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Brandon Names Marissa Locher as Email Marketing Manager to Drive Innovative Campaign Strategies and Client Success

Marissa Locher, Brandon

Brandon, a leading integrated marketing agency, is pleased to announce the promotion of Marissa Locher to the position of email marketing manager. In her new role, Locher will develop and execute email and SMS marketing strategies to support business updates, announcements, marketing campaigns and sales activities.

As a seasoned professional who worked as an email marketing specialist and then as senior project manager at Brandon, Locher brings a wealth of experience in project management, client service and cross-functional collaboration to her new role.

As the newly appointed email marketing manager, Locher will spearhead a variety of crucial responsibilities. This includes collaborating with cross-functional teams to implement email and SMS programs, optimizing lead nurturing workflows, coordinating CRM activation and employing growth strategies for building opt-in databases. Additionally, Marissa will work closely with the creative team on crafting compelling email and SMS copy, managing templates and collaborating with client services to develop content calendars. In reporting and performance monitoring, she will liaise with analytics, ensure platform integration, monitor deliverability and draft case studies showcasing successful campaigns.

“Marissa has consistently demonstrated exceptional skills and leadership qualities during her tenure with Brandon,” said Tyler Easterling, president and chief operating officer of Brandon and TBA Worldwide. “We are excited about the impact she will undoubtedly make as email marketing manager.”

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Featured Programming for 2024 Credit One Charleston Open

The Credit One Charleston Open is expanding its attendee offerings for the 2024 event. This year’s tournament will feature fan favorites like Family Weekend and the USTA Fan Zone, along with expanded pickleball and padel activations, live music programming and more. Detailed below are some of the on-site events that fans have to look forward to:

Doubles, Bubbles & Bites presented by Domaine Chandon
-At this special event, guests can spend the afternoon wining and dining with friends and family, complemented by lively conversation with a WTA top doubles team. The event will feature a four-course small bite menu & sparkling wine pairing from Chandon. Tickets include tournament grounds access for the day.
-2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, March 31
-Single Ticket $100 | Sold in tables of two or four | Available at

MUSC Health Family Weekend
-Family Weekend features two days of family-friendly activities during the tournament’s qualifying rounds. Fans can enjoy jump castles, live music, games, fairy hair, balloon art and more. On behalf of MUSC Health, Family Weekend admission is free for kids 16 and under, and adult tickets are only $10.
-Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, March 31
-Single Adult Ticket $10 | Available at

Gospel Brunch
-Prior to matchplay on finals Sunday, the Credit One Charleston Open will host a Gospel Brunch featuring performances by renowned choir Voices of Deliverance and an elevated Southern brunch buffet with deluxe Bloody Mary & mimosa bars.
-9:00 AM, Sunday, April 7
-Single Ticket $125 | Sold in tables of two or four | Available at

The Draw
-Fans will have the chance to attend The Draw and be the first to know the first-round matchups and path to the 2024 Credit One Charleston Open finals. The event will be hosted on The Oaks Feature Stage, with two players assisting alongside tournament and WTA officials in the conducting of The Draw.
-3:00 PM, Saturday, March 30
-Included with tournament admission

Autograph Sessions
-Throughout tournament week, fans will have the opportunity to meet various stars of the WTA Tour for autograph and photo sessions, providing an exciting chance to engage personally with their favorite tennis players.
-Saturday, March 30 – Friday, April 5
-Included with tournament admission

Talking Tennis
-The Credit One Charleston Open will host live, on-site interviews on The Oaks Feature Stage with the tournament’s top players and coaches. Fans who attend will get an inside look into the journeys, successes and struggles that have shaped various tennis careers.
-12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, April 7
-Included with tournament admission

Happy Hour Talk Shows presented by DXC Technology
-Throughout tournament week, fans can hear insights from Credit One Charleston Open Tournament Ambassadors and WTA tennis players Alison Riske, Monica Puig and Jenn Brady as they host daily happy hour talk shows with top tennis talent, coaches and more on The Oaks Feature Stage.
-5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 5
-Included with tournament admission

USTA Play Tennis! Fan Zone
-The Fan Zone, in partnership with USTA South Carolina, welcomes attendees of all ages to test their tennis skills through a variety of interactive activities. From the Reaction Wall and Tennis Simulator to entertaining challenges like Speed of Serve, Ball Kid and Knock ‘em Down, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
-Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, April 7
-Included with tournament admission

