Relaxation Reimagined

With a focus on every detail, this unique spa is legendary for its ability to sooth the body, mind and spirit.

About the Dewberry Spa

This article by one of South Carolina’s prolific feature writers, Patra Taylor, who introduces readers to the luxurious Dewberry Spa, tucked inside the Dewberry Charleston, a beleaguered federal building turned destination hotel. And what’s a destination hotel without a spa? But as you’ll read, the Dewberry isn’t just any spa…it’s a spa worth traveling halfway around the world to visit.

About Charleston Style & Design

Charleston Style & Design is a quarterly magazine for the discriminating reader who has a zest for living and is eager to discover new horizons in Charleston and the Lowcountry. It is the premiere design publication in the Charleston area. Quentin Senise is the publication’s publisher, and Debra Kronowitz is the editor. Patra Taylor is one of many talented feature writers who regularly contribute to the quarterly publication.

Quote from article: “Once clients step beyond the reception area, they are enveloped in a fresh, subtle fragrance that comes from the cypress-paneled walls. This distinctive scent mingles with the gentle sound of water flowing from a fountain. Here, clients begin their personal journeys from the stress of daily life to complete euphoria. With a focus on every detail, this unique spa is legendary for its ability to sooth the body, mind and spirit.”


Inspiring Charleston’s neo-Renaissance

Despite his numerous commissions, Williams’ role inspiring a new generation of artists may one day be considered his most significant contribution to the Charleston art community.

One of Charleston, SC’s feature writers, Patra Taylor, remembers artist Manning Williams.

The art of Manning Williams

At the turn of the 20th century, Charleston languished as an old Southern town that time had forgotten. Devastated by the Civil War, Charleston’s rich heritage hung over the city like a faded dream. But in 1920, an amazing collaboration of artists and writers spearheaded a dramatic cultural revival that would last 25 years and help Charleston reclaim its title as one of the most significant art and cultural centers in America. Continue reading “Inspiring Charleston’s neo-Renaissance”

From fanmakers to filmmakers

Built circa 1867 by Tobias Scott, a former slave who bought his freedom through his earnings as a fanmaker, the original house pulsed with the activity of his wife, Christiana (also a former slave), and their seven children.

Read About the Tobias Scott House

This article by one of Charleston’s most prolific feature writers, Patra Taylor, introduces readers to former slave/fanmaker extraordinaire Tobias Scott. In the article entitled Fanmakers to Filmmaker published in the Winter 2019 issue of Charleston Style & Design, the creative intention interjected into the house built by Scott in 1867 (just two years after the end of the Civil War) established the residence located in the heart of Charleston’s famed South of Broad neighborhood as a magnetic that has continued to attract creative souls throughout its long, colorful history. Continue reading “From fanmakers to filmmakers”

Time travel a reality in Charleston

Charleston stands as a doorway to a time and a way of life worthy of reflection.

Civil War Charleston

[Written by one of the Charleston area’s foremost feature writers, Patra Taylor, the article was first published in 2001, at the turn of the 21st century to help encourage tourist from around  the world to visit the Holy City.]

Photo of cannon at Fort Sumter.A prominent Charleston attorney often recounts the story about the time he was talking to a woman in Boston. As she clicked away on her keyboard, finalizing hotel arrangements for his upcoming business trip, she casually asked him if Charleston was in the same time zone as Boston.  He replied, “Yes, same time zone, but different century.” Continue reading “Time travel a reality in Charleston”

Actor/director Terry Serpico enjoys success in the South

When “Army Wives” wrapped in 2013, the production office locked its doors and the actors and crew moved on to other projects. But Serpico stayed.

About Terry Serpico

The Southeast Film Guide is a resource guide featuring articles, location information, bios and support services specifically written for film industry professionals. In the article, Actor/Director Terry Serpico Enjoys Success in the South by one of the Charleston area’s freelance feature writers, Patra Taylor, readers learn how the actor discovered Charleston SC while filming the seven seasons of Army Wives, an American drama television series that followed the lives of four army wives, one army husband, and their families. Serpico played Lt. Col. Frank Sherwood in the popular series that was filmed on location in and around Charleston, the nation’s top tourist destination. Continue reading “Actor/director Terry Serpico enjoys success in the South”