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Find the Beauty in You at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Choosing the right hair salon in Goose Creek, SC, is a little bit like finding the perfect outfit. The materials feel great on your skin, the fabric is flattering to your body type, and when you try it on, you just know - this is the outfit that you have been looking for.

With thousands of hair salons and stylists in South Carolina, choosing the right one can be difficult. You want a salon that is clean, comfortable, and chic. But, more importantly, you need a stylist that "gets" you. Someone who takes the time to understand your preferences, your style, and your personality. You need a stylist who listens, is honest, and has the technical skills to turn your vision into a reality.

An excellent stylist epitomizes all those traits and knows how to adapt to changing beauty trends. They aren't afraid to take on a challenge.

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Welcome to Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Where the most talented hairstylists in Goose Creek help bring out the beauty in each of our clients. We strive to provide each of our customers with the highest levels of customer service in the beauty industry. At Chroma, we offer a relaxing environment, skillful professionals, and a variety of products with environmentally safe and good-for-you ingredients.

Our goal is to make your salon experience special, from the moment you walk in to the second you leave. With a variety of professional hair and beauty services to choose from, we're sure you will rediscover the "beauty of you" every time you visit our salon.

Here are just a few of our most popular hair and beauty services in Goose Creek:

The key to a great haircut and salon experience is to understand the services we offer, so you can choose the best selection for your needs. What do our salon services entail? Keep reading below to find out.

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Professional Hair Color in Goose Creek, SC

Let's be honest: DIY hair kits can be tricky to get right. They can be complicated to apply and usually have hard-to-understand instructions. Half the time, the color you're left with looks nothing like it does on the front of the box. In a perfect world, you should be able to pop into Target, pick a boxed hair color, apply it at home, and emerge out of your bathroom with a new, beautiful hair color. For most people, this never happens.

That's why people who want flawless color, professional application, and ease of convenience get their highlights at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Whether you are changing your hair color completely or just want a few highlights to switch things up, we are here to create the look and style that you've been dreaming about. At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, we specialize in the latest hair coloring trends using cutting-edge technology. That way, our clients get the freshest looks, coolest colors, and longest-lasting highlights in town. When you get your highlights done at our hair salon in Goose Creek, we want you to leave excited and ready to share your new hair all over social.

Don't spend hours in the store trying to find the color you think will look great on you. Our team of professional stylists will consult with you about your vision and craft a custom highlight plan that fits you're your unique style. There's a reason why so many customers trust us with their highlights - we genuinely care about your hair and how it looks.

Our professional hair coloring services in Goose Creek are a combination of art and science. The artistic results only last as long as the hair coloring products used, and we use the best. Our hairstylists and colorists are committed to helping you look and feel fabulous, whether you're planning a special occasion or just want to impress that special someone.

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Get the Look You Crave with Personalized Hair Treatments

Ever taken a chance on a new look or hair color, only to end up embarrassed and unsatisfied with the results? You're not alone - we get calls every week from people just like you who need hair treatment Goose Creek. Sadly, sometimes even the professionals get a color procedure wrong.

Other times, your hair has suffered from years of blow-drying and straightening, and it looks dry, brittle, and unattractive. You know you need a deep conditioning treatment, and you need it ASAP.

At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, our technicians have treated all sorts of hair problems - from unprofessional coloring with multiple bands of different colors and tones to dehydrated hair and more. Sometimes, our client's entire hairstyle needs to be corrected. To do this, we stock multiple types of color and toners to revitalize hair and give it the color you've been dreaming of. Our team always puts a priority on the health and integrity of your hair, whether it's your first visit or your fortieth.

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Voluptuous Eyelash Extensions in
Goose Creek, SC

Do you ever wake up in the morning and wish that you had fuller, longer eyelashes? You're not alone - thousands of people crave darker, thicker lashes. They settle for what they have, not knowing that a revolutionary lash treatment is waiting for them at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Eyelash extensions have revolutionized fashion culture, saving women untold amounts time and effort in front of the makeup mirror. The great news is that lash extensions aren't just reserved for Hollywood celebrities anymore. Anybody can have the long, fluttery lashes they've been craving, with a trip to our salon.

