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3 | | Feature A Big Production.....................................12 Charleston Women in Business Change Your Job, Change Your Life.........................16 Katherine Cox + Co...................................................21 80 Muze........................................................................22 Tradebank.................................................................... 23 Meet Sara Turner........................................................24 The Business of Finance.............................................25 By-DeZign................................................................... 26 Hilton Head Insurance..............................................27 On Brand Designs......................................................28 DBK Coaching............................................................29 Rad Rydz......................................................................31 Meet Roni Haskell......................................................32 Meet Dominique Jefferson........................................33 The Exchange Co........................................................34 Assured Contractors..................................................35 From the Team......................................................................... 7 Our Contributors..................................................................... 8 About the Cover....................................................................... 9 Social Buzz..............................................................................10 She Shines...............................................................................11 9 Summer 2024 Table of Contents 12 16 25 31 35


5 | | 64 Summer 2024 Table of Contents 59 Charleston Women at Home A Look at Home-Run Businesses............38 Anchor Heating & Air..............................41 Haven’s Furniture.......................................43 Grammy’s Attic..........................................44 Charleston Women in Style Summer is Hot Business...........................46 The Girl House...........................................49 Lounge With Us.........................................50 Charleston Women in Wellness Ways to Run a Wellness Business............52 Start With Self............................................55 Be Well @ Home........................................57 Me Time Botanicals..................................58 Fit 4 Mom...................................................59 Ride & Roll Cycling...................................60 Compass Vision Care................................61 River Landing Dentistry...........................62 Charleston Women in Food Best Event Venues for Biz.........................64 Women in Wine.........................................67 Charleston Women in the Arts Turn Art into Business..............................70 Book Nook: Stacy Willingham................72 Women in Clay..........................................74 Southern Women Channel’s Julia Fowler.....77 Charleston Women in Philanthropy Bright Spot Sober Living.........................81 Ann Edwards..............................................82 We Are Charleston Women We’re Influenced!.......................................86 Women in the Making..............................87 We Are Charleston Women.....................88 87 82 72 38 49

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7 | | Summer 2024 • Vol. 11, Issue 2 MANAGING EDITOR LORNA HOLLIFIELD ART DIRECTOR DANA COLEMAN COPY EDITOR ZACH GIROUX PRODUCTION MANAGER BETHANY LONG AD DESIGNERS BETHANY LONG KIM HALL WRITERS HEATHER ROSE ARTUSHIN MARY COY • SARAH ROSE • CARI LAWSON MAURICE J. FRAZIER • ISABEL ALVAREZ ARATA LAURA FOGERTY PHOTOGRAPHER MARK STAFF BRAND AMBASSADOR STACEY MCLOUGHLIN STACEY@CHARLESTONWOMEN.COM INDEPENDENT MEDIA CONSULTANTS SARAH ROSE SARAH@CHARLESTONWOMEN.COM AMANDA OBERHAUS AMANDA@CHARLESTONWOMEN.COM MAURICE FRAZIER MAURICE@CHARLESTONWOMEN.COM SALES ASSISTANT GIANNA TILDEN ADMINISTRATION & BOOKKEEPING GINGER SOTTILE SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGERS MORGAN WINNINGHAM ANTHONY MACCHIO DISTRIBUTION U.S. POST OFFICE • HARRIS TEETER • PUBLIX • CVS Charleston Women Magazine is published locally by a team of independent contractors. Charleston Women Magazine is published four times per year by Media Services, Inc. 1013 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Copyright © Media Services 2024. All rights reserved. Reproduction electronically or in print format without the expressed written consent of the publisher is strictly prohibited and a violation of U.S. copyright laws. Inquiries to: Charleston Women Magazine P.O. Box 22617, Charleston, SC 29413 843-881-1481 For marketing information, email: Ahh, the entrepreneur issue. There isn’t anyone on the Charleston Women team who doesn’t look forward to this edition of our magazine. As I pondered the reasons why, I considered that it’s the photo shoot that gets us, because we always go all out in celebrating our women business owners, the backbones of female entrepreneurship in the Lowcountry. However, it isn’t only that. I also considered it’s reading through all of the stories of dreams coming true. They’re inspiring and almost never include an easy road. You can find many of these tales in the business section, but also sprinkled throughout the issue. While I reflected on this, mulling over all of the faces on the cover, watching women who put their heads down and grind get to feel beautiful, I was inspired. Much the same, reading article after article about the fight and defiant spirit it took most of these women to even get their ventures off the ground, again, it was all the feels. That’s when I realized it’s everything about this issue. It’s the energy which we all want to be near that attracts us like moths to a flame. It’s obvious because we all start swimming out of our lanes; the marketing team wants to see the edits, the editorial team can’t wait to see who all we’re partnering with, everyone has artistic notes and we all take such ownership of what we’re creating together. That energy pulls us all in ways that are different and we’re so excited to produce this thing that is entirely about celebrating other women. That’s something really special. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we did in curating it for you. We hope you feel that pull when reading about women sommeliers breaking “wine glass” ceilings, about women in plasterwork who are restoring our historic places or about the many women who have had to build or rebuild from scratch. We invite you to embrace that energy. The Team at Charleston Women Magazine From the Team Photo by Stephanie Selby.

