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The impulse to save our most cherished moments is a powerful force. When you ask people to choose three possessions to save from a burning house, one of the most common answers is a photo album.

Maybe that’s because photographs tell the stories of our lives – a timeline of memories filled with faces we love and places we have been. Photos speak directly to our emotions; they capture our attention and give us the power to show people who we are and what we do.

When composed professionally, they shine a light on our personalities, relationships, and families. After all, every human emotion has a place in photography.

Whether you need to steal someone’s attention with a stunning headshot or want to save your most loving family moments, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Summerville, SC I delight in the adventure of photography. I constantly immerse myself in whatever genre I’m shooting and seek new ways of bonding with my subjects to provide them with a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Unlike other photographers, I use my technical knowledge of photography, ability to connect with people, and artistic creativity to produce memorable photos for my clients. I believe that providing folks with a client-centric experience sets me apart from other photographers in Summerville.

Some professionals may be wonderful composers but cannot understand what their customers want. Others are great at connecting but don’t have the training or experience to make their work truly special.

When you choose Adam Chandler Photography, rest assured that you are hiring a photographer with creativity, imagination, and a keen eye for detail. You won’t ever have to worry about sacrificing one quality for another.

I have a wide range of professional experience in the world of photography. I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of subjects, from local families to corporate business professionals in the Lowcountry. As a photographer in Summerville with more than a decade of experience, my top priority is not only to capture beautiful images but also to provide you with a relaxing, enjoyable photography session.

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Now that you know a little about my background, let’s take a look at some of my most popular photography services in Summerville:

Our company mission is to exceed expectations

Your family is probably the single most important part of your life. From children to grandparents, and even nieces and nephews, building a strong family bond secures your legacy for the future.

You will grow and change with your family throughout life and encounter many memorable milestones along the way.  One of the best ways to document these milestones and relive your memories is with a family photo session.

I love family photography and strive to pour my soul and creativity into each shoot. While each session is different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the unique personality, affection, and energy of each family so I can provide authentic, engaging pictures and a uniquely fun experience.

Whether you have a newborn baby that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Summerville is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches – Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah Island, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places – Washington Square, Broad Street, Ravenel Bridge
  • Historical Sites – Summerville Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Summerville, the Holy City is a wonderful place in which to immerse yourself with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Summerville, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much is the opportunity to get creative. I gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for – be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a relaxed style of direction to get your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that are full of life and happiness.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

With each year that passes, we grow – both literally in size and also in mind. Having annual family photographs helps document the advancements and growth you have in life. Family photography in Summerville is a great way to remember the quirks or personality traits in your children, or to immortalize an important event like a high school graduation. Since we grow and change so fast, many families arrange for yearly family photo sessions to see their family’s growth year over year.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are achieved. From a child’s first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember such happy events than with photographs. Whether you are welcoming a new puppy into your life or just landed the job of your dreams, celebratory pictures of your family will give you heartwarming memories for the rest of your life.

Create Memories

The smiling, radiant face of your daughter after losing her first tooth. The loving glance between newlyweds. The happy father, beaming with pride after his son scored his first touchdown. As a professional photographer in Summerville, SC, drawing out these feelings and emotions and capturing them on film is one of my greatest joys. Not because the pictures are great, but because you, as my client, will have so many years of enjoyment looking back at them.

Portraits and Headshots in Summerville, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best – whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today’s world of digital dominance, having a professional headshot or portrait of your team is becoming a necessity. It’s no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many humans just aren’t very photogenic. I know that for some clients, it can be hard posing for a professional photo; knowing their headshot or portrait might make the rounds with future employers.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots. Unlike some amateur photographers, I know how to draw out your personality to capture you at your best. I know how to compose your portrait based on the industry you work in or the goal that you have with your photoshoot. Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because I advise them every step of the way – from the clothes they should wear to the expression they should have.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

Show Your Personality

A great headshot can help give people an idea of your personality before you sit down to meet them. For instance, a serious glance at the camera might convey determination. A big smile may say “I’m approachable.” My goal is to match your expression with your personality with every headshot or portrait I take.

Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are much more likely to interview you or call your business if you look professional. You have taken the time to invest in your brand, and the important people you’re sharing your headshot with will appreciate your effort.

Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you are looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn, a headshot lends an air of professionalism that you won’t get with a selfie.

