It's nice to be able to go into a corner store and see your neighbor's baked goods for sale on the counter, or when you're checking out a menu, and you see the vegetables are grown from the same farm you pick your pumpkins from every Halloween. It's all the locally owned shops, restaurants, and artisans that make Charleston so endearing. So this week, we're showing the locals some love. Attend craft shows, have happy hour at a local shop, or support local artists at an opening reception.
MONDAY. Mepkin Abbey Creche Festival starts today. Tour the Abbey for a look at nativity scenes from all over the world.
TUESDAY. Lowcountry Local First is taking over the vacant storefront at 359 King St. and turning it into a temporary market for local vendors to sell their wares. The Buy Local Mom and Pop-up Shop Grand Opening will have refreshments and beverages for attendees to enjoy while they browse. Meanwhile, winners of the annual Recycled Art Show competition will be recognized with a reception at the Charleston County Public Library.
WEDNESDAY. Sea Kayak Carolina on James Island is hosting a movie night. Show up early because space is limited.
THURSDAY. Hampden and Cos Bar will serve wine, beer, and festive champagne cocktails at their Holiday Party. DJ Jaz will perform live, and guests will receive exclusive discounts on Hampden's fall collections and free gifts with purchases from Cos Bar. Lowcountry Local First, Anna Bell's Kitchen, Stage Presence, and the Charleston Mattress will host Merge Happy Hour: Welcome Home to celebrate buying local. The Holiday Kickoff Party at Sweet Olive will put you ahead of the game in this year's holiday decorations. Do some early Christmas shopping with locally made gift items and ornaments while you enjoy complimentary refreshments.
FRIDAY. A reception will open Abstract Painting 101: An Introduction to Francina's Curvaceousness by Francina Smalls-Joyner, a solo exhibit that features oil paintings on canvas. Some of Us, an exhibit of work by six artists, will open with a reception at Peggy Howe Studios.
SATURDAY. Support more local art in West Ashley at the Local Artisans' Market or at the Music Farm downtown with the Lowcountry Artist Market. Christmas in the Country Crafts and Artisan Show will have booths set up for local vendors of food and crafts, and the Feline Freedom Coalition will bring pets available for adoption. Charleston Library Society will sell new and used books, music, and movies at their King Street spot today and tomorrow.
SUNDAY. Celebrate the growth of street art at the Avondale chART walk and block party. See new murals that have sprung up since this summer's block party, and enjoy old-school hip-hop music by DJ Dub6 and DJ MJ12, performances by break dancers, and cuisine provided by food trucks. We Still Live Here, a story of cultural revival from the eyes of Wampanoag Indians, will debut at Olde North Charleston Picture House. Stick around after the credits for a panel and discussion.