2018 Best of the Best SHOPPING
Cooper River Farms
The best apartment community of the year is in our backyard--or more specifically on a Lowcountry bluff. With 56 acres of forest and former farmland, Cooper River Farms offers a clubhouse, pool and waters-edge living. Hop on your boat, explore the creeks and rivers, nearby beaches and Francis Marion National Park. You’ll love the outside as much as the inside in these classic Lowcountry apartment homes--equipped with all the modern elements you need.
Signature Appliance Center
There’s a little bit of Chucktown in everything they do, from their range of products to the design of the store. Rows of appliances suit everyone from regular dinner party hosts to someone who simply loves home-cooked meals. Their staff of friendly, local experts is knowledgeable on the 100+ appliances (freezers, dishwashers, dryers and more) in the country’s favorite brands (Sharp, Samsung, Whirlpool and more). Every item is competitively priced and comes with a personal guarantee.
Mary Martin Gallery
Head on down to Charleston’s Broad or Market Streets and set your eyes on some of the most unique artwork in a variety of genres including painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, murals, photography and more. The two galleries’ featured artists—who range from the budding underground to the field’s top contemporary names—have shown their creative flair is original and inspirational, using their unique skills to “forge new ground.” The gallery also partners with local hotels to display some works.
The Bicycle Shoppe
For more than three decades this family-owned business has served the Charleston area from locations in downtown and Mount Pleasant, ensuring each ride will “feel like your first.” Buy or rent a bike. Get out and explore with one of the shop’s rides and accessories galore. Or bring those older wheels in for a proper repair. The company prides itself on its service department and making available a number of unique brands you can’t find elsewhere.
Blinds, Shutters & Window Treatments
All About Windows
There is nothing as magnificent as a Lowcountry view and All About Windows understands the need to capture the scenery—while protecting your home from heat, hurricanes and more. They provide quality windows and doors, plantation shutters, shades, screen systems and hurricane protection. And no matter how large they grow, they value one-on-one relationships with every customer who’s walked through their doors the past 20 years. Service spans from consultation to installation and follow-up!
What’s coastal life without a boat--especially if you have a family? Duncan’s has the widest selections of boats and doesn’t focus on the type of boat, but rather on the type of boater: the family boater. They sell Bayliner, Regal, Tidewater and Stumpnocker and offer everything from bowriders and deck boats to center consoles, skiffs, cruisers and yachts. The friendly, family-owned, second generation dealership is the most knowledgeable in the Lowcountry.
Saying yes to the dress isn’t just a TV show slogan—it’s the most iconic moment in a bride-to-be’s life and the ultimate shopping experience. For the Charleston bride, it’s no surprise the chic Maddison Row has been voted “Best Of” the past four years. They know each bride is an individual at heart and work intimately to find her unique style. They offer the best in service, selection and sincerity for every bride.
Everything the future Mr. and Mrs. need to start their life together can be found at Vieuxtemps. As Charleston’s most complete bridal registry, it offers the largest selection of silver, crystal and china in the Lowcountry. Whether you’re the couple creating the list or a guest searching for that perfect gift, Vieuxtemps even offers a top 50 wedding gift list with items such as William Yeoward vases, Annieglass ruffle plates and Vieuxtemps exclusives!
Every head on the road will turn toward you and your luxury ride if you find your next hot wheels at Hendrick Lexus Charleston. There’s certainly no limited supply of vehicles in stock—currently nearly 8,000—and dealers here make the car-buying experience a pleasant one, catering always to the customer. They also offer unique payment options—military discounts and college rebates—to ensure you don’t walk out financially stressed or regretting your recent purchase.
Any new parent, new aunt or anyone blessed with a new baby in their life knows the joys of shopping for their sweet outfits. This local shop is a favorite for children’s clothing, shoes, gifts and accessories for preemies to 16. They carry timeless traditional favorites, including smocked apparel and offer monogramming services, yet their fashion is perfect for today’s Southern sweetheart. Shop their extensive lines of familiar brands for both parties and playtime.
Since 1883, Berlin’s has been selling fine men’s clothing here in Charleston. It was founded on the belief that quality and good taste are timeless, even as each generation redefines the fashion of their day. Be it appointment shopping, a personal shopper, alterations or formal wear, all your fashion needs are met at Berlin’s. And if you’re not an “off-the-rack” kind of man, the staff can even fit you for custom apparel with a wide selection of fabrics from Italy and England.
Style is effortless at Finicky Filly. Whether it’s a gorgeously embroidered Leila Rose dress for your nighttime soiree, a pair of Crosby Sara shorts for a casual day on the town, jewelry or handbags, whatever your shopping needs, or desires, you can find it at this King Street boutique. They even have a brown box club where an in-house stylist will pull items based on your individual tastes and ship it right to your front door!
