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July 14, 2019

5 Charleston Restaurants To Try For Lunch

For those new to the area or visiting, Charleston has some of the best restaurants to satisfy even the choosiest foodies around. We have made a shortlist of 5 Charleston restaurants to try for lunch. Share with us what your favorite Charleston lunch spot! 

 

ONE

Butcher & Bee

1085 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC l 843-619-0202

4.5 Stars on Yelp

 

If local and fresh is important to you then the Butcher & Bee is the place you’ll want to visit. They partner with local farms, fishermen, and ranchers to bring fresh handpicked flavors to every dish. They describe their sandwiches as “a gourmet meal between two pieces of bread.” Yum!!

 

TWO

Persimmon Café

226 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC l 843-937-5399

4.5 Stars on Yelp

If you are a fan of paninis, wraps, or salads then look no further than the Persimmon Cafe.’ It is described by one yelper as a “lovely hole-in-the-wall, trendy, hipster (but in a good way) little sandwich shop.” Makes you want to go, right.

 

THREE

Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC l 843-534-2434

4.5 Stars on Yelp

Self-described as “Charleston’s home to some of the best gourmet comfort food in the Lowcountry.” Sounds good, right?!

A yelper had this to say about the atmosphere - 

This restaurant exceeded my expectations. I love the homey environment-- it feels like it's in an old house.” And apparently, from the other reviewers, this is the place to go if you are a foodie. Oh and the website mentions that reservations are strongly encouraged.

 

FOUR

Five Loaves Café

43 Cannon St, Charleston, SC l 843-937-4303

4.5 Stars on Yelp

Vegan and gluten-free options may be found here. There’s even a juice bar!! Described as a “quaint café, great service, and excellent food!” I think we know this is definitely one to try!

 

FIVE

Brown Dog Deli

40 Broad St, Charleston, SC l 843-853-8081

4.5 Stars on Yelp

From the website they describe their signature dishes in the following way: “The Muffaletta is un-paralleled in the city and his Curry Chicken Salad is another top menu item. In addition, he loves to incorporate great Asian influences and, most importantly, the great Southern BBQ cooking he grew up eating.”

And we simply must share this Yelper’s review. It’s too good not to share –

“Holy sandwiches, Batman. 

I always dreamed that a perfect sandwich utopia existed. A place where you can sit down, be totally confounded by what to order because literally everything on the menu sounds incredible and, when it arrives, it's everything you hoped it'd be and more. A place that has perfectly build sandwiches and a comfortable atmosphere, but that also supplies your favorite local beer to sip on while you come to Jesus over a sandwich.  

I never thought I'd find such a place, but heaven is real and it's in Charleston.” Micah N. Asheville, NC 4.20.19

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No matter the season, Charleston is one of the best and most beautiful cities to live in and there’s never a shortage of restaurants to visit. When you decide to turn into a Charleston Foodie, make the call to Infinity Realty. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers are some the most professional agents you’ll encounter and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

Posted in Charleston food
July 8, 2019

Experience Charleston Art Galleries

"Creativity takes courage."

Henri Matisse

Charleston has been striving to become the art destination for travelers from around the world and with so many top-rated galleries in the area, we are well on their way! If you are looking to bring home a piece of Charleston, then you should partake in the Artwalk or pop into one of these beautiful galleries during your stay. Here’s a short list of a few of our personal favorites and we’ll connect you at the end with a full Charleston Art Galleries list.

 

FIRST

 

Lowcountry Artist Gallery was founded in 1982 and is located at 148 East Bay Street in Charleston. What makes it unique is that it is staffed by nine local artists who own the Gallery and therefore, you can meet them and discuss their work in person. It’s a beautiful place to find a keepsake that is 100 percent Charleston inspired.

 

You will discover several different styles of art housed in a comfortable and friendly environment. From pottery to photographs to glassworks and acrylic paintings, you’ll find it all at this exclusive Gallery.

 

SECOND

 

The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery was founded well over a century ago and is located at 160 E. Bay Street. What we particularly like about this Gallery is their community outreach. They offer a variety of outreach programs that include engaging programs for children, Alzheimer’s patients, high school seniors, and younger school children. It is where the community comes together for the common purpose of engaging in the love of art.

 

You’ll discover more than 70 local members of CAG which share their local love of art and creativity. It’s an exceptional place.

 

THIRD

 

The Grand Bohemian Gallery was established by hotelier and art enthusiast Richard C. Kessler and is located at 55 Wentworth Street, within the luxury hotels and resorts of The Kessler Collection. It is known as being one of the “most eclectic and visually stimulating art galleries in the nation.”

 

In this Gallery, you will experience not only local talent but also internationally famed artists such as Italian artist, Stefano Cecchini. The Gallery also hosts events where you can meet the featured artist.

