Thursday, January 19, 2012

Madam Librarian

Jessie Austin-Scaff, the new branch manager at Poe Library.

Poe Library is pleased to welcome Jessie Austin-Scaff as its new branch manager.

Originally from St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Jessie has relocated to the Charleston area with her husband, a Charleston native and US Coast Guard, who was transferred to Charleston in July. When she saw the opening in at Poe’s, she said she knew it was the job for her.

Jessie has worked in academic and community libraries, but says that, “work in an academic library is research and reference centered…. In a public library, most customers are here because they enjoy reading for enjoyment, or need library services like internet access or programs. It’s rewarding to me to see children enjoying storytime, or for me to recommend a book to someone and they come back to tell me that they loved it.”

She enjoys that fact that no matter where you go in Charleston a public library always seems to be nearby, but she has certainly been enjoying the uniqueness of Poe’s. Jessie says she has met many people who want tours of the building, but she doesn’t seem to mind saying, “Everyone I have met here has been so welcoming and friendly. Sullivan’s Island residents love their library.”

Jessie truly appreciates that there is a strong community of readers on Sullivan’s, and one gets he sense that she enjoys the Island life when she says, “I love that we have families drive to the library on their golf carts!”

Jessie’s enthusiasm for Sullivan’s and Poe’s is obvious, and she would like the community to know she looks forward to “serving the Edgar Allan Poe Branch of CCPL and carrying out its mission of enriching the quality of life within our community and promoting lifelong learning.”

Jessie and her husband are the proud parents of a 10-month-old English Bulldog puppy named Chunk E. Meatball. Besides reading, she enjoys walking, yoga, gardening and refinishing antique furniture.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Holiday Medley

The time is here for holiday parties and, if your family gatherings are anything like mine, those who love to show off their perfect pitch when Bing is on the radio. But don’t worry about carrying the tune to holiday melodies if you can carry wine from Café Medley! 

For the past three years, Café Medley has hosted wine tastings each Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. A steady crowd of locals from Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms and Mt. Pleasant can be found catching up, playing board games or strumming guitars over glasses of wine.

It’s easy to see why Café Medley’s wine tastings are such a smash. Owners Michele and Drew Harris have over a 150 boutique wines displayed on their wine wall, which you won’t find in a store. For a small place, that’s a big deal. Local Kim Masalin says, “We love the atmosphere and the owners are so nice, always ready with a smile. There is always a great selection of wine.”

Carlsen Huey, a local Sullivan’s resident who has been coming each Wednesday since the tastings began three years ago, sums up Café Medley’s secret to success saying, “Anybody can grab a $50 of wine, but the real magic is showing an $11 bottle that tastes like a $30 or $40 bottle.” And the magic is certainly there. 

Among the several wines tasted this Wednesday were two excellent selections for the holidays. The first was the white Australian wine, Jansz Tasmania Brut N.V, which would make a great sparkling starter with its crisp, vibrant champagne-esque flavor. The second was a M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche, Red 2009 and was a well-balanced wine with ripe fruit flavors and mild acidity-- a perfect dinner wine.

So, if you’re planning on carrying that bottle of wine instead of the holiday tune through the door, we recommend checking out Café Medley’s wine wall and the Medley wine club in time for the holidays. The club has just started, and locals are already signed up and singing its praises, even if the song’s a bit off key. 

For more information about Café Medley, visit For information about the wine club, email .

Published for Island Eye News, cover story. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Shouldn’t Your Beach Day Include a Massage?

Yes. So head over to family owned and operated Massage at Michelle’s on 103 E. Cooper Street.

Owner Michelle Mazyck is a Charleston local whose dream of operating her business on Folly came true. After twenty-two years of business in Mt. Pleasant, she decided driving to Folly for a visit was no longer enough and began her search to set up shop in 2000. When asked, “Why Folly?” she said, “It comes down to people. It’s all about the people.”
There was no place to rent at the time she moved her business, but she teamed up with local chiropractor Dr. Deena who was willing to combine businesses. Mazyck transformed a walk-in closet space into a cozy salon complete with sink, chair and mirror. 

Twelve years have past since the start of Mazyck’s Folly business venture. She has been, well, out of the closet, and established for six and a half years at her current location.  The building is tucked behind Folly Girlz, and flaunts a full service salon  two massage rooms, two full-service pedicure chairs and a manicure tables. Not only is the outside of the salon laid back and inviting, but the inside is equally charming with books by local authors, wicker chairs, mood lighting, funky flamigos and corrugated tin ceilings.

“For us, it’s all about customer service,” says Mazyck, and went on to talk about opening the salon to special events--especially bridal parties and prom parties. She was appreciative of the support she has received from other local business owners and those coming to her salon. She continued her praise saying, “we are blessed with great local cliental and a great community. We all help each other out.”

Her staff, which includes her daughter Kera who is also a stylist, is equally excited about working for this local gem. Kris, one of the massage therapists, says that “bonds built in smaller, local businesses....well, you can’t beat it.” Erin, also a massage therapist, agrees that the cute building can be easily miss tucked into local flora, but “once you find it, why would you go anywhere else?”

