MYRTLE BEACH — The owner of a cart that will sell sandwiches and boiled peanuts will soon take his spot on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk after the City Council awarded him a three-year vendor contract last week.
Trevor Gore will begin his contract May 1 for his business, Heaven in a Bun, selling food to passers-by at Third Avenue North on the boardwalk.
“I wanted to have a family business,” Gore said, who is running the business with his wife and three children, ages 16, 14 and 11. “All of us will be working the cart this summer.”
The contract became available when ice cream vendor Brain Freeze backed out of its contract, with the owner saying he had trouble keeping his product cold enough.
Gore was one of five vendors vying for the contract. Other vendors proposed selling items ranging from snow cones to gemstones at a Feb. 12 council meeting.
Council was supposed to make a decision on the vendor that day, but chose to postpone the decision until Feb. 26, and said they hoped a wider variety of proposals were submitted.
Council members stressed the importance of having a vendor that sold something different than what already was available at Fourth, Fifth and Sixth avenues. Other products included Italian ice, hot dogs and lemonade.
At the Feb. 12 council meeting, Gore changed his initial proposal from selling hot dogs to selling the sandwiches and boiled peanuts.
“I think we just want to try to provide a little variety so that people [are able to] get the boardwalk, festival experience,” said Councilman Michael Chestnut. “So we wanted to try to offer a little variety. I mean, where can you go and get boiled peanuts? It’s hard to find boiled peanuts if you’re not at a [baseball] game.”
All boardwalk vendors must operate between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. and may not leave their carts unattended overnight.
Were you born in 1938?
As part of the celebration for Myrtle Beach’s 75th birthday, The Sun News is searching for anyone who shares a birth year with the city.
Anyone who was born in Myrtle Beach in 1938 and still lives nearby is asked to contact Maya T. Prabhu at 444-1722 or email@example.com.
City staff also is searching for anyone who was born the day the city was incorporated – March 12, 1938. Anyone who shares a birthday with the city is asked to contact city staff at 918-1014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city plans to recognize local residents whose birthdays coincide with the city’s 75th at the City Council meeting on March 12. Those people will be invited to the council meeting to celebrate their birthdays with the city.
Participants sought for fair
The Grand Strand Senior Job and Volunteer Assistance Fair is looking for local employers and nonprofits to participate in the 10th annual event.
City spokesman Mark Kruea said the fair, sponsored by the city of Myrtle Beach Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, was originally thought to see two-thirds of people looking for volunteer opportunities.
“It turns out that that’s flipped – two-thirds are looking for part-time employment either because they want it or because they need it,” Kruea said.
There is no fee to participate in the fair for vendors or seniors looking for job or volunteer opportunities.
The fair is not limited to Myrtle Beach residents and businesses, and Kruea said in previous years attendees have come from throughout Horry County and some from Georgetown County.
The fair works to match seniors with companies and nonprofit groups that need assistance, whether it’s full-time, part-time or volunteer.
Businesses and nonprofits interested in being part of the fair can sign up online at www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/java.html or call 918-1014.
The fair takes place from 9 a.m. to noon March 18 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center at 2101 N. Oak St. in Myrtle Beach.
Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.