This store is the baby of talented hatmaker Leigh Magar, and it sells nothing but hats in all shapes, sizes, colors and designs. Materials like straw and hand-dyed felt are used, and all of the creations are handmade and exclusively one-of-a-kind. You can have them custom-made, and order them for special occasions like weddings too. Leigh's clients include such celebrities as Christina Aguilera, Bill Taft and Sandra Bullock.
Dwelling is a modern accessories and furnishings store in Charleston. Here you can buy all you need to define your personal space—chairs, sofas, tables, closets, racks, bookshelves, and more. Prices range from the affordable to the expensive, so take your pick according to your budget. Pretty knick-knacks are also available.
Fabrics for your home furnishings don't come any better than this! Lulan's Artisans is the brainchild of three creative designers—Eve Blossom, Laura Guido-Clark, and Michael Koch. This store blend modern cloth designs with ancient Southeast Asian techniques and traditions. The fabrics are beautifully textured, unique in design and vibrant in color. You can pick up elegant and sophisticated materials like organza, ombre and ikat to decorate your personal space in multi-layered weaves. So, shop away!
What should you expect when a store is named after the owner's dog? How about the largest used bookstore in the city of Charleston? Blue Bicycle Books boasts a collection numbering over 35,000 titles, many of which are advertised at half their original cost. Available subjects cover everything from thoroughbred racing to the camera. Call for special events and late hours.
Located in a historic former corner grocery store, this is a quilter's haven. Visitors can socialize with other local or out-of-town quilters, explore rooms and shelves filled with fabrics in a wide range of colors and designs, quilting books, patterns, notions and sewing machines. Workshops are available to novice and experienced quilters. Sometimes the store displays old linens, quilts and folk art. There is a place to relax and work on projects, share knowledge and get ideas. Children and pets are welcome, along with refreshments. There is free parking on the side of the store. A sister store in downtown Summerville is located in an old hardware store at 129 West Richardson Avenue, open Monday through Saturday. See the website for hours. -Natasha Lawrence
The locally run M. Dumas & Sons in the heart of Charleston features elegant and sophisticated clothing and apparel, exclusively for men. On sale are a host of crisp shirts, fancy cravats, trendy khakis, bow ties, sportswear, leather belts and shoes by renowned designer labels like 7 For All Mankind, Robert Graham and Jack Victor. Business or casual, this swanky store on popular, commercial King Street has something to suit every style and aesthetic.
With half a billion dollars worth of sales, Steve Madden has firmly established itself as one of the leading footwear sellers across America and certain other parts of the world. This Charleston outlet, while not providing it's range of men's shoes, stacks a wide array of it's trademark women's footwear. Expect a wave of sneakers, sandals, shoes, boots and slippers once in the store. Preferences ranging from high heels to flat slippers are all meted with equal promise.
The Lacoste store in The Shops at Charleston Place is a great place to do some trendy shopping. Whether you want casual sportswear or shoes, this is the place to go. The store offers clothing for both men and women and the perfume collection, leather goods, eye wear and watches are worth trying out. The label promises you quality and loads of style.
Located between North and South Market Streets and Meeting and East Bay Streets are four buildings or "sheds," some open air, that house a variety of vendors. They sell handmade crafts, sweetgrass baskets, books, souvenirs, clothing, jewelry and food. An institution since 1788 when Charles Pinckney deeded the land to the City of Charleston to be a public market in perpetuity, this shopping mecca draws visitors and locals alike. Market Hall, designed like a Greek temple and built in 1841, dominates the entrance on Meeting and Market Streets. The second floor is the Confederate Museum. Additional shops, restaurants and hotels are on either side of the Market Streets. Parking is by meter or in nearby garages. Check the website as hours of operation vary, and on weekends, many vendors stay open late. -Natasha Lawrence
Located on the first floor of the luxurious Charleston Place Hotel, this posh collection of exclusive shops offers shopping at its most refined. Walk the polished marble floor past majestic columns and the grand staircases and mammoth chandelier of the hotel to browse the wares at shops. Find a gift to please the fussiest friend, relative or just for yourself.
Simplicity and innovation has been the mantra of Anne Fontaine collections, right from the first store she opened in Paris. With her environment friendly fabrics and a tradition to offer the best designs to her customers, the simple white shirt was turned into a seductive piece of clothing. Select the one best suited for you from the wide range offered, with colors rising from the depth of her native Brazilian forests. Visit the shop in Charleston Place Hotel and take a look at the accessories, the hand-bags and pieces of jewelry, influenced by the native tribal art of the Amazon.
A downtown landmark off the beaten path, this charming neighborhood market serves loyal patrons with fresh local and organic produce, a large beer and wine selection, and a delicatessen. It is well-known for its outstanding stuffed crepes. Named after local towns, popular crepes include the Sullivan’s with roasted turkey, avocado slices and Swiss cheese; the Wadmalaw with Canadian bacon, ham and cheddar cheese; and the St. Helen's with brie, turkey and homemade raspberry spread. Dine in or take out—this hidden gem in the heart of the city is one of a kind. - Natasha Lawrence