Mount Pleasant

Charleston Donuts offers decadent treats

By Loretta Jophlin

By Loretta Jophlin

I squealed with delight when I discovered Charleston Donuts by accident. I was on my way to an office supply store in the Wando Crossing Shopping Center and while I didn’t plan to eat donuts that day, I embraced the opportunity. Nestled in a corner of the strip mall, this family-owned donut shop is easy to overlook. I was greeted by an incredible aroma and several enthusiastic employees who explained the protocol. Pick a donut, pick a glaze or frosting and choose your toppings. The decorators will then create your custom donut while you watch.

I debated within my head. Should I choose cream cheese frosting with bacon? Chocolate frosting with coconut and almonds? Vanilla frosting with mini M&Ms?  I settled on strawberry frosting, sprinkled with Fruity Pebbles and pistachios. Before I could even pay for it, it was ready. It took incredible restraint to take the photos for this article and not dive right in. It was… the best donut I have ever had. The outside was crispy and the inside was cakey but still fluffy. And it was served piping hot. The gooey berry frosting and crunchy toppings were perfectly complimentary.

I had only planned on having one donut but found myself back at the register ordering another one. They took my old standby, chocolate frosting with rainbow sprinkles, to a new level. The chocolate frosting was dark and rich. What a decadent treat. This time I also ordered a cup of coffee and it was very good.

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They have other donut choices beside the white cake type such as a seasonal apple cider donut. They also accept suggestions for novel donut toppings. Anyone up for cinnamon toast crunch? For breakfast or a sweet snack this is a great local option. Need dessert for the potluck dinner party? This would be perfect. Need to apologize to someone? Donuts trump flowers every time. Birthday celebration? Arrive with a dozen custom donuts and be the life of the party.

 

Charleston Donut is open daily from 6:30am to 2:30pm and can be found online at http://www.charlestondonuts.com.

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Best Charleston, SC Brunches…You Don’t Even Know About

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Brunch is a weekly holiday in Charleston. It is a time where friends and family congregate for the common goal of food and drink. Whether it is an Eggs Benedict, French Toast, Waffles and Chicken or a Mimosa, brunch is an important part our our week. Here are a few places that may have not been on your radar but need to be.

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Holy City Happenings This Week – 7/8/14 – 7/12/14

