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The dog days are (not) over

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Pawsome local dog parks

While the Charleston heat is a completely valid excuse for not leaving your apartment all day– Fido probably thinks otherwise and would prefer to retrieve a ball that isn’t thrown three feet from the couch (although he could do it all day long + be just as content).

Luckily, there are a plethora of pup parks, situated all across the Lowcountry. But before you grab Buddy’s leash, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure a safe + enjoyable experience for both you, and your furry friend.

Here is some basic ‘petiquette’ that any dog owner should know before entering a dog park:
?? Make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinationsThis is a preventative measure that most dog parks require.
?? Stay with your dog at all times, and never leave them unattendedOccasionally, things can get a littleruff.
?? Bring a tennis ball or frisbee (my pooch’s toy of choice), some extra water, and maybe a towel or two in case of muddy paws.
?? Make sure to always clean up after your pet to avoid any angry looks from other owners… and smelly shoes. ??
?? Check that the park you’re visiting has plenty of shade + that water stations are available. If the temps are too high– save the park for a cooler day.
?? Know the signs of heat stroke– like excessive pantingexcessive drooling, dehydration, + rapid heart rate. If you are concerned that your pet might be suffering from heat-related illness– get him/her out of the heat + call your vet immediately.

Read on below to see where you and your four-legged friend can have some doggone fun


Hampton Park | Photo by @growingupcaboose

Hampton Dog Park Run
??30 Mary Murray Dr.
? Mon.- Sun., sunrise to sunset
?? free
?? Offers shade, benches, a water station, plus bags + waste stations
?? Some holes are present in the park– so watch your step


Hazel Parker Playground | Photo by @mulliganissoup, re-posted by @alittletookate

Hazel Parker Playground
??70 E. Bay St.
? Mon.- Sun., sunrise to sunset
?? free
?? Offers shade, benches, a water station, plus bags + waste stations
?? Off-leash is limited to before 9 a.m. + after 6 p.m. during spring through early fall

Wannamaker County Park
??8888 University Blvd., North Charleston
? Mon. 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. // Tues.- Sun., 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.
?? $2 park admission
?? Offers large + small dog areas, shade, and a water station
?? Bring your pup to the Dog Day afternoon at the waterpark on Sept. 9, from 12-5 pm. $12 in advance, $15 at the gate.

Riverfront Park
??1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston
? Mon.- Sun., 6 a.m.- 10 p.m.
?? free
?? The park is fully fenced + near the playground (so if your pup is anti-kid, it’s probably not the best place for them to relax + play)
?? No separation for big + little dogs

Palmetto Island County Park
??444 Needlerush Pkwy., Mt. Pleasant
? Mon.- Sun., 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. (opens at 9 a.m on Wednesdays)
?? $2 park admission
?? Offers large + small dog areas, shade, benches, a water station, plus bags + waste stations
?? Bring your pup to the Dog Day afternoon at the waterpark on Sept. 8, either from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., or from1-3 p.m. $8 in advance, $10 at the gate.

Rifle Range Dog Park
??1559 Rifle Range Rd. Mt. Pleasant
? Sunrise to sunset
?? free
?? Offers large + small dog areas, a water station, + waste bags
?? Shade is limited + bug spray is a must

Ackerman Park
??55 Sycamore Ave., West Ashley
? Mon.- Sun., sunrise to sunset
?? free
?? Offers large + small dogs areas, shade, + a water station
?? There’s a bulletin board for postings about pet sitters, groomers, lost dogs, etc.


Bees Landing Park | Photo by @carolinaandsandy

Bees Landing Recreation Complex
??1590 Ashley Garden Blvd., West Ashley
? Mon.- Sun., sunrise to sunset
?? free
?? Offers large + small dog areas, shade, benches, plus a water station + cleaning station
?? Three gated sections: sunny, shaded, + wetlands (muddy paws are expected)

Lenevar Park
??1305 Lenevar Drive South, West Ashley
? Mon.- Sun., sunrise to sunset
?? free
?? Great space for off-leash exercise
?? Jog on the trail around the park with your pup on-leash


Dog Park at James Island County Park | Photo by @southernly.sweet.shorthairs

James Island County Park
??871 Riverland Dr., James Island
? Mon.- Sun., 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.
?? $2 park admission
?? Boasts a dog beachfour-acres of grass to roam with shaded areas, cleaning station, small dog area, plus bags + waste stations
?? Bring towels for the car ride home so the pups can wash off in the cleaning station

