Amy Vann Flowers has deep roots in Hyde Park Farm & Polo Club. Her great-great-grandmother's family owned the property back in 1896, and her grandfather bought it back piece by piece after it was sold. By the 1950s the farm was whole again, and he left it, along with the 1865 homestead where his mother was born, to his granddaughters. Today, Amy follows the mission her grandfather started: to preserve this 380-acre low-country swath of history in its original glory. On its grounds, rolling pastures, saltwater fishing ponds, and wide oaks welcome visitors for weddings and private events. The grounds are also home to one of Amy's passions: a US Polo Association regulation field.
At an on-site Polo School, a team of resident coaches teaches all ages and skill levels the basics of horseback riding, swinging a mallet with accuracy, and training a horse to do an end-zone dance. The field also hosts competitive polo matches, such as the spring and fall invitationals that draw in the nearby public every year.
Created specifically for women, Curves offers a complete fitness and nutrition solution. The Curves 30 minute workout exercises every major muscle group and burns up to 500 calories through a proven program of strength training, cardio and stretching.
Eric Sullivan owes his seamanship and fishing skills to his 21-year stint in the Coast Guard. In his free time, he would fish the waters of wherever his job landed him, whether it was the Bering Sea, the Atlantic coast, or Mars’s one puddle. Nowadays, most of his fishing takes place along the inlets and marshes of South Carolina’s Low Country as the owner of his own fishing-charter company, Triple Hook Fishing. Aboard his 22-foot bay boat, the US Coast Guard–licensed captain motors passengers on fishing trips to waters that are rich with redfish, trout, flounder, and seasonal fish such as sharks and king mackerel. Through these trips, Eric is able to share his passion for fishing with others, and help families create the type of lasting memories he has created with his own wife and kids.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
With encouraging personal trainers and a cornucopia of cardio and strength equipment, Anytime Fitness of Ladson arms members with a lethal weapon in the battle against flab. Modern and hygienic workout machines fill the gym’s airy space, and members can easily shift their focus from free weights to cross trainers depending on their muscle-toning mood (a $65 value for one-month membership). After an initial consultation, two sessions with a personal trainer well versed in fitness and Sweatin' to the Oldies exercise tapes will assist members in developing healthful and effective workout habits (a $70 value/session). Treadmills and cardio machines are equipped with televisions, and personal amenities include private restrooms and sweat-purging showers. A convenient location and optional all-time access cards allow members to shed the bondage of authoritative time restraints and adopt an exercise routine that makes the most of lunch breaks and extra-motivated sleepwalking sessions.
The Moonshine Saloon's two bars cover 10,000 square feet of southern-rock vibes, billiards, video games, and a menu of fried appetizers and burgers. Patrons can toss golden taquitos ($4.25) at the saloon’s dartboards, then commune with deep-sea fryers with a dinner basket of shrimp ($8.25). The sweetness and crunch of fried corn ($2.25) make way for the cheeseburger ($7.75), its two buns bookending warm pages of cheese melted over a beef patty. Before exploring Moonshine’s large dance floor in search of a city wrought of pure rock 'n' roll, patrons can petition a tasty concoction from the bar with a choice of call ($4.75), premium ($6.75), or top-shelf ($7.50) liquors.