8 | | Mary Coy is an expert on Charleston history. Not only has she published several books on the subject, she can also be found giving tours of the Holy City in her free time. She has written for Mount Pleasant Magazine for over a decade. Leah Rhyne is a professional writer with a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Montclair State University. She spent four years as the festival director of the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival and specializes in event management, marketing and public relations. Cari Lawson is a school counselor by day and writer by night. Writing provides an outlet to connect further to the community, which she serves as former president of the Junior Service League of Summerville and current board member of Dorchester County Community Outreach. She loves to spend time with her husband, toddler and puppy in her free time. Heather Rose Artushin was born and raised in Michigan, where she graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in social work with an emphasis on interpersonal practice and mental health. Charleston, South Carolina is the beautiful place she decided to call home. When she’s not talking to our town’s most interesting people for an article — or playing around with a poem — you’ll find her exploring outdoors with her two children and husband. Isabel Alvarez Arata is a freelance writer and content creator with a focus on business, marketing and lifestyle. She contributes to various online and print outlets, including her own pet-related podcast and blog, “Covered in Pet Hair.” Sarah Rose has a passion for the written word, she spends most of her time writing, hoarding and reading oldfashioned books, and curating stories about all things lifestyle. Maurice J. Frazier is a freelance writer living on Daniel Island. Born in the Bronx, New York and raised in the North Charleston/ Summerville area, he has been working in the TV and film industry for the last eight years. Contributors Interested in contributing to Charleston Women Magazine? Email your contact information (name, phone, mailing address) and one sample of work you have created (or a link to your work online) with the subject “Aspiring CW Contributor” to

9 | | Our cover shoots aren’t just about getting a photo that works; they are entire productions. The vision for this cover started about a year ago when our photographer, Mark Staff, texted the team a photo of an idea of women standing in scaffolding for our entrepreneur edition. We all fell in love with the idea then. We like the representation of women building something and standing together on that structure — a commitment to work and togetherness. We liked the juxtaposition of extreme feminine energy with the rugged industrial look. We felt it showed everything about our women of Charleston that we hoped to show. However, at that time, the idea came a little late to source permits, labor and the right location. We needed a plan, so this year, we were ahead of the game. The permits and insurance were handled early, and our photographer scouted a wonderful building, the site of a historic law firm on Broad St., where we could shoot. Some of the staff commissioned — or volunteered is more like it — our husbands to help build the structure for the ladies to pose on. The evening sun started to come in just right, with a little breeze catching skirt tails; and we had magic. Following an amazing shoot, we all strolled down to Dare Gallery at 31 Broad to enjoy charcuterie and drinks for a job well-done. We enjoyed looking at eclectic selections of art and gifts, as well as taking advantage of the adorable courtyard hidden inside the gallery. It was a perfect evening to celebrate our business leaders and the amazing things that happen when building visions and dreams together. –Lorna Hollifield, managing editor | FB & Instagram @CharlestonWomen Women Business Leaders Ann Edwards A Forever First Lady in Charleston Build this Dream Together Summer is Hot Business Scorching Professional Looks Area Artists Achieve: From Paintings to Productions CHARLESTON ENTREPRENEUR EDITION Summer 2024 About the Cover Top, left to right: Allison Hunt (Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum), Angie Balderson (Haven’s Furniture & Home Décor), Roni Haskell (That SC Real Estate Chick), Stephanie Postell (Anchor Heating & Air), Amber Scott (80 Muze). Bottom, left to right: Dr. Rebecca Zechmann (Riverlanding Dentistry), Dr. Betsy Fraser (Compass Vision Care), Jennifer Minchoff (Tradebank), Dr. June Murakaru (Knightsville Pediatric Dentistry), Dina Mewett (BeWell@Home). MORA ES P A V E R S We’re a Hardscape business, locally owned in Charleston, SC. Installing Fire Pits, Patios, Building Outdoor Kitchens & more! (843) 614-0209 CALL TODAY For a Complimentary On-Site Consultation! /moralespaverschs @morales_pavers

