Jun 07 2014

With These Hands Gallery Celebrates 30

If you’re in town today, take some time to celebrate one of Edisto’s most beloved businesses.

With These Hands Gallery, located at 1444 Highway 174, right next to the Old Post Office Restaurant, is celebrating its 30-year anniversary today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be free door prizes (not just for early-birds either – every customer gets in on the goods), complimentary food and beverages thanks to McConkey’s Jungle Shack, and a meet-the-artist reception with artist Charlotte Murray.

Murray will unveil new paintings and additional art work by artists Doug Grier and Rick Wells will also be available. All of the regular merchandise fans have come to love over the years will also be available.

The event is free and open to the public.

With These Hands Gallery and the Old Post Office – the restaurant that makes up the rest of the building – have always been popular with fans and locals alike.

Back in 1881, the site where the gallery and restaurant are now was home to the Bailey Store. The store served as a place where locals gathered, shopped, and visited. Over time, it became home to the island’s first gas station and only post office, which is how the restaurant got its name.

Back then, the Bailey Store was the place to go for islanders in need of last-minute items before heading out to Edingsville Beach, which was the premier vacation place for the island’s wealthy planters. Over time, a hurricane destroyed Edingsville Beach, the Bailey Store eventually faded away, but the post office continued on.

It wasn’t until the 1980s – more than one hundred years after the Bailey Store first opened – that the post office finally moved to its current location, the Old Post Office restaurant was created, and With These Hands Gallery opened its doors.

Since then, the gallery and restaurant have been always acted as go-to location for everyone looking to get a taste of what Edisto has to offer.

Be sure to celebrate the history of With These Hands and the building itself today during its 30th anniversary.

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