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In today's hectic, always-on-the-go world, having a car is essential for transportation around the city. It's hard to imagine life without a car. Without them, you wouldn't be able to make it to work, the grocery store, the laundromat, or important events like your children's sports events. Having a vehicle is a necessity these days because we use them so much, but many car owners don't make strides to protect their investment or what might be inside that investment.

Aside from purchasing an extended warranty for your car, one of the best ways to protect your car is with professional vehicle window tinting in Mount Pleasant, SC. What a warranty won't do, however, is boost curb appeal, reduce sun glare, block harmful radiation, protect your valuables, and provide privacy 24-hours a day.

At Troop Films LLC, we specialize in the finest ceramic window tints and certified paint protection films in South Carolina. We have been installing tints and paint protection film for several years and are always improving our techniques. As true window tinting experts, we have had the pleasure of working on so many different types of vehicles - from multi-million-dollar sports cars to junkers barely worth a grand. Doing so has allowed owner and certified installer Stephon Troop to refine his window tinting game and master techniques like clear bra installation. Today, he has a full-service team behind him, ready and waiting to serve loyal customers just like you.

Unlike some of our competitors, we take meticulous steps to ensure we provide the best work possible on your vehicle. We don't believe in taking shortcuts just to save a few cents. Instead, we go the extra mile to ensure all our customers are satisfied, whether it's completing special request projects or simply taking the time to ensure our work is done right. Whether you own a vintage Ferrari or a busted-up Ford, we aim to provide the highest quality car window tinting around.

When we say we're detail-oriented, we mean it. Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Troop Films for their car window tinting in South Carolina:

  • We remove vehicle parts like blinker covers to ensure dirt and grime aren't trapped.
  • We use computers to make sure your tint or coating is installed properly and precisely.
  • We remove emblems and badges so that we can wrap underneath them, giving your car more protection.
  • We wrap all edges of our ceramic window tints, so your job is seamless, and your tint remains effective year-round.

Curious about how we protect so many cars in South Carolina and the metro Mount Pleasant area? Expertise, customer service, and affordable prices are just the start. Our excellence starts at the top - here are a few words from Troop Films owner, Stephon Troop.

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Meet Your Certified Vehicle Window Tinting Installer

Stephon and his wife, both originally from the chilly state of Pennsylvania, moved to Mount Pleasant, SC, for the warm beach weather and friendly Lowcountry residents.

Though Stephon now has many years of car window tinting under his belt, his training was completed under one of the best car window tint installers in the United States. Installing window tints, paint protection films, and ceramic coatings alongside during this time helped Stephon learn all the techniques and tricks needed to succeed. After training up north, Stephon continued to learn in Texas, where he became a certified paint protection and window tint installer. Since that time, Stephon has mastered even more car protection techniques to offer his customers a comprehensive list of services.

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Car Window Tinting
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Here is a simple truth: not all vehicle window tinting services are equal. Sure, you could spend a few bucks on a DIY window tinting kit, but going this route almost guarantees trouble. From unsightly fading to film bubbles, these offer the bare minimum in protection. With subpar quality, these kits also peel very quickly, causing you to spend more money to re-apply or have your tint professionally installed.

Speaking of window tinting services, few companies in South Carolina combine professional applications with the highest quality window tint film available. That's what sets Troop Films apart from other window tinting businesses - quality film, expert application, meticulous attention to detail, and the best customer service available.

Unlike some of our competitors, we use SunTek ceramic window tinting film, which is among the best in the industry. This technologically advanced product line provides outstanding, top-of-the-line films. With ceramic technology, infrared rejection and solar performance are enhanced, resulting in a non-metal construction that doesn't cause interference with portable or onboard electronic devices.

Our SunTek ceramic tint options come in a range of nine darkness levels. Each shade of tint has an ultra-attractive appearance, is non-reflective, and helps prevent color changes. With this fantastic film, you, your passengers, and your vehicle's interior are protected from 99% of UV rays from the sun. With outstanding infrared and heat rejection properties, your vehicle's interior comfort remains cooler and more comfortable all year long.

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Most Common Reasons to Tint
Your Vehicle's Windows

Here are just a few of the most common reasons why South Carolina vehicle owners choose Troop Films for window tinting:

Privacy

Privacy

When we ask our customers why they want to tint their windows, privacy is often first on their list. When you begin to think about it, it makes sense. Why allow other drivers to invade your privacy when you can keep prying eyes off of your identity and personal belongings? It's not unreasonable to want privacy for you and your family while you're driving. You never know who you will pull up next to at a red light, and with our vehicle window tinting services in Mount Pleasant, SC, they don't have to know you either.

Style

Style

There's something inherently cool about having your windows tinted. Even if you're not trying to impress anyone with your car, having your windows tinted helps give it a refined, modern look, which enhances curb appeal. If you're getting tired of the way your car or truck's exterior looks, spice it up a little and bring it into Troop Films for professional window tinting. We think you will be happy with the results.

Comfort

Comfort

Have you ever sat down in your vehicle in the middle of summer, after it's been sitting outside all day? It feels like your car has turned into an oven. Sometimes, it can get so hot in your car that it's hard to grip the steering wheel. As you probably already know, summers in South Carolina can be brutal. When the temperatures heat up in the Lowcountry, your vehicle traps most of that heat, causing interior temperatures to reach unsafe levels. But when you have your windows tinted with Troop Films, your car will stay cooler in the spring and summer. With ceramic film, glare from headlights and streetlights is also reduced, meaning you can see easier without having to strain your eyes. More comfort and more safety - what's not to love?

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

When you think about car window tinting, most folks don't think about the health and safety benefits involved. But when it comes to you and your passengers, safety should be top of your list. High temps in your vehicle, usually caused by UV rays, are a safety concern not only for your skin and eyes but for your car's safety mechanisms. This is especially true for your airbags, which can be damaged and left inoperable when interior temperatures are high enough. Obviously, that's a huge safety risk.

