One step into Rhett Boyd’s surf shop in Charleston, South Carolina, and you might feel confused. His surf shop doesn’t carry Billabong, Roxy or Quiksilver. And forget beach music; Rhett prefers rock and roll. He’s an owner who meets customers at the door, and rather than offering a lackadaisical “s’up,” Rhett offers a glass of bourbon or a cigar. Or both. It’s clear that in the world of surf retailers, Rhett’s gone rogue.
Highpoint, North Carolina, is sometimes referred to as the “Furniture Capital of the World,” but the town’s expert leather workers are now applying their skills to a completely different type of product: handmade golf club covers.
“There’s no better way to make a quality leather product than to make it right here in North Carolina,” says Charlie Burgwyn, co-founder and president of Stitch. “Every bit – from the cutting to putting on the numbers to the stripes – it’s all handmade, hand-sewn. Details make us different.”
Tall pines loom with authority over an undulating green. Sounds of nature echo across fuchsia flowers, green brush and 18 legendary yellow flags. A hushed crowd watches in anticipation, waiting patiently for the next swing. Suddenly, a distant roar explodes through pine trees and interrupts the pristine setting. “Something’s happened on 17,” someone whispers with a smile. But there’s no big screen to show the replay, no cell phone in your pocket to check the score. After all, this is The Masters.
The “pop-up” movement continues to thrive in Nashville with this weekend’s launching of Joint, which aims to take the concept beyond retail and dinners with an art-focused approach.
Joint is the brainchild of Susan Sherrick, an art dealer who recently moved to Nashville after stints in San Francisco and New Orleans, and fashion and media consultant Libby Callaway, a Tennessee native who previously worked as the fashion editor at the New York Post.
After years of hosting sustainable dinners in a shotgun house in Athens, Georgia, the team behind the The Four Coursemen is taking its show on the road with a new venture called Public Domain Dinners.