Wes Rhoten, owner of Rhoten's Country Sausage, has been making sausage his whole life; he learned the trade from his father, who inherited the recipe from his mother. For more than 67 years, the family has sold their sausages out of the same shop. Their products have spawned enthusiasts, including one former governor who, according to the Rhotens, declared their onion sausage the "best sausage in South Carolina."
In order to make that sausage, the Rhotens procure whole natural boston butts—a cut of pork from high on a pig's shoulder—and trim them of excess fat, yielding a lean, flavorful product. Patrons can buy the sausage in links, plain, laced with onions and garlic, or loose to use in dishes such as chili or meatloaf. The company's butchers also take custom orders for sausages made sodium-free or with chicken, turkey, or beef.
The maritime chefs at Crab King of Augusta populate their savory menu with fresh seafood and a celebrated garlic dipping sauce. Start off with 1- or 2-pounds of shrimp bathed in steam and seasoning blends, recalling a jacuzzi party hosted by Mrs. Dash. Toothsome morsels of bacon-wrapped scallops and fried oysters infiltrate muzzles after increasing their allure with a bath in Crab King's signature garlic dipping sauce. Tea and soft drinks add refreshment throughout the meal, while a pair or quartet of Sara Lee strawberry shortcake cups provides a better finale than eating a The Cosby Show season eight boxed set.
The Green Way Store specializes in earth-friendly formulas fulfilling a wide-range of purging needs supplying everything from all-purpose house cleaners to laundry detergents, pest control, and pet-care products. The chemical-free cleansers not only clean your home but also keep your family, pets, and neighboring eco-system healthy, safe, and free from radioactive street performers. Use today's deal to nab a bottle of Afflab Green Origin Oxy O Cleaner ($10.97), which evicts stains and odors with hydrogen peroxide in place of uncouth toxins. Or, un-sully even the most unmentionable of unmentionables with Clean Environment Laundry Detergent & Softener ($14.74), a biodegradable, non-toxic formula that effectively freshens and brightens dirty laundry while leaving skin free from irritation. The Green Way Store also carries a wide variety of green lifestyle necessities such as recycled paper products, biodegradable trash bags, and all-natural insecticides, making it easier for your vegan komodo dragon to stick to his guns.
TCBY serves 96%–98% fat-free yogurt that contains benevolent bacterial cultures to assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. Patrons can savor an assortment of silky soft-serve flavors, such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse, served in a cup, in a cone, or at the center of a collection of Russian nesting dolls ($2.89–$3.85). Succulent smoothies, meanwhile, offer a coalesced concoction of real dairy and blended bushels of fruit. Banana splits ($4.99) and sundaes ($4.09–$3.99) deliver old-fashioned ice-cream-parlor delights without the extra calories or forced conscription into a barbershop quartet. Textured toppings such as M&Ms, sprinkles, and chocolate chips ($0.79) add layers of edible nuance to cups, cones, and palates. Conjure sweet spells of creativity via TCBY's specialty menu of layered parfaits ($3.99) or yogurt shakes ($3.65–$4.85).
When the recession hit, Sheri Hood responded by founding Our Hands Together: a marketplace that supports local artisans and strengthens their community ties. Inside the store, wares from more than 60 merchants radiate personality from their own booths. Shelves display an eclectic range of media, collecting jewelry and blown glass alongside paintings, handbags, and crocheted pieces. Handmade and utterly unique, many works have been assembled from recycled or repurposed materials, a practice that also inspired the market's Trash-to-Treasure art festival and foster home for used paintbrushes.
Though each artisan brings his or her own vibrant contribution to Our Hands Together, Lake Murray magazine asserts that "the community spirit is its real ambiance." Sheri lets area children and teens rent a plot for their art next to the professionals, and several classes scheduled per month welcome students of all ages to shape their own opera.:m]]