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In today's hectic, always-on-the-go world, having a car is essential for transportation around the city. It's hard to imagine life without a car. Without them, you wouldn't be able to make it to work, the grocery store, the laundromat, or important events like your children's sports events. Having a vehicle is a necessity these days because we use them so much, but many car owners don't make strides to protect their investment or what might be inside that investment.

Aside from purchasing an extended warranty for your car, one of the best ways to protect your car is with professional vehicle window tinting in Greenville, SC. What a warranty won't do, however, is boost curb appeal, reduce sun glare, block harmful radiation, protect your valuables, and provide privacy 24-hours a day.

At Troop Films LLC, we specialize in the finest ceramic window tints and certified paint protection films in South Carolina. We have been installing tints and paint protection film for several years and are always improving our techniques. As true window tinting experts, we have had the pleasure of working on so many different types of vehicles - from multi-million-dollar sports cars to junkers barely worth a grand. Doing so has allowed owner and certified installer Stephon Troop to refine his window tinting game and master techniques like clear bra installation. Today, he has a full-service team behind him, ready and waiting to serve loyal customers just like you.

Unlike some of our competitors, we take meticulous steps to ensure we provide the best work possible on your vehicle. We don't believe in taking shortcuts just to save a few cents. Instead, we go the extra mile to ensure all our customers are satisfied, whether it's completing special request projects or simply taking the time to ensure our work is done right. Whether you own a vintage Ferrari or a busted-up Ford, we aim to provide the highest quality car window tinting around.

When we say we're detail-oriented, we mean it. Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Troop Films for their car window tinting in South Carolina:

  • We remove vehicle parts like blinker covers to ensure dirt and grime aren't trapped.
  • We use computers to make sure your tint or coating is installed properly and precisely.
  • We remove emblems and badges so that we can wrap underneath them, giving your car more protection.
  • We wrap all edges of our ceramic window tints, so your job is seamless, and your tint remains effective year-round.

Curious about how we protect so many cars in South Carolina and the metro Greenville area? Expertise, customer service, and affordable prices are just the start. Our excellence starts at the top - here are a few words from Troop Films owner, Stephon Troop.

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Stephon and his wife, both originally from the chilly state of Pennsylvania, moved to Greenville, SC, for the warm beach weather and friendly Lowcountry residents.

Though Stephon now has many years of car window tinting under his belt, his training was completed under one of the best car window tint installers in the United States. Installing window tints, paint protection films, and ceramic coatings alongside during this time helped Stephon learn all the techniques and tricks needed to succeed. After training up north, Stephon continued to learn in Texas, where he became a certified paint protection and window tint installer. Since that time, Stephon has mastered even more car protection techniques to offer his customers a comprehensive list of services.

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Here is a simple truth: not all vehicle window tinting services are equal. Sure, you could spend a few bucks on a DIY window tinting kit, but going this route almost guarantees trouble. From unsightly fading to film bubbles, these offer the bare minimum in protection. With subpar quality, these kits also peel very quickly, causing you to spend more money to re-apply or have your tint professionally installed.

Speaking of window tinting services, few companies in South Carolina combine professional applications with the highest quality window tint film available. That's what sets Troop Films apart from other window tinting businesses - quality film, expert application, meticulous attention to detail, and the best customer service available.

Unlike some of our competitors, we use SunTek ceramic window tinting film, which is among the best in the industry. This technologically advanced product line provides outstanding, top-of-the-line films. With ceramic technology, infrared rejection and solar performance are enhanced, resulting in a non-metal construction that doesn't cause interference with portable or onboard electronic devices.

Our SunTek ceramic tint options come in a range of nine darkness levels. Each shade of tint has an ultra-attractive appearance, is non-reflective, and helps prevent color changes. With this fantastic film, you, your passengers, and your vehicle's interior are protected from 99% of UV rays from the sun. With outstanding infrared and heat rejection properties, your vehicle's interior comfort remains cooler and more comfortable all year long.

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Most Common Reasons to Tint
Your Vehicle's Windows

Here are just a few of the most common reasons why South Carolina vehicle owners choose Troop Films for window tinting:

Privacy

Privacy

When we ask our customers why they want to tint their windows, privacy is often first on their list. When you begin to think about it, it makes sense. Why allow other drivers to invade your privacy when you can keep prying eyes off of your identity and personal belongings? It's not unreasonable to want privacy for you and your family while you're driving. You never know who you will pull up next to at a red light, and with our vehicle window tinting services in Greenville, SC, they don't have to know you either.

