Lifestyle

STYLE, HER WAY

On the eve of Copper Penny boutique’s 30th anniversary, Charleston Style & Design caught up with founder Penny Vaigneur at home in Mount Pleasant to talk about the demands and rewards of life in the fashion lane.

HEALING AND LONGEVITY

The white cotton waffle-weave robe is delivered as a fresh bundle tied with its own sash. Why the robe, I wonder, for a facial described as “a skin quenching cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants applied using oxygen.” Wouldn’t a drape be enough? But I haven’t yet learned to expect more than is promised.

MOTHER NATURE’S MIDWIFE

Over the past few years, the words “preservation,” “sustainability” and “conservation” have crept into the urban and suburban gardener’s vernacular. To some, this means commonsense good stewardship, to others it conjures up dreadful scenes of weedy vistas dotted with scraggly trees.

MASTERWORK

It seems a shame that I kept the blinds to the front of my apartment closed so much. The window faced the street and my privacy, my sense of decorum, seemed challenged if I opened them. So for the last year and a half I have missed seeing my own private show of spring in the Lowcountry.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID

Plato would have recognized Brian Hicks straightaway as a “gadfly,” the philosopher’s term for someone who provokes the power structure and lampoons foolishness.

SHOWTIME!

This is a big year for Charleston’s internationally renowned Spoleto Festival USA, a showpiece for the performing arts that revs up in late spring. It’s a cultural extravaganza that will have your head spinning with exciting things to take in!

A CENTURY OF BRIDES

Lowcountry brides, take note. If shopping for the most important dress of your life has left you exhausted and discouraged, you should head over to the Charleston Museum for inspiration.

A NEW LOOK

For the past two years, the Gibbes Museum of Art has been closed to the public while it went through a $13.5 million renovation. But on May 28, the Gibbes will reopen, revealing a building with 30 percent more exhibit space and a totally redesigned first floor.

THE END OF ZINN

After 33 years in the Lowcountry, Zinn Rug Gallery in Mount Pleasant is closing its doors. A beloved fixture in Charleston’s Turkish community, owner Nese Zinn is both charming and formidable—traits that have served her well as one of the few women in the rug business.

OLD AND NEW

If William Joseph Croghan, the jeweler and hand-engraver who opened Croghan’s Jewel Box on King Street in 1919, could see his store today, there’s a lot he might recognize.

FASHIONS FOR ANY OCCASION

In 1883 the world was on the verge of enormous change. Thomas Edison was building the world’s first overhead lighting system, and Karl Benz was about to introduce the first gasoline-powered car. It’s also the year that a hardworking European immigrant named Henry Berlin opened Berlins clothing store at the corner of King and Broad.

THE ART OF BEAUTY

Shades of blue—the color of the sea, sky and sunrises—surround you. Soft music blends with the soothing sound of flowing water. Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas offers patients an oasis-like environment.

BE UNIQUE

“Celebrate your uniqueness!” That is the 21st century’s rallying cry for a worldwide movement that encourages people to embrace their individuality and to strive to become exactly who they were meant to be.

JAZZ AGE LUXURY

We had long looked forward to last summer’s opening of The Spectator Hotel in Charleston’s historic French Quarter. Advance publicity suggested that it would be a boutique hotel like no other, inspired by the elegance of the art deco period and dedicated to the highest level of service. This winter, we had the chance to experience it.

A MUSICAL LEGACY

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

EMBRACING WELLNESS

Stephanie Burg, a lifelong professional ballet dancer, knows the importance of nutrition and positive body image.

BEAUTIFUL AND COVETED

Daughtridge’s background is in advertising and PR, although she’s also worked in interior design and retail. And while she’s not a Charlestonian by birth, she’s lived here for more than 20 years. “I fell in love with the city,” she says. “I walk to work, walk to church. I’m very blessed.”

AN INSANELY GOOD EVENING

A good dinner party is a thing of beauty. If you can assemble an inspiring group of people and give them good wine, memorable food and plenty of time to enjoy it all in a beautiful setting, you will have accomplished something magical.

AN ECLECTIC BOUTIQUE

Adornments for women, gear for men—that’s the tagline of Henry & Eva, a Mount Pleasant boutique owned by husband and wife Jeff and Wesley Kennedy.…

A PASSION FOR PROVENANCE

Like a conductor moments before he raises his baton, Jeremy Wooten—gavel in hand—looks out over the auction house filled with treasure, chatter and buyers from…