Mount Pleasant Magazine May/June 2023

MAY/JUNE 2023 T H E C O N V E R S A T I O N C O N T I N U E S O N M O U N T P L E A S A N T P O D C A S T . C O M C A L E N D A R O F E V E N T S • F A M I L Y E D I T I O N The Love of Family The Heartbeat of Mount Pleasant Inclusion Positions Town for Third All-America City Award Boredom Busters, Perfect Picnics and Summer Soirées Extraordinary Businesses Embracing Extraordinary People 2023


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7 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com Publisher’s Note................................................... 11 Editor’s Note. ...................................................... 13 About the Cover. ................................................. 14 Our Contributors. ............................................... 15 On the Web......................................................... 16 Social Buzz......................................................... 17 Calendar of Events............................................... 18 31 34 18 49 45 contents MAY/JUNE 2023 • VOL. 13, ISSUE 3 Mount Pleasant First...........................................27 Mount Pleasant, All-America. ............................28 Descendants........................................................31 Mount Pleasant Focuses on Special Residents....34 Mount Pleasant Stands Behind Us.....................46 Carl Ritchie and the Special Olympics...............49 53 Features Our Town Michael’s Barkery Makes a Difference................43 Pets Support Autism...........................................45 A Mother and Son Trip Across America.............53 Woodhouse Spa..................................................59 Making it Work..................................................60 Front Porch Coffee House..................................65 Boredom Busters. ...............................................67 Your Summer Family Photo Op.........................71 BloomTown Flower Market...............................74 Teal Elite Med Spa..............................................75 67 71

8 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com r e d s i c e h o u s e . c om @ r e d s i c e h o u s e ANNIVERSARY TH 2003 2023 Let’s party! THE SUMMER OF FUN. TM Af ter 20 amazing years on the creek, no ordinary birthday celebration would do! Starting Memorial Day Weekend we’re kicking of f “The Summer of Fun!” five big Summer events culminating in a huge finale concert in August! Follow us on social media for details and come join us for a celebration like no other. INSIDE IS BORING. 98 Church St. / Mt. Pleasant 843 . 388 . 0003

9 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com contents MAY/JUNE 2023 • VOL. 13, ISSUE 3 Dwellings Meet the Broker.........................................................77 Haven’s Furniture.......................................................79 Ballard Designs...........................................................81 Top Ten Homes Sold..................................................83 Neighborhood Podcast...............................................88 Gloudeman Electirc. ..................................................95 Tony Pope State Farm. ...............................................97 77 99 100 79 Hobbies and Leisure Books.........................................................................99 Picnicking in the Parks.............................................100 Cachita’s Kitchen......................................................103 Dulce Churros Ice Cream. .......................................105 Red’s Ice House........................................................107 La Hacienda.............................................................109 Wine........................................................................110 Recipes.....................................................................111 East Cooper Neighbors............................................112 103 107 110