Show Off Your Current Look

Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up to date headshots, you’re showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

Qualities of a Great Photographer in Summerville, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning the best pieces of camera equipment. While a great camera gives clients the clearest, highest quality photos available, it won’t help me connect with my subjects. I strive to give clients a fun, enjoyable photo session. I use my knowledge and experience to help set up the perfect shot. After connecting with my client, I draw out their personality to produce a stunning final product.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because I am different from my peers in the best ways possible. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

Imagination

I consider photography to be an artform – one that requires a creative mind and heaps of imagination. A great photographer needs to be able to take something ordinary and transform it into something beautiful. A back-alley puddle is about as mundane as it gets, but with the right technique and a little imagination, it can turn into something with much more substance.

Passion

This quality might seem like a no-brainer to most, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen photography that is missing something. More often than not, the photographer isn’t passionate about the subject or model that he or she is photographing.

Patience

Patience is an essential quality for all great photographers. Some days, picture lighting won’t cooperate. Other days, it’s hard to get that big happy smile from younger clients. That’s why patience and flexibility are so important. As a professional with years of experience, I understand that I must have the patience to deal with whatever comes my way and the flexibility to make the most out of any situation.

People Skills

All photographers are created differently. Some photographers are more aloof and put in the bare minimum effort when it comes to speaking with clients. Others, like myself, relish the opportunity to talk with customers. That’s because interacting with subjects allows me the chance to see their vision and transform their idea into art. Talking with subjects lets me draw out their emotions and put younger subjects at ease. People skills are a must in this industry. Luckily for me, it’s one of my favorite parts of the job

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Summerville, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Every element of a photograph should be reviewed to ensure cohesiveness. You might think that a family photo session is cut and dry in terms of composition and detail, but all elements of a photograph must come together to convey the vision that my clients desire.
When you hire me as your photographer, I take all the following elements into consideration:

  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Emotion
  • Storytelling

If you have a goal you want to construe with your photographs, helping you achieve that goal is often found in the details.

I am proud to say that I am very passionate about my work. However, I’m also passionate about giving my clients the most enjoyable, care-free photography experience possible. My passion drives me to work harder, push farther, and strive to be better every day that I wake up.

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about their vision. If you are in need of professional photography, let’s talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you’re looking for family photography in Summerville or want new headshots for your employees, I am here to help every step of the way.  

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Osborne Promoted to Assistant Coach

EUGENE, Ore. – Thomas Osborne has been promoted to assistant coach for the Ducks' women's soccer program, head coach Graeme Abel announced on Thursday. Osborne spent the last season as the team's volunteer assistant coach, helping Oregon post its first winning record (6-5-5) since 2006. The Ducks were one of the best defensive teams in the c...

EUGENE, Ore. – Thomas Osborne has been promoted to assistant coach for the Ducks' women's soccer program, head coach Graeme Abel announced on Thursday.

Osborne spent the last season as the team's volunteer assistant coach, helping Oregon post its first winning record (6-5-5) since 2006. The Ducks were one of the best defensive teams in the conference. Oregon set a program record with a 0.69 goals against average and held all but one opponent – Pac-12 champion UCLA – to one goal or less.

Osborne helped Leah Freeman become the first Duck goalkeeper in program history to be named to an all-conference team, as the freshman set the UO individual record for goals against average at 0.74 goals allowed per game. Freeman was a Pac-12 third team honoree and was also named to the Pac-12 all-freshman team.

"We are delighted to add Thomas as a full-time member of our staff," said Abel. "Adding an assistant who can not only oversee the development of our goalkeepers, but also excel in other critical areas of our development was key. Thomas is without doubt one of the elite goalkeeper coaches within the collegiate game already and we are ecstatic to have him here in Eugene."

"I would like to thank head coach Graeme Abel and deputy athletic director Lisa Peterson for giving me this opportunity," said Osborne. "I have learned so much over the last 18 months at Oregon and I am grateful to be able to continue to work with the incredible student-athletes and staff we have here. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way and I am excited to stay part of the Oregon Family."

Osborne came to Oregon after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at Columbus State, where the Cougars were 31-8-2 during his tenure, including an 18-1-2 mark in 2018, when CSU won the Peach Belt Conference with a 10-0 record. That squad advanced to the 2018 NCAA Division II Tournament quarterfinals.