Style

Style

There's something inherently cool about having your windows tinted. Even if you're not trying to impress anyone with your car, having your windows tinted helps give it a refined, modern look, which enhances curb appeal. If you're getting tired of the way your car or truck's exterior looks, spice it up a little and bring it into Troop Films for professional window tinting. We think you will be happy with the results.

Comfort

Comfort

Have you ever sat down in your vehicle in the middle of summer, after it's been sitting outside all day? It feels like your car has turned into an oven. Sometimes, it can get so hot in your car that it's hard to grip the steering wheel. As you probably already know, summers in South Carolina can be brutal. When the temperatures heat up in the Lowcountry, your vehicle traps most of that heat, causing interior temperatures to reach unsafe levels. But when you have your windows tinted with Troop Films, your car will stay cooler in the spring and summer. With ceramic film, glare from headlights and streetlights is also reduced, meaning you can see easier without having to strain your eyes. More comfort and more safety - what's not to love?

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

When you think about car window tinting, most folks don't think about the health and safety benefits involved. But when it comes to you and your passengers, safety should be top of your list. High temps in your vehicle, usually caused by UV rays, are a safety concern not only for your skin and eyes but for your car's safety mechanisms. This is especially true for your airbags, which can be damaged and left inoperable when interior temperatures are high enough. Obviously, that's a huge safety risk.

Fading Dashboard

Fading Dashboard

Over time, your vehicle's dashboard will take a beating when your car is left out in the sun. The combo of harmful UV rays and high heat can ruin dashboard materials, leaving them cracked, faded, and in need of repair. Fixing your dashboard can be a costly endeavor. However, doing so can be avoided with high-quality ceramic tints from Troop Films.

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Benefits of Vehicle Window Tinting
in Greenville, SC

If you're still on the fence about ceramic window tinting for your vehicle, consider
the following benefits of our SunTek films:

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  • Unrestricted Communications - some window films contain traces of metals, which can cause interference with devices. Our metal-free films won't interfere with your cell phone, GPS, satellite radio, or other electronic devices that you use while driving.
  • Resistant to Color Changes - Our technologically-advanced window films are scientifically created to give you an attractive, non-reflective appearance without color fading.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty - You read that right - when you buy window tints from Troop Films, your products are covered by the manufacturer against peeling, adhesive failures, changes in color, cracking, and delamination. Some restrictions do apply.
  • Precise Installation - When you work with Troop Films, you can have peace of mind knowing your window tint will be applied seamlessly and accurately. That's because we have access to core pattern-cutting software that trims your window film tightly. With our precise installation, you can rest easy knowing your tint will fit the make, model, and year of your vehicle like a glove.

The Ultimate Protection: Car
Window Tinting and Paint
Protection Film in Greenville, SC

They say the first cut is always the deepest, and that's certainly true when it comes to your vehicle. Few things are as frustrating as getting out of your car, only to realize that a stray rock has dented your favorite car or truck. Dents and scratches from road debris like rocks and even acids from bugs all take their toll on your vehicle's overall appearance and value. Along with UV rays, "road rash" from winter salt, sand, rocks, pebbles, branches, and more will compromise your vehicle's integrity and can mean lower resale value.

If you're looking for total protection from heat and UV rays as well as road debris, we recommend car window tinting in Greenville, SC along with our paint protection film application. Paint protection film, also called your vehicle's clear bra, provides a shield of protection from road rash, preserves your car's paint job, increases its longevity, and can increase its resale value. Paint protection film is very useful for everyday use, especially if you're driving on the highway or simply want to protect your favorite car. Clear bras are also helpful for work vehicles, which often receive dents and scratches due to the nature of their work.

At Troop Film, our SunTek paint protection film is among the highest quality films in the industry. Common application areas include:

  • Vehicle Paint
  • Door Handles
  • Headlights
  • Rear Fenders
  • Front Bumpers
  • Mirrors
  • Hoods
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Our paint protection films are completely reinvented products that merge the hydrophobicity of ceramic with premium, self-healing paint protection film. Common benefits of having your vehicle protected with paint film include:

01

Endurance

Your car's finish will stay flawless and fresh with our car protection films, which shield against salt, rocks, insects, and other debris.

