Retired Mensch Reviews Magnolias – Charleston Restaurant Week Exclusive

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When the Mensch goes out to dinner he can always find something to complain about. The cocktail is weak, the meat overcooked, the soup is salty. I’m here to report that I have no complaints about the restaurant week dinner I enjoyed at Magnolias. In fact the whole experience was delightful starting with our arrival.

Magnolias offers free parking next door and there was an empty space waiting for me. We were twenty minutes early for a 7:15 reservation fully expecting to enjoy a cocktail at the bar. But no cocktail for us! “Welcome, sir, (not guys!) we have an open table right now, please follow me.” What else could better than not waiting? Our table was a four-top, as they say in restaurant lingo, that was reset for two. Lovely!

There is something new and different about restaurant week in Charleston this month. In the past there were three price-fixed menus: $20, $30 and $40. Each restaurant would create a specific menu for the price range: appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Drinks and coffee would be an extra charge. This year the restaurants are free to set their own price for a fixed menu.

Erin, our server, presented Magnolias’ regular menu with the price-fixed menu. There were three appetizers, five entrees and two desserts to choose from. The bar menu had our favorites and the wine list included Mrs.Mensch’s favorite chardonnay: Sonoma Cutrer – Russian River. Lovely!

All the choices were nicely southern. Pimiento cheese was swirled into egg yolks to create tasty deviled eggs for Mrs. Mensch’s appetizer. What do you get when you mix boiled peanuts, pickled okra, sweet corn relish with chopped romaine lettuce topped with white cheddar cheese shavings and a buttermilk dressing? The Mensch’s choice for appetizer. Do not turn up your nose at boiled peanuts and pickled okra! They add zest and crunch to a beautiful salad. Oh, did I mention the cornbread croutons? Sweet and lovely!

The southern influence carried over to the entrees with a pecan-crusted chicken breast on mashed potatoes for Mrs. Mensch. The Mensch’s grilled pork tenderloin with a mustard sauce served with field peas, hot pickled peppers on a jalapeño cornbread pudding, which may have been the source for those croutons.

I can only report on one dessert since we both opted for triple chocolate delight: dark chocolate cake, fudge sauce, caramel sauce, white chocolate ice cream. How could we refuse? The coffee was extra but worth it.

The service was well-paced: the salad freshly made, the entrees hot and the dessert perfect. The cocktails were tasty and Erin kept the Russian River flowing. If I had to make a complaint, it would be about, mmmm, what would it be about? Nothing. It was a lovely evening.

Magnolias Restaurant Week Menu 2014

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Ooh La La France in Charleston – Delight with Baguette Magic

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By Mark A. Leon

If you frequent Folly Beach, you have passed this small unimposing bakery just to the left on Folly Road.  It is hidden near a salon, boxing center, barber shop and La Hacienda.  You will notice the blinking open light, but many are unaware of the bakery creations that lie inside.  Baguette Magic offers a unique French Style Bakery experience right in your own backyard.

Their menu is small enough to fit in your wallet and their pricing is very similar to the Euro system where all tax is built in.  They even offer wallet size menus upon arrival so you can plan ahead for the next time.  Let us lay out the menu to help show the simplicity of this establishment.  Baguette Magic will not win you over with complex or fancy, but pure delicious delicacies.  The fresh baked fluffiness is in sight and smell from the first step inside.

They offer five culinary categories:  Bread, Croissant, Sandwiches, beverages (juice, milk, water) and Saturday & Sunday Brunch.  Of course, no meal would be complete without a fine coffee selection.  If you are looking for a traditional cup of drip coffee, keep making your way to Starbucks, for Baguette Magic only serves French Press pour.  It is rich and robust and wakes you like a zesty bar of soap.

Their breads and croissants are authentic French style and this authenticity, makes it a breath of fresh air in James Island.

The interior is small and quaint with a bar top area, a few booths and tables and a staff right in front of you baking away before the sun even rises.

If you are looking to start your morning right, start with a berry or almond croissant.  The soft flaky outside combined with divine fresh ingredients inside will leave your mouth wanting more.  Savor each bite and eat slowly for the taste lingers on.

