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The Lowcountry is trending up

Our unique, historical and beautiful towns just keep getting better.

Publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb is spearheading a comfy sweater trend until temperatures return to the mid-70s.

If you haven’t noticed, a renaissance has been happening across Beaufort County. Luxurious renovations, new construction, beautiful parks and state-of-the-art schools are popping up all over. Property values are on the rise. Our airports are setting passenger records. National media outlets are ranking our towns among the best in the United States. So many new businesses are opening, it’s hard to keep track.

The Lowcountry is sizzling hot, and not just in the summer months.

There is no reason to believe the good times won’t continue as we exit a decade of remarkable local progress and roar into the 2020s. This special issue is all about what’s trending in our lives as we enter this exciting new year.

We reached out to many local experts who share the hottest trends in technology, finance, beauty, cocktails, art, travel and more. You will meet three locals who are trending on social media and the two men behind the local microgreens trend. On the home front, learn what’s trending in architecture, interior design, flooring, storage and gardening.

Our colorful fashion shoot incorporates the 2020 Pantone Colors of the Year, which were inspired by the sea. Blues take center stage, complimented by driftwood browns, sand-like whites and cool green hues. Our style team mixed and matched the ocean-inspired colors from local shops to create cute and trendy outfits that should be hanging in your closet.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the super trendy HGTV 2020 Dream Home at Windmill Harbour. We landed an exclusive interview with HGTV host Tamara Day and spoke with many of the locals who helped create it.

We also spotlight the top local projects that are scheduled to be completed this year, including Lowcountry Celebration Park on Hilton Head Island, Buckwalter Place in Bluffton and Whitehall Park in Beaufort. Our ITK (in the know) series returns with a look at the ambitious plan for 317 acres on the south end of Port Royal. The sleepy, historic fishing village is often overlooked, but could soon take a seat at the table with Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we had putting it together. Make sure you get LOCAL Life in your inbox and sign up for our weekly newsletter. Happy New Year!

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What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”

Healthy Bowl Movement

If you’re one of those people who goes out to lunch every day because you don’t think you have the time to pack your own, you need to rethink that strategy. Here is the quick, healthy and trendy bowl recipe I’m in love with at the moment.

Cool beans


1 can black beans

Fresh lettuce

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

2 dollops guacamole

1 dollop sour cream


[1] Wash lettuce and place in your favorite bowl. [2] Mix black beans, cumin and paprika and warm on the stove. [3] Once it cools slightly, place the bean mixture on the lettuce and top with guacamole and sour cream. Enjoy!