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BALLANTYNE | going home continued on page 92 With long summer nights, you also have time to catch the nightly live jazz at the Charleston Grill or visit the Rooftop Terrace. Both are part of Belmond Charleston Place. Meanwhile, at High Cotton, order the Charleston Cocktail, a local concoction of vodka, Madeira, sweet tea, lemonade and mint-infused syrup. Shopping to Drop For King Street retains its status as the city's Fifth Avenue. Lower King is for antique lovers, Upper King for contemporary design aficionados. Like many aspects of Charleston, the street boasts multi-generation families, including Berlin's, which has furnished well-dressed Charlestonians for 125 years, and Ben Silver, a haberdasher's dream with custom bowties and jewelry-quality blazer buttons. George C. Birlant & Co., run by fourth-generation owners, is the town's respected purveyor of 18th and 19th century furniture, silver, china, crystal and brass. It's worth a stop just to glimpse the store's grand Charleston Battery Bench, cast by hand and engraved with flora and fauna motifs indicative of Lowcountry wildlife and sporting lifestyle. Other notable shops include M. Dumas, a "Town and Country clothier" operated by the third generation of Dumas men, and Croghan's Jewel Box, a treasure trove of heirloom silver, estate jewelry and gifts, whose third-generation owners LOWCOUNTRY DEVOTEE: RYAN KLOMPARENS Ryan Klomparens, a physical therapist with Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates in Ballantyne Corporate Park, grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. After graduating from high school in Charleston, he earned a graduate degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He has an older sister and an identical "mirror image" twin brother. His wife, Jessica, is the assistant to the CEO at Babcock & Wilcox in Ballantyne Corporate Park. "We are celebrating our second anniversary in June and have a teacup Yorkie named Pasha who is like our child," he says. Getting There Drive I-77 South to I-26 East at Columbia, S.C. Take I-26 East to Charleston. In town, walk, bike or take a rickshaw. Hotels Luxury: Charleston Place or Market Pavilion. Family-priced: Courtyard Marriott and Embassy Suites in the historic district or Holiday Inn Express on Meeting Street. Must See The Medal of Honor Museum aboard the USS Yorktown. Dining Anson, Slightly North of Broad, Fig, Cypress, Coast Bar & Grill, Blossom, Pearlz Oyster Bar. Nightlife Windjammer for bands; Charleston Place for live jazz; Biergarten. Misses Most Fresh seafood, boiled peanuts and being on the water. Mementoes Croghan's silver Celebration Cup is a rite of passage for native Charlestonians, while silver Charleston Rice Spoons — a tradition harkening to the plantation age — make popular wedding, housewarming or holiday gifts. Another favorite are sweetgrass baskets, one of the region's prized indigenous Gullah crafts fashioned by artisans at Charleston City Market. Local Tip Please don't honk your horn! The George C. Birlant & Co. antique store is run by fourth-generation owners. Photo by Ray Sepesy Photo courtesy of George C. Birlant & Co. 90 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE SUMMER 2014 Ball Summer 14 - 3.indd 90 5/21/14 4:41 PM

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