While Jay Burns is new to Todd & Moore, he is not new to the Midlands soccer community. He previously managed Corner Kick of Irmo. He has played soccer since he was 6 years old and has over 27 years experience in retail and team sales for soccer specific apparel, equipment, shoes, balls, and accessories.
For those who don’t know Jay…
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Charleston, SC and grew up in Irmo.
Where did you attend high school and college?
I graduated from Irmo High School, played soccer at Lees McRea and the University of Wyoming. I graduated from USC in 1995 with a degree in Criminal Justice.
Do you have any siblings? Do they live locally?
I have two younger sisters, Jacquelyn lives in LA and Sherrod lives in Portland, Oregon.
Are you married?
I have been married to my wife Jennie for 10 years.
What are your hobbies besides soccer?
I enjoy disc golf, skiing and golf.
When did your start playing soccer and where?
I started playing soccer when I was 6 (youngest age group back then) at Seven Oaks Park in Irmo.
Do you remember when you fell in love with soccer?
I loved soccer before I was old enough to play at the rec center. We use to play pick up games in Harbison. There were a bunch of kids my age. I was fast and able to work well with my feet. The first team I was on was undefeated and we scored a lot of goals. I was hooked.
Tell us about all of the teams you have played for. Do you play for a men’s league now?
I made an under 12 travel team with the Irmo Soccer Association when I was 10 years old. I played on the same select team until I was 19. We won many tournaments during those years. I played JV and Varsity soccer at Irmo High. The team won the state championship all 4 years I was there. I still play in the adult league at SOAR and at The Plex.
Whose idea was it to open a soccer specialty store in Irmo, SC?
It was my mom, Ann Burns, idea to open Corner Kick. We went to a tournament in Washington, DC and they had a soccer store there and we were blown away. We had never seen anything like it. So she put the plan in motion. We opened the doors for business August 1, 1987. She sold stuff out of our living room until we got the doors open.
How have you seen soccer evolve locally?
I have mainly seen soccer evolve with women’s soccer. When we first opened Corner Kick, very few girls played at all. Also, the age of beginners has dropped to 3 years old. And soccer has gotten better in the USA.
What do you love most about combining your love of soccer with a career in retail and team sales?
I get to talk about and keep up with something I truly love and something I know a lot about.
Tell us about traveling to every state and backpacking through Europe after college.
I love to travel so once I graduated from college, I decided to see our great country. My parents said, “Great, just don’t ask for money.” So I came up with a juggling stick I could make and sell to stores in each town. I did a lot of camping and got to almost all our National Parks. The only 2 cities in the continental USA I have not seen are LA and San Diego. North Dakota was the last state I got to mark off.
How many World Cups have you attended?
I have been to Europe four times. I have attended the World Cup in France and Germany. I would take off between game days to check out other countries. I do have a million stories about my adventures. There really is nothing like a World Cup game. Just the fact that you have to wait 4 years to see one and the atmosphere is amazing.
Who are your favorite players and teams?
My favorite male player is Alan Sheraer from Newcastle in England and of course Mia Hamm. I was lucky enough to see her play several times. Favorite teams are Chelsea FC, Newcastle FC, England; Ajax in Holland; Real Madrid in Spain. I’m also a Gamecock and Pittsburg Steelers fan.
Final thoughts on your passion for soccer.
I have been playing soccer for over 35 years and I am still playing today. I have played with and against several pro soccer players and most are retired now. I was on the first team at Irmo to win 4 State Championships in a row and was lucky enough to play as a freshman in a college final 4.
*Be sure to visit our store and check out our new soccer section with new apparel, balls, equipment, bags and accessories.
Twelve things you need to know about Todd & Moore…
1. We have been locally owned and operated by the same families since 1944.
2. We are not a Big Box self-service retail store.
3. We have 33 employees with over 1000 years experience in the sporting goods industry.
4. We have 9 outside Sales Representatives available to help you with team orders.
5. We can special order apparel, shoes and equipment that we do not have in stock.
6. We sell everything in stock at least 10% below suggested retail every day of the year.
7. We have trained Fit Specialist in our New Balance Store to help you select the best shoes for your feet.
8. We support local non-profit organizations throughout the year with donations for their fundraising events.
9. We have a tennis racket demo program to help you select the right tennis racket.
10. We are located at 620 Huger Street on the way to Williams Brice Stadium (home of Gamecock football), one block from Carolina Stadium (home of the 2010-2011 Back-to-Back College World Champion Gamecock Baseball team), and two blocks from the Colonial Life Arena (home of Gamecock basketball).
11. We love to talk Gamecock sports all day any day. (No offense Tiger fans, but we are located in Gamecock Country)
12. We are not Starbucks, but we do offer complimentary coffee every day along with a comfy couch.
Sales Associate & Buyer
*Remember to shop local every day of the year.
I am working on Black Friday for the first time since my 11 year old daughter was born. I have typically taken the day off to be with my family and decorate our home for Christmas. Since both of my kids have other plans and the decorating can wait until Saturday and Sunday, Todd & Moore is where I’ll be spending my day. I’m looking forward to my first Black Friday in years.
I love the excitement and anticipation of Christmas shopping. I love helping our longtime customers and new ones shop for gifts for their loved ones. There is nothing sweeter than grandparents who come in with very precise lists from their grandchildren. Some are unfamiliar with the brand names and items on the lists and need lots of help. I often get requests for the hoodies with the big X on the front (the Under Armour logo is a U and an A intertwined). There are lots of laughs when I explain.
Because they want to make sure they spend the same amount on every child, many have the envelope system. An envelope is carefully labeled with each child’s name, their wish list, and crisp new bills inside for spending. The empty envelope then becomes a great place to store receipts in case the items need to be returned. I enjoy seeing the love and thought that is put into each gift.
I hope that the Midlands will shop with us on Black Friday and also support us the day after during the annual Small Business Saturday.
“Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First celebrated on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.”
That’s us folks, brick and mortar, small and local since 1944. I love working for a small company that is locally owned. They’ve given me the opportunity to spend the past 11 Black Fridays with my family because they understand that family comes first.
Come see me tomorrow and don’t forget to bring chocolate,
Sales Associate & Buyer
*Remember to Shop Small every day of the year.
At Todd & Moore, we like to make our customers happy. Happy customers mean we are doing things well. We do many things well, but one of the things we do really, really well is SHOES.
At Todd & Moore, we have 20,000 pairs of athletic shoes in stock EVERY DAY. We carry 400 different styles to choose from in every major name brand. What we don’t have in stock we will gladly special order. We have the BEST prices in town because we sell every pair of shoes in stock at our every day low Todd & Moore price (at least 10% below suggested retail).
Our sales associates have completed Fit Specialist training to help you choose the correct size and fit for your feet. Our goal is for every customer to leave our store having made an informed and wise choice for fit. Ill-fitting shoes, whether too big or too small, can cause many problems for feet. We understand that it takes time to find the right pair and often means trying on several pairs to do so.
Leila Bressler, a recent customer from Forest Acres, was pleased with the customer service she received from Cameron West in our shoe department. “He really took his time with me and let me try on as many brands of shoes as I wanted. He was awesome. The most important thing he did was help me choose the correct size and fit for my feet. It was well worth the drive from my side of town.”
With the addition of our New Balance store, we are able to provide hard to find sizes from Toddler to Adult sizes in widths ranging from 4A to 6E. We can also provide customers with a FREE FOOT SCAN ANALYSIS. This analysis will map foot pressures, identify arch type and guide our sales associates to make the best recommendations to alleviate and prevent foot problems. We want you to leave our store happy and with happy feet!
Keep us in mind for all of your athletic shoe purchases for the entire family. We have something for every member of the family and we are now open 7 days a week. Remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and to check our website often for weekly promotions, discounts, and coupons. You can also provide us with your email address on our website or sign up in our store to receive great savings directly in your inbox.
We take great pride in being 100% locally owned and operated with 100% local employees. We all work, live, and play in the Midlands! And your dollars stay right here in the Midlands to support our local economy.
Come see us for happy feet,
Sales Associate, Buyer, & Social Media Administrator
I recently met with Ken Lowden, the race director for the Ray Tanner Home Run to discuss Todd & Moore becoming an official sponsor of the 2012 race. It was our first time meeting in person. I felt like I was sitting down with an old friend. Ken and I have a lot in common. We both love Gamecock baseball. We both admire the work Ray and Karen Tanner do through the Ray Tanner Foundation. We are both avid runners and we love the running community. Working with Ken on a partnership between the foundation and Todd & Moore is a natural fit for several reasons.
Todd & Moore has long been a champion in the community by supporting non-profit organizations, schools, and colleges in their fundraising efforts. One of my many responsibilities at Todd & Moore is coordinating our efforts to give back to the community that has been so very loyal to us since 1944. I have had this responsibility for the past 15 years and have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to work with fine people like Ken.
We love that 100% of our sponsorship will go directly to the Ray Tanner Foundation to help disadvantaged children right here in Columbia. Because Ken, the Tanners, and the race staff work so diligently to get goods and services donated, the operating costs for the race are kept to a bare minimum. That means more money is raised and used to help others.
To learn more about the foundation, visit their website:
Another reason it is a natural fit for Todd & Moore to sponsor the race, is that we are located on the 5K and 12K race course less than a block from Carolina Stadium. As each 5K and 12K race participant passes by 620 Huger Street, they will be cheered on by a spirited group of cheerleaders and store employees as they approach the finish line at Carolina Stadium. Todd & Moore is also sponsoring the water stop located on Lincoln Street by the Colonial Life Arena.
Todd & Moore is delighted to be a sponsor for the 7th Annual Ray Tanner Foundation Home Run. We join Gamecock Nation in being proud of all that Coach Tanner, his staff, and the players have accomplished during his tenure both on and off the field.
To register and learn more about the race, visit this website:
Hope you will join me on the 12K course,
Sales Associate, Buyer, and Social Media Administrator
*photo courtesy of Ray Tanner Home Run
In less than two weeks, I’ll be dropping my 11 year old daughter off at Camp Adam Fisher. This will be her 4th time attending Camp Adam Fisher, the largest camp in the Carolinas for children living with Type 1 Diabetes. This camp is fully staffed by volunteers and provides T1D kids the opportunity to experience summer camp despite living with a chronic, life-long disease.
Camp Adam Fisher is located at the R.M. Cooper 4-H Center on Lake Marion in Summerton, SC. The campers are housed by gender and age group in cabins with a counselor and counselor in training. The campers rough it for one week as there is no television, radio, or internet service.
Weeklong activities include archery, swimming, tubing, jet skis, rock wall climbing, hiking, field day, carnival activities, arts & crafts, a talent show, camp dance, and a HUGE food fight! Hannah looks forward to the food fight and this week all year long. Shopping for the items needed for camp has become as much a part of the tradition as attending camp.
It’s great to work at Todd & Moore where I can check many things off the “items needed for Camp” list. We stock and carry the following items that Hannah will need: shorts, t-shirts, socks, sweatshirt, jacket, modest swimsuit, rainwear, sneakers, water shoes, water bottle, and white t-shirt for tie dying. Other than toiletries, we are a one stop shopping destination for items needed for camp!
Girls have the popular Soffe, Under Armour and Nike shorts to choose from in a variety of colors. Both Under Armour and Nike offer many styles of tanks, shirts, and shorts that are cool, comfortable, and quick drying for camp activities. The UA Victory Tank is our best seller for women and girls. Boys can choose from a great selection of Under Armour and Nike shorts, tanks, and shirts as well. While taking care of sport specific camp needs, many moms quickly realize they can quickly and reasonably outfit their kids for most any kind of camp.
Now is the perfect time to get new sneakers for your summer campers and everyone in the house during our Stinky Smelly Sneaker Swap Sale. Through Sunday, May 27th bring in your old sneakers and receive up to $20 in trade in value for a new pair of athletic shoes. This offer includes sneakers, cleats, and water shoes!
We also have Columbia Rainwear, Camelbak Water Bottles, Russell Athletic sweatshirts and plain white t’s. And we have the BEST year-round selection in town of Speedo swimsuits, goggles, and swim accessories. Be sure to grab a Speedo mesh bag to keep your camper’s swim gear organized.
If you need assistance shopping for items for your camper, ask for me. I don’t enjoy shopping for myself so much, but I love to shop for others!
Sales Associate, Buyer and Social Media Administrator
Tonight the Lexington High School Varsity Baseball team takes the field at 7:00 pm against Lugoff-Elgin in the first game of the district playoffs. This team is currently ranked #1 in the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association 4A High School baseball poll. They have won 11 games in a row and have a 22-2 overall record. They are Region V Champions with a 10-0 league record.
Their talent on the field is widely and well known throughout the state. This group of athletes have been showing how it’s done on the baseball diamond since Dixie Youth Baseball on Ball Park Road. Yes, this group is special on the playing field.
It’s their off the field choices that stand out to me and makes them even more special. The entire team made the decision to shave their heads in honor of a special young woman, Kennedy Branham. Kennedy, a 7th grader at Lexington Middle School, was diagnosed in early February of 2012 with glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer. She is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy to fight Stage IV cancer and just recently made the decision to shave what was left of her once long and beautiful hair.
The entire community of Lexington has rallied around Kennedy and her family and one doesn’t have to look far to see the pink and white Pray4Kennedy magnets, stickers, and t-shirts. There have been numerous fundraising events to help Kennedy’s family with the medical bills. All of these events have been planned and executed by adults.
This plan came together because a group of high school baseball players realizes that while the fight for a state championship is important, Kennedy’s fight to beat brain cancer is larger than baseball. The team has invited Kennedy to throw out the first pitch of the game tonight. When the National Anthem is played, they will remove their caps to reveal to her their shaved heads. They want to show her that they care and stand by her in her fight. They will also be wearing Pray4Kennedy stickers on their batting helmets during all playoff games.
It should be noted that most of these young men will be attending their Junior/Senior Prom on Saturday night. Their prom photos will surely be a marker in their lives for their decision back in high school to look beyond the athletic playing field and themselves. It will remind them that life is about reaching out and helping others.
