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We want your favorites! Tell us about the businesses that you trust and rely on nationwide so that we can share them with other busy women at EveryBusyWoman.com. The top 3 businesses recommended most often are automatically listed on the site for cities across the country. Please give us a call if we can ever be of help and thank you for helping spread the word about the best of the best in the Lowcountry and beyond! Best,
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table of contents
SPECIAL: Home & Garden ................................ 2 - 17
Architects ...........................................................................5 Cleaning Services .............................................................5 Concierge Services ...........................................................5 Consignment & Vintage ...................................................7 Fencing ................................................................................7 Framing ...............................................................................8 Furnishings & Accessories .............................................8 Gardening & Lanscaping ...............................................10 Gift Shops ..........................................................................10 Interior Designers ...........................................................12 Pest Control ......................................................................12

Arts & Leisure................................................... 18 - 21
Art Centers ........................................................................18 Bookstores ........................................................................18 Invitations & Stationery ..................................................18 Museums ...........................................................................19 Photographers ..................................................................19 Special Events ..................................................................19 Sports .................................................................................20 Theatres.............................................................................20 Web Sites ..........................................................................20 Advertising, Marketing & PR..........................................22 Colleges & Universities ...................................................22 Computer Repair ..............................................................22 Non-Profit Organizations ................................................24 Professional Services ............................................. 24 - 26

Business & Finance ........................................ 22 - 26

Dining & Entertaining ..................................... 27 - 29

Family................................................................. 30 - 33
Camps ...............................................................................30 Clothing & Accessories .................................................30 Pet Accessories & Supplies...........................................30 Pet Services ......................................................................32 Pet Shelters.......................................................................32 Veterinarians ....................................................................32

Bakeries.............................................................................27 Catering .............................................................................27 Event Venues ....................................................................28 Restaurants .......................................................................28

Fashion & Accessories................................... 34 - 35
Consignment & Vintage .................................................34 Image Consultants ..........................................................34 Jewelry ..............................................................................34

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Hair & Skin Care .............................................. 36 - 38
Bath & Body Products.....................................................36 Day Spas............................................................................38 Hair Removal.....................................................................38 Hair Salons ........................................................................38 Chiropractors ...................................................................39 Coaching, Counseling & Psychotherapy ....................39 Dentists .............................................................................40 Obstetrics & Gynecology ....................................... 41 - 42 Oculoplastic Surgery ......................................................42 Pilates ...............................................................................44 Plastic Surgeons .............................................................44 Senior Services ................................................................44 Well Being ................................................................ 45 - 46 Automotive Parts & Service ...........................................47 Limousine & Car Services ..............................................47

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Health & Wellness .......................................... 39 - 46

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Travel & Transportation .................................. 47 - 48 The Bride Guide ............................................... 49 - 64

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Accommodations .............................................................50 Bakeries.............................................................................50 Bartending Services ........................................................50 Beauty ........................................................................ 50 - 52 Bridal Registry ..................................................................53 Bridal Showers & Parties ...............................................53 Catering .............................................................................54 Children’s Wear ................................................................56 Floral Design .....................................................................56 Invitations & Stationery ..................................................56 Jewelry ..............................................................................56 Lighting & Sound ..............................................................58 Photographers ..................................................................58 Wedding Apparel .............................................................58 Wedding Event Venues ........................................... 60 - 62 Wedding Planners ...........................................................62 Wedding Rentals ...................................................... 62 - 64 Wedding Transportation .................................................64

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home & garden
Home is where the “art” is; making a house a home requires skills and techniques to create a space that ref lects who we are and want to be. The tips and recommendations in the Home & Garden special will help inspire this process, and we’ve gathered hundreds of referrals to ensure others have had a good experience with the businesses listed herein. - Grocery List…page 4 - Decorating Tips…page 15 Don’t see what you need listed? Give us a call or visit EveryBusyWoman.com for additional resources.

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betty buzz: GROCERY LIST

Forget those annoying scraps of paper that you call your shopping list. Cut out this handy grocery guide, stick it to the fridge and simply check off what you need. When grocery day arrives, grab your list and go!
fruits ❍ apples ❍ bananas ❍ grapes ❍ Lemons/Limes ❍ oranges ❍ strawberries ❍ _________ vegetabLes ❍ broccoli ❍ carrots ❍ corn ❍ garlic ❍ Lettuce ❍ mushrooms ❍ onions ❍ peppers ❍ potatoes ❍ tomatoes ❍ ________ canneD gooDs ❍ mixed fruit ❍ peaches ❍ pineapples ❍ soup ❍ tuna ❍ vegetables ❍ ________ meat & seafooD ❍ bacon ❍ beef ❍ chicken ❍ fish ❍ pork ❍ roast ❍ steaks ❍ ________ conDiments, sauce & oiLs ❍ bbQ sauce ❍ cooking spray ❍ honey ❍ Jelly ❍ ketchup ❍ mayonnaise ❍ mustard ❍ oil ❍ olive oil ❍ pasta sauce ❍ peanut butter ❍ soy sauce ❍ syrup ❍ vinegar ❍ ________ pasta ❍ macaroni ❍ spaghetti ❍ ________ baking ❍ baking powder ❍ baking soda ❍ brown sugar ❍ brownie mix ❍ cake mix ❍ flour ❍ pancake mix ❍ sugar ❍ ________ seasonings & spices ❍ cinnamon ❍ oregano ❍ pepper ❍ salt ❍ ________ beverages ❍ coffee/tea ❍ Juice ❍ milk ❍ orange Juice ❍ soda ❍ sports Drinks ❍ water ❍ ________ cereaL ❍ cold cereal ❍ hot cereal ❍ _________ snacks ❍ candy ❍ chips ❍ cookies ❍ crackers ❍ Dip/salsa ❍ nuts ❍ _________ froZen fooDs ❍ broccoli ❍ corn ❍ Dinners ❍ french fries ❍ ice cream ❍ mixed veggies ❍ pizza ❍ _________ breaDs ❍ bagels ❍ baguette ❍ buns ❍ pitas ❍ wheat/white ❍ ________ Dairy ❍ butter/margarine ❍ cheese ❍ cream cheese ❍ creamer ❍ eggs ❍ milk ❍ sliced cheese ❍ sour cream ❍ yogurt ❍ ________ DeLi ❍ cheese ❍ cold cuts ❍ salads ❍ ________ toiLetries ❍ Deodorant ❍ Lotion ❍ mouthwash ❍ razors ❍ shampoo ❍ conditioner ❍ soap ❍ toothbrush ❍ toothpaste ❍ ________ meDicine ❍ band-aids ❍ first aid cream ❍ pain reliever ❍ ________ baby items ❍ Diapers ❍ formula ❍ rash cream ❍ wipes ❍ ________ baby fooD ❍ applesauce ❍ bananas ❍ carrots ❍ Dinners ❍ green beans ❍ peaches ❍ pears ❍ squash ❍ sweet potatoes ❍ ________ pet items ❍ cat/Dog food ❍ cat Litter ❍ treats ❍ ________ kitchen suppLies ❍ aluminum foil ❍ paper towels ❍ plastic wrap ❍ sandwich bags ❍ tissues ❍ toilet paper ❍ trash bags ❍ ________ househoLD ❍ bleach ❍ camera film ❍ Dishwasher Detergent ❍ Dryer sheets ❍ furniture polish ❍ glass cleaner ❍ Laundry Detergent ❍ sponges ❍ toilet bowl cleaners ❍ ________

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architects

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Prescon, LLc ashley K. Jennings, aia Principal architect 538 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.577.7030, fax 843.577.8060 email: prescon@bellsouth.net
cLeaning services

Painting Tips
• Ask for small paint samples and paint squares of each color on your wall; live with it and watch the way the light hits it at different times of day to find the best color for your room. • Use painter’s tape to protect molding, trim and fixtures. Taking the time to tape will save you time in the long run and give you a professional looking finish. • Invest in the right paint, brushes and rollers. Higherquality paint goes on with a smoother, deeper finish. Cheap rollers have lint that will stay behind on your wall; you’ll see the flecks in the dried paint. Brushes that have any dried paint in them should be discarded and replaced with new ones that won’t streak your paint. • Cover your floor and furniture with drop cloth; old sheets do the trick nicely. • Taking a break? You don’t have to wash your brush or rollers between work times. Simply cover your brush and rollers in plastic bags and wrap it around them to limit the air that gets into the bag. It will keep them moist with paint and ready to use when you’re back to work.

MaidPure, inc.
An Organic Cleaning Company with a Twist Cleaning homes naturally with kid-safe, pet-friendly, non-toxic products that leave your home sparkling clean and smelling fresh as can be. Visit our new Green Cleaning Boutique to pick up the products we use to make everything from the kitchen to the bath and baby to laundry shine. Our gift baskets make great gifts. Shop in-store or online.

The Commons at Shem Creek, 217 Lucas Street, Suite J, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Dorsey Fairbairn 843.576.9466 Heather Fairbairn 843.576.9465 email: sales@maidpure.com www.maidpure.com
$25 off your first home cleaning

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concierge services

YuDu Personal concierge services
We give you your precious time back so you can focus on the priorities in life! Concierge services for individuals and corporations who need tasks completed quickly and effectively. 1) register for a yudu list at www.yudulist.com and purchase your block of time 2) submit your errands 3) relax! Services include: Pick up groceries • Feed & walk pets • Deliver coffee or lunch • Make reservations • Research providers • Deliver contracts • Pick up dry cleaning • No task is too small or large!

tel 843.972.4008 email: contact@yudulist.com www.yudulist.com See our ad page 6

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consignMent & vintage

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chic antiques hidden treasure’s of charleston
Antiques to Shabby Chic - Design, Decor, Consign & More! Come Experience shopping bliss in our 3,000 sq. ft., Mt Pleasant storefront offering: Vintage Florals, Hand Painted Furniture, Faux Finishing, Home Decor & Rugs, Custom Bedding & Pillows, Local Art and Jewelry and Much More. Don’t forget to ask us about rental booths for vendors & Your Consignment Items in our NEW Upscale shop!

Save Money and Keep Cool
1. Arrange furniture and drapes so they don’t restrict airflow from registers. 2. Keep room air moving by utilizing a whole-house fan or ceiling fans. 3. Reduce your home’s heat gain by pulling drapes or shades, or installing awnings, over sun-facing windows. 4. Increase your air conditioner’s efficiency by cleaning or replacing filters. 5. Install a programmable thermostat. 6. Reduce humidity inside your home. Minimize mid-day washing and drying clothes, showering and cooking. 7. Use caulk, weather stripping and insulation to cut back on air moving from inside to out. 8. Talk with an air conditioning contractor about installing dampers to restrict the flow of cooled air to rooms you rarely use.