 

FOURTH

The John C. Doyle Art Gallery was started over 30 years ago and is located at 125 Church Street. If you visit their website, you will get a preview of what you’ll see at the Gallery, but believe us when we say seeing it in person is a much more emotional experience. Mr. Doyle founded the Gallery with local artist talent, including his own artistic endeavors. He had over 2000 paintings in his career before passing away in 2014. Angela Stump stepped in to carry on Mr. Doyle’s wishes of continuing the Gallery in his name.

 

Today you will find not only the work of local artists, but Mr. Doyle’s work is showcased as well. It’s a special experience when you visit this Gallery.

 

FIFTH

 

The Wells Gallery is located at One Sanctuary Beach Drive on Kiawah Island. The Gallery is set-up in a way that is meant to enhance the visitors’ experience when it comes to the artwork that is being displayed. Another point of interest is this Gallery’s chosen subject matter, which is the beauty found on Kiawah Island. There are local, and nationwide artists who have works of art displayed here and the one thing in common is the subject matter all points to the island’s natural beauty. This Gallery is not one to be missed.

 

Last but not least, here’s a list of all the local galleries provided courtesy of Charleston’s Gallery Association.

 

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If you have visited Charleston and have fallen in love with what this area has to offer, please let us help you with any local advice or real estate assistance you might need. Please reach out to us, Team Lail-Chambers of Infinity Realty. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers has the know-how and experience to find you the PERFECT Charleston area home!

 

 

 

July 1, 2019

Charleston July 2019 Concert Lineup!

Music brings everyone together and in the Summertime is when you will find many locals gathering to sway to the sounds of jazz, reggae, rock and more. Here are a few that we found which you might want to add to your Charleston July 2019 Concert lineup!

Friday, July 5th at 6 pm.

Volvo Car Stadium, 7596, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, South Carolina

Tedeschi Trucks Band will be playing tonight at the Volvo Car Stadium and also performing is Blackberry Smoke – Shovels & Rope!! 

Wednesday, July 10th at 8 pm.

Volvo Car Stadium, 7596, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, South Carolina

You’ll hear Luke Combs performing tonight at the Volvo Car Stadium with special guests Cody Johnson and Ray Fulcher! Show starts at 8 pm.

Thursday, July 11th at 6 pm.

Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Drive, Charleston, South Carolina

Come on over and partake in the Summer Series at Rose Pavilion on Thursday nights from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Food, drinks, and live music and best of all FREE ADMISSION!!

Friday, July 19th at 8 pm.

James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, South Carolina

The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series features traditional old school roots reggae with a new school attitude in a beautiful outdoor setting. Bring your chairs or blankets. The gates open at 7:30 pm with music starting at 8 pm and ending at 11 pm.  Admission is $10 for ages 13 & up. 12 & under are FREE.

Saturday, July 20th at 6 pm.

The Ponds Amphitheater, Village Ponds Drive, Summerville, South Carolina

We realize this isn’t exactly in Charleston, but it is only 25 miles Northwest and a short 40-minute drive. Not far at all! This is the outdoor concert series #2 featuring the Shem Creek Boogie Band! The event runs from 6 pm to 9 pm. Each month, in lieu of admission, a donation will be collected and contributed to a featured non-profit organization. On August 17th, the Mahon Brothers will be performing and so you might want to jot that date down as well!!

Wednesday, July 31st at 5 pm.

Volvo Car Stadium, 7596, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, South Carolina

Two bands will be performing, and they are Dirty Heads, which is the headliner and 311.

 

LET Team Lail-Chambers Make CHARLESTON YOUR HOME!

We hope you have found at least a few from this Charleston July 2019 Concert lineup to add to your calendar and if you find yourself in need of any local advice or real estate assistance please reach out to us, Team Lail-Chambers of Infinity Realty. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers have the know-how and experience to find you the PERFECT Charleston area home!

June 24, 2019

Charleston and Surrounding Areas: July 2019 Events

It is a new month which means it is time to get your calendars out and start planning your activities! Please feel free to share with anyone you know who might find this useful.

 

Charleston July 2019 Calendar of Events and Things To Do

 

Monday, July 1 (1st, 2nd, and 3rd)

Augusta GreenJackets at Charleston Riverdogs. The park is located at 360 Fishburne Street in Charleston. Game starts at 7:05 pm. This is the first of a 3-game series running from July 1st – July 3rd. July 3rd game starts at 6:35 pm.

Thursday, July 4

July 4th Fireworks Cruise on The Carolina Queen. Come aboard the Carolina Queen for a fun-filled evening of Live Music from Ben Fagan and his band and beautiful views! Be front and center for the Annual Fireworks display at Patriots Point. There will be light snacks for purchase on board a fully stocked cash bar on board with beer, wine, and cocktails. These are the best seats around for the 4th of July Fireworks coupled with amazing entertainment from local favorite, Ben Fagan!