10 | | Here at Charleston Women, we like to think of our social media platform as a place where our readers’ voices can be heard. We want to know what you all, the subjects of our magazine, think about all things “women” going on in the greater Charleston area. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook @CharlestonWomen to join in on the conversation. We want to hear everything you have to say; you might even see it shared right here! This time, we are focusing on a poll that asked, Social Buzz social buzz #WeAreCharlestonWomen What business would you like to see more of, tailored to women?” Here are the results: • 42.5% Restaurant and Food • 23% Finance • 22% Heath and Fitness • 12.5% Retail • 0% Real Estate These results tell us that though women are showing a lot of interest in finance, ultimately, women really like to gather at places made for them. Think of venues like The Co-Op on Sullivan’s Island and in Nexton, where rosé and pink décor encircle quality and conversation. Women flock to these locations for social and business gatherings because of the atmosphere made for them. If you’re looking to start a business, our readers may have just directed you to the right place. NOW INTRODUCTING: A SKIN REVITALIZING COMPLEX PLANT STEM CELL TECHNOLOGY EXO|E A complete set of active plant based secretory factors and the latest bio-based, patented technology for modern skincare. Patients experience enhanced aesthetic results through the EXO|E rejuvenation EXO|E rejuvenation system. Can be used alone or in combination with other procedures for less downtime. Botox, Dermal Fillers, Sclerotherapy, Chemical Peels, Spray Tans, Microneedling, PRP Injections, Hair Restoration, Skin Tag Removal, Celluma LED Therapy, Fat Dissolving Treatment and PDO Threads

11 | | Something so exciting is coming to Charleston Women, we’ve barely been able to keep it under our hats. The inaugural She Shines Awards, our way of recognizing the most outstanding female leaders in The Lowcountry, will open voting in May 2024. Pay close attention to our social media platforms (@ charlestonwomen) and website, for you chance to nominate and vote on shining women in business, art, wellness, philanthropy, home, style and food categories (with lots of subcategories). We want to recognize women-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and general do-gooders in our area for all to see. Winners will be announced and presented with official certificates at the end of 2024. They will reign as our queens in their respective categories for all of 2025. A party to celebrate winners and finalists will be planned for early 2025. For now, your job is to start thinking about all the women in your life — from homemakers to professionals of all kinds to just plain amazing women — you want to nominate. Precise categories will be released soon, so stay tuned in. We cannot wait to see you all shine. She Shines Awards Charleston Women Presents She Shines The By Charleston Women Magazine Introducing... BUSINESS WELLNESS PHILANTHROPY STYLE ARTS FOOD AT HOME VOTING WILL BEGIN IN MAY AND WE CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR WHO YOU FEEL Shines IN Follow @CharlestonWomen for launch of voting for She Shines 2025. Be a part of Charleston Women’s inaugural awards recognizing business and community leaders! To vote visit

12 | | THE BEGINNING It feels like the things of urban legends. A 19th century book compiled by a group of adventurers looking for “the picturesque” in America resurfaced among an artlover, a photojournalist and cultural anthropologist and a women-owned production company, prompting a much-anticipated show — complete with a cast of vivid Charleston personalities — now airing on PBS. The show, “America: The Land We Live In,” cohosted by Sophia Michelen, the photojournalist and cultural anthropologist of the throng, is a show that aims to rediscover America’s national wonders on a modern-day quest to unveil mysteries, age-old legends and rich history. This is all shown against the bigger goal of reigniting exploration and conservation in the U.S. and the story is told through the lens of what became America’s first travel guide, a treasure itself, A BIG Production Women-owned company showcases Charleston on PBS BY LORNA HOLLIFIELD Hosts Scott “Doc” Varn and Sophia Michelen.