Call Patsi Phillips: 843.216.1463 if you have any questions. 675 D Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.216.1463 email: shop@charlestonchicantiques.com www.charlestonchicantiques.com
receive 10% off on any one item in the store. (expires october 31, 2010)

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fencing

floyd fence company
Voted the SCORE 2010 Business of the Year. We specialize in Aluminum & Custom fences adding beauty and style while securing your most important investment. Enduring quality is our specialty and we pride ourselves in being on time and completing our work in a dependable and honest manner. Our reputation is how the majority of our business is derived. We will be glad to come to talk to you about your fencing needs and give you a free estimate. No project is too big or too small; we pride ourselves on professional service at competitive prices that will not be beat.

tel 843.225.8766 www.floydfence.com
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“If you want the “gallery look,” hang your art so that the center is 58 inches from the floor. Also remember, if your art will be displayed in a room with windows, you should use UV-protective glass, even if it does not receive direct sunlight.” - JACKIE AILSTOCK, Artizom Frame Gallery

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artizom frame gallery
Artizom is a custom picture frame gallery conveniently located in the heart of downtown Charleston at 334 East Bay Street. Locally owned and operated for nearly 10 years, the husband and wife team are both native Charlestonians who graduated from the fine art department at the College of Charleston. They offer museum quality, conservation framing for fine art, photographs, prints, posters, mirrors, textiles and collectibles as well as replace broken picture frame glass.

Spinning Your Web
Weave your way through ideas, pictures and resources online for inspiring your home endeavors. Here are just a few of Every Busy Woman’s faves: One Kings Lane Designer décor, gifts & accessories at up to 70% off. onekingslane.com Lonny Magazine A home magazine that you can flip through online. lonnymag.com Apartment Therapy Resources and musings on living large when your digs are small. apartmenttherapy.com Design Sponge Dedicated to great home and product design with reviews, diy’s and before/after pictures. designspongeonline.com How About Orange… Graphic designer Jessica Jones’ blog featuring howto’s, decorating ideas, design resources and inspiration. howaboutorange.blogspot.com Remodelista This “sourcebook for the considered home” features low to high end and vintage to contemporary finds for those who appreciate beautiful interiors but don’t have time to navigate through all the options. remodelista.com

Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm Ansonborough Shopping Ctr, 334 East Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.723.3726 www.artizom.com See our ad page 11
furnishing & accessories

the sitting room
With a combination of refined elegance and casual style, you’ll find everything from fabulous gifts to the perfect sofa at The Sitting Room. The store’s hand-selected collection of upholstery and case goods are complimented by a unique selection of lighting, drapery, bedding, rugs, artwork and accessories. Bring in your plans, measurements, inspiration and we’ll help you with your design needs. Our Design Center has a fabulous selection of the most current fabrics, wallpapers, finishes, and catalogs to help you with your project whether it be a one-time consultation or entire home remodel.

280 West Coleman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.849.8969 info@thesittingroomhome.com www.thesittingroomhome.com south carolina thrift & resale store
“Where Thrift Shopping Never Looked So Good” Visit our 10,000 square foot Store for Daily Arrivals of Donated and Consigned Home Furnishings & Household Items. Looking to consign your household items? A portion of the proceeds help support the Center for Women.

Open Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 6 pm and Sundays noon – 5 pm 1670 Highway 17 N, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 tel 843.971.0552 email: scthriftstore@comcast.net www.scthriftandresale.com See our ad page 13

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Don’t let the economy dictate your future... Make 2010 your BEST YEAR!
Are you looking for a place to display your product, service, or creative talent? We are now interviewing for vendor space and consignment items in our upscale shop!

VENDORS WANTED!

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garDening & LanDscaPing

o’Dell Landscaping

Life-Changing Rugs
ARZU connects women weavers in Afghanistan who expertly craft hand-knotted rugs and buyers in the US and beyond. Rugs range from classic to tribal and contemporary to heirloom. 93% of total revenues go to the women to provide a steady income and access to education and healthcare for themselves and their families. arzustudiohope.org

A family-owned, landscaping company that understands the Low Country’s unique micro-climate and the art of fine gardening. Garden Maintenance • Decorative Masonry Irrigation • Garden Renovation & Design We look forward to creating a timeless, personalized landscape for you and your family.

tel 843.556.7333 email: odelllandscaping@comcast.net www.odelllandscaping.com See our ad page 12
gift shoPs

oil & vinegar - towne centre
We’re a locally owned and operated shop offering a wide selection of gourmet Mediterranean foods and culinary gifts. We have over 40 oils and vinegars available on tap, in addition to delicious appetizers, pastas, risottos, sauces, dried herbs and spices and unique kitchen utensils. You can sample all of our oils & vinegars and taste from our 5 tasting tables. If you’re going to a bridal shower or dinner party we’ll help you find the perfect gift.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am - 9 pm and Sunday Noon - 6 pm. Mt Pleasant Towne Centre, Between Atlanta Bread and the Movie Theater, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.881.2208 www.mountpleasant.oilandvinegarusa.com CONTINUED...

“Avoid watered-down cocktails while entertaining outdoors by using fruit ice cubes. Simply juice or puree your fruit of choice and fill an ice tray with the mixture. Let freeze, then serve in your beverage of choice!” - JENNIFER GREEN

betty buzz: ART IN THE HOME
ARtFul OptiONs

You do not have to spend a fortune to fill your home with original art. Here are some ways to start building your collection:

✔ open your mind to found art pieces. a collection of one type of found object (old clocks or pieces of china, for example) can give a wall a life of its own. ✔ if you have children, you have a young artist in your home. frame the next masterpiece and display it proudly! ✔ young, local artists often sell their art at more accessible prices. ✔ outsider and folk art add a unique visual for any room. ✔ collect the personal treasures you’ve been storing away and put them in a shadow box.

HANGiNG ARt
✔ a good rule of thumb: the center point of the picture or grouping is at about eye level. ✔ when grouping pictures or objects, play with the arrangement on a large table or on the ground before you start nailing. ✔ illuminating art gives a completely different look to the room and adds a bit of drama. remember: this is not just for grandiose rooms; a lit piece of art in the bathroom also doubles as a nightlight. ✔ forget hanging! Display art by placing it on a shelf; suspended shelves are very popular, so they are easy to find.

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GIFT SHOPS CONTINUED... sweet olive garden, gift & home
Unique gifts and home and garden accents including the Original Charleston Bedswing. Our offerings include home decor items, beautiful pots, fountains, bird houses and feeders, terrariums, outdoor/ indoor rugs, statuary, orchids and tropicals and more. Sprucing up your porch for summer? We can plant your pots, hanging baskets, and window boxes for you.

Interiorscaping
Accessorize your home with an array of flowers and plants to turn any room into a relaxing retreat. Some to try: Impatiens Aloe Ivy Amaryllis Orchids Bonsai Palms Cacti Paper Whites Coleus Spider Plants Ficus Tree

264 N Shelmore Boulevard in I’on, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.216.2821 email: melinda@sweetolivegarden.com www.sweetolivegarden.com
interior Designers

ginger Brewton interiors
Full service, high-end residential and commercial interior design Chic, Comfortable, Sophisticated Named one of the 20 designers to watch (2010) in the US by House Beautiful magazine.

76 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.270.7491 email: info@gingerbrewtoninteriors.com www.gingerbrewtoninteriors.com
Pest controL

Barrier Pest services
We offer lifetime termite bonds, guaranteed pest control services, moisture services, and Cl-100 reports.

7335 Cross County Road, North Charleston, SC 29419 tel 843.225.8250 email: trip@barrierpestservices.com www.barrierpestservices.com

“It is vital to the health of your grass that you sharpen your mower blade frequently. A dull blade will fray the ends of the grass leaving it more susceptible to pest and diseases.” - CASEY O’DELL, O’Dell Landscaping

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betty buzz: TEN STEpS TO A bEAuTIfuL GARdEN

Casey O’Dell of O’Dell Landscaping shares her top ten list for getting the garden of your dreams.
1. start from the ground up. it is very important that you have a proper grade as it decreases drainage problems that can lead to pest and disease. 2. you’ve got to have good dirt. take several samples throughout your yard and take them to the clemson extension so that you know what your soil needs to be the best. organic matter (compost) is always a must. 3. mulch, mulch, mulch. mulch protects plant’s roots and keeps them cool and moist in the summer. Jim martin, executive director for the charleston parks conservancy, recommends using shredded oak leaves. pine bark mulch and pine straw are great too. 4. be a pruner snob. only buy the best; i prefer bypass pruners to anvil pruners, because they cut clean and don’t tear at your plants. always clean your pruners with alcohol after using so you don’t spread disease, and remember to sharpen them. 5. water. water with the correct frequency making sure you are consistent and don’t over-water. make a schedule and stick to it, or consider an irrigation system. 6. take a daily walk. walk through your garden as often as possible, preferably daily. check for anything that looks unusual like fungus or pests. it is important to monitor for problems, so you catch it early. also you get to take joy in seeing what has bloomed! 7. research plants before you buy. walk around your neighborhood and see what is doing well to get ideas on what will do well at your house. read plant tags before you buy, ask knowledgeable nursery staff for advice and use books and the internet to learn all that you can. 8. make a long range plan. you don’t have to do everything at once, but having a long-term plan helps you achieve the garden of your dreams. Draw a sketch of what and where you plant items and what you’d like to plant in the future. start a gardening journal to record what you’ve planted, what you want to have, what blooms when, plant care and maintenance tips and more. 9. maintain your equipment. sharpen and clean all pruning devices with alcohol after pruning and wD40 them to maintain mobility. also, it is important to make sure you regularly sharpen your mower blade. 10. Love your garden! Love is really the secret ingredient to a beautiful garden. if you make your garden a labor of love, you will see great results!

betty buzz: dECORATING TIpS fROM THE pROS

A sophisticated, stylish home can be had at any price range and in any size space. Charleston-based interior designer, Ginger Brewton, named one of the top 20 designers to watch in 2010 by House Beautiful magazine, shares her advice on where to invest and where to spend less, and her do’s and don’ts for getting the look you want.
spLurge: • sofa - you get what you pay for. invest wisely in a well-made sofa, and it will last forever; you can just recover when the fabric wears out. • rug - a beautiful rug makes quite a statement in a room and is something you can always take with you. it doesn’t have to be large – you can always layer it over a less-expensive sisal rug. • paint - a great paint job is worth every penny and can make a huge difference! • window treatments - they are an investment, and although available cheaper, you can tell a big difference in the quality and fabrics. • chest of Drawers - great storage, easily movable and can be used in a bedroom, dining room, living room or foyer. save: • art - great art does not have to be expensive. one of my favorite pieces is something i purchased for $5 at a garage sale. • side tables - find great pieces at great prices from online retailers or flea markets. remember, paint does wonders! • Decorative accents - items for your tabletop, bookcases, etc. that can be switched out every so often. • sheets - Don’t save money in exchange for comfort, but you can find great, plain sheets for a reasonable price. • Lamps - switch out shades, add trim or create your own lamp from something you find at a flea market! tOp 5 DEcORAtiNG DOs AND DON’ts Do: • Always start with a floor plan – use blue tape on the floor if it makes visualizing easier for you. Make sure what you purchase can fit through your doorways. • Mix wood tones in a room – this will bring in variation and warmth. • Go neutral on main/larger pieces such as a sofa, and bring in patterns and color on throw pillows. This also makes it easy to change the room seasonally or when you grow tired of the accent fabrics. • Go to flea markets! There are always hidden gems. • Remember your lighting – wattage, dimmers – this is what creates ambience Don’t: • Don’t forget your accent pieces. You should always have a table to set your cocktail on, next to each seat. • Don’t buy “matchy-matchy” – EVER. Mix styles and periods. This gives a room interest. • Don’t rush things – this is a huge mistake I see over and over again. We are not Extreme Home Makeover so be patient, take your time and do your research. • Don’t forget your ceilings! Wallpaper or paint; it is a huge blank canvas that many people forget about. • Don’t be afraid to ask for help – whether you need a two hour consultation or help with a full scale project, there are designers out there for all budgets!