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11 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com With Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June, we’ve always called our May/June edition the family issue. The foundation of any forward-thinking community must include a strong family base. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy publishing the family edition, because our town has a strong base of engaging parents. I believe whenever a community protects and stimulates the young minds in the area, which Mount Pleasant does, the entire community is better for it. The Town of Mount Pleasant and Mount Pleasant Magazine are working together to bring attention to the families who are privileged to have family members with special abilities. These families have a strength, determination and patience that is unmatched. These families, in so many ways, enrich the communities they call home. These strengths, combined with our area’s rich history, will help propel Mount Pleasant to secure a third All-America City award for 2023. Mount Pleasant is one of 20 finalists. We secured this coveted award back in 2010 and 2018. There are a limited number of towns who have earned three awards of this magnitude, but as we work together, we can make this happen. I’d like to encourage you to watch or listen to our most recent podcast on, which further explains how it’s a community affair. Katie Augustine, the town’s community engagement strategist, details the process on page 28. On June 8, 40 delegates from Mount Pleasant will travel to Denver for the upcoming All-America City final competition that will take place June 9 – 11. We will be competing against 19 cities throughout the country. This year’s theme is “Creating Thriving Communities through Youth Engagement.” Our community has taken this theme to the next level with an all-inclusive approach. To learn more, read Isabela Alvarez Arata’s article beginning on page 34. I love our town. I’m sure that’s obvious. For me, it is about publishing the town’s magazine, but there is more to it. When you are a part of a community where your children are surrounded by residents who truly care, you can’t ask for anything more. Please read the article I penned on page 46. It’s a personal story about our town, my family’s journey involving a traumatic brain injury and how our community embraced my son to make his life the best it can be. No matter what happens in Denver, I believe we are already living in the finest example of an All-America City! Sincerely, Bill Macchio Publisher • publisher’s note Vol. 13, Issue 3 • May/June 2023 PUBLISHER/EDITORIAL DIRECTOR BILL MACCHIO PUBLISHER@MOUNTPLEASANTMAGAZINE.COM MANAGING EDITOR LORNA HOLLIFIELD COPY EDITORS COLIN MCCANDLESS LEAH RHYNE ART DIRECTOR DANA COLEMAN PRODUCTION MANAGER BETHANY LONG AD DESIGNERS BETHANY LONG KIM HALL REBECCA SOTTILE TECHNOLOGY GEORGE CONKLIN BRIAN SMITH GENE PHAN WRITERS KATIE AUGUSTINE MADISON BROACH • JACK LOVINGOOD LEAH RHYNE • SHERRY WHITING MARY COY • MAURICE FRAZIER • KATIE FINCH CARI LAWSON• ISABEL ALVAREZ ARATA BILL FARLEY • GINGER SOTTILE PHOTOGRAPHER MARK STAFF BRAND AMBASSADOR STACEY MCLOUGHLIN STACEY@MOUNTPLEASANTMAGAZINE.COM INDEPENDENT MEDIA CONSULTANTS KATIE FINCH KATIE@MOUNTPLEASANTMAGAZINE.COM ANDY BIMONTE ANDY@MOUNTPLEASANTMAGAZINE.COM ADMINISTRATION & BOOKKEEPING GINGER SOTTILE ASSISTANT TOTHE PUBLISHER/CLIENT RELATIONS JENNIFER BURKE SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGERS CHESLEY LANFORD ANTHONY MACCHIO DISTRIBUTION U.S. POST OFFICE • HARRIS TEETER • PUBLIX • CVS Mount Pleasant Magazine is published locally by a team of independent contractors. Mount Pleasant Magazine is published six times per year by Media Services, Inc. 1013ChuckDawley Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC29464 Copyright © Media Services 2023. All rights reserved. Reproduction electronically or in print format without the expressed written consent of the publisher is strictly prohibited and a violation of U.S. copyright laws. Inquiries to: Mount Pleasant Magazine P.O. Box 22617, Charleston, SC 29413 843-881-1481 An t hony Ma c c h i o .

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13 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com editor’s note Family. It’s what makes up our society. We all come from somewhere, and so far, no humans have just spontaneously appeared. Those families come in all shapes, sizes and situations. However, if someone asked a random person to draw a picture of a family, it might be a perfectly healthy mom, dad, daughter and son. Fido might make the cut, too. Though that archetype is often the picture of family we have in our heads, they actually look like all kinds of things. Every type of family puzzle imaginable is present right here in Mount Pleasant. In this issue, we found it appropriate to focus on some of those great families that make our town a wonderful place to call home. So many families have someone with some type of special needs in the mix. In talking to people I know, almost everyone has a brother or a cousin or a step-sister or a nephew who’s built or thinks a little bit differently because of his or her genetic makeup or health. These families are often underrepresented in everyday culture, but they are enormously present. Where is the child on the spectrum, in a wheelchair or with a hearing aid in that mental picture we all have? Recently, Mount Pleasant — on both governmental and private levels — has made more efforts than ever to become a truly inclusive city. Town officials, businesses and nonprofit organizations are working together to draw these families in, and we’ve featured those efforts in these pages. We have also included fun articles about families finding balance in unique work situations, busting the boredom this summer and walking through history by discovering descendants of notable residents. We’ve even dug up some history on the first planned neighborhood in the sea of so many that exist now. There is literally something inside for everyone. As I write that sentence, I think not of just this publication, but of the town it represents. When driving past the Mount Pleasant sign on I-526 or crossing the Ravenel into East Cooper territory, I think that is truer than ever before. There is, indeed, something inside for everyone. -Lorna Hollifield Managing Editor is a proud member of MARCH/APRIL 2023 T H E C O N V E R S A T I O N C O N T I N U E S O N M O U N T P L E A S A N T P O D C A S T . C O M C A L E N D A R O F E V E N T S • F A M I L Y E D I T I O N The Future of the Family .Mount Pleasant Swings for the Fences Inclusion Positions Town for Third All-America City Award Boredom Busters, Perfect Picnics and Summer Soirées Special Businesses Embracing Special People 2023