Prior to Columbus State, Osborne spent four years as a goalkeeper for Limestone College. In his senior season, he posted a 15-3 record while having a 0.52 goals against average with nine shutouts.

While at Limestone, Osborne was named to the United Soccer Coaches Association all-Southeast Region second team, the D2CCA all-Southeast Region first team, and the all-Conference Carolinas first team as a senior.

Osborne also spent a summer interning with the NWSL's Orlando Pride working with the goalkeepers.

The Summerville, S.C., native graduated from Limestone with a Bachelor's of business in sports management and business management in 2018. He added a Master's Degree from Columbus State in 2020.

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Editorial: People are returning to offices. SC needs traffic solutions.

The decline in traffic congestion was one of the few bright spots amid the pandemic. The interstates and major thoroughfares at times resembled the way they looked decades ago, when, of course, we all complained about too many people and cars but didn’t know how good we had it. With more workers being called back to their offices, and others settling into a remote or hybrid work setting, traffic is picking up in the usual places. We hope commutes don’t become as frustrating and soul-draining as they were before the pandemi...

The decline in traffic congestion was one of the few bright spots amid the pandemic. The interstates and major thoroughfares at times resembled the way they looked decades ago, when, of course, we all complained about too many people and cars but didn’t know how good we had it.

With more workers being called back to their offices, and others settling into a remote or hybrid work setting, traffic is picking up in the usual places. We hope commutes don’t become as frustrating and soul-draining as they were before the pandemic, but there already are days when you can’t tell the difference.

There’s also the undeniable fact that people keep moving to the Charleston area because it’s a great place to live. That certainly will keep adding to the number of cars and trucks using our roads.

All of this should serve as a reminder that we can’t use the temporary dropoff in traffic we saw during the pandemic as an excuse to abandon or slow the efforts to mitigate congestion. Rather, this is a chance to redouble those efforts.

Traffic congestion is a quality-of-life issue that goes beyond gripping the steering wheel tightly, our blood pressure rising and our heart racing. It’s more than having to get up earlier and earlier, to leave home earlier and earlier, just to get ahead of the predictable tidal wave of vehicles. It impacts decisions on where we live, shop and send our kids to school. And the cycle continues as Summerville, Goose Creek and other municipalities keep growing and the once-sleepy areas around and beyond them expand with more residents and businesses.

That’s why we’re encouraged by the work going into the planned Lowcountry Rapid Transit bus line and the associated discussions about zoning and planning along its route. Bike and pedestrian bridges and accommodations also are getting attention. There is better buy-in from the S.C. Department of Transportation with its formal Complete Streets plan. The moment also is right to look at the flexible work schedules that were promoted by a group of major employers in the Charleston area.

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These efforts won’t solve all our traffic problems, but they show promise as commonsense ideas that will play a role in helping us manage congestion. And, we hope, lower our blood pressure.

Remote work has proven to be a good alternative for many workers, who then don’t have to drive to their office every day. And after a year of Zoom meetings and teleconferences, some tech companies are envisioning a future that could give those workers more ways to interact.

Google’s Project Starline unveiled last month essentially is a video-chat system with screens that give participants three-dimensional depth, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal and Wired magazine.

WeWork introduced holograms to 100 of its buildings, and Microsoft rolled out a “mixed reality” service that includes “three-dimensional images of people and content into the compatible displays of smart glasses or other devices,” according to the Journal.

New technology is never cheap, and there are limitations to their use, so don’t expect your boss to install a new hologram system anytime soon. But all of these point to a future with fewer people in offices and, we hope, fewer cars on the road.

Summerville residents upset over sudden firing of town administrator

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — The town of Summerville cut ties with its town administrator over the weekend. Rebecca Vance was fired in a 5-1 vote by town council who claim it was a mutual deci...

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — The town of Summerville cut ties with its town administrator over the weekend.

Rebecca Vance was fired in a 5-1 vote by town council who claim it was a mutual decision to go separate ways.

“Basically, one paragraph and that was it,” said Summerville resident Don Johnson, referencing the press release issued by the town regarding Vance’s firing. “Maybe two paragraphs at the most. I don’t know why they let her go and then wished her the best, on top of that. It sends mixed messages.”

Town of Summerville council members held a special-called council meeting on Saturday, June 19. Johnson said it was odd to hold a meeting on a weekend and on Juneteenth, which is now considered a federal holiday. The meeting was not streamed online.

