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Beezer Molten

Half-Moon Outfitters
As president and owner of Half-Moon Outfitters, Beezer Molten draws on his own experiences in the field to provide customers with the finest equipment and apparel for travel and sport in the outdoors. Molten works to build team spirit and exceptional customer service by encouraging staff to spend time outside, knowing that they will return with additional expertise which enhances the customer experience. Molten acts as buyer, selecting many of the products Half-Moon sells and determines the path the individual stores will take each season in terms of new gear, clothing, equipment and other items. In order to stay current on the latest equipment available, he spends a significant amount of time traveling and enjoying the outdoor activities his stores outfit. Born in Clemson, S.C., Molten has lived around the state, including Greenville, Columbia and Pawley’s Island. After graduating from The Baylor School in Chattanooga, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. While in college, Molten worked in a backpacking store, The Trail Shop, and often daydreamed of owning an outdoor store in Charleston. After graduation, he followed a fellow employee and friend, Pretlow Majette, to St. John, USVI, where he led sea kayaking trips and learned retail through Pretlow’s growing operation. Pretlow’s operation, Big Planet, is still in business today in Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI. At age 24, Molten opened the first Half-Moon outfitters in Charleston. Although he is just 37, he has traveled the world pursuing adventure. He enjoys many outdoor sports, but his favorites include sailing, kite surfing, surfing, fly-fishing, squash and snow skiing. Active in the community, Molten is a member of the East Cooper Planning Commission and is a board member of the International Center for Birds of Prey. After mentoring for several years at Memminger Elementary in inner-city Charleston, he and four fellow mentors and friends founded a non-profit and with the help of generous donors completely renovated the Memminger Elementary school playground, allowing students of this predominantly low-income school to have a safer, more attractive area to enjoy. With five distinctly different stores and an online business, Half-Moon Outfitters has received numerous award and accolades, among them the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 2003 “Roaring 20” honor, designating the 20 fastest-growing businesses in the Lowcountry. Molten lives with his wife, Emily, and two young children on Sullivan’s Island.

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