Har-Tru Activation Court
-Har-Tru is the official court surface of the Credit One Charleston Open. The Activation Court will be open for fans to experience the tournament’s iconic green clay, take selfies and participate in tennis challenges.
-On Thursday, April 4, Har-Tru will host “Play On After Dark,” where tennis gets illuminated for a free, fun night of music, glowing games, and a high energy electric atmosphere. Anyone interested in participating must register in advance on
-8:15 PM, Thursday, April 4
-Included with tournament admission

-Throughout tournament week, attendees can participate in family-fun pickleball games. In addition to these daily pickleball activities, an exciting lineup of events features a Pro Exhibition, a Club vs Club Match, a Pod-Play Pro Event, a Celebrity Exhibition and a Glow Night.
-Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, April 7
-Included with tournament admission

-The tournament will be hosting padel activations throughout the week to introduce the popular sport to tournament attendees and the city of Charleston. Padel is a global racket sport that originated in Mexico that mixes elements of tennis and squash and is always played in doubles on an enclosed court. The tournament is erecting a court for attendees to test out padel and learn more about this increasingly growing sport.
-Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, April 7
-Included with tournament admission

Live Music
-Expanded live music programming is coming to the grounds this year with multiple acoustic performances happening on-site at First Serve Plaza and The Oaks. Local favorites, Lauren Hall, Matt MacKelcan, Dylan Swinson and more will take the stage daily.
-Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, April 7
-Included with tournament admission

Featured Practice Courts
-Fans will have the chance to get up close and witness WTA stars warm up for their matches at the Featured Practice Courts. Tennis enthusiasts can take notes, observe new drills, snap a picture or even snag an autograph from their favorite player.
-Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, April 7
-Included with tournament admission

Dr. Kerry Solomon Honored with AECOS Award

The American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery (AECOS) has named Charleston, South Carolina Ophthalmologist Kerry Solomon, M.D. as the 2024 recipient of its prestigious Dulaney Award. AECOS is a non-profit 501(c)(6) ophthalmic society whose mission is to advance vision care and improve patients’ quality of life through Innovation, Education and Advocacy. The Dulaney Award program is in its 24th year and recognizes ophthalmologists who have contributed significantly to the field of ophthalmology, advancing patient care and leading the development of novel technologies and techniques that improve outcomes.

Speaking of the Dulaney Award, Dr. Solomon comments, “I am incredibly proud to be the recipient of this year’s Dulaney Award. It is an honor bestowed to many outstanding surgeons whom I greatly respect and admire. Being recognized in this class of exceptional physicians is especially gratifying.”

One of the contribution examples cited in the presentation of Dr. Solomon’s Dulaney Award includes his passion for restoring vision for those in need. With his colleagues, he established Operation Sight in 2011, a non-profit organization that offers free surgery for uninsured South Carolina residents living with cataracts or retinal disorders. Under his leadership, Operation Sight has expanded nationwide.

Dr. Solomon currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at US Eye, a physician-led network of eye care practices across the Southeastern United States and is a LASIK and Laser Cataract Surgeon at Carolina Eyecare Physicians in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Dr. Solomon is the former President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and is very active in research, having been an investigator for many FDA clinical trials. Additionally, he was one of the first surgeons worldwide to perform laser-assisted cataract surgery and the first ophthalmologist in South Carolina to perform all-laser LASIK and topography-guided LASIK. Dr. Solomon has been consistently honored as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, A Top 250 Innovator by Premier Surgeon Magazine and is frequently named “Best Laser Surgeon” in local community award programs.

“At US Eye, Dr. Solomon’s appointment as Chief Medical Officer is a direct reflection of his expertise, dedication to clinical and surgical excellence, and his unwavering commitment to provide our patients with world-class care. To that end, Dr. Solomon truly embodies the purpose of the AECOS Dulaney Award. We are proud to work beside him and experience his impactful contributions firsthand,” said Brad Logan, CEO of US Eye.

Roper St Francis is the Newest Tenant to Come to the Johns Island Shopping Center

Johns Island Shopping Center corner of Maybank Hwy and Bohicket Rd

Roper St Francis Urgent Care joins KJs Market and others in a coveted spot in the Johns Island Shopping Center. Situated at the intersection of Maybank Highway and Bohicket Road, this center is the last stop before Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.

