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Find the Beauty in You at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Choosing the right hair salon in Folly Beach, SC, is a little bit like finding the perfect outfit. The materials feel great on your skin, the fabric is flattering to your body type, and when you try it on, you just know - this is the outfit that you have been looking for.

With thousands of hair salons and stylists in South Carolina, choosing the right one can be difficult. You want a salon that is clean, comfortable, and chic. But, more importantly, you need a stylist that "gets" you. Someone who takes the time to understand your preferences, your style, and your personality. You need a stylist who listens, is honest, and has the technical skills to turn your vision into a reality.

An excellent stylist epitomizes all those traits and knows how to adapt to changing beauty trends. They aren't afraid to take on a challenge.

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Welcome to Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Where the most talented hairstylists in Folly Beach help bring out the beauty in each of our clients. We strive to provide each of our customers with the highest levels of customer service in the beauty industry. At Chroma, we offer a relaxing environment, skillful professionals, and a variety of products with environmentally safe and good-for-you ingredients.

Our goal is to make your salon experience special, from the moment you walk in to the second you leave. With a variety of professional hair and beauty services to choose from, we're sure you will rediscover the "beauty of you" every time you visit our salon.

Here are just a few of our most popular hair and beauty services in Folly Beach:

The key to a great haircut and salon experience is to understand the services we offer, so you can choose the best selection for your needs. What do our salon services entail? Keep reading below to find out.

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Professional Hair Color in Folly Beach, SC

Let's be honest: DIY hair kits can be tricky to get right. They can be complicated to apply and usually have hard-to-understand instructions. Half the time, the color you're left with looks nothing like it does on the front of the box. In a perfect world, you should be able to pop into Target, pick a boxed hair color, apply it at home, and emerge out of your bathroom with a new, beautiful hair color. For most people, this never happens.

That's why people who want flawless color, professional application, and ease of convenience get their highlights at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Whether you are changing your hair color completely or just want a few highlights to switch things up, we are here to create the look and style that you've been dreaming about. At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, we specialize in the latest hair coloring trends using cutting-edge technology. That way, our clients get the freshest looks, coolest colors, and longest-lasting highlights in town. When you get your highlights done at our hair salon in Folly Beach, we want you to leave excited and ready to share your new hair all over social.

Don't spend hours in the store trying to find the color you think will look great on you. Our team of professional stylists will consult with you about your vision and craft a custom highlight plan that fits you're your unique style. There's a reason why so many customers trust us with their highlights - we genuinely care about your hair and how it looks.

Our professional hair coloring services in Folly Beach are a combination of art and science. The artistic results only last as long as the hair coloring products used, and we use the best. Our hairstylists and colorists are committed to helping you look and feel fabulous, whether you're planning a special occasion or just want to impress that special someone.

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Get the Look You Crave with Personalized Hair Treatments

Ever taken a chance on a new look or hair color, only to end up embarrassed and unsatisfied with the results? You're not alone - we get calls every week from people just like you who need hair treatment Folly Beach. Sadly, sometimes even the professionals get a color procedure wrong.

Other times, your hair has suffered from years of blow-drying and straightening, and it looks dry, brittle, and unattractive. You know you need a deep conditioning treatment, and you need it ASAP.

At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, our technicians have treated all sorts of hair problems - from unprofessional coloring with multiple bands of different colors and tones to dehydrated hair and more. Sometimes, our client's entire hairstyle needs to be corrected. To do this, we stock multiple types of color and toners to revitalize hair and give it the color you've been dreaming of. Our team always puts a priority on the health and integrity of your hair, whether it's your first visit or your fortieth.

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Voluptuous Eyelash Extensions in
Folly Beach, SC

Do you ever wake up in the morning and wish that you had fuller, longer eyelashes? You're not alone - thousands of people crave darker, thicker lashes. They settle for what they have, not knowing that a revolutionary lash treatment is waiting for them at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Eyelash extensions have revolutionized fashion culture, saving women untold amounts time and effort in front of the makeup mirror. The great news is that lash extensions aren't just reserved for Hollywood celebrities anymore. Anybody can have the long, fluttery lashes they've been craving, with a trip to our salon.