Fading Dashboard

Fading Dashboard

Over time, your vehicle's dashboard will take a beating when your car is left out in the sun. The combo of harmful UV rays and high heat can ruin dashboard materials, leaving them cracked, faded, and in need of repair. Fixing your dashboard can be a costly endeavor. However, doing so can be avoided with high-quality ceramic tints from Troop Films.

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Benefits of Vehicle Window Tinting
in Mount Pleasant, SC

If you're still on the fence about ceramic window tinting for your vehicle, consider
the following benefits of our SunTek films:

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  • Unrestricted Communications - some window films contain traces of metals, which can cause interference with devices. Our metal-free films won't interfere with your cell phone, GPS, satellite radio, or other electronic devices that you use while driving.
  • Resistant to Color Changes - Our technologically-advanced window films are scientifically created to give you an attractive, non-reflective appearance without color fading.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty - You read that right - when you buy window tints from Troop Films, your products are covered by the manufacturer against peeling, adhesive failures, changes in color, cracking, and delamination. Some restrictions do apply.
  • Precise Installation - When you work with Troop Films, you can have peace of mind knowing your window tint will be applied seamlessly and accurately. That's because we have access to core pattern-cutting software that trims your window film tightly. With our precise installation, you can rest easy knowing your tint will fit the make, model, and year of your vehicle like a glove.

The Ultimate Protection: Car
Window Tinting and Paint
Protection Film in Mount Pleasant, SC

They say the first cut is always the deepest, and that's certainly true when it comes to your vehicle. Few things are as frustrating as getting out of your car, only to realize that a stray rock has dented your favorite car or truck. Dents and scratches from road debris like rocks and even acids from bugs all take their toll on your vehicle's overall appearance and value. Along with UV rays, "road rash" from winter salt, sand, rocks, pebbles, branches, and more will compromise your vehicle's integrity and can mean lower resale value.

If you're looking for total protection from heat and UV rays as well as road debris, we recommend car window tinting in Mount Pleasant, SC along with our paint protection film application. Paint protection film, also called your vehicle's clear bra, provides a shield of protection from road rash, preserves your car's paint job, increases its longevity, and can increase its resale value. Paint protection film is very useful for everyday use, especially if you're driving on the highway or simply want to protect your favorite car. Clear bras are also helpful for work vehicles, which often receive dents and scratches due to the nature of their work.

At Troop Film, our SunTek paint protection film is among the highest quality films in the industry. Common application areas include:

  • Vehicle Paint
  • Door Handles
  • Headlights
  • Rear Fenders
  • Front Bumpers
  • Mirrors
  • Hoods
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Our paint protection films are completely reinvented products that merge the hydrophobicity of ceramic with premium, self-healing paint protection film. Common benefits of having your vehicle protected with paint film include:

01

Endurance

Your car's finish will stay flawless and fresh with our car protection films, which shield against salt, rocks, insects, and other debris.

02

Resistance

Our HydroResist top-coat protection boosts your vehicle's stain resistance by limiting dirt and water accumulation on your protection film's surface.

03

Self-Healing

It sounds too good to be true, but our films really do heal themselves by using the heat from the sun or your vehicle's engine.

04

Look Great

Our paint protection films are available in high gloss and matte finishes, leaving your car with outstanding optics and clarity.

Have Questions? We've Got Answers!

In addition to the highest-quality car window tinting products, our customer service team excels at answering any questions you may have. We're here to help in any way and can even help determine which kind of protection is best for your vehicle. Call, text, or fill out the inquiry form on our website. Before you know it, your car will be super-stylish and even safer to drive with the help of Troop Films LLC.

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Top 25 places to eat in Charleston

Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Eat is a list unlike any other “best of” out there. Sure, you’ll see your obvious local favorites on the list, but it’s also chock full of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path joints like Taco Kitchen tucked away off of Savannah Highway in West Ashley. From fine dining to shawarma food trucks — find them all in Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Eat in Charleston.Did your...

Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Eat is a list unlike any other “best of” out there. Sure, you’ll see your obvious local favorites on the list, but it’s also chock full of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path joints like Taco Kitchen tucked away off of Savannah Highway in West Ashley. From fine dining to shawarma food trucks — find them all in Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Eat in Charleston.

Did your favorite restaurant make it into the top 25? Let us know on Twitter and Instagram. Remember, we only know how good a spot is if you take the time to review it. So share your thoughts on Yelp, and maybe your favorites will be on next year’s list!

Topping this year’s best 25 list is Myles and Jun Yakitori, a Japanese Char Grill with delicious Yakitori, small plates, and Japanese classics such as Hibachi. It is also known for its welcoming and lovable owners, Mama Myles and Jun. They will always remember you and if you’re lucky, Mama Myles may even sing you a song!

Pro tip: You’re going to want to make a note of these spots, so we made it easy for you. For great businesses at your fingertips, get the Top 25 to-go. Follow this collection on Yelp.

1. Myles and Jun Yakitori (Summerville, SC)

Cuisine: Japanese

Known for: Yakitori (Japanese BBQ Skewers), Crispy Pork Belly, their lovable owners

Yelpers say: “Sangria is a must, the flavor is ever changing with a variety of fresh fruit daily… you won’t be disappointed. There has not been a dish we haven’t enjoyed. Grab a few skewers for an appetizer, the beef tongue or beef heart are great as well as the Kawa (fried chicken skin), it’s like a hot pork rind but much better… There are very few places you go where the owners know you by name and treat you like family.”

