Retail Store Renovations

If you live in the Charleston area or are planning a visiting, stop by our Mt. Pleasant retail store (918 Lansing Dr.) to check out our recent “summer makeover.”

We’ve added a new, blue-green back wall that brightens up the space (bel0w). Additional shelving houses several new beauty and skincare lines. And we’ve move some items around to improve flow.

To see more photos of the retail store’s new look, view our photo album.

Aloha Trader Joe’s Event Offers Savings & Giveaways at Retail Store

We’re welcoming Trader Joe’s Mt. Pleasant to the neighborhood with an “Aloha Trader Joe’s” event on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30. Charleston Naturally is located across from Trader Joe’s (401 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.) in the Lansing Plaza.

Looking at Trader Joe's from our retail store. Steps away!

View from frontage road

We’ll open our doors early at 8 a.m. both days, so stop by before or after Trader Joe’s. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to save on organic and natural items for baby, home, beauty/skincare, pets and more!

  • Present your Trader Joe’s receipt to receive 15% off your entire order!
  • Sign-up to win one of five (5) $50 Charleston Naturally gift cards
  • Additional sales on on select in-store items

This event is only valid in our Mt. Pleasant retail store. Wear your favorite Hawaiian attire, but we’ll also have some Hawaiian items to give away.

Retail Store Grand Opening in Mt. Pleasant, SC–May 14 (UPDATED)

Mt. Pleasant, SC retail storefront

Charleston Naturally will hold its Grand Opening on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. The store (918 Lansing Dr.) offers a wide selection of distinctive, eco-friendly and organic gifts. Guests can learn more about earth-friendly activities and vendors at the event.

Charleston Naturally is partnering with Lowcountry Local First (LLF) for this event. Representatives from Lowcountry Local First will be on hand from 3 to 4 p.m. to educate guests on natural gardening and farming practices, methods and planting advice. Additionally, 10 percent of the days’ in-store and online sales will go to LLF’s Growing New Farmers Incubator Project.

Enjoy local and seasonal ice cream flavors from Roots Ice Cream from 3 until 6 p.m. too!

The first 25 guests will receive a complimentary EcoSmart Journal, plus the event will offer several ways to save on items from Charleston Naturally:

  • Purchase a gift for yourself or a friend, and get 50 percent off a gift of your choice (of equal or lesser, limit one per customer).
  • Register to win one of five (5) $50 Charleston Naturally gift certificates
  • $5 gift certificates for all in-store guests, as well as $5 off online purchases May 14-17 with the coupon code “CNGR”

Charleston Naturally launched as an e-commerce, online-only retailer in 2010. To serve the growing number of customers in the company’s hometown, owner Sharon Harvey decided to open a brick-and-mortar location in Mt. Pleasant. The store is located on Lansing Drive, across from the Trader Joe’s site.

For the latest Grand Opening updates, check out the Facebook event page.

Shop at the retail location at 918 Lansing Dr. (across from Trader Joe’s site) Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Summer Kick-Off Warehouse Sale

Core Bamboo Wave Bowls

Our Warehouse Sale celebrates the best in summer fun with new arrivals and big discounts on summer and discontinued merchandise.

Plus, enjoy an exclusive first-look at our latest collections for the home, garden, kids, pets, and beauty.

From colorful Core Bamboo nesting bowls to Aroo dog leash and collars, Save BIG at our summer Warehouse Sale!

Bring your Friends and Shop our Mount Pleasant Warehouse

1514 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt Pleasant, SC on:

Friday, June 25 from 4 – 7 p.m. and

Saturday, June 26 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Unable to make it to the Warehouse Sale?

Watch for offers on CharlestonNaturally.com on our Sale Items page.

Questions?

Contact Us

Email: Service@CharlestonNaturally.com

Contest: What’s Your Favorite Fourth of July Celebration?

fourth of july

Image taken from http://www.potterybarn.com

Imagine hosting the ultimate Fourth of July celebration that will be remembered for years to come. Where the outdoor lighting offers the perfect amount of backyard illumination, the décor is patriotic and the food is delectable.

Because we want you to enjoy a Fourth of July celebration from the comfort of your own backyard, we invite you to enter our Favorite Fourth of July Celebration contest. Participants of this Charleston Naturally contest have the chance to win a set of five Allsop solar party lights (valued at $100). Included in this set of Allsop lights are the Marigold Pod, Poppy Pod, Red Original, White Original, and Green Original lights.

Allsop party lights

Displayed from left to right: Allsop Pod lights, Allsop Original lights

To enter for your chance to win a set of Allsop party lights you must follow the steps below:

  • Sign up for our newsletter, OR subscribe to this blog.
  • Then comment on this post telling us your favorite Fourth of July memory / celebration, and leave contact information to notify you if you win.

Additional ways to enter:

  • Blog about this contest with a link to this post.
  • Retweet this post with a link back to this post.
  • Mention the contest on your personal Facebook page or your company Facebook page with a link to this post.

