Southern Charm: Eric Callahan

By Leslie Moore

Southern Charm: Eric Callahan

Eric Callahan, Sea Island Trading Company

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a native – born and raised in North Myrtle Beach. I’ve seen a lot of changes in our area – I can remember when Broadway at the Beach was only fields! The most important thing in my life is my son, Eric, Jr., now 2 1/2 years old. I am single, but Eric’s mother and I share time with him. On Father’s Day I’ll go out with Eric for lunch, and then we’ll both go see my dad.

I’ve always worked in our family business. Callahan’s of Calabash opened in 1978, started by my dad, grandfather and our cousin. Today we have three more businesses; Sea Island Trading Company, The Boundary House Restaurant and Clark’s Seafood & Chop House. Callahan’s is where I spend most of my time as Marketing Director.

Do you have “go-to” clothing in your closet? An outfit that always feels comfortable? What is it?

[laughing] Jeans and a tee shirt is about as good as it gets with me. I don’t spend a lot of time on my clothing. If I have to dress up, I’ll wear jeans and a button down shirt. But, I do own two suits for weddings or other more formal events.

How long does it take you to get ready and get out of the house in the morning?

Only about 20 minutes from start to finish, but, if I’m getting my son ready, it takes a little longer.

When you come home after a long day, where do you go to relax? Why?

My favorite thing to do is hit the couch with my son and watch his favorite cartoons. Being with him is relaxing, and there’s nothing I’d rather do.

What’s the best thing about working with family? What’s new and exciting this season?

I’ve never done anything but work with family – it never crossed my mind to do anything else. I like it. You know you can count on family. My dad still comes into the office regularly, and we get to spend a lot of time together. We have built a standard of excellence, and our customers expect the very best from us – and we work very hard to ensure they get it. Our customers come back year after year – at Callahan’s we have generations of the same family shopping with us.

Summer is here, and people are ready to get out of the house for a day of shopping and dinner out. Our highly anticipated spring and summer clothing lines are now available at Sea Island Trading Company – we have a good selection of some beautiful and unique pieces. At Callahan’s and Sea Island Trading Company, we like to say our style is “southern classy.” Our Simply Southern tee shirts are a perennial favorite.

At Clark’s we offer fine dining with a waterfront view and have added some great new items to the menu this season. Everyone loves the Calabash-style seafood at The Boundary House, and we are very busy from Memorial Day to until well into the fall. Stop by and see us!

Find Sea Island Trading Company (843-273-0248) at 720 Highway 17 North in Little River, right beside Clark’s Seafood and Chop House (843-399-8888). Callahan’s (910-579-2611) is located at 9973 Beach Drive SW, in Calabash, North Carolina and The Boundary House (910-579-8888) is also in Calabash, at 1045 River Road.

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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