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betty buzz: dO IT YOuRSELf!

Want to tackle a home project? This list will help you decide whether to take it on or farm it out.
1. be realistic. be sure of your own abilities, as jobs as small as putting up shelves can be tricky. often times, older homes have “surprises” waiting for you that you may not have considered. Give yourself time and prepare to be at it for hours, days or weeks. 2. necessary tools. Do you have the right knowledge, tools and skills for the job? your project may require specific tools that you’ll need to rent or purchase. study up on the project prior to starting and ask for tips and advice from friends who’ve done similar work. 3. complicated Jobs. Does your job involve gas, electricity and plumbing? best leave it to the professionals. be mindful of heavy lifting - you don’t want to damage your home, furniture, or, most importantly, your body. 4. Quality assurance. Don’t skimp on the necessities to cut costs. poor quality is instantly noticeable, and you’ll be reminded of it everyday that you’re in your home, and again at resale time. 5. simple tasks. most people can accomplish tasks like painting, replacing mirrors or switch plates or hanging shelves. read instructions carefully before starting to make sure you have all of the items that you need and take your time to make sure you get it right. 6. time is money. calculate the amount of time you would expect to spend on a project and be truthful with yourself. if you do not have the time to devote to the project, or if your time is best spent doing other things, consider hiring a pro. 7. get a second opinion. a consultation fee with a professional before taking on a big project may save you thousands in costly mistakes! 8. use your best Judgment. books, television shows and online resources can make projects like hanging drywall look like a breeze. remember: these people have the right tools, years of experience and a staff of trained professionals helping them make it look just that easy.

betty buzz: HIRING A CONTRACTOR

Bringing in help to complete that home improvement or renovation project? Be sure you know what to look for and how to work with a contractor.
1. get recommendations. call every busy woman at 843.958.8600 or visit everybusywoman.com to see whom women have recommended most often.

2. contact & verify. make a short list of contractors. call to verify that they are licensed, bonded and insured. ask for pictures or additional references for similar projects they have completed.

3. request a Quote. make sure the bid is in writing and includes detailed information and specifications.

4. the contract. it should include the following: ✓ both of your names and addresses ✓ Details of work to be performed, including who is responsible for each step of the process (demo to trash collection) ✓ Materials used; avoid the term “or equal to”, and make sure any substitutions must be pre-approved by you ✓ a completion date and details on payment

5. completion & payment. never pay more than a 10% or $1000 deposit. only pay for work and materials that have been completed, and schedule additional payments as work progresses. make final payment based on final inspection and a signed completion statement.

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arts & leisure

Lowcountry women recommenDeD

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art centers

redux contemporary art center
Redux is a nonprofit gallery, studio and education center. Through diverse programming and a full studio facility, Redux promotes and encourages all forms of artistic creation, while introducing and educating the public to the contemporary visual arts. Check our website for a current schedule of classes, workshops, exhibitions, and special events.

136 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.722.0697 email: info@reduxstudios.org www.reduxstudios.org
BooKstores

sullivan’s trade-a-Book
Recycle your old reads and pick up something new. Friendly Staff • Great Selection • Locally-Owned and Operated

1303 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Ste 3, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.884.8611
invitations & stationerY

cluucards, custom magnetic cards
Birth Announcements • Save the Dates • Invitations • Birthdays Custom design services available.

tel 703.655.8883 email: cindyluu@cluudesign.com www.cluucards.com
Mention The Little Black Book to receive a 10% discount.

See our ad page 59 mac & murphy a charleston paper company
Add to listing: Now offering wedding invitations.

1,000s of paperbacks Books on tape and CD 1303-3 BEN SAWYER BLVD. MT. PLEASANT, SC 29464

open M – F, 10:30 am – 6 pm; Sat 10:30 am – 5 pm 74.5 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.576.4394 email: write@macandmurphy.com www.macandmurphy.com

(843) 884-8611

gibbes Museum of art
• The Charleston Story: Ongoing View treasures from Charleston’s beginning as a British colony through today. • Modern Masters from the Ferguson Collection: Through August 22, 2010 Paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by significant twentieth-century artists such as Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, and Christo from the private collection of Esther and James Ferguson • Face Lift September 3 – December 5 This special exhibition offers fresh and thought-provoking juxtapositions of outstanding American portraits from the 18th century to today. • Stacy Lynn Waddell: The Evidence of Things Unseen September 3 – December 5 Stacy Lynn Waddell’s innovative technique involves burning, singeing, and branding paper and fabric to create works that explore perceptions of American history and culture.

135 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.722.2706 www.gibbesmuseum.org
PhotograPhers

taylor stewart Photography
Taylor Stewart offers candid, documentary-style photography and innovative portraiture.

3226 E-5 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455 tel 843.557.1468 www.taylorstewartphotography.com
sPeciaL events

Lowcountry affiliate of susan g. Komen for the cure®
Join us for the 2010 Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure® October 16 on Daniel Island.

For more information please call tel 843.556.8011 or Race for the Cure® office 843.556.3343 or visit us at www.komenlowcountry.org See our ad page 43

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sPorts

charleston riverDogs
Minor league baseball team and Class-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Family-friendly, affordable, FUN entertainment at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Family Fun for as little as $5. We offer group discounts, birthday parties, pre-game picnics and luxury sky suite rentals. Every Sunday kids (12 and under) eat FREE (hot dog, soda & chips) and parking is FREE. Select Sundays are Dog Days where you can bring your dog to the ballpark.

Buy & Sell, Arts & Crafts
Etsy Arts and crafts from thousands of people around the globe who make and sell them. etsy.com ShopSCAD Online retailer of student’s work from Savannah College of Art and Design. shopscadonline.com Indie Craft Parade Some of the best handmade artists from all over the Southeast together under one roof: September 10 & 11 in Greenville, SC. indiecraftparade.com Fireworks Products from over 300 nationally and internationally acclaimed artisans and studios and a woman-owned business. fireworksgallery.net

For more information or a schedule: tel 843.577.3647 www.riverdogs.com See our ad page 33
theatres

theatre 99
Charleston’s Home for Improv Comedy This local favorite makes the perfect night out with comedy improv, stand up and performances throughout the year at unbeatable ticket prices. An in-house bar and fun atmosphere top off the experience. Visit the Web site for a full schedule including Wednesday night’s Laugh for a Lincoln, and Friday and Saturday night performances including The Have Nots! and Improv Bingo. Available for Corporate & Private Events • Improv Classes

280 Meeting Street, Above the Bicycle Shoppe, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.853.6687 www.theatre99.com
weB sites

everyBusywoman.com
Looking for trusted, recommended resources in Charleston and beyond? Visit EveryBusyWoman.com to see who other women recommend for your area. Check out What’s Hot for exclusive features – from savings to helpful checklists to make your life easier, and stay up to date on what’s happening Around Town with our calendar of events and numbers to note. Sign up for Every Busy Woman’s Buzz, the eNewsletter to keep you in the know, on the go!

Fan us on Facebook: facebook.com/everybuswoman Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/blackbookbuzz www.everybusywoman.com

every busy woman Coupons
charleston Eyeworx
page 42 buy a package of 2 chemical peels and get the 3rd free.

clip & save!

Maid pure
page 5 $25 off your first home cleaning

charleston RiverDogs
page 33 every sunday kids eat free (hot dog, chips, soda)

Williams tire
page 47 10% off parts and labor on mechanical repairs

chic Antiques & Hidden treasures
page 9 receive 10% off on any one item in the store.

southern protocol
page 35 receive $25 off a package

cluu cards
page 18 10% off your order

speeDee Oil change & tune-up
page 47 wednesdays receive $4 off your oil change!

Floyd Fence company
page 6 5% off your project

look for the Every Busy Woman Coupon sign throughout the book for savings!

Face Lift

september 3 - december 5, 2010 the gibbes museum of art main gallery
in honor of our 10 year anniversary makeover, every busy woman is proud to sponsor the exhibition Face Lift, a fresh look at trends in american portraiture from the 18th century to today with oils, works on paper, photographs and sculpture from the gibbes’ collection and private collections. for more information visit www.gibbesmuseum.org.

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business & finance

Lowcountry women recommenDeD

aDvertising, MarKeting & Pr

the charleston cotton exchange
Specializing in screen-printed and embroidered corporate apparel and quality customer service. We offer the most extensive lines of promotional items and premium gifts with competitive pricing and on time delivery. Let our experienced team help you achieve your marketing goal!

1758 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29407 tel 843.763.0740 or 800.749.2041 email: stephanie@charlestoncottonexchange.com www.charlestoncottonexchange.com Limelight custom sign company
A one stop shop for signs, banners, retail and fleet lettering. Call Gregg Pavone to talk about putting your company in the Limelight.

tel 843.697.7873 email: gp@limelightsc.com
coLLeges & universities

Lowcountry graduate center
Expanding opportunities for graduate education, with collaboration among the College of Charleston, The Citadel, MUSC, Clemson and USC. Designed for the convenience of working adults, classes are held in the evenings and weekends. Graduate degrees and certificates are offered in the following areas: Social Work • Communication • Computer and Information Sciences • Project Management • Urban and Regional Planning • Business • Education • Financial Planning and more.

5300 International Boulevard, Building B, Suite 100, North Charleston, SC 29418 tel 843.953.GRAD [4723] www.lowcountrygradcenter.org
coMPuter rePair

geeks in transit
Portable Computer Geeks with People Skills On-site repair, maintenance plans, upgrades, retail computer systems, components and software

tel 843.814.0858

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non-Profit organizations

the center for women

Business Revamp
Savvy businesswomen are always looking for ways to refresh and revitalize their brand, products and services. Thinking big sometimes means getting back to the very basics: what is your intention and what do you do best? By focusing on how to do it more efficiently and skillfully, you can innovate and transform to maximize your strengths.