Eyelash extensions are a fabulous way to enhance your look on a long-term basis and provide you with a small change that makes a huge impact. From the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, your lashes remain long, sexy, and sultry.

Our eyelash extension specialist works with your existing lashes to apply individual extensions to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. Using a meticulous application process, we maintain the integrity of your natural lashes so they remain healthy and undamaged.

Whether you're looking for a wispy, effortless look or want your lashes to have mega volume, our lash extension technicians are here to cater to your needs.

Here are just a few reasons why women love our eyelash extension services in Goose Creek:

  • 24/7 Beauty
  • No Damage to Your Natural Lashes
  • No More Mascara or Eye Makeup
  • No Clumps
  • Long, Lovely Lashes That Will Make Your Friends Jealous!

If you're looking for a cost-conscious way to stand out from the crowd, contact our office today. We'd be happy to tell you more about our eyelash extension process and which lashes work best for your needs.

Smooth Out Hair and Add Flair with a Brazilian Blowout

The Brazilian blowout: you've heard about the new craze, you've seen the stunning results, but haven't had a chance to sit down and receive the treatment yourself. Luckily, Chroma Hair Studio & Spa now offers this sought-after style right here in Goose Creek, from certified Brazilian blowout stylists.

If you suffer from dull, frizzy hair that lacks life and shine, the Brazilian blowout is one of the best ways to get smooth, frizz-free hair. By using cutting-edge bonding technology, this customizable treatment doesn't damage your hair at all. Actually, it improves your hair's health by adding a protective layer of protein that smooths your hair for weeks on end.

This ultra-popular choice offers you a laundry list of benefits, like:

  • Protection Against Seasonal Damage
  • Locks in Color
  • Cuts Down on Styling Time
  • Protects Against Heat
  • Seamless Extension Blending
  • Great for All Hair Types

To get the best of both worlds, be sure to schedule your Brazilian blowout and custom hair color treatment in the same appointment. Call us today to learn more about our Brazilian blowouts and to schedule your appointment today.

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Custom Haircuts in Goose Creek Crafted for You

There are many ways that you can reinvent yourself this season, but if you're ready to make a lasting impression, nothing beats a new hairstyle. While there is nothing wrong with sporting top knots, ponytails, or straight hair, a styled cut from Chroma Hair Studio & Spa will drastically improve your hair game.

Getting a new haircut isn't just fun - it makes you feel good, too, especially when you get a lot of positive compliments.

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Our experienced stylists are tapped into today's hottest trends, so if you want to try something new, we're here to help. If you want to play it more traditional, our stylists have a solid foundation of time-tested techniques, to give your existing cut the edge it needs to impress. And sometimes, you need something simple and low-maintenance that cuts down on styling time and primping.

Not sure what kind of a cut you need? We're happy to give you our educated opinion and are happy to provide examples of what we think works. Whatever style you've got your eye on, we can make it a reality!

Here are just a few of the most popular haircut trends in South Carolina:

Natural Textured

Natural Textured

In a time when extravagant dyes and unique hair extensions are all the rage, the natural look will always be trending. This haircut is a great way to rediscover yourself and let your beauty shine organically without overdoing it.

The Shag

The Shag

This medium-length haircut is a classic throwback to the 79s, with a layered look, messy bangs, and lots of attitude. If you like to get ahead of trends before your friends, bring back the shag and rock this retro style with pride.

Curly Bangs

Curly Bangs

This cut will look great during the summer and will give you an innocent look that will get plenty of attention. Great for a short-term haircut or even something special for a big party or Gen-X event.

Long Length

Long Length

Go against the status quo and let your hair down this season. Pixie cuts and shags are all the rage, but rocking a Rapunzel-like haircut will set you apart from the crowd. If you're looking for a more natural, classic look, this could be your haircut.

Find Your French Flair with Balayage

If you're looking to switch up your hair color but can't decide between Balayage or Ombre because, well, you don't know the difference - don't worry. You're not alone!

Balayage is a French technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted to create a natural-looking effect. The goal is to create soft, subtle highlights that make your hair look like it's been kissed by the sun.

