Preserving the true value of community through small business

Feb 18, 2019

The following opinion piece ran in the Post and Courier on February 18, 2019. Photo above by Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff. The loss of the long-standing East Bay True Value Hardware, a community-focused store, is contrary to the ongoing conversation our city has around transportation, congestion and livability. The… Read More

Love Local this Valentine's Day

Feb 8, 2019

The sweetest holiday of the year is fast approaching! As you go to splurge on something sweet or sparkly for your loved one or best friend – go LOCAL! For every dollar spent with a local business, 45% stays in the Lowcountry – as compared to only 14%… Read More

From NYC to CHS – Why We Went Local For Rhapsody CrossFit

Jan 15, 2019

By Trinity Wheeler, Co-Owner of Rhapsody CrossFit About 30 people move to Charleston every day. When this number bubbles up, it’s usually met with an eye-roll and scoff about soul-crushing traffic and crumbling infrastructure. I get it. Charleston has something special worth protecting; whether it’s the charm, character… Read More

How to Eat Local for the Holidays

Nov 19, 2018

The holidays present an excellent opportunity to choose local whether it is for gifts, food, or both! This is the time of the year when gatherings move indoors and meals are shared around a table with loved ones. Which means even more reason to celebrate a strong and… Read More

2018 Buy Local Markets

Nov 1, 2018

(Do you know of a market not listed below? Let us know!) — ONGOING — – Be sure to find a Farmers Market near you this fall and holiday season! – The Charleston Farmers’ Market hosts a special Holiday Market on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December, 9am – 3pm…. Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Rachel & Jeremias Paul

Oct 16, 2018

“We solely roasted coffee for a couple of years, but realized quickly that we were missing the connection to people that we wanted to have – that people element that’s so crucial in the coffee culture. We were wholesaling successfully across the country, but wanted stronger ties to… Read More

Hurricane Florence - Local Business Resources

Sep 11, 2018

  As we all make preparations for Hurricane Florence, both for our homes and businesses, may we be reminded to 1) breath, 2) check on neighbors and pets in need, 3) implement your business and household disaster plan, and 4) be ready to help one another clean up… Read More

How to Go Indie this Independence Day

Jun 27, 2018

Celebrate Independence Day by supporting your local-independent businesses! Whether you’re planning the perfect beach day, an outdoor hiking adventure, or are hosting a back-yard party for friends and neighbors, let your local businesses help you get everything you need for an unforgettable holiday: Grill & Grub like a… Read More

Zing Table Zest

Apr 16, 2018

Story by Stephanie Hunt; Photo by Sea Star Arts Photography, of Paul Saginaw speaking at Lowcountry Local First’s 2013 Good Business Summit Exclamation points!! That’s the punctuation of choice when Ann Arbor, Michigan deli founders Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig wrote their guiding principles for Zingerman’s Community of… Read More

City of Charleston Proclamation: Buy Local Month

Nov 29, 2017

The below Proclamation was read by City of Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg on November 28, 2017 at the City Council Meeting. WHEREAS; The City of Charleston is proud to join with Lowcountry Local First in supporting and celebrating Charleston’s local-independent businesses and the impact they have on… Read More