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

HONORING THE PAST

No one ever truly owns an old garden. Caring for one that’s been in existence for centuries— even when no apparent notoriety or historical significance is attached to the property— is a monumental responsibility.

THE FAN MASTER

A visitor from the North recounted, in an anonymous letter in The Hartford Times, how he came across Tobias Scott’s shop on Water Street, near the Battery, in February 1886.

PRESERVING AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY

Some find their passion in life early on, but few can claim to have discovered it at so tender an age as Christina Butler.

A SPECIAL BOTTLE OF BUBBLY

An old bottle of champagne is tucked behind the leftovers in my refrigerator. Over the past 25 years, that green bottle of bubbly with a tattered label and questionable taste has moved with my husband and me from Summerville, South Carolina, to Newport, Rhode Island, to two cities in Virginia.

TEATIME IN CHARLESTON

When the owner-chefs of Twenty Six Divine Tearoom expanded the lunch menu at their cozy, off-the-beaten-path restaurant on Charleston’s upper King Street to offer afternoon tea, they didn’t expect it to take off the way it did.

LOOKING YOUR BEST

Summers in the Lowcountry are healing for the soul, but if you are soaking up the sun at the beach or walking the hot streets of the city, you are definitely not doing your skin any favors.

A BETTER WAY

Dr. Heidi Williams offers patients the latest techniques and technology in liposuction, other elective surgeries and noninvasive procedures. Williams, a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of expertise in head-to-toe plastic surgery and a range of noninvasive procedures, opened her practice in 2002 and the Mount Pleasant Medispa in 2009.

BEAUTY IN THE BREEZE

Air plants (Tillandsia spp.) are much more fun than run-of-themill houseplants. After all, when was the last time you grinned ear to ear or giggled at the sight of an African violet or a peace lily?

AN EXTENDED MUSICAL FAMILY

These days, everyone from a football coach to your stockbroker insists their operation is a “family” affair. But for some, like Mary and Dr. Robert Taylor, the claim is not a cliché.

IT’S ALL RIGHT HERE

The number of people living in the Lowcountry has increased dramatically over the past decade and many new housing communities have emerged. Though it’s hard to find much variety in a world of cookiecutter neighborhoods that offer little more than a few decorative fountains, two communities by Kolter Homes stand above the rest.

CURRENTS

The 42nd annual Spoleto Festival USA is almost here. For 17 days and nights—May 25 to June 10, 2018—artists from around the world will fill Charleston’s theaters, churches and outdoor spaces.

DEDICATED TO HER CLIENTS

“I always put my clients’ needs first,” says Laura McLain, a Charleston-based agent newly affiliated with Carolina One Real Estate. A member of the National Association of Realtors, she offers both a personalized approach to customer service and extensive knowledge of the Lowcountry.

GO-TO GLOBAL

Kelly and Geoff Sigg are new to Charleston, and their boutique, Porter Conrad Jewelry, has been open just a little over a year—but you’d never guess it.

FINDING YOUR INNER JOY

Dance is a language of physicality, movement, expression. And its eloquence is seldom rivaled.

THE ALLEY

Are you familiar with photographic double exposures—composites created when two images are superimposed? Double exposures haunt me every time I bicycle down a narrow alley that leads to what was once my childhood Florida home.

PURE AND NATURAL

The first time I tried RMS Beauty products (“living luminizer,” “lip2cheek” and “smile,” to be specific), a coworker immediately noticed a difference: She said I looked fresh that morning, yet she saw no traces of makeup.

A NATURAL HIGH

Package up fun and adventure, put it on one of the coolest islands on the East Coast, and you have Sealand Adventure Sports in downtown Sullivan’s Island.

ARTISTRY, MASTERY AND INVENTION

It is no coincidence that the resurgence of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) over the past six years has paralleled the growth of one of its most respected members.

A SLICE IN TIME

How often do you get the chance to hold a piece of history in your hands? Museums have strict rules about picking up and touching anything other than their gift shop replicas, and private collectors often keep their prized possessions squirreled away in back rooms for their eyes only.