We love to shop, but more importantly we love to shop local! Charleston wasted no time this year — the warm days are upon us and it’s time to do some spring cleaning with the closet. Here are a few places where you can shop unique finds while also supporting local businesses. We’ve even included a place to take your wardrobe’s remnants from years past!
Bashful, 36 Windermere Blvd. West Ashley
There really is no such thing as window shopping at Bashful. The boutique stocks limited amounts of unique, trendy women’s wear, jewelry, and handbags, so you have to buy before it goes “bye!” You may remember it from its old location in Avondale, but the shop has upgraded now to more space in S. Windermere shopping center.
Consigning Women, 21 Magnolia Road, West Ashley
Consigning Women & Men, 1055 Crickentree Village, Mt. Pleasant
A Charleston tradition since 1989, Consigning Women stocks only high-quality, name-brand, currently stylish clothing for a fraction of the original price. Bring in your own gently used clothes and not only will you be doing your once-chaotic closet a favor, but you’ll also get in on a very economic exchange. The shops are good for your wallet, but they’re great for the planet!
MOSA Boutique, 420 King Street, Downtown Charleston
From slinky sundresses to lace mini dresses, MOSA on King also has an in-store bar, complete with craft beer on tap, wine, and mimosas — mimosa, MOSA, get it? They’re stocked on both booze and spring styles, and their comfy seating area will ensure the spouse and kids have a place to rest while you shop.
Channels, 507.5 King Street, Downtown Charleston
Channels arrived to King Street in 2014, combining the surf and skate styles that the owners embrace in their everyday lives. You can expect to see a long list of quality brands here, including Citrine Swim, Reef, Boho Me, and Chucktown Inc. Summer styles range from cute and casual to cool and sporty, and their line of sunnies and swimwear is not to be missed.
Candy Shop Vintage, 9 Cannon St, Downtown Charleston
Since 2009, Deirdre Zahl has sold incredible vintage jewelry and vintage-inspired jewelry as Candy Shop Vintage. Her own Candy Shop Collection consists of vintage-inspired jewelry that reflect the quality and craftsmanship of the vintage jewelry she has collected for many years. Zahl also introduced her own Charleston rice bead necklaces as an homage to flapper-style costume jewelry she’d discovered in her antique store digs. We think the whimsical colors and fun lengths make for a playful spring accessory.
Holy City Vintage Market
Holy City Vintage Market is a roaming pop-up market where many local vintage vendors who typically have online Etsy shops set up for the day and show you their latest wares. The market only pops up every two months or so, and the vendors can vary — and the vendors’ stock always varies! Each shop has a different eye/style so you’re sure to find something that’s you – from Runaround Sue’s vibrant 1960s style to Red Rose Vintage’s (a shop that travels in an updated vintage airstream) casual 80s gear to the boho, floral styles of Little French Dress. The next HCVM is on Easter Sunday April 16 at Park Cafe (730 Rutledge Avenue, downtown Charleston), so you can sip mimosas from the outside bar and shop while you wait for a brunch table!
Where will you shop this spring?
Two Cumberland, right next door to The Real Estate Studio at 216 King Street, is a fun store full of jewelry, trinkets, clothing, and home decor. A self-proclaimed “uniquely Southern” shop, Two Cumberland is located on the second story with an enticing stairwell sitting just between The Real Estate Studio and Savannah Bee Company.
Wondering about the name? They moved from Cumberland and Concord Streets a few months ago and decided to keep their name (which was their original address) when they made the move over to King Street. The new store space is significantly bigger then the Cumberland Street space, and the owner believes the consumer traffic will be higher at the new location.
Two Cumberland is the largest retailer of Bourbon & Boweties, a locally owned unique jewelry company that offers handmade bracelets, necklaces, and rings right here in Charleston. Carley Ochs, founder of Bourbon & Boweties, still hand selects every stone, meeting stone suppliers and vendors all over the world.
We recommend stopping in if you’re looking for a gift, a souvenir, or something to spoil yourself. You can’t miss the fashionably dressed mannequin that sits on the sidewalk and the bright baskets lining the stairs. Two Cumberland also offers monogramming and has a huge selection of jewelry in all shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from. Make sure you tell them their neighbors at dunes properties sent you, and then come in to The Real Estate Studio to show us what you couldn’t live without! Follow Two Cumberland on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.
While reading Kristin Walker’s blog last night I just thought of all the most excellent blogs out there in the internet world. What a wonderful way to meet people you would never otherwise, to learn about other places, and you can even learn about where you live. In this fast pace, quick bite (byte) world of internet communicating with Twitter, Facebook- sometimes you just want to actually read something with substance and emotion. These are a few of my favorite local bloggers/websites who feature articles about Charleston and other things as well.
