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She’s A Little Bit Country & A Whole Bunch Of Rock n’ Roll: Meet Retro Active’s Amy Leonard

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It was January 1st, 2005 when Amy Leonard was let go from her job in the restaurant industry. The day that many were starting their New Year resolutions and new beginnings, the New York native was faced with a crossroads of unemployment or pursuing her passion and making her dream a reality. More than 12 years later, Amy is the owner of Retro Active at Broadway at the Beach; the shop for rock fans of yesteryear and consumers of classic movie and television memorabilia.

Check out our Q & A with Amy:

1.) Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from originally? How long have you been in Myrtle Beach?

"I am from Skaneateles, New York, a little Finger lakes town in upstate NY, near Syracuse. I went to college in Rochester, NY and from there moved to Virginia Beach. I moved to MB in July of 2004."

2.) We know women don't typically like to tell their age, but what decade of rock were you born in?

"Let's just say that I was on high school in the 80s!"

3.) What is your favorite genre of music and why?

"Can't really say that I have a favorite genre, I obviously have a great fondness for the "glam" or "hair" bands from the 80s. But I am also a big fan of the pop music that came from the 80s too. Duran Duran, Adam Ant, journey etc."

4.) List your top 5 favorite artists if all time:

"Journey, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Prince, The J Geils Band. My first concert was July 25, 1981: Headeast, Good Rats and Todd Hobin. My first big concert was Journey with Steve Perry on the Escape tour October 9, 1981 at the Syracuse Carrier Dome and the ticket cost $9.50!!"

5.) List your top 5 favorite songs of all time:

"New York Groove- Ace Frehley, Godzilla- Blue Oyster Cult, Dixie Highway- Journey, Fantasy- Aldo Nova, Lunatic Fringe- Red Rider"

6.) How many concerts have you been to? Name some of your favorites:

"I have every ticket stub from every concert that I have been to (that still had actual tickets). So I have tickets for about 350 concerts. But that doesn't really cover how many bands I have seen. Festivals really changed the game for me.
I did Rocklahoma in 2007, 2008 and 2009, Rock in America in 2010, The M3 Rock Festival from 2010 -2017, Farm Rock Nashville in 2016, Monsters of Rock cruises 2012-2017, the one next week will be my 7th MOR cruise. All of these feature anywhere from 20-40 bands over the course of 2-5 days. Favorite would be: Journey back in 1981, Prince on the Purple Rain tour, The J Geils Band, Zebra, Motley Crue on the Shout at The Devil Tour, Adam Ant, and Billy Idol."

7.) Tell us a little bit about the history of Retro Active:

"The idea of the store began forming back in 2004 when Motley Crue reunited and went on tour. I wished that I still had all the shirts I had bought at the shows back in the 80s (and paid $8-$10 for!!). I began looking around for stores to buy a Motley Crue shirt...there just weren't any. From music shirts, we expanded on the idea to include all those cool things we had in the 80s, along with the TV shows and the awesome movies. On January 1, 2005, I got laid off from the job I moved here for and decided that now was the perfect time to make the dream a reality. We opened May 2, 2005. Retro Active celebrated 12 years at Broadway, last May and I have just signed a new lease for 7 more years."

8.) If you could meet any artist from past or present, who would it be?

"Through the store, I have met so many very cool people. I would have said Steve Perry from Journey, but since he actually came in to the store back in 2007 and I got to meet him, I would have to say I would have loved to have met Prince.

We have had at the store Steven Adler from Guns N Roses, John Corabi from Motley Crue, Mili Matijevic from Steelheart, Faster Pussycat, La Guns with Tracii Guns, and Bang Tango. We have done book signings with Lydia Criss, Bobby Blotzer from Ratt and a huge one with Eddie Trunk. We also and Jim Florentine from That Metal Show and he is a standup comedian.
Alice Cooper and his band just wandered in while they were in town. One of the most fun was, when we first opened Wendy the Snapple Lady came in! She was in town for a Pez convention."

9.) Tell us about the Rock cruise you are going on? How many music cruises have you been on and where do you go on them?

"Monsters of Rock is the name of the Cruise. Out of 7 cruises, all have gone out of Florida, except for one, back in October, we went out of LA. (I got off the boat to find out a huge hurricane was heading toward Myrtle Beach...not the news I was hoping for!!). The ports have been places like Key West, Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Catalina Island, some private island and this trip we are hitting Cozumel, and Grand Cayman. But it isn't so much about the ports, some people don't even get off the boat. Bands play most of the day and well into the night. While in port, they do meet n greets and Q&As etc., So even in port there is stuff going on, on the ship. You also never know what Rock Star you might run into, wandering around the boat.
The cruises have been the most fun vacations I have ever been on. You need a vacation from your vacation when you get home, but they are so much fun."

