Interview: John Smallridge

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

I am a third generation Charlestonian, and a 4th generation West Virginian. Luck of the draw!

How do you find the general vibe of Charleston?
Quiet, caring, friendly and a place where you can get to know people and places easily

Which season is Charleston at its best?
Summertime, there are so many things to do in Charleston as well as options within short driving distance from here.

What do you think is Charleston’s biggest attraction?
Commercially, the Civic Center. Socially, the residents!

How would you describe Charleston to someone who hasn’t been here before?
A step away from the hustle, bustle of big city congested living! Easy drives to everything, wonderful neighborhoods, People who still go out of their way to help!

What are your top 5 dining places in Charleston?
Full Service:
Bridge Road Bistro
Cafe de’ Paris
Huck Finn’s
Lola’s Pizza

Quick Service:
Sabatino Bros.
The Steak Escape
Tudor’s Biscuit World
Sam’s Hot Dog Stands
Main Kwong

What are Charleston’s attractions that every tourists must visit?
Vandalia Festival, Mountain Stage, Clay center events!

What are the absolute must-try’s for every visitor in Charleston?
The Cultural Center, The Clay center, Regatta (unless it’s RIP), Craik Patton house, Capitol Complex and Sabatino Bros.

What are the cheap thrills that you can enjoy in Charleston?
Grand Prix race track, Charleston Town Center, Mountain biking. Cow tipping (joke!)

John Smallridge has a lot on his plate; he is a multi-brand restaurant owner/operator, sporting goods retailer, real estate development and management, husband and father to a 12 year old son. He adores Charleston and its people.

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