Winning Best of Charleston 2021 is a triumph worth celebrating. Even in “normal” times, all of the winners on this list will tell you that earning the recognition of the Charleston community is no easy task. Every one of this year’s winners, runners-up and finalists deserve credit for navigating 2020. We made it. If we’ve learned anything from the year, it’s that we can’t take our beloved local businesses and institutions for granted. Congratulations to the Best of Charleston 2021 winners. You most certainly deserve it.

Best of Attractions and City Living
Best of Culture, Arts and Entertainment
Best of Drinking
Best of Eating
Best of Politics, News and Media
Best of Recreation, Health and Beauty
Best of Services
Best of Shops
Best of Special to 2020

Best Tour Company: Bulldog Tours will teach you something new about Charleston, guaranteed

Best of Attractions and City Living

After a year of being holed up at home, we bet you’re just itching to get out and do something you can’t do from the comfort of your couch. Luckily, we got you. Whether you’re wanting to drop by a close-knit community (have you heard about Park Circle?) or mark your calendars for some upcoming events you missed out on last year (Charleston Animal Society’s Chili Cook-Off is set to be held in person this year), thumb through the next pages, and see what you’ve been missing.

Best Annual Outdoor Event
Charleston Wine + Food Festival 
charlestonwineandfood.com

Runner-Up:
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition 

Best Apartment Community
The Boulevard Luxury Apartments 
725 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 973-3330
liveontheboulevard.com

Runner-Up:
The Guild

Best Attraction
South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf. Downtown.
(843) 577-3474
scaquarium.org

Runner-Up:
Folly Beach

Best Building
Dock Street Theatre
135 Church St. Downtown. (843) 577-7183
charlestonstage.com

Runner-Up:
MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital

Best Charter School
James Island Charter High School
1000 Fort Johnson Road. James Island.
(843) 762-2754
jichs.ccsdschools.com

Runner-Up:
Charleston Charter School for Math and Science

Best Daycare
Sundrops Montessori 
955 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 849-3652
88 Simons St. Downtown.
(843) 722-4339
2391 Clements Ferry Road. Daniel Island.
(832) 647-7848
sundropsmontessori.com

Runner-Up:
The Oaks Children’s Academy 

Best Farmers Market
Charleston Farmers Market
329 Meeting St. Downtown.
(843) 724-7305
charlestonfarmersmarket.com

Runner-Up:
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Best Festival 
Charleston Wine + Food Festival
Various Locations.
(843) 727-9998
charlestonwineandfood.com

Runner-Up:
Holiday Festival of Lights 

Best Fundraising Event 
Charleston Animal Society Celebrity Chili Cook-Off
(843) 747-4849
charlestonanimalsociety.org

Runner-Up:
Pet Helpers’ “Fur Ball” Gala

Best Green Business 
Vertical Roots
1008 Clements Crest Lane. Daniel Island.
(843) 701-4573
verticalroots.com

Runner-Up:
GrowFood Carolina

Best Local College 
College of Charleston
66 George St. Downtown.
(843) 805-5507
cofc.edu

Runner-Up:
The Citadel

Best Neighborhood 
Park Circle
North Charleston

Runner-Up:
Old Village

Best Place of Worship
Seacoast Church
Various Locations
seacoast.org

Runner-Up:
Circular Congregational Church

Best Place to Work 
Medical University of South Carolina
25 Courtenay Drive. Downtown.
(843) 792-2300
musc.edu

Runner-Up:
Charleston Animal Society

Best Pop-Up Market
Sunday Brunch Farmers Market
1977 Maybank Highway. James Island.
(843) 735-2275
sundaybrunchfarmersmarket.com

Runner-Up:
Charleston City Night Market 

Best Preschool
O’Quinn Schools
1567 Harbor View Road. James Island.
(843) 795-6708
761 S. Shelmore Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 881-8506
portergaud.edu/oquinn

Runner-Up:
The Oaks Children’s Academy

Best Private School
Bishop England High School
363 Seven Farms Drive. Daniel Island.
(843) 849-9599
behs.com

Runner-Up:
Porter-Gaud School

Best Public School
Charleston County School of the Arts
5109 W. Enterprise St. North Charleston
(843) 529-499
ccsdschools.com

Runner-Up:
Wando High School

Best Public Space
James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive. James Island.
(843) 406-699
ccprc.com

Runner-Up:
Hampton Park 

Best Tour Company
Bulldog Tours
18 Anson St. Downtown.
(843) 722-8687
bulldogtours.com

Runner-Up:
Palmetto Carriage Works

Best Local Comic: Brandy Sullivan is not only the co-founder of Theatre 99, she’s a hilarious comic herself

Best of Culture, Arts and Entertainment

Although artists and venues across the tri-county area did everything they could to keep the sounds, paint and more flowing, there’s something to be said about live entertainment (check out Bangkok Lounge for some karaoke) and a night out at the movies (Terrace Theater is everyone’s favorite). This year’s Best of Charleston may feel a little different, with many of its winners being sorely missed, but we know they will be back in person soon.

Best Party of 2020
Charleston on the Water

Runner-Up:
Skinful Halloween

Best Local Visual Artist
Matt Wilson

Runner-Up:
John Reese

Best Art Gallery
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
161 Calhoun St. Downtown.
(843) 953-4422
halsey.cofc.edu

Runner-Up:
Redux Contemporary Art Center

Best Club DJ
DJ Natty Heavy

Runner-Up:
DJ Trevor D.

Best Jazz Band
Ranky Tanky

Runner-Up:
Charlton Singleton Quartet

Best Jazz & Blues Club
The Commodore
504 Meeting St. Downtown
thecommodorechs.com

Runner-Up:
Club Prohibition

Best Local Hip Hop Artist
Mason Jar Muzik

Runner-Up:
Benny Starr

Best Local Band
The Midnight City Band

Runner-Up:
Southbound 17

Best Local Comic
Brandy Sullivan

Runner-Up:
Hagan Ragland

Best Male Vocalist
Darius Rucker

Runner-Up:
Randall Fowler

Best House/Cover Band
The Midnight City Band

Runner-Up:
The Reckoning

Best Trivia Night
Charleston Sports Pub
Various Locations
charlestonsportspub.com

Runner-Up:
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

Best Drag Show
Dudley’s on Ann
42 Ann St. Downtown.
(843) 577-6779
dudleysonann.com

Runner-Up:
Tabbuli

Best Local Podcast
Holy City High

Runner-Up:
Charleston Time Machine

Best Karaoke Night
Bangkok Lounge
353 King St., 2nd floor. Downtown
thebangkoklounge.com

Runner-Up:
Tin Roof

Best Art Instruction
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St. Downtown.
(843) 722-2706
gibbesmuseum.org

Runner-Up:
Redux Contemporary Art Center

Best Recording Studio
Coast Records
coast-records.com

Runner-Up:
Truphonic Recording Studio

Best Local Theater Company
Theatre 99
280 Meeting St. #B. Downtown.
(843) 853-6687
theatre99.com

Runner-Up:
Charleston Stage

Best Movie Theater
Terrace Theater
1956d Maybank Highway. James Island
(843) 762-9494
terracetheater.com

Runner-Up:
Cinnebarre

Best Theater Show of 2020
Over the River and Through the Woods, Flowertown Players

Runner-Up:
I Love You — You’re Perfect — Now Change, Footlight Players

Best Female Vocalist
Lauren Hall

Runner-Up:
Quiana Parler

Best Music Concert of 2020
Charleston on the Water

Runner-Up:
Safe Sounds at Firefly Music Series

Best Place to See Local Music
Charleston Pour House
1977 Maybank Highway. James Island
(843) 571-4343
charlestonpourhouse.com

Runner-Up:
The Windjammer

Best Local Author
Mary Alice Monroe

Runner-Up:
Marcus Amaker

Best Museum
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St. Downtown.
(843) 722-2706
gibbesmuseum.org

Runner-Up:
The Charleston Museum

Best Musician
Darius Rucker

Runner-Up:
Charlton Singleton

Best Exhibit of 2020
Building a Legacy, The Vibrant Vision Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman, Gibbes Museum of Art

Runner-Up:
The Water is Rising, John Gaulden, Avery Research Center

Best Place to See Local Hip-Hop
Charleston Pour House
1977 Maybank Highway. James Island
(843) 571-4343
charlestonpourhouse.com

Runner-Up:
The Purple Buffalo

Best Local Actor
Cullen Moss

Runner-ups:
Gabriel Wright & Paul O’Brian

Best Local Actress
Madelyn Knight

Runner-Up:
Nakeisha Daniel

Best Cultural Event
MOJA Arts Festival

Runner-Up:
Charleston Pride

Best Rock Music Club
Charleston Pour House
1977 Maybank Highway. James Island
(843) 571-4343
charlestonpourhouse.com

Runner-Up:
The Royal American

Best Distillery: Firefly owner Scott Newitt (right) and head distiller Jay MacMurphy

Best of Drinking

Charleston has no shortage of booze-filled options with its thriving brewery scene, growing number of distilleries and assortment of dive and craft cocktail bars. Want a PBR? Head to Recovery Room, City Paper readers’ pick for Best Cheap Beer Deal and Best Cold Beer. Plus, don’t forget newbies like Best New Bar Tobin’s Market, a downtown outdoor watering hole.

In a year where folks were drinking more at home, locals were fortunate enough to have easy access to Best Local Spirit Firefly sweet tea vodka, and when it was time to return to local bars and restaurants, Best Bartender Shana Swain and Best Sommelier Sam Cooper welcomed us back with socially distanced open arms.

So without further ado, let’s raise a glass to the Drinking winners as voted on by City Paper readers. —Parker Milner

Best Adult Establishment
King Street Cabaret
1337 King St. Downtown.
(843) 789-4488
kingstreetcabaret.com

Runner-up:
Cheetah Gentleman’s Club

Best Authentic Pub 
Blind Tiger Pub
36-38 Broad St. Downtown.
(843) 872-6700
blindtigerchs.com

Runner-up:
Seanachai Whiskey & Cocktail Bar

Best Bar Staff
Low Tide Brewing
2863 Maybank Highway. Johns Island.
(843) 576-9194
lowtidebrewing.com

Runner-up:
Moe’s Crosstown Tavern

Best Bartender
Shana Swain, Zen Asian Bistro
2037 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. West Ashley.
(843) 766-6331
zenasianrestaurant.com

Runner-up:
Chelsey Donnahoo, Hotel Bennett

Best Beer Retail Selection
Total Wine & More
1820 Ashley River Road. West Ashley.
(843) 763-7034
1501 N. Highway 17 #C-6. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 375-8999
totalwine.com

Runner-up:
Edmund’s Oast Exchange

Best Beer Selection on Tap
Bay Street Biergarten
549 E. Bay St. Downtown.
(843) 266-2437
baystreetbiergarten.com

Runner-up:
Gene’s Haufbrau

Best Bloody Mary
Page’s Okra Grill
302 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 881-3333
pagesokragrill.com

Runner-up:
The Darling Oyster Bar

Best Bottled Beer
Edmund’s Oast Exchange
1081-B, Morrison Drive. Downtown.
(843) 990-9449
edmundsoast.com/exchange

Runner-up:
Gene’s Haufbrau

Best Bouncers
AC’s Bar & Grill
467 King St. Downtown.
(843) 577-6742
acsbar.com

Runner-up:
Uptown Social

Best Cheap Beer Deal
Recovery Room Tavern
685 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0999
recoveryroomtavern.com

Runner-up:
AC’s Bar & Grill

Best Cocktails
The Gin Joint
182 E. Bay St. #2169. Downtown.
(843) 577-6111
theginjoint.com

Runner-up:
Felix Cocktails et Cuisine

Best Cold Beer
Recovery Room Tavern
685 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0999
recoveryroomtavern.com

Runner-up:
Gene’s Haufbrau

Best College Bar
AC’s Bar & Grill
467 King St. Downtown.
(843) 577-6742
acsbar.com

Runner-up:
Uptown Social

Best Dance Club
The Commodore
504 Meeting St. Downtown.
thecommodorechs.com

Runner-up:
Trio

Best Daniel Island Bar
Daniel Island Grille
259 Seven Farms Drive. Daniel Island.
(843) 377-8750
dighospitality.com 

Runner-up:
Dockery’s

Best Distillery
Firefly Distillery
4201 Spruill Ave. North Charleston.
(843) 557-1405
fireflydistillery.com

Runner-up:
High Wire Distilling

Best Downtown Bar
Blind Tiger Pub
36-38 Broad St. Downtown.
(843) 872-6700
blindtigerchs.com

Runner-up:
The Royal American

Best Folly Beach Bar
Taco Boy
106 E. Ashley Ave. Folly Beach.
(843) 588-9761
217 Huger St. Downtown.
(843) 789-3333
tacoboy.net

Runner-up:
Surf Bar

Best Folly Beach Happy Hour
Surf Bar
103 W. Cooper Ave. Folly Beach.
(843) 588-2009
surfbarfollybeach.com

Runner-up:
Taco Boy

Best Frozen Drinks
Home Team BBQ
126 Williman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island .
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2
hometeambbq.com

Runner-up:
The Co-Op

Best Happy Hour
Water’s Edge
1407 Shrimp Boat Lane. Mount Pleasant. (843) 884-4074
waters-edge-restaurant.com

Runner-up:
Pearlz Oyster Bar

Best IOP Bar
The Windjammer
1008 Ocean Blvd. Isle of Palms.
(866) 540-3548
the-windjammer.com

Runner-up:
Coconut Joe’s

Best IOP Happy Hour
The Windjammer
1008 Ocean Blvd. Isle of Palms. (866) 540-3548
the-windjammer.com

Runner-up:
The Dinghy

Best James Island Bar
Charleston Pour House
1977 Maybank Highway. James Island.
(843) 571-4343
charlestonpourhouse.com

Runner-up:
Bohemian Bull

Best James Island Happy Hour
Bohemian Bull 
1531 Folly Road. James Island.
(843) 225-1817
bohemianbull.com

Runner-up:
Garage 75

Best Johns Island Bar
Tattooed Moose
1137 Morrison Drive. Downtown.
(843) 277-2990
3328 Maybank Highway. Johns Island.
(843) 952-7591
tattooedmoose.com

Runner-up:
Seanachai Whiskey & Cocktail Bar

Best Johns Island Happy Hour
Tattooed Moose
1137 Morrison Drive. Downtown.
(843) 277-2990
3328 Maybank Highway. Johns Island
(843) 952-7591
tattooedmoose.com

Runner-up:
Seanachai Whiskey & Cocktail Bar

Best Late Night Bar
Recovery Room Tavern
685 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0999
recoveryroomtavern.com

Runner-up:
Uptown Social 

Best Local Beer
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co., Something Cold
1505 King St. #115. Downtown.
(843) 718-3224
edmundsoast.com/brewing-co

Runner-up:
Low Tide Brewing Aloha Beaches Pineapple Wheat

Best Local Brewery
Holy City Brewing
1021 Aragon Ave. Charleston
(843) 459-2948
holycitybrewing.com

Runner-up:
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.

Best Brewery Taproom
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.
1505 King St. #115. Downtown.
(843) 718-3224
edmundsoast.com/brewing-co

Runner-up:
Holy City Brewing

Best Local Cocktail Mixer
Charleston Bloody Mary Mix
charlestonmix.com

Runner-up:
Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup

Best Local Spirit
Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
4201 Spruill Ave. North Charleston.
(843) 557-1405
fireflydistillery.com

Runner-up:
High Wire Hat Trick Gin

Best Margarita
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina
817 St. Andrews Blvd. West Ashley.
(843) 751-4001
1109 Park W. Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 352-9699
2205 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 882-8172
mex1coastalcantina.com

Runner-up:
Taco Boy

Best Martini
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
hallschophouse.com

Runner-up:
The Gin Joint

Best Mount Pleasant Bar
Saltwater Cowboys
130 Mill St. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 856-0700
saltwater-cowboys.com

Runner-up:
Red’s Ice House

Best Mount Pleasant Happy Hour
Red’s Ice House
98 Church St. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 388-0003
redsicehouse.com

Runner-up:
Water’s Edge

Best Neighborhood Bar
Moe’s Crosstown Tavern
714 Rutledge Ave. Downtown.
(843) 641-0469
moescrosstowntavern.com

Runner-up:
Madra Rua Irish Pub

Best New Bar
Tobin’s Market
197 Jackson St. Downtown
(843) 793-4130
tobins.jacksonstreetcottages.com

Runner-up:
Caroline’s Aloha Bar

Best No Frills Watering Hole
The Royal American
970 Morrison Drive. Downtown.
(843) 817-6925
theroyalamerican.com

Runner-up:
Moe’s Crosstown Tavern

Best North Charleston Bar
Madra Rua Irish Pub
1034 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston
(843) 554-2522

Runner-up:
DIG in the Park

Best North Charleston Happy Hour
Madra Rua Irish Pub
1034 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston 
(843) 554-2522

Runner-up:
DIG in the Park

Best Pet Friendly Bar/Restaurant
The Barrel
1859 Folly Road. James Island.
(843) 732-2337
thebarrelcharleston.com

Runner-up:
Red’s Ice House

Best Rooftop Bar
The Rooftop at the Vendue
19 Vendue Range. Downtown.
(843) 577-7970
thevendue.com

Runner-up:
The Watch at the Restoration

Best Sommelier
Sam Cooper, Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090 
hallschophouse.com

Runner-up:
Sarah O’Kelley, Edmund’s Oast Exchange

Best Sports Bar
Home Team BBQ
126 Williman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-up:
Charleston Sports Pub

Best Sullivan’s Island Bar
Home Team BBQ
126 Williman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-up:
Poe’s Tavern

Best Sullivan’s Island Happy Hour
Home Team BBQ
126 Williman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-up:
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

Best Summerville Bar
Madra Rua Irish Pub
2066 N. Main St. Summerville.
(843) 821-9434

Runner-up:
The Icehouse Restaurant

Best Upscale Bar
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
hallschophouse.com

Runner-up:
The Belmont

Best Waterfront Bar
Saltwater Cowboys
130 Mill St. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 856-0700
saltwater-cowboys.com

Runner-up:
Tavern & Table

Best West Ashley Bar
Gene’s Haufbrau
817 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 225-4363
genes.beer

Runner-up:
The Roost Bar N’ Grill

Best West Ashley Happy Hour
Gene’s Haufbrau
817 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 225-4363
genes.beer

Runner-up:
Triangle Char and Bar

Best Wine Selection (Bar/Restaurant)
Avondale Wine & Cheese
813 Savannah Highway # B. West Ashley.
(843) 769-5444
avondalewc.hrpos.heartland.us/menu

Runner-up:
Graft Wine Shop & Wine Bar

Best Wine Selection (Retail)
Total Wine & More
1820 Ashley River Road. West Ashley.
(843) 763-7034
1501 N. Highway 17 #C-6. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 375-8999
totalwine.com

Runner-up:
Bottles

Best New Restaurant: Neon Tiger owner John Adamson serves vegan riffs on familiar favorites at his King Street eatery

Best of Eating

Best of Charleston offers Holy City residents the chance to recognize their favorite places to tuck into a dozen oysters, plate of soul food or half-pound of brisket, among so many other options. From downtown to Park Circle or Johns Island, there’s innovative restaurants throughout the Charleston area, and City Paper readers’ favorites encompass everything the Lowcountry has to offer. 

The well deserved praise comes at a time when restaurants that are still fighting for survival continue to impress diners with one-off specials, riffs on traditional Southern favorites or simply by serving customers with a smile on their faces.

There’s a lot to eat in Charleston, and these restaurants, bartenders and chefs are the ones who make it happen. Here are the Best of Charleston “Eating” winners, as voted on by City Paper readers. 

Best Asian Fusion
Xiao Bao Biscuit
224 Rutledge Ave. Downtown 
xiaobaobiscuit.com 

Runner-Up:
Zen Asian Fusion 

Best Bagels 
Bagel Nation 
520 Folly Road #60. James Island.
(843) 406-7869 
1975 Magwood Drive. West Ashley.
(843) 779-0700
bagelnationsc.com 

Runner-Up:
Charleston Bagel 

Best Bakery 
Baguette Magic
792 Folly Road. James Island.
(843) 471-5941
baguettemagic.com 

Runner-Up:
WildFlour Pastry

Best Barbecue
Lewis Barbecue
464 N. Nassau St. Downtown.
(843) 805-9500 
lewisbarbecue.com 

Runner-Up:
Rodney Scott’s BBQ 

Best Biscuits
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
476 ½ King St. Downtown.
(843) 737-5159
188 Meeting St. Downtown.
(843) 577-8900 
calliesbiscuits.com 

Runner-Up:
Vicious Biscuit

Best Breakfast
Page’s Okra Grill
302 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 881-3333
pagesokragrill.com

Runner-Up:
Early Bird Diner 

Best Brisket 
Lewis Barbecue
464 N. Nassau St. Downtown.
(843) 805-9500 
lewisbarbecue.com 

Runner-Up:
Swig & Swine

Best Buffet
Duke’s Barbecue
331 Folly Road. James Island.
(843) 789-4801 
4428 Spruill Ave., Suite B. North Charleston.
(843) 554-1110

Runner-Up:
Nirlep Indian Restaurant

Best Burger
Poe’s Tavern
2210 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 883-0083
poestavern.com 

Runner-Up:
Little Jack’s Tavern

Best Caterer
Home Team BBQ 
126 Willman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-Up:
Cru Catering

Best Charcuterie 
goat.sheep.cow 
106 Church St. Downtown.
(843) 480-2526
goatsheepcow.com 

Runner-Up:
Edmund’s Oast

Best Cheap Meal 
Five Loaves Cafe 
1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. #100. Mount Pleasant 
(843) 849-1043
214 N. Cedar St. Summerville.
(843) 804-9410 
fiveloavescafe.com 

Runner-Up:
Waffle House 

Best Cheesesteak
DB’s Cheesesteaks
2 Avondale Ave. West Ashley.
(843) 225-3231
dbscheesesteaks.com

Runner-Up:
Philly’s 

Best Chef
Nico Romo

Runner-Up:
Mike Lata 

Best Chicken Fingers 
Boxcar Betty’s
1922 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 225-7470 
7800 Rivers Ave. North Charleston.
(843) 990-9804
1701 Shoremeade Road. Mount Pleasant 
(843) 227-5198 
boxcarbettys.com 

Runner-Up:
Chick-Fil-A 

Best Chinese
Red Orchids China Bistro
1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. West Ashley.
(843) 573-8787
redorchids.com 

Runner-Up:
Jackrabbit Filly 

Best Chocolatier
Christophe Artisan Chocolatier
90 Society St. Downtown.
(843) 297-8674 
christophechocolatier.com 

Runner-Up:
Charleston Chocolatiers

Best Coffee House 
Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer
4 Vanderhorst St. Downtown.
(843) 853-7186 
kuducoffeeandcraftbeer.com 

Runner-Up:
Charleston Coffee Exchange 

Best Daniel Island Restaurant
Sermet’s Courtyard
115 River Landing Drive #101. Daniel Island
(843) 471-1777
sermets.com 

Runner-Up:
Dockery’s

Best Deli
East Bay Deli
Various locations
eastbaydeli.com 

Runner-Up:
Mozzo Deli 

Best Desserts 
Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe
78 N. Market St. Downtown.
(843) 853-8270 
2 Magnolia Road. West Ashley.
(854) 429-1777
kaminskys.com 

Runner-Up:
Carmella’s 

Best Doughnut Shop 
Krispy Kreme 
Various locations
krispykreme.com 

Runner-Up:
Duck Donuts 

Best Downtown Brunch
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
Poogan’s Porc

Best Downtown Restaurant 
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
FIG

Best Folly Beach Brunch
Lost Dog Cafe
106 W. Huron Ave. Folly Beach.
(843) 588-9669
lostdogfollybeach.com 

Runner-Up:
Rita’s Seaside Grille 

Best Folly Beach Restaurant
Taco Boy
106 E. Ashley Ave. Folly Beach.
(843) 588-9761
tacoboy.net

Runner-Up:
Rita’s Seaside Grille

Best Food Truck
Roti Rolls
(843) 822-5070 
eatrotirolls.com 

Runner-Up:
Dashi 

Best French 
39 Rue de Jean
39 John St. Downtown.
(843) 722-8881 
holycityhospitality.com/39-rue-de-jean

Runner-Up:
NICO Oysters + Seafood 

Best Fried Chicken
Boxcar Betty’s 
1922 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 225-7470 
7800 Rivers Ave. North Charleston.
(843) 990-9804 
1701 Shoremeade Road. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 227-5198 
boxcarbettys.com 

Runner-Up:
Leon’s Oyster Shop 

Best Fries
Tattooed Moose
1137 Morrison Drive. Downtown.
(843) 277-2990 
3328 Maybank Highway. Johns Island.
(843) 952-7591
tattooedmoose.com

Runner-Up:
Five Guys 

Best Gelato 
Carmella’s 
198 E. Bay St. #100. Downtown.
(843) 722-5893
carmellasdessertbar.com 

Runner-Up:
Beardcat’s Sweet Shop

Best Gourmet Sandwich
Five Loaves Cafe
1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. #100. Mount Pleasant 
(843) 849-1043
214 N. Cedar St. Summerville.
(843) 804-9410 
fiveloavescafe.com

Runner-Up:
Mozzo Deli 

Best Greek
Stella’s
114 St. Philip St. Downtown.
(843) 400-0026
stellascharleston.com

Runner-Up:
Kairos Mediterranean 

Best Gyro
My Big Fat Greek Trailer
mybigfatgreektrailer.com

Runner-Up:
Stella’s 

Best Hot Dogs
Jack’s Cosmic Dogs
2805 N. Highway 17. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 884-7677
jackscosmicdogs.com 

Runner-Up:
Skoogies 

Best Ice Cream 
Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream 
Various locations
yeolefashioned.com 

Runner-Up:
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams 

Best Indian
Nirlep Indian Restaurant 
908 Savannah Highway #7802. West Ashley.
(843) 763-9923
nirlepcharleston.us 

Runner-Up:
Ma’am Saab

Best IOP Brunch
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
31 J.C. Long Blvd. Isle of Palms.
(843) 886-3474
acmelowcountrykitchen.com 

Runner-Up:
Sea Biscuit Cafe 

Best IOP Restaurant 
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
31 J.C. Long Blvd. Isle of Palms.
(843) 886-3474
acmelowcountrykitchen.com

Runner-Up:
Coda del Pesce 

Best Italian 
Wild Olive
2867 Maybank Highway. Johns Island.
(843) 737-4177 
wildoliverestaurant.com 

Runner-Up:
Le Farfalle

Best James Island Brunch
Black Magic Cafe 
1130 Folly Road. James Island.
(843) 576-4868 
blackmagiccafe.com 

Runner-Up:
Bohemian Bull 

Best James Island Restaurant 
Bowens Island Restaurant 
1870 Bowens Island Road. James Island.
(843) 795-2757
bowensisland.com 

Runner-Up:
Kwei Fei

Best Japanese
O-Ku
463 King St. Downtown.
(843) 737-0112
o-kusushi.com 

Runner-Up:
Wasabi 

Best Johns Island Brunch
Fat Hen 
3140 Maybank Hwy. Johns Island.
(843) 559-9090
thefathen.com 

Runner up: 
Tattooed Moose 

Best Johns Island Restaurant
Wild Olive
2867 Maybank Highway. Johns Island.
(843) 737-4177 
wildoliverestaurant.com

Runner-Up:
The Royal Tern 

Best Juice/Smoothie Bar
Huriyali 
401 Huger St. Downtown.
(843) 207-4436
huriyali.com 

Runner-Up:
Tropical Smoothie

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant 
Home Team BBQ
126 Willman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 42209
Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-Up:
Paige’s Okra Grill 

Best Late Night Menu 
Waffle House
Various locations 

Runner-Up:
Tattooed Moose

Best Local Artisanal Food Product 
Rio Bertolini’s Pasta
riobertolinispasta.com 

Runner-Up:
Red Clay Hot Sauce 

Best Local Legacy Restaurant 
Bowens Island Restaurant 
1870 Bowens Island Road. James Island.
(843) 795-2757
bowensisland.com 

Runner-Up:
Halls Chophouse 

Best Mac and Cheese
Home Team BBQ
126 Willman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-Up:
Lewis Barbecue

Best Meat & 3 Veggies
Page’s Okra Grill
302 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant 
(843) 881-3333
pagesokragrill.com

Runner-Up:
Lewis Barbecue 

Best Mexican Restaurant
Santi’s Restaurante Mexicano
1302 Meeting Street Road. Downtown.
(843) 722-2633
santisrestaurantemexicano.com

Runner-Up:
Taco Boy

Best Milkshake
Ye Ole Fashioned
Various Locations
yeolefashioned.com

Runner-Up:
Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

Best Mount Pleasant Restaurant
NICO Oysters + Seafood
201 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 352-7969
nicoshemcreek.com

Runner-Up:
Page’s Okra Grill

Best Nachos
Home Team BBQ
126 Willman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-Up:
Saltwater Cowboys

Best New Restaurant
Neon Tiger
654 King St. Downtown.
(843) 640-3902
neontiger.com

Runner-Up:
Frannie and the Fox

Best North Charleston Brunch
Jackrabbit Filly
4628 Spruill Ave. North Charleston. 
(843) 460-0037
jackrabbitfilly.com

Runner-Up:
Holy City Brewing

Best North Charleston Restaurant
EVO Pizzeria
1075 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston
(843) 225-1796
evopizza.com

Runner-Up:
The CODfather

Best Outdoor Patio
Saltwater Cowboys
130 Mill St. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 856-0700
saltwater-cowboys.com

Runner-Up:
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. 

Best Oysters
167 Raw
193 King St. Downtown.
(843) 579-4997
167raw.com

Runner-Up:
Bowens Island Restaurant

Best Pitmaster
Rodney Scott, Rodney Scott’s BBQ
1011 King St. Downtown. (843) 990-9535
rodneyscottsbbq.com

Runner-Up:
John Lewis, Lewis Barbecue 

Best Pizza, Gourmet
EVO Pizzeria
1075 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston
(843) 225-1796
evopizza.com

Runner-Up:
Crust Wood Fired Pizza

Best Pizza, Traditional
D’Allesandro’s Pizza
229 St. Philip St. Downtown.
(843) 853-6337
dalspizza.com

Runner-Up:
Famulari’s Pizzeria 

Best Place to Buy Local Seafood
Crosby’s Seafood Co.
2019C Cherry Hill Lane. North Charleston 
(843) 577-3531
crosbysseafood.com

Runner-Up:
Mount Pleasant Seafood

Best Poke
Poke Bros.
5070 International Blvd. North Charleston
(843) 718-1354
644-H1 Long Point Road. Mount Pleasant
(843) 800-5600
1305 N. Main St. Summerville.
(843) 285-9053
eatpokebros.com

Runner-Up:
167 Raw

Best Raw Bar
167 Raw
193 King St. Downtown.
(843) 579-4997
167raw.com

Runner-Up:
Pearlz Oyster Bar

Best Restaurant
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
300 Nexton Square Drive. Summerville.
(843) 900-6000
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
Wild Olive

Best Restaurant for Vegetarians 
Five Loaves Cafe
214 N. Cedar St. Summerville.
(843) 804-9410
1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 849-1043
fiveloavescafe.com

Runner-Up:
Basic Kitchen

Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
300 Nexton Square Drive. Summerville.
(843) 900-6000
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
FIG

Best Ribs
Rodney Scott’s BBQ
1011 King St. Downtown.
(843) 990-9535
rodneyscottsbbq.com

Runner-Up:
Lewis Barbecue

Best Romantic Restaurant
82 Queen
82 Queen St. Downtown.
(843) 723-7591
82queen.com

Runner-Up:
Chez Nous

Best Salad 
California Dreaming
1 Ashley Point Drive. West Ashley.
(843) 766-1644
californiadreaming.rest

Runner-Up:
Verde

Best Seafood
167 Raw
193 King St. Downtown.
(843) 579-4997
167raw.com

Runner-Up:
Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

Best She-Crab Soup
82 Queen
82 Queen St. Downtown.
(843) 723-7591
82queen.com

Runner-Up:
Poogan’s Porch

Best Shrimp and Grits
Page’s Okra Grill
302 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 881-3333
pagesokragrill.com

Runner-Up:
82 Queen

Best Soul Food
Bertha’s Kitchen
2332 Meeting Street Road. Downtown.
(843) 554-6519
facebook.com/berthaskitchen

Runner-Up:
Nigel’s Good Food

Best Steak
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
300 Nexton Square Drive. Summerville.
(843) 900-6000
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
Oak Steakhouse

Best Sub Sandwich/Hoagie 
Jersey Mike’s
Various Locations
jerseymikes.com

Runner-Up:
Publix

Best Sullivan’s Island Brunch
The Obstinate Daughter
2063 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 416-5020
theobstinatedaughter.com

Runner-Up:
Poe’s Tavern

Best Summerville Brunch
Five Loaves Cafe
214 N. Cedar St.  Summerville.
(843) 804-9410
1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant
(843) 849-1043
fiveloavescafe.com

Runner-Up:
Vicious Biscuit

Best Sunday Brunch
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
300 Nexton Square Drive. Summerville.
(843) 900-6000
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
Page’s Okra Grill

Best Sushi
O-Ku
463 King St. Downtown. (843) 737-0112
o-kusushi.com

Runner-Up:
Locals

Best Sweet Tea
Chick-Fil-A
Various Locations
chick-fil-a.com

Runner-Up:
McAlister’s Deli

Best Tacos
Taco Boy
217 Huger St.  Downtown.
(843) 789-3333
106 E. Ashley Ave. Folly Beach.
(843) 588-9761
tacoboy.net

Runner-Up:
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

Best Tapas 
Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar
630 King St. Downtown.
(843) 577-5393
barsacharleston.com

Runner-Up:
Stella’s 

Best Thai
Basil
1070 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston
(843) 225-8161
1465 Long Grove Drive. Mount Pleasant
(843) 606-9641
eatatbasil.com

Runner-Up:
Taste of Thai

Best Vietnamese
Xiao Bao Biscuit
224 Rutledge Ave. Downtown
xiaobaobiscuit.com

Runner-Up:
Little Miss Ha

Best Wait Staff
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
300 Nexton Square Drive. Summerville.
(843) 900-6000
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
Home Team BBQ

Best Waterfront Dining
Fleet Landing
186 Concord St. Downtown.
(843) 722-8100
fleetlanding.net

Runner-Up:
Tavern & Table

Best West Ashley Brunch 
Early Bird Diner
1644 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 277-2353
earlybirddiner.com

Runner-Up:
Three Little Birds

Best West Ashley Restaurant 
The Glass Onion
1219 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 225-1717
ilovetheglassonion.com

Runner-Up:
Home Team BBQ

Best Wings
Home Team BBQ
126 Willman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-Up:
Swig & Swine

Best City Councilman: Mike Seekings (left) was voted best on city council for the 11th time this year

Best County Councilman: Kylon Middleton (right) may be new on county council, but he’s already got support from City Paper voters

Best of News, Media and Politics

The last year has brought plenty of change in the world of politics and media in Charleston and nationwide. Not only did the 1st District get a new member of Congress in U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, but Charleston County Council saw a significant shift, with former Chairman Elliott Summey moving on and vacancies being won by Kylon Middleton and Rob Wehrman, giving Democrats a majority on Council. With Charleston and South Carolina continuing to stay at the center of political affairs, you can be sure there will be plenty more headlines coming in 2021.

Best Charlestonian
Bill Murray

Runner-Up:
 Joe Cunningham

Best Charlestonian to Defriend
Entire Cast of Southern Charm

Runner-Up:
Nancy Mace

Best City Council Member
Mike Seekings

Runner-Up:
Ross Appel

Best City Paper Cover Story
Best of Charleston 2020

Runner-Up:
“Tales from the Co-Op: The insanity of keeping frose flowing in a pandemic”

Best Community Activist
Joe Cunningham

Runner-Up:
Anita Zucker

Best Conservative 
Tim Scott

Runner-Up:
Mark Sanford

Best County Council Member
Kylon Middleton

Runner-Up:
Henry Darby

Best Do-Gooder
Joe Cunningham

Runner-Up:
Anita Zucker

Best Local Cause
Charleston Animal Society
2455 Remount Road. North Charleston
(843) 747-4849
charlestonanimalsociety.org

Runner-Up:
Lowcountry Food Bank

Best Local Instagram
@coopsullivans

Runner-Up:
@charlestonanimalsociety

Best Local Interest Blog
Holy City Sinner
holycitysinner.com

Runner-Up:
CHStoday

Best Local Investigative Reporter
Brad Franko, WCBD News 2

Runner-Up:
Raphael James, WCSC Live 5 News

Best Local Legislator
Tim Scott

Runner-Up:
Jim Clyburn

Best Local Radio Personality
Brooke Ryan, Mix 95.9

Runner-Up:
Richard Todd, 105.5 The Bridge

Best Local Radio Show
2 Girls and a Guy, Mix 95.9

Runner-Up:
Morning Buzz with Richard Todd, 105.5 The Bridge

Best Talk Show Hose
Brooke Ryan, Mix 95.9

Runner-Up:
Richard Todd, 105.5 The Bridge

Best Local TV Anchor
Carolyn Murray, WCBD News 2

Runner-Up:
Bill Sharpe, WCSC Live 5 News

Best Local TV Sports Anchor
Scott Eisberg, WCIV ABC News 4

Runner-Up:
Kevin Bilodeau, WCSC Live 5 News

Best Local TV Station
WCSC Live 5 News

Runner-Up:
WCBD News 2

Best Local TV Weather Forecaster
Rob Fowler, WCBD News 2

Runner-Up:
Bill Walsh, WCSC Live 5 News

Best Local Twitter Feed
@HolyCitySinner

Runner-Up:
@CHStoday

Best Local Website
charlestoncitypaper.com

Runner-Up:
holycitysinner.com

Best Locally Produced Video of 2020
Tangled Roots Oral Histories, Historic Charleston Foundation

