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Sometimes called broadcloth tops, poplins have classic characteristics and are often woven with an over/under weave. This kind of weave gives more substance to your top while also giving you room to breathe. Poplin shirts are typically soft and smooth, and are great for everyday business attire, some formal occasions, and for certain ceremonies. Sweet and feminine, our Bruna poplin eyelet bib top features ruffles at the sleeves and an eyelet lace yoke at the front. Pair your poplin with your favorite pair of shorts or jeans for a contemporary, relaxed look.

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Great for wearing solo or layered over a camisole or tank top, wrap tops are lightweight, versatile, and great for many different occasions. Wrap tops go well with jeans, maxi dresses, and high-waisted jeans or trousers. Our V-Neck Wrap SLV Top by Jayden is uber-popular at Copper Penny and the perfect choice for dressing down or dressing up. The choice is yours!

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Who doesn't love a good tank top?! Tank tops are lightweight, versatile, and equally great for lounging in the yard or running errands on weekends. Tank tops lend an air of simplicity to your outfit and can be styled in endless ways. Take our Velvet Heart Victory Tank, for instance. This tank is a refreshing update on our classic sleeveless tank top, complete with fray details and a scoop neck. Throw in the fact that it's machine washable, and you have a wardrobe winner.

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When choosing a women's top for your outfit, you have to consider how comfortable, confident, and beautiful you will feel. The best way to feel your best in an outfit is to make sure it fits correctly. To get started, you'll want to take your measurements. For most women's tops, the best areas to focus on are your hips, waist, and chest.

  • Hip Measurements: Measuring your hips is fairly easy. Take your measuring tape and use it to wrap around the widest area of your hips.
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  • Chest Measurements: For an accurate chest measurement, take the end of your measuring tape and place it on the fullest area of your bust. From there, wrap the tape around your body, under your armpits, and around the blades of your shoulders. Then, wrap the tape tightly from the back of your body to the front, where you started.
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Mount Pleasant celebrates historic Longpoint Elementary School's revitalization with Friday open house

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — On Friday, a Mount Pleasant community is celebrating a historical moment as work continues to bring back a sacred gem.It’s been two years since the historical Longpoint Elementary School moved two miles from its original location, and now community members will have a chance to step inside.Longpoint Elementary School opened its doors in 1904, serv...

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — On Friday, a Mount Pleasant community is celebrating a historical moment as work continues to bring back a sacred gem.

It’s been two years since the historical Longpoint Elementary School moved two miles from its original location, and now community members will have a chance to step inside.

Longpoint Elementary School opened its doors in 1904, serving as an education center for young African American students until 1953.

For the past two years, the community has been working to bring it back to life.

In 2021, the school was moved about two miles from its original location and work started to revitalize the building, while also keeping its historical value intact.

The school house is now a museum and cultural education center dedicated to the students who once walked the halls. People will be able to walk through and see the same desks, walls, and floors from when it closed back in the 50s.

Read More: Long Point Schoolhouse officially moves into Snowden community

One of the school's alum, Joseph Palmer, said it's nostalgic to remember the students and the feeling of being back where they started.

"My grandmama went to the school and our old people went to the school, so it's a memory. It's like- look where we came from, look where we are at and the potential of where we could be," Palmer said.

Friday is not only a celebration, but a reflection of the past, as community members are invited to join in a tour and take a look at history.

John Wright- president of the African American Historic Settlement Commission- said they'll be doing more than just a tour.

Read More: Preservation of Long Point Schoolhouse highlights Black history in Mt. Pleasant

"We'll also be able to have symposiums and educational programs that we'll be able to talk about what that era was like ... we want to concentrate on the museum aspect of it, what Mount Pleasant was like, what this community was like and how the school served them," Wright said.

The Longpoint Elementary Schoolhouse will host their celebration Friday at 5 p.m. Anyone from the public is encouraged to attend.

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As the school enters its final phase of revitalization, the African American Historic Settlement Commission is still accepting donations. Leaders hope to have the school completely open as a museum by next year

New dining venues opening in Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and Summerville

Three new places to grab a meal on the go or dine in are opening across the Charleston area over the next week or so and another plans to open by the end of January.In Mount Pleasant, a Pawleys Island-based business wants customers literally to “get carried away” over a ...

Three new places to grab a meal on the go or dine in are opening across the Charleston area over the next week or so and another plans to open by the end of January.

In Mount Pleasant, a Pawleys Island-based business wants customers literally to “get carried away” over a dining venue opening soon.

