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#CharlestonAgenda: CBD for Dogs, Trio Reopens, CHS Billionaire Buys Into Hincapie Bros. Hotel, More Boeing News, Dum-Dum v. Tootsie Roll Lawsuit, The Population of Fortnite

Mar 22, 2019 10:17AM ● By Chris Haire

Trio reopens this weekend after a $1 million renovation: The popular Calhoun Street nightclub Trio is opening its doors again tonight after a million-dollar renovation. New owner Eric Gussin has transformed the club into a high-end nightlife concept with three separate spaces, including an upstairs nightclub with a high-tech lighting, video, and sound systems. Downstairs is a casual lounge with entertainment stage, chandeliers and a large bar. The outdoor patio offers another modern, laid-back area, with plentiful seating.

The renovation was provided by iDesign, DAS AUdio, Robbie Concannon and Michael Shuler (previous owners of the original Trio), and CHD Interiors.

The revamped Trio, at 139 Calhoun St., will open tonight March 22 with a grand opening party, followed by another on Saturday, March 23. Both events start at 7 p.m. and will feature DJs including Elephante and DJ Mister Gray along with local bands The Midnight City and Seth G. --Leigh Savage

The new Winthrop Poll is out, and South Carolinians have a positive view of the economy, both here in the Palmetto State and for the country at large: Seventy-six percent believe the U.S. economy is good or very good, while 75% say the same of South Carolina, the poll notes.

Meanwhile, the divide between those anticipating the worst and those expecting the best is far closer, with 54% believing the national economy will get better and 37% believing it will get worse. In South Carolina, 63% say the state economy will get better, while 24% say it's taking a negative turn. --Chris Haire
Boeing sold safety features as expensive extras for its 737 Max jets. Neither of the two planes that crashed recently had them (NY Times)

Boeing Faces First Order Cancellation for MAX Since Crash (WSJ)

Charleston billionaire new co-owner of Hincapie brothers’ Hotel Domestique (Upstate Business Journal)

‘The time has come to sell Santee Cooper:’ Senate leader moves to offload state utility (The State)

Clemson researchers say South Carolina peaches suffered minimal damage from freeze (Clemson Newsstand)

BMW may source transmissions in U.S. from ZF Transmissions in SC (Automotive News)


The U.S. Army is building a giant VR battlefield to train soldiers virtually (Digital Trends)

A banker’s guide to Facebook’s new advertising rules (American Banker)

Why the next tech boom will be led by a different type of founder (Medium)
Survey: Top CEOs Report Weaker Economic Outlook for 1Q (Manufacturing.Net)

Outgoing FDA chief says new CBD laws are preferred to regulations (Supermarket News)

How big is 'Fortnite'? With nearly 250 million players, it's over two-thirds the size of the US population (Business Insider)


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SC Ports Authority Reports Record February Volume

CHS Breaks Ground On New Parking Deck

Bryan Derreberry
Charleston Metro Chamber
President & CEO

Bryan Derreberry is the president and CEO of the Charleston Metro Chamber, a regional membership organization representing approximately 1,500 businesses. Derreberry has led the organization to receiving a 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce three times, which has been accomplished by less than 0.2 percent of chambers nationally. 

The Charleston Metro Chamber was also chosen as the 2018 Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. 

Derreberry is inspired by the incredible members and volunteers who are passionate about their businesses and ensuring that our region excels.