Old Village Holiday Street Fest- Saturday, Dec 3rd from 2-8pm

This outdoor holiday market takes place in front on the Pitt Street Pharmacy (111 Pitt St) and supports local small makers including 40+ artisans and purveyors showcasing a variety of unique gifts including baked goods, jewelry, women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, cookware, stationary, art, and more.

The event is hosted by Basic Projects and Out of Hand and promises a day filled with holiday shopping, live entertainment, food, libations, revelry, family fun, and more.

Please note: Vendors will be open between 2-6pm. Parking is limited, so please rideshare when possible. Click here for more information on this fun event!


Gala Cafe and Bakery

Gala Cafe & Bakery (123 Pitt St) is the place to be if you are craving chocolate mousse cake and coffee! Or, how about a Chicken Cranberry Panini, or Salted Caramel Martini? And if you need help with your Thanksgiving Day Desserts, be sure to check out their delicious options by clicking here.

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In addition to our in-house offerings, Gala specializes in wedding cakes, specialty cakes, and mini desserts. Jaclyn Story, the owner and executive chef has a true passion for baking and creating works of art!

Meet Certified Personal Trainer/Coach Emmett Morgan

Looking to propel your strength and mobility routine? Emmett from Defining Moment Fitness can help!

Emmett was born and raised in Mt Pleasant SC. He is a husband to his bride of 20 years, Theresa, and father to a high school daughter. After graduating from the College of Charleston, Emmett was a banker and financial planner. In 2004, Emmett answered the call into ministry and became the Area Director for the Lowcountry Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 2015, Emmett began coaching small group fitness classes at Seacoast Church.

At this time, Emmett received his certification as a Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He also is a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist through NASM. Emmett’s passion is in helping people age well – maintaining their strength, mobility, and functionality. Emmett began his fitness journey as a “fluffy” 14 year old. He knows all the stigmas that are attached to being overweight. He also knows how much better he feels, mentally and physically, to be fit and he wants that for everyone. Emmett specializes in working with more mature clients helping them to maintain age well and maintain or improve their fitness level.  He also works with  high school and college athletes for sport specific workouts including volleyball,  swimming, and baseball. 

Defining Moment Fitness will be hosting a client appreciation event Friday Dec 2 from 5-7 at their studio located at 912 Johnnie Dodds Blvd to introduce their newest network partner, Made to Move Physical Therapy. Food from Saltwater Cowboys will be available as well as a chance to meet the coaches and tour the studio.  For more info, click here.

Shem Creek Shrimp Boats!

We treasure Shem Creek! The nature and history of this special place can be enjoyed in so many ways, from dining, fishing, boating, paddle boarding, or even relaxing at the pavilion at The Shem Creek Park.

The shrimping industry is a huge part of our community’s history. Click here for the Town of Mount Pleasant Website, which offers a wealth of interesting tid-bits. And below is an excerpt about how the first shrimpers came to call Shem Creek their home:

In 1930, Captain C. Magwood was the first fisherman to bring ocean shrimp into Mount Pleasant. Seven years later, a bridge was built over the creek, and within two decades the first shrimp dock was constructed. After that, Moultrie Fisheries established Shem Creek’s seafood ice manufacturing. Now the support was in place for a strong seafood industry to emerge and shrimping grew into an important harbor industry centered at Shem Creek. In their heyday, seventy shrimp trawlers operated off the docks. By 2011, there were about ten trawlers remaining in the harbor along with a few charter boats.

Today, the creek is best known for its traditional historic charm as a vibrant backdrop for restaurants and bars offering an energetic night scene for the under-thirty crowd. Nevertheless, like generations in the past, modern Mount Pleasant residents value Shem Creek for its constant provision of abundant seafood, transportation, recreation, and employment.

The Fall Tours

*Picture provided by Explore Charleston

If you are following my blog, you probably enjoy looking at homes… So here is an opportunity to explore beyond the garden gates of some of the most beautiful homes in the Holy City! Check out The Preservation Society of Charleston’s Fall Tours by clicking on Explore Charleston’s list of exciting Fall Events! Hope to see you there!

Charleston Real Estate Market Update

The 2022 data for Year to Date Sales in Charleston County indicate a decrease in the amount of homes sold, but a steady increase in pricing over 2021. According to The Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS, closed sales were down about 17% but prices were up about 15% since this time last year. Homes sold quickly in 2022, up 37%, for an average of 17 days vs. 27 days in 2021.

The Real Estate market is local, down to your neighborhood, down to your street. And information about your particular home is best found by a professional, local resource. I specialize in this market, so if I can help answer any questions, please reach out to me at Jackie@TheCassingGroup.com. I am happy to provide expert knowledge based on data and years of experience.

*information above is provided by CTAR and reflects single family homes in Charleston County.

The Pitt Street Bridge!

Pitt Street Bridge

Originally a simple plank and barrel footbridge and later replaced as a trolley bridge, the Pitt Street Bridge is one of the neighborhood’s most prized amenities. Currently known as the Pickett Bridge Recreation Area, this special place features a fishing pier, lovely greenway, paved pathway, park benches, and spectacular harbor views! Insider tip: This is the spot to watch fireworks on July 4th!

Before the Revolutionary War, a plank bridge built on barrels was constructed across the inlet separating Mount Pleasant from Sullivan’s Island. In 1864, the H.L. Hunley crew crossed the footbridge on the way to Breach Inlet to test dive the submarine. A trolley bridge spanned the cove in 1898 and was replaced by a vehicle bridge in 1927 known as Pitt Street Bridge.

Cove Inlet Marker

The H & R Sweet Shop- The Oldest Continually Operated Restaurant In The Country!

The H & R Sweet Shop, which opened in April of 1945, is reported to be the longest continually operating business east of the Cooper, and possibly the oldest continually operating restaurant in the county!  Located at 102 Royall Avenue, The H & R Sweet Shop offers Southern Cooking from timeless family recipes that include fried chicken, pork chops, fried shrimp plus okra soup, red rice and cabbage.  Yum!!!! 

Click here for an article about the restaurant’s rich history! 

Hours of operation: Monday- Friday, 11:30am- 8pm and Saturdays from 12noon- 6pm. Closed on Sundays.