13 | | the historic book now known as “Picturesque America.” Though shot and centered around the Charleston-area, this journey began at a serendipitous meeting during a retreat in the Catskill Mountains. It was there that the producers introduced a man they’d stumbled upon with a strange book in hand at an Asheville, North Carolina art festival to a woman whose passion is discovery. Michelen said, “I was told about this painter (Scott “Doc” Varn, would-be co-host of the show) who used an antique book to find the exact vantage point of where a painter stood 150 years ago and being a lover of art and history, I thought it was a very intriguing way to see my old stomping ground (in upstate New York where I grew up). When I was shown where we’d be heading on the trail, I had seen that vantage point before, but it wasn’t until I stood in the exact location with the image pulled out that I saw something that I had seen dozens of times before — since childhood — in a new light. I still get chills telling the story and since that moment, I was hooked. It’s changed the way I travel and bridge history and art.” It was this moment that fate was sealed. Michelen had to be involved with what creators and executive producers, Alicia Albee and Devon Chivvis of World Life Production were cooking up, as a host alongside Varn. ENTER CHARLESTON Parts of the new show were shot in Hot Springs, North Carolina, but with a bulk of it centering on the Charleston area. The Lowcountry beat out hosts of locations highlighted in the original manuscript, showing itself as the perfect part of the 1800s quest to highlight on screen. To that, Michelen offered, “Since the book, ‘Picturesque America’ has nearly 1,000 locations in the U.S., they (Albee and Chivvis of World Life Production) developed the story that encapsulated the book — beautiful nature and historic cities. Charleston offers beautiful nature, a historic port city and a wonderfully represented aspect of the book.” This means that Charleston stepped up to the plate to represent everything the antique book aimed to accomplish for all of America. It is a tall order, but everyone in Charleston knows that if any city can do it, it’s the Holy City. In tow with Charleston’s setting comes an intriguing cast of characters including, known crabber and clean-water proponent Tia Clark, Gullah Geechee chef Amethyst Ganaway, aerial photographer and artist Mary Edna Fraser, Gullah Geechee artist Jonathan Green and fifth-generation famed sweetgrass basket weaver Lynette Youson. Youson’s work has even Feature Michelen and Varn getting some local feedback downtown. Amethyst Ganaway prepares a meal at the Mills House downtown.

14 | | been featured in The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Producer Alicia Albee commented, “We were fortunate to film many inspiring women in Charleston who share their craft and local traditions in the show — as well as their passion for preservation and conservation. Each of these women are leaders in protecting the culture, history, natural resources and beauty of the area.” Every character serves the show in a different way, but each of them help bring the culture of Charleston — from yesterday and today — to the forefront of the program, while functioning as guides for the hosts. Ganaway, known lovingly as Chef Amethyst locally, said, “On the show, I acted as part chef, part friend, part local guide to Sophia and Doc, alongside Tia Clark and Mary Edna Fraser. We got to cook and eat crabs, oysters, local shrimp and vegetables and talk about the cultures and communities that make the Lowcountry special.” The show first aired in March but has more to come on both PBS and other platforms this spring. Search “America: The Land We Live In” for more information on broadcast times. And when you see one of these amazing cast members on the street, give them a pat on the back for a job well done — them and the amazing duo of women who made all this possible from the tiniest seed. Feature Sweetgrass basket maker Lynette Youson with Michelen. Michelen and Varn crabbing with Tia Clark.

15 | | Welcome to our entrepreneur showcase! The greater Charleston area abounds with savvy businesswomen. Women dominate the real estate, health, education, recruitment and customer service fields. They are breaking into fields not-sotraditionally associated with women as well, fields like waste management, heating and air, construction aynd so much more. Women in our area are proving daily that there isn’t anything they can’t do. In a region dotted by both corporate and small businesses, they have shown up not only to contend but to win. What does it mean to “win” in business? We believe that means to become a leader in the market, to serve the community, to achieve success and to pave the way for others to do the same. It isn’t about crushing the competition, but about bettering the industry or commerce climate while helping others to succeed. It is about becoming a light to brighten the path for those following. Our business section, meant to both educate and inspire, highlights females from many industries, especially entrepreneurs. Our hope is that our readers will not only learn about some incredible businesses but will become inspired by the women behind them. The idea is for women to support women, and that idea is brought to fruition by first making a connection. Keep reading and make a new connection here. We are all part of the same network. Charleston Women in Business Shoe Store Expert Fitters Dance & Gymnastics Favorite Brands Girls 7-16 & Jr’s Boys 8-20 Tween & Teen Newborn to size 7 Children’s Boutique Gifts & Accessories Loyalty Program Shop online at or visit us in Mount Pleasant • 210 Coleman Blvd. • The Common • 843-884-4814 Whether you’re a trendsetter, preppy, traditional, or loving the European flare, we have the perfect outfits for your children. @RagamuffinChildrensBoutique @Strideritemountpleasant @Radical RagsTweenShop 2024 ® Dressing Children in the Best from Head to Toe, Tiny to Teen for 70 years in the Lowcountry! Memorial Day | Special Occasion | Monogram | Shoes | Swimwear | Dance | Voted #1 Children’s Boutique Voted #1 Children’s Boutique Here Comes the Sun!

