Charleston Auto Expo & Car Show this Sunday at Blackbaud Stadium

I admire people that start a small business and take it to the next level! My good friends at Pleasant Details did just that. Started a mobile car detailing company, later added new services such as installing the 3M and Avery Nano clear bra paint protection film and also created a car expo in Charleston.

The 2nd Annual Charleston Auto Expo & Car Show, taking place on Sunday, September 23 from 11am-5pm at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island, SC, will showcase local and southeast automotive shops that specialize in a wide variety of areas, including 3M Clear Bra, Wheel Repair, Upholstery Repair, Paintless Dent Repair, Car Audio, Vinyl Wraps, Headlight Restoration, Window Tinting, Detailing, Auto Dealerships, Paint Touch-up & more. This year’s event features guest appearances by Leh Keen with Brumos Racing and local author Ken Burger. The expo will include specialists in their respected field performing live demos, giving product knowledge, and giveaways!

Admission is $5 per person and tickets can be purchased at

Bring the whole family and enjoy: live music, kids zone, Monster Mobile Game Theater, jump castle, hot rides, Food Trucks & more.

Featured Cars: Transformer Decepticon Motormaster & Bumble Bee.

Chris Glasgow’s 64’ Olds Cutlass Convertible. Chris will be touring the country on the car show circuit with this beast – 600+ HP big block Olds 455 with one-off fuel injection under the hood, the custom interior, frame off resto, & the list goes on.

Plus multiple cars from private collections that have been featured in top shows around the country including:  Amelia Island best in class winner, and some of the rarest cars you’ve never seen.

The event will also be a meet for car clubs/groups and auto enthusiast.

The 2012 Charleston Auto Expo will include FREE Clinics, Workshops, and Demonstrations by vendors and sponsors highlighting services and products! the goal of the Charleston Auto Expo is to inform the average car owner of services and companies that help maintain or add value to a owners vehicle. Most demos will last less than 15 minutes and and will be followed up with Q&A sessions.


Help a Friend – Seph’s Sunday Phun Day at O’Brion’s Pub, August 12

Seph, Leigh and baby Ellen

For the second time, my friend’s husband battles colon cancer. To help the family with everyday needs such as gas, transportation, groceries, diapers, etc. Leigh and Seph’s friends are organizing a fundraiser, Seph’s Sunday Phun Day at O’Brion’s Pub in I’on on August 12 at 3pm. There is a donation at the door of minimum of $10. Kids are free. Acoustic Music by Five Way Friday


Charleston Summer Event Features Fine Art and Local Cuisine

Butter me Up by Shannon Runquist

You always know what local produce and products are in season when you participate in the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s Palette and Palate Stroll. The event features local chefs and restaurants paired with local fine art galleries, all members of the CFADA. With menus like: Charleston Shrimp, Corn Kimchi, and Bibb Lettuce prepared by Chef Brock of McCrady’s, and Royal Red Shrimp Ceviche prepared by Circa 1886 Chef Collins, the popular summer event will once again sell out! Locals and visitors who travel to Charleston for the event are to expect great local fair paired with Southern art. Galleries will feature food paitings (Horton Hayes Fine Art will feature Shannon Runquist) or local artists or Southern scenes.

So either you want to meet and mingle with your favorite chefs or artists, or you just want to be part of Charleston great social scene! See and be seen at the Palette and Palate Stroll this Friday, July 13th from 5:30-7:30pm!

This year’s pairings are:

Corrigan Gallery – Barsa Tapas
Dog and Horse Gallery – Circa 1886
Ella W. Richardson Fine Art – BLU
Helena Fox Fine Art – Anson
Horton Hayes Fine Art – Oak
Smith Killian Fine Art – McCrady’s
The Sylvan Gallery – Eli’s Table
Wells Gallery – Social

Tickets are still available at $45 per person. Once you buy a ticket online, you can check in at any participating gallery and enjoy your evening, strolling through the historic street of Charleston,  making stops at 8 local galleries! I suggest that you think about your preferred stops beforehand because you will have such a good time at each gallery that it will be hard to move onto the next one!


Nothing Stopping you Now to Be Perfectly Fit

Perfectly Fit New Location

The beginning of June is going to be a pretty busy one for Stylee PR! Grand opening parties and new business launches are on my calendar. I personally will be kicking off the new month with a grand opening party of Perfectly Fit Wellness on June 7th from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The party is free and open to public. Perfectly Fit that offers training, pilates, yoga, and TRX with emphasis on injury prevention and muscle balance, used to be located at the MUSC downtown. The new location is at 1476 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Suite 10 in Mt. Pleasant!

Now that I told you about Perfectly Fit Wellness, there is nothing stopping you to get in the best possible shape of your life without worry over aches and pains!

Dr. Sarah Ellis, the founder of Perfectly Fit, will introduce her new team of trainers and physical therapists! On her Facebook page, Sarah has been highlighting some exciting door prizes, including free training and nutrition consultations, gifts from her partners like Aestheti Spa, The Great Escape Spa, Island Paddle Adventure, Air and Earth, The Foot Store, Acupuncture and Wellness of Charleston, Thrive Movement Therapy, Defined: Therapeutic Massage and many more!

