Mount Pleasant Home and Garden Show

October 19th, 2013

Oct 18-20
Omar Shrine Temple
10 am - 5 pm daily

Features a food truck, live music, gardening tips, wine tasting by Bottles and about 50 exhibitors. Come out and learn about everything imaginable for the inside and outside of your home. Master gardeners will hold workshops on nine different topics. Anyone who is building or remodeling a home can benefit from this show.

New Bikes Paths for the Lowcountry

February 10th, 2012

New bike trails are planned for Goose Creek, Mount Pleasant and Sullivan’s Island.  There is a new bike path planned from Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island which shoud be finished by the end of 2012. The Group Charleston Moves is trying to get more bike paths and pedestrian paths created throughout the Lowcountry.  If it is mountain biking you are looking for, a 7 mile path is being built in Goose Creek which will eventually be accessible from Wannamaker County Park.

Charleston SC Real Estate and Sullivan’s Island.

October 26th, 2011

Charleston has been in the news a good bit lately for real estate reasons.  Sullivan’s Island is one of America’s priciest ZIP codes.  It was named the 88th most expensive ZIP code by Forbes Magazine.  If you want to find a seaside home on Sullivan’s Island, starting searching the MLS.   Charleston’s historic South of Broad district is on the list as well.  Considering a charming pied a terre, historic home or luxury condos in downtown Charleston?  Start your search here.

The Constant Need for Sweets: 3.14 Pies

October 26th, 2011

Lindsay and Brent Doolittle may not be your average mathematicians, but when it comes to the kitchen, they certainly know how to add the right amount of handpicked ingredients to equal the perfect pie.  Since opening 3.14 Pies just three months ago, the Doolittles have quickly increased their numbers and satisfied the sweet tooth of many Charlestonians.

The couple met in French class during college at the University of Virginia, where they learned that they shared more than group projects, but a passion for baking pies, a skill they each inherited from their own mothers.  After college, they married, and they each began their prospective careers; Lindsay, a consulting firm manager and Brent, a defense contractor.  But, as Lindsay says, while their jobs paid the bills, the couple wasn’t passionate about their careers.  Their solution was one that most are fearful to even consider: give up their careers and start a business. 

As Charleston residents, they decided to bring their passion in the kitchen to the storefronts of Charleston.  The pies range anywhere from the Blueberry Bahama Mama Pie to the Salted Rim Margarita Pie, and they are each baked using only locally and organically grown ingredients.  Consumers have an option between a “Down Home” or “Downtown” style pie.  A “Down Home” pie would be like a traditional pumpkin pie, but a “Downtown” pie would have a gourmet twist using pumpkin.

Like their mothers’ who “never dreamed of brownies out of a box”, the Doolittles have been working tirelessly to prepare for their new fall flavors.  Additionally, they’re exploring outlets to bring their own skill into someone else’s kitchen by offering a cooking class for the public at Coastal Cupboard on October 28.  At the event, they’ll teach participants not only how to bake some of their selling pies, but also how to turn leftover Thanksgiving dishes into delicious meals, such as Shepherd’s Pie.

The Doolittles feel that Charleston was an opportune place to begin their business because the sense of support from fellow business owners is undeniable.  Even when it comes to the customers, Lindsay says that just hearing someone say they loved a pie can make any day brighter.  The couple says they are excited to see what the future holds and continuing to focus on simply having fun.

Powder Blue, Porch Blue

October 26th, 2011

Powder blue, sky blue, Carolina blue, baby blue, Alice blue.  To many, these shades mean nothing, but to a Charleston homeowner living in a historic home, a shade can mean so much more.  One of the distinguishing traits of homes in this area is color.  Many homes are painted in bright colors, a direct recognition of the strong Caribbean influence in the area.   Shutters are traditionally painted black, the color of paint sent by the government to repair Charleston after the Civil War, and porch ceilings are painted blue, but depending on the individual, the reason for this choice may vary.

Several different myths are used by Charlestonians to explain the blue porch ceilings, and how homeowners choose a shade of blue.  Some claim that the color is an extension of the sky, therefore, they choose sky blue.  Some homeowners argue that the shade helps extend daylight during evening hours, and even to help ward off pesky summer bugs.  It is thought that spiders and wasps will mistake the ceiling for the sky, and will look for more secure places to build nests.  In this case, the owner chooses a more distinguished shade, such as steel blue or Bleu de France.

Most commonly, the shade of haint blue, or “gullah blue”, is used in the area.  The word ‘haint’ originates from the Gullah culture in the Lowcountry.  The Gullah culture describes the mixture of African tribes that were held here as slaves, a culture rich in myths and customs.  Often times these slaves would paint doors, window frames and porch ceilings blue to ward off evil spirits.  If evil spirits did come knocking on a blue door or window, they would be sent back into the sky where they were unable to harm others.

Charleston architecture is one that is truly historical, and one that has cultural significance.  So, whether one believes in legends, or not, a blue porch is just another special facet to the Lowcountry and it’s historical culture.  Note:  A few suggestions from the local Benjamin Moore store are Mystical Blue, Crystal Springs and White Satin.