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Drifter Merch Offers Vintage-Style Designs

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2016 by Lowcountry Boil

Drifter Merch is a new apparel and art website featuring innovative designs with something for every music lover. The company started by offering high quality vintage-style music-inspired t-shirts printed here in South Carolina. More recently, Drifter Merch has expanded to offer art on reclaimed wood by State Pallets and Ridley Stallings Art. Focusing on the owners’ love of live music, various designs included paying homage to their favorite bands that include the Allman Brothers, Govt. Mule, Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic and Neil Young.

“We’ve already had a lot of repeat customers as folks love the comfortable feel of of shirts,” said Drifter Merch co-owner Bert Griggs. “After testing the model and selling tons of shirts, we are now working with several different designers to help expand our offerings.”

Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Drifter Merch features high quality, vintage-style apparel & accessories inspired by music. Custom design, screen print & embroidery are available too for businesses, bands, fundraisers, schools and more.

For more information about Drifter Merch or to shop the store, visit

Sewee Association: Music and Oysters for Wildlife

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

SeweeSewee Association presents Music and Oysters for Wildlife on Saturday, January 11th from 2-8pm at Sewee Outpost, 4853 U.S. 17 North in Awendaw, South Carolina. The live music line up includes The Blue Dogs, Mark Bryan and the Occasional Milkshake, Danielle Howle, Doug Jones, Lincoln Middle High School Steel Band & Red Dog Ramblers. Guests will enjoy all you can eat Bulls Bay Oysters, a live and silent auction and other food and beverages available for purchase. $35 Tickets are on sale at Sewee Dental Care, Sewee Outpost and Etix with children under 12 free.

The proceeds from this event will help the SEWEE Association carry out its mission. The South Eastern Wildlife and Environment Education Association (SEWEE Association) is the Friend’s Group for the National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) and National Forest (NF) of coastal South Carolina that works with federal partners to achieve their mission in biological, cultural and educational activities.

Take a look at this story about Music and Oysters for Wildlife in a 2012 South Carolina Wildlife Magazine article.

A Taste of British Flare Has found Its Way to the Lowcountry!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2013 by Lowcountry Boil

Steven Shell Living

by Lydia Stubbs

As the not-so-quaint town of Mount Pleasant continues to expand, more and more stores are calling the Lowcountry their home. When Steven Shell, a renound furniture designer based out of London, began looking at various locations around the country to open his unique and whimisical furniture store, he knew he had to pick Charleston as soon as he arrived. Steven Shell has the philosophy of offering customisable furniture to consumers at the wholesale price. His first store, Steven Shell Living, has only been open since the beginning of May, but has been a great find for the locals of Mount Pleasant. The unique furniture found in his thrifty store gives its’ competitors a run for their money.


The very talented Steven Shell has learned the trade of designing furniture from being in the business for more than 25 years. With his background in trading antiques he was able to take his passion for design and create a magnificently created line of furniture.  His line of handcrafted furnishings is now available in 22 countries and is created by master artisans in Indonesia. With the majority of his furniture being constructed of Indonesian mahogany, he believes in replenishing the resources used in making each piece.


Steven Shell takes pride in his new store, and believes everyone should be able to afford professionally made furniture at an affordable price. With his beliefs, inspirations, and elements of design visible throughout the entire store, the locals have fallen in love with his British flare. The store’s goal is to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere to its’ customers, while helping them find the perfect piece of furniture to complete their designing expeditions. Go in and visit this newly opened store and see the amazing selection of wholesale furniture that they have to offer.

Steven Shell Living is located at 642 Coleman Boulevard in the Moultrie Plaza on Coleman Blvd., and right next to Wild Wing. for more information, visit

Slip Away To Edisto Island This Spring

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

Photo courtesy: Wendie Smith

Spring is almost here! Often called South Carolina’s best kept secret, Edisto Island is not too far away.  The community showcases some great upcoming events featuring local cuisine, rich cultural heritage, and natural beauty of this quiet coastal island destination.

Ultimate Chef Competition
The Edisto Eats Food Festival, a multi-weekend culinary experience, draws to a close on March 17, when the 2nd annual Ultimate Chef Competition will take place at McConkey’s Jungle Shack at 2:00 p.m., followed by a community oyster roast, which begins at 5:00 p.m. There will also be an Arts & Craft Fair.  At 8:30 a.m., the first annual Edisto Beach Road Race gets the day off to a running start.

Third Annual Lowcountry Classic High School Golf Tournament

From March 30 to April 1, the Plantation Course will host the third annual Lowcountry Classic High School Golf Tournament featuring 32 teams of young, talented golfers from all over South Carolina. The practice round will start after lunch on Friday, with competition beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.  The final round will be held on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Seating is available free of charge.

