Shopping in Charleston

Peter Frank Edwards

It’s not all bowties and ballgowns anymore (though you can still find both in good measure). Charleston’s contemporary boutiques offer both global an... Read More

It’s not all bowties and ballgowns anymore (though you can still find both in good measure). Charleston’s contemporary boutiques offer both global and local fashion, classic antiques, cutting-edge interior design, hand-hewn collectibles, unique foodie gifts, and one-of-a-kind keepsakes. The best shopping in Charleston scatters the bread crumbs towards great finds, along well-trafficked King Street and off the beaten path.

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  • Arsenal Designed

    Just across the Ashley River west of downtown lies this unique little shop burgeoning with coveted industrial antiques. Young owners Sarah and Colby... Read More

  • Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier

    Christophe Paume, a third generation French chocolatier, crafts luscious truffles, hand-painted chocolates, and even chocolate sculptures in this tiny... Read More

  • Croghan's Jewel Box

    Now in its fourth generation, Croghan's offers one-of-a-kind heirloom finds like tiny portraiture pendants or emerald-encircled micromosaics. Yet there... Read More

  • Fritz Porter

    The renovation of the 1881 Cigar Factory has been years in the making, and now the handsome, towering, harbor-front giant houses some pretty cool... Read More

  • Goat.Sheep.Cow.

    Stroll South of Broad on this tree lined section of Queen Street to stumble on this petite, inimitable fromagerie. Tucked into a 200-year-old building,... Read More

  • Hampden Clothing

    An industrial-chic aesthetic sets the mood at Hampden Clothing, part Chelsea vogue, part Southern charm. Owner Stacy Smallwood (who named the store for... Read More

  • IBU Movement

    "Ibu" in Indonesia means "revered mother," an appropriate name for a store dedicated to empowering women around the globe by supporting their textile... Read More

  • Indigo & Cotton

    Brett Carron moved to Charleston in 2009 to find the men's fashion stores decidedly conservative, so he made some calls to trend-setting designers, and... Read More

  • J. Stark Workshop

    Part workshop, part showroom, this light-flooded upper studio sports a hickory work table where craftsman Erik Holmberg stitches his popular line of... Read More

  • Mac & Murphy

    Friends Liz Macpherson and Amy Murphy put a fun and clever spin on traditional stationary stores with their carefully curated paper goods shop and its... Read More

  • Magnifilous Toy Emporium

    Trumpeting elephant signage, a giant gumball dispenser, statuesque giraffes, and a colorful Ferris wheel beckon families into this fantastical toy store... Read More

  • Mercantile & Mash

    Newly launched in a handsomely restored cigar warehouse, Mercantile & Mash doubles as a breakfast and lunch gourmet foods emporium up front, and an... Read More

  • Noddy

    Capitalizing on the popularity of all things Dixie, Anna Manning and Helen Herpel recently launched this charming little shop with an eye for quality,... Read More

  • Pixie Lily

    Designer Leda Jackson started this adorable baby clothing boutique using her own prints and luxuriously soft fabrics, taking inspiration from the baby... Read More

  • Shirtini

    This laser-focused boutique showcases crisp, fitted, menswear-inspired shirts for women. Bright and tiny, it feels like someone plucked it out of the... Read More

  • The Commons

    Nestled on an intimate courtyard down a side alley, this one-room shop fills its shelves with cravable kitchenware and home goods, all American made.... Read More

  • Two Boroughs Larder

    Chef Josh Keeler and his wife Heather bring serious taste to the hood—the Elliotborough-Cannonborough neighborhood, that is. Small in size but big on... Read More

  • Worthwhile

    Big box stores may come and go, but Worthwhile proves its staying power. The distressed wooden doors of a converted feed store open onto a wonderland of... Read More

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