fundraiser for Japan at the SC Aquarium

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Lend A Hand To Japan will take place at the SC Aquarium on Wednesday, April 6th to raise money to benefit the Japanese Association of Zoos & Aquariums and the American Red Cross. Brought to you through the support of numerous local organizations including Charleston City Paper, the South Carolina Aquarium, Stage Presence, Other Brother Entertainment, Tristan, Icebox Bar Service and Two Fish Enterprises, guests will celebrate the culture of Japan while raising money to help in their time of need. Restaurants throughout the Lowcountry will delight your taste buds with their spin on Japanese cuisine. Expect fun cocktails, a DJ and live bands. If you were planning on donating money to aid in Japan, now is our opportunity to come together as a community and make a difference. Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment, delicious and unique food and beverages, while surrounded by the beauty of the South Carolina Aquarium.

“Among the many casualties of the tragic earthquake and tsunami were several of Japan’s leading aquariums and zoos,” said Kevin Mills, South Carolina Aquarium President and CEO. “We are proud to host of this community effort that will in part aid our sister institutions in their recovery.”

Tickets are a minimum donation of $40 and everything is included. 100% of the ticket sales and silent auction will benefit The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Lowcountry Chapter of the American Red Cross. All participating organizations have generously donated their time, services and products to support this amazing evening!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.helpjapancharleston.eventbrite.com.

Time for Charleston Fashion Week

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Showcasing emerging designers and regional retailers and models, Charleston Fashion Week® will be held on March 22-26th under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC. This five night celebration will feature more than 30 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: East, the Spring Bridal Show, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition. Named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society and accredited with launching the careers of numerous up-and-coming fashion designers, this true multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. Charitable partners for 2011 include Center For Women and Lowcountry AIDS Services.

Photo provided by Charleston Fashion Week

Tuesday, March 22 – Friday, March 25 Style Lounge and Pre-Party 6PM, Runway Doors Open at 7PM, Runway Shows Begin at 7:30PM

Emerging Designers:

Tuesday: Marie Cordella, Van Hoang, Veritee Hill, Sarah Parrott

Wednesday: Stephanie Mejia, Mary Labberton, Anjelika Krishna, Cody Sai Adler- McAllister

Thursday: Eleanor Morgan Hoffman, Julie Wheat, Sasha Gil, Michael Wiernicki

Friday: La’Daska Powell, Thea Canlas, Isabel Crosby, Charlotte Hess

Featured Designer:

Tuesday: Barbara Beach, Jamie Lin Snider

Wednesday: Troubadour

Thursday: Hunter Dixon

Friday: April Johnston

Saturday, March 26 – Spring Bridal Show Presented by Gathering – floral + event design Doors Open at 10:30AM, Runway Shows Begin at 11:30AM, Complimentary Champagne Reception 10:30 – 11:30AM SIP Champagne Cocktails, SHOP the Bridal Accessory Lounge & SAMPLE sweet and savory treats

Featured Designer: Heidi Elnora

Photo provided by Charleston Fashion Week

Saturday, March 26 – Fashion Finale Style Lounge and Pre-Party 7PM, Runway Doors Open at 8PM 2011 Emerging Designers Finalist Collections, Rock The Runway Model Competition, Rock The Runway Model Comp Winner Announced and People’s Choice and Grand Prize winner announced Fashion Finale

Featured Designers: David Yoo & Larika Page 10:35pm All EDs On Stage and Winner Announced

Ticket pricing is below and can be purchased by clicking here.

