Charleston Living Best of the Best Reader's Choice 2017
By TERI ERRICO GRIFFIS and JENNA-LEY JAMISON
Charleston Allergy & Asthma
Allergies are no joke here in the Lowcountry, and that’s why residents trust Charleston Allergy & Asthma above all others. They treat everything from hay fever to food allergies, sinusitis to immune deficiency and more. Relief is but a call or click away with three convenient locations in West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant and Summerville, and the ability to request an appointment online! 843-556-9588, charlestonallergy.com
Assisted Living Center
Somerby of Mt. Pleasant
Villa life awaits you at the picturesque Somerby of Mt. Pleasant. It offers choices that senior communities in this area can match, with recreational classes and social opportunities, on-campus entertainment and formal and casual dining. In addition, you’ll also find that Somerby combines a culture and environment conducive to healthy living, thanks to an innovative approach to wellness—Discover Your Spark® that’s rich in opportunities for lifelong learning and discovery. 843-849-3096, somerbyseniorliving.com
Advanced Hearing Care
Don’t let hearing loss leave you out! Visit the local experts at Advanced Hearing Care because your hearing is their top priority. Their staff is well-trained and certified in audiology and hearing aids, and skilled at fitting and programming hearing aids based on the results of your hearing tests. Care extends beyond initial fittings, with ongoing follow-ups for as long as you need it. 843-628-4844, advhearing.com
TD Bank, dubbed America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest in the U.S.—but still maintains personable customer service and some of the best assistance with all of your financial needs, be it personal or business banking, mortgages and more. There are nearly 1,300 locations along the east coast alone, so whether you’re running errands in Charleston, or heading out on a road trip, they’re always close by. tdbank.com
In October 2009, Barre Evolution opened as the first and only local, Charleston-area studio dedicated to barre fitness. Since then, they have expanded to four studios, including two in Mt. Pleasant and one in West Ashley, with a fifth on the way and thousands of students. They offer class variety, highly trained instructors, and a supportive, locally-owned studio community. barreevolution.com
The Alley redefines bowling. With eight lanes, three bars, gourmet burgers, retro arcade games, two 160-inch projection screens and multiple TVs, there is no way someone can head here and not have the time of their life. One of the coolest bowling alleys ever, they host a slew of events and themed nights, including Cosmic Bowling, Trivia, Free Arcade Night and burger and happy hour deals. 843-818-4080, thealleycharleston.com
South Carolina Federal Credit Union
Supporting local is what Charleston does best, so it’s no surprise that their credit union of choice is the state’s own South Carolina Federal Credit Union. Whether it’s personal or business banking, mortgages or auto loans, clients choose them because of their personal attention, their safety and service, and their convenience to fit any lifestyle. With them, life is simplified.
Children’s Discovery Center
All parents will agree that no one can care for their child better than they can—but as a second best, parents choose Children’s Discovery Center as their daycare of choice. The premier early care and education provider encourages learning through exploration and discovery, and believes that a creative environment is essential to inspiring young children. Open weekdays, they offer infant, toddler, pre-school and enrichment programs.
Open the door and find your nirvana. One 60-minute appointment will feel like you’ve been relaxing for hours as you indulge in a luxurious massage that combines gentle to firm pressure in areas that crave a little extra TLC. Restore vital energy, reduce stress and promote a balanced body. You deserve it. urbannirvana.com
Dermatology & Laser Center of Charleston
For a difference you can see and feel, Dermatology & Laser Center is the dermatologist of choice. They treat a wide range of skin conditions, from skin cancer and eczema to acne and rosacea, as well as in-demand cosmetic services including CoolSculpting, Botox injections, laser hair removal, Sculptra Aesthetic and more. Stop by any of their offices today for a complimentary consultation!
Charleston’s only PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Center, Charleston Scuba has been serving local divers since 1987. They offer SCUBA classes, equipment repair and rental services, a broad selection of retail items, local dive charters, and dive trips to exotic locations all over the world. Head to their website for a list of classes, including introductory, refreshers, certification classes, and book your lesson today!
Edward Jones’ goal is to provide clients with advice and guidance based on their needs. They have more than 14,000 financial advisors in the U.S—including right here in Charleston. Their personal financial advisors take the time to know you and your financial goals, and can help you plan for your future, invest today or advise you on your wealth management with a tailored financial strategy.
Eyecare Vision Center
Dr. Kerry Solomon
Dr. Kerry Solomon is South Carolina’s LASIK Leader and the most experienced Lasik and Laser Cataract surgeon in the state. When you visit any of their four offices, you can count on expert techniques using the latest technology—and more importantly, a path to crystal clear vision that's comfortable, and even enjoyable. Better vision is within your reach.
All of your options are literally laid at your feet at Carpet Baggers, which makes one-stop shopping for your new floor a relaxing reality. See the samples, feel the textures and visualize how your home can be revitalized with nearly 100 carpet or wood flooring options installed in the showroom. 843-571-0013, carpet-baggers.com
The Flower Cottage
Roses are red, violets are blue. The family-owned Flower Cottage offers fresh flower delivery, and is Charleston’s go-to. They have been owned and operated by the Sirisky family for more than 20 years, and creates some of the finest and most beautiful floral arrangements and gifts for your loved ones. Their prompt and friendly service only makes them all the more desirable to call up for any occasion.
