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.
The Charleston area is a bustling epicenter of hospitality as illustrated by the following news.
II. New Restaurants
III. Restaurant News
VI. Retail + Specialty Products
VII. Tours + Exhibits
VIII. Air Service
IX. Highlighted Special Events
#1 Small City in the U.S. and Canada
Travel + Leisure 2015 Worlds Best Awards
#1 Small U.S. City
Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards
Kiawah Island & Isle of Palms, Best US Islands for Family Vacations
Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards
Travelers Choice #3 Best Destination
#8 2016 US Best Ranked Cities for Hotels
II. NEW RESTAURANTS
5Church 32B North Market Street, Charleston | 5churchcharleston.com
Charlotte-based restaurant 5Church has opened a second location in the heart of Charleston. Incorporating local flavors, highlights from Chef Jamie Lynch include Seared Sea Scallops, Chilled Crab Ramen, and Roasted Beet Salad among a variety of other dishes. Opened November 2015.
Congress 1035 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mount Pleasant | facebook.com/gatheratcongress
The menu at this casual American restaurant will consist mainly of small plates, where guests are encouraged to taste and share. The space will feature a large community table and full bar, complete with an extensive cocktail menu and wine list. Opening January 2016.
Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar 1150 Hungryneck Boulevard, Mount Pleasant | fillrestaurantpianobar.com
This eclectic restaurant will soon become the Charleston areas first piano bar. Featuring dueling pianos on the weekend, Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar will spotlight both local and national pianists. Opening February 2016.
Gnome Café 109 President Street, Charleston | gnomecafe.com
This vegan café has meat-eaters and vegetarians alike lining up for healthy eats. Promoting plant-based cuisine, Gnome Café serves breakfast and lunch items including bagel sandwiches with tofu scramble, pad thai salads, and bulgogi Korean bowls. Opened November 2015.
Lewis Barbecue 464 North Nassau Street, Charleston | lewisbarbecue.com
Former pitmaster at La Barbecue, the award-winning barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas, John Lewis brings his signature barbecue to Charleston with the opening of Lewis Barbecue. Named The Brisket Evangelist by Garden & Gun, Lewis welds his own custom-designed smokers to create expertly smoked beef brisket, pork spareribs, and beef ribs. Opening Winter 2016.
MOD Pizza 145 Calhoun Street, Charleston | modpizza.com/location/charleston-king-calhoun
Seattle-based MOD Pizza is bringing handcrafted pies to downtown Charleston. Committed to providing simple food for complex times, MOD Pizza offers a wide selection of specialty pies, along with the option to add or subtract any number of ingredients at no additional cost. Opening Winter 2016.
Parlor Deluxe 207A St. Philip Street, Charleston | parlordeluxe.com
Jive back to the 50s and enjoy a hot dog and root beer float at Charlestons throwback soda shop, Parlor Deluxe. Following the success of their first restaurant, Warehouse, co-owners James B. Groetzinger and Joey Rinaldi have partnered with Chef Emily Hahn and Pastry Chef David Schnell to make all your sweet and salty dreams come true. Opened August 2015.
Poogans Smokehouse 188 East Bay Street, Charleston | pooganssmokehouse.com
Sister property to Poogans Porch, Poogans Smokehouse is now serving slow-cooked barbecue favorites, including pulled pork sandwiches alongside Black-Eyed Pea Salad and Carolina Gold Rice. With a commitment to supporting Southern farms and purveyors, Poogans Smokehouse sources the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Opened November 2015.
The Darling Oyster Bar 513 King Street, Charleston | thedarling.com
Executive Chef Joe DiMaio, former chef at the Old Village Post House and Stars Rooftop & Grill Room, will helm The Darling Oyster Bar. The new space will feature a 14-seat bar, seafood inspired menu, and a vast cocktail program. Opening Winter 2016.
Vintage Coffee & Cafe 219 Simmons Street, Mount Pleasant | vintagecoffeecafe.com
Mobile pizza kitchen Coastal Crust Owner Brian Piesner has opened the doors to Vintage Coffee & Café. This eclectic coffee shop serves a multitude of healthy breakfast and lunch options including acai bowls, couscous salad, and farm egg sandwiches. Opt for the toast bar and select from a wide array of toppings, from avocado and sea salt to butternut squash and goat cheese to peanut butter and green apple! Opened September 2015.
III. RESTAURANT NEWS
Artisan Meat Share 33 Spring Street, Charleston | artisanmeatshare.com
Artisan Meat Share is now offering boxed lunches, perfect for picnics at the park, corporate meetings, or lunchtime at the office. Sandwich options include the Tuna Nicoise and Nutty Knuckle (comprised of smoke ham, pimiento cheese, mustard, and roasted peanuts on a buttermilk roll).
Butcher & Bee 654 King Street, Charleston | butcherandbee.com
Inventive Charleston sandwich shop Butcher & Bee has introduced the B&B Night Bazaar, a farmers/flea market merger featuring street food, art, and music. The market is scheduled to occur one evening each month from 9 PM to 2 AM.
Fish 442 King Street, Charleston | fishrestaurantcharleston.com
Say Bonjour to brunch at Fish. Chef Nico Romo has introduced an all-new, French-inspired Sunday brunch menu including highlights such as Foie Gras Monte Cristo, Duck Merguez Hash, and Pork Belly Steam Bun Benedict.