Proud to be a Wildcat mom,
Sales Associate, Buyer, and Social Media Administrator
*photo courtesy of Kim Ciuffo
#Please support the LHS Wildcat Varsity Baseball Team
^Most importantly, Pray4Kennedy
Donna Clark has joined the Todd & Moore team as a Sales Associate at our downtown location on Huger Street. She previously worked at our former O’Neil Court location and has been with our company since 2006. She is a graduate of C.A. Johnson High School and a life-long resident of Columbia, SC. Donna enjoys participating in Zumba exercise classes and watching her 5 year old son, Antonio play baseball. Her favorite college sports team is the USC Gamecocks.
I asked Donna some just-for-fun questions….
What was your favorite food when you were a child?
Donna: Pizza and mac & cheese
What is one of your favorite quotes?
Donna: “God is so good!”
What’s your favorite indoor activity?
Donna: Watching a movie and eating popcorn with my son
What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
Donna: Walking in the park
What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Donna: Cleaning walls
What is your favorite form of exercise?
Donna: Walking & Zumba
What is your favorite city?
Donna: Atlanta, Georgia
If you could learn do to anything, what would it be?
Donna: Speak a different language
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you pick?
Donna: Tyler Perry
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Donna: A CNA at a retirement home
When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?
Donna: Reading a good book
What is your favorite moment in sports history?
Donna: When the SC Gamecocks won the NCAA College World Series two years in a row
What is your favorite brand of athletic shoes?
Donna: New Balance & Asics
What is your favorite Todd & Moore memory or experience?
Donna: Meeting new people daily and going to lunch with my good friend Terri Daniels
Is there anything about you that people would be surprised to find out?
Donna: I like to listen to jazz and country music
We are so fortunate to have Donna join us downtown. She always has a welcome smile and loves to help customers have a pleasurable shopping experience at Todd & Moore.
A good run is characterized by many things for me. I prefer mid to low 70’s for the perfect temperature. I like to head out early in the morning with my fully charged I-pod and Garmin watch. Comfortable and proper fitting apparel is a must, along with my trustworthy Asics Gel 2170 running shoes.
But the most important component of the entire experience is a good, supportive and comfortable sports bra. I’ve long preferred Champion as the brand of sports bra that I most often purchase. I’ve not tried another brand that comes close to offering the support, comfort and style options offered by Champion.
My new favorite Champion style is the 360 Max Support Sports Bra and I love the description in the Champion catalog…”No more up and down bounce or side to side swing.” All around support in a bra that hugs and secures with comfort. No kidding, I don’t make this stuff up!
I can tell you it is an accurate description. The traditional racerback style bra also features stabilized cushioned straps and comfort side panels, moisture wicking molded cups for modesty, laminated side belts for support, and cushioned hook and eye for comfort. The hook and eye feature on the bottom band is a wonderful feature that makes putting the bra on easier and allows for adjustment in how the band fits.
Additional benefits include moisture management, comfort bottom band that helps eliminate chafing, breathable side mesh panels for cooling comfort, and the bra is tagfree. It is available in sizes small through double extra-large and comes in two basic in-stock colors (black, white) and a variety of seasonal fashion colors.
The bottom line for me is that this style in a size medium works perfectly for me. Ideally, a sports bra should fit snugly and offer appropriate support with chafing. While running in this style, I am not even conscious that I’m wearing a constricting sports bra.
Now that’s a good sports bra!
Disclaimer: I am not modeling the sports bra in this photo.
Still doing our part to support the Midlands,
Sales Associate, Buyer & Social Media Administrator
Remember to SHOP SMALL everyday of the week with locally owned and operated businesses!
In the 20 plus years that I have worked at Todd & Moore, I have watched the Todd children and the Moore children grow up and pursue their dreams. I remember the kids visiting the store when I was first hired as a part-time employee while still a student at USC in the early eighties. Just like it is now for my 11 year old daughter, a visit to Todd & Moore was an adventure.
Our store has balls everywhere and most kids take our jingle literally when they enter the front door…if you can bounce it, swing it, hit it…Todd & Moore is where it begins! And where you cause scenes! The owner’s kids were no exception back in the day. I remember many games of hide and seek, sliding down the box slide to the basement, and “playing store” by helping at the register.
It has been a delight to watch these kids grow up, get married, have their own kids and make their place in the world. All of the Todd & Moore offspring have pursued careers in other fields and do not live in the Columbia area.
It is always great to see them when they are home for family visits. Part of their homecoming almost always includes a visit to Todd & Moore. I love seeing Charlie Todd, Pierrine Todd Thomas, Todd Robertson, Colin Robertson, Bryson Moore Geer, Mary Moore Keever, and Katherine Moore Smith, and their families when they come in for a visit With Chuck, G, and Tim. It is fun to hear about their lives in other states and what they are up to.
This week is a special homecoming for Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere. He is coming home to show us what he does in New York and around the world.
Borrowed from his website…Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents. Visit Charlie’s website here:
He is bringing his world famous "The MP3 Experiment Tour" to his hometown of Columbia on Thursday, April 5th. To learn more about this experiment and how to participate please visit this link:
It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to welcome Charlie home and to be a part of something fun. We hope you’ll join the Todd & Moore family as we cause a scene in downtown Columbia.
Get up, get moving, and cause a scene,
Sales Associate & Buyer
Just seconds after crossing the start line for the 12th Annual Lexington Race Against Hunger on Saturday morning, I realized I had completely forgotten to get my timing chip. Now I’m not a newbie to running in races. I’ve been running since 2009. In my defense, for most races a disposable timing strip usually comes in the race packet. LRAH is one of the few races that provides a reusable timing device that must be picked up on race morning and returned at the finish line.
I arrived at the race site, Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, at 8:00 am on the dot and met my friend Tara at the bell as we had planned. Tara had agreed to wear a Team Todd & Moore/Hannah’s Hope For A Cure t-shirt to promote awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and the need to find a cure. We found a sunny spot to stand in and chatted it up about having the opportunity to run in honor of my daughter living with Type 1 diabetes and also for a brave 13 year in our community battling for her life after being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. I never even thought one time about the timing chip.
As the race start time of 8:20 approached, we moved along to mid-pack to get started on the 10K. We took off after receiving the signal to start and then I remembered I had forgotten to get the chip.
I could have let it bother me for the entire 6.2 miles, but quickly decided to get over it and had visions of having my best time running the LRAH because it would not be “official”. I went on to have my worst race time running this particular course. I finished in one hour, three minutes, fifty-four seconds. It took me one hour and four minutes to run a course that I’ve previously run in 56 minutes. Yet, I had a GREAT run!
Let me explain. Over the course of the past two weeks, I’ve learned of a long-time family friend that has been missing for over two weeks, three newly diagnosed children living with Type 1 diabetes, and another close friend waging the war on brain cancer. Life is hard and constantly throwing us curveballs. I realized during those 6.2 miles that it’s all about perspective.
I could fret about forgetting the timing chip and not having an “official” race time or I could focus on all that I have. For today, I have my health, my family, a job that I love, and the best friends a girl could have. My friend sitting in a hospital room with her daughter would have traded places with me in a heartbeat.
There is no timing chip needed to run the race of life. We should all aspire to do the best we can with what we’ve got and make the most of every day. We should give of our time and use it wisely, not worrying about insignificant things.
No timing chip, no official time, no worries,
Sales Associate & Buyer
*Remember to support locally owned and operated businesses everyday of the year.
I have worked the closing sale at our O’Neil Court location for the past week. It has been an emotional one for me, my co-workers and many of our faithful customers at our Northeast location. Closing this location feels like a death in the family I’ve been a part of since 1984. I’m realizing that retail establishments have a circle of life like so many other things do and that change is inevitable.
Many faithful customers have expressed their sadness and disappointment that we are closing this location. They have shared that O’Neil Court is the only place they shop for quality sporting goods and apparel. Many would not dream of letting anyone besides Chris Dixon string their tennis rackets and have pledged their allegiance to follow him and us to our downtown location on Huger Street. This is encouraging and assures me we will be missed in the Northeast.
It is indeed the end of an era for the presence of a true sporting goods store in the Northeast area of Columbia. When Todd & Moore moved from our original Northeast location in the Columbia Mall, to 225 O’Neil Court we became the first “big box” presence for sporting goods in the Midlands. But with a huge difference then and now…superior customer service and product knowledge. That will not change.
It is our hope that this distinction will continue to set us apart from other retail outlets. Our focus and priority is to continue to have our downtown location on Huger Street be the BEST shopping destination for sporting goods in the Midlands. We are not giving up the fight to be a successful, independent small business in a sea of big box retailers.
All of Todd & Moore’s employees work, live, and play in the Columbia area. We all have a vested interest in the community and want to see our LOCAL economy thrive. Our company profits stay local and re-cirulate in our community. They do not go out of state to a corporate headquarters.
The headquarters for Todd & Moore Sporting Goods is 620 Huger Street. It’s a pretty special place to work and shop. I get to work with co-workers and customers that I consider to be like family doing something I enjoy. Not everyone can say that.
Sales Associate & Buyer
A Carolina win is always a good thing, but Monday's win was something special. I've seen incredible games as a Gamecock fan--the win over No. 1 Alabama last year and the game at Florida to clinch the SEC East being two of them. And the Capital One Bowl win will definitely rank up there as well.
Sarah and I got to the stadium area around 11am and went to the Fanfest that was set up. There were tons of activities and food venues set up. We went into the game about an hour early. The anticipation for the game to start quickly ensued. Both marching bands performed for pregame and were both excellent. Sarah and I were actually sitting on the complete opposite side of the stadium of the Carolina band and could still hear them.
During the first half of the game, it seemed that many things couldn't go right for the Gamecocks. And then came Connor Shaw's hail mary to Alshon Jeffery. What a beautiful play! The Gamecock fans went nuts. I'm pretty sure our momentum never faded after that.
The Gamecocks essentially dominated the second half and captured the eleventh win of the season. Watching history is always something to take pride in and be honored to see happen live.
The hotel after the game was crazy. Fans kept cheering and chanting late into the evening down in the lobby. Spirits were certainly high.
And my spirits are still high. I can't thank Todd and Moore, 107.5 The Game, and Under Armour enough for the unique opportunity they allowed me to have. As a diehard Gamecock fan all my life, this was quite the treat. I love the University of South Carolina more than most things. And I'm proud to not only call myself an alumna but part of the Gamecock family.
I am not a fitness or nutrition professional. I have learned what I know about losing weight and getting fit by my own personal research and experience. I know that losing weight, getting fit and staying fit takes work. It takes the good, old-fashioned kind of work. No one can do it for you. There are no shortcuts. There are no secrets. No matter what you hear in the media there is no magic diet, special shake or medication.
Losing weight and getting fit requires a decision and commitment to get up and get moving. It requires making changes in the way you think and in what and when you eat. If you are willing to make the necessary changes, you will see results over time. No one puts on a lot of weight on overnight, and it won’t and should not come off quickly. Statistics prove that the key to maintaining long term weight loss is slow, gradual loss by eating a proper diet and getting appropriate exercise for the rest of your life.
Here are my tried and true tips:
• Eat a healthy breakfast every day of the week.
• Eat breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, and supper every day. It is better to eat 5 small meals a day than one huge meal.
• Eat foods from their natural state as often as you can. This means fresh meats, fruits & vegetables. Shop with your local farmers for a great selection of produce or join a neighborhood co-op.
• Eliminate unnecessary sugar from your diet.
• Choose healthy carbs and eat the not-so-healthy ones sparingly.
• Plan your meals and snacks. Don’t leave them to chance or you’ll end up at the office vending machine when hunger strikes.
• Keep a food and exercise journal. You will be amazed at what you learn.
• Begin an exercise program after doing extensive research about what is best for you.
• Find a friend to exercise with for accountability.
• Come see me at Todd & Moore for help in selecting appropriate shoes and apparel for your fitness journey.
I can’t guarantee that your journey will be easy or that you will see immediate changes. I can guarantee you will feel better mentally and physically day by day.
Happy New Year & You,
Sales Associate & Buyer
*Remember to Shop Small at locally owned and operated businesses throughout the new year!
‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the store,
Not a rack rumbler was stirring, not even a Moore.
The apparel was hung on the racks with great care,
In hopes that customers soon would be there.
The sales associates were nestled all snug in their spots,
While visions of closing the sale danced around like dots
And Tim over in tennis, and everyone else in their place,
Had just settled their brains for a long selling race.
When out in the parking lot, there arose such a clatter,
We sprang from our spots to see what was the matter,
Away to the front door we all flew like a flash,
Tore open the air lock and locked up all the cash.
The glare on the parking lot from the brightly shining sun,
Gave the luster of mid-day to all the shoppers on the run,
When what to our wondering eyes should appear
But a mini-van and an entourage following near,
With shoppers young and old,
We knew in a moment it was time for our inventory to be sold.
More rapid than shoppers in years past, they came,
They hopped and skipped and called us by name,
Now Kim! Now Pat! Now Jeffrey and Mary!
On Brodie! On Kayla! On Christi and Terri!
To the top of the landing! To the top of the wall!
Now shop away, shop away, shop away all!
As sale prices drop before the wild frenzy fly,
When they meet with a bargain, mount to the buy
So onto the sales floor the shoppers they flew,
With arms full of clothing and equipment too.
And then in a twinkling we heard all the proof
The joy and laughter of each happy customer to the top of the roof.
As we drew in our heads and were turning around
To the front register came more customers with a bound.
They were dressed all in garnet and black from head to feet,
Their clothes were all garnished with Cocky for the meet
Bundles of spirit wear they had flung on their backs,
And they looked like ultimate fans just opening their packs.
Their eyes how they twinkled! Their dimples, how merry!
Their cheeks were like roses, their noses like a cherry!
Their smiling mouths were drawn up like a bow,
As they were still happy beating Clemson three years in a row.
The joy of a ten win season still fresh in their minds
They laughed and joked that it takes all kinds.
Some of their family members support other schools,
But our Todd & Moore customers are no fools.
They are happy and proud, right jolly old fans,
We smiled as we helped them, in spite of the plans
A swipe of their cards and a nodding of their heads
Soon gave us to know we had nothing to dread
We thanked them and kept straight to our work
And filled all their bags, then turned with a jerk.
And picking up their purchases, they headed for the door
And thanking us so kindly, they left our great store
They sprang to their cars, to their remotes gave a beep,
And away they all drove with their purchases in a heap.
As they drove out of sight, we heard them roar:
Merry Christmas to all,
And thanks for being our specialist in sports since 1944!