If you find your way there for lunchtime, you may lean toward a Salmon & Dill Croissant, Prosciutto & Mozzarella with Basil Croissant or their unique offering of Pate de Campagne.

Baguette Magic can cater to one, an adoring couple starting their day before a bridge walk or cater to larger groups.

At $3.00 for a berry or almond croissant, $2.00 for a cup of coffee and $8.00 for a sandwich, the prices are incredibly well within any price range.

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If you arrive to a line, don’t fret.  Be patient and enjoy the aromas throughout this small intimate bakery.  The wait will be worth it.

Starting in the fall, Baguette Magic will start to offer homemade desserts to its menu.

The staff truly compliments the food with a kind demeanor and welcoming smile with each visit.

Baguette Magic Website – 792 Folly Road, James Island, SC (843) 471-5941

Hours:

Monday:        Closed

Tuesday:        7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Wednesday:  7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Thursday:     7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Friday:          7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Saturday:     7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Sunday:       7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

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Jack of Cups Delivers on Folly Beach

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After a long day at Folly Beach, I approached Jack of Cups looking for a casual place to cool down. Like your best friend’s high school basement, Jack of Cups Saloon is cool, dark and a little mysterious. Hints of the supernatural present themselves all around and the bar itself is lacquered in tarot cards. There are about 10 seats at the bar, a couple of small tables as well as picnic benches out front. One very talented bartender runs the show.

Classified by some as a wine bar, the wine list is short, but does not disappoint. Unlike many other local bars, where the house wine is the cheapest magnum of turpentine around, the red and white house wines were carefully selected by the staff who sampled several before choosing. At $4 a glass, the price is more than fair. There are about 10 other unique wines by the glass and bottle at modest prices. For the craft beer lover, there is a large menu and for the true beer Spartan, High Life Ponies can be had for $1 every other Monday. Also available are specialty cocktails made from Carolina Clear, created using fresh fruits and herbs.

The food truly shines at Jack of Cups. From the chalkboard menu, to presentation using traditional Indian tableware, to phenomenal taste, my experience was a delight.

All dishes on the small chalkboard menu are $6 and marked with stars signifying the spiciness level. Choosing was difficult, but I finally decided on the red curry mac and cheese and the curried black bean nachos. The mac was good, with a distinct resemblance to the red curry noodle soup available at Taste of Thai. The flavor was a perfect blend of sweet heat and coconut cream. I couldn’t discern much in the way of cheese, but that did not bother me in the least.

The portion was modest and I would have enjoyed a few more bites. The nachos, however, changed my world for the better. Perish the thought of stale bagged yellow corn chips doused in synthetic cheese polymer and embrace this exceptional redefinition of nachos. The dish is perfectly composed of fresh, fried flour tortilla chips surrounding a mound of curried black beans topped with cooling sour cream, fresh salsa and a sprinkle of cilantro. It will be difficult to branch out and order anything else on my next visit because this is such a perfect dish.

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Over the course of the evening, the bar filled in, not for drinks, but understandably for food. The service was friendly. The live music that started as I was leaving was a nice touch. Overall, Jack of Cups is a perfect end to a beach day or well worth a trip to Folly in its own right. Jack of Cups Saloon is located at 34 Center St, Folly Beach.

 

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You’ll Find Morning Sunshine at the Sunflower Cafe

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Charleston has a rich culture of breakfast and competition is fierce among the well-known establishments as is evidenced by long waits and rising prices. Luckily, there are still a few hidden gems that have quality food and reasonable prices, like The Sunflower Cafe. This quaint diner in West Ashley is a step back into the family kitchen and offers a relaxing dining experience.  As you walk in, you are greeted by a busy but friendly staff and decor of sunflowers and patriotism.  The walls are covered with stories of local patrons. Overall, the ambiance is cozy.