Eyelash extensions are a fabulous way to enhance your look on a long-term basis and provide you with a small change that makes a huge impact. From the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, your lashes remain long, sexy, and sultry.

Our eyelash extension specialist works with your existing lashes to apply individual extensions to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. Using a meticulous application process, we maintain the integrity of your natural lashes so they remain healthy and undamaged.

Whether you're looking for a wispy, effortless look or want your lashes to have mega volume, our lash extension technicians are here to cater to your needs.

Here are just a few reasons why women love our eyelash extension services in Folly Beach:

  • 24/7 Beauty
  • No Damage to Your Natural Lashes
  • No More Mascara or Eye Makeup
  • No Clumps
  • Long, Lovely Lashes That Will Make Your Friends Jealous!

If you're looking for a cost-conscious way to stand out from the crowd, contact our office today. We'd be happy to tell you more about our eyelash extension process and which lashes work best for your needs.

Smooth Out Hair and Add Flair with a Brazilian Blowout

The Brazilian blowout: you've heard about the new craze, you've seen the stunning results, but haven't had a chance to sit down and receive the treatment yourself. Luckily, Chroma Hair Studio & Spa now offers this sought-after style right here in Folly Beach, from certified Brazilian blowout stylists.

If you suffer from dull, frizzy hair that lacks life and shine, the Brazilian blowout is one of the best ways to get smooth, frizz-free hair. By using cutting-edge bonding technology, this customizable treatment doesn't damage your hair at all. Actually, it improves your hair's health by adding a protective layer of protein that smooths your hair for weeks on end.

This ultra-popular choice offers you a laundry list of benefits, like:

  • Protection Against Seasonal Damage
  • Locks in Color
  • Cuts Down on Styling Time
  • Protects Against Heat
  • Seamless Extension Blending
  • Great for All Hair Types

To get the best of both worlds, be sure to schedule your Brazilian blowout and custom hair color treatment in the same appointment. Call us today to learn more about our Brazilian blowouts and to schedule your appointment today.

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Custom Haircuts in Folly Beach Crafted for You

There are many ways that you can reinvent yourself this season, but if you're ready to make a lasting impression, nothing beats a new hairstyle. While there is nothing wrong with sporting top knots, ponytails, or straight hair, a styled cut from Chroma Hair Studio & Spa will drastically improve your hair game.

Getting a new haircut isn't just fun - it makes you feel good, too, especially when you get a lot of positive compliments.

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Our experienced stylists are tapped into today's hottest trends, so if you want to try something new, we're here to help. If you want to play it more traditional, our stylists have a solid foundation of time-tested techniques, to give your existing cut the edge it needs to impress. And sometimes, you need something simple and low-maintenance that cuts down on styling time and primping.

Not sure what kind of a cut you need? We're happy to give you our educated opinion and are happy to provide examples of what we think works. Whatever style you've got your eye on, we can make it a reality!

Here are just a few of the most popular haircut trends in South Carolina:

Natural Textured

Natural Textured

In a time when extravagant dyes and unique hair extensions are all the rage, the natural look will always be trending. This haircut is a great way to rediscover yourself and let your beauty shine organically without overdoing it.

The Shag

The Shag

This medium-length haircut is a classic throwback to the 79s, with a layered look, messy bangs, and lots of attitude. If you like to get ahead of trends before your friends, bring back the shag and rock this retro style with pride.

Curly Bangs

Curly Bangs

This cut will look great during the summer and will give you an innocent look that will get plenty of attention. Great for a short-term haircut or even something special for a big party or Gen-X event.

Long Length

Long Length

Go against the status quo and let your hair down this season. Pixie cuts and shags are all the rage, but rocking a Rapunzel-like haircut will set you apart from the crowd. If you're looking for a more natural, classic look, this could be your haircut.

Find Your French Flair with Balayage

If you're looking to switch up your hair color but can't decide between Balayage or Ombre because, well, you don't know the difference - don't worry. You're not alone!

