A nonprofit organization designed to promote and improve the lively Columbia neighborhood, the Five Points Association has spearheaded many projects since the early 1980s, ranging from a large-scale streetscaping project to the construction of two fountains to yearly beautification updates. The group also organizes events to bring people to the landmark district—notably the Five After Five concert series and the city's Saint Patrick's Day festivities. Overall, the association, which comprises more than 100 members each year, works to balance the interests of the Five Points' merchants with those of residents and visitors.
The American Red Cross of South Carolina is part of an international, politically neutral movement that has delivered humanitarian care since 1863. It provides relief to survivors of national and manmade disasters in the forms of shelter, food, clothing, medication, and counseling. The organization also works to prevent future emergencies, and prepares community members to respond to them when they occur.
In South Carolina, the Red Cross collects blood donations, provides resources for the armed forces, and hosts health and safety training programs for citizens, including lifeguard and CPR training. Its volunteers also provide physical and emotional aid to survivors of disasters such as fires.
Although his only experience in the food industry was assembling sub sandwiches, Joe Fischbein dreamed of owning his own restaurant. To prepare himself, Joe literally worked his way up from dishwasher to prep cook, meeting future partner and professional chef Casey Glowacki along the way. Though their paths diverged, Joe's dream came true in 2004 when Casey asked him to help run his new eatery: Five Loaves Cafe. Since Casey first established the café, it's evolved faster than a tadpole's opinion of legwarmers. Salads and sandwiches dominate the menu, highlighting cold cuts carved from house-roasted meats and dressings made in-house in small batches. Dinner entrees showcase grass-fed, hormone-free beef from Meyers Farm, free-range chicken from Tanglewood Farms, and vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, as well as fresh-cut local pastas from Rio Bertolini's.
The 35th annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens highlights Charleston's unique heritage with an intimate glimpse at the city's most significant private homes, gardens, churches, and public buildings. Spanning between six and eight blocks, the self-guided tours traverse districts featured in the National Register of Historic Places, with guides at tour stops providing informative historical tidbits and realistic dramatizations of a dystopian future. Mid-19th-century residences dominate the tour of the Radcliffeborough neighborhood, built on land once owned by Thomas and Lucretia Radcliffe and filled with fine examples of the Charleston single house.
Lowcountry Vein & Medical Spa confidently approaches each spider-vein treatment armed with cutting-edge technology and a track record of patient satisfaction. Clients first receive a complimentary consultation with either Dr. Edward C. Morrison or Dr. Thomas C. Appleby, during which they have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss their problem areas, and test newly invented dialects on nonjudgmental ears. Actual treatments last just 30 minutes and take advantage of the patented VNUS Closure system, which is minimally invasive and reduces leg pain and vein appearance significantly. Board-certified physicians perform all procedures, a feature that sets Lowcountry Vein & Medical Spa apart from many other area clinics as well as most area carnival rides.