Sweet baby James

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Writing

SWEET BABY JAMES Rag + Bone Gunmetal boots. Givenchy distressed tote. And a Theodosia delicate pendant necklace (you know, for a local touch). Stacy Smallwood looks damn good. Especially for having just had her second baby. Give a warm welcome to the newest addition to the Hampden family, named JAMES, Stacy’s designer accessory boutique, conveniently […]

Pocket Poetry

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Writing
Pocket Poetry

Meet Marcus. Actually, wait. You know Marcus. Marcus Amaker. Charleston’s prized poet. Dude with dreads riding his bike. Sexy black man. Designer/musician/Prince fanatic. Yeah, you know him. But we want to re-introduce you, because he’s saying goodbye. Panic not. We mean he’s letting go of his older poems and transitioning into a new phase of […]

Band Meets World

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Writing

BAND MEETS WORLD It’s the classic coming-of-age story: Boy seeks adventure. Boy enters world. Boy gains experience. Boy becomes man. In this case, the world is Charleston and it’s not one boy, but six rockers of local indie groove-based-rock-reggae-jam band Long Miles, who are about to show everybody they’re ready to be taken seriously. But first […]

Healthcare solved

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Writing

HEALTHCARE SOLVED Charleston, call your health insurance company. You’re switching to a new plan. Okay, wait. Hold onto the in-case-an-ambulance-hits-you-in-which-case-ask-them-for-a-ride-because-that’s-a-lot-of-blood coverage. But everything else can go. Here is your most affordable, accessible, integrative insurance policy: Oné Respé. You don’t need much convincing to get a massage, but you schedule them erratically, like when you realize […]

I have a dream, you have a laugh

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Writing

OK, so a Filipino, a black guy and a white guy walk into a bar… No. This isn’t going to end well. Let’s leave the jokes to the professionals. Like Neil Bansil. He may “sound white” on the radio (which people always told him), but he’s not. He’s Filipino-Canadian-American and he’s going to change how […]

One Hand Wonder

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Writing

We’ve all been there. You’re at a get-together at someone’s house. The host opens your beer so swiftly and ninja-like, you’re not even sure what just happened. It’s the coolest bottle opener you’ve seen to date, and you’ve seen a lot. It becomes the topic of the party, and you have to have one of […]

Flower Power

Posted by on Nov 26, 2011 in Writing

FLOWER POWER Don’t take this personally. But your last few parties have been missing…something. No, not a 50 Shades of Grey read-aloud. Although you should definitely do that. We’re talking about flowers. We know you’ve heard of them. You can even name a few: roses, daisies, those ones that are big and yellow and smell good. And […]

Quick Bite: Hog Wild

Posted by on Nov 26, 2011 in Writing

Bacon is everywhere these days—from chocolate to cupcakes, mayonnaise (aka Baconnaisse) to gumballs. And while some of these infusions make you go “huh?,” others make perfectly delicious sense. Take the BLT Bloody Mary at Charleston’s newest burger joint/ping-pong bar, Ho¯M. “I’ve been experimenting with this mix for a long time,” says the restaurant’s beverage consultant, […]

Quick Bite: Sun Catcher

Posted by on Nov 26, 2011 in Writing

In Italy, an osteria is a place where the owner “hosts” people. That was exactly what Charleston restaurateur Massimiliano Sarrocchi and his wife, Natasha, wanted to do in their latest concept, Osteria la Bottiglia. Modeled after a centuries-old restaurant in Rome, its wine-cellar atmosphere and regional recipes welcome guests to kick back and truly do […]

Quick Bite: Muy Caliente

Posted by on Nov 26, 2011 in Writing

Jasmine Beck wants to rock your cocktail world. For years, the award-winning bartender has been mixing bold style and a love of spices into her liquid creations. “At O-Ku, chef Sean Park introduced me to new ingredients, and I was given creative freedom to play with flavors,” she says. That freedom unleashed a torrent of […]