The shopping center, managed and leased by Adams Property Group, has received recent renovations including a vibrant new color scheme, new landscaping as well as common area and lighting improvements. Roper Urgent Care is currently under construction. Timing for a grand opening has not yet been released.

Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group represented the property owner in securing the tenant. Casey can be reached at 843-941-4022 and

Founded in 2008, Adams Property Group is committed to excellence in all aspects of commercial real estate. The company continues to support the communities they serve through innovative operating experience, efficiency, and solid relationships. For more information, visit

Autobell® Car Wash Invites Drivers to Take a Pass on Pollen with Its 90-Day Pollen Pass Unlimited Plan

As the spring season blossoms, drivers face the challenge of pollen affecting the cleanliness, protection, and functionality of their vehicles. Autobell Car Wash provides a solution for maintaining a clean car all season long by offering its popular Pollen Pass, available for purchase during the following dates in its regional markets:

• Charleston, SC – February 19-April 21, 2024
• Western North Carolina; Maryland; Delaware; and Northern Virginia – March 19-May 5, 2024
• All other markets in NC, SC, and VA – March 4-April 21, 2024

The Autobell Pollen Pass is a 90-day version of the company’s multi-level Unlimited plans, which offer unlimited car washes with exterior and interior options for a set price each month.

Customers purchasing a Pollen Pass receive an additional 5% savings on the cost of their chosen Unlimited plan for those three months, and the plan will automatically cancel after 90 days unless the customer decides to extend it at the regular price.

Pollen’s acidity, when activated by water, becomes a potent force that expedites damage to a vehicle’s surface. Given its airborne nature, pollen also infiltrates a vehicle’s interior through every opening of doors and windows, potentially causing allergic reactions as well as affecting cabin filters and interior surfaces.

“We want to turn the tables on pollen this spring by giving our customers the opportunity to combat this powdery pest all season long,” said Autobell President & COO Carl Howard. “The Autobell Pollen Pass offers customers a convenient, ongoing solution for keeping their vehicles clean and protected inside and out.”


Surpassing 50 years of service, Charlotte, NC-based Autobell Car Wash remains unwavering in its focus on customers and the cars they love. Founded in 1969 by the late Charles Howard Sr., Autobell is privately held and operated by subsequent generations of the Howard family.

Currently operating more than 85 locations in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic with consistent expansion, Autobell continues its commitment to team member training and development, community involvement, scholarship and fundraising programs, and environmental protection and conservation. All Autobell washes treat 100% of wash water used and recycle up to 100% using technologically advanced equipment.

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Wallick Investments now offers holistic financial planning

Nick Shiver, Director of Wealth Planning for Wallick Investments

South Carolina-based RIA firm Wallick Investments, LLC is proud to announce the addition of a new financial planning service line to complement its long-standing investment advisory and portfolio management services. This new service line, called Fidelis Wealth Planning, continues the same strategic moral approach Wallick Investments has taken since its inception.

At the strategic level, the Fidelis Wealth Planning process will reflect and uphold the professional guidelines of the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) Board of Standards by imitating its thorough process of addressing the comprehensive financial status of each client. At the moral level, the process will construct values-based plans and affirm a virtue-first approach to financial living.

Through Fidelis Wealth Planning, an individual’s finances will be viewed with a holistic lens, as a resource, a means to an end and tool for good. Clients will be assisted and accompanied towards good stewardship. Plans will be built around the core values held by each client to assist with the fulfillment of their unique calling. Ongoing advice and education will be given to encourage virtuous financial habits and decisions. Active relationships with clients will be established and maintained with the intention of providing ongoing support and assistance through the different stages of life.

The concrete financial components of Fidelis Wealth Planning are organized into four initiatives: Organize, Optimize, Grow, and Protect. Within these four initiatives, the following areas will be assessed and addressed for the betterment of each client’s present and future financial needs: objectives, budgets, cash flows, balance sheets, taxes, debts, investments, retirement plans, education, giving, risk analyses, insurances, and estate plans. All documents can be stored and progress tracked with our customized Fidelis Wealth Planning software.