Get Carried Away, with its well-known Palmetto Cheese pimento cheese brand, will roll into the former Wild Wings Cafe space in Moultrie Plaza Shopping Center at 644 Coleman Blvd. tentatively on Jan. 11 with a soft opening, according to owner Brian Henry.

The cafe and market is awaiting one final inspection before it opens, according to David O’Donnell, part of the management staff overseeing final details. Stocking is expected to take place over the weekend.

The outside area, called The Perch, will be open for casual eating and drinking and will offer full service in late winter or early spring.

The site’s prepared to-go food offerings include Lowcountry boils, tomato pies, chicken salad, 18 different casseroles, dips, spreads, appetizers, pies, grab-and-go items, sandwiches, salads, soups, daily specials, steaks, chicken, pork, seafood, bread and everyday grocery items such as milk, eggs, butter and produce, craft beer and wine.

Hours will be 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. When The Perch opens with full service, the business will be open until 9 p.m. Henry also is considering opening on Sundays during the summer.

On the way

On Johns Island, a proposed mixed-used development includes dining and shopping venues, office space, residences and a hotel.

Developer New Leaf Builders wants to build three restaurants totaling 8,500 square feet, a 2,450-square-foot retail area, 7,500-square-foot office building, a 55,000-square-foot hotel and 65 residential units at 2935 Maybank Highway in a new development called Jubilee.

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The 13.3-acre site sits behind property owned by Church of God of Prophecy and extends to Cane Slash Road. It is near Wildts Battery Boulevard.

The developer is asking the city to review the planned unit development before it is submitted to the Planning Commission.

Landing soon

In North Charleston, the long-awaited Chick-fil-A restaurant at Charleston International Airport will open soon after a monthlong delay from the originally scheduled opening date in early December.

The fast-food venue is set for a soft opening on Jan. 11 before a ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18 for the official launch.

The new restaurant is unique at CHS because it provides access to ticketed passengers and non-ticketed visitors and airport workers. The main service counter is on the post-security side of the terminal while a service window will be available on the pre-security side in the Central Hall area under the dome.

Now serving

In Nexton near Summerville, Page’s Okra Grill has begun serving to-go items only at its newly built restaurant at 142 Brighton Park Blvd.

The dining room, located near the former food truck site off Rose Drive, is not open yet to the public while employees undergo training, according to the restaurant’s Facebook posting. In-house dining is expected to begin over the next week or so.

With its main operation on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, Page’s also has a food truck in Moncks Corner and operates Hushpuppies Seafood Co. on North Main Street in Summerville.

Coming soon

A new hamburger-focused restaurant will open soon in North Charleston.

Smashley’s Burger Bar plans to open in late January at 5401 Netherby Lane, between Urban Nirvana and Accent on Wine off Dorchester Road.

Owners Victor and Ashley Valdivieso, who also have Victor’s Lab food truck, will offer several differently prepared all-beef burgers, chicken items, vegetarian offerings, zucchini chips, fried cauliflower, Latin fries, empanadas and various rice bowls. Beer, seltzers, ciders, soft drinks and tea also will be available.

Hours will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 10 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. The restaurant will be closed on Sunday.

What’s cooking?

A bakery that’s been in the works for a couple of years is making its way through the city of Charleston review process again.

Mae’s Sweets With Soul wants to build a single-story building with a drive-thru on a 1.83-acre site at 3919 Savannah Highway, east of Rantowles Creek.

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Owner Lillie M. Smalls first presented plans to the city in August 2022. A planning department committee recently considered the proposal but asked that the plans be revised and returned.

Cleaning up

Another new car-cleaning business recently opened in the Charleston area.

Tommy’s Express Car Wash can be found at 3680 Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston. One other location is coming to the city near Tanger Outlets, while three will be located in the Summerville area: at 1509 Trolley Road, 1319 N. Main St. and 1581 Central Ave., according to the company’s website.

Why Mount Pleasant does not have plans to reschedule its Christmas parade

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – One of the Lowcountry’s largest Christmas parades was cancelled Sunday due to the threat of severe weather.Mount Pleasant’s annual Christmas Light Parade, which boasts a nighttime display of dazzling lights as bands, businesses, and friendly faces march along Coleman Boulevard, was called off out of an abundance of caution ...

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – One of the Lowcountry’s largest Christmas parades was cancelled Sunday due to the threat of severe weather.