14 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com about the cover Despite changing tides over many centuries, Shem Creek has always provided a livelihood, a playground and a sense of place for Mount Pleasant. It’s the town’s touchstone that always captures the heart and soul of the community and all those who spend time on the banks of the creek. The tides of time for Shem Creek date back to 1680 when Mount Pleasant’s first settlers from England — under the leadership of Captain Florence O’Sullivan — received a land grant of 2,340 acres. For more history Scan the Shem Creek QR Code that will take you to Mount Pleasant Magazine’s Shem Creek history published on Discover more about why this area is the heart of the land east of the Cooper. Mount Pleasant Magazine is honored to showcase this Shem Creek image that was captured by local photographer Ken Bowman. Visit KenBowmanPhotography. com for more. MAY/JUNE 2023 T H E C O N V E R S A T I O N C O N T I N U E S O N M O U N T P L E A S A N T P O D C A S T . C O M C A L E N D A R O F E V E N T S • F A M I L Y E D I T I O N The Love of Family The Heartbeat of Mount Pleasant Inclusion Positions Town for Third All-America City Award Boredom Busters, Perfect Picnics and Summer Soirées Extraordinary Businesses Embracing Extraordinary People 2023 Deep within you, lies unconditional love, happiness and peace. The heart of my work is to guide you there. My name is Romain Bester: certified energy therapist and mindfulness instructor. I am here to bring you back to the essence of you. Scan QR or visit to learn more. WE ARE EXPANDING WITH THE TOWN WE LOVE. If you love our magazine and would be interested in becoming part of our marketing team full or part-time, Contact Stacey McLoughlin SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 Take a Brews Cruise Down “Long Pint” Road The SecondAct Senior Citizens Still MakingWaves Journey Through Nooks and Nature in North Mount Pleasant M O U N T P L E A S A N T S E N I O R L I V I N G For the Love of the Game NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022 C H A R L E S T O N W O M E N ‘Tis the Season for Giving Back How YOU can get Involved Motorcylists Ride Highway to Hope for Many Causes The Greatest Gift of All Journeys through IVF PRESENTS, PARADES AND PARTIES, OHMY! Home for the o Holidays MARCH/APRIL 2023 C O A S T A L R E A L E S T A T E I N F O W W W . V O I C E F O R R E A L E S T A T E . C O M C A L E N D A R O F E V E N T S • B E A U T I F U L H O M E S • T H E H A M M O C K C O A S T Design, Dècor andDetails Our Annual Tour of Beautiful Homes A Second Serving of “Best Of” Winners Coming Right Up 2023 WWW.BESTOFMP.COM Tributes to our Late Leaders Farewell to Arthur and Thomasena Read More of Their Stories Taking it Outside Tennis, Trips and Tales from the Bridge

15 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com contributors Leah Rhyne is a professional writer with a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Montclair State University. She spent four years as the festival director of the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival and specializes in event management, marketing and public relations. Isabel Alvarez Arata is a freelance writer and content creator with a focus on business, marketing and lifestyle. She contributes to various online and print outlets, including her own petrelated podcast and blog, “Covered in Pet Hair.” Katie Finch joined the Charleston Women family as a media consultant in 2022. An Alabama native (War Eagle, anyone?) and a former small business owner, Katie loves connecting with local Lowcountry business owners while putting her marketing degree to use. On the weekends you can find her golf carting around The Old Village with her family or visiting local parks. Jack Lovingood is a native of Western North Carolina but now splits time bouncing between the mountains and the Lowcountry. Professionally, Jack has spent most of his adult life as an entrepreneur dabbling in web development, real estate and finance. Creatively, Jack enjoys penning songs, playing guitar and writing for lifestyle publications. British-born professional photographer and director/producer Mark Staff moved to Charleston in 2018. His work mainly consists of lifestyle and portrait photography and video. Staff enjoys mountain climbing, riding motorcycles and hanging out with his wife and two dogs. His work has taken him to many interesting places across America and abroad. Check out his website,, and give him a follow on Instagram to join him on the journey. Interested in contributing to Mount Pleasant Magazine? Email your contact information (name, phone, mailing address) and one sample of work you have created (or a link to your work online) with the subject “Aspiring MPM Contributor” to Editor@ WE LOVE HELPING OUR BUSINESS OWNERS IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THEIR FAMILY LIFE. If you’re a business owner and would like to learn more about trading with these businesses, please scan the QR to learn how.

