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My Sister’s House Announces 4th Annual Bubbly and Brew

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil
My Sister’s House presents the 4th Annual Bubbly and Brew sponsored by Lucey Mortgage Corporation on Friday, September 28th from 7-11pm at Harborside East in Mount Pleasant. Guests will dine on tasty food selections from Home Team BBQ, High Thyme Cuisine, Rue de Jean, Long Island Cafe, The Glass Onion, Kudzu Bakery and more as well as sip on champagne, wine, and beers from local brewers. Additionally, there will be a live and silent auction plus live music from party band Love Butter. Tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door.

“We are fortunate to have additional sponsorship from Carolina One, Eskimo Advertising, State Farm, Lowcountry Women’s Specialists, Glaser Duncan, Rhino Shield, Piggly Wiggly, Innovative Theater and Sound, Pints for the People, The Raven Family, Jon and Hayley Carter, Beacon Communications, City Corridor, Johnson and Lanning CPAs and Waterstone Financial Services,” said My Sister’s House Executive Director Elmire Raven. “It is these and all donations that will provide services, programs and resources to empower victims of domestic violence and their children to live free from abuse.”

Founded in 1980, My Sister’s House is the only shelter-based program serving domestic violence victims in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. The money raised will be used in a variety of ways to continue to help women and children live violence-free by providing 24-hour crisis line and shelter, deposits on new safe apartments, children’s clothing for school, legal help, counseling and much more.

For more information about the Bubbly and Brew event or to purchase tickets, visit For additional information about My Sister’s House, visit

SweetWater Craft Beer Boat Cruise With Live Music From Mama’s Love

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

Start the Labor Day weekend off right on Friday, August 31st with a two hour harbor cruise dedicated to SweetWater brews and rockin’ tunes. Climb aboard the three deck Carolina Queen boat at 6:30 PM and by 7 PM you’ll be departing to enjoy views of the sunset over the Charleston Harbor. Then the party will really kick up with live music from Athens, Georgia band Mama’s Love and three bars all featuring $3 bottles of Sweetwater’s craft brews of 420, Motor Boat and Blue. Delicious food from Roti Rolls will also be available for purchase. The fun doesn’t stop until the boat docks back at 9 PM. SweetWater Craft Beer Boat Cruise is brought to you by Lee Distributors, SweetWater Brewing Company, Follywood Productions, 105.5 The Bridge and Charleston City Paper.

Mama’s Love is an American Rock band formed in Athens, Ga. in 2007.  Like the town where the band resides, the sound is progressive with hints of classic tones.  Live energetic shows, definitive song craftsmanship, and a genre-defying sound have formed the buzz that follows the Mama’s Love experience.  They maintain a strong sense of tradition in classic American music, while staying progressive with their improvisational segments and song structures. Catchy melodies, lyrical hooks, and layered harmonies are supported by a tight rhythmic foundation with a classic rock, funk, soul, and americana flavor, harvesting their songs from the roots of time.

The Craft Beer Boat Cruise on the Carolina Belle is one of the most unique social experiences Charleston has to offer. Featuring a different brewery and touring band every month, and pairing that with some of the best local food, it’s like a pub crawl. Only it’s better, since it’s on a cruise ship and you get more bang for your buck. If you can’t make this craft beer cruise, there are more on the horizon. Click the links below for more details.
Weihenstephan Craft Beer Boat Cruise on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 6:30 PM
Rogue Craft Beer Boat Cruise on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the dock the day of the cruise. Your ticket includes free parking at City Marina. Purchase HERE.

Ayoka Lucas Makes A Bold Fashion Statement

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil


Independence is the new black.  Especially for former Creative Director of Charleston Magazine and “fairy godmother” of Charleston Fashion Week®, Ayoka Lucas.  After 10 years of working with Charleston’s biggest magazine, Ayoka has launched a business of her own that includes fashion styling, consulting, trend tracking, and emcee-ing.  With Charleston Magazine being her leading client, she’s also called upon by the likes of Essence Magazine, MTV News, ESPN, and ABC/CBS affiliates. And to think, it all started with a letter to the editor of Charleston Magazine to start her own fashion column.  To say she is a go-getter is an understatement.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Balliet

“Everyone wants to step outside the box at some point in their career!” said Lucas. “This new venture will allow me to work with a variety of people in a number of different ways. I’ve found that over the years people have reached out to me for assistance in many fashion related areas and I am now able to accommodate many of those requests. I’m truly excited about the possibilities of starting new relationships and lending my gifts and vision to new projects!“

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ayoka as a designer for Charleston Fashion Week’s ® first Emerging Designer Competition in 2008.  Since it’s beginning, it has been amazing to see the event grow from 6 local designers to over 20 artists from across the nation.  Grossing over 2.4 million dollars in the 5 day event, CFW has put Charleston on the fashion radar.  National and International attention has been brought to our beautiful city, and for one week of the year, people around the globe look to Charleston for it’s budding talents.  What makes Ayoka stand out is her constant support and love she gives to designers and artists of our city.  Her passion to promote,  encourage, and guide young talent is a gift to all who have been honored with the chance to showcase their work.  What started out as a dream and idea that she pitched and developed years ago has become a reality for the chosen designers to see their looks walk down the runway.

“For close to ten years now, Charleston Magazine has allowed me to document and cultivate the fashion and design community through their editorial pages, fashion spreads, street style features, blogs and of course the greatest accomplishment of my career, turning a simple vision I had into one of the nation’s leading fashion events with the production of Charleston Fashion Week ®.” Said Lucas.  “The ability to take on new projects is an incredible feeling for a creatively driven thinker like me. Growth is essential and I have so much more to give!”