02

Resistance

Our HydroResist top-coat protection boosts your vehicle's stain resistance by limiting dirt and water accumulation on your protection film's surface.

03

Self-Healing

It sounds too good to be true, but our films really do heal themselves by using the heat from the sun or your vehicle's engine.

04

Look Great

Our paint protection films are available in high gloss and matte finishes, leaving your car with outstanding optics and clarity.

Have Questions? We've Got Answers!

In addition to the highest-quality car window tinting products, our customer service team excels at answering any questions you may have. We're here to help in any way and can even help determine which kind of protection is best for your vehicle. Call, text, or fill out the inquiry form on our website. Before you know it, your car will be super-stylish and even safer to drive with the help of Troop Films LLC.

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Stay Cool: 15+ Best Indoor Date Nights in Greenville, SC

When the temperatures heat up in the summer or drop to freezing in the winter, you can still have a really fun date night indoors in Greenville, SC. We’ve got everything from axe throwing to seeing a play to dancing and rock climbing. If the idea of feeling sweat drip down your back while on a date outdoors this summer doesn’t sound romantic, we can sympathize. Summers, while fun in South Carolina, can be brutally hot, and planning a fun date together where you aren’t melting may take some creativity –...

When the temperatures heat up in the summer or drop to freezing in the winter, you can still have a really fun date night indoors in Greenville, SC. We’ve got everything from axe throwing to seeing a play to dancing and rock climbing.

If the idea of feeling sweat drip down your back while on a date outdoors this summer doesn’t sound romantic, we can sympathize. Summers, while fun in South Carolina, can be brutally hot, and planning a fun date together where you aren’t melting may take some creativity – and that’s where we can help you out. And on cold winter nights, you can stay warm indoors while having fun together, too!

Fortunately, there are lots of fantastic places in the Upstate to have a memorable and cool date night in the AC besides the standard dinner and a movie. No matter your interests, we think you’ll find something on this list where you can plan a great summer or winter date night together.

Best Indoor Date Nights for Playing

Located in Camperdown Plaza in downtown Greenville, Group Therapy has an 18-hole mini-golf course, axe throwing, curling, ping pong, and tons more plus an extensive bar and food menu. You must make reservations to play the games.

Solve puzzles together of themed-rooms at Escape Artist Greenville or Trapped in the Upstate.

Throw it back to the 90s with an awesome arcade that has more than a dozen pinball machines but old school games like Nintendo, Paper Boy, and Pac-Man. It’s $10/person for all-day play. Vaughn’s Warehouse is right next door where you can grab dinner together.

Play Nintendo together at the bar while enjoying delicious craft beer or sodas made right in house at Double Stamp Brewery in Greenville.

Get some 80s square pizza and play lots of fun arcade games together at Pinky’s Revenge.

Best Indoor Date Nights for Busting Stress

Take a bat to some glass, an old car, or windows at Mad Smash Rage Room in Taylors Mill.

See who has the best axe throw at The Blue Ox Hatchet House or Craft Axe Throwing in the Greenville area and the new 312 Throwing Co in Easley.

Gazing at pretty art is a great way to bust stress and relax. Head to the Greenville Center for Creative Arts on the first Friday of the month from 6-9 pm for free or visit the Greenville County Museum of Art downtown, also free.

Best Indoor Date Nights for Making Something Together

Make some art together at TReehouse Cafe & Art Studio, TR Makers Co., Vino & Van Gogh, or Wine & Design.

Get on the pottery wheel to create your own pottery pieces at Hollowed Earth Pottery or In the Potter’s Hands.

If you’d rather paint your own pottery than create it, go to Hearts of Clay in Spartanburg, Color Clay Cafe in Greenville, or Glazed in Clemson.

Take a cooking class together at Plate 108 in Greer or invite Chef Ebony from Suga Pie Honey Bun to your house for a private cooking lesson.

You can make your own soy candles together at Greenville Soy Candle Company in downtown Greenville.

