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3 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Features Generations of Military Women..............14 Women in the Navy...................................17 Charleston Women at Home Home for the Holidays.................................................22 Designs by Imagine That..............................................25 Charleston Women in Food Styling Game Day.........................................................28 Not Your Average Wings..............................................31 Women Who Brew.......................................................33 Charleston Women in Style Winter Gift Guide.........................................................36 Fly Modern Apparel.....................................................39 Nellie & Lo.....................................................................40 From the Team......................................................................... 7 Our Contributors..................................................................... 9 Social Buzz..............................................................................10 About the Cover.....................................................................11 Our Launch Party..................................................................13 11 Winter 2023-24 Table of Contents 14 17 22 28 40
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5 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen 56 Winter 2023-24 Table of Contents 52 48 Charleston Women in Wellness A Non-invasive New Year...........................42 The Best Therapies Nobody Talks About....44 JAG Medical Cosmetics..............................46 MUSC Wellness............................................47 Fit Together...................................................48 Charleston Women in Business Family-Owned, Woman-Owned...............52 Adding Mom to the Resumé......................56 Zen in Adversity...........................................59 Charleston Women in Philanthropy Where to Volunteer this Winter.................62 Welcome to The Hub...................................69 Charleston Women in the Arts The Tradition of Sweetgrass Baskets..........67 Pure Theatre, Pure Joy.................................69 Motivational Books for a New Year...........70 We Are Charleston Women Women in the Making................................71 We Are Charleston Women........................72 71 67 59 44
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7 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Vol. 10, Issue 3 MANAGING EDITOR LORNA HOLLIFIELD ART DIRECTOR DANA COLEMAN EDITORIAL OPERATIONS MANAGER KATIE FINCH COPY EDITOR ZACH GIROUX PRODUCTION MANAGER BETHANY LONG AD DESIGNERS BETHANY LONG WRITERS HEATHER ROSE ARTUSHIN • MADISON BROACH SHERRY WHITING • L.C. LEACH III MARY COY • LEAH RHYNE • CARI LAWSON MAGGIE DE VRIES • SARAH ROSE • EMILY MOODY KATIE JAMES • MAURICE J. FRAZIER ISABEL ALVAREZ ARATA • KATIE FINCH PHOTOGRAPHER MARK STAFF BRAND AMBASSADOR STACEY MCLOUGHLIN STACEY@CHARLESTONWOMAN.COM INDEPENDENT MEDIA CONSULTANTS KATIE FINCH KATIE@CHARLESTONWOMEN.COM MORGAN WINNINGHAM MORGAN@CHARLESTONWOMEN.COM 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 by Media Services, Inc. 1013 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Copyright © Media Services 2023. 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: GetMore@CharlestonWomenMagazine.com As the holidays approach and Charleston Women Magazine releases our much anticipated family edition for the year, we at the magazine are left with a lot to reflect upon. We always see amazing stories from the women in our town slide across our desks as we make edits, crop photos or review facts to help you all shine as brightly as you can. However, something in this issue seemed to hit deeper. We saw generations of women serving our country, we saw grandmothers passing crafts and culture to granddaughters and we saw every combination of family — from mother and daughters, to cousins, to wives, to sisters — starting businesses together. We saw women working together in the closest quarters, with the strongest bonds, supporting one another and growing together. It was beautiful to watch. So often we all see stories of the family torn down in the media. We hear about so many tragedies. We are shown the underbelly of it all in the name of drama or sensationalism. Then there are the things that are just all too real. Most recently, we’ve all witnessed what war and unrest does to the family. It gets heavy. I’m not saying those things aren’t important. They are, and offering help where we can, when we can, while knowing the issues is always our duty. However, this issue aims to be a bright spot. It aims to show you what is good about the world, what is working in marriages, businesses, volunteer efforts and good, old-fashioned family fun in the Lowcountry. This issue is meant to shed a light on hope, health and happiness as we embark on a new season and new year. Families aren’t perfect, not even the beautiful ones shown in the following pages. However, they can be as strong as the weathered Live Oaks we drive underneath every day. They aren’t without storms, are never unscathed — but they can withstand hurricanes. We hope you enjoy our winter issue, and experience love and laughter from the first sound of Christmas bells until the little yellow daffodil pokes its head up out of the ground again. Make this a season to spend time with those around you, to set a few goals and to smile for what is to come. From our Charleston Women family to yours, happy holidays and best wishes in the new year. We think you have big things ahead. The Team at Charleston Women Magazine From the Team Stacey McLoughlin, Lorna Hollifield and Katie Finch. Photo by Mark Staff Photography.