Patriots Point Fireworks Blast. Great fireworks show from two viewing areas, land and ship deck. Both have live music. Bring lawn chairs for both.

4th of July Festival. The City of North Charleston is once again hosting the July 4th celebration at the Riverfront Park from 3 pm to 9:45 pm. Live music, children’s activities, food trucks, craft vendors, and fireworks show.

Friday, July 5  

Tedeschi Trucks Band: Wheels of Soul 2019. Enjoy the music from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, formerly known as the Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, as they play live at Volvo Cars Stadium in Charleston.

Saturday, July 6

Terence Young at Charleston Music Hall. Doors open at 7 PM and the show begins at 8 PM. Come out to the Charleston Music Hall located at 37 John Street, Charleston, SC and enjoy the sounds of Terence Young who has earned the reputation of one of the most talented and electrifying Lead Guitarist in the world. He has released 10 CDs to date, ranging from Smooth Jazz and R&B to gospel, Christmas, instrumental rock, and his original guitar compositions.

Sunday, July 7

Stars and Guitars. A Lowcountry summer tradition returns to majestic Boone Hall Plantation!  103.5 WEZL’s Stars and Guitars presented by QEI Security and Technology and Budweiser.  This year Nashville superstar Brett Young serves up his #1 hits like “In Case You Didn’t Know“, “Like I Loved You”, “Mercy” and “Here Tonight” and is joined by Mitchell Tenpenny, King Calaway and hometown hero Eddie Bush.  It’s an unforgettable celebration of all things America in one of America’s most scenic venues, Boone Hall Plantation. Come early and bring your lawn chair or beach blanket and pick out your spot on Boone Hall’s beautiful back lawn!!

Monday, July 8

Old South Carriage Co. Old South Carriage Company has been owned and operated by the same family since 1983 and features some of the finest tour guides, draft horses, and carriages in historic Charleston. Stop by their stable at 14 Anson Street to meet their professional. Not only are their tour guides extensively trained, but when you see their stable, horses, and carriages you will immediately appreciate the care and attention to detail that Old South Carriage Company dedicates to guaranteeing a quality tour. Choose from a wide array of tour options.

Tuesday, July 9

Family Tours at the Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House Museums. This is a reoccurring event that runs from June 18th through August 8th. Families are invited to tour the Nathaniel Russell House on Tuesdays and the Aiken-Rhett House on Thursdays!

Wednesday, July 10

July Local Social. Engage with your local business community and join Lowcountry Local First for the Local Social hosted by Applied Building Sciences from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails! Enjoy sips and light bites while learning more about the ABS’ local design, build and engineering projects.

Thursday, July 11

Charleston Zipline Adventures. Experience the first and only zip line park to Charleston, South Carolina for both locals and visitors to enjoy. The amazing staff is committed to leading you on an adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventure through the treetops of the Lowcountry. This unique venue gives you the opportunity to experience the outdoors while creating lasting memories with friends and family, appreciating Charleston,

Friday, July 12

Jam on the Water. Tribute to The Band July 12th with Kozelski. Charleston Harbor Tours and Follywood Productions have teamed up once again for the 4th season of Jam on the Water Concert Cruise Series. Friday, July 12th: Tribute to The Band by Kozelski Band! Each sunset cruise will feature a local band playing a tribute to a classic rock band, plus a full beer, wine, and liquor bar aboard the Carolina Queen - no two cruises will be the same. Cruises will run from 7 PM - 9:30 PM, with boarding beginning at 6:30 PM at Charleston City Marina. Tickets are available now through Charleston Harbor Tours. Each cruise is ages 21 and over. Pre-cruise gathering at Salty Mike’s from 5-6:30 PM. Don’t forget to bring cash for the bar on the boat!

Saturday, July 13

Memphis 901 FC at Charleston Battery. What as the Charleston Battery, an American professional soccer club based in Charleston, South Carolina, battle the Memphis 901 FC. Kick-off begins at 7:30 PM at the MUSC Health Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive, Charleston, SC.

Sunday, July 14

Second Sunday on King! On the 2nd Sunday of each month from 1 to 5 pm, King Street closes down to all vehicular traffic to celebrate the best shopping, dining, and services the region has to offer. Come on out!!

Monday, July 15

Junior Historian Summer Camp at Middleton Place. Starts today and runs through July 19th from 9 am to 12:15 pm and it is designed for ages 8 and up with a cost of $100/camper. Middleton Place will immerse young people in South Carolina history by introducing them to one of America’s Founding Families and to the daily activities of a working Low Country rice plantation. The Sparking Interest in History summer camp is filled with hands-on activities and demonstrations, and personalized tours and programs specially prepared by the professional staff at Middleton Place National Historic Landmark. The fun and educational programs will provide valuable real-life experience and will inspire the next generation with an interest in history, social studies, science, and art.

