Starting out in Charleston can be difficult for anyone — but imagine if you had to live up to the name of one of the longest-serving mayors in U.S. history? Meet Joe Riley. No, not that Joe Riley. Let us explain.
The strapping young lad you see before you came to Charleston by way of a City Paper internship. He shares the same name with Joseph P. Riley Jr., who served as mayor of Charleston from 1975-2016. You can imagine the mix of surprise, glee, and confusion that settled over the office when we realized we might be getting our very own Joe Riley. Sadly, it was only for the summer, but in that time, Little Joe, as we lovingly referred to him, was able to experience all that Charleston has to offer. Riley even had the opportunity to introduce himself to the former mayor for a meeting that was probably much more entertaining to everyone else than it was for the two Joes.
So as we do every year when a fresh crop of students arrive — most with boring names not burdened by political legacies — the City Paper has enlisted the help of our dedicated interns to put together a helpful guide on the ins and outs of Charleston. Because as the old adage goes — Joe knows.
Learning your way around campus is one thing, but on top of that, many new students have found themselves in a completely foreign city that is equal parts 1800s and modern day. Don't let the anachronisms and odd names get you down though. Here's a simple guide to what's what around the peninsula. — City Paper Editorial Staff
We hope you take full advantage of your meal cards, college kids. Trust us, there is no other time in your adult life when you get to sign up for food and then walk into a building where it's waiting for you. If you get tired of cafeteria eats, though, might we suggest these spots for stocking up on vittles. — Connelly Hardaway
We love pizza. A lot. We also know good pizza in all its forms is what great college experiences are made of. So here's a little guide to help you eat your way through pizza around the city. — David Hall
You see them everywhere in Charleston. Faculty and staff at local colleges use them to get to work, students ride them to class, and local residents use them to get just about everywhere on the peninsula. — Becca Starkes
Charleston has been voted the No. 1 city of ... well, the world, so it's no surprise that people love learning about the Holy City. — David Hall
Just because you're broke doesn't mean you can't look as dapper as Joe Riley. With re-sale stores all over the city, there are plenty of opportunities to both make a little cash and buy some reasonably priced clothes. And who doesn't like the thrill of a solid thrift store find? — Connelly Hardaway
If you have mayoral aspirations, you're gonna need to hit the books. But where? There are plenty of on-campus study spots, and everyone has a favorite. — Becca Starkes
Picture it: you're pretending to complete your biology lab when your gorgeous lab partner catches you staring. Well, now you have to say something. "Do you want to hang out sometime?" you mumble. They respond in the affirmative, and then ask, "What should we do?" — Connelly Hardaway
So, you've recently moved to Charleston for college, and you want to start a band, listen to local music, and befriend other musicians. Sounds like a great idea, except there's one problem — you don't know anything about the music scene down here. — Joe Riley
Unless you live under a rock you probably know that vinyl has made a comeback, and a new wave of record stores in Charleston have sprung up to fill the growing need for this throwback sound. This is where you can go to get your vinyl fix in Charleston. — Joe Riley