*Many thanks to our wonderful customers who support us and help us continue to be the BEST sporting goods store in the Midlands!
Including today, there are 12 more shopping days until Christmas Day. If you are like me, you still have shopping left to do. I’ve never understood the folks that have their shopping done prior to Thanksgiving. For me, part of the fun is getting out during the month of December to make my gift selections. By then, stores are decorated, Christmas music is playing, and some of the local merchants serve refreshments. Now that’s my kind of shopping!
I have a very practical way of thinking when it comes to give gifting. I like to give gifts that keep on giving long after the day they are opened. Many things fall into this category, especially athletic apparel, equipment, shoes, and accessories. All of these items encourage people to get up and get moving. I consider this to be one of the greatest gifts you can give and receive. Being active and striving for physical fitness improves quality of life which is a gift in and of itself.
Running shoes for example, keep on giving long after their original purpose. A runner can get approximately 6-8 months out of a pair of running shoes depending on how many miles they run a week. Then they become a great pair of comfy shoes to kick around in before becoming mud run or yard shoes. They can even be donated for the soles to be ground up for soft surfaces on playgrounds.
Tennis rackets, baseball bats, and football shoulder pads are all examples of equipment that can be passed down when outgrown or the recipient upgrades to a newer model. These items can be donated to recreation programs, daycares, and summer camps. And they all help complete a great Halloween costume!
Gym clothes are not just for the gym anymore. Most athletic apparel is now suitable for streetwear which means it easily transitions from gym to everyday activities. Gone are the days of basic black, white, navy, and oxford grey for workout clothes. The fabrics, colors, and styles are now endless and very fashion forward.
Realizing that not everyone is into fitness or plays a sport, Todd & Moore has much to offer for everyone when it comes to gift-giving. We have collegiate apparel, spirit items, caps, and tailgating for the Fanatic in your life. We also carry area high school gym bags, caps, and award jackets, backyard games such as bocce ball, croquet, volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, tetherball, and disc golf. We also have the best selection of Columbia Sportswear fleece and ski jackets in town. Literally, something for everyone on your Christmas gift-giving list.
Come shop with us to give gifts that keep on giving,
Sales Associate & Buyer
*Remember to support local merchants during this Holiday season and throughout the coming new year.
The USC Gamecocks are going bowling and you can too! Todd & Moore is providing the opportunity for one lucky fan and a guest to attend the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida on January 2, 2012. The Ultimate, Complete, Fantastic Bowl Package includes the following:
• Two tickets to the Capital One Bowl
• 3 night stay at the Renaissance Hotel at Sea World (team hotel)
• Travel Allowance
• USC apparel
• $250.00 CASH
• Autographed Football
Just go to www.facebook.com/toddandmoore and like our page. To be officially registered, click on the SWEEPSTAKES TAB on our profile page and follow the prompts.
By liking our Facebook page, you will receive opportunities to save throughout the year. We post daily specials and various other coupons, contests, and promotions that you don’t want to miss out on. We also announce new arrivals.
We are collecting email addresses to send even more opportunities to save throughout the year directly to your inbox. We promise to never share your personal information with anyone.
We are proud of our Gamecocks and their 10 win season! To show our appreciation to our valued customers, we are making this opportunity available to be a part of this historic season. Please share our sweepstakes with your friends and family!
Sales Associate & Buyer
*Remember to shop with local merchants this holiday season and throughout the coming New Year.
My discovery of a love for running has been a gift to me.
I run for me. Running makes me a better me. It helps me be a better wife, mother, daughter, and friend. It’s the best stress reliever for me and nothing clears my mind like a good run. When I get grumpy my husband and kids let me know it’s time for a run!
I do my best thinking while I run. I make mental lists, plan my day, and often think of blog topics. Sometimes I just run and listen to great music like the Eagles, The Boss, Eric Clapton, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Bob Segar. You know, the really good stuff that you rarely get to hear on regular radio.
Running not only keeps me in good mental health, it helps keep me in good physical shape. It allows me to splurge on the not so good food choices every once in awhile. Running gives me energy and a sense of accomplishment.
Running teaches me a lot of things about myself. It has helped me set and accomplish goals that I never dreamed possible. Three years ago I couldn’t run to the end of my street. I’ve now completed two ½ marathons and plan to run the Palmetto Half in April of 2012. I enjoy running and do so every time I get the opportunity.
Running has introduced me to an amazing group of people…other runners! I love that runners come in all shapes and sizes, young and old, fast and slow. I love that runners like to talk running. Runners like to share and discuss race courses, locations, and swag. Runners love to talk about and try new product.
Runners can never have enough apparel, shoes, and accessories.
I’m available Monday through Friday to help you select the gift of new running apparel, shoes, and accessories for yourself or the runner in your life this Christmas season. Take it from me, you will make them very happy.
At Todd & Moore, we have a great selection of running shoes from Asics, Nike, Saucony, Brooks, New Balance, and Under Armour. We also carry great apparel from Nike, Under Armour, Moving Comfort, Adidas and Champion and accessories from Nathan.
Not running on empty,
Sales Associate & Buyer
*Remember to shop with local merchants this holiday season and throughout the coming new year.
* Read and share this blog on your profile page to be entered in a drawing for a Todd & Moore prize pack. Winner will be announced Friday 12/9 at noon!
I’ve always been a list maker. I like to see my grocery list hand-written on actual paper. I write a to-do list for work and home. I do the same for all my Christmas shopping. I make a master list with the names of everyone our family is buying a gift for along with gift ideas. Then I make of list of the locally owned and operated businesses where I’ll be doing my Christmas shopping.
I love to shop at locally owned and operated businesses, especially the ones that wrap or provide a gift box at Christmas time. I especially love the ones that know me by name and know the types of things that will make the perfect gift for my family and friends.
I don’t stress over gift shopping because I don’t believe that’s what celebrating and enjoying Christmas is all about. I know my family and friend’s interests, I know my budget, and for the most part it’s a Todd & Moore Christmas at my house. It helps that my husband, kids, and extended family members are all into fitness and either Gamecock or Tiger athletics.
At Todd & Moore, we have something for just about everyone on your Christmas gift shopping list and we can help make your shopping stress-free. So start making your lists, head to our Huger Street or O’Neil Court location, and introduce yourself. We want to get to know you by name and help you check everyone off your Christmas shopping list.
To help you get started with your list, here’s a list of gift ideas from us:
• For the Gamecock or Tiger on your list – t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies, jackets, vests, jerseys, nightshirts, caps, wristbands, cups, mugs, plates, napkins, tablecloths, ping-pong balls & paddles, steering wheel cover, stickers, decals, car magnets & flags, house & garden flags, toothbrushes, blankets, basketballs, footballs, tote bags, gym bags, shorts, ties, belts, scarves, drawstring backpacks, baby booties, bibs, rattles, & onesies, Franklin football outfits, dog collars, wallets, koozies, scrunchies, hair bows & ribbons, tailgate tents, tables, & chairs, coolers, lunch boxes, face tattoos, laptop covers and lots more.
• For the athlete on your list - Name brand running, walking, tennis, basketball, football, soccer, wrestling, golf, bowling, hiking, cheerleading & surf shoes from Nike, Under Armour, New Balance, Asics, Reebok, Brooks, Saucony, Mizuno, K-Swiss, Wilson, Adidas, Merrell, Rollerblade, Speedo and Diadora.
• For the lacrosse player on your list - Brine & Warrior Lacrosse Equipment that includes mens & womens sticks, stringing kits, helmets, shoulder pads, gloves, arm pads, rib pads, elbow pads, goggles, 3 ball packs, equipment bags, and scorebooks.
• For the tennis player on your list – racquets, balls, bags, grips, stringing gift certificates, and apparel.
• For the hard to buy for person on your list – gift certificates in any amount.
These are just a few ideas from the many brands and types of merchandise we sell at Todd & Moore. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see our daily special and upcoming contests. You are going to love great opportunities to save and win at Todd & Moore!
Sales Associate & Buyer
As 2011 quickly comes to an end, I’ll be completing my 22nd year of employment with Todd & Moore. I was first hired during my junior year at USC and worked for the company for 8 years. I returned in 1997 and have been here ever since.
I am extremely thankful to work for a locally owned and operated company. The owners and management of Todd & Moore work in the same building right alongside me and my co-workers. Almost all of our full-time employees have worked here for over 20 years. That says a lot about our company and the family environment we work in.
I am thankful that I enjoy what I do at Todd & Moore. When you work for a small, independent business, you very often wear many hats and do whatever needs to be done to help make the business successful. I love that about my job because it never gets old and with retail, every day is a new adventure.
I am thankful for my co-workers. We have become like family over the many years we have worked together and just like real family we agree to disagree, we fight, we make-up, we laugh, and we cry together. We take care of one another.
I am thankful for our customers. We have great customers who love sports and anything remotely related. I get to help to them pick out equipment, apparel, shoes, and accessories for their chosen sport or fitness activity. I get to talk running, exercising, and sports all day long. I get to see and meet new people every day and many of them have become good friends.
I am thankful that Todd & Moore is in a college town and that we are located just minutes from the beautiful University of South Carolina campus. USC fans are the most loyal in the world. They love their Gamecocks and they love to wear their college colors!
I have so much to be thankful for this holiday season. Won’t you join me in giving thanks?
Sales Associate & Buyer
Saturday, November 26th marks the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday where folks are encouraged to shop small at locally owned and operated businesses. The Small Business Saturday website says “When we all shop small, it will be huge.” This event is wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the largest retail shopping days of the year. I love the concept and think it’s a great promotion.
What I’d really love to see is “shopping small” promoted all year long. Just imagine how huge that would be. I often write about and encourage shopping small (supporting independent merchants) because Todd & Moore falls into this category. We are not part of a national chain that sends it profits out of state to corporate headquarters. Our headquarters are located at 620 Huger Street in the heart of the downtown Vista shopping district. Our profits stay in and recirculate throughout our community.
We are not a self-serve retail outlet. We have a sales staff with well over 1000 years of sporting goods experience. We know our products and what we don’t stock or know about, we’ll make every effort to research and acquire. We go above and beyond to help meet the needs of our customers because we genuinely care about them.
While we are a small business, we have a huge heart. We support our community every single day of the week by making charitable donations to local non-profits. We all live, work, and play in the Midlands and feel strongly that we are responsible for helping to make it the BEST community to live in by giving back.
Along with being a small business, we are unique and special. We serve coffee all day long, we hold your babies while you try on apparel, and if you time it just right, you might be in the store on one of our famous food days! We make every effort to know you by name and remember what your interests are. We’ll even put you on our call list when new merchandise comes in.
We may be small, but in my opinion, we are HUGE when it comes to selection, savings, and a supportive staff. Keep us in mind every day of the year.
Sales Associate & Buyer
I’ve now had time to reflect on the abrupt end to our dream football season. Lexington High School entered the first round of the 4A playoffs this past Friday with an undefeated record. Eleven regular season wins and no losses for the first time since the early 1950’s. Many predicted that the Wildcats would go deep into the playoffs and eventually play Gaffney for the 4A State Championship. And suddenly, that would not be the case. We were eliminated by Blythewood High School by a score of 32-28. This is what I’ve come to know and appreciate about my children participating in sports.
Playing recreational , middle, and high school sports is a privilege. At least we treat it that way in our home. Academics comes first, and then sports. I believe the privilege of participating in team sports helps prepare my children for real life after high school as much as the classroom does. Learning to play together as a team prepares them for working together as team in their chosen profession later in life.
Overcoming adversity and having each other’s back in team sports will also serve to teach my children to do the same throughout the rest of their lives. My children have had and will continue to have different coaching styles. Again, this prepares them for future employment and the different types of management and leadership styles they will encounter.
Playing sports brings joys, challenges, and huge disappointments that will help shape how my children react and respond. At some point in life, one of my children may be up for a big promotion or award. They may be the best and most qualified candidate for the job or to receive the award. Co-workers, friends, and family may predict they will get it, yet they might not. Someone else might beat them out for the promotion or award. Disappointment and a sense of loss for what might have been will surely follow.
My son, a junior on the LHS Varsity Football team, his teammates, coaches, family members, and friends now know that feeling well after our dream season ended. We weren’t ready for the great ride of a winning season to be over, but suddenly it was.
I’m happy to report that the sun came up at our house the next morning and as each day passes the sting of the loss subsides a bit. We are moving on, grateful for the experience and extremely proud of what our Wildcats accomplished on and off the field. We realize that playing sports doesn’t have to define who someone is. It’s just part of who they are and what they do.
This quote after our loss is borrowed from my friend, Scott Vaughan. It sums up exactly how I feel about playing sports.
//” In sports, as in life, those who choose to play will experience both the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, the euphoria of being an underdog who wins, and the heartache of being a favored champion that stumbles. Our historic Wildcats fell last night in the playoffs, and will hurt this weekend, but these boys of fall have a lot of life to live and live well.”
Proud Wildcat mom,
Sales Associate & Buyer
P.S. Gamecock fans, get ready to see LHS standout, Shaq Roland play for USC next year. It is a delight to see this young man play football. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Shaq was the man back in rec league football and Shaq is still the man. Best wishes to him and all the senior football players at LHS. You have brought us much fun and enjoyment on Friday nights!
P.S.S. Hats off to Coach Reggie Kennedy and his Blythewood Football Team. You came ready to play hard and play hard you did.
*photo courtesy of Faith Turner
I didn’t feel mentally or physically prepared to run 13.1 miles. I had just had a bout with the CRUD, two weeks of nasal and chest congestion followed by an ear infection. I didn’t feel 100% recovered to run my best. Having paid my entry fee and wanting to honor my promise of a mother/daughter weekend, I headed to Savannah with a goal of a two hour and fifteen minute finish time in the Inaugural Rock ‘N Roll ½ Marathon being held there this past Saturday.
Mentally, I was down about lack of proper training and missing my son’s final regular season high school football game on Friday evening. Lexington High School finished the regular season with an 11-0 record (a first since the early 1950’s) and the title of Region Champs. Friday evening my body was in Savannah listening to the 107.9 WLXM livestream, but my heart was in Lexington.
I set my alarm for 4:00 am Saturday morning and hoped for the best. After a light breakfast of two cups of coffee and ½ a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter, my sister-in-law dropped me at the Savannah Mall to catch a shuttle to the Race Start drop off area in downtown historic Savannah. It was pitch black outside and a windy 48 degrees. On the shuttle ride, I quickly bonded with Amy Daniels of Charleston.
Amy and I arrived at the Race Site just minutes before 6:00 am and quickly found a spot in the Holiday Inn Express lobby to sit and stay warm until time to go to our corrals. During that time, I loved observing my fellow runners. They come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. I’ve learned that you can never judge a person’s ability, stamina or endurance based on what they look like.
By 7:00 am we headed to our respective corrals to wait for our wave start times. I was freezing. I mean teeth-chattering freezing. Again, I hoped and prayed for the best. As each corral slowly moved forward to the start line, I began to get really pumped. It’s hard to not get pumped up when you are among 20,000 plus fellow
runners yelling with enthusiasm. It’s a pretty good feeling.
Sixteen minutes after the first corral took off, I crossed the start line with good energy. The race course proved to be flat as promised and I ended up with a finish time of 2:19 and 34 seconds. I’m pretty pleased with that even though I didn’t make my goal time. I felt strong and good throughout the race, only feeling a bit fatigued at mile 9.
Despite the rule nothing new on race day, I tried two new things. I ran without my Ipod and really enjoyed being able to hear the bands and talk with my fellow runners. I will definitely run my next race without it.
Needing a place to carry my cell phone, money, and chapstick, I wore a Nathan
Shadow Runner’s Pak. It was perfect! I didn’t even notice I had it on, it was just the right size for what I needed to carry and it has the everyday Todd & Moore low price of $17. 99. I give it a huge thumbs up! Along with my Garmin, it’s my new favorite running accessory.
Even though I was freezing at race start time, I ended up being dressed perfectly for the entire race. Champion shorts with built in compression shorts underneath, an Under Armour longsleeve tech t-shirt, and a Moving Comfort head band worked out great for me. Also, my Asics Gel 2160 running shoes did not disappoint.
Overall, the Inaugural Savannah Rock ‘N Roll ½ Marathon was an enjoyable experience for a big race being held in a new city. I loved seeing the beautiful, historic streets of Savannah and southern hospitality was at it’s finest. I love knowing that I can overcome challenges to push myself and complete a ½ marathon.
Sales Associate & Buyer
I’ve been training for months and the time is finally here. I’m heading to Savannah, Georgia to run in the inaugural Rock ‘N Roll ½ Marathon with 20,000 running buddies. I couldn’t be happier that tomorrow’s start time temperature is predicted to be 52 degrees. That makes packing and preparing just a tad easier.
Preparing and packing all the essentials for an out of town race is nearly as much work as the training, and for me, not nearly as fun and rewarding. I’m fortunate to work at Todd & Moore where I have great choices (I’m a buyer) and great prices to choose from to help with the preparation. With packing there’s way more to think about and take into consideration. With training, I just run.
For me, less is more, when it comes to apparel and accessories for running. From head to toe, this is what I’ll be wearing for my 13.1 mile run in the morning:
• Longsleeve Under Armour RUN tech t-shirt
• Champion sports bra
• Champion running shorts
• Nike Dri-fit socks
• Asics Gel 2160 running shoes
• Garmin sports watch
• Road ID identification bracelet
• Nathan Shadow Runner’s Pak
The Garmin and Runner’s Pak are both new additions for me. I haven’t worn a watch for 8 years and the Garmin is a bit bulky, but I’ve fallen in love with wearing it while I run. The Nathan runner’s pak is new for tomorrow’s race because I need a place for my cell phone and chapstick. The saying is nothing new on race day, so I’m hoping the runner’s pak does not literally become a thorn in my side while running!
I’m a bit sad that I’ll be missing out on the Governor’s Cup Road Race being held in Columbia tomorrow morning. 2500 of my other running buddies will be in town to participate in this race. We hope to see lots of participants redeeming their $20 gift certificates towards a $75 or more purchase at Todd & Moore.
Run fast and happy,
Sales Associate and Buyer
On Sunday, October 30th, Team Todd & Moore will be walking in the annual JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes. We will be walking in honor of my daughter, Hannah, who has been living with Type 1 Diabetes since August 21, 2008.
We walk not only for Hannah, but for the many other people living with a disease they did not choose. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that can strike any one at any time. It is not caused by poor diet, lack of exercise, or from eating too much sugar. In all likelihood it is caused by an unknown trigger such as a virus or an environmental trigger.
Type 1 Diabetics are insulin dependent because their bodies no longer produce the insulin needed to break down carbohydrates in food to fuel their bodies. They must receive it by multiple daily injections or through an insulin pump. Insulin is not a cure, it is what keeps a type 1 diabetic alive.
There is no outgrowing Type 1 Diabetes and it never gives a break to the people living with it. Along with insulin therapy, a diabetic must check their blood sugar 6-8 times a day, monitor the amount of carbohydrates in the food they eat and take into consideration their activity level before administering insulin.
Our greatest hope for a cure is in the research being funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We invite you to join our team and walk with us to celebrate the lives of all people living with Type 1 Diabetes. The 3 mile walk through the beautiful USC Campus begins at 1:30 pm on Lincoln Street by the Colonial Life Arena.
To join our team or make a donation, please visit this link:
Get up and get moving with us to help JDRF find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
No limits to what we can accomplish together,
Sales Associate, Buyer, and JDRF parent volunteer
*To get a glimpse of life with Type 1 Diabetes, please watch this video:
Todd & Moore formally welcomes big box behemoth Academy Sports (known in the industry as Academy Mart) to Columbia. Unless you have been in a coma the last six weeks I am sure you have seen or heard their name. Backed by the bottomless pockets of their hedge fund parent (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts), Academy Mart has blasted the air waves and print media with a dazzling show of force.
We encourage all our customers to check out what they have to offer. 75,000 square feet of new fixtures, bright lights, massive amounts of product stacked to capacity and brand new employees. These guys are leveraged buyout specialists and they know how to extract the maximum amount of profit from your pockets. Stack it high, throw a few loss leaders at you and keep expenses (wages) low. You can bet those profit extractions will not be staying in Columbia. You see, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is based in New York. Just like our manufacturing jobs have been transferred overseas, we are unwittingly sending our local dollars out of state. When you shop local your dollar re-circulates in the Columbia area 28 times. When you shop at big box stores whose parent companies are out of state your dollar re-circulates 5 times. In other words, whatever your profession (doctor, lawyer, retailer, restaurant, etc) you have little chance of seeing your money come back to you.
We do not carry camping, fishing or hunting, so I cannot speak to the depth or quality of (Academy Mart) merchandise in these respective departments. But in comparing our selection, quality and prices in shoes, clothing and equipment for tennis, soccer, football, baseball, track, workout, volleyball, basketball, running and Carolina/Clemson merchandise, we win. No comparison. We also offer over 1,000 (that’s correct – 1,000) years of experience in our staff. That experience assures you of getting the right fit and the appropriate gear for your chosen sport. We know sports and we know Columbia. Go check out Academy and compare prices, selection and service. Then print out our free $20.00 coupon on our website and come see us.
President of Todd & Moore, Inc.
“Your Hometown Sports Store Since 1944”
Actually meet me at the WACH FOX TV tent at the South Carolina State Fair today from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm. Meet me at the rocket makes for a better blog title and most people know where the rocket is located.
I’ll be at the WACH FOX TV tent on the midway passing out our popular $20 gift certificates towards a $75 purchase to all fair-goers who register to win a Clemson or Carolina prize package. We are partnering with WACH FOX TV to give away these prize packages today and tomorrow. Each prize package has a suggested retail value of $100.00 or more and they are great! I know they are great because I put them together with a little help from a co-worker. Both the Clemson and Carolina packages are filled with tailgating supplies and spirit items for the ultimate fan.
The winners will be announced on the local 10 o’clock WACH FOX TV news .
Don’t forget that you can enter the fair for $5 at lunch time between the hours of 12 noon and 2:00 pm. You receive a token and as long as you exit prior to 2:00 pm and return the token, you get your $5 back. Now that’s a deal!
So grab a corn dog, Fiske fries, and a drink and head over to see me at the WACH FOX TV tent. Don’t forget vinegar. I like to dip my fries!
Todd & Moore is located on your way to and from the fairgrounds and we are a great stop for rain gear and lightweight fleece apparel. We are putting out Columbia Sportswear and Gamecock winter apparel daily and the $20 gift certificate will come in handy to start your Christmas shopping.
Be sure to tell all of your friends to visit us and find their HAPPY at the South Carolina State Fair!
See you on the midway,
Sales Associate & Buyer
I love that the temperatures are growing cooler and that Halloween is just weeks away. My family loves Halloween. Actually my family loves candy. And Halloween equals candy and lots of it! We love seeing all the trick or treaters in our neighborhood dressed up in their costumes. My favorite costumes are not the pre-packaged ones found at Halloween costume shops or big box retailers. The very best ones are the costumes put together with creativity and a little help from your local sporting goods store.
Over the years I’ve helped many a customer put together their Halloween costume at Todd & Moore. You heard that right, Halloween costume. You probably didn’t know we carried Halloween costumes. Our costumes are not like the ones you find at most retailers. Our costumes are not one size fits most, cheaply made, or over-priced. Our costumes are made with quality athletic apparel and equipment, available in many sizes and price points, and most serve a dual purpose as Halloween costumes and team uniforms or workout apparel.
Many customers dress up as cheerleaders, football, baseball, or basketball players, Carolina or Clemson fanatics, roller derby queens, Richard Simmons look-a-likes, Jason from the movie Halloween, or as any and every thing you can think of that requires Russell Athletic sweats to cover their bodies. Some customers come in the week leading up to Halloween in a pretty frantic state trying to come up with the perfect costume for a party or contest. Folks around Columbia take dressing up for Halloween very seriously!
It’s really fun to help a mom or dad pick out all that is needed for their child to be a Carolina or Clemson football player or cheerleader. We carry real football equipment and apparel that can be passed along to younger siblings and resells well on consignment. We also carry the Franklin replica sets in Clemson, Carolina, and several NFL teams that are great for Halloween and dress up all year long. For the cheerleaders we sell Clemson and Carolina cheer uniforms, hair ribbons, face tattoos, and pom poms. It doesn’t get any cuter than a mini-Carolina or Clemson cheerleader ringing your doorbell.
Still looking for costume ideas? We have Everlast boxing gloves, hand wraps, mouthpieces, and speed bags for the heavyweight boxers; Speedo racers, jammers, goggles, and swim caps for the Olympic swimmers; Dalco shirts, slacks, whistles, and penalty flags for referees; and plenty of Carolina and Clemson spirit wear to dress up like the Ultimate Fanatic.
Come see us for the BEST costume ideas and friendliest sales staff in town. We want to help make your Halloween special and memorable. Be sure to take lots of pics of the costumes we help you assemble and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. With your permission, we’ll share them on our Facebook page!
Making Halloween memories,
Sales Associate & Buyer
I held out for as long as possible. I said I wasn’t going there anytime soon. But I did. I signed up for a personal Twitter account. I wasn’t even kicking or screaming. I decided if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!
Social Media is the way of the world whether we like it or not. Since I’m not getting any younger at the age of 48, I decided it was high time I not get left hopelessly behind. If I want to keep up with the current trends of sales and marketing, I have to learn how to use the new tools.
In addition to my responsibilities as a Sales Associate and Buyer for Todd & Moore, I can now add Social Media Administrator to the list. I am learning that Social Media is progressive, aggressive, and changes quickly. As a friend said, “Twitter is Facebook on steroids!” I am literally on information overload from several days of research and tutorials. But I must admit, it is fun and exciting.
Facebook and Twitter are two types of Social Media that we are utilizing to regularly communicate and connect with our Todd & Moore customers in ways that our founders would have never imagined. We can instantly send a photo of new merchandise to Facebook and Twitter in a matter of seconds. There is no waiting for print advertising to promote new products or offer coupons.
While we are slowly and carefully joining the social media world, rest assured that one thing will never change at Todd & Moore. That one thing is our commitment to our customers. We remain committed to bringing you the BEST customer service, product knowledge, and prices in the Midlands. We will never rely on Social Media to do the job for us. It is just a tool to relay information and to make you smile.
So follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/toddandmoore and on Twitter @toddandmooresc. Let us hear from you often and bear with us as we learn the ropes.
Never say never,
Sales Associate, Buyer, and Social Media Administrator
We’re more of a medium sized rectangle and we have character. And lots of it.
Todd & Moore first opened it’s doors back in 1944 on Main Street in downtown Columbia. Mr. Charlie Todd and Mr. George Moore had a vision to be “hands on” in their business operation and to develop relationships with local recreational, high school and college coaches. It always has been and continues to be our goal to offer the best products, outstanding customer service and affordable prices in the Midlands and throughout the great Palmetto state.
We don’t have a fancy new store with wide aisles and shiny new fixtures. Our houses at 620 Huger St. and 223 O’Neil Ct. are older and seasoned. Our store’s layouts and décor haven’t changed much in the last twenty years or so. Our product knowledge, inventory and customer service has.
We greet every customer that enters our doors and we offer superior product knowledge and an experienced sales staff. We are not a self-service store. We stock and sell you what you need. What we don’t know, we will make every effort to find out. What we don’t stock, we will special order if available from the manufacturer.
In addition to our retail sales staff, we have 8 team salesmen who are available for personal consultations for custom ordering team uniforms and equipment. They will provide you with a quote with team prices for all your needs.
We are locally owned and operated and we are a TRUE sporting goods store. And by this I mean, we carry the apparel, equipment and accessories you need all year long, not just when the sport is in season. For example, fall baseball is in full swing and many customers have told us we are the only place in town with baseball pants in stock. Swimming is another year round fitness activity, not just when the weather is hot.
Customer Roxanne Daniels recently shared with us…“I'm a beginner swimmer. I recently went in to a Todd and Moore and there was a lady there (owner, sales, not sure) who guided me through trying on several pairs of goggles, and made it actually kind of fun, trying to figure out what fit right. I ended up buying a pair; the next morning I tried them out at the pool. They were perfect. “
And that folks, is our goal…to get it right when a customer needs help. It sets us apart and shows that we care about our customers.
In our mobile society, where families move in and out of our area frequently and change is a constant, Todd & Moore remains the same. A retail establishment where you are welcomed, valued, and treated like family. And there is always coffee brewing.
Proud to be part of a Columbia tradition,
Sales Associate & Buyer
It dawned on me Saturday night while watching the Gamecocks find a way to beat Vanderbilt from the comforts of my home, that many of my friends who were at Williams Brice were posting photos and updating their Facebook status from their mobile phones. Of course I knew this because I was on Facebook while watching the game! Many of my fellow stay-at-home friends were also on Facebook posting their thoughts and frustrations over the game. Thanks to Facebook, we were all connected.
Here are a few of the comments from home viewers:
Edgar Alewine…”Great seats for Carolina game. 10 steps to my kitchen and 12 steps to my bed.”
Crystal Padgett Bouknight…”Dear Offense, You're starting to get annoying! The piggyback ride isn't fun for us anymore! PLEASE get your act together! Sincerely, Your BIG Brother, Defense”
George Reeves…”Dear USC offense, please get off of the field so that we can score. Sincerely, USC defense.”
Jerry Freeman…”There's our offensive TD! Oh boy, I do not want to be in the locker room at the half. #gonnabeugly #GoGamecocks!”
Dalisa Eubanks Bagwell…”This game is wrecking my nerves! Way to go Lattimore!!!”
Here are a few comments from friends in attendance at Williams Brice:
Becky Smith Torbett…”The "Cardiac Cocks" are at it again!! Come on....once again, this is like watching a wreck in slow motion! Let's do this GAMECOCKS!!!”
Anita A Hutto…”It wasn't pretty but it was a win! GO COCKS!!”
In this world of instant communication via texting, Twitter, and Facebook, we can “watch” the game together whether we are there in person or sitting in our comfy chairs at home. We can virtually cheer together, commiserate together, and high-five together! And even if we’re watching from home, we get to see live photo updates of pre-game tailgating, the view from 50 yard lines seat, and the view from the press box in a matter of seconds thanks to our friends in attendance in person. We just don’t have a line at the bathroom!
What did we ever do before Facebook?
Sales Associate & Buyer
*photo courtesy of Butch Williamson
For as long as I can remember, our downtown Huger St. location has been a gathering place for past and present coaches. When I first joined the Todd & Moore staff back in 1984, it was a common occurrence to see Mr. George Moore Sr. surrounded by his good friends up on the landing in the coffee area. Back then they were all dressed in a coat and a tie.
Several times a week, legendary high school and college coaches such as Harry Parrone, Ben Moye, Bettis Herlong, Jim Pinkerton, Frank McGuire, and local businessmen Kit Fitzsimmons, Chuck Prezioso, and Dom Fusci would gather to rehash the games of the past week and choose a lunch spot for the day. Throughout the store you could hear the booming voices and boisterous laughter of good friends sharing the triumphs and defeats of the past week in high school or college sports.
Over the years, the faces, attire and lunch spots have changed, but the tradition continues…meet at Todd & Moore on Thursdays by 12:00 noon. The landing still features the retro blue couch, orange chair, oversized circle painting, miscellaneous photos, and Doug Nye’s (formerly of The State Newspaper) list of 50 Great Columbia Things. Todd & Moore is number nine on the list!
There is still complimentary coffee, but the soda machine with real bottled Coke is long gone. The regular group of coaches with booming voices and boisterous laughter now includes Joe Turbeville (Winnsboro, Spring Valley, Irmo), Eddie Muldrow (Chapin), John Daye (Columbia, Orangeburg-Wilkerson, Heathwood), Lee Koty (Dentsville, Spring Valley), and Creig Tyler (Manning, Lugoff Elgin,
Lancaster, Lexington). Many other familiar faces drop in from time to time such as Ernie Hughes, Jim Ringer, Billy Parker, Eddie Raines and Mike Dubard. We usually have a full house at holiday time when we host the infamous Todd & Moore food days!
Todd & Moore is familiar and comfortable for these men. With hot coffee always brewing and a comfy couch, it’s a lot like home. A place to gather, laugh a lot, share stories and a get a meal together until next time. Rich Moye (Ben’s son) says, “Dad often speaks fondly of the bull sessions at Todd & Moore that extended back over the last 50 plus years. I believe he is the last of that group. Did you know for example, that they founded the Columbia Touchdown Club? Dad is mostly homebound now and will talk your ear off, but man he has some stories.”
It has been a real treat to meet and get to know these coaches and their families and to hear their stories. I love that the tradition of Todd & Moore being a gathering place for them is still strong today. It’s also pretty cool that John Daye is doing the color on Friday nights for Wildcat Football on 107.9 WLXM in Lexington. I love hearing the coachs talk about the games of the week and the players to watch. I love that Todd & Moore feels like home.
From the homefront,
Sales Associate & Buyer
We like to share at Todd & Moore. We like to share our knowledge about sporting goods and our experiences and opinions as players, coaches, or spectators. We like to share updates about new arrivals and sales events.
We especially like to share savings on quality sporting goods including apparel, shoes, equipment, and accessories. We believe a great way to share with our customers is through our Facebook page and our website. We need your help to do that.
We are currently offering a $20.00 gift certificate off any purchase of $75.00 or more. This gift certificate can be found on our Facebook page, Todd and Moore Sporting Goods. If you are a Facebook user, please invite all of your friends to like us on Facebook and claim their $20.00 gift certificate. It can be found under the COUPONS tab on the left hand side of our profile page.
We also want to use Facebook and our website to share news you can use about what’s going on in sports and health and fitness in our community. Please submit information about recreation league sign-ups and camps to
email@example.com . We also want to share opportunities to participate in golf tournaments, road races, walks, mud runs, and other sporting events that will benefit a non-profit organization.
We would also love to share photos of you wearing or using apparel, shoes, equipment or accessories that you purchased from us and to hear product reviews.
We are currently running a Tailgating Photo Contest on our Facebook page. Submit a photo of friends and family tailgating at a college game. Invite your friends to like us on Facebook and to like your photo. The top three photos (most likes) will be combined with judges scoring to determine which one will be featured on our website. All entries must be submitted by 12:00 noon today. Voting ends on Friday, September 23 at 12:00 noon.
Get up, get moving, and share with us,
Sales Associate & Buyer
I’m glad that it’s still a big deal for high school students to get a Letterman’s Jacket. I love seeing students come in with mom or dad to be fitted for their jacket or mom and dad buying one as a surprise birthday or Christmas gift. While many rites of passage and traditions have gone by the wayside in recent times, earning a Varsity letter and getting a Letterman’s jacket or sweater is not one of them.
Now that school and fall sports are in full swing, many high school athletes and students are well on their way to earning a letter for a specified level of participation or performance on a varsity athletic team, in marching band, or in other performance school-sponsored activities. The cloth letter that is awarded is usually the school’s initial or initials and this practice dates back to 1865 when the Harvard baseball team added an Olde English “H” as their first varsity letter.
For many years, letter sweaters as seen in television shows and movies about the 50’s, were a predecessor to letter jackets. These pullover v-neck or full button front style sweaters have been largely replaced by jackets in the last 40 years or so. The jackets feature a wool body with either leather, naugahyde or all wool sleeves with banded wrists and waistband. Letter jackets are usually produced in the school colors with the body of the jacket in the school’s primary color and sleeves in the secondary color.
There are many other options available to put on the jackets. Some students keep it simple with just the award letter on the left chest and their name embroidered on the right chest. Others choose to have their name embroidered on the back or choose chenille letters to spell it out. Year of graduation, position, and number can be added to the sleeves. Various other patches are often added such as
region or state championship and academic awards.
Letterman’s jackets or sweaters are a great and practical way to recognize and proudly display academic and athletic accomplishments. We have a knowledgeable and experienced staff to fit your child and guide you to order and decorate their jacket or sweater to their liking. We also have a full time seamstress on staff.
Loving that some traditions never die,
Sales Associate & Buyer
Tonight many area high school football enthusiasts will be closely watching the on-field match-up between the Lexington High School Wildcats and the Spring Valley Vikings. Some even consider it the game of the week to watch in the Midlands. Both teams enter this match-up with an undefeated record for this season and both teams are looking very good with lots of talent.
From my Wildcat Mom perspective, I can tell you that Lexington looks good on the field and is exciting to watch. Sophomore quarterback William Hunter, senior wide receivers Shaq Roland and Jalen Cook, senior running backs Kevin Miller and Brannon Miller, and many others make the game look relatively easy to play. I’ve had the pleasure of watching many of these young men since they were 8 years old playing in the Lexington Youth Football Program on Ballpark Road.
I’ve gotten to know many of these young men and their families through lots of nights at the practice field during rec football, the progression to middle school football, and now high school football on Friday nights. Many are longtime and faithful Todd & Moore customers. We all rally together to provide beverages and snacks during summer workouts and two-a-days, pre or post game meals for pre-season scrimmages, and of course to cheer them on during regular season games.
We become FAMILY on Friday nights as we watch OUR boys on the field. Our second ranked Wildcats (2-0) have not disappointed as they have scored 115 points and amassed 1,031 yards so far this season. They are working hard during weekly practices and are getting the job done on-the-field on Friday nights.
What many in the Midlands don’t know is that these same young men, along with the Varsity Cheerleaders are also working hard off-the-field to raise awareness and funds to help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation find a cure for type 1 diabetes. They believe in giving back to their community that has given so much to them. They have a heart for their fellow students, teachers, coaches, and others in their community living with diabetes.
While the Friday evening news and Saturday morning paper will tell of their on-the-field heroics, I’m proud to share about their off-the-field community involvement.
On Sunday, October 30th, the Wildcats Walk For A Cure team will join many others from all over the Midlands to participate in the annual JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes. This team will be made up of Varsity Football players, cheerleaders, coaches, fellow students, teachers, and their families. For the next 7 weeks they will be focusing on academics, winning football games and cheerleading competitions, and making time to participate in awareness and fundraising activities to support JDRF’s mission to find a cure for diabetes.
I think this makes them winners on and off the field.
Proud to be a Wildcat mom,
Sales Associate & Buyer
Monday morning at Todd & Moore, it will all be analyzed and discussed. Every good, bad and ugly play and coach’s decision in the Gamecocks come from behind victory over East Carolina will be picked apart, questioned or lauded, mostly among the male employees, Mr. Coats, and anyone else willing to join in on the landing. It will be rehashed and agonized over until the next game day. The Gamecock’s big victory will undoubtedly be the topic of conversation at the water cooler or coffee area in most places of business in the Midlands, at least by Tuesday morning since Monday is Labor Day.
I’ve witnessed it at Todd & Moore for over 20 years. Everyone has an opinion and everyone likes to weigh in on theirs. Especially when it comes to sports and sports talk. It’s another one of those typical, yet special things about working in a sporting goods store. I anticipate it, I fully expect it, and I’m totally tired of it by 10:00 am. The Gamecocks either win or lose. Winning is good for business. Losing, not so much. But why beat a dead horse? There are way more important things to discuss after a football Saturday.
Like a female’s perspective on the good, the bad, and the ugly…
Now don’t get me wrong, girls love a good football game, but when girls get together to rehash the game, it’s all about the fashion, the food, and the fun! Girls discuss comfortable and functional game day apparel and where to buy it, who put out the best tailgate spread, and how much fun the pre and post game festivities were. You know, the important stuff.
Recipes are shared and swapped. Mental notes are taken on what everyone else was wearing and what new tailgating supplies someone was sporting. By Monday morning, the quest begins to find something new, cuter, and more fashion forward to wear or put out on the tailgate spread for the next game.
Something new every week. This is just how many female minds work when it comes to football. Win or lose, it’s all about a new Gamecock outfit, new jewelry, new tailgate food, new koozie and so on. Winning is good, but looking and feeling good is important too! Now that’s good for business!
At Todd & Moore, we’ve got you covered with Under Armour sideline apparel and caps, Antigua polo shirts for men and women, over 20 styles of t-shirts for men, women, and kids, tons of spirit items and virtually every tailgating supply needed. We also have complimentary coffee, a comfy couch, and lots of opinionated employees.
Focusing on what’s important,
Sales Associate & Buyer
*photo courtesy of South Carolina Gamecocks Facebook page
I could sense the excitement and anticipation in the air yesterday at work. As a steady stream of customers filled Todd & Moore, I could feel the energy. One of the many fun things about working in sporting goods is the atmosphere that surrounds High school football Fridays and College football Saturdays. It is always filled with hope.
Fans hope this will be THE season. Players hope to fulfill their potential. Coaches hope to nurture that potential. Parents hope their boys will be safe and make a contribution to their teams. Hope is a wonderful thing to have. I love the definition of hope. From Wikipedia:
Hope is the emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. It is the "feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best" or the act of "looking forward to with desire and reasonable confidence" or "feeling that something desired may happen". Other definitions are "to cherish a desire with anticipation"; "to desire with expectation of obtainment"; or "to expect with
My favorite part of that definition is “looking forward to with desire and reasonable confidence”. That’s what we do as fans of the game. We have tremendous desire for our team to win and reasonable confidence that they will. With or without pre-season hype, we believe and have hope that this year will be better than last.
We proudly show that confidence and allegiance by wearing and displaying our High School and College Colors everywhere! The spiritwear, tailgate tents, car flags, decals, face tattoos, and even the ping paddles adorned with a block C are all symbols of HOPE.
At Todd & Moore, we have lots of HOPE. Check us out for the BEST selection and the BEST prices on Gamecock and Clemson merchandise in the Midlands. We also carry a full line of helmets, shoulder pads, practice pants, pad sets, and equipment needed for all levels of football from recreational to professional.
Here’s hoping for the best,
Sales Associate & Buyer
*Blog title courtesy of Lynn Gruber Ruth
He said it was his animal magnetism and rugged good looks. She said it was his sense of humor and that he was easy to talk to. And it all began at the Todd & Moore Christmas party in December of 1987.
Barry Keith began working for Todd & Moore in 1983 on a part-time basis at the former Columbia Mall location and Beth Bodie joined the staff at the former Dutch Square location in 1987. Having only talked on the phone for months, they first met in person at the staff Christmas party and Barry was immediately smitten. Beth left the next day to go home to Florida for Christmas break and upon arrival received a dozen roses from Barry.
Barry knew the night he met Beth that she was the one for him, but they both agree it took some convincing on his part!
