Lifestyle

NEIGHBORHOOD DARLING

In February of last year, the renovated storefront at 513 King St. that once housed Union Provisions became The Darling Oyster Bar. The transformation came with the kerfuffle of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, so you’ll be forgiven if you missed it

RELAXATION REIMAGINED

When real estate developer and preservationist John Dewberry decided to transform the beleaguered L. Mendel Rivers Federal Building into a destination hotel, located in the heart of the nation’s number one destination city, he infused luxury and quiet restraint into every detail.

CURRENTS

In the heart of historic Charleston, the Belmond Charleston Place is known for its ultra-luxurious accommodations and distinctive Southern-yet-cosmopolitan style. Personally, we find it hard to resist a sunset cocktail on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, a jazzfilled evening at the Charleston Grill or a lemongrass body scrub in the spa.

HISTORY BENEATH THE TARMAC

Charleston International Airport has a French connection, except it has nothing to do with aviation. The next time you’re rolling luggage through the breezeway between surface and deck parking, stop before crossing the street and turn around.

PEARLS: NOW AND FOREVER

When I was born, my grandmother had one perfect, dainty pearl knotted and placed on a golden chain necklace. By the time I’d receive the gift on my 16th birthday, it would look quite different.

ARIA OF AMBITION

One suspects Mary Gould agreed to present the play Emilie earlier this year because its heroine, a Renaissance woman of substance and wit, mirrored her own versatility and commitment.

A GRAIN OF SAND

On a Sunday morning before church, my young daughter appeared in the doorway of my bedroom. She wore cream tights and a dress full of frills and satin and folds of fabric formed for—I think—the sole purpose of twirling in a circle.

SEEING IS BELIEVING

Waring Vision Institute is a leading center for patients who care about optimizing their ability to see.

UPSCALE RETIREMENT LIVING

Adjacent to the Daniel Island Club and nestled among sweeping oak trees overlooking Beresford Creek, is Wellmore of Daniel Island, the first luxury retirement community in Daniel Island.

CURRENTS

What’s New, What’s Happening, What’s Now

A LEGACY IN THE MAKING

America had its fabled Algonquin Round Table of literary leading lights, England its renowned Bloomsbury Group. Now Charleston seeks a new legacy of its own.

HIGH-SPIRITED

Gorgeous new digs are turning heads at one of Charleston’s latest entrants to the downtown restaurant scene, and the menu is getting its share of attention, too.

CLASSIC TIMEPIECES

Mount Everest. The Oval Office. The Moon. Precision timepieces have been to many of the great places in this world and beyond, and luckily for Charleston, they can also be found at M.P. Demetre Jewelers on King Street.

IN SEARCH OF AUTUMN COLOR

Newcomers to Charleston frequently lament that, in spite of its beauty, the Lowcountry lacks spectacular fall color. The thing is, heart-stopping Technicolor does exist here, but our autumn shades consist of subtle layers of innuendo instead of endless masses of vibrant colors.

TRIED AND TRUE

“My parents put their heart and soul into Gold Creations,” Elizabeth Wolfe Hudson says. “Their attention to detail and care was instilled in all of us from a young age. It carries over to everything in our lives. It’s our brand and our legacy.”

FROM CITY TO COUNTRY

Walk into any random building on King Street and you’re bound to find an upscale store that people from all over the country visit for clothing and accessories. But you’ll need to have a little luck if you’re going to find a store as special as Grady Ervin & Co.

YOUR WARDROBE, PERFECTED

How often do you feel inspired when you’re getting dressed? Unless it’s for a special occasion, the answer is probably rarely.

IT’S HOME COURT FOR THURMOND

For Paul R. Thurmond it is not a matter of having new worlds to conquer.

WHAT MY GARDEN WANTS TO BE

I started my garden 25 years ago, and I’m still learning what manner of thing it is. I should have known this would be the case. A painter, I understand that my job is to have an idea, to set to with paints and brushes on the canvas, and then to see where it goes.

SOLE MATES

True style is enduring. That is a rule Janyce McMenamin of RTW Charleston knows well.