Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Charleston Style & Design, Spring 2018

This year, Piccolo Spoleto’s signature event—the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition— will celebrate its 39th year. 

For two weeks, in Marion Square in the heart of Charleston, festivalgoers have the unique opportunity to view the most recent works from 70 of the state’s most renowned artists.

From watercolors, oils and acrylics to photography, each piece has an opportunity to earn the exhibit’s top prize—the Billie Sumner Award, formerly the Mayor’s Choice Award. Renamed this year in her memory, the award honors Sumner, who was an accomplished artist and director of the outdoor art show for nearly 20 years. 

Continue reading to learn more about some of the artists who will be featured. The artists’ work will be available for purchase during the exhibition, or artists can be contacted directly through their websites, where you can shop prior to or following the Festival. Read more...

Find the Right Fit: Shotguns & Rifles for Women

Shooting Industry Magazine, March 2018

As a female hunter who stands at just 5 feet 3 inches tall, I’m all too familiar with the challenge of finding a firearm that truly fits my frame. When shopping for a firearm, I find myself empathizing with the timeless fairytale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks struggled to find the right chair, bowl of porridge and bed, and ultimately found Baby Bear’s to be “just right.” I’ve often settled for a youth model because my shorter arms cannot properly support the barrel of a heavier weight or longer stock. Of course, not all women share the same challenges; we’re simply built differently than men. Read more...

Talkin' Turkey: Answer The Call Of This Niche Market

Shooting Industry Magazine, February 2018

Given the length of turkey season compared to other game species like whitetail deer, you may not see the value in serving this niche market. However, considering the sheer range of products needed for turkey hunting, there is a significant opportunity to increase your overall profitability by supplementing your existing product offerings. Read more...

Advancing Airguns & Airsoft Sales

Shooting Industry Magazine, November 2017

Though their history dates back to the late 1500s, airguns — the oldest pneumatic technology — still aren’t getting the credit they deserve. The best thing dealers can do is dispel the stigma airguns are just “toys.”

“Advancements in technology have allowed for more versatility and market opportunity than ever before,” said Richard Turner, president of Umarex USA. “And what we’re seeing is the emergence of unique applications that weren’t necessarily possible before.”

Still primarily used for training, recreational shooting and introducing youth to the shooting sports, an increasing number of shooters are using airguns for varmint and pest control. Innovations in pneumatic technology allow for larger calibers; hunters are using airguns to take medium- to big-game animals where state regulations permit their use. Read more...

Good Times, Unique Finds

Charleston Style & Design, Fall 2017

Walking into Scarlett’s Home Decor & Gifts in Summerville, South Carolina, is like dropping by to have a glass of wine with your girlfriends—that is, if your girlfriends are talented interior designers with keen eyes for beautiful things.

Rather than offering cookie-cutter décor that you could find at any big-box retailer—ornovelties typical of any Lowcountry gift shop—the store brings in an ever-changing, curated selection of items you won’t find anywhere else in Summerville and likely even the surrounding Charleston area. Read more...

Ahead of the Curve: Making Your School Search Timeline

Lowcountry Parent, October 2017

You’ve spent countless hours researching the options and weighing pro and con lists. Maybe you've ultimately reached the decision that forgoing a traditional/neighborhood school is the best option for your child. But, now what?

When it comes to choice school options, each school or district follows its own schedule. However, the National Association of Independent Schools suggests that parents begin their school search timeline a full year in advance -- or the August of the year before you want your child to attend a new school. Read more...

Choosing the Right School: Types of Schools in the Lowcountry

Lowcountry Parent, October 2017

Sending your child to school used to be as simple as which neighborhood public school your home was zoned for.

Recognizing that each child learns differently and has unique needs, the trend has shifted away from a “zip-code education” system to alternative learning environments such as charter, magnet, independent, Montessori and virtual schools. You hear other parents talk about them at the park or see threads about them on social media, but truth be told, it can be daunting to figure out what each of these types of schools are, the differences between them and which one is best for your child. Read more...

Best Self-Defense Handguns for Women

Shooting Industry Magazine, October 2017

When helping a woman choose which handgun is best for her, firearm dealers take on the responsibility of educating the consumer. By instinct, a woman might be drawn to a smaller handgun because they’re easier to carry and conceal. However, what she might not realize is they generally aren’t as easy to shoot compared to larger guns. Read more...

The Outsider: Hunting While Pregnant

Tideline Magazine, Fall 2017

From poor fitting camouflage to a limited selection of gear tailored to my female frame, I’ve faced numerous challenges growing up as a female hunter that my male counterparts haven’t ever had to face.

While manufacturer’s have taken notice and a lot has improved over the years, there is still one unique challenge that remains. It is actually one that I had never considered until I found myself in this situation. Three years ago, in the middle of spring turkey season, my husband and I learned I was pregnant with our first child.  Read more...


Life on top: Olympic gymnastic makes Holy City stop for Southern Women's Show

Lowcountry Parent, September 2017

Olympic gymnast, Laurie Hernandez is no stranger to the spotlight. Fresh off winning silver and gold medals in Rio, she went on to win the mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars last fall. Ahead of her meet and greet and guest appearance at the Southern Women’s Show on Friday, Sept. 22 at the Charleston Area Convention Center, Laurie gave us an update about what she’s been up to and insight into what it’s like to be a 17-year-old professional gymnast. Read more...

All women are not created equal

Arms & The Woman, a monthly column in Shooting Industry Magazine, August 2017

We’ve all seen the statistics. Women are the fastest-growing segment of gun owners and the majority is motivated to purchase a firearm as a means of personal and home protection. However, the best tactic dealers can deploy to capture their share of this audience is to stop making sweeping generalizations. All women are not created equal.

There’s arguably nothing women dislike more than being pigeonholed. When a woman walks into a gun store, she has already spent several months doing copious amounts of research — mostly by scouring manufacturers’ websites and by consulting with her family and friends. Rather than immediately steering her toward a hot pink lightweight compact pistol, take the time to ask questions and more importantly, listen to her answers. Read more...

Back to school: What's new in local districts?

Lowcountry Parent, August 2017

The new school year is fast approaching, and there's no doubt your to-do list is growing longer with each passing day. While you've been busy shopping for school supplies and clinging to every last second of summer fun in the Lowcountry, we checked in with school officials from each of the four local school districts to find out what's new for the upcoming year.

While most updates are unique to each district, three of the four districts have chosen to delay the first day of school due to the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Students in Berkeley, Dorchester Two and Dorchester Four should set their alarm clocks and be prepared to hit the ground running for the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Charleston County students begin the week prior, on Thursday, Aug. 17, but there's no school on eclipse day.

From school openings to new programs, here's everything else you need to know as you prepare to send your child off to school in the Lowcountry for the 2017-2018 school year. Read more...