2. Hall’s Chophouse (Downtown CHS, SC)

Cuisine: Steakhouse

Known for: Steak, Lobster Tails, Oysters Rockefeller

Yelpers say: “The owner talks to all of the customers and personally shakes your hand when you come in, it’s truthfully so rare that businesses care as much as this one. Now besides the amazing servers, beyond spectacular service, and amazing environment the food is stellar. The steak is absolutely the best around the area. The shrimp and grits were delectable. The absolute showstopper is the lavender brioche French Toast with an espresso mascarpone on top and the best bacon I have ever had in my life.” – Jess S.

Cuisine: Italian, pizza

Known for: Their thicker crust pizzas (Detroit style), affordable prices, and salads

Yelpers say: “A beautifully crisped margherita greeted me. It’s basically just extra tomatoes and basil. The best part is the way the cheese browns at the corners, but when you eat it fresh, the light, fluffy crust shines as well and the flavor mix is mesmerizing. In the entirely likely event that I someday visit Detroit, I can only hope to find a pizza this delicious.” – John B.

4. Jack Of Cups Saloon (Folly Beach, SC)

Cuisine: Globally inspired comfort food

Known for: Their changing menu, Sangria, and curry options

Yelpers say: “I will keep coming back until I’ve tried everything on the menu and then I’ll keep coming back to repeat! We got the Captain Crunch deviled eggs which were delicious. We also got the Indian nachos with the coconut curry and wowwee — delicious! So many unique flavors and satisfying… Then we ordered the espresso martinis, which come with mini powdered doughnuts on top! “ – Daniela Z.

5. 167 Raw Oyster Bar- Charleston (Downtown CHS, SC)

Cuisine: Seafood

Known for: Raw Bar, Lobster Roll, Fried Oysters, Tuna Burger

Yelpers say: “The vibe is hip, trendy, and you can’t help but get swept up in the energy of the restaurant. The staff was phenomenal, offering great suggestions and helping us get out of our comfort zone. As busy as it was (and it was nuts) we never wanted for anything. The oysters were on point with the freshness. We tried three different varieties, along with the V-10 oyster shooter (you HAVE to try this.) The lobster roll was divine, the local farm salad was gorgeous, and the ceviche, forget about it…we were fighting over it. The flavors were so developed and it was just delicious.” – Annemarie B.

6. Sena Cafe (Mount Pleasant, SC)

Cuisine: Cafe, bakery, breakfast & brunch

Known for: Lobster roll, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and desserts

Yelpers say: “We tried the German chocolate cake, mascarpone, strawberry shortcake, and several pie slices and they were all so good I couldn’t choose a favorite. Their breakfast sandwich croissants are buttery, flaky, cheesy and oh so good. We loved their coffee drinks as well; they’re strong! We spoke to the baker, and he was such a kind man who has an inspiring passion for making tasty desserts.” – Harry W.

7. The Pickled Palate (Mount Pleasant, SC)

Cuisine: American with Italian style paninis

Known for: Italian paninis, wine and beer selection, their garden atmosphere, soups

Yelpers say: “The paninis are SO good. We got the Turkey Brie and the Italian and both meals were so delicious. Like some of the best paninis I’ve had… There’s so much greenery around and it’s mostly outdoor seating with a little inside. It’s super super cute and photogenic. I highly recommend the scene for a fun lunch, a girls date out, or a casual date! Overall a wonderful experience and I’d love to go back and try the other paninis too!” – Alexis P.

8. Bistro A Vin (Downtown CHS, SC)

Cuisine: French

Known for: Wine, Charcuterie boards

Yelpers say: “This wine bar is phenomenal. All of the staff is extremely friendly and very knowledgeable. Conversations were great. We got a bottle of sparkling wine and a Charcuterie Board with Rust Belt Saucisson (meat) and P’tit Basque (cheese). The inside is very elegant and inviting, and the patio is so cute. Great scenery. We had a fantastic time and everything was delicious!” – Ali D.

9. Lewis Barbecue (Downtown CHS, SC)

Cuisine: Central Texas style Barbecue

Known for: Brisket, “Hot Guts”, Pulled pork, Ribs

Yelpers say: “ Absolutely. Love. This. Space. Great indoor and even better outdoor space. Food is so tender, like fall off the bone. If that isn’t the goal when eating delicious BBQ, what is right? I have been here multiple times and each time I am so happy as are the people I bring. Perfect for any group size and for kiddos. The staff here are always so nice and helpful. The Green Hatch Chile is a must, even if you are thinking nah, no… GET IT! We call the ribs “Meat Candy” because it is so good and serves as the perfect dessert! All the sides are great but our faves are the mac & cheese and green chile corn pudding.” – Anna L.

10. Sorghum and Salt (Downtown CHS, SC)

Cuisine: American

Known for: Tapas, seasonal ingredients, changing menu, trendy setting

Yelpers say: “This charming little place has big flavor. I cannot say enough how happy I was to stumble on to this gem serving up dishes that impressed my taste buds in a way fussier restaurants tend to miss out on. The atmosphere is casual and perfect for a quiet dinner for two or six. Whether you’re celebrating or just out for a bite to eat, this place is special.” – Angela F.

11. The CODfather Proper Fish & Chips (North Charleston, SC)

12. Gnome Cafe (Downtown CHS, SC)

13. The Harbinger Cafe and Bakery (Downtown CHS, SC)

14. Taco Kitchen (West Ashley, SC)

15. Vicious Biscuit (Mount Pleasant, SC)

16. R Kitchen (Cannonborough, Charleston, SC)

17. Ra Coffee Company (Goose Creek, SC)

18. Jackrabbit Filly (North Charleston, SC)

19. Wild Olive (Johns Island, SC)

20. Galpao Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse (French Quarter, Downtown Charleston)

21. The Grit Counter (Mount Pleasant, SC)

22. Dashi (North Charleston, SC)

23. Stella’s (Downtown CHS, SC)

24. Boxcar Betty’s (West Ashley, SC)

25. Edison James Island (James Island, SC)

Top Places to Eat in Charleston Methodology: This is an all-time list of the Top Places to Eat in the Charleston area according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurant category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews. This list looked at businesses in and around the Charleston area. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of July 1st, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of July 1st, 2022.

Tuesday headlines: Early voting for S.C. primary runoffs starts tomorrow

Early voting for South Carolina’s primary election runoffs starts tomorrow. Voters will only have three days to cast their ballots for candidates vying for party nomination ahead of midterms in November. Actual voting for the runoff elections is set for June 28. Two statewide races are awaiting a runoff: Republican nominee for state superintendent of education and Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Tim Scott for his seat in the U.S. Senate. More: ...

Early voting for South Carolina’s primary election runoffs starts tomorrow. Voters will only have three days to cast their ballots for candidates vying for party nomination ahead of midterms in November. Actual voting for the runoff elections is set for June 28. Two statewide races are awaiting a runoff: Republican nominee for state superintendent of education and Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Tim Scott for his seat in the U.S. Senate. More: The Post and Courier

In other headlines:

Dorchester County and School District 2 to open joint-venture library. Dorchester County and Dorchester County School district 2 have partnered to build a joint-use library along Patriots Blvd. in North Charleston. The library is expected to cost $5.9 million with a possible opening date of March. The library will be sectioned off for students during school hours, while the other section will be available for public access. More: WCSC

New S.C. law targets wake surfing. A new South Carolina law is targeting an increasingly popular activity on the waters. Wake surfing is defined by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as “operating a vessel that is ballasted in the stern to create a wake that another person can surf.” The law prevents wake surfing in excess of idle speed for 200 feet. Violation of the law is a misdemeanor and will result in fines of $100 to $600. More: The Sun News, WCBD, WCSC

Charleston councilman pushes for light pollution ordinance. Charleston Councilman Karl Brady and one of his constituents are pushing for a light pollution ordinance to prevent the unnecessary use of outdoor lighting. Improper outdoor lighting can negatively affect the atmosphere, wildlife and people. More: WCBD

James Island to consider KFC drive-thru. The James Island Board of Zoning and Appeals is expected to look at a request from KFC to build a drive-thru at the intersection of Camp and Folly roads. The recent “Rethink Folly Road” initiative was created to find ways to decrease traffic congestion on Folly Road. Some locals are worried the KFC drive-thru would make the problem worse. More: WCSC

Mount Pleasant seeks funds to make shrimping docks safer. The town of Mount Pleasant purchased one of the oldest docks in Shem Creek back in 2019. Now the town is seeking $2.5 million in funds to help restore the old dock and to make shrimping on it a safer venture. More: WCSC

To get dozens of South Carolina news stories every business day, contact the folks at SC Clips.

Mount Pleasant’s Hunter Quinn Homes Finds Fame with HGTV’s “Rock the Block”

When producers of the popular HGTV show “Rock the Block” started looking for the right builder to create homes for season three, they were faced with myriad choices. Charleston, East Cooper and the greater Lowcountry offer some of the best builders in the nation — along with the best real estate– but one Mount Pleasant-based company stood out and won them over: Hunter Quinn Homes.WATCH: Todd Nowicki, COO of Hunter Quinn Homes Talks About Rock the Block“With every new season of “Rock The Blo...

When producers of the popular HGTV show “Rock the Block” started looking for the right builder to create homes for season three, they were faced with myriad choices. Charleston, East Cooper and the greater Lowcountry offer some of the best builders in the nation — along with the best real estate– but one Mount Pleasant-based company stood out and won them over: Hunter Quinn Homes.

WATCH: Todd Nowicki, COO of Hunter Quinn Homes Talks About Rock the Block

“With every new season of “Rock The Block”, our casting team searches the country looking for homebuilders ready to take on one of TV’s biggest renovation challenges,” said Wendi Fontes, executive producer of Big Table Media. “We knew Charleston would make a great home for the series and interviewed numerous builders as part of our efforts.”

Will Herring, founder and CEO of Hunter Quinn Homes, said that when they were approached in the summer of 2021, he and Todd [Nowicki, COO] decided to “take the query more seriously than they normally would have” – and once they decided they were interested, things moved swiftly. “The next thing I knew, we were in full production of a television show,” Herring remembered, laughing.

To add to the adventure, the Hunter Quinn team soon learned that the Nexton community, located in Summerville, was the show’s official pick for the season location. Though Hunter Quinn Homes has a sterling reputation around the Tri-county area — over 300 homes in various communities, including Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Clarendon and Calhoun counties — they’d never built in Nexton, and they certainly hadn’t built on such a snug deadline. Still, they embraced the opportunity.

“We build houses every day, but we normally build houses in 120 days. Then these guys show up and ask, ‘well, can you build one in 60 days?’ It was a challenge, and we like challenges,” Herring said, grinning.

Jason Harper, vice president of sales for Hunter Quinn Homes, commented that having Nexton and Summerville on fans’ radars could bring nothing but good things and more growth for the Lowcountry. “Having HGTV in Summerville and Nexton is really a big deal,” he mused. “Locals already know about the charm and beauty Summerville has to offer, and now the entire HGTV national audience is aware.”

“The familiarity with Nexton has been steadily increasing over the years, especially after opening Halls Chophouse and other world-class restaurants and businesses. But being featured on HGTV definitely put it over the top,” added Cassie Cataline, Nexton’s director of marketing.

Throughout the process of creating homes to feature on “Rock the Block,” many people worked diligently to cover all the bases, including Hunter Quinn’s Marketing Manager Krista Mott. Mott said she was on site during the building process, creating content that would garner visibility for the company. And it paid off – the YouTube channel earned droves of new viewers for the firm.

