Image by Jason Layne for You. Yes, You.
That's the aim of locals Marcus Amaker and Elizabeth Bowers with their new publication, "You. Yes, You."
In their words, they saw a need for "non-event based coverage in Charleston. Think Interview Magazine: profiling both prominent faces and the relatively unknown people in the city."
"You. Yes, You. is not just for the local celebrity types but for really finding the interesting and deserving underexposed people in Charleston", said Amaker. "G, of hot dog cart fame, was a perfect example of who we're trying give exposure, so that's why he was first up."
"G", if you hadn't guessed is the hot dog slinger oft spotted outside the music farm on every day of the week but Tuesday. That last bit of information is what I learned from their piece (or is that "from You's piece"?)
Here's the intro to that profile: "He’s got that thick New York accent, big diamond studs, endearing smile, intimidating arms. Girls line up for him—outside of his hot dog cart, at 2:03 a.m., when they’ve stumbled down from whatever bar has just closed. G’s hot dog cart has been all over Charleston, but now resides outside of the Music Farm. He’ll recite all the toppings for you, in the same order, in 10 seconds flat. For future reference, the only topping he doesn’t like is cole slaw. But he loves mayo."
Expect new content weekly. "No set day, but it will be posted on social media sites to alert readers. Also, no set amount", said Bowers. "Maybe some weeks there'll only be one, and others, like this week, there might be five. When we've got entertaining content, we'll certainly share it."
Coming up look for off-the-beaten-path Charleston Fashion Week interviews and a striking profile with a double lung transplant candidate.
For now you'll be able to only get the articles on their website at www.youyesyou843.com but they're thinking of "Best Of" print editions.
If you're not yet sold on reading, they say to check 'em out as, "We're new and different for Charleston. We're not saying, 'Here's an artist. Go to his show.' We're just saying, 'Here's someone we think is worth knowing.' Could be an artist or a mother or a homeless person. No platform. Just people. I'd like to think we'll do a good job of it, too."
Charleston's not the biggest city, but you wouldn't know that judging from its local characters — I for one look forward to seeing the characters You. Yes, You. digs up.