Art Guild Spring Show and Sale

On Saturday, April 7, local artisans will showcase their wares at the annual Art Guild Spring Show and Sale from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The event will be held at the Edistonian General Store, located at 406 Highway 174 on Edisto Island.

Bidding for History Silent Auction
April closes with the popular Bidding for History Silent Auction, to be held at Middleton Plantation on Saturday, April 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  This popular event, in a picturesque setting with sumptuous cuisine to match, is sponsored by the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society.

Edisto Day Bazaar

May brings the Edisto Day Bazaar, an annual arts and crafts festival. The bazaar will be held on Saturday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lions Club, located on Edisto Beach at 2907 Myrtle Street. This fun-filled event attracts all ages and features local arts and crafts, from trinkets to treasures, and tasty bites too.

Third Annual Edisto Beach Offshore Challenge
The ever-popular Edisto Beach Offshore Fishing Challengeis scheduled for May 5 at the Edisto Beach Marina.  The Captain’s Meeting will be held at Dockside Restaurant May 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy: Wendie Smith

Open Land Trust Legacy Live Oak Dedication Ceremony

The Open Land Trust Legacy Live Oak Dedication Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 20. A speaker will be announced soon. The Land Trust is expanding their Back to Nature events in 2012 to include a series of nature tours, excursions, workshops, and lectures throughout the year.

Edisto Beach Fire Department’s Annual Fish Fry
Those longing for a taste of the local catch await the Edisto Beach Fire Department’s annual fish fry, to be held May 26 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club, located at 2907 Myrtle Street, Edisto Beach.
Tomato Open Golf Tournament
June has golfers preparing to take a swing as the Edisto Island Open Land Trust sponsors the annual Tomato Open Golf Tournament. The tourney, which is scheduled for June 23, will be held at the Plantation Course at Edisto, located within the Wyndham Resort across from Big Bay Creek on Edisto Beach.  The festivities will kick off on June 22 with a pre-tournament cocktail party and live auction.

Eco Tours and Other Excursions

In addition to these scheduled events, summer brings out the crowds, including nature lovers, who flock to Botany Bay Plantation, a wildlife management area set on over 4000 acres of forest, marsh, and beach. Botany Bay Eco Tours offers a variety of eco-tours here, by foot, kayak, or boat. Visitors may also explore this pristine natural area on their own. Hours of operation are from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the summer months, excluding Tuesdays. For more information, call 843-869-2998. Other parts of the island are easily explored via a guided kayak excursion with Edisto Watersports & Tackle. For prices and tour times, or call 843-869-0663.  Additionally, Island Bikes and Outfitters offers guided kayak tours of Edisto’s most secluded estuaries and beaches. More information can be found by calling 843-869-4444.


After a long day at play, some may be enticed by a seat indoors at the Edisto Lions Club, which will be hosting Bingo on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and games begin at 8:00 p.m.  It is recommended that visitors arrive early to get a seat. Fun for all ages, Bingo will begin on June 5 and run through August 9. It will be held at the Lions Club, located on Edisto Beach at 2907 Myrtle Street.

Photo courtesy: Wendie Smith

Set in a rare, sparsely-developed corner of the world, Edisto, with its vast green spaces, ancient live oaks, wide open marsh views, and quiet, pristine beach, offers a coastal island experience uncommon today among Eastern seaboard communities. Visitors and residents alike enjoy a slower pace of life, coupled with a broad range of year-round recreational activities, all set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. This is the coastal island destination that is said to offer its own “state of mind…any time, any season.”

For more information, please call the Edisto Chamber of Commerce at 843-869-3867 or 1-888-333-2781 or visit

7th Annual Suzy McGrane Memorial Party

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Memorial weekend sets the scene for one of Charleston’s favorite fundraisers as Share Our Suzy presents the 7th Annual Suzy McGrane Memorial Party on Saturday, May 28th from 5:30-11:30pm at Lookout Pavilion at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina located at 20 Patriots Point Road in Mt. Pleasant. In addition to supporting a great cause, the event also features cocktails, local food, and live music from Indecision & Gaslight Street. Advance tickets are $35 (food & drinks included) and $25 (drinks included) and are available at etix.