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9 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen With a bachelor’s degree in journalism on top of having traveled and lived all over the world, Sarah Rose brings a local and global perspective to her freelance writing, editing and independent researching. Her decades-long career in interior design also adds to the wealth of knowledge Rose brings to Charleston Women. When she is not working on a project, you’ll find her spending time around town with her husband, daughter and puppy. Katie James is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Charlotte and is married to her high school sweethear. A former educator and now full-time mom to four, she enjoys free-lance writing in her spare time. She’s always had a passion for the written word and enjoys using it to help showcase female-lead businesses and what they bring to their surrounding communities. Katie Finch joined the Charleston Women family as a media consultant in 2022. An Alabama native (War Eagle, anyone?) and a former small business owner, Katie loves connecting with local Lowcountry business owners while putting her marketing degree to use. On the weekends you can find her golf carting around The Old Village with her family or visiting local parks. 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.” 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. 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. 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 Editor@CharlestonWomenMagazine.com.
10 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Since this issue is the family issue, we thought it would be nice to share some social media comments women have made about other women within our Charleston Women family. Businesses which partner with us, and people who agree to tell their stories, are what makes our magazine incredible. We want to show that women say amazing things about one another and celebrate our CW family with all of you. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook @ CharlestonWomen to join the conversation. We want to hear everything you have to say; you might even see it shared right here! • @kmartier shared about the owner of Simply Country Chic in Summerville, “I’ve met Dawn — she’s so kind and welcoming. She has an incredible sense of style. I love her boutique.” • @beckysheftallacupuncture waxed nostalgic on our article on Miss Manners, saying, “I remember my cotillion days so fondly!” • @fwells1 said about Caitlin Hudson taking over the long-credible family business, “Love this! I used to take my Datsun 240Z to Cliff at Hudson’s in the ‘80s! Always the best!” • @the_cashout_concierge said of a Charleston Women Magazine coffee connect, “Your events are always top notch!” Social Buzz social buzz #WeAreCharlestonWomen
11 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen The cover of this magazine, once again shot by the amazing Mark Staff, is one of the most intimate images to ever grace the cover of Charleston Women Magazine. This issue — being our family issue — is meant to convey so many things in one book. It is meant to show heart and heritage, where we came from and where we’re going. We knew the image had to sell a sense of place and people at once. What image could possibly do that? What image could tell us where we’ve been and show us where we’re going while staying relevant to today? What image had that power in a single photo? During a think tank session, we started tossing around ideas — good ideas — but it wasn’t until we settled upon focusing on the hands of multiple generations of Lowcountry sweetgrass basket makers that we were sold. When that idea took the floor, we all exchanged knowing glances. This was the one. This image shows a passing of the torch that is as relative to the past as it is the future. It shows the coils of the baskets themselves that reflect the concept of family. Also, it could not be any more iconic Charleston. Simple, yet complex, like the family itself, we’re proud for this image to usher us all into 2024. For more on the women in the photo (Wanda Lenhardt, Tanaisha Johnson and Za’Mauria Smith) and the art itself, please thumb to our Charleston Women in the Arts section to read the full story. –Lorna Hollifield, managing editor www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | FB & Instagram @CharlestonWomen A Celebration of Family From Fitness to Philanthropy Glow up and Show up in 2024 Ready, Set, Hut! Game Day with the Girls Generations of Culture, Craft and Careers CHARLESTON FAMILY EDITION Winter 2023-24 About the Cover
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14 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen While women are not often the faces of the military, one local mother-daughter duo is breaking stereotypes and making military service a family tradition, one they hope will continue for generations to come. “I was inspired to serve because I wanted to see the world and get a higher education,” reflected Nicole White, who served for over 20 years in the Air Force as a financial management and services noncommissioned officer. “During my service, I traveled to many parts of the world, and deployed to Iraq in 2011 to assist with the drawdown of troops in the region.” Nicole also taught for five years at an airman leadership school, which prepares airmen for NCO supervisory duties. White retired in 2013, the same year her daughter graduated from high school. Little did she know that her daughter, Alexis Hunter, would go on to serve in the Army National Guard for eight years as a logistics specialist, offering air and ground support. “I was inspired to join the military because of my mom,” Hunter shared, “and my personal desire to challenge myself to become a part of something bigger than myself. I feel a special connection with my mom with our shared experiences in the military because she helped me to navigate any hurdles that came up and guided me on how to become a better woman and leader.” Hunter following in her mom’s footsteps has forged BY HEATHER ROSE ARTUSHIN Feature A Military Family Inspiring mother-daughter duo breaks stereotypes Nicole White and daughter Alexis Hunter celebrate two generations of military women.