Tuesday, July 16

 South Carolina Aquarium. Connect with more than 5,000 amazing animals and learn how you can protect them. Visit two touch tanks for a hands-on experience with stingrays, horseshoe crabs & sea stars. Open daily 9 am to 4 pm.

Wednesday, July 17

West Ashley Farmers Market. Come and buy your local produce between the hours of 3 PM to 7 PM at the West Ashley Farmers Market located at Ackerman Park, 55 Sycamore Avenue, Charleston, SC. This market is held every Wednesday, April 24th – October 2nd.  

Thursday, July 18

JGBCB: Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band. Formed in Athens, GA in 2012, JGBCB has been filling a hole in the Grateful Dead scene by offering up spirited covers of classic songs pulled exclusively from the repertoire of the Jerry Garcia Band, Garcia’s long-running side-project. JGBCB has played shows from Key West to Colorado, exciting audiences with performances of beloved Garcia tunes not found within the traditional Grateful Dead catalog. Catch them tonight at The Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy,  Charleston. Doors open at 8:30 PM and the show starts at 9:30 PM.

Friday, July 19

Daniel Island Food Truck Fridays. The Daniel Island POA has scheduled rotating food truck and sweet treat vendors to be parked at the Edgefield Park Pool and Crow’s Nest from 5 PM – 8 PM on Fridays. Food Truck Friday’s will take place every Friday beginning Memorial Day weekend and continuing through Labor Day weekend, weather permitting. Tonight’s is by Braised in the South and Trolly Dolly Treats.

Saturday, July 20

Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival. This family-friendly event celebrates Caribbean food, culture, and music - features a "Jerk Wing Eating Contest." It is located at Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston and the hours are 6 pm to 11 pm.

Sunday, July 21

 The Charleston Variety Show. Charleston’s Musical Variety Spectacular is all new for 2019 and features the very best in Pop, Rock, Country, and Broadway! Location: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston. Doors open at 6 PM and the show starts at 7 PM.  

Monday, July 22

Naturalists Adventure Day Camp. Experience Nature and the Outdoors with a Focus on Fun and Learning. Day Camp runs from July 22nd through July 26th from 9 am to 3 pm. This day camp is for ages 7 to 12 and the cost is $350 with siblings costing $325. The camp will spend each day of the week in a different location. Whether it’s taking a boat ride to Capers Island for a day of exploration and beachcombing or ziplining through the trees, this camp is a great way to unplug your child. There will be new experiences and new friends to encourage your child to step out of the box and into a wondrous adventure.

Tuesday, July 23

Spirits of Magnolia Cemetery Tour. Located at 18 Anson Street, Charleston, SC. The Spirits of Magnolia Cemetery Tour gives you exclusive access to Charleston’s most hauntingly beautiful Victorian burial grounds. This nighttime tour is the first official walking tour of the historic site, previously off-limits to commercial tour companies. The 90-minute walking tours promise the best of Magnolia’s history, mystery, and spirits. You’ll hear startling stories such as an unsolved murdered socialite, an outraged politician that ordered his butler’s execution and scandalous tragedies that are never told in history books.

Wednesday, July 24

Lee Barbour Trio. The Lee Barbour Trio will showcase their technical mastery and unique explorations on July 24 at the Art of Jazz concert series! Location is at the Gibbes Museum at 135 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC from 6 to 7 pm.

Thursday, July 25

Annual Blues and BBQ Harbor Cruise. Join the Lowcountry Buckeyes for our Annual Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise on the Carolina Queen. Event details Boarding is at 6:30 p.m. Cost $41 for members, $46 for non-members. RSVP.

Friday, July 26

Charleston Margarita Fest. Take a handful of the Best Margaritas from Charleston’s hottest bars and restaurants, add salt, limes, some friendly competition and what do you have — Charleston Margarita Festival, of course! Get ready for the return of what was one of the most popular cocktail events in the Holy City in 2018. Back and bigger than ever, this sellout event will feature 20+ delicious margaritas to sample, great food, beer, and music! FACEBOOK PAGE

Saturday, July 27

Isle of Palms Beach Run. Strap on your running shoes for a 10K run and 5K beach run or a 5K walk. The youth fun run starts at The Windjammer located at 1008 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC. Late registration is in person, Friday, July 26ht from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm or race day at 7 AM at the Windjammer.

Sunday, July 28

Palmetto Breeze Sangria Sunday. The largest capacity sailing catamaran north of Ft. Lauderdale, PALMETTO BREEZE has two bathrooms and covered cushioned seating. Look for dolphin and shorebirds, and let your cares drift away, while you sail with us! You can even bring a picnic lunch aboard; however, outside beverages are not allowed.

