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Turtles On the Town

Charleston Coffee Roasters was please to be part of the SC Aquarium's public art project to help protect loggerhead turtles this past summer. Fiberglass loggerhead sea turtles transformed by South Carolina artists were on display at locations throughout the community. CCR was proud to have Turtle Van Gogh residing at 289 Huger Street crawling up the front of the building.


Post and Courier, June 19, 2007
Letters to the Editor
Triumphant turtle


As a local business partner in the S.C. Aquarium's Turtles on the Town, I want to thank The Post and Courier for its terrific coverage of the project. Thanks to the interactive map on, numerous visitors have found their way to Huger Street to check out Turtle Van Gogh crawling up the front of Charleston Coffee Roasters' new roasting facility. Others may have spotted it when driving by on the Crosstown Expressway.

Turtle Van Gogh's shell depicts Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night," which seems so appropriate for an animal that, guided by instinct alone, returns 20 to 30 years later to the beaches of its birth and crawls ashore in the dark of the night to lay its eggs. Many thanks to Linda Wheeler for painting such an inspiring turtle that is a great reminder of the importance of "lights out for turtles." We're honored to have Turtle Van Gogh with us until the aquarium's Sept. 15 auction when some lucky winner will take this cheerful creature home.

As the visiting children stare in delight at our colorful reminder of the aquarium's work to protect the loggerhead turtles, I see the next generation of Lowcountry leaders. The aquarium is doing such a terrific job of instilling in them a love of the loggerhead and Lowcountry environment. Charleston Coffee Roasters is honored to help in a small way

Lowell D. Grosse

President, Charleston Coffee Roasters, Inc.

Lighthouse Release

 Charleston Coffee Roasters was pleased to provide coffee for the gift bags at the Aquarium's recent gala. We chose to create a special blend honoring Lighthouse's release. Lighthouse was rescued near the Cape Romain lighthouse. He/She (did you know you can't tell what sex a turtle is till they are 20 - 30 years old) will have a tracking devise attached to his back so we can follow his travels when released.  
If you would like to follow Lighthouse's travels go to>


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