27 August 2018
25 August 2018
21 August 2018
|H & R Sweet Shop & Soul Food, Mt. Pleasant, SC|
The "H" stands for Harriet and the "R" is for Raliegh "Pat" Johnson, Sr. In 1947 Raliegh Johnson was discharged from the army and returned to Mount Pleasant where his father, Peter Johnson, owned a strip of land on the north side of Royall starting at Morrison and extending to the playground. Peter Johnson, Sr., bought the property from the school district for $150 in 1903. The Inflation calculator indicates that $150 in 1903 equates to $1,574 today. However, that amount of money was quite an investment in those days. In 109 years the property has not been out of family hands.Years ago the Sweet Shop brought in jazz performers to entertain patrons in the club room in the rear. "Oscar and Fabian Rivers brought their Chicago-based band to Charleston," says Raliegh, and they performed here. Also performing were Nita Nelson with Donald Fields on drums, with Jack McDuff and Joy Pryor. All of this occurred when jazz was practically dead in this part of the country.Raliegh Senior's brother Peter started the P.S. Johnson Funeral Home, now called Johnson and Hall, located on Venning Street. Together, the Johnson brothers were successful entrepreneurs in the area, and they were instrumental in the rebuilding of nearby Friendship A.M.E. Church. The Quaker Church of Philadelphia had operated a mission and a freedman's school on this land during Reconstruction. As years progressed, parcels of land were sold off to families who could afford it. The Johnsons have jealously guarded their inheritance and it appears that the H & R Sweet Shop and Major's Hats and Suit business is on track to see its 100th anniversary.Raliegh, Sr., was both a cook and a barber in the U.S. Army. In 1947 he engaged a contractor to build the block and stucco building that you see today. On one side, Raliegh operated a barbershop and on the other, a full-service ice cream shop and diner. For a while Raliegh was the only licensed barber in Mount Pleasant. In the 1960s before desegregation, the Sweet Shop was a beehive of activity for the African-American community, and Raliegh was known to help a lot of people out when they got into a jam, financially.
20 August 2018
19 August 2018
|Josephine's Wine Bar, Spring St., Charleston, SC|
We were treated like royalty and since their logo shows Josephine wearing her tiara I brought one along for a quick photo op and Jill, the manager took our picture. Everything was very stylish and the food was delicious. What a fun night!
16 August 2018
|Alhambra Hall, Mt. Pleasant, SC|
According to the sign, Alhambra Hall was built as a summer retreat and dance hall by owners of the Mt. Pleasant ferry company. It is still used for special events and weddings. It has a lovely grassy lawn on the water front and a playground across the street.
No walk for me this evening as I was attending a celebratory work event acknowledging a recent successful hospital survey inspection at Patriots Point. Yay us!
13 August 2018
|Patjen's Post Office, Mt. Pleasant, SC|
In 1899, the Patjens family built this small office adjacent to their store on Church Street, to serve as the post office in Mount Pleasant. The Patjens family served as postmasters until 1917. Patjens Post Office has been owned and maintained by the Alhambra Garden Club since 1971, when it was moved to Edwards Park. The club restored the building in 2001.
12 August 2018
|St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC|
This is St. Paul's Lutheran Church, established in 1884. Visit their website here. This message is borrowed from the Pastor's newsletter message:
We can get into rhythm with God. We can do this by going somewhere and being alone. Lie on the grass; listen to the God’s creation, the earth. This is difficult to do in traffic, with all the congestion. Nature has a definite tempo. It is more about being plenty of time, plenty of time. Sped up people are always tired. Get alone and listen. Can’t find a place; go to church. Listen to the word of God. Sing hymns. This will help you get in the right tempo.
11 August 2018
|Pitt St. bridge, Mt. Pleasant, SC|
The park is the best use possible of a former bridge and was being well used this morning with fishing, crabbing, bicyclists and kayakers and dog walkers.
06 August 2018
05 August 2018
|61 South Battery, Charleston, SC|
|E.Montague, North Charleston, SC|
04 August 2018
When I was a kid in the hills of north-east India one of the few records we had and played repeatedly was by Jim Reeves. Now here is a young man by the name of Jajai Singsit from Manipur in north-east India who sounds exactly like him. Have a listen! Be amazed!
03 August 2018
|Caladiums, Charleston, SC|
I start checking for sprouts the day after I plant them but eventually they do pay off. I get the elephant ears from them as well and with this rainy season they look like they belong in a rain forest.
02 August 2018
|West Ashley Cancer Center view, Charleston, SC|
Stay dry kids! I did make it out for a late walk and got my 11,224 steps. Hello recliner my old friend.