Suzy McGrane: Photo provided by SOS

Suzy McGrane was a local photographer who was diagnosed with breast cancer and ultimately lost her battle in her early twenties. What started as Save Our Suzy is now known as Share Our Suzy. The goal of SOS is to bridge the financial gap and allow breast cancer patients to focus solely on recovery and not the financial stress brought on during this very difficult battle. Funds raised cover the critical areas that insurance companies do not by providing assistance to those with every day needs such as wigs, prosthetics, childcare, gas cards, utility bill assistance, medication assistance and more. Share Our Suzy’s mission is to raise money and resources to assist and support breast cancer patients in South Carolina from diagnosis to remission.

Photo Courtesy: Banner Photography

One of the originators of the jam band movement, Indecision‘s innovative music is a unique blend of rock, jazz, blues and extended jams complete with rich and complex lyrics. Indecision has shared the stage with musicians such as Widespread Panic, Phish, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band, Jorma Kaukonen, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Neville Brothers, The Connells, Jupiter Coyote and more.

Photo by Reid Stone

Not all Southern rockers fit into an expected mold and that is exactly the case for the rhythm and blues five-piece, Gaslight Street. By incorporating Southern music traditions with their own life experiences, these long time friends have shown that Southern rock still has a place in the American music pantheon. Gaslight’s hard rock edge and fast guitar leads keep their loyal core of music loving fans thirsting for more.

What: Share Our Suzy’s 7th Annual Suzy McGrane Memorial Party

Where: The Lookout Pavilion at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina at 20 Patriots Point Road in Mt. Pleasant

When: Saturday, May 28 · 5:30pm11:30pm

Tickets: Day of ticket prices are $50 (food & drinks included) and $40 (drinks included)

For more information about the organization or performers, check out, and



Local Fashion Spotlight: Escapada

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Photo by Nicole Ward of Nicole Renee Photography

With Spring here and Summer just around the corner, it’s high time to get styled for the season. Inspired by the city where the designs are created, Charleston’s Escapada captures the essence of effortless femininity with easy luxe-for-less pieces perfect for an exotic escape, a relaxed day at the beach or an effervescent night on the town. Recently showcasing a variety of tropical-inspired resort and beachwear in vibrant tones and lush comfortable fabrics, Escapada offers the modern woman a brand filled with naturally chic attire. With a contemporary take on classic silhouettes, the flowing and flattering printed dresses accentuating a woman’s curves and best assets are a great addition to one’s wardrobe. Bold abstract printed tunics, flirty ruffled rompers, elegant off-the-shoulder jumpsuits, and softly draped dresses will take a woman from day to night and from the beach to the city streets allowing her to embrace the versatility of her lifestyle. Whether sipping a refreshing cocktail poolside or sailing along the Caribbean coast, Escapada’s vibrant collection of effortless styles will bring out the globetrotting goddess in any woman. An array of fresh, youthful, and colorful Escapada garments inspired by the culturally rich island lifestyle will accent any exotic global journey. Experience the sensation of Escapada, turning any day into an glamorous getaway.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Ward of Nicole Renee Photography

A brand with a conscience, Escapada is committed to making the world a better place. Through the donation of a portion of its profits, Escapada supports global charities, which enhance the lives of those in need, educate the minds of children and aid environmental causes. As a premium resort wear brand, Escapada confirms that women of all ages identify with it’s designs and sensibilities and has become an instant success, outperforming its established competitors. Escapada will continue to expand its global lifestyle brand with the launch of an accessories and home accessories collection. The company strives to continually look ahead and explore new and innovative lifestyle improvements to help women discover their inner beauty and serenity.

Escapada, a Charleston, South Carolina based lifestyle brand, was started in 2009 by its Founder and Creative Director, Natalia Castillo, who embraced her own passion for global travel through visionary designs for the modern woman. Recently showcased at Charleston Fashion Week, Escapada exudes a relaxed, yet vibrant aesthetic and is a must-have in beach and resort wear. Escapada is carried in over 550 exclusive boutiques and resorts throughout the country including Cheeca Lodge Resort and Spa, Palmetto Bluff Resort and Spa, and many luxury resorts throughout the US, Caribbean, Mexico and Tahiti.

Escapada can be found locally at:

Photo provided by

Coastal Palms
585 Freshfields Drive
Johns Island, SC 29455

Mount Pleasant:
Mary Mojo Boutique
1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd # 104
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Sally Bette’s
74 N Market St.
Charleston, SC 29401

For more information visit

Mexico, and Tahiti

21st Annual Lowcountry Blues Bash

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

The 21st Annual Lowcountry Blues Bash will be held on February 3-19th in metro Charleston, South Carolina. This music extravaganza will feature 17 days of music at 25 venues with 50 acts performing 93 shows. Highlights from the Bash include:

Friday, Feb. 4th:

Robert Plant & Band of Joy at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center at 8pm

Drink Small (Electric) at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ in West Ashley at 10pm