While Balayage is the technique of painting the hair, Ombre focuses on the style of the hair. It is the transition from a lighter shade to a darker shade. Typically, Ombres work best for brunettes, but the style can is suitable for blondes too. To achieve the effect of an Ombre, there must be a smooth transition between colors. While the Ombre is a beautiful look, you'll need to work with a professional to get the best results.

Luckily, we offer both Ombre and Balayage in Goose Creek, SC! Short on time? Busy schedule? Only available on weekends? Chroma Hair Studio & Spa offers flexible appointment scheduling to accommodate even the busiest clients. You deserve a fresh new style, and we're here to help when the time is right for you.

The Top Hair Salon in Goose Creek, SC

If you're looking for a hair salon that offers high-end styling without expensive pricing, you're in the right place. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and leave you feeling beautiful, whether you need a touch-up or a total makeover. We offer a relaxing salon atmosphere, skillful stylists, and only the best in professional brands. When it's time for your next haircut, highlight session, or eyelash extension, look no further than Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

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Berkeley County School Board may file lawsuit against new law they believe to be unconstitutional

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCBD) – Berkeley County School Board members are concerned over a newly passed law they feel violates constitutional rights.Bill S910, sponsored by State Sen. Larry Grooms, said the Berkeley County School Board should have nine members, of which eight should be elected from single-member districts where they reside, while one member should be elected from the county at large.“It came into law...

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCBD) – Berkeley County School Board members are concerned over a newly passed law they feel violates constitutional rights.

Bill S910, sponsored by State Sen. Larry Grooms, said the Berkeley County School Board should have nine members, of which eight should be elected from single-member districts where they reside, while one member should be elected from the county at large.

“It came into law just a couple of weeks ago and what it does is it changes the configuration of the Berkeley County School Board from nine seats to eight seats with an at-large seat,” said board member Kristin Tanner. “What they were trying to do was mirror county council.”

Changing the number of seats is not the real concern. Tanner said the odd number of board members, districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9, will have to run for re-election in November when they have only served half of the four-year terms that voters elected them to.

“The bill cut short the terms of a school board members that were elected in November 2020,” she said. “The constitutionality part comes into play with our constituents. They voted in November 2020 for us to have four-year terms and they’re taking that right away and so their voices are not being heard.”

The Berkeley County School Board voted Tuesday night to look at the constitutionality of the law.

Tanner believes the law was passed for political reasons, specifically to get a chance to change the board members who were elected in 2020.

“I’m very concerned that there is a political agenda behind this. That is my personal feeling as an individual board member. I do believe they are trying to get us out,” she said.

She said when Charleston County’s school board districts were changed, those changes did not go into effect for two years, allowing board members to serve their full terms.

Tanner said the Berkeley County School District is planning to possibly file a lawsuit.

“The only way to challenge this – the only way to challenge the constitutionality of the law is through the judicial system.”

Tanner said she is hoping the school district will file a lawsuit by at least August when the filing deadline happens.

All-star season cranks up in youth softball, baseball

With the curtains coming up on summer, the stars are out: all-stars that it is.The South Carolina Athletic Programs Branch’s 10U all-star softball tournament cranked up June 10 at Felkel Field in Goose Creek, signaling the start of the all-star season for youth softball and baseball teams around the area.At press time, Moncks Corner and the City of Charleston were the lone two unbeatens in the SCAP Southern District tournament. Hanahan and North Charleston were both 2-1 going into an elimination game on June 13.Mon...

With the curtains coming up on summer, the stars are out: all-stars that it is.

The South Carolina Athletic Programs Branch’s 10U all-star softball tournament cranked up June 10 at Felkel Field in Goose Creek, signaling the start of the all-star season for youth softball and baseball teams around the area.

At press time, Moncks Corner and the City of Charleston were the lone two unbeatens in the SCAP Southern District tournament. Hanahan and North Charleston were both 2-1 going into an elimination game on June 13.

Moncks Corner’s squad knocked off Bluffton and Orangeburg on June 10-11 while the City of Charleston edged Hanahan and North Charleston. Both teams had the day off June 12. The championship will be decided June 15.

