April 6, 2019

A little ditty lives in the heads of an entire generation us blessed enough to receive their schooling at First Baptist School of lower Meeting Street:  “Water Street/was a creek.” During decades, that was drilled into the heads of thousands by the middle school histor...

February 20, 2019

If it’s February, then Valentines Day must be upon us; if you’re looking to go all out with  a romantic present of property, then we know just the place.

The location is perfect — Church Street, just above Tradd. A quick minute walk around the block in any direction off...

November 6, 2018

“Modernism is outrageously dated” according to architect Randolph Martz.

He would know better than most; he studied classical architecture at Rice University at a time when the subject was well out of vogue. Upon his arrival in Charleston, now over 40 years ago, he work...

October 8, 2018

Great homes have good stories. Not just abundant space or modern amenities or lovely architecture:  Those things require merely money. Good stories take time. Spaces must be lived in and experienced and enjoyed. Best of all, perhaps, are spaces lived in generationally,...

September 5, 2018

“When you think Mt. Pleasant, you think seafood” rings out clearly in my mind, in the inimitable voice of Rial Fitch. At the exact same time, nearly every weekday, I hear Fitch —longtime proprietor of the venerable Mt. Pleasant Seafood — melodically making that pitch o...

July 3, 2018

Opening Salvo

Dear Mercury readers; it’s good to be back! Of course, I haven’t really gone anywhere — I’ve been at my desk here at Mercury World Headquarters, penning all the staff-bylined pieces you’ve liked, not penning whichever ones you didn’t like and editing like...

August 6, 2015

As many of you know, this June’s Carolina Day commemoration was rather muted, as it came so close on the heels of the Mother Emanuel Nine tragedy. As one reader said, there was no reason for festivities when no one feels festive; the traditional (and particularly meani...

July 16, 2015

            In a world united electronically, where millions carry a smartphone linked to the Internet, it is hard to imagine a time when things really, truly vanished. Not things like socks in the laundry, of course, but ships, armies, entire colonies that would seemi...

July 16, 2015

          Sullivan’s Island has been the ideal beachside getaway from the Holy City for nearly as long as there has been a Charleston from which to get away. While today’s beach mansion expansion is something with which we’re all familiar, the island has long been a ma...

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Clair's Service Station, rack, 334 Folly Rd.



Harris Teeter, outside rack, Houston-Northcutt Blvd.

Mt. Pleasant Library, outside rack, Mathis Ferry Rd & Shelmore

Pitt St. Pharmacy

Saltwater Cowboys

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Nearly 20 years ago, an editor noted that we are “… not the West Ashley Mercury, not the Peninsula Mercury, not the James Island Mercury…” To this day, we remain a publication for the entire Lowcountry. We send each month’s print edition to fifty fine neighborhoods in our area and to subscribers in to 34 states.  For thousands of Charleston Mercury readers, we continue the mission as he simply stated it — “to bring attention to what makes the real Lowcountry tick.” We hope all those who care about our arts, culture, outdoors, quality of life and all that "pluff mud magic" that We People love so dear will enjoy these "salmon sheets."

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