Havens Fine Framing
843-881-1543, havensfineframing.com Whether it’s framing a Picasso or a child’s artwork, Havens Fine Framing treats every project with care because if it’s important to you, it’s important to them. Established in 1968, the family-run business does everything in house and has some of the best Designers, Frame Builders, Restoration Specialists—and more than 6,000 frame samples. They even offer professional hanging services and installation!
J. Henry Stuhr
Saying good-bye to someone you love is never easy, but J. Henry Stuhr, now in its fifth generation, is committed to being there for you through the tough decisions. Their five chapels, two crematories, memorial garden and dedicated staff of funeral professionals make up the largest funeral service provider in the state. jhenrystuhr.com
The Golf Club at Briar's Creek
Enjoy a world-class golf experience with no tee times at Briar’s Creek. Set on more than 900 acres of scenic Johns Island, the course is precisely designed with no shortage of water, marshes, wetlands and wildlife, along with the occasional bunker, rough, and gently rolling, but quick putting surface. There’s even multiple tee boxes, which provide the added spirited challenge of dramatic shots for golfers of every level.
Fitness buffs and casual gymgoers alike love O2 for their unique classes, membership that allows access to all locations and their variety of equipment from cardio to weights! The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help with your training. They even have daycare to make your workout as convenient as possible. o2fitnessclubs.com
Heating & Air
Morelli Heating & Air
Dubbed “The Problem Solvers,” the family-run company has more than 30-years of experience to help you with your residential or commercial HVAC needs. Their business is based on the Golden Rule of treating others the way they hope to be treated, and that’s why more than 10,000 satisfied customers call upon them again and again for their heating and cooling problems.
Innovative Sight & Sound
Here in Charleston, homeowners turn to Innovative Sight & Sound to perfect their home’s audio and video home theater installation, as well as structured wiring throughout, outdoor speakers and media rooms. The company comes highly recommended for their options that not only meet, but exceed clients’ expectations. You also can’t put a price on installation techs who are proficient and timely!
New Leaf Builders
There’s no place like home and nobody believes that more than New Leaf Builders. Clients love their passion for the Lowcountry and how dedicated they are in celebrating and preserving this region. They have a hands-on approach to each project, employing environmentally responsible building techniques and innovative approaches to today’s homebuilding trends. You can trust they’ll be focused and present from the moment the foundation is poured until the keys are handed over.
Home Cleaning Service
A home should be enjoyed and it’s hard to when you’re constantly tidying it up. This is where Merry Maids come in—their team of professional cleaners sweep in to provide the top-to-bottom house cleaning service that fits your budget and needs. Choose from a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or a one-time basis and from their extensive services (dusting, vacuuming, sanitation). They’ll even deodorize your home on request!
Home Security Provider
Today’s world is wrought with worries about identity theft and security breaches. It feels good to know at least you don’t have to worry about your home (or business) being invaded with Sonitrol’s verified electronic security. Their latest technologies provide the most reliable security solutions for both families and businesses. 888-747-0904, sonitrolsc.com
MUSC Medical Center
If an apple a day doesn’t keep the doctor away, people turn to MUSC first for all of their diverse health needs. They have specialists from more than 35 different fields, including neurology, cardiology, infectious diseases and nine surgical specialties. MUSC’s Children's Hospital is home to the South Carolina Children's Heart Center and has one of the few Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the state.
The Francis Marion Hotel is a Charleston legend. Located on Upper King St. in the heart of downtown, it’s walking distance to shops, restaurants and the farmer’s market. Did we mention there’s also valet parking? It’s gorgeous and rich with history and surely the reason so many tourists choose to stay! 843-722-0600, francismarionhotel.com
State Farm is the biggest insurance company in the country, making an Agent simple to find here in the Charleston tri-County. They offer home, auto, renters, condo, motorcycle and life insurance (as well as banking options). They help protect your most important investments and with personal service and discounts up to 40%, it’s no wonder everyone trusts State Farm.
Kitchen and Bath Design
Precision, patience and personalization is the motto for Classic Remodeling, the most reputable and distinguished Design-Build firm in town. They mix functionality with aesthetics, and voters love how they bring their ideas to life regardless of size or complexity. This company truly respects the architectural integrity of a home. 843-763-3297, classicremodeling.com
Ables Landscapes is a cut above the rest. They provide the highest quality in residential landscape, design, installation and maintenance. Call on them for a full range of services, including landscape renovations, arbors and gazebos, water features, walls, fences and trellises, among others. Clients love that Ables Landscapes sees every project all the way through, from initial concept to scheduled maintenance as it matures.
Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina isn’t just for tourists or out-of-town guests—though if you have visitors in town, you should absolutely recommend they stay in this Mt. Pleasant resort. The world-class destination, which includes both The Beach Club and Harborside Waterfront Retreat, offers elegant accommodations, an expansive list of amenities and activities, and a prime waterfront location.
Your home is the biggest investment you’ll ever make and Wells Fargo is a favorite for financing your most important asset. Choose from a variety of home mortgage loans that meet your needs. Whether your goal is buying a home, improving it or refinancing, Wells Fargo has a plan for you! 843-577-8329, wellsfargo.com/mortgage
The Gibbes Museum of Art
The Gibbes Museum of Art believes art is the difference between merely existing and being truly alive. Explore everything from local-themed exhibits from today (such as Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas) or historical paintings (18th and 19th Century American Paintings and Sculpture). They also offer classes and workshops, programs and lectures, and have numerous, exciting special events throughout the year.
Homebuyers enjoy a truly remarkable lifestyle when they choose to live at Carolina Park. The fastest-growing community has it all: childhood education, as well as elementary and high schools, two churches, a resident’s club with an Olympic-sized pool, tennis courts, pavilion, 80 acres of parks, trails and more. Fall in love with the gorgeous homes designed by eight of the Lowcountry’s most trusted-builders.
Orthopaedic Specialists of Charleston
You’ll find the best care at Orthopaedic Specialists of Charleston, now known as Roper St. Francis Physician Partners—Orthopaedics. Their board certified doctors and fellowship trained specialists offer complete care for your orthopaedic needs, and their surgeons have expertise in treating sports injuries, managing arthritis, and performing minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgeries to help keep you active and on the move.
Ledford’s Termite & Pest Control
Not every business can say they are truly family-owned and have been for nearly four generations. Ledford’s specializes in the prevention and extermination of unwanted guests you don’t want hanging around. No, not your in-laws! Termites, fleas, roaches, spiders and ants. Their team is trained, certified and friendly. 843-779-1143, ledfordspestcontrol.com
My Three Dogs
You wouldn’t trim your own hair, so when it comes to your furry friend, it’s even more necessary to turn to the experts. My Three Dogs know how important your dog is to you and provide care tailored to your pet’s specific needs. If Fido could talk, he’d tell you it’s a fabulous experience from start to finish at the 10,000 sq. foot facility with indoor and outdoor play areas, swimming pool and air-conditioned areas.
Pilates of Charleston
Whether you’re intrigued about what Pilates is and just looking to start out or a novice, Pilates of Charleston—the premier pilates studio for Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and James Island—has the class for you. Exercise shouldn’t be a luxury and the studio’s goal is to make Pilates affordable and accessible to everyone. Locals agree the safe, effective and therapeutic workout for your body is a success.
LimRic Plumbing Heating & Air
Don’t throw your money down the drain by calling the wrong plumber. Charleston’s favorite company is LimRic. Their decades of experience make them the top choice for local home and business owners. You name it, they do it. Even better, they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for plumbing emergencies and respond with fully stocked trucks ready to get you running again ASAP!
Aqua Blue Pools
Their dedication to the Lowcountry has earned Aqua Blue Pools the honor and distinction of becoming a multiple award-winning, media-recognized pool builder. They specialize in building custom swimming pools, spas, water features and water parks for both homeowners and commercial property owners. One key to their success is a staff that is not only skilled and knowledgeable about the process, but creative and attentive to detail—and their clients’ goals.
Bishop England is the largest, Catholic four-year high school in South Carolina and was established in 1915 to provide Charleston’s Catholic Community with an opportunity for higher parochial education. Students are enriched in an environment that promotes a climate of safety, trust and respect, as well as a love for learning.
Salon for Women
If you ask for recommendations on a salon, chances are Strawberry Blonde will come up most often. With locations in Mt. Pleasant and Avondale, you can make an appointment with anyone and leave feeling absolutely stunning. Cuts, color, updos, blowouts, makeup and wedding services—they do it all. You can even model for them and get a fabulous new look for a worthwhile price. strawberryblondesalon.com
Salon/Barber for Men
Lowcountry Barber Shop
Hats off to Lowcountry Barber Shop. Classic men who prefer the tradition and feel of an old-school barbershop trust them the best. The shop’s modern amenities and services cater to men of all hair types with haircuts, facial shaves and more. Six over-sized chairs also means a short wait time! lowcountrybarbershop.com
Jarrard, Nowell & Russell
Charleston residents turn to Jarrard, Nowell & Russell again and again as their most trusted CPA Firm come tax time. In contrast to many accountants experienced solely in financial reporting and tax preparation, the principals are able to draw on extensive experience in public accounting and senior level corporate financial management to provide a more strategic and comprehensive approach to financial and business planning. 843-723-2768, jnrcpas.com
Wedding Reception Venue
Boone Hall Plantation
There isn’t a more iconic setting for a Southern Wedding. After all, it was the house where Noah and Allie fell in love. Marry against the brick backdrop of the main house, full of rich history, or along some of the most romantic oak tree-lined roads that are perfect for pictures. 843-884-4371, boonehallplantation.com