Best Indoor Date Nights for Shows

Relax in the planetarium at Roper Mountain Science Center and gaze up at the stars and learn about our magnificent solar system at Friday Starry Nights. They also offer the Laser Days of Summer shows that feature rock music and lasers. You must buy tickets online ahead of time.

There are plenty of places to catch live theater in Greenville like the Peace Center, the Logos Theatre, Greenville Theatre, Warehouse Theatre, City of Greer Center for the Arts, the Younts Center for Performing Arts

Best Indoor Date Nights for Active Couples

If you love to dance – or want to learn – there are some great spots to do so. Check out country line dancing at the Blind Horse Saloon or Cowboy Up Greenville. The Spinning Jenny has swing dancing and sometimes offers dance classes. Landmark Hall in Greer has different dance nights so check their website.

Challenge your partner to see who can climb an indoor mountain at Climb at Blue Ridge in Taylors, BlocHaven in Greenville, ProjectRock in Easley.

Konnichiwa restaurant, sushi bar now open in the former Rick’s Deli in downtown Greenville

Editor’s note: ‘Now Open’ is a series highlighting just-opened restaurants in the Greenville area and around the Upstate. Look for a new story every Friday at postandcourier.com/greenville/food. Have a suggestion? Email Eric Connor.GREENVILLE — Rick’s Deli & Market called it home for a decade, but after it closed at the beginn...

Editor’s note: ‘Now Open’ is a series highlighting just-opened restaurants in the Greenville area and around the Upstate. Look for a new story every Friday at postandcourier.com/greenville/food. Have a suggestion? Email Eric Connor.

GREENVILLE — Rick’s Deli & Market called it home for a decade, but after it closed at the beginning of 2022, a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar has set up shop in RiverPlace.

Konnichiwa is now open at 101 Falls Park Drive.

The Greenville location is the latest of three Konnichiwa concepts in the Upstate, including Moore and Boiling Springs in Spartanburg County.

The restaurant originated in its Charlotte location and has opened two more in South Carolina outside the Upstate, in Lexington and Florence.

The restaurant bills itself not as an “authentic” sushi bar, because the original definition of sushi is the four ingredients of cooked rice, rice vinegar, seaweed and either fresh raw fish or vegetables.

With sushi rolls such as the “Sleeping Beauty” with shrimp and tuna with strawberry mixed in and the “Red Rose” that includes shrimp and tuna with jalapeno pepper slices, the restaurant aims for “contemporary.”

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The Greenville location also offers Japanese steaks, bento boxes and hibachi bowls

The name Konnichiwa stems from the traditional Japanese greeting during the midday to onset of evening, from 10 a.m. to 5:59 p.m., or a standard way to say “hello.”

The restaurant is open beyond that time, offering a late-night place to eat downtown. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day but Friday and Saturday, when it is open until 11 p.m.

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Embracing the Summer Staycation: Vacation Things to Do Right Here in Greenville, SC

Are you changing your vacation plans due to high gas costs and the expense of, well, everything? If you’re thinking about trying a stay-cation in the Upstate, SC area, you’ve come to the right spot. At Kidding Around we know a lot about local family fun, and we’ve even tried out the staycation idea already this summer. So, take that week off, or plan that long weekend. We promise, you can have a vacation experience and still sleep in your bed every night. This article includes:...

Are you changing your vacation plans due to high gas costs and the expense of, well, everything? If you’re thinking about trying a stay-cation in the Upstate, SC area, you’ve come to the right spot. At Kidding Around we know a lot about local family fun, and we’ve even tried out the staycation idea already this summer. So, take that week off, or plan that long weekend. We promise, you can have a vacation experience and still sleep in your bed every night.

This article includes:What is a Staycation?Staycation Tips: How to Plan a StaycationStaycation Things to Do in Greenville, SC

What is a Staycation?

Mix “stay” and “vacation” and you have “staycation.” Plan to do vacation-like things, while staying at home. Maybe this means eating out, maybe it means just a week off of work and enjoying the outdoors, maybe it means doing a few of those fun family things to do that have been on your list for awhile. Either way, it can be just a relaxing, if not more, than a traditional vacation.

Wondering how to plan a staycataion? Or how to get that relaxed vacation feel in your own house? Here are the tips that helped us enjoy our staycation.

