The Ultimate Charleston Coffee Guide

It's no secret that our pretty little city is known far and wide for being a "foodie" town - our restaurants have received countless accolades (and have inspired many an Instagram), but what you might not know is that the Holy City is serious about its coffee, too. We have such an excess of spectacular coffee joints that whenever people ask me for a recommendation, I get overwhelmed by the possibilities. A city called home by college kids and working professionals alike, frequented by visitors of all ages, Charleston certainly has a high demand for caffeine, and let me tell you, this city delivers. My hope is that this guide will point you in all the right directions and satisfy your craving for the perfect cup of joe. Whether you're seeking a simple drip coffee or an artisan latte, a quiet space to do some work or the best place to catch up with a friend, we've got ya covered. 

 
Photo by Abby Tierney @abbylaineee

Photo by Abby Tierney @abbylaineee

 

Located on Beaufain Street in an otherwise residential area, Black Tap may be one of the most well-known and highly praised coffee shops in downtown Charleston. With its minimalist décor and clean white aesthetic, Black Tap serves as home base for the city’s  young professionals, creatives, and college students alike. They’re famous for their expertly crafted pour overs (they roast all their own beans), but the lattes are phenomenal as well – I would recommend the honey or brown sugar. @blacktapcoffee

Perfect for: Getting down to business.

2. Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer

I may be partial to this shop on Vanderhorst Street, just steps from the heart of King Street and C of C’s campus. While it has indoor high-tops and bar seating, Kudu is better known for its patio area. Boasting a fountain and ivy-covered walls, strung with twinkle lights, it is without question my favorite place in the city. Kudu has a full menu of coffee and espresso drinks, but their craft beer and wine selection is not to be missed, either. As an added bonus, Kudu is often known to have live bluegrass in the courtyard on the weekends! @kuduchs

Perfect for: meeting with friends on a sunny afternoon. Kudu is one of the few coffee shops in Charleston that doesn’t have wifi, so while it might not be ideal for getting work done, it is wonderfully refreshing to look around and see people actually talking with one another, and not looking at their laptops.

3. Bakehouse

Bakehouse is perfectly situated on East Bay Street, right in the heart of the action. Just minutes from Waterfront Park and nestled between some of Charleston’s most famous restaurants, this bakery café is frequented by tourists and locals alike. With a wide selection of pastries and breakfast-y goodies (their claim to fame is that they provided desserts for Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ wedding in 2012) along with a number of local craft beers and dessert-inspired coffee drinks, Bakehouse has got you covered. @bakehousecharleston

Perfect for: refueling after a day of wandering through the historic district. Stop in for a specialty latte after a stroll by Rainbow Row.

4. Brown's Court Bakery

Another favorite of mine! Brown’s Court is part bakery, part coffee shop, making it one of the happiest places I know. The minute you walk in the door, you can smell the fresh baked bread coming out of the oven, not to mention spy the endless selection of pastries and breads on display (tempting is an understatement). The upstairs seating area at Brown’s is cozy and quiet, but their breezy porches are not to be missed either. @brownscourtbakery

Perfect for: grabbing a fresh baguette on your way home or ordering a coconut iced coffee to stay a while. 

5. Revelator

A recent newcomer to the Holy City, Revelator is already making a great impression. The coffee company, currently spreading like wildfire all over the South, and is committed to a clean, bright design and a simple coffee menu. Revelator's no-frills attitude and expert brewing already has folks flocking to its new Upper King location. @revelatorchs

Perfect for: settling in with a pour over and watching hipsters do their thing. 

(Photos courtesy of @revelatorchs) 

6. Mercantile and Mash

When the old Cigar Factory finally reopened last year, totally renovated into upscale office and event spaces, Mercantile and Mash was one of the beautiful new add-ons. A gourmet market on the first floor and a bar on the second, there isn’t much you can’t find at Mercantile and Mash. Frequented by the Cigar Factory’s workday inhabitants as well as many others, this gorgeous space serves up excellent coffee in addition to its impressive breakfast and lunch spreads. My personal favorites are the sweet cream latte and the nitro cold brew (a carbonated iced coffee that will blow your mind). @MercantileandMash

Perfect for: your lunch break.

(Photo courtesy of Charleston Eater)

7. The Daily

An offshoot of Charleston beloved mainstay Butcher and Bee, The Daily is your early morning dream come true. Tucked away under the Crosstown on Upper King, The Daily is part market (stocked entirely with locally curated goods), part cafe, dishing up their creative spins on eggs, toasts, and bakery items. The beverage menu is equally dazzling, featuring everything from coffee and tea to juices and smoothies. Oh, and their avocado toast is probably the best in town. My stomach is growling just thinking about it! @thedailychs

Perfect for: grabbing a quick and easy breakfast before a busy day. 

(Photo courtesy of @chsdatenight)

8. The Rise

The Rise is a part of The Restoration, a gorgeously renovated hotel on Wentworth Street. In tune with the rest of the hotel, the coffee shop is sleek, bright, and beautiful, offering pastries, coffee, and tea (my personal favorite is the vanilla almond latte). Though seating is scarce, think European - it's all about the grab-and-go. Want an insider tip? Take your coffee up to the Restoration's rooftop bar and restaurant, The Watch, and take in one of the best views of the city. @therestorationhotel

Perfect for: a classy pit stop for a quick jolt before conquering King Street. 

9. City Lights

Photo courtesy of 360 Photo Co. 

Photo courtesy of 360 Photo Co. 

This hole-in-the-wall on Market Street is inarguably one of the coziest spots in Charleston. The tight space is hardly a concern, though - with coffee served in rainbow saucers and a counter full of cakes and pastries, I can think of little to complain about. Every time I've visited, the baristas have made a point of chatting and asking about my day - points for kindness and hospitality! 

Perfect for: holing up on rainy days. 

10. Tricera Coffee

Basically a part of the College of Charleston campus, Tricera is guaranteed to be filled with college kids at any given moment. Convenience is definitely a factor, but the coffee itself is also quite a draw: roasted locally by Cup Coffee, the brew at Tricera is top notch. To top things off, the tiny shop on George Street also makes incredible waffles and bagel sandwiches. @triceracoffee

Perfect for: A pick-me-up before class for us students, or a quick stop for King Street shoppers.

(Photos courtesy of Tricera Coffee)

11. Eclectic Cafe and Vinyl

After opening last summer, Eclectic has quickly become something of a local favorite.  A visit to this café is worth venturing off the beaten path to its location on the end of Spring Street. Though Eclectic has a great coffee selction, it is also a full service restaurant, serving up an amazing menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. As if that weren’t enough, Eclectic also doubles as the one of the city’s only real record stores, with walls lined with albums both old and new up for sale. @eclecticcafevinyl

Perfect for: a morning brew or a glass of wine to accompany some live music – Eclectic features a different local band almost every week.

Wherever you end up, enjoy your cup of coffee!

-Abby

 

Recap of the Southern Select Pop Up Shop!

The very first Southern Select Pop Up Shop was held March 10th and 11th at the Cigar Factory in downtown Charleston. It was an exciting event full of great brands, fun activities, delicious snacks, and fabulous people! I'd say it was a success!

You may be wondering, "What is Southern Select?" Great question! Southern Select is a "thoughtfully curated selection of the best in baby, child, and lifestyle dreamt up by the next generation of Southern talent." Future pop ups will be held in other cities across the south, so be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook

Today on the blog, I wanted to give you a visual recap of the event with links to some of the amazing brands. For those that could not attend or do not live close by, here is your chance to see a glimpse of the weekend!

Texture Design Co.

Pictured above is our table space. I always enjoy the challenge of setting up! It is like a puzzle making all the pieces work together! Check out our Etsy shop to order any of the products pictured! (Or come visit us at the shop...218 B King Street.)

The Blue Root

Next to us was our friend Melissa of the The Blue Root. She creates the most beautiful curated gift boxes packed full of Charleston made products! Be sure to check out our #FollowFriday post we did with her last year! Love her company's mission:

"Our mission is to feature artisans who work endless hours honing in and perfecting their craft and presenting their talent in a wood keepsake box to help celebrate those special moments in life."

Seed Factory

In front of our table was Seed Factory, a baby boutique with a brick & mortar in Atlanta, GA. Their colorful collection of baby goods was absolutely adorable! If you live in Georgia, be sure to check out their shop on Howell Mill Road!

Templeton Silver

Our friend, Nikki Wood, was all set up with her amazing Templeton Silver pacifier clips! We featured her company a few months back on our #FollowFriday blog. The greatest thing about Templeton Silver pacifier clips is that the naturally antimicrobial silver beads have 85% less bacteria than other cloth or plastic clips! AND the clips turn into bracelets for mom when baby outgrows them!

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Suite 33 Charleston

I'm telling you, this pop-up was so fun because it was so many small business friends! Do you remember us talking about Emily Papuga of Suite 33? She had her beautiful pillows and bags all on display! I love all of her new patterns!

Modern South Art
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Modern South Studio

Cory McBee is the talented artist behind Modern South Studio. She has a lovely collection of modern graphic prints and abstract paintings! We were all swooning over her paintings at the show. I love her use of color with large strokes. You can find a few more of Cory's pieces in the stairwell at our shop!

Casuarina Fine Jewelry

Pretty sure these pictures speak for themselves! Simple, chic, eye-catching pieces all on display and available through Casuarina! Harriet Gilmore is the designer behind this line. She also happens to be a native to the Mt Pleasant area!

Hausful

Hausful is the newest modern home decor store in the Charleston area. They set up a little portion of their shop at the front of the pop-up! If you like clean lines, pops of colors, functionality, and sleek edges...go check out their brick & mortar shop on Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Leigh Webber

Leigh Webber

Fine art photographer, Leigh Webber, was also in attendance displaying her beautiful "Dive In" series! Each of the photographs makes you feel the sun, sand, and salt air vibes!

Wash With Water

Wash With Water

This beautiful set up of organic skincare greeted guests as they walked in the pop-up shop. Wash with Water creates natural soap, lotion and shampoo products for babies, kids and adults! Personally, I'm excited to try the baby products when Baby Kirby arrives this summer!

hemming birds baby bibs

Hemming Birds

If you follow us on Instagram, you know we're a huge fan of the bibs created by Charleston company, Hemming Birds! You can find a selection of their products at our shop as well! Their booth looked amazing at the pop-up! Fun fact, HB is another small business we interviewed on the blog last year!

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Love Lane Designs

Love Lane Designs

If you have a little one that loves to dress up, then you MUST check out Love Lane Designs. Her set up of carefully crafted costumes immediately captures your imagination! Designed in Savannah, each piece is a beautiful work of art carefully screen printed and sewn together! Be sure to visit the online shop to view the whole collection.

As you can see, it was a lovely event! This is only a portion of the vendors represented at the Charleston Southern Select Pop Up! I wish I had time to snap more pics, but definitely follow along with @SouthernSelectPopUp to learn of more great brands in the South!

Have a great day!
Emily

A Guide to Lower King Street: Part 3

Today is the last installment of our three part series exploring lower King Street in downtown Charleston. For those not familiar, this is the district of King Street between Market and Broad Street. It is a quaint part of King full of unique finds, including the Texture Design Co. shop! Be sure to check out the previous two posts (Part 1 and Part 2) to find some of our favorite neighboring food and clothing spots!

Lower King Street Gift Boutiques in Charleston

LOWER KING STREET: Part 3
Gifts and Homegoods

This week, we are focusing on a few of our favorite shops for locating the perfect gift or home decor! Each destination brings it's own style and flare to Charleston!

7. The Preservation Society of Charleston

The Preservation Society is located at 147 King Street.

The Preservation Society is a MUST stop for any visitor or local in Charleston! It was originally founded in 1920 and aims to "recognize, advocate, and protect the historic sites and buildings in the Lowcountry". All the items in the store are locally made in Charleston or help to explain the magic and history of the city. If you venture to their back room, you can browse through books while sitting in the comfy couches with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. They also sell locally made soaps, cards, paintings, and even grits! If you’re looking to learn a little more about our beloved city or just want to grab a souvenir, the Preservation Society is the place to go! Be sure to look for our Texture Design Co. cards and prints while you’re there!
 

8. Vieuxtemps

Vieuxtemps is located at 180 King Street.

Vieuxtemps brings a bit of old school elegance to Lower King. They feature a large selection of china, crystal, and silver ideal for any wedding registry. After 29 years, they continue to offer the largest selection in Charleston. Along with items for the bride-to-be, they offer upscale accessories such as jewelry, letter openers and jewelry boxes. Whether you’re registering for the big day or need a gift for the home, Vieuxtemps has a tasteful, elegant selection that is sure to please.
 

9. South of Market

South of Market is located at 173 King Street

If you’re on the hunt for furniture and accessories for your house or apartment, South of Market is the place to go! This store is one of three locations opened by Kay Douglass Interiors. The King Street showroom features new and re-purposed furniture along with antiques brought in from France and Belgium. Styles range from modern to classic, with a variety of pieces that will fit perfectly into any home. Along with furnishings, there is a wide array of candles, books, and kitchen items to help add a little more eye-candy to your decor!
 

10. Lily

Lily is located at 196 King Street

Lily Charleston brings the chic vibes of Europe and Paris to our very own Lowcountry. The boutique has a sleek white and silver interior that is extremely pleasing to the eye. All their items have a sophisticated European flare that will bring a sense of class to any home or event. The shop offers signature Charleston cookbooks with elegant Parisian kitchen ware to complement all of the recipes. Many of their bath and body items, along with exquisite jewelry, come straight from artisans in Paris and all around the world. Lily also features a selection of cufflinks, cologne, and handmade wood razors for the men in your life!
 