The Center for Women is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources to help all women find what they need to be successful every day. The Center offers support groups, individual counseling, referral and information and educational outreach programs. For a current schedule of events contact the Center at:

129 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.763.7333 email: info@c4women.org www.c4women.org See our ad page 33 Lowcountry Local first
The vision of Lowcountry Local First is to see every resident of the Lowcountry shift an additional 10% of their purchasing to local independent businesses and farms, and in doing so transform our local economy!

1345 Avenue G #AA, North Charleston, SC 29405 tel 843.740.5444 www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org
ProfessionaL resources

advice at the Drop of a hat archie Burkel – event speaker
Ever feel like hanging up your hat? Don’t! Inspiration can be pulled out of that hat. With Archie Burkel, Top Hat of The Hat Ladies of Charleston, as speaker at your next event, everyone will leave with something to hang her hat on.

email: hatladies@aol.com www.hatladies.org charleston Metro chamber of commerce
. . .where business and community meet Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an organization that was there for your business – you know, really there when you needed it? Well, you’re in luck. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization that has what it takes to build a strong business community. Your Chamber membership delivers business resources, community leadership, professional development, networking opportunities, and so much more! Find out what we can do for you.

4500 Leeds Avenue, Suite 200, North Charleston, SC 29405 tel 843.577.2510 www.charlestonchamber.net CONTINUED...

betty buzz: NETwORkING kNOw-HOw
1) Know your networking style. whether better one on one or in large groups, you can find a networking opportunity that works for you! visit everybusywoman.com’s business & finance special section for a comprehensive list of local networking opportunities. 2) How can i help you? when you enter a situation with the goal of fulfilling another’s need, you create a connection and establish a relationship that will stand the test of time. 3) Don’t start from scratch. make a list of your existing network. connect people on your list to each other, and they’re likely to return the favor. also, look for third party connections to the people you need to meet. 4) Have a Goal. make a list of your career objectives and join professional groups, volunteer for committees, speak at conferences, etc. that directly relate to the goals you’ve set for yourself. 5) Networking isn’t about business - it’s about relationships. when you get to know someone, you create a relationship and that is what networking is all about. it doesn’t matter if you’re buying a car or need a new logo, you are going to call on someone that you have a relationship with. 6) Organize Your contacts. when you come away from a networking opportunity, take the time to establish that contact in your management system of choice. write down tips to help you remember this person and how you met. set reminders for yourself to check in with them.

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PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES CONTINUED... Production Design associates
PDA is one company with many solutions. Whether you need a video profile for your company’s Web site, an A/V upgrade in your corporate conference room or technical equipment for your next board meeting, we specialize in state of the art productions and installations and providing lighting, audio, and sound equipment for any business need. Charitable Events • Conferences & Conventions Grand Openings • Any Event or Occasion Call today to begin planning your next event.

2799 Three Lakes Road, North Charleston, SC 29418 tel 843.554.3466 email: info@pdastage.com www.pdastage.com women at work
Supporting the professional growth and development of business women throughout the Charleston area. Monthly lunch meetings, a Web site listing and participation in the member-to-member discount program are just some of the benefits of membership. Visit the Web site for details on meetings and membership. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

PO Box 12957, Charleston, SC 29422 tel Teka Pierce, President: 843.412.6548 tel Virginia Lee, Membership: 843.789.1411 www.womenatworkinc.com

“One of the best ways to gain instant recognition, expand your network and grow your confidence is to secure a leadership position. Check out your professional association for opportunities to chair a committee, edit a chapter newsletter or run for a board position. Getting involved will prove invaluable in advancing your career!” - ELLEN DUNAGAN, Traverse Management Solutions

Lowcountry women recommenDeD

dining & entertaining
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ashley Bakery
Expertly baking and creating beautiful and delicious cakes since 1988. Call us for your holiday baking needs including red velvet cookies and festive coffee cakes in holiday shapes!

1662 Savannah Hwy, CHarleston, SC 29407 tel 843.763.4125 www.ashleybakery.com See our ad page 50
catering

cru catering
Eclectic Modern American Cuisine Cru Catering offers full-service, customized catering, including in-house personal chefs, meetings, receptions and private parties. Our experts, with over 20 years experience, can help coordinate pre-planned menus for groups from 2 to 2,000 for every occasion – everything from take-out brunch, lunch and dinners to on-site hors d’oeuvres and multiple-course meals. voted Best caterer 2001 – 2010 by Charleston City Paper readers

busy woman tips

Skewer Alternatives
Food on a stick is easy to grill and to eat. The next time you’re grilling out, try an alternative to your metal or wood skewers to spice up your recipe and presentation. • Sugar Cane Swizzle Sticks – try with grilled salmon or fruit kabobs • Stalks of Lemon Grass – try with shrimp or pork • Sprigs of Rosemary – try with chicken or beef • Fennel Branches – try with sausage and peppers • Vanilla Beans – try with grilled peaches or bananas •Cinnamon Sticks – try with grilled apples or pears

Chef John Zucker, 1st in Class, Cordon Bleu Graduate 18 Pinckney Street, 2nd floor, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.534.CHEF (2433), fax 843.534.2439 www.crucatering.com See our ad page 55 granville’s catering
For great food and accommodating service, let Chef Trae Wilson handle all your catering needs. From small, casual gatherings of friends to your most important formal events, Granville’s Catering will please every taste. Full bar service also available.

Chef Trae Wilson, tel 843.224.5873 or 843.577.0486 www.granvillescafeandcatering.com See our ad page 29 savory sushi and catering company
For events large and small, RSVP to Savory Sushi and Catering Company. Gourmet To-Go & Retail Wine

tel 843.762.3338 email: contactus@savorysushiandcatering.com www.savorysushiandcatering.com See our ad page 54

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events venues

willow cove
Just 8 miles from Charleston and nestled in the Francis Marion Forest, Willow Cove is a charming location for weddings, corporate gatherings, children’s birthday parties or family reunions. Featuring a large main lawn, beautiful flowers and foliage, 2 ponds and a century old live oak as a glorious centerpiece. A small cottage is also available as well as a 50’ x 100’ hard surface for use with a tent and a small outdoor fireplace perfect for roasting oysters!

Serving Food Outdoors
• Use netted food domes and baskets covered with a decorative linen to keep away pests • Keep food cold by using bowls made of ice or ice on a plate or bowl that you set your serving dish on • Keep food hot with chafing dishes or a crock pot

4620 Causey Pond Road, Awendaw, SC 29429 tel 843.568.4183 www.willowcoveevents.com
restaurants

cru café
Enjoy the best in upscale comfort food, indoor and outdoor porch seating, a wine list tailored to the varied menu and rich, satisfying desserts. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Feeling Saucy
Looking for a quick way to make world class dinners? Master the 5 “mother sauces”, make them in bulk, freeze and defrost when you need them. By adding other ingredients, you can make hundreds of other sauces. Bechamel Sauce (white) Veloute Sauce (blond) Demi-glace (brown or Espagnole) Hollandaise Sauce (butter) Tomato Sauce (red)

18 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.534.2434 www.crucafe.com See our ad page 55 fat hen
Paying homage to the Huguenot culture in Charleston by serving comfort food with a Lowcountry and French flair.

3140 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455 tel 843.559.9090 www.thefathen.com gaulart and Maliclet french café
Fast and French : Entering our 26th year of friendly service and casual good French food.

98 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.577.9797 www.fastandfrench.org savory sushi and catering company
Restaurant critics, neighborhood regulars, and first time visitors always agree: the atmosphere is great, the food is superb, and the service is outstanding. Casual atmosphere • Creative menu • Daily specials Gourmet to Go

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm 1956-B Maybank Highway, Charleston, SC 29412 tel 843.762.3338 email: hailey@savorysushiandcatering.com www.savorysushiandcatering.com See our ad page 54

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family

Lowcountry women recommenDeD

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caMPs

riverDogs Baseball camps July 14 - 16
Take lessons from the NY Yankees single A RiverDogs players, coaches and staff! Spend 3 days receiving specialized instruction on Pitching, Hitting, Bunting, Fielding and Base Running. $150 for 3 days 9 am-1 pm. Ages 6 - 13 Camper Receives: Group and One on One Instructions • RiverDogs Camp T-shirt • Goodie Bag • Lunches
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Contact us for detailed information! tel 843.577.3647 www.riverdogs.com See our ad page 33
cLothing & accessories

Getting Children Involved
An easy way to get children to try new foods is to get them involved in meals. Here are some age-appropriate suggestions. 3-year-olds can • Wash and tear lettuce • Snap green beans • Mix ingredients and pour liquids • Knead and shape yeast dough 4-year-olds can also • Peel oranges or hard cooked eggs • Set a table • Cut parsley or green onions with kid-safe scissors 5-year-olds can also • Measure ingredients • Use an egg beater or whisk Source: Center For Disease Control and Prevention cdc.gov

southern Belles a children’s clothier
Voted Charleston’s Best Children’s Shop five years in a row! Traditional, yet up-to-date clothing, sizes preemie to girl’s 16 and boy’s 14 Smocked apparel • Vineyard Vines • Zutano • Kissy Kissy • Mulberribush • Plum • Hartstrings • Life Is Good • & More! Gift items: Melissa & Doug (puzzles and toys) • Gund • Bunnies By The Bay • Monogramming • Reese Li Baby Bags Southern Belles Shoes: an extensive selection of children’s shoes for any occasion, including Geox • Tsukihoshi • Footmates • Lelli Kelly • Kid Express • Nina • Jumping Jacks • L’Amour • Angels and more.

280 W. Coleman Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (Northcutt Plaza Specialty Shops) tel 843.881.1741 www.southernbellesonline.com
Pet accessories & suPPLies

good Dog Bakery
All natural homemade treats! Deliveries Available.

