Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving in your luxury house on Isle of Palms (or Folly beach house Charleston).

May you have a stay filled with all good things, be they family, friends, yummy edible indulgences.  Most especially, may you have an opportunity to pause a little bit, to reflect and count your blessings.  There may be few things that lift your spirit more than taking a little time to focus on all the things in your life you are thankful for.  Gratitude is an attitude that inevitably lifts your mood.

If you are in one of our SC vacation rentals for this holiday week, be it a Folly Beach rentals Charleston or one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, hope you have a great, relaxing time.  It’s hard to beat a post-Thanksgiving meal stroll on the beach with family and friends.  A Charleston beach house and the holidays are a match made in heaven.

Well, today the Black Friday madness churned at a rabid pace.  I believe today set a record for the number of sales-based emails landing in my inbox.

Find unique Lowcountry gifts near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

Find unique Lowcountry gifts near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

Experience Small Business Saturday near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

As a nice antidote to the insanity, there’s a growing movement afoot to shop local this Saturday.  It’s actually been officially dubbed, “Small Business Saturday.”  The trend of all things LOCAL that’s so popular in eating circles has expanded to merchants as well.

Shoppers say going to local shops is a different experience, but a good way to find one of a kind gifts.

The US Small Business Administration says small businesses are vital to the economy, employing nearly half of all private sector employees.

Right now is officially “Buy Local Month” in Charleston, which kicked off November 15th… just in time for the holiday shopping season.  It runs through December 15th.

Lowcountry Local First is the Charleston non-profit and visionary group that’s behind the movement here.  They have a nifty online database and search engine for finding neat local businesses.  Here’s a link.

Why buy local?

Small businesses make up 90% of the firms in the state, and it’s a HUGE part of what gives the Charleston area its particular personality and charm.  The Lowcountry is blessed to have a large number of merchants that have created their own small businesses unlike ones anywhere else in the world.   Coastal Cupboard… Wonder Works… Palmetto Moon… all the neat shops and booths in the market downtown… antique shops and galleries on King Street… Hyman’s Seafood on Meeting Street, where celebrities come to eat… Husk, Slightly North of Broad, Half-Moon Outfitters… the list is massive and fun.

Favorite local business Wonder Works is a really cool toy shop based here that has several stores in the Charleston area.  Owner Christine Osborne explains the impact to the Lowcountry of buying locally.   “For every dollar they spend at a local business, it makes $3 for the local economy.  For every locally made item bought at a local business, every dollar makes $6. It’s huge, huge, huge.”

Frank Knapp Jr., president and CEO of the Small Business Chamber of South Carolina, explains: “Every dollar spent in a locally owned small business has three times the positive economic impact on the local economy than if that same dollar is spent in a big box store.”

After all, if you’re here staying in one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC, why not experience or purchase something that you can’t get anywhere else?  And there are so many great options right near all our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

In a luxury house on Isle of Palms?  Bring home gifts that are truly Charlestonian by supporting local businesses

While you’re here on the Isle of Palms or Folly staying in one of our rental homes South Carolina, be sure to visit the stores or restaurants that only exist in the Charleston area.  You will have a true taste of the Lowcountry, and your purchases will help make a great city even better.

If you’re in a luxury house on Isle of Palms this weekend, make a point to try a local store or restaurant this Saturday.  The Charleston area has some great and unique local merchants.

And when you are looking for luxury beach house rentals SC, be sure to call EP.  We’ll put you and your loved ones in the perfect luxury house on Isle of Palms.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger