When it came time to design The Coastal Cupboard’s demo kitchen, owner Brad Pitner shied away from industrial-grade appliances, opting instead for the kind of layout you’d find in your average home kitchen. That decision reflects the Cupboard’s mission to make gourmet cooking accessible to all.
To that end, Mr. Pitner and his staff of gourmands stock a vast selection of cooking gadgets, bakeware, and cutlery by top-tier brands such as Zwilling, J.A. Henckels, and Kuhn Rikon. Staff members are happy to walk customers through each product’s function and share their own favorite gadgets and dish towels with sentimental value. They also stock gourmet foods such as small-batch wines, baking mixes, sauces, and rubs.
Customers have a chance to see those tools and ingredients in action during the store’s weekly cooking classes. Most are led by in-house chef Stephen Harman, who tailors his class offerings to suit the interests of customers. “He’s ridiculously talented—he’s just fearless,” says owner Brad Pitner of the inveterate chef. That fearlessness has motivated Chef Harman to master dishes from paella to pad thai. But his true passion is for Lowcountry farm-to-table items. “He’s obsessed with local agriculture,” says Mr. Pitner. “If he can get it local, he’ll get it local.”
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.
Substituting healthful probiotics for the fat and Slim-Jims preferred by other frozen-treat chains, Yobe refreshes taste buds with guilt-free spoonfuls of all-natural self-serve yogurt. Made with organic milk, fruit, and no artificial sweeteners, each ounce of yogurt packs a mere 25 calories, resulting in icy spoonfuls that are lighter and more refreshing than a fashion magazine printed on a feather. The shop's soft-serve machines dish out 31 classic and exotic flavors such as açaí berry, passion fruit, lychee, and vanilla ($0.49/oz.). After piling bowls high with choices from 26 toppings—including fresh bananas, kiwi, and pineapple or m&ms, cookie dough, and peanut-butter cups—formerly tone-deaf taste buds may find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics.
Lloyd's Soccer outfits fleet feet for the joga bonito with a large stock of shoes, jerseys, shin guards, balls, and more. Football neophytes can choose from a variety of Nike youth cleats ($19.99+). A selection of Adidas indoor shoes ($24.99+) allow ball booters to bustle in wintertime or carpeted outdoor caves. To rewrite soccer history in your own backyard, pick up a jersey ($39.99+) and a Jabulani World Cup Replique Ball ($21.99), and then rent a World Cup replica ref. Lloyd's also carries a range of practice apparel and accessories to keep athletes sweating in style.
David Ayres' Lowcountry Custom Golf gives players of any handicap a step up with perfectly fitted woods, irons, and wedges that earned the business a spot on this year’s Golf Digest 100 Best Clubfitters in America. Bringing 24 years of professional golf experience to each fitting, David Ayres keenly examines clients' existing equipment and gives irons a thorough dynamic lie-angle test. Then, the swing savant utilizes an AccuSport Vector launch monitor to analyze their swings and calculate the correct loft and shaft combination to ensure accuracy when faced with an expansive water hazard or a St. Bernard–size dogleg. After the fitting, clients peruse Lowcountry Custom Golf's top brands and services, necessary to take their newly acquired visions of club perfection and turn it into reality or, short of that, a euphoria-induced hallucination.
The celluloid specialists at ScanDigital turn grainy 3"x5" photos and dented VHS tapes into dependable digital files that fill the future with the pleasant retrospections and introspections of a warm and wonderful past. With $100 worth of services, you can digitize roughly 200 photos, 170 negatives, 145 slides, seven 3’’ 8mm film reels, or five videocassettes; mix any of the memory mediums of ScanDigital services (click here to see all the formats). The digitization process includes photo color correction and cleaning and prepping film to ensure the highest possible transfer quality. Go online and fill out a form that generates a shipping label, then mail the materials. After about a week, you get back the original copies along with their new, high-quality clones on DVD.