“Don’t see where she was doing anything wrong, but I don’t know all of the innerworkings of the town,” Johnson said. “I think we should. I think it should be made very public why she was let go.”

Vance was appointed administrator in January 2020. Her contract, which was supposed to stretch four years, has now been cut short, but not without Summerville taxpayers paying the price.

According to the early termination clause of the contract, Vance will receive a lump sum payment in an amount equal to the gross salary and benefits she would have received in the next 180 days. That equates to over $81,000 plus whatever benefits she was receiving. It also includes any accrued annual or sick leave and/or health insurance.

“Being paid and not working, I don’t think that’s right,” said Woodrow Young, another Summerville resident.

“If that was a negotiation in her contract, then I guess they would abide by the contract," Young said. "But to me, I don’t think that’s right. I really don’t.”

Yet, that’s not what has residents scratching their heads.

“It’s a little concerning that somebody who — from all intents and purposes, as far as I know — was doing a great job and now she’s not here, and we would like to know why,” said Johnson.

A special called council meeting was scheduled for Monday afternoon to discuss the day-to-day operations of the town until an interim administrator is appointed.

The meeting was canceled Monday morning because three council members would have been unable to attend.

The meeting is scheduled to take place later this week.

Fort Dorchester High School Students spend part of pandemic finishing Summerville mural

SUMMERVILLE — A large new mural is gracing the walls of Wood’s Ace Hardware. And a team of high school students is behind it. A handful of Fort Dorchester High School students recently spent a small part of their pandemic time completing a mural themed on the azaleas Summerville is known for. “It is a special feeling for our students and teachers to be sought out to share their art in such a public way,” said Raymond Aldredge, Fort Dorchester’s principal. The idea for the mural started after...

SUMMERVILLE — A large new mural is gracing the walls of Wood’s Ace Hardware. And a team of high school students is behind it.

A handful of Fort Dorchester High School students recently spent a small part of their pandemic time completing a mural themed on the azaleas Summerville is known for.

“It is a special feeling for our students and teachers to be sought out to share their art in such a public way,” said Raymond Aldredge, Fort Dorchester’s principal.

The idea for the mural started after owners of the business renovated the plant nursery. Sisters-in-law and co-owners Emily and Karmen Wood said they thought about doing a mural to make more out of the space.

The two have hosted yoga, pure barre sessions and weekend game events in the nursery. Prior to the mural it was just a giant blank wall on the side of a building.

The goal was to make the business feel less like a store and more like a part of the town.

“We really wanted to encourage a Summerville theme,” Karmen Wood said.

They connected with Kevin Morrissey, an art teacher at Fort Dorchester High School and local artist. Morrissey’s work includes murals at Coastal Coffee Roasters and the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce office in Summerville.

For Wood’s Ace Hardware, he gave the owners the option of either having him complete it alone or with students.

“Because they’re really hungry for something to do outside of school,” he said.

The owners decided to go with the students as a way to give back to the community. The two made a donation to the school and worked with Morrissey on what the mural would look like.

Morrissey said he saw the mural as an opportunity to do project-based learning and real-world work experience. Most of his students have spent their time learning different art theories and techniques without many chances to see what it’s like using those skills outside of school.

“It takes the theory and then combines the application and then gives personal meaning,” Morrissey said.

A group of Fort Dorchester sophomores, juniors and seniors spent the beginning portion of their spring break finishing the mural. During the painting, students filled out time sheets of their working hours to experience what being a paid artist is like.

The students got to see the mural completed from start to finish while adding in their own inputs. By the end of the first weekend of spring break, the students had a completed mural.

The finished product includes a ring of azaleas and yellow jessamine — South Carolina’s state flower.

Karmen Wood said she expects people to take photos in front of it when they host weekend events. The mural was designed in a way where people can take photos in front of it without blocking the art.

“Many are shocked that it was done by high school students,” Wood said.

Morrissey’s students’ mural projects haven’t just involved the Wood’s Ace Hardware project. Kevin Valdez, a rising senior at Fort Dorchester High School, wasn’t able to join in with classmates on the azalea mural. But he has worked on a recent solo mural on the high school campus. It’s a graffiti-style, spray-paint mural with the words “The Fort” written in huge graphic font.

He originally sparked the idea his freshman and sophomore years but never thought it was a possibility. He and his friends are shocked the administration let him do it.

“I believe it’s an outlet where people get to have fun with a vision of their own art,” he said.

Other businesses curious about potentially partnering with the students on a project can email Morrissey at kmorrissey@dorchester2.k12.sc.us. He would like to make projects like Valdez’ and the Wood’s Ace Hardware murals a regular opportunity for his students.

25 businesses we’d like to see come to Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Attention, universe. We have some requests. As Myrtle Beach continues to grow, the sands get filled with more eclectic, regional tastes. If you’re used to a real New York pizza or a burrito that’ll rival ones in Phoenix, you’re out of luck. News13 compiled a list of 25 businesses we’d like to see in the area. In order to qualify, a company’s nearest location had to be at least 50 miles away from the WBTW studio in Socastee, according to Google Maps. Here are...

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Attention, universe. We have some requests.

As Myrtle Beach continues to grow, the sands get filled with more eclectic, regional tastes. If you’re used to a real New York pizza or a burrito that’ll rival ones in Phoenix, you’re out of luck.

News13 compiled a list of 25 businesses we’d like to see in the area. In order to qualify, a company’s nearest location had to be at least 50 miles away from the WBTW studio in Socastee, according to Google Maps.

Here are 25 businesses we’d like to see in Myrtle Beach, in no particular order:

Type of business: Grocery store

Nearest location: Wilmington, N.C., 67.7 miles away

Dark. Chocolate. Peppermint. Joe Joe’s.

Orange chicken. Fresh fruit. Seasonal items. Low-cost flowers.

Trader Joe’s isn’t a store. It’s an EXPERIENCE.

Type of business: Convenience store/gas station/???

Nearest location: Fayetteville, N.C., 100.3 miles away

What is a Sheetz? That’s a bit…inconclusive. According to the company’s website, it’s a “KICKED-UP CONVENIENCE STORE WHILE BEING MORE THAN A CONVENIENCE STORE.” All caps. It features made-to-order foods, an espresso bar and gas.

3. White Castle

Type of business: Fast food

Nearest location: London, K.Y., 371.1 miles away

The burger chain started 100 years ago, selling square hamburgers for five cents each. Now, there’s more than 375 locations nationwide. The burgers are most commonly found in the Midwest and the New York metropolitan area.

4. Papa Murphy’s

Type of business: Over-the-counter pizza

Nearest location: Wilmington, N.C., 88.4 miles away

You’ll have to bake the pizzas yourself, but it’s worth the wait. Want a heart pizza for Valentine’s Day? They have it. Want a pumpkin-themed one for Halloween? They have that, too.

As the company says, it’s truly “love at 425 degrees.”

5. Ikea

Type of business: Furniture store

Nearest location: Charlotte, N.C., 180 miles away

Look, we don’t know how to pronounce the product names, either. The European-based business sells inexpensive furniture and, strangely enough, meatballs. You’ll have to build the furniture yourself, but, hey, it’s never too late to learn Swedish.

6. Shake Shack

Type of business: Fast casual

Nearest location: Charlotte, N.C., 167 miles away

The business has made a big impact on the food scene since it opened its first kiosk in 2004 in Madison Square Park. It didn’t even start with featuring shakes — it was a hot dog cart. Now, there are 275 Shake Shacks nationwide.

7. Hy-Vee

Type of business: Grocery store

Nearest location: Springfield, I.L., 960 miles away

You’re going to have to trust us on this one — the Midwestern-based supermarket store has some of the best completely non-authentic Chinese food in the nation. Hy-Vee has everything, including a bakery, florist and Chinese food kiosk. Although you won’t find any locations anywhere near Myrtle Beach, there are more than 265 clustered in the nation’s center.

8. Cafe Rio

Type of business: Mexican fast casual

Nearest location: Falls Church, V.A., 426 miles away

No offense, Myrtle Beach, but you have no idea what a REAL burrito is. Cafe Rio Mexican Grill is known for its sweet pork, enchilada-style burritos and tortillas made just seconds before they end up on your plate. The Utah-based business has rapidly expanded since it first opened in 1997, now spanning to 144 locations in 12 states.

9. Wawa

Type of business: Convenience store/gas station/coffee shop

Nearest location: Virginia Beach, V.A., 326 miles away

Wawa, which exists mostly on the East Coast, has more than 900 locations nationwide. Want a smoothie at 2 a.m.? Try Wawa. The company has steadily increased its footprint, opening its first Florida store in 2012. Who knows, maybe one will be here sooner than we think.

