As an antique collector as well as a vendor, I must say that this is the last place I would consider even nominating as "Best of Charleston" for this category. It must be that the voters have not visited/spent time in the other wonderful shops/malls nearby (e.g. Six Mile Antiques, which should have won, Charleston Antiques Market, which is down the road from Six Mile, and, over the bridge in James Island, The Terrace Oaks Antiques Mall). All of these malls/markets have a great variety of vintage and antiques items in several categories of collecting, and it truly is difficult to imagine that voters should have chosen Page's unless they had not experienced any of these other great antiques stores.
Kudos to this writer for having the guts to tell it like it was and is! As Dan Blake posted, Charleston is driven by developers. The local govt. (Riley et al. until now) has been indifferent to the needs of its non-wealthy (specifically non-white) citizens, while the developers rake in the money. I am curious to see what Tecklenburg's responses will be to this situation.
This trend has overtaken the islands, as well. On J.I., the developers of megalithic complexes not only are driven by money, but they don't live in our community and deal with the traffic snarls and rising prices that ensue. Maybank Hwy. ring a bell??? But the overriding point is that Charleston and its outer suburbs are becoming the bastions of mostly the people who have the money to afford what is built. The people are lured by advertising that promises that they will be "minutes by Downtown" and the beaches. The voices of current residents, many of whom have lived here all of their lives, are ignored. So-called Planning committees pretend to hold meetings for people to be heard, but it is all a ploy. We are not communities whose needs and quality of living matters. Just the green stuff, and I don't mean green spaces!
Perhaps the more accurate description should be the "Friendliest city to tourists and other visitors." Since these accolades come from magazines that cater to tourists and people who might want to visit Charleston one day, the better comparisons of friendliness (and livability) should be made by people who have lived elsewhere before moving to Charleston. I know that when people visit and feel appreciated, even when it is indeed for money and reputation, those people may either visit again and/or move here (my family being an example of those who choose that move). I continue to love Charleston, flaws and all. In almost 20 years of living here, I have seen positive changes in people's attitudes about minorities and gays, and about their willingness to accept other changes. I think that part of living in such an old city is accepting that change can be, and is, slow here, and appreciating that change when it does happen.
In reply to ursus: I am not from Ohio; I am from New York. I have lived in Charleston for 18 years, and I have traveled all of this area visiting a lot of antiques shops and malls. The problem with Page's is not how they treat customers, which is quite well. My point is the variety of items on display/for sale. The comparison was intended with regard to the inventory, not customer service.
Perhaps you needed to read my remarks more closely, as well as realize that the rating was for a type of a store/business, etc. If Page's were to be rated for friendliness, absolutely they would merit five stars.
BTW, this thing about Ohio reveals an outright prejudice towards the many good people who have moved here and made this area their home!
a friend and I happened upon Bombay Restaurant after a very long day....We were totally delighted by the food and the service. The tandoori chicken was sizzling, juicy and delicious, and was enough for two people to share. The breads and condiments were also tasty. The service was provided by the young son of the owner, and he was both smart and organized, beyond his years.
Both my friend and I wish that Bombay Restaurant were closer to J.I., but the drive to N.C. is worth the time and effort in order to enjoy first-rate food.
My objections to the Duggars' activities are unrelated to their endorsement of Santorum, who I strongly disapprove of. My biggest concern is that the Duggars continue to procreate, while the individual needs of their other children seem to be ignored. While the Duggars may consider themselves to be spreading the "holy word" through this procreation, is there no consideration of the impact of this on each of their children? If their continued procreation is because of their love of children, and not just of some God, then where is their concern for meeting the emotional and other needs for those children? Do the Duggars just assume that the older children will take care of the younger children?
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