Wassamassaw Community Park
??651 Wassamassaw Rd., Summerville
? Mon.- Sun., 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
?? free
?? Offers large + small dog areas
?? Restrooms + playground nearby

Bark Park Dog Park
??29th Ave & Lauden Blvd., Isle of Palms
? Mon.- Sun., sunrise to sunset // Closed Wednesdays 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. for cleaning
?? free
?? Offers large + small dog areas, shade, benches, a water station, toys, plus bags + waste stations
?? No children under 13 allowed in dog park


Daniel Island Dog Park | Photo by @jacksonmoffatt

Governor’s Park Dog Run
??145 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island
? Mon.- Sun., sunrise to sunset
?? free
?? Offers large + small dog areas, shade, benches, water stations, plus bags + waste stations
?? Tennis balls are abundant– so don’t worry if you’ve forgotten yours ??

Other pet-friendly parks to consider: Brittlebank Park (dogs must be leashed at all times), Cannon Park,HorselotWhite Point Garden (dogs must be leashed at all times), Freedom ParkWest Ashley Park (dogs must be leashed at all times), + Johns Island Park. Note that these are open areas for all to enjoy.


Personally, my favorite place to take my pup (featured below) is IOP or Sullivan’s IslandHowever, Charleston has some pretty strict beach rules regarding dogs, so take a glance at our beach guide before heading out.  

Whether we’re headed to a patch of grass or a sand dune, Huck is just excited to get outside + play with his frisbee.

Source: #chstoday @chstoday
Posted by Jodie Ford on August 14th, 2018 2:19 PM

Top Ways to Beat the Heat in Joint Base Charleston

.1. Know Your Body's Best Cooling Points:
If you’re stuck in the heat and can’t find get to a cooler place, know your body’s best cooling points, e.g., your wrist and neck. By applying a ice cubes wrapped in a towel (or any other cold object) to these pulse points, you’ll cool down more quickly and effectively.

2. Stay Cool While You Sleep
Summer heat is worst when you’re trying to get some shuteye, because a higher body temperature makes it harder to fall asleep. If you feel like an insomniac in summer, cool your head with a special pillow like the Chillow, sleep on top of a wet sheet (aka the “Egyptian method”), or try one of these other strategies in our cool sleeping guide or this infographic.

3. Cool Your Car Down Quickly
This Japanese trick will get your oven-like car closer to bearable temperature. Roll down one window and open and close the opposite door a few times to cool that car down.

4. Optimize Your Windows
You might not need to run your air conditioner if you pay a little more attention to your windows in the summer. Close the windows and use insulated drapes to keep the sun out during the day and open them at night when the sun is down. You can also hang a damp towel in front of the window to cool the air flowing into your home and open opposing windows or windows on the top and bottom floors for maximum air flow.

5. Exercise Comfortably, Even in the Heat
Just because it’s hot out doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. You can get used to exercising in the heat and use common sense strategies such as switching to water sports, avoiding the sun when it’s strongest, and exercising in short bursts. Precooling techniques can also prevent you from overheating when you work out in hot weather.

6. Keep Your Food Cool and Avoid Using the Oven
Summer might be a great time to eat outdoors, but some foods and drinks aren’t that enjoyable when heated by the sun. You can make a zeer pot(aka evaporative cooler) for your food and drinks with just two containers or create ice blocks for your cooler using old milk cartonsWhen it’s too hot to cook, consider making cold soups, relying on electrical appliances like the versatile rice cooker, or try these “no-cook” or “oven-free” recipe ideas.

7. Optimize Your Fans
Did you know that if you face your fan out, rather than in at night, your room will stay cooler and you might be able to sleep more comfortably? Day or night, you can use a temperature controller (or build one yourself) to automatically turn the fan on or off based on the temperature and save your energy—literally. If you have a ceiling fan, run it counter-clockwise(the “summer” higher-speed setting) for optimum cooling.

8. Keep Excessive Sweat at Bay
For many of us, sweat-inducing humidity is the worst part of summer. Even if you don’t have excessive sweat issues, you can get the sweating under control with a few tricks, like applying antiperspirant at night so it works more effectively and wearing breathable clothing materials, such as cotton.

9. Drink More Water

You know how important it is to stay hydrated all year round. When you’re sweating a lot, either because of exercise or the summer heat, drinking enough water becomes even more important. As the CDC suggests, think of your body like an air conditioner:

Whenever your body heats up from physical activity or the hot weather outside, your internal air conditioner turns on and you begin to sweat. And remember, now that your air conditioner is using its coolant (your sweat), it is important to refill the tank — by drinking lots of H2O.