Summer Staycation Things to Do in Greenville

Since we’re not spending money on lodging, maybe that will open up your budget a little to spend on local activities that you ordinarily wouldn’t be able to do. Or, maybe you’re looking for free or very cheap things to do on your staycation. Either way, we have some great ideas.

The Upstate area waterparks may not be huge when compared to what large theme parks offer, but they still offer family fun and have a lot of good things going for them. Our kids had a blast and that makes for happy parents.

Benefits of visiting a local waterpark:

Plan a visit to one of the Upstate, SC waterparks during your staycation:

Free alternatives:

We took our kids to The Big E in Gaffney, SC, on a rainy day of our staycation. But there are certainly closer options to do all these things if you’re looking to save money on fuel.

We did enjoy our trip to the Big E and overall it was quite affordable. If you go on a Monday movie tickets are only $5. Get the refillable popcorn bag and toss some plastic cups in your purse so that everyone can have their own container.

Bowling is one of those things we just never really got around to with our kids. We did it maybe once or twice and then, well, everything is expensive when you have four kids. But, it was a staycation and the Big E’s bowling is also pretty affordable at $5 per person per game, and $3 shoe rental. So we did it and had a lot of fun. We are also all terrible bowlers.

Save more money! The Big E also participates in Kids Bowl Free. This will let your kids play two games for free every day. You’ll need to sign-up for kids bowl free in advance.

The last thing we did at The Big E was to turn our kids loose in the arcade. We were able to load a set amount of money on one play card and watch the kids from the tables on one side of the arcade. They had one card and had to share, but $25 on the card had all four of them busy for about 40 minutes.

Stay Closer to Home and Save More Money

These arcades, movies, and bowling options might be a little closer to your home, and we have some free options, as well.

Escape rooms can be a super fun thing to do with your family! Work together and enjoy seeing how your kids’ minds work as they mull over each puzzle in the room.

Our family did Yuletide Magic at Escape Artist in Greenville. It’s a family-friendly room, nothing scary at all, and it was super fun to experience the holiday theme in the summertime! We did succeed in getting out and we all had a great time. Our crew was made up of three adults, and four kids ages 9 -13. Even younger kids would enjoy this room, though they may not be able to assist much in the actual puzzle-solving.

Escape Artists has lots of other rooms, especially if you have older kids! And, they just opened some new options at their second location at Hampton Station.

Escape Artist Locations

Low Cost or Free Options

We drove down to Columbia, SC to visit family camping at Sesquicentennial State Park where we rented kayaks, pedal boats, and paddle boards for just $5-$10 an hour. Similar options are available at state parks in the Upstate, too, so you don’t have to drive that far.

But, Sesqui has a free (with park admission) splash pad that is really nice. If you have younger kids who like splash pads, that might be worth the drive alone.

You can also head to Oconee State Park to rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and pedal boats for just $5 an hour. Oconee State Park also offers mini-golf, so you can totally make a day of it.

For more places to paddle and rent kayaks, check out our list of 20+ Places to Paddle near the Upstate!

Cheaper option

Just want to float or swim? Grab your pool float (you can get tubes for $5 at Target) and head to Mile Creek County Park on Lake Keowee. There’s a small beach area, a playground, and places to picnic. It’ll only cost you $5 per car admission. Pack your family some of their favorite snacks and you can have a totally fun staycation day for just a few dollars.

At a place like Gather GVL everyone can order something that they like because you have menu options for a variety of local eateries all in one spot. Visit Gather GVL on Wednesday night at 6 pm and you can enjoy playing music bingo for free while you eat. We had a lot of fun!

Another fun option is Cartwright Food Hall in Downtown Greer. They are a brand new food hall and offer several local eateries under one roof.

Spend Less Money

In our experience, eateries like this are a little more affordable. We bring our water bottles with us so we’re not buying drinks, and because you order and pick up your food at a window, there are no servers to tip. If you’re on a budget, consider getting some fries and an appetizer to share for a treat, and then getting a more filling dinner at home.

Hollowed Earth Pottery

The big splurge on our Staycation was an Intro Pottery Class for all six of us at Hollowed Earth Pottery. That place is simply fantastic with amazing teachers. All of us had an awesome time. If you have a lot of kids, you know that almost never happens. But it did.