“At Hunter Quinn, we pride ourselves on being different in our approach to whatever opportunity comes our way and ‘Rock the Block’ was no exception. It was important to my marketing team that we find a creative way to get local viewers excited about something so big happening right in their backyard. Being onsite, interacting with talent, capturing unique behind-the-scenes footage and packaging it all into a video mini-series has granted locals a unique look into the making of ‘Rock the Block’ from the builder’s perspective. The strategy worked and the first video got over 24,000 views on our YouTube channel,” she noted.

Nowicki was impressed how both “Rock the Block’s” production team and Hunter Quinn Homes were able to complete everything on time for the show.

“Having Hollywood meet a local South Carolina builder to create a television show on a very fast-paced schedule was unique, but I was very impressed on how both teams meshed and came together as one to accomplish an incredible show,” he said.

“Overall, we felt Hunter Quinn Homes was best suited for a variety of reasons, including their creative leadership team, their great craftsmanship and their attention to detail,” added Wendi Fontes. “We definitely made the right choice as they excelled in every way and created a memorable experience for our teams.”

More exciting news has since surfaced — Hunter Quinn Homes is offering the same floor plans used for “Rock the Block” to buyers in other communities, including communities in Mount Pleasant. The floor plans have been available since April 9.

Of course, don’t expect your own building process to go quite as seamlessly as what is shown on the show. Whether you’re building a new home or doing some renovations to an existing home, it all takes a lot of planning, and much of the planning and prep work for “Rock the Block” happened long before the show graced TV screens. Furthermore, while TV makes a DIY renovation look like no big deal, it’s always best to enlist the help of a contractor.

“The design teams make it look so easy to knock down walls and cut new holes for more windows, for example,” said Harper. “Although these are great ideas and definitely add value to some homes, homeowners need to be aware that the design teams had access to the engineered house plans and could talk with us, as the builder, about what would work structurally. We would strongly advise any homeowner taking on a major renovation to speak with a general contractor and make sure everything is done safely.”

Ashley M. Powell, deputy county supervisor for Berkeley County, is confident newcomers interested in the Charleston metro area are going to be impressed by Berkeley County, and “Rock the Block” is just one more reason. She cited Cypress Gardens, Francis Marion National Forest and other attractions that make this part of the Lowcountry a “quality place to work and live.”

Powell commented, “For us, ‘Rock the Block’ has been an opportunity to show the world an award-winning master-planned community located right here in Berkeley County and to share some of the many things we love about where we are so fortunate to live.”

By Denise K. James

Todd Nowicki, COO of Hunter Quinn Homes Who Built Rock the Block Homes in Summerville’s Nexton 2022 Beautiful Homes of Coastal Carolina 2021 North Mount Pleasant Top 10 Most Expensive Homes Sold

South Carolina retains Watson Cup with Florence's Stephen Behr Jr. as captain

COLUMBIA, S.C. -– On June 30, nine of South Carolina's top ranked junior golfers arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland to compete in the 2022 Watson Cup on July 5-7, 2022. The S.C. team was captained by former West Florence and Clemson golf star, Stephen Behr Jr.The first round of four-ball matches were held at the Royal Burgess in Edinburgh with team South Carolina taking the lead earning 8.5 points and the East Lothian / Edinburgh team earning 3.5 points.With 45-degree temperature and 40 mile an hour wind, players faced physic...

COLUMBIA, S.C. -– On June 30, nine of South Carolina's top ranked junior golfers arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland to compete in the 2022 Watson Cup on July 5-7, 2022. The S.C. team was captained by former West Florence and Clemson golf star, Stephen Behr Jr.

The first round of four-ball matches were held at the Royal Burgess in Edinburgh with team South Carolina taking the lead earning 8.5 points and the East Lothian / Edinburgh team earning 3.5 points.

With 45-degree temperature and 40 mile an hour wind, players faced physical and mental tests during the second round of four-ball matches conducted at the historic Muirfield course. Team South Carolina's 5-point lead was trimmed, and each team finished the day tied with 12 total points.

“This was the first time I had ever played in such windy and cold weather,” Tip Price said. “The conditions made a huge difference because they are used to playing in that kind of weather and we only play in that maybe once a year. With the weather, on top of playing four-ball, which is a tough format we aren’t really used to, it was for sure a physical and mental test for our whole team.”

Entering the final round tied at 12 points, the nine singles matches at Gullane No. 2 course would therefore determine which team would claim the 2022 Watson Cup.

“Going into the day there was a lot of excitement,” Luke Walmet said. “We all obviously really wanted to win, but there was something fun about the fact that the score was tied because of the level of competition and the atmosphere it created. I tried to embrace the team atmosphere as much as I could, but it was singles, so I knew I had to do what I could on my own to make a difference.”

Claiming 15 total points in the final round singles matches, team South Carolina took a 3-point advantage to claim the Watson Cup for the second time with a 27-24-point victory.

“With our team being so deep, I was able to rely on everyone else and I think we all had a lot of confidence in each other,” Rowan Sullivan said. “We were able to come together as a team rather than competitors which is something unique, and to stand our ground in Scotland and take home the win in such great competition was really humbling for all of us. Tom Watson is obviously one of the greatest names in the game, so to play in the Watson Cup and receive his congratulations on our win was really cool and exciting.”

This was the second playing of the Watson Cup. The inaugural Watson Cup was held in October of 2018 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course, site of the 1991 Ryder Cup dubbed the ‘War by the Shore’, and Tom Watson’s first South Carolina build, Cassique at Kiawah Island Club. South Carolina captured the inaugural match, defeating the East Lothians by a three-point margin, 19.5-16.5, after a day of four-ball matches and followed by singles matches the final day.

Modeled after the Walker Cup matches that have been contested between amateur golfers from the US and Great Britain and Ireland since 1922, the Watson Cup matches are intended to celebrate the historic connection between South Carolina, where golf was first played in America in the 1740s, and the Edinburgh/East Lothian region of Scotland, from where equipment was first exported to the first American golfers in Charleston in 1739. The matches will once again give South Carolina and Scottish juniors the opportunity to participate in the type of international team competition so revered by amateur and professional golfers in the Walker, Ryder, and Presidents Cups, and to gain experience in the different skills required to play golf on each side of the Atlantic.

