The Southern (C)ity Guide 2 Charleston with Jennifer Goldman

Apr 19 2016

by Cheri Leavy

At The Southern C, our demographics span the entire South, from large cities to small towns, each with their own unique blend of Southern culture. This mix is a large part of what makes The Southern C special.

We want to promote this mix by having members in different cities peel back the curtain on the way they conduct business in their town.





This week, we have our friend and Chief Operating Officer of Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, Jennifer Goldman for our #tsctakeover on instagram and our pinterest board.  We are thrilled to join Jennifer at The Southern C Summit this spring in Charleston on many of the properties she represents.  This is our third year hosting the Summit at her venues and we couldn’t be in a better spot with a better team to show off the charm of the Holy City.


Get to know Jennifer and Patrick Properties Hospitality Group as she shares her guide to Charleston…



Describe your brand/business and how it got started:

Together with Dr. Celeste and Charles Patrick, my husband Randall and I co-founded Patrick Properties in 1997 with the vision to lovingly restore Charleston heirlooms as unparalleled backdrops to special events. We’ve since grown the portfolio to five distinguished venues that generate additional revenue and job opportunities for the surrounding community, all while preserving the beauty and rich character of each.

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They include the 19th-century William Aiken House, a National Historic Landmark, and majestic Lowndes Grove Plantation – Downtown Charleston’s last great waterfront estate listed on the National Register of Historic Places. PPHG’s celebrated portfolio also showcases an Art Deco-style cinema, The American Theater; the picturesque River House at Lowndes Grove; and acclaimed Fish Restaurant.

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Warm personalized service, professional expertise and exceptional culinary experiences are hallmarks of our family-owned company.


First job:

Prep cook at an all-from-scratch buffet restaurant.



My hard-working and dedicated team.


#1 skill needed to be an entrepreneur:

An open mind.


Role model:

My mom. Regardless of what was going on and who was demanding her attention, there has never been a doubt that family is her first priority.


Favorite social media:



Fave Insta accounts to follow:

@cntraveler, @AFARmedia, @virginiawillis, @angiehranowsky


Most used emoji:



Favorite quote:

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou (This is the essence of the hospitality business.)


Biggest risk that paid off:

Going into business with my husband.


Interesting tidbit about you or your business:

It is both a personal and a company philosophy to always be mindful to give back to the community and be generous with your time, talents, knowledge and experience. I’m a big believer in mentoring – it’s my goal to groom the next generation of leaders and equip them with the tools to succeed.


Theme song:

She’s A Maniac


Favorite book or author:

I love to read cookbooks!





Favorite charity:

Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI). I’m honored to serve as Charleston chapter president of this amazing organization promoting education, philanthropy and mentorship alongside prominent women in the hospitality field.


Favorite session at the Summit:

Really excited for Work/Life Balance: The Myths, Mistakes and Maneuvers with Kim Whitman – we could all use some pointers!


What you love most about your town:

How quickly the hospitality community comes together with such generosity when someone is in need.


Describe a typical day in your town:

A weekend I’m not working is precious family time. We enjoy making a big breakfast together, especially on a Saturday when it can be followed by a walk to the Farmer’s Market. My husband and I will gather some fresh produce, handmade pasta, grits and fresh milk from our favorite farmers, and our son Liam always manages a stop by the kettle corn tent. We love taking our bikes to the beach at Sullivan’s Island where we usually find ourselves having dinner at The Obstinate Daughter or Home Team BBQ, followed by ice cream at Beardcats. Then it’s back home to settle in for a movie night – hopefully there’s some kettle corn left!


Go to weekend recipe:

Blueberry buttermilk waffles with my son.





The Southern C(ity) Guides:

Cheri Leavy of The Southern Cotherie in the Golden Isles and Athens, GA

Whitney Long of The Southern Coterie in the Golden Isles, GA

Holly Phillips of The English Room in Charlotte, NC

Kelly Shatat of Moon and Lola in Raleigh, NC

Cassie Kelley of Womanista in Nashville, TN

Molly Waring of Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Libbie Summers of A Food Inspired Life in Savannah, GA

Beth Aschenbach and Danielle Norcross of Palm Beach Lately in Palm Beach, FLA

Kim Schlegal Whitman of Dallas






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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