As seen in the Charleston Regional Business Journal | March 8, 2001
Lantern lady. Two years ago the Business Journal reported on entrepreneur Jan Clouse, owner and founder of Carolina Lanterns & Accessories, a Mount Pleasant lighting store that was less than a year old at the time of our report. Since then, business has boomed, and in January Clouse moved her store from its cramped Coleman Boulevard location to more spacious digs in Patriots Plaza. That’s not all. Clouse now has a Carolina Lanterns showroom in Atlanta, exhibit space in Atlanta’s 4.2 million-square-foot America’s Mart, a handful of marketing reps scattered across the country and an eye on either Charlotte or Bluffton as a future site for another Carolina Lanterns store. Considering the bad news – specifically, job losses – coming from South Carolina’s manufacturing sector, Clouse is proud to point out that “everything we do is South Carolina-based.” Her products are manufactured and warehoused in the Palmetto State. South Carolina trucking companies ship her products. Her brochures and catalogs are printed here. How’s that for shedding positive light on a section of our state’s economy?