As with other hydration myths, water isn’t your only option, but it’s free and easily accessible for most of us. Even if you have to trick yourself into drink more water and learn to love the taste of it, you’ll be much more comfortable if you keep refilling your water glass.


Posted by Jodie Ford on August 10th, 2018 3:27 PM
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Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Beds: 3 Rooms: 3
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 2545
Garage: 0 Built: 0

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1904 Hopeman

Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

Beds: 2 Rooms: 2
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1873
Garage: 2 Built: 2007

Gorgeous 2/2.5 townhome with elevator in Charleston National, Available March 15. Garage, hardwoods, granite, and so much more!
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Posted by Jodie Ford on August 8th, 2018 1:22 PM

1. Salvage broken umbrellas with enameled wire

Buy some enameled wire at a hardware store and cut off a 6-inch piece. Match up the rivet holes of the broken stretcher pieces, and insert the wire through the holes. Wrap it around and keep wrapping and threading the wire through the hole until there's no more room. Twist the wire ends together and trim.


2. Carry a supply of dry plastic grocery bags.

Most people probably have dozens of these stuffed in a cupboard or drawer somewhere. Grab a handful and keep them in your jacket pocket or purse when you're out and about – keep your wet umbrella in them and keep wet clothes and shoes separated in them.

3. You stay drier by running, not walking in the rain.

Seems like a no-brainer, but there has been some debate over whether walking leaves your body less exposed to raindrops, or running simply gets you out of the rain faster.

 Of course, there are safety concerns about running on wet and slippery surfaces, so this is NOT a recommendation, simply a statement of fact!

4. Silence noisy rain gutters with some rope

This tip comes from, citing a tip from the Family Handyman:

Caulk around the gutter drain and install a length of nylon or poly rope (Figure A). The water will wick down the rope instead of free-falling and hitting the elbow.

5. Put wet devices in a bag of rice

Everyone should know this old trick by now – whether you dropped your phone in the toilet, or left your tablet in the rain, if you turn it off and put it in a bag of rice as quickly as possible, the rice will absorb the moisture and there's a chance you can salvage it.

Leave the device in the bag for 24-48 hours before trying to turn it on again.

6. Pack a pair of back-up socks

No matter how lightly you tread, there's always a chance you'll step into a puddle. Don't let it ruin your day – break out that pair of back-up socks you had the foresight to bring along and your feet will thank you!

7. Review the AAA's guide for wet-weather driving techniques.

We all complain about other drivers, especially in poor driving conditions.  Make sure you know how to get out of a skid, avoid hydroplaning, get out of a muddy spot, and generally drive safely in wet weather conditions. Check out AAA's comprehensive guide here:

Posted by Jodie Ford on August 3rd, 2018 9:34 AM
How Smart Home Devices = Potential Home Insurance Savings

"Smart homes are now more accessible and powerful than ever before. You can run anything from a doorbell to a slow cooker with your phone. Surprisingly, this can do more than just save you time; it can save you money on your home insurance. These days, it’s not uncommon for insurance companies to offer discounts or premium reductions to homeowners who implement smart home devices. Some of the most common discounts go to those implementing technology that improves the safety, security, or energy management of your home.


Smart home devices can ensure your house and belongings are protected even when you’re not there. Systems and devices that monitor for burglary, flooding, carbon monoxide, or fire can limit the short and long-term risk to your house. Some insurance policies will take these smart monitoring systems into account and offer you a discount for the reduced risk.


Homes with security systems in place are three times less likely to be burglarized, and many home insurance companies will offer premium credits, some up to 15 percent off your insurance rate, to those who take active steps to protect their home. 

Energy Management

Smart energy-management technology can save you money in a couple different ways. First, you can lower your energy bill by remotely controlling your thermostats and lights. Second, you can use energy-management technology to provide backup power for appliances and electronics during power outages."

*Article from Andrew Scherl*

Posted by Jodie Ford on July 27th, 2018 12:46 PM

"This article is very im-port-ant

A cargo ship leaving the charleston harbor
A cargo ship leaving the Charleston Harbor | Photo provided by SC Ports

How the world connects in Charleston

Shipping + trade are the backbone of Charleston’s economy– and have been since 1670, when settlers arrived on the banks of the Ashley River. In fact, it was the natural harbor on the peninsula which led them to eventually relocate the Charles Towne settlement from the inland to what is now downtown.