We know you yearn for an omelet or waffles, but we highly recommend starting with the beignets.  At $3.95, they are a steal for three large puffs of golden brown dough, generously dusted with powered sugar, served with a side of maple syrup for dunking. That first hot bite is heaven and will make you understand why so many feel they are the best in Charleston

The breakfast and lunch menus are well categorized and concise.  For breakfast, the choices include benedicts, pancakes, eggs and omelets.  Make sure, if they are not included with your selection, to sample the potatoes – sautéed with just the right amount of spice and onions. They are mouth watering.  The grits are also an outstanding side – they are rich and creamy.

The spicy sausage, peppers and onions benedict is savory and explodes with flavor.  The portion is generous and will satisfy the most ample appetites. The fresh crab and fried green tomatoes benedict is a unique creation that will not disappoint.

Sweet pecan waffles are a great choice for the waffle lover with a sweet tooth.  They are the right mix of sticky and doughy and oh so yummy.

If your appetite favors an omelet, we suggest you lean your selection toward the sauteed spinach, over sun-dried tomatoes and feta or the crab, brie and artichokes omelet.  Both have a shower of mixed flavors and the portions are enough to cover you for two meals.

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The setting is very casual and the staff is friendly and unimposing.  If you bring a large group and want to relax, you will feel right at home.

Located about 20 minutes outside of downtown Charleston at 2366 Ashley River Road in West Ashley, the Sunflower Cafe is one breakfast and lunch experience you should add to your dining list. Come early as they are only open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM with a break from 11:00 to 11:30 to transition from breakfast to lunch and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  They are closed on Monday.

Sunflower Cafe Menu

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Welcome to the Fantasy World of Charleston’s Nathan Durfee – Artist and Dreamer

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In 2009, Sarah Harbin was enjoying an Art Walk with friends and like many, a Charleston Art Walk is not complete without a stop down the historic corridor to East Bay Street to Robert Lange Studios. Known for its uncompromising excellence in identifying talent that is without limit and exploding in creative flow, Robert Lange Studios has become the model for art, not just in Charleston, but throughout the country. Their culture of acceptance in the art community has brought in admirers from all walks of life including Kevin Costner. As Sarah soaked in the diverse range of exhibits, she was taken by one particular piece that was hanging in the single use restroom. Robert Lange Studios has a practice of highlighting an artist in the restroom area. As she absorbed the detail, she knew the artwork was already “mine in my heart.” She purchased it and today it is still a very meaningful part of her home.

That artist was Nathan Durfee. Today, Sarah’s painting has very defined meaning and that young artist, whose work she purchased, was awarded the Best Visual Artist Award four consecutive years from 2010 through 2013 by Charleston City Paper. This has been a long journey for the creative mind of Nathan Durfee. This isn’t a rags to riches story. This is a creative talent in the art community that has a wonderful story to share. Through his images and colors, Nathan creates a visual world that has taken flight and mesmerized children and adults throughout the Charleston community.

When I met Nathan at Kudu Coffee downtown, he was working diligently on a new piece for his father. one that would compliment a birthday gift of a new bike. I wanted to break the ice quickly and dig into the personality of this artist.

“What inspires you Nathan?”

He replied, “eavesdropping, other artists and brilliant people talking.”

Quite a profound list uttered without hesitation. This opened the door to a very candid few hours with this middle child who studied illustration in Savannah, GA. His playful, giddy laugh showed his childish innocence and proves very important in his works which combine adult subject matter and elegant landscapes. This careful tapestry of beautiful tragedy incorporates the bittersweet imperfections of life with elegance and sensitivity.

Many find that moment when inspiration hits and they can pinpoint that exact time when they just knew. For Nathan, he never had that moment. He summarized his career as “scattering a bread crumb trail” until he found his destiny. Now featured in Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans, Nathan’s work has found a niche in the Southeast. His style and approach is one of spontaneity. Many approach art with the idea of meticulously preparation, thinking though each brush stroke mentally for hours paint is lain on canvas. Not Nathan. He takes an idea and begins. It is refreshing to see him go from mind to creation so quickly and grow the idea with each minute and hour of passing time.