Monday, July 29

Summer Of Potter Film Series: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1. A clash between good and evil awaits as young Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) prepare for a final battle against Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Harry has grown into a steely lad on a mission to rid the world of evil. The friends must search for the Horcruxes that keep the dastardly wizard immortal. Harry and Voldemort meet at Hogwarts Castle for an epic showdown where the forces of darkness may finally meet their match. Location: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston, SC.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, July 30

Night Beach Walk. I know this isn’t technically in Charleston, but it is interesting enough that we’re including it. Worth the short 40-minute drive to Night Heron Park located at Kiawah Island Pkwy, Kiawah Island, SC. Come join a naturalist on an evening beach walk to learn all about the native wildlife including the Loggerhead Sea Turtle! Once the sun sets you will discover a nocturnal world that is very different from the one seen during the day. Listen for owl calls in the maritime forest and spotlight for alligators in a nearby pond on the way back.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. $15/person. Live turtle nesting unlikely. Tour time will vary seasonally with sunset.

Wednesday, July 31

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Charleston. Turn Charleston into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Start when you want and play at your pace.  Find details and Redeem your ticket as a Prepaid Code online at www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com.  

In Closing

We hope you’ve enjoyed our suggestions for events for July and if you need any local advice or real estate assistance please reach out to us, Team Lail – Chambers of Infinity Realty. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers have the know-how and experience to get you into the perfect home.

 

June 21, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Charleston Battery Park

 

There’s a very good reason that Charleston, SC, consistently ranks among the top cities in the world. Natural beauty, incredible architecture, and rich history await around every turn here. If you are looking to explore one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, you must visit Charleston Battery Park! Originally built as a public park, the area was an important part of South Carolina’s defense strategy during the Civil War. Today, it is quite a popular attraction for Charleston residents and tourists alike. Here’s what to expect when you go!

 

Charleston Battery Park is just one of the many gorgeous places you’ll find in the South Carolina Lowcountry. If the Holy City’s timeless charm and epic beauty have inspired you to move here, then call Team Lail-Chambers. We’ll help make sure your home buying experience is seamless. Contact us today, and let us help you find your perfect Charleston home!

 

History of The Battery in Charleston, SC

Built in 1670, Charleston Battery Park is a defensive seawall and promenade along the lower end of the peninsula. It is bordered by the Ashely and Cooper Rivers, overlooking the Charleston Harbor. Large caliber guns were placed along the park during the War of 1812 when the British blockaded the harbor. During the Civil War, the Confederacy placed cannons here to protect against a possible Union invasion. Although these cannons were never fired, they still stand today, reminding visitors of bygone eras.

 

Experience Charleston Battery Park

In addition to its historical background, The Battery in downtown Charleston is one of the most scenic areas in the city. Lined by antebellum mansions and palmetto trees, the promenade is the ideal spot for an afternoon stroll. Take a leisurely walk beside the water and watch the waves crash against the seawall. In the distance, you’ll spot Fort Sumter, the famous locale where the Civil War began. You can also see Castle Pinckney, the USS Yorktown, Fort Moultrie, and Sullivans Island. Make sure to keep an eye out for dolphins! They are likely to be splashing in the harbor.

 

Within the park itself, there are plenty of shady spots for a picnic. At the center of the Battery is White Point Garden, which is named for the bleached oyster shells that cover the ground. This picturesque park is filled with mossy live oaks, historic statues, memorials, cannons, and a whimsical white gazebo. This area - particularly the gazebo - is a popular area for weddings and engagement photos.

 

If you get hungry, a short walk into downtown Charleston leads you to a variety of local restaurants and shops. And best of all, no matter how far away from the Battery you live, it’s always accessible to you. It’s one of the rare locations in the city where parking is completely free! Especially when the weather is warm, there’s no reason not to drive, walk, or bicycle down to Charleston Battery Park!

 

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June 17, 2019

Top 8 Things To Know About King Street

First: King Street is 300 years old and is known as the second most historic streets in Charleston. Meeting Street is ahead of it in this area. In the mid-1700s King street was used as the central passage into and out of Charleston. In the early 19th-century King Street became the retail corridor and commercial center due to the railroad. It hosted high-end retails shops.

Second: Between 2000 and 2009, there was a 20.5-million-dollar revitalization plan that was implemented. Power lines were buried inground, sidewalks were upgraded with bluestone and granite and communication, and gas lines were improved as were stormwater lines.

Third: King Street is now home to the trendiest restaurants, hotels, galleries, and nightlife attracting both the local population as well as the tourists.

Fourth: There are three districts on King Street, and they are Lower King Street which is the Antiques District, Middle King Street which is the Fashion District, and finally, Upper King Street which is known as the Design and Dining District.

Fifth: Lower King Street was the last to undergo the revitalization project. It has been aptly voted as the “Best Antique Shopping in the U.S.” by the readers of Travel & Leisure magazine. A great place to spend your day.