16 | | Women looking to break into second careers are finding fresh starts in many fields which they didn’t originally see themselves being part of, but sometimes the second career — the path not taken — turns out to be the much-needed change. Many women are opting for their next acts in technology, education and animal training. While seemingly disparate, these fields share a common thread — they are booming, they provide a relatively easy transition for women looking for a second chance at success and they offer the potential to make a real difference. TECHIn many ways, the tech industry is a haven for individuals seeking growth, innovation and dynamic work environments. Earning relevant certification and attending boot camps can equip women with the many in-demand skills needed to enter the tech world. Whether it’s online marketing, AI research, coding, data analysis or cybersecurity, the options are vast and cater to diverse interests. Skarlet Rockwood is a certified content marketer with over eight years of experience supporting small businesses. She primarily works with service-based businesses seeking to drive growth through online branding, marketing and social media. “After a total of 12 years, I reached a point where my health was no longer able to support a typical 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule. I took Find Your New Career The second act shines BY ISABEL ALVAREZ ARATA Charleston Women in Business

17 | | another look at what I loved about my first job assisting my mom’s web design business. I took note of how my mom had built her business to support the lifestyle she wanted and needed, versus the other way around. I realized I can still support other people’s success by supporting business owners and helping them grow.” Caroline Danauy, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney and former research and analysis director with the National Security Commission on AI, believes that AI expertise is a space where women can and will thrive. “Anyone who understands the fundamental shift that AI will bring to the workplace — tech, legal, etc. — and can speak intelligently about it, can sell themselves in an interview right now.” With many tech companies allowing remote work, women in tech often enjoy higher earnings, greater job security and improved work-life balance, even as newcomers in the space. Julie Cohen, chief executive officer at Across the Pond, a global, independent creative agency that seeks to help technology companies create a better world, was quoted as saying that tech companies need women more than women need tech companies. In an interview, Cohen told women-in-tech-company SheCanCode that the tech space is “in dire need of female voices.” Possessing key leadership skills and an ability to dismantle biases that directly impact them, women entering the tech space bring invaluable points of view, problem-solving, creativity and intuition to an industry that touches people’s lives every day. EDUCATION For those with a passion for shaping young minds, education offers a uniquely fulfilling career path. Earning a teaching degree or relevant certifications opens doors to classrooms, where women can inspire and empower the next generation. The rewards are immense, from witnessing the “aha” moment in a student to fostering a lifelong love of learning. Paula Raphael Massé is an early childhood educator with a background in retail management. “Education is a wonderful career. It is very easy to transition into at any age. I didn’t start teaching until I was in my late thirties, and that was a complete career change for me. You can bring whatever background you have that will add value to your classroom. You just have to have patience, great communication skills and a true love for learning, not just for the children’s learning, but also for your own continued learning.” Last year, the South Carolina Department of Education identified 30 critical need subject areas and certification fields during the 2023-24 school year. The need areas included early childhood education, elementary and mid-level education, special education, language arts, STEAM, gifted and talented education and driver education, among others. In partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education and The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement, TEACH South Carolina (TeachSC) is a statewide coalition of K-12 schools, Charleston Women in Business

18 | | colleges, government, community organizations and nonprofits dedicated to helping the next generation of South Carolina teachers. TeachSC provides free tools for those wishing to explore the profession, choose a pathway and get certified. The initiative offers up-to-date teacher certification guides, a searchable teaching program database, detailed information about financial aid and scholarships, salary and benefits and application support for those considering a career in education. ANIMAL TRAINING Similarly, a career in animal training allows women to shape minds — albeit those of a different species. Dog training, for example, offers a unique and exciting blend of evidence-based problem-solving and purpose-driven dedication. Whether it’s working with service animals, training companion animals or engaging in conservation efforts, this field allows women to build meaningful connections with animals while contributing to their well-being. C.C. Bourgeois, CSAT, CPDT-KA, PMCT is the owner and lead dog trainer at Charleston-based Wonder Dog University. She trains dogs using evidence-based methods and positive reinforcement both locally and virtually. Bourgeois is seeing increased demand for dog training services. “Dog guardians now see that dogs have larger needs than we once realized and that training should look at the whole dog to include play and feeding enrichment, socialization, body language and communication, as well as proper equipment and training that taps into each dog’s individual needs and abilities.” Kimberly Layman, CEO and founder of Kimberly’s Charleston Women in Business