The SCAP 12U all-stars began their Southern District tournament June 11 at Wescott Park in North Charleston. Moncks Corner won its first two games and is in a winner’s bracket game on June 14. The winner advances to the June 15 championship game to await the squad that comes through the loser’s bracket.

The SCAP 8U Southern District tournament runs from June 13-16 in Moncks Corner. Hanahan, Moncks Corner, Bluffton and North Charleston are the four squads competing for the district title.

Southern District winners advance to the state tournament June 23-26 in North Augusta.

In a Dixie Youth District 7 all-star baseball tournament, Moncks Corner hosts the AA Coach Pitch all-stars June 13-18. The 8U tournament could wrap up a day earlier if June 18 is not needed to decide the champion.

Parks Field, Wescott American, Hanahan American, Hanahan National, Moncks Corner and Wescott National are the six teams vying for a district championship and bid to the state tournament in July.

The Dixie Youth District 7 AAA baseball tournament is slated for Hanahan June 18-23, with a scheduled day off on June 19.

Mount Pleasant and Hanahan, Moncks Corner and Goose Creek, and Wescott and Parks Field tangle with each other on the first day of the 10U tournament. St. Andrew’s receives a bye to June 20 and will meet the winner of Wescott and Parks Field.

District winners advance to the AAA state tournament in July.

The Dixie Youth District 7 Ozone tournament is slated for Wescott Park, with a scheduled day off on June 19.

Parks Field and Moncks Corner, Mount Pleasant and Goose Creek, and North Charleston and Hanahan match up on the opening day of the 12U tournament. The North Charleston-Hanahan winner receives a bye to June 21.

Moncks Corner 12U all-stars advance to state tournament

The championship game of the South Carolina Athletic Programs’ 12U all-star softball tournament was a continuation of Moncks Corner’s domination.Moncks Corner finished the Southern District tournament with a sparkling 4-0 mark after coasting past North Charleston, 14-6, at Wescott Park on June 16. It outscored opponents, 52-17, to punch a ticket to the state tournament at North Augusta’s Riverview Park.“They’re a very good team and they work hard,” Moncks Corner coach Dougie Floyd said. &ldqu...

The championship game of the South Carolina Athletic Programs’ 12U all-star softball tournament was a continuation of Moncks Corner’s domination.

Moncks Corner finished the Southern District tournament with a sparkling 4-0 mark after coasting past North Charleston, 14-6, at Wescott Park on June 16. It outscored opponents, 52-17, to punch a ticket to the state tournament at North Augusta’s Riverview Park.

“They’re a very good team and they work hard,” Moncks Corner coach Dougie Floyd said. “They practice seriously so when game time comes it’s much easier. All week they swung the bat well and we made most of the routine plays.”

Floyd’s bunch also defeated Goose Creek (7-2), Hanahan (16-6) and North Charleston (15-3) in the first three games.

The eight-team state tournament cranks up June 24. As the runner-up from the Southern District, North Charleston also advances.

“We’re capable of going all the way,” Floyd said. “If we can keep the bats going and play good defense, we’ve got a good chance.”

Moncks Corner came out swinging to take control early in the championship game, plating seven runs in the top of the first inning. First baseman Mariah Heath sparked the scoring with a two-run single and later added a RBI triple for the last run in the uprising. In between, outfielder Rachel Dephouse, outfielder Charlet Reed and pitcher Kaytie Googe knocked in runs with singles.

North Charleston scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to get as close as it could.

Moncks Corner bumped up the lead to 8-3 in the top of the second and Heath drove in her fourth and fifth runs of the game with a single in the top of the third. Moncks Corner added another run in the third on a throwing error to go up, 11-3.

Googe worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the inning to keep the advantage at eight runs and Moncks Corner scored two more runs in the top of the fourth. Kaylee Waters came across on a passed ball and Lily Myers plated a run on a groundout, making the score 13-3.

North Charleston stayed alive with a pair of runs in bottom of the fourth. Moncks Corner scored a run on an error in the fifth and Googe kept North Charleston off the board in the bottom of the fifth to end it via mercy rule.