Sixth: Middle King Street runs from Market to Calhoun and has been recognized by Forbes Traveler as the “10 Top Shopping Districts in the USA.”If shopping is your hobby, then Middle King Street is the area you’ll want to get to know.

Seventh: Upper King Street runs from Marion Square to Spring Street. This area is home to the best furnishing retailers and interior design décor in the country. It also is where you’ll find some of the top dining in Charleston. This section of King Street is usually the busiest section.

Eight: There are also several events hosted on King Street and they are the weekly Farmers Market on Saturdays, Second Sundays on King Street, Charleston Fashion Week, Food & Wine Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Southeastern Wildlife Festival, and parades! So much going on!! 

 

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Posted in Charleston history
June 11, 2019

Why You Need to Experience a Charleston RiverDogs Game

Why you need to see a Charleston RiverDogs game

 

Watching a RiverDogs game at The Joe isn’t just an experience; it’s a right of passage here in Charleston, South Carolina! Not your average ball game, the Charleston RiverDogs always put on a spectacular performance. When you go, you can expect great food, cold beer, nightly specials, and fun for all ages. If you’re lucky, you may even spot Bill Murray in the crowd! Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for an unforgettable night of baseball.

 

When you live in the Lowcountry, you can attend a Charleston RiverDogs game any time you'd like! If you are just beginning your home search, Team Lail-Chambers can help. Our experienced team of agents is always ready to answer your questions about local attractions, communities, and the current housing market. Give us a call today to chat about your real estate needs. We would love to assist you!

 

About the Charleston RiverDogs

The Charleston RiverDogs are a popular minor league baseball team that plays in the Class Single-A South Atlantic League. They are also affiliated with the New York Yankees. The team’s home stadium is at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park (The Joe). Located in downtown Charleston near the banks of the Ashley River, the venue itself is quite scenic. The team is owned by Marvin Goldklang, although legendary actor and comedian Bill Murray is also a co-owner. An active supporter of the team, Murray is likely to be in attendance on any given night!

 

The season always kicks off in April and runs through September, and Charleston RiverDogs tickets can be purchased at the stadium or online. You can find the current Charleston RiverDogs roster and 2019 schedule on their website.

 

What to Expect at a Charleston RiverDogs Game

1. Great Food and Drinks

While hot dogs and cold beer are baseball essentials, the concession stands at The Joe take it a step further with a unique Lowcountry flair. Make sure to try the RiverDog, a hot dog loaded with coleslaw, mustard BBQ sauce and pickled okra. Other popular menu items include brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, she-crab soup, chicken and waffle bowls, and alligator sausage with Cajun remoulade. However, these are just a few of the mouthwatering selections offered! Baseball staples like boiled peanuts, hot dogs, and funnel cakes are also available.

In addition to excellent food, you can find a great variety of beer and spiked seltzers here. Order a local draft beer, try a boozy beer milkshake, or select your favorite ice-cold domestic beer. The options are endless!

 

2. Nightly Specials

Another thing that sets this ballpark apart from all the rest is the great nightly specials. On Mondays, you can enjoy $1 beers at the Ashley View Pub. Visit on a Tuesday to 2-for-1 ticket specials and discounts on select craft beer. Wednesdays are “Seniors Eat Free” nights, Saturdays are “Giveaway Nights,” and Sundays are “Family Nights.” If you are attending on a Thursday, enjoy $1 drink and food specials and great music provided by DJ Natty Heavy. And if you have children, they’ll love watching the colorful fireworks display after the game on Friday night. Fans who wear red on Fridays can also enjoy a $1 on admission. Check out their website to see a complete list of Charleston RiverDogs events and promotions!

 

3. Family-Friendly Fun

Most importantly, a RiverDogs game offers fun for all ages. Whether you’re planning a casual date with your special someone, a night out with the guys (or gals), or a fun family outing, there is something for everyone here! Families, especially, will love all of the fun activities offered on Sundays at The Joe. From free parking and “Kids Eat Free” to Reading with the RiverDogs and a pre-game catch on the field, this might just become your new weekly tradition. Make sure to stay until the end of the game for autographs from the players, coaches, and mascots!

 

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June 10, 2019

The Most Iconic Type of Architecture in Charleston, SC

 Charles Graves House via Wikipedia

Established around the 1700s or so is where you’ll first find the Single House style of architecture coming into existence. It is an adaptation of the Row House and has features which we should discuss.

Climate. The warm and muggy climate called for solutions. Architects built homes that would answer this problem, and in the Single House style, you’ll find these features that speak to that issue.

1. Tall ceilings so the air could circulate more efficiently.

2. More southern or western facing windows as that’s where the direction of the breeze.

3. Piazzas were not found typically on the earlier Single Houses. They appeared later on. This feature provided an answer to the heat that came from the southern facing windows, and it caught the refreshing sea breeze as well.

