Major Hats and Suits! Located at 102 Royall Avenue

Our neighborhood holds so many little gems, and I just happened upon one of our best!  I was so happy to meet Mr. Anthony and visit his store, “Major Hats and Suits” located at 102 Royall Avenue (next to the Sweet Shop).

Mr. Anthony starting selling hats 20+ years ago, after attending church one Sunday and realizing the ladies of our community could benefit from a resource to find a variety of new hats!  Ten years later he opened his shop and has been a trusted source for not only the ladies from church, but for such organizations as The Hat Ladies Of Charleston, The Red Hat Ladies, The Hat Divas and more!

And hats are not all he sells, there is a selection of jewelry and men’s and ladies’ suits on hand as well.  If would like a suit not in stock, Anthony can have one delivered in about 4 days.

Open from 10am-7pm Mon-Sat, the store itself is adorable and features a variety of hats in all colors and styles!  Prices are reasonable, ranging from about $40-$100.   I felt like a kid in a candy shop!  Seriously, it is a really fun place, and wearing a hat can add oodles of flair to your outfit!  And let’s face it ladies, what’s not to love about a new hat for Easter or such fun events as The Charleston Cup?  So be sure to pop in and say hi or “like” his page on Facebook.  Mr. Anthony will be happy to help you with the perfect hat for any occasion!

**This article was originally posted in The 2016 edition of The Village Connection. Big shout-out to Mr. Major, one of my most treasured interviews! Such a delightful man!! xxoo


Old Village/Old Mt. Pleasant Trivia Night at Red Drum- Oct 1st!

It’s back!  And I a so excited for this exciting event!

Grab your friends and test your local knowledge, as I host Old Village/Old Mt. Pleasant Trivia Night at Red Drum Restaurant!

 Oct 1st from 5-6:60pm at Red Drum Restaurant!  Super fun trivia all about our neighborhood and surrounding areas.


Red Drum

Santa Comes To The Old Village TODAY!

Wednesday, Dec. 16 in the Old Village @ G.M. Darby Building
12:30PM – 2:00 PM

Come enjoy Christmas music, games, crafts, jump castle, refreshments, and a visit with Santa. Bring your camera for a photo.  Ho!  Ho!  Ho!

Ages 6 and under. Free event, Sponsored by the Town Of Mount Pleasant Recreation Department.  Click here to RSVP8284230-Laughing-Santa-Claus--Stock-Photo-cartoon[1]

16th Annual Old Village 5K Harbor Run! Sooo Fun!! Nov 14 at 8:30am

My favorite run of the season!  There is no better way to tour the OV, than on foot, and in my case… very, very slowly!  I love this fun run because it is laid back and actually one of the few to welcome dogs and strollers!

The race starts and finishes at Alhambra Hall. And the route is beautiful, as you wind your way down Pitt Street to the Old Bridge.   After the race stay for a while and relax with family and friends enjoying the after party with music and refreshments.  There will be raffles and awards shortly follwing the conclusion of the race.  Awesome!   

This year, the Town of Mount Pleasant Recreation Department is once again teaming up with to help with the race management and event production. Also, the event will have a USATF Certified course with clearly marked mile markers and a clearly marked course. 

And who could forget about this year’s featured artist, Tate Nation, who is returning for his 14th year to provide his iconic Old Village prints for the race winners!

Click here to register and I will see you there! 

tate nation

Look who’s coming to The Old Village May Day Block Party & Market

Please join us for this fun event which is geared towards introducing local biz owners to the community and finding resources in our own back yard, all while having some fun!We have tons of local participants, including artist, jewelers, and more. Activities include games, raffles, art projects and rumor has it, local celebrities will be in the DUNKING BOOTH!  Here are some highlights and we hope to see you on Hibben Street from 2-5pm on Saturday, May 3rd.

The Pickled Palate will be serving their full menu, including Chicken and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya, beer and wine.  In addition, you can enjoy T&T Kettle Corn, The Peanut Dude, Slingers Hot Dogs and The King Of Pops!

