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

Folly Beach Restricts ‘Formula’ Businesses

Dec 13, 2018

The following article ran in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, Volume 24 / No 26 print issue, that came out on December 10, 2018. Written by CRBJ staff writer Patrick Hoff. If you’re looking to buy a Big Mac, you won’t find it in downtown Folly Beach. And that… 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

Folly Beach may ban chain restaurants and stores to keep itself unique

Oct 23, 2018

By Chloe Johnson cjohnson@postandcourier.com Oct 22, 2018 – Front page story for the Post and Courier Folly Beach may ban chain businesses from the island, a rare move for a South Carolina municipality that supporters say will help protect the beach community’s funky character. The proposed ordinance already… Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Melvina Ravenel

Oct 22, 2018

“I love music, and I love what music does for me and I know what music does for others. And I like to make people feel good. …And the other part of my idea was wanting to lose weight and be healthier in my adult years. And I… Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Christian Senger

Oct 22, 2018

“I did the typical big Charleston events and touristy things – which are all great, but I wasn’t digging into it until I had been here a while and started to meet people. And after 4 or 5 years here, around August 2011, I launched Holy City Sinner…. Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Mika Gadsden

Oct 22, 2018

“Moving here to Charleston as a sophomore in high school was a pivotal moment for me. As someone who was born and raised primarily in the Northeast, the Holy City didn’t always feel like home to me, especially as a teenager. Not only did I have to adjust… Read More