15 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen a unique bond between the two that White deeply apprectiates. “My daughter and I have a deeper understanding of what it means to serve our country,” she said. “We can share the battles and victories we have had as women serving. Also, there is a friendly Air Force-Army rivalry.” While the U.S. Department of Defense reports that over 3 million women have served in or with the armed forces since the American Revolution, there are still misconceptions about what women can accomplish in the military. One common misjudgment, according to White, is that women are not fit for combat or high level leadership positions. She responded to this by saying, “We are not emotional and incapable of taking control of a situation. When it comes to leadership, women are equally intelligent and mentally strong.” Her daughter chimed in saying, “Where women are involved and leading, there will be as much meaningful leadership, camaraderie and support any other leader is capable of achieving.” Another common myth about being a woman in the military is that you must sacrifice your femininity. White reassured, “Our femininity makes us better all-around leaders, and it is not lost when serving in the military.” This is why Brooke Jackson Kahn, PA-C U.S. Army Combat Veteran founded the Charlestonbased nonprofit organization She’s the Veteran to raise awareness of the millions of women who have served in the U.S. military. Jackson and her team work with female veterans to improve mental health through programmatic activities, provide a supportive community and spearhead research efforts. “I got involved with She’s the Veteran when I attended their 2nd annual June celebration,” White said. “I learned more about the purpose to improve mental health and build community and knew I wanted to be involved. I love that the organization recognizes and Feature supports the contribution of women veterans, acknowledges the need for mental health services and seeks to build a community of women supporting each other. It doesn’t matter if you served 20 years or two years; your contribution matters.” Looking ahead, White and Hunter would both love to pass down their legacy to daughters and granddaughters to come. “I would love for future generations of women in our family to serve in the military,” White shared. “It has so many benefits and you are a part of something greater than yourself. You learn teamwork, leadership, self discipline and so much more. I often state that I think everyone should at least have to do two years.” Hunter agreed, stating, “Serving in the military helped me grow as a person and changed my life for the better. My mother inspired me with her 20 years of service and I hope I can do the same for my future daughter.” To Charleston women who are contemplating a career move into the military, White has this to say: “Do your research on the job you want to perform to ensure you know what it entails. You really can’t beat the benefits and camaraderie. If you want to be a part of protecting our country and the freedoms we enjoy, serve. You will become a part of a lifelong community of those who volunteered to serve and served honorably.” For Hunter, serving in the military has been the most valuable investment, not only in her country, but also in herself. “If you want to know how you can become the best version of yourself, push yourself past your limits, evolve your leadership skills and strengthen your self-confidence, then the military is the right fit for you. Do it for your future you.” Learn more about ways to support other female veterans through She’s the Veteran by visiting their website at ShesTheVeteran.org. Mother and daughter celebrating White’s retirement. Mother and daughter at Hunter’s induction ceremony.
