SEWE kicks off; local business booms

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – As the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition kicks off, tourism season is in full swing. 

With love filling the air on Valentine’s Day and a black tie affair kicking off SEWE, tourists are all throughout downtown Charleston. 

“We just came from New York,” said Bob Ermilio. 

A group of six exhibirtors made their way to Charleston for SEWE from all over the country. 

THIS PARTY OF 6..  FILLED WITH EXHIBITORS… MAKING THEIR WAY TO CHARLESTON FOR SEWE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

“It’s a fun weekend for all of us to get together to See clients and be here in Charleston,” Glen Blackwood, owner of Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company, said. 

“It’s wonderful that this town understands and respects putting the whole concept of nature into one area,” said Ermilio, owner of Ermilio Clothiers. 

Every year SEWE expects nearly 40,000 attendees and more than 500 artists, exhibitors and wildlife experts from around the world. 

This means a boom for local businesses. 

“This weekend really starts off a busy weekend for us,” said Chad Walker. 

Walker is the General Manager of Hyman’s Seafood. He said the restaurant prepares well in advance for tourism season. 

“Our team ahead of time prepares by a lot of training,” Walker said. “We obviously order a lot of fresh fish, making sure we have everything to get through these weekends.”

Mickey Bakst is the General Manager of Charleston Grill. The restaurant was voted the most romantic restaurant in the country. He said the restaurant always ensures a quality experience for guests and, of course, tourists. 

“It’s nice to have you our guest feeling thrilled, feeling happy, walking on a cloud thinking that experience was magical,” Bakst said. 

Without a doubt, tourists always look forward to Lowcountry grubbing. 

“The culinary aspects of this city are remarkable,” said Kate Ermilio. 

With a spike of people, rest assure usiness will be booming in Charleston. That also means more traffic, so please prepare for that as well. 

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