19 | | Kritter Kare, has observed a similar trend. “The demand for dog training in the Charleston area has increased quite a bit over the past few years, particularly since the onset of Covid. With so many people becoming first-time dog parents during the pandemic and those dogs not getting any socialization during the shutdowns, it created a myriad of behavioral issues.” Pet owners are better recognizing the value of professional training to address behavioral issues and enhance the bond with their pets. Terrie Hayward, MEd, KPA-faculty, CSAT, CPDT, CDBC is a Karen Pryor Academy Faculty Certified Training Partner. Karen Pryor Academy recently announced their new online-based dog trainer professional course for pet professionals and aspiring dog trainers wishing to be certified by KPA, an organization that is often referred to as the Harvard of dog training. While dog training can be localized, Hayward and many renowned dog trainers work virtually, opening their audiences and clientele to anyone who speaks their language and has internet access. “It’s an important shift for folks to realize that they aren’t confined to a geographic location for help or work.” Graduates of the program are armed with the skills necessary to teach group and private classes for both working and companion dogs using modern, science-based training methods. The journey to a new career requires initiative, perseverance and a willingness to learn. Many women are particularly concerned about pauses in their careers that have historically made them unappealing to employers. To overcome such challenges and potential prejudices, iRelaunch, a full-service career re-entry company, connects professionals returning to work after a career break and the employers that want to hire them. Offering comprehensive, innovative and effective career re-entry strategies to relaunchers or “anyone returning to the paid workforce after taking a career break for any reason, whether the career break was planned or not,” iRelaunch partners with top companies on paid return to work programs and returnships worldwide. By investing in formal education, online courses, mentorship or volunteer experiences and networking with professionals in their chosen fields, women are making career transitions that enrich their lives and enhance their financial freedom. By stepping outside their comfort zones, women are pursuing their passions, exploring resources and leveraging their abilities to learn and grow, embracing the journey and stepping into new, more fulfilling futures. Charleston Women in Business 717 Old Trolley Road • (843) 376-70758 • JOIN US AT OUR SUMMERVILLE LOCATION! ASK ABOUT OUR NEW MEMBER CHALLENGE!

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21 | | As a local who grew up in Mount Pleasant, Katherine Cox, founder of the real estate boutique Katherine Cox Homes, is a wealth of knowledge, wellversed on every nook and cranny of the Lowcountry unique community. Having watched the area grow and alter over the last 30 years, Cox said that she is passionate about serving her buyers and sellers by making their transactions as smooth as possible. Because her roots are grounded in the Lowcountry, Cox is also committed to educating future buyers on every aspect of life here in Charleston, from schools to subdivisions. Cox backs that promise by offering a wealth of information on her website, including neighborhood guides that highlight points of interest such as restaurants, shopping and nightlife. She even highlights specific Mount Pleasant areas like the Old Village, I’On, Hamlin Plantation, Snee Farm, Belle Hall, The Groves and Watermark. Further, her blog features such topics as the best scenic walks in Charleston, everything you need to know about moving to Charleston and the best restaurants in Charleston. Cox has the ultimate goal of guiding clients to first familiarize themselves with the Charleston market by inviting them to explore. Once familiarized, clients should outline their financial considerations and identify their needs and preferences for size, style, features and location. Whether assisting clients with the sale or purchase of residences East of the Cooper, including Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms, Downtown, James Island, West Ashley or Park Circle, Cox and her all-women team of agents and staff, are known for matching sellers with buyers across the Tri-County area. With access to a vast network of support in the real estate industry such as appraisers, home inspectors and mortgage loan officers, Cox coordinates all aspects of the buying process to ensure smooth and successful transactions for her clients. Going above and beyond expectations to make sure that the process is seamless throughout its entirety, Cox advocates for her clients in the roles of salesperson, buyer’s liaison, analyst, consultant, negotiator, marketer and more. Further, Cox is applauded for her diligence, her attention to detail, trustworthiness and hyper-responsiveness across time zones — while also keeping it fun. Highly organized and on top of new listings, Cox is praised by her clients for communicating well and paying attention to their individual needs, whether they are looking to purchase a first-time family home or a larger estate into the $15-million-dollar range. When asked about the current market and her predictions going forward, Cox said that although many buyers suffered from sticker-shock when fixed loan rates jumped from a low 3.2 to 8 percent in December 2023, historically we are still on the low side of interest rates. She added that more pre-approvals are coming through lately as a result of buyers having acclimated to what she called “the new norm.” For more information, please visit KatherineCoxHomes. com, or call 843-568-3193. Go Straight to the Experts Katherine Cox + Co BY SARAH ROSE Charleston Women in Business

