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!

 

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

Happenings Around Town

Some great events are right around the corner, including my fave… the Cooper River Bridge Run!  When you live in the Old Village, you might as well get up and run the bridge.  We all know we cannot sleep through the sounds of the 40,000 people as they start their journey down Coleman Blvd!  See you there!

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Southeastern Wildlife Exposition :: February 17-19 

SEWE is a 3-day celebration of wildlife and nature. It is the largest event of its kind in the country. How lucky for us that it makes Charleston its home!

Click here  for more information and to see all the events that will be going on around town. This is such a fun weekend for the entire family!

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Charleston Food + Wine Festival :: March 1-5, 2017

Charleston Wine + Food Festival is a non-profit organization that celebrates the incredible food culture we have here in Charleston. It is a 5-day festival offering more than 100 events featuring the country’s top chefs, winemakers, beverage experts, storytellers, artisans, and more!

Click here for details!

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Cooper River Bridge Run :: April 1, 2017

This event needs no introduction!  With up to 40,000 participants, The Cooper River Bridge Run is the 3rd largest 10K race in the country! The race starts at 8am on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant and ends at Marion Square in downtown Charleston.

Join me for 40th annual Bridge Run!

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Click here for more information!

Upcoming Events at the “Little Library”

Be sure to visit our neighborhood Library, for fun events and more!

The Village Branch Library is locted at 430 Whilden Street.

♥Valentine’s Day Craft  

Saturday, February 11th at 11am  ::  Come make a card for special person’s in your life.

 


♦ Fairy Tale Day ♦

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Saturday, February 25th at 10:30am  

Celebrate Fairy Tale Day by sharing your favorite story and earn a prize.


 

Adam Gorlitsky! My Inspiration To Move Out Of My Comfort Zone

adam-rewalkMany of you know Adam as the first Paraplegic to walk the Cooper River Bridge Run/Walk, but I know him as an amazing person and friend. Ten years ago while at the wheel of his car, Adam dozed off and ran off the road. He awoke with a devastating outcome… a severed spinal cord and a new reality of life in a wheelchair.

Fast forward to last year when Adam was able to bring home the latest technology, a “ReWalk Exoskeleton” (a battery-pack based unit which he describes as a cross between Iron Man and Avatar). Needless to say, Adam is full steam ahead on this new chapter of his “walking upright” life, and he is committed to bridge the gap between what it means to be disabled and able-bodied.

My path crossed with Adam a few months back, while attending a luncheon at Tavern & Table (which, btw, I love!). Adam was the guest speaker, and little did I know, he would change my life…(well, at least my attitude). About how fortunate my life is, and how determination can help me achieve anything I set my mind to do!

A few weeks later, while at the gym (for the first time in months) I saw Adam and introduced myself.  I told him how he inspired me to up my game.  And next thing I know, his words set a fire in me… “Jackie, I challenge you to do a 1/2 marathon!”  And I, in turn said, “Adam, I challenge you to do the same.”  TOTALLY OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONES!  But we shook hands and on it and started a 24 week training program in preparation for the Walt Disney World Half-Marathon, in January of 2017.

The experience was AMAZING to say the least! And I am so proud of Adam, as he pushed himself to complete parts of the 5K, 10K and Full Marathon.

And what about my experience? I was super nervous for the run, but trained and ready. Then the bad weather came in… thunder and rain… and the Disney execs were forced to cancel the race. I looked at is my “GET OUT OF JAIL FREE” card and was thrilled to be able to skip the run and spend the day at the park with my family!  When I returned home, I was able to complete the Folly Beach “Save The Light” half marathon, and the experience was beyond words.  I would have never thought I could do such a thing, but with Adam’s inspiration, I am now proud to have the coveted “13.1” sticker on the back of my car!  Yeah!

Stay tuned to learn more about Adam and his 1 million steps tour, where he has dedicated himself to he raise money and awareness to help other paraplegics. Super inspiring stuff! Follow his journey at I GOT LEGS: Team Adam: One-Million Steps Tour.