There are many reasons Charleston is consistently named one of the best cities in the world to visit and to shop!
With its remarkably well-preserved historical architecture, fine restaurants, lovely hotels and southern hospitality, Charleston earned its place as one of USA Today’s 10 Best Shopping Cities in the country, so keep your credit cards handy.
The center of shopping in downtown Charleston is King Street, where locally owned boutiques account for 70 percent of the retail space and mingle nicely with familiar, upscale national brands.
On Lower King, at the corner of Broad Street, are two of Charleston’s oldest family-owned shops: Berlin’s for Men and Berlin’s for Women. Since 1883 the Berlin family has kept Charlestonians at the forefront of upscale fashion. At the men’s store, Steve Berlin proudly shows why “quality and good taste are timeless,” with designers including Canali, Coppley, Hickey Freeman and Peter Millar. At the women’s store, Ellen Berlin has dazzling fashions from sportswear to formal gowns by Elle Sasson, Jonathan Simakai, Chiara Boni and Kempner.
A few steps north on King is renowned Italian jewelry designer Roberto Coin’s boutique for Paulo Geiss Jewelers. Delight in the signature pieces, which feature a small ruby hidden on the inside of each creation. Over at the historic Charleston City Market is Gold Creations where you can find unique, hand-cast jewelry that reflects the city’s culture, from sweetgrass baskets to the Cooper River Bridge Run. Between Market and King Streets is the not-to-be-missed Trunk Show with its eclectic collection of women’s and men’s fashions from vintage to modern.
Savannah Bee moved into its new location on King and Wentworth Streets, where they have even more space for all their honey and bee-related products. At this unique shop you can sample a variety of honey flavors; try the many varieties of mead, the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man; or visit their brand new honey wine tasting bar.
Head north to Upper King and you’ll find yourself at Ro Sham Beaux, which was opened by Charleston designers Ann Yancy and husband Will Rogers. This shop carries custom-created lighting, furniture and décor that can be found in the finest stores and homes from Beverly Hills to Kiawah. Just over the bridge in Mount Pleasant, Celadon also features unique home furnishings. Owner Steve Lesniak presents an ever-changing inventory of global furniture and accessories.