1750 Savannah Highway (inside Rococo Bakery), Charleston, SC 29407 tel 843.762.9092 www.thegooddogbakery.com

betty buzz: SuMMER fAMILY fuN
select saturdays, June - October 2010; 9 pm Movies at the Mount pleasant pier spread out on the lawn with chairs and blankets, enjoy drinks, treats and snacks and watch a free outdoor movie. Mount Pleasant Pier : ccprc.com/movies saturday, August 14; 11 am - 3 pm Jump in the park enjoy jump castles and other inflatable equipment with plenty of entertainment for kids and parents. Palmetto Islands County Park : ccprc.com sunday, August 15; 1 - 4 pm 2010 First Day Festival a community-wide celebration of education and the beginning of a new school year. entertainment, free food, school supplies and more. Liberty Square at the SC Aquarium and the Charleston Maritime Center : charleston-sc.gov saturday, september 18; 11 am - 4 pm lowcountry paws and claws pet Expo pets for adoption from local rescues, demos and presentations, local pet businesses and more. Ladson Exchange Park : lowcountrypaws.com september 23 - October 3 MOJA Arts Festival a celebration of african-american and caribbean arts with storytelling, children’s activities, food and more. Various times & locations : mojafestival.com sunday, October 17; Noon - 5 pm 23rd Annual town of Mount pleasant children’s Day Festival balloon rides, pony excursions, laser tag games, wall climbing and many other activities. Park West Recreation Complex : townofmountpleasant.com

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Pet services

Dogstar Dogrunning & Pet care
Daily runs not only improve a dog’s physical health and wellbeing, but also help curb behavioral issues and relieve stress and anxiety. Call today for a free consultation! Services: Dog Running • Dog Walking • Cat Sitting Overnight In-Home Care • Pet Taxi & More

Adopting a Family Pet
October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Is your family ready for adoption? • Why do you want to adopt a pet? • Are you ready to make a long-term commitment? • Do you know what kind of pet is right for you? • Can you afford to care for your pet’s health and safety? • Will you be able to spend quality time together? • Are you prepared to deal with an animal’s health challenges? • Are you willing to train your animal companion? • Are you prepared to pet-proof your home? • Is your living space adequate for an animal companion? • Is your family ready for a pet? For more information and resources, visit aspca.org/adoption.

tel 843.518.2312 email: info@dogstarcharleston.com www.dogstarcharleston.com
Pet sheLters

Doc wiliams sPca 502 Cypress Garden Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461 tel 843.761.0683 www.dwspca.com John ancrum sPca 3861 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405 tel 843.747.4849 www.jaspca.com Pet helpers adoption center 1447 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412 tel 843.795.1110 www.pethelpers.org
veterinarians

greater charleston emergency veterinary clinic 3163 West Montague Avenue, Charleston, SC 29418 tel 843.744.3372 Patrick veterinary clinic 667 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.722.4470

“Make sure you are ready for cotillion. Boys should have a shirt, tie and jacket. Girls should have the proper, tea-length dress, a white sweater, flat shoes with a strap, socks or tights in nude, white or ivory and of course, white gloves. Do yourself a favor and get an extra pair of gloves and socks and/or stockings! Check with your instructor to make sure you have the right attire.” - SUSIE MOLONY; Southern Belles, a children’s clothier

betty buzz: bACk TO SCHOOL
First Day of school for students: berkeley county - tuesday, august 17 charleston county - wednesday, august 18 Dorchester county - monday, august 16 prepare for the First Day: • Be enthusiastic about the upcoming change. • Make a visit to the school and classroom and meet your new teacher in advance. • Get your school supply list and make a date for you and your child to shop for the supplies. • Set up a play date with other children from the class or program. • Start your daily routines early: pack lunch, lay out clothes, set standard bed and wake up times. • Make extra time on the first day for talking and a long goodbye. • If a child cries or whines when being left, staying will only make it worse. Do not get angry, but be firm and supportive. • At the end of the day, focus on what your child’s day was like - sharing the experiences. you’ll have plenty of time to worry about your to-do list later.

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fashion & accessories
consignMent & vintage

Lowcountry women recommenDeD

consigning women
Recycle • Reuse • RESALE Dressing smart women since 1989. Carrying all dress sizes and styles from petite to plus, casual to cocktail. Remember, if they are not becoming to you, they should be coming to us!

Mon – Fri 10 am – 6 pm; Sat 10 am – 5 pm 21 Magnolia Road, Avondale, Charleston, SC, 29407 tel 843.556.1871 www.consignwomen.com
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south carolina thrift & resale store
“Where Thrift Shopping Never Looked So Good” Visit our 10,000 sq ft Store for Daily Arrivals. A Portion of the Proceeds Help Support The Center For Women in Charleston.

Timeless Jewelry
Pair fun, trendy pieces with these classics for a sophisticated style. Diamond stud earrings Pearl necklace Silver or gold hoop earrings Cocktail ring Elegant wrist watch

Open Monday – Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm and Sundays 12 - 5 pm 1670 Highway 17 N, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 tel 843.971.0552 email: scthriftstore@comcast.net www.scthriftandresale.com See our ad page 13
iMage consuLtants

southern Protocol
Our style experts can help you revamp your look – even just by shopping in your own closet. Imagine several “new” outfits, all for less than a new designer ensemble! Our packages range from closet organization to personal shopping to social occasion styling and everything in between. Learn how to choose, save, and splurge on the right things. Image Consulting Services • Etiquette Classes • Cotillions • Wedding & Social Planning Take a peek at our fabulous blog, featuring a gallery portfolio, upcoming Pink Carpet Events & chic fashion, entertainment, and behavior tips!

tel 843.763.7780 email: contact@southernprotocol.com www.southernprotocol.com
JeweLrY

it fitz Jewelry by nikki fitzgerald wood email: nikki@itfitzjewelry.com www.itfitzjewelry.com See our ad page 56

betty buzz: fASHION
Find Your look ✔ clip out pictures, images, colors and patterns that you like out of magazines, fabrics, catalogues, etc. ✔ paste the images onto a plain page of a book or put them on a display board. ✔ use the collage as inspiration for pairing items together in your wardrobe. make a list of any items you need to complete your desired look, and take your list with you shopping. Buy smart ✔ purge the closet and donate or consign all of the clothes you have not worn in over one year. no more “I’ll lose the weight” or “Maybe next year!” Take a deep breath and get riD of it! goodwill will even pick-up from your home, and if you choose to consign, you’ll have extra cash for buying clothes you wiLL wear. this goes for shoes too! ✔ pick out the items you love the most in your closet. what do you love about them? search for items that have the same qualities, or will accessorize well with your favorites to create a new look. ✔ buy quality, not quantity. Do not be fooled by the sale price. you are much better off buying a couple of highquality items seasonally than getting 15 different cheap ones that will not be wearable or en vogue next season!

we specialize in:
image: Our stylists can help you rebrand your image, prep for that upcoming interview, shop for the most-flattering finds & weed through your closet to identify key pieces you're missing & what should stay or go. manners: Jr Cotillion registration has begun! Log onto our website for registration. We also offer public classes & private lessons in the comfort of your own home! events: Social occasion & wedding planning for the chic, Southern lady! With The Knot's Best Of title under our belt, we can help pull all the details together for any soiree.
*$25 off the package when you mention The Little Black Book!

843.763.7780
contact@southernprotocol.com www.southernprotocol.com

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hair & skin care

Lowcountry women recommenDeD

Bath & BoDY ProDucts

carolina eye candy
Specializing in Xtreme Lash™ Eyelash Extensions that enhance the natural beauty in women of all ages, eliminating the need for mascara. You will wake up in the morning looking as beautiful as you did when you went to sleep and never have to worry about running mascara. There are different lash styles to choose from, so please visit the website for more information! Serving Charleston & Summerville!

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tel 843.864.6996 www.lashesandmassage.com See our ad page 50 Powder Puffs to Brushes
Charleston’s premier beauty boutique and lash bar! Providing semi-permanent Lash Extensions, 100% Mink Lashes, Airbrush Makeup and Tanning, Donna Bella Hair Extensions, Facials, Waxing, Hairstyling, Nail Services, Makeup Lessons, Custom Scent Bar, Makeup and Gifts. Offering in store and on location services.

Save on Beauty
Love your high end product, but not the price tag? Google the ingredients to find similar products with nearly-identical ingredients under “off brand” names at a fraction of the cost.

217 Lucas St, Suite H, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.737.3790 email: jacey@powderpuffstobrushes.com www.powderpuffstobrushes.com See our ad page 52 stella nova salon spa & esthetique esthetique & Make-up studio
Make-Up Lessons & Applications. Wide Selection of fragrances, make-up, bath & body, men’s grooming & skincare from around the world.

Safe on Beauty
Does your perfume have chloroform in it? Could your shampoo be contributing to infertility? The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database provides you with ratings for thousands of products and ingredients. The database is easy to search and includes everything from makeup to hair care products and sunscreen to baby wipes. cosmeticdatabase.com

Flagship location. 292 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.722.9797 or 800.577.NOVA email: customercare@stella-nova.com www.stella-nova.com See our ad back cover

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DaY sPas

stella nova spa salon & esthetique
Stella Nova has the most sought-after & accommodating day spa staff in Charleston. Massages. Facials. Natural Nails. Body Treatments.

Beauty Do’s and Don’ts
DO: • Experiment. Find out what the latest trends are and give it a try! • Play Up Your Best Features. Have gorgeous eyes? Glam it up with eyeliner, shadows and mascara. Perfect pout? Play up your pucker with lipsticks and glosses. • Ask for Advice. Makeup pros can give you a whole new perspective and take your look from drab to fab. • Keep it Simple. Be realistic about what style and look you can maintain given your schedule and tendencies. DON’T: • Get Stuck in a Rut. Haven’t changed up your routine since high school? This “don’t” is for you! New cuts, colors and styles can bring out your best. • Over Do It. Use complimentary colors in small quantities. Check yourself out in natural light before heading out the door. • Use Your Friend’s Products. Cosmetics carry bacteria that can easily be transferred. Invest in your own supplies. • Skip It. Looking your best isn’t an “extra” or about your vanity. It’s about putting your best foot forward and feeling good about yourself!

Downtown: (Spa) 843.723.0909, (Salon) 843.853.6161, (Store) 843.722.9797; Mt. Pleasant: 843.884.3838; Summerville: 843.875.7525; West Ashley: 843.766.6233 email: customercare@stella-nova.com www.stella-nova.com See our ad back cover
hair reMovaL

sweet 185 Body sugaring studio
Charleston’s Premier Studio for gentle, natural & environmentally friendly hair removal. Offering services from brows to brazillians. Sugar adheres to the hair and dead skin cells only meaning an appointment at Sweet 185 leaves you not only hair free but exfoliated as well!

476 King Street, King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.329.3500 www.sweetbodysugaring.com See our ad page 37
hair saLons

Katz hair studio
Design • Color • Kindness Cut, Color & Waxing Coppola Keratin Smoothing System for 100% no frizz for 5 months!

1939 D Maybank Hwy, James Island, SC 29412 tel 843.406.1119 See our ad page 37 stella nova spa salon & esthetique
Voted Best Salon by City Paper for 8 years. Since 1991.

Downtown: (Spa) 843.723.0909, (Salon) 843.853.6161, (Store) 843.722.9797; Mt. Pleasant: 843.884.3838; Summerville: 843.875.7525; West Ashley: 843.766.6233 email: customercare@stella-nova.com www.stella-nova.com See our ad back cover

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chiroPractors

LifeworKs chiropractic Justin fisher, Dc 4 Windermere Boulevard, South Windermere Shopping Center, Charleston, SC 29407 tel 843.573.LIFE (5433) email: info@lifeworkschiropractic.com www.imchiro.com/~lifework
coaching, counseLing & PsYchotheraPY

COACHING

busy woman tips

crystal-Barkley corporation originators of Life/work Planning
Solid strategy for real results — and real satisfaction in life!

tel 843.727.7990 email: crystalbarkley@careerlife.com www.careerlife.com
COUNSELING

How Many Fat Grams?!
Because it’s popped in coconut oil, movie popcorn can have up to 77 grams of fat - without butter! To find out more about the fat and calorie breakdowns of typical restaurant fare, visit the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Web site: cspinet.org.

center for women
Individual counseling and support groups for women. Fees based on sliding scale. Call for appointment or more information.