11. Texture Design Co.

Texture Design Co. is located at 218 King Street

We may be biased, but we think everyone in Charleston should come visit Texture Design Co! Our shop features a fun variety of Charleston themed goods such as cards, mugs, and prints! In need of the perfect greeting card? We can help you with that as well! Owner, Emily Kirby, has curated several other amazing pieces from other local designers including @Suite33Charleston, @ProduceCandles, @OystersAllAround, @LittleFishBoateak, and @hemming_birds. We are located on the second floor at 218 King so be sure to look out for us. We promise we won't disappoint, and we'd love to meet you!

Complete Map of Lower King Street Destinations

BOUTIQUES:

  1. Two Cumberland
  2. Vestique
  3. Charleston Shoe Company
  4. E.Blackhurst
  5. The Impeccable Pig
  6. 6. Be the Change Boutique


FOOD & DRINKS:

A. Bull Street Gourmet
B. Fulton Five
C. Bin 152
D. Kitchen 208
E. City Lights Coffee



7. The Preservation Society
8. Vieuxtemps
9. South of Market
10. Lily Charleston
11. Texture Design Co.

Thank you for joining us for our Lower King Street series!
We hope you'll check out our amazing neighbors!

- Elise

A Guide to Lower King Street: Part 2

Over the next few weeks, we will be running a three part series featuring some of our favorite spots on lower King Street in Charleston. For those not familiar, this is the district of King Street between Market and Broad Street. It is a quaint part of King full of unique finds, including the Texture Design Co. shop! Follow along as we explore the area right around us!

Be sure to visit last week's Part 1 post that explores the variety of clothing boutiques in the Lower King district.

LOWER KING STREET: Part Two
Foodie Spots

This week we are highlighting a few of Lower King's wonderful restaurants and eateries. Here in Charleston we are spoiled with great food, and our neighbors are no exception!

A. Bull Street Gourmet

Bull Street Gourmet is located at 120 King Street.

Bull Street is a long-time favorite of mine! This spot is great because it is truly a one-stop-shop - serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee as well as housing an impressive beer and wine market, making it the perfect place to grab a breakfast sandwich to start the day or pick up a bottle of wine on the way home. The menu boasts a vast array of soups, sandwiches and salads, and the market side is also stocked with a selection of gourmet groceries and fresh produce. As if that weren't enticing enough, I have been known to claim Bull Street's own Counter Culture coffee roast as one of my favorites in the city. @bullstreetgourmetcharleston

 

B. Fulton Five

Fulton Five is located at 5 Fulton Street off of King Street.

Just a few steps from King Street, Fulton Five is one of Charleston's most treasured restaurants. After being voted the city's "Most Romantic Restaurant" 17 years in a row, there's a reason why people are making reservations months in advance - Fulton Five's authentic Italian cuisine and cozy, candlelit atmosphere are the stuff of dreams. While the menu is a little on the pricier side, think of this white-tablecloth venue for your next special occasion - after just one phenomenal visit a few years ago, I have been longing to go back ever since. 

 

C. Bin 152

Bin 152 is located at 152 King Street.

Nestled amongst the many galleries and antique shops on Lower King is Bin 152, a warmly lit wine bar with offerings by the glass and the bottle. Open late with charcuterie and cheese boards up for grabs as well, Bin 152 is the perfect meeting place for friends, and an excellent spot for after dinner drinks. @bin152winebar

 

D. Kitchen 208

Kitchen 208 is located at 208 King Street.

Brunch lovers rejoice: as one of the only restaurants on King Street with ample patio seating and and all-day weekend breakfast menu, Kitchen 208 is a local favorite. While the vibe is on the fast and casual side, the food is to just as enticing as the breezy outdoor dining area. Boasting an endless menu of biscuits, waffles and eggs in the am and a slew of salads and sandwiches for lunch, Kitchen 208 promises to be a bright and sunny spot in any Charleston morning or afternoon, and a wonderful pit stop for those spending the day shopping on King! @kitchen208

 

E. City Lights Coffee

City Lights is located at 141 Market Street. (right around the corner from King Street)

Located just around the corner from our shop, City Lights is definitely a favorite of the Texture team. Serving up espresso, tea, and pastries in their tiny wood-paneled shop on Market Street, City Lights is one of the sweetest and coziest spots in the Holy City for a good caffeine fix. The staff is incredibly friendly and lattes are nothing short of blissful, making this the perfect place for working or meeting. @citylightscoffee

We hope you enjoyed Part 2 of Exploring Lower King Street! Be sure to check back next week for the final portion of our district tour!

-Abby

Our Partnership with Charleston's One80 Place

If you purchased one of our 2017 Charleston flowerbox calendars or prints this season, you might have noticed that a portion of the proceeds went to an organization called One80 Place, based right here in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. It is so easy to notice all the beauty in a city like ours (which Emily has depicted so well in these products!), but if you look a little closer, it’s impossible to miss the need that exists here as well. While capturing the charm of Charleston’s homes, we knew that there were many people in our city still struggling to meet basic needs, such as food and shelter. So, rather than just noticing the need, we wanted to do something to help. That’s why we decided to partner with One80 Place.

Entry into the main building at 0ne80 Place.

A few weeks ago, Emily and I were fortunate enough to tour One80 Place’s downtown campus. It’s safe to say we were blown away – the facility is so much more than just a homeless shelter, as one might think. The vision behind the nonprofit organization is not just to provide individuals and families with beds for a night, but rather, equip them with the tools to get back on their feet. This includes everything from legal help, job training, counseling, education opportunities and access to medical treatment, just to name a few of the incredible services offered on site. The end goal, we learned, is to end homelessness in Charleston all together. While this may seem like a lofty aspiration, after witnessing first hand all that One80 place is doing for this community, I believe wholeheartedly that a real, tangible difference is being made.

The main building includes the kitchen, cafeteria, medical wing, men's housing, men's veterans space, laundry, and conference room.

Our tour was lead by Vice President of Operations John Masters, one of many passionate team members, whose enthusiasm and heart for the project were nothing short of contagious. He walked us through the entire campus (which is still growing and expanding to include more space for housing and childcare, for example), comprised of a handful of building devoted to various aspects of the mission. While it provides shelter to roughly 160 people on a nightly basis, One80 place also houses a complete health care facility, community kitchen, education and professional training center, as well an entire wing devoted to serving the specific needs of veterans.

We left One80 Place that day feeling completely inspired – the measures being taken by the staff, volunteers, and supporters of the shelter are doing more to change the lives of people in the community than I can express. We at Texture Design Co. are beyond humbled to play even the smallest role in the amazing work being done there! A portion of the proceeds from our flowerbox prints and calendars will continue to go towards this organization, but if you want to learn more about One80 Place or find out how to get involved, click here.

-Abby

Spice Up Your Christmas Gift Wrapping!

When I was younger, the days and weeks leading up to Christmas meant a few things in my household - first, that my mother suddenly became very secretive, hiding unwrapped gifts in every closet, nook and cranny of our home (which we were of course forbidden to go looking for, but of course did anyways). Secondly, however, from December 1st to 24th, the laundry room became strictly off limits. This was always mysterious to me as a kid - I would arrive home from school to find her scrambling to shut the door to the top secret room as she greeted me, telling me not to go inside lest I should ruin her "Christmas magic." When I was a little older and in on the secret (my two younger siblings still on board with the magic of Santa and so on), I was finally granted entry to the laundry room, and what I found inside was nothing short of dazzling.

