One of the first places that caught my attention on King Street was the Robot Candy Co., with its large T-Rex in the window, and eponymous machines on display. It was exactly the kind of place I’d like to shop for candy, inviting me to explore that kid-centered part of my brain that wishes to really just make things and eat sugar.
Imagine my disappointment, then, when I learned they were closing.
However, as reported in March by the Post and Courier, the store will be closing as the owners search for a new location in the downtown area. Until then, if you want to get their quirky and tasty candy, you’ll have to stock up before June 1st, or make the trip out to their Mt. Pleasant location.
Check out this panorama of the current store’s setup before it disappears.
Robot Candy Co.
Belle Hall Shopping Center
Mt. Pleasant SC 29464
The last thing I expected to see in True Value’s parking lot on East Bay this past Wednesday was a large purple truck. But there it was, the Auto-Banh Vietnamese Sandwich food truck. It smelled delicious, so, I stopped to read the massive chalkboard that served as a menu affixed to the side of the vehicle.
There were people milling around, but not a big crowd. A generator hummed nearby. Getting in line, I was helped very quickly, and ordered a lemongrass chicken sandwich.
The combination of crunchy pickled carrots, daikon radish, cabbage, and cucumbers with the soft bread worked in keeping my taste buds excited for the surprisingly fresh cilantro boldly keeping its own flavor above the mayo and nuoc chom. If those were the only contents of the sandwich, it would still have been delightful to devour. But there was the chicken, which added warmth and subtle sweetness to the sandwich that sealed the deal.
Given a tasty, memorable lunch with quick and pleasant service, I’ll be sure to find them again in Charleston.
The Auto-Banh Vietnamese Sandwich truck can be found online on Twitter, Facebook, or their at auto-banh.com.
With so much theatre at this year’s Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto festivals, it’s hard to choose. But since you have to, here are four recommendations from our Theatre Blog Editor, Josh Austin.
Based on the classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles, this Spoleto Festival USA production comes to us from the Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company. The show runs June 4-8 at Memminger Auditorium. For ticketing information, click here.
Writer and performer Rob Drummond, as his alter ego William Wonder, explores the history of the famous finale magic trick. This Spoleto Festival USA show runs June 5-9 at the Emmet Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston. For ticketing information, click here.
Piccolo Spoleto brings us this show, the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Set in Chicago in 2009, the show explores gentrification in Chicago in a modern-day take on Raisin in the Sun. The show runs May 24-26, 28 and 29 at PURE Theatre. For ticketing information, click here.
Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
This rock musical from the Village Repertory Company brands the seventh president as a guitar-playing leader of the American Frontier. This Piccolo Spoleto show runs May 30-June 2 and June 6-8 at the Woolfe Street Playhouse. For ticketing information, click here.
Spoleto Festival USA 2013 runs from May 24 to June 9 this year, and includes opera, theatre, physical theatre, jazz, dance, music, visual arts, artists talks and other special events.
Check out the event schedule or download the brochure for more detailed event information.
Click here for a list of festival venues and information about each, or check out this page for ticketing information.
To get Spoleto Festival USA updates on your Twitter feed, follow @SpoletoFestival.
For more information, visit the Spoleto Festival USA website.
This year’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival runs from May 24 to June 8, and the lineup includes film and literary events, musical performances, dance, theatre, visual arts, special events, and a whole host of family-friendly and children’s events scattered across the beautiful city of Charleston.
Check out the event schedule or download the entire program for event details.
Pick up a copy of The Post and Courier each day for two recommendations under “Piccolo Picks” and two more suggestions for family-friendly events.
To get Piccolo Spoleto updates on your Twitter feed, follow @Piccolo_Spoleto.
For more information about Piccolo Spoleto Festival, check out their website.