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Check out this new 'elevated neighborhood bar'
Charleston's newest bar, Warehouse.
It takes a lot to get Charleston buzzing about a new bar, and Warehouse has done it. The anticipated opening of Warehouse, by co-owner James Groetzinger and chef Eva Keilty, has everyone talking about the newest addition to Spring Street.
Eater reports this "elevated neighborhood bar" has just about everything you need: "fancy bar food, which meant Memphis-style confit wings and pork rinds with pimento cheese, as promised. The soft opening menu also contained lamb meatballs, deviled eggs topped with fried oysters and a trotter and shrimp spring roll... or liquids, the bartenders (dressed simply in black, on the off chance anyone cares) were shaking up a few special cocktails, like a shandy, a vodka/berry/ginger drink and a martini with a caper berry at the bottom of their stemless glasses. Of course, there was also wine, local beer, like Westbrook..."
The bar officially opens on July 1, according the bar's Facebook page.
Jenny Sanford Gets Her Happily Ever After: Inside the Former First Lady of South Carolina’s Low-Country Wedding
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In March, Jenny Sanford—the former First Lady of South Carolina, who now works as a self-employed business investment consultant—got the happily ever after she wasn’t quite sure might happen when she wed Andy McKay, the head of investment banking at Hilliard Lyons, in an intimate ceremony on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina.
Jenny first entered the public sphere in 1994 when her husband, Mark Sanford, ran to be a U.S. representative for South Carolina’s first congressional district. He then went on to serve as governor of the state. The old saying that “behind every great man, there’s an even greater woman” was often referenced when talk turned to this power couple who seemed to have their sights set on the White House. She had worked at Lazard—the notoriously cutthroat investment banking firm in New York City—and after leaving her position there, and marrying Mark, she managed two of his campaigns, even funding the first one.
By now, most of us know how that narrative ended: The governor went MIA in 2009 and his office released a statement claiming he was hiking the Appalachian Trail when in actuality he was visiting an Argentinean paramour. In a profile shortly after, Jenny told Vogue that her husband was having a “crisis” and moved out of the Governor’s Mansion. Six months later, in December of 2009, Jenny filed for divorce, and the mother of four turned her focus entirely to raising her sons, recovering from heartbreak, and getting her life back in order.
Eight years after the ordeal, Jenny’s younger sister Kathy Sullivan, who lives in Louisville, introduced her to Andy. “She basically wore Andy down until he agreed to take me to dinner in Charleston.” The two hit it off, and they dated for 15 months. Just before this past New Year’s Eve, they sat down together at home he looked into her eyes and said: “I want to marry you. I want us to be married.”
“I replied with an instantaneous, ‘Yes! Of course, I’ll marry you!’ ” remembers Jenny. “Then he said, ‘We can go tomorrow to get a ring. I want you to have a ring of your choosing.” Together they went to Croghan’s Jewel Box, a 100-year-old jewelry store in downtown Charleston, to choose rings for each other. “I got teary when Andy chose to have his ring engraved with ‘Jenny 3-31-18,’ ” says Jenny.
After the proposal, they started discussing timing as well as what type of wedding they wanted to have. “We agreed to have a fairly short engagement and to make our combined families the focus,” says Jenny. “Our respective children had not met prior to the wedding weekend. In that vein then, we chose to have a relaxed spring wedding on Sullivan’s Island with our children, grandchildren, extended families, and close friends.”
Once they’d decided on when and where, Jenny went wedding dress shopping with her mother in Florida. “I wanted something fairly simple that would work on a dock,” she says. “I wanted the dress to feel special more than what one would wear to as island cocktail attire—but less than a formal wedding gown.” The one they ultimately chose was from Nordstrom—short in the front and long in the back, with a fitted ivory top and Champagne bottom. They also picked out a light pashmina in the same ivory as the top of the dress in case she needed warmth to brave the elements. Her shoes were simple bronze sandals by Sam Edelman.
“I didn’t get the opportunity to shop for a dress with my mother when I was married last in 1989 because I was busy working on Wall Street, and she was in Florida battling metastasized cancer,” Jenny says. “This time together, almost 30 years later, was a gift.”
