Lifestyle

CHARLESTON’S FIRST ART HOTEL

This spring we stopped by The Vendue (formerly The Vendue Inn), a boutique hotel that, in 2014, completed a multimillion- dollar renovation.

WHERE CUISINE AND HISTORY MEET

Guilds Hollowell, a partner in Charleston Culinary Tours (CCT), offers an amazing fact about the rate at which new restaurants have opened on Upper King Street.

A FRESH TAKE ON FASHION

These days, shopping takes a well-worn track. Walk into any high-end shopping district in any city in the world and you’ll see the same stores touting the same brands.

THE HISTORY OF BOUGAINVILLEA

It should come as no surprise that, because Charleston oozes with history, gardeners from “off”—the local vernacular for people who aren’t from here—want to know about our horticultural heritage.

BUILDING FINANCIAL CONFIDENCE

Sometimes life’s changes come with various financial stresses, compounding an already difficult situation. Charleston native Michelle Ivy Johnson offers a helping hand to those in need of financial guidance and planning for their life’s “new normal.”

NOTHING BUT THE BEST

If there was an Academy Awards for jewelry making, the American Gem Traders Association (AGTA) Spectrum Awards would be it.

THE PLACE TO BE

The first thing you notice about Miss Lulu’s is that it smells good. Not in a perfumy, niceshop kind of way, but in an “I smell really good barbecue” kind of way.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE

In Brevard, North Carolina, a town cradled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the hills are indeed alive with the sounds of music—music by the likes of Mozart, Verdi, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Gershwin and many more of the world’s greatest composers.

EMBRACING ORNAMENTAL FRUIT TREES

Whether you were born with pluff mud in your veins or you’re a recent transplant, odds are that you have been tempted to purchase one of those scraggly, balled and burlapped fruit trees found clustered near grocery store entrances around Easter.

LOUIS YUHASZ: FOUNDER OF LOUIE’S KIDS

In January 2001, Louis Yuhasz’s father died due to complications from obesity. A man who was loved by everyone he knew, his father, affectionately called “Big Louie,” weighed 550 pounds at the time of his death. In his grief, and stung by some humiliating experiences dealing with his father’s health care workers, the younger Yuhasz decided to dedicate himself to creating change one overweight kid at a time.

MOSS HOUSES

The day I drew my first house plans in Spanish moss, I knew I’d discovered the ideal building material.

EAT, PLAY, RIDE

Nestled among the hills in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll find Hotel Domestique, a new luxury getaway located some 30 minutes north of Greenville, South Carolina. Reminiscent of a European country manor, the 13-room inn appeals to guests who want to unwind, enjoy some of the best cuisine in the Southeast and be active for all, or at least part, of their stay.

BOOKS AND THEIR AUTHORS

If you like to read books—and book reviews—you should pick up Art & Craft, Thirty Years on the Literary Beat, a collection of reviews and writer interviews by Bill Thompson, former book review editor at Charleston’s Post and Courier. From 1980 to 2012, Thompson conversed with some of the most distinguished writers of our times.

HAUTE HORLOGERIE

Windsor Jewelers is one of the South’s most exclusive jewelers, carrying luxury brands that are difficult, if not impossible, to find elsewhere in the Carolinas. Founder Rob Simon started his high-end business in 1986 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 2013, he opened a second store in Charlotte, N.C.

SPOLETO 2015

It’s time again for Spoleto Festival USA, which runs May 22 through June 7. This year’s program promises to be as exciting as ever. Artists from across the United States and nine foreign countries will present over 150 performances, to be staged at multiple venues around the city.

OUR FAVORITE THINGS

I’ve come to The Resort Shop at Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island to learn more about what makes this boutique so special to locals and travelers alike. What I found out will surprise you.

FOREVER PRIZED

The sign just inside the door reads, “Browsers Welcome!” It’s not a sign retail customers expect to see inside a jewelry store, but then again, Joint Venture Estate Jewelers isn’t a typical jeweler. In fact, this bustling, full-service jewelry store, located on King Street in the heart of Charleston’s antique district, is one-of-a-kind in the industry.

AN ARTISTIC LEGACY

Lowcountry native Angela Stoneworth learned to create sweetgrass baskets in early childhood while working alongside her grandmother and mother.

JEWELRY AS ART

If there’s something that is not inspiring or inspired about goldsmith Michael Corneau, it’s not readily apparent. His transformation from architectural and interior designer to acclaimed custom jewelry designer is a perfect illustration.

FINDING A NICHE

After a quick browse through Vivi & Kate, a brand new Mount Pleasant boutique, you’d never guess that general manager Elizabeth Raub’s first calling wasn’t fashion.