The cup for which the matches are played is named in honor of Tom Watson, the American who won five Open Championships in Great Britain in the 1970s and 80s, including a win at Muirfield. Watson is widely regarded as the greatest American player of the game of links golf as it originated in Scotland. In addition to five Open Championships (one shy of the career record of six won by Englishman Harry Vardon), Watson also won two Masters, a US Open and 70 other professional tournaments. Watson, who has strong ties to South Carolina including two victories at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing in Hilton Head and course designs such as the River Club and Cassique Courses at Kiawah Island, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988.

The matches were developed by former SCJGA Chairman, SCGA Board of Directors member and Watson Cup Chairman, Ben Zeigler of Florence. He began implementing plans for the competition while attending a junior tournament in Gullane, Scotland in 2016.

“The victory of our SC team in Scotland is the culmination of the Watson Cup initiative,” Zeigler said. “Our victory at Kiawah was sweet, but to have a group of South Carolina juniors prevail on some of the best links courses in the world goes to the heart of what this competition is about, and why it is named in honor of Tom Watson.”

Zeigler, along with staff from the SCJGA, began working with David Warren, Secretary of the East Lothian Junior Golf League to make the matches a reality in 2016.

“It is truly an honor for the SCJGA and our juniors to be a part of the Watson Cup,” SCJGA Senior Director, Justin Fleming, said. “We are proud to be a part of such a next level event that gives juniors the opportunity to experience teamwork and camaraderie, all while celebrating the longstanding traditions and love for the game that runs through South Carolina and Scotland. The 2022 Watson Cup in Scotland will not soon be forgotten, and we are looking forward to having the Cup back in South Carolina in 2024.”

The nine-member South Carolina team was selected from the December 1, 2021, SCJGA Heritage Classic Foundation Rankings, which represents a full calendar year of events where players have accumulated points.

Members of the team included Adam Hunt of Columbia, Burch Harrison of Columbia, Jerry Bruns of Beaufort, Major Lenning of Simpsonville, Tip Price of Greenville, Hugh Faulkner of Greenville, Rowan Sullivan of Charleston, Andrew Gregory of Inman and Luke Walmet of Mount Pleasant.

“Being the captain for team South Carolina in the Watson Cup this year was a true honor,” Behr said. “Leading this great group of young men at the home of golf was something I’ll remember forever and being a SCJGA alum myself, made the experience even more fun and special. From the opening tee shots to the closing ceremonies, the 2nd Watson Cup was one of the most extraordinary events I’ve ever been a part of. The boys played beautifully, withstanding good competition and hard conditions and I could not be happier for them to get this win together.”

The Watson Cup honors and celebrates the competitiveness and class of five-time Open Champion, Tom Watson.

“It is a privilege to have my name on the cup,” said Tom Watson. “This competition extends far beyond two teams competing for a title. I applaud each participant of the 2022 Watson Cup for their competitive play and send a hearty congratulations to team South Carolina on their victory!”

The SCJGA would like to extend its sincerest gratitude and appreciation to David Warren, the entire East Lothian Junior Golf League, The Royal Burgess Golfing Society and The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers for hosting the 2022 Watson Cup in their beautiful country and providing an unforgettable experience for all involved.

The 2024 Watson Cup will be hosted at Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan on October 14-18, 2024.

New restaurant in Columbia’s Five Points delays its opening. Here’s when it will debut

Columbia will have to wait just a bit longer for the biscuits to take flight.The Flying Biscuit Cafe, which has long been planning a restaurant at 936 Harden St. in the Five Points shopping and nightlife district just east of the University of South Carolina, announced on Facebook and ...

Columbia will have to wait just a bit longer for the biscuits to take flight.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe, which has long been planning a restaurant at 936 Harden St. in the Five Points shopping and nightlife district just east of the University of South Carolina, announced on Facebook and Instagram that its grand opening is now slated for Aug. 1.

The restaurant had previously planned to open on July 18.

“We apologize for this unavoidable delay,” the restaurant posted on social media. “Our new grand opening date is August 1st. We hope to see you there!”

The Flying Biscuit Cafe has locations in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Texas and South Carolina. The spot in Five Points will be the first location in Columbia. Other Palmetto State Flying Biscuit spots include Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Greenville.

The menu at Flying Biscuit includes a deep roster of breakfast items, including stuffed French toast, chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, omelets, breakfast tacos and more. The restaurant also has burgers and sandwiches, including a “Hot-lanta” chicken sandwich that comes with hot chicken tenders drizzled with queso.

This year has featured a number of new business moves and announcements in Five Points.

FurSato Bento, a Japanese eatery, opened at 748 Harden St. Botanica de Santee, a Latin-inspired apparel and gift shop, opened on Santee Avenue, and The Turning Pointe dancewear shop moved from Forest Acres to 1030 Harden St. and had its grand opening May 25.

Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint opened at 711 Harden St. in the former Cover 3 bar location. The Falafel King restaurant is now open at 2020-A Gervais St. A new Time to Shine Car Wash is being planned for 2006 Gervais St. at the upper edge of Five Points. Gameday Nutrition, a smoothie and drink club connected to Herbalife, opened a storefront at 730 Santee Ave. And Swiff luxury streetwear store has opened at 736 Harden St.

On July 12, the Boyd Foundation and GrowCo announced a new tech incubator hub at 711 Saluda Ave., in the former White Mule live music space. The Boyd Foundation has donated $1 million to get the hub up and running.

This story was originally published July 18, 2022 10:08 AM.

