Interview: Jim Workman

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

I was born in Charleston, raised in Dunbar 12 years, moved to Winfield at 13 and currently live in Scott Depot. I love the city of Charleston. I’m there almost daily so I consider myself being from Charleston – that’s where I tell people from out of state that I’m from. But I’m just a suburbanite to you hard-core Charlestonians though.

How do you find the general vibe of Charleston?

Charleston is the perfect blend of laid back, upscale, relaxed, happening, wanna-be trendy (in a cool way). It’s a melting pot with a side of biscuits and gravy. Not stuffy. Most of all, very friendly.

Which season is Charleston at its best?

Having all of the seasons is Charleston’s attraction. Though I hate cold weather and snow, we don’t have too much of a winter to complain about it. Same with summer, not too hot. I enjoy the new activity and beauty that spring brings and of course the autumn football season.

What do you think is Charleston’s biggest attraction?

Charleston feels like home. If you aren’t caught up in the hustle of life, it’s ideal. If you like to occasionally enjoy the things that bigger cities have to offer, you can get that too. There’s always a friendly face around the next corner.

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

“A big city shrunk down to fit in a holler” or “all the charms of a small town without the smells of a big city.”

What are your top 5 dining places in Charleston?

Too many to count [and there are many that I haven’t tried yet] but so far: Laury’s, Famous Dave’s, First Watch, Aubrey’s (St. Albans), Taste of Asia Hibachi (Teays Valley) and La Roca Mexican (Cross Lanes).

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

A walk downtown on a spring day.

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

A hot dog with chili and slaw.

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

Mountain Stage, FestivALL, MultiFest, Vandalia, Power games at Appalachian Power Park, University of Charleston football and basketball games, high school games and tournaments.

Jim WorkmanJim Workman considers himself an entrepreneur. He’s also a writer with most of his experience in sports. He is a Christian that wants to make a difference in the lives of others. Lastly, he’s a proud West Virginian. He blogs at