Rock and Roll Celebration: Janice Vest

By Leslie Moore

Rock and Roll Celebration: Janice Vest

Janice Vest, Hard Rock Café

When did you move to the area? What do you love about living here?

I moved here nearly 10 years ago and didn’t know a soul! I had vacationed here just once during bike week 2005 and fell in love with the people and the energy. Within a few days, we had returned to New Jersey, sold the house very quickly and came to Myrtle Beach with no jobs and no friends. It was a leap of faith I have never regretted. My friend, photographer Jack Thompson, once told me, “Myrtle Beach is seductive,” and he is right! Myrtle Beach became home immediately.

Tell us a little about your home. What’s your favorite room?

My new husband (we just got married in May of this year) and I are currently house hunting, but wherever I live, my favorite spot is the outdoor area. We love being outside and both love gardening and working around the house. We currently live in a condo with my 11 year old son. I also have two older boys, ages 28 and 30, who live in New Jersey.

What would your dream home look like?

It would have lots of windows and be in the mountains overlooking water. I’ve always had this idyllic picture of the perfect home in my mind…an A-frame style house in the mountains with lots of windows. How wonderfully peaceful to sit and watch the snow fall in the winter while sitting in front of a fire. Of course, we live at the beach, so our current house hunt is a more traditional ranch.

Where did you get married? Did you go on a honeymoon?

Our wedding was held at Surfside United Methodist Church outside in the courtyard. It was perfect. We went to Savannah for a few days, but are taking a cruise to the Bahamas in March. My husband is a 35 year career fireman and currently works for the City of Myrtle Beach Fire Department. Both my sisters married firemen, and my father was also a fireman, battalion chief actually. I guess I was destined to find my own fireman!

What’s new and exciting at Hard Rock Café?

There is always something fun going on here! I’ve been Sales and Marketing Manager for six years. While we love our tourists, we know that the summer season scares off the locals so now is the time for locals to come visit us. We offer residents of South Carolina, and Brunswick County, a 25% discount. Our new menu is amazing – we are known for our delicious burgers but our menu is so much more. Plus, there is so much to see – we are an authentic rock and roll museum, with exhibits and memorabilia from some legendary musicians and artists. People are welcome to stop in just to check out the amazing pieces we have here…that’s always free.

Hard Rock Café is also dedicated to giving back to the community. In October, we’re hosting a benefit for a local 7 year old boy who suffered a brain injury, and we’re also hosting a fashion show to benefit Katie’s Project. I’m privileged to work for a company that is not only willing to help its neighbors, but also encourages all of us to find ways to help our community. My Hard Rock family is amazing in every true sense of the word.

Hard Rock Café is located at 1322 Celebrity Circle in Broadway at the Beach. Hours are 11 am-12 midnight, seven days a week. For more information, call 843-946-0007.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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