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...

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...

Forklift pioneer raises the standard for the future

Progress South Carolina, A Supplement to The Post & Courier, 2017

The history of industrial trucks can be traced back to the First World War. One hundred years later, one of the pioneers of this industry remains the second largest manufacturer in the world, the largest manufacturer for electric forklifts, and its North American headquarters is based here in the Lowcountry. KION North America offers a dynamic product portfolio which includes electric, LPG and diesel-powered forklifts, warehouse trucks and tow tractors. Read more...

Authentic Lowcountry living

Charleston Style + Design, Spring 2017

Searching for a place to call home is about your lifestyle and extends far past your property lines. With more than two decades of experience in the Southeast, Kolter Homes understands this better than anyone. Nestled in a beautiful Lowcountry setting, its Summerville communities, The Ponds and Cresswind Charleston, were thoughtfully designed with your lifestyle and quality of life in mind. Read more...

Multidirectional fun

Charleston Style + Design, Winter 2017

There is a saying that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but if you’ve ever spent time on a porch swing you know that isn’t true. Countless memories are made and witnessed from outdoor swings, whether it’s where you sit to read the paper with your morning coffee or watch your children play in the yard. Its positioning should not be taken lightly.

When Debbie Burriss and her husband, Scott, were faced with the decision of which direction to face their bench swing on their newly constructed porch, they couldn’t decide. “We wanted to look at the water, watch our children play in the sand pile in our side yard and face our guests on the porch for conversation,” she says. To solve their directional dilemma, Scott created a mount that would allow their swing to rotate 360 degrees. Read more...

Thoughtfully Curated

Charleston Style + Design, Fall 2016

A presence in Charleston’s design community for more than a decade, Matthew McLaughlin decided it was time to put down some roots of his own. The former showroom manager at Circa Lighting partnered with his parents to set up shop after renting space in Antiques of South Windermere for the past four and a half years. Located in South Windermere Shopping Center, Well Furnished is a home furnishings boutique that features a curated selection of period and new furniture, original artwork, classic lighting and distinctive accessories. Read more...

The Secret is Out Mount Pleasant’s appeal stays strong as prices inch up

Real Estate, June 11, 2016

As the name implies, just east of the Cooper River, homebuyers are flocking to East Cooper: specifically Mount Pleasant and the area’s friendly, suburban towns. From the historic Old Village to the sands of Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms and stretching north for more rural, countryside living, more than 81,000 people call the region home.

Much of this growth can be attributed to the fact that few areas in the Lowcountry offer such diversity in housing options as the swath of land east of Charleston’s peninsula, from beach bungalows to rural farms. Though each community entices buyers with its unique personality, certain areas are experiencing more rapid growth than others. Read more...

Alliance bolsters north eastern South Carolina’s economy

Progress South Carolina, April 18, 2016

The North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) is a nine-county regional economic development alliance that is working with its county allies – Chesterfield, Marlboro, Darlington, Florence, Dillon, Williamsburg, Marion, Horry and Georgetown counties – to prepare the northeastern region of the state for economic opportunities.

As an economic development organization, NESA has helped its member counties add 8,944 jobs along with $1.5 billion in new capital investments to the region over the past five years. Read more...

We’re lifting it

Progress South Carolina, April 18, 2016

Headquartered in Summerville, SC, KION North America Corporation is leader in the material handling industry. With more than 100 years of experience, the company provides innovative logistics solutions for its customers.

With its brand companies Linde, Baoli, STILL and Egemin, KION North America offers a comprehensive and complementary product portfolio to the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of the Caribbean. In addition to a nationwide sales and service network comprised of around 100 independent dealerships, KION North America employs a team of 185 dedicated professionals. Read more...

Kershaw County continues to boom as manufacturing hub

Progress South Carolina, April 18, 2016

Located northeast of Columbia, Kershaw County has a rich history of manufacturing excellence dating back to the textile industry around 1900.

Today, manufacturers from around the world including China, Finland and Germany produce products in Kershaw County including automotive textiles, appliances, chemicals, carpet fibers, agriculture feed, copper foil, lumber and automotive filters. Read more...

Hydrostatic drive systems lasts six times longer on an oil change

Modern Material Handling, 2015 Casebook

Southeast Wood Treating, based in Montgomery, Ala., owns or operates treating plants in eight states and ships to more than 500 Lowe’s Home Improvement stores for Georgia Pacific. After purchasing 16 new lift trucks, the company saw increased productivity and efficiency while reducing costs for operations and labor.

The new lift trucks replaced units with more than 20,000 operating hours, according to Richard Queen, director of human resources for Southeast Wood Treating. “In some cases we had lifts that exceeded 25,000 hours,” he says. “Other lift truck brands we’ve had in the past would have to be traded out between 9,000 and 15,000 hours.” Read more...

At Your Service

Summerville Journal Scene, Aug.-Nov. 2011

At Your Service is a weekly page of The Summerville Journal Scene community newspaper. It highlights local businesses that provide various services ranging from hair salons, landscapers and automotive shops. From Aug-Nov 2011, I was responsible for the advertorial copy and layout for this page.