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17 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Have you ever thought about the fact that ships are referred to using female pronouns and that U.S. naval vessels are given feminine nicknames? For instance, the USS Yorktown, the Charleston area’s most visible connection to the United States Navy, is called “The Fighting Lady.” Yet when she was active during the mid-20th century, her crew was 100 percent male. Many more decades would pass before women sailors were assigned to the Navy’s combat ships. Today, about 60,000 women are on active duty in the U.S. Navy, comprising 18 percent of that branch of service. Although, women have officially served in the Navy since World War 2. They were in a separate section called Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service or WAVES. It was established during wartime so that men stationed ashore could be freed up for sea duty. It wasn’t until 1994 that women were assigned duty aboard warships. Things have changed a lot over the last 75 years. Since 2016, the military has allowed women to serve in all positions, and they now hold traditionally male jobs like aviators and explosive ordnance disposal specialists. Women can attain high ranking positions commanding legions of both men and women sailors. In fact, the vice chief of naval operations, the second-highest ranking position in the U.S. Navy, is currently held by a woman, Admiral Lisa Franchetti. She has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and is awaiting senate confirmation for that post. Since the USS Yorktown never saw women assigned to her crew during her active-duty years, it makes for a bit of local irony that now, for the first time in history, the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is headed by a woman. True, she is a civilian and not a veteran of the Navy. But decades ago, a woman would not have been considered to serve at the helm. When Allison Hunt accepted the position of executive director last March, she had already made history by becoming the first woman to head the USS Yorktown Foundation, the group charged with providing support and fundraising for exhibits, scholarships and programs for the various museums of Patriots Point. She was well-prepared for the expanded position heading the operations of Patriots Point which includes not only the naval and maritime museum, but the management of 465 acres of land that’s also home to a golf course, athletic fields, restaurants, a resort hotel and a marina. The star attraction of Patriots Point is, of course, the USS Yorktown. Hunt’s office is on the hangar bay, so there are lots of opportunities for her to interact with some of the 300,000 annual visitors to the ship as well as the 140 volunteers, many of whom are Navy veterans. Hunt’s passion for exploring the story of the Navy began when she visited Patriots Point as a young child, vacationing there with her family. She explained that Patriots Point is the perfect medium through which to foster children’s enthusiasm, interest and appreciation for the Navy. Hunt explained what’s in store for the popular attraction, now under her leadership, “We plan to continue to partner with the Town of Mount Pleasant in providing an excellent series of educational summer camps onboard the ship. We have redesigned our overnight program and are continuing to enhance our ‘Live Like a Sailor’ experience. We have a major initiative to upgrade our flight academy and add additional programming. I am inspired every day by our veterans who work and volunteer on the ship and our visitors who come from all over the world. And it’s an honor to tell their story.” A Salute to Women BY MARY COY Feature Ashe-Arriola with her helicopter detachment on the flight deck of the USS Howard (DDG83) off the horn of Africa.
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19 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen One woman who has lived that story is Mount Pleasant resident Allison Ashe-Arriola. “I’m currently serving in the Navy Reserves. I spent a little over 10 years on active duty and have been in the Reserves for nine, making 19 to date. I spent 12 years as a Naval Aviator flying SH-60B and MH60R Seahawk helicopters. I loved my time flying, especially flying missions on my deployments across the Western Pacific all the way to the Middle East, as well as instructing. But I had a second passion I really wanted to pursue in international work, so I redesignated in the Reserves to become a Foreign Area Officer which is a military diplomacy role. We are international engagement professionals bringing a unique combination of operational experience, cultural knowledge and language expertise to the fleet. That’s been an amazing experience at military headquarters and embassies around the world. Some of the highlights have been working security cooperation in India, Malaysia, Bahrain and Germany.” As any service member can attest, Ashe-Arriola said, “the biggest challenge of serving in the Navy is having to leave my family to serve. I mobilized to the Middle East a few years ago, and while being away was rewarding because I was contributing to a really important mission, it was also heartbreaking to leave my husband and kids for so long. We also want to make sure our children can still get what is needed. I’ve known women who’ve sent milk shipments on dry ice across the world to their babies.” But even beyond the challenge of balancing family with career, AsheArriola acknowledged that there are other hurdles. “Women are still a minority in the Navy. A lot has changed over the years, improving the culture to be more inclusive of women, and I’ve been very fortunate to have great experiences. But we definitely have unique challenges to overcome in a system that was originally designed with men in mind. There will be challenges, as with anything, but a positive, can-do attitude will carry you through those challenges.” Currently, there is a small exhibit on the USS Yorktown devoted to covering the story of women in the Navy. Hunt’s team is in the process of writing a master plan which will include broadening their story — one that will educate and inspire all who visit The Fighting Lady and will surely ignite a spark for the next generation of women sailors to pursue their dreams. Feature Timeline of Women in the Navy 1862 Catholic nuns served as nurses on U.S. Navy’s first hospital ship 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt established WAVES for shore-side duty 1948 Women’s Armed Forces Integration Act allowed women to serve in the regular Navy 1972 USS Sanctuary became the first ship with a mixed male-female crew 1974 First woman to be promoted to admiral and first woman Navy aviator 1990 Navy appointed first woman to command a U.S. Naval station and first woman to command a ship 1994 Women assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower 2016 All military positions became open to women 1908 Congress established Navy Nurse Corps 1944 Women in the Navy Nurse Corps were given full military ranks 1961 First woman officer in the Navy to be ordered to shipboard duty 1973 First women to begin Navy flight school 1976 Women first admitted to U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis 1993 Women appointed to duty on combatant ships 1998 First woman appointed to command a combatant ship 2022 First woman to fly with the Navy’s Blue Angels Allison Hunt, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Executive Director.