Lot Size. The lots in Charleston were laid out early, and as they were long and narrow, the style of the Single House was an easy solution. They would typically be built along one edge of a property, leaving a carriageway along the opposite side of a narrow lot. The Single House was built tall and skinny, and the skinny side was always facing the street, which created a pleasing vertically proportioned viewpoint. The windows are also typically tall and skinny, and the whole result is very pleasing to the eye.

Community. Arguably whether the intention was there or not, the Single House design welcomes a warm embrace with the surrounding community. The piazzas, the orientation of the Single House layout on the lot lends a welcoming vibe that comes from this particular type of residential architecture.

Floor Plan. A front door was typically placed on the long side of the house at about halfway along the street facing side. This door would open onto a short central hall with a staircase. There would be one room on each side of the hallway. One would be on the street side, and another would be toward the rear of the house. The result is a building which was only one room wide when viewed from the street, and this was where the famous name came about. Each floor contained two rooms, and the floorplan was duplicated on each upper level.

Variety of Styles. There are quite a variety of styles when it comes to this particular design. They come in 2 – 2 ½ - 3 – 3 ½ - 4 – 4 ½ and the exterior could be brick or wood, and the overall styles could be Victorian or Federal. We think this makes these type of homes unique and special to the owners.

There are a few historic Single Houses which are worth mentioning for those who might like to dive deeper into this type of architecture.

1. The Thomas Legare House, ca 1759. A remarkable case of an early Georgian style Charleston single house adjusted to the thin parcel obtained in 1752. In 1816 an adjacent house was demolished to give space to the walled greenhouse and rich Regency piazzas.

2. The Charles Graves House at 123 Tradd Street, Charleston, South Carolina. A truly classic example of a single house, with its narrow end facing the street, a false front door screen, a piazza, and an actual front door halfway along the longer side of the house.

3. The Ann Peacock House, built ca. 1760. The front portion of this Charleston Single House was built on part of the original lots in the Grand Model of Charles Towne.

4. The Douxsaint House, part of the Grand Model, a Charleston single house of French type construction appears to have been built in the mid-1700s and is one of the two houses in its block that escaped the Great Fire of 1775.

Examples - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charleston_single_house

Also, take a Historic Homes Walk yourself to really get a feel for Charleston.

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Posted in Charleston history
June 9, 2019

5 of the Best Ways to Learn About Charleston History

Learn all about Charleston history!

Charleston history is as interesting and colorful as the homes along Rainbow Row! Founded in 1670, this incredible city has weathered major battles, natural disasters, and social revolutions - all while keeping its unique charm and beauty. From the cobblestone streets and antebellum mansions to centuries-old plantations, there are so many fascinating places to explore here. Whether you are a newcomer or have lived here your entire life, here are some great tips for learning more about our city’s unique past.

 

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn about Charleston history when you move to the Lowcountry. If you are considering relocating the Holy City, contact Team Lail-Chambers. Our experienced team of agents would love to help you find your dream home!

 

How to Learn About Charleston History

 

1. Take a Sightseeing Tour

A downtown Charleston history tour is a great way to see all of the incredible architecture, attractions, and historic landmarks in the city. Take a step back in time with a guided walking tour, boat tour, horse-drawn carriage tour, or even a spooky ghost tour! Your experienced guide will point out all of the main sights while informing you about Charleston history, fun facts, and local folklore. Plus, this is a great way to get a general overview of the area within a short period of time.

 

2. Tour a Plantation

If you would like to delve even deeper into Charleston history, take a plantation tour! Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark, is a wonderful place to start. Tour the South Flanker of the House Museum and learn about the influential families who lived there for more than three generations. Then, wander through the gorgeous landscaped gardens, the old slave quarters, and the stable yards. Afterward, make sure to visit nearby Drayton Hall or Magnolia Plantation. Other points of interest include McLeod Plantation Historic Site, Boone Hall, Lowndes Grove, and the Charleston Tea Plantation.

 

3. Visit a Museum

As one of the most historic cities in America, Charleston is home to several world-class museums. You could easily spend days wandering through the interactive galleries at the South Carolina Historical Society Museum. Take an exciting journey back in time as you explore 6 exhibits and cover more than 350 years of South Carolina history. The Charleston Museum is another wonderful place to learn about colonial Charleston. Take your time browsing the natural history gallery, the Civil War exhibit, the Loeblein Gallery of Charleston Silver, or the interactive children's’ exhibits. Are you interested in learning about the history of slavery in South Carolina? A visit to the Old Slave Mart Museum is an absolute must! While there are too many amazing museums to count, here are some more great recommendations:

 

4. Explore a Historic Site

In addition to museums and plantations, the Holy City boasts a variety of national monuments and iconic landmarks. Visit Fort Moultrie and discover why it inspired South Carolina’s flag and nickname as the “Palmetto State.” Then, take a boat ride out to Fort Sumter and stand on the same ground where the Confederacy opened fire on the Union during the Civil War. And don’t forget to see the H. L. Hunley, which was the first submarine to sink an enemy ship during the Civil War! Other not-to-be-missed sites include the USS Yorktown, Charleston Battery Park, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, Charles Towne Landing, Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, and the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site.

