The Remedy Market on Spring….Where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came…
162 Spring Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Let us begin with John, trended out behind the bar with his black shirt, sideburns and jeans ripped in all the right places to make even the Diesel designers jealous. With an occasional visit to the concrete patio to have a smoke, he is typically behind the bar with stories that you would hope to hear from the ring leader of a traveling circus. With attention to detail and a flamboyant style, he will take you to the ends of the world and back. Having left a very successful career, John has chosen a to pursue a path of helping the less fortunate. The Remedy is his stepping stone to a life of honor and modest reward.
Adaline has a smile that brings electricity to the room. No visit is complete without one of her warm genuine hugs. The better half of our owner and proprietor Billy, she brings beauty, intelligence and a feminine charm to this little gem. Ladies, she also makes a great wing woman.
Patrick and Ginger are the quiet residents of this Utopian facade. Anthony runs boats when not putting back a few Yuengling beers while Ginger will obediently be by your side if you scratch her back and give you a warm doggie to human hug.
If you see a larger than life Green Bay Packers fan with a cultural mix of Asian and Jewish, you are in the right place. This local may account for almost five percent of the total sales of this establishment and is a warm and welcome voice if you want a good micro brew and a friendly voice to share an hour with.
Back to Billy. When you meet Billy, you will see a fit tan man with dreadlocks and after five minutes the feeling that you want to go to his house for a Thanksgiving dinner. He isn’t your typical restaurant/bar owner. Billy is your neighborhood friend that you want to go out of your way to spend time with because he cares about who you are and values all the time you spend in his home. The money is a bonus. With a handshake and an introduction, you are an instant fan and with a selection of wine, microbrews, kava, coffee and some of the freshest breakfast and lunch/dinner selections in Charleston, one cannot feel a personal sense of commitment to The Remedy Market.
I cannot leave out the Stroh’s Artist. A man tormented and obsessed between the synergies of life and death, an artist whose weapon is patels and the canvas; a guitarist, bassist and drummer and without a doubt my life line in the music category of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. His bohemian lifestyle and acceptance of all things living is an aura of energy lacking in so many.
Tinkerbell is a cute curly haired geek you will see most nights. Not necessary due to her obsession with Nick the bartender, but her temporary adoption into the family. Spending her summer away from academic study at Duke University, she is another of the Remedy family that lets the night pass by surrounded by intelligent, humorous banter that leaves lasting memories long after last call.
On Wednesday, they offer an open mic experience where all are welcome to sing, perform or recite. Surging into the weekend with an outdoor music lineup, you have the opportunity for a neighborhood block party without the need to stay behind for cleanup. I cannot emphasis enough how open this atmosphere is, welcoming all ideas and beliefs in a sharing and collaborative environment.
Some restaurants provide convenience, excellent customer service, unique dining experience or exceptional food, but the rarest of qualities is passion. When you have an opportunity to walk through the door and experience a sense of belonging, deep energy and passion, genuine community and a positive sense of friendship you have a rare experience….almost like Neverland.
The Remedy Market is a place you can call home, where the door is always open for you, the beer is cold, the food is hot and every night the stage is set for a memorable chapter in your life.
3 thoughts on “My Own Private Idaho…In the Heart of Charleston (The Remedy Market on Spring Street)”
Quite an amazing experience and in a time when supporting local vendors is so critical to keep cities a float, they are making a statement.
So well stated. We need more places that feel like home.
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