22 | | Owner of 80 Muze, former New York City-based model, Amber Scott, has had a fondness for scent since she was a child. Her earliest childhood memories include her mother with all the beautiful, fancy perfume bottles that she kept on her dresser. “She had this air of sophistication and always smelled so good,” Scott recalled. However, after she had children, there were certain fragrances that she could no longer tolerate. Scents had always played an important role in her routine, so she decided to give it a shot and create something of her own. Now in Charleston, in a market in need of good fragrance options, 80 Muze was born. Scott’s goal is to offer clean, modern and sophisticated fragrances that are timeless and can be enjoyed for generations to come. Her newest, Scent No. 9, will be released soon and is described as refreshing and cozy. With hints of suede, cardamom and Hinoki (described as reminiscent of a Japanese forest, crisp and slightly citrusy), this is sure to be a scent that projects elegance and sophistication. 80 Muze aims to deliver the sexier side of naturals through an organic and modern process. This creates a vastly different scent experience than what is being offered on the market today. All the fragrances contain premium grade oils which are vegan, cruelty free and paraben free. The box and glass vessels are recyclable as well. Scott clearly has a passion for scent and fragrance that has enabled her to offer a much-needed product to the fragrance industry. Scott commented, “I love scent, always have. Just like music, scent can instantly transport you back to a moment, feeling or memory. I have this sort of aromatic soundtrack of my life through fragrance, it’s amazing.” Her passion for what she does and her commitment to sustainable materials sets her apart from others in the business, so strongly you can smell it. For more information, please visit Aromatic Soundtrack of Life 80 Muze BY CARI LAWSON Charleston Women in Business "OUR GOAL IS TO OFFER A CLEAN AND MODERN FRAGRANCE COLLECTION WITH A TIMELESS SCENT PALETTE, ONE THAT GENERATIONS CAN ENJOY FOR YEARS TO COME."

23 | | If you are a business owner, then you need to get in touch with Jennifer Minchoff. She is the Regional owner of Tradebank of Charleston and wants you to succeed in your business. Have you ever heard of Tradebank? Its professional barter and trade exchange system. They help businesses network and create their own ecosystems. We’ve heard the saying that “Cash is always King. Every King needs a Queen. In the business world, barter and trade is the Queen,” Minchoff explains. Tradebank is the safety net to excel your business. In 2023, Tradebank added 36 new businesses. On top of that, some of the businesses within Tradebank have added new partnerships within their portfolio. The growth alone shows the need to have Tradebank on your side is important. If you are hesitating about joining, then why not examine your company. Where are you not filling your calendar? Figure out where your spare capacity is? Where are your gaps? How could you utilize trade to fill those gaps and grow your ROI? “My main mission is trying to dig in to find out where we can bring you new business and help you. harness that business and use it on some of your cash expenses,” Minchoff elaborates. That’s Tradebank’s whole job is to save you from spending unnecessary cash. Saving cash will assist growing your overall ROI. Tradebank’s business is to make your business more profitable. Tradebank goes beyond barter and trade exchange. They can assist you with building your business plans. They have grant writers, website developers, along with over 300 other business types that can help service your business locally and all of this could be done through trade. You are building your business network right from the start. No business is too small or large for Tradebank. Everything from a momand-pop bakery to a million-dollar distillery, Minchoff’s team will help you achieve your goals. “I love what I do. It’s building a legacy for my children and other business owners’ families. It’s about showing your children that we can build a business and so can you. Going against the odds to have something to be called yours is the best achievement anyone can have,” Minchoff added. The advice she gives to any woman entrepreneur is “just break the mold and create something for yourself. Take the chance.” Remember women, just keep pushing forward and know that glass ceilings are there to be broken. For more information on Tradebank and networking events, reach out to Jennifer Minchoff at jminchoff@tradeba You Can Bank On Us Tradebank of Charleston BY MAURICE J. FRAZIER Charleston Women in Business