Whether you are a local, a summer vacationer, or a visitor planning a Folly destination wedding, Massage at Michelle’s is the place to relax and be pampered.

For more information, please visit or call 843.588.2566.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Second Annual Santa Paws:
Adoptable Daisy Dogs Want to Be in Your Home for the Holidays

The second annual Santa Paws Party is being held to benefit the Daisy Dogs and SWAT (Southern Women Animal Task Force). The event is Friday, December 9th at Square Onion Too, 411 Coleman Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant. Lots of good food, adult beverages, great prize drawings, holiday music and more!  Come join us for some good cheer as we sit around the fire and kick off the holiday season. Don’t forget, furry friends are welcome at this event!

But one night isn’t enough for these cute canines. Come out and buy local at the Holiday Sip and Shop Saturday, December 10
from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m at the Square Onion Too and Earthy Artifacts, 411 Coleman Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant. Enter to win fabulous prizes, enjoy free holiday treats and beverages, or adopt a Daisy Dog looking for their home this holiday.

For more information, please visit

The Polar Plunge is a Month Away, but Kick Off Your Fundraising Today

The annual Polar Plunge off the coast of Sullivan's Island is more than a month away, but it's not too early to start gathering pledges to raise funds for this local charity event.

Dunleavy's Pub at 2213 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island is once again hosting the New Years Day Polar Plunge to raise money to benefit Special Olympics athletes in South Carolina. Last year’s participants raised a total of $44,000. This year, the goal is to raise a cool $50,000 for the cause.

Pub owner Bill Dunleavy says, “It’s a great family event--come one, come all!-- and costumes are encouraged.” He would like to remind those willing to take the plunge January 1st  to be ready to break the water’s surface at 1:00 p.m. sharp.

For those of you supporting  your friends and relatives from the shore line, we suggest being ready with a towel and camera.

For a hard copy of the pledge form or more information on ways to fundraise, participate and contribute, visit the official Polar Plunge page

Friday, September 23, 2011

King Street Marketing Group

Atellier-GalleryAtelier Gallery is Charleston's newest fine art gallery located at 153 King Street. Atelier’s focus is to support and promote a variety of artists and in doing so has wedded the classics with the moderns. Traditional portraits and landscapes are displayed alongside contemporary canvases and sculptures.

The different pieces of art work together in harmony while providing a variety of contrasting compositions around the gallery, and those walking around feel they've never seen exactly the same thing twice.
Atelier’s unique ability to represent several generations of artists, techniques and styles is definitive of the gallery’s expansive personality. Atelier Gallery truly understands how art speaks, and has collected works from established and emerging local and regional artists which will resonate with admirers and collectors of all generations.

Atelier is known for bringing fresh, original artwork to local and national collectors alike and believes in introducing collectors to the best, beautiful, affordable and collectible pieces of fine art.
Atelier's knowledgeable staff have more than twenty years of experience andare happy to help you find the perfect piece of art for your home or office.
If you hope to acquire a custom work of art, Atelier Gallery can help you procure a commissioned work to meet your needs with one of our talented artists-- the ideal solution for finding a tailor-made piece for any art collection.

Published  for King Street Marketing Group

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Artist Highlights
Alicia Chathem, Brian Hibbard, Meghan Henley

Alicia Chathem

Alicia creates canvases which pull the viewer in deep beneath the surface into contemplation. Her playful images and dreamlike landscapes combined with her skilled use of darker color palates gives the viewer the sense that he or she has slipped subconsciously into something otherworldly. Her work suggests a unique distinction between the lightness of her playful images and the dark environment her figures and forms posses.
Alicia was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1974 and moved to South Carolina at a young age. She attended the university of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in oil painting.

Brian Hibbard

Brian's work is varied and reflective of what he has done and where he has been as an artist. He takes what is personal to him, translates that into his art and gives the viewer a wide range of compositions to admire within his body of work. For Brian, the human figure is a powerful form in his own art and others' art, which he believes stems form his study of art history. He enjoys the challenge the human figure poses to properly catch the proportions, shadows, lines, facial emotions and body language.

The striking horse pieces entered his collection when he and his wife lived in Colorado and New Mexico. Brian began painting them because they "captured the spirit and feeling of where [he] was then." The landscapes of these Southwest areas caught his artist eye as well because of the "high contrasts with the shadows of the mountains on the valley's soil."

Unique materials are what gives the colors within Brian's painting a distinctive look. In Greensboro, he work as an assistant to sculptor John Gallucci which inspired him to begin using a variety of materials on his canvases. Liquid asphalt is a material he often uses in his paintings to create darker elements. He uses ground copper, brass or powered bronze in acrylic or oil mediums to create rich coppers and browns. He also creates  some of his work using a two-part epoxy resin which he can drip oil-based mediums into. This process can change patterns over the course of eight hours, and he can manipulate the materials while they work to create a truly individual effect on his canvases. 

Meghan Henley

Megan is working in the fashion industry by day and painting by night. Many of her paintings are abstract compositions which include brightly colored fabric swatches. Megan's love of fabrics lead her to re-designing vintage or thrift store clothes. Her combination of color, movement and texture give her canvases a sartorial element which are reflective of her talents as an artist and fashionista.