Runner-Up:
AVA the Survivor, Charleston Animal Society

Best Misuse of Taxpayer Funds of 2020
Electing U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace

Runner-Up:
Mayor John Tecklenburg’s Salary

Best News Story of 2020
Calhoun statue removal

Runner-Up:
COVID-19 shutdown

Best Newspaper Columnist
Warren Peper

Runner-Up:
Brian Hicks

Best Philanthropist
Bill Murray

Runner-Up:
Anita Zucker and Family

Best Political Gaffe of 2020
Lindsey Graham’s coziness to Donald Trump

Runner-Up:
Henry McMaster’s handling of COVID-19

Best Progressive
Joe Cunningham

Runner-Up:
Jaime Harrison

Best Radio Station
105.5 The Bridge

Runner-Up:
95SX

Best School Board Member
Kate Darby

Runner-Up:
Kristen French

Best Talk/News Radio Station
WSCI SC Public Radio

Runner-Up:
WSC 94.3

Best Troublemaker
Bill Murray

Runner-Up:
Thomas Ravenel

Best Bed & Breakfast: Basic Projects owners Ben (above) and Kate Towill renovated the historic seven-room Post House Inn in 2020

Best of Recreation, Health and Beauty

We’re sure everyone could use more recreation, health and beauty after the last year we’ve had. Lucky for you, the City Paper has all the locals’ favorite names on tap and all in one place for your convenience. Whether you let your hair grow too long (we hear Barrelli Barber is pretty top notch) or you’re ready to get back outside (James Island County Park is nice this time of year), you’ll find everything you need to make up for lost time.

Best Acupuncturist
Kristin Query, Lowcountry Acupuncture
1950 Maybank Highway. James Island
(843). 242-7688
lowcountryacupuncture.com

Runner-up:
Polly Christy, Tides Acupuncture and Massage

Best Aesthetician
Stefanie Sudduth, Germain Dermatology 
612 Seacoast Pkwy. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 881-4440
germaindermatology.com

Runner-up:
Joslin Deane, Body by Design

Best Assisted Living Community

Bishop Gadsden
1 Bishop Gadsden Way. James Island.
(843) 762-3300
bishopgadsden.org

Runner-up:
Franke at Seaside

Best Barber Shop
Barrelli Barber
701 E. Bay St. Downtown.
(843) 414-7457
4628 Spruill Ave. #102. North Charleston
(843) 637-3775
barrellibarber.com

Runner-up:
Causey’s 

Best Barre Studio
Pure Barre
164-C, Market St. Downtown.
(843) 732-1727
1300 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 732-1749
purebarre.com

Runner-up:
Barre South

Best Bed & Breakfast
Post House Inn
101 Pitt St. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 203-7678
theposthouseinn.com

Runner-up:
Two Meeting Street Inn

Best Bike Shop
Mike’s Bikes
808 Folly Road. James Island.
(843) 795-3322
mikesbikescharleston.com

Runner-up:
The Bicycle Shoppe

Best Body Piercer
Kate Burns, Exotic Impressions
8780 Rivers Ave., Suite 316c, North Charleston
(843) 797-2280
1042 E. Montague Ave., Suite A. North Charleston
(843) 797-2490
10150 Dorchester Road. #212. Summerville
(843) 419-6527
bodypiercingsc.com

Runner-up:
James Dunn, Piercing Perfection

Best Bowling Alley
The Alley
131 Columbus St. Downtown.
(843) 818-4080
thealleycharleston.com

Runner-up:
Stars & Strikes

Best Chiropractor
Dr. Stephen Khouri
149 E. Bay St. Downtown.
(843) 853-2225
khourichiropractic.com

Runner-up:
Dr. Brantley Meier

Best Cosmetics Company
Ulta Beauty
1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. #10. West Ashley 
(843) 405-9053
1740 Towne Centre Way. Mount Pleasant
(843) 856-8500
ulta.com

Runner-up:
Cos Bar

Best Cycling Studio 
CYCLEBAR
1601 Palmetto Grande Drive, Suite I-7. Mount Pleasant
(843) 800-5660
cyclebar.com

Runner-up:
The Works Cycle

Best Day Spa
Woodhouse Day Spa
10 Westedge St., Suite 150. Downtown.
(843) 203-1772
725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant
(843) 203-1772
woodhousespas.com

Runner-up:
Urban Nirvana

Best Dental Practice
Cooper Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
4830 Chateau Ave. North Charleston.
(843) 225-8718
cooperfamilysmiles.com

Runner-up:
Coastal Kids Dental & Braces

Best Dentist
Dr. Vicki Tatum
92 Courtenay Drive. Downtown.
(843) 577-6453
drtatumsmiles.com

Runner-up:
Dr. James Thomas

Best Dermatologist
Dr. Marguerite Germain
612 Seacoast Pkwy. Mount Pleasant
(843) 881-4440
germaindermatology.com

Runner Up:
Dr. Mclean Sheperd

Best Dermatology Practice
Germain Dermatology
612 Seacoast Pkwy. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 881-4440
germaindermatology.com

Runner-up:
MUSC Dermatology

Best Dive Shop
Charleston Scuba
335 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 763-3483
charlestonscuba.com

Runner-up:
One More Chance Scuba

Best Exercise Studio
Grit Box Fitness
1650 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. #11. West Ashley 
(843) 789-0385
gritboxfitness.com

Runner-up:
HYLO Fitness

Best Eye Doctor
Dr. Elyse DeWitt
1470 Tobias Gadson Blvd. #115. West Ashley
(843) 556-2020
draisinvision.com

Runner-up:
Dr. Kerry Solomon

Best Eyelash/Eyebrow Salon
Anne Bonny’s Lash & Skin Boutique
829 Savannah Highway, 2nd Floor. West Ashley
(843) 225-2054
annebonnystudio.com

Runner-up:
Simply Smitten Beauty Bar 

Best Fishing and Tackle Shop
Haddrell’s Point Tackle and Supply
47 Windermere Blvd. West Ashley.
(843) 573-3474
haddrellspoint.com

Runner-up:
SeaCoast Sports and Outfitters

Best Fishing Charter
RedFin Charters
145 Lockwood Drive. Downtown.
(843) 277-5255
inshorefishingcharters.com

Runner-up:
Charleston Outdoor Adventures

Best Golf Course
The Ocean Course
1 Sanctuary Beach Drive. Kiawah Island.
(843) 768-2121
kiawahresort.com

Runner-up:
Charleston Municipal Golf Course

Best Hair Salon
Moxie Park Salon
45 Romney St., Suite 200. Downtown.
(843) 730-3102
moxieparksalon.com

Runner-up:
Coven Haircraft

Best Hair Stylist 
Jill Perry
679 Saint Andrews Blvd., Suite 1. West Ashley 
(843) 509-3354

Runner-up:
Spencer Laine

Best Health Club
HYLO Fitness
466 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 606-5267
880 Allbritton Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 606-2723
hylofitness.com

Runner-up:
MUSC Wellness Center

Best Hospital
Medical University of South Carolina
171 Ashley Ave. Downtown.
(843) 792-1414
muschealth.org

Runner-up:
Roper St. Francis

Best Hotel 
Hotel Bennett
404 King St. Downtown.
(833) 313-1798
hotelbennett.com

Runner-up:
The Dewberry

Best In-Home Healthcare Company
Bishop Gadsden at Home
8000 Noble Oak Way. James Island.
(800) 373 2384
bishopgadsden.org

Runner-up:
Palmetto Family Homecare

Best Island
Sullivan’s Island

Runner-up:
Folly Beach

Best Kayak Company
Coastal Expeditions
514 Mill St. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 884-7684
coastalexpeditions.com

Runner-up:
Charleston Outdoor Adventures

Best LASIK Provider
Dr. Kerry Solomon
1101 Clarity Road. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 881-3937
drkerrysolomon.com

Runner-up:
Dr. David O’Day

Best Local Athlete
Khris Middleton

Runner-up:
Adam Gorlitsky

Best Local Sports Team
Charleston RiverDogs
360 Fishburne St. Downtown.
(843) 723-7241
riverdogs.com

Runner-up:
South Carolina Stingrays

Best Marina 
Shem Creek Marina
526 Mill St. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 884-3211
shemcreekmarina.com 

Runner-up:
Charleston Harbor Marina

Best Massage Therapist
Robbin Wells, Urban Nirvana
Various Locations.
urbannirvana.com

Runner-up:
Samantha Goodman, Lotus Healing Center

Best Medical Spa
Charleston Medical Spa
1950 Maybank Highway, Suite A. James Island 
(843) 225-3223
charlestonmedicalspa.com 

Runner-up:
O’Neill Plastic Surgery Aesthetic and Laser Center

Best Music Instructor 
John Samuel Roper 
instagram.com/roperflutestudio

Runner-up:
Chris Dodson

Best Nail Salon
Nails So Dep! 
Various locations

Runner-up:
The Water Room 

Best Orthodonist 
Dr. Howard Vincent
125-H Wappoo Circle Drive. James Island 
(843) 762-2304.
vincentortho.com

Runner-up:
Dr. Travis Nash 

Best Orthodontics Practice
Coastal Family Orthodontics
Various locations
coastalfamilyortho.com  