Old Village favorites will be on hand such as The Pitt Street Pharmacy, Pitt Street Fitness, Out Of Hand, Old Village Post House and Camp Perri!  Odyssey Board Shop will be there along side of Half-Moon Outfitters.  Artists and jewelry makers include Way Way Allen and Lauriel Sawin.  And I’m so happy to announce that Miss Vera Manigault will be hand making Sweetgrass Baskets!

Shop til you drop at boutiques such as The Rolling Rack, Terri Sokevitz Hand Bags, Vivi & Kate Boutique, Cotton & Pearls Clothing. And spoil yourself at the Charleston Lash & Beauty Bar, Salon V, Aqua Facial and Mercedes Sublime Hair.

Come watch the Karate Demo by Mac Lehman.

Want to explore renovating your home?  Meet Rob Crawford from Renaissance South Construction Company, Pat Kelly with Kelly Builders Carolina, and SMHA. Or learn about mosquito control from the Mosquito Squad!

Get your picture taken by A Back Pack Journalist, or book a trip to Disney with Melissa Peckham Travel Agent with Moments Of Magic Travel.  Win an Old Village Photo by Wes Fredsell, or book Creative Video Design for your next event.

Musician Edward Orr will be performing all of your favorites!

The Cassina Group and Places Real Estate will be hosting fun activities such as a Corn Hole Tournament and Facepainting.  Special thanks to Fox Events for donating time and decorations for the event!  Also thank you to TGI Signs, Highsmith Insurance, The I’On Group, and Manaker, Cippola and Associates! 

Wow, I am getting excited!  See you there!

Old Village May Day Block Party And Market! May 3rd

Mark your calendar for the Old Village May Day Block Party & Market!  

WHO?  Everyone is invited to this fun filled event!  Please help spread the word.

WHAT?  A celebration of local community, business owners, musicians and artists.  Event will feature activities, food, beer & wine, raffles, games, and more!

WHERE?  We will be closing off Hibben Street from Coleman Blvd. down to Whilden Street.

WHY? To showcase the people and things that make the Old Village so special!   As you know, in 2009 our economy was struggling, so the First OV May Day Block Party was created to help business owners gather, get creative, and network in new ways.  The event was a huge success and provided an opportunity to find valuable resources right in our own back yard.  And it is time to do it again!

WHEN?  May 3rd from 2pm-5pm.

MORE INFO TO COME, SO PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD.  If you know of an OV business, artist, musician, etc, who would like to participate, please have them contact me ASAP.  Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.  I am thrilled to be involved in this event, it is going to be great!  Brought to you by Jackie Kelly,  your Village Connection along with The Cassina Group.

Holiday Festivities

Tis’ the season for  delicious meals, football games, family gatherings, and local holiday events!

This year there is no shortage of great family friendly events all over town.

Here is a little summary of some of your choices:

Holiday Festival of Lights 

Nightly through December 31, 2013

5:30-11pm James Island County Park, James Island

City of Charleston Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Market

Saturday, November 30th

4:30pm Marion Square, Charleston

Charleston Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 1

2-4pm Parade starts at Calhoun & meeting, heads down king, and finishes at broad and lockwood.

Holiday Parade of Boats

Saturday,December 7, 2013

5pm Mt. Pleasant,  7pm Downtown

Holiday Market & Craft Show 

Saturday, December 7

11am-4pm Moultrie Middle School, Mt. Pleasant

18th Annual Mt. Pleasant Christmas Light Parade & Tree Lighting 

Sunday, December 8

5:30pm Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant

Happy New Year, Charleston! 

December 31

4-10:30 Pm Marion Square, Charleston.

Old Village 5K Run/Walk, Strollers & Dog Jog

This November, bring your furry friends and Small fry’s to the Old Village 5k Run/Walk! November is always a beautiful time of year here in Charleston, and what better way to enjoy it than with your community strolling around our beautiful neighborhood.  Mark your Calenders, November 9, 2013!

  • Registration will begin in October 2013
  • Alhambra Hall, Old Village
  • Dogs are welcome!
  • Strollers need to start at the back of the pack
  • Kid & Family Friendly Event
  • Military & Town Employee Discount
  • For more information contact Amanda Tallyen at
  • Sponsorship Opportunities contact Brad Eggert at