10. In-N-Out Burger

Type of business: Fast food

Nearest location: Houston, T.X., 1,171 miles away

It’s “secret menu” is the worst-kept secret ever, but we won’t complain. In-N-Out’s options is easy to remember…mostly because you can count them on one hand. The burger joint has a cult following, so if you do find one, be prepared to wait in a long line.

11. Macy’s

Type of business: Department store

Nearest location: Columbia, S.C., 146 miles away

Home goods, clothes and the true meaning of Christmas. Macy’s has it all. If one pops up here, we’ll throw our own Thanksgiving Day parade.

12. Culver’s

Type of business: Fast food

Nearest location: Summerville, S.C., 94.5 miles away

Cheese. Curds.

And its classic ButterBurger. Look, we’re not saying this place isn’t for anyone on a diet, but….

13. Casey’s

Type of business: Convenience store/gas station

Nearest location: Waverly, T.N., 79 miles away

Casey’s is a gas station known for its pizza. Really. The company, headquartered in Iowa, has more than 2,100 stores in 16 states.

14. Whole Foods

Type of business: Grocery store

Nearest location: Wilmington, N.C., 80.1 miles away

The eco-conscious supermarket sells products free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. It’s known for its organic food choices, and was recently purchased by Amazon.

15. Whataburger

Type of business: Fast food

Nearest location: Thomasville, G.A., 446 miles away

Prepare to use both hands.

The regional chain is based in Texas and opened its first location in 1950.

16. Taco John’s

Type of business: Fast food

Nearest location: Elizabethton, T.N., 372 miles away

The Wyoming-based restaurant is definitely more “Mexican-inspired” than authentic. Known for its potato olés, it can quickly become a guilty pleasure.

17. Philly Pretzel Factory

Type of business: Counter-serve food

Nearest location: Columbia, S.C., 137 miles

Paging all P.A.ers — your soft pretzel fix is closer than you think, but still not close enough.

18. Nordstrom

Type of business: Department store

Nearest location: Nordstrom Rack in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., 85.3 miles away

The luxury department store company is also known for Nordstrom Rack, where you can get overstock items from traditional store at discount prices.

19. Harris Teeter

Type of business: Supermarket

Nearest location: Wilmington, N.C., 72.4 miles away

The North Carolina-based business has more than 260 stores scattered in seven states and Washington D.C. It’s now owned by The Kroger Company.

20. Pizza Ranch

Type of business: Fast casual pizza

Nearest location: Hendersonville, T.N., 603 miles away

The Midwestern chain is headquartered in Iowa and has more than 200 locations. The business includes a buffet, with food like pizza, crispy ranch chicken and wings available.

21. Raising Cane’s

Type of business: Fast food

Nearest location: Mt. Pleasant, S.C., 84.2 miles away

Ok, so if Guam just got one, we can too, right?

The business, which started in the South, is known for its limited menu and focus on chicken fingers.

22. Zöes Kitchen

Type of business: Fast casual

Nearest location: Mt. Pleasant, S.C., 83.8 miles away

Headquartered in Texas, Zöes Kitchen is known for its Mediterrean food made with fresh ingredients. Its menu includes items like piadinas, pasta bakes and pitas.

23. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Type of business: Mexican fast casual

Nearest location: Hardeeville, S.C., 208 miles away

The Texas-based, Baja-style taco shop has a cult-like following and has grown to more than 100 locations nationwide. Stop by one to hang out on the patio, drink a margarita and try the Fuzzy’s Butt Burnin’ Hot Sauce. We don’t know where the “fuzzy” part of its name came from, and we’re not sure if we want to.

24. Sprouts Farmers Market

Type of business: Supermarket

Nearest location: Fayetteville, N.C., 130 miles away

Sprouts is similar to Whole Foods in that both supermarkets carry natural and organic food. The business can be mostly found out west, with most of its locations in California, Arizona and Texas.

25. Kwik Trip

Type of business: Convenience store/gas station

Nearest location: Davenport, I.A., 1,075 miles away

Like most Midwestern gas stations, Kwik Trip seems to have practically everything. The first location opened in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in 1960, and has since grown to more than 700 stores in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Last year, it launched take home meals.

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