The first ever Buy Local Block Party held on Saturday, November 22 was a success, to say the least. My best guesstimate (and a Post and Courier journalist agreed) is that we had over 1,000 attendees here at 1600 Meeting and Local Works. I’m sure the perfect fall weather played a large part in the droves of folks who stopped by with their kids and dogs in tow, but maybe it’s because our community gets it. Charlestonians are embracing the importance of supporting the local guys—the businesses, artisans and craftsmen that make our community so unique. Lowcountry Local First was founded eight years ago with this goal in mind, to be an advocate for locally owned, independent businesses providing services and support for their success. And it’s catching on! Or maybe the easy sell was the four popular food trucks, the rockin’ live music throughout the day, eight local breweries serving up cold pints in the beer garden, the Bloody Mary bar, free bike valet, Maker Tours, etc etc.

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As the old saying goes, it takes a village. Thank you to Allison and Courtney from The Lowcountry Artist Market. These women helped us curate the 40+ local vendors who showcased their Made in Charleston wares, many of whom sold out or told us they had the best sales day ever. Also a huge thanks to our sponsors AAP, Appalachian Springs, Nelson Printing, Charleston Magazine, Charleston City Paper and City Corridor. Awendaw Green provided support for bands and staging, Ruth’s House provided the tents, Other Brother Entertainment kept folks smiling in the photo booth, and Charleston Affair transported over 65 folks to area production facilities where guests got a behind-the-scenes look into ten businesses who are manufacturing products here locally. We also could not do this without Lowcountry Local First’s supporters and volunteers who continue to give and donate their time to this cause we all love— supporting local.

By Misty Lister, Director of Marketing and Communications, Lowcountry Local First

Photos by Adam Chandler Photography / MORE PHOTOS 

Jordan Amaker
Director of Marketing & Communications