Shani has lived in Charleston at full- and part-time intervals since 2015. She was born in a Wisconsin town located exactly halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago, but moved to rural South Carolina with her family at age 10. She’s been trying to find the balance between country girl and city girl ever since.
Where I live:
I live in a little hamlet of a neighborhood called Mazyck-Wraggborough, right in the middle of Charleston. It feels like a miniature village, with young families, elderly folks who are of the fifth or sixth generation to live in their home, and small businesses that feel like part of the family.
Best way to get around the city:
On foot or by bike. The peninsula — the downtown area — is only 2.5 miles across, so it’s easy to get exercise during everyday errands.
Don’t leave without having:
You can’t come to Charleston without eating some famous Lowcountry oysters. They’re just the right size to retain an amazing, salty flavor. When you see oysters on the menu at a restaurant, be sure to ask for local ones.
But the local favorite is really:
Ted’s Butcherblock. In addition to being my family’s (and my dog’s) favorite butcher, it has a great wine selection. Plus, on Friday nights, you can get amazing meals cooked on a Big Green Egg smoker.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
Easy access to those oysters.