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First off, a quick follow-up to that last BLOG about the all the new changes and renovations (almost $200 million worth) coming to the Charleston International Airport, or CHS.  I say “renovations,” but really, they are basically building a whole new airport on the site of the original one.  As I mentioned, the grand rededication won’t happen till the spring.

But this weekend  — just in time for the busy holiday travel season — the airport is already rolling out some big new improvements.  If you are flying to one of our SC vacation rentals, either Isle of Palms vacation rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston, you might notice the changes.

They include:

  • All three baggage carousels will be operational;
  • All gates on the second wing (ten of them) will be open;
  • All passengers will exit underneath the elegant new dome atrium area in the central hall;
  • All traffic lanes in front of the terminal will be open. (This is a real plus since the inner three lanes have been closed for quite some time due to construction.)  The inner lanes are earmarked for passenger pickup/drop-off.  The outer lanes are for taxis, shuttles and other ground transportation.

During the holiday season, from this coming Tuesday through January 10th, they will have remote seasonal parking lots open.  The rate is $8 per day, and they offer free shuttle service to and from the terminal.

The airport expects to service 3.4 million passengers during 2015.  By 2023, it’s expected to reach 4 million.  Honestly, at the rate the “secret” is getting out about Charleston, and the speed at which our beach rentals Charleston book up, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s even higher.  This is a good reminder  –  if you are interested in any of our luxury beach house rentals SC, do call EP as early as possible to make sure you get the Charleston beach house that’s perfect for your needs.


Go Local!

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

Lowcountry Local First is the Charleston non-profit and visionary group that’s behind the movement here.

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.

Lowcountry Local First has a nifty online database and search engine for finding neat local businesses.  Here’s a link:

To kick off this Local month, they’re having a giant Buy Local Block Party, their second annual.  Here’s a link to their event Facebook page with the scoop:

There’s going to be a huge vendor village, which will include these creative Charleston-area businesses/artists:

8 Petals Designs
Alison Brynn Ross Illustration & Design
Art Board Co.
Austin Grace Smith
be More Heart
Breton Trading Co.
Brinko Ties
Bulls Bay Saltworks
The Cake Farmer
Charleston Crafts Cooperative
Charleston Fish Company
Fiber Art Workshop
Fisher Recycling
Hemming Birds Boutique
Hermosa Jewelry
Ink Meets Paper
Itinerant Literate Books
J. Stark- Starkmade
Kendal Leonard Designs
KLO Apparel
Knotty Cards
The Artwork of Kristen Solecki
Lauren Amos Designs
Laura Jane Louise Designs
Modern South Design
MoonBath Botanicals
Old Whaling Company
pH Reclaimed
Plum Hill Paddles
Pure Fluff Co.
Seersucker Appreciation Club
SheSells Candles
So Twisted Up
Southern Smoke Cigars
Stephanie Rose Designs

Plus there will be the following local food/libations/live music options:

Local Brews
Tradesman Brewing
Freehouse Brewing
Fat Pig Brewing Company
Palmetto Brewery
Frothy Beard Brewing
Southend Brewery

Local Bloody Mary
Charleston Bloody Mary Mix
Charleston Distilling Company

Local Food Trucks
Roadside Seafood
Roti Rolls
Crave Kitchen’s Mac Daddy Food Truck
Zombie Bob’s Pizza
King of Pops

Local Music
Kids on Acid
Motown Throwdown
Volcanoes in the Kitchen


There will also be an all-local farm market stand, to stock up on fresh goodies from the garden.

The party is at 1630 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, near the cool headquarters space of Lowcountry Local First and Enough Pie.   It lasts from 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. tomorrow  –  Saturday, Novermber 21st.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of.  Kids 12 and under are free.  Here’s a link to buy tickets online:


So while you are 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.

Oh  – and by the way, also going on tomorrow (Saturday) from 5:30-7:30, it’s LIGHTS UP at Towne Centre.  They’ll kick off the holiday season with festive lights, train rides, live music, giveaways, and visits with St. Nicholas and a laser light show.   It’ll take place at Towne Centre, where there are several local shopping options.  It’s just over the IOP Connector from your luxury house on Isle of Palms.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger