Interview: Amanda Ream

How long have you been living in Charleston, and why did you decide to settle in this city?
I was born and raised in Charleston and returned back to the city after completing law school in 2003.

How do you find the general vibe of Charleston?
I find Charleston to be a friendly city. The city offers a good variety activities including everything from sporting events to cultural events. While it may be a smaller city, there is always something different to do here.

Which season is Charleston at its best?
I think one of the best things about Charleston is the fact that it has such varied seasons. I especially enjoy the fall, when I can look out my office window and see the leaves changing colors on the mountains.

What do you think is Charleston’s biggest attraction?
Its people.

How would you describe Charleston to someone who hasn’t been here before?
Charleston is a beautiful capitol city and its residents are very welcoming. While it may be small, Charleston offers some of the appeal of a bigger city, with things like Broadway shows, loft-style living and art appreciation (FestivAll and downtown art walks).

What are your top 5 dining places in Charleston?
Blossom Deli, Fazio’s, Tidewater, Vandalia Grille

What are Charleston’s attractions that every tourists must visit?
Visit the State Capitol Grounds, Clay Center, Appalachian Power Park for a baseball game

What are the absolute must-try’s for every visitor in Charleston?
I think the Clay Center is great, especially for kids. Charleston is also a great city just to walk through – enjoy the capitol, the river and downtown.

What are the cheap thrills that you can enjoy in Charleston?
Feeding the ducks at Coonskin, Appalachian Power game, Charleston Light Opera guild performance, Going to the Capitol Market.

Amanda ReamAmanda Ream is an attorney for the law firm of Lewis Glasser Casey and Rollins, in downtown Charleston. She is also the President of the Junior League of Charleston, which is a great organization that focuses on the development of women as leaders and giving back to the community through volunteerism. When Amanda returned to Charleston five years ago, the Junior League helped her to jump back into the community and meet new people.