Just Beachy Golf Cart Rentals:
The Unforgettable Way to Enjoy Charleston
Located 20 minutes from downtown Charleston, Charleston is one of the most sought-after destinations in South Carolina for rest, relaxation, and rediscovery. Set in a stunning location of white sandy beaches, clean waters, and enchanting wildlife, Charleston mixes all-natural vistas with the excitement of world-class recreation. With championship golfing opportunities, a thriving arts scene, spas, resorts, and award-winning restaurants, having fun on Charleston is non-negotiable. When mixed with the sights and sounds of Mother Nature, Charleston is the perfect place to unwind in an unforgettable setting.
At seven miles long and one mile wide, getting around Charleston is uniquely fun. There's just one issue - what's the best way to get around such an idyllic island?
For most people, the answer to that question is super-convenient, super-fun golf cart rentals in Charleston, SC, provided by Just Beachy Golf Cart Rentals. With the ability to drive 24 hours a day with no road restrictions, no other form of transportation will let you experience "the island life" quite like one of our street-legal golf carts.
In fact, with Just Beachy's golf cart rentals, you can zip from a sun-filled adventure on the beach to a restaurant with mouth-watering eats in just minutes. With a wide variety of golf carts and low-speed vehicles to choose from, finding fun, reliable transportation is easy as pie.
The Just Beachy Difference
At Just Beachy Golf Cart Rentals, we are committed to providing you with the best golf cart rentals in Charleston, SC. Unlike some golf cart rental companies, who only see customers as numbers and transactions, our team wants your vacation to be fun and memorable. To facilitate that goal, we do everything in our power to make your golf cart rental experience easy and efficient.
Whether you choose to rent a luxury four-person golf cart in IOP's Wild Dunes Resort or a six-person golf cart in Charleston, we've got you covered. Looking for a multi-day golf cart rental in Sullivan's Island? We've got a cart with your name on it.
At Just Beachy Golf Cart Rentals, you can rest easy knowing your vehicle is a high-quality cart. That's because we only use new models and premium options within our rental fleet. With some of the best cart rental prices on the island and no delivery fees, booking with Just Beachy is a no-brainer.
Need help figuring out where to start your adventure on the Charleston? As full-time residents, our family is here to help during your stay if you have any questions or concerns. We know all the best spots for food, fun, and long days in the sun - simply send us a message, and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction. Because, at the end of the day, we're here to serve you as best we can - that way, you can make memories and see the islands from a vantage point you've never experienced before. Charleston transportation is easy with Just Beachy golf carts.
Our low-speed vehicles in Charleston come with many standard features and advantages, including:
- Street Legal with No Driving Restrictions
- Four and Six Passenger Golf Cart Rental Options
- Premium Seating with Front-Facing and Rear-Facing Seats
- Long-Range Battery Options Available
- Safety Features Include Headlights, Taillights, Seatbelts, Turn Signals, and More
About Just Beachy Golf Cart Rentals in Charleston, SC
Whether you're staying in Charleston, Sullivan's Island, or Wild Dunes Resort, driving a golf cart or LSV is the best way to cruise around town. They're quick, efficient, and easy to use. Perhaps even more important is that our golf carts and LSVs are all electric.
As long-time residents, we prefer to keep Charleston and the surrounding area clean and clear of smog. That way, our guests can disconnect and get back to nature without the rumbles and worries of gas-powered carts. After all - smelly, noisy gas carts can detract from the calm ambiance and amazing views that Charleston is known to have.
Unlike gas carts, our electric carts are nearly noiseless and don't need gas to go. Our electric carts are also typically faster than gas options, making electric the faster, eco-friendlier choice when visiting Charleston.
Our golf cart rentals on Charleston, SC are:
- Convenient - Renting a golf cart is quick, easy, and the most convenient way to take in the sights and sounds of the Charleston. Plus, you get direct access to local businesses and beaches without trying to maneuver a car or SUV.