Myers hurled the first inning for Moncks Corner before Googe finished up inside the circle. Heath is the team’s ace and threw all but one inning leading up to the championship game.

More team members making an impact in the district tournament were Natalie Dephouse, Natalie Floyd, Leah Gaskins, Sarah Maxwell, Kylee Moody and Selah Severe.

Area dog saved from burning building a finalist in national award

In 2015, firefighter William Lindler saved a 3-week-old puppy from a burning building.Seven years later, that puppy, named Jake, is up for a national award in a contest recognizing heroic canines.Jake is one of three finalists in the Shelter Dog category of this year’s American Humane Hero Dog Awards, according to an American Humane press release. Though born in Goose Creek, Jake now lives in Ladson with Lindler and his family.American Humane is a nonprofit that promotes and supports the humane treatment of animals...

In 2015, firefighter William Lindler saved a 3-week-old puppy from a burning building.

Seven years later, that puppy, named Jake, is up for a national award in a contest recognizing heroic canines.

Jake is one of three finalists in the Shelter Dog category of this year’s American Humane Hero Dog Awards, according to an American Humane press release. Though born in Goose Creek, Jake now lives in Ladson with Lindler and his family.

American Humane is a nonprofit that promotes and supports the humane treatment of animals around the world. It sponsors the national award for dogs throughout the country, in which everyday people can read about the candidates and vote for their favorites in each category. Categories include search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs, military dogs and more.

“The Hero Dog Awards shines a bright light on man’s best friend and celebrates the strength, hope and beauty that dogs bring to our lives,” said Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane, in the release. “Like the voting public, we are captivated by the heartwarming stories of so many of these courageous canines and want to do everything in our power to help ensure they get the recognition they deserve.”

The Shelter Dogs category is for dogs rescued from abuse or neglect — or, in Jake’s case, a fire.

Lindler even remembers the date: March 21, 2015. He had just gotten home from a shift at the Hanahan Fire Department when he realized part of his neighbor’s house was on fire. He grabbed his firefighting gear and ran to help, only to have the neighbor tell him a mother dog and several puppies were in the burning building. As Lindler approached, the mother and most of the puppies ran out.

But the last puppy had part of the ceiling fall in on him. That was Jake.

Lindler said he tried to “John Wayne up” and run in to save the puppy, who managed to wriggle free of the debris despite his injuries. But when Jake saw Lindler coming toward him, he got even more scared.

“Instead of coming toward me, he turned and ran back into the building and disappeared into the smoke,” Lindler recalled.

Luckily fire trucks arrived about that time, and Lindler and other firefighters were able to get into the building. They found Jake hiding in a corner and not breathing. Lindler estimates he had been there between seven and 11 minutes.

Lindler carried him out, wrapped him in a wet towel, put an oxygen mask over his snout and rubbed his sides and belly until he started breathing again. Jake was wobbly and unable to stand, so the firefighters took him to an emergency vet. Lindler says he remembers going home to his wife and telling her, “I think the little guy’s going to be OK.”

But the neighbors were unable to pay for Jake’s treatment, so Lindler offered to take him. Jake stayed in 24-hour veterinary care for four months, with Lindler visiting him regularly. When he was released, the vet refused to take Lindler’s money, arguing Lindler had saved him twice.

Once settled into his new home, Jake began accompanying Lindler to work and became Hanahan Fire Department’s unofficial mascot. Lindler started taking him to schools and other educational events to teach kids about fire safety.

“Jake likes to crawl or Army crawl on his belly across the floor,” Lindler said. ”...That’s how we would teach kids, ‘You need to get down as low as you can,’” when escaping a fire.

Jake became very protective of the firefighters and eventually didn’t like when visitors came to the station, so about three years ago Lindler began keeping him home. Now Jake is a happy-go-lucky character who spends time with his family, enjoying butt scratches and being “a 72-pound chihuahua,” Lindler said. (Jake is actually a mixed breed who is part pit bull.)

