Interview: Debby Weinstein

How long have you been living in Charleston, and why did you decide to settle in this city?
23 years. My husband, James Ross, and I met in Washington State, and decided to move east to be closer to his 2 children who were living in Maryland. We looked for work in Western Maryland, and in WV, where he had some close friends. We both fell in love with WV, and found work here quickly.

How do you find the general vibe of Charleston?
Love it!

Which season is Charleston at its best? Spring is so crazy beautiful, that not only does the City get extraordinarily beautiful, as the trees, shrubs and flowers bloom, but it seems that everyone becomes just that much more joyous! The summer though, is so alive here, with all of the festivals, free music on the Levy every Friday, etc!

What do you think is Charleston’s biggest attraction?
The Clay Center

How would you describe Charleston to someone who hasn’t been here before?
The greatest and most beautiful affordable small city that anyone could want. It truly has it all…culture for those who love theater, the symphony etc., baseball at the newly built Power Park, a variety of wonderful restaurants, entertainment indoors and out (Live on the Levy on Friday nights in the summer is such a treat!), a vibrant and beautiful farmers market, and an amazing networking opportunity for young people through the Charleston Area Alliance! I could keep going, but I would never get back to work!

What are your top 5 dining places in Charleston?
Bluegrass Kitchen, Aubrey’s, the Anchor, Bridge Road Bistro, Soho’s (A great downtown lunch spot is Sahara’s, which offers a fabulous Middle Eastern Buffet)

What are Charleston’s attractions that every tourists must visit?
Clay Center, Farmer’s Market, Kanawha State Forest, Coonskin Park (Can we change the name of that Park?!), a stroll through downtown, the State Capitol, Power Park for baseball lovers, the Town Center Mall, and the Bridge Road Stores for shoppers, the Cultural Center

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

What are the cheap thrills that you can enjoy in Charleston?
Everything listed above, as well as FESTIVAL, Live on the Levy, MultiFest, University of Charleston’s Wine and Jazz Festival, Mountain Stage

Debby WeinsteinA native of Scarsdale, NY, feels fortunate to be living in Charleston with her precious blessings. She is the Executive Director of one of the most important, multifaceted nonprofit organizations in the Community, the YWCA of Charleston, whose mission is to eliminate racism, and to empower women. They work with victims of domestic violence and their children, homeless women and families, victims of elder abuse, and children coming from economically challenged families at the Child Care Center. The YWCA of Charleston operate in Kanawha, Clay and Boone Counties with a staff of 100. Community funding is critical to their operations, and all donations are greatly appreciated.