Their first real date was a group date that included current Todd & Moore manager, Rod Wolff and his girlfriend (now wife) and a few others. They all played in the snow and went to Yesterday’s in Five Points.
After dating for almost a year, Barry proposed one night just prior to USC’s homecoming pep rally in 1988. Beth remembers gazing at her engagement ring during the entire celebration.
Beth and Barry were married in Tallahassee, Florida on April 8, 1989 with co-workers Rod Wolff and O’Neil Court manager, Mike Tyler as groomsmen. Although naysayers Rod and Mike gave the union a year, Barry and Beth have been happily married for 22 years!
Beth has worked for Bank of America since 1989. Barry works as a real estate agent with Twitty Realty and as an insurance agent for The Assurance Group. They have two great kids, Tanner, 17, a senior at Lexington High School and Chandler, 14, a sophomore at Lexington High School. Both Barry and Beth enjoy playing tennis and staying fit.
Both remember their days at Todd & Moore to be fun and eventful, especially Barry. He saw his life flash before his eyes after teasing a female co-worker who played softball that girls can’t throw harder than boys. After falling on his rear-end after catching a ball that she hurled at him, he never picked on her again. Barry doesn’t remember the infamous 12 hour sales with fondness. He boldly states, “I HATED THOSE THINGS!”
Beth and Barry completely agree that one of the most special things about working at Todd & Moore is the friendships that were made. They have maintained close friendships with many of their former Todd & Moore co-workers and remain loyal and faithful customers.
At Todd & Moore, we not only promote health and fitness, but happy unions!
Keeping it all in the family,
Sales Associate & Buyer
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, my daddy migrated to the South after a stint in the Navy and attending radio school. In the late-50’s he accepted a job at a radio station in North Wilkesboro, NC, met and married my mom, and fell in love with ALL things southern. He never went back north except to visit family.
Daddy knew what was important in life. He worked hard to support his family and he worked equally as hard to help and support others. His paying job was selling radio advertising for WLBG in Laurens, SC and later for WSSL in Greenville. His volunteer job was fundraising for any and every organization that asked for his help, especially those that promoted youth sports. My daddy loved all sports and found great fulfillment in helping young people pursue their dreams on and off the athletic playing field.
To me, my daddy was larger than life. Physically, he was a big man, but he had an even bigger heart. He had a heart for “his” Tigers and IPTAY, Laurens County Dixie Youth, Laurens and Clinton High School athletes, and the Shriner’s Hospital. While all of these endeavors were important to him, his greatest love was sports.
It didn’t matter if it was youth sports or the pros, my daddy had a way of making every coach, player, and parent feel like they were truly special. He remembered every athlete, their stats, their parents, and where he met them. His mind just worked that way. And he never forgot.
Needless to say, my greatest memories of my dad relate to sports. Growing up we spent a lot of time going to games, watching them on television, or listening on the radio. Today my mind is flooded with sweet memories from my childhood that include every Thanksgiving Day spent at either Presbyterian College or Newberry College to see the Annual Bronze Derby match-up, every Labor Day Weekend spent at the old Fulton County Stadium watching the Atlanta Braves, every fall Friday night spent at a high school football game, and most summer nights spent at either Colyar Park in Laurens or Legion Field in Greenwood watching baseball.
These sweet memories come to mind because today my daddy would have celebrated his 80th birthday. As was my tradition, I would have given him a new Clemson polo shirt from Todd & Moore for him to proudly wear to all the Clemson Tiger football games. Daddy wore his COLLEGE COLORS with great pride!
In memory and honor of my dad, Larry Gar,
Sales Associate & Buyer
Tonight’s the night folks. High School football starts in the Midlands. What area team are you off to see play tonight?
I will be heading to the quaint town of Batesburg-Leesville to watch my son and the Lexington High School Wildcats take on the Panthers. There will be no time for a stop at the famous Shealy’s Barbeque for the best fried chicken, barbecue, and vegetable buffet in the South. Nope, we’ll be tailgating in the B-L parking lot by 6:00 pm in our blue and gold.
For many of us, this is as good as it gets. Gathering on a Friday night with family and friends to watch our sons and daughters participate on the field or on the sidelines as an official, coach, player, trainer, cheerleader or band member. You can feel the excitement in the air the minute you arrive in the parking lot and hear the sounds from the stadium…the band tuning up their instruments, the cheerleaders chanting, and the players clapping and grunting as they go through pre-game warm-ups.
The excitement builds as the National Anthem is played and the teams prepare to make their grand entrance to the field. Every parent has their eye focused on their child’s jersey number to appear in the crowded huddle of players on the sideline. It helps when they are very tall and can jump high!
All of us at Todd & Moore wish the very best to all of the area High Schools taking the field tonight. You are an integral part of who we are and what we do. Here’s hoping Hurricane Irene behaves, everyone has safe travels, and that your team wins!
Sales Associate & Buyer
*photo courtesy of Faith Turner
I’ve just returned from a run over the Lake Murray Dam in beautiful 74 degree weather. It truly dawned on me that we have a little piece of heaven right here in the Midlands. I can’t think of a local setting more beautiful and convenient to get out and enjoy fresh air and sunshine.
The walkway provided by SCE & G over the Lake Murray Dam is a great place to walk, run, or bike (lane provided) and the beauty is…ALL FITNESS LEVELS ARE WELCOME!
Whether you are just beginning a walking or running program or you have been at it for years, the 1.7 (one way) walkway allows people of all fitness levels a convenient and safe place to exercise. There is ample parking on either the Lexington or Irmo side of the dam. Both sides offer a water fountain and only the Irmo side has a public restroom. I just noticed today newly installed emergency call buttons! The view of Lake Murray is not too shabby.
I highly recommend running or walking the dam early in the morning or evening as these are the most peaceful and serene times to take in the view. I also highly recommend the proper shoes and apparel. Okay, you had to know that was coming!
It really is important to invest in proper-fitting walking or running shoes and apparel to have a good exercise experience. I see so many folks at the dam wearing “street” shoes and clothes. Sadly, their first attempt at walking the dam may be their last because walking 1.7 miles in the wrong shoes equals hurting feet. I also see many women running that are not wearing sports bras with proper support. That has got to be even more painful!
At Todd & Moore we have the BEST selection of Under Armour, Nike, Saucony, New Balance, Asics, and Mizuno shoes, apparel, and sports bras to help you achieve your fitness goals. We want to help make your walking, running, or whatever activity you choose be as comfortable and pain-free as possible. And of course, we have the BEST customer service and prices in the Midlands.
Get up and get moving,
Sales Associate & Buyer
I’ve mentioned before that I was raised in the upstate of South Carolina where the vast majority of everyone I grew up with was a Clemson Tiger Fan. In my daddy’s house, there was no choice in two matters. We did not wear garnet and black and we did not drink Pepsi products. We pulled for the Tigers and only drank Coca-Cola products. My daddy loved “his” Tigers, bled orange, and worshiped Frank Howard. He sold advertising for a local radio station and one of his best customers was the local Coca-Cola distributor. It didn’t matter if Pepsi was on sale or free. It wasn’t allowed in our home. My daddy was fiercely loyal like that.
I’ve also told you that I was the first in my family to come over to the Cocky (right) side when I decided to attend USC and study Journalism. Daddy wasn’t too happy about that decision, but as a loving father, paid my tuition and supported my academic endeavors. Of course my freshmen year, Clemson had to go and win a National Championship and my daddy’s favorite thing to taunt me with was…”Cock-a-doodle do, cock-a-doddle do, Carolina Gamecocks, to heck with you!”
Just a week after my son was born in 1994, his Junior IPTAY Membership package arrived at our home in Florida. My daddy was not giving up on the next generation!
All kidding aside, my family like so many in the state of South Carolina is a house divided. In many homes, one spouse is a Carolina graduate and the other a Clemson grad and the children are then subjected to not so subtle brainwashing by their parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles to make them a fan for their team.
It starts the day you are born. Family and friends show up at the hospital with baby booties, bonnets, and bibs with either a Gamecock or a Tiger on them and it usually doesn’t let up until you are considered of age to make the decision for yourself. All the while, everyone is praying you will make the right decision!
Just this past Sunday at my niece’s 1st birthday party, she received two Gamecock dresses and her Clemson grad dad was giving them a thumbs down and beseeching his side of the family for not coming through with something in orange. Oh well, Gamecocks win again!
I love living and working in the Midlands where Gamecock pride is dominant and prevalent. Everyone knows that garnet and black looks good on everyone. Orange and purple, not so much.
College Colors Day is less than two weeks away on Friday, September 2. Offices and schools around the nation are encouraged to get involved and have fun promoting wear your college colors to work or school.
We have lots of garnet and black at Todd & Moore and just a hint of orange, purple, baby blue, and all the rest. We want you to look and feel your BEST in your College Colors. And don’t forget we have the BEST prices on sporting goods in the Midlands.
Carolina, Forever To Thee,
Sales Associate & Buyer
Photo credit to GamecockCentral.Com
I first started buying swimsuits and goggles for Todd & Moore 13 years ago. We had one four-way rack of solid color swimsuits, one choice of swim caps, and a couple of styles of goggles. Over the years, swimming as a year-round competition and fitness activity has grown by leaps and bounds.
We now have an entire section of our store devoted to swimsuits, training aides, goggles, and accessories by Speedo and Aquasphere. We are the only year round destination in the Midlands for all your swim needs. We stock over twenty styles of swim goggles including the popular Speedo Vanquisher and Hydrospex in a variety of frame and lense colors in unisex, women’s, junior, and kid’s sizes.
The popularity of swimming for fitness has grown for many reasons. There are now many indoor facilities available to the public that offer swimming lessons and group water aerobic classes. Because swimming is easy on the body, it is a good fitness choice for just about everyone, especially those who have physical limitations or who find other forms of exercise painful.
Swimming is a great way to rehabilitate after injury or to cross-train. Water exercises are a great way to improve fitness, range of motion, and to relieve pain and stiffness.
There are many fitness benefits from swimming as it recruits all the major muscle groups, including the shoulders, back, abdominals, legs, hips, and glutes. Unlike other workouts, swimming is cardiovascular and strengthening at the same time.
It is very easy to get started by contacting local facilities and joining a class or signing up for individual lessons. All you need is a comfortable swimsuit, swim cap and goggles. As you progress with your training, we can help you select additional training aides such as pull floats, kickboards, hand paddles, fitness gloves, and training fins.
Swim because you can,
Sales Associate & Buyer
Over the many years that I have worked at Todd & Moore I have watched several workplace romances develop. Some didn’t last long and several have very happy endings. Here’s the love story of Kristen Miers and David Crider…
Kristen started working for Todd & Moore in July of 1996 and David joined our team a year or so later in October of 1997. Both were college students. Kristen primarily worked as a Sales Associate at the front register and David as a stringer in the Tennis Department. One day while straightening shoes on the Ladies’ Closeout table, David asked Kristen out on their first date.
David says it was Kristen’s beauty that first attracted him, but as he got to know her, he quickly found that they had lots in common. “As anyone who worked with her at Todd & Moore knows, she is a kind, funny, smart and wonderful person who is always fun to be around.”
Kristen remembers that she had not even said two words to David when he asked her out for their first date to see Scream 2 at the Pastime Pavilion. Not sure how the date would go, Kristen was happy to realize they had lots in common. “David is a very smart, honest, sweet, and thoughtful guy who can always make me smile. And it doesn’t hurt that he is a cutie! He was a HOT tennis guy!”
Just 6 months after their first date, they both realized they had met their future spouse. Kristen says, “Any guy who will pack your mouth with gauze after having your wisdom teeth out is pretty much a keeper.” David concurs that Kristen had quite an impact on him. “After 6 months, she had completely turned me around. I knew right away that I was a better person with her and that I needed to be with her the rest of my life.”
On what turned out to be a dark and stormy night, David proposed after a planned walk by the creek outside Kristen’s family home got washed out. Back at his house David was a bit nervous and having trouble getting to the point, but luckily, Kristen said yes and they were married on May 12, 2001 with their Todd & Moore family in attendance.
Kristen is now a registered nurse in the Endoscopy department and assists physicians in performing procedures. David is an Energy Manager that assists his clients in reducing their energy expenses. They have three beautiful daughters, Grace (7), Emma (4), and Abby (2). Kristen’s sister Kelly Miers Coombs has previously worked at our O’Neil Court location and her youngest sister Kayla is currently working at our Huger Street location.
David and Kristen’s favorite Todd & Moore memories are hot doughnut holes delivered on Saturday mornings by the late Coach Harry Parone, the crazyness of Jordan release days, Todd & Moore golf tournaments, busy Gamecock football Saturdays, and eating lunch at Monterrey’s.
“What makes Todd & Moore special is that it is a family owned company. When you work there, you are truly part of a family. I feel like I am still part of that family. You won’t find a better group of people anywhere and you will never have more fun making a paycheck. Hopefully, one day, our girls will have the opportunity to become register babes, (or tennis racquet girls), and carry on the family tradition.”
Proud of the Crider Crew,
Sales Associate & Buyer
My 10 year old daughter is one of many people living with a disease she didn’t choose. She did not get Type 1 diabetes from a poor diet, lack of exercise or from eating too much sugar. In all likelihood, an unknown trigger or virus caused her autoimmune system to attack itself. In the process, her insulin producing beta cells died. Her body no longer produces any insulin.
Everybody needs insulin to survive. Insulin breaks down the carbohydrates in the foods we eat to fuel our bodies. Everyone needs to eat a well-balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, proteins, and whole grains. Everyone needs to eat in moderation, practice portion control, and get plenty of exercise.
Since Hannah’s diagnosis on August 21, 2008, we have learned just how important a role exercise plays in maintaining good glucose control. For her, it is a careful balance of food intake, insulin dosage and activity level to stay strong and healthy.
Even with our diligence, treating and managing Type 1 Diabetes is challenging. Our greatest desire is for a cure to be found. That is why we walk every year for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF is the largest charitable funder of research to find a cure and improve the daily quality of life for diabetics.
Just weeks after Hannah’s diagnosis back in 2008, my co-worker, Jennifer Thorvaldson formed a team to walk in her honor and Team Todd & Moore was born. In three years, Team Todd & Moore has raised over $23,000 for research. Each year our team has grown with family and friends participating and helping raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and funds to find a cure.