16 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com atch Mount Pleasant Magazine online at, and flip through the digital magazine at For up-to-date, relevant content for all of Mount Pleasant and East Cooper, follow us on Instagram @MountPleasantMagazine, and on Facebook at MountPleasantMagazine. Don’t forget to comment on our posts with your thoughts on the events, businesses or personalities featured. We want to connect with you. Your voice could become featured in our “Social Buzz” section. We have so much to offer the community beyond these pages. We invite all of our readers to enjoy our podcasts, in addition to our online publications. Both and offer amazing insights into our community through the first-person stories of our leaders, business owners and beloved residents. This is a chance to watch, listen and learn from your neighbors. Want to get involved with the content chosen for Mount Pleasant Magazine? Give us your ideas for a feature story. Email with your ideas, supporting photos and contact information. We’d love to hear from you! C on the web WE LIKE YOUR NATURAL SMILE! 2928 N HWY 17, MT. PLEASANT, SC 29466 (843) 856-8856 • WWW.SEWEEDENTAL.COM “Dr. Eddie White and the Sewee staff are professionally top notch and terrific people to boot. One could not choose a more expert, considerate dentist than Dr. White.” - Bob O, Patient

17 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com social buzz ocial media has become the gateway to all content. Connecting to one of these springboards is opening up a door to endless information. Everyone has heard the tongue and cheek phrases like, “do it for the ‘gram,” or “if it’s not on Facebook, it didn’t happen.” In recent years, podcasts and vlogs have become of equal importance to these longer established powerhouses. Now, video reigns as king across each platform and has created a YouTube renaissance. And, you know what? We’re here for it. We encourage all of you to follow all of our platforms, including the Mount Pleasant Magazine YouTube channel with over 400 videos of content all about our beloved town. This is your chance to step out of the shadows and comment on relevant issues like the real estate climate, local business, popular events and area personalities. This is your chance to interact more than ever before. Reader Hope Singletary commented, “The Mount Pleasant Magazine social media platforms are great to find out about local happenings. They are also useful in learning about interesting businesses or hangouts I wouldn’t have discovered. I’m noticing more video, not just pictures, which is also great. Video makes you feel connected.” We invite you to join forward motion with us. Comment on the posts, take the polls, ask the questions. Our readers are our content. These are your platforms, Mount Pleasant. Join us in telling your stories. S FAMILY. The guiding light behind our desire to open Izzy’s, our very own FAMILY-OWNED AND FAMILY-OPERATED BUSINESS. THE SHOPPES AT SEASIDE FARMS 1960 RIVIERA DRIVE, SUITE E MT. PLEASANT, SC (843) 981-9177

18 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com MAY Awendaw Green When: Every Wednesday at 5 p.m. Where: Awendaw Green A converted old barn is a centerpiece of an outdoor live music space that features food, bonfires and a showcase of local talent. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Meet The Animals When: Daily at 2:30 p.m. Where: Brookgreen Gardens Explore the world of animals native to the southeast as an interpreter introduces you to a live animal in an interactive setting at the Campbell Center Program Shed. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Mother Nature’s Cafe When: Daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Brookgreen Gardens Walk through the Lowcountry Zoo and the Floyd Family Heritage Farm with an interpreter, and observe the animals’ natural behavior as they are fed a snack in this informative 50-minute tour. --------------------------------------------------------------------- The Creek Excursion When: Daily through 11/23/23 at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Where: Brookgreen Gardens Cruise the creeks on a 48-foot pontoon boat. You will pass historic rice fields that are now home to alligators, waterfowl and osprey. An interpreter helps you see the distinctive landscape of the rice plantations and understand the roles of enslaved Africans in cultivating the rice crop and shaping the history of the Lowcountry. --------------------------------------------------------------------- The Oaks Excursion When: Daily through 11/23/23 at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Where: Brookgreen Gardens Ride in our mini bus to the site of the Oaks Plantation. Learn the history of the prominent Alston family during the colonial and antebellum eras. --------------------------------------------------------------------- The Trekker Excursion When: Daily through 11/23/23 at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. Where: Brookgreen Gardens Ride with an interpreter along an avenue of historic Live Oaks to a plantation cemetery, a Civil War earthen fort site and a historic rice mill chimney. From the top of one of the area’s highest bluffs, see a panoramic view of the Waccamaw River. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ladies’ Night with Karaoke When: Thursdays 5/4/23 - 9/7/23, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Where: Coconut Joe’s Beach Grill Join us at Coconut Joe’s every Thursday for drink specials and karaoke with DJ Luna. We’re serving up specialty cocktails for just $5 and belting out all the ballads. We hope to see you and your gal pals. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Yoga In The Garden When: Saturdays through 5/27/23 at 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Where: Brookgreen Gardens Yoga In The Garden allows you to experience Brookgreen Gardens in a unique way. Connect your body, mind and spirit in the tranquil setting. --------------------------------------------------------------------- CofC Spring Alumni Weekend 2023 When: 5/5/2023 at 4 p.m. Where: College of Charleston Mark your calendar: Spring Alumni Weekend 2023 will be held May 5-6. A Charleston Affair will be Saturday, featuring The Maxx in Cistern Yard, The Coppertones in the top-tier VIP area and DJ Kidd Shanard ‘18 in Cougar Mall. Calendar of Events