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21 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Home is where the heart is. It sounds trite because it’s been said a million times over. Let’s pretend for a second that we’ve never heard that phrase before and ponder the meaning. Our homes are the places we bring newborn babies to rest their heads, where we fall into bed after a tough day, where we hang pictures of the people who matter most to us and where we cook a family favorite in grandma’s cast-iron skillet. We decorate the walls and the halls, meticulously selecting colors that make us feel at peace. We incorporate family heirlooms that remind us of the place we felt safest and new finds that show us who we aspire to be. Our homes are where we are just us, not any other version. It is where our souls rest, where the heart is indeed. Because of the importance of home life to any woman, Charleston Women aims to showcase aspects of culture, design and domestic life from a host of women across the Lowcountry. Some stories are about tips or tricks, while other stories are simply about a glimpse inside. This is our way of inviting you into the living room, kitchen or sunroom to sit and stay a while. Come have a little visit with us, and discover businesses and personalities in décor, home improvement and so much more. In this issue, our family issue, we have included ways various women celebrate the holidays. This is our welcome mat; now step inside to discover more. Charleston Women at Home Photo by Bailey Baker
22 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Holidays are often steeped in traditions passed down through generations. Whether it’s lighBy Maggie De Vriesting a Menorah, decorating a Christmas tree, cooking family recipes, bringing in the new year with a kiss or making a champagne toast on Valentine’s Day, the memories made always have some hallmarks of the past. I visited with four women, diverse in age, occupations and family dynamics, who were delighted to share their holiday traditions with Charleston Women. Perhaps you will see a little of your own family in these traditions or discover the ideas you’ve been looking to add to your special occasions. CHRISTMAS WITH AN ARTIST Local artist Judy Haas paints a multitude of different subjects, be it still life or nature flying right off the canvas. However, Christmas decorations and wall hangings are some of her most favorite ways to get creative. When she and her husband were raising their two sons in their much larger home in Indiana, they decorated not one, but seven Christmas trees. When the oldest son married and moved to Dallas, he took all seven trees with him, complete with decorations. Talk about continuing traditions. The family also always made Christmas cookies, which expanded into gingerbread houses made of graham crackers, icing and candies when the grandchildren came along. Moreover, among the hosts of Christmas fare, Haas’ grandmother’s date pudding became a family staple that the family has agreed to share with our readers. Her maternal grandmother passed down the recipe — and being a fan of dates and nuts myself — I surely will be making this one. DATE PUDDING Ingredients: • 1 tsp baking soda • 1 cup sugar • 2 tbsp butter • 1 egg • 1 ½ cups flour • ¼ tsp salt • 1 tsp baking powder • 1 cup chopped nuts • ½ cup brown sugar • ½ cup chopped dates • ¾ cup water • ½ tsp vanilla extract Home for the Holidays BY MAGGIE DE VRIES Charleston Women at Home A Judy Haas holiday piece
23 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Directions: Pour one cup of hot water over one cup of pitted and chopped dates. Add one teaspoon of baking soda and let cool. Mix the sugar, butter, egg, flour, salt, baking powder and chopped nuts together. Add the date mixture and stir well. Grease and flour baking pan. Bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees. For the topping, heat brown sugar, dates, water and vanilla extract in a saucepan until blended. Pour mixture over the pudding, let cool and serve. HANUKKAH From the editor: Our source for the Hanukkah traditions has asked that her name be omitted from the article due to the conflicts currently going on in Israel. That, in itself, leaves us all something to reflect and meditate upon. However, we at Charleston Women, felt the tradition of Hanukkah and our source’s cookie recipe should still be shared, perhaps with an importance stronger than ever in the current climate where some individuals have experienced antisemitism. The Holy City was founded as a safe place where all faiths could practice in the American South from its beginnings, in which we are proud. Hanukkah means “rededication,” and it is the festival that celebrates the rededication of the second temple. In that dedication, some oil was found, thought to be only enough to burn for one day. However, a miracle occurred, and it