Southern Season Launches Weekly Shopping Trolley

Southern Season is off the path typically beaten by tourists, so the gourmet retailer is launching weekly trolley service to the store.

Starting today, Southern Season is offering a $45 Wednesday package which includes transportation to and from the Charleston or Mt. Pleasant Visitors Center; a demonstration of “regionally-based recipes”; lunch and shopping time.

The trolley leaves Charleston at 9:30 a.m., and returns at 12:30 p.m. It swings by the Mt. Pleasant Visitors Center at 9:45 p.m.

For tickets, visit zerve.com, or call 416-1240 for more information.

In Time for Cyber Monday, King Bean Roasters Puts Its Joe Online

kingbean

Leigh Webber Photography

A 20-year old coffee company with Seattle roots sounds like just the kind of company which would have jumped online back when most computer users had AOL e-mail addresses.  But King Bean Coffee Roasters, which supplies coffee to many of Charleston’s top restaurants, didn’t offer online ordering until today.

“When talking recently with a prominent West Coast roaster, she couldn’t believe that we had never before sold our coffee online,” says Katie Weinberger, whose husband, Kurt, founded the company after finishing up a Navy stint in the Pacific Northwest. “We joked that we built our business backwards by today’s standards.”

King Bean three years ago launched a limited local retail line, available in Whole Foods’ South Carolina stores and smaller gourmet shops. The company recently acquired a Petroncini roaster which Weinberger says provides the flexibility and consistency needed for increased production. Continue reading

Summerville to Officially Launch Sweet Tea Trail

nate steiner

nate steiner

The Sweet Tea Trail, a promotional concept which grew from an 1890 receipt and a desire to drum up Summerville’s tourism economy, will officially open next month.

On Oct. 8, the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. will celebrate the trail’s launch at Hutchinson Square with a free event featuring tea-themed storytelling, tea tasting, tea trail ribbon-cutting and cornhole.

The chamber’s leadership class dreamed up the trail, which winds from Azalea Hall to the Plantation District, as a clever way of capitalizing on a nineteenth-century bill of sale showing Civil War veterans purchased 600 pounds of sugar and 880 gallons of tea for a reunion. Assuming the sugar wasn’t meant for the beans listed on the receipt, Summerville declared itself the birthplace of the iconic Southern beverage. Continue reading

Southern Season Brings Bike Parking Front and Near Center

burgundavia

burgundvia

The stretch of Coleman Boulevard that’s now home to gourmet retailer Southern Season is one of the area’s bike-friendlier blocks, with a clearly delineated bike lane and multiple bike racks on the south side of the street.

Until recently, though, Southern Season presented a cyclist’s quandary: The store tucked its bike rack behind the attached restaurant, in an area so isolated that a valet attendant this Sunday told me there wasn’t any bike parking available. “Starbucks doesn’t even have a bike rack,” he said in reference to the neighboring cafe, shaking his head sadly and offering to watch my bike if I propped it up against a picnic table in front of the store.

According to publicist Becky Tanenbaum, I may have shown up one day too soon. In an e-mail sent this afternoon, she writes, “They moved the bike rack to a more visible place two days ago.”

So take note, biking gourmands: The rack’s now “in front of the cooking school on the front side.” Sounds like you can’t miss it.