Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Drift boat fly-fishing trips and lessons
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
My ability to teach newcomers the casting skills, fishing tactics, and fish-finding skills they need to be successful during their time on the water.
The words of praise from world-traveled fly fishers and newcomers alike thanking me for providing them with an interesting, unexpectedly exciting real fly-fishing tour in a part of the world where they might least expect it.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
Having the pleasure of meeting dedicated fly fishermen from here in South Carolina and around the world, and being able to share the unique resource of the three rivers of Columbia, South Carolina, with them. [The three rivers] are part of the Santee-Cooper river system, which was the first in the world in which striped bass successfully reproduced in a landlocked setting without access to the ocean.
I really enjoy watching newcomers hook and land their first fish using the training and practice they have had with me. I love being able to be an advocate for our rivers and for their protection and conservation. It is especially rewarding for me when young clients on parent-child trips take an interest in the insects and other organisms present in the rivers that our fish depend on for food and grasp the importance of keeping the rivers clean for their benefit and the continued health of our fish populations and other wildlife.
When it comes to fly-tying lessons, my favorite part is the spark of recognition on a student's face when they realize that they are able to do it, and the pride they take in producing a cool-looking, buggy representation of a living fish food. I like that parents who may have been skeptical about this activity for their children and their ability to maintain focus often realize just how engrossing the whole process of tying a fly can be for a child. A few years ago, I tied flies at a boat show in New York. When I do these events, I will often sit people down and have them tie a simple fly. Two older gentlemen at the booth next to ours commented on how many kids were interested in trying it. They couldn't believe that the Nintendo Generation was so interested in something so hands-on and non-digital.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
I was lucky enough to have my second guide row the drift boat down the river for me a few times. The most enjoyable part was that I could fish and did not have to row. It was a special feeling being given the royal treatment and having someone else position the boat perfectly, allowing me to cast to the best spots. It gave me a better appreciation of what I provide my clients when we're on the water.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I am a full-time teacher, and in my tying lessons, I provide individual help to make sure students leave with the basic skills to continue tying flies of their own. A lesson usually includes a digital demonstration of tying the fly we are working on in that class, followed by hands-on, step-by-step [instruction]. Once the first fly is complete, we will tie another together, and as students feel ready, they can move ahead at their own speed, tying more flies of the same style in whatever color they like. Students usually end up tying two to four flies in a typical two-hour class, and I also try to make sure I tie enough so that each student gets one to take home as a model. Students who bring their own thumb drive can also take the digital presentation with them so that they have the step-by-step instructions to work from at home.
Fit 4 Life's bootcamp instructor Ronnie Stewart truly understands how maintaining one's fitness can improve their life. As an Army Ranger, he spent hours training his mind and his body to conquer a variety of challenges while serving his country. Though no longer in active duty, Ronnie still employs the techniques taught to him in the service by leading fitness and bootcamp sessions that push physical limits. Ronnie and his instructors break the 45-minute sessions into two different cycles, the first focusing on warm ups and upper body exercises, and the second directed and lower body and core movements. In addition to their bootcamp regimen, Fit 4 Life also offers nutritional counseling to help clients work toward their goals in the healthiest way possible. His approach to teaching, leading, and motivating others through fitness helps participants achieve their desired fitness goals. Ronnie's ability to help others has also gained the attention of local newspapers, radio, and TV stations alike, including ABC Columbia and ROCK 93.5.
Outside of Ronnie's bootcamp sessions, Fit 4 Life's staff also helps others nurture their bodies in personal training classes that bring all the focus solely on the client and the invisible friend they brought with them.
The confectionary savants at Main Street Bakery and Gift Shop solder together tasty ingredients to create fresh-baked batches of cookies and cupcakes that are always made-to-order. Both cupcakes and cookies arrive by the dozens in one of five melt-in-your mouth flavors, ready for sweet display at any tea party or holiday dessert table or beside a larger cake with a crippling Napoleon complex. Customers may choose between vanilla, red velvet, chocolate, strawberry, or carrot-cake cakes, topped with a swirl of cream cheese, vanilla, or chocolate buttercream frosting, and cookie lovers can nab the decadent disks in flavors such as chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, sugar, or toffee. Best of all, the short shelf life of these delicate treats creates a perfectly plausible excuse for eating the entire box without taking a breath or blinking.
Though the menu at Lambsbread Vegan Cafe may appear to be the same as at any soul food place, things aren't what they seem. That's because the chefs don't use any animal products when they make their dishes. They use tempeh, seitan, and vegetables to create options such as the Spare No ribs, mock BLT, and tempeh Reuben. These come paired with complementary sides, such as the okra gumbo, kale, and curry potatoes, all of which are made with no animal products.
The American Red Cross of South Carolina is part of an international, politically neutral movement that has delivered humanitarian care since 1863. It provides relief to survivors of national and manmade disasters in the forms of shelter, food, clothing, medication, and counseling. The organization also works to prevent future emergencies, and prepares community members to respond to them when they occur.
In South Carolina, the Red Cross collects blood donations, provides resources for the armed forces, and hosts health and safety training programs for citizens, including lifeguard and CPR training. Its volunteers also provide physical and emotional aid to survivors of disasters such as fires.