Lindler said he is glad dogs like Jake and other rescues, particularly pitbulls or pitbull mixes, are being recognized in the awards.

Individuals can read the stories of all the dogs up for awards at www.herodogawards.org. The website also has the option to vote for winners in each category. Voting closes on July 22.

Goose Creek to break ground on new $9 million park

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Goose Creek will be breaking ground on a new 13-acre park next month, and officials say it will have something for everyone.The new park is called Central Creek Park, and it will cost $9 million to build. The city will soon be breaking ground on a piece of land off Old Moncks Corner Road, near St. James Avenue, to build Central Creek Park.Recreation Director Crystal Reed said the park will cater to everyone.“The focus of this park is it’s going to be inclusive,” Re...

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Goose Creek will be breaking ground on a new 13-acre park next month, and officials say it will have something for everyone.

The new park is called Central Creek Park, and it will cost $9 million to build. The city will soon be breaking ground on a piece of land off Old Moncks Corner Road, near St. James Avenue, to build Central Creek Park.

Recreation Director Crystal Reed said the park will cater to everyone.

“The focus of this park is it’s going to be inclusive,” Reed said. “We’re on a wellness mission, and inclusivity is our top priority.”

The park will be funded by just over $4 million in coronavirus relief money, $1.5 million from the city’s general fund and just under $3.5 million from hospitality taxes.

Reed said with that money, the park will be loaded with features.

“We’ll have a sand volleyball court, basketball court,” she said. “It will have a greenspace with a stage with a food truck area, so that people can have social gatherings.”

Other features in the park include pickleball courts, a pavilion that will host events and an all-inclusive playground for kids of all ages and abilities.

Sean June lives in Goose Creek and came out to play basketball with his friends next to where Central Creek Park will be. He said he can’t wait for it to be built.

“I was actually kind of shocked because I was talking to my friends,” he said. “I thought they were going to put apartments over there, but it will be a nice addition to the community.”

June also said he plans on using the basketball courts and the food truck area once the park eventually opens.

“Every weekend, there’s always a bunch of people behind playing basketball,” he said. “I’m pretty sure it’s a big staple in our community to have parks.”

Reed said the city’s focus on building parks, such as the recently opened John McCants Veterans Park, is to make sure people can get together outdoors.

“It’s really just a focus on creating community,” Reed said. “That’s why we’re doing it. We want people to have activities and places to go in their city where they don’t have to leave the city limits of Goose Creek.”

Officials said the groundbreaking is scheduled for March 31. That’s when they will reveal how this park will take shape.

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Father-to-Father puts dads back in the family

It started in 1998 to bring dads back into their children’s lives.Now the effort called Father-to-Father has flourished into a program that has turned hundreds of lives around.In some cases it’s voluntary, in some others an alternative to jail and ordered by the courts. With help, once absent fathers take measures to adopt a new outlook on parenting.The fathers’ advocacy program is designed to help low income, non-custodial fathers overcome the barriers preventing them from becoming an effective part of...

It started in 1998 to bring dads back into their children’s lives.

Now the effort called Father-to-Father has flourished into a program that has turned hundreds of lives around.

In some cases it’s voluntary, in some others an alternative to jail and ordered by the courts. With help, once absent fathers take measures to adopt a new outlook on parenting.

The fathers’ advocacy program is designed to help low income, non-custodial fathers overcome the barriers preventing them from becoming an effective part of their children’s lives. On June 11, in North Charleston there was a celebration of the program’s success in preparation for Father’s Day weekend.

“It’s been our mission making sure dads are engaged and give them the tools necessary to be positive role models in their children’s lives,” said Tom Swanciger, chief executive officer of Father-to-Father. “We really focus on the whole man, the whole individual, making them a better person.”

The program is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is 100 percent supported by tax deductible donations and funding sources. Fathers and professionals share personal experiences in an effort to assist other fathers with their family issues.

Over the years the program, which has branch offices in both Moncks Corner and North Charleston, has had an 88 percent success rate. Father-to-Father uses social workers and interventionists to guide participants into a new way of thinking and living.

“As we always tell the dads, all we ask for is your time and your commitment and we’ll provide the rest,” said Swanciger.