The Fidelis Wealth Planning service line will be led by Nick Shiver, Director of Wealth Planning at Wallick Investments. For more information, please call 803.699.8828, e-mail, or visit

Meet The Female Business Owners of Freshfields Village

Meet The Female Business Owners of Freshfields Village
Highlighting local female retailers in celebration of International Women’s Day

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Freshfields Village, an open-air shopping and dining destination located on Kiawah Island, is celebrating female business owners in The Village community in honor of International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8, 2024. Each of these women whose remarkable strength, entrepreneurial spirit and unwavering dedication have not only crafted a vibrant shopping and customer service experience, but also have significantly contributed to fostering community growth, nurturing local economies, and creating inclusive spaces where all can flourish.

“Nearly half of our 34 local retail partners in the Village are women business owners,” says Catherine Bickford, Director of Leasing at EDENS, owner and operator of Freshfields Village. “Their contributions are not just about business success, they’re a strong narrative of women’s empowerment and we are lucky and proud to have them as part of our community.”

Meet six of the female-owned businesses that are making an impact at Freshfields:
Nancy Whitmore of Holly & Brooks: Having been in business for a successful ten years, Whitmore has developed deep connections within Freshfields Village and has created an environment where women can feel empowered through a selection of curated clothing. Exemplified by developing partnerships with other local business owners like Charleston Shoe Co. and The Co-Op, Whitmore brings partnership and support to the community and customers.

Grace Cribbin of Aubergine Home Collection: From Ireland to Freshfields Village, Grace’s journey is a powerful narrative of entrepreneurship fueled by passion and resilience. Since 1988, her boutique, Aubergine Home Collection, reflects a unique style that infuses her coastal heritage into her home décor and lifestyle store offerings. Cribbin is dedicated to bringing the best access to Kiawah customers’ fingertips, curating a library full of fabric and wallpaper swatches from some of the top names in interior design.

Jaki DiGeronimo of Java Java: A local through and through, DiGeronimo’s contributions to the community go beyond the morning cup of coffee. Java Java has become a gathering spot, promoting local artists and serving as a platform for community events such as The Village’s beloved Cars & Coffee monthly car show. The story of her café is one of local pride, serving beans that are locally sourced from King Bean Coffee Roasters in Charleston.

Dr. Christie Wiles of Salt Marsh Animal Hospital: Making her way to Freshfields in 2021, Dr. Wiles’ dedication to animal well-being in The Village and beyond shows a commitment not only to her profession, but also to her community. Since opening her clinic, she has participated as a judge for the dog costume contest at Freshfields’ annual Dogtoberfest. Just last year she treated 1,300 pets, showcasing her unwavering commitment to fostering pet wellness and relationships between clients and furry family members.

Erica Hanks of Showroom: Since 2021, Hanks has revolutionized the shopping experience in Freshfields Village with Showroom Kiawah, introducing high-end fashion and personal styling to cater to the modern woman’s diverse needs. By leveraging her esteemed background and connections in the fashion industry, Erica is not just bringing luxury brands closer to home, but is also creating a personal and immersive shopping experience in the lowcountry.

Bea Shaffer of Café Eugenia: Shaffer’s love of the South has been a cornerstone of her business, infusing local flavors and traditions into her café’s offerings. Through her successful catering avenue, she embodies how rooting a business in the community and extending cuisine beyond her four café walls, creates a sense of belonging and gathering amongst locals in Charleston.

In addition to these six female business owners, there are ten other empowering female business leaders among Freshfields’ retailers: Staci Lantz of Imagine Home, Linda Malcolm of Indigo Books, Audrey Myers of Indigo Health, Avery Smith of Islands Mercantile, Martha Kong of Kiawah Nail Studio, Mariam Gulistan of Luminary, Glenda LaRue of Palmetto Scent Studio, Gabrielle Egan of Peyton William Jewelry, Kay Stanley of Spartina 449, and Sandra Lempesis of Urban Nirvana.

Freshfields Village serves as a central gathering place where community, retail and activity meet, and is proud to highlight the significant impact women-owned businesses have on the Charleston community. The leadership and dedication of these 16 women inspire a legacy of empowerment while they pave the way for future generations, champion community values, and embody the spirit of International Women’s Day.

