Welcome Ooh! Happy Day!
Out of Hand is excited to expand and add “Ooh! Happy Day!” to our business.
Ooh! Happy Day is a “marriage” (pun intended) of our retail space, and our wedding coordinating business, Ooh! Events. While you will find beautiful bridesmaids gifts and wedding welcome bag inspiration, you can also meet with our talented florists to get inspirations flowing for your event or wedding! The rest of the store also received a facelift: Out of the Garden now offers a wider variety of gifts, including exclusive Charleston leather goods, delicious smelling candles, and beautifully potted plants. Ooh! Beautiful now resides in the front of Out of Hand. It is now easier to see beauty products and get a little makeup “touch up” while trying on a new outfit! Things that haven’t changed? Unique products, smiling faces, and our commitment to ensure our customers have the best experience shopping with us!
Located at 113 Pitt St, or visit online at ShopOutOfHand.com
AVERAGE SALES PRICE IN THE OLD VILLAGE/ OLD MT PLEASANT, FROM 2001-2016, PER THE CHARLESTON MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE
The US housing market seems unstoppable, and our neighborhood is no exception. Prices continue to rise, demand is strong, inventory is tight, interest rates are low and new construction is in full force.
Sales prices in the Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant are at an all time high, with the average sales price reaching $685,000 in 2015 and a staggering $743,000 in 2016. That is a considerable jump from $455,000 in 2014. Not to mention that price has more than doubled from the 2001 average of $370,000. These stats show a solid investment market based on a steady increase over a long period of time.
So what does it all mean?
For sellers, it all sounds good, right? But pricing your home accurately is still the key. The average “Days On Market” for homes sold in the OV/ Old Mt. P was 64 in 2016 and 65 in 2015. When a home is priced under market value, multiple offers typically happen and can drive the sales price up. And if priced over market value, the home will sit on the market with little to no activity after about 120 days.
For Buyers? According to Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke, of Realtor.com, “Buyers who are able to land the home of their dreams can reassure themselves that their investment is likely to be a solid one—especially in our hottest markets, where homes are selling fastest and there’s the most demand.”
I always say it’s best to watch the market on a local level, and watch the prices over a long period of time. And when you are ready to buy or sell, it’s imperative to team up with a savvy REALTOR® who understands your market. If I can help you, please let me know. To see all homes for sale, visit http://www.SearchOldVillage.
Looking for something to do on Sunday, April 30th? I have the perfect Sunday Funday for you!
The 30th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival is right around the corner, and it is so much fun! Held at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, the festival pays tribute to Mount Pleasant’s local shrimping and fishing industry, offering a boat parade, live music, craft show and lots of free activities with the picturesque Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop! It doesn’t get much better than this!
There will be limited parking available at Memorial Waterfront Park so for easiest access, park & ride! Two shuttle bus routes will be available offering plenty of convenient and easy offsite parking (buses will have plenty of room for loading up all your festival supplies). Park and ride from the following locations for FREE:
- East Cooper Medical Center, Mullis Building
- James B. Edwards Elementary School
- Moultrie Middle School/Farmers Market Pavilion
- Cheryll Woods-Flowers Sports Complex
Here is the Schedule of Events for the day:
- 11:00 am Saluda Shoals
- 12:30 pm National Anthem, Mayor’s Welcome
- 12:45 pm Blessing Procession on Pier
- 1:00 pm Boat Parade & Blessing of the Fleet
- 2:00 pm East Coast Party Band
- 3:30 pm Shrimp Eating Contest
- 4:00 pm Shag Dance Competition
- 5:00pm Festival Ends
Hope to see you there!
JOIN US FOR OUR 10TH AND FINAL,
OLD VILLAGE HOME, GARDEN & ART TOUR,
APRIL 30, 1-5PM
All good things must come to an end so this will be our final tour. If you have never experienced it, now is your chance! If you’ve visited before, come back to see new properties this year! Tour private homes and lush gardens of the historic Old Village, sample delicious foods offered by local chefs, and view local art. Tickets are $45 and all proceeds support the programs and services of the American Red Cross. To purchase tickets visit redcross.org/schometour or call 843-480-4232
Congrats to Marnie Bluth for being the first person to recognize the sign located at the Patjens Post Office, on the corner of Bank and Royall Ave. Marnie wins a gift card to Brown Fox Coffee. Thanks so much to all of you for participating, keep trying, you just never know when you will be the first with correct answer!
What a great chat with Kim Richardson! He is charming, sweet and genuine! Not only does he love his community and his work, but let’s just face it… Kim is instrumental to the fabric of the Old Village. We are very fortunate to have him!
Q: How and when did you end up owning the Pitt St. Pharmacy?
A: I’ve been here for 22 years and have the great privilege of owning a true “soda fountain pharmacy” which is so rare today! Growing up, my generation would go sit for an ice cream while our parents picked up their medicine. It was a tradition I loved. It was a different perspective than how the world works today, where things are fast paced, the “drive-through mentality.” When I went to pharmacy school, I knew this traditional format was what I wanted, but there were hardly any left. And rightly so! The business model has only a slim chance for success in today’s world since the “soda fountain” is not a profit center. This has forced the “mom and pops” to sell out to the bigger chains. For me, the only way to achieve my dream was for the good Lord to put me at the right spot at the right time and that is exactly what happened! In 1937, Dr. Wattie Zeigler started this pharmacy and here we are celebrating our 80th year. Dr. Zeigler made his living literally with his mortar and pestle! This process is called “compounding” and unlike most pharmacies, we still use this method today. To “compound medicine” means to make unique medicines that are specific for each patient’s individual needs. Individualized medications are not available commercially. This process sets us apart and is the bread and butter of our business. We are one of very few pharmacies that work this way in the Charleston area.
Q: In your opinion, what makes this special? A: This is “Mayberry!” Families shop here and we have created a real sense of community! Kids hang out after school and order a hand-made grilled cheese sandwich or Coke-Float and are able to charge it to their “account.” Compounding medicine is what sustains our business, but our soda fountain is what makes us special. It gives us notoriety, and we have been featured in newspapers, TV shows and movies!
Q: I know you take pride in community service. Talk to me about your recent mission trips.
A: I feel blessed to be where I am, and with that comes my responsibility to “give back.” I grew up in the days of “service to my community” and I continue that today. We are proud to participate in Medical Mission Trips through the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church. We take huge totes of medications to rural areas of Honduras where they literally have no hospitals, doctor care or even medicine. We go with a team of doctors, nurses, dentists and more to a little community of 200 people and help in any way we can. I feel blessed to have this opportunity! Locally we support Camp Happy Days by providing all the medical supplies they need for their camp and we are a sponsor for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as well as many other local organizations.
Visit Pitt St. Pharmacy at 111 Pitt Street or check them out at PittStreetPharmacy.com