Use this library of press releases written by the Charleston Area CVB media relations department to mine for story ideas, stay abreast of what is new in the destination and learn about the special events that take place throughout the year.
WHATS NEW IN THE CHARLESTON, S.C. AREA: SPRING 2014
Welcome to springtime in Charleston, where the scent of Carolina Jessamine, honeysuckle, and Lady Banksia rose mingles with briny Atlantic Ocean breezes. In 2013, Charleston was named the #1 U.S. City by Travel + Leisure Worlds Best Awards and #1 City in U.S. and Canada by Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards. With spring temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees, the Charleston area is a pleasant and picturesque setting for festivals, special events, and exploring one of the best preserved historic districts in America. While indeed a veritable living museum, the Charleston area is also a bustling epicenter of hospitality as illustrated by the following news.
III. Restaurant News
IV. Retail & Specialty Products
V. Tours & Activities
VII. Event Planning & Venues
IX. Upcoming Events
I. RECENT ACCOLADES
#8 Shopping City in the U.S.
Condé Nast Traveller November 2013
Outstanding Restaurants and Dining Cities Fewer Than 800,000
SAVEUR Culinary Travel Awards
Top 14 Destinations for your 2014 Bucket List
#2 Best Girls Trip
#13 Best Destinations in the United States
Bohemian Bull 1531 Folly Road, bohemianbull.com
Bohemian Bull is a tavern-meets-beer-garden that showcases local vendors, including Normandy Farms bread, GrowFood Carolina produce, Holy City Brewing beers, and Striped Pig Distillery spirits. Opened November 2013.
Brasserie Gigi 102 North Market Street, brasseriegigi.com
Chef Frank McMahon of Hanks Seafood (voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Charleston for 15 consecutive years), opened Brasserie Gigi. Housed in a historic building overlooking the Charleston City Market, Brasserie Gigi serves classic French cuisine in a lively, casual atmosphere. Opened April 2014.
Callies Hot Little Biscuit 476 ½ King Street, calliesbiscuits.com
Carrie Morey of the award-winning brand Callies Charleston Biscuits is opening Callies Hot Little Biscuit, a carry-out café that will serve all seven varieties of Callies Biscuits. Opening late summer 2014.
Charleston Distilling Co. 501 King Street, charlestondistilling.com
The Charleston Distilling Company will offer tours and tastings of liquors made from South Carolina products, including vodka distilled from local corn and Carolina gold rice. Opening Summer 2014.
Chez Nous 6 Payne Court, facebook.com/cheznouscharleston
Named one of Eater.coms six most highly anticipated winter openings for 2014, Chez Nous is an intimate restaurant that serves French comfort food in a restored circa 1835 home. Opened March 2014.
Named after Edmund Egan, an English-born brewer who arrived to Charleston in the 1760s, Edmunds Oast features 46 beers on tap, including made in-house brews. 2013 Eater.com Young Gun Jayce McConnell leads the innovative cocktail program, while Executive Chef Andy Henderson specializes in charcuterie, which is aged onsite. Opened February 2014.
Egans & Sons 5 Cumberland Street, eganscharleston.com
Egans & Sons is a pub that serves Irish specialties with Lowcountry influences. Menu items include fish and chips and beef stew made with Pluff Mud Porter beer from Charlestons Holy City Brewery. Opened October 2013.
Freehouse Brewery 2895 Pringle Street Suite B, North Charleston, freehousebeer.com
Located in North Charleston, Freehouse Brewery sits on the banks of the Ashley River. In addition to offering great views, Freehouse Brewery serves organic beers crafted in the Belgian and Anglo-American brewing-style. The brewery is also outfitted with a tasting room. Opened September 2013.
Lee Lees Hot Kitchen 218 President Street, leeleeshotkitchen.com
Karalee Nielsen, one of the partners that opened several Charleston restaurants including Taco Boy, Monza, Poes, and Closed For Business, recently opened Lee Lees Hot Kitchen. It serves traditional Chinese dishes family-style, such as General Tsos chicken, in a whimsical, hip enclave. Opened January 2014.
Leons Oyster Shop 698 King Street, leonsoystershop.com
Brooks Reitz, former general manager of The Ordinary and founder of Jack Rudy Cocktail Company, plans to open Leons Oyster Shop in a restored auto garage on upper King Street. The restaurant will serve fried chicken and fried fish with a raw bar. Opening Spring 2014.
Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine 298 King Street, leyla-charleston.com
Opened by an Arabic language professor at the College of Charleston, Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine brings Middle-Eastern dining to downtown Charleston. The menu offers five types of hummus in addition to traditional Lebanese favorites like falafel. Opened September 2013.
Michaels on the Alley 39-E John Street, michaelsonthealley.com
Michaels on the Alley is the Charleston areas newest steakhouse, serving high quality cuts as well as prime rib and tableside Caesar Salad presentation. Opened February 2014.