Next to New
Inventory changes daily at Next to New! The shop offers upholstered furniture, case goods and home accessories from more than 5,000 consignors--so you’re destined to find something unique for your home. Peruse their collection of treasures that include: dining sets, sofas, desks, dressers, dinnerware, crystal, area rugs, light fixtures and more. You’ll find anything you need, and if you can’t, the staff will add your request to their “Wish Book.” Come and buy, or consign today.
Bits & Pieces
This Clements Ferry Road shop is the perfect one-stop destination for everything you and your hooved friend need to set out on an outdoor adventure. Pick up most anything you set your eyes on—even the antique décor that’s been refurbished. That’s because the store is an essential supplier for “horse, rider and home.” Become the cowgirl you’ve always dreamed of emulating and pop by Mt. Pleasant for a shopping rodeo.
You don’t have to buy new to get a new look—sometimes it’s just a matter of freshening up the fabric. Aiden Fabrics has hundreds of indoor and outdoor fabrics to choose from, the largest inventory in-stock, whether it’s modern, coastal or delightfully colorful you’re going for. Also shop for area rugs, designer and custom furniture, porch swings and custom fabrication. Need some inspiration? Check out their blog for fabulous ideas, like building a cohesive room design.
The Charleston Angler
Fish lovers, and those who have never cast a line alike can get lost in The Charleston Angler for hours. Amble through their men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and shoes--with lines from Columbia, Patagonia, Simms and the favorite signature TCA gear. Pick up hats, Yeti coolers, coastal-themed gifts, and the best rods, reels, tackle, lures found ‘round the world. They also offer fly fishing and light tackle charters.
Are you planning how to redesign a room? Shopping for a mattress? Furnishing your new home? At Stuckey Furniture in Mount Pleasant, Lowcountry locals can find the perfect furniture to fit their individual lifestyle. Complete your living room, bedroom, basement, home office or dining room with every style at any price—whether your taste is modern, traditional, coastal, tropical or totally unique. This furniture favorite of Charlestonians offers delivery or you can pick up your purchases!
Hyams Garden Center
Whether your thumb is evergreen or you have no clue what the difference is between an annual and perennial, Hyams has been lending a hand to local gardeners with exceptional service and quality education since 1981. The garden and accent store has a superb collection of trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, tropical, vines and accents, and their friendly, experienced staff is knowledgeable about each plant, when to sow it and how to grow it.
Charleston Collections & Gifts
It’s so easy to shop online and pick a best-selling item or something suggested for you. But there’s an exciting experience in personally shopping and hand-selecting the perfect gift for that special someone. Dazzle her with a beautiful set of Gate earrings or a matching cuff. Buy the sports-lover in your life a hand-embroidered pillow of their favorite team. There’s everything from coastal throws and custom palmetto wreaths to bridesmaid or corporate gifts and even cityscape dinnerware.
Lavender Hill Designs
Home goods may have fancy tchotchkes on the cheap, but Lavender Hill Designs has gorgeous home accessories and gifts straight from Europe. Find totes and beach bags from the Netherlands, linens and blown glass from small towns in France. Shop for Sophie Allport’s homeware designs, which are all the rage in London, or pen a personal letter on their Wanderlust stationery, which one can only find overseas. The store is relaxing, charming and worth the visit.
Polly’s Fine Jewelry
All that glitters may not be gold--sometimes it’s platinum, sapphires, diamonds… The list goes on, and so does the jewelry collection at Polly’s Fine Jewelry—located in Mount Pleasant and North Charleston. From the everyday to the wedding day, their selection fits every style, taste and budget. They carry brands you love—Tacori, Pandora, TAG Heuer—and their knowledgeable staff offers education on Diamonds 101, the 4 Cs, and even an anniversary guides and jewelry care.
See your home in a whole new light. Really. One small update can completely revamp a room. And no matter your preference for classic, modern or vintage style, Rick’s has it all. Oil-rubbed bronze, antique gold lead or crystal chandeliers. Foyer pendants with satin etched opal glass. Ceramic, distressed or buffet lamps. The locally-owned lighting and home showroom is Charleston’s oldest—going on 33 years and counting—and even boasts a fabulous selection of one-of-a-kind furniture.
