Interview: Laura Jordan
How long have you been living in Charleston, and why did you decide to settle in this city?
My husband (a Charleston native) and I moved to Charleston in July of 2007 upon my graduation from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He didn’t want to move to the “big city” (i.e. the Baltimore/DC area where I’m from), so we explored several other smaller cities within driving distance of our families. His employer was able to transfer him to a Charleston branch, and I had a few job interviews lined up, so we found a lovely apartment on the East End and moved within a week – and the rest is history!
How do you find the general vibe of Charleston?
The general vibe is very community oriented. Charleston residents truly seem to love each other and love life.
Which season is Charleston at its best?
I think that the warm weather from late spring through late summer truly captures the essence of the Charleston area. On the weekends we go running along the boulevard – taking in the beautiful view of the river and the buzz of boats and jet skis. This season also lends to the many festivals, block parties, concerts and other outdoor events that I have come to love. Charleston can be particularly pretty in the fall, however, when the leaves change to vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow.
What do you think is Charleston’s biggest attraction?
Its people. While this city boasts countless opportunities for culture and the arts, a state-of-the art medical center, theatres, fine dining, outdoor recreation, and much more, Charleston’s pride and joy is truly its people.
How would you describe Charleston to someone who hasn’t been here before?
Big-city amenities; small-town atmosphere.
What are your top 5 dining places in Charleston?
Bluegrass Kitchen, Blossom Deli, Bridge Road Bistro, Ichiban, Vandalia Grille
What are Charleston’s attractions that every tourist must visit?
Capitol Market, the Clay Center, the Capitol Complex
What are the absolute must-try’s for every visitor in Charleston?
Holl’s Chocolates; skiing or whitewater rafting if you have the opportunity.
What are the cheap thrills that you can enjoy in Charleston?
Hiking in Kanawha State Forest; FestiVALL; “Live on the Levee” concerts at Haddad Park every Friday evening in the summer; baseball games at the Appalachian Power Park
Laura Jordan grew up in a suburb of Baltimore, MD but have always had a connection to the state of West Virginia. Her parents have a vacation cabin in Tucker County and she went to college at West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon. She loves her job and is proud to be a part of helping those in need in the greater Kanawha Valley. Through organizations like Generation Charleston, she has made great friends and gotten involved in some great community projects. Laura and her husband are in the process of buying a house, so it looks like they’re here to stay.