The program uses a template that includes spending regular quality time with their children, using practical legal steps to help fathers obtain, improve and increase visitation and helping to improve communication skills with the child’s mother.

“When a father is in a child’s life, they (children) do better in education, they do better socially and they are more likely to be successful,” said Vincent Mercer, the site director at the Berkeley County office. “We’ve had a major impact on turning the lives of children and fathers around and helping the children have the father in their lives not only just from a physical standpoint.”

The program also helps fathers with their financial decisions so they can pay child support on time, create a visitation schedule and provide a safe, child-friendly environment for spending time.

But first the dads have to be welcomed into the program.

“We do an interview and assessment and they get accepted,” said Mercer. “Then we enroll them into the program and we do what is called ‘one man plan,’ so we let them take ownership of their goal.”

Trent Butler from Goose Creek volunteers with the program. He’s 24 and enrolled once his daughter was born. Being a young father, he wanted some help and support in dealing with things like communication with his child’s mother.

“It’s helped me tremendously. It’s helped me a lot,” said Butler who missed his daughter’s birth because of the lack of communication between him and the mom.

“That’s something I had a hard time getting past and being angry over, and there was a quote that Mr. Mercer gave me that I’ve really taken to heart. (He said) ‘The aggression and the anger between you two isn’t going to do anything to help her (their daughter),’” Butler recalled. ”…It’s helped me out a good bit as far as being able to be a better dad, being able to bounce ideas off of other people. It just helps to talk to people who has been in the same situation.”

Goose Creek aims to turn Red Bank corridor into a redevelopment hot spot

GOOSE CREEK — Dustin Clark knows that Red Bank Road is considered to be on “the wrong side of the tracks.”Goose Creek officials and local business owners want to change that perception and transform the former rutted, two-lane blacktop into an economic powerhouse.A life-long resident, Clark, 39, and his family have owned and operated a restaurant or bar along the Red Bank strip for more than four decades. Their Montana Saloon and Grill has been in operation since 1999.“Back in the day, no one real...

GOOSE CREEK — Dustin Clark knows that Red Bank Road is considered to be on “the wrong side of the tracks.”

Goose Creek officials and local business owners want to change that perception and transform the former rutted, two-lane blacktop into an economic powerhouse.

A life-long resident, Clark, 39, and his family have owned and operated a restaurant or bar along the Red Bank strip for more than four decades. Their Montana Saloon and Grill has been in operation since 1999.

“Back in the day, no one really wanted to come down this way,” Clark said. “It was just a bunch of woods and a couple of fast-food joints and not a whole lot else. If you asked people in the city, they’d tell you it was kind of on the wrong side of the tracks.”

The tracks that Clark is referring to are the parallel CSX freight rails that run along U.S. Highway 52 and split Berkeley County’s largest city, of more than 48,000, in half. For years, residents on the east side of the dividing line have felt like a forgotten community.

Red Bank Road can trace its history back to revolutionary times when the dirt path served as a conduit between the plantations in the area and the markets in Charleston and Columbia. The road was eventually paved in the 1920s, according to local historian Michael Heitzler, a former Goose Creek mayor.

The city wants to reimagine the mile-long stretch along Red Bank between Highway 52 and Snake Road into a quasi-downtown area with retail shops and restaurants.

“What we want to do is make the Red Bank corridor more distinctive,” Mayor Greg Habib said. “We feel like that area lends itself to redevelopment and revitalization. It can be a gathering place that is walkable and has a downtown vibe. We want more opportunities for entrepreneurialism, more gathering opportunities, more retail shops and more restaurants.”

The city is putting the finishing touches on a redevelopment plan for Red Bank Road and over the next several weeks will be collecting public input on the project.

That’s welcome news to Clark and other business owners and real estate investors.

“For the longest time, the city didn’t really notice us or what was going on down here,” Clark said. “I’m glad they are finally waking up to the fact that this area has a ton of potential.”

Next Park Circle?

Every entrepreneur and real estate investor is on the lookout for the next hot spot – like North Charleston’s Park Circle, which has become a mecca for retail shops, breweries and restaurants.

