Category Archives: Charleston

The Wrong Door, The Wrong Floor

When Zachary was 2 and Alex 11, we had to vacate Charleston because of the threat of an approaching hurricane. Alex’s grandparents traveled with us to Greenville, SC. Alex, Zachary and his mom and I stayed in one room, and three floors down were their grandparents.

Now we know its tough being a big brother because when the little brother wants something, usually it intrudes on big brother’s schedule…But as it was, after a tiring trip, Zachary wanted to go visit his grandparents in their room. Alex reluctantly agreed to escort his brother down the elevator to their room below. Upon completing his task, he returned to our room to relaxed on the bed and resume watching his television show.

About 5 minutes had passed and the phone rang in our room – it was Alex’s grandparents. They wanted to know when Alex would be bringing Zachary down. Alex’s mom and I thought they were teasing, but then the panic set in…

…Alex had lost our 2 year old.

In Alex’s rush to get back to his television show, he had taken Zachary to the door of a room he believed to be his grandparents, knocked and then ran back to the elevator to return to his television show. As we discovered, NOT only had he taken his little 2 year old brother to the WRONG DOOR, he had left his little brother on the WRONG FLOOR, too.

The good news was that we did find Zachary…

…The bad news was that Alex road back to Charleston in the trunk of the car.

– posted by Dinos & Cherie Liollio

Mister, You Are Bald

Alex was around 4 years old.

As everyone that knows Alex today can imagine, he was quite an energized, if not somewhat unpredictable little boy. As the story goes, his mom and I had taken him to a nice restaurant for a Saturday morning breakfast. Upon entering the restaurant, we see sitting at a table by himself a middle aged man. For what ever reason or inspiration, Alex walked up to this gentleman and just blurted, “Hey man, you’re BALD!…..

Being totally embarrassed, we grabbed Alex and profusely apologized to the shaved head man, discussing with Alex throughout his breakfast the importance of discretion and politeness. Alex, feeling remorse, decided at the end of breakfast to amend his earlier gaffe…Soooo, Alex walked up to the gentleman, looked him square in the eyes, and said with all the sincerity of a 4 year old….”I sorry mister for calling you bald, but did you know you were FAT, too.” It was a long time before we’d take Alex out in public, again.

…True story…..

– posted by Dinos & Cherie Liollio (Alex’s parents)

Weddings & Nipples

Once upon a time there was an outgoing Greek man with a cast on his leg. And thus our story begins…

So when Ford and I were going to Charleston for Tommy V’s wedding last October, we each needed a date – and a place to stay. Who better to fill both of these positions for us than Mr. Alex Liollio? Perfect date, perfect place to stay. I had many many highlights over the course of my weekend in Charleston. The wedding was fantastic – in the old dungeon/jail in downtown Charleston… although the cells in the basement were a bit creepy.

Meeting the Liollios was definitely way up there on my favorites. I remember Liollio’s dad making some of the most amazing food, and the hospitality of your family in general was overwhelming. Then we spent an afternoon out on the boat (with his awesome lil bro Zac of course) touring the channels of Charleston, seeing the suspension bridge – and tubing!! Probably the best thing was getting to meet his grandparents – my first introduction into the world of 100% Greek 100% of the time. They were lovely.

But my Liollio moment came on the boat. We were cruising around near downtown and were about to pass the Battery – the place where all the tourists are overlooking the water. And as we go by – what do Ford and Liollio decide they should do? Bare their nipples and scream like rednecks at the top of their lungs. Fantastic. And if I remember correctly we actually went by for a 2nd round of “Show Your Nipples to the Tourists”.

You’re a blast, Liollio. Happy Birthday.

– posted by Richelle Hollingshead

The Classic T

They say that clothes don’t make the man.

But if you don’t know these shirts, then you don’t know Liollio.



– a compiled by Alex Ford

Fact #1

– Caroline Madigan