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Originally from Syracuse, NY, Michelle Kukla graduated from Villanova University in 2007 and moved to Charleston the next year. Since then, she’s loving exploring the city and meeting wonderful people. When she’s not outside with her dog Ruffy, she is reading or practicing creative writing. She plays the violin and guitar, travels whenever she can, and loves to bake and decorate cakes!

Splash! On Isle of Palms

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Front View of Splash!
Photo Credit: Michelle Kukla

As the holidays approach, consider visiting Splash! for some stellar gift ideas! Located on the Isle of Palms, which offers free parking during the autumn and winter, Splash! sells fine and unique gifts for every occasion. However, shopping at Splash! also lets you give back to the community. Since 1999, Mrs. Nancy Lauseng has owned and operated the island beach shop, and patrons constantly comment on her multitude and variety of merchandise. As well as offering a generous selection, Mrs. Lauseng constantly participates in charity fundraisers and events. “We give a lot of merchandise to different organizations for raffles,” says Mrs. Lauseng, who has contributed gift certificates to many efforts and organizations, including the Exchange Club, which hosts events with proceeds staying local. In addition, she has supported the Charleston Riverdogs, as well as the efforts of the Windjammer next door when they yearly raise money to donate to the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program.

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The Steps of Splash!
Photo Credit: Michelle Kukla

Surprise your family with distinctive holiday gifts this year. For her, consider Novo jewelry. This collection of bracelets and necklaces, as well as sparkling, multi-faceted beads and stunning silver charms, boast elegance and grace, and beads also may be worn on Pandora bracelets. Instead of a Christmas sweater, consider Jams World fine beach attire. Durable, colorful, and oh-so-comfortable bottoms, tops, dresses, and accessories preserve summer all year long! In addition, Papartè personalized gifts, such as tumblers, keychains, iPhone cases, and outdoor flags, are made in moments behind the counter, so even loved ones with lesser-known names can (finally!) have something that is uniquely theirs. And for him: Rednek red solo wine and shot glasses will make him feel like part of the Duck Dynasty cast: add a Dixie plate look-alike, and the tool-shaped bottle stopper, and his holiday just got “Happy, happy, happy!” Choose a Guy Harvey T-shirt and know that you’re supporting an artist and marine biologist who devotes much of his time to ensuring the safety of sea life and aquatic ecosystems.

So the next time you’re gift shopping, stop by your local Splash!, the store that helps you give, and give back.

WHERE:
Splash!
1012 Ocean Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Ph. 843-886-9253

HOURS: 9 a.m – 6 p.m. fall and winter, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.  spring and summer. Open year-round!

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