charleston, i love you | 003: blake suárez07/06/12
My sweet ginger beau Blake approaches everything with great gusto and is the most kind-hearted person I know. He’s a fairly new transplant to Charleston but is already head over heels for it.
Charleston, I love you | 003: Blake Suárez
What brought you to Charleston?
I took a job with a design company called Fuzzco. I'd known about them for a while and decided I wanted to take a break from freelancing. I'd been working on the road and out of Austin for a little over a year and I needed something (or someplace) new; they were hiring and I was newly available.
What do you love most about Charleston?
(This sounds negative, but finish through.) I love getting away from Charleston. The peninsula is small enough to bike across in ten minutes, so the people create one of the most close knit and tangled communities I've ever been a part of. This is pretty fantastic, but sometimes you can't see the beauty in it until you return. Driving back from a trip, nothing is more refreshing than spotting the steeples and the Ravenel bridge.
What's your favorite spot in Charleston?
It's hard to pick one spot, so I'll pick an area: every side road and alley south of Broad, especially ones full of creeping vine. I only ever really started exploring that place when I met you, when we'd bike down after work for that breath of fresh air.
What's your favorite restaurant?
Definitely the easiest question. Two Boroughs Larder is my numero uno. That clicked during the Food and Wine Festival, when they opened two hours earlier on Saturday. Heather told us about some upcoming wine paired dinners, and we bought tickets for the next three. Their dinners are so intimate and thoughtful and our favorite time to just sit and talk talk talk.
How does Charleston influence or inspire your work?
Charleston is full of details. It's impossible to take a walk without noticing the little things, and most times I'm frustrated that I don't have my moleskine in my back pocket to sketch it all. Instead, I usually have an album full of the same photos on my iPhone.
A standout Charleston-related memory?
I remember the first time I inflated your bike tires. We'd been talking about taking the bikes out for a spin, but we didn't have a pump. We borrowed one, finally, inflated them to max pressure and headed down Spring to Rutledge to Cannon to St. Phillip to the Battery and East Bay and Broad and so on. You put my flannel on somewhere on King, and I thought… I need to take this girl to the woods.
What's a typical day like for you?
6 AM - Still sleeping. 7 AMish - Looking for that first cup of coffee. 9:02 AM - Running out of the house because I'm already two minutes late to work. 9:03-5:30 PM - A blur of work and Spotify. 6 PM - Tapping on Olivia's (your) window to get inside for our bike ride. 7 PM - Pouring a glass of Vinho Verde con mi vida, while she finishes up the soup (unless we stop by Bin, of course). 8 PM - Dishes or Belmont. 9 PM - Trying to find the next episode of GIRLS online. 11 PM - Sleep.
Describe Charleston in three words.
Pockets. Kodak. Noodles.