Interview: Doug Price

How long have you been living in Charleston, and why did you decide to settle in this city?

My family moved to Charleston when I was six years old, so I consider myself a Charleston native. After college, I moved away for about 10 years and then moved back when a child entered the picture. Family brought me back home and has kept me here.

How do you find the general vibe of Charleston?

I think Charleston is a good mix of young and old, historic and fresh, native and trendy. There is always something to do for anyone willing to search

Which season is Charleston at its best?

I like Spring and Fall – vegetation (leaves) and air temperature during both seasons.

What do you think is Charleston’s biggest attraction?

For people who have lived in larger cities, I’d say the biggest attraction is that you can get just about anywhere you need to be within 15 minutes. If you live in Charleston, nothing you need is far away.

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

Charleston is the largest city in the state and has the perks that go with it (socially, politically, shopping, dining, etc.) .. but it’s still a small town with a number of larger cities within a 4 hour drive and many rural activities (hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, rafting, etc.) close by …..

What are your top 5 dining places in Charleston?

Fazio’s, Blossom Dairy, Famous Dave’s, Bridge Road Bistro & Red Lobster (actually, my son’s favorite place)

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

I’d have to say that if someone was going to stay here for a week or so, either visiting family or on vacation … they would have to know about the shopping and dining both downtown and at Southridge. If they have kids, they should stop by the Clay Center and the South Ridge Grand Prix. The Clay Center provides other forms of theatrical and musical entertainments …. as do many other smaller local establishments (the local night life). Baseball fans in town during the summer should go to Appalachian Power Park for a game. The Capitol and many of the homes on the East End are cool for architecture/history buffs and the Farmer’s Market is a change of pace.

Having lived in Charleston all his life Doug Price can’t imagine living anywhere else. He likes the people, and not just those he’s related to. He believes that people would be the greatest asset any area could boast of, and think Charleston can do its fair share of boasting.