10.) What's the most unique item in Retro Active? (Music or non-music related)

"Most unique item I carry would be the Pink Floyd and Grateful Dead baby strollers!!"

11.) What is your favorite item in Retro Active?

"My Luke's Diner shirt!! (Gilmore Girls) and my Captain Caveman tote bag."

12.) Is there anything else you would like us to pass to the patrons of Broadway?

"We offer a 15% local, military and Broadway discount year round."

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Restaurant Week: Broadway Style

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If you're like us, you remember being told by a parent, "you need to eat your vegetables" or "you have to eat something" or "you can't go outside until you finish your plate". Nowadays, it doesn't take any parental persuasion to get us to chow down during our daily cuisine routine. Whether it's three square meals a day, grabbing something to go or snacking throughout the day, what we put on our plate often serves as tasty comfort to our otherwise hectic (and hungry) schedule.

However, picking a place the whole family or group can agree on can be as divisive as asking a group of NFL fans to agree upon who the greatest quarterback of all time is; but we've got something at Broadway at the Beach we believe we can all look forward to; the first Broadway Restaurant Week featuring some of your favorites as well as a few new Broadway venues!

Beginning Friday, February 3rd through Sunday, February 12th, join us and experience new menu items or enjoy some of your favorite go to dishes at participating Broadway restaurants. From American classics at Johnny Rockets, Hard Rock Café, Liberty Brewery & Grill and Good Time Charley's to savory seafood selections at Joe's Crab Shack and Landry's Seafood to stepping outside your cuisine comfort zone with the unique creations of Extreme Pizza, American Tap House, Rooster's Restaurant & Bar and Wahlburgers; Broadway Restaurant Week has something different for everyone in your party every night of the week.

Broadway Restaurant Week can also serve as a cure for those whom suffer from what we like to call a "restaurant rut" where the common symptoms are eating the same food at the same place every time you dine outside your own dinner table. Let Broadway Restaurant Week be your excuse to try somewhere and something different as you dine for lunch and dinner with us.

So grab your friends, family and if possible, that parent you hid your vegetables from as a child and experience the inaugural Broadway Restaurant Week where there's always a seat waiting for you.

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In the Kitchen at Kilwins: Patience, Persistence & Peanut Butter Fudge

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We've all heard the saying, "good things come to those who wait"; For us, we've never found the virtue of patience to be more valuable than when we had the opportunity to watch the chefs of Kilwins create their decadent peanut butter fudge. We learned all about how this carefully crafted dessert snack is not only made with homemade and exclusive ingredients, but also with a little patience and a whole lot of love!

It all begins with batching together the dry ingredients and whisking them with water and heat in a huge copper kettle! (This picture doesn't do it justice; but the kettle is huge!) This process took some time as Chef Dionne stirred, stirred and stirred some more until the ingredients were completely dissolved! What's key at this point is using the proper temperature control to prevent the fudge from sugaring before adding the butter. For some of us that aren't wise to the kitchen lingo, sugaring is when the ingredients aren't fully dissolved which can make the fudge grainier. However, that is not the case at Kilwins, as Chef Dionne is always on top of his game!

Next up, comes the transferring of the mixture and pouring between metal bars onto the marble table before topping it off with Kilwins' own peanut butter. This not only takes precision, but some muscle! It also took some will power on our end not to steal a spoon from the kitchen and dig in right there; yummy! Now, here's the part where patience is a virtue as the fudge cools to a sweet 100 degrees. A process that takes approximately ten minutes, but they were the best ten smelling minutes of our lives as the scent of fresh fudge swiftly filled the whole shop.

Since we were not able to dig into the peanut butter fudge just yet and patience really isn't our strong suit; we took the opportunity to sample Kilwins peanut butter ice cream. It helped us get through the waiting process and was absolutely incredible! By the way, the extensive variety and unique flavors of ice cream and sorbets at Kilwins deserve a blog for themselves, can you say mmm, mmm good?

Now let's get back to the fudge! Once cooled, the metal bars were removed and that's when the real show of fudge forming began and we found ourselves mesmerized with the careful, yet crafty way of rolling this snack into perfection.

Once again, the picture doesn't do it justice… click here to see the swift paddling moves of Chef Dionne.

We watched in amazement as the thick cascading liquid of fudge was slowly loafed into this beautifully formed sweet dessert.