Planet D Nonet at The Island House from 7:30pm-10pm

Saturday, Feb 5th:

Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling at The Reel Bar from 7-10pm

Frankie’s Blues Mission, Wanda Johnson & Shrimp City Slim and Planet D Nonet at IOP Rec Center from 5-8:30pm

Saturday, Feb 5th:

All-Star Blues Jam & Oyster Roast from 12pm-7pm and BIG BILL MORGANFIELD playing afterward at 8 pm at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ in West Ashley

Thursday, Feb 10th:

Cotton Blue at Aromas 7:30-10:30pm

Friday, Feb. 11th:

Burnside Exploration featuring Garry Burnside with $8 cover at Home Team BBQ on Sullivan’s Island

Sat. Feb 12th:

Rev. Marvin Ward at Southend Brewery from 9pm-12am

Scott Holt (Former guitarist for Buddy Guy) performs for $5 at Home Team BBQ in West Ashley

Sunday, Feb 13th:

Oysters on the Point at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Mt. Pleasant with music by SHRIMP CITY SLIM and MAC ARNOLD & PLATE FULL ‘O BLUES from 2-6pm.

Davis Coen & Coldwater Sandwich and Lil Dave Thompson dedication with no cover at Home Team BBQ on Sullivan’s Island

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6th Annual Suzy McGrane Memorial Party

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2010 by Lowcountry Boil

Share Our Suzy presents the 6th Annual Suzy McGrane Memorial with The Archetypes, Blue Dogs & Gaslight Street at Lookout Pavilion at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina on Saturday, May 29th from 5pm-10pm. The net proceeds of the event honors the spirit of Suzy McGrane by raising money and resources to assist and support breast cancer patients from diagnosis to remission.


A City Girl’s Crash Course to Spring Fashion in the South

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by Lowcountry Boil

Written by Allison Ealey for Ask Miss A. Reprinted with permission.

If there’s anything I’m in need of, it’s fashion advice. I’ll be the first to admit that I barely know how to dress myself, and it’s taken many years, bold friends, and countless fashion magazines to bring me somewhere near the vicinity of the fashion pulse. It’s no surprise to most that after being a self-proclaimed “City Girl” my whole life, I feel comfortable in all black, year round, and feel the sexiest in a perfect-fitting power suit (skirt and heels, no pants for me!). Even with my mother, who wears denim so much that we began to wonder if she moonlights as a lumberjack, I dislike wearing pants of any sort, and end up finding the one outfit that works, sticking to it as much as possible.

There are often jokes that DC is where fashion goes to die, but for me, it helped it come alive. After finally learning how to dress myself (and my body shape) while in London, the shift to DC complimented that by teaching me how to dress as an adult, and a working adult at that. With suits, button-ups, or dresses and pumps during the week, the weekends offered similar fashion options in terms of dress code. No one checked diligently for shoe choices at the door of night clubs like in London, but taking cabs everywhere permitted either dressy sandals or a killer heel on a Saturday night out. No sooner did I become used to dressing in DC did I move to the South, where dressing couldn’t feel more different if I moved into a Dr. Seuss novel. The Southern perception of Belles in pearls is still very much alive, and warmer weather calls for color, something I was scared of, to say the least.

So, in order to give my new life in Charleston (and my Southern husband-to-be a reason to stop telling me that I dress like the  “Angel of Doom”), I sought expert help, from the lovely Miss Jenny Nelson, of Love Me Again clothing. Perhaps ambitious of me to attempt to understand Southern and vintage fashions at the same time, I was quick to learn that Jenny was the perfect fashion expert for me to consult.

A native of South Carolina and the Charleston area, Jenny lived in Chicago until 4 ½ years ago, where she owned a vintage boutique. Always having an affinity for her home state, Jenny moved back, and last summer, began Love Me Again clothing, a mobile clothing boutique in a fabulous pink ice cream truck. However, on February 26th, Jenny opened up a permanent shop in downtown Charleston, encouraging all Charlestonians to “Recycle Your Style”. It was this shop at the corner of Coming and Morris that I visited, to get my crash course in Southern dress from Jenny herself, and vintage jewelry expert, Miss Hollie Wood.

Upon arriving in the newly-opened space, the hot pink paint, retro furniture, and collection of vintage jewelry adorned the walls, and warm smiles and friendly faces greeted me at the door. Jenny and Hollie were sweet, down-to-earth, and seemed to forgive my “straight-from-work and doused-in-rain” appearance. While some fashionistas intimidate, Jenny and Hollie couldn’t have been nicer. They looked stylish, effortless, and possessed the wherewithal to don outfits I could never dream of, no less pull off.  They immediately welcomed me in, and eagerly answered my questions.

