CREATIVES: Entrepreneur to Watch – Elizabeth Joyce of Mount Pleasant, SC

May 28 2014

by Cheri Leavy

Elizabeth Joyce is the proprietor of Harbor Specialties Charleston and its recently unveiled traveling boutique, Elizabeth Joyce Monograms, which focuses on fine embroidery for modern times (and budgets). Those in attendance at the recent Charleston Summit may recall the embroidered linen cocktail napkins featuring the blue and green #TSC monogram, which Elizabeth designed in conjunction with renowned wedding planner and respected client Tara Guerard. Elizabeth Joyce Monograms’ collection is available through its traveling trunk shows. Coming soon, it will be available in Charleston at the flagship store Harbor Specialties, and via its forthcoming e-commerce site. Elizabeth’s work has been featured in Garden and Gun, Inside Weddings, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Living, The Wedding Row and Lettered Olive blog.

In 2004, Elizabeth was selected as a recipient of the ‘40 under 40’ award for Charleston. Active in the community, she serves on the boards of My Sister’s House and Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, and has extensive volunteer experience with the Junior League of Charleston and the Ronald McDonald House. The Virginia native holds a B.A. in communications from Hollins College, and serves as a director of the Hollins Alumnae Board.

We asked Elizabeth to share some of her entrepreneurial spirit here–


– Color

– Flowers

– The science of calculating the architectural layers of a complicated monogram

– Infinite possibilities of adding an embroidery to make something simple become stunning

– History, sense of continuing as well as creating tradition

Theme Song:

The River by Garth Brooks

Fave book or author:

John Adams by David McCullough

Favorite charity:

CATR and Junior League of Charleston

#1 skill/attribute needed to be an entrepreneur:

Vision, patience and listening skills are tied

Role model:

Dr. James Carson

Favorite social media:

Facebook. Getting into Instagram

Favorite quote:

“What exactly is a weekend?” –Downton Abbey

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of our selves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi

Interesting tidbit about you or your business:

– While I can create beautiful monograms, I couldn’t sew a button onto my own shirt.

– I have been intrigued by monograms since I was a little girl; my parents bought my Christmas presents at Harbor Specialties during our summer vacations. Years later, I began learning the trade from the same fab mentors who had made my childhood presents, and eventually had the opportunity to purchase their business.

– I will go the extra mile to help friends and customers in need.

Elizabeth Joyce Monograms c/o Harbor Specialties Charleston

893 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 843-722-3722

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Cheri Leavy View More Blog Posts from this Author

Cheri Leavy is a connector, cheerleader and marketing consultant for fellow entrepreneurs.
Building rapport and strengthening a sense of community:
• A community of female entrepreneurs through the The Southern Coterie and The Southern C Summit
• The faces and places of Athens that make our city so vibrant through guide2athens
• A community of devoted football fans through Bulldawg Illustrated
- Contributing editor to Coastal Illustrated, Executive Board Member of the UGA Alumni Association

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