As a free publication (and paywall-free digital edition), City Paper is reliant on advertising revenue. So it’s impossible to list everyone who has purchased ads from us over the past 20 years. What we’ve done is highlight 20 of the businesses who have been with us since year one (and still support us today) as well as 20 others who have been among our top clients in the years that followed. What’s probably the most amazing thing is how many of our local advertisers from 1997 are still in business today. That’s a testament to their businesses, our community, and maybe, just maybe, to the value of City Paper advertising.

One group of advertisers that we want to single out but did not include in the list below is our friends in the beer, wine, and spirits world. There are numerous brands, breweries, distilleries, and distributors that have been among our best clients over the years. You know who you are, and we raise a glass to you. So to all of our advertisers, past and present, please know that whether you ran a classified liner or a full page every week, we thank you for your business, and we literally couldn’t do it without you.

Twenty Advertisers Who Have Been With Us Since Year One
(And Still Support Us Today)


• Andolinis / Juanita Greenberg’s
• Burris Liquors
• Cat’s Music / Monster Music
• Chateau Theatre
• The Griffon
• Half Moon Outfitters
• Homegrown Hospitality (TBonz / Pearlz / Kaminskys /
Liberty Tap Room)
• Hyman’s Seafood
• Kickin’ Chicken
• LC Harley Davidson
• Manny’s / MES Travel
• Music Farm
• North Charleston Coliseum PAC
• Planet Follywood
• SC Federal Credit Union
• Utopia
• The Vendue / BLU / Avocet Group
• Vickery’s / Gene’s Haufbrau
• Wild Wing Café

Twenty More Advertisers Without Whom We Never Would Have Made It To Year 20

• The Brick
• Charleston County Parks & Recreation
• Charleston Harbor Tours / Kent Group
• Charleston Hospitality Group
(Tabbuli, Toast! & More)
• Derm & Laser Center of Charleston

• Family Circle Cup Tennis Center /
Volvo Car Open
• Fleet Landing
• Guilty Pleasures
• Hank’s Seafood / Peninsula Grill
• Home Team BBQ
• Jennifer Lepage / Agent Owned Realty
• King Street Grille
• Mellow Mushroom
• The Pour House
• Red’s Icehouse
• Thee Southern Belle
• Tiger Lily
• Triangle Char & Bar
• Trident Technical College
• Wasabi

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