Comment on this blog post each time you do one of the above to notify us of your additional entry. Your name can be entered up to four times.

Dates:

The contest begins today, Monday, June 14, 2010, and ends the following Monday, June 21, 2010, at midnight (Eastern). The winner will be chosen and notified on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, via random.org and announced on this blog.

Prize:

There will only be one winner of this contest. The winner will receive a free set of Allsop party lights, valued at $100.00. Included in this set of Allsop lights are the Marigold Pod, Poppy Pod, Red Original, White Original, and Green Original lights.

Terms & Conditions:

No compensation for commenting or promoting this contest will be given in either cash or products unless you are a chosen winner or registered affiliate of the contest. Charleston Naturally will not be held liable for any participant’s comment, and the participant states that by commenting and associating himself / herself with a specific business that he / she has the right to publish a comment on behalf of that business without compensation of any kind. All comments submitted become a part of Charleston Naturally and can be published in the comments section of the Charleston Naturally blog. The winner also agrees that the mention of his or her name on the Charleston Naturally blog as the winner is acceptable.

Names will only be entered four times maximum per person (if the person chooses to take additional actions specified above to promote the contest) and will be chosen randomly–no exceptions. Winners will be contacted via email.

By commenting, you are stating that you understand and agree to the terms and conditions of this contest. Further, you are stating that you have the authority to publish the comment you are submitting on behalf of any individuals or vendors you may specify in your comment.

If you agree to the above terms and conditions, you may begin commenting today. Please mention your name and your email.

Winner will be emailed and announced on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. No purchase necessary.

Summer Dinner Party Recipes and Décor Suggestions

Summer is the best time of year to open your backyard and garden to friends and family and invite them to a midnight’s summer dream dinner party. The formula to create the ultimate outdoor summer dinner party is a combination of delectable recipes and fresh flavors and a welcoming décor that complement each other.

The Formula:

Summer meals range anywhere from sticky barbeque ribs to perfectly pink salmon, glazed lemon chicken to hot dogs and hamburgers, and citrusy shrimp to juicy steaks. Whatever your fancy, a summer menu can be elegant, casual, exciting, or eclectic—it’s all up to you.

Below are some recipe and décor combinations to consider when planning your next summer dinner party:

Barbeque Bonanza

Entrée: Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe’s Backyard Championship Ribs”

What you’ll need:

  • 3 Slabs of St. Louis-Style Ribs or Baby Back Ribs, cut in half, membrane off and washed
  • 1/2 cup Turbinado sugar
  • 1 cup Big Time Barbecue rub (recipe follows)
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups your favorite BBQ sauce

Click here for preparation steps.

Side Ideas: Complementing sides include mini shredded pork sliders, blue cheese coleslaw, fresh mozzarella and tomato salad, and vinegar-based pasta salad.

The Décor: Because barbeques are smoky, dress and décor are often casual. But who says casual means bland? Make your Barbeque Bonanza a smash with rustic, decorative pieces such as luminous tree lanterns.

If you have trees in the backyard or dangling over the patio, place some soft-lit lanterns on sturdy branches for a rustic, yet romantic aura. We love the Allsop Soji Original Solar Lanterns in red and white for their lightweight and simplistic shape. Not to mention, these eco-friendly lanterns are solar powered and wireless.

Allsop Red Soji Solar Lantern

The Citrus Canopy

Entrée: Paula Deen’s Lime Chicken and Shrimp Kabobs

What you’ll need:

  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 (16-ounce) can pineapple rings, drained, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound large fresh shrimp, peeled and de-veined

Click here for preparation steps.

Side Ideas: Keeping in line with the citrusy flavors of your main course, try grilled fruit (nectarines, red plums, peaches, and apricots), oriental chicken salad with a sweet lime dressing, and asparagus with a Thai citrus sauce.

The Décor: Bring out the citrusy flavors of your dinner party with bright colors that are an essential component to building the perfect citrus canopy in your backyard. The flavors combined with the visuals will send a jolt of joy through all your guests—just be prepared to dance through the night!

We suggest stringing the Allsop Soji Pod Solar Lanterns across your backyard trees for a colorful zing to your outdoor ambiance. The lemon, lime, and tangerine colors are sure to delight your guests.

Lowcountry Fried Feast

The Neelys’ Fried Green Tomatoes

Green Tomatoes

What you’ll need:

  • Oil
  • 4 green tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch rings
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Pinch paprika
  • Buttermilk Dipping Sauce, recipe follows

Click here for preparation steps.


Side Ideas: Provide bacon, lettuce, and bread so that guests can make fried green tomato BLTs. Also, not everything needs to be fried, but try frying some food items here and there such as chicken skewers, zucchini, and shrimp skewers. Make a salad to counter all the heavy food items!

The Décor: You don’t have to live in the Lowcountry to simulate the beauty of Spanish moss that dangles from the huge live oaks. You can create your own variation of this romantic appearance through decorative pieces such as Home Port Bud Vase Chimes. Dangle each string from a tree branch, and place a flourishing cluster of long grass or a bud into each vase for a stunning visual and audio appeal.