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Like many creative types, ego does play into the personality type and is critical to pushing oneself to seek out their inner greatness. Nathan felt this early in this career, even when he was struggling to find an audience, Over time, he has developed a resistance because having too much of an ego could not help him become a better artist. Nathan also, on occasion will listen to patrons talk about his work and gain insight into how others perceive his style, characters and image depictions. It is part of his continuous learning curve.

Nathan, who shows tremendous maturity at this early stage in his career has been greatly influenced by Joe Sorren, Illustrator Phil Hale and Illustrator Dave Mckean . If you look closely and compare the colors and styles, you can see how the influence has rubbed off on Nathan.

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Over the course of our discussion, we talked about memorable commissioned works, great customer experiences and future plans. On December 5, 2014, Nathan and Robert Lange Studios will be unveiling an eagerly awaited new collection.

“Nathan, if you are in front of a young student, whose life ambition is to become an artist, what advice would you give?”

  • Don’t get discouraged
  • Don’t get cocky
  • Stay in between

This is exlimpary advice from an artist whose style is already influencing other.  For now, we see many years of amazing work ahead that will gain further exposure and further accolades for this Charleston talent.

Nathan Durfee Official Website

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Charlie’s Grocery Offers a Memorable Falafel for Charleston

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Downtown Charleston is home to several corner stores but few have the rich history that Charlie’s Grocery  does. Opened in 1996 by Charlie Dabit, the Jasper Street grocery store has kept nearby residents and college students in stock with the essentials and more. Anyone who has ever experienced Charlie’s knows there is an impressive deli within. Beyond the Boar’s Head and large selection of homemade salads and jumbo pickles, there is one of Charleston’s most delicious treats, falafel. While falafel can be found at a few restaurants downtown and beyond, Charlie’s is arguably the best. The Charleston Daily (CD) sat down with Abe, Charlie’s eldest son who is now at the helm of day to day operations. We talked history, falafel and the future.

CD: Tell me about Charlie’s.

Abe: Charlie’s is our family’s store. We have been in business going on 18 years in April. The Jasper Street store was opened in April of 1996 and we recently opened a second store at the corner of Spring and Rutledge.

CD: Looks like you are running the Jasper Street store now. Where is Mr. Charlie?

Abe: My father is still around. Every morning he is at our Spring Street location. He’s very much a part of the business still. He has given a lot of the responsibility to me and my brother though.

CD: Enough small talk. Tell me about the falafel.

Abe:
(laughing) What do you want to know?

CD: What makes it so great? Whose recipe is it?

Abe: It’s just really fresh. The falafel is my mother’s family’s recipe and it hasn’t changed. It’s really simple. There is a basic ratio of chickpeas, onions, cilantro, and spices but there is no real measuring. It’s based on taste.

CD: So it’s a secret…. Would you ever considering opening a restaurant?

Abe: Yeah, especially with Middle Eastern food including falafel. Charleston kind of lacks in that area, but we have a few places around like Tabbuli and Manny’s. We have definitely considered opening a restaurant.

CD: What is the strangest thing a customer has requested?

Abe: That’s a toughie… Actually, pig’s feet! We used to carry them in jars. We had to talk my father into dropping them. People would request them, and there you are, reaching in, grabbing a pig’s foot, stuffing it in a bag and sending them on their merry way. Disgusting.

CD: What is the biggest challenge Charlie’s has experienced?

Abe: Finding trustworthy, good help. My father is very old fashioned. It’s very difficult to walk away and allow someone else to do this job.

CD:
What does Charlie’s mean to your family?

Abe: Charlie’s is ours and we take care of it like it is a child. It’s everything to us.

On that note, I dove into the falafel pita Abe had carefully prepared for me. The pita was generously stuffed with flattened orbs of fried falafel and refreshing cubes of cucumbers, tomatoes and onions. The falafel were crispy on the outside and tender inside. Where so many falafel are dense, these were light and bouncy. The optional hot sauce was no joke, even for me. The creamy hummus was a welcome option and it gave the sandwich a layer of depth that made it a satisfying meal. This falafel, like the many others I have enjoyed from Charlie’s, was perfection.