We learned so much and made real pottery currently sitting on our mantle. It was so great that my husband and I signed up for the next class for date night. The intro class is $75 a person and that includes creating two pieces which Hollowed Earth will glaze and fire for you to pick up a couple of weeks after the class.

Classes are recommended for ages 10 and up, but our 9-year-old had no problems. The piece in the picture above is one she made.

Hollowed Earth is located in Hampton Station so you can extend your visit with some tacos from White Duck Taco, coffee and treats from Due South, or a craft beer at Birds Fly South.

For cheaper or free options, consider:

Walk the sidewalk, check out the shops, and grab an ice cream or a coffee, just like you would if you were somewhere far away. Be a tourist right here. You just might find your new go-to spot.

Haven’t taken the kids to TCMU lately? Maybe staycation is the time to do it!

If “staycation” is a word, I propose the addition of “nearcation.” Day trips aren’t exactly staying, but, they aren’t requiring an extended time on the road or overnight accommodations, either. If you can afford the gas, they can make for a really fun, lower-cost adventure.

We spent a day in Hendersonville, NC, and had such a fun day. There are so many free and low-cost things to do in Hendersonville and the downtown area is really cute and fun to walk around.

More ideas for low-cost day trips:

If you want to take an overnight trip but not go too far, we have lots of options for you within a 90-minute drive to help save on gas.

Tell us what you have planned for a Greenville staycation!

‘Mice on Main Go to the Beach’

Greenville’s famous coterie of mice from the “Mice on Main” public art project and bestselling picture book return for their next adventure — this time far away from their downtown home.By Linda KellyHere’s the full picture book exclusive to the Greenville Journal.“Guess what? We’re going on a vacation!” announced Jimmy Ryan to his nine adventure-loving mice.“Hooray! A vacation!” shouted all nine mice together....

Greenville’s famous coterie of mice from the “Mice on Main” public art project and bestselling picture book return for their next adventure — this time far away from their downtown home.

By Linda Kelly

Here’s the full picture book exclusive to the Greenville Journal.

“Guess what? We’re going on a vacation!” announced Jimmy Ryan to his nine adventure-loving mice.

“Hooray! A vacation!” shouted all nine mice together.

“What’s a vacation?” asked teeny tiny Millie.

“Yes, Papa, what IS a vacation?” chimed in Mitch.

“I’ve read about vacations,” said Papa Marvin. “A vacation is a time when people get away from their regular activities, like work and school.”

“No work? No school? What do we DO?” asked Aunt Mifflin.

“On OUR vacation,” answered Jimmy, “we’ll play in the ocean, build sandcastles, collect seashells. We’re traveling to the beach!”

Traveling to the beach? Leave our home? Leave Main Street? I never knew we could do that, Jimmy,” said Uncle Miles. “What an ADVENTURE!”

“Oh, my!” exclaimed Maggie worriedly. “I’ll never get us packed.”

“Calm down, Maggie. We’re taking the cage with us. The cage is to travel and sleep in. The rest of the time, you’ll be with me, playing on the beach,” said Jimmy.

Jimmy handed the mice tiny beach bags with their names on them.

“You each have a shovel, bucket, flip-flops, bathing suit, towel, sunscreen and a hat.”

“Get some sleep. We leave early tomorrow.”

The mice were too excited to sleep. They gathered around Marvin who read about ocean waves, shells, sandcastles, seagulls, and lazy summer days.

“Marvin,” asked Maggie, “can we build a sand house instead of a sandcastle? I’ve always wanted my own house.”

“Well,” answered Marvin, “we can build a sand house, but the tide will wash it away.”

“That’s okay,” said Maggie. “To have a house for one day would make my dream come true.”

Early the next morning, off they went to Pawley’s Island: Jimmy, his parents, and nine mice who were finally sleeping.

When they arrived, Jimmy lifted the cage of sleeping mice, carried it over the wooden walkway, and set it down softly in the sand.

“Wake up, Mice!” said Jimmy. “We’re here!”

“Look!” said Aunt Mifflin, “the ocean SPARKLES!”

“AWESOME!” said Marcley.

“I’m riding the waves!” said Mitch.

“Three rules,” said Jimmy. “One, if you want to go in the water, I must be with you! Two, if you are not in the water, you must stay within the shadow of the umbrella. Three, if you want to walk down the beach …”

“I know,” said Marcley. “YOU must be with us.”