burned for eight days. Hence, Hanukkah, or the “Festival of Lights” is eight days long, which is why Jewish children receive a gift on each of the eight days. It reminds those who practice Judaism to rededicate themselves to keeping the flame of Jewish religion, culture and its people alive in order to pass on to future generations. Traditions that occur in the celebration of Hanukkah: • Lighting of the Menorah: A nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day celebration. • Playing the dreidel game and singing the dreidel song: A dreidel is a four-sided, spinning top. On each side is a Hebrew letter: Nun, Gimel, Hei and Shin, which means “a great miracle happened there.” After spinning, the player follows the directions on how many coins or candies to take. Children often play the game utilizing chocolate coins wrapped in gold or silver wrappers. Once someone has collected all, the game is over. • Mensch on a Bench: This toy is similar to “elf on a shelf.” Jewish children play with Mensch on a Bench and read the book. It depicts Moshe the Mensch and is designed to inspire children to be honorable and to have integrity. • Traditional Hanukkah foods: Eating latkes (a potato pancake) and Hanukkah cookies are also Hannukah staples. We have shared Vinick’s cookie recipe below. HANUKKAH COOKIES Ingredients: • 2 sticks butter or margarine • 1 ½ cups sugar • 2 eggs • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 3 ½ cups flour • 1 ½ tsp baking powder • Colored sugar (blue is best) Directions: Blend all ingredients except for the flour, adding it a cup at a time (just enough to roll the dough). Use Hanukkah-shaped cookie cutters: stars of David, menorahs and dreidels to shape. Decorate with traditional blue sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. NEW YEAR’S Flowertown Bed & Breakfast owner and Innkeeper Carol Grant celebrates each new year with both her family and guests by serving a delicious traditional meal that southerners love. Prior to the feast, the family always gathers on New Year’s Eve to watch “Gone with the Wind” while snacking Charleston Women at Home A cozy interior from Flowertown Bed and Breakfast Flowertown Bed and Breakfast
24 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen on popcorn and champagne. However, on New Year’s Day, Grant serves the traditional meal of pork, Hoppin’ John and collard greens. According to legendary southern food researcher John Egerton’s “Southern Food: At Home, On the Road to History,” black-eyed peas are associated with a “mystical and mythical power to bring good luck.” As for collard greens, they are green like money and will ensure you a financially prosperous new year. Be sure to warn your guests if you place a penny or a dime inside the pot of peas. The most fortune is given to the one lucky enough to receive the coin! See a favorite Hoppin’ John recipe below. HOPPIN’ JOHN Ingredients: • 1 smoked ham hock • 1 medium onion • 6 cups water • 1 cup long grain white rice (or Carolina Gold) • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas • 1 tsp smoked paprika • 1 tsp salt • Dash of pepper Directions: Wash and sort the peas. Place them in a saucepan. Add water. Gently boil the peas with the pepper, ham hock and onion, uncovered until tender but not mushy (about 1 ½ hours). Add the rice. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, never lifting the lid. Remove from the heat and allow to steam, still covered, for another 10 minutes. Remove the lid, fluff with a fork and serve. Charleston Women at Home Jusy Haas at her work station Let us show you how our service sets us apart. Jenny McKenzie Agency Owner 843-408-4554 email@example.com BrightwayMcKenzie.com Our top priority is customer service - it's what sets us apart from the rest. Our clients trust us with their biggest investments and we owe them nothing but the best service, protection and price. The Insurance Agency Reinvented Around You. Helping all children tackle the barriers that hinder them from becoming the best versions of themselves. Founded by Sherrika Myers, Every 1 Voice Matters implements the Lil Herbie Series Coaching Program that uses the Adventures in Wisdom curriculum. Children learn critical skills, they learn how to create a vision for their lives, and achieve their goals through positive mindset development and storytelling. www.every1voicematters.org | 843-781-0503