129 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.763.7333 www.c4women.org See our ad page 23

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Sign up for your eNewsletter today. ✓ Steals & Deals ✓ Must-attend Events ✓ Everything Hot & Happening!

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Dentists

Dr. James h. sexton, Jr. & Dr. Jared L. slovan general implant cosmetic Dentistry
85% of people consider a person’s smile important when meeting for the first time, and 50% of people say it is the FIRST thing they notice! What is your smile saying about you? Call today for your FREE Smile Makeover photo simulation and let us help you make a GREAT first impression!

The Right Sports Bra
There are 2, basic designs: ✔ Encapsulation - two cups with properly fitting underwires or a firm chest band to assist with support; good for large-breasted women ✔ Compression - presses breasts flat to the chest and are typically pulled on over the head; good for women who wear an A or B cup Things to consider: ✔ Type of sports activity: high-impact sports require more support than low-impact ✔ Your size: Measure around your chest just under the breasts & add five inches. For cup size, measure around the chest over the fullest part of your breasts; if the measurement is 1” larger, you’re probably an A cup, 2” = B cup, 3” = C cup and so on. Compression bras often come in S, M, L and XL, so try on several models to decide which one fits your shape. ✔ Features: seam placement; wide nonelastic shoulder straps; breathable, wicking fabrics; ample armholes; covered hooks or fasteners (if present); little vertical stretch compared with horizontal stretch; supportive chest band underneath the breasts womenssportsfoundation.org

924 Tall Pine Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.884.0701 www.DrJimSexton.com
heaLth organizations

the american heart association
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, but it can largely be prevented. Join the Go Red Movement to receive a free red dress pin and life-saving information. Take the Heart CheckUp for a free, personalized risk assessment today.

tel 1.888.MY.HEART www.goredforwomen.org See our ad page 45 Lowcountry affiliate of susan g. Komen for the cure®
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure promise: to save lives and end breast cancer by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. Race for the Cure is Saturday, October 16, 2010

For breast health information please call tel 843.556.8011 or Race for the Cure® office 843.556.3343 or visit us at www.komenlowcountry.org See our ad page 43

Although I am a male doctor, I believe the woman is the cornerstone of health in the household. It is vital that she be informed about various diseases, remedies and alternatives to healthcare. This will insure a healthy home, community and business. - DOUGLAS L SIMS, MD

F Teeth Bleaching ree

Come in for a checkup & cleaning, & get a free membership in our “Brightening for Life” program, including custom, form-fit, bleaching trays and a free tube of bleach every time you come in for your checkup & cleaning appointments.

F Smile Test Drive ree
843.884.0701

Let us show you what the smile of your dreams looks like with our smile makeover photo simulation!

924 Tall Pine Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 www.DrJimSexton.com

Dr. Jim Sexton & Dr. Jared Slovan
general, implant & cosmetic dentistry

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oBstetrics & gYnecoLogY

Daily Fiber Help
Aim for 25 - 30 g of fiber/day. • Add fresh strawberries to a bowl of high-fiber cereal. • Eat a sweet potato rather than a white potato. • Toss kidney, black or pinto beans on a salad full of green, leafy vegetables. • For a snack, reach for pretzels, popcorn, graham crackers or nuts. • Buy breads and pastas that list whole wheat flour as the first ingredient on the food label.

Lowcountry women’s specialists
We combine experience with state of the art technology to give you confidence in your health care decisions. Come to us for preventive care and pap smears. For prenatal care, ultrasounds, and delivery. For medical and surgical management of gynecologic problems, including menstrual and urinary tract disorders. For osteoporosis screening and mammogram referrals. For family planning and infertility counseling. For our diagnostic and surgical skills, including DaVinci robotic laparoscopic surgery. From teenagers to those in their post-menopausal years, we’ve devoted our entire practice to women’s health. We offer all the care you need for all your life!
Dr. Christopher R. Accetta; Dr. Ronnie M. Givens; Dr. Jennifer J. Heinemann; Dr. Christine L. Hunter; Dr. Michael W. Prystowsky; Dr. William M. Reeves; Dr. Heather S. Schwartzberg; Tonya Bridges, CNM; Bridget Kenny, CNM; Carrie ReVille, CNM

Galin J. Spicer, M.D.
Cosmetic & Reconstructive Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon

North Charleston: 9291 Medical Plaza Drive Summerville: 77 Springview Lane tel 843.797.3664 www.lcwomensspecialists.com See our ad page 41
ocuLoPLastic surgerY

REJUVENATE YOUR REFLECTION

galin J. spicer, M.D., LLc charleston eyeworx
Cosmetic & Reconstructive Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon Certified by the American Society Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Spicer specializes exclusively in the rejuvenation and restoration of the eyelid and surrounding facial areas through a variety of cosmetic treatments and procedures. • Cosmetic Eye Lift Surgery • Benign Lesion Removal Chemical Peels • Botox® Cosmetic • Dysport™ Dermal Fillers • Laser Resurfacing Call now for your personal consultation.

Specializing in the restoration and rejuvenation of the eyelid and surrounding facial areas
Buy a package of two chemical peels and get the third FREE through October 31st!

2097 Henry Tecklenburg Drive Suite 204, Charleston, SC 29414 tel 843.763.7741 www.CharlestonEyeworx.com Visit us in our newest location at 137 Gateway Drive in Ladson!
Buy a package of two chemical peels and get the third free through october 31, 2010!

See www.dysportusa.com for full details.

Take the Dysport™ Challenge and save $150 on two treatments.

2097 Henry Tecklenburg Drive Suite 204, Charleston, SC 29414

www.CharlestonEyeworx.com

(843) 763-7741

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PiLates

the Loft Pilates center
Offering private, semi-private, and small group Pilates instruction on equipment and mat work. Come see our new location.

For more information: www.pilatesloft.com 7 Radcliffe Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.568.0499 email: pilatesloft@hotmail.com www.pilatesloft.com PraXis Balanced Body studio
GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® and Pilates

1233 Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Suite 100, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.881.6933, fax 843.881.6933 email: praxispilates@earthlink.net www.praxispilates.com
PLastic surgeons

anne L. edwards, MD, Pc
Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery Plastic Surgery from a Woman’s Point of View. Breast Surgery • Reconstructive, Enhancement, & Reduction Facial Cosmetic Surgery • Skin Care & Facial Peels • Botox Spider Veins • Permanent Makeup • Restylane • Skin Cancer Radiesse • Body Contouring & Liposuction

2097 Henry Tecklenburg Drive, Suite 322 West, Charleston, SC 29414 tel 843.769.6608
senior services

sandpiper retirement community A Premier Senior Living Community
Situated in the heart of Mount Pleasant, minutes from the beach and historic downtown Charleston, we’ve served the Lowcountry for over 25 years. We are a continuum of care community offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing. We have a variety of individualized programs: social, recreational, cultural and spiritual activities including day trips, events, gardening, and other life enrichment activities. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and assist you in making the right choice for retirement living. Schedule a tour and enjoy a free lunch in our Village Dining Room.

tel 800.732.6761 www.PremierSeniorLiving.com

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weLL Being

sweet 185
Offering optimum, long-term beauty and wellness enhancing results with an unwavering commitment to using treatments based on time honored principles of nature. All Natural Hair Removal in our Premiere Sugaring Studio • Holistic Massage Therapy • Oxygen Bar • Natural, Organic Skin Care Products & Beauty Treatments • Gift Items & More

Calories Burned for Common Activities (per pound/per minute)
Multiply your weight by the per pound number and multiply that number by the minutes spent performing that activity. ACTIVITY PER LB Sitting still .009 Cooking .022 Grocery Shopping .028 Weeding .033 Mowing the lawn .051 Weight training .042 Walking .036 Bicycling (9.5 mph) .045 Swimming fast .075 Running (6 min. mile) .115

476 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 email: christina@sweetbodysugaring.com www.sweetbodysugaring.com See our ad page 37 the turning Leaf
A collective for well being offering a variety of means to a healthy lifestyle for all ages. The Turning Leaf promotes the body, mind & spirit and does so through inspiration, motivation & education. The elements of this holistic & unique center include: Personal Training • Yoga • Pilates • Wellness Coaching Massage Therapy • Outdoor Adventure One of the studio’s most dynamic priorities is getting outside. The benefits of fresh air, the environment & natural resources play a vital role in every facet of The Turning Leaf & set it apart from other studios.

815 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 tel 843.225.7148 email: darby@theturningleaf.org; harriott@theturningleaf.org www.theturningleaf.org

Have a ‘mental health day’ where you check out of the world and only take care of YOU. Pamper, nurture, indulge and let go of it all. You’ll return not only healthier and happier but also more calm, creative and energized. Even better, grab your girlfriends and have fun together! - CHRISTY SCHACHTE

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speeDee oil change & tune-up
We provide a full range of automotive maintenance services and repairs to help keep your vehicle running smoothly. With fully trained mechanics and quality assured parts we strive to keep your vehicle on the road longer, at the lowest cost possible. With great service comes confident driving! Oil Change • Tune-Up • A/C Service • Brakes • Full Service Mechanical • Filters & Fluids • 30-60-90,000 Mile Service

924 Savannah Hwy, Charleston SC 29407 tel 843.769.6800 www.speedeeoil.com
Ladies Day! come in on wednesdays and receive $4 off your oil change!

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See our ad page 48 williams tire & automotive Servicing the Lowcountry since 1975
We offer automotive maintenance and repair, alignment, aftermarket accessories, wheel sales and other valuable services to get you back on the road. Have an auto question and need a trustworthy answer? Ask Kimberly – our resident, busy-woman car expert who will tell it to you straight! Oil changes • Alignments • Tire Mounting and Balancing • Brakes • Suspension • Shocks • Electrical Busy women stay “on the go” while we work on your car; we have a conference room with free wi-fi!

Trade-in Your Used Car
✔ Negotiate the best possible price for your new car before you discuss the possibility of a trade-in. ✔ Be sure you know the trade-in value of your car by checking the Black Book or Kelley Blue Book value. Remember: the trade-in value will be lower than the estimated value of the car. ✔ In general, you will get more money by selling your car yourself than by trading it in.

