Between the shops that line King Street and its surroundings, historic charleston City Market, Freshfields village, the stores in mount pleasant and everything else in the metro area, you can find just about anything in the holy city.
Perhaps more importantly, you can find items that you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else, as the city itself informs what many retailers choose to carry and promote.
Inspired by the ornamental gates that grace the city, once forged in iron and celebrated throughout the region, Southern Gates Collection offers a line of fine jewelry in sterling silver that reproduces that distinctively regional legacy. Available at Dacuba’s Fine Jewelry in the Charleston City Market, the Francis Marion Hotel’s General Store, Carolina Girls and Polly’s Fine Jewelry, the collection includes rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets, handmade pearl earrings and more than 400 unique designs that are inspired by 18th and 19th century wrought iron gates.
Another jewelry collection inspired by the city’s celebrated entrances is Gates of Charleston, which can be found at Gold Creations. The designs are available in pendants, charms, bracelets and necklaces at the local jewelry institution, which has been at the Charleston City Market for more than 40 years. Beyond the gates, Gold Creations carries the incredibly popular Charleston Rice Bead designs, a sterling silver collection that is also a nod to the city’s rich culinary culture. when the owner’s grandfather opened his first jewelry store in Brazil in 1919. His father continued the family business in the United States by opening his own store in Spartanburg, and in the early 1970s, Paulo turned the tradition into a legacy by spending three years mastering the art of goldsmithing at Goldschmiedeschule (jewelers school) and Fachhochschule fuer Gestaltung (academy for the arts and design) in Pforzheim, Germany. He opened Paulo Geiss Jewelers in Charleston in 1984 and has built upon his family’s well-established reputation by working with an elite group of manufacturers and designers to offer customers the world’s most unique styles and designs.
Beyond personal accessories, you can glamorize your living space, at inspired show rooms like Ro Sham Beaux’s on Upper King Street. Described as “a fusion of Charleston, South Carolina meets Venice Beach, California,” Ro Sham Beaux’s style is a culmination of cities where local owner and principal designer Ann Yancy has lived — including Manhattan, Venice Beach, New Orleans and Paris. Along with her husband and co-owner, Will Rogers, Yancy has created a chic shop with a selection of lighting, furniture and accessories that easily inspire those who stop by to rethink their space. The items exude timeless sophistication without losing their sense of contemporary style.
Shopping downtown can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s not the only destination for retail therapy in the area. Cross the Ravenel Bridge out to Mount Pleasant for yet another store that takes its inspiration from its historic hometown. Take a piece of Charleston home and light up your living space with any of the beautiful lamps and lighting fixtures at Carolina Lanterns. The dazzling showroom houses an astounding array of options — from custom-made copper and brass lanterns to lamps that use propane, natural gas or electricity — giving you plenty of options to consider.
Also in Mount Pleasant, Celadon offers a fresh take on home décor. There, solid-wood furniture that is clean and simple in design shares the rustic space with global accessories, imparting the store with a bohemian vibe.