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Hospitality and Tourism

Dec 21, 2021

Cruises set to resume, bring millions in cash flow to SC Ports

Amid news that 48 people tested positive for COVID-19 aboard a Royal Caribbean ship docked in Miami this month, Carnival Cruise Line is readying to resume embarkations as long as the pandemic stays under control. At the Port of Charleston, Carnival Cruise is preparing to re-launch Carnival Sunshine on Jan. 13, the S.C. Ports Aut[...]

Dec 10, 2021

New Orleans brunch comes to Charleston, partners with nonprofit

Brunch is no longer just limited to the time between breakfast and lunch. With the opening of Ruby Sunshine this past Wednesday where the restaurant, Blossom, used to be on East Bay Street, brunch options are available all day, seven days a week. This new restaurant comes to Charleston all the way from New Orleans-based Rub[...]

Dec 8, 2021

EventWorks adds 3 companies amid labor shortages

In-person events are cautiously popping back up on our social calendars, and with them, the event companies that host and organize these gatherings. EventWorks is preparing for the inundation of events to come, be it postponed occasions during the pandemic or new reasons to celebrate, by adding three new event rental companies u[...]

Dec 1, 2021

Craft soda company expands operations on James Island

James Island is sparkling a little more, and it’s not just because of the Holiday Festival of Lights. A craft soda company is expanding its Charleston operations with plans to create 22 jobs. Cannonborough Beverage Co., located at 1750 Signal Point Road, produces craft sodas and mixers made from whole ingredients including fruits, herbs and […]

Nov 2, 2021

Business owner to open seafood place with option for 3rd location

As Bees Ferry Road continues to explode with housing, the West Ashley Circle Center is expanding to meet the growing needs of residents. Harris Teeter, and its new gas station, anchors the center, with a Starbucks, a veterinarian’s office, a dentist, Mexican restaurant, salon and more packing the parking lot at any given time or […]

Oct 28, 2021

Filmmakers receive funding to produce 3 projects in S.C.

Craig Trow has had an idea for a short film for 13 years. He has written iterations of the script, secured actors and crew, and solidified a story about a man who lost his job when his company closed in the recession. Now with the aid of a 2021 Indie Grant, the South Carolina filmmaker […]

Oct 21, 2021

Restaurant owners build on customer interest during pandemic

A point of pride for chef Maryam Ghaznavi and husband Raheel Gauba, co-owners and married couple behind new Pakistani restaurant Malika, is when members of the Indian and South Asian community come in and compliment the authenticity of the food. “When our own community is coming back and enjoying it, that tells us we are [[...]

Oct 21, 2021

Carnival targets January restart for Charleston cruises

Carnival Cruise Line has announced plans to resume operation of its full fleet of ships by the spring of 2022, with Charleston being one of the latest cities to receive a firm restart date.  Roughly a month after confirming that operations of Carnival Sunshine would remain paused for the rest of 202[...]

Oct 18, 2021

Palmetto Brewing acquired in larger multi-state deal

Palmetto Brewing Co. in Charleston has been acquired as part of a bigger deal for its parent company, Catawba Valley Brewing Co. in North Carolina. The deal reached puts Catawba Valley brands in Florida, North Carolina and Charleston into the portfolio of Made by the Water LLC, which is owned by Wiregrass Equity Partners and operator Oyster City […]

Oct 13, 2021

Theater shows go on with vaccine, testing mandates in place

This story was originally published in the Sept. 20, 2021 issue of the Charleston Regional Business Journal. When Charleston Gaillard Center surveyed its audience to find out what would bring patrons back to the theater, Lissa Frenkel, president and CEO, said that 94% of respondents said they’d be more inclined to purchase[...]

Oct 11, 2021

Apartment-style hotel under construction in North Charleston

Gary A. DeLapp, a veteran of the hospitality industry, set out to reinvent long-term lodging with apartment-style hotels intentionally designed to feel like home. The stayAPT Suites president and CEO is now bringing his new concept to North Charleston, which keeps the company on track to have 25+ locations open by the end of 2022, with […]

Sep 13, 2021

Carnival suspends Charleston cruises until 2022

There won’t be any bon voyages for Charleston cruisers this year. Carnival Cruise Line has voluntarily extended its suspension of operations in the Holy City, as well as various ports throughout the U.S., until 2022, the company said in a news release. The announcement comes nearly two months after the company said it would pause […]