Charlie’s original corner store and deli is located at 1 Jasper Street. Charlie’s second location is open at Spring and Rutledge. Their hours are Monday – Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 10am -6pm. Falafel and other sandwiches can be ordered ahead from the Jasper Street location by calling: (843) 853-0351

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Meet 22 Year Old Georgia Schrubbe – Writer, Dancer and Charleston Shining Star

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When you listen to Georgia Schrubbe talk, it’s easy to forget that she’s only twenty-two. From her upbringing in Alabama to her travels through Cuba, she has a wonderful story to share and this is only the beginning. Meeting Georgia is it’s own reward—with a permanent smile on her face, she’s easy to talk to about all of her passions and projects.

A graduate of the College of Charleston with a Degree in Communications, Georgia like so many others, fell in love with her alma mater’s city.  She attributes her self-described nerdy personality to her passion for reading and writing.  She always brought a book with her wherever she went as a child and even had a reading “intervention” in third grade.

“I had to go to the principle’s office in third grade because I kept reading the first three Harry Potter books (the only ones that were out at the time), over and over again,” she laughs.  All the reading and a few years of professional freelance writing inspired this young talent to author her first published collection, There is a Live Wire in The Shower and Other Concerns About Life in Cuba

With a focus on success without limits, Georgia sat down and put together her ebook. The short collection of blogs/essays is a compilation of her stories documenting seven months spent in Cuba over the course of two years.

Georgia drew inspiration from women traveling the globe finding meaning in through their personal experiences and interactions.

“Everyone has a story and everyone experiences that story. We just tell our stories differently.” she said with her patented warmth and smile.

Cuba holds a very special place in her heart due to falling in love with the culture (and a Cuban citizen).  She is considering writing a full-length novel about Havana and admits she is not sure whether to write it as a non-fiction book or the cheesiest romance novel ever. Either way, it’s easy to see she is attracted to the romanticism in Cuban, and to some extent, Charleston culture.

Though she is vocal about writing and traveling, she’s carved out a space for herself in Charleston’s dance scene.

When tapped about her first impressions of dance, Georgia retorted with, “The first time I saw a ballet performance, I literally peed on myself,” she says. “It was some community production in my hometown in Alabama, and I was so enthralled that I couldn’t be bothered to get up to go to the bathroom.”

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Shortly after that nearly fatally embarrassing episode, she enrolled in ballet and studied with an intense fervor for the next decade, dancing in a local pre-professional company and spending summers studying in San Francisco, New York, and around the Southeast. When she began at the College of Charleston in 2009, she performed with the Charleston Dance Project, Charleston Ballet Theatre and for the College of Charleston’s Dance Department
Shortly after beginning school for Charleston, she discovered her newest love – Salsa dancing. She was immediately enchanted (but fortunately, managed not to wet herself over it).

“I’m a ballerina gone wild,” she says. “I started to go out to Salsa nights, take classes, go to congresses and then it snowballed and I suddenly found myself in other cities, states, and countries, for Salsa.”

That’s when I realized how quick on her feet she was – like a bird. This conversation was a dance to her – an engaging interplay of words and interactions on the dance floor of Santi’s Mexican Restaurant. It would seem that she communicates through everything that she does; from her voice to her body, all in tune.

She recently performed in Robbi Kenney’s “Strings and Salsa.” at the Charleston Music Hall.  The show, a tapestry of intertwined performance arts, combined in an event unlike any other performed in Charleston.  The blend of dance, Latin jazz and string instruments created a flow of energy the resonated throughout the theater.  By the end of the evening, much like the theatrics of Dirty Dancing, the audience leaped from their seats and took over the walkways and stage to become active participants in the production.

“I’ve never been in a show like that where the ‘fourth wall’ was broken so well,” says Georgia, “It was magical.”
What always stood out for me is Georgia’s commitment to the community, not just as a performer.  She is always volunteering or working for local festivals and events.  When asked why she is so involved, her response was simple, “I’m crafty and resourceful. I find things that I want to do and I think outside the box to find opportunities to accomplish those goals.”
She has worked the box office for Piccolo Spoleto, is the current marketing director for Shrimp and Grits Charleston, and volunteered at the 2014 Charleston Wine + Food festival.

