Two national companies that increasingly shared clients have joined forces.

Charleston-based Morey Group, founded in 1985, is now part of the Arlington, Va.-based Lukens Co.

The Morey Group, a national market research and consulting firm, specializes in the needs of museums and other cultural organizations. It has worked with more than 200 organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada to provide marketing, membership and visitor services along with industry benchmarking.

Among its current clients are California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Pacific, New York Botanical Garden and San Francisco Zoo. Thirty clients have been with Morey for more than a decade.

The Lukens Co., a full-service direct-response marketing agency, specializes in fundraising and development for nonprofits, political committees, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Its services include direct mail campaigns, direct-response TV commercials and integrated marketing strategies.

Its current clients include the Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Seattle Art Museum.

In recent years, The Lukens Co. has referred clients to the Morey Group, and the two share a number of clients, including the California Academy of Sciences, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Woodland Park Zoo and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

“We just got much better thanks to Morey Group,” said Walter Lukens, founder and president of The Lukens Co.

He said the acquisition will improve targeting, messaging and results for Lukens.

John Morey, whose father founded the company, said, “At the end of the day, our clients will be more successful with our combined forces.”

The Lukens Co. plans to support and expand Morey Group’s services and its office in Charleston. Lukens also has an office in Los Angeles.

Do you know almost 40 species of sharks are indigenous to the South Carolina Coast? Do you also know you are more likely to be bitten by another human than by a shark?

Learn all this and more during the S.C. Aquarium’s Shark Week celebration Friday through Aug. 5.

Festivities start Friday with “Shark, Rattle and Roll,” the official Shark Week kickoff party at the aquarium. Enjoy live music, drink specials, complimentary late-night bites and giveaways from LandShark Lager. Advance tickets are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Tickets at the door are $30. To buy tickets, call 843-577-3474 or visit

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Shark Week also will include interactive shark-themed dive shows with underwater question-and-answer sessions, shark carts set up throughout the aquarium, shark-themed crafts, shark photo opportunities, shark games and interactives like “sharkeology,” and six species of sharks, including four located in the Great Ocean Tank, the deepest tank in North America.

One of the more popular events is back as well.

Join your friends on the lawn in front of the aquarium Aug. 2 for a free showing of the 1975 classic thriller “Jaws.” Bring blankets and chairs and pick a spot on Liberty Square.

Before the movie starts, spectators will have a chance to interact with roving educators and watch an aquarium-made video on shark myths. No coolers or pets are allowed. Snacks, sodas and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

The lawn opens at 7 p.m. The movie begins at dark.

For health and food sanitation reasons, restaurants generally don’t allow dogs inside.

But some allow them on their patios. For that reason and a few others, Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ has been named the sixth most pet-friendly restaurant in the U.S. by, part of NBC’s family of sites.

With two outside patios, the West Ashley restaurant allows patrons to dine outside with their furry friends. Among the other criteria, took into consideration restaurant reviews, the restaurant’s dedication to animal and human service, the overall environment of a restaurant and a restaurant’s location.