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 vaccinations. This is a preventative measure that most dog parks require. Stay with your dog at all times, and never leave them unattended. Occasionally, 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 panting, excessive 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 Dog Park Run30 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 Playground70 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 Park8888 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 Park1001 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 Park444 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 Park1559 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 Park55 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 Recreation Complex1590 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 Park1305 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
James Island County Park871 Riverland Dr., James Island Mon.- Sun., 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. $2 park admission Boasts a dog beach, four-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 Park651 Wassamassaw Rd., Summerville Mon.- Sun., 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. free Offers large + small dog areas Restrooms + playground nearby
Bark Park Dog Park29th 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
Governor’s Park Dog Run145 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,Horselot, White Point Garden (dogs must be leashed at all times), Freedom Park, West 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 Island. However, 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.
.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 SleepSummer 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 QuicklyThis 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 WindowsYou 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 HeatJust 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 OvenSummer 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 cartons. When 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 FansDid 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 BayFor 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.Source: lifehacker.com
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 LifeHacker.com, 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: http://exchange.aaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Get-a-Grip.pdf
"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.
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*
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 Coast. In fact, it’s progressing at a faster rate than any other federal deepening project. Ever.
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:
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.
In short, we all do. But some big heavy hitters include Michelin, BMW, Volvo Car, Mercedes-Benz Vans, + Techtronic Industries.
How much does it cost + who is going to pay for it?
The deepening will cost about $509 million. Of 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
"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.
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.
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.
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. BTriangle 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 Dessert Cafe | 2 Magnolia Rd. | While there is currently no set open date, dessert-craving locals can follow updates on the cafe’s Facebook pageKairos 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.
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– 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 |815 Savannah Hwy., Ste. 102
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 cravings+ have some fun.
Keep doing your thing, Avondale– it’s working.
– Justine"Source: @chstoday