About Bacchus & Books
Bacchus & Books is a wine establishment found at 10 Gillon Street located in a 4 story historic home built in the 1820’s. The wine shop is currently open for business and the book shop is opening soon.
LouAnn Lofton, Literary Director
LouAnn is an avid reader and devoted bibliophile, as well as an editor and published author. She worked for years for the financial website, The Motley Fool, first as a writer and later as managing editor, where she oversaw all of the site’s online content and the team responsible for it. Her book, Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl: And Why You Should, Too, was published in June 2011. Thanks to the book, and to Buffett’s sense of humor, he granted her an audience with him, which still seems a bit surreal to her. (He’s a charmer, of course.)
Having grown up in south Mississippi, she’s happiest surrounded by humidity and good storytelling, which means she feels right at home in Charleston. She prefers modern literary fiction, compelling memoirs, and the classics, but she’s thrilled when anyone anywhere reads an actual book, no matter the subject.
Jennifer McElveen, Director of Education
WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Originally from Orangeburg, South Carolina, Jennifer has lived in Charleston for nearly 30 years. As Director of Education, she is the head of the Wine School, teaching both the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) curriculum, as well as customized courses. She also has an active role in creating bespoke wine travel opportunities and experiences.
Jennifer holds the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and the Level 2 Award in Spirits. She is currently pursuing her Diploma, the highest qualification offered by the WSET. Jennifer is passionate about wine education and her vibrant personality and hospitable nature are sure to make your experience at Bacchus & Books memorable.
Carolwayne Tavener, Marketing Director
As Marketing Director, Carolwayne’s role at Bacchus & Books encompasses everything from the look and feel of the business to management of merchandising and branding. She is dedicated to creating an experience for our guests that is both personalized and memorable.
Carolwayne has many years of management and customer service experience, having served as the Regional Operations Manager for Keller Williams in the Carolinas. She also holds degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing Technologies, has a Paralegal degree and is a Certified Health Coach. Carolwayne has also published a children’s book, Travel with me from A to Z, to show young children the value of making healthy food choices.