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Black Belt Salsa Classes @ the Cannon Street YMCA – 7:30 pm- 9 p.m.
Sessions for all levels- beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Class dates are July 8, 15, 22, and 29. Tuition is $60 due @ first session. If you have any questions, you can contact Yaenette  @ 843-345-1791or YaenetteSalsa@gmail.com. Please arrive 30 minutes early to class in comfy shoes!
Yoga Under the Oaks @ Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Price: $10 (only cash will be accepted). Will be followed by happy hour @ the Legare-Waring House from7-8 p.m. If there is inclement weather, the location will be moved to Founders Hall. Catering provided by Coastal Crust.
Wednesday July 9, 2014
-July Member Mixer @ Lowcountry Local First – 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Check out Lowcountry Local First as they show off their newest work, Local Works. They will be celebrating with Firefly Vodka Moonshine and treats by Wholly Cow Ice Cream, L.L.C., Roti Rolls, and more. You also have the chance to come meet the local craftsmen and volunteers who made this event happen.  RSVP Larry@lowcountrylocalfirst.org. Free to LLF members and $20 for non-members.
-Toddler Days with Superheroes @ The Charleston Museum – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
$6 for Museum members and $9 for non-members- price includes Museum entry and a program for one kid and 1 adult. Designed for children 18 months to 3 years old, each program includes finger painting, a puppet stage, a sandbox, and craft projects.
-Kid Tours @ The Charleston Museum- 3:30 p.m. Free for Museum members and free with entry to museum. For non-members: $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and kids under the age of 3 are free. Kid Tours continues for the rest of July and includes a craft project or activity acquainting the younger ones with Ancient Egypt.
Thursday July 10, 2014
The Chucktown Throwdown Cornhole Tournament Qualifer – 6:30 p.m. @ Sparians – River Bowl Charleston
This is one of the qualifiers for the upcoming Chucktown Throwdown Cornhole Tournament happening on September 21st. The qualifiers are free to enter and prizes may be available. All funds from the Main Event will be going to benefit Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Winwood Farms, etc.
IMG_28131-335x251-The 2nd Annual Lebowski Bash – 7:30 p.m.
Charleston Music Hall will be celebrating Jeff Bridge’s character in The Big Lebowski, now a cult icon. Attendees will be encouraged to dress up as their favorite character. After the movie, we will all walk to The Alley for a free White Russian and throwing rocks while listening to the DJ play.
-The 2nd Charleston NotWedding @ Boone Hall Plantation– 7 p.m.
Price: $40 for VIP and $30 for general admission. This allows those planning a wedding to get the feel for what a real wedding is like.
Yappy Hour @ James Island County Park.
Price: $1 or free to Gold Members. Have a chance to meet other dog walkers as well as scope out the parks. Dogs that are sick, too mean, too young for shots, or in heat are not permitted.
-Throwback Thursdays Outdoor Film Fest @ Cinebarre
Admission = free. Film of the night will be the ’70’s hit, Jaws.
Partakers can enjoy $5 select bourbons, $5 Double Standards, $20 punch bowls, beer specials and free bar snacks. Local musician David Higgins will be performing beginning @ 10 p.m. and there will be a photo booth available at the event.
Friday July 11, 2014
Weekend of Floyd & Zeppelin’s Music – 8:30 pm. On July 11th to July 12th @ 11 p.m.
Price: $13 in advance and $15 day of show. Purchase both days in advance for $20! VIP tix available. Doors open @ 5:00 p.m.Show starts @ 8:30 both nights. The Ordinary Men will be playing on Friday and Wax Groove Revival will be grooving on Saturday. N8 Audio & Lighting and Magic Lantern Productions will be throwing it down on sound.
Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series Present Da’Gullah Roots @ James Island County Park – 8:30 p.m. 
Chill out with some eclectic reggae in a beautiful outdoor atmosphere. Doors open @ 7:30 p.m. Music begins @ 8:30 p.m.
$8 for general admission for those 13 and up. Free for those 12 and under for Gold Pass members.
-Music on the Green @ Freshfields Village – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
One of the Carolinas’ hit party bands will be playing tunes from the 60s to today. Price: Free.
 
Saturday July 12, 2014
10429851_1449862045290291_3369742797993400278_nBetty Swem’s Novel Writing Class – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Novel writing workshop for all ages and levels. $25/ each class. Either can be paid before or during class. Classes designed for writers of any genre. You can sign up online or send an e-mail to localauthors@writeandread.net. This is an ongoing event.
-Special Event “Poultry Day” @ The Awendaw Farmers & Crafters Market – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Poultry sale, education, & crafting with poultry for the kids as well as food available from 10-2. Farmer’s & Crafters Market from 10-3 and Pet Vet from 2-3.
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People of Charleston Slideshow

What’s not to love about the fantastic people who make Charleston the place to be?

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What’s not to love? – Beautiful Slideshow of Charleston, SC

We here at Charleston Daily thought that after the week of freak winter storms, we would all welcome some reminders of why we love our city as much as we do! Happy ❤ Day from all of us…

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Linda Page for Mayor of Mount Pleasant – The Right Choice

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  • Yesterday:  “I was educated here, raised a family here, and run businesses here.  I have strong roots in our community, and I will respect our past while building our future.”
  • Today:  “I understand the issues we face today, and I will take a proactive role with crowded schools, traffic and road improvements, and rapid growth and development.”
  • Tomorrow:  “I have a vision of a community that encourages citizen engagement, education, work opportunity, quality public services and recreational opportunities.” – Linda Page, candidate for 2013 Mayor of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, the citizens of Mount Pleasant will be electing a mayor.  With global and national acclaim, highway infrastructure changes, a new waterfront pier, extensions in housing, business development and an evolving community driven by expansion and change, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina is a focal point in the growth of the Charleston community.  It needs a leader with local roots that values tradition and history, one that defines courage, understands business and believes in family, community, education and safety.

