Lifestyle

MY MOTHER’S STYLE

The ultimate compliment in our family was “you look Italian.” The words pretty, stylish, even stunning carried no weight: Italian was the adjective that mattered.

THE ROAD HOME

In 2016, Jesse Kirchner recovered more than $58 million for homeowners and property owners’ associations that had experienced construction defects. No small feat. But helping his clients is just one of Kirchner’s passions.

THE ARTFUL PALATE

Muse Restaurant & Wine Bar is a celebration of Mediterranean foods and wine—and so much more.

GORGEOUS WEDDING FASHIONS

Mount Pleasant has changed a lot in the past 40 years. What used to be the outer reaches of town is now in the middle. One thing hasn’t changed though. Jean’s Bridal is still a local wedding icon, and has occupied the same two-story white building for decades.

SELLING THE WORLD’S NO. 1 CITY

In a charming Charleston Single House near the Gaillard Center— in a part of town that’s hot with new development—is the downtown office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolina Sun Real Estate.

CURRENTS

For more than 30 years, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) has showcased wildlife and sporting art in Charleston. One of the longest-running events of its kind, SEWE hosts hundreds of artists and wildlife experts who share their skills and knowledge with more than 40,000 attendees from across the country.

A MUSIC FESTIVAL’S VIVID HUES

One of the most celebrated musical figures of the 18th century, Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745–1799), was a renaissance man of African-French heritage. He was an anomaly in his time: a black virtuoso in a sea of white classical musicians and composers.

A UNIQUE STEAKHOUSE

Four years ago Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill quietly opened on Market Street. Though it’s done little advertising, its unusual approach combined with a reputation for remarkable food and flawless service has made it one of the most highly reviewed restaurants in Charleston.

FABULOUSLY FRINGED

FASHION TRENDS

CURRENTS

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

A TOUCH OF CHARLESTON

Classic, high-end gifts that won’t break your budget are not always easy to find. The convenience of shopping at one location for multiple friends and family members comes as a bonus in this busy world. That’s why it’s a pleasure to discover a store like Charleston Collections & Gifts. Here you’ll find thoughtful Lowcountry-inspired gifts in every price range. You’ll also find an extensive selection of items available for purchase online.

THE COMEBACK CONIFER

Once I added flora to my list of curiosities, I was forced to confront the realities of extinction again. Imagine my delight when I learned that a once-thought-to-be extinct tree named Metasequoia glyptostroboides had reappeared on the botanical radar. Fifteen million years ago, dawn redwood grew in many parts of the world, including North America. But until its rediscovery in China during the 1940s, we only knew of dawn redwood’s existence from fossil records.

AFFORDABLE GEMS

When he opened Graffito in October 2011, owner Bill Thomasson understood he needed to be creative to successfully operate a jewelry store in one of Charleston’s premier tourist neighborhoods. He eagerly accepted the challenge.

OVER THE TOP

The last time I caught up with Marshall Simon, owner of Gwynn’s, an upscale shopping mecca in Mount Pleasant, he had just finished helping a client pick out a suit for an outdoor summer wedding. He texted a picture of the young man dressed in a snappy ensemble to his fiancée. She texted back a big thumbs up, and everybody was happy. That kind of customer service is the classic above-and-beyond assistance that’s kept Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant famous for 49 years.

TAKING THE CHALLENGING PATH

Sharon Graci and Rodney Lee Rogers could not have chosen a more appropriate name for their company, PURE Theatre. It’s a name that reflects the best sort of ambition—a striving for pure excellence.

WHEN GRILLING MEETS GRITS

My husband, who doesn’t do recipes, has invented Gribits, another breakfast entrée combining Friday night leftovers with Saturday morning grits.

PERSONAL SERVICE AND A FOCUS ON FIT

If you’ve ever hunted for the perfect jeans, these are magical words: “Beija-Flor jeans are flattering, comfortable and designed to work with a woman’s curves. They’re made in Brazil, but designed by a mother- daughter team in Greenville, South Carolina,” says Elizabeth Raub. “I love them and wear them almost every day.”

OREGON PINOT NOIR

They said it couldn’t be done: grow Pinot Noir in Oregon. They were wrong.

MAKING MAGIC

When you walk into one of the four Wonder Works specialty toy stores in the Lowcountry, you are entering an ecosystem that begins and ends with customers who are a critical part of making magic happen across the country. Every toy, game or book you encounter is brain food, selected to engage children (and adults) in thoughtful play, and each has been molded in some way by the very customers who eventually purchase the products.

A GARDEN REVERIE

My sister tells me she could never understand why she’s drawn to gardens with white-painted rocks along the borders— until recently, when she came across…