Mt. Pleasant adjusting short-term rental rules, number cap and taxes

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant is changing its options and limits on short-term rental regulations. The town first implemented a short-term rental policy in 2020.The planning committee decided rentals should not make up more than 1% of the town’s residential property, and owners would have to apply for a permit and pay a special tax. The 1% calculation allowed 437 rental properties in the town.Planning Director Michele Reed says short-term property ordinances are new to a lot of cities in the past few years....

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant is changing its options and limits on short-term rental regulations. The town first implemented a short-term rental policy in 2020.

The planning committee decided rentals should not make up more than 1% of the town’s residential property, and owners would have to apply for a permit and pay a special tax. The 1% calculation allowed 437 rental properties in the town.

Planning Director Michele Reed says short-term property ordinances are new to a lot of cities in the past few years.

“About four years ago, they decided to have staff start kind of conducting some public meetings and start doing some research on what are other municipalities doing and we did we looked at we looked at Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island, the City of Charleston, and then we looked at municipalities and cities in other states to see how other folks did in other areas of the country,” Reed says.

Now the city is working to refine the ordinance. They will cap applications at 400 short-term rentals and offer two types of applications for owners. Owners who rent out between 24 and 72 nights a year, will pay a $250 application fee and a 4% tax on their property. Owners who rent out more than 72 nights a year will pay a $1,500 application fee and a 6% tax on their property.

“You recognize things as it’s put in place and you begin to administer it. You can’t write the perfect ordinance. So you see where there’s loopholes or you see where there’s problems or the language isn’t crystal clear. And so you see where those changes need to be made. We’ve done that a few times. And now we’re seeing, people do this for different reasons. And have different needs. So maybe we can accommodate that through changing up the program and how we operate it a little bit,” Reed says.

Reed says the application fees basically cover the cost to the planning department to operate the program. When it comes to the rental taxes, between the county and other sources, Mount Pleasant gets about 1% of the money from short-term rentals.

“I think council will recognize that if they didn’t, it could get out of control. And to kind of, not only protect those that want to operate, but also to protect the existing quality of our neighborhoods and the community so that they wouldn’t overtake neighborhoods and things like that,” Reed says.

Reed says all current short-term rental operators will have a chance to reapply before opening the applications to new properties until they hit 400 units.

Kerry Dawson, a Carolina One real estate agent, says she has long and short-term rentals and thinks the city is doing a good job so far.

“That’s how I get my income. I applied for the business license and permit from the get-go. So, I was probably one of the pioneers of that. And it’s been a really simple process,” Dawson says. “It’s been pretty good pretty easy. They’ve kept us informed of any changes. Or anything we need to do as far as taxes that kept it really simple. The little books that they send us each month, and it’s, it’s a good thing, I think.”

One owner, who preferred to remain anonymous, says his rental property is actually a future investment, that he rents to try and offset the cost of owning it.

“Our big desire to purchase this property that we have is not an income generator, but it’s to ensure that my kids are taken care of and have property to live on one day before it’s too expensive to buy,” he says.

He says his property is on the waitlist for the short-term rental, and the cap number could mean he doesn’t get a permit. That would be detrimental to him, as he tries to rent the property to cover the cost of buying and owning it.

“I should have the ability to rent long term and short term and that’s my perspective since I own it. I’m paying probably three times the property taxes on this rental property because it’s a secondary property, and I don’t have the rights to do what I want to,” he says.

The changes are currently in the beginning stages of discussions in the planning committee. The committee will hold a public hearing on the changes at its Aug. 24 meeting at 5 p.m. Reed encourages any owners to come to the meeting or to send their comments through the town website to be a part of the discussion.

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PHOTOS: Residents of Mount Pleasant apartment complex detail dirty, dangerous conditions

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)- Dirty hallways, smelly staircases and overflowing trash dumpsters are some of the issues that a family at The Boulevard apartments in Mount Pleasant are complaining about.The family moved into their unit in February and noticed the issues shortly after.“I just makes me feel very upset,” said Isla Clair, who lives at the complex. “We are paying a higher amount of rent to live here.”Stains, urine, trash, vomit, dead bugs, and standing water can be found in the hallways a...

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)- Dirty hallways, smelly staircases and overflowing trash dumpsters are some of the issues that a family at The Boulevard apartments in Mount Pleasant are complaining about.

The family moved into their unit in February and noticed the issues shortly after.

“I just makes me feel very upset,” said Isla Clair, who lives at the complex. “We are paying a higher amount of rent to live here.”

Stains, urine, trash, vomit, dead bugs, and standing water can be found in the hallways according to Clair. Her family has gotten sick frequently since moving in.

“It made us sick just smelling it. It gave us headaches. It made my mother very nauseated,” said Clair. “It is constantly trashed around here. There’s a lack of maintenance that cleans up.”

Outside of the buildings, the trash dumpsters are overflowing.

“I do not see a trash truck very often here,” said Clair.

There is also a lack of security. According to Clair some of the exterior doors are not locked.

“Anyone can come in from the street, open the door and access our apartment building,” said Clair.

On the sidewalks along Coleman Boulevard there is more trash that poses a safety risk.

“There’s broken glass on the sidewalks where we walk our dogs,” said Clair. “I’ve even seen small children around here which concerns me as well with the glass on the ground.”

  • Clair and her parents are reaching a boiling point and say that The Boulevard’s management has been ignoring their service requests.

    “They seem to blow us off. They seem to sweep it under the rug whenever we complain. When we let them know of an issue they say that they’re going to take care of it then they don’t,” said Clair.

    Other livability issues are present at the complex. When the Clairs moved in, many of their appliances malfunctioned and the family has not had cold running water in their unit.

    If the complex’s management does not power wash the halls and clean up the trash then the Clairs will find another place to live.

    “I want them to look into the issues here or we are going to look into cutting our lease,” said Clair.

    The Boulevard responded to News 2 with this statement.