For more information about Freshfields Village, retailers and community events, please visit

Freshfields Village is an open-air shopping and dining destination, ideally located at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook, and Johns Islands, just 30 minutes from historic downtown Charleston. From casual and fine dining to salons and services, Freshfields has much to offer those visiting and those who call Charleston “home.” The sidewalks are lined with both local shops, high-end boutiques and regional and national retailers featuring over 30 unique shops and 11 dining experiences. The Village is bookended by luxury hotel, Andell Inn, and the beautiful Kiawah Island lowcountry landscape. Follow Freshfields Village on social media (Facebook: @FreshfieldsVillage; Instagram @FreshfieldsVillage) for upcoming events, itineraries, and more.

EDENS’ purpose is to enrich community through human engagement. The company owns, develops and stewards a leading real estate portfolio of more than 100 open-air retail and mixed-use places in high-growth markets coast to coast. Through intentional design, thoughtful curation and meaningful engagement, EDENS’ places reach an estimated 15 million people daily.

Parker’s Kitchen and Wounded Warrior Project Announce New Partnership to Support Injured Local Veterans

Parker’s Kitchen – a nationally acclaimed convenience store company and food service leader that has donated more than $30 million to support important community causes through the Parker’s Community Fund – announced a new partnership with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to support injured local veterans in Georgia and South Carolina earlier today. Parker’s Kitchen and WWP representatives made an official announcement at the company’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga. at a special reception attended by local dignitaries and area veterans.

Parker’s Kitchen founder and CEO Greg Parker, left, recently announced a new partnership with Wounded Warrior Project to support local veterans in Georgia and South Carolina. Wounded Warrior Project Corporate Partnerships Specialist Jennifer Hansen, center, and U.S. Army veteran and Wounded Warrior Project spokesperson Jacob Norotsky, right, addressed the importance of supporting veterans and the impact of the WWP Warriors to Work® program, which provides veterans with the resources and assistance they need to be successful in the civilian workforce.

This exciting new partnership will support the WWP Warriors to Work® program, which provides warriors and their family members with the resources and assistance they need to be successful in the civilian workforce. Program participants learn the skills necessary to find meaningful employment, live financially resilient lives and be empowered to reach their highest career goals. Services include career counseling, veteran job placement programs, resume writing assistance, interview preparation, military skills translation guidance and more.

Parker’s Kitchen is joining forces with WWP to help provide life-changing services and programs to local post-9/11 injured veterans and their families at no cost to them, including vital career development and support as veterans transition to civilian life. As part of an ongoing commitment to give back to the community and to be a force for positive change, proceeds from the Parker’s Kitchen round-up campaign from March 1 through July 4 will be donated to support WWP.

The company will match 25% of each customer donation, amplifying the impact and supporting even more local veterans. Round-up donations can be made at all Parker’s and Parker’s Kitchen retail stores across coastal Georgia and South Carolina.

“Parker’s Kitchen is incredibly proud to partner with Wounded Warrior Project to honor and empower America’s veterans and to help fuel these life-changing programs,” said Parker’s Kitchen founder and CEO Greg Parker. “This round-up campaign is just the beginning of our partnership with Wounded Warrior Project, as we want to be a force for positive change in the community and support heroes throughout our corporate footprint. We’re deeply honored to stand alongside Wounded Warrior Project to ensure that injured veterans in Georgia and South Carolina receive the programs and services they deserve to achieve their highest ambition.”

Parker’s Kitchen customers can choose to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar to benefit WWP and help warriors get the services they need. Parker’s Kitchen round-up donations support a rotating series of nonprofit organizations through the Parker’s Community Fund, which is dedicated to four major pillars: fighting hunger, expanding access to healthcare, supporting education and celebrating heroes.

Wounded Warrior Project served almost 13,000 warriors and family members in Georgia in FY23 (Oct 2022-Sept 2023) and advocated for over 680,000 Georgia veterans. In addition, WWP served almost 4,900 warriors and family members in South Carolina in FY23 (Oct 2022-Sept 2023) and advocated for 390,000 South Carolina veterans.

“We’re grateful for the incredible generosity of Parker’s Kitchen,” said Brea Kratzert Todd, Wounded Warrior Project’s vice president of business development. “Their devotion to supporting veterans, families and caregivers is inspiring. Together with partners like Parker’s Kitchen, Wounded Warrior Project is changing and saving lives.”

U.S. Army veteran and WWP spokesperson Jacob Norotsky shared his personal story at the partnership announcement at the Parker’s Kitchen headquarters, growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania as the son of a Vietnam veteran. After serving his country as a Blackhawk helicopter crew chief on multiple deployments to Iraq, Norotsky was diagnosed with chronic physical and emotional conditions, including muscle damage and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He experienced suicidal ideation and turned his life around through his involvement with WWP programs.