-Runway Shows (Tuesday – Thursday): $45 daily GA; $75 daily VIP (Cash Bar)
-Runway Show (Friday): $55 GA; $85 VIP (Cash Bar)
-Spring Bridal Show (Saturday): $45 GA; $60
-VIP includes a complimentary champagne reception and Big Day bites (Cash Bar) Fashion Finale featuring the Emerging Designer Finalists plus Rock the Runway Model Competition: $55 GA; $95 VIP (Cash Bar)
-Weekly Pass Non-Reserved: $210, includes Tuesday – Friday shows & Fashion Finale VIP Weekly Pass: $325, includes Tuesday – Friday shows & Fashion Finale with a guaranteed reserved seat plus one free drink nightly

Charleston Fashion Week Official After Parties:
-Tues, March 22nd @ Torch Velvet Lounge & Social Restaurant & Wine Bar
-Wed, March 23rd @ NV Dance Lounge, Catch Two2 Secret Party with Mychael Knight
-Thurs, March 24th @ Music Farm & O-Ku
-Fri, March 25th @ Tivoli & Halls Chophouse
-Sat, March 26th @ “LUXE” The Official Charleston Fashion Week Finale Party

Photo provided by Heirloom Creative Photography for Charleston Fashion Week

Presenting sponsor of Charleston Fashion Week® 2011 is the Art Institute of Charleston. Other sponsors include Aloft Hotel, American Airlines, Baker Motor Company, Embassy Suites Historic, The Shops at Charleston Place Hotel, Francis Marion Hotel, gathering – floral + event design, Gentleman Jack, Grey Goose, Jaguar West Ashley of Baker Motor Company, Korbel, Little Black Dress, PDA Video, REEDS Jewelers, Snyder Event Rentals and Technical Event Company. Charleston Weddings Spring Bridal Show is presented by gathering – floral + event design. Other notable sponsors include The Knot, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Grey Goose, Korbel, Snyder Bar and Technical Event Company.

For additional information about the event, schedules or to purchase schedules, visit www.charlestonmag.com/fashionweek.

 

2010 SPO NSORS PRESE NTI NG sponsor: The Art Institute of Charleston bridal couture pRESE NTI NG sponsor: gathering—floral + event design Aloft Hotel Atlanta Apparel at AmericasMart Baker Motor Company Blue Door Photography Carolina First Bank Charleston Area Convention & Visitor Bureau Charleston Symphony Orchestra Cru Catering Embassy Suites Historic F22 Internet Solutions Francis Marion Hotel Freshfields Village Gentleman Jack Grand Ideas Grey Goose ICEBOX Innovative Beverage Services Jan-Pro Cleaning Services Korbel Little Black Dress Wines My TV Charleston Nature’s Calling, Inc. Newton Farms Catering Porsche Production Design Associates Smartwater Snyder Event Rentals Stella Nova Technical Event Company

Local Musician Spotlight: Cary Anne Hearst and Michael Trent

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Artwork provided by the band

Writer Alexis Comer had the good fortune of hearing Cary Anne Hearst and Michael Trent play as Shovels and Rope at the Charleston Pour House on James Island recently and was blown away by their bare-bones style, vocal power and musicianship. Cary Ann has a voice that brings to mind country, punk and soul all at once and it is a perfect match for Michael’s easy tenor that has just enough twang to it. Both these musicians are very good on their own but together there is a genuine sharing and collaborative feeling that takes their music to the next level. Expect a foot stompin’ rockin’ good time with this musical-powerhouse duo.

Michael Trent and Cary Anne Hearst, image provided by the band

Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent prefer to keep it simple. They have cleverly managed to take three separate recording projects and combine them into one cohesive, folk rock, sloppy tonk, harmonized, loose but tight, streamlined audience killing machine. Both musicians have been part of the local scene here in Charleston for years but are now touring all over the country. Go to see them soon before they hit the big time.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

3/8 – Saxon Pub – Austin, TX w/ Hayes Carll

3/9 – Cactus Cafe – Austin, TX w/ Hayes Carll

3/10 – Sam’s Burger Joint – San Antonio, TX w/ Hayes Carll

3/11 – Phoenix Saloon – New Braunfels, TX w/ Hayes Carll

3/12 – Threadgill’s – Austin, TX w/ Hayes Carll

3/20 – Poor David’s – Dallas, TX

3/23 – Preservation Pub – Knoxville, TN

3/24 – JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN

3/25 – Hendershot Coffee – Athens, GA

3/26 – The Basement – Nashville, TN

3/30 – George’s Magestic Lounge – Fayetville, AR w/ Hayes Carll

3/31 – Bob’s at Cains – Tulsa, OK w/ Hayes Carll

4/1 – Wormy Dog Saloon – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Hayes Carll

