Lowcountry Local First

Love Local this Valentine’s Day

You can’t buy love, but you can buy local and that’s kind of the same thing. Show off your Local Love and support locally-owned businesses this Valentine’s Day. Not sure where to start? We have you covered with our Local Business Directory.Last Minute Valentine’s Day plans and gifts:The Cocktail Clu

The 2019 Member Survey Results are in

At Lowcountry Local First, we believe ownership matters and relationships matter. Our goal is to support the local business community and tailor our programs to help our community gain access to every chance at success. That’s why we work with businesses, community members, and policymakers to build

2020 Local First Award Winners

The Local First Awards are an annual celebration of the Lowcountry’s local-independent businesses whose legacy of work and choices support the local community and envision business as a force for good. This year’s Local First Awards took place on January 8th at the Cedar Room where five local busine

NOW HIRING: Business Development Manager

Organization: Lowcountry Local FirstPosition: Business Development Manager (Full-time)Reports to: Director of DevelopmentSalary Range: $40,000 to $45,000 based on experienceApplication Deadline: Open until filled (check website for status)Summary: Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is an entrepreneurial n

Eat Local this Holiday Season

When considering where to source your holiday meal ingredients, choose to spread some local holiday love by purchasing your protein, produce, and dairy from a nearby farmer or purveyor.The holidays are the best time of the year to show your support to the farmers and growers who keep us well fed and

2019 Buy Local Holiday Markets

(Do you know of a market not listed below? Let us know!)— ONGOING —– Be sure to find a Farmers’ Market near you this fall and holiday season! – The Charleston Farmers’ Market hosts a special Holiday Market on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December from 9am – 3pm. – Don’t miss out on exploring the

Vocal for Local: Orange Spot Coffee

Throughout the month of October, we are featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet a C

Vocal for Local: Circulos De Bienestar

Throughout the month of October, we are featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet a C

Vocal for Local: Grit and Grace Studio

Throughout the month of October, we are featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet a C

Vocal for Local: Charleston Animal Society

Throughout the month of October, we are featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet a C

Vocal for Local: Howard’s Barber and Styling College

Throughout the month of October, we are featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet a C

Vocal for Local: Palmetto Pastures

Throughout the month of October, we are featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet a C

Vocal for Local: Piece of Work

Throughout the month of October, we will be featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet

Vocal for Local: Off Track Ice Cream

Throughout the month of October, we will be featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet

Q&A with the 2019 City of Charleston Mayoral Candidates

Ahead of the City of Charleston’s mayoral election on Nov. 5, 2019, Lowcountry Local First has partnered with the Charleston City Paper to ask the six candidates pitching themselves to be the city’s next leader about specific policies that affect local businesses in our community. The questions pose

South Carolina Federal Credit Union Spotlight

Many remnants of the Charleston Naval Shipyard still exist throughout the Lowcountry today, but none as prominent as South Carolina Federal Credit Union. In 1936, SC Federal began in the heart of the Charleston Naval Shipyard as The Charleston Navy Yard Employees Federal Credit Union. 14 Charleston

GDC Home Spotlight

Walking into any GDC Home, it’s easy to see why this ‘home décor emporium’ has functioned as a local staple in the Lowcountry for so long. With complimentary in-store services, home inspiration as far as the eye can see, and even a completely off the electric grid flagship store, GDC stands out as a

Your Public Library Supports Local Businesses Too

When you think of your neighborhood library, you may think of cozy reading alcoves, youth programming and speaker series. But did you know that your local library system also offers a bounty of resources (often free) for businesses to utilize? This includes resources to help you start, run and marke

Eat Local Challenge Recipes: Mushroom Pasta Sauce with Venison Meatballs

Mushroom Pasta Sauce and Venison MeatballsAuthor: Becca Davidson, 2018 Growing New Farmers Program graduatePasta Sauce Ingredients:– About 4 cups local or home-grown tomatoes – peeled and chopped (or canned tomatoes)– 3oz. of tomato paste– 1 cup of mushrooms, thinly sliced, local preferred– 8 cloves

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 2019 Options

Online subscriptions are available for so many products these days, so why not subscribe to fresh local produce? That’s essentially what joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is, providing a weekly or monthly bundle of seasonal local produce grown with love from a farm – or group o

Eat Local Challenge Recipes by Jamee Haley

The following recipes were produced by Lowcountry Local First’s Executive Director, Jamee Haley, and were featured in the April 2019 issue of Charleston Magazine.Appetizer: Carrot Crostini with Burden Creek Farms Goat CheeseServes 41 cup shredded local carrots1 tsp. fresh dill½ tsp. fresh lemon jui

Eat Local Challenge Recipes: Sheet Pan Supper and Shiso Lemon Shandy

Sausage and Veggie Sheet Pan SupperProvided by: Joy Carter, 2018 Growing New Farmers Program graduateIngredients: Chili cheese sausages from Wishbone Heritage Farm 2 sweet potatoes from spade and clover (or other local source) 2 red peppers from Ambrose Farm (or other local source) 1/2 lb. brussel s