A Charleston native who placed among the top 60 finalists in the 30th Anniversary Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant will be at the North Charleston restaurant at 9 p.m. Wednesday to sign autographs and host a viewing party of the recent contest in Las Vegas.
Meagan Pastorchik was selected from more than 18,000 Hooter Girls who work at more than 400 locations worldwide.
The pageant, held June 27 in Las Vegas, will be shown with behind-the-scenes footage on Fox-Speed TV at 9 p.m. at the restaurant.
Hooters is offering late-night, half-price appetizers starting at 9 p.m. Guests can also enjoy $2 Bud and Bud Light specials.
The restaurant is at 2171 Northwoods Blvd. in North Charleston near Northwoods Mall.
Add another accolade (or two) to Charleston’s long list.
Time Inc.’s “Southern Living” is introducing the Southern Living Hotel Collection, a small, curated group of independent, four- and five-star level hotels, resorts and inns that span 18 Southern states and offer the best in authentic Southern hospitality.
Two of the first 15 hotels are in Charleston. They are the John Rutledge House Inn and the Wentworth Mansion. Another national favorite from South Carolina, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, also made the inaugural list.
The collection is by invitation only. Each hotel in the collection provides a memorable experience through impeccable service, outstanding cuisine, high-quality facilities and the finest amenities, according to Southern Living.
The magazine will continue to select additional properties over the coming years until the list reaches up to 100 locations across the South.
A new web site (www.SouthernLivingHotelCollection.com) will launch July 1 featuring all of the properties in the collection and highlighting why they were chosen.
“The 15 charter members of the Southern Living Hotel Collection are made up of iconic Southern resorts, historic Southern hotels and newly discovered Southern inns,” said Southern Living Publisher Greg Schumann. “We’re very proud of our unique collection as they all serve to provide the very best in Southern hospitality.”
(I know this is not retail, but I also cover tourism and people spend money in hotels and related items.)
In another attempt to lure customers back into its stores, J.C. Penney is unveiling its newly renovated home department today through Sunday.
Stores at Citadel Mall and Northwoods Mall are featuring a curated selection of affordable, high-quality furnishings as part of a nationwide housewarming event.
Along with new designer brands from Michael Graves Design, Martha Home by Martha Stewart, Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler, Design by Conran, BODUM and ORDNING&REDA, customers will discover a new home department and enjoy live demos, product giveaways and more.
Visit jcpenney.com/mystore for more info.
Garden & Gun magazine wants to know who has the best Southern-made products.
The Charleston-based periodical has opened the entry process for its “Made in the South Awards” with a call out to Southern artisans making products in five categories: Food, Drink, Style & Design, Outdoors and Home.
The magazine’s editors and a panel of expert judges will gather to taste, touch, feel and review the final selections.
One winning entry and several honorable mentions will be chosen in each category and their stories will appear in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of the magazine. In addition to national exposure, each winner will receive a cash prize.
Any Southern artisan or business with a product that will be available through January 2014 may apply.
To enter, go to gardenandgun.com/madeinthesouth. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Aug. 1.
While Mayor Joe Riley has declared Thursday as “Christine Osborne Day” in honor of her contributions to the Charleston community and children’s charities through her four Wonder Works toy stores, she is encouraging everyone to contribute something to someone else that day, which happens to be her birthday.
“This day is not about me,” Osborne said. “I want this day to be about the magic of giving. We just hope people take the time and give back to someone else. Whether you help out an elderly couple in the neighborhood by walking their dog, or whether you bring food to Crisis Ministries or the local animal shelter, we just encourage that you pay it forward in some way. You don’t have to give something either; just sharing kind words with someone can make a huge impact on their day.”