2019 Eat Local Challenge Team Leaderboard

Mar 15, 2019

*This list is updated regularly and ranks teams by size. You may form or join a team at any point by signing the Pledge to Eat Local form. 1st place: South Carolina Aquarium – 8 individuals 2nd place: Local Works – 7 individuals 3rd place, tie: MUSC / Team… Read More

We're Hiring: Community Manager

Mar 7, 2019

Lowcountry Local First Position: Community Manager Term: Full-time, permanent Reports to: Director of Development Salary Range: $40,000 – $45,000 Application Deadline: March 31, 2019 We’re looking for someone who’s smart, responsible, fun, creative, and a self-starter that works well in a fast-paced start-up environment to sustain a diverse… Read More

Avenue for Change

Mar 5, 2019

Thank you to Charleston Magazine for this awesome article in their March 2019 issue! Street Team: Metanoia owns three adjacent buildings on Reynolds Avenue, with the middle one fronted by healthy eatery Dellz on the Macon. (Right, top and bottom) Clemson students built a model of the street for… Read More

Lowcountry Local First to launch Good Enterprises Initiative in Fall 2019

Feb 18, 2019

Community Business Academy will be held in North Charleston in Sept 2019 – Media coverage in Charleston City Paper, Feb 19, 2019: Lowcountry Local First hopes its Community Business Academy will help cultivate local entrepreneurs The following announcement was released February 14, 2019: Lowcountry Local First (LLF) has… Read More

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

Companies thrive at Local Works - 2018 Impact Report

Jan 11, 2019

Local Works, a 3,000sf community coworking space located on Upper Meeting Street,  aims to provide low-cost contract-free professional workspace for entrepreneurs and businesses in need of a creative and collaborative environment.  This open-sector coworking model supports businesses in need of dependable space and an active community ripe for partnerships…. Read More

Top Takeaways and Priorities from the 2018 Member Survey

Jan 2, 2019

At Lowcountry Local First, we believe ownership matters and relationships matter. That’s why we work with businesses, community members, and policymakers to build support for local, independent businesses. We make sure you know which businesses are Certified Local and meet our criteria for a local-independent business through our… Read More