We invite you to join us on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Registration begins at 12:30 pm and the 3 mile walk through the USC Campus will start at 2:00 pm. To join our team, click on:
Team Todd & Moore walks for Hannah, her cousin Matt, his fiancee’ Charlotte, and the many others living with Type 1 Diabetes. We walk because we care. We walk because we can. Walking is good for you!
No limits to what we can accomplish together,
Sales Associate & Buyer
In 1972 while a student at USC, Tim Robertson walked in Todd & Moore to apply for a job because of his passion for tennis. Mr. Charlie Todd and Mr. George Moore not only gave him an opportunity to earn money during college, but the opportunity to learn the sporting goods business that has been Tim’s career for over 38 years. An added bonus was meeting his wife, Robin Todd Robertson!
Tim has seen tennis participation increase dramatically since the late seventies and eighties because of high visibility on television, “open” tennis and the development of league tennis. Todd & Moore has aggressively pursued that business with selection and excellent customer service.
We have the largest and best selection of racquets, bags, accessories, balls, and apparel in the Midlands from name brands such as Wilson, Prince, Head, Babolat, Gamma, Under Armour, Adidas, Fila and K-Swiss. We carry pre-strung and un-strung racquets ranging in price from $79 to $300 and offer stringing in 24 hours or less. We also carry youth sized racquets and a wide variety of grips, training aides, and dampeners.
Tim highly recommends “try before you buy” with our Tennis racquet demo program. Our demo program costs $2.00 per day, per racquet and is credited back to the customer if a racquet is purchased within 30 days. We urge customers to try the racquets to avoid spending $200.00 on a racquet they may not enjoy. It is the best way to make a smart purchase.
And of course, Tim and his staff are on hand Monday through Saturday at our downtown location to give advice on the different brands and types of racquets we carry. Having been in the industry for 38 plus years, Tim has seen the many improvements in technology as a buyer of tennis products and as a tennis player himself. He feels one of the biggest impacts on recreational tennis, is the creation and development of carbon graphite racquets. The vast majority of players would find the game too frustrating with wooden racquets.
Whether you are a novice or seasoned pro, we hope you’ll shop with us for all your tennis needs.
Peace, love, & tennis,
Sales Associate & Buyer
I have worked in retail sales for most of my adulthood. Working with the public is an interesting and often challenging line of work. I get to meet all kinds of people from all walks of life. I get to help them pick out apparel, equipment, accessories, and shoes for whatever activity they are participating in. I get to help them shop for the perfect gift for a loved one, co-worker, or for a child they’ve drawn from the Angel Tree at Christmas time. Many times it will be for a first pair of running shoes, a first baseball glove for a child, or a first Gamecock t-shirt or jersey for a newborn child. And sometimes it’s workout apparel for rehab following life-saving surgery.
Everyday is a new experience with customers that can be pressed for time because they are on their lunch break or running late for an appointment. Some are tired and grumpy from the heat, demanding jobs, or tight budgets. Some are conducting business on their cell phones while trying to shop and others are distracted by rowdy kids.
And just as many are full of energy and enthusiasm as they are beginning a fitness program for the first time or buying new apparel for their next race or match. While others are shopping for their team colors and are excited for opening day! Some are killing time between appointments and others are just looking.
We see and encounter it ALL in a day’s work. And we believe that the customer is always right…
1. The customer is always right to expect excellent customer service from us no matter what mood they enter our store in.
2. The customer is always right to expect the BEST selection and the BEST prices on name brand products in a clean and fully stocked store.
3. The customer is always right to let us know when they don’t receive #1 and #2!
Our goal is to always get it right. Sometimes we drop the ball, but more often than not we score big with our first-time and faithful customers!
Striving for happy customers,
Sales Associate & Buyer
I like to see what I buy. I want to touch it and try it on. I want to know and see who I’m buying from. I want to know the merchant cares about me the customer. I want to know that they value my business and will stand behind their product or service. I want to know their repair or replacement policy and if they guarantee a service. For me, on-line purchasing, no matter how good the deal may seem, can’t give me assurance of any of the things that are important to me.
More than anything I want to support local merchants and our local economy where I live, work, and play. On-line shopping with out-of–state merchants may save me a few bucks, but in the long run does it really? I don’t think so and I’ll tell you why. If the local economy flounders, my quality of life and income may flounder as well.
Hear me out on this. Locally owned and operated businesses bring character and uniqueness to Columbia that corporately owned big box stores don’t and can’t. Local businesses typically offer a high level of customer service as they hire experienced personnel with product knowledge, wisdom, and a vested interest in the company they work for. A local sales staff saves me time and money by guiding me to make wise purchases instead of ordering on-line and potentially losing money on costly returns. My hard earned money stays in the community and recirculates instead of leaking away to outside suppliers and corporate headquarters.
And when money stays in our community it greatly improves our quality of life. Statistics prove that locally owned businesses give generously to community events, non-profits, and sports teams. The bottom line is that local businesses are owned by people who live in the community and are invested in the community’s welfare and future.
At Todd & Moore, we pride ourselves in being a locally owned and operated family business. We care about our customers and it is always our goal to offer the BEST customer service and the BEST prices on name brand products. We give generously on a monthly basis to non-profit organizations and sports teams hosting benefits and fundraisers. We do our part to keep our local economy strong and vibrant by outsourcing custom screenprinting and embroidery and purchasing all of our office equipment and supplies from locally owned and operated businesses just like ours. We also contract for building and lawn maintenance, printing needs, employee benefit packages, website design, phone and internet maintenance --- ALL from Columbia based businesses.
We hope you will give us the opportunity to be your specialist in sports in the community where you work, live, and play as well.
I shop locally and encourage you to do the same,
Sales Associate & Buyer
I was practically raised at a baseball field. My earliest memories involve many days and evenings spent at Collyar Park in Laurens, SC or Legion Field in Greenwood, SC. My father, Larry Gar, was president of the Dixie Youth Baseball program in our hometown for many years and was the “Voice” of the Greenwood Braves during the 70’s. We lived at the baseball field.
I met my husband Sam while completing an internship with the Columbia Mets (NY Mets single A team) in the early 80’s. We witnessed the Mets clinch the 1986 World Series in person just one week after our wedding. We have spent countless hours at baseball fields over the last 25 years watching our son Ryan, two nephews, and friend’s kids play the greatest game on dirt. We love baseball at our house.
I learned early on from my dad that “It ain’t over, ‘til it’s over!” and that you stay until the last out. In baseball, anything can happen. And that anything for the Gamecock Nation has come in Back 2 Back College World Series Championships.
Many thought it couldn’t be done this year by a Gamecock team riddled by injuries and setbacks. Some thought it was improbable, but not impossible. And some of us just believed if any team could do it, it was this special group of young men and a coaching staff that knew how to win anyway. Game after game they wowed us with spectacular plays, getting out of bases loaded jams, and making all the right moves to bring home a second National Championship.
They wowed us by continuing to play “Baylorball” in memory of Baylor Teal who taught them how to battle both on and off the field in his fight against cancer. They have brought our state, university and local economy much joy and prosperity by playing a game they love and playing it very well.
At Todd & Moore, we are still savoring the victories and the boost to our business. We are very thankful for being in the heart of a college town where fans love their Gamecocks and wear their colors proudly. So stop in soon for new Gamecock apparel and accessories for College Colors Day on Friday, September 2. Even though football is just around the corner, we’ll still talk baseball with you. It never gets old.
Take me out to the ball field,
Sales Associate & Buyer
Tomorrow’s blog…Why It’s Important to Shop Locally
Another exciting recreational soccer season is upon us! Have you registered your child/children yet? Registration is going on now for most of the area leagues and ends this month. Just to name a few - South Carolina United FC YMCA League, Lexington County Soccer Club, Lexington County Girls Soccer Association, SOAR, West Metro Soccer Club and Irmo Chapin Recreation.
My son, Tristan, started playing when he was 4 years old at the Lexington YMCA and this will be our 8th season with them. My husband coaches his team and we have been very fortunate to have some of the same players for the past several seasons. We have become friends with the parents and the kids have formed some lifelong friendships with each other. The soccer field has become a part of our lives.
Growing up, my brother and I never participated in any kind of recreational league sports. I was enrolled in dance - and there was that one unfortunate year I had to take gymnastics after my brother signed up and then backed out at the last minute. Not wanting to lose the fees she paid, my mother insisted I take the class. Thanks little brother! But neither dance nor gymnastics could have prepared me for soccer.
I sure am glad that I work with a lot of sports-minded people! They really helped me navigate the world of recreational soccer when we first started out with my son. My friend and co-worker, Beth McCrary, walked me through everything to expect from how to outfit my child to being a team mom to what to bring with me to the field. I would have been lost without her that first season!
We have come a long way in the soccer world. We have watched Tristan grow from freezing on the soccer field in fear to a well-seasoned competitive athlete. I have even dared to be the team mom for two seasons!
I am so lucky to work at Todd & Moore where I am able to get EVERYTHING I need for my son’s soccer season – advice, shorts, socks, cleats, shin guards, soccer ball, practice goal and even Sweet Spots! Have you ever heard of Sweet Spots? They are only the best thing ever invented for soccer cleats! They fit around the shoe to hold the laces – a must for young players who are always having their shoes come untied during practices and games! I can’t tell you how many times the game has to stop for someone to tie shoe laces!
So come see us to get your child outfitted for this soccer season! And don’t forget your cooler, chair or blanket for the field – we have those too!
From one soccer mom to another,
I have registered both of my children for school this week, paid their school and athletic participation fees, put money on their lunch cards, joined the PTA and the Athletic Booster Club, bought tickets for the Annual Wildcat Night fundraiser, and I still need to buy back-to-school clothes, shoes, and supplies.
I need a break. Not just physically, but financially! Forget the National Debt, I’m talking back-to-school budgeting as in I don’t want to go into to debt for my kids to start school! What’s a mom to do?
I suggest shopping locally for back-to-school clothes, shoes, and supplies this Friday, August 5 starting at 12:01 am through Sunday, August 7 at midnight. It’s a great opportunity to save the 6% SC state sales and use tax, plus any applicable local sales and use taxes. So at Todd & Moore, that means you save and additional 7% off of our already low prices. And when you are buying for two or more kids, 7% adds up!
We can help you get your children ready and prepared for back to school or college with many of the things they need that are on the tax exempt list:
• All clothing & accessories that include but are not limited to Under Armour & Nike aerobic/workout clothing, sports uniforms, Speedo swimsuits, baseball & football belts, blankets, Merrell hiking boots, Champion jogbras, New Era caps, high school letter jackets, batting gloves, ponchos, Frogg Toggs rainwear, Rollerblade skates, footwear, socks, sweats, sweatbands, ties/neckwear, t-shirts, and umbrellas.
The following items are not tax exempt:
• Clocks, eyewear including sunglasses, goggles, masks, golf clubs, helmets, mitts, shin guards, shoulder pads, and sporting goods equipment in general.
We don’t make the rules folks, we just follow them. So come see us on Friday and Saturday at both our Huger Street and O’Neil Court locations and on Sunday from 1-6 pm at our O’Neil Court location. We can save you money.
Never totally prepared for these back-to-school expenses,
Sales Associate & Buyer
It seems like yesterday that Santa brought my son Ryan his first real football helmet and set of shoulder pads. He was three years old and the shoulder pads were bigger than he was. After we got everything on him and properly adjusted, he promptly fell over and couldn’t get back up. He spun around on the floor like a June bug. Don’t tell him, but we laughed until we cried.
Ryan is now 16 and we have to look up to him because he stands 6 feet 2 inches tall! He is a junior in high school and playing on the Varsity Football team at Lexington High School. My boy of fall is in the midst of two-a-days, scrimmages, and preparing for the season opener on August 26th against Batesburg-Leesville High School.
I love that he and his dad share a love of football. I mean they LOVE this sport. They love talking about it. They love watching it. They love recounting every game since rec football. They love the camaraderie. They love banging heads and talking trash. They love everything associated with it. They even love talking about uniforms, helmets, and cleats. Over the years, they have spent countless hours at Todd & Moore in the team department looking at equipment, apparel, and cleats. Often buying, but often just looking.
I love that about Todd & Moore. We are a destination for parents and children to come and get fitted for all things needed for football. We have it all, the pants and pad sets, practice jerseys, shoulder pads, helmets, mouthpieces, cleats and every piece of protective equipment you can think of. We also have the experience and expertise to properly fit your child. That’s important for your child and it’s important to us.
We carry all the brands you’ve come to know and trust…Under Armour, Nike, Adidas, Russell Athletic, Champro, Schutt, and Adams to help keep my boy of fall and yours safe, protected, and ready to perform at their very best. What we don’t have in stock, we will gladly custom order.
To paraphrase Kenny Chesney’s The Boys of Fall…
“In little towns like ours, that’s all we’ve got
Newspaper clippings fill the coffee shops
The ole’ ball coaches on the landing will always think they know it all
Young girls will dream about the boys of fall”
I love small towns. I love high school football in small towns. I love my boy and all the boys of fall.
Doing our part to protect the boys of fall,
Sales Associate & Buyer
P.S. I’m pretty sure Santa shops at Todd & Moore!
It takes approximately 8-10 q-tips to get all of the mud out of your ears. It will take days before all of the mud is out from underneath your fingernails and toenails. And it will take weeks for all of your scrapes and bruises to heal.
It is totally worth it! For the 3rd consecutive year, I am participating along with co-workers, Pat Wood, Steve Wood, and Brian Smith in the USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run at The Leatherneck. Borrowed from www.usmcmudrun.org, The USMC Mud Run is a 5.2-mile course with 36 obstacles that each team needs to maneuver requiring team work and loads of determination. The 5.2-mile course is an all-terrain race conducted on trails that includes mud holes, walls, trenches, and other challenging obstacles that require swimming, crawling, climbing and jumping. All of the proceeds from the Mud Run go to the Greater Columbia Marine Foundation to support Marines and their families from the Columbia area who have been wounded or killed while serving on active duty.
It’s a great cause and it’s great fun. And here’s tips from the “veteran” Todd & Moore Mudder’s team:
• Invest in compression fit apparel such as Under Armour Heatgear or Nike DriFit to compete in the Mud Run. Loose fitting or cotton apparel is heavy and will weigh you down.
• Invest in new running shoes and save your old ones for the Mud Run. Many participants choose to save their shoes after the run. Otherwise they are cleaned and donated.