19 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com calendar of events --------------------------------------------------------------------- Full Moon Paddle and Bonfire When: 5/5/2023 at 8 p.m. Where: McClellanville Come see the full moon rise over the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest. The paddle will leave from our adventure center in McClellanville and travel up the Intracoastal Waterway. The paddle will last approximately one hour. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Party at the Point When: 5/5/23 - 7/7/23 at 6 p.m. Where: Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina Party At The Point is Charleston’s best and longest running happy hour concert series in town and its only beach party. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Hell Hole Swamp Festival When: 5/6/2023 at 6 p.m. Where: Jamestown Our festivities promise to be a weekend full of entertainment for the whole family. We will kick the weekend off Friday night with a party in the park and amusement rides. There is also a parade, silent auction, legs contest and famous children’s tobacco spitting contest. Free admission. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Music In The Park When: 5/6/2023 at 3 p.m. Where: Isle of Palms Recreation Department Carroll Brown Band will be followed by Green Levels so bring your lawn chairs and your appetite for an afternoon of good music and good food in the park. Music will be played under the picnic shelter, event will be located under the shade trees by the playground. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Pitbull When: 5/11/2023 at 6 p.m. Where: Riverfront Park Armando Christian Pérez, known professionally by his stage name Pitbull, is an American rapper and businessman. He began his career in the early 2000s, recording reggaeton, Latin hip hop and crunk music under a multitude of labels. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 52nd Annual Charleston Greek Festival When: 5/12/2023 at 5 p.m. Where: The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity Discover Greek food, wine and culture at this treasured Charleston event. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Spring Wine Festival When: 5/13/2023 at 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Brookgreen Gardens Enjoy wine tastings, food trucks and live music throughout Brookgreen Gardens. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Cast Off Fishing Tournament When: 5/13/2023 at 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Where: Charleston County Parks and Recreation Join us for the first fishing date of the season at the Mount Pleasant Pier. --------------------------------------------------------------------- WWE Supershow When: 5/14/2023 at 5 p.m. Where: North Charleston Coliseum See all your favorite superstars from Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown under one roof. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Second Sunday When: 5/14/2023 at 12 p.m. Where: King Street Shop, dine and discover the historic King Street at this cherished Holy City tradition. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Alice Cooper When: 5/15/2023 at 8 p.m. Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center Alice Cooper is an American rock singer whose career spans over five decades. With a raspy voice and a stage show that features numerous props and illusions, you’ll see pyrotechnics and guillotines.