Nearly 350 years later, little has changed in regard to the prominence of our harbor. The South Carolina Port Authority generates 10% of the state’s economic output, + is responsible for 1 in 11 jobs statewide.

SC Port fast facts:
?? 2.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (or TEUs) handled annually
?? $53 billion annual impact
?? Biggest exports: paper products + auto parts
?? Biggest imports: auto parts

2018 has already proven to be the busiest fiscal year in the history of the Port– and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. A deepening project is moving full steam ahead, making the Charleston Harbor– which is already considered the most productive port in North America– the deepest on the East CoastIn fact, it’s progressing at a faster rate than any other federal deepening project. Ever.

container ships in the charleston harbor
Two 13,000 TEU vessels passing one another in the Charleston Harbor. Once the dredging occurs, the Harbor will be able to handle TEU ships as large as 18,000. | Photo provided by SC Ports

So– just how deep are we talking?

At low tide, the Charleston Harbor is currently about 45 feet deep (47 feet at its entrance). When the dredging is complete, the Harbor will be 52 feet within the channel + 54 feet at its entrance. Again, this will make it the deepest harbor on the East Coast.

Construction began in February of this year + is expected to be completed by 2021.

And that’s only one piece of the pie when it comes to growth. The state of S.C. outlined a >$2 billion Capex (capital expenditure) + Infrastructure Plan, to further progress the Port. It includes:

  • Building the Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. Terminal (projected opening: 2020)
  • Constructing a new intermodal rail facility at the former Navy base in North Charleston
  • Constructing a new inland port in Dillon, S.C. (opened April 2018)
  • Investing $600 million in upgrades to + new technology at existing facilities


Why does depth matter?

Industry experts forecast that by 2019, an even larger fleet of TEUs will be deployed from the recently-expanded Panama Canal to ports along the East Coast. In order to be able to effectively fill those ships + handle heavy exports (and to be able to do it 24/7, no matter the tide level)– the Harbor needs to be at least 50 feet deep.


Who relies on the harbor?

In short, we all do. But some big heavy hitters include MichelinBMWVolvo CarMercedes-Benz Vans, + Techtronic Industries.

How much does it cost + who is going to pay for it?

The deepening will cost about $509 millionOf that, $300 million has already been earmarked by the state, meaning the rest would need to come from the federal government– but that issue hasn’t been buttoned up yet.

Last month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers committed $49 million toward the project. That, along with a $50 million loan from the state, will be used to cover the phase of the project that will deepen the Harbor to the Wando Welch Terminal.

Add that to the $17 million contribution previously agreed to by the federal government, and the project still falls short of funding (by between $93- $143 million). However, there’s still hope: this month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will recalculate the project’s benefit-to-cost ratio utilizing updated numbers. Right now, they’re using numbers from 2012– which officials say don’t accurately represent the hike in cargo volumes. Supporters are hopeful the new numbers will influence President Trump to include more money for the project in next year’s budget."

 article from @Chstoday #Chstoday

Posted by Jodie Ford on July 26th, 2018 11:51 AM
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272 Alexandra Drive
Unit 5
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Beds: 2 Rooms: 2
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1000
Garage: 0 Built: 0

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7900 Long Shadow Lane

North Charleston, SC 29406

Beds: 3 Rooms: 3
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Posted by Jodie Ford on July 6th, 2018 2:33 PM

The downtown of West Ashley

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Avondale | Photo by @charlestonmydarling

Taking a closer look at Avondale

"In light of recent economic developments, West Ashley has become a hot topic– with transportation feasibility studies becoming a priority and new businesses, such as Whole Foods, setting up shop in the neighborhood.

Nestled in the 44.93 square miles is the village-like community known as Avondale– which many refer to as the “downtown” of West Ashley. The trendy area, located off of Savannah Highway, encompasses a cluster of local contemporary restaurants, spectacular murals + artwork, chic shops, and charming homes– all within walking distance of one another.

Photo by the CHStoday team

Unlike other neighborhoods, Avondale is a unique, homey district; devoid of large commercial chains.Business owners have fought for their rights to maintain their own small business district (known as the Avondale Point Business District) to keep the area eclectic.

Local restaurants have gained such popularity that in 2010, the Avondale community announced that King Street wasn’t the only foodie hub– launching its very own annual restaurant week (complete with valet parking… not something you see offered often at events on the peninsula).

Throughout the last decade, Avondale has seen spectacular growth– such the construction of a $350K crosswalk in 2014– gaining the attention + attraction of Lowcountry locals looking for an alternative hangout to downtown.