There are many in Goose Creek who believe the Red Bank corridor can duplicate the success of its North Charleston neighbor. Like Park Circle, several established residential neighborhoods are within walking distance of the corridor.

“It is an established area that is well-traveled with a residential component,” said Matt Brady, Goose Creek’s economic development director. “We have to reimagine what that corridor can look like. We think we can repurpose some of the older structures and combine that with some new construction and mix-use commercial areas. There’s a lot of potential there with the right vision.”

It’s a sentiment shared by Cityvolve, the North Charleston real estate investment group that developed several properties in Park Circle.

“The potential is there as long as the right people are leading the charge,” said Jeff Baxter, a partner at Cityvolve. “You need a vision and the right kind of public-private partnership to make things work. Right now, there are a lot of older structures that need a lot of work.”

The Cityvolve group has plenty of experience developing areas into financial dynamos. It developed Park Circle businesses such as Basil Thai, Stems & Skins, Commonhouse Brewery and the mixed-use, multi-tenant Marquis Station.

Cityvolve also knows its way around Goose Creek. The group helped turn the old firehouse on Button Hall Road into Wide Awake Brewing Co., the city’s first brewery, which opened in December.

“We haven’t really dug into the city’s plan along Red Bank, but there are some similarities with the development around Park Circle,” Baxter said. “There needs to be some public investment, streetscaping and amenities that make the area more attractive.”

The city has already implemented a matching façade grant program of up to $5,000 and is working on a sign grant program for businesses along the road.

The city finished painting a mural along the wall of Montana’s last month.

“Public art is a component of what we are trying to do,” said Brady of the economic development office. “We see public art as a way to create the right type of environment and is a part of the economic development along that corridor.”

Clark has already seen an uptick in traffic because of the mural.

“I’ve had the biggest sign along the road for years and I’ve had people come in during the last few weeks that said they didn’t know we were here until that mural was finished,” Clark said.

‘Believe in Goose Creek’

For five years, Valdemar Silva, Jr., would drive along Red Bank Road and see a dilapidated, white cinder-block structure and think of the possibilities.

Silva dreamed about opening his own restaurant, bringing a taste of his native homeland of Brazil to the Lowcountry.

“The building had been vacant for a while, but I could see the potential for what it could be,” said Silva, who moved to Goose Creek seven years ago.

Silva saved his money, raised some operating capital from his family and opened Chao Goiano, a steakhouse and bakery, three months ago.

Silva invested more than $1.3 million in the venture and is betting that the Red Bank corridor will become a catalyst for economic development in the area.

“I believe in Goose Creek,” Silva said. “I trust this community. There is a very big Brazilian community here in Goose Creek. This road is going to be huge. Five, 10 years from now, people are going to wish they’d gotten in when I did. It’s going to explode.”

Chao Goiano is the kind of sleek, modern revitalization project that the city is looking to nurture along the corridor.

“It’s the kind of space that will attract other investors because they see can the possibilities,” Brady said.

Gleysi Rauel, owner of Destiny Properties Group, a real estate investment company, said Chao Goiano is only the beginning. Destiny Properties plans to open a shared office space with a coffee shop across the street from the steakhouse.

“The city is moving in the right direction,” Rauel said. “They are pushing a transformative agenda. Investors will go where the money makes sense. We’re trying to create a trendy space where the freelancer, the attorney or accountant can come and concentrate on his work.”

The city is not only offering financial incentives to prospective businesses, it also has some skin in the game with more than an acre of property along the corridor.

What that parcel near the intersections of Highway 176 and Highway 52 will become and look like has yet to be determined.

“We need to find the right partner and right investor,” Brady said. “We need them to share the same long-term vision we have. Whatever it becomes, we want it to add value and sustainability to the area.”

The transformation of the Red Bank area won’t happen overnight, Brady said.

“Think about what Park Circle looked like 20 years ago,” Brady said. “Not many people would have believed it would become what it is today. This is a marathon, not a sprint, but it’s something the city is determined to do.”

The city is expected to release its redevelopment proposal for the corridor sometime in April.

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