Oysters All Around

Charleston is Our Oyster

Giving back is FUN .... and hard work!

Jan and Elly

As we have developed our business, our ears perk every time we hear the word oyster. A sweet customer we met over the weekend commented that we must look at every oyster shell and immediately start brainstorming what we could do with it - SO TRUE!

We recently received an email blast through our "big girl" jobs about the opportunity to volunteer with Charleston Waterkeeper and the South Carolina DNR to restore oyster beds. We had NO idea what this entailed, but signed up immediately. We dressed to get dirty as the email suggested, put on our sunscreen and showed up to the Wappoo Boat Landing last Friday. 

Not only did we learn so much about our local Charleston waters and the DNR's mission to rebuild and restore our local oyster crop, we also met super interesting people. Lesson learned, if you want to get close to someone, get in an assembly line passing over 600 30 pound bags of old oyster shells. You get real close ... real quick. 

During our volunteering, we helped unload the bags of used oyster shells and relocated them to a local marsh area on the edge of the Charleston harbor. The June heat couldn't phase us with the light breeze and beautiful view of downtown behind us. If you want to give back to our local community, we suggest you look into Charleston Waterkeeper. They are fantastic! We are going to volunteer with them again in July ... of course, rebuilding more oyster reefs! If you want to join us, let us know!

Look at that teamwork! 

Look at that teamwork! 

We all rode in little john boats out to this location and unloaded the bags into this design. 

We all rode in little john boats out to this location and unloaded the bags into this design. 

We are so blessed!

Jan and Elly

As we are slowly, but surely, growing our business, meaning more oysters to clean, more tassels to make, new partnerships, new shipping locations! We are thrilled to say items from our oyster line are now in 4 shops around Charleston including Noddy, Textured Design, Charleston Krewe and Simply J. As Charleston residents, we have always enjoyed shopping in these locations, and hope you will spend some time checking them out. We are going to take time over the next few weeks to share information about all of these fabulous locations. 

To kick start this idea, we are going to share information about our FIFTH partnership! We are thrilled to connect with Liz from The Charleston Weekender and Mimi from The Tiny Tassel in their new endeavor, Cannonborough Collective. We will be a vendor in their adorable retail space and super fun balloon bar. Read all about them below!

NEW CANNONBOROUGH NEIGHBORHOOD SHOP TO OPEN OFFERING SPECIALTY BALLOONS AND LOCALLY MADE PRODUCTS

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(Charleston, S. C.) April 26, 2017 -  Miwako (Mimi) Striplin of The Tiny Tassel & Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender have partnered to bring a balloon & gift shop, Cannonborough Collective, to the peninsula.  Opening early May and located in the heart of Cannonborough at 185A St. Philip Street, this will be a shared space that allows local brands to rent space to sell their merchandise.  Products offerings will range from garments to art, and the first round of brands will include: Park & Madison, Oysters All Around, The Blue Root, Borough, South of Libbie, Lime & Lotus Organics, Revival 5 Creative and flower arrangements from Fete De Fleurs.  After hours, Cannonborough Collective will occasionally serve as a crafter’s workshop catering to locals and bachelorette parties.

To celebrate the grand opening, Cannonborough Collective will offer a free balloon with purchase all week (5/2-5/6) and the celebration will culminate with a Derby Day Party from 11am-6pm on Saturday, May 6.  Guests are encouraged to wear big hats and come enjoy mint juleps.  Food will be available for purchase.  

“Cannonborough Collective is a place that’s for locals by locals, and we want to share the space with other Charleston makers. We’re not business moguls, just two regular gals who were spending so much time at markets and pop ups that we wanted to have a space to call our own.  We love the existing shops and eateries in the neighborhood and are so thrilled to be joining the Cannonborough/Elliotborough community.” - Liz Martin & Mimi Striplin

 

Meet The Founders

Mimi Striplin, a College of Charleston graduate, left life in the haberdashery world behind and founded The Tiny Tassel in the summer of 2015. Designing and creating each tassel by hand with hopes of bringing a little joy to Charleston has led her to offer a full line of handmade jewelry and garments made up of bright colors and classic prints which are available at retailers across the country.

Liz Martin created an online shop, The Charleston Weekender, in 2015 to add a little creativity to her life as a speech therapist.  Her line of products quickly emerged into a lifestyle blog intended to inspire Charlestonians to live every day more like it’s the weekend.  She offers products discovered during her travels, as well as some of her own designs/products that are sold at a number of local retailers.

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Resolutions ... Smeszalutions

Jan and Elly

Big news here .... we STINK at keeping up with blog posts and our adventures!

It is almost April, and we are wondering where in the world has the beginning of 2017 gone???? Truth be told, we began writing this post on April 1st and had every intention on making a funny April Fool's joke and posting that day. Hello real life and being busy!

We wrote our last post with every intention of completing our "resolutions." You all know as well as we do, sometimes life gets in the way and we are completely okay with that fact. 

To keep all of you updated and reflect on our "resolutions" and goals for this year ... here we go!

In January, we DID follow through with our goal of being part of a local movement. Elly attended the Women's March in Washington and Jan participated in the local Charleston Woman's March. It is hard for us to put into words how meaningful both of these experiences were for us. We were humbled, motivated, empowered and speechless. We did NOT end up taking a Candlefish class, but instead began discussions for hosting our own Candlefish Maker Break Class. Hang tight, we will share more details as we type along.

