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.
Budding skaters can learn to sail on frozen seas at Carolina Ice Palace, whose coaches are all members of the Professional Skaters Association and have decades of combined experience. Designed by the U.S. Figure Skating Association, the Basic Skills Learn to Skate Program introduces essential ice maneuvers to both recreational skaters and those who wish to decorate Christmas trees with Olympic medals, helping them to explore moves including forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns, and mohawks. Classes, which consist of 30 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of practice time each week, are available on Mondays and Saturdays and are suited for children or adults who want to put the running sneakers on ice, strap on skates, and incinerate many calories.
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.
Disguised by a helmet and mask, a quick figure darts past paint-splattered woodland trees, diving into a trench before blasting a nearby opponent with brightly colored marker fire. On nine fields spread across 60 acres of land, other paintballers similarly dart, dive, and duck behind tubes and barrels in their pursuit of the opposing team's flag. Referees ensure that competitors practice safe and fair play in each bout, and an optional chronograph range makes sure each rental or player-supplied marker fires at a safe velocity. In addition to accommodating participants on its courses, Paintball Charleston's store supplies gear such as CCM markers and matching barrels with the same Hello Kitty decals on them.
Friends for more than a decade, Michael Biondi, Steve McCauley, and Joey Siconolfi share a love of board games, the outdoors, and, perhaps most importantly, brewing beer. At their Charleston nanobrewery, Frothy Beard Brewing Co, the trio draws on local ingredients to craft an eclectic lineup of flagship, seasonal, and specialty pours. Along with mainstays, including a ginger-flavored pale ale, Frothy Beard's 1.5-barrel system yields everything from coconut-milk stouts to peppermint porters. Pints and flights flow freely in the brewery's taproom, where bartenders also fill take-home growlers or the cupped-together hands of especially thirsty patrons.
When a hot summer hit in 1984, Bob Tumolo wanted to help his neighbors cool down. But instead of crafting traditional ice cream or sticking a straw into a fire hydrant, he decided to formulate his own recipes for Italian ice, using fresh fruit to craft each batch. Ices in a wide range of flavors filled chilly cases at the original Rita’s Ice shop, and those recipes still form the treats at franchises across the country. The shops also offer up scoops of creamy frozen custard customized with toppings such as sprinkles, hot fudge, and caramel, or layer the custard with Italian ice to create the store’s famous gelati.