Bits of Lace
A lace bra is a fashion staple and every woman deserves the perfect one—with the perfect fit to match her style. At Bits of Lace, their bra specialists have been personally fitting Charleston women for over 38 years. Feel amazing in their elegantly enhancing Empreinte Cassiopee collection or Conturelle Provence’s gorgeous plus-size line. Hand-pick something that makes you feel special—because you are—be it bras, underwear, sexy lingerie, sleepwear, or the bridal collection.
Pence’s Liquor & Wine
This premier fine wine and spirits store on downtown Charleston’s East Bay Street has more than 3,000 square feet of all the alcohol you could ever want or need—so don’t shop anywhere else. You’ll find local eats and liquors rarely sold elsewhere, such as bourbons and quarter-century-old scotches. Stop by Fridays 4-7 p.m. for wine sipping or liquor tasting on Saturday. The flavors change weekly and the staff always welcomes questions.
Whether it’s a whimsical afternoon of shopping or a mission to pick up something specific, local shoppers only need to head to one place to find it all: Belle Hall. With 60+ stores, you’ll find clothing shops, restaurants, salons, a CVS, bank, gym. Come for breakfast, shop, stop for lunch and dessert--make a day of it! The centrally-located shopping center also has special events from Sip & Shop Saturdays to holiday gatherings.
Walk into this Ladson area showroom and find an epic display of your favorite fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping vehicles. Top market brands like Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki are sold here—whether it’s the complete motorcycle you need or just a new part to repair your ride. It’s time for you to take over the fast lane. Stop by to browse, get a quote, or make a trade. Financing options are also available to fit your wallet.
Outside Is In
Summer and spring last almost year-round here, and if you’re going to enjoy the weather (and the views), you need a comfy place to do it! Outfit your backyard, your restaurant or office on the water or anywhere else you seek to relax outdoors with The Teak Hut’s grade A furniture and accessories—imported directly from Indonesia. Shop for tables, loungers, rockers cushions, deep seating, benches chairs and collections. Their furniture lasts for years!
Half Moon Outfitters
Follow them on Instagram to feel inspired, shop at their store to get outfitted. You’ll find outdoor gear for everyone—men, women and children be it clothes or footwear. Pick up brands you love—Patagonia, The North Face, Chaco, Arc’teryx, Smartwool, or even the Half-Moon collection. The shop even stocks equipment for your biggest adventures from hydration gear, backpacks and safety equipment to climbing gear and camp kitchens. Visit their three locations daily.
Treat your pup to wholesome selections at Dolittle’s. They carefully research each food item they stock, checking online reviews as well as customer feedback. They only carry foods with whole ingredients, where meat is a priority, and products that they feel safe and secure suggesting to their best friends! Their staff is made up of vet techs and students, dog trainers and the brightest pet professionals. Open since 1994, they now have 3 locations.
Mount Pleasant Seafood
For more than seven decades, this seafood haven has served as a one-stop shop for all the fish varieties you dream of cooking. Stock up on your staple supply here at Shrimp Boat Lane or find the company’s fresh catches at the local farmers market. Choose from salmon, grouper, clams, crab and more. And be sure to book them for a Shem Creek shrimp boil or Lowcountry oyster roast if you want to impress your party crowd.
Shoes on King
Someone once said, “Good shoes take you good places.” Shopping at Shoes on King’s downtown store has already taken you to one of the best locations in the country! See where else they can take you when you shop here for the most fabulous collection of women’s shoes and handbags by a variety of well-known, and emerging, designers, like Tori Burch, Stuart Weitzman and Rachel Zoe. Even better, let a personal shopper choose for you.
McKevlin’s Surf Shop
Folly Beach has definitely evolved since 1965, but we’ve always been able to trust in one constant: McKevlin’s Surf Shop. It’s one of the longest established surf shops in the state and one of the oldest on the East coast. They sell today’s top brand surfboards: Allison, Trimcraft, Vulcan. Outfit yourself in surf wear, shades, footwear, watches and wetsuits. Demo, rent, consign and get lessons here, too.
A beach bod is every bod, so why not outfit it with the best, and coolest, swimwear around? After all, summer isn’t just three short months here in the South. You need a swimsuit that lasts. Get your bikini or board shorts, watches, bags, Mochillas, hats and all the beachwear for men and women. Find them on King Street, Kiawah Island and Mount Pleasant and shop around—or just soak in the positive vibes.
Ardoa Wine Bar
Fine wines, gourmet eats and good times—that’s what you’ll experience at this wine bar and store east of the Cooper River. A French-inspired hangout, the doors stay open 4-11 p.m. Tues-Sat. The site even offers a self-serve system, putting the customer in charge. Use a touch screen to choose a sample size, then purchase any bottle you like. Sip on red, white or rosé blends—even beer and champagne if it’s calling your name.