• It is not necessary to duct tape your shoes. Tie them properly and they will stay on just fine.
• Take a before and after picture. You will need proof that the bruises aren’t from playing with your kids!
• Come to compete and be happy you complete the course!
The Mud Run is just a little over two months away. Come see us at Todd & Moore and let us know you are participating. We can help you find the right apparel and tell you all about getting muddy!
Getting muddy for a good cause,
Sales Associate & Buyer
Get up and get moving for a good cause!
It’s Great To Be A Gamecock…
I was raised in the upstate of South Carolina where pastures and farmland are plentiful. You guessed it, I was raised a Tiger fan. My Brooklyn born and bred father moved south after a stint in the Navy, met and married my Tarheel born and bred mom and settled in Laurens, SC. Is it any wonder I was a tad confused?
Seriously, I grew up wearing orange, going to Tigertown, and assuming I would be a lifetime member of IPTAY. I decided to major in advertising and public relations and the USC School of Journalism beckoned. I moved to Columbia and was the first in my family to come over to the Cocky side!
After being heavily recruited by both Carolina and Clemson, my sister’s son, Matthew Campbell, committed to play baseball for the Gamecocks in 2001. My sweet Daddy loved “his” Tigers and bled orange, but out of great love for Matt, he wore garnet and black proudly.
Even my Daddy learned to appreciate how great it is to be a Gamecock! You see, my Daddy knew a lot about…
• Having FUN and enjoying great FOOD. The USC Ultimate Tailgaters and legions of other Gamecock fans know how to tailgate and do it right. Pre and post-game festivities are as important as the games.
• Remaining FAITHFUL to your team in times of plenty and times of drought. The Gamecock Nation is known for faithfully following their teams through thick and thin.
• Being FASHIONABLY attired in your college colors for games. Being a faithful fan means dressing the part in garnet and black. Everyone looks good and thinner in black!
• FRIENDSHIP and it’s rewards. My deepest and most longstanding friendships were forged while attending USC and my circle of friends continues to be enlarged because I’m a Gamecock FAN.
As a Carolina alumni and Gamecock fan for thirty years, I’ve cheered for a Heisman Trophy winner, survived the chicken curse, and seen my share of plenty and of drought. I’ve felt the chills and goosebumps of Back To Back NCAA College World Series Championships. (Not sure that it gets any better, but I’d love to see a hat trick in baseball!)
It only seems fitting that I work at Todd & Moore in the heart of the Vista Shopping District of downtown Columbia. We are conveniently located on the way to see the Gamecocks play baseball at Carolina Stadium, basketball at the Colonial Life Arena, and football at Williams Brice Stadium. We carry most everything you need to have FUN and enjoy good FOOD while FAITHFULLY following the Gamecocks and sharing good times with FRIENDS.
Stop in, shop with us for your college colors in the month of August and show everyone how great it is to be a Gamecock!
Sales Associate and Buyer
I was first hired to work at Todd & Moore in 1983 while a junior at USC. After graduation in 1985, I got married and I went on the road with my husband in the minor leagues with the New York Mets organization. As my luck would have it, Chuck and G always had a place for me at one of our locations when we came home to Columbia in the “off-season”.
After my husband’s retirement as an athletic trainer with the Mets in 1996, we came home again and Chuck and G welcomed me back with open arms. I have been home at the downtown location of Todd & Moore ever since.
My co-workers have become like family to me. I spend a lot of waking hours with my work family in the challenging and fun world of retail and it is such a blessing to work for a family owned and operated business. Why? Because we are treated like real family.
Owners Chuck Todd & G Moore are first cousins, and Tim Robertson, Vice-President, is Chuck’s brother-in-law. Team Sales Representative, Mae Todd Mullins is G’s niece and the list goes on of employees who are either first cousins, siblings, or children of former or current employees. We really like to keep it all in the family!
Those of us who are not family by DNA or marriage, have become related through years spent with the shared goal of being the BEST sporting goods store in the Palmetto State. Just take a look at our employee bios to see the many years of loyal and dedicated service at Todd & Moore. Combined, we have more than 1000 years of experience in team and retail sporting goods.
Simply put, we are family. We care about one another. We’ve been there for one another through life’s triumphs and defeats. We’ve gotten married, had babies, and buried loved ones together. Sometimes we agree to disagree, hug and make-up, and move on. Just like real families.
We all value you, our customers. You are our extended family. Come on in, have a cup of coffee, and brag on your kids. That’s what families do.
Keeping it all in the family,
Sales Associate & Buyer
Get up and get moving and shop locally with Midlands area merchants!
I’ve already confessed that I’m not an athlete. I don’t play or participate in a sport that requires equipment although there is enough equipment at my house to open another store. If you can swing it, throw it, hit it, bounce it, (you know the jingle), we’ve got it at my house!
I simply run. Besides appropriate wicking apparel, a supportive sports bra and my Ipod, all I need are the brand and style of running shoes that fit my feet properly and address the type of runner I am and my arch type. After taking the wet test as described on www.runnersworld.com, I determined that I have a NORMAL foot. Yeah for me!
Borrowed from Runner’s World…
Normal feet have a normal-sized arch that causes a runner to land on the outside of the heel and roll inwards slightly to absorb shock. It’s the foot of a runner who is biomechanically EFFICIENT and needs a stability shoe with moderate control features. Normal and efficient…I’m liking the sound of this!
Fortunately, all running shoes fall into one of three categories, cushioned, motion control, or stability. Once it has been determined which type you need as a runner, it is easier to start shopping. Before you head over to see us, let me encourage you to do your research (not purchasing) on-line. There is a wealth of information that I won’t recant here about running, running shoes, and how to choose the proper one for you. It’s good stuff and it will guide you before you step foot in Todd & Moore to try on shoes.
Yes friends, you have to try on your running shoes! You can’t just choose by cool colors once you know what type you need. Proper fit is just as important as determining the type you need. It is very common for people to size up at least a half a size in a running shoe. Running is a forward motion activity, therefore your foot moves forward in your shoe. There must be enough space between your big toe and the end of the shoe or else your running career may be over before it gets started.
Our trained sales associates can guide you to choose the right shoe for you and help you determine if it fits properly or not, but ultimately the decision on fit is up to you. You are wearing the shoes!
The BEST running shoe is the one that meets your needs as a runner and fits your feet properly. That could be a New Balance, Nike, Adidas, Saucony, Asics, or Mizuno model. For me it’s the Asics GT 2160. Year in and year out, it is chosen as an Editor’s Pick by Runner’s World magazine as being a great bang for your buck.
For me, it’s entirely appropriate what the acronym stands for…ASICS, an acronym derived from the Latin phrase, Anima Sana In Corpore Sano - a sound mind in a sound body.
Sales Associate & Buyer
Shop locally and support all Midlands area merchants!
I am not an athlete. I did not play recreational sports growing up, nor did I play at the high school level. Needless to say I did not play collegiately and early in my marriage when another couple asked if me and my husband played tennis, his response was that I was “domestic”! What exactly does that mean?
Over the years, I attempted various exercise classes and at home video work-outs. Apparently I am not coordinated, have no rhythm, and don’t do the group thing very well. Blessed with what many would call good metabolism, weight issues did not rear their ugly head until two babies later and age 40 was calling my name.
I got serious about eating healthy and exercising at age 40. I also gave up sweet tea and regular soda (that’s another blog). I saw the toil that years of not eating healthy and not exercising had taken on my parents. It was the motivation I needed to adopt a healthy lifestyle. I lost 20 lbs. and felt better than I had in years.
Then real life got in the way. My dad’s health declined rapidly and he was taken from us much too quickly. I exercised sporadically at best and the pounds creeped back on along with the fatigue. And then the big D came into my life and took up permanent residence.
On August 21, 2008, my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Through no fault of her own, an unknown trigger had caused her autoimmune system to attack itself. In the process, her insulin producing beta cells had been killed off. She would now require life-saving insulin through injection or pump therapy for the rest of her life. Briefly, my world was turned upside down.
I was scared and frustrated trying to learn a whole new way of taking care of my daughter. I needed to get out of the house and clear my head. I needed to breathe fresh air. I needed to run.
I share all of this to say, “Get up and get moving.” Life is tough. Everyone is facing some kind of challenge. If you are physically able to walk or run, there is no excuse not to. It is relatively easy. There is no enrollment or monthly fee to participate. It can be done most anywhere at any time.
The only costs are proper fitting shoes, socks, and apparel. It’s a small investment to make for an improvement in your quality of life. I can guarantee that you will feel better, you will see things from a new perspective, and you will need proper fitting shoes! They will really make a difference in how long you stick with your healthy lifestyle choices.
Sales Associate & Buyer
Remember to shop and support all locally owned and operated Midlands Area Merchants!
I first started working at Todd & Moore in 1983 and the original Jogbra was a mere 6 years old. I well remember that we carried one style in one color and it came in three sizes, small, medium, and large. Fast forward to 2011 and we now carry Under Armour, Adidas, Moving Comfort, Champion, and Nike sports bras in more colors than I can name in sizes from 32 B to a 44 DD. We have styles and fabrics to meet the support needs of most shapes and sizes.
It all started because 3 women saw a need for a proper fitting bra to minimize motion, prevent chafing, and provide comfort and support during athletic activites. Give credit to Lisa Lindahl, Polly Smith, and Hinda Schreiber for collaborating on the invention and using an apparel manufacturer in South Carolina to produce the first marketable Jogbra in 1977. How cool that the sports bra as we know it now, has roots in the Palmetto State!
It literally pains me to see women running or exercising without a proper fitting sports bra. Many will give up on running because of the pain and discomfort.
Here are some tips for finding a sports bra that fits:
• Use your regular bra size as a guideline, but try on smaller and larger sizes to see what fits best. Sizing can vary among brands and styles.
• Pay careful attention to the band. Most of a bra’s support comes from the band at the bottom, which restricts vertical movement. The band should fit snugly against your rib cage. If the band is too big, it cases the bra to creep up your back.
• If the bra has underwire, it should lie flat against your chest. If it’s riding up, the bra is too small.
• Choose a bra with broad, nonstretchy shoulder straps for the most support. If straps dig into your shoulders, they are either adjusted too tightly or the band size is too big.
• Make sure the cup size is right. The fabric must completely cover your breasts to effectively contain motion.
• Run in place, jump up and down, bend and reach – do whatever you can to test the effectiveness of the bra in the fitting room. And try on lots of styles and brands. You can’t tell by looking at a bra if it will work for you!
• Remember to retire your sports bras when needed. Over time they will lose their effectiveness from wear and tear.
Doing our part to support the Midlands,
Sales Associate & Buyer
One of the many things I enjoy about working at Todd & Moore is helping customers that are starting a fitness program for the first time in their lives. It is most often women that will confide in me that they have never walked, ran, lifted weights, or taken an exercise class in their life. They have come to a point in their lives where they have been encouraged by a doctor or a loved one or are simply tired of feeling poorly and having no energy. They are ready to make changes in their lifestyle!
Starting these activities is pretty overwhelming and choosing the proper apparel is just as intimidating. Workout apparel has gone high tech and there are so many choices in brands, styles, and colors. Because many women and men are also dealing with body image issues, the “fit” of workout apparel can be discouraging before the first workout.
As a buyer of women’s fitness apparel, I make it a point to consider all of these factors when choosing the lines and styles we will carry. It is my goal to provide workout apparel for all body shapes and sizes, keeping in mind that one size does not fit all. I keep in mind the fit, the fabric, and most importantly the price point.
So come on in and ask for me. I will be glad to help you choose apparel to get started on a healthy lifestyle journey that you will not regret.
Tips for choosing workout apparel:
• Take the time to try on different styles and brands. You CAN NOT tell how apparel will fit or feel by looking at it.
• Let go of “old school” fabrics and styles. The new technical fabrics really do keep you cool and comfortable. They are designed and treated to breathe and wick moisture away from the body. Cotton may be comfortable, but it gets wet and stays wet!
• It is important to invest in workout apparel. Proper workout apparel doesn’t just help you look the part, it truly helps you perform your best and to feel comfortable doing so.
We take great pride in offering the BEST selection and service at the BEST prices for our customers. We want to help you look and feel GOOD!
Get up and get moving,
Stay tuned! Coming later this week…PROPER SUPPORT as in sports bras.
Columbia has certainly been living up to the "Famously Hot" slogan this week as temperatures have hovered well over 100 degrees with the heat index. It's not just hot outside, it's oppressively hot. Have no fears or concerns about your outdoor fitness activities, because Todd & Moore carries the appropriate wicking apparel, shoes, equipment, and accessories to not only keep you cool, but to help you look, feel, and perform at your very best. We highly recommend the following:
We carry a full line of Under Armour HeatGear apparel for Men, Women, and Children. Ideal use is EXTREMELY WARM WEATHER. HeatGear delivers maximum moisture transport, keeping you cool, dry and light as temperatures rise.
Stay cool when it heats up with NIke DriFit. We also have a full line of apparel for Men, Women, and Children in a variety of styles and colors.
We also carry Frogg Toggs cooling Chilly Pad towels. Chilly Pad absorbs sweat and keeps you cool during a workout, hard ride, tough climb, or any other strenuous activity.
And don't forget a BPA free , reusable water bottle by Camelbak to keep you properly hydrated.
All of these items are perfect for tennis players, runners, walkers, cyclists, All-Star baseball players, and any and all outdoor enthusiasts.
Doing our part to keep the Midlands cool,
Sales Associate & Buyer
Remember to shop locally and support Midlands area merchants!
I first started working at Todd & Moore while I was a student at the University of South Carolina back in the early 80’s. I am now on my second tour of duty and all together have worked here for over twenty years. I love my job and my Todd & Moore family. I have watched our store change and grow to meet the needs of the athletic community in the Midlands and the entire Palmetto State.
Our new website is part of the continued change and growth in our quest to keep meeting the needs of our customers. We value each and every one of you, as you are an integral part of our success. This website is for you. We want to show you who we are, what we are about, and we want to continue to offer you the BEST service and selection of quality sporting goods at the BEST prices.
So come on in, take a look around, and visit often. We will regularly post updates about new arrivals, special sales, featured products, and events. Like us on Facebook to receive similar news about discounts, contests, and coupons!
Get up and get moving,
Sales Associate & Buyer
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