Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is celebrating its first decade as a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the local independent business community throughout the Lowcountry. The staff, board and members recently gathered with supporters and community leaders who have impacted the growth of the organization and led the grassroots movement for buying, eating and doing business locally.
The ten Local Luminaries include:
- Jennifer Ferrebee, Verde
- Joseph Fields, Joseph Fields Farms
- Mariana Hay, Croghan’s Jewel Box
- Andrea Limehouse, Limehouse Produce
- Jim Martin, Compost in My Shoe
- Jennifer Murray, South State Bank
- Christine Osborne, Wonder Works Toy Store
- Steve Palmer, The Indigo Road Restaurant Group
- Victor Rawl, Charleston County Government
- David Thompson, David Thompson Architect
An outside committee of past board members from the organization selected these individuals based on their legacy of work with the movement, level of business-to-business support, personal habits to support local, impact on the agricultural sector, or vision for business as a force for good in the community.
The ten Local Luminaries received custom, locally-made lights created by the Urban Electric Co. in North Charleston.
“It was such an honor and a joy to celebrate these individuals and recognize their contributions to our community. What these business leaders do day-to-day is no small feat — and to go above and beyond to protect the character of this place we call home speaks volumes about their passion for people,” says Lowcountry Local First’s Executive Director, Jamee Haley. “Lowcountry Local First would not be where we are today without their guidance, input, support, and inspiration.”
Haley was surprised with an award of her own at the celebration and recognized by the staff, board of directors and past steering committee members for her dedication to the organization’s mission and leadership over the past decade. Michelle Long, the Executive Director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) presented a message from her west coast office to express gratitude for the many local first movements and leaders that Haley has inspired over the last ten years.
“Where others see empty buildings, empty lots, aimless people, or discarded goods – she sees opportunity and puts it all to work and connects all the dots,” says Long. “She is a true entrepreneur and the best kind – choosing to do it all in service not to herself but to her community. Charleston could not be more lucky.”