Check out some fun and unique Christmas gift wrap ideas in the blog below!

We paired green, light pink, and black for a unique Christmas look! Gift tags available for download in our Etsy shop. Don't be afraid of mixing bold patterns and unexpected Christmas colors! This year, Texture Design Co. released its first wrapping paper designs! The bold graphic wrapping paper is available exclusively in our Charleston shop (218 B King Street). 

It was as if my mother had taken the space and transformed it into Santa's workshop. Piles of wrapping paper, bows, tinsel, and ribbon covered the entire surface area of the floor, and a mountain of presents addressed to all of our friends and family sat stacked in the corner. Everything glistened in shades of red, green, and gold. From that day on, Christmastime took on something of a new meaning - the many afternoons my mother and I spent together in the laundry room workshop, cutting through sheets of wrapping paper and adorning boxes with perfectly tied bows are still some of my favorite memories. I can still remember those Christmas mornings, watching my brother and sister gaze in awe at the bounty under the tree, sharing a proud and knowing look with my mom. The "Christmas Magic" was still alive, indeed.

For this cabin feeling Christmas wrapping set, we paired our darker green wrapping paper with red bakers twine, buffalo check patterns, and polka dots! Gift tags available for download in our Etsy shop. The Texture Design Co. bold graphic wrapping paper is available exclusively in our Charleston shop (218 B King Street). Add a leaf to any package to add a little flair! Ribbon from Michaels Craft stores.

With the holidays right around the corner, our very own wrapping paper has arrived just in time. Whether you'd call yourself a professional, laundry room gift wrapping queen or one who struggles just to tape down those corners smoothly, we are here to encourage you to get creative this year. Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns, play with your color palate, or try breaking out of the classic holiday gift mold. We had a wonderful time dressing up these packages with Texture's own wrapping paper, and were delighted by how many fun and unique combinations we could come up with. 

For our last Christmas gift wrap grouping, we made it a little playful and whimsical! We combined seafoam, light pink, with traditional red and green Christmas colors! Play with patterns and textures! Mix ribbons with twines. Again, the Gift tags are available for download in our Etsy shop. The Texture Design Co. wrapping paper available in our Charleston shop (218 B King Street). 

The spirit of giving is plays a big role in this season, but it doesn't end with what's inside the box - we hope you all can find as much joy in the wrapping process as we did this year, and that this paper will provide some inspiration!

Merry Christmas,
Abby

Follow Friday: Templeton Silver

I love sharing incredible companies with you on our #FollowFriday posts. Today is no exception! In the interview below, we are talking to Nikki Wood of Templeton Silver! Her product is genius, and makes for a wonderful baby gift for any mom! Without further ado, I'll let Nikki tell you more below! Be sure to follow her on Instagram @TempletonSilver.

Templeton Silver
Owner: Nikki Wood
Products: Sterling silver pacifier clips

TDC: Tell us a little about how Templeton Silver got started, and the inspiration behind the idea.
TS:  I owned my own handmade beaded jewelry company for about ten years with my jewelry in boutiques all over the southeast. I had a childhood friend approach me about taking over their business. They made sterling and beaded pacifier clips that turn into a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage. She started the company when she was trying to find a cute pacifier clip that didn’t get dirty and "germy". They say that necessity is the mother of invention so they came up with the amazing concept of Templeton Silver’s unique clips as being:

1. A pacifier clips
2. That it also becomes a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage.  

The two owners (who were sisters) both had children and couldn’t give the business the time and energy it needed. I thought the idea was absolutely genius. There is a ton of competition with making jewelry and this opportunity came to me at the perfect time. I’ve always loved children and have always wanted to do something in the children’s industry. I ended up taking over the company about 3 years ago and basically revamped and expanded everything. They had a few different styles of clips (that were amazing and adorable) but I took my jewelry background and came up with different collections of clips and named them after all my best friend’s kid’s names.  It was a perfect fit for me. So, in 2013 I made Templeton Silver my own and it’s grown in leaps and bounds since!

TDC: I bet that was a huge undertaking!  What has been your favorite part about running the company for the past three years?
TS:  I absolutely love the fact that each day I learn something new and with each new day comes new opportunities. Every day I wake up and am excited about all the things that lie ahead and are waiting for me and my company. Whether it’s finding an amazing new boutique to be in, an awesome new mom who loves our products, or finding amazing people and shops on Instagram like Textured Design Co to collaborate with.  It’s really fun!

TDC: Templeton Silver is known for its sterling silver pacifier clips, and customers can choose from a number of beautiful beaded chains as well. What do you think sets your products apart from others out there?
TS:  Such a great question!  There are so many amazing and adorable pacifier clips out there. Templeton Silver pacifier clips are unique in that not only are they pacifier clips, but they turn into a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage (*patent pending) and they have 85% less bacteria than cloth or plastic pacifier clips bc silver is naturally antimicrobial. We try and have a different styles and color options so there is a perfect fit for each mommy and baby. All our clips are cpsc and cpscia tested which means we have had our clips tested in a child safety testing laboratory. We care about making sure your baby is safe!

TDC: All your products are available online. Can they also be purchase in any retail stores?
TS:  Yes! We are in over 200 high end baby boutiques

TDC: Is there anything you’d like to share with us about the future of Templeton Silver?
TS:  We are so excited about the future of Templeton Silver and what it holds.  We have a few ideas up our sleeve, so you’ll have to follow along in the new year and see what those are :)

TDC: All of Templeton Silver’s products are designed and handcrafted here in Charleston, SC.  What are some of your favorite things to do in Charleston? Any favorite spots in the Holy City?
TS:  I grew up in Charleston. I went to college at University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC and came right back to Charleston after I graduated. I swear I have a love affair with my home town. Love going to the beach, anything on the water, anything outside really (because there are no bad views in our amazing city). I’ve always loved just being downtown.  There’s something magical about our Holy City!

TDC: And finally, our favorite question… is there a Charleston restaurant you’re really loving right now?
TS:  Fig never ever gets old, does it!?  and Xiao Bao Biscuit is always a must.

Be sure to follow along with Nikki to see what she has in store for the future of Templeton Silver, and check out the image below for more details! 

Happy Friday everyone!
-Emily and Abby

2016 Fall Favorites

Our intern, Elise, gathered her 2016 fall must-haves! From booties to water bottles and everything in between, we've got you covered this season!

1. Steve Madden Cynthia Black Booties

$129
These Steve Madden booties are the perfect addition to any fall outfit. With four different colors to choose from, they are sure to step up your outfit game. Not only are they comfortable, but they can be worn both day and night.

 

2. Madewell Campfire Scarf

$62
This scarf is the perfect fall accessory. It easily complements any outfit and helps add a little flare to the simplest of looks. The best part of it all- the pattern is instructions on how to build a campfire!

