Finding Adventure: Thomas Butler

By Leslie Moore

Finding Adventure: Thomas Butler

Thomas Butler, Butler Lighting

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a Myrtle Beach native and graduated from College of Charleston, then received my law degree from Florida State University Law School. After work, I like to hit the gym or watch Netflix on the couch with my Savannah cat – a cross between an African Serval and a domestic cat. I think Anthony Bourdain has the best job on the planet! This photo of me was taken in Thailand at a monastery where the monks care for the tigers. I’ve always loved big cats, and it was amazing to be this close.

My grandfather started the first Butler’s in Whiteville, North Carolina, in 1948; then my dad opened in Myrtle Beach in 1973. Working in my family’s business has been great! Our staff is awesome and friendly, and, of course, I have a great boss! After law school, I thought I would try it before diving into the legal field, and I’ve never looked back.

What are your July 4th plans?
Tell us your favorite memory/tradition of this patriotic holiday.

Wherever I am, I’ll be spending it with good people and eating good food. As a kid, I always spent the day on the beach with family and friends, followed by grilling out burgers and hot dogs. After dark, we would return to the beach with a bag of fireworks. I loved fireworks as a kid – the beach and the 4th of July go hand in hand for me.

What’s the best trip you’ve ever taken? Any travel plans in the works?

That’s a tough one since my passport has 15 stamps on it. I spent a summer in Japan during law school, doing an internship and taking classes. After graduation, I returned to teach English for a year. What an amazing experience! The people are friendly and the culture is vibrant – of course, the food is absolutely amazing. After a year, I still felt like I had only experienced a fraction of what Tokyo has to offer.

I’ve taken some wonderful trips – Thailand, China, a European trip where I visited France, Belgium and Luxemburg; Mexico and the Caribbean. My girlfriend, Kaitlin, and I are planning a trip to Ireland this fall. Being lucky enough to be an American can make us forget that there is a huge world out there to explore.

What’s new and exciting at Butler Lighting?

Working in lighting is almost like working in the fashion industry. There are always new, exciting looks being introduced, and we stay up to date by attending the lighting show in Dallas every year. Our customers love our combination of traditional and contemporary looks. The introduction of LED bulbs is exciting. Prices have gone down and quality has gone up, and it now makes sense for people to invest in them. The look of the LED bulb is now almost identical to regular bulbs, so you no longer have to sacrifice visual appeal. Not only can you put LED bulbs in old fixtures, but new fixtures have integrated LEDs, which opens up all sorts of new design possibilities. Whether you need to light an entire new house, or just need a single table lamp, we would love to help turn your house into a home. Stop by and see us!

Butler Lighting is located at 926 Frontage Road, East in Myrtle Beach, just off 10th Avenue North, and is open Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm. Contact Thomas at 843-448-4364 or visit

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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