Charles Erickson

Charles Erickson/Special to JCST Linrod Riley spent over three decades working for grocery chains. After retiring as manager of the meat department in a Publix, he returned to Hardeeville last spring and opened L & T Seafood & Meat. He runs the small shop with help from his two sons and a brother.

L&T Seafood & Meat offers fresh take on meat market

In 1978, the life of 14-year-old Linrod Riley mostly revolved around different places in the city where he was born and raised, and attended church and school.

Gwen & Franny’s ranked best for fried chicken

During a lull in lunchtime orders recently, Gwen Mervin came out of the kitchen to explain the proprietorship and history of Gwen & Franny’s Fried Chicken in Hardeeville, which she owns and operates from 2241 Whyte Hardee Blvd. She left on her black apron and sat at a table in the dining room.

Charles Erickson/Special to JCST September is National Chicken Month, but Gwen Mervin says sales at her Gwen & Franny's Fried Chicken remain strong the other 11 months of the year. She opened the Hardeeville business in 2008, using the same recipes from her mother’s earlier barbecue eatery.