They are also offering 35% off the first training session, 25% off the first training package and 15% off the first nutrition package purchased before July 1st, 2012 in the new location.

Charleston Virtuosi Presents “Seven Last Words” by Joseph Haydn in Easter Concert, April 7

Peter Kiral

My Slovak friend, Peter Kiral who founded Charleston Virtuosi in 2009, is presenting a classical Easter Concert on April 7 at 4pm at the Circular Church. String Quartet will be performing “Seven Last Words” by Joseph Haydn. Tickets are $10 per person.

Check out Charleston Virtuosi performing  W. A. Mozart: Divertimento KV 436 Presto

Local Knowledge: Spring = Fun in Charleston!

This upcoming month must be one of the busiest in Charleton! Starting this week, let’s go pick some strawberries at Boone Hall Plantation! The mild winter temperatures has produced an earlier than normal strawberry crop and as a result the plantation opened their U-Pick strawberry fields on Monday March 26, 2012. Entrance to the U-PIck fields is on Long Point Rd. Hours for U-Pick: 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday.

The Cooper River Bridge Run is on Saturday, March 31. The first race kicked off in 1978. The $3.00 entry fee included a T-Shirt designed by the race director, Keith Hamilton. Race day morning was sweltering hot, 82 degrees.  Olympian (1952, marathon) Ted Corbitt was one of the runners.  A lot of runners fell out from the heat and some had to be hospitalized. The 2012 run is sold out.

The Family Circle Cup gets underway on Saturday, March 31. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the week-long women’s tennis tournament has evolved into one of the biggest events for the local economy. The tennis tournament boasts a prize money purse of $749,160. Over ninety players compete for a piece of that purse each year and battle for one of the most coveted trophies in women’s tennis. The Center for Women is hosting a gourmet buffet style lunch at the Family Circle Cup Sky Suite on April 5th, 11am-3pm. Join C4W staff for a great day of tennis plus a lunch, private cash bar access and complimentary wine tasting provided by Treasury Wine Estates! Tickets are $60 per person.

The Charleston Farmers Market is opening on Saturday, April 7, from 7am to 2pm, at Marion Square. Check out the local food trucks! Every Saturday morning till late fall.

Slightly North of Broad, High Cotton and the Old Village Post House are offering Easter brunch on April 8. Each restaurant will offer a special pre-fixed menu with your choice of an appetizer and entree or add dessert for under $30.

Kiawah Art and House Tour presented by Gibbes Museum of Art is taking place on April 13th. Tickets are $55 per person and includes tour, refreshments and Gibbes Museum admission. Tour five stunning Kiawah Island homes and their unique art collections in the private gated community

Village Playhouse presents God of Carnage, a comedy of manners…without the manners. The opening night is on April 13th. This is a production that truly took NYC by storm smashing all box office records and nabbing Tony Award nominations for all four lead actors –eventually earned the Tony for Best Play, Best Director and Best Actress.

A very exciting event that features culinary delights from Charleston’s top chefs, an open bar and dancing in the middle of Meeting Street is taking place on April 19th. The Gibbes Museum of Art presents Gibbes on the Street- Renovation Celebration. The street party kicks off at 8pm till 10:30pm. Tickets are $100 museum members, $135 non-members.

The Old Village Home Tour in Mt. Pleasant takes place on April 22, from 1pm-5pm! Enjoy a rare opportunity to explore ten picturesque homes and gardens in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant, food tastings prepared by local chefs. Artists will showcase their works for sale under tents in Edwards Park. Tickets are available at Abide-A-While, Black Swan Emporium, Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant and the Scratch Pad. Tickets are $45 and proceeds benefit the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

The Carolina Dirt Fair weekend kicks off on April 27 at 4pm at the GrowFood Carolina warehouse, 990 Morrison Drive in Charleston. This happy hour event will feature “Heroes of GrowFood Carolina,” the chefs from some of Charleston’s best restaurants who have been the early supporters of GrowFood Carolina. Enjoy innovative dishes using local, fresh ingredients from the GrowFood cooler; live music, drinks and tours of the new warehouse. Tickets, which include music, food and beer, are $20; $15 for students.

2012 Charleston Farmers Market Applications Available

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is accepting applications from farmers/growers, artisans and food vendors for the 2012 Charleston Farmers Market which runs Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from April 7 to Nov. 24 in Marion Square. The Holiday Farmers Market runs Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 1 to 16 and a separate application is needed for the Holiday Farmers Market (this one will be released at a later date).

Applications, as well as the Charleston Farmers Market Handbook, which includes the general rules and regulations that govern the Charleston Farmers Market, are available at the Office of Cultural Affairs located at 180 Meeting Street, Suite 200, in downtown Charleston; or you may request an application through email at: . Applications will be available online January 10, 2012, by 5 PM at The deadline for the receipt of application for artisans and food vendors is January 20 by 1 PM and January 25 at 5 PM for farmers/growers. Late applications will not be accepted. There is a non-refundable $15 application fee for each submission.

All applications and proposals should be mailed, or delivered to: City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, ATTN: 2012 Charleston Farmers Market Application, 180 Meeting Street, Suite 200, Charleston, SC 29401.

The Charleston Farmers Market is dedicated to the support and advocacy of Lowcountry farmers and growers and offers a variety of local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans.