Mount Pleasant Magazine Jan/Feb 2022

11 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com In the last 10 years, I’ve noticed that the real benefit from the Best of Mount Pleasant is sometimes overlooked. Yes, of course it’s about recognizing the businesses you think are worthy of your votes. We tabulate your votes and make sure the results are accurate, using a shield of integrity that protects the results and holds them to an unwavering standard. Protecting and respecting our readers’ voices through these votes is central to the Best of Mount Pleasant results. But the other key benefits of the Best Of edition are even greater than that. The outcome of the Best of Mount Pleasant is beneficial on a broader level — at least in my own opinion — because it inspires East Cooper locals to do business with other East Cooper locals. As your local magazine that supports — and is supported by — local businesses, we have branded and promoted the Best of Mount Pleasant emblem as an extension of Mount Pleasant Magazine and as a symbol of trust. Why can you trust us? We’ve published these results for a decade — and before that, we published the Best of Charleston. See past results from those early days here: The annual Best of Mount Pleasant stimulates conversations, gives new residents a road map to follow and creates commerce, but I still think the most important part of tabulating the votes and publishing the results each year is how it brings our community together. Whether it’s East Cooper residents and business owners participating in the Best Of photoshoot, attending and enjoying the annual Best Of party or proudly displaying the Best Of logo on a shop window or on social media, it’s all about our community and our shared relationships. For me, that’s the very Best thing about the annual Best of Mount Pleasant. Until next time, Bill Macchio Publisher • publisher’s note Meet some of the Best Of Mount Pleasant! When the team at Mount Pleasant Magazine scouted for a location for this year’s Best of Mount Pleasant photoshoot, we knew that it needed to be iconically Mount Pleasant. The Ravenel Bridge has been a symbol of the town since its completion in 2005. Overlooking the Cooper River, the bridge’s cablestayed design is a link between two beautiful places in the Lowcountry. Mount Pleasant Magazine was given permission to use the land between Harborside East and Embassy Suites of Charleston. This location’s unobstructed view of the bridge is unmatched, and we are grateful for the opportunity. Thanks to the talent and hard work of Photographer Mark Staff, @markstaffphoto, we were able to capture a sunset photo with some of Mount Pleasant’s Best. And thanks to the generosity of Angie Balderson of Haven’s Furniture, we were able to have stylish and modern outdoor seating. From left to right: Ty Raju with SAVI Cucina; Stuart Markovitz with Charleston Men’s Clinic; Mike Able with Haddrell’s Point Tackle; Kate Tran with Amazing Nails Spa; Jeremy Johnson with America’s Swimming Pool Company; Trey Harrell with Trey Harrell Law Office LLC; Diane Lang with 1201 Midtown; Christi Ascue Kershaw with Ascue’s Auto Body & Paint Shop; Shannon Gallo with Oyster Candle Company & Coastal Gifts; Paul Smith with The Paul Smith Team; Matthew Smith with Charleston Custom Carts; Windi McKeithan with Ragamuffin Children’s Boutique; Steven Baugh with Set in Stone Hardscapes; and Dr. Cason Hund with Wando Family Dentistry.