Judy and Vince Perrin in the Market Common. Photograph by Meganpixels Parker

Q&A with Vince & Judy Perrin

Meet The Alligator-Hunting Couple Who Married 2 Weeks After Meeting— Vince & Judy Perrin Celebrate 34 Years Together


by Melissa LaScaleia

Introduce me to your family.

It’s myself, Judy, and our two dogs, Buddy and Bella.

Why did you move to this area?

We live in Stonebridge just outside the Market Common. As children, we both vacationed here a lot, and continued the tradition after we got married. When we were ready for a move and a change, we decided to make Myrtle Beach home.

Where are all the places you came from?

Vince: I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and after the Marine Corps, moved to Virginia.

Judy: I grew up in Virginia and opened a dance studio in Roanoke. I met Vince there in 1984, and we got married two weeks later.

What’s your favorite thing about being near the Market Common?

Everything is so handy; we get fresh coffee from the coffee shop, and donuts at the donut shop. We like to walk our dogs in the area, around the lake, and in Valor Park.

What new activities have you taken up since moving here?

We spend a lot of time fishing, and also enjoy alligator hunting. For one day last year, Judy held the state record for catching the largest alligator— it was 11 feet, 9 inches. Judy has developed a passion for essential oils, and helping people heal with them. Once a quarter, we hold a Live Your Passion Rally at Peace, Love and Little Donuts, and the next one will be on Saturday, July 14 from 12-4pm, $10. There will be free samples and door prizes (all are welcome).

What are your favorite things to do here?

We garden and grow a lot of vegetables. We walk on the beach and around the Market Common. We still travel some, and are going to a Lavender Farm in Utah this summer.

Is there anything that you miss or would like to see in the Market Common?

We still like to go to the mountains, but I don’t think we can move them to the beach. We visit the Greenville area and wish that Myrtle Beach had developed some of their culture.

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