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Phillips Shoes Named Best Shoe Store in 2022 Best of Mount Pleasant

Phillips Shoes Best Shoe Store Ray Kitchen, General Manager What is it like working with the Mount Pleasant community? Even though Mount Pleasant has grown, it still has a small town feel. Our customers feel like family. We enjoy the familiar faces and repeat customers. What is your most popular item? Lifestyle today is casual – with that in mind, athletic footwear is big. Brands like ON, Hoka and Brooks are popular. Customers look to us for comfortable footwear. Dansko, Ecco, Birkenstock and Naot are leaders. What is the most rewarding part of your business? Servicing customers with foot issues. …

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Work Has Begun on Coleman Boulevard: Paved With Good Intentions

Work is underway on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant that will greatly improve the area’s drainage situation and add both functionality and charm to a corridor that handles approximately 30,000 vehicles a day. Motorists began seeing traffic barrels in what was the right westbound lane of Coleman – and the disappearance of turn lanes in the center of the street – on Sept. 17. The project, which was supposed to launch on Sept. 11, was delayed six days by the rain that accompanied Hurricane Irma. Improvements from Mill Street to Pherigo Street will be completed, in four phases, by August …

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Kickin’ Chicken: The Wind Beneath Your Wings

For Mount Pleasant natives Bobby Perry and Chip Roberts, what started as an idea to help two friends who didn’t necessarily want to grow up has now turned into a business that won’t stop growing. When the owners of the now famous Kickin’ Chicken were students at the University of South Carolina, they knew a few things – good food, good drinks and that they wanted to work for themselves. That and a few thousand dollars were all it took to get Perry and Roberts off and running in what was, at the time, primarily a delivery restaurant on Morrison …

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The Sea Island Shopping Center: Coleman’s Central Hub

Anyone driving out to Sullivan’s Island takes notice: The Sea Island Shopping Center off Coleman Boulevard is bustling. It’s the quintessential stop before heading to the beach and beyond. Residents and visitors stop in to Harris Teeter to pick up groceries, sit down in Mr. Causey’s chair for a haircut or peruse the racks of clothing and home goods at the local Goodwill. What patrons may not know is the unique history behind one of the oldest centers in Mount Pleasant. What once was a quiet, sleepy fishing village and small town grocery is now a busy epicenter in one …

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Prism Photo & Framing: Photo Processing and Framing on Coleman Boulevard

Flash: Your daughter just graduated from high school. Click: The entire family made it home for Christmas dinner. Cheese: Those in the audience smile as the photo is snapped. Just about everyone enjoys traveling back to an unforgettable moment by reminiscing about a meaningful photo. And although traditional photography has changed drastically in recent years, many photography enthusiasts still prefer to capture those special moments in time in a fashion that will survive for generations to come. If that describes you, a visit to Prism Photo & Framing in Mount Pleasant might be in order. Owned by Larry Peterka, who …

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Mount Pleasant Residents Spur SK8 Charleston Project

When SK8 Charleston — the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission’s sprawling new skate park – opens later this year, Mount Pleasant resident Shannon Smith will be there, along with husband Mark and their children, Audrey Indigo 13, and Johnny Otis, 7. When Shannon helped launch the movement to create the Lowcountry’s first full-sized skate park, Johnny was years from being born, and Audrey was just an infant. And a first-class park similar to those routinely found in Florida and on the West Coast was merely the dream of a handful of Charleston skating enthusiasts. Their story of persistence, problem-solving …

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Bistro Toulouse: A Favorite for French Cooking

While there are a handful of other French restaurants in Mount Pleasant, Bistro Toulouse earned a place of honor on Mount Pleasant’s “Best Of” list thanks to its great service, culinary creativity and high-quality food and drink. Owners Candice Mahala and Matt Schulz met while attending The Culinary Institute of America. They’ve spent 15 years working around the East Coast – Mahala as a cook, pastry chef and catering manager and Schulz cooking in fine dining kitchens. Most recently, Schulz worked with French and Belgian chefs in Washington, D.C., where he mastered the art of French cooking. “This is the …

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Bottles Beverage Superstore: Tops for Raising a Toast

Bottles Beverage superstore was voted as the best liquor store by the readers of Mount Pleasant Magazine, which is no small feat. Liquor stores dot the landscape no matter where you travel, and yet the people of Mount Pleasant flock to Bottles. “When we began creating the concept of Bottles in 2010, the owners agreed to never try and fool a customer. Instead, we wanted to offer the best products and prices,” explained George McLaughlin, owner and managing member of Bottles. “We find the most esoteric products that you can’t find anywhere else and offer them at an affordable price.” …

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Bennett Hospitality and Patriots Point: Well Worth the Wait

Patriots Point was in search of a large and steady stream of income to save its main attraction. Local developer Michael Bennett was looking for another place in or near his native Charleston to build “beautiful buildings.” A lease agreement that is expected to be approved by the South Carolina State Fiscal Accountability Authority sometime before the end of this year will cover the needs of both. Under the terms of the 99-year agreement, Bennett Hospitality will lease 50 acres of land at Patriots Point. Though the final plans require the approval of the Patriots Point board of directors and …

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Blue Sky Endurance: A Community of Fitness Enthusiasts

A new concept has local fitness enthusiasts racing to Coleman Boulevard. Blue Sky Endurance and Premier Physical Therapy have teamed up to offer swimmers, bikers, runners and triathletes not only the latest and best quality in equipment and apparel but also the benefits of on-site physical therapy and education specific to their customers’ needs. “This is more than just a retail shop. We have solutions for chronic injuries and talk about preventive measures with the athletes,” said owner Catherine Hollister. Open six days a week, Blue Sky Endurance takes care to help their customers choose products that are right for …