Market Common Residents – Alisa and Mia Berindea
by Melissa LaScaleia
Introduce me to you and your family.
Mia: We live with our Mom and Dad in Market Common. We’ve been playing music for as long as we can remember. We are also songwriters—and started writing at age 12. We started gigging live performances two years ago. Now we’re very focused on doing live stuff and seeing people react right in the moment.
Alisa: We both play guitar and piano and sing. I write the lyrics and Mia writes the melodies. We are a duet act and share all responsibilities and the spotlight together.
Why did you move to Market Common?
Mia: We’re from Ontario, Canada. We really enjoyed vacationing in Myrtle Beach. My Dad’s work offered to move him to the States, and we saw the Market Common is a growing area, a nice place for the locals, and that it would be a great place to live.
Do you have a favorite place in the Market Common?
Mia: I love walking around the lake, and seeing the wild life. I like Travinia. The first time I went I saw a jazz band and I got to sing with them which was cool.
Alisa: Barnes & Noble. After I go to work out at the gym, it’s a nice sanctuary for me to read.
What’s your favorite thing about living in Market Common?
Mia: We have a really awesome community pool. And I love all the live music and art shows here.
Alisa: The weather and how I ride my bike everywhere. And I almost always bump into somebody I know when I’m out and I love that.
How has your lifestyle changed since moving here?
Mia: I hang out a lot outside and go to the beach after school, and that’s something we could never do before.
Alisa: I’m a lot more active. I feel like I live where I vacation.
What new activities have you taken up since moving here?
Alisa: We both joined the golf team. Since this is the golf capital, that’s perfect.
Can you share one quirky fact with us about you or your family?
Mia: I joined the Socastee Jazz Band Group because it’s a genre of music I’ve never explored before. I’ve been classically trained, and it’s the total opposite of jazz. I’ve learned a lot, and made a lot of connections. I’ve been able to interact with professors from Coastal and even the University of Miami, and those were awesome opportunities I’ve had that I didn’t get in Canada.
Alisa: We’ve never driven a lot together. Now, almost every morning we jam out to a song together in the car—and we’ve grown a lot closer in that way. We love that time together.
What are your favorite things to do in the area?
Mia: To perform. We have a gig at the Hard Rock Café at Broadway at the Beach.
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