With all the brain-eating and flesh-chomping that zombies do, you’d think the undead would pack on the pounds pretty quickly. Not so. Why? Let us point out the obvious: They’re always on their feet, and they’re always on the go. They don’t stop, and they never sleep. They burn calories 24/7. You, on the other hand, are probably shackled like a Microserf for eight or more hours out of the day to a computer and you sleep another six or so hours. But you still find ways to get your arms and legs moving and your heart beating if your readers’ picks are any indication. And that’s a good thing. You’ll need to be in tip-top shape when the zombie apocalypse finally happens.

Best Local Sports Team

Charleston RiverDogs

360 Fishburne St. Downtown. (843) 723-7241


From “Nobody Night,” when the Dogs played to an empty stadium, to “Stephen Colbert Night” last summer, our baseball homeboys always guarantee a good time that goes way beyond the ol’ ballgame.

Best Local Athlete

A.J. Green, Summerville

Green is the second all-time leading receiver in high school history, accumulating 5,373 yards in four years. He’ll play for the Georgia Bulldogs next year — watch out SEC.

Best Marina

Charleston City Marina

17 Lockwood Drive. Downtown.

(843) 722-4968


City Marina is home to some genuine old salts. There’s nothing like a day on the water followed up by a dark n’ stormy or five at the marina’s home bar, Salty Mike’s.

Best Island

Sullivan’s Island

Even after losing their most celebrated drinking establishment, Bert’s Bar, Sullivan’s still has the appeal to be named Best Island once again.

Best Place for Family Fun

James Island County Park

871 Riverland Drive. James Island. (843) 795-4FUN

From the climbing wall to the dog park to the Christmas lights to reggae on a warm summer evening, there’s just no rival to the county park for all-day-long good times.

Best Park

James Island County Park

871 Riverland Drive. James Island. (843) 795-4FUN

Dogs love it. Kids love it. Joggers love it. We’re lucky to have this escape so close to town.

Best Surf Shop

McKevlin’s Surf Shop

8 Center St. Folly Beach.

(843) 588-2247.


McKevlin’s is genuine: family owned, staffed by Folly’s sickest surfers, and they won’t try to sell you a board shaped by a machine (a pop-out). If you’ve never checked out their daily blog, it’s friggin’ hilarious.

Best Bike Shop

Mike’s Bikes

808 Folly Road. James Island.

(843) 795-3322

709 Coleman Blvd. Mt. Pleasant.

(843) 884-5884


Whether you need a Folly cruiser, a sleek aluminum frame to ride to California, or just a tune up, Mike will hook you up.

Best Sporting Goods Store

Dick’s Sporting Goods

2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. West Ashley. (843) 573-0891


From balls to bats to baseball caps, clubs and rods to weights for sculpting bods, Dick’s got it all.

Best Dive Shop

Charleston Scuba

335 Savannah Hwy. West Ashley.

(843) 763-3483


Want to swim with the fishies? There’s nothing closer to walking on the moon than breathing like Darth Vader 100 meters down.

Best Outdoor Outfitters

Half-Moon Outfitters

280 King St. Downtown.

(843) 853-0990

425 Coleman Blvd. Mt. Pleasant.

(843) 881-9472


Half-Moon not only stocks the best selection of outdoor gear around, their new warehouse at Park Circle recently became the first Platinum certified-LEED green building in South Carolina.

Best Store for Beach Gear

Waves Surf and Sport

1134 Hungryneck Blvd. Mt. Pleasant.

(843) 856-9230

Summer’s just around the corner, and fortunately there’s a one-stop shop on the way to Isle of Palms for everything you need for a day in the sun … except brewskies.

Best Place to Buy a Boat

Hanckel Marine Sales Service

2445 Savannah Hwy. West Ashley.

(843) 556-2550


It’s a shame to live in Charleston and never get out on the water. If you’re ready to make the investment on your suntan and trout supply in the freezer, go see Hanckel.

Best Golf Course

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

(800) 654-2924


Even the worst slice can’t be that upsetting when it comes down into crashing waves in a beautiful Atlantic sunset. If there’s a more scenic course in the world, it’s in Scotland.

Best Health Club

Gold’s Gym

1291 Folly Road. James Island.

(843) 853-4653

35 Folly Road Blvd. West Ashley.

(843) 329-4653


Whether you want to pump iron and get the heartbeat pounding, or just do some yoga, Gold’s is hard to beat for a full-service workout.

Best Personal Trainer

Bill Fagan, East West Health Arts

792 Folly Road. James Island.

(843) 762-6580


Fagan is both a personal trainer and a Kung Fu expert. Work with him and you’ll not only look and feel better, but your mind will clear as well.

Best Physician

Dr. John Knepper

570 Long Point Road. Mt. Pleasant.

(843) 724-6546

There are few things more important to your family than having a doctor you can trust. At Sewee Family Medicine, you’re in good hands.

Best Plastic Surgeon

Dr. John Hensel, Lowcountry Plastic Surgery

570 Long Point Road. Mt. Pleasant.

(843) 971-2860


You know that feeling when you find the perfect pair? Hensel wants to help you find them and call them your own. We assume there’s no shortage of patients in Mt. P.

Best Dermatologist

Dr. Marguerite Germain

612 Seacoast Pkwy. Mt. Pleasant.

(843) 881-4440


Dr. Germain has traveled the world, lived in Italy, and was once a flight surgeon in the Navy. Now that she’s settled in Mt. Pleasant, her chief mission is making your skin glow.

Best Tanning Salon


Various Locations.

(877) 235-0054


With eight locations in Charleston, it’s easy to banish pasty white skin forever.

Best Dentist

Dr. John Rink

33-C Gamecock Ave. West Ashley.