Jenny wanted her hair up so she wouldn’t have to worry much about the wind or the sea air and humidity. She borrowed a pair of diamond and emerald drop earrings from a girlfriend, Katharine Crawford, and also wore an old pearl bracelet of her own. “In my pocket, I had a handkerchief embroidered with my new initials and the date of the wedding that was a gift from another girlfriend, Jennifer Pickens,” she says.
On the morning of the wedding, Jenny visited with friends on the island and checked on the wedding preparations before returning home to get ready. “A close friend, Mary Lou Wertz, arranged for my hair and makeup artists to come to my place, and she brought me a wedding day robe for the prep along with nibbles and Champagne. My two former roommates from my time in NYC in the 1980s were in town and came over to sip-and-see, as did my sister Gieriet,” says Jenny. “My hairstylist Patrick Navarro agreed that having my hair pulled back was a good idea because of the wind that day, and he wanted it in a low knot at the back with some hair softly framing my face. My makeup artist Madison [LeCroy] was great at doing a soft look as well—striking but not overdone. It was such a wonderful treat all-around!”
It was a full moon and Easter eve when Jenny and Andy had a “first look” at one another on the lawn. “He was as handsome as ever, and he told me that I ‘took his breath away,’ ” Jenny remembers. The ceremony took place on a friend’s dock on the marsh side of the island, and Jenny’s four sons served as her “Bridal Men of Honor” while Andy’s children and their respective spouses were the “Groomsmen and Women.” Andy’s grandchildren were the flower girls and “Junior Groomsmen.” The brief service was officiated by Reverend Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., a lifelong friend of Jenny’s father and her family. “My sons stood to our right and Andy’s family to our left,” says Jenny. “The groom’s side had the frenetic activity that comes with toddlers and the bride’s side had the certain flavor of a chill, male foursome.”
After the gospel reading, Reverend Leo gave a sermon about the beatitudes and the comments that followed in Matthew about the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.” “As he spoke, I thought of Andy as a man who truly lets his daily actions, thoughts, and deeds humbly shine forth for others to see,” says Jenny. “During Father Leo’s sermon, the seagulls swooped above us and squawked loudly, and I had the incredible feeling that my father was there with us, singing his blessing of our marriage from the heavens.” He had passed away one year earlier, just a few months after Andy and Jenny met. “Andy’s solid love and adoration and his calm presence make him, for me, the salt of the earth,” adds Jenny. “And, I know I beamed with happiness at the joining of our lives that day.”
The reception was in a warehouse near the dock. Assorted hors d’oeuvres were passed during the cocktail hour including mini shrimp and grit cakes, and duck confit canapés, while a farm table was loaded with local vegetables, berries, nuts, olives, cured meats, and smoked salmon. Dinner included local pan-seared mahi-mahi with seasonal succotash and also braised short rib with mushrooms. There was lots of dancing to the fabulous Travis Allison band. “I was thrilled to see all of my sons dancing and all of Andy’s children too, and there was plenty of dancing between and among them!” says Jenny. “Even Father Leo joined in the group dancing with family and friends!”
The Panamax Effect
The American Association of Port Authorities’ members estimate that they and their private sector partners will spend $155 billion on port-related freight and passenger infrastructure during the five-year period between 2016 and 2020. That more than triples the previous five-year total of $46 billion. For its part, the federal government is expected to spend some $25 billion on port-related capital improvements through 2020.
Ports along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast have been deepening channels and harbors, adding larger cranes and, in some cases, raising bridges to handle the larger ships from Asia that are now able to travel through the Panama Canal since the 2016 expansion. The Georgia Ports Authority has an “aggressive 10-year plan in motion that will provide about $1.8 billion to $2 billion worth of new capital to expand the Port of Savannah,” said Hugh Tollison, president & CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority. “It’s an important part of our economy.”
Floor & Decor distribution facility at Morgan Business Center, Bloomingdale, Ga. Image courtesy of Duke Realty
Savannah is the fourth busiest and fastest-growing port in the U.S., Tollison said. to allow more post-Panamax ships to enter the harbor, the GPA expects to complete the $1 billion Savannah Harbor expansion project, which will deepen the port from 42 feet to 47 feet, by 2021. The port recently unveiled its Big Berth/Big Ship program, which will add enough cranes and berths to handle six 14,000-TEU (20-foot equivalent units) vessels simultaneously by 2024.