Runner-up:
Kelley Orthodontics

Best Outdoor Outfitters
Half-Moon Outfitters
280 King St. Downtown. 
(843) 853-0990
94 Folly Road Blvd. West Ashley
(843) 556-6279
425 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant 
(843) 881-9472
halfmoonoutfitters.com 

Runner-up:
Haddrell’s Point Tackle and Supply 

Best Park 
James Island County Park 
871 Riverland Drive. James Island. 
(843) 406-6990 
ccprc.com/68/James-Island-County-Park

Runner-up:
Hampton Park 

Best Pediatric Dentist 
Dr. Isabel Driggers, Coastal Kids Dental and Braces 
Various locations.
coastalkidsdental.com

Runner-up:
Dr. Dorothy Baker, Summerville Pediatric Dentistry 

Best Personal Trainer 
Tucker Heffron, F45 Training
476 Meeting St. Downtown.
(843) 910-6767
f45training.com

Runner-up:
Dani Monroe, Grit Box Fitness 

Best Pharmacy
CVS
Various locations 
cvs.com 

Runner-up:
Walgreens 

Best Physician 
Dr. Caisson Hogue
809 N. Cedar St. Summerville
(843) 871-4440
palmettoprimarycare.com

Runner-up:
Dr. Jessica Hund 

Best Piercing Studio 
Museum of the Living Arts
47 Spring St. Downtown. 
(843) 937-5300 
1595 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. West Ashley.
(843) 225-7127
charlestonpiercing.com 

Runner-up:
Exotic Impressions 

Best Pilates Studio 
Mindful Body Pilates Studio 
24 Windermere Blvd. West Ashley
(843) 402-0071
themindfulbody.net 

Runner-up:
Club Pilates

Best Place for Family Fun 
South Carolina Aquarium 
100 Aquarium Wharf. Downtown. 
(843) 577-3474 
scaquarium.org  

Runner-up:
James Island County Park 

Best Place for Kids to Play 
James Island County Park 
871 Riverland Drive. James Island.
(843) 406-6990 
ccprc.com

Runner-up:
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry 

Best Place to Buy a Boat 
Marine Warehouse Center
3881 Savannah Highway. Johns Island. 
(843) 974-5353
marinewarehousecenter.com 

Runner-up:
Seel’s Outboard 

Best Place to Give Birth
Medical University of South Carolina
171 Ashley Ave. Downtown.
(843) 792-1414
web.musc.edu 

Runner-up:
East Cooper Medical 

Best Plastic Surgeon 
Dr. Patrick O’Neill
245 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 210. Daniel Island 
(843) 881-2130
oneillplasticsurgery.com

Runner-up:
Dr. Marcelo Hochman 

Best Plastic Surgery Practice 
O’Neill Plastic Surgery
245 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 210. Daniel Island 
(843) 881-2130
oneillplasticsurgery.com 

Runner-up:
Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery 

Best Retirement Community
Bishop Gadsden
1 Bishop Gadsden Way. James Island.
(843) 762-3300 
bishopgadsden.org 

Runner-up:
Del Webb Cane Bay 

Best Stand Up Paddleboard Company 
Coastal Expeditions 
514 Mill St. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 884-7684
coastalexpeditions.com 

Runner-up:
Charleston Outdoor Adventures 

Best Store for Beach Gear
McKevlin’s Surf Shop
8 Center St. Folly Beach.
(843) 588-2247
mckevlins.com

Runner-up:
Parrot Surf & Skate 

Best Surf Shop 
McKevlin’s Surf Shop
8 Center St. Folly Beach.
(843) 588-2247
mckevlins.com

Runner-up:
Parrot Surf & Skate 

Best Tanning Salon 
UltraTan 
Various locations 
ultratantoday.com 

Runner-up:
Charleston Glow 

Best Tattoo Artist 
Brad Grimes, Blu Gorilla
1669 Meeting Street Road. Downtown.
(843) 805-8071
blugorilla.com

Runner-up:
Ashley B. McMullen, Blu Gorilla 

Best Tattoo Studio
Blu Gorilla 
1669 Meeting Street Road. Downtown.
(843) 805-8071
blugorilla.com 

Runner-up:
Black Sparrow Tattoo Studio 

Best Veterinarian 
Patrick Veterinary Clinic 
667 Meeting St. Downtown 
(843) 722-4470
patrickvet.com 

Runner-up:
Charleston Harbor Veterinarians 

Best Water Sports Company 
Coastal Expeditions 
514 Mill St. Mount Pleasant. 
(843) 884-7684
coastalexpeditions.com

Runner-up:
Charleston Outdoor Adventures 

Best Waxing Salon 
Urban Nirvana
Various locations
urbannirvana.com 

Runner-up:
Brazilian Wax & Spa by Claudia 

Best Weight Loss Center
MUSC Weight Management Center
67 President St. Downtown. 
(843) 792-2273
muschealth.org 

Runner-up:
Body by Design Charleston 

Best Yoga Studio 
Holy Cow Yoga 
10 Windermere Blvd. West Ashley.
(843) 769-2269
holycowyoga.com 

Runner-up:
Charleston Power Yoga 

Best Doggie Day Care: Dog Daze founder Charlie Freeman says his doggie daycare is a one-stop shop for pet-care services 

Best of Services

Look, we know you’re not always in dire need of a new roof or a good lawyer (hopefully!), but if you need one, the City Paper has you covered. Some things are just too good to be determined by chance — or a haphazard internet search — and that’s where Best of Charleston 2021’s Services section can save the day. Not only can you find the niche professional you need right now in the following pages, but you also get valuable information at your fingertips for the next time you’re moving, sprucing up or just need to fix your favorite shoes.

Best Auto Body Shop
Fender Mender
Various locations
fendermendercollision.com

Runner-Up:
Caliber Collision

Best Auto Service
Gerald’s Tires & Brakes
1 Magnolia Road. West Ashley.
(843) 566-1910
3900 Dorchester Road. North Charleston.
(843) 747-4011
4900 Rivers Ave. North Charleston.
(843) 744-3285
5646 Rivers Ave., Suite A. North Charleston
(843) 747-2433
geraldstires.net

Runner-Up:
Hay Tire Pros

Best Cab Company
Charleston Black Cab Company
1529 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Suite 2B. West Ashley
(843) 216-2627
charlestonblackcabcompany.com

Runner-Up:
Charleston Green Taxi

Best Car Wash
In & Out Car Wash
477 St. Andrews Blvd. West Ashley.
(843) 556-3560
inandoutcarwashcharleston.com

Runner-Up:
Cactus Car Wash

Best Cell Phone Repair
iDoctor
1750 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 766-8778
3620 Ashley Phosphate Road. North Charleston
(843) 297-8641
75 Old Trolley Road. Summerville.
(843) 419-6380
idoctorsc.com

Runner-Up:
CPR Cell Phone Repair

Best Cleaning Service
Merry Maids of Charleston
(843) 213-6742
merrymaids.com/north-charleston

Runner-Up:
The Carolina Girl

Best Criminal Defense Attorney
Andy Savage
15 Prioleau St. Downtown. (843) 720-7470
savlaw.com

Runner-Up:
Paul Thurmond

Best Disaster Recovery Company
SERVPRO of South and West Charleston
5904 Savannah Highway. Ravenel.
(843) 823-7400
servprosouthwestcharleston.com

Runner-Up:
ServiceMaster of Charleston

Best Doggie Day Care
Dog Daze
820 Dupont Road. West Ashley.
(843) 571-4433
dogdazeboarding.com

Runner-Up:
My Three Dogs

Best Dry Cleaner
Lyerly’s Cleaners
Various Locations.
(843) 377-6994
lyerlys.com

Runner-Up:
Chris’ Dry Cleaning

Best DUI Attorney
Paul Thurmond
15 Middle Atlantic Wharf. Downtown
814 N. Cedar St., Suite A. Summerville
(843) 790-0083
tktlawyers.com

Runner-Up:
Joe Good

Best Electrician/Company
Holy City Electric
(843) 670-8440

Runner-Up:
Charleston Electric

Best Family Law Attorney
Sara Turner
142 Williman St., Unit A. Downtown.
(843) 277-2431
saraturnerlaw.com

Runner-Up:
Trey Harrell

Best Financial Institution
South Carolina Federal Credit Union
Various locations.
(800) 845-0432
scfederal.org

Runner-Up:
South State Bank

Best Financial Planner
Michael Green, Apollon Wealth Management
2 Wharfside St., Suite 2-O. Downtown.
(843) 579-0018
apollonwealthmanagement.com

Runner-Up (tie):
Heath M. Johnson, Northwestern Mutual; Zach Volousky, South State

Best Flooring Installation
Carpet Baggers Flooring
3196 Marginal Road. West Ashley.
(843) 410-2680
carpetbaggerscarpetone.com

Runner-Up:
John Griffiths Hardwood Flooring

Best Heating & Air Company
Charleston Heating + Air
2201 Mechanic St. North Charleston.
(843) 258-4694
charlestonheatingandair.com

Runner-Up:
Hero Heating & Air

Best Home Builder
Crescent Homes
572 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 256-3886
crescenthomes.net

Runner-Up:
Lennar Homes

Best Home Painter
Old Charleston Painting Company
4805 Shady Tree Lane. Summerville.
(843) 906-2272
ocpcllc.com