(843) 766-1132


Nothing eases the pain of a root canal like DVD movie glasses, warm hand mitts, and massage chairs, all of which Dr. Rink offers.

Best Chiropractor

Dr. Mark Luckie

1692 Hwy. 171. West Ashley.

(843) 571-3100


It’s not at all surprising that Dr. Luckie won this category a third year in a row. He’s an expert at making your body work at its optimum level, and is cool enough that Widespread Panic, the Black Crowes, and a host of other rock bands recruit him every time they roll through town.

Best Pilates Studio

Exhale Pilates Studio

360 Concord St. Downtown.

(843) 723-3334


Pilates is the full body workout — you get the stretching of yoga, the peace of mind of meditation through controlled breathing, and the increased heart rate of vigorous exercise. At Exhale, they offer one-on-one and group classes in an intimate setting, so you’ll never feel like the forgotten dud in the corner.

Best Yoga Studio

Holy Cow Yoga Center

10-B Windermere Blvd. West Ashley.

(843) 769-2269


Imagine a string is pulling up on your spine. Now breathe deep. And hold. Holy Cow offers classes all day, every day for every skill level, so if you’ve ever wanted to try yoga, they’re a good place to start.

Best Acupuncturist

Dr. Zeyi Chen, M.D.

from China

5 Daniel St. West Ashley.

(843) 571-6913

1465 Stuart Engals Blvd. Mt. Pleasant. (843) 881-1818


“South Carolina’s grandfather of acupuncture” has been practicing in Charleston for nearly two decades, and before that he was at home in China, making his fellow countrymen feel better. We’re glad he moved stateside, because our American ways could certainly use his skilled touch.

Best Hospital

Roper St. Francis Healthcare

316 Calhoun St. Downtown.

(843) 724-2111


Roper is a leader in cancer care, heart and vascular problems, and joint replacements. If you’re going to get sick, at least there’s quality care close to home.

Best Place to Give Birth

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital

2095 Henry Tecklenburg Drive. West Ashley.

(843) 402-1000

They’re nearing 2,000 annual births, and St. Francis churns out more little humans each year. The hospital prides itselfs on making you feel at home while you’re giving birth by providing comfortable birthing suites and a dedicated, caring staff.

Best Piercing Shop

Factor 5

283 Meeting St. Downtown.

(843) 965-5559

5527 Rivers Ave. North Charleston.

(843) 747-0540

Whether you’re looking to pierce your nose or your collarbone, Cyrus and the staff at Factor 5 will “hook” you up.

Best Tattoo Shop

Blu Gorilla Tattoo Studio

1436 N. Meeting St. Downtown.

(843) 805-8071


That this category exists is a testament to progress in South Carolina. The talented staff at Blu Gorilla promise not to screw up those Chinese letters and write “refrigerator” where you were hoping for “courage.”

Best Sex Shop

Generation XXX

7219-A Cross County Road. North Charleston.

(843) 552-9700

The best place in town to pick up “Meme,” the inflatable midget love doll with “three openings of pleasure.”

Best Day Spa

Urban Nirvana

8 Windermere Blvd. West Ashley.

(843) 720-8000

636-D Long Point Road. Mt. Pleasant.

(843) 881-1160


From massage to wax, body wraps to scrubs and hydrotherapy, Urban Nirvana is the pampering, feel-good queen of the Holy City.

Best Massage Therapist

Christy Schachte, MoM Spa

920 Houston Northcutt Blvd.

Mt. Pleasant. (843) 849-4955


“My chief goal is to help one woman, who in turn, may change one family, which may assist a community, and the ripple effect continues into something bigger, more beautiful than we could ever accomplish alone,” says Schachte about her business. We like that attitude as much as we like a good massage.

Best Hair Salon

Stella Nova

310 King St. Downtown. (843) 853-6161

78 Society St. Downtown. (843) 723-0909

2048 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. West Ashley. (843) 766-6233

1320 Theatre Drive. Mt. Pleasant.

(843) 884-3838

118 E. Richardson Ave. Summerville.

(843) 875-7525


Charleston’s beauty empire wins year in and year out because they’re simply the best at flattering you, and helping you flatter your significant other.

Best Barber Shop

Broad Street Barber Shop

102 Broad St. Downtown.

(843) 723-6533

It’s important to look sharp on Broad Street — fortunately there’s a bonafide old-school barber ready to prepare you for that meeting with the mayor, St. Michael’s Sunday service, or God forbid, an appearance before the judge.

Best Hair Stylist

Lynn Huneycutt, Whispers

on Wentworth

71 Wentworth St. Downtown.

(843) 577-6516


Huneycutt wins this one year after year, and she’s well qualified to have your mop looking its absolute best. Discounts for students and men!

Best Hotel

Charleston Place

205 Meeting St. Downtown.

(843) 722-4900


The hotel that revitalized King Street two decades ago is still the finest place to lay your head in town.

Best Bed & Breakfast

Two Meeting Street Inn

2 Meeting St. Downtown.

(843) 723-7322


From the view of the Battery to the evening sherry, this is luxurious Charleston living at its best.

Best Veterinarian

Ohlandt Veterinary Clinic

1509 Folly Road. James Island.

(843) 795-7574

One reason Dr. Johnny Ohlandt is consistently voted Best Vet is likely his emphasis on education. He doesn’t just fix Fido — he helps you keep him well.

Best Bowling Alley

Twin River Lanes

613 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mt. Pleasant. (843) 884-7735

Get your gobble gobble on and roll a turkey at Twin River — where every frame is closed and you never want the strikes to end.

Best Nail Salon

East Bay Nails

334 East Bay St. Downtown.

(843) 724-0856

If breaking a nail is a traumatizing experience for you, who you gonna call?

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