Interesting Fudge Fact: to determine when to switch from paddling to loafing, look for the fudge to begin to lose its shiny appearance, taking on a dull sheen. It will also run more slowly; almost coming to a complete stop.

Now the moment of tasty truth. Once we were given the official, "okay, the making of the fudge is now complete." We immediately put out our hand for a free sample and let's just say, it was absolutely worth the wait and will be worth a weekly, okay maybe daily, stop into Kilwins Myrtle Beach at Broadway at the Beach.

It was love at first bite!

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Once You Pop, You Can’t Stop Celebrating National Popcorn Day: January 19, 2017

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It's the undeniable smell when you walk into any movie theatre, it's the sound of kernels popping that leads to the first taste of happiness, it's the variety or sweet, savory and everything in between, it's delicious, it's delightful… it's National Popcorn Day!

From grabbing a bag to enjoy while watching a show at Legends in Concert to snacking on the sweetness of Carmel corn from River Street Sweets, you can enjoy your favorite popcorn flavors all day and night at Broadway at the Beach. Before we dig into the delight, let's take a look back with a "pop" of history. A quick Google search tells us the first "pop" did not appear in the United States until the 1820s. As the snack grew in popularity, so did the variety in which it can be enjoyed including Louis Ruckheim's creation of Cracker Jack, made from popcorn, peanuts and molasses during the late 1890s.

Fast forward to today, the flavorful fumes of popcorn can be experienced all throughout Broadway at the Beach. In the warmer months, popcorn can be found at every corner with kiosks offering everything from candy corn to caramel corn to cheddar corn and more popcorn creations. It's a great snack to enjoy while strolling from store to store while you enjoy fireworks and other events at Broadway at the Beach. Don't forget, many offer free samples!

Need a gift idea? Who doesn't love a sweet popcorn present from River Street Sweets, Wee R Sweetz and even the unique favors offered at the Beef Jerky Store including Maple Bacon. Yes, we said Maple Bacon flavored popcorn… yum!

So if you're in the mood for a pop of flavor for walking around, while catching a show or to give as a gift. Come smell, snack and treat yourself this National Popcorn Day on January 19th at Broadway at the Beach!

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Warm Up Your Winter at Broadway

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When you think of Myrtle Beach, often the first thing that comes to mind is the hot sands and waves crashing on the coast in the heat of the summer. From the distinct smell of sunscreen hitting your nose to the sound of steps made with flip flops on your feet, the summer sizzle of South Carolina's Grand Strand is one of the highlights of the year for millions of Myrtle Beach visitors.

But let's face it, even at the beach, the temperatures do sometimes fall and the number of clothing layers rise. When this happens some tend to stay indoors and socially hibernate until the warmer temps return, but we are here to tell you Broadway at the Beach can help you keep the cold and winter woes away with our fantastic fashion finds, fun and amazing food .

Let's start with some non-frozen fashion, whether you're looking for a stylish ensemble or a piece of statement jewelry, Broadway at the Beach's retail shops have you covered. If jewelry is what you need to add some fab to your winter drab, then check out Bijuju for a variety of stylish necklaces, bracelets, earrings, purses and they even carry beautiful luggage suitable for any tropical destination! If you're looking for something a little more specific, such as sterling silver head on over to A Silver Shack, Pandora look no further than The Mole Hole or for Alex and Ani our friends at Gemini Boutique have your style!

Want some snuggly and warm clothing for cuddling up on the couch or for when you're out and about? Victoria's Secret Pink Collection and Collegiate Collection will not only keep you warm, but comfortable too! From pull overs, leggings, active wear and sleepwear, Victoria's Secret at Broadway at the Beach gives you great style that is sure to warm up any winter night!

Moving on to one of our favorite subjects, FOOD! There is nothing like warming yourself up with a big bowl of hot soup or adding some spice to your regular culinary routine and you can easily kick up the deliciousness at Broadway at the Beach! Wahlburgers' Homemade Chili has just the right amount of heat and flavor for a nice meal to enjoy in their new location in Celebrity Square or on the go; and if you're tastes buds desire a little more coastal cuisine to beat the chill, try the seafood Gumbos and clam chowders at Landry's Seafood and Joe's Crab Shack!

So we've got fashion, we've got food… now let's talk some fun! Don't let the sometimes chilly temperatures spoil your day, enjoy the indoor attractions of Ripley's Aquarium and WonderWorks. From exploring the depths of the oceans to the heights of space, you can enjoy a day of learning, interacting and exploring the world without having to bundle up, fly out or ship out!

With fashion finds, hot dishes and indoor amusements, here's to your next winter warmup courtesy of your favorite stops at Broadway at the Beach!

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