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“Sometimes there is a trade off, but volunteering time helps you feel part of something which make the experience mean more to you.”
When asked what’s next for her career, a flow of exciting ideas rolled off her tongue.   She is currently developing a new fitness concept, a slew of quirky book ideas (“The Magic of Yoga”—a book of Harry Potter-themed yoga meditations for teens), and plans to launch a Salsa dance wear line this fall for women.  The goal of the dance wear line is to focus on helping women with confidence and body appearance issues.  She found when teaching Zumba Fitness that women were more concerned with how they looked than just having fun with the practice.
“I want women to be proud of what their body can do rather than how you look doing it.”

My interaction with Georgia led me to think that perhaps love, too, is beyond the boundaries of nations, social status, etc. How do the rules of how one is supposed to act get in the way of what you really want to do?

“I’ve always lived by the thought that the worst anyone can ever do is say ‘No,’” she says, “And you’d be surprised by how often people say yes.”

Georgia Schrubbe with be performing at the next installment of  “Strings and Salsa” on November 21 at The Charleston Music Hall.

Follow Georgia’s adventures through her writing at www.georgiaschrubbe.com or go to Charleston Havana Nights at Voodoo on Sunday nights and say hello.  You will mostly likely get a smile and a hug.

Compassion is the innate ability to draw from your creativity and passion and touch the lives of others. It is a centuries old philosophy followed by a few individuals that are blessed with the ability to see beyond black and white and make that ultimate connection that defines greatness.  Sometimes you meet someone that exemplifies the truth actions of compassion.  Meet Georgia and you will understand.

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Cancer Patients are finding the Love and Support they need – Hope Lodge Charleston

20140730_172409When Glen Orwell was told he had 6 weeks to live, his world fell apart. His one final goal became fighting the cancer that was quickly spreading through his body. Diagnosed with extensive stage small cell lung cancer, Glen knew there was no cure. He just wanted more time. Fighting the type of battle he wanted took resources he didn’t have. Uninsured and 3 hours away from the nearest cancer center, he found it difficult to pay the bills and travel back and forth between home and the hospital where he was having daily radiation treatments. One of his providers suggested he ask the Hope Lodge for help.

The Hope Lodge Charleston is one of 31 Lodges in the United States that offers temporary housing to cancer patients who are undergoing therapy away from home. In 1970, it was founded by Margot Freudenberg, a leader in the Charleston medical community and Ambassador with the Eisenhower People to People Program. It was the first Hope Lodge to be established and it set a precedent for other lodges that were later founded across the United States. It provides a second home to those who live 40 miles or more away from their treatment location. The Hope Lodge is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the American Cancer  Society. The donations of individuals keep the lodges operational.

The Hope Lodge Charleston is a campus of four houses on Calhoun Street offering private rooms outfitted with twin beds, linens, cable TV and private restrooms. There is a community kitchen and most every night, volunteers from the community cook and provide meals to the tenants. They also host activities such as bingo nights and book clubs. Tenants can find respite on the porches or enjoy the healing garden as well.

image (3)The Hope Lodge requires that a caregiver also stay with the patient. Glen was joined by his daughter Tina, and they stayed for two weeks during his most intense round of therapy. “When we didn’t have enough money to buy peanut butter sandwiches, having a warm meal every night was wonderful” Tina explained.

The facility also has a library with donated books and computers with resources about various cancers and treatment options. Tina spent much of her down time in the library.  “We found it really empowering to have the resources of the Hope Lodge. We were able to read about his cancer and understand the disease course and prognosis.”

With the help of the Hope Lodge, Glen was able to undergo intensive radiation and chemotherapy that would have otherwise been unavailable to him. He lived for 7 month after his diagnosis, far beyond his estimated 6 weeks. “I truly believe that he had this time and a better quality of life because of the Hope Lodge. Just to know that others care and are willing to help those in need made every day better” said Tina.

The Hope Lodge Charleston is located at 267-273 Calhoun Street and serves the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information about donating or volunteer opportunities, please contact Kelly Williams at Kelly.williams@cancer.org or visit their website.