24 | | Family disputes, including divorce and child custody, are issues that no one anticipates on their wedding day or after the birth of their child. Unfortunately, these issues arise every day, and it is important to know how to navigate them legally. Sara Turner has experience in helping her clients prepare for separation from a spouse and in creating custodial arrangements for parents. She is ready to help when a family needs it most. The office handles cases in family law, criminal defense and personal injury. Turner has been practicing since 2012 in Charleston and opened her firm in 2018. She commented that she feels honored to be practicing alongside exceptional women in the Charleston community. “I am most proud of being able to provide a pathway to concrete relief for my client’s future,” said Turner. If you are looking to hire an attorney, Turner notes that it is important to have a list of goals and to get organized prior to filing an action. Ensure that you have a copy of your financial records, access to your child’s records and a clear plan on what you need to be able to move forward. Establish an open line of communication between you and your attorney so they can effectively advocate for your position. For more information, please visit, or call 843-277-2431. By Your Side The Law Office of Sara A. Turner, LLC BY CARI LAWSON Charleston Women in Business • KNOW THE PROCESS • KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Family Law Criminal Defense Personal Injury Navigate the legal system with confidence! Call us today for clarity about your case 843-277-2431 Investment advisory services offered through Brookstone Wealth Advisors, LLC (BWA), a registered investment advisor and an affiliate of Brookstone Capital Management, LLC. BWA and Hollifield Financial Group are independent of each other. Insurance products and services are not offered through BWA but are offered and sold through individually licensed and appointed agents. Hollifield Financial might have been founded by a man, but it was the all-women staff which made it one of the fastestgrowing firms in the nation. 843-400-3022 | HELPING YOU BUILD, PROTECT & PRESERVE YOUR ASSETS Allow us to introduce Kim Milligan, a remarkable Marketing Director whose expertise has propelled our business to extraordinary heights. Meet Allison Jusino, our esteemed Operations Director. Her exceptional skill set and unwavering dedication have made her an indispensable asset to our team. At the heart of HFG, you’ll find Hope Singletary, our vibrant Client Experience Specialist who turns every interaction into a delightful experience.

25 | | When one thinks of finances and the professionals in that line of work, they might be drawn to a picture of Gordon Gekko. A woman in finance might not be the automatic response, but they are certainly impacting and changing the ways the finance community operates today. Teresa Zubrowski of Charleston Accounting and Tax brings insight and clarification to the world of finances — specifically in terms of women. As women, we are natural caregivers and can easily lean on our hearts to guide us. However, when it comes to money, we need to also rely heavily on our heads. “Be aware of everything at all times. Not that we shouldn’t trust our significant others, but unfortunately, divorce, separation and death happen. We have seen over the years, far too many women unaware of how to file taxes, how to close out a business for a spouse, or not realize expenses that were taking place right underneath them.” Financial education can be overwhelming with all the many different matters of money. Educating yourself on where your money is, along with what you will leave behind is crucial. This might mean that it is time to consult a trusted financial advisor. We don’t know what we don’t know, and it is more than okay to reach out for help. Advisors can help grow your finances while keeping you on a healthy track to cover current expenses. Trust the process and be transparent about your starting point. We’re all human and run at a different pace. Finances and money can be intimidating and sometimes it is helpful to have a trusted person to ask questions of and learn from without fear of judgement. Here’s a little starting advice after speaking with Zubrowski. It’s a common misconception that credit cards are evil and should be avoided at all costs. If you can pay the balance in full, opening a credit card (with an annual fee) may be a great course of action. It can help build credit while also giving you perks and kickbacks. However, it is important that we look at and live within our means. It is always nice to have the next best thing, but it might not be financially wise. Trying to keep up with the Jones’ often leads to discontentment, debt and financial burden. Take stock and give gratitude for the things you have and set realistic goals for the things you want. Knowing the difference between the two can be a game changer. As women, we have the power to take control of our financial futures and become educated on protection and provision for what we have earned. Partnering with other women in finance and growing together to become better financially educated and healthy benefits us all. Reach out for help, seek education, grow your money and build for the future with the security that financial freedom can bring. After all, women can do anything — including running and winning in the financial race. Perspectives in the Black and Red BY CARI LAWSON Charleston Women in Business

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