Island Vibes November 2023

ow! That’s all I can say after the first month of launching a brand new publication overnight. Island Vibes is far more than a free, monthly community newspaper exclusive to Isle of Palms; our brand is a way of life. Ever since our inaugural October edition flooded the island last month, our phones have not stopped ringing and emails are incessantly dinging. I looked at my publisher 4 FROM THE CREW Island Vibes Vol. 1, Issue 2 November 2023 PUBLISHER BILL MACCHIO PUBLISHER@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM MANAGING EDITOR ZACH GIROUX EDITOR@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM ART DIRECTOR BETHANY LONG BRAND AMBASSADOR SONYA BUCKHANNON SONYA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLISHER JENNIFER BURKE JENNIFER@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER MORGAN WINNINGHAM SOCIALMEDIA@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM COPY EDITOR COLIN MCCANDLESS PHOTOGRAPHY TONYA MCGUE ADS/PRODUCTION DIRECTOR KIM HALL CONTRIBUTORS ISABEL ALVAREZ ARATA • HEATHER ROSE ARTUSHIN • RYAN BUCKHANNON MARY COY • MAURICE FRAZIER • BLAIR HAHN CLARK LEACH • COLIN MCCANDLESS • PHILLIP POUNDS • GINGER SOTTILE • MIMI WOOD SALES REPRESENTATIVES ANDY BIMONTE ANDY@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM KATIE FINCH KATIE@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM STACEY MCLOUGHLIN STACEY@ISLANDVIBESIOP.COM ADMINISTRATION & BOOKKEEPING GINGER SOTTILE BOSS DOG REGGIE DISTRIBUTION ISLE OF PALMS • WILD DUNES • GOAT ISLAND DEWEES ISLAND • U.S. POST OFFICE • HARRIS TEETER • PUBLIX ASHEVILLE/HENDERSON AIRPORT • ALL SC WELCOME CENTERS Island Vibes is published locally by a team of independent contractors. Island Vibes is published 12 times per year by Islands Publishing LLC. 1013 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Copyright © Islands Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction electronically or in print format without the expressed written consent of the publisher is strictly prohibited and a violation of U.S. copyright laws. Content, including editorial, advertising or comments, that threatens, harasses or degrades others may be revoked or refused from print and online publication at the sole discretion of Island Vibes. Inquiries to: Island Vibes P.O. Box 22617, Charleston, SC 29413 D The pride of Isle of Palms yesterday, today and tomorrow. Publisher’s Note Editor’s Note sle of Palms residents have truly touched my heart. Your acceptance of Island Vibes and the way y’all have expressed yourself whenever we meet has been more than I would have imagined. Zach and I were at a recent candidate forum put on by the Charleston Women League of Voters at the IOP Exchange Club and I couldn’t count the number of people who Zach and I had conversations with about Island Vibes. Island residents would come up to us telling us how much they liked reading the paper and its positive tone. Of course I heard several times, “Bill, you’ve been doing this a long time.” I took that as a complement, but also I had to laugh at myself a little. Because it’s cool to be so excited about something you’ve been doing for as long as I have. Beside direct mailing to all Isle of Palms residents, Island Vibes is available at popular island restaurants, the local Harris Teeter and many other locations. If you’d like additional copies for friends and family, you can find them at multiple Isle of Palms locations, including the IOP Recreation Center. Because Isle of Palms is such a popular destination, besides mailing Island Vibes to all Isle of Palms Bill and said, “We’ve created a panic.” He replied, “No dude, we’ve created a vibe!” As we took to the streets to celebrate the participants in the IOP Connector Run, folks began walking up to us to shake our hands as if we won the race or a medal of some sort. One gentleman said, “Thanks for saving the island.” That was humbling to hear. Wehaven’t looked back ever since. Bill and I could have never anticipated the reaction that Island Vibes has stirred. The feedback and outpouring of love so far has been unimaginable. We’ve been bombarded with sentiments of congratulations from citizens and questions on where they can pick up another copy or when the next one is coming out. It’s been overwhelming, but in the best way possible. These are good problems to have. For the most part, the majority of the commentary has been positive and that’s the goal. Our only prerogative is to be an unbiased and unapologetic news source that tells the stories of the fascinating people, places and events that makes Isle of Palms the mecca of the Lowcountry dream. In that same token, the only thing this newspaper will ever spread is positive vibes. In this issue, you will read about everything from population to parking concerns, recreational events and happenings, restaurant reviews, real estate advice and a great deal of history. The people, places and things mentioned in the text of this high quality newsprint embodies all that we stand for: to be a voice for the people. It’s an honor and a privilege to tell your stories. If it weren’t for the personality of this beloved place we’re blessed to call home, there would be nothing worth writing about. Afterall, our tagline says it all: “The pride of Isle of Palms today, tomorrow and always.” See you around the island! Positively Yours, Zach Giroux Managing Editor residents, we have many channels of distribution. One channel is the State Welcome Centers: Each issue is shipped to all South Carolina Welcome Centers. On a recent trip to North Carolina, I stopped by one of these centers. These Welcome Centers are the frontlines for the millions of annual South Carolina visitors. Island Vibes is now available to these visitors in all Welcome Centers, check out Page 9 to see what I mean. I consider it an honor to inform state visitors about Isle of Palms through the pages of Island Vibes. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and enthusiasm about Island Vibes. Everyone here is very proud that you like the fruits of our effort, an unbiased paper, exclusively focusing on island residents. Positively yours, Bill Macchio Publisher I W For advertising, contact Bill Macchio at or (843) 530-0403. For editorial, contact Zach Giroux at or (802) 733-6321.