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So What’s Your Dream? – Inspirational Boots shines Positive Influence on Charleston

Since childhood there has just been something different about Cyndi Boots.  She saw the world from just a little bit of a different perspective.  She followed her intuition from an early age and was known as an old soul with wisdom beyond her yea10363327_10100882764170534_5348404181707608904_nrs.  For this reason, it was hard for her to fit in with the “normal” crowd.  The friends she had would come and go, but she always took the lessons they taught her about herself and the world around her to heart.

Because she was ostracized from normal society, she started to rebel, and it was from her preteens to her mid-twenties that she learned the most difficult series of lessons. “I was always a bit of a hard-head, and no one would be able to tell me how to do anything.  I swore I knew everything better than anyone else,” Boots says.  “Because of my stubbornness, I’d always learn things the hard way.” Due to her perpetual rebelling and without the solace of fitting in, Boots fell into a deep depression.  “I contemplated suicide.  I felt like a shell of a person.  I figured this was not how anyone should live their life, so I just wanted to end it.”  Thankfully, it never came down to that.  Boots is an example of the positive transformations people can achieve in life.

At the time Boots made drastic changes in her environment, including moving to another state and getting married. “I was in such a desperate place; I drastically changed everything, knowing that if I didn’t, I was not going to last much longer.” Even though the changes she made did not work out like she thought, Cyndi believes that, “we are always where we are supposed to be at any given time.” She says, “I learned numerous lessons and experienced a myriad of situations that have enabled me to empathize with people from many paths so that I can facilitate to a larger group of people.”

10527789_10100870270712524_1988205799158101865_nShe began experiencing unexplained instances after the death of her great-grandfather when she was about twelve. She recalls,  “I started getting messages and visits from family members who had passed.  I admit, it scared the hell outta me.”  She received the support of her parents and other family members who explained that some people are given this gift and for a purpose.  To help hone her mediumship and energy healing skills, she started to educate herself about a variety of spiritual subjects, receiving her Bachelors of Metaphysics and a Master of Divinity, which helped her expand on her Psychology degree from the College of Charleston.  She is currently pursuing her PhD in Transpersonal Counseling.  “My main goal and purpose in this life is to help touch as many lives as possible to help them achieve a happy and fulfilling life.”

Inspirational Boots, which she founded last year, is the brainchild of that purpose.  Cyndi travels throughout the Lowcountry, helping people to start believing and making steps towards fulfilling their dreams.  She works with you one on one to help guide you down the path towards your goals.  The mission of Inspirational Boots is for every individual to take a hard look at their life goals and then make a solid plan while finding happiness and peace within themselves to bring about these accomplishments.

Some people just want stress to be reduced – to feel they have control over their lives.  She can teach you the basics of meditation to help melt that stress away, or she can conduct an energy session to help with obstacles hindering you from reaching your goals.  Sometimes people just need a different perspective on a situation to help see them through.  Being objective allows her to look at the situation as a whole to help you gain insight, enabling you to put your situation in a positive light. The services she offers range from crystal packages to various types of energy healings and everything in between.  She can even perform distance healings for clients outside of the area.  Every service has the beauty of being personalized to your needs and situation.  Cyndi started working on family and friends six years ago and has helped several clients to enlighten their lives since the inception of Inspirational Boots.  You may read some of their testimonies on her website and on Yelp.10494618_10100870270782384_6281776023731618394_n

She works with everyone: children and adults alike, as well as the furry loved ones.  Every living creature has energy, and we all can have hang-ups from time to time. So if you need a gift for a friend or loved one or are looking for a bit of self-soul love, Cyndi Boots has what you need to start living that inspired and goal-driven life you have always dreamed of.  Oh, and speaking of dreams, she can interpret those as well.  She offers a free consultation to discuss your specific goals and needs and will make a plan with you to work towards having the life that you have imagined.

For appointments call 843-478-3647 or visit www.inspirationalboots.com for availability.

If anyone you know is going through periods of withdrawal or depression, please go to the  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website for more details and help.  There is always hope.

