The water starts to darken along a stretch of marsh grasses, just before its surface is slashed apart by the fins of hungry redfish. The redfish trap schools of mullet into a tight corral—and then go into a feeding frenzy. South Carolina fishermen love this scenario. The owners of The Charleston Angler love it, too, which is why they founded their shop back in 2000. The shop's crew of seasoned anglers supply fly, inshore, and offshore fishermen with tackle specific to South Carolina's waters, from the coastal flats that draw trophy tarpon to the inland lakes filled with blue catfish. Along with advising customers on gear from brands such as Shimano, Penn, and St. Croix, the shop hosts classes and seminars. These sessions can cover topics as broad as Orvis fly-fishing, or as specific as catching bass in the cypress-strewn swamps of Francis Marion National Forest.
Beyond tackle and apparel—some of which comes from their own "Redfish" line of t-shirts, trucker hats, ball caps, visors, and jackets—The Charleston Angler offers fly-fishing and light-tackle charters and runs an in-house embroidery boutique. The staff also posts tips, insights, fish haikus, and fishing reports on its Reel Blog and encourages customers to share their fish stories.
Established in 1994, Gullah Gourmet has spent 19 years equipping visitors with tools to transform dull meals into lowcountry classics with Food Network-approved ingredients for crafting soups, sauces, pastries, and breads. The shop's widespread collection of bagged, bottled, and jarred goodies have included creamy Southern Corn Chowdah, Aunt Maggie's Sweet Cornbread, and Gullah Gullah Gumbo––a savory rice and sauce mix. The handmade, screenprinted cloth bags that package select products pay homage to Gullah culture with newspaper prints and vibrant graphics. An assortment of Gullah- and Charleston-inspired knickknacks make unique gifts for birthdays and graduations from PB&J University.
The lot surrounding Charleston Scooter Company is filled with a colorful array of scooters and ATVs nervously waiting to be test-driven. One of the company's most popular lines—four-stroke 50 cc models—gets 100 miles to the gallon and can be legally driven on the street or across a circus tightrope. Inside the showroom, the store sells helmets, storage trunks, and other scooter accessories. The company also offers repair and maintenance services, for which it stocks a full range of parts for the brands it carries and will order any parts not on hand.
Following a car accident, Doctor of Chiropractic Patrick Leonard had chronic lower-back pain to the point where his back would give out on him, and his physicians gave him frustrating advice: to accept that he had a bad back. Instead of accepting this painful fate, he enlisted in chiropractic treatments, and his pains have all but vanished in the years since. In that time, he became a chiropractor himself and, along with Doctor of Chiropractic Timothy Wanninger, another former sufferer of chronic back pain, helms Charleston Chiropractic Associates. Their treatment methods include spinal adjustments and manipulations, massage, cooling cryotherapy, and therapeutic exercises.
Ever since that fateful day at nursery school when Martha Criscuolo learned how to papier-mâché, she knew she wanted to be an artist. As an adult, Martha worked as a K–12 art teacher before opening EarthArt Pottery & Art Studio LLC with the hope of making her passion accessible to a wider audience.
Just a few years after the studio opened its doors, it's clear that she's fulfilled her goal. Whether attending a party or stopping in for one of Martha's many informative workshops, visitors to EarthArt learn how to craft pots, plates, and Romanesque sculptures in a supportive environment.
While artwork may gain immortality by challenging traditional aesthetics, the life of a painting or photograph is only as secure as the frame that contains it. This dedication to preservation is what inspired Michael and Ellen Mintz to open Frames Unlimited in 1979. That same spirit extended to their business itself: when Hurricane Hugo took its toll on their original shop, they gutted it and reopened, this time with more square footage for a gallery and design space. They remain in that space today, helping their staff members create custom frames and matting. In addition to paintings and photography, the staff helps customers guard heirlooms and specialty items such as sports jerseys or athletes still wearing their sports jerseys. Their services also extend to museum-quality archival framing, with special UV-filtering glass to protect art from light’s harmful rays. No matter the job, their shop stocks the materials to match it. Thousands of mouldings run the style gamut from very traditional to ultracontemporary, and colorful frames include hand-finished Italian designs and water-gilded gold leaf.