Sportsman's Shop T&T Sports, which has been in service for more than 60 years, preps athletes for myriad playing fields with equipment and apparel from brands such as Adidas, Easton, New Balance, and Nike. Players can wiggle into the flexible fibers of Under Armour duds such as women's comp shorts ($24.99) or the Tech T ($19.99), which affords drying protection against moisture buildups and sneezy fire hydrants. For Canton-bound flankers and soft-handed tire targets, rubber-covered Wilson footballs ($18.99) provide a more pliable catching surface, and Baden basketballs ($27.99) supply hoopsters with bouncy adaptability for indoor or outdoor play. Protect hand branches from a baseball bat's reverberating sting by sliding finger-first into a pair of Easton batting gloves ($12.99). Use the mesh links of a volleyball net ($30.29) to separate spiked shots or finally achieve checkered tan lines.
Around the parking lot, a platoon of new and certified used Hyundais stands ready to ferry their new owners home from Hendrick Hyundai North. Inside, the dealership’s service and parts departments bustle with auto technicians who work to fix brakes, check batteries, change motor oil, and install even-larger monster-truck wheels.
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.