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21 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com calendar of events --------------------------------------------------------------------- Jeff Foxworthy When: 5/17/2023 at 7 p.m. Where: North Charleston Coliseum Kick off Chucktown Comedy week with Jeff Foxworthy, Leanne Morgan and Dusty Slay. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Tom Jones When: 5/17/2023 at 8 p.m. Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center What’s New? Tom Jones in North Charleston, that’s what! --------------------------------------------------------------------- Grace Potter When: 5/17/2023 at 6 p.m. Where: The Windjammer Grace Evelyn Potter is an American singer-songwriter and musician who formed Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in 2002. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Chucktown Comedy Week When: 5/19/23 - 5/21/23, times vary Where: Locations vary Creator of the Nashville Comedy Festival, is bringing the Chucktown Comedy Week to North Charleston, South Carolina at North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. --------------------------------------------------------------------- That Big Book Sale When: 5/19/23 - 5/21/23 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Where: Omar Shrine Convention Center Charleston Friends of the Library, Charleston County Public Library and Crews Subaru will hold their annual book sale. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Dancing on the Cooper When: 5/20/2023 from 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Where: Charleston County Parks and Recreation Summertime calls for live music and dancing on the Mount Pleasant Pier! Local bands perform a variety of live music, including beach/shag, Cuban salsa, funk/soul, rock, jazz, country, Motown and the greatest hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Charleston Sprint Triatholon Series When: 5/21/2023 at 7 a.m. Where: Charleston County Parks and Recreation The Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series at James Island County Park features a 600-yard freshwater swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5K flat run. --------------------------------------------------------------------- North Charleston Business Expo When: 5/23/2023 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Where: Charleston Area Convention Center This must-attend event showcases the Lowcountry’s most dynamic businesses on an exciting, interactive show floor. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Zach Bryan When: 5/24/2023 at 8 p.m. Where: North Charleston Coliseum Enjoy The Burn, Burn, Burn Tour with Zach Bryan and Trampled by Turtles. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Kenny Chesney When: 5/25/2023 at 8:30 p.m. Where: Credit One Stadium I Go Back Tour is coming to Daniel Island where Kenny Chesney will be joined by Kelsea Ballerini. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Spoleto Festival When: 5/26/23/ - 6/11/23 Where: Downtown Charleston, multiple locations Join in one of the largest and most exciting arts festivals in the United States. Go to to learn about a host of events. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Cast Off Fishing Tournament When: 5/27/2023 at 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Where: Charleston County Parks and Recreation Join us for the first fishing date of the season at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier for a season of Cast Off Fishing Tournaments. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Rumours: Fleetwood Mac Tribute When: 5/28/2023 at 6 p.m. Where: The Windjammer Rumours has meticulously put together a show that spares no detail. From period accurate equipment and costumes to spot on characterizations and musical performances, Rumours takes you back to a time when music was still an unbridled cultural experience.

22 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com Reggae Nights Summer Concerts When: 6/2/2023 at 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Where: James Island County Park The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series at James Island County Park features traditional old school roots reggae with a new school attitude in a beautiful outdoor setting. ----------------------------------------------- Ranky Tanky When: 6/2/2023 at 8 p.m. Where: Charleston Music Hall Ranky Tanky is an award-winning American musical ensemble based in Charleston. It specializes in jazzinfluenced arrangements of traditional Gullah music. ----------------------------------------------- Dave Matthews Band When: 6/2/2023&6/3/2023 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Credit One Stadium Dave Matthews Band is an American rock band formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1991. The band’s founding members are singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer and backing vocalist Carter Beauford, violinist and backing vocalist Boyd Tinsley and saxophonist LeRoi Moore. ----------------------------------------------- Floppin Flounder 5K When: 6/3/2023 at 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Where: Sullivan’s Island Fire Department Join us on June 3 for one of our running club’s favorite events. ----------------------------------------------- Leslie Jones Live! When: 6/3/2023 at 7 p.m. Where: Charleston Music Hall Annette “Leslie” Jones is an American stand-up comedian, actress, writer, singer and game show host. Jones was a cast member and writer for the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 2014 to 2019. JUNE Come in Today and Experience What Makes Pulse So Special and Unique! 3500 Park Avenue Blvd Suite 105 Mount Pleasant, SC HOURS: Mon - Sat: 9:30AM - 7:00PM Sun: 11:30AM - 5:00PM PULSENAILSMTPLEASANT.COM 843-352-7637