And now it’s time for Ayoka to begin and conquer another chapter of her life.  As you can tell, she is a woman who gets things done while making her dreams and the dreams of others a reality.  I have no doubt that she will continue to be a great success into whatever she puts her energy.  Visit to keep your eye on what exciting and stylish adventures she will take on next and to inquire her fashion mind to help your style reach the next level.  Guaranteed to impress.

Ted’s Butcherblock Offers Two New Weekly Lunch Specials in August

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil
When I am downtown, I often find myself looking for a fast place to grab a bite for lunch. No, I don’t mean fast food but quality food served quickly. One place I love to drop in is Ted’s Butcherblock. This August, Ted’s is spicing up their routine with two new regular weekly specials available in limited quantities.

The first is Ultimate Burger Saturdays, which will feature a different handcrafted burger each Saturday starting at noon. Chef Brian Parkhurst and his team will fire up the Big Green Egg every Saturday and offer a burger featuring Painted Hill Beef and special buns. Changing every week and available for $10 with a side, the burger creations are inspired by Chef Brian’s travels and favorite recipes.

In addition to Ultimate Burger Saturdays, Ted’s is introducing “The Big Sandwich” that is available every Wednesday at lunch for $11 with one side. Slices of this 42-inch baguette are layered with Black Forest ham, fennel salami, hot sopporessata, mortadella, and aged provolone, then topped with romaine lettuce, tomato, shaved red onion, hard-boiled egg, dried basil, oregano, and oil and vinegar. The entire Big Sandwich, which serves 8-12 people, is available for catering with 48 hours advance notice and is $80.

So when you find yourself downtown and want to find a delicious bite, head to Ted’s Butcherblock!

Ted’s Butcherblock
34 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ph. 843-577-0094

Have A Bonfire On The Beach At Sullivan’s Island

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

By Alyson Murphy

The dog days of August have just arrived and I am sure sitting on the beach, let alone next to a fire, is the last thing on your mind. It was only weeks ago we were skipping out early from work to claim a parking spot on Sullivan’s Island, yet now the thought of leaving the house anytime between noon and 6 p.m. seems arbitrary.

Fall will soon bring that refreshing crisp chill in the air. Our wardrobes and weekends will take simultaneous shifts as we retire the lily dresses and carefree beach trips until next year and welcome boots and more structured itineraries (aka football).

As much as we appreciate our hair finally looking half decent now that the humidity has subsided, it’s not uncommon to find yourself wishing to be back on the beach with a warm breeze just one more time before winter graces us with her unpredictable presence. Last year my friends and I decided we would make this wish come true by celebrating a couple of friend’s birthday parties back on the beach with a bonfire and music.

It only takes a minimum of 24 hours to get a permit for this, however, with social calendars already booking up for the fall, I figured I would give you a head start on how you can organize a bonfire for your own group of friends and family. Go to the Sullivan’s Island website and fill out the fire permit paperwork. Then submit $250 check deposit for residents/$500 cash deposit for non-residents. For 50+ people, you must submit additional paperwork to the fire department. Next, convince your buddy who plays guitar to bring the entertainment. Finally, clean up all trash and put fire out by 11 p.m. It’s that easy!

Live Music Schedule for Acme Lowcountry Cantina

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

Live Music Schedule:

Every Friday and Saturday at 9pm

Fri (8/3) —
Folly Beach Reggae All-Stars 
Sat (8/4) —
Graham Whorley
Fri (8/10) —
Sweetgrass Band 
Sat (8/11) —
Jess Strickland 
Fri (8/17) —
Men of Constant Sorrow 
Sat (8/18) —
Fri (8/24) —
Eric Penrod 
Sat (8/25) —
DJ Molly
Fri (8/31) —
Graham Whorley & Will Austin 
Sat (9/1) —
Acoustic Muffin 
featuring members of Dangermuffin performing acoustic
Acme Lowcountry Cantina
 31 J.C. Long Blvd.
Isle of Palms, SC 29451

The Alley Charleston Officially Under Construction: Relationships forged with leading local businesses

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

Construction is officially underway at The Alley, Charleston’s first downtown restaurant and bar with eight bowling lanes which is projected to open at 131 Columbus Street this fall. The Alley will offer an unparalleled entertainment experience in a high-energy atmosphere, bringing affordable fun and games to locals and tourists of all ages. In addition to putting a fresh face on one of America’s favorite pastimes—bowling—The Alley will feature a variety of games and amenities, including classic arcade games, basketball, ping pong, shuffleboard, multiple flat screen televisions, several unique event spaces and a full-service restaurant and bar.

Chris Poole, Jimmy Poole, Aaron Siegel and David Crowley. Photo courtesy: The Alley

Locally owned and operated by David Crowley, Jimmy Poole and Chris Poole, The Alleyhas forged relationships with several top local businesses, including Stumphouse Architecture + Design and Hogan Construction, who have transformed the downtown warehouse space that previously housed Ben Arnold Beverage Distributors, which operated in the building from the early 1970s through late 1980s. In addition, The Alley has just announced an agreement with operators of local favorite Home Team BBQ, who will be their exclusive food partner. The Alley and Home Team will collaborate on a new menu concept that changes the perception of typical bowling alley food. The chef-driven menu will feature made-from-scratch dishes using local product with a focus on comfort foods and American classics.

The Alley will offer a variety of options for private events, including birthday parties, corporate events and charity gatherings. As one of downtown Charleston’s largest event venues, The Alley will stimulate the local economy by bringing numerous full and part-time jobs to the city.

A full web site will be launched in September. In the interim, more information on The Alley can be found online at or via Twitter at @TheAlleyChas.

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