Balayage is a French technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted to create a natural-looking effect. The goal is to create soft, subtle highlights that make your hair look like it's been kissed by the sun.

While Balayage is the technique of painting the hair, Ombre focuses on the style of the hair. It is the transition from a lighter shade to a darker shade. Typically, Ombres work best for brunettes, but the style can is suitable for blondes too. To achieve the effect of an Ombre, there must be a smooth transition between colors. While the Ombre is a beautiful look, you'll need to work with a professional to get the best results.

Luckily, we offer both Ombre and Balayage in Folly Beach, SC! Short on time? Busy schedule? Only available on weekends? Chroma Hair Studio & Spa offers flexible appointment scheduling to accommodate even the busiest clients. You deserve a fresh new style, and we're here to help when the time is right for you.

The Top Hair Salon in Folly Beach, SC

If you're looking for a hair salon that offers high-end styling without expensive pricing, you're in the right place. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and leave you feeling beautiful, whether you need a touch-up or a total makeover. We offer a relaxing salon atmosphere, skillful stylists, and only the best in professional brands. When it's time for your next haircut, highlight session, or eyelash extension, look no further than Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

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Worried about getting caught in a rip current this summer? Experts share lifesaving tips

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) — This weekend saw two separate incidents where first responders from several agencies were called to Lowcount...

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) — This weekend saw two separate incidents where first responders from several agencies were called to Lowcountry beaches to help distressed swimmers.

The first happened on Folly Beach following calls that a white male in his 30s was struggling to stay afloat near the pier around 3 p.m. Sunday.

“They were watching what they described as a subject’s head bobbing up and down and then going down lower and then it disappeared under the surface,” said Rocky Burke, Deputy Director of Folly Beach Public Safety.

Crews from Folly Beach Public Safety, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Coast Guard and the City of Charleston searched for roughly three hours before calling off the search just before 6 p.m.

“Right now there are no plans to resume the search until new information, or if new information comes,” Burke said. “If we get a report about a missing subject or something, when they were last going to Folly Beach or swimming in the surf, we get a call. We haven’t received any calls like that.”

As the search on Folly came to a close, another incident was unfolding.

Chief Craig Oliverius of the Isle of Palms Fire Department said Sunday evening, crews found one adult and two juveniles had been rescued before they arrived to the area near 21st Street on the Isle of Palms.

Two were taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

“We had an off-duty NWS employee that was on the beach on Isle of Palms and he saw the distressed swimmers being pulled out to sea which he realized was from a rip current,” said Meteorologist Emily McGraw of the National Weather Service.

McGraw said rip currents can occur on any day, anywhere along the shoreline.

“A rip current is a narrow channel of water that’s moving away from shore so it can extend from the shoreline back past the breaking waves,” McGraw said. “It can take even experienced swimmers out to sea.”

McGraw and her colleagues issue a beach forecast daily during the spring and summer months, alerting beachgoers whenever there is an enhanced risk of rip currents. The forecasts can be found on the NWS Charleston, SC Twitter page.

She said those are days swimmers need to be extra cautious.

But if you find yourself in a caught in a rip current?

“Stay calm and don’t panic,” McGraw said. “You want to float out, let it take you away, and then you can try to wave your hands up in the air to call for help. And then when it’s safe to do so, you can swim parallel to shore.”

McGraw and Burke said there are ways swimmers can stay safe before they even arrive to the beach.

They recommend going to the beach with a friend, never swimming alone, and letting someone know where you plan to be.

Folly Beach to expand eParking services

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - Folly Beach leaders plan to provide an electronic payment option for drivers using the city’s existing paid parking spaces.The City of Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.7 million in parking fees in 2021, an increase of almost 56% over 2020′s $1.1 million, before expenses.Starting in January, the city will extend its “TapToPay” option so that every paid parking spot will have an electronic option. The city started rolling out the ParkWhiz program in some areas this summer as an...

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - Folly Beach leaders plan to provide an electronic payment option for drivers using the city’s existing paid parking spaces.