    “We address resident issues as soon as we are made aware and work diligently to remedy any concerns. Our team was notified by our trash valet service that the compactor malfunctioned overnight on Sunday. Immediately upon reporting to the property, our team cleaned up garbage that was unable to be disposed of properly.”

    Mt. Pleasant seeks $2.5M to make shrimping docks safer

    MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - The town of Mount Pleasant will preserve one of the last shrimping docks on Shem Creek through a $2.5 million appropriation endorsed by Senator Lindsey Graham.Mount Pleasant purchased this dock back in 2019 to help maintain and ensure safe conditions for shrimpers. They are currently going through the first phases of approval for this project.The plan is to approve the structures that are holding the docks up and once that is done, they want to reconstruct the area around the dock to make it safer ...

    MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - The town of Mount Pleasant will preserve one of the last shrimping docks on Shem Creek through a $2.5 million appropriation endorsed by Senator Lindsey Graham.

    Mount Pleasant purchased this dock back in 2019 to help maintain and ensure safe conditions for shrimpers. They are currently going through the first phases of approval for this project.

    The plan is to approve the structures that are holding the docks up and once that is done, they want to reconstruct the area around the dock to make it safer for local shrimping companies. Mount Pleasant leaders say their top priority is to ensure the safety of the shrimpers, so they can continue their business.

    “They are certainly going to be noticeable to those people using those docks as a working dock day in and day out,” Assistant Town Administrator Christiane Farrell said. “So, for them, this ensures continued business in support of the shrimping industry, which is really kind of the town’s purpose when we purchased these. We had the opportunity to buy this property several years ago. It was to show continued support for that industry.”

    Farrell emphasizes that the safety of its shrimpers is a top priority.

    “They receive a lot of wear and tear,” Farrell said. “Tides are coming in and out. It’s the mouth of the creek. They had a lot of deferred maintenance prior to us taking ownership and were really in need of repair. It’s important to us, the town, the town council to keep those docks operational and continue to support the shrimping industry.”

    Tarvin Seafood is the business that sits right on this dock. Over the years, they have had to make minor repairs to the dock themselves, but they say they fear that if a big storm comes, the dock will be gone.

    Cindy Tarvin, one of the owners of Tarvin Seafood, says she is eager for the plan to get approved.

    “I think if the town desires to keep a maritime community of working waterfront, then I think it’s probably one of the most important things they need to do,” Tarvin said. “Whether it’s for us, Tarvin Seafood, or any other entity that would be managing that would be running a dock and a fishing business out of it.”

    The town still needs approval from a few more senators before they can officially get their money. They hope to start the dock reconstruction by the beginning of 2023.

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    SC Biz News names Forty under 40 honorees

    SC Biz News has named its 2022 Forty under 40 honorees in the Lowcountry and will feature them in a special Sept. 5 edition of the Charleston Regional Business Journal.The honorees will also be feted at a special recognition event, now in its 25th year.The event honors professionals under age 40 from around the Charleston area for their professional success and involvement in the community, drawing honorees from a mix of industry, profes...

    SC Biz News has named its 2022 Forty under 40 honorees in the Lowcountry and will feature them in a special Sept. 5 edition of the Charleston Regional Business Journal.

    The honorees will also be feted at a special recognition event, now in its 25th year.

    The event honors professionals under age 40 from around the Charleston area for their professional success and involvement in the community, drawing honorees from a mix of industry, professional and service sectors.

    Nominations come from businesses and organizations and are then screened by judges who select 40 honorees from the candidate pool.

    The event is hosted by SC Biz News, presented by Charleston Southern University and sponsored by the Charleston Gaillard Center.

    The recognition event will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Charleston Gaillard Center. Tickets can be purchased online at: https://www.squadup.com/events/2022-charleston-forty-under-40

    2022 Forty under 40 honorees:

    Devon Andrews, Charleston Parks Conservancy

    J.R. Barnhart, College of Charleston

    Dawn Boren, The Boeing Co.

    Marcus Bryant, Vantage Custom Solutions

    Ryan Connolly, Roper St. Francis Healthcare

    Jill Lemay Dunnigan, Select Health of South Carolina

    Ann E. Rice Ervin, Motley Rice LLC

    Theresa Griffith, Top Cheer Talent, CSU

    Max Gruetzmacher, Motley Rice LLC

    Cerrissa Hugie, MyNDSpace Mental Health Education and Consulting LLC

    Ashley Jackrel, Avison Young

    Christina Jettie, Hana Engineers and Consultants LLC

    Josh Johnson, S.C. Department of Transportation District 6

    Nichole Johnson, Seacoast

    Paige Knowlson, Pattison’s Academy

    Jackie Kohlhepp, The Rez Rev LLC

    Kate Lilly, American Red Cross South Carolina Region

    Abby Martin, Charleston Promise Neighborhood

    Brantley Meier, The Bridge Chiropractic

    Fallon Meyer, Encore Bank

    Christopher Mims, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District

    Josh Mitchell, Stantec Consulting Services Inc.

    Megan Molten, Megan Molten

    Elissa Morrison, Liollio Architecture

    Beth Myers, Charleston Southern University

    Benjamin Nesvold, Edward Jones Investments

    Laura Patrick, Baystreet Biergarten, Patrick Properties and 4Corners Productions

    Matthew Pecoy, DarrowEverett LLP

    Matt Pickard, Colliers International

    Kella Player Hanna, S.C. Research Authority

    John Prorock, Stantec

    Ryan Punches, Punch Properties

    Henry Ravenel, Southeastern Chamber of Commerce

    Samantha Shirley, iDonate

    Lauren Sims, Town of Mount Pleasant

    Amanda Slade, The Jasper

    James Thomas, Thomas & Hutton

    Zach Volousky, South State Investment Services

    Valerie Warnock, Sev1Tech

    Catherine Wilhoit, Bulldog Tours

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