For about a half-century, the city of Goose Creek was a "rural outpost" where suburban Charleston residents went to get away from the Port City. Today, this coastal community is carving out its own reputation to match other bustling areas like North Charleston, Hanahan and Summerville along the I-26 corridor.
The eighth-largest city in South Carolina, Goose Creek has focused much of its efforts on developing recreation facilities, including a well-regarded, city-owned golf course in Crowfield Golf Club and the Municipal Center Complex, featuring hiker-biker trails and a lake perfect for fishing.
And “The Creek,” as it's affectionately known, is working to get the word out, investing tens of thousands of dollars on branding for the city. It also maintains a vital social media presence with the hashtag #creekrising, promoting new restaurant openings.
Justin Moore, owner of MOMO kitchen + market, once operated his culinary business out of a food truck, but now has planted roots in Goose Creek, opening a bricks-and-mortar restaurant with “a cool vibe and chef-driven food," proving the bedroom community can offer progressive cuisine and drinks in a downtown-style environment.
Carnes Crossroads, where MOMO is located, also is home to other up-and-coming restaurants and shops, including The Grill at Windmill Station, and Juiceria Smoothie Bar and Café. Another development, the $8.5 million Goose Creek Village along the city's St. James Avenue, has drawn a pizza shop, Mexican restaurant and sports pub.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Crowfield Golf Club offers an 18-hole layout popular with locals and hosts outdoor concerts during the summer. The modern Goose Creek Activity Center is the place to go for classes in everything from yoga to gymnastics.
Where once there was mostly undeveloped land, Goose Creek now has a Walmart Neighborhood Market and Food Lion along an expanded stretch of Red Bank Road. And more development is on the way. The city sits in a hot spot for business, too, with a soon-to-open Volvo plant located north of town and Boeing to the south—not to mention Charleston’s renowned tourism hub just 20 miles away. Make sure you stop in and visit, and you'll see all that Goose Creek has to offer!