Prohibition 547 King Street, prohibitioncharleston.com
Inspired by the Jazz Age, Prohibition brings live music, craft cocktails, and a creative menu to upper King Street in downtown Charleston. Opened September 2013.
The Park Café 730 Rutledge Avenue, facebook.com/parkcafechs
Located in the up-and-coming Wagener Terrace neighborhood, The Park Café is the new home of Chef John Amato, former sous chef at James Beard Award-winning FIG restaurant. The Park Café offers daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as Sunday brunch. The menu includes roasted cauliflower, mushroom and walnut pâté, and a Butchers Plate that changes daily. Opened February 2014.
Striped Pig Distillery 2225-A Old School Drive, North Charleston, stripedpigdistillery.com
Striped Pig Distillery, the Charleston areas first modern-day distillery, makes moonshine, vodka, and rum using locally-grown ingredients and is open for tours and tastings. Make sure to meet Stonewall Jackson, the official mascot who hailed from Holy City Hogs. Opened September 2013.
Sweet Radish Bakeshop 207-A St. Phillip Street, sweetradishbakeshop.com
Sweet Radish Bakeshop is the Charleston areas first gluten free bakery. The menu changes seasonally. A sampling of menu items includes peanut butter and jelly muffins and cinnamon rose donuts. Opened September 2013.
Vincent Chiccos 26 Huston Alley, vincentchiccos.com
Vincent Chicco migrated to Charleston from Italy during the Prohibition Era and was heralded as a local hero for running several saloons. This restaurant honors its namesakes Italian-American heritage with housemade pasta and sauces by Chef Aaron Lemieux. Opened February 2014.
Victor Social Club
39-F John Street, victorsocialclub.com
The cocktail menu at Victor Social Club pays homage to Prohibition Era literary authors with drinks such as The Old Man and The Sea and In Love and War. The menu of small plates includes caviar, clams casino, and foie gras. Opened February 2014.
III. RESTAURANT NEWS
High Cotton 199 East Bay Street, mavericksouthernkitchens.com
High Cotton now serves Saturday brunch. Dishes include crab cake Benedict and chicken and waffles. The restaurant also offers live jazz.
Sweet CeCes Frozen Yogurt + Juice Bar 99 South Market, sweetceces.com
Sweet CeCes has expanded to offer cold pressed juice in addition to frozen yogurt. A trip to the juice bar may include the memory activator or supreme green. Curbside service is now available.
The Ordinary 544 King Street, eattheordinary.com
The Ordinary, named one of Bon Appetits Best New Restaurants in 2013, now offers a $35 three course prix fixe menu called The Ordinaries. The options are day-specific: the lobster roll is served on Tuesday; Swordfish Schnitzel on Wednesday; Caribbean Fish Stew on Thursday; Steamed Maine Lobster on Friday; Beef Short Ribs on Saturday; and Southern Fish Fry on Sunday.
IV. RETAIL & SPECIALTY PRODUCTS
Bittermilk is the brain-child of husband and wife team Joe and MariElena Raya, who want to simplify the art of creating craft cocktails at home. Bittermilk is a cocktail flavoring made in Charleston with natural and organic ingredients. It comes in three flavors: Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour, Tom Collins with Elderflower and Hops, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned.
Callies Cheese Crisps calliesbiscuits.com
Callies Cheese Crisps are a traditional Charleston cocktail snack introduced by Carrie Morey of Callies Biscuits. Callies Cheese Crisps are an addictive blend of extra sharp Vermont cheddars, flour, butter, and black pepper all hand-rolled to crispy perfection.
Charleston Stitch 496 King Street, charlestonstitch.com
Charleston Stitchs storefront overlooks Upper King Street and offers custom, tailored threads for men and women.
Grey Ghost Bakerys Lemon Sugar Cookies greyghostbakery.com
Zesty Lemon is the newest cookie flavor from family-owned baking company Grey Ghost Bakery. The cookies are made-from-scratch, baked with candied lemon zest, and hand-topped with pearlized sugar.
King Bean Coffee Roasters Capers Blend kingbean.com
Brewed and served in some of Charlestons most well-known restaurants, King Bean Coffee Roasters introduces its newest roast, Capers Blend. Capers Blend is a medium roast with floral undertones of Central and South American origin.
Big Ts Coastal Provision Shrimp Dip bigtcoastalprovisions.com
Big Ts Coastal Provision now offers both crab and shrimp dip. Based on a family recipe, Big Ts shrimp dip combines fresh shrimp, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and signature seasonings. Its namesake, Big T, is a Sullivans Island, S.C. local who previously owned a clam farm and wholesale seafood market.
Produce Candles producecandles.com
Rewined Candles introduces Produce Candles, which are handmade with natural soy wax in a reusable mason jar. Inspired by farmers markets across the Southeast, the candles come in various fragrances including cilantro, radish, and kale.