4/2 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS w/ Hayes Carll

4/3 – Vaudville Mews – Des Moines, IA w/ Hayes Carll

4/5 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN w/ Hayes Carll

4/6 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI w/ Hayes Carll

4/7 – High Dive – Champaign, IL w/ Hayes Carll

4/8 – Schubas – Chicago, IL w/ Hayes Carll

4/9 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ Hayes Carll

4/10 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON w/ Hayes Carll

4/13 – Handlebar – Greenville, SC w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/14 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/15 – Headliners – Louisville, KY w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/16 – The Shed At Smoky Mtn HD – Maryville, TN w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/19 – Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/20 – Jefferson, Theater – Charlottesville, VA w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/21 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/22 – Bowery Ball Room – New York, NY w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/23 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

5/3 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO w/ Felice Brothers

5/4 – Waiting Room – Omaha, NE w/ Felice Brothers

5/6 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Felice Brothers

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Gimme Shelter Event to Benefit Operation Home

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Design by Sunday Entertainment

On Thursday, March 31st from 7-11pm at Eye Level Art Gallery, Operation Home and Home Team BBQ present Gimme Shelter, a festive evening with a theme that celebrates a legendary Cuban night. The event will include beer, wine and specialty drinks including The Hemingway, Mojitos and famous Frozen Painkillers, on site hand-rolled cigars in a Havana lounge, a small silent auction, innovative multi-media entertainment and live Cuban music. Additionally, pit-master Aaron Siegel will be jerk-rubbing pork and chicken and then cooking them low and slow in Home Team’s wood fired smoker. Accented with a Cuban-inspired rum BBQ sauce and citrus juices, these items will be accompanied by grilled pineapple spicy rice and wild and crazy black beans.

Tickets are $65 each and can be purchased online at www.operationhome.org/events. Event Sponsors include 105.5 The Bridge, Baker Bishop, Charleston Artist Collective, Charleston City Paper, Charleston Home Magazine, Charleston Picture Company, Eskimo Advertising, Fat and Juicy Bloody Mary Mix, Filigree, Highsmith Insurance, Law Offices of Simons & Dean, Marsh Contracting, Olson & Good Attorneys at Law, Shuttle Hogs, South Carolina Bank and Trust, Tiller Construction and Yarborough Applegate, LLC.

Photo Provided by Operation Home

Operation Home’s mission is to help low-income residents of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties remain in their homes by increasing safety and accessibility through the coordination of critical home repairs. Their work focuses on the people the most in need including households that contain children, people with disabilities or older adults. Since its inception, hundreds of homes have been repaired by Operation Home, totaling in excess of $1 million. Operation Home is committed to ensuring that no person has to live in a home that is inaccessible or dangerous.

For more information about the event or Operation Home, please visit www.operationhome.org.

2011 BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

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Poster Designed by Seth Dietch

Held March 3rd-6th, the sixth annual BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® invites guests to explore the Holy City by way of taste buds. Rich in tradition, Charleston takes great pride in its culture, most enthusiastically, its food. The festival embraces its surroundings by hosting dinners, receptions, tastings, and tours in a variety of historical locations. The culinary event has been acclaimed as one of the top five food and wine festivals in the U.S. by Forbes Traveler. The BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® offers attendees the opportunity to sample and learn about Southern and Lowcountry cuisine and marvel at the rich history of one of the nation’s oldest cities. The festival, a non-profit organization, benefits local culinary charities and scholarships.

The most popular event of the weekend, Salute to Charleston’s Chefs: Opening Night Party, sponsored by The Art Institute of Charleston, will get a little sweeter when some of Charleston’s brightest pastry chefs join the party. Local culinary icons showcase dishes from the best twenty five restaurants that Charleston has to offer! From 7-10 pm on Thursday evening, both sweet and savory small plates will be served, alongside a superior wine selection and a signature Festival cocktail, created by the winner of the Festival Mixologist Competition, sponsored by Van Gogh Imports. The celebration will also feature music from the The Quentin Baxter Ensemble, an open-air cabana and cigar lounge.