 

5. Tour an Antebellum Mansion

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step inside a historic Southern mansion? Charleston is full of beautiful homes, and some of them even offer daily tours! When you visit the Nathaniel-Russell House, you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled to a previous era from the moment you walk through the door. This spectacular house museum is full of incredible architecture, a three-story winding staircase, and grand works of art. The Heyward-Washington House is another must-see attraction. At one time, this residence was home to Thomas Heyward Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence. This was also where George Washington stayed during his visit to the city!

After you visit these two incredible mansions, check out these other great Charleston home tours:

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Posted in Charleston history
June 3, 2019

Bookmark This List of Charleston Area Farmers Markets!!

Walking through a Farmers Market in the early part of the day is an experience like no other. Surrounded by fresh produce, food, and in some cases, live entertainment enlivens anyone. We’re going to begin our list of Charleston Area Farmers Markets with a VERY popular one, and that is the Charleston Farmers Market.

 

1.    Charleston Farmers Market. Location:  Marion Square, 329 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403. Time: Every Saturday from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Running April 13th – November 30th, 2019 and during the Holiday Market: December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22.

The Charleston Farmers Market was founded in 1989. This particular Farmer's Market has won multiple awards over the years such as in 2005, the Three Sisters Award from the Charleston Save the City Committee. In 2008, the Charleston Farmers Market was ranked as one of the top “10 Best Farmers Markets in the Nation” by Travel & Leisure Magazine and in the Charleston City Paper the Reader’s Poll, “Best of,” the Charleston Farmers Market was named “Best Outdoor Event” for 2010, 2011, 2012 and named “Best Outdoor Event” and “Best Attraction” for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018!! Phew!! That’s a lot of recognition, right?! So, this is why this particular Farmer’s Market is on the top of our list!!

The Charleston Farmers Market is open every Saturday and runs from April through the end of November. Additional markets are held on Sundays during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in May and June as well as Saturdays and Sundays in December for the Holiday Market. You’ll discover local Lowcountry farmers, growers, prepared/packaged food, artisans, crafters, live performers, and community groups and activities. There’s an abundance of local produce, plants, herbs, and cut flowers as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans.

Not only are the locals drawn to this specific Farmers Market, but the tourists are as well. There’s a community connection that brings people together from all parts of the Lowcountry and beyond. Believe us when we tell you this is one Farmers Market you won’t want to miss!!

 

Now we’ll continue with a simple list of additional Farmers Markets you may wish to check out.

1.    The Workshop – 1503 King Street, Charleston, SC – Every Saturday from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Year-Round – Indoor)

2.    Lowcountry Farmer’s Market at Tanger Outlets – 4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29418 – Every Saturday at 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (March 16th – December 29th, 2019)

3.    West Ashley Farmer’s Market – Ackerman Park, 55 Sycamore Avenue, West Ashley, SC – Every Wednesday from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

4.    Hanahan Farmer’s Market – 1601 Eagle Landing Blvd, Hanahan, SC – Thursdays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

5.    Folly Beach Farmer’s Market – Folly River Park, Folly Beach, SC – Every Monday from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

6.    John’s Island Farmer’s Market – 2024 Academy Road, John’s Island, SC – Every Saturday year-round from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

7.    James Island Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market – 1977 Maybank Highway (Behind The Pour House), James Island, SC – Every Sunday from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

8.    Isle of Palms Farmer’s Market – 1 14th Avenue, Isle of Palms, South Carolina 29451 – Every Thursday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

9.    James Island Farmers Market – The Town Market on James Island – 871 Fort Johnson Rd (The James Island Youth Soccer Club Fields) Year-round – Every Saturday 9:00 AM -1:00 PM

10.    Daniel Island Farmer’s Market – Seven Farms Drive (In Front of Volvo Cup Arena) – Every Thursday with a morning and afternoon market. Morning Market runs from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and the Afternoon Market runs from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM through August 31st.

11.    Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market – Farmers Market Pavilion, 645 Coleman Boulevard (Moultrie Middle School), Mount Pleasant, SC – Every Tuesday from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM

12.    North Charleston Farmer’s Market – Felix C Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle, North Charleston, SC – Every Thursday from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

13.    Sullivan’s Island Farmer’s Market – J. Marshall Stith Park (2050 Middle Street)) – Every Thursday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – April 4th – June 27th

 

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