High Cotton 199 East Bay Street, Charleston | highcottoncharleston.com
Sway to the sounds of live gospel music over Crab Cakes Benedict or Carolina Shrimp & Grits during Saturday brunch at High Cotton. The renowned a cappella singing group Plantation Singers, who have performed locally, nationally, and internationally, will sing from 10 AM until 2 PM every Saturday.
Home Team BBQ 1205 Ashley River Road, Charleston | hometeambbq.com
Home Team BBQ has launched a new menu format and cocktail program in anticipation of their new downtown Charleston location opening in early 2016. Highlights include specialty spirits incorporating local products and a specials menu featuring unique, seasonal dishes.
MAC DADDY Food Truck 1968 Riviera Drive, Mount Pleasant | cravekitchenandcocktails.com
Chef Landen Ganstroms signature mac & cheese, named The Most Life Changing Mac & Cheese in America by Esquire, is hitting the road! In addition to mac & cheese, Crave Kitchen and Cocktails MAC DADDY Food Truck will offer a variety of sandwich and salad specials, and is available for on-site catering and private event booking.
Mercantile and Mash 701 East Bay Street, Charleston | mercandmash.com
In addition to Mercantile and Mashs grab-and-go food menu and baked goods, the gourmet foods emporium now offers a chefs counter lunch. Menu items include local Acorn Squash Soup, Bahn Mi, and Croque Monsieur.
Sticky bun lovers, rejoice! Pastry Chef Lauren Mitterer is bringing her baked goods to a second location, West of the Ashley. Opening February 2016.
The Dewberry 334 Meeting Street, Charleston | thedewberrycharleston.com
The Dewberry brings a world-class hotel experience to downtown Charleston. In addition to unparalleled views from one of the city's tallest buildings, The Dewberry boasts a stunning ballroom, lush walled gardens, and 7,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. Opening Spring 2016.
The Restoration 75 Wentworth Street, Charleston | restorationonking.com
This beautifully restored boutique property combines exemplary service with comfort and luxury. Guests may find themselves dining on fresh, farm-to-table cuisine at the rooftop restaurant The Watch, sipping specialty Charlestonian tea blends at The Rise Coffee Bar, or unwinding with a soothing massage at The Amethyst Spa. Opening February 2016.
329 East Bay Street 329 East Bay Street, Charleston | luxurysimplifiedgroup.com
Charlestons newest event space was originally built circa 1800. The tall single home features carved marble details, restored wrought iron gates originally forged by Philip Simmons, and 16-foot ceilings - some of the highest in a Charleston home. Opened January 2016.
VI. RETAIL + SPECIALTY PRODUCTS
Beckett Boutique 409 King Street, Charleston | beckettboutique.com
Charlestons newest boutique for women is located in the vibrant Upper King Design District. Beckett Boutique offers a curated selection of new and emerging lines for both casual and professional wear. Opened October 2015.
Bulls Bay Saltworks P.O. Box 656, McClellanville | bullsbaysaltworks.com
Red Mash Sea Salt is the newest Bulls Bay Saltworks product, providing the perfect complement to roasted corn, skewered shrimp, macaroni and cheese, and more.
FortyEight A Wine Bar 547 Freshfields Drive, Kiawah Island | fortyeightwinebar.com
The newest addition to Freshfields Village, FortyEight A Wine Bar, features 48 exceptional wines by the glass and 840 hand-selected wines by the bottle every day, in addition to 48 local and regional craft beers. Pop in between 4 and 9 PM for a tasting paired with light fare and sweets. Opened November 2015.
Napa Valley Education Center & Tasting Room 68 ½ Queen Street, Charleston | miranapa.com/napa-valley-education-center-tasting-room
Mira Winery Napa Valley Education Center & Tasting Room links the wine-growing region of Napa Valley to the traditions of the South through educational and tasting programs, interactive displays, and EduTastings.
VII. TOURS + EXHIBITS
South Carolina Aquarium: Why Do Zoos and Aquariums Matter? 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston | scaquarium.org
As part of the Holland Lifelong Learning series, the South Carolina Aquarium will host Why Do Zoos and Aquariums Matter?. The lecture, held February 9, will provide attendees the opportunity to learn more about the worlds oceans and the animals that live within.
The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) has installed both WiFi and MiFi on buses that cover Express Routes and main lines, with availability on neighborhood shuttles planned for the future. With WiFi access on the NASH Express, which provides airport shuttle service, those flying in to Charleston will have access from the moment they arrive.
VIII. AIR SERVICE
Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines will launch weekly, nonstop Saturday service between Charleston International Airport (CHS) and Denver International Airport (DEN) beginning June 11, 2016.
IX. HIGHLIGHTED SPECIAL EVENTS
39th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run, April 2
From professional athletes to goofballs dressed in gorilla costumes, people of all ages and fitness levels participate in this run/walk, which is one of the worlds largest 10,000-meter runs.
29th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival, April 24
The seafood industry is woven into the Lowcountrys identity, and the community turns out to show support for local shrimpers during this daylong blessing of the boats.
North Charleston Arts Festival, April 29 May 7
Nine days of performances, exhibitions and activities geared for family fun culminate with an outdoor concert and fireworks display over the Cooper River.
The décor emporiums and specialty boutiques in the upper King Street neighborhood remain open for extended evening hours during this twice-a-year [spring & fall] stroll that includes special exhibits and events.