“The realization that I’m not alone and I’m not broken, it was absolutely amazing,” Norotsky explained. “My dad led me to a life of service from a young age, and that’s exactly what I’m doing now. I’m back serving my brothers and sisters, helping them learn about Wounded Warrior Project so they know help is out there. They don’t have to struggle for so long, like I did.”

Parker’s has been named the Convenience Store Chain of the Year by Convenience Store Decisions, which is the industry’s highest honor. The company has also been honored by Food and Wine as one of America’s Best Convenience Stores and by Convenience Store News as the Convenience Foodservice Leader of the Year.

Since its founding in 1976, Parker’s has grown to become a nationally acclaimed company that was recently voted the #4 Best Gas Station for Food and the #6 Best Gas Station Brand in America by USA TODAY readers. The Parker’s Rewards loyalty program, which includes more than 300,000 members, has saved customers more than $15 million to date. Parker’s employs more than 1,360 professionals throughout Georgia and South Carolina and completes more than 134,000 transactions daily.

Honored as the Convenience Store Decisions Chain of the Year, Parker’s Kitchen offers customers high-quality products, freshly prepared food and superior customer service at retail stores throughout South Carolina and Georgia. Under the leadership of founder and CEO Greg Parker, Parker’s Kitchen has a commitment to exceeding customer expectations and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the nation’s leading convenience store and foodservice companies. Parker’s Kitchen was recently voted the #4 Best Gas Station for Food and the #6 Best Gas Station Brand in America by USA TODAY readers and was honored as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina by SC Biz. Founded in 1976, the company serves world-famous hand-breaded Southern Fried Chicken Tenders as well as made-from-scratch mac ‘n’ cheese, a breakfast bar and daily specials. Parker’s Kitchen employs more than 1,360 professionals throughout South Carolina and Georgia, serves more than 300,000 Parker’s Rewards members and completes more than 134,000 transactions daily. Learn more at

Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families and caregivers – helping them achieve their highest ambition. Learn more:

Bumpa’s to Host St. Patrick’s Day Event

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and Bumpa’s has the perfect two-day celebration planned on March 16 and 17.

Throughout the weekend, they’ll offer a special menu featuring classics like their Legendary Fries, Scotch Egg and Fish and Chips, as well as limited edition items including Cottage Pie and Corned Beef and Cabbage. In addition to their usual craft cocktails and local brews, they’ll serve green beer from Low Tide Brewing and Irish Breakfast Shots.

The fun doesn’t stop there- there will also be live music from Krystal Halvorson, shot girls, representatives from Jameson, Slane and Tullamore D.E.W. and special appearances from step dancers and bagpipe players!

The cherished neighborhood pub will open early at 10 a.m. on March 17.

Follow @bumpas_chs on Instagram for updates.

Marianne Stillwagon Brings “Carolina Colors” to SOBA Gallery

The exhibit will take place April 1-28 and the reception is from 5-7 p.m. April 9

The exhibit will take place April 1-28 and the reception is from 5-7 p.m. April 9

Marianne Stillwagon is the featured artist for March at The Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) gallery in Old Town Bluffton. Her exhibit will run from April 1-28 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. April 9. These events are free and open to the public.

Stillwagon’s upcoming show uses a variety of acrylic paints with the main focus on bold colors that create an emotional response from the viewer.

“Since moving to South Carolina in 2015, I have been inspired to paint the colors of the LowCountry – in both realistic as well as abstract modes,” she said.

Stillwagon is originally from South River, New Jersey. She has a bachelor’s degree in design, and she has worked as a freelance graphic designer for many years before pursuing her “first love” of painting. She has participated in numerous retail and trade fine art shows since 1976. Stillwagon’s artwork has been sold in galleries and shops throughout the U.S. Additionally, she is an exhibiting member of the New Hampshire Art Association,National Association of Women Artists, the Monadnock Area Art Association and SOBA.

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About The Society of Bluffton Artists:

SOBA is the heart of the flourishing art hub in Old Town Bluffton’s historic district at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. As a non-profit art organization, SOBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions, scholarships, outreach programs and more. The gallery is located at 6 Church Street and is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays. Please visit for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843-757-6586.