Minutes away from I-26 and I-526 3995 Dorchester Road, Charleston, SC 29405 tel 843.554.0700; 800.968.9827 fax 843.554.1334 email: info@williamstire.com www.williamstire.com
10% off parts and labor on mechanical repairs with this ad (expires: october 31, 2010)

See our ad page 48
LiMousine & car service

shuttle hogs
A 12-passenger van providing reliable transportation service throughout the Charleston area for all of your special event needs. Available for private service including airport pickups, wedding parties, sporting events and concerts. Please call for special event pricing. Rest your hooves in the Shuttle Hog and let us get you to your event safely!

tel 843.424.1323 email: shuttlehogs@gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/shuttlehogs

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924 Savannah Highway West Ashley 843.769.6800 www.SpeeDeeOil.com

We provide a full range of automotive maintenance services and repairs to help keep your vehicle running smoothly. With fully trained mechanics and quality assured parts we strive to keep your vehicle on the road longer, at the lowest cost possible. With great service comes confident driving! Oil Change • Tune-Up • A/C Service • Brakes • Full Mechanical Service • Filters & Fluids • 30-60-90,000 Mile Service • More...

LADIES DAY!
Come in on Wednesdays and receive

$4 OFF
your oil change!

bride
GUIDE

THE

Here comes the bride and with her – lots of things on the to do list! Whether you are a bride, a mother of the bride or a supportive friend, The Bride Guide lists only vendors who have been recommended by busy, Lowcountry women. Exclusive content, including a Wedding Workbook, is available at EveryBusyWoman.com. Be sure to sign up for the Busy Bride Buzz eNewsletter to stay up to date as the big day approaches.

Betty

Enjoy!

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accoMMoDations

charleston Place 205 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.722.4900 www.charlestonplace.com

Give the Gift of a Recipe
Hosting a bridal shower? Have each guest bring a favorite recipe printed on cute cards from Skip to My Lou. Simply log on, fill in your info and print on your desktop printer. These are also perfect to attach to a kitchen or cooking gift you give the couple on their special day. skiptomylou.org/recipe-card-maker/

BaKeries

ashley Bakery 1662 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 tel 843.763.4125 www.ashleybakery.com wedding cakes by Jim smeal tel 843.795.6114 www.weddingcakesbyjimsmeal.com
BartenDing services

iceBoX Bar services
Outstanding, high quality event bar services offering fresh, innovative and exciting beverage ideas. Professional & Friendly • Fully Insured Standard & Tailored Bar Packages Our dedicated team will ensure every element of the service we offer exceeds your expectations.

tel 843.437.6720 email: info@iceboxbar.com www.iceboxbar.com
BeautY

carolina eye candy
Specializing in Xtreme Lash™ Eyelash Extensions that enhance the natural beauty in women of all ages, eliminating the need for mascara. You will wake up in the morning looking as beautiful as you did when you went to sleep and never have to worry about running mascara. There are different lash styles to choose from, so please visit the website for more information! Serving Charleston & Summerville!

tel 843.864.6996 www.lashesandmassage.com CONTINUED...

bride buzz: wEddING CHECkLIST
12 MONtHs BEFORE tHE WEDDiNG o set a budget o select a theme, colors, etc. o ceremony date, time and site o book officiant o reserve the reception site o select your attendants o caterer, florist, wedding consultant o photographer and videographer o music - ceremony and reception o wedding dress, headpiece and accessories o bridesmaid’s dresses o begin compiling guest list o be sure to sign contracts! 9 MONtHs BEFORE o register for china, gifts, etc. o plan the honeymoon! o send out save the date cards 6 MONtHs BEFORE o order bridesmaid’s dresses and flower girl’s dress o current visas and passports? o Discuss rehearsal dinner with groom 4 MONtHs BEFORE o finalize guest list o order invitations, programs and stationery o order formal wear for groom and attendants o book hair and makeup o wedding cake and groom’s cake 2 MONtHs BEFORE o final dress fitting o finalize ceremony details: procession, seating chart, etc. o gifts for bridal party o cake knife and champagne glasses for toast o guest registration book o wedding rings o select who will be in charge of what on day of o plan your getaway - car, carriage, etc. 6 - 8 WEEKs BEFORE o mail invitations o photo list for photographer and videographer o send announcement to newspaper 2 WEEKs BEFORE o pick up wedding gown o marriage license o put all necessities in one bag or container for easy transport 1 WEEK BEFORE o guest count to caterer o check in with all service providers o inform attendants and family where to be and when

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BEAUTY CONTINUED... Powder Puffs to Brushes
Charleston’s premier beauty boutique and lash bar! Providing semi-permanent Lash Extensions, 100% Mink Lashes, Airbrush Makeup and Tanning, Donna Bella Hair Extensions, Facials, Waxing, Hairstyling, Nail Services, Makeup Lessons, Custom Scent Bar, Makeup and Gifts. Offering in store and on location services.

Custom Wedding Sandals
Walk down the aisle in lovely, wrap style sandals made with 100% dupioni silk from Sseko Designs. Group discounts are available for your bridesmaids, and additional straps to update the sandal for everyday wear make a perfect bridesmaid’s gift at 50% off the regular price. The sandals are made by young women at Uganda’s Cornerstone Leadership Academy whose work with Sseko Designs helps provide a stable income and savings for their university education. ssekodesigns.com/wedding

217 Lucas St, Suite H, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.737.3790 email: jacey@powderpuffstobrushes.com www.powderpuffstobrushes.com the spa at charleston Place Located on the 4th Floor of Charleston Place Hotel, in the heart of downtown Charleston. 205 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.937.8522 www.charlestonplace.com stella nova salon spa esthetique & Make-up studio
Stella Nova is the bridal expert, let us prepare you for the aisle. Bridal Gifts, Bridal Suite. Outcall Hair & Make-Up.

292 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel (Spa) 843.723.0909, (Salon) 843.577.2500, (Store) 843.722.9797 or 800.577.NOVA www.stella-nova.com See our ad back cover sweet 185 Body sugaring studio & organic Boutique
The only sweet spot in Charleston providing the most accommodating, unique and upscale venue for your bridal soiree. Customized Bridal & Bachelorette Events • Full Menu of Sugaring and Holistic Skin and Body Therapies • Oxygen in our Zero Gravity Chairs • Private Event Space • Complimentary Parking • Bridal Party Gift Baskets • Catering Call and speak with our studio’s event concierge to plan your sweet day!

NEW LOCATION: 476 King Street, King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.329.3500 www.sweetbodysugaring.com See our ad page 37

BriDaL registrY

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settings
Your Table • Your Party • Your Life

1956 Maybank Highway, The Terrace Plaza, James Island, SC 29412 tel 843.795.5995 www.settingsllc.com
BriDaL showers & Parties

Wedding Cocktails
Serving a signature drink at your wedding is a fun way to personalize your bar and treat guests. Blushing Bride Recipe • 1 part Vodka • Equal Parts Pink Lemonade and Ginger Ale • Splash Grenadine • Garnish with floating Raspberries and a Spring of Mint from the kitchen of Cru Catering Wedding Cake Martini • 1/2 oz Vodka • 3 oz Amaretto • 1/2 oz Orange juice • 1/2 oz Pineapple juice • 1 Tbs Heavy cream Pour all ingredients (except cream) into a shaker with cracked ice. Shake, strain and serve with 1/2 T of heavy cream at the top of each glass. (Makes 2) martiniart.com Cinderella (Non-alcoholic) • 1 oz Soda Water, Sprite or Ginger Ale • 1 oz Lemon Juice • 2 oz Orange Juice • 2 oz Pineapple Juice • 1/2 oz Grenadine or Preferred • Sugar Syrup (mix up the flavors!) Pour all ingredients (except soda) into a shaker with cracked ice. Shake, strain, add soda and serve in a high ball glass. supercocktails.com

cru cafe
Located in the of heart of historic, downtown Charleston in a classic 18th century Charleston single-style home, Cru Café offers the perfect setting for a rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon or bridal shower. Guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor porch seating, gourmet comfort food, a wine list tailored to the varied menu and rich, satisfying desserts.

18 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.534.2434 email: info@crucafe.com www. crucafe.com See our ad page 55 sweet 185 Body sugaring studio & organic Boutique
customized bridal & bachelorette events

476 King Street, King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.329.3500 www.sweetbodysugaring.com See our ad page 37

“For all your wedding stationery elements that are sent before your wedding, it is not appropriate and bad luck to use your three-letter married monogram. If you want to use a three letter monogram then you should use your maiden name monogram or, as a more contemporary alternative, use a two letter monogram that is the first name initial of the bride enlaced with the first name initial of the groom.” - DULLES DESIGNS LLC

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catering

cru catering
Eclectic Modern American Cuisine More than just a catering service, we present a team of event specialists and culinary experts who will assist you in creating the ultimate experience - from hors d’oeuvres to specialty beverages and multiple course menus for 2 to 2,000 people. Voted Best Caterer 2001 – 2010 by Charleston City Paper readers Voted the Best of Weddings 2010 Pick by The Knot

Alternatives to a Traditional Guest Book
• Bleu de toi’s hand-drawn fingerprint tree (pictured above); etsy.com/shop/bleudetoi • Signatures on a photo matte for later framing • Instant snapshots pasted into a photo or scrapbook • Messages in a bottle • A ceramic plate or vase to sign with paint pens • Advice cards put in a vase or recipe box or hung on a tree • Greetings written on the back of puzzle pieces • A customized calendar with notes for each month

1784 Harmon Street, Charleston, SC 29405 tel 843.534.2433 email: info@crucatering.com www.crucatering.com granville’s catering
Full-service catering for all your special event needs.

Chef Trae Wilson, tel 843.224.5873 or 843.577.0486 Catering Manager Jane Murphy, tel 843.330.8971 www.granvillescafeandcatering.com See our ad page 27 Lowcountry eats
Delicious Southern Cuisine made with Fresh and Local Ingredients As a full service caterer, Lowcountry Eats provides you with services for all types of functions including; weddings, corporate and social occasions, offering the utmost attention to detail for your event. Not only do we provide you with a service but create an experience. Let us cater your next event to enjoy the best of what the Lowcountry Eats!

2872 Azalea Drive, Building 1, Charleston, SC 29405 tel 843.747.1100 email: info@lowcountryeats.com www.lowcountryeats.com savory sushi and catering
We know that every event is unique and we work with you to create a menu for your special day that fits your individual needs. View our sample menus online for some of our specialties including Canapes, Carving Stations, Phyllo Pastry Cup Bites and of course, Sushi.

1956-B Maybank Highway, Charleston, SC 29412 tel 843.762.3338 email: hailey@savorysushiandcatering.com www.savorysushiandcatering.com

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chiLDren’s wear

southern Belles
Exquisite and Unique Children’s Attire & Gifts for Weddings and Special Occasions

Emergency Wedding Day Kit
No need to say, “If only I had my _____” on your big day! Gather the following things together to make your own wedding day “emergency kit”. ❍ Band-Aids ❍ Any medications you may need ❍ Bobby pins ❍ Make-up ❍ Hairspray ❍ Clear nail polish (for pantyhose runs) ❍ Brush ❍ Tissues ❍ Baby powder or white chalk (for covering stains) ❍ Comfortable shoes ❍ Safety pins ❍ Spare pantyhose/stockings ❍ Cell phone & a list of vendors numbers ❍ Water & spirits for a pre-wedding toast with the gals (don’t overdo it)

280 W. Coleman Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (Northcutt Plaza Specialty Shops) tel 843.881.1741 www.southernbellesonline.com See our ad page 31
fLoraL Design

Lotus flower
The day you get married is not an ordinary day. Why celebrate with ordinary flowers? No pre-set package deals forcing you to fit a standard. You tell us what you want, and together we plan for your wedding flowers. Call us to set up an appointment with one of our designers and visit our online gallery to start exploring ideas. Visit us in our new location.