Provided by Charleston Wine + Food Festival

The main hub of the entire Charleston Wine + Food Festival® weekend, the Culinary Village + AAA Carolinas and Southwest Airlines Grand Tasting Tents, officially opens on Friday afternoon. Expect to find a new layout with over 90 food, wine and spirit stations blended together, an open-air courtyard and an official Festival merchandise boutique. Each wine and food vendor will be serving samples of their products from across the country during the Grand Tasting Tent hours, but the fun for ticket-holders lasts all day with unlimited access to the SCE&G Celebrity Kitchen Tent, Charleston Cooks! Book Signing Tent, Certified SC Grown Outdoor Living + Grilling Area, Whole Foods Market Wine Shop, BB&T Hospitality Tent and the Thermador Cooking Competitions (Saturday only). The Grand Tasting Tents, located in Marion Square Park in the heart of Downtown Charleston, will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Provided by Charleston Wine + Food Festival

For the first time ever the Festival will celebrate the Bravo hit TV show, Top Chef, with a bash and “Lowcountry Ingredient” challenge. A fan favorite from each season will be on-hand to serve a small plate of their signature recipe, using Giddy Goat Handmade Homegrown Goat Cheese, a Lowcountry ingredient voted on in advance by the event’s ticket-holders. A panel of judges will vote on each chef’s dish and decide who has won Holy City bragging rights. Tiffany Derry, a contestant from the 2010 season, will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Lamplighter will match the chefs’ plates with complementary wine.

One of the most coveted events on the Festival schedule is the Restaurant Dine-Arounds. This year nineteen of Charleston’s renowned chefs, three of them James Beard Best Chef Southeast Award winners, will open the doors of their acclaimed restaurants to a nationally celebrated guest chef to craft a 5-course tasting menu that blends together the culinary styles of each chef and creates a one-of-a-kind menu and dining experience. A winemaker will join each restaurant to pair every dish with the perfect varietal.

Provided by Charleston Wine + Food Festival, photos by Andrew Stephen Cebulka

Those distinguished Festival guests who demand the best when tasting wine won’t want to miss the new event, Big Bottles Tasting + Auction, presented by Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. A selection of esteemed vintners will join together to pour from their premium collections of large format bottles of wine. Andrea Immer Robinson, Master Sommelier and the first woman ever chosen Best Sommelier in the United States by the Sommelier Society of America, will welcome ticket holders to this event with complimentary red and white wine glasses from her newly developed glassware, The One. Following a once in a life time “30 Minute Wine Expert” session with Andrea Immer Robinson, guests will have the opportunity to exercise the tasting techniques they discovered as they sample the wines featured at the various stations along with selections of gourmet cheeses from Whole Foods Market locally cured charcuterie and locally crafted chocolates. During the live auction guests will have the chance to bid on items that will feature rare large format autographed bottles of wine.

Rise and shine on Sunday morning in the Holy City for the Lowcountry Gospel Brunch. Spiritually Yours Gospel Ensemble’s music pouring from the tent has the ability to draw people in from across town. Guests will be served a traditional three-course Lowcountry-style brunch from the best brunch restaurants and caterers in town. A special blessing invites visitors to relax and no brunch would be complete without Bloody Marys, Mint Juleps and Mimosas.

Provided by Charleston Wine + Food Festival, photos by Andrew Stephen Cebulka

The perfect end to the festival weekend has to include top southern pitmasters and cold beer. Local and national ‘Que maestros will come together to prepare barbecued whole hog, brisket, chicken and all the fixin’s. Libations, wine and cocktails will be served from multiple bars and seating will be expanded throughout the tent and onto the lawn in Marion Square Park. Live music from The Blue Dogs will make sure that the festival ends with a bang!

For the entire event schedule, more information or tickets to the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival®, please visit the web site, www.charlestonwineandfood.com, or call (843) 727-9998 ext. 2.

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