 

3. Gather Canvas Container

$22
These hand-painted canvas containers are the perfect combination of functionality and charm. Whether you need a table centerpiece to hold your fruit/squash/napkins or little storage for your bedroom & bathroom these guys are the ideal organizer. Come by our Texture Design Co. shop on King Street to grab yours today! 218 B King Street, Charleston, SC

4. Henri Bendel 2017 Travel Girls Pocket Journal

$48
This pocket journal is perfect for any girl on the go. It easily fits into any purse or tote and will keep you organized throughout the new year.

 

5. Vince Camuto Crisintha Over the Knee Boot

$179.95
Over the knee boots made their mark in early Spring 2016 and this fall they’re more popular than ever. While the iconic Stuart Weitzman Lowland boot will cost you an arm and a leg, these boots still encompass the sleek and slimming elements of the shoe all while coming at a much more affordable price.

 

6. Ray-Ban 52mm Sunglasses Top Black

$160
Fun, trendy sunglass styles have been all the rage throughout the spring, summer and now the fall season. These Ray-Bans are the perfect way to spice up your style all while maintaining a classic, timeless look

 

7. S’well Water Bottle

$35
Whether you want to keep your coffee hot or your water cold, this water bottle is the perfect for an on-the-go lifestyle.

 

8. Reversible Leather Tote Bag

$59
This leather bag is perfect for toting around books or everyday essentials. With it’s convenient reversible feature you can pick and choose what color you want to showcase on a given day.

 

9. Kate Spade Holland Skinny Strap Watch

$195
Needing a new watch this fall? Well this is the one for you. This Kate Spade timepiece is sure to pull together any look. The skinny strap adds a youthful, yet sophisticated touch while the gold face adds a bit of elegance.

 

10. #Thankful Greeting Card

$4
Our new Texture Design Co. notecards are the perfect way to get in touch with friends this season. Whether it is an invitation, a thank you, or a simple hello, these cards are sure to add some modern flare to your fall.

Thanks for following along and happy fall y'all!
-Emily & Elise

New Members of the Texture Design Team!

We have two new interns starting this week! I'm pretty sure Texture Design won the jackpot on interns! Elise and Abby go to the College of Charleston and are so lovely to be around! This week they interviewed each other in order for you to get to know a little more about them! In the coming weeks you'll be hearing lots more from them!


Get to know Elise!

AT: You're fairly new to Charleston. Where are you originally from, and what brought you to the city?
EB: I am originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan which is a small suburb right outside of Detroit. When I was applying to schools I loved the idea of getting out of my comfort zone and trying something new and Charleston seemed like the perfect place to do that.

AT: What is your favorite thing about living in the Holy City so far?
EB: There is so much to love, but I am a huge fan of the atmosphere and the weather. Having access to so many amazing stores and restaurants that are all within a few blocks of me is amazing. I also love how kind and friendly people are here. A big plus is the weather!  Back home in Michigan it is freezing right now so having a nice 75 degree day in October is amazing! Oh and having the beach so close isn’t bad either!

AT: Do you know what you're planning to study at the College of Charleston?
EB: As of now, I plan on majoring in Marketing. I am hoping to work with fashion and media once I graduate, but I also am very interested in potentially minoring in real estate and doing something with that eventually.

AT: Any books/movies/music you're especially loving these days?
EB: I just finished reading The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan, and absolutely loved it. Marina was a writer who graduated from Yale in 2012, but was killed in a car accident just five days later. The book is a compilation of all the essays she wrote and they encompass all sorts of topics that young adults face and will have to face someday. I thought it was the perfect thing to read in the beginning of college, and I highly, highly recommend it.

AT: What's something you're excited or passionate about right now?
EB: Traveling and exploring. I have loved getting to run around Charleston every weekend and learning about the history of it and experiencing all it has to offer. Moving here has made me realize how many cool things there are in the world and how it is so easy to miss them. I’m working towards hopefully going overseas sometime soon and eventually studying abroad.

AT: What are you most excited about in working with Texture Design Co.?
EB: I am really excited to learn more about the world of marketing and also about running a business. I think it is going to be an awesome way to explore different fields of business and hopefully find something that I am passionate about. I am very grateful for the opportunity!

-Abby


Get to know Abby!

EB: Where are you from and what drew you to Charleston when you were looking at schools?
AT: I am originally from Naples, Florida, where I lived all my life until moving to Charleston for school. My dad was actually born in Charleston, and many of my relatives still live here, so I grew up visiting the city pretty frequently. I fell in love with this place at a young age, and have had my heart set on someday living here since I was about twelve years old. When I started looking for schools, the College of Charleston seemed like the perfect choice!

EB: You’re an English Major, is there anything specific that you hope to do with that once you graduate?
AT: I have always loved reading and writing, so declaring a major that allows me to study things that I really enjoy has been a huge game-changer for me. There is definitely a cliche attached to English majors that implies impracticality, but I think there are more opportunities out there than people may realize. In an ideal world, I would love to continue writing as a career, be it in the publishing world, with journalism, blogging, or otherwise.

EB: Are you involved in any activities around town?
AT: I am super involved with an organization called Young Life, which is a relational ministry for high school kids. I am a leader for kids at Bishop England High School, so I spend a ton of time meeting and hanging out with them - it’s something I’m more passionate about than almost anything. I am also currently working with South of Broad Living magazine, writing a monthly food column where I review up-and-coming restaurants in the city. As you can imagine, a job that combines eating and writing is a dream come true!

EB: What is your favorite restaurant in Charleston?
AT: Oh man, that’s a tough question. I think right now I would have to say Leon’s Oyster Shop - any place that offers fried brussels sprouts, incredible seafood and soft serve ice cream with rainbow sprinkles on the same menu is definitely high on my list.

EB: What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
AT: People might be surprised to know that I am something of a closet musician - I love singing and playing guitar, although I haven’t gotten to do it nearly as often as I used to since being in college. My younger brother and sister are super musically talented as well, so it’s always so much fun to jam together when we’re all home in Florida!

EB: What are you most excited about in working with Texture Design Co.?
AT: I am very excited to see the ins and outs of running a small, creative business up close, and also for the opportunity to gain more experience with blogging. I am also looking forward to learning from Emily! She has created a really beautiful shop and company, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

-Elise

Thanks for following along! Check back in next week for some of our fall favorites!

Follow Friday: Hermosa Jewelry

This time last year, I met Haley of Hermosa Jewelry! We both had a booth at a local event, and I was so impressed with her jewelry company! Haley is one amazing entrepreneur -- creative, smart, and delightful to talk to! Learn more about this Charleston native and her gorgeous line of jewelry in the #FollowFriday interview below! 

Hermosa Jewelry Charleston SC

HERMOSA JEWELRY
Owner:  Haley Keisler
Products:  handmade jewelry, custom & wedding jewelry
Follow @HermosaJewelry on Instagram!

TDC: Hermosa is Spanish, correct? Tell us a little about what inspired the name, Hermosa Jewelry.
HJ:  I studied abroad for a semester in college in Seville, Spain.  “Hermosa” means beautiful in Spanish, which in my opinion, I think my jewelry is beautiful but it also makes women who wear it feel beautiful, too.