What was your best outdoor dinner party? Tell us about it in

Charleston Naturally Tablescape Photoblog

To demonstrate how easily our spring products can spice up your party or shower decor, we here at Charleston Naturally experimented with some tablescaping of our own!

With a chocolate brown tablecloth as our base, we went to work mixing and matching Core Bamboo serving ware, Bambu dinnerware, Bloembox guest favors, and Chive vases filled with raspberry and lime colored blossoms.

Take a peek at the many colorful looks we amateurs were able to create in less than an hour!

BloemBox and Chive Vase

BloemBox Originals and Chive Hudson 3 Straight Vase

BloemBox Originals

BloemBox Originals

Bloem on a plate and chive vases

Bambu plates & bowls + Chive vases + BloemBox = Casual Elegance

Bloems in a row

Favors for our Guests

Core Bamboo bowls and Bambu All Occasion Veneerware

Cooper River Bridge Run and the Bridge

The annual Cooper River Bridge Run and the Ravenel Bridge – not only do they create unforgettable memories,  the Run itself was instrumental in shaping of the bridge design and in its construction. Charleston Naturally recently spoke with Bobby Clair and Mark Swatta, key leaders of the Cooper River Bridge Replacement program, to uncover these bits of trivia.

Think about these fun facts as you are screaming your way across the bridge Saturday morning.

DID YOU KNOW:

The Ravenel Bridge is the longest cable stay bridge in North America. The cable –stay design allows the bridge to be flexible and move with the help of cables and towers.  Each tower acts independently to hold a specific part of the bridge while the angle of the cables pulls up and to the center to compress decks and to provide strength to hold the bridge aloft.

DID YOU KNOW:

Special design specifications were needed to accommodate the Cooper River Bridge Run.  The requirements, to make the bridge capable of supporting the Run, came somewhat late in the design and construction planning process.  Failure to adequately design and construct the bridge could have had serious consequences.

Cable Stay - during construction

Cable Stay - under construction

DID YOU KNOW:

The weight density of people, all moving tightly together as in a bridge run, is higher and thus creates more impact to a bridge than the weight of car and truck traffic.  Designing bridges for a massive number of people is a relatively new phenomenon in the bridge engineering world.

DID YOU KNOW:

The Charleston and regional running and walking communities were very active and instrumental in advocating for and developing the concept of a bike and pedestrian lane into the bridge design.  There was even a bumper sticker campaign!  The bike/ped lane is the most popular and most appreciated aspect to the bridge – - makes the bridge accessible to everyone.

DID YOU KNOW:

The old bridge had two humps and, as you had just cleared the first hump and out of breath, the second hump was in your face to challenge you again.  The new bridge is demanding for runners in a different manner.  On the new bridge, Run participants must make their way up the 6% slope and ultimately to 220’ height from the Coleman starting point – the old bridge was only 169’ in height.  It’s amazing what a few extra feet in height means to runners and walkers.

The Pearman and Grace bridges

The Pearman and Grace bridges

LAST DID YOU KNOW:

When digging up the mud for the towers, workers found large sharks teeth – 2 – 4″ in size.  Proving what we locals always knew – that sharks are notoriuous for living and swarming around the bottom of the towers where they feed easily.

Have your own fun fact or speical memory to share?  It’s simple  - enter it into our comment section below.

Bridge Replacement Leader  - Mark Swatta

Bridge Replacement Leader - Mark Swatta

More on the Bridge and the Bridge Run can be found at CooperRiverBridge.org and at BridgeRun.com.

Pinot Envy at Charleston’s Wine + Food Festival

Wine Glass Necklace

Wine Glass Necklace

Did you know that Charleston, South Carolina is where the Cocktail Party originated?

My good friend Harlan Greene, author and archivist, uncovered this bit of Lowcountry trivia in a memoir.  As I’ve said before, Charleston is a port city, a sultry melting pot of culture, food, art and music, a celebration of beauty, outdoors and in.  And this mix of fun and beauty is a lifestyle we celebrate and want to inspire for others, regardless of where one lives.

Festival season has arrived!  This past weekend’s Pinot Envy event at Charleston’s Wine + Food Festival was a blast.  The event was held at the new Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park on a day that boasted 70 degree weather and a clear blue sky.

Pinot Envy Party

Making choices

Packing first order of the day

Packing first order of the day

Anyone who has spent any time in Charleston can tell you that we LOVE having a really good time!  And, holiday season brings out our true party spirit.  But what’s a girl to do with competing priorities of PARTY and WORK.  Well, we here at Charleston Naturally  (like all good Lowcountry gals) just don’t choose between competing priorities – - we tackle them all.

So, despite an evening of holiday cheer (and little sleep) we’re all  here packing our first shipment of the day.  And loving every minute of it!

Deep Steep Natural & Organic Body Wash and Candy Mint Moisture Stick AND BsaB Beeswax Candle all lovingly packed and ready for shipment to Jane from South Carolina!