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Anneclaire Nelson offers high-energy dance-based workouts at her new ACE fitness studio on Meeting Street

Anneclaire Nelson offers high-energy dance-based workouts at her new ACE fitness studio on Meeting Street
May 2024

Plus, Philosophers & Fools pairs favorite reads and new releases with the perfect sip and Buck Mason brings elevated classics to King Street

Greenville native Anneclaire Nelson opened ACE fitness studio on Meeting Street in March.

Sweat it Out
After hosting popular pop-ups around town for several months, Greenville native Anneclaire Nelson has opened her ACE (short for Anneclaire Experience) fitness studio on Meeting Street. There, Nelson offers high-energy, dance-inspired workouts that blend light weight training, cardio, and floor combinations that are designed to strengthen the core and improve flexibility. The heated studio features a sprung floor. Before returning to South Carolina in 2022, the dancer and choreographer worked for celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson in New York and Miami and as Jennifer Lopez’s personal trainer during the star’s Vegas residency. ACE offers monthly memberships, class passes, and drop-in rates. [695 Meeting St.,]

Sip & Read
Cozy up with a good read and a glass of vino at new bookstore/bar Philosophers & Fools opened by Jenny Ferrara and Michael Bourke in Cannonborough-Elliotborough. Patrons will find the latest releases, as well romance, science fiction, thrillers, and young adult and children’s books, which they are invited to purchase and peruse while enjoying a glass of wine, craft beer, coffee, or tea, and snacking on warm sandwiches, popcorn, chips, and baked goods from Sugar Bakeshop. Prefer nonfiction? The shop stocks histories, biographies, science, and cookbooks. “Reading with a beverage is what we often did in our free time, and we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if Charleston had a place like this where people could gather?‘ So we decided to make it happen ourselves,” says Ferrara, a former marketing director. Head to the shop’s Instagram account for suggested book and beverage pairings. [50 Bogard St.,]

West Coast Cool
Founded in Venice Beach, California, Buck Mason has brought its brand of West Coast-inspired American classics to King Street. Think high-quality, figure-flattering T-shirts, Oxford shirts, cotton sweaters, elevated sweats, and denim in muted shades for men and women. The 2,700-square-foot store exudes laid-back cool with hardwood floors and fixtures, a vintage BMW, and a turntable and record collection. [263 King St.,]