The Heart of the Matter set for Feb. 8

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Art by Farrah Hoffmire PHOTO PROVIDED


The Heart of the Matter Celebrates Love in Food, Health, Art and Community

Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary and Twenty Six Divine present a Four-Year Anniversary Extravaganza, Art Show, and Open House.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary and Twenty Six Divine will open their doors to the community for a celebration of love, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The Heart of the Matter’s day-long, free festivities include health events and an art show at Blue Heron as well as heavenly fine foods and wine during Twenty Six Divine four-year anniversary extravaganza, accompanied by the music of Irish-influenced, folk band Moonlight Ale. The neighboring businesses feel February is the perfect time to warm the heart as Winter begins to trail behind. Lisa Abernathy, co-owner of Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary, explains, “We both put love into what we do, and that love extends into our community. We take great pride in our services and products and believe that adds to the revolution of quality that is already evolving in Charleston. Both of our businesses are innovative, creative and full of heart. Partnering for events such as this is a natural fit.” The art show at Blue Heron and Twenty Six Divine’s anniversary party will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. with additional free events held earlier in the day.

As both businesses see their work as a creative process, it is a natural extension to invite visual artists to participate in their celebration. Blue Heron’s walls will be graced by pieces by local artists Seth Corts (pen and ink illustration), Farrah Hoffmire (paintings and sculpture), Nick Jenkins (illustration), Hirona Matsuda (mixed media assemblage), Lisa Shimko (paintings), Kristen Solecki (illustration) and Lisa Abernathy (papercuts). Gifts will also be available for purchase by Santosha chocolates and Kerry Benton’s My Socky Ones sock creatures.

Twenty Six Divine commemorates their four year anniversary with free fine foods, wine and music. They will light up their dining room, patio and drive with delectable hors d’oeuvres, petite desserts, drinks, an outdoor living room and music by Moonlight Ale. Adding to the night’s theme of love is the love story between Twenty Six Divine owners, Jenn and Enan Parezo. They opened Twenty Six Divine two weeks after their wedding in 2010. Starting as a bakery and to-go sandwich shop, Twenty Six Divine has since evolved into a full cafe and bakery. Additionally, the couple offers wedding cakes, catering, private chef services and high teas. Their attention to detail and quality is outstanding, and the love they put into their creations shows. Jenn and Enan’s lives and business were recently expanded with the addition of their son, Grayson. Jenn happily said, “We are so blessed to be able to raise our new love, our six month old baby named Grayson, essentially in our restaurant. He gets to be with us all day and learn all about what we are doing. And we get to spend time with him teaching him new things while we are working.” And what does the next year hold for the family? “ We are going to start doing brunch and prie fixe dinner with beer and wine pairings alternating every other Saturday. We would like to eventually include live music to coordinate with the dinners, which is another passion of ours,” she said.

Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary is a Classical Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine clinic. It is staffed by licensed acupuncturists who completed four-year Master’s Degree programs that included 2-year, 800-hour clinical internships. They are nationally certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and licensed to practice in South Carolina. Practitioners Lisa Abernathy and Lauren Becker take a holistic approach to treating a wide variety of conditions. The clinic helps patients meet their health goals with acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, Chinese massage, essential oils and collaborations with other healthcare providers. Abernathy stated, “We enjoy inviting people in to learn about Chinese Medicine, see our space and try out our services, and become empowered to improve their health.”

Schedule of Events:

11 a.m. - Meditation and Mindfulness (at Blue Heron)

1 p.m. - Eating for Winter: A Chinese Medical Approach to Health (at Blue Heron)

2:30 - 4 p.m. - Ear Acupuncture Mini-Treatments (at Blue Heron)

6 - 9 p.m. - Art Show at Blue Heron and Twenty Six Divine’s Anniversary Extravaganza

Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary is located at 680A King Street in downtown Charleston, and Twenty Six Divine is located next door at 682 King Street. Learn more about the clinic at www.blueheroncharleston.com and Twenty Six Divine at www.twentysixdivine.com.

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