TDC: Your jewelry is very striking! What led you to designing jewelry?
HJ: At the age of 12, I inherited a large box of costume jewelry from a family friend.  I started taking pieces apart and reassembling them into new designs.  And the rest is history, I’ve been designing jewelry since then.  

TDC: Do you currently have a favorite piece in your collection? 
HJ:  Yes!  My favorite piece right now is the Sansa Crescent Horn (featured above), named after Sansa in Game of Thrones.  It is a colorful statement piece that I have been wearing on repeat lately.  

TDC: What are the best ways for people to purchase your items? 
HJ:  You can shop in person at my studio & showroom located at 1304 Erckmann Drive, Suite D. in Mt. Pleasant.  Local stores in the Charleston area that carry my line include: Charleston Preservation Society, Karen Hagan Fine Art, Stox & Co. Salon & Spa, and The Green Shutter.  My website is open 24/7 as well (www.hermosajewelry.com).  I have a lot of upcoming events for the Fall and Holiday season which are listed on my website.  

TDC: You also had a booth set up at this year's Volvo Car Open Tennis Match. Tell us a little about that experience! Will we see some tennis stars wearing Hermosa Jewelry?
HJ:  Yes!  The Volvo Car Open is my biggest event of the year.  It is so much fun but a lot of work.  I showcase my jewelry for 9 days.  It’s a great way to get brand exposure for people that are attending the tournament.  I have three Tennis stars that rock Hermosa: Bethanie Mattek-Sands (just won gold at the Olympics), Sloane Stephens (won the Volvo Car Open), and Jelena Jankovic.

TDC: You lived in Colorado for a few years after college. Did you have a favorite city or town that you visited? Any recommendations for someone heading that way?
HJ:  Colorado definitely has a piece of my heart.  When I lived there, I skied every weekend.  Steamboat is one of my favorite places in Colorado to ski and visit.  It has a Western ranch feel to the town and the skiing is awesome!

TDC: Having grown up around Charleston, is there a Charlestonian tradition or activity that is extra special to you?
HJ:  I love spending time on the water- fishing, cruising, exploring.  You get to see Charleston from a different perspective.  

TDC: Last but definitely not least...what is your favorite Charleston area restaurant right now?
HJ:  My favorite Charleston restaurant is Muse.  It located on Society Street in a historic house.  It has a quaint yet intimate atmosphere and the food is fantastic!

Be sure to follow Hermosa on Instagram! @HermosaJewelry

Thanks for stopping by the blog! Next week we're introducing two new members of the Texture Design team!!

Best,
Emily Kirby

Celadon Home's Birthday Party

We are SOOO excited to be a part of an amazing lineup of local makers and artists to help celebrate Celadon's 22nd birthday and the online store’s 1st birthday! It’s going to be a great party, so you should plan on stopping by!

 The event is Saturday, November 5th from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Celadon Home
1015 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Celadon Home Birthday Party

Reply to the Facebook event and bring your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/1749602208622615/

 #celadonsturning22 #celadononlineturns1 #celadonsbirthdayparty

Have a great day!
Emily

2017 Calendar: Behind the Scenes

Our Flower Boxes of Charleston 2017 Calendar is now available for pre-order! This might be my favorite project to date! Some of you may have seen my #WednesdayWalks posts on Instagram, and if so you know that my walk to work involves the most beautiful scenery! Every single day I pass these gorgeous homes with exquisite flower boxes. I got to thinking it would be awesome to have a calendar featuring these unique flower arrangements!

Here we are a few months later, and I'm so excited about the final product! Between now and October 10th, you can pre-order at a discounted rate. So don't wait! Get yours soon!

Today I'm sharing a little of the behind-the-scenes! My friend Melissa Griffin (of Melissa Griffin Photography) graciously rode around with me taking pictures. Thank you Melissa! Just imagine me continuously stopping the car for her to jump out, take a picture, and jump back in! Be glad you weren't behind us! #goodtimes

I later went back out and took a few more pictures on my own. I love seeing the photograph next to the drawing! A special thank you to the flower box designers for their help in the process! Garden Elegance Landscaping Services, Jen Stringer Obi of Living Colors, and Kelli Shaw Designs were a huge part of bringing this calendar together! 

Love the colors on the house above! ^ One of my favorite things about the calendar is that you can frame all of the artwork when you're done! Each drawing is sized to be trimmed for an 8 x 10 frame! 
Don't forget to pre-order before October 10th! 

Best,
Emily Kirby

Follow Friday: Hemming Birds Boutique

This week I was able to grab coffee with one of the founders of Hemming Birds Boutique.  I love when I get to meet other small business owners in town and we can just chat about the triumphs and trials of our businesses! Her one-year-old daughter, Ellie, came to coffee with us wearing her adorable made-by-mom Hemming Birds' bib. The sweet lady serving our coffee immediately commented on what an adorable and well-made baby bib Ellie was wearing. <<-- And that my friends is the truth! You have to check out these precious baby accessories! Keep reading to find out why the owners of Hemming Birds are so passionate about what they do! Happy #FollowFriday!

Hemming Birds

Owners: Yana & Jennifer Wieckowski
Products: Handcrafted Baby Essentials

TDC: In 2014, you two decided to leave your current jobs and start Hemming Birds Boutique. What lead to the decision to go into business together?
HBB: For me (Yana) the desire to leave my current job mostly involved having more quality time to spend with my family.  The decision to not pursue a “real” part-time job was to focus on Hemming Birds as much as possible.  Once we got the ball rolling, Jennifer left her full-time job for similar reasons – to spend more time with her family and also support the growing demands of HB.

TDC: I’m sure the jump into entrepreneurship was exhilarating and scary all at the same time. What has been the most exciting part of the process for you?
HBB: It was, indeed; and continues to be! The most exciting part is watching all of our hard work (blood, sweat, and tears. . .lol) pay off.  We aren’t in this to make a ton of money, we truly love building our business and designing products that new parents adore and love to use.

TDC: Your bibs and burp cloths are absolutely adorable! What would you say is unique about Hemming Birds Boutique products?
HBB: The quality of our products. We are both very particular about quality; both in the materials we use and in the craftsmanship of their construction.  Every detail of our designs are thought-out and meticulously tested.  We’ve been known to count stitches and bust out the ruler to measure distance of top-stitching to the edge of the product.  Some would call us perfectionists ☺  We are also very proud that everything is made locally.  Not only in the USA, but currently all in the Lowcountry.  

TDC: The shop carries two bib styles --The Ollie and the Charlie. What was the inspiration for the names and the styles?
HBB: You know, that is an interesting question.  We started with the Charlie bib, and after that decided to give all of our products human names.  Charlie and Ollie work for bibs, because they can be for either a girl or boy.  Previously, we also had the June and Jane little girl bags, which were named after our daughters (Elizabeth June and Hannah Jane).  

TDC: Customers can purchase your products online. Can they also purchase in any stores?
HBB: Yes they can!  Our bibs and burp cloths are carried in a few baby boutiques and gifts stores across the country.  You can find a list of them here.

