Hospitality always matters
By Peg Moore
Manners matter in Charleston and of course that includes restaurant manners. In the past decade, however, locavorism and celebrity chefs received more national attention than ambience and service. That can change this year — Charleston Grill is a semifinalist for the “Outstanding Service” award given by the James Beard Foundation. Winners will be announced in May.
Destination St. Lucia
By Allston McCrady
“Let’s go someplace warm.”
No sooner had Winter Storm Quantum aimed its icy breath in our southerly direction than my husband Ben Le Clercq uttered this pronouncement. Not that we can’t take the chill, but we’d been meaning to take a snowbird trip to the Caribbean for years and somehow never got around to it. When Ben settled a case on the courthouse steps, it was a sign: Fly. South. Now.
Women and whisky, Part I
By the Whisky Couple
The mother of all whisky hotels, The Craigellachie Hotel, in the eponymous village of Scotland’s Speyside, has been refurbished under new ownership and brings back olden times. The world famous Quaich Bar has been rebuilt and a brand new balcony on the outside now offers cigar smokers a fine opportunity to combine a dram with a fine long filler. Downstairs has been turned into a cozy country pub with excellent dining facilities, called The Copper Dog.
Sago palms’ life-threatening potential for our pets
By Alan Green and Sean Ellison
For all of us, understanding and being knowledgeable of the environment we live in allows us to enjoy its beauty, while remaining respectful of the dangers. There is nothing more representative of this statement than the sago palm, a common and ubiquitous member of our surroundings in the Lowcountry. It is an honor this month to introduce Dr. Sean Ellison, DVM. Dr. Ellison is an important member of the CVRC Emergency and Critical Care team. He provides us important information about sago palm toxicity.
Mayoral candidates on the issues: Flooding
Editors note: This is the first installment of what will become a regular series between now and the time Charleston goes to the polls to select our first new mayor in four decades. As the mayor must represent citizens first, we seek to find their solutions to some of the challenges Charleston residents care about most. We hope these insights will keep the electorate more informed and the candidates more transparent; for our early editorial thoughts on the election, please turn to page 12.
By Charleston Mercury Staff
“Much has been done, but much still remains for future enterprise.” These were words Robert Mills penned almost 190 years ago about keeping Charleston safe from flooding. Many of our most important thoroughfares — Market Street, Lockwood Boulevard, parts of Calhoun Street — are prone to flooding, as are scores of side streets and residential areas.