A #Local Case Study: The Spectator Hotel

Jul 20, 2015

Monday blues got you down? We felt that way, too, until we took a gander at the newly opened downtown boutique hotel, The Spectator Hotel. What a beauty! Locally-owned by Charlestowne Hotels (and one of our GoodBusiness Summit sponsors), The Spectator Hotel is just one lovely example of… Read More

Density, Diversity, and Shared Ownership

Mar 20, 2015

While attending a recent Urban Land Institute annual Carolinas conference in Charleston, SC, I was intrigued by commercial real estate guru and marketer Gunnar Branson’s update to the well-worn real estate mantra: “Location, Location, Location.” Branson shared his 21st century update to the slogan as “Density, Diversity, and… Read More

So what is a Community Membership anyway?

Feb 19, 2015

By Larry Downey | Community Manager, Lowcountry Local First As lovers of the Lowcountry, we understand that we have a choice in what we buy and from whom we buy it. We have a choice in what we eat, and from where and by whom it’s grown. Collectively,… Read More

Charleston Forums on Hospitality, Upper Peninsula & Nightlife Regulations

Jan 30, 2015

By Lauren Gellatly, Community Development Director, Lowcountry Local First   The City of Charleston is holding several upcoming public forums on topics that may impact local businesses and residents in the peninsula area. We encourage our members to attend, share with your networks, or contact your city council… Read More

Make Things Happen With a Mentor

Jan 15, 2015

By Larry Downey, Community Manager @ Lowcountry Local First larry@lowcountrylocalfirst.org I am a huge proponent of mentorship. I had a mentor from sixth grade through high school who helped me navigate the treacherous waters of being a teenager. This experience actually led me to become a mentor for… Read More

Announcing our 2015 Board of Directors

Jan 6, 2015

We can’t do our work without champions in the community. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Lowcountry Local First is governed by a Board of Directors. These folks are business owners and leaders, and tirelessly spread the good word on supporting local businesses to build a strong economy. They… Read More

Let's level the playing field for local business #eFairnessNow

Dec 4, 2014

By Lauren Gellatly, Community Development Director @ Lowcountry Local First lauren@lowcountrylocalfirst.org Local businesses need YOUR help right now. We have a very critical and very brief window of opportunity NOW (or over the next few days) on passing internet sales tax fairness to level the playing field for… Read More

Local businesses were the stars at Buy Local Block Party

Dec 4, 2014

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… Read More