New Restaurant: NICO

Chef Nico Romo, formerly of Fish Restaurant, is coming to the neighborhood!

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Featuring delicious seafood and casual French cuisine, Chef Romo and his team will be opening Nico at 201 Coleman Blvd (the Old Sette building) this Spring!

Keep your eye out for more information, or follow him on Facebook.

I can’t wait to try this new restaurant!

 

Red Drum: Your Neighborhood Spot

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Did you know Red Drum Restaurant and Bar offers Happy Hour Monday -Friday from 4-7pm with a tasty bar menu, local seafood, drink specials, craft beers and wines?

Mondays are Taco Night.

On Tuesdays, you can enjoy 1/2 priced bottled wine.

Wednesdays are Burger Night.

On Thursday, Red Drum features wine by the glass for $3.

Locally owned and operated, you will love the staff and their “neighborhood bar” atmosphere.   Be sure to pop in or check them out at RedDrumRestaurant.com or follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Blessing of the Fleet

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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!

Old Village Home, Garden and Art Tour

JOIN US FOR OUR 10TH AND FINAL,

OLD VILLAGE HOME, GARDEN & ART TOUR,

APRIL 30, 1-5PM      

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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

Meet Kim Richardson, Owner of the Pitt St Pharmacy

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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Visit Pitt St. Pharmacy at 111 Pitt Street or check them out at PittStreetPharmacy.com

Shrimp And Grits! My Charleston Love!

While selling homes, I am typically asked “What do you like most about Charleston?”  The answer is easy….Shrimp and Grits!   And while many folks have their own twist on this classic, this recipe is an oldie but a goodie!  I had to share…..
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Ladies Luncheon at Tavern & Table on Shem Creek!

I recently attended a Ladies Luncheon at Tavern & Table on Shem Creek and we had so much fun, that I was inspired to share our favorite menu items!

MUST HAVE APPS!                     

FIRE ROASTED OYSTERS: In a word? Obsessed! A burst of robust flavor comes from a unique combination of sesame seeds, spinach and ginger aioli, making this our number 1 pick of must try items!

LOBSTER & CREAM CHEESE WONTONS:   A generous amount of lobster and cream cheese wrapped in a light, crisp wonton that are “melt-in-your mouth” delicious. Accented with red pepper jelly, yum!

SHRIMP BEIGNETS: Served with remoulade. They are crispy, flavorful and delicious! Perfect for sharing.

EXPERIENCE THE DAILY!  

DAILY TOAST: We sampled many drinks, and our favorites were the STRAWBERRY BLONDE (Prosecco, Vodka, Elderflower and in-house strawberry puree) and the GRAPEFRUIT ROSEMARY COLLINS. And did you know they make their own MOONSHINE? Try their Daily Toast for a totally refreshing seasonal cocktail option!

DAILY BREAD: We enjoyed the CARMALIZED ONION & POTATO FLATBREAD WITH TRUFFLE CREAM, and although this was a daily special, T&T’s BRICK OVEN FLATBREADS come in variety of delicious combinations and can be enjoyed by all ages. I’ll definitely will be sampling another one on my next visit.

DAILY GRIND: It’s different every day, from lamb burgers to meatball marinara. Their in-house grind is a mix of certified Angus chuck, brisket and short rib!

 SHOW STOPPERS!      

 “BURNT END” MAC & CHEESE: We agreed that this was tied for number 1! Here is how we summed up this unique take on a common dish: White Cheddar + Smoked Gouda + Fontina + BBQ Brisket + Fat Macaroni = HEAVEN!                                                                                                                                             SHRIMP & GRITS: Between the 7 of us we have 200+ years of Shrimp & Grits experience, and we were all in agreement: this dish rocks! Creamy grits perfectly paired with chorizo sausage and shrimp. Delightful!                                                                                                                                                                 HOUSEMADE CHARCUTERIE: A variety of meats/pate and hard/soft cheeses- paired perfectly and cured in-house. We enjoyed the Spanish Cheese, Soppressata, and pickled green strawberries.

WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT DESSERT?    

 SALTED CARAMEL PANNA COTTA is a sweet and salty dream!

Be sure to give T&T a try and tell them Jackie sent you! As for me, I can’t wait for my next visit….We would like thank our waiter Scott Eckstein, who was experienced, efficient and entertaining! Also, thanks to Manager Jeff Condon, Exec. Chef Katie Lorenzen-Smith and Owner, Dianne Crowley. Y’all have truly created something special in our own backyard!

Be sure to check them out at TavernAndTable.com

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