In February, we found ourselves in the most interesting Galentine's situation. Without revealing too many details, we enjoyed a fantastic meal at 5 Church, but with a deal breaker date for Elly. We continued to put in long hours cleaning and scrubbing oyster shells, maintained gold tipped fingers from painting and brainstormed numerous product ideas for the coming months. 

In March and April, we were a little better about our resolutions! Finally ... maybe we are getting on track! We were able to celebrate a fantastic birthday with our dear friend, Melissa. She has been behind us since day 1! What we consider one of our biggest achievements to date was participating in a Makers Break Class at Candlefish. We have been in awe of this beautiful store and were thrilled to share our craft with other local Charleston women. We will share pictures and details in another post because guess what?!?!?! our class went so well, that we are doing it AGAIN this summer! Stay tuned! 

As we are continuing along this crazy oyster adventure we began last year, we are humbled by the support and encouragement we have received. We wouldn't be where we are without the help of so many fabulous friends. We have learned resolutions can be hard to keep, but we are more focused now on a way of being - that of being happy, appreciating this beautiful city we live in and this fabulous friendship/partnership we have created. We will catch all of you up soon! (and yes, we mean soon ... not after a 4 month break this time!)

In Oyster Love,

Elly and Jan

 

 

Hello 2017 .... three weeks in!

Jan and Elly

Happy 2017 to our faithful followers and supporters!

It may be the third week in January, but we’ve been thinking about potential New Years Resolutions for a few weeks. We have come across several New Years mantras such as “New Year, new me,” but were never fully satisfied and as motivated as we thought we should have been.

We did not necessarily want to create a “new me” because we have accomplished so much in the past 6 months. Hello new business! We wanted to go in a different direction with our resolutions. A few glasses of champagne later (obviously), we finally came up with our 2017 list!

We are absolutely head over heels in love with our city, Charleston, and often find ourselves saying, “we want to do this” or “we want to go there.” As many of you know, working, friends, family, busy schedules and anything else that pops up will easily fill a schedule and these wants are never fulfilled.

This year we have committed ourselves to doing all things oysters and falling even more in love with our city. Uncharted Charleston territory HERE WE COME!

Now we haven’t limited ourselves in the amount of things to cross off of our Charleston 2017 list each month, because in this situation, more is definitely better. We are always open to seeing more, doing more and making more things with oysters.

Our list is in draft version, but we cannot wait to share our adventures with y’all!

January

Be part of a local movement. Elly is being an overachiever and going national, but we will share more details about both of our adventures next week.

Pretend we are a Chandler and take a candle making class at Candlefish.

February

Treat ourselves to a little Galentines’ action at a top Charleston restaurant. Any suggestions??

March

Celebrate one of our favorite supporters and girlfriends for her birthday with the Park Circle St. Patrick’s Day Festival.

Okay, so this isn’t new … but we are obsessed with St. Paul’s and the Broken Bones and want to see them in the Music Hall. Tickets ordered!


April

Again, not the first time, but we can’t wait to “get over” the Cooper River Bridge Run and treat ourselves to as many snacks and beverages we want after!

We are actually going to take a “spring break” from work. Stay tuned for details!

May

To be decided! Let us know any suggestions you have!

June

Spoleto is always a must! We pride ourselves in frequenting the finale at Middleton, but this year, we want to experience more of what the festival offers.

July

You will find us with our toes in the Sullivan’s Island sand or enjoying a cold cocktail around downtown.

August

Stay up late to see the Solar Eclipse! Coffee anyone???

September, October, November

To be decided! Let us know any suggestions you have!

December

We live the southern life everyday, but can’t wait to see what the Garden & Garden Jubilee has to offer!

 

Until next time …

In Oyster Love,

Elly and Jan

 

 

Here we go!

Jan and Elly

Wow, friends! The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for us. We OFFICIALLY launched our social media, website and online store ... we completed our first event decor order ... we attended two fabulous local markets ... and we voted!

After voting, we were all caught up in the American spirit which led to our first Instagram giveaway! 

After voting, we were all caught up in the American spirit which led to our first Instagram giveaway! 

Needless to say, we have been two busy working women. As tired as we have been pulling Oysters All Around together (on top of our "full time" jobs and life itself), we are quadruply excited over our successful launch.  

One lesson learned through this process is the power of positive people. In addition to our friends and family, we have been scooped up with open arms by the Charleston community and some powerful small business women.

We want to give a huge shout out to Liz of the Charleston Weekender. Her social media class taught us priceless information about navigating the social media world. We also met other business women, Frampton Flowers and Mylk Bar who are taking the Charleston world by storm. Check out Liz and her skills out here.

In attempt to spread our goods around Charleston, we connected with Tracie at Charmed Beauty and Gifts. She is committed to highlighting local Charleston businesses like our new friend, The Tiny Tassel.

Want to buy our keychains and ring dishes in person?? You can at Charmed! 

Want to buy our keychains and ring dishes in person?? You can at Charmed! 

We CANNOT wait to see what our business dreams lead to and are planning to enjoy all of the twists and turns along the way. Stay tuned ...

Cheers!

Elly and Jan