Business Briefs - June 27, 2019
297 SEVEN FARMS OFFICE BUILDING UPDATE
Construction is continuing on the new office building at 297 Seven Farms Drive, located in between Orlando’s Pizza and Church of the Holy Cross. According to Phillip Manchester of S.L. Shaw & Associates, the building is now about 80% spoken for in terms of leases and sales.
Setting up shop in the new space as its completed will be Island Eye Care, The New Primal, Liberty Docs, Digico Agency and a CPA firm. Island Eye Care will be moving from its current space just down the street, at 250 Seven Farms Drive, and will occupy most of the first floor, noted Manchester. There are two remaining spaces available in the building for purchase or lease.
According to Manchester, the target move-in date for the first occupants is this November. His company also developed two buildings on River Landing Drive, which are now at full occupancy. They are looking at a couple more potential projects on Daniel island, said Manchester, but details are not yet available.
HAMBY CATERING PARNTERS WITH VERTICAL ROOTS
Hamby Catering & Events, Charleston’s oldest locally-owned catering company, has announced a new partnership with Vertical Roots, an agriculture company located on the Cainhoy peninsula that utilizes retired shipping containers to grow leafy greens in an indoor, fully automated, vertical farm. Vertical Roots will become Hamby Catering’s exclusive lettuce provider, celebrating the first direct partnership between Vertical Roots and a catering company.
The new partnership is rooted in a shared passion for locally sourced products and the positive impacts that local farming has on the environment, economy and overall health of the community, stated a press release. Nearly 95 percent of all leafy greens currently come from the West Coast, which can add up to a 2,000 mile and two week travel period from harvest to distribution and result in loss of freshness. Vertical Roots will be growing Hamby Catering’s lettuce on Daniel Island, 16 miles away from Hamby Catering’s home base in West Ashley.
“Being part of the Charleston community for 40 years makes it all the more important for us to support the community that has so graciously supported us,” said Candice Wigfield, president of Hamby Catering. “As members of Lowcountry Local First, we’ve built relationships with local purveyors that have helped us realize the significance of working with local organizations, even if it costs us a little bit more! As a personal salad enthusiast, this partnership with Vertical Roots has been particularly exciting; I’m passionately picky about my lettuce!”
“Hamby Catering is a first-class operation and we are thrilled to partner with them,” added Shelby Weimer, marketing strategist for Vertical Roots. “Our shared mission and common values, particularly when it comes to being mindful of our environmental impact, make us a natural and powerful team.”
Vertical Roots products are currently served in more than 80 restaurants across Charleston and the surrounding areas, as well as in local schools. Vertical Roots produce can be purchased at Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Lowes Foods, Earth Fare, Food Lion and, in the coming months, Publix.