25 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen The home is supposed to be a haven, but it can be difficult to curate a space that truly shines. Sometimes it takes another set of eyes to draw the design out you and unveil what you’ve been searching for, something that is inside waiting to pop out. Enter Designs by Imagine That. Owner Debbie DeLong had a passion for interior design since childhood when she would decorate her aunt’s outdoor patio space for tea parties. Using flowers, remnants of fabrics and China, she was inspired to create something beautiful. That’s where it all began. DeLong also feels that the past experiences of working in an office and owning a décor shop have helped with her attention to detail. DeLong offers design consultations for both private and commercial new builds or renovations. Working from a mood board created from the design meeting, she’ll then curate custom fabric selections, pillows, window treatments, upholstery and millwork installations. “My main goal is to bring about a design that fulfills my clients’ expectations, and not only goes beyond their expectations, but gives them something out of the ordinary that no one has. That wow factor is important to me,” said DeLong. One of DeLong’s creations was selected as a top 10 master bathroom design in Charleston Home and Design Magazine, and her handiwork has been featured in blogs, social media accounts and other highly esteemed publications. Let this master of her craft turn your dreams into reality. For more information, please visit DesignsByImagineThat. com, or call 843-345-5788. The Wow Factor Designs by Imagine That BY CARI LAWSON Charleston Women at Home Lets Connect + Create. Whether you are planning a wedding, Holiday party or event, styled shoot or just need a little extra hand bringing your home visions to life, I would love to work along side you! Meet Debbie Delong, Interior Designer I find my passion for design by making every project unique for each of my individual client's. I can create what you envision with a well thought out process by taking the pressure off you to create a beautiful space, bringing your dreams into a reality! designsbyimaginethat.com
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27 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Culturally, food is a big deal. It speaks to where we come from, places we’ve visited, family upbringing and even things we believe in. We break bread in groups — to celebrate, to mourn, to enjoy, to lament. Whatever we do, we do it with food in mind. It is our life source; it is who we are. As Southern women — and not just any Southern women, but Southern women in one of the only two cities in the United States with its own distinctive and recognized native cuisine — food might mean more to us than anyone. That’s why Charleston Women Magazine is committed to sinking both hands into that dough in every issue. We strive to throw a mix of history, local culture, trending recipes, amazing restaurants and trade secrets into the pot throughout various issues. We don’t want to leave any dining experience or palate adventure unexplored. As we take the journey, we invite you, our readers, along for the ride. We want to know what you love to eat, what “little hole in the wall” you’ve found that deserves some love and what recipes you want to share from your own kitchen. What makes your sweet tea or shrimp n’ grits out of this world? Where do you grab grub with the girls or feast with the fam? Is there a female chef out there making culinary creations we’ve yet to sample? Share with us on Facebook or Instagram (@CharlestonWomen). We can’t wait to learn more about your food favorites. In the meantime, explore what we’ve uncovered for our winter issue, which focuses heavily on football season fare. Bon Appetit! Charleston Women in Food www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | FB & Instagram @CharlestonWomen A Celebration of Family From Fitness to Philanthropy Glow up and Show up in 2024 Ready, Set, Hut! Game Day with the Girls Generations of Culture, Craft and Careers CHARLESTON FAMILY EDITION Winter 2023-24 The Only Publication Showcasing Charleston Women! Charleston Women is a lifestyle magazine that focuses on the needs and desires of women who are business leaders, daughters, mothers, grandmothers, neighbors, wives, sisters and much more. WE LOVE HELPING BUSINESSES For Distribution and Marketing Information Call Stacey at 917-208-5633 or email Stacey@CharlestonWomen.com Cakes and Desserts for all occasions weddings • engagement • birthdays • holidays • school events Peanut & Tree Nut Free 631-664-3601 whiskandspoonbakerycafe.com firstname.lastname@example.org Serving Charleston & surrounding areas