- Local - When you rent a golf cart from Just Beachy, it's much easier to see and experience all there is to do on Charleston. As an added bonus, you'll fit right in with the locals, many of whom will welcome you to the neighborhood.
- Fun - This is the best reason to rent with Just Beachy! Whether you're heading out for a long day at the beach or just need to run to the grocery store, nothing beats the feeling you get on an LSV or golf cart.
Benefits of Renting a Golf Cart or LSV On Charleston
Utilizing a golf cart or LSV to travel around Charleston isn't just fun - it also benefits your trip. Using a golf cart or LSV makes it much easier to access parking. That's especially true in our downtown district, where many parking spaces are metered. When it's time to enjoy one of the many restaurants on Charleston, be sure to use the designated golf cart parking at Ocean Blvd and JC Long Blvd to avoid the hassles, headaches, and costs of traditional parking.
Just Beachy Golf Cart Rentals Pro Tip:
The Dinghy beach pub has a couple of designated golf cart spots within their parking area. If you decide to rent an LSV, you can also take it to Sullivans Island, which makes parking much easier.
When traveling North and South on the Charleston, try to drive on Cameron Blvd and Hartnett Blvd when possible. Both options are less traveled than Palm or Waterway Blvd. and have a speed limit of 25 MPH. Waterway is a great option for traveling North and South, but you may run into more vehicular traffic. South of the Connector, try driving on Carolina Blvd or Ocean Blvd. Regardless of how you utilize them, an LSV or golf cart in Charleston, SC, is super convenient and loads of fun during your stay.
Benefits of Renting a Golf Cart or LSV On Sullivans Island
As is the case with Charleston, choosing to rent a golf cart or LSV during your stay in Sullivans Island comes with many benefits. Like other areas, parking and getting around, in general, is just more manageable with a golf cart instead of a large car or SUV. If you rent a cart or LSV from Just Beachy but you're staying on Sullivans Island, you can bring your rental to the Charleston and enjoy many of the same benefits.
Just Beachy Golf Cart Rentals Pro Tip:
If you plan on exploring the length of Sullivans Island, be sure to use Ion Ave and Atlantic Ave when possible. Both options are less traveled than Middle Street. They also have a speed limit of 25 MPH. Conversely, on Middle Street, the speed limit is 35 MPH. If you travel this road, you'll have to pull over so that faster cars can pass you. This can happen often and can ruin your otherwise enthralling drive. Regardless of how you use them or wear you take them, renting an LSV or golf cart on Sullivans Island is a great choice for everyone involved.
Benefits of Renting a Golf Cart or LSV On Sullivans Island
At Just Beachy Golf Cart Rentals, we want our guests to have the most fun, memorable experience possible when they visit. For that reason, it's important you keep these overall rental guidelines in mind.
- If you're the primary renter of one of our golf carts, you must be 25 years of age or older and have a valid driver's license to operate our carts.
- If any else will be driving a golf cart rental, they must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver's license.
- You must uphold and be compliant with all government regulations and laws when using a golf cart rental or LSV rental.
- You cannot have more people on your golf cart rental than the installed and designed seating capacity.
- Alcoholic drinks are not permitted in our LSVs or golf cart rentals. You may not operate any cart while under the influence.
- We only rent carts to single-family homes or townhomes. We do not rent to multi-story condos or hotels. Other locations inside Wild Dunes do not allow cart rentals. Additionally, regular golf cart rentals are not allowed in the Wild Dunes community. This area only permits street-legal LSV rentals.
The Best Places to Take Your Golf Cart Rental in Charleston, SC
On the Charleston, life is slower and simpler than the frantic pace found in nearby towns. So, if you're looking for a true beach vacation with few interruptions, Charleston is the right place. With a fantastic coastal community, pristine beaches, and resorts, Charleston boasts some of the best golf, fishing, sailing, and overall recreation on the east coast.
Of course, one of the Charleston' key attractions isn't a roller coaster or concert venue - it's peace and quiet. Instead of jacked-up trucks and noisy supercars, this barrier island's laid-back atmosphere is embodied by golf cart rentals. In fact, many local attractions and establishments make special accommodations for golf cart renters, such as prime parking areas and discounts.
To help you make the most out of your visit, be sure to consider these popular places to take your Just Beachy golf cart rental.
Beach Bars and Dives
Charleston' beach bars and nightlife generally mimic what the island is known for: laid-back, beachy vibes with no worries in the world. Whether you're interested in a rooftop bar, a low-key dive, or something in between, it's easy to get around with golf cart rentals from Just Beachy.
Great for beachfront drinks and quick bites to eat, The Windjammer is an IOP staple that sits directly on the beach. If you're looking for a lively place to sit and spend time, this is the choice for you. As an added bonus, dogs are welcome at this bar, so after a walk or jog on the beach, relax with your furry friend at this popular location.
Coconut Joe's Beach Grill
This fun spot features a rooftop bar and fresh seafood for you and your friends to feast upon. Another staple of Charleston, you can often catch live music and more on weekends throughout the year.
You can't go bar hopping on IOP without swinging by The Dinghy. This longtime bar is known for its selection of craft brews on tap. With a giant screened-in porch, plenty of TVs, games, and happy hour events, The Dinghy has everything you need for a night out.
Restaurants and Eateries
After a long day at the beach with your friends and family, it's time to hop in one of our golf cart rentals in Charleston, SC, and grab some food. After all, indulging in local cuisine is one of the best parts of being on vacation!
Long Island Cafe
A combo of coastal decor and an amazing food menu make this restaurant one you must try. Ask around, and locals will tell you the same thing - Long Island Cafe has been serving up fresh food since 1986. Try their specials and don't forget to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Sea Biscuit Cafe
If waking up early and getting breakfast is your preferred way to start the day, you've got to try the Sea Biscuit Cafe. This cash-only spot is ultra-popular and features everything from breakfast classics to Lowcountry exclusives. Fuel up and get ready for a fun day zipping around on your golf cart rental!
Coda Del Pesce
If you're looking to impress that special someone, this upscale restaurant is for you. With fresh-made Italian-inspired seafood dishes and an elegant ambiance, you'll need to book reservations well in advance of your trip to dine here.
If you're a golf lover, you may never want to leave Charleston once you discover its nearby golf courses. Charleston is home to two world-renowned courses, both located in the resort community of Wild Dunes. This laid-back community is a fantastic place to stay during your visit and is very golf-cart friendly.
The Harbor Course
Designed by legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio, The Harbor mixes a challenging design with stunning sights and views. It's also known for its water features and includes salt marshes and lagoons, pushing the limits of your skills.
The Links Course
This course was Tom Fazio's first golf course design. It has stood the test of time with rolling fairways, rustling palms, and a finishing hole that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.
Your First Choice for Golf Cart Rentals in Charleston, SC
If you're searching for an unforgettable vacation in the prettiest of locations, thousands of visitors agree each year that the Charleston is the place to go. From sun-filled days lounging by the beach to fine dining and everything in between, there's no shortage of new adventures to discover. And when it's time for new discoveries and unforgettable memories, renting an LSV or golf cart is the best way to get there.
Call or click today to learn more about Just Beachy Golf Cart Rentals or to get started booking your golf cart or LSV. We would be honored to serve you!
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Charleston vs San Diego State Odds, Picks: Back the Aztecs
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Charleston is a classic NCAA Tournament 12-seed in almost every way.
As a mid-major program, the Cougars rolled through league play, won 31 games in total and had one of the longest win streaks in the nation when they won 20 straight games.
They’re sure to be a trendy first-round upset pick when they face off against a fellow mid-major in San Diego State, in Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
The Aztecs were marginally underseeded when comparing their 5-seed to their underlying numbers. San Diego State won both the regular-season and conference tournament crown in the Mountain West.
However, the conference has had its struggles in the actual tournament, and the Aztecs did lose in the first round of the Big Dance in 2021 to Syracuse and 2022 to Creighton despite being a higher seed and favorite in both matchups.
This matchup is intriguing because it’s an ultimate pace clash featuring the run-and-gun Charleston offense that’s 29th in adjusted tempo nationally. San Diego State wants to play in the half-court and is one of the most physically imposing defenses in the entire country.
Charleston wants to shoot a ton of 3s, but SDSU is very effective at matching up on the perimeter.
Although the Cougars will be a popular upset pick in many brackets, the Aztecs caught a favorable matchup here and are undervalued to move into Round 2.
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Charleston’s offense is predicated more around the perimeter than almost any other offense in the country.
The Cougars shoot 3s at the ninth-highest attempt rate in the country, but they’re going to struggle to execute in the half-court against the Aztecs defense.
There’s no clear area where the Cougars offense has an edge over the Aztecs on Thursday. It’s not inside, where Charleston makes up for its shooting efficiency from deep by pulling in a ton of offensive rebounds. San Diego State is a good defensive rebounding team, and it applies a ton of on-ball pressure to disrupt passing lanes and offensive flow.
The Cougars will try to run as much as possible in this matchup, but San Diego State is an elite transition defense. The Aztecs are one of the best at forcing teams to play in the half-court against them. Once in the half-court, Charleston’s offense will face an SDSU defense that allows the 11th-lowest rate of unguarded catch-and-shoot 3s in the entire country.
There’s no glaring weakness for Pat Kelsey’s team, but it also doesn’t have any clear strengths to potentially exploit San Diego State’s talent and physicality.
The biggest question mark for the Aztecs in this tournament is whether or not the offense will go through a prolonged scoring drought that leads to them getting knocked out.
Given how inconsistent the offense is at times, a drought is certainly going to happen at some point. San Diego State saw it happen in the first half of the MWC final against Utah State when the Aztecs went five minutes with one made field goal. Against Boise State, they didn’t make a field goal in the final four minutes of an eventual defeat.
Good rim defenses can absolutely cause problems for the Aztecs. Charleston is marginally above average at guarding the rim, ranking in the 64th percentile, per Synergy.
The Cougars will allow a decent amount of shots and opportunities in the midrange, which is an area the Aztecs like to attack. If the SDSU shooters are going to get chased off the line by Charleston, they’re more than comfortable taking midrange pull-up shots.
That’s the key against Charleston’s defense, as well as using post-up looks to dominate it inside. The Cougars defense grades out really poorly there, and the Aztecs utilize the post more than most teams the Cougars have played this season.
This version of the Aztecs defense doesn’t force as many turnovers as years past, but that also makes them better on the defensive glass. In this matchup, that’s a positive for SDSU.
Based on some underlying numbers, San Diego State is the best 5-seed facing off against the worst 12-seed.
SDSU’s defense has been back to its elite self in the last month, and that will force Charleston to take a lot of difficult and contested 3s. While the Cougars pulled a lot of offensive rebounds down in the weak Colonial, they’ll struggle to replicate that performance against the Aztecs’ physicality and strength inside.
San Diego State has more than enough depth to match and outlast the Cougars, too, even if the game does end up being more up-and-down from a pace perspective.
As bad as the Aztecs have been at closing out games at times, 5.5 points is a bit too short for this matchup. I’d bet the Aztecs at -6 or better.
San Diego State vs. Charleston odds, picks, TV channel: Expert predictions for NCAA Tournament first round game
Charleston played its way into the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 2017-18 season after rolling through the Colonial Athletic Association regular season and then winning the conference tournament It draws a matchup with No. 5 seed San Diego State in the South Regi...
Charleston played its way into the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 2017-18 season after rolling through the Colonial Athletic Association regular season and then winning the conference tournament It draws a matchup with No. 5 seed San Diego State in the South Region. San Diego State is a small favorite entering the game, looking to win its first NCAA tournament game since 2015.
Tip-off is set for 3:10 p.m. ET on Thursday from Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The game will be broadcast on TruTV.
Charleston likes to play an up-tempo game and is not afraid to let loose from 3-point range, averaging 30.2 3-point attempts per game, the second-highest total in the country (behind only Cornell). The Cougars also boast five players averaging double digits in scoring this season, but they have yet to face a defense as good as San Diego State’s.
The Aztecs are not a particularly dominant team offensively, with only one player (Matt Bradley) averaging double digits in scoring (12.9 per game). As a team, the Aztecs 72.3 points per game is 173rd in the country.
But while San Diego State lacks offensive firepower (and star power), it more than makes up for it with depth (eight different players average at least 15 minutes per game and score at least six points per game) and smothering defense. In 11 games since the start of February, the Aztecs have not allowed more than 71 points and only twice allowed more than 66. In four of those games, they have limited opponents to under 55 points.
What: South Region, first round
Tipoff time: 3:10 p.m. ET Thursday
Location: Amway Center, Orlando
San Diego State vs. Charleston odds
Odds are from BetMGM and update live.
Model projection: San Diego State by 1.6, total 138.4
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Players to watch
Matt Bradley, senior guard, All-MWC first team Nathan Mensah, senior forward, MWC Defensive Player of the Year
Dalton Bolon, graduate guard, All-CAA first team
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(Photo of Matt Bradley: Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)
Charleston Cougars vs San Diego State Aztecs Prediction, 3/16/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Charleston Cougars vs San Diego State AztecsLocation: Amway Center in Orlando, FLTV: truTVOdds/Point Spread: Charleston (+5)The Charleston Cougars (31-3) are headed to Amway Center on Thursday where they will try to beat the San Diego State Aztecs (27-6). San Diego State opens this matchup as 5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total is 141.5. One E-mail A Week Is All You Need! Our weekly newsletter is loaded with exc...
Game: Charleston Cougars vs San Diego State Aztecs
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Charleston (+5)
The Charleston Cougars (31-3) are headed to Amway Center on Thursday where they will try to beat the San Diego State Aztecs (27-6). San Diego State opens this matchup as 5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total is 141.5.
The Charleston Cougars stepped onto the hardwood against UNC Wilmington and went home with a win by a final score of 63-58 in their last contest. Charleston ended the game having earned a 40.4% FG percentage (21 of 52) and converted 6 of their 26 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Cougars buried 15 of 20 shots for a percentage of 75.0%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 27 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 8 dimes for the matchup while forcing the opposition into 15 turnovers and earning 10 steals. When discussing defense, Charleston allowed their opponent to shoot 40.7% from the floor on 22 out of 54 shooting. UNC Wilmington earned 11 assists and had 5 steals for this contest. Moreover, UNC Wilmington snagged 28 rebounds (9 offensive, 19 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. UNC Wilmington walked away from this one shooting 78.6% at the charity stripe by burying 11 of their 14 tries. They also made 3 of 14 tries from long range. In the matter of personal fouls, the Cougars ended up with 16 and UNC Wilmington totaled 15 personal fouls.
Ryan Larson is a player who was a factor for the matchup. He racked up 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He played 34 mins played and snagged 3 boards. He finished the contest at 56.3% from the floor and also dished out 1 assist.
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Charleston comes into this game with a win-loss record of 31-3 for the campaign. They are turning it over 12.0 times per game and as a unit they commit 16.8 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Charleston is pulling in 40.5 boards per contest and has 469 assists this season, which ranks 84th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Cougars are shooting 33.4% on shots from 3-point land (343 of 1027) and 74.1% from the charity stripe. They average 80.8 pts per contest (14th in D-1) while shooting 43.8% from the field.
On defense, the Cougars are forcing 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.3 fouls. They are 151st in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 398 conceded on the season. The Cougars defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 43.1% (875 of 2,029) and they surrender 33.8 boards per contest as a unit. They relinquish 30.7% on 3-point shots and they are 98th in D-1 in points per game allowed (67.4).
