About Local Works

Lowcountry Local First developed Local Works as a place for entrepreneurs to collaborate, co-create, and harness the energy and support of other local business owners so that all can thrive.

An initiative of:


    • Conference Room
    • Phone Booth (x2)
    • Printer/Copier
    • Kitchen
    • Collaboration Space
    • Lounge area
    • Bar area
    • Locker (full-time members)
    • 24/7 Access (full-time members)
    • Featured on Local Works website
    • Wi-Fi
    • Parking
    • Bike Racks

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Creative in Residence: Cody Carlyle Dixon | July 17, 2017

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Local Works Welcomes 2nd Round of Creatives in Residence | June 26, 2017

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Local Works 2016 Wrap Up | December 13, 2016

Somehow it’s already December. We’re not sure how that’s possible or where the time went but we’re facing facts and conceding that 2017 is right around the corner. But before we start making resolutions for next year, we’re pausing to reflect on some of the amazing things that’ve happened at Local Works in 2016.

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Artist Spotlight: Julia Deckman | December 8, 2016

Local Works strives to create a comfortable and inspiring workspace for our members. One of the ways we do this is through collaborations with local artists. Each quarter, we invite an artist to display their work throughout the space—it’s become a revolving perspective that’s brought something fresh and interesting for us to admire and discuss.

Throughout the fourth quarter of 2016, we proudly displayed the work of Julia Deckman, a Charleston painter known for her candy-colored Charleston home and business portraits. We chatted with Julia about her love for Charleston and the many things that inspired her to create this collection.

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Local Works Announces Creatives in Residence | December 8, 2016

Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is proud to announce Katie Ashley and Tyquan Morton as the two recipients of its Creative in Residence program, a new initiative that awards a six-month opportunity at Local Works, LLF’s non-sector coworking space. Ashley and Morton will begin their residency on January 1stand receive mentorship over a six-month period to enrich their creative ventures.

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Through Her Lens | May 3, 2016

Kelly describes herself as a Social Justice Documentarian. She’s covered issues such as high foreclosure rates that were crippling communities in Boston, Massachusetts with her project We Shall Not Be Moved. She highlighted the coming of age story of 15 year-old Courvosier Cox with her compelling project In This World. Courvosier as one of six children to a single mother, has the odds stacked against him. Yet he continues to fight to maintain his spirit of steel, and his infectious charisma all in hopes of one day reaching stardom,  “I met Courvosier when I lived in North Carolina and he was an entrepreneur.”

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eatUP! | April 28, 2016

Lowcountry Local First in conjunction with Enough Pie are thrilled to bring you Spring 2016 eatUP! starting in April various food trucks will be located in the lot of 1600 Meeting Street serving lunch to the Upper Peninsula from 11:30am-1:30pm.. Come together over delicious food, play some corn hole, and enjoy some rays outside at Charleston’s longest communal table created by Aaron Lucas. Check the schedule below and follow us on Twitter @LocalWorksChas for new food truck additions.

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Befriend Stress to De-Stress | March 30, 2016

The phrase “work-life balance” has now become rooted in our lexicon. For many it has become the elusive leprechaun at the end of the rainbow, impossible to obtain. Life contains multitudes that can overlap and overwhelm. Careers, commutes, family, financial hurdles and even carving out time to ‘relax’ are just some of the elements that fill our daily planners and saturate our thoughts. The founders of The Charleston Wellness Group (CWG), Hallie Buchanan and Lyn Tally, began their business with the desire to help others accept and learn to manage life’s hurdles as well as to make “mindfulness” a part of our daily vocabulary.

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The Mighty Pen-David Lee Nelson | February 29, 2016

There is such trans-formative power in the written word; even more so when you see those words come to life. A book, play or poem can take you to another place and time, inspire, or spark a nostalgic moment in time. Greenville native and long time Charleston transplant, David Lee Nelson, is a versatile artist who decided in 2002 to join the ranks of his personal favorites, Samuel Beckett and August Wilson, to transform and entertain you with his words.

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Joanna Harrison – Superfood Superstar | October 28, 2015

Joanna is the Jill of all trades for a new Charleston-based natural food startup, which is developing a product line that will feature superfood and plant-based nutritional supplements and snacks. She is assisting the Kale-King, Brad Gruno, in laying the foundation for the yet-to-be-named business that just came together this year.

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Local Worker Launches New Line of Organic and Eco-Friendly Surf Wax | August 19, 2015

Kevin Schmoll is a punk-rock bass playing, home brewing, graphic designer and surfer. While he has always been and will always be passionate about graphic design (check out Schmoll Creative), about three years ago he had the thought ” Hey, it’s kinda strange that so many surfers use petroleum-based surf waxes when there must be something more environmentally friendly out there.”  At that point, development of Viscid Surf Wax was underway.

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Arielle Stratton – PARTY.LOVE.BIRDS | July 27, 2015

The Columbia native started Party.Love.Birds in 2013 and has been on an event planning roll ever since. Her favorite part? “Getting creative,” Arielle explains. “I absolutely love finding clients who want me to read their mind and surprise them with a wedding/event/design concept that they were envisioning, but couldn’t put words to.”

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Girl Boss: Eirka Firm | June 24, 2015

When it comes to design, Erika Firm prefers to take the old fashioned route with pen, ink and paint. “I try to carve out at least one full day per week to get my hands dirty and explore new techniques,” the self proclaimed Girl Boss (she really is a Girl Boss, though) and Creative Director behind Analog Creative Co. [http://analogcreativeco.com/] explains.


A spin off of Delphine, Analog Creative Co. sprang to life in 2003, and they’ve been on a creative journey ever since. The graphic design studio works with clients on projects ranging from Brand Development (think everything from brand strategy to trade show prep) to Graphic Design (media kits and logo design, to name a few) and Web and Digital Design (enter: email marketing, social media and analytics).

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A Platform for the Creative: Meet Rob Kleiman | May 20, 2015

In a city where the entrepreneurial spirit is still alive and well, and the font of creative talent is overflowing, promoting yourself professionally is a huge hurdle. The job market can be daunting, and when your passion is your craft, the last thing you want to be doing is spending countless hours staring at a computer screen trying to figure out how to convince cyberspace of your real life talent. Cue Creators’ Clubhouse. Like your childhood tree fort, Creators’ Clubhouse is a place of imagination and unfettered dreaming; except here, the aim is to make the visions become a reality.

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Green Roof Outfitters: Meet Michael Whitfield | April 24, 2015

Michael Whitfield is a lifelong entrepreneur. If he had it his way, he would waste away the hours inventing new things all day every day. He fostered this creative energy at The Citadel–MIlitary College of South Carolina, where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. While studying to become certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Professional, his passion for the environment and sustainable development grew, and he set his sights on going green. After years of exhaustive research spent in trial and error and trial again, Green Roof Outfitters was born.

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Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 801-3390