Interview: Lawrence Fine

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

I moved to Charleston 5 ½ years ago. I lived most of my life in big cities and wanted to find somewhere that had all of the amenities of a big city but didn’t have the traffic congestion and would allow me to work just as much but enjoy life much more.

How do you find the general vibe of Charleston?

It’s good and getting better. There are more and more things to do downtown and more small, family owned restaurants opening up

Which season is Charleston at its best?

I love the fall. When the leaves start to change, it’s absolutely beautiful

What do you think is Charleston’s biggest attraction?

The biggest attraction, in my mind, is how close we are to outdoor activities yet still have the feel of the city. The second biggest attraction would be the people

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

It’s a big small town with all the advantages of a big city and none of the disadvantages.

What are your top 5 dining places in Charleston?

Cozumel Mexican Restaurant, Lola’s, Bridge Rd Bistro, Sitar of India and Taste of Asia

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

The Clay Center is definitely something everyone should experience

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

Ellen’s Home Made Ice Cream on Capitol Street is definitely one thing.

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

There are so many. For example, Kanawha State Forest is 6 miles from downtown, it has great hiking and mountain biking trails. Or, every friday evening during the summer there are free concents “Live on the Levee”. Every Friday and Saturday night Taylor Books has free music

Lawrence fine run a webdesign company (www.webbreez.com), and also works as a writer and a consultant. He spends a great deal of time in front of a computer working so whenever he gets the chance, and loves to experience the outdoors. Formerly of Newark, New Jersey, Lawrence has been a Charleston resident for 5 and a half years.