The City of Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.7 million in parking fees in 2021, an increase of almost 56% over 2020′s $1.1 million, before expenses.

Starting in January, the city will extend its “TapToPay” option so that every paid parking spot will have an electronic option. The city started rolling out the ParkWhiz program in some areas this summer as another option for payment.

City administrator Aaron Pope says they want to make it clear that through this program, they are not adding any additional paid parking, just adding an electronic option to existing pay-to-park spaces.

Pope says currently there are 2,881 right-of-way parking spaces on Folly Beach and 9% of those are paid spots. He says they plan to keep it that way for now.

All of the pay-to-park areas include public beach access, some areas of Arctic Avenue and the Washout on Ashley Avenue.

Folly Beach City Council will give a summary of their parking payment collection and traffic enforcement plan Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

After expenses, Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.3 million in parking fees in 2021. That figure is more than they expected to make, after budgeting for $833,376.02 this year.

Pope says after the companies running the paid parking and parking enforcement programs are paid, the city uses the remaining funds to pay for road shoulder improvements, beach access improvements and repairs, public safety calls, beach and litter patrol, and extra sanitation runs at the beach accesses during the summer.

Folly Beach also reports that over 11,000 parking citations were issued this year and 79% of those have been collected.

The city’s parking contractor, Jared Glass, says they collect unpaid citations by sending late notices to folks who have a citation that is 30 days delinquent. If not paid, they send a follow-up late notice at 60 days informing them of the fine and the intention to release the owed fine to a collection agency. At 90 days, the citation is eligible to be sent to a collections agency to attempt to collect the fine.

Glass says they also have a vehicle immobilization device for violators that they encounter.

Pope says all paid access spots on Folly except for three will still offer a physical pay station option. Those are the 10E access, 1587E access, and the 1670E access.

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7 Gorgeous Beaches To Visit Near Charleston, South Carolina

All products featured on TravelAwaits are independently selected by our writers and editors. We may earn commission when you click on or make a purchase via our links.Charleston’s bustling downtown area is a major attraction in this historic coastal town; the King Street shops are the top of mind. But, the gorgeous beaches should be an integral part of your Charleston itinerary. The coastal islands offer some of the best beaches in South Carolina.With a short drive or wind-in-your-hair boat ride, you can be exploring a se...

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Charleston’s bustling downtown area is a major attraction in this historic coastal town; the King Street shops are the top of mind. But, the gorgeous beaches should be an integral part of your Charleston itinerary. The coastal islands offer some of the best beaches in South Carolina.

With a short drive or wind-in-your-hair boat ride, you can be exploring a serene beach, frolicking at a family-friendly sandy locale, or enjoying a lively oceanside recreation zone. The beach towns and island playgrounds will add a relaxing vibe to your Charleston getaway.

Best For Lively Entertainment

When you want to be in the middle of all the action, Folly Beach is the best entertainment beach in the Charleston area.

Folly Beach, known to locals as “The Edge of America,” is a barrier island between the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean. By day, Folly Beach is a fun, family-friendly beach frequented by Charlestonians and vacationers in search of some fun in the sun. By night, the lively main drag is a hot spot for sun-tanned revelers looking for the perfect beach day ending with great seafood, fun libations, and rockin’ music.

Of course, Folly Beach is blessed with a beautiful sandy beach to lounge away the day. The Folly Beach Pier is under reconstruction and is scheduled to open again in the spring of 2023. However, the deck and restrooms are open for public use and offer a great view.

Grab a nosh at The Crab Shack where you will be perfectly comfortable in casual beach togs and flip flops. Another fun Folly Beach joint is Rita’s Seaside Grill where you can kick back and enjoy a relaxing meal. When the sun goes down, the lights come up and Center Street’s rooftop venues turn up the music and party atmosphere.

Street parking with the Passport Parking app is plentiful for early beach goers. Using the app is easy and you can add time with your phone without ever leaving your blanket if you choose to stay longer.

Pro Tip: The Folly Beach County Park offers clean restrooms, picnic facilities, and dressing rooms. It is a good spot for families or groups with youngsters.