My first question “So, if you were to give me a ‘Charleston makeover’, where would you start? No surprise to me, color was their first suggestion. “Add color to your wardrobe; get some sundresses and a good pair of gladiator sandals. Pair them with vintage jewels and a good pair of sunglasses”. It seemed easy enough. And for someone that walks the delicate line between function and fashion, sandals and sundresses sound like a girl’s dream. Next, I had to ask about my signature color… “Can I wear black year-round in Charleston, like I could in the ‘big city’?” Instead of enforcing

Southern fashion law, Jenny explained that as time went on, I would find myself moving more naturally from black. “It’s always in fashion to wear something you’re comfortable in, but Charleston is more carefree and more playful, and fashion follows suit. “

One thing that always irked me in DC was male fashion… well, to be more specific “Southern” male fashion. I love, and in fact miss living in a place where suits are so common, Barney Stinson would shed a proud, bromantic tear. It was springtime when I had an issue with the way men in DC dressed. Never having lived in the old South, I had a sick fascination with seersucker, croakies, and boat shoes.  I thought that most of those items should be worn on a dock near a boat, or by Colonel Sanders. Bow ties were something altogether different, which I hoped would fade with Tucker Carlson’s career, but alas. As soon as spring weather hit, so did the seersucker, head to toe, as if the Kentucky Derby were every day.  I didn’t like it, nor understand it, and constantly campaigned against it. (I joke of God’s sense of humor, now that I am marrying a bow-tie clad, seersucker enthusiast who is never far from his boat shoes and fish shirts, but that’s a whole other post in itself). So, I had to ask the expert “What are your opinions on Charleston men’s fashion?” Jenny pointed out some of the great sides of Charleston fashion, ones that hadn’t even crossed my mind. She highly approved of the “Shabby Surfer” look, of men dressing like individuals, not necessarily dressing to impress, but to make basic pieces look good. (Though she had to admit, Croakies weren’t quite her favorite men’s accessory). I also asked about the dreaded Seersucker, to which she responded: “One classic piece of crisp, clean seersucker can look great on a guy, especially when the rest of his style indicates that he may not necessarily wear it all the time”(Hear that, SPC?). I pictured a seersucker jacket with a well-fitting pair of jeans, or with a clean button-down shirt, but not the head-to-toe getup that’s so common on Capitol Hill. Another tip for DC men that’s worth note, when I asked Jenny which Charleston fashion trend she would dump, she responded with “Critter pants and monograms”.  Monograms are somewhat of a great Southern mystery that I’ll investigate some other time, but I think that critter pants rather explain themselves. I can’t take a man seriously when he wears a clown suit, nor can I when he wears critter pants.

Men’s fashion pointers aside, I still felt lost in a sea of Southern fashion, so I simply asked “Any other tips for a Charleston rookie?” “Ditch the heels!” she responded. With cobblestone streets and unpredictable rainstorms, practical shoes are a must. Also, “Don’t let the old Southern mentality dictate your dress”. While attending Southern spring weddings, light colors with pearls were my go-to, but it was refreshing to know that I could attempt to be Southern, while still being me. Finally, she said “Pieces are versatile here, especially from season-to-season. You may have a cute sweater that you wear in the winter time that you can throw over a swimsuit and wear to the beach in the summer time”.

If there’s anything a city-girl can appreciate, its comfort and versatility. I was beginning to appreciate Charleston more and more each day. Now that the weather has warmed up, I’ve purchased some white sundresses, and look forward to pairing them with my gladiator sandals, and black platform heels (you can take a girl out of the city, right?). I’ve been energized by all that Jenny and Hollie had to say, and after bonding over fashion that turned to what felt like conversation among friends. I feel good knowing that even if I do adapt some Southern fashion habits, I can always take my city trends to Love Me Again clothing, and give them life all over again.

Get to Know the Nightlife Scene in the Carolinas

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2010 by Lowcountry Boil is the one-stop, online nightlife resource guide for Charleston and the Carolinas. Throughout the region, over 80,000 unique visitors utilize Carolina Nightlife to find out which bars, clubs, restaurants, and events are the most popular each night. In addition, Carolina Nightlife provides useful information including food & drink specials, hours of operation, directions, and on-location photo albums.

As more people continue to flock to the Carolinas, there become more opportunities for leisure and entertainment. Carolina Nightlife continues to accommodate to the growing nightlife scene by providing a diverse range of resources. Regardless of individual tastes, local “nightlifers” can find the plenty of information to plan an exciting night out with

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