Runner-Up:
Palmetto Painting

Best Home Security Company
ADT
Various locations.
(855) 238-7288
adt.com

Runner-Up:
Charleston Security Systems

Best Insurance Agency
State Farm
Various locations
statefarm.com

Runner-Up:
Harrell Insurance Agency

Best Landscaper
The Greenery of Charleston
(843) 884-0084
thegreeneryinc.com

Runner-Up:
New Leaf Landscape Construction

Best Law Firm
Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes
15 Middle Atlantic Wharf. Downtown
814 N. Cedar St., Suite A. Summerville
(843) 790-0083
tktlawyers.com

Runner-Up:
Shelly Leeke Law Firm

Best Lawyer
Andy Savage
15 Prioleau St. Downtown.
(843) 720-7470
savlaw.com

Runner-Up:
Carson Parker

Best Limo/Party Bus Company
Black Cab Company/Party Bus Charleston
1529 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Suite 2B. West Ashley
(843) 216-2627
charlestonblackcabcompany.com

Runner-Up:
Coastal Limo of Charleston

Best Marketing/PR Company
Whitney McDuff Consulting
(803) 608-2386
thepowerofproteus.com

Runner-Up:
In the Black Marketing & Consulting

Best Mortgage Company
South Carolina Federal Credit Union
Various locations.
(800) 845-0432
scfederal.org

Runner-Up:
Carolina One Mortgage

Best Moving Company
Three Men and a Truck
Various locations.
(888) 908-6496
threemenandatruck.net

Runner-Up:
Professional Movers of Charleston

Best Personal Injury Attorney
Carson Parker
321 E. Bay St. Downtown.
(843) 968-0886
piercesloan.com

Runner-Up:
Shelly Leeke

Best Pest Control
Palmetto Exterminators
624 Orleans Road. West Ashley.
(800) 585-8019
720 North Gum St. Summerville.
(843) 873-7997
palmettoexterminators.net

Runner-Up:
Advanced Termite and Pest Control

Best Pet Groomer
My Three Dogs
Various locations. (843) 884-8818
mythreedogs.com

Runner-Up:
Paws in Paradise

Best Plumber/Company
Blitch Plumbing
407 Fleming Road. James Island.
(843) 795-9674
blitchplumbing.com

Runner-Up:
Preferred Home Services

Best Pool Company
Aqua Blue Pools of Charleston
5190 Towles Road. Hollywood.
(843) 202-4148
aquabluepools.net

Runner-Up:
Atkinson Pool & Spa

Best Property Management Company
Greystar
Various locations.
greystar.com

Runner-Up:
Daniel Ravenel Property Management

Best Realtor
Matt O’Neill
1349 Old Georgetown Road. Mount Pleasant
(843) 619-0401
mattoneillrealestate.com

Runner-Up:
Shana Swain

Best Realty Company
Carolina One Real Estate
Various locations.
carolinaonerealestate.com

Runner-Up:
Matt O’Neill Real Estate

Best Roofing Company
New Beginnings Construction
928 Savage Road. West Ashley.
(843) 789-4604
newbeginningsconstructioninc.com

Runner-Up:
Charleston Roofing & Windows

Best Shoe Repair Store
Peter & Sons
42 Windermere Blvd. West Ashley.
(843) 766-3277
peterandsons.com

Runner-Up:
Alex’s Shoe Repair & Sales

Best Wedding Venue
Boone Hall Plantation
1235 Long Point Road. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 884-4371
boonehallplantation.com

Runner-Up:
Lowndes Grove

Best Adult Toy Store: Guilty Pleasures saw a flood of business in the wake of the first round of COVID-19 stimulus checks

Best of Shops

If your stimulus bucks are burning holes in your pockets, you’ve flipped to the right page. Whether you’re looking for a good read while you continue social distancing (Blue Bicycle Books has a few) or looking for a hot destination for your next shopping spree (King Street and Mount Pleasant Towne Centre may be on your list) we have all the biggest names you could be looking for. After all, after this last year, our local businesses still need the support.

Best Accessories Store
Palmetto Moon
1632 Palmetto Grande Drive. Mount Pleasant
(843) 849-8122
4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd. #801, North Charleston
(843) 763-7444 
2150 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston
(843) 553-0552
416 Azalea Square Blvd. Summerville
(843) 871-7727
palmettomoononline.com

Runner-Up:
The Tiny Tassel

Best Adult Toy Store
Guilty Pleasures
2992 Ashley Phosphate Road. North Charleston
(843) 767-0690
guiltypleasuressc.com

Runner-Up:
Badd Kitty

Best Antique Store
Mount Pleasant Mall
708 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant
(843) 388-8575
mtpleasantmall.com

Runner-Up:
The Station Park Circle

Best Art Supply Store
Artist and Craftsman Supply
143 Calhoun St. Downtown. (843) 579-0077
981 King St. Downtown. (843) 937-5199
artistcraftsman.com

Runner-Up:
Hobby Lobby

Best Baby Store
Southern Belles: A Children’s Clothier
280 W. Coleman Blvd. J. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 881-1741
southernbelleschildren.com

Runner-Up:
Under the Almond Tree

Best Bookstore
Blue Bicycle Books
420 King St. Downtown.
(843) 722-2666
bluebicyclebooks.com

Runner-Up:
Mr. K’s Used Books, Movies and More

Best Boutique
Copper Penny
311 King St. Downtown. (843) 723-2999
280 W. Coleman Blvd. #M, Mount Pleasant
(843) 881-3497
shopcopperpenny.com

Runner-Up:
Lizard Thicket Boutique

Best Bridal Store
The Bridal House of Charleston
1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. # 20. Mount Pleasant

Runner-Up:
Magnolia Bride of Charleston

Best CBD Shop
I Heart CBD
1722 Ashley River Road. West Ashley.
(843) 576-4440
423-A West Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant
(843) 819-2256
1083 E. Montague Ave. C. North Charleston
(843) 203-4243
8510 Rivers Ave., Suite F. North Charleston                
(843) 996-4165
10597 Dorchester Road. Dorchester
(843) 771-0012
1672 N. Main Street. Summerville
(843) 879-9198
facebook.com/iheartcbd843

Runner-Up:
Charleston Hemp Collective

Best Cheese Shop
goat.sheep.cow
106 Church St. Downtown. (843) 480-2526
804 Meeting St. #102. Downtown. (843) 203-3118
goatsheepcow.com

Runner-Up:
Avondale Wine & Cheese

Best Children’s Clothing Retailer
Southern Belles: A Children’s Clothier
280 W. Coleman Blvd., Suite J. Mount Pleasant.        
(843) 881-1741
southernbelleschildren.com

Runner-Up:
Palmetto Moon

Best Children’s Consignment Store
Once Upon a Child
946 Orleans Road, Suite F1. West Ashley   
(843) 724-9160
7800 Rivers Ave. #1440. North Charleston
(843) 824-1242
onceuponachild.com

Runner-Up:
Tiny Tadpoles

Best Cigar Store
Charlestowne Tobacco & Wine
14 Exchange St. Downtown. (843) 577-9963
561 King St. Downtown. (854) 999-3872
tctwcigars.com

Runner-Up:
Habana Club

Best Collegiate Store
Palmetto Moon
1632 Palmetto Grande Drive. Mount Pleasant
(843) 849-8122
4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd. #801. North Charleston
(843) 763-7444
 2150 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston
(843) 553-0552
416 Azalea Square Blvd. Summerville
(843) 871-7727
palmettomoononline.com

Runner-Up:
College of Charleston Bookstore

Best Comic Book Shop
Captain’s Comics and Toys
1209 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. #D. West Ashley
(843) 766-6611
captainscomics.com

Runner-Up:
Green Dragon

Best Consignment Furniture Store
Mount Pleasant Mall
708 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant
(843) 388-8575
mtpleasantmall.com

Runner-Up:
Consign Charleston

Best Consignment Store
Uptown Cheapskate
875 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Mount Pleasant
(843) 216-1416
uptowncheapskate.com

Runner-Up:
Consign Charleston

Best Corner Store
Bert’s Market
202 E. Ashley Ave. Folly Beach.
(843) 588-9449

Runner-Up:
Burbage’s Self Service Grocery

Best Costume Shop/Party Store
Hokus Pokus
2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. West Ashley
(843) 556-6607

Runner-Up:
Party City

Best Department Store
Target 
2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. West Ashley.
(843) 763-0756
7250 Rivers Ave. North Charleston.
(843) 553-4691
target.com

Runner-Up:
Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant

Best Eyewear Boutique
Shades of Charleston
2205 Middle St. #D. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 882-8142
233 Mathis Ferry Road. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 388-4369
shadesofcharleston.com

Runner-Up:
Warby Parker

Best Florist
Tiger Lily Florist
131 Spring St., Suite B. Downtown. (843) 723-2808
tigerlilyflorist.com

Runner-Up:
Charleston Flower Market

Best Frame Shop
Havens Fine Framing
1070 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant
(843) 881-1543

Runner-Up:
Michael’s

Best Furniture Store
Celadon Home
1015 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant
(843) 884-7005
celadonathome.com

Runner-Up:
GDC Home

Best Garden Store/Nursery
Hyams Garden & Accent Store
870 Folly Road. James Island. (843) 795-4570
hyamsgardencenter.com

Runner-Up:
Abide A While Garden Boutique

Best Gift Store
Palmetto Moon
1632 Palmetto Grande Drive. Mount Pleasant
(843) 849-8122
4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd. #801. North Charleston
(843) 763-7444
 2150 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston
(843) 553-0552
416 Azalea Square Blvd. Summerville.
(843) 871-7727
palmettomoononline.com

Runner-Up:
Two Cumberland

Best Gourmet Grocery Store
Trader Joe’s
401 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant  
(843) 884-4037
traderjoes.com

