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Leva Bonaparte Celebrates a Big Career Achievement and Promotes a Republic Employee

The Southern Hospitality boss achieved an "impressive" career milestone and is implementing a major change within her team. 

By Jamontae Hickman

Leva Bonaparte and her husband, Lamar Bonaparte, have a lot to celebrate as they mark the 10th anniversary of Republic Garden & Lounge.

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That’s right – Leva and her larger-than-life staff have been running one of the most exclusive nightclubs in Charleston for a decade, and it has proven to be the perfect spot to enjoy great music, good drinks, and positive vibes.

To commemorate the business’s milestone, Leva, Lamar, and the Republic crew hosted an extravagant circus-themed bash, which aired on the latest episode of Southern Hospitality, and you better believe they pulled out all the stops.

For the occasion, the Republic crew transformed the lounge into a three-ring spectacle with beautiful balloon arrangements, an overflowing champagne tower, and fun activities.

To see all the highlights from Republic’s 10th-anniversary party, including an employee receiving a promotion, scroll down below.

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Details on Leva Bonaparte’s 10th-anniversary party for Republic

On Season 2, Episode 9 of Southern Hospitality, which aired on February 8, the party atmosphere was electric, thanks to a man walking on stilts and a woman hanging from the ceiling, spinning around on a bedazzled ring. Grace Lilly also joined in on the circus-themed festivities, offering tarot card readings.

The fun didn’t stop there as Maddi Reese played music at the DJ booth. Joe Bradley and Bradley Carter managed the guest list, while Oisin O'Neill, Will Kulp, and TJ Dinch kept the drinks flowing and attendees thoroughly entertained

An acrobatic dancer inside Republic nightclub
A candy bar at Republic nightclub

Which Southern Charm cast members attended Leva's anniversary party at Republic?

Speaking of guests, a few Southern Charm-ers stopped by to support Leva’s professional accomplishment. Olivia Flowers, Venita Aspen, and Rodrigo Reyes received the ultra-VIP treatment as they got a special wristband and access to the Dom Perignon champagne tower.

Leva Bonaparte reflects on Republic’s 10 year anniversary

In a confessional, Leva opened up about what it's been like for her and Lamar to operate a nightclub in South Carolina for a decade.

Joe Bradley holding up a sign that says: Happy 10th anniversary Republic

“It’s almost surreal and a little bit wild to think that we’re coming on a ten-year anniversary,” she said. “We didn’t know if we’d make it, but we did it, and now I don’t think there’s a person in Charleston that can say they didn’t have some story at Republic."

Which Southern Hospitality cast member got a promotion at Republic?

Republic’s ten-year bash wasn’t the only exciting thing that happened during the episode. Leva also promoted VIP server Emmy Sharrett to Assistant General Manager of her nightclub.

Emmy Sharrett of Southern Hospitality Season 2 in a white mini dress in front of a prism backdrop.

As for what Emmy’s new line of work includes, Leva told her new right-hand woman that she would be “managing Joe [and] Maddi” along with the rest of the crew. “Emmy’s been impressive over the past eight months… She became exemplary,” Leva explained in an interview.

So, how did Emmy react to the life-changing news? Well, she was “shocked” to take on a more leadership role but was genuinely “happy” for the opportunity.

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