“Right!” said Jimmy.

“Get those swimsuits on, spread sunscreen all over, slip into your flip-flops, put on your hats, grab your beach bags. Let’s go!” said Jimmy.

The mice played all morning.

Mitch and Uncle Miles rode the waves. Maggie, Marvin, Jr, and Marcley collected shells and shark’s teeth in their buckets. Aunt Mifflin and Millie flew kites. Melissa ran beside Jimmy as he walked down the beach.

After lunch, Jimmy and his mice settled down on their towels under the umbrella.

“Jimmy? You awake?” whispered Marvin, crawling onto Jimmy’s shoulder.

“Yes,” mumbled Jimmy sleepily.

“Maggie wants a sand house. She’s always wanted a house.”

“The tide will wash it away,” said Jimmy.

“I know,” said Marvin. “Maggie will be happy if she has a house for one day.”

“If Maggie wants a house,” said Jimmy, “Maggie gets a house!”

Jimmy and the mice spent the afternoon hauling sand from the ocean’s edge to the building spot under the umbrella. Everyone worked, piling sand up, up, up until they built a real sand house with windows, doors, and a front step.

Aunt Mifflin and Millie tied their kites to the windows. Jimmy added a sand dollar over the door.

“Uh oh!” said Jimmy, “the tide!

Sure enough, the ocean was lapping at the front step.

“Quick! said Jimmy, “run out the back! I’ll grab the kites, umbrella, and beach bags. Run!”

From the walkway, Jimmy and the mice watched as the house slowly caved in.

A tear trickled down Maggie’s cheek. “Mom, don’t cry,” said Millie.

“I’m alright,” said Maggie. “I’m crying because I’m happy.”

Jimmy and the mice played at the beach all week.

Every day, they built another house for Maggie. Every day, the tide washed it out.

Maggie didn’t mind.

Back home in their cage, they talked and talked about the beach trip. Their shells, shark’s teeth, wet towels, and bathing suits were drying on their tunnels.

“It was a great vacation, Jimmy,” said Marvin.

“Yes,” answered Jimmy. “Maybe we can go again next year.”

“Yes,” smiled Maggie.

Westbrooks Father-Daughter bond strengthened through karate

GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - A decade ago, Abby was the first Westbrooks family member on the mats.“I did ballet at the time, but that just kind of wasn’t my thing,” Abby Westbrooks, Karate Fighter, said. “So I was like, how about I switch from ballet to karate and just see how that goes.”Soon after, her father Mike joined her.“She was in there probably two weeks and I was nothing but a couch potato,” Mike Westbrooks, Karate Fighter, said. “And I thought if I’m g...

GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - A decade ago, Abby was the first Westbrooks family member on the mats.

“I did ballet at the time, but that just kind of wasn’t my thing,” Abby Westbrooks, Karate Fighter, said. “So I was like, how about I switch from ballet to karate and just see how that goes.”

Soon after, her father Mike joined her.

“She was in there probably two weeks and I was nothing but a couch potato,” Mike Westbrooks, Karate Fighter, said. “And I thought if I’m gonna be here four nights a week, I might as well start this with her.”

While they were learning the sport, the two were able to help teach each other.

“It was really cool,” Mike said. “Anything I get to do with her is fun. You know, she’s my little buddy.”

“It’s nice having someone at home that if you’re working out at home, they can help you out because I mean, your instructor doesn’t live with you,” Abby said. “So you only get help from your instructor when you are at the dojo or you’re having a private lesson. If there was something I was confused about at home and I needed to figure out, then I could just go ask my dad.”

Now, the dynamic duo has grown into a karate powerhouse. The two have combined for nearly 10 Karate World Titles.

“We get to go and wear our country’s colors and I get to do that with her,” Mike said. “Nobody else that I know of can say that. I would rather see her succeed any day than see me succeed. She’s very, very talented. She excels in anything she tries.”

The medals are special, but that pales in comparison to the moments a father and daughter get to share.

“How many other guys can say they do this at the level we do it with their daughter,” Mike said. “She keeps me motivated and it’s very special to me.”

“It just makes it 10 times better doing it with my dad,” Abby said. “I love that I get to do it with him.”

Up next, the two will head to Wales to compete once again the the Karate World Championships.

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