Runner-Up:
Whole Foods Market

Best Grocery Store
Harris Teeter
Various locations
harristeeter.com

Runner-Up:
Publix

Best Hardware Store
Royall Ace Hardware
883 Ben Sawyer Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 884-2551
royallhardware.com

Runner-Up:
Lowe’s Home Improvement

Best Health Food Store
Whole Foods Market
1125 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 329-6540
923 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Mount Pleasant
(843) 971-7240
wholefoodsmarket.com

Runner-Up:
Trader Joe’s

Best Home Accessories Store
HomeGoods
1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. West Ashley.
(843) 852-2180
homegoods.com

Runner-Up:
Celadon Home

Best Jewelry Store
Croghan’s Jewel Box
308 King St. Downtown. (843) 723-3594
croghansjewelbox.com

Runner-Up:
Polly’s Fine Jewelry

Best Lighting Store
Circa Lighting
426 King St. Downtown. (843) 937-5990
circalighting.com

Runner-Up:
Rick’s Lighting & Supplies

Best Lingerie Store
Bits of Lace
453 W. Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 531-6625
bitsoflace.com

Runner-Up:
Victoria’s Secret

Best Liquor Store
Total Wine & More
1820 Ashley River Road. West Ashley.
(843) 763-7034
1501 N. Highway 17 #C-6. Mount Pleasant
(843) 375-8999
totalwine.com

Runner-Up:
Bottles

Best Local Clothing Designer
Amy Driggers, Taxidermy
62 Spring St. Downtown.
(843) 297-5233
shoptaxidermy.com

Runner-Up:
Nick Overstreet, Boysterous

Best Local Farm
Boone Hall Farms
1235 Long Point Road. Mount Pleasant
(843) 884-4371
boonehallplantation.com

Runner-Up:
Legare Farms

Best Mall/Shopping Center
Mount Pleasant Towne Centre
1218 Belk Drive. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 216-9900
mtpleasanttownecentre.com

Runner-Up:
Tanger Outlets

Best Men’s Clothing Store
M. Dumas & Sons
294 King St. Downtown.
(843) 723-8603
mdumasandsons.com

Runner-Up:
Berlin’s For Men

Best Motorcycle Shop
Low Country Harley-Davidson
4707 Dorchester Road. North Charleston
(843) 554-1847
lowcountryharley.com

Runner-Up:
American Biker

Best Musical Instrument Store
Fox Music House Inc.
4248 Dorchester Road. North Charleston
(843) 740-7200
foxmusichouse.com

Runner-Up:
Ye Olde Music

Best Paint Store
Sherwin-Williams
Various locations
sherwin-williams.com

Runner-Up:
Lowe’s Home Improvement

Best Pawn Shop
Money Man Pawn
Various locations
facebook.com/BamTheMoneyMan

Runner-Up:
Big Bucks Pawn

Best Pet Store
Dolittle’s 
22 Windermere Blvd. #F. West Ashley.
(843) 852-5811
dolittles.com

Runner-Up:
Hairy Winston

Best Place to Buy a New Car
Hendrick Honda of Charleston
1539 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 279-0447
charlestonhonda.com

Runner-Up:
Baker Motors

Best Place to Buy a Used Car
CarMax
712 Savage Road. West Ashley.
(843) 766-2155
carmax.com

Runner-Up:
Hendrick Honda of Charleston

Best Place to Buy Local Produce
Charleston Farmers Market
329 Meeting St. Downtown.
(843) 724-7305
charlestonfarmersmarket.com

Runner-Up:
Boone Hall Farms

Best Record Store
Monster Music & Movies
946 Orleans Road. West Ashley.
(843) 571-4657
monstermusicsc.com

Runner-up:
Gray Cat Music

Best Shoe Store
Philip’s Shoes
80 Folly Road Blvd. James Island.
(843) 763-1000
phillipsshoes.com

Runner-up:
Charleston Shoe Company

Best Shopping District
King Street

Runner-up:
Mount Pleasant Towne Center

Best Smoke Shop
I Heart CBD
1722 Ashley River Road. West Ashley.
(843) 576-4440
1083 E. Montague Ave. #C. North Charleston
(843) 203-4243
8510 Rivers Ave. #F. North Charleston.
(843) 996-4165

Runner-Up:
Purple Haze

Best Sporting Goods Store
Half-Moon Outfitters
94 Folly Road Blvd. James Island.
(843) 556-6279
280 King St. Downtown.
(843) 853-0990
425 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 881-9472
halfmoonoutfitters.com

Runner-Up:
Dick’s Sporting Goods

Best Stationery Store
The Scratch Pad
409 Mill St. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 884-3433

Runner-Up:
Ink Meets Paper

Best Technology Company
Blackbaud
65 Fairchild St. Daniel Island.
(800) 443-9441
blackbaud.com

Runner-Up:
Craft Creative

Best Thrift/Resale Shop
Goodwill
Various locations
palmettogoodwill.org

Runner-Up:
Uptown Cheapskate

Best Tire Store
Gerald’s Tires & Brakes
1 Magnolia Road. West Ashley. (843) 566-1910
3900 Dorchester Road. North Charleston.
(843) 747-4011
4900 Rivers Ave. North Charleston.
(843) 744-3285
5646 Rivers Ave. #A. North Charleston.
(843) 747-2433
geraldstires.net

Runner-Up:
Hay Tire Pros

Best Tobacco Shop
Smoke ‘N Brew
815 Folly Road. James Island.
(843) 501-7979
smokenbrew.com

Runner-Up:
Towne Centre Tobacco & Wine

Best Toy Store
Wonder Works
188 Meeting St. Downtown.
(843) 577-2422
624 Long Point Road. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 849-6757
wonderworkstoys.com

Runner-Up:
Target

Best Vape Shop
Purple Haze Smoke Shop
1698 Old Towne Road. West Ashley.
(843) 974-5631
778 Folly Road, Suite A2. James Island.
(843) 724-9556
1039 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. #14. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 654-9472
originalpurplehaze.com

Runner-Up:
EcigCharleston

Best Vintage Clothing Store
Red Rose Vintage
(888) 250-9130
redrosevintage.com

Runner-Up:
Reinvented Upscale Resale

Best Wine Shop
Total Wine & More
1820 Ashley River Road. West Ashley.
(843) 763-7034
1501 N. Highway 17 #C-6. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 375-8999
totalwine.com

Runner-Up:
Bottles

Best Women’s Clothing Store
Copper Penny
311 King St. Downtown.
(843) 723-2999
280 W. Coleman Blvd. #M. Mount Pleasant
(843) 881-3497
shopcopperpenny.com

Runner-Up:
Palmetto Moon

Best of Special to 2020

After the tough year we’ve all had, City Paper is commemorating what voters chose as the best creative solutions local businesses offered for COVID-induced conundrums — and we don’t just mean the need for massive amounts of hand sanitizer, but the need to stay connected as a community. Whether that’s dog food delivery from Charleston Animal Society, strawberry frose to-go from The Co-Op or virtual workouts from E2M, the Holy City came together to bring necessities that filled in the gaps caused by the shutdown.

Best COVID-19 Business Pivot/Innovation
Firefly and Nippitaty distilleries making hand sanitizer
Firefly Distillery
4201 Spruill Ave. North Charleston. (843) 557-1405
fireflydistillery.com

Nippitaty Distillery
4208 Pace St. North Charleston.
(843) 518-7583
nippitatydistillery.com

Runner-Up:
Drive-In Movies, The Terrace Theater

Best COVID-19 Silver Lining
Thousands of Pet Adoptions at Charleston Animal Society
2455 Remount Road. North Charleston.
(843) 747-4849
charlestonanimalsociety.org

Runner-Up:
Lowcountry Eat Out! FB Group

Best Drive-In Theater
Terrace Theater
1956D Maybank Highway. James Island.
(843) 762-9494
terracetheater.com

Runner-Up:
The Bend Charleston

Best Local Lockdown Product
Frose from The Co-Op
2019 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 882-8088
1515 Palm Blvd., Suite C. Isle of Palms.
(843) 242-8366
thecoopsi.com

Runner-Up:
Firefly Distillery Hand Sanitizer

Best Local Lockdown Service
Pets for Life Pet Food Deliveries during COVID-19, Charleston Animal Society
2455 Remount Road. North Charleston.
(843) 747-4849
charlestonanimalsociety.org

Runner-Up:
Uber Eats

Best Local Virtual Workout
E2M, Eager to Motivate Training
e2mtraining.com

Runner-Up:
MUSC Wellness Center virtual classes

Best Lockdown Cook-at-Home Meal
Edmund’s Oast Take + Bake
1081 Morrison Drive. Downtown.
(843) 727-1145
edmundsoast.com

Runner-Up:
Mex 1 taco box kits

Best Lockdown Takeout/Delivery Discovery
Lewis Barbecue
464 N. Nassau St. Downtown.
(843) 805-9500
lewisbarbecue.com

Runner-Up:
Cuban Gypsy Pantry

Best Lockdown Takeout/Delivery Experience
Lewis Barbecue
464 N. Nassau St. Downtown.
(843) 805-9500
lewisbarbecue.com

Runner-Up:
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.

Best Social-Distanced Event Series
Safe Sounds at Firefly Music Series
4201 Spruill Ave. North Charleston. (843) 557-1405
fireflydistillery.com

Runner-Up:
Pop-up drive-in movie series at The Bend

Best Virtual Fundraiser during COVID
Charleston Animal Society Celebrity Chili Cook-Off
(843) 747-4849
charlestonanimalsociety.org

Runner-Up:
Butcher & Bee’s Pay it Forward grocery campaign