Market Makeover: Brick by Brick
With the new year, the City of Charleston and its partners have begun work on a City Market facelift. The first work on two open sheds behind the market building will take approximately two months, with vendors squeezed into the other buildings. The final open-air shed will be renovated following this work, with those vendors moved to temporary tents or to shared space in the newly renovated sheds.
This phase of the work, which will include brick and roof repair and replacement, upgraded flooring and security, and new restrooms, fans, and lighting, should be completed by May, according to the city.
Calling the City Market a focal point for Charleston’s commercial (er, tourist) activity, Mayor Joe Riley lauds the effort led by the managers at the City Market Preservation Trust. “We all look forward to the completed projects, which will offer new energy and excitement for this favorite area,” Riley says.
The leaders behind the trust, including local businessmen Hank Holliday and Steve Varn, expect the upgrades to increase revenue as well as use by locals — something the well-known tourist trap has a hard time doing.
“Our hope is to draw Charlestonians back to The Market and restore a sense of community,” Holliday says.
The $5 million rehab is expected to be paid back by future booth rentals.
Jenny Sanford Staying True, Earlier
Publishers have pushed up the memoir of South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford to Feb. 5. In the book, Jenny Sanford is expected to dish on the revelation that her husband was having an affair and the struggle to get him to end the relationship. The dramatic climax came in June, when Gov. Mark Sanford came back from a five-day visit with his mistress in Argentina and publicly admitted to the whole ordeal.
Jenny Sanford had already left the governor in a temporary separation, and a failed attempt to reconcile in late summer led her to leave the governor’s mansion in August and file for divorce last month. Originally slated for May, the new release date will put the book out weeks before the marriage is dissolved.
The book will frame the whole scandal around Jenny Sanford’s commitment to her Christian faith.
“She chose to let Mark Sanford deal with the embarrassment and political fallout from his own actions while focusing her own efforts privately on raising their children to be men of character, even in the face of the lies their father has told,” reads a synopsis from the publisher.
Charleston supporting cell phone recycling
With Santa bringing tons of cellular joy this Christmas season, you’re likely appin’ your iPhone battery to an early grave. All but ignored in the corner is that poor, pitiful flip phone you thought was so cool two years ago until the buttons started coming off and your tech-savvy buddies stopped carrying their laptops around.
But there’s a better place for that old phone than the local dump. Keep Charleston Beautiful, the City of Charleston, and local businesses are partnering for the third annual Wipe out Wireless Waste cell phone recycling program.
Participating locations include the city building at 823 Meeting Street, Earth Fare on Folly Road, Indigo Books, Rising High on East Bay Street, University Books of Charleston, and Blackbaud’s Daniel Island headquarters.
According to organizers, the drive collected 104 cell phones for recycling last year. The cell phones are either refurbished or disassembled with all recyclable materials removed and the remaining materials properly disposed of using EPA standards. —Greg Hambrick