Linda Page wants to be the new voice of Mount Pleasant.  As a successful business woman, mother and council woman, her preparation for the next step in her political journey is finalized.  She is ready to embark on a new stage in public service and lead the town forward into the future so that current and future generations have a town to be proud of.

Linda is a single mom with two beautiful children, loves to garden, cook, research, engage in great conversation and enjoy an occasional glass of wine when she has a moment to unwind.  Yes, each and every morning morning, her focus is on the community.

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On a shoestring budget of $550 in 2009 and a single goal to improve a playground that was wasting away, Linda not only gained a seat on the council but won with a record 4400 votes.  As a women with no political background, this was a moment that set the stage for a future in public service.  During her tenure, her team has worked hard to facilitate infrastructure improvements, new business development and improving the over crowding of the schools, as well as forecast changes in the future.  As the area continues to receive global recognition, population increases will become part of the future and necessary changes will need to happen.  Currently, proposals are in place for more efficient education, better mass transit and road improvements to promote harmony with all vehicles including bikes, walkers, drivers and motorcycles.

Linda knows that the city needs to be proactive, partner with other municipalities and continue to focus on the people and the community.  Linda vision is creating a town that built on strong education, charitable partnerships, health and wellness, safety and social engagement for today and future generations.

The warmth in her voice, the dedication to the community and her focus on positive change make her a strong candidate for Mayor of Mount Pleasant.

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Linda and her family have been active in the community since 1959 and there are no signs of slowing down.

Linda Page for Mayor

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Attention Charleston: Is 911 missing the call?

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This story came to us, not as a result of a tragedy that had us scratching our heads and saying “what if” but a true story of a call to 911 that had us scratching our heads and saying “did this really happen?” 911 is an emergency response option when citizens identify or witness issues that maybe of criminal intent or may put others in harm’s way. It is path of protection from the dangers all around us.

This partnership between law enforcement agencies and common citizens has been a back bone of our society for hundreds of years and continues to provide the protections that grant us our personal freedoms.

Here is the story. We will let you decide.

One sunny Saturday afternoon, a car was driving in the left lane on the southbound side of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge heading toward downtown Charleston when the passenger side back tire blew sending debris all over the highway and finding a car in the left lane with only three tires.  A driver one lane over to the right avoided the debris as best they could and then called 911.

When this individual began to explain the situation and location, they were transferred with the indication this was a Mount Pleasant issue, not Charleston.

After the transfer, this individual told the situation once again and when asked where they were, this caller explained they were close to downtown Charleston on the southbound side. At this point, the caller was transferred again back to Charleston.

Finally, the third dispatcher took the call and asked questions relevant to the situation including:

  • Are you at the scene of the accident? – Response:  “No, I avoided the debris and kept driving since I was on the bridge.”
  • Was it a two door or four door car? – Response:  “I don’t know.  I was at least two car lengths behind looking forward and then after the incident trying to avoid debris from the tire.”
  • Can you describe the driver? – Response:  “I have no idea if it was a male or female.  I was behind and a lane over.”

After they thanked this person and promised to dispatch a driver, the caller hung up and tried to find a way to get the phone out of emergency mode.

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This situation had the potential to be very dangerous with loose rubber on the highway and a car with three tires trying to get off the bridge on a very busy Saturday afternoon.

Did jurisdiction play into why there was confusion?  Yes it did, but the role of a dispatcher is immediate response and safety of those that may be in potential danger.

What are your thoughts on this situation or one you have experienced?

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