The City Magazine Since 1975

December 2016

The renowned event planner and entrepreneur shares her secrets for a cozy, memory-making get-together that she swears any other working parent can pull off with finesse—and ease
Still shopping for the perfect presents? We scouted local shops and found 99 of them—think toys, jewelry, books, gear, home goods, stocking stuffers, and lots more—for all the personalities on your list
Need some inspiration this year? Here are our editors’ picks—including snacks, sweet treats, and everything in between—from Charleston issues past
Every December, one jolly soul caps her South of Broad cupola with a super-sized Santa hat 
Wilma Maiers is ready to decorate her walking cane and don her Christmas tree hat to make the Holy City holidays all the more merry
Thousands flock to Charleston’s Chanukah in the Square
Did you know Emmy-winning kids’ show The Inspectors is filmed here in Charleston? 
Timothy Banks illustrates a whimsical world in children’s books, magazines, apps, and more
Impossibly thin, subtly sweet, and crunchy with sesame seeds, the benne wafer is a time-honored staple of Charleston cuisine. This delectable edible hearkens back to Africa and to the blending of cultures that resulted from slavery and now defines the city’s unique culinary heritage.
Affordabike is designing a more bike-centric city, one set of wheels at a time
The local invention helping redefine boxed wine
Famed Swedish songstress Jenny Lind performed in Charleston during the Christmas of 1850
In the cool clarity of winter, one writer contemplates the advantages of approaching his “Golden Years”
Obsessed with the revival of brooches—and the idea of pinning them to expected and unexpected places alike (think collars, clutches, even waistlines)—we filled Scouting Report with favorites from local shops
Winter catwalks glinted with gorgeous metallics, but to ensure shine, not glare, Max Mara paired its pieces with neutrals like pewter. And take note: over sheer hosiery, dressy shorts absolutely can step out for an evening
The jewelry designer behind the Goldbug Collection (who’s also a fourth-generation staffer at Croghan’s Jewel Box) shares her fun-loving style
The latest news in fashion and shopping around Charleston
For Melissa Lenox, dressing a home for the season doesn’t involve Technicolored tchotchkes, baubles, or blinking lights.
Celebrated floral designers team up for a December 3 wreath workshop 
What’s happening this month?
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Our taste-and-tell guide to some of the latest food and beverage openings in Charleston
Pastry chef Melanie Durant gets creative with kumquats
Local biz Grey Ghost Bakery is known for cookies in flavors like almond toffee, lemon sugar, and molasses spice that make perfect stocking stuffers or sweet treats for Santa—served with a glass of milk, of course. We sat down with the owner to learn more
A holiday-inspired cocktail from Belmond Charleston Place Hotel’s Thoroughbred Club
Entertaining during the holidays? Take cooking off your to-do list with the help of a personal chef. A few area pros tell us how it works 
Holiday must-haves for everyone on Santa's "nice" list
In this photograph, taken on Christmas Eve 1937, pedestrians are beckoned by lower King’s window displays
Sixteen chefs including Warehouse's Emily Hahn battled it out in the Holy City last spring for the beloved Bravo TV competition