32 Laurens Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.534.2837 email: info@lotusflowercharleston.com www.lotusflowercharleston.com
invitations & stationerY

cluucards custom Magnetic cards
Shower Invitations • Save the Dates Custom Design Services Available

tel 703.655.8883 www.cluucards.com
Mention The Little Black Book to receive a 10% discount

See our ad page 59
JeweLrY

it fitz Jewelry by nikki fitzgerald wood
We specialize in customized jewelry for the bride, mother of the bride/groom and the bridal party that captures the essence of your special day, creating a timeless, one-of-a-kind keepsake. Visit the online gallery and contact Nikki for a design consultation.

tel 843.343.3242 email: nikki@itfitzjewelry.com www.itfitzjewelry.com

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Lighting & sounD

Production Design associates
PDA is a national leader in providing lighting, audio, video, staging, sets and trained technicians for events. Our designers assist each bride and planner early in the planning process, incorporating theme and color choices and making every event unique and unforgettable. PDA is experienced in all venues in Charleston. What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. PDA has appeared in major publications, including Weddings Unveiled, Grace Ormond’s Wedding Style and Romantic Destinations.

Wedding To Dos to Delegate
There’s so much to be done, but you don’t have to do it all! Delegate some of these responsibilities: ❍ Table and chair set up for the reception. Make a diagram or meet with who will help you at the site before the big day. ❍ Mark the rows or seats that are reserved for family at the ceremony site. Give them a diagram of the arrangement and materials. ❍ Make sure the flowers are delivered from the vendor and set up/distributed appropriately. ❍ Check with the band or DJ. ❍ Hand out programs. ❍ Greet guests as they arrive and make sure they know where to sit or stand. ❍ Lace bridesmaids’ bouquets at head table for reception. ❍ Keep the bride’s lipstick, powder, etc. handy for touch ups at the reception. ❍ Give bride her shoes to change into at reception. ❍ Check to make sure the getaway car is stocked with everything the new couple will need for the honeymoon.

2799 Three Lakes Road, North Charleston, SC 29418 tel 843.554.3466 email: info@pdastage.com www.pdastage.com
PhotograPhers

taylor stewart Photography
Taylor Stewart offers candid, documentary-style wedding photography and innovative portraiture.

3226 E-5 Maybank Highway, Suite E-5, Johns Island, SC 29455 tel 843.557.1468 www.taylorstewartphotography.com
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Bella Bridesmaid
A collection for the modern bridesmaid.

341 King Street Suite C, Downtown, 29401 tel 843.425.8079 www.bellabridesmaid.com Berlins for women
Bridesmaids and Party Dresses Specializing in mother of the bride and groom

116 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.723.5591 www.berlinswomenclothing.com Maddison row
Bridal Chic

171 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.720.7979 email: info@maddisonrow.com www.maddisonrow.com Mary Porter house of couture
Embrace the finest expertise in Couture.

72 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.720.1120 www.maryportercouture.com

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charleston harbor tours carolina Belle
Make your wedding a truly special occasion aboard the Carolina Belle – one of Charleston’s most unique event locations. Whether you’re planning a rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony or wedding reception, delight your guests with exceptional service, delicious food and the ever-changing views of Charleston’s picturesque harbor as you cruise on the Carolina Belle.

Planning an Event Also Means Un-planning
Organizing the after-party clean up should be done with as much care as planning the event itself. Many questions and issues arise that must be addressed. Here are just a few to think about from All Occasions Party Rentals: • Where does the excess food and beverage go? • Do you need foil or “take out” boxes? Not a glamorous task but you must know who is responsible for garbage removal. • Who is the last person on site to turn off the lights and lock the doors? • And, one last note, don’t let any one dump the left over and excess ice on the grass because the grass will freeze and you’ll have a large brown spot for months to come.

10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.722.1112 or 843.568.TOUR email: sales@charlestonharbortours.com www.charlestonharbortours.com See our ad page 57 Drayton hall
A timeless setting on the Ashley River for unforgettable weddings.

3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414 tel 843.769.2600 www.draytonhall.org Lowcountry Park venues
Salt marshes, serene rivers or stately oaks— no matter your style, we have a setting for your vision of a perfect wedding. Our three venues share one common thread: distinctively southern style. cooper river room Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park Stunning panorama. founders hall Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site Airy sustainability. Legare waring house Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site Traditional grace.

Getting Married?
Here are the top 5 ways to make sure you’re still friends with your bridesmaids after the wedding from the team at The Club at Seabrook Island: 1. Choose a bridesmaid’s dress they like - and maybe even one they can wear again! 2. Let them help, but don’t demand that they do. 3. The gift you give them doesn’t have to be expensive, but make sure it’s thoughtful. 4. Remember that their lives (and budgets) don’t revolve around your wedding. 5. Don’t forget to say thank you!

tel 843.852.2965 www.LowcountryParkVenues.com CONTINUED...

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WEDDING EVENT VENUES CONTINUED... Lowndes grove
Nestled on 14 stunning acres on the Ashley River, Lowndes Grove is an unrivaled Lowcountry setting for truly unique weddings.

Wedding Do’s
1) Set a Budget – Generally costs should breakdown like this: Reception and catering – 40% Alcohol and bartenders – 10% Gown and accessories – 10% Music – 10% Ceremony and rings – 10% Photos/Video – 8% Flowers – 7% 2) Remember the Details – Mentally imagine the day and how it will flow. Everything you see happening in your head, write down on a running list. 3) Give Yourself Time – You can start planning for your special day over 12 months in advance. Check out the Wedding Day Checklist on page 51. Group errands and to do’s by location and bring “work” (invitations, thank you notes, etc) with you to occupy any waiting time. 4) Delegate – From planning your big day to leaving for the honeymoon, there is a lot to get done. Your friends and family want to help you, so let them! 5) Hire a Coordinator or Planner – Whether you have complete planning or just day-of coordination, you’ll end up saving money and your sanity by having an expert helping you. There are planners and coordinators for every price range, so call around.

266 St. Margaret Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.853.1810 email: info@patpropevents.com www.lowndesgrove.com willow cove
Nestled in the Francis Marion Forest, featuring a large main lawn, beautiful flowers and foliage, 2 ponds and a century old live oak as a glorious centerpiece.

4620 Causey Pond Road, Awendaw, SC 29429 tel 843.568.4183 www.willowcoveevents.com See our ad page 29
weDDing PLanners

Distinctive events
wedding coordination, design and consulting

115 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.723.1355 email: shasha@distinctive-events.com www.distinctive-events.com
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all occasions the Party & event Division of aaa rentals 3555 Meeting Street Road, North Charleston, 29405 tel 843.554.6334, fax 843.744.3701 email: partyinsc@aol.com www.alloccasionsparty.com Distinctive events
Creating your distinctive vision through infinitely creative design. Our designers find the best possible resources, pulling from our extensive inventory of state-of-the-art design materials, as well as utilizing local vendors that we trust. Floral and foliage designers, lighting, draping and event specialists work together with our planning and logistics team to perfectly plan and produce your dream wedding design. We listen, hear your ideas, share in your dreams, and help you create the day you will remember for a lifetime!

115 Calhoun Street, Downtown, 29401 tel 843.723.1355 email: shasha@distinctive-events.com www.distinctive-events.com CONTINUED...

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WEDDING RENTALS CONTINUED... event Drs Dining rental solutions
Offering premium rental items for your special event. The quality of our rental items sets us apart, and we are committed to providing the best customer service possible, ensuring that you are able to enjoy your day. German Crystal • Stainless Steel Flatware • Fine China Farm Tables • Lanterns • More Unique Products

Wedding Don’ts
1) Live in La La Land – It never rains in La La Land, but we don’t live there. Planning for the best-case scenario is not planning at all. 2) Overextend Yourself – Inviting 300 guests means providing enough food, drink and space to accommodate each person. Be realistic about what you can afford and plan your wedding based on that reality. No matter the size or scale, your day will be memorable because you’re surrounded by those who love you the most. 3) Get Your Timing Off – From trying on dresses with bridesmaids to your wedding reception, remember to end on a “high note”. Your guests will leave remembering how great of a time they have had, not checking their watches wondering when is a good time to make an exit. 4) Loose Your Cool – In the end, no one will remember the little snags that inevitably occur, but they will remember your freak out! Keep close to your heart and mind the mantra: “this is about love, fun and joy”. 5) Forget Who You Are – You’ll want to look and feel your best – so, that means not wearing 4-inch heels when you’re a flip flop girl. From the makeup you wear to the tone of your day, make it reflect you and your honey’s personalities.

tel 843.209.2267 email: info@eventdrscharleston.com www.eventdrscharleston.com See our ad page 63 snyder event rentals & staffing 3875 Meeting Street, North Charleston, 29405 tel 843.766.3366 or 800.932.5381 www.snydereventrentals.com
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shuttle hogs
A 12-passenger van providing reliable transportation service throughout the Charleston area for all of your special event needs. Please call for special event pricing.

tel 843.424.1323 email: shuttlehogs@gmail.com www.facebook.com/shuttlehogs See our ad page 47

“Take the time to include a handwritten note to each bridesmaid when you give the bridesmaids their gifts. Since most brides give all of the bridesmaids the same gift, this is a way to add a personal touch to each gift. Plus, you should never miss an opportunity to let your best girlfriends know why they are so important to you and how much you appreciate them!” - EMILY SHORTRIDGE; Charleston, SC

Savings

Every busy woman is looking for ways to cut her budget. Check out the offers from some of our preferred businesses on page 21 for steals and deals. Visit EveryBusyWoman.com to sign up for our eNewsletter updating you on specials throughout the year.

Annual 3 Day Sales Tax Holiday
Friday, August 6 at 12:01 am - Sunday, August 8 at Midnight During this time, the 6% state sales and use tax, and any applicable local sales and use tax, will not be imposed on clothing, clothing accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, printers and printer supplies, computer software, blankets, bed spreads, bed linens, sheet sets, comforter sets, bath towels and cloths, shower curtains, bath rugs and mats, pillows and pillow cases. The sales tax holiday does not apply to sales of jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, wallets, watches, furniture, rental of clothing or footwear, items for use in a business or items placed on layaway or similar deferred payment and delivery. Visit SCTax.org for more information.

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