Eat Well Charleston by Melissa Ohlson who is a registered dietician and all about cardiovascular health and feeding her two sons and husband healthy family meals. She shares recipes, tips, healthy choices at area restaurants and more.
The Digitel – All about Charleston- what is going on and what you should be doing. An easy to follow and eye catching format. Hip, cool and all that jazz. A little more than a blog but still. And readers can plant “seeds” and start their own stories. Truly a community site.
Read Charlie- Art, fashion, music, etc. If it’s social, if it’s happening- it’s on Charlie.
Seersucker & Stilettos – Mostly devoted to fashion and shops- great pictures and recommendations. You’ll probably find a little shop you never heard of before.
The Party Scene – This is the photo equivalent of a social calendar- but after the events have occurred. It’s just fun to look through their pictures- you always end up seeing someone you know and regretting you opted to not go to a certain event because it just looked so beautiful and fun afterthefact.
Two Doors Down is a newly created blog by Kari Kim and Liz Ryan to share tips on living locally and simply. Although it is just starting out, it already includes some wonderful posts and promises to be one to read daily. The ladies spotlight local artisans, offer reading suggestions, recipes, organizational and decorating tips, and give some serious love to worthy local businesses. We suggest you subscribe!
How about you? What are we missing? What’s your favorite local blog?
Have you ever wondered what it means? Lowcountry Local First is a group that advocates and promotes the benefits of a local living economy by strengthening community support of local independent businesses and farms. Put simply, area businesses and residents are encouraged to “Shop local and buy local.”
As proud members and supports of Lowcountry Local First, the Dunes Properties Real Estate Studio hosted the Lowcountry Local First membership meeting last week. The theme for the meeting was “Show Your Local Love” in honor of Valentine’s Day and the love was being spread around for sure!
Much lauded and nationally praised O-Ku provided various selections of their signature sushi while ICE BOX catering dished out their local love beverages. Mount Pleasant’s very own YesUmay cookies were also a huge hit! To keep with the valentines theme, LLF held their version of speed dating…. speed networking.
As a member ourself, it was an absolute pleasure to host LLF and all their guests. For more information on how to make the shift to a local lifestyle, please visit www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org or find them on Facebook .
Check out the great fun courtesy of Lowcountry Local First’s Facebook page- thanks for sharing the photos!
I have a friend coming to visit this weekend from the cold, snowy trenches of Minneapolis, MN. We’ve been compiling a list of things to do while she’s in town. This is no easy feat- this list is now three pages long and really it’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg . We’ve only got three days! She lived in Charleston for several years so we were able to cut out the obvious.
There is our local Firefly Vodka (tastes just like sweet tea) distillery that does tastings and tours of their home on Wadmalaw Island. We’d love to do a tasting there. The place to grab the best burger (and veggie burger) in town- The Village Tavern (newly reopened w/consulting Chef Daniel Nurick) in Mt. Pleasant. Another new jewel in Mt. Pleasant must be visited- Yes Umay Cookies because, well, cookies are the new cupcake and these won’t make you feel too bad indulging after a workout. Ashley’s cookies which contain the best ingredients- rich chocolates, sea salt, curry and goji berries.
And we would not be true to ourselves if we didn’t hit some great shopping. Mary Mojo in Mt. Pleasant offers some swanky boutique brands and we will pay a visit to neighboring The Shoe Fairy. Great sales and fun places to try things on. There’s also the Tanger Outlet Mall that keeps getting great, new stores. We must also do some downtown shopping. Antiquing for a bargain (and if we’re lucky there may be an auction) at Page’s Thieves Market is always a good time even if you leave empty handed. If we’re lucky, Leigh Magar may be in her downtown studio/shop Magar Hatworks- she is not just a milliner but a true artist whose hats are about to be in a Vogue fashion spread.
We plan on visiting historic downtown Summerville and just taking in the cozy little town and burning some calories walking. Where locals used to summer. And of course wander about aimlessly downtown. You never know what you’ll discover. Sometimes it’s just nice to look up at the buildings you see every other day and notice something new. The architecture in Charleston is amazing. You can walk around and just look at buildings and homes appreciating them or you can walk around and discover shops you never knew were there.
So we’re going to eat and shop our way around town. My friend will surely have to check a bag and don an elastic waistband for the trip home.
Carol hannah is the 2008 winner of the Charleston Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer competition and an alumni of College of Charleston.
And our friend Marysia Reeves will be a featured designer at the Saturday evening finale fashion show. Her show will start at 8:25pm. Marysia is the winner of Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer Southeast 2009 award. Marysia’s high fashion bathing suits can be found at Anthropologie and Urban Outfitter’s online shops.
We’re so proud of our local ladies!