Page’s Okra Grill

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Many of my new clients ask me “where can I get the best shrimp and grits?” or “where can I eat some good Southern cooking?” That’s easy, Page’s Okra Grill located at 302 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant is the place to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Their motto is “local food for local folks” and that says it all. And it is busy all the time! Southern Living Magazine voted them #1 Shrimp and Grits but they do everything right over there. Tony Page is the owner and a great guy who keeps this family joint hopping thanks to his daughters Ashleigh and Courtney. You can’t go wrong ordering anything but whatever you do, save room for some delicious decadent desserts.

Here is the link to the restaurant (http://www.pagesokragrill.com/) and they do some great catering and can also host your special events so give Tony a call and tell him “Meg sent ya!”

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Why Charleston?

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Because this is the view from a bar stool at the top of the Market Pavilion Hotel, that’s why! Of course there are countless other reasons to visit and live in Charleston, many of which are profiled in this recent NY Times “36 hours in Charleston” article. (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/travel/36-hours-in-charleston-sc.html?pagewanted=1&src=dayp&_r=0) Add this piece from “The Gray Lady” to the many other glowing media reports about our fine town.

This is one of our favorite spots to take out of towners but there is always a nice blend of locals and visitors at this rooftop bar. And for those of you scared of heights, not to worry as there are plenty (I mean plenty!) of ground level bar stools for you to sit on!

Why Daniel Island?

Everyone has a different story when you ask them how they ended up on Daniel Island. Here is a video produced by the Daniel Island Company that tells the stories of three families and how they chose to live here.

Do you have a story to tell about how you discovered our little town? If so, let me know and I’ll pass it along and maybe you’ll be on the next video!

Moving your company to Charleston? Need a building or two?

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Here is a quality 104,000 sq. ft. class “A” industrial first generation building for you and your company for starters. This building is located on Palmetto Commerce Parkway which is conveniently located between Daniel Island and the airport/Boeing facilities.

We all know that Charleston is a great place to live but it is increasingly being recognized as a great place to locate your business. The pro-business climate in the region is equal to or greater than our weather climate! Many businesses in manufacturing, aerospace, IT and logistics are moving here to take advantage of all that the area has to offer. I often envy people who move here because of their job relocation. Sometimes they are hesitant to uproot their lives but very few regret it once they live here awhile.

If you are thinking of relocating/expanding your business to Charleston, I know a guy who can help you. My real estate expertise is in residential, not commercial. However, Mike White from Charleston Industrial is the man I would direct you to for all of your needs. Mike is an expert on all aspects of commercial real estate and is a great guy on top of it! He and his lovely wife Alice, live on Daniel Island and have three wonderful daughters.

He is the Managing Director of Charleston Industrial (http://www.charlestonindustrial.com/Home.aspx) and that building in the picture is his listing and I’m sure he would love to tell you all about it. His number is 843-377-8383 and by all means, tell him “Meg sent ya!” And for more information, here’s a 10 minute video featuring Mike and the benefits of locating your business in the Charleston area: http://www.charlestonindustrial.com/Charleston-Industrial-Video.aspx
Need more than 104,000 sq. ft. building for your company? I’m sure Mike can find you something more so come on down to Charleston, your employees will love you for it!

269 Luxury apartments are coming to Daniel Island!

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It looks like my commute to work will be changing over the next couple of years. Spectrum Properties and Pacolet Milliken Enterprises will be developing this 5.6 acre parcel and be adding 269 luxury apartments called the Simmons Park Apartments. Spectrum Properties is also the developer of the successful Talison Row apartments located near the Bishop England School.

Simmons Park Apartments will be located in downtown Daniel Island right behind the fire station. It will include two street-level retail spaces and amenities such as a cyber cafe, saltwater pool, community room and a fitness center. Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2015.

It’s very exciting to see all the building going on around the island and I will keep you posted with updated photos as my drive to work looks like it will be changing pretty soon.

The Charleston Grill wants your vote!

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As many of you know, Steve works at The Charleston Grill at The Charleston Place Hotel and he has a favor to ask my readers. The James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards for 2014 are in the process of selecting their recipients. These awards are essentially the “Oscars of the food and beverage industry” and with them come some significant publicity and bragging rights. Well, The Charleston Grill would like your vote(s).

Charleston has been blessed with many previous winners and nominees in the chef category such as Mike Lata, Sean Brock, Ken Vedrinski, and Jeremiah Bacon. One who I think has been overlooked for far too long is Michelle Weaver. Granted I’m a little biased but I think she puts out some of the best food in the region, night after night. She has been there for over 14 years and the consistency combined with the creativity is outstanding. Not to be overlooked in the pastry department is Emily Cookson. Her creations are pretty incredible as well.

Anyway, the only way to get nominated is by having people vote. So I’m asking for your vote. It’s real simple. Here is the link to the nomination page: http://jamesbeard.starchefs.com/awards/vote/index_2.php and I would really appreciate it, as would Steve! And while you’re at it, go ahead and nominate the Grill for best wine program and best service staff.  Please feel free to send the link others and better yet, when you go down to the Grill, ask for Mickey and tell him “Meg sent ya and that you voted!” Every vote counts and I thank you for your support . . .