The staff at Carolina Maintenance of Charleston has more than 20 years of experience wiping windows to a shine. The punctual technicians man high-tech equipment when scouring windows or outfitting them with a view of the nearest ocean. They typically clean each window’s sash, sill, and stoop.
A two-story castle, jumbo stuffed animals, and Xbox video games—these aren’t what most people picture when they think of a dentist’s office. But these amenities and more are found at Coastal Kids Dental & Braces, whose founder and mother of two Dr. Isabel aims to make going to the dentist fun. She and a skilled staff of pediatric dentists and hygienists make every effort to put children at ease and answer their questions about the tooth fairy’s interest rates. In rooms decorated with galactic, naval, and underwater themes, these experts cater to their pintsize patients while assessing oral health and evaluating the need for orthodontics. The patients themselves can watch movies on flat-screen televisions while they swish with fluoride and open wide.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
Juicy Steaks International dispenses succulent, 100% certified cuts of steak, chicken, and seafood by the case for carnivorous clients to store in their home freezers. Ribs and burgers satiate palates alongside bites of tender fillets, new york strips, and porterhouses, which puzzle wolves who cannot decide between eating them and blowing them down. Chicken-breast fillets arrive slathered in delectable sauces, such as honey mustard or southwestern, and an extensive selection of lobsters, shrimp, groupers, and red snappers treat taste buds stricken with maritime munchies. Juicy Steaks International can also throw tailgate parties, during which staffers man the Juicy Steaks Smoker Grill and supply all the necessary chow, setup, and cleanup for pregame festivities. The meat-focused outfit also caters a wide array of family and group events with special meals such as deep-fried turkey, and offers authentic Caribbean eats, such as oxtail and jerk pork, for lunchtime carry-out or delivery.
Andolini’s Pizza has earned continuing popular acclaim from readers of the Charleston City Paper, who rank it the best New York Style Pizza in the city year after year. The Andolini’s team bakes dough, grates cheese, and makes sauces in-house. They sell hand-tossed pizzas by the slice alongside whole pies festooned with traditional toppings such as Italian sausage, anchovies, and mushrooms. Avid patrons can also purchase an Andolini’s t-shirt to proclaim their allegiance to the restaurant, or simply smear a slice of cheese and pepperoni directly onto their own shirt.
Dessert refuses to be an afterthought at Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Cafe. More than 30 ice-cream flavors—repeatedly lauded by the Charleston City Paper and Moultrie News—pile atop cones or blend into milk shakes, and classic banana splits make mouths water with their pecans and cherries. The café’s scoops of amaretto cherry or java chunk are generous, living up to the vision of Rod Lapin, who opened the first Ye Ole Fashioned in 1972 with the idea of making customers’ jaws drop at the size of his portions.
Today, at more than half a dozen locations, including one helmed by his daughter Becki and her husband, that hasn’t changed. Ten strips of bacon layer the café’s signature BLTs; chili-laden, all-beef hot dogs weigh down their buns; and the plates are required to start lifting weights regularly before they’re allowed to carry double-decker sandwiches or burgers.