The Post and Courier

The Post and Courier, the South’s oldest daily newspaper, traces its roots to The Courier, founded in 1803, and The Evening Post, founded in 1894. In 1926, the two newspapers were drawn closer together when The Courier, which had then become The News and Courier, was purchased by The Evening Post Publishing Company. (From The Post and Courier)


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Group reaches out to families facing medical crisis

When 4-year-old Sarabeth Jones had her birthday party this month, she had to celebrate inside the MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Diagnosed as an infant with biliary atresia, a rare condition in which the bile duct between the small intestine and liver is blocked, she has been at the Medical University of South Carolina for seven months.

The hospital stay has been rough on the Jones family, who are from North, a small town about 95 miles away from Charleston. Stephanie Jones, Sarabeth’s mother, said she and her husband had been living in the hospital for three months before CrossBridge Ministries in Mount Pleasant found them a volunteer’s condo to stay in.

“Without them, we would’ve been lost,” Jones said. “We don’t feel like we’re alone anymore.”

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Store helps brides look their very best on that special day

When Sarah Black goes to work every day, she is surrounded by the yards and yards of lace and beading that embody the dresses she sells

Her mission as owner of Belle Couture Bridal in Mount Pleasant is simple: to help brides-to-be find their perfect dress.

When Lauren Kriger of Morgantown, W.Va., came into the store, Black asked her what type of wedding she envisioned. Kriger said that her vision changes day to day, so Black asked her which styles of dresses she prefers.

“We want you to feel the prettiest on your wedding day,” Black said.

Black helped Kriger try on dress after dress to find the perfect wedding gown while offering suggestions about the Charleston area for Kriger’s wedding.

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Woman all smiles running doggie day-care business

For Kris Virde, it’s hard to make it through the work day without smiling. On any given day, the downtown Charleston resident can be found surrounded by dogs of all shapes and sizes inside her doggie day-care business, My Three Dogs, in Mount Pleasant.

“Dogs are so great to be around,” Virde said.

Virde, 34, has worked in virtually every facet of the business. Her passion for dogs began when she started working for a local dog trainer 15 years ago. After that she worked as a groomer and then continued her canine education working at an emergency veterinary clinic. She learned a lot from working at the clinic, but it saddened her to be around sick, unhappy dogs all the time.

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Local business owner runs 200-student dance studio

It’s 3:30 on a Tuesday afternoon and Angela Lavigne’s students are learning a lyrical routine.

As the four students turn and pas de bourree on the black Marley floor, she reminds them to feel the space and to hit each movement. She breezes around the room effortlessly while explaining different movements to her students.

And though Lavigne wouldn’t want to do anything else as a career, she always thought owning a dance studio would be a retirement goal instead of a full-time job.

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Mount Pleasant event planner makes sure people stay No. 1

To Katherine Miller, every wedding is a special bonding experience with the bride and groom. “You feel like you’re getting married along with them,” Miller said.

Miller, 24, who launched her event-planning boutique Katherine Miller Events in Mount Pleasant this summer, plans everything from weddings to corporate parties to birthdays.

“My job covers everything that happens,” Miller said, “I’m part confidante, part crisis-planner.”

In her events, she tries to incorporate style, fresh ideas and peace of mind while keeping brides from feeling overwhelmed.

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Local business woman finds her passion in interior design

Stacey Williams, owner of Quinn Williams Design in Mount Pleasant, didn’t originally start in interior design.

The Maryland native went to the Conservatory of Music in Boston before moving to Mount Pleasant and starting her business in 2005. Interior design has always been a part of William’s life, however, and she said it was advice from friends and experience from working for multiple corporations that catapulted her toward starting her own business.

“I’m much happier working for myself,” Williams said. “I made the leap.”

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Local band guitarist keeps floral shop all in the family

Belva’s Flower Shop in Mount Pleasant has been associated with the Williams family since Chris Williams’ grandparents founded it in 1956.

Williams’ grandmother had a passion for gardening and, with the help of her husband, opened the shop 53 years ago. Though it was briefly sold to someone outside the Williams family, family members have worked at the shop throughout its history.

The shop on Coleman Boulevard is a reminder of Mount Pleasant before the area’s growth of the past few decades. Inside, customers can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the outside world and take time to smell the roses.


Faces of the recession: Bump in the road

If you walk into Way’s Garage on James Island, it might look full and busy, but owner Bill Hughes has never seen business so bleak during the 14 years he’s owned the neighborhood shop.

In better times, he saw 12 to 15 cars a day. Now, amid the recession, he’s lucky to get three or four. He can afford to keep only three mechanics, when five or six years ago he had six.

Some might think that car owners would take better care of their vehicles because they can’t afford to buy new ones, but that isn’t what Hughes sees.


Teaching in Afghanistan: Folly Beach woman to step out of comfort zone

Traveling to a worn-torn region may not appeal to many, but Folly Beach resident Penny Travis is fascinated with Central Asia and not only wants to visit, but also to help.

Girlfriend getaways

Are your kids or work driving you up the wall? If yes, then it might be time for a quick weekend vacation. Summer is the perfect time to take a getaway trip with some of your closest girlfriends. Whether you have a night or a week, the options surrounding Charleston are endless — such as spas, music festivals and whitewater kayaking — and most are within a couple of hours’ drive.


Local hero returns to Charleston for concert fundraiser

Some might know him as the lead singer for Hootie & the Blowfish; others might know him as country artist Darius Rucker, but everyone knows this guy can belt out a tune.

Rucker and fellow Hootie & the Blowfish members started to form the band at the University of South Carolina during their college days and have been successful, selling more than 25 million albums. The band’s album, “Cracked Rear View,” went platinum 16 times and produced many well-known hits, including “Only Wanna Be With You.”

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