Blaine Kelley Image courtesy of CBRE
In December 2018, GPA, Georgia and Norfolk Southern Railroad officials announced plans to add an inland port in Gainesville, Ga., a small city 220 miles northeast of Savannah. The new facility will be serviced by Norfolk Southern, and a rail link will help reduce truck traffic from Savannah.
“What you’re seeing today is the result of 20 years of expansion, and it’s at such a high level now that every year it gets greater and greater attention from the broad real estate community and the logistics community,” said Blaine Kelley, senior vice president of CBRE’s Global Supply Chain Practice in Atlanta.
Amazon fulfillment center on tap for Chatham County's Pooler megasite
An Amazon fulfillment facility promising 1,000 jobs and upwards of $250 million in investment has been announced for the Chatham County Development Site, better known as the Pooler megasite and located at the northeast corner of Interstate 95 and Interstate 16. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced the plans on Friday.
Originally part of the City of Pooler, the 1,900-acre site was de-annexed to become part of unincorporated Chatham County in 2015. Bordered to the east by Dean Forest Road, the megasite was originally developed in 2002 to attract a single major manufacturer but was broken into parcels in 2009, with Mitsubishi Power Systems as the initial tenant.
&ldquoI appreciate Amazon&rsquos continued commitment to creating well-paying e-commerce jobs for hardworking Georgians and look forward to the positive impact it will bring to the coastal region,&rdquo Kemp said in a press release.
&ldquoGeorgia&rsquos connectivity, combined with smart planning and investment, has helped our state secure its spot as the No. 1 state for logistics and infrastructure and enhances our ability to attract major investments from world-renowned companies like Amazon.&rdquo
Mitsubishi has manufactured gas turbine engines at its local plant since 2011.
The Amazon facility is expected to be operational by the second half of 2022 and work is already underway on the site. The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) owns the land, which was purchased in 2002 for $23 million.
Trip Tollison, president and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA), said Amazon and its development partner first approached them about eight months ago.
&ldquoAfter a lot of due diligence and homework it became apparent that the site immediately next door to Mitsubishi would serve (Amazon) the best,&rdquo Tollison said.
The jobs will range from management to entry-level positions, which will start at $15 per hour. Full-time employees will also be immediately eligible for benefits such as health care, 401(k) and company stock awards.
The new facility, which will be located on Pine Meadow Drive, will feature innovative Amazon robotics technology. Employees will work alongside Amazon&rsquos innovative robotics technology to pick, pack, and ship smaller customer orders, such as books, toys, and small household goods.
"It's a really good win for Savannah and Chatham County," Tollison said.
"It was a competitive project. They've looked at a lot of different places and we're happy they ended up here."
Griff Lynch, executive director of the GPA said the announcement is a testimony to the partnership and collaboration that continues to make Georgia the best state in the nation to do business
"The Georgia Ports Authority is proud to play a role creating jobs for Chatham County and communities throughout Georgia," he said.
"We endeavor to work with our fellow state and local economic development agencies, as well as thriving partners such as Amazon, toward sustaining communities and fortifying families by relentlessly striving to accelerate global commerce.&rdquo
COO Brittany Young represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development&rsquos (GDEcD) Global Commerce division on the project in partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation, SEDA, Georgia Power and the GPA.
The proceeds from the purchase at the Chatham County Development Site will allow the state to invest in future mega-sites.
The first Amazon robotics fulfillment center opened in Stone Mountain last year. The company currently employs more than 21,000 workers across Georgia and the company's investments have contributed an estimated $3.2 billion into the state&rsquos economy from 2010 to 2019.
&ldquoFor over a decade, Amazon has been a valued partner to Georgia,&rdquo said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson.
