Lifestyle

LIGHTS FANTASTIC

It’s late spring, and I can’t sleep. The woods behind the house are hosting fireflies. Knowing that makes me restless. To squander firefly season seems as heedless as failing to dress out for a meteor shower.
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AUTHOR TERESA BRUCE—A LIFE OF REINVENTION

Beaufort, South Carolina, resident Teresa Bruce has worn many different hats in her lifetime. She’s been an Olympic hopeful, a nomadic traveler, a broadcast journalist and a public relations executive. Most recently, she wears the hat of “accomplished book author.”
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Graceful Gold

There’s a bit of magic that happens when an artisan creates a piece for someone they love.
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Attention-Getting Homes

Matt O’Neill has a gift for seeing beauty in every home—and making sure potential buyers see that beauty as well. As president of Matt O’Neill Real Estate in Mount Pleasant, he and his team have found success in the market, breaking records for selling the most expensive homes in neighborhoods throughout Charleston County. O’Neill says his recipe for selling is simple: It’s a matter of making each house look as marketable as possible.
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Rapturously Received

It’s a little over 100 years ago in Charleston, the Welch & Eason Standard grocery on Meeting Street is selling peaches and pimento cheese, and ladies are shopping for furs at Furchgott’s on King. Just down the block, William “Bill” Croghan has just opened Croghan’s Jewel Box, an engraving and jewelry store, on the skinny side porch of a single house at 308 King St.
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Toast of the Town

Tucked away on Johns Island, off Maybank Highway, sits one of the Charleston area’s newest craft production facilities. Although Carolina Coaster Company has been on the local craft and market scene since 2010, the operation’s recent move from a small 400-square-foot space to a sizable 1,600-square-foot building is evidence of the company’s growing presence in the Lowcountry—and beyond.
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Southern Charm

Marion—population 6,938—is a charming and historic South Carolina town located in the northeastern corner of the state between the Great and Little Pee Dee Rivers. Out of the way? Not at all. Marion’s location—47 miles from the state’s Grand Strand and just two hours from Columbia and Charleston—makes it an ideal getaway for those looking for a bit of Southern charm.
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Double Duty

Whenever my sisters and I whined about it being too hot to move during late-summer’s brain-frying heat, my mother’s response was always to sit down, slowly count to 10 and think pleasant thoughts. My favorite place to do this was deep inside a neglected, shrubby tangle of forsythia and mulberry that grew on our neighbor’s faded 19th-century property.
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STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

Need a source for bow ties with truly distinctive patterns? Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont offers both toned-down and eye-popping designer creations guaranteed to draw attention and praise!
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Mood Maker

You would think that, with the word “colonial” in its name, the new candle retailer on Market and Meeting Streets might have a historical connection to the Holy City.
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Go-To for Gifts

Eight years ago, Terri Wischerath opened a small gift shop in Mt. Pleasant’s Belle Hall Shopping Center. Since then, the shop has been so successful that in 2013 it was named one of the 25 Most Gifted Retailers in the United States. Why the accolades? It has everything to do with the energy and passion of Wischerath and her collaborators—husband, Joe, and daughter, Kelly. They’ve combined their eclectic tastes and uncanny sleuthing abilities to gather merchandise that keeps people coming back season after season.
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FESTIVAL TIME!

It’s time for Spoleto Festival USA 2014, the cultural extravaganza that draws tens of thousands of people to Charleston every year!
Festival director Nigel Redden…

The Show Goes On

The Lowcountry’s world-famous azaleas put on a fabulous show every spring. But, like a sweet dream, they’re gone in the blink of an eye.
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Welcoming the Blues

What do Irving Berlin, the guy who wrote “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” and “Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson have in common? Easy: They all know the power of the bluebird.
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All Things Nautical

Charleston continuously pops up as the nation’s best in everything from good looks to quality of life. So it comes as no surprise that the Holy City is also the perfect spot for a regional in-water boat show.
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Exceptional Designs

For Charleston artist Gabrielle Egan, jewelry isn’t just about sparkles and shine. “Jewelry is a reflection of who we are as individuals, instinctive and natural,” she says. “I create jewelry for women of all ages, styles and personalities.” This unique designer has found a home on lower King Street for her one-of-a-kind semi-precious stone and metalwork jewelry.
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Three-Part Harmony

This fabulous dress that makes me look awesome? Oh, it’s just one of many in a magnificent wardrobe that I put together all by myself,” said no woman ever.
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COASTAL SNOW

A coastal snowfall is an illusion, a fantasy spun by sincere weathermen who send children to bed in highest hopes, usually to rise in abject disappointment.
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TEDXCHARLESTON CURATOR EDITH HOWLE

Edith Howle has been passionate about new ideas since she was a little girl. After a bicultural childhood and a two-decade career advising the biggest companies in the financial industry, Howle now spends her time bringing the internationally known TED brand of conferences to Charleston.
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FOR NATURE LOVERS

The nation’s largest wildlife art and nature event, the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE), will be held in Charleston this year February 14–16.
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