New Spaces

The Clist Cafe

The Clist Café, located inside the Culinary Institute of the South, serves a multipurpose role as both a grab-and-go café for the general public and as a classroom for culinary and hospitality students. The café offers a variety of breads, pastries, soups and sandwiches — made by students onsite — along with coffee, teas and more. Students learn what it’s like to operate a small business while developing exceptional management and customer service skills. The Clist Café is named for donors and longtime TCL advocates Liz and Todd Clist of Hilton Head Island. Visit for current hours and menu.

The Mather School Museum

The National Park Service recently named The Mather School as a community site in the newly established Reconstruction Era National Historic Network. The Technical College of the Lowcountry proudly shares its mission of education with The Mather School, which opened in 1868 to educate the daughters of freed slaves during Reconstruction. For 100 years, this extraordinary establishment educated and empowered countless individuals. In 1968, the property was given to the state of South Carolina and eventually became TCL. Visitors can learn more about the Mather School at its Museum & Interpretive Center, which opened in 2017 in building 1 on TCL’s Beaufort Mather Campus. Call 843-379-2787 for hours and more information.

The Cosmetology Salon

Thanks to a federal grant, The Salon at TCL was completely renovated in 2021. Renovations to the space, on the Beaufort Mather campus, included all new countertops, storage cabinets, sinks, shampoo bowls, flooring, lighting, hydraulic chairs and other equipment. Students enrolled in TCL’s cosmetology program receive more than 1,500 hours of hands-on instruction. After students complete the program, they can then take South Carolina’s licensing exam. Graduates of the program go on to work as cosmetologists, manicurists, skin care specialists or business owners. For an appointment or information on services offered through The Salon call (843) 525-8298.