&ldquoWhile it&rsquos no secret that the state&rsquos prime location in the Southeast puts Georgia at a competitive advantage for attracting e-commerce and logistics-focused companies, it is the seamless relationships with our sister agencies such as the Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Ports Authority, and our local communities and utility partners, that allow us to deliver on our mission of creating a wide variety of jobs and opportunities for Georgians. Many thanks to Amazon for continuing to invest in Georgia.&rdquo
Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said he was thrilled about the announcement, which he said was a big win for the city and community at large.
&ldquoIt's the result of literally months of good work by good people. I&rsquom glad that the City of Savannah was intricately involved in that process," he said.
&ldquoWe&rsquore looking forward to Amazon being a valued and contributing member of our business community."
The facility isn&rsquot Amazon&rsquos first expansion into the area. In 2020 the e-commerce giant opened a 117,000-square-foot delivery station in Port Wentworth at 1500 Crossgate Rd. That operation employs 50 workers.
Prior to the Port Wentworth project, Amazon had constructed a temporary tent warehouse in the Effingham Park of Commerce in late 2018.
Melissa Nick, vice president of Customer Fulfillment at Amazon, said the company was proud to serve customers across Georgia and throughout the southeast region.
&ldquoAmazon has found an outstanding workforce, strong local support, and incredible customers in the state, and we look forward to creating these new, full-time jobs starting at $15 an hour with benefits on day one,&rdquo Nick said.
Amazon also isn't the first major company to consider developing the site. In 2001 DaimlerChrysler began exploring U.S. locales to build Sprinter vans and the land was rezoned soon after to woo that business. The company abandoned the plans in 2003 and later settled on a site in Charleston, South Carolina.
Two years later the state began promoting the site to KIA, which eventually opened a plant in West Point. The following years brought interest from Volkswagen and others.
The state decided to break up the site in 2009 to appeal to smaller manufacturers. That same year Mitsubishi acquired 119 acres and announced plans for a 500-worker plant.
Later, equipment manufacturer Caterpillar and oil and gas pipeline manufacturer Benteler expressed interest in the site. Both companies settled on other locations.
DaimlerChrysler and Volvo both considered the site in 2015, but both developments ended up in the Charleston area.
The de-annexation in 2015 was done in an effort to make the land more appealing. At the time, the city of Pooler didn&rsquot offer the freeport exemption, an incentive to manufacturers that exempts certain goods from ad valorem taxes. Chatham County did. Pooler voters later approved the freeport exemption in 2018.
Katie Nussbaum is the city and county government reporter for the Savannah Morning News. Contact her at [email protected] Twitter: KmartSMN
Chatham megasite timeline
2001: DaimlerChrysler begins exploring U.S. locations to build Sprinter vans
2002: Five adjoining parcels at the northeast corner Interstate 95 and Interstate 16.rezoned to industrial to woo DaimlerChrysler
2002: Georgia Ports Authority purchases megasite at a cost of $23 million
2003: DaimlerChrysler board postpones van plant plans due to weak global economy
April 2005: DaimlerChrysler renews search Savannah makes final four but not chosen plant went to Charleston Gov. Sonny Perdue said Daimler wanted too much in terms of incentives later learned plant was to employ only 200
August 2005: State promotes megasite for Kia auto plant Kia eventually rules out Savannah due to distance from suppliers and builds in West Point
2008: State promotes megasite for Volkswagen auto plant Volkswagen eventually chooses Chattanooga, Tenn.
August 2009: State acknowledges it is open to breaking up the Pooler site and making it available to smaller manufacturers
Sept. 2009: Mitsubishi Power Systems becomes first tenant takes 119 acres for 500-worker plant
May 2011: Mitsubishi plant dedicated
Nov. 2011: Megasite a finalist as site for two major manufacturers each pledging to bring 900-1,000 jobs later learn those manufacturers are Caterpillar, which goes to Athens, and Benteler, which goes to Louisiana
Jan 2015: DaimlerChrysler once again considers megasite for van plant in March, announced that 1,200-job plant headed to North Charleston
April 2015: Volvo considers plant on megasite project goes to Charleston
Dec. 2015: Pooler de-annexes megasite into county to make it more competitive from tax standpoint
May 2021: Amazon announces plans for a fulfillment center on the Pooler megasite
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