Living Her Dream: Tilghman Smith

By Leslie Moore

Living Her Dream: Tilghman Smith

Tilghman Smith, Studio 77

Tell us a little about yourself.

I moved to Myrtle Beach when I was in the 2nd grade and attended St. Andrew Catholic School and graduated from Coastal Academy. Everyone asks me about my name – I was named after my grandmother’s best friend. Now there are two more Tilghmans! After I attended USC, I came home and worked for 15 years in the golf industry, selling golfing apparel. Even then, I always wanted my own shop.

I knew my husband, Warren, long before he knew me! He is six years older than I am, and he didn’t notice me at all when I first saw him as a young teenager. Finally, when I was 25, a mutual friend set us up, but I had always known he was the one. We’ve been married for 22 years, and have one son, Reed, who is attending Horry Georgetown Technical College and plans to go into business with Warren, who owns a construction company.

What is your favorite wedding memory?

We were married at the church I grew up in, First Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach. It was a small wedding, held around Christmas. At the time, all my friends were getting married and having huge affairs with six or eight bridesmaids. I only had one! Our reception was at the Dunes Club.

Who proposed?

Warren proposed on my birthday. I had asked for a fancy watch, but I got a ring instead! He wrapped the ring in a watch box. (I did finally get the watch I wanted, but it was a few years later!)

What makes Studio 77 such a popular store?

Owning my own store was a dream of mine, and when Elaine Karavan agreed to sell Studio 77 to me nine years ago, I was thrilled. She gave me a great gift. This is a unique store, and we have the most wonderful customers.

We are very personal with everyone. When you come in, we’ll always greet you, and we really want to get to know you. Our regular customers are like family – we know their families and what’s going on with them. This is a homey, comfortable and genuine place – we like to say we’re like the old-timey beauty shops!

Our merchandise is always changing, and we have items you won’t find anywhere else on the beach. Stop by and get to know us!

Studio 77 is located in Rainbow Harbor in Myrtle Beach at 5001 North Kings Highway. Follow them on Facebook or call 843-497-5931.

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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