Mount Pleasant’s annual Christmas Light Parade, which boasts a nighttime display of dazzling lights as bands, businesses, and friendly faces march along Coleman Boulevard, was called off out of an abundance of caution during the early afternoon because the forecast called for heavy rain and gusty winds.

Organizers previously said in their messaging to participants that the parade had yet to be cancelled in more than 20 years, and the plan was to proceed despite the rain unless weather became a public safety issue.

“In light of the weather conditions predicted and in speaking with our partners at the National Weather Service, local meteorologists, and the Town’s Emergency Management and Resilience Officer, Town officials determined that cancelling the event is the responsible course of action to ensure the safety of everyone involved. The safety and well-being of our participants, spectators, and community members remain the top priority,” the town said in a message.

Residents, visitors, and town leaders have since expressed their disappointment the parade was cancelled and that there was no rain date selected. But there is a reason for that.

Mount Pleasant town leaders said rescheduling the parade is not feasible. They begin getting applications for floats in September, and vendors that are brought in to help with floats, light towers, and other vital equipment come in from across the state.

Those same vendors are already booked up for other holiday festivities in the coming days.

Town leaders also say it’s a massive undertaking to schedule enough first responders to shut down streets, direct traffic, and keep everyone safe – especially as Mount Pleasant continues to be one of the fastest-growing cities in our area.

To reschedule the event would have come with an additional nearly $30,000 price tag.

Those working to make the parade happen every year said there is no one more disappointed than they are.

“We do our best … but you know God controls it, and so every once and a while you just get changes, and so we wait as long as we can. Everybody was watching the weather, and we were getting emails all week long. By the time we called the parade on Sunday, one-fifth of our entries had already dropped out,” said Nicole Harvey and Tracey Richter, who work for the Town of Mount Pleasant.

Said Nicole Harvey and Tracey Richter, who works for the Town of Mount Pleasant,

Looking ahead, they said there are plenty of holiday events still to come this week in the Town of Mount Pleasant, like visits with Santa Claus on Tuesday. The Mayor’s Music and Art Reception takes place Thursday at 4:30 p.m., and the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre has light displays every night.

Mount Pleasant one vote away from limiting home building permits until 2029

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - The town of Mount Pleasant is looking to extend limiting building permits for another five years in an effort to slow growth down and build infrastructure up.A proposal to extend the building permit allocation system was presented at a planning commission meeting Wednesday night with one more final vote left from the town council.As people continue to move to the Lowcountry, the town of Mount Pleasant put this building permit allocation into effect back in 2019 and is now looking to extend it until...

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - The town of Mount Pleasant is looking to extend limiting building permits for another five years in an effort to slow growth down and build infrastructure up.

A proposal to extend the building permit allocation system was presented at a planning commission meeting Wednesday night with one more final vote left from the town council.

As people continue to move to the Lowcountry, the town of Mount Pleasant put this building permit allocation into effect back in 2019 and is now looking to extend it until 2029.

“The council is very serious about maintaining our level of service,” Mount Pleasant’s Director of Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Michelle Reed says.

“Keeping the growth slowed down, the way they have the last five years, and slowing that growth rate down, has really allowed them to continue the levels of service that we provide to our citizens,” she adds.

The goal is to finish major capital improvement projects before allowing more growth to happen in the town.

“I think the idea is really to allow the town to continue with their infrastructure improvements and to catch up with all the growth that occurred over the years,” Reed says.

The system is broken down into three categories single-family units, accessory dwelling units and multifamily units with a certain number of permits to be issued on a semi-annual basis.

Reed says they never maxed out single-family permits with 480 available and a large amount carrying over into the next year, not really affecting single-family builds.

But if you want to add another dwelling unit to your property, only 20 permits are available each year with a large waitlist putting people on a list for July of 2024.

Five hundred multifamily units were available on a first come first serve basis when the system was put into place, with the permits going quickly to builds at Patriots Point and South Bay.

“Those are the two really that were most affected; your average person that’s coming here and is going to build a single-family home, really didn’t affect them,” Reed says.

But looking at the status of real estate in Mount Pleasant, Charleston Trident Association of Realtors Government Affairs Director Josh Dix says they find the most problems with the dwelling unit permits.

“You have this permit allocation taking place on single-family residential, but it extends beyond just single family,” Dix says. “It’s if you want to add a grandmother, in-law suite, or some duplex on a single-family lot, all of that is contained by this extension.”

Dix adds people are going to be priced out of the area with regulations like the building permit allocation system.