As development continues, we asked our readers what they would like to see in the rare, recentlyavailable retail space at 827 Savannah Hwy. which is… you guessed it– right in the heart of the Avondale district.

827 Savannah Hwy. | Photo by the CHStoday team

Based on your responses, you would like to see:

  • A big stage and dance floor… like Pour House
  • Space where bands can play
  • Stand up comedy
  • Karaoke, open mics, + the occasional race party
  • Tacos or pizza by the slice
  • A gym

While we’re not 100% sure what will occupy the space just yet– here is where to dine, drink, shop, + playthe next time you find yourself west of the Ashley River.

Gala Desserts | Photo by the CHStoday team

Where to eat:

??Mellow Mushroom– Pizza |??19 Magnolia Rd.
??Gene’s Haufbrau– Bar food, burgers, + schnitzel |??817 Savannah Hwy.
??Verde– Salads |??13 Magnolia Rd.
??Sushi Ninja | ??825 Savannah Hwy., Ste. B
??Triangle Char and Bar– Tacos + burgers |??828 Savannah Hwy.
??Al Di La– Italian  | ??25 Magnolia Rd.
??Pearlz Oyster Bar |??9 Magnolia Rd.
??DB’s Cheesesteaks |??2 Avondale Ave.
??Gala Desserts |??829 Savannah Hwy.


Kaminsky’s | Photo by the CHStoday team

Coming soon:

??Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe | ??2 Magnolia Rd. | While there is currently no set open date, dessert-craving locals can follow updates on the cafe’s Facebook page
??Kairos Greek Kitchen | ??975 Savannah Hwy | Opa! John Ondo’s fast-casual Greek restaurant plans to open their second location in Avondale on July 12, 2018. The menu will be exactly the same as the original location in Mt. Pleasant.


Charles Towne Fermentory | Photo by CHStoday team

Where to drink:

? Classic Coffee Roasters | ??27 Magnolia Rd.
?? Avondale Wine + Cheese  |??813 Savannah Hwy., # B
?? The Roost Bar N’ Grille |??825 Savannah Hwy.
?? Charles Towne Fermentory  | ??809 Savannah Hwy.
?? Oak Barrel Tavern  |??825 Savannah Hwy.
?? VooDoo Tiki Bar + Lounge |??15 Magnolia Rd.
?? Cannon Distillery | ??813A Savannah Hwy.


Reinvented Ladies Upscale | Photo by the CHStoday team

Where to shop:

?? Reinvented Ladies Upscale– Women’s consignment shop | ??847 Savannah Hwy.
?? Consigning Women– Women’s upscale consignments | ??21 Magnolia Rd.
?? Julia Pagán Local Couture Men’s, women’s, + custom bridal couture | ??845 Savannah Hwy.
?? Crew LaLa–  Southern-style pet store |??8 Avondale Ave.
?? Herbal Passion– Medicinal herbs, spices, superfoods, + handcrafted tea blends. |??845-1B Savannah Hwy.
?? Farmers Market |??55 Sycamore Ave. | Open Wednesdays at 3-7 p.m.


Community Yoga | Photo by the CHStoday team

Where to be active:

???Community Yoga |??815 Savannah Hwy., Ste. 102


The Barber + Shave Shoppe | Photo by the CHStoday team

Where to get pampered:

?? Strawberry Blonde Salon– Hair + beauty salon |??29 Magnolia Rd
?? Lava Salon– An upbeat, nontraditional hair salon | ??811 Savannah Hwy., # B
?? Lordis Loft– An Aveda concept salon | ??916 Savannah Hwy.
??The Barber + Shave Shoppe– Upscale, traditional barbershop |??829 Savannah Hwy.
?? Anne Bonny’s Lash & Skin Boutique– Facials, lash extensions, massage, waxing, + more | ??829 D Savannah Hwy.
?? BodyWorks Massage & Wellness– Advanced massage therapy focusing on chronic pain + healing the negative effects of stress on the body  | ??8 Daniel St.
?? Verdant Ecospa & Organic Oasis– Holistic health specializing in organic skin therapies + products | ??938 Savannah Hwy.


If you haven’t crossed over the Ashley into Avondale yet, it’s definitely worth the trip. Whether you’re looking to grab a drink, dinner, dessert, or all of the above– you’re sure to find a spot to cure your cravingshave some fun.

Keep doing your thing, Avondale– it’s working.

– Justine"

Source: @chstoday

Posted by Jodie Ford on June 27th, 2018 11:45 AM


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