TDC: Do you two have a current favorite fabric in the shop right now?
HBB: Ooh, that is a tough one.  I think we’ve both always been partial to the mermaids print. However, in the next few days we are launching a chicken bib, which we are both in love with.  It’s pretty darn cute!

TDC: Any hints on what is in store for Hemming Birds? Any new products or fabrics you can share with us?
HBB:  We have been slowly launching our “Essential Burp Cloth” over the last year.  Currently they are available in retail stores or in our shop as part of gift set, however soon they’ll be available in our shop as single items.  We have tentative plans to launch a completely new item, possibly as a small batch release for the holidays.  These days, though, we are so busy with our bibs that we don’t have too much time for designing new products.  

TDC: All Hemming Birds Boutique items are designed and handcrafted in Charleston, SC. What are some of your favorite family activities in Charleston?
HBB:  We both love taking our families to the beach.  Jennifer lives in Mt. Pleasant, so her family frequents Sullivan’s Island, while we generally head to Folly.  We have a pretty good collection of shark’s teeth that we love to add to.  We also love all of the local events, like the farmer’s markets and Second Sunday on King Street.  

TDC: Always have to ask...favorite Charleston restaurant right now?
HBB:  Another great question.  I think Jennifer is pretty particular to Vickery’s and Red Drum.  I’d say my current favorite is Edmund’s Oast.  Though, we ventured out of our studio to Home Team BBQ downtown a few days ago and both agreed that it was pretty epic.

Be sure to follow Hemming Birds on Instagram to stay up to date with their latest bib colors and patterns! Have a great weekend!

Best,
Emily Kirby

 

Follow Friday: The Tiny Tassel

It's #FollowFriday again! WooHoo! I've been following The Tiny Tassel on Instagram for a few months, and last week Mimi (the designer) popped in the shop. We got to talking, and she told me more about her new tassel jewelry business. She is the cutest thing, and I am so excited to interview her on the blog today! Find out more about her line, where she finds inspiration, and her Charleston favorites below!

The Tiny Tassel

Description: Brightly colored tassel jewelry & accessories handmade in Charleston, SC
Owner: Mimi Striplin

TDC: The Tiny Tassel is about a year old, tell us a little about how the company came to be!
TTT: It all started with a pair of hot pink tassel earrings and took off from there! I made one pair and was instantly obsessed!  I love tying in a little Charleston charm in all of my products, each piece is named after a street on the Peninsula!

TDC: Describe the style of your products in 5 words.
TTT: Colorful, Classic, Southern, Preppy & Affordable  

The Elliotborough Tassel Necklace

The Elliotborough Tassel Necklace

TDC: Do you have a current favorite item in your shop? 
TTT: They’re all my favorites but if I must choose one I’d have to say  that I’m obsessed with my Elliotborough tassel necklace; I literally wear one everyday! Love the matching bracelets too!

TDC: What has been the biggest challenge with starting your own business?
TTT: Taking chances! I’m used to having a plan for everything, but I’ve learned that taking a risk usually turns out for the better!

TDC: Any hints on what is in store for The Tiny Tassel? Any new products or color ideas you can share with us?
TTT:  I add new pieces to my shop each week, but I’m really excited about all of my new fall pieces! Of course there’s also more pieces coming to our Elliotborough Collection (b/c they’re my absolute fave!)

I just love mixing the  sweet Charleston charm with classic colors & designs and I hope that shows through my pieces!

TDC: Have you always had a flare for the creative and for color? Where do you find your inspiration?
TTT: I’ve always loved crafting & cooking (big thanks to  Martha Stewart) but I think I’ve really found my “calling” with my jewelry. I love that I’m inspired by everything from colorful Charleston homes to sometimes even my dessert!

Tassel Necklaces

Tassel Necklaces

TDC: You recently graduated from the College of Charleston! Congrats! What would be an ideal day in Charleston for you?
TTT: I absolutely love living in Charleston!  First on my list would be Saffron Cafe--one of my favorite hidden gems where you can literally eat cake for breakfast! Next, I’d go for a nice bike ride through the city, stopping to snap photos of all the  beautiful pink homes & flower boxes downtown! Next, I’d justify  a grapefruit cupcake from Sugar Bakehouse & then head to Sullivan’s Island for a day at the beach!

TDC: Current favorite Charleston restaurant?
TTT: This is a tough one, sooo many wonderful restaurants in town! I’ve loved grabbing drinks and dinner at The Watch rooftop above The Restoration hotel this summer, I mean who doesn’t enjoy the Charleston skyline & a gorgeous sunset during dinner?!

 

Be sure to follow The Tiny Tassel on Instagram and stay tuned for the next Follow Friday! (We'll be talking baby items!)

Best,
Emily Kirby

 

5 Things I've Learned from Opening a Shop

I can't believe the shop has been open 2 months now! It has seriously been a whirlwind of excitement, fear, hard work, joy, and challenges! (all mixed together like a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream!) I've been reflecting on some things I've learned, and I thought I'd share with you all! Side note: I'm still learning a ton!  

Texture Design Co. King Street Shop

1. A little fear is normal.

At first I thought it was a bad sign if I was a little fearful; like maybe that is a sign that I can't do it. Questions run through your mind...what if it doesn't work out, what if people don't like it, what if, what if, what if! ...Aaaah! And then fear creeps in. However, the more I've talked to business owners I've come to realize that a little fear is just part of the territory! Usually stepping into a new business venture comes with risks and getting out of your comfort zone. So you'd have to be superwoman not to have a little fear! As a friend says, "If it was easy, everyone would do it." 

The real test is what you do with that fear. You can let the idea die so you don't have to deal with the anxious thoughts. OR you can think through them. Are they red flags? Or are they just nerves because you're trying something new? What is the worst case scenario? Can I make it through that? Well if yes, then it might be worth proceeding! 

It was a relief to find out that I wasn't the only person to start a new venture and experience a little fear at the same time.

 

2. Sometimes you have to be willing to fail.

So this is really a continuation of point #1. One of the most common fears is the fear of failing.

I have read a lot of articles by successful business people, and they all say this over and over. You have to be willing to fail. It sounds so silly and cliche to type it. But once I realized that failure can be part of the process, it wasn't so scary! You have to try things to find out if they work, and from there you can tweak your plan! I've tried some products that didn't work right away. But then you learn something, and you take what you learn to make an even better product. I think this mentality frees you up to run hard without constantly counting the risks.

Opening a shop was something I had dreamed of, so it was so extremely exciting to have the opportunity. When faced head on with the fear of failure, I decided I would rather try and fail then never try at all! So far it is going well, but at the end of the day I am so glad I got the opportunity to try! 

 

3. Enjoy the ride!

Make sure you enjoy the process! We are always looking ahead to the next step or wondering how things will turn out. But we never know what the future holds, so enjoy the journey! 