“You have folks in Mount Pleasant, this is an aging demographic, and we want them to be able to age in place,” he says.

“I think permit allocations and caps like what we’re seeing in Mount Pleasant is not the answer to keeping communities and residents in place, where they currently live and exist in their neighborhoods,” Dix adds.

Pricing is also affected, with single-family homes in Mount Pleasant that used to cost $500,000 are now in the millions, Dix says.

“The everyday, middle American that lives here in Charleston, they are being priced out of Mount Pleasant because of these onerous regulations,” he says.

Mount Pleasant Town Council will vote on the final approval for the permit building allocation system in January.

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Meet the candidates: Mark Flannery

Tell me about your professional background and how you feel it makes you a good fit to be a council member.I’ve been teaching in Charleston County since 2016. This is my 24th year teaching. The local aspect of teaching, most of my career has been in teaching elementary school, but still the local aspect of working in the community where I live has always been something that I really like. Now I’m in North Charleston, so it’s the greater community where I live. I think this is a theme of why I’v...

Tell me about your professional background and how you feel it makes you a good fit to be a council member.

I’ve been teaching in Charleston County since 2016. This is my 24th year teaching. The local aspect of teaching, most of my career has been in teaching elementary school, but still the local aspect of working in the community where I live has always been something that I really like. Now I’m in North Charleston, so it’s the greater community where I live. I think this is a theme of why I’ve chosen to run for Town Council because I would like to see Mount Pleasant make its own decisions on a local level and be responsible for them and with citizens participating in the process. I lived in France for seven years and I have a Bachelor of Science in French and psychology and a master’s degree in educational technology. I’ve just always been part of the local community and have worked well with others.

What do you feel is the biggest issue facing the town today, and what plans do you have to address this?

I have a daughter, a six-year-old, and we went to James Island yesterday to go rock climbing in James Island County Park. I would like to see the green spaces improved in Mount Pleasant to make it something where travelers don’t have to go across town to go to the (County) Park. I know that there’s a bike path in … Laurel Hill County Park and just a dirt road going in a half-mile circle and there are things that we can put back there that would be places you can take your kids and take your family.

The other thing is I think that health all across the United States is a problem. We pay more for healthcare. We have more healthcare issues related to obesity and diet. I would like to be somebody who spreads the message of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles lead to better lives. We have a great little local market there at Boone Hall...we have the Farmers Market on Tuesday and Boone Hall is open the rest of the week.

The results of the Public Input Matters survey found that throughout all seven districts in town, respondents feel that traffic in Mount Pleasant needs to be improved. What are some concrete solutions that you feel can address this?

The traffic in Mount Pleasant and housing in Mount Pleasant — I don’t know if ‘victims of our own success’ is the right word for it. We have a very unique geography here. We are a virtual island in that there’s no shortcuts. There’s one way in and one way out. You may come across I-526 or I-26 or you go north towards McClellanville and Georgetown up (Highway) 41. There just isn’t room.

I know that the Town Council has a plan and they’ve already hired a company to look into certain traffic solutions. As a new council member, I’m not sure if I would be able to offer anything different to what they have already decided on.

Another area Public Input Matters survey takers responded to was housing availability. Forty-one percent of respondents felt that affordable housing options should be increased. How do you feel this can be accomplished?

I think it speaks well to the people in Mount Pleasant that we want things for people like affordable housing, but whether or not there is a feasible solution to providing that affordable housing — where are we going to put affordable housing? It makes sense that people want affordable housing but do they want the affordable housing in their backyard?

I want to live locally, I want to buy locally, want to shop locally, but we can’t escape the fact that a lot of our local decisions are made on a state and national and global level. How does Mount Pleasant make affordable housing when the interest rates are 7.75 percent? There are things happening on a national level that we just can’t control that can make our job of creating affordable housing next to impossible.

Is there anyone who has served as a role model to you, either from politics, past experiences or family members, that you look to and consider while you run for office?

One thing my dad always taught us was sometimes doing the right thing is the hardest thing to do, but you can take solace in the fact that it’s the right thing to do. I am a part owner of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. with my brother Eric and when Washington D.C. decided to impose the vaccine mandate on restaurants … we were the only restaurant in Washington, D.C. to actively say no, we’re not going to check people’s health papers. It was very hard on my brother to do that, and he’s such a big part of the local community. What I just really admired was his courage and even though it financially wasn’t the best decision. Financially, it wasn’t a great decision, but it was the right decision to make and his principles are something that I truly admire and I try to follow that example in my own life.

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