Virgil Kaine Bourbon virgilkaine.com
Virgil Kaine Bourbon is literally rooted in the spirit of the South. This bourbon is infused with ginger grown locally on Wadmalaw Island and accented with a hint of vanilla.
V. TOURS & ACTIVITIES
Fort Sumter Tours 360 Concord Street, fortsumtertours.com
On Friday evenings through October, Fort Sumter Tours will offer a Sunset Tour. It departs from Liberty Square and includes a tour of the Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter. Light refreshments are served and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.
Madeira Tasting at Drayton Hall 3380 Ashley River Road, West Ashley, draytonhall.org
Drayton Hall, a National Historic Landmark, has introduced a Madeira tasting to its popular
Connoisseur Tour. Madeira was once the signature wine of Charleston, and this tour explores the wines history and popularity among Southern planters.
Experience the Charleston area from the water with a 2.5 hour captained sailing excursion that departs daily from the Charleston Maritime Center.
Wild Blue Ropes Folly Road, wildblueropes.com
The Charleston areas first open-air adventure ropes course is scheduled to open this spring with Wild Blue Ropes on James Island. The courses range from beginner to advanced with levels as low as 15 feet. and as high as 35 feet. Opening May 2014.
34 West Theatre Company 200 Meeting Street, 34West.org
The 50- seat theatre, West Theatre Company, is scheduled to open in May with the premiere of Doo Wops and Beauty Shops.
North Charleston Area Shuttle (NASH) ridecarta.com
The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) launched a new route bridging historic downtown Charleston with nearby North Charleston. NASH is a free-hop on, hop-off service that has a total of 16 stops including the Charleston International Airport, the Performing Arts Center at the Charleston Area Convention Center, Tanger Outlet Mall, and Boeing. NASH Express ($3/ride) offers service to downtown Charleston and the airport. It runs daily from 11 a.m. 10:30 p.m.
VII. EVENT PLANNING + VENUES
Leo Events 306 Meeting Street, Suite 100, leoevents.com
Leo Events offers custom event planning for corporate events, special events, and live experiences. Leo Events is the only Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) accredited destination management company in South Carolina.
No. 5 Faber 5 Faber Street, no5faber.com
The Neighborhood Dining Group introduces No. 5 Faber, a private event venue located in Charlestons French Quarter. The renovated historic warehouse accommodates up to 255 guests and is equipped with a commercial kitchen, bar, and piano in the lobby. Opened January 2014.
Andell Inn 300 Farm Lake View Road, Kiawah Island, andellinn.com
The Andell Inn, a member of the Marriott International Network, is located in the Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island. This boutique hotel offers one and two bedroom floor plans, each with a living room and full kitchen. Hotel amenities include an outdoor salt water pool, complimentary breakfast, parking, a fitness club, and complimentary internet. Opened March 2014.
IX. UPCOMING EVENTS
Spoleto Festival USA, May 23 - June 8, 2014 Various locations, spoletousa.org
Spoleto Festival USA, Charlestons internationally renowned arts festival, brings together dance, theatre, jazz, chamber music, and opera for 120 performances that illuminate traditional and unexpected performance spaces for 17 days.
Sweetgrass Festival, June 6 - 7, 2014 Cooper River Room, Mount Pleasant sweetgrassfestival.org
The Sweetgrass Festival is an immersion in Gullah, the indigenous culture that permeates cuisine, crafts, language, and traditions of the Lowcountry. Held at the Cooper River Room in Mount Pleasants Waterfront Park, the festival features heirloom recipes, artists weaving sweetgrass baskets, and the sounds of South Carolinas sea islands.
Artist Guy Harveys Exhibit at the South Carolina Aquarium, now - July 2014
100 Aquarium Wharf, scaquarium.org
The South Carolina Aquarium is the first aquarium to display artist Guy Harveys exhibit Canvases for Conservation. This exhibit showcases wildlife found in South Carolina and is on display through July 2014.
The Big Adventure at the Childrens Museum of the Lowcountry, May 15 - September 7, 2014 26 Ann Street, explorecml.org
Beginning May 15, an interactive exhibit that aims to test the mental and physical abilities of children will be on display at the Childrens Museum of the Lowcountry. A six-foot rock climbing wall and child-friendly sized airplane that take visitors on a virtual adventure!
The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, May 22 - July 5, 2014 161 Calhoun Street, halsey.cofc.edu
The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns by South Carolina natives Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns will be on display at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston from May June. The exhibit includes new art from Fairey and an assortment of prints by Johns dating from 1982 through 2012.
John Westmark, "Narratives" and "Beyond the Darkroom: Photography in the 21st Century" at the Gibbes Museum of Art, now July 13, 2014 136 Meeting Street, gibbesmuseum.org
These two exhibits by John Westmark, winner of the 212 Factor Prize for Southern Art, examine the creative process of photography and painting in contemporary southern art.
Molly Waring, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Julia Melvin, Media Relations Assistant