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What’s Up, Charleston? – Things to do August 2nd – 8th

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Saturday, August 2nd

Cocktails & Cufflinks Bachelor Charity Auction – 7pm

Ladies Enriching the Community to host a charity auction where proceeds will go toward community initiatives and computer lab development focused on bridging the digital divide. Silent and live auction items, include spa packages, restaurant visits, wellness kits, jewelry, and more.

10th Annual ReptiDay Charleston – 10am – 5pm

See live animals from around the world, purchase pets and pet products direct from the experts at amazing prices you won’t find anywhere else, and learn more about reptiles and exotic animals at live seminars and demonstrations.

Summer Concert Series at The Sanctuary – 5 – 8pm

The Summer Concert Series is a family friendly evening of music held Saturday Evenings on The Grand Lawn of The Sanctuary. This week’s band is local favorite Quiana Parler & The Shiny Disco Ball Band: From Jazz and Pop, to R&B and Rock & Roll.

Sunday, August 3rd

Fresh at the Farm Dinner – 5:30pm

Chef Stephen Thompson of Prohibition and Chef Joe DiMiao of Stars Restaurant will set the scene for a true farm-to-table experience. Charleston Culinary Tours presents the second Fresh at the Farm Dinner of the series that will be held on August 3rd at Geechie Boy Farm on Edisto Island, SC.  Tickets must be purchased at $75 per person.

Seersucker Sundays at the Joe – 5:05pm

Supporters of preservation now have another reason to wear seersucker, discounted RiverDogs tickets! For all of the remaining Sunday home games, fans of Historic Charleston Foundation will pay $7 per ticket, three dollars off the price of admission for an upper reserve seat. A portion of the ticket savings will be donated to historic preservation in Charleston.  preserve14 will get you the discounted rate when you purchase your tickets.

Monday, August 4th

Freshfields Village Farmers Market – 4 – 8pm

From seafood and sweet treats to artisan cheese and flavored olive oil, food lovers will be pleased with this year’s vendor line-up. Visitors can also pick up locally made crafts and handmade products, including soaps, Sweetgrass baskets, handmade dog collars and custom clay silhouettes.

Changing the Tide: Charleston Pride Week Beach Party Celebrating LGBTQI Youth and their Allies – 3 – 6:30pm

Celebrate Charleston Pride Week with We Are Family, Lowcountry AIDS Services, Empowerr, Charleston World AIDS Day, Charleston Pride, and PFLAG. Enjoy games, food, and prizes while playing on the beach all afternoon.

Tuesday, August 5th

Yoga Under the Oaks: Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site – 6 – 7pm

Yoga will be followed by happy hour at the Legare-Waring House from 7 – 8 p.m.  In case of rain, yoga will be moved to Founders Hall. $10 (cash only)

Wednesday, August 6th

Toddler Days: Fun with Food – 10-11am

Use food to make a Mr. Potato Head and more.   These classes are designed for toddlers (18 months – 3 years) and a parent, grandparent, or friend to play and explore in The Charleston Museum.

Thursday, August 7th

Charleston City Night Market – 6:30 – 10:30pm (Thursday – Saturday)

Join us in the evening when the City’s most popular public attraction transforms into a festive street fair atmosphere filled with local artists and food vendors. These special evenings are fun for the entire family!

Friday, August 8th

LifePoint’s 3rd Annual Hooked on Life Fishing Tournament – 6am – 4pm

If you love the sport of fishing, register now for our Hooked on Life catch and release tournament in South Carolina’s magnificent coastal waterways from Edisto Island to Bulls Bay.  A special way to show your support for changing lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.  $2600 in prizes!

Firefly Friday: Charleston Harbor Dolphin Sunset Sail

Live Painting Events at The Wells Gallery – 1 – 6pm

Visit the Wells Gallery, the premier gallery of The Sanctuary Resort, for live painting events every month that feature at least one of their 20 nationally renowned artists.  Rick McClure and Junko Ono Rothwell painting live in the gallery, August 8th & 9th from 1-6pm each day.

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