Best For Quiet Beach Walks

Some beach adventures require quiet and solitude, which can be challenging to find in popular vacation spots. Three island beaches near Charleston offer guests a place to soak up the southern coastal sunshine while maintaining their own personal, zen vibe.

Sullivan’s Island is a charming island accessible by a bridge. A smaller beach by barrier island standards at just over 3 miles long, the beach, at low tide, is exceptionally wide and welcoming.

In bygone days, visitors were shuttled around Sullivan’s Island on an electric trolley, stopping at public beach access points called stations. The station reference remains today, and you will notice each beach stop referred to by its station number. Plan a romantic sunset on the beach. Secure a blanket spot at station 18 by the lighthouse to watch the sun fade to orange over the horizon.

After the gorgeous sunset, head over to the Obstinate Daughter for exceptional lowcountry favorites served with a European flare. Consider their Miss Cina Pizza with red and green tomatoes topped with mozzarella and basil for a relaxing dinner.

Pro Tip: Explore Fort Moultrie while visiting Sullivan’s Island. This fort has been reinvented many times over the years and you can see a timeline that begins in 1776 highlighting the Fort’s evolution through World War II.

When you are longing for a slice of nature, the rough, uninhabited Bulls Island will soothe your soul with its rugged beauty.

The famous Boneyard Beach is home to fallen, sun-bleached trees. The expansive eerie sight is reminiscent of an abandoned burial ground strewn with gigantic bones. A slow and peaceful walk through the cemetery of trees is the perfect spot for personal reflection. Created by intense hurricane damage, the beach is a reminder of the ferocity of Mother Nature’s power.

Bulls Island is a naturalist’s escape and intriguing laboratory. It is an important stop on the migratory bird path and is home to a wonderful array of birds. The Carolina Bird Club has an extensive list of sited migratory and native birds. Rare bird sightings on Bulls Island include the masked bobby, magnificent frigatebird, common eider, western kingbird, fork-tailed flycatcher, and snow bunting.

Pro Tip: The Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge runs ferries to Bulls Island. The schedule varies by season and days of the week; refer to the website for the most up-to-the-minute schedule information.

Isolated and uninhabited, Capers Island is easily accessible by kayak or boat. You will find another boneyard beach on Capers Island reflecting the island’s weather-beaten history.

Rent a kayak from Charleston Kayak for a glorious on-the-water workout and a fairly secluded island to explore as your reward. For visitors who would prefer not to paddle, Barrier Island Eco Tours offers a half-day trip out to Capers Island with a focus on the local marine life and ecology.

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Pro Tip: The coastline is heavily vegetative, so sunbathing is not the best reason to visit. Capers Island is the perfect island for adventurous explorers.

Best For Family Enjoyment

Bring the kids, grandkids, and best friends to these three Charleston beaches for a family fun beach vacation getaway.

Isle of Palms Beach is a vacation destination that invites families and friends to relax and enjoy oceanfront rentals, charming beachy establishments, and ample parking for day-trippers.

The 7-mile stretch of soft white sand is a playground for beach lovers along with a seemingly endless soft, wave-dodging walking path. Apply copious amounts of sunblock and build giant sandcastles. Isle of Palms is the prescription for bringing joy and laughter into your getaway.

During sea turtles’ nursery season (May–October), Isle of Palms is popular with loggerhead turtles nesting and caring for their eggs and hatchlings. These amazing creatures are making a comeback from severely dwindling numbers. You may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of a nest in a cordoned-off dune.

Pro Tip: Public beach access paths are plentiful; narrow lanes sit between residential and getaway structures along Ocean Boulevard.

The beautiful island of Kiawah is one of Charleston’s worst kept secrets — everyone wants to be there when the sun is shining and the temperature is rising.

The public beach, Kiawah Beachwalker Park, is a long and lovely white sand beach. Access to the beach is provided by a wooden boardwalk that slowly meanders through the dunes from a small parking lot. If you want a parking space during prime season, plan to arrive early.

