Interview: B.D. Gore

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, but I have lived throughout Southern WV and the Washington D.C. area.

How do you find the general vibe of Charleston?

I think the best way to describe the vibe in Charleston is that it is energized. We are experiencing a growth in the number of festivals and many other family events and activities here.

Which season is Charleston at its best?

It’s hard to say which season is best, however Autumn offers beautiful scenery with a mountain view that is visible from anywhere in the city. If you want to venture into the mountains it’s just minutes away. So not only can you work in a building and look outside and see the colors of fall, but you can step outside and experience the scenery from within the city or the mountains that are close by.

What do you think is Charleston’s biggest attraction?

For me it’s the Clay Center, I have experienced the absolute best concerts, shows and I have even attended church there.

How would you describe Charleston to someone who hasn’t been here before?

I would describe it as a small city with a big city feel. It is a great place to visit with lots to do and see, regardless if you are into outdoor adventure, good entertainment or fine dining. It is one of the few cities that I have been in where you can walk down any street and people that you don’t even know will smile or speak to you.

What are your top 5 dining places in Charleston?

Tidewater, First Watch, Soho’s, Bridge Road Bistro and Chophouse

What are Charleston’s attractions that every tourist must visit?

There are many must see attractions in Charleston such as Kanawha State Forest, the Mound in South Charleston and you must hear local musician Bob Thompson. But the absolute must see is a view of the State Capitol (day or night) from the riverbank of the University of Charleston campus.

What are the absolute must-try’s for every visitor in Charleston?

Everyone should visit Taylor Books which has a unique feel that can’t be described but must be experienced, Mountain Stage has both known and unknown musical acts and if you enjoy golfing Little Creek Golf Course is a public course that is a hidden gem.

What are the cheap thrills that you can enjoy in Charleston?

Actually anything in Charleston is cheap compared to other states from entertainment to sporting events. If you enjoy music regardless if it is the symphony or a nationally known artist it will always be cheaper in Charleston.

If B.D. Gore seemed to be cloaked in secrecy, it’s no surprise to find out that he’s a Security Consultant. This Charleston native owns his own security consulting company that provides a variety of services to clients, such as security and crime prevention consulting, threat and vulnerability assessments, homeland security planning, policy review and solutions specifically designed to prevent and resolve specific problems. He also lends his expertise to Research Triangle Institute and is a member of several professional boards.

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