For their last game, the San Diego State Aztecs walked away with a victory by a final of 62-57 when they faced Utah State. In reference to rebounds, San Diego State allowed Utah State to snag 37 in total (10 on the offensive glass). They wrapped up this game 16.7% from beyond the perimeter by going 4 of 24 and finished the contest at 7 of 14 at the free throw line (50.0%). The Aztecs allowed Utah State to bury 23 of 62 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 37.1% for the matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Aztecs finished 20 out of 63 from the floor which gave them a rate of 31.7%. When talking about 3-point attempts, San Diego State converted 2 out of 19 attempts (10.5%). They were able to bury 20 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 76.9%. Utah State had 21 fouls for the matchup which got the Aztecs to the charity stripe for a total of 26 shots. They also gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while recording 4 steals in this matchup. The Aztecs pulled down 29 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards totaling 42 in this game.
Matt Bradley ended up being a factor for the Aztecs for this game. He tallied 16 points in his 26 mins of playing time, but didn't record an assist. He buried 6 of 14 in the matchup giving him a rate of 42.9%, and had 2 rebounds.
San Diego State has a record of 27-6 on the year. The Aztecs are responsible for committing 16.1 personal fouls per contest and they go 73.2% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 13.4 times per game (158th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.8 times per game. San Diego State has totaled 2,378 points so far this season (72.1 per contest) and they collect 35.8 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Aztecs are shooting 44.4% from the field, which ranks 191st in D-1.
The San Diego State defense allows 29.3% on shots from beyond the arc (212 of 724) and opponents are knocking down 73.7% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 10.9 assists and 31.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 44th and 34th in college hoops. The Aztecs on defense are ranked 29th in D-1 in PPG allowed with 63.6. They are able to force 13.2 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.6% from the field (57th in Division 1).
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North Charleston Reynolds restaurant corridor sees growth as Navy base development nears
NORTH CHARLESTON — Heading toward the old Charleston Navy base, Cosgrove and Spruill avenues form a “T,” sending drivers in one of two directions.A left turn leads toward bustling Park Circle, a part of the city that is filled with locally owned eating and drinking venues like Stems & Skins, ...
NORTH CHARLESTON — Heading toward the old Charleston Navy base, Cosgrove and Spruill avenues form a “T,” sending drivers in one of two directions.
A left turn leads toward bustling Park Circle, a part of the city that is filled with locally owned eating and drinking venues like Stems & Skins, The Tattooed Moose, Jackrabbit Filly and Commonhouse Aleworks. Heading right will take you to the Reynolds Avenue restaurant corridor.
That moniker doesn’t exist just yet, but this portion of the city’s Chicora Cherokee neighborhood is in the midst of a transformation that could bolster the area’s independent restaurants.
A large-scale redevelopment on the former Navy base is taking shape nearly two years after plans for more than 1.2 million square feet of offices, homes, shops and restaurants were first detailed.
Covering about 70 acres on and adjacent to the base, the Navy Yard Charleston redevelopment aims to repurpose multiple historic buildings while also constructing new ones, with housing, shopping and destination entertainment as part of the plan. The private development is happening just as the city of North Charleston pursues sweeping redevelopment plans of its own on or near the old footprint.
Though just one independent restaurant is currently serving customers on the base — MOMO, located at the foot of Riverfront Park — a handful of others have recently popped up within eyeshot of this future development.
Three restaurants between Spruill Avenue and the end of Reynolds Avenue overlooking the base — Rebel Taqueria, Maya del Sol Kitchen and Macho Pichu Chicken — opened within the last three years.
“The development is the reason I believe the three of us are here,” said Maya del Sol Kitchen owner Raul Sanchez.
Less than a half-mile away from Sanchez’ Mexican restaurant sits longer tenured local favorite Caribbean Delight, along with Daddy’s Girls Bakery, the newly renovated Starlight Motor Inn and the future site of King BBQ, the highly anticipated Chinese and North Carolina inspired barbecue restaurant from Jackrabbit Filly owners Shuai and Corrie Wang.
Though these destinations cover a small footprint in an area earmarked for massive mixed-use development, they got in on the ground floor of what could soon become a bustling dining and drinking destination.
Getting there first
Longtime Charleston residents remember the days when dining options were sparse on King Street north of Calhoun Street, with the exception of now-shuttered Thai restaurant Basil. But once more eateries came to the area, apartment complexes, retail stores and large employers like Greystar followed.
Two decades later, restaurants have pushed farther north beyond Line Street, with Leon’s Oyster Shop, Maison and Rodney Scott’s BBQ bringing large crowds to Upper King Street, proving there is an appetite for a diverse group of dining venues across the peninsula.
Development can have consequences for the surrounding communities. Property values have in recent years skyrocketed north of Calhoun Street, as several neighborhoods, once predominantly Black, are attracting more and more students, White professionals, investors and developers.
The Charleston peninsula’s Black population hit a 100-year high in 1960 and has been falling ever since, according to Census figures. Between 2010 and 2020, about 5,000 Black residents left the peninsula.
In North Charleston, Liberty Hill, a predominantly African American community that was established by former enslaved people shortly after the Civil War, sits adjacent to Park Circle, which has in the last decade been targeted by developers. Liberty Hill residents have raised concerns about the threat of gentrification in the neighborhood as home prices in Park Circle have skyrocketed in recent years.
Rising real estate prices can also push out small independent restaurants when their leases expire, part of the reason why King Street’s main entertainment district between Calhoun and Spring streets is now dominated by powerful restaurant groups and out-of-town players. With most restaurants signing five- to 10-year leases, this shifting dynamic can take more time to develop than the housing market.
Even if restaurants surrounding the Navy base are faced with rising lease payments in the next decade, Sanchez of Maya del Sol says he’ll be retired by then. With three years left on a five-year lease at 1813 Reynolds Ave., Suite B, Sanchez will likely stick around for one more four- or five-year term before packing up his professional chef’s knives.
Locals in the know visit Maya del Sol for its multi-course evening tasting menu featuring an array of dishes, including old family recipes, that don’t fit into the expected format for a Mexican restaurant. With Sanchez and just one other chef leading the scratch kitchen, Maya del Sol is a neighborhood restaurant through and through, and operating in this corner of North Charleston allows Sanchez to cater to a local crowd.
Like Maya del Sol, Rebel Taqueria has benefitted from the local following it garnered during its food truck days. In 2020, the restaurant took over the space previously occupied by The CODfather, which relocated to North Charleston and added a second location in Summerville. Two years after opening, Rebel Taqueria’s ownership expanded, adding seating to meet a growing demand for the three things Rebel has been known for since its food truck days: tacos, tequila and cold beer.
“(We opened) with the expectation that the neighborhood was going to start off pretty slow. There’s not a lot of housing right around there,” said Lewis Kesaris, chef and owner of Rebel Taqueria. “Getting in there early was our plan, hopefully helping the neighborhood grow around us.”
With flavor-filled fare served in a relaxed environment, Rebel Taqueria is well positioned to handle the neighborhood’s growth. King BBQ, set to open this spring at 2029 Carver Ave., steps away from Reynolds Avenue, is another place that will cater to residents of the redeveloped land on and around the Navy base’s old footprint.
‘We’re a scrappy bunch’
King BBQ’s menu will be unlike other barbecue restaurants in the Lowcountry, with roasted and smoked meats paired with sides that riff on classics; German potato salad and North Carolina red slaw, for instance. It will be a dining destination in and of itself, drawing more attention to the neighborhood.
Developer and president emeritus of the Reynolds Avenue Area Merchants Association Ed Sutton, an Air Force veteran, owns several buildings in the Reynolds Avenue corridor, including the future King BBQ site.
The area has the history to back its future life as a dining district, Sutton said. When the Navy base was active, Reynolds Avenue and the surrounding streets were where soldiers went to eat and drink. Sutton has seen a resurgence of interest in the area among individuals, mainly locals, who believe they can help spur manageable growth.
“We’re a scrappy bunch. We’re upstarts,” said Sutton, discussing those who are committing to redeveloping the area while ensuring it keeps its character. “That’s kind of what the area lends itself to.”
The newest star shining bright over Reynolds and Rivers avenues is the Starlight Motor Inn, a 62-year-old property that underwent an extensive restoration effort by business partners Ham Morrison and Walker Lamond. The renovated hotel, which earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 2020, is now open to the public.
“It’s got a lot of soul and it’s a pretty neat community. Reynolds Avenue is a pretty cool commercial strip,” Morrison said. “It’s got a neighborhood feel, which sets it apart.”
With pink stucco walls, decorative brick and a new marquee sign topped with a star, the Starlight Motor Inn features 51 retro vintage-style guest rooms, a pool and cocktail lounge, with the possibility of a restaurant in the future. Upstairs, the longtime cocktail lounge called the Burgundy Lounge has been brought back to life, complete with a bar and card tables.
The renovated inn fits with existing restaurants in the Reynolds Avenue corridor. In fact, it’s exactly the type of development Sutton envisions surrounding the high-rise buildings earmarked for the old Navy base.
Charleston-based Palmetto Moon expands to new market with 2 locations
A Charleston-based retail chain will soon arrive in a new market with the anticipated opening of two locations.Palmetto Moon, a Southern lifestyle retailer marking two decades of rapid growth, will soon have a presence in Kentucky with two new locations set to open in the Bluegrass State this spring, according to a news release.Palmetto Moon will unveil its first Kentucky store in Lexington on March 25, followed by Louisville on April 8 — marking the retailer’s 40th location across its growing Southeast footprint....
A Charleston-based retail chain will soon arrive in a new market with the anticipated opening of two locations.
Palmetto Moon, a Southern lifestyle retailer marking two decades of rapid growth, will soon have a presence in Kentucky with two new locations set to open in the Bluegrass State this spring, according to a news release.
Palmetto Moon will unveil its first Kentucky store in Lexington on March 25, followed by Louisville on April 8 — marking the retailer’s 40th location across its growing Southeast footprint.
Palmetto Moon’s new Kentucky stores will be located at:
Upon debut, Palmetto Moon will operate locations in seven states that include Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee.
“It’s an honor to build on twenty years of incredible momentum as we open our doors to Kentucky,” says Amber Dube, Palmetto Moon’s executive vice president and chief brand officer. “We’ve seen firsthand how our brand resonates with customers here who shop our thoughtfully curated online storefront, and as a brand grounded in community, we’re especially thrilled to bring the authentic Palmetto Moon experience to life with our new locations in Lexington and Louisville.”
Palmetto Moon is known for its focus on customer service and locally inspired shopping experience for all ages that celebrates the Southern lifestyle, the release stated. Unlike mass merchants, the retailer hand-picks its showcase of top brands alongside emerging makers and gifts tailored to the community.
The new Lexington and Louisville locations will offer popular brands including YETI, Simply Southern, Bogg Bag, Hey Dude, Southern Marsh, Chubbies, Vineyard Vines and Local Boy Outfitters, as well as up-and-coming brands and Palmetto Moon’s exclusive products, the release stated.
In step with Palmetto Moon’s legacy as a Collegiate destination, both stores will feature custom University of Kentucky collegiate gear and apparel; the Louisville location will also represent University of Louisville. The retailer proudly partners with Kentucky makers such as Bourbon Barrel Foods, Doodles By Rebekah and Bluegrass Brothers, according to the release.
“Lexington and Louisville are two vibrant Southern destinations with rich, yet distinct local character that perfectly reflects our homegrown brand,” said Palmetto Moon CEO John Thomas. “We can’t imagine a better introduction to the Bluegrass State as Palmetto Moon celebrates this tremendous growth milestone. From humble beginnings as a kiosk in Charleston, South Carolina, it’s a privilege to offer 40 brick-and mortar locations in seven states and counting.”