A large section of Kiawah Island is a gated community with no public beach access. Gorgeous rentals like this five-star ocean view property are the key to your private island getaway stay. Alternatively, the luxurious five-star oceanfront hotel, The Sanctuary, is an oasis of casual elegance and indulgence.

Enjoy a lovely lunch or relaxing dinner at The Sanctuary’s Jasmine Porch restaurant. Serving elegant dishes in classic southern style, the staff tends to guests like Carolina royalty. Another gorgeous setting to enjoy a light lunch or libation is the Ryder Cup Bar at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Pro Tip: You need a plan when visiting Kiawah Island. Early arrival for a day at the beach or reservations at Jasmine porch and you will thoroughly enjoy your visit. Check out our Kiawah Island destination guide to get you started on the right path.

South of Kiawah Island and a little over an hour from Charleston sits Edisto Beach State Park. It features toes-in-the-sand fun for the entire family along with hiking, biking, an educational center, and lots of trails to explore.

Overnight campsites are available through the South Carolina State Park reservation system. You can enjoy the park with rustic tent and camper sites that allow you to immerse yourself in this wooded refuge.

If you need something a little less camping focused, this ocean view cottage sleeps 12 — perfect for a family reunion gathering at the beach. Spacious and family friendly, it comes with a five-star review from happy guests. What better way to enjoy your family getaway; everyone gathered together for a long weekend of beachy fun.

Charleston’s South Carolina Coast

You will be delighted when you visit these gorgeous white sand beaches in Charleston and the nearby area. Whether you are looking for a peaceful spot to rejuvenate, a romantic getaway, or a family reunion, you will find just the right vibe on these soft sand, sunshine kissed beaches.

While you are visiting Charleston, make sure you experience the amazing restaurants in the area. Our Best Restaurants in Charleston recommendations will point you in the right dining direction. When you are ready to plan your getaway to this delightful southern coastal city, Explore Charleston has all the up-to-date information about the city’s beaches.

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Folly Beach restaurant dishing Czech, Hungarian hits this winter

You won’t find comfort food like the Eastern European-inspired dishes rolling out of Jack of Cups Saloon’s kitchen anywhere else in the Charleston area.Creamy mushroom soup with a hint of black truffle; borscht — but in dip form and served with salted pumpernickel bread; mashed potato shlishkes (dumplings) with black pepper sour cream.And that’s just a few of the appetizers.From now through mid-March, Jack of Cups Saloon...

You won’t find comfort food like the Eastern European-inspired dishes rolling out of Jack of Cups Saloon’s kitchen anywhere else in the Charleston area.

Creamy mushroom soup with a hint of black truffle; borscht — but in dip form and served with salted pumpernickel bread; mashed potato shlishkes (dumplings) with black pepper sour cream.

And that’s just a few of the appetizers.

From now through mid-March, Jack of Cups Saloon executive chef and co-owner Lesley Carroll is serving her spin on the Hungarian and Czech recipes her grandmother, a first generation immigrant from Czechoslovakia, cooked when Carroll was growing up.

Appetizers include vegan meatballs with sauerkraut; Hungarian cabbage salad; that warming mushroom soup, which serves as an ideal companion on a chilly day; and the bright pink borscht dip, a light and airy contrast to the heartier beet soup of the same name that’s a staple in Eastern Europe.

For entrees, Carroll is serving options like bean goulash, her personal favorite; halupki, or braised and brined cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and tender ground beef; and pierogi lasagna topped with caramelized onions.

Since 2014, patrons have flocked to Folly for Carroll’s take on fusion dishes with roots in India, Asia and Europe, but the winter menu swap isn’t new to Jack of Cups.

During the last three winters when it’s far less busy on Folly Beach, Carroll has served Italian food to drive more business. After a recent DNA test found that, in addition to her connection to the Czech Republic and Slovakia, she also has roots in Hungary, she decided to switch gears.

“This year I just decided to do something a little closer to home,” Carroll said.

Carroll has fond memories of eating the homemade perogies, borscht and stuffed cabbage her grandmother brought with her when she moved to the United States. When Carroll went vegan at age 13, her grandmother, who grew up on a farm that slaughtered its own animals, was confused and perhaps a little disappointed, Carroll recalled.