I have greatly enjoyed opening Texture Design Co, but I will never know for certain what the next 5 years will hold for the company. So I figure I should just enjoy each step of the way. Instead of pining for the day when I can hire employees or wondering what the next year holds, I think about how grateful I am to be able to open a business. I want to make sure I don't miss the view along the way because I've spent too much time looking at the map! Look out the window and take it all in! (like the metaphor? hehe)

 

 
Texture Design Co Stationery Shop
 

4. It's okay if everyone doesn't have the same style as you.

Whatever you do, you can be certain that everyone is not going to have the same style or the same taste. Guess what?! THAT IS OKAY! Nobody bats a 100 average. If 80% of your customers love what you do; don't fret over the other 20%...you get what I'm saying? Like our moms always said, you can't please everyone.

I think when you're creative, it can be very easy to take it personal. But that is just a fact of life. Thankfully, God made us all very different, and we don't all prefer exactly the same thing. So if you're making a product or selling a service that you're proud of, don't worry if there are a few that don't get it! As T-Swift once said, "shake it off."

 

5. Teamwork really is dreamwork.

There is a lot to unpack in that statement! But basically, working with people to accomplish something is the best! Even if you are on your own, there are plenty of people that can team with you--fellow industry people, family, friends, and community!

I don't technically have co-workers, but there are a lot of people that have teamed with me along the way. And it is so fun to share the joy with them.

The shop was a fun chance to work as a team with my husband to accomplish something. I knew there was no way I could get it all done without his help. So building the shelves or my countertop was such a high because we met the challenge together.

The girls that have the shop next to me (Be the Change Boutique) have been incredible about working as a team. Having people to bounce ideas off of or someone to just have your back is so refreshing! We are able to give each other advice or wisdom, and I know I'm lucky to have them! 

The shop is in the Lower King Street district in Charleston. Recently the shops have started coming together to get to know each other so we can work together. This is in the beginning stages, but I love the example. We will be a stronger community if we work as a team to build up the area! Yup! Teamwork really is dreamwork. ;) Don't be an island!

 

Follow Friday: Suite 33 Charleston

Today's #FollowFriday features the cutest pillows in town...which we are now carrying in our shop!!! The talented Emily Papuga of @Suite33Charleston designed each fabric to represent an area of Charleston. In today's interview, we are asking Emily about her new business venture, her passion for Charleston and the future of Suite33.

Photo by Danielle Hulsey

 

Suite 33 Charleston
Owner: Emily Papuga
Products: Pillows & More

TDC: Your new pillow line is absolutely adorable! Tell us a little about the inspiration behind the new line.
Suite33:  Thank you!  My goal was to create a collection of prints that celebrate Charleston, the place I’m so happy to call home.  Inspired by the city’s wealth of historic detail and iconic landmarks, I try to keep all my designs understated versions of their familiar counterparts.  By using aerial perspectives and modern minimalist designs, the versatile prints reflect the Lowcountry’s charm which can be enjoyed well beyond Charleston's city limits.

TDC: Which fabric pattern has the most meaning to you?
Suite33:  I’d have to say the Folly Pier holds the most meaning, it was also the first print I thought to create. One of my favorite things to do is to spend a day at Folly beach.  I love the feeling of being on vacation just a couple miles from home.  

TDC: As you continue the line of pillows, do you see yourself staying mostly with a local theme or branching out?
Suite33:  Charleston definitely has a lot to offer and I have only just begun with my local prints. Branching out to other cities is a long term goal, and I’m excited to see where my designs take me.

TDC: I also saw you’ll be adding some table linens including napkins and placemats! Any expected dates for when those will be available for order?
Suite33:  Yes, I am very excited about expanding the product line!  I believe the table linens will be a great addition to Charleston gatherings and the collection will be available to order online August 1st.  

TDC: The patterns of your fabric reflect your love for the city of Charleston.  What brought you to the lowcountry?
Suite33:  Growing up in Virginia I spent many summers in the Outer Banks and always knew I’d someday live on the coast.  I took an internship in Charleston to complete my design degree and the city quickly stole my heart. 

TDC: Soley based on atmosphere, which Charleston restaurant makes you swoon over their decor? 
Suite33:  I love the aesthetic of the Americano - the playful colors and original pieces create a space thats fun and unique to the area.

I definitely recommend following along with @Suite33Charleston as Emily's pillow business continues to blossom! And be sure to come visit the shop to see her pillows in person!

Best,
Emily Kirby

The Shop Reveal!

If you saw our post three weeks ago, you know we're opening a shop in downtown Charleston! We've been working hard to get the space ready for visitors! And finally we have an opening date...

WE'RE OPENING TOMORROW! 

218B King Street
Charleston, South Carolina
10am to 5pm Monday-Saturday

2nd Floor above Nine West Shoes

Lots of elbow grease and paint were required to get this room ready for customers, but it was so rewarding to see it come together. And thankfully, we had lots of help from wonderful family and friends. As promised, here are photos of the before and after!

Big difference from the original gold painted walls! Right?! Thank you so much for your encouragement in the process! Please, please come by and say hi! 

Best,
Emily Kirby

Follow Friday: The Blue Root

One of my favorite aspects of doing local outdoor markets and festivals is getting to know the vendors around me. I meet some of the most talented and interesting people! And today's #FollowFriday is a perfect example.

A few weeks ago at the Cooper River Coffee Roasters local market, I met Melissa Bowman of The Blue Root. Melissa was showcasing her new locally-curated gift boxes. (These boxes are absolutely fabulous...you'll see below!) Upon talking to her, I also found out that she is a personal chef! She is obviously very talented, and yet she is so down to earth and lovely! Find out why you definitely need to be following @theblueroot and learn some local tips in Melissa's interview below.

THE BLUE ROOT
DESCRIPTION: Personal Chef and Gift Box company
OWNER: Melissa Bowman
LOCATION: Isle of Palms, SC

TDC: Tell us a little about your background and how you came to be a chef!
TBR: Deep down I think I always knew that I wanted to become a chef. I grew up in a family that celebrated food. We were always cooking or baking. If we weren’t preparing food or actually eating it we were planning our next meal. I even remember pretending to be sick so I could stay home from grade school to help my grandmother make homemade pasta or can tomatoes from her garden. That should have been my first clue that I wanted to cook professionally, but like many people, it took me a few years to figure it out. I went to Wilkes University after high school and received a BA in Communications. While there, I wrote the food column for our school paper so my love of food never left I just expressed it in a different way. After college I married my husband, Ty, and he encouraged me to follow my true passion. So off to culinary school I went. A year and a half later I graduated and immediately opened my first catering business. 

Photo Cred Hunter McRae Photography

TDC: The Blue Root offers personal chef services. Share with us what that looks like and how people can set that up. Can customers also purchase the services as a gift for someone?
TBR: Right now, our personal chef services are set up to conform to each individual customer. I love to work with people one on one to create a menu that is unique and special for them. For some it’s a health concern or dietary preference. For others it may be a meal that their whole family will enjoy. The first step is to set up a brief consultation so I can gather some information and then I will put a menu together. I shop for all of the ingredients and then prepare the meals in our customer’s kitchens. Meals are packed and labeled and ready to be enjoyed. 

For anyone who is interested in our personal chef services they can call or email me.  And yes! This service makes a great gift for new parents, new home owners or anyone who is just too busy to get a healthy