28 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Football is often associated with groups of men in beer helmets screaming at the television, but we at Charleston Women know that there are many female football fans out there who love putting the feminine touch on game day. Whether you’re hosting to cheer on your favorite college or NFL team, or you’re prepping for a Super Bowl party, it’s important to create a strategy when it comes to entertainment that brings the thrill of the game right into your home. THE MENU The first step is to outline a menu that includes something for everyone on your guest list. Wings with a host of choices for sauces are a great option for classic game day fare with choices and variety. To keep it simple, Priscilla Bloedoorn and her partner Rachel Bailey, owners of Not Your Average Wings, suggest offering finger foods from the variety of 35 flavors of dry or battered wings they offer. A few fan favorite flavors include: honey barbeque, honey mustard, honey garlic, garlic parmesan, lemon pepper, jerk, spicy teriyaki, spicy lemon pepper and cajun garlic. A staple food for football fans, wings can be displayed in a bowl, on various plates or on a platter, along with sides from Not Your Average Wings such as fried okra, fried pickles, crinkly fries, onion rings, chicken and waffles or chicken tenders — all freshly made, never frozen. To spice up these delicious quick-grab options, add a dash of honey hot, hot, Buffalo mild or Carolina Reaper flaming hot sauces. Place your order ahead of kickoff by calling 843-900-3349 or ordering online at NotYourAverageWings. com. The gals at Not Your Average Wings love football so much that anyone involved in the sport, including players, coaches, cheerleaders, mascots and administrative staff, are welcome to enjoy 50 percent off specials during the weekdays. Just check the website to see which day this applies to you. Moreover, veterans always get a 10 percent discount when dining in, and everyone gets onedollar wings every first Monday of the month. What’s not to love? Another savory and classic choice to add to your game day menu is a charcuterie board, such as the “Gone Crazy Build” that Keith Lovas creates at Graze Craze. Sure to be a crowd-pleaser, the board includes hot sopressata salami, sweet coppa, fennel spiced ham, Italian prosciutto, peppered salami, artisan turkey salami and hand-carved hatch chili salami; cheeses include, aged cheddar, red wine merlot, smoked gouda, swiss, brie, manchego, mozzarella and goat cheese with honey and crushed pistachio. The Styling Game Day BY SARAH ROSE Charleston Women in Food Debbie DeLong of Designs by Imagine That.
29 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen boards are also complete with fruits, veggies, rustic and dessert breads, baguettes and crackers. All of that is topped off with a variety of jams and dips such as lemon dill mayo, roasted red pepper hummus, roasted beet hummus and everything bagel cream cheese dip. Sweets include dessert macarons in seasonal flavors and dark chocolate bark with cranberry pistachio and pink Himalayan sea salt. While Graze Craze boards can be customized for small groups of two to four, each large board accommodates bigger crowds of 14 to 20 guests. As Lovas says, “You never know what your guests want, and with our charcuterie options, there will always be something that makes everybody happy.” No matter the size of your party, boards can be ordered for pick up, or the team can deliver and style boards in your space. Visit GrazeCraze.com, or simply call 843-438-2523 to talk through the options. THE STYLE After crafting your chic yet simple and classic menu, the next step is to style your entertainment space, and it can be more innovative than dollar-store go-to’s. Debbie DeLong, interior designer with Designs by Imagine That, suggests ditching the streamers and plastic pennants, and opting instead for fresh flowers and greenery in your team’s colors. When setting up your bar, a nice touch is a big silver bucket filled with plenty of ice for beer and wine, along with football-themed cocktail napkins and football stir sticks. The perfect tablescape can be created by clearing off the dining room table and lying out a fun runner rather than a fussy tablecloth. This sets the stage for the greenery and decorative accessories that go with your game day theme. To create space to allow your guests to serve themselves, push the dining chairs back against the wall or into your viewing space for additional seating. If necessary and if possible, rearrange the other furniture so that everyone can view the game on the television without obstruction. For outdoor entertaining, rather than glassware, choose sturdy plastic tumblers; instead of standard paper or plastic plates, go with football-themed melamine dishes, according to DeLong. Moreover, silver or gold plastic cutlery is always a better option than the usual plain white ones. To add ambience, light a few candles before guests arrive; and make sure to tidy up the powder room, where you can also incorporate festive paper hand towels. Now that you have your entertaining strategy in place, you are ready to kick off your game day event effortlessly. You’re sure to score big points with all of your friends and family while having a great time. For further tips on creating intimate settings for game day festivities and more, contact Debbie at DesignsByImagineThat.com or at 843-345-5788. Charleston Women in Food Graze Craze. A platter from Not Your Average Wings.anchorheatingandair.com