The chef found redemption in college when she developed the recipe for the pierogi lasagna found on Jack of Cups winter menu. Her grandmother, who has since passed away, was impressed with the resulting dish; a surprising rich indulgence for anyone from Poland, where pierogis are the national dish, to Pittsburgh, a city with an affinity for the half-circular dumplings made from noodle flour dough.

“As I grew up, I obviously just became very interested in our heritage and started exploring some things I could eat. That was definitely a little private nod to her,” said Carroll, who credits her mom and sister with teaching her how to make some of the other Hungarian and Czech staples she’s riffing on at Jack of Cups. “It definitely feels like a family affair.”

Like Jack of Cups’ regular menu, 90 percent of Carroll’s Czech and Hungarian offering is meat-free, but you wouldn’t know it unless someone told you. Guests with their eyes on more meat can add roasted chicken, kielbasa and paprika-braised short rib to any dish, too.

“For me now, it’s not as challenging as it was before,” said Carroll of creating vegetarian dishes out of ones classically served with meat. “We’re a restaurant that hopefully could appeal to everybody.”

The Hungarian and Czech menu will stick around at Jack of Cups, 34 Center St., through mid-March, but Carroll said she might tweak one or two of the winter dishes for her spring menu. The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday through Monday; it’s closed on Tuesdays.

Folly Beach County Parks experience flooding, erosion after weekend high tides

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - High tides at Folly Beach that led to flooding and erosion this past weekend reached eight and a half feet, Folly Beach Officials said.Photos taken on Wednesday show the waterline up against the dunes. The dunes along the beach were put in place to protect the seawater from rushing further inland, Folly Beach Coastal Consultant Dr. Nicole Elko said.Rising sea levels and climate change are to blame for the tidal flooding, Elko said.“We are experiencing bigger spring tides – that&rsqu...

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - High tides at Folly Beach that led to flooding and erosion this past weekend reached eight and a half feet, Folly Beach Officials said.

Photos taken on Wednesday show the waterline up against the dunes. The dunes along the beach were put in place to protect the seawater from rushing further inland, Folly Beach Coastal Consultant Dr. Nicole Elko said.

Rising sea levels and climate change are to blame for the tidal flooding, Elko said.

“We are experiencing bigger spring tides – that’s what they used to be known as,” Elko said. “Nowadays, people call them king tides, so these are our larger tides that occur during the new moon, particularly during this time of year.”

For every dollar spent on beach restoration, six dollars get put back into South Carolina’s economy because of increased visits to the state’s beaches and parks, officials said.

South Carolina’s accommodation taxes help fund beach restoration efforts, officials said.

“The past weekend’s flooding event was very impactful to the beach and dune system,” Elko said. “The higher waters drove large waves over and flooded the entire beach system, and the dunes were also overtopped.”

Elko added that the dunes helped retain the encroaching water that threatened the nearby marshland and inland communities.

“Previous dune and beach restoration projects have increased the elevation of the beaches and dunes on places like Folly Beach,” Elko said. “So while the dunes are eroded and while the beach went underwater during the storm, we didn’t have those waves and flooding impacting the infrastructure, so these natural projects actually are protecting and serving as flood mitigation.”

As the sun started to set and the tide receded, the extent of the erosion on Folly Beach came into view.

The roots of trees, previously battling waves, were visible, and the wounds created by Mother Nature have scarred the shoreline.

Cale Shipman calls West Ashley home during the winter.

“I feel lucky to be able to spend my winters here, and [flooding] is a big issue for all of these coastal areas, whether it be Charleston or anywhere along the coast,” Shipman said.

Shipman and his wife Marcia spent Wednesday on Folly Beach admiring the waves and discovering what was left behind after the tides rolled in.

“I think these king tides that we’re experiencing this week are unusual in the fact that they’ve had so many of them in a row,” Shipman said.

While the systems in place on the beach held up, those who ventured out on Wednesday witnessed Mother Nature’s power.

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