Pledging to shift 10 percent of my spending toward locally-owned businesses wasn’t a huge step. Let’s do a compare and contrast: Pizza Hut or EVO Pizzeria? Barnes & Noble or Blue Bicycle Books? Gap or Utopia? Smirnoff or Firefly? Charleston is filled with locally-owned businesses that make it easy and painless to go above and beyond 10 percent.

Locals gathered at 10 Storehouse Row Friday night to pledge a new commitment to responsible spending and celebrate with great businesses like Monza, Taco Boy, Coast Brewery, and the new Street Foods cart (a big hit). The Part Time Heros played covers inside, where other businesses set up informational tables, folks casually sat around at tables, and kids danced around.

Just outside, the crowd enjoyed a beautiful sunset while munching on the generously-sized offerings from the participating restaurants. As the night wore on and the light faded, things began to look a little, well, shifty, in the darkened industrial complex. But that was the point of this shindig, right?

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