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25 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com calendar of events --------------------------------------------------------------------- The Official Charleston Pride Crawl When: 6/3/2023 at 11:30 a.m. Where: Uptown Social Get your rainbow gear and join us for the Charleston Pride Crawl on June 3! Grab some friends, family, that awkward Bumble date, co-workers and your best Pride attire. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 2023 Charleston Pride Parade When: 6/3/2023 at 9 a.m. Where: King Street We are excited to announce the 2023 Charleston Pride Parade will be held during national pride month on Saturday, June 3!! Join us as we parade down Historic King Street of Downtown Charleston, SC! --------------------------------------------------------------------- Boz Skaggs When: 6/7/2023 at 8 p.m. Where: Charleston Music Hall Join Boz Skaggs for his Summer 2023 tour! --------------------------------------------------------------------- Drivin N Cryin When: 6/9/2023 at 6 p.m. Where: The Windjammer Celebrating their 33rd Anniversary together, Atlanta-based folk rock act, Drivin N Cryin, have spent most of 2018 on tour. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Celebrity Paws in the Park When: 6/10/2023 at 9 a.m. Where: Riverfront Park Crews Subaru presents this Walk for Animals, the largest fundraising and community event of the year for Charleston Animal Society. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Patriots Point: Operation Overnight When: 6/10/23 - 6/11/23 at 2 p.m. - 11 a.m. Where: Patriots Point We will get to spend time aboard the USS Yorktown and sleep in the sailor’s bunks overnight. We will have a funfilled evening of activities to learn to “live like a sailor” for the night. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Second Sunday When: 6/11/2023 at 12 p.m. Where: King Street Enjoy King Street as stores and restaurants share their wares on the sidewalks of downtown Charleston. --------------------------------------------------------------------- REO Speedwagon When: 6/13/2023 at 7:30 p.m. Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center REO Speedwagon is an American rock band fromChampaign, Illinois. Formed in 1966, the band cultivated a following during the 1970s and achieved commercial success throughout the 1980s. --------------------------------------------------------------------- IMomSoHard When: 6/17/2023 at 7 p.m. Where: Charleston Gaillard Center The hilarious mom duo with millions of followers explores all the ridiculousness you’re expected to do to keep multiple humans alive and happy-ish. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Palmetto Brewing Company Turns 30 When: 6/17/2023 at 12 p.m. Where: Palmetto Brewing Company Let’s party like it’s 1993! Wear your best ‘90s threads to enjoy music by As If! --------------------------------------------------------------------- Brit Floyd When: 6/21/2023 at 8 p.m. Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center Celebrate 50 years of Dark Side of the Moon! --------------------------------------------------------------------- RuPaul’s Drag Race When: 6/22/2023 at 8 p.m. Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center Werq The World Tour comes to North Charleston! --------------------------------------------------------------------- Lady A When: 6/24/2023 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Charleston Gaillard Center Lady A is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2006. The group is composed of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Lyle Lovett When: 8/11/2023 at 8 p.m. Where: Charleston Gaillard Center Lyle Lovett is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Active since 1980, he has recorded 13 albums and released 25 singles to date. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Inclusive Prom When: 8/12/2023 from 6p.m. – 8 p.m. Where: R.L. Jones Center People with disabilities and their families and friends are invited to an unforgettable night! Come dressed in your favorite formal attire.

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27 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com Bayview Acres. The name itself is charming, and it was meant to be. In the early 20th century, Bayview Acres was created to lure city folks to the burgeoning suburban community of Mount Pleasant, an early piece of the puzzle that would grow into the modern metropolis we know and love today. In 1937, the town of Mount Pleasant launched a campaign to draw downtown Charleston folks across the Cooper River. At the town’s centennial celebration, the Chamber of Commerce invited people to “come to Mount Pleasant and live!” Just a short drive from the city and the numerous jobs at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, the easy commute to both from the first planned suburban development in Mount Pleasant was a bonus. There was even regular bus service subsidized by the power company. It stands to reason that this neighborhood closest to the bridge was the first on the scene – excluding, of course, the centuries-old “Village” and the historic African American Settlement Communities. In the post-WW2 era, Americans migrated out of cities, flocking to brand-new “tract-housing” neighborhoods — large tracts of farmland subdivided into planned suburban developments. Veterans’ loans were available to men who’d served in the war, allowing families to leave city dwellings and establish their own homes. It was the beginning of the American Dream. The Bayview Acres neighborhood was officially established in 1954, but some of the homes date to 1945. Bayview Farm owners Daisie L. Sessions, Ruth B. Smith, John Bethea, Olive B. Hall and Alice B. McQueen stipulated with the sale of their farm a covenant for the new subdivision, ensuring it would remain strictly residential. Further, they required no more than one home per lot and that each home’s design would be “in reasonably substantial conformity with others in the neighborhood.” No animals other than household pets and egg-producing hens were allowed. Septic tanks provided for the disposal of sewage until a municipal sewer system became available. Residents were instructed to avoid any offensive activity that was a nuisance or annoyance to the neighborhood. Sessions donated a specific parcel for use as a neighborhood playground, targeting young families. The Bayview Acres Civic Club was set up to provide and maintain the playground and neighborhood entrance markers and was also responsible for street paving and installing street signs. Then, in 1957, Bayview Acres was designated as a bird and squirrel sanctuary, ensuring that hunting of either was not permitted, helping to secure a more family-friendly identity. Later, the neighborhood’s civic club spearheaded a county-wide effort to create a mosquito abatement program established to deal with the summertime pests. Bayview Acres has changed a great deal over the last 75 years. Some of the original bungalows have been replaced with larger homes, and several half-acre lots have even been subdivided to allow additional houses to be built. But the neighborhood helped set the town on a course of becoming a highly desirable place to raise a family, and the allure of “coming to Mount Pleasant to live” continues today. The Start of the Mount Pleasant Boom BayviewAcres our town

28 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com BY KAT I E AUGUST I NE Woven in Community Mount Pleasant Town Hall is buzzing with anticipation, plans and projects as the possibility of securing a third All-America City Award is within reach. The town has won the prestigious award twice, once in 2010 and again in 2018. Mount Pleasant’s thorough and powerful application grabbed the attention of the AllAmerica City judges and landed the town one of 20 spots in the final competition. Focusing on the attributes of strength, diversity and trust, the community stories featured in the application are compared to our local sweetgrass baskets which are sewn to be strong, colorful and beautiful. In early 2023, a team of town staff members began the lengthy process of applying for the designation while emphasizing community programs and accomplishments that coincide with the theme, “Creating Thriving Communities through Youth Engagement.” Mount Pleasant Youth Council was the perfect way to introduce the town’s mission to invest in our future leaders. The program empowers youth to serve their communities, develop leadership skills and grow to be engaged, responsible residents. The next step was to bring the application to life. Now, the planning is underway to bring a delegation of community members, town hall staff members and town leaders to Denver, Colorado to showcase how Mount Pleasant embodies what it means to be an All-America City. The group represents how the people of our town are intertwined to create a strong community. To share our community’s unique identity, we will participate in the cultural showcase, which will highlight our Gullah traditions and history. A sweetgrass basket our town

29 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com maker coupled with a Gullah storyteller will make guests feel like they’re exploring a basket stand along Highway 17 in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The most significant component of the competition is a 10-minute presentation that will be performed by the delegation in front of a panel of judges. The goal of the presentation is to highlight the accomplishments of the community discussed in the application by featuring the people who have fostered and advocated for positive change in town. This way, the passion behind the projects shines through. We highlight the work of local non profit Just Bee and restaurant Migliori’s Pizza. Both organizations work toward expanding inclusivity and positive experiences for families and individuals who are neurodivergent. The founder and CEO of Just Bee, Layla Luna, along with Don and Joanne Migliori and advocates Debbie and Frankie Antonelli will all join “Team Mount Pleasant” on the Denver stage to share their mission toward weaving inclusivity into the workforce and business community. Our next story focuses on our array of law enforcement programs designed to build relationships between community members, particularly young ones and police. Our loyal school resource officers create lasting bonds with Mount Pleasant students, while our police explorers and community service officers engage with and assist the public and our law enforcement officers. The authenticity and dedication of the Mount Pleasant Police Department make the town a safe community to live, work, play and raise a family. Deputy Chief Tyrone Simmons, who has been involved with these programs from a young age, SRO Mulern Jean, along with a current CSO and prospective MPPD Officer Matt Iannuzzi, will share how the programs weave bonds of trust in the community. The final segment of the presentation will share the story of the Shipman family. In the nearly seven years since the opioid epidemic claimed the life of 19-year-old Creighton Shipman, the Shipman family has been fighting to save lives through their non profit Wake Up Carolina. The Shipmans will wrap up the presentation by showing the judges how the family is weaving light into dark. Community members and town leaders are hopeful that months of preparation for the competition will earn the town its third All-America City designation to prove that all the pieces and people of the town fit together to create something extraordinary — a lot like the intricate sweetgrass basket. our town CHARLESTON'S LARGEST SELECTION FOR EVERYTHING TENNIS! Northcutt Plaza 976 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Suite M., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 | 843.284.8977 M-TH 10am-6pm FRI 10am-5pm SAT 9am-3pm SUN Closed Weight gain, not sleeping, brain fog? Hormones are a part of the equation. At-home hormone testing kits are available at Pitt Street Pharmacy! Find out if you could benefit from hormone therapy, and get on the right track to feeling your best. Stop by the pharmacy to talk with our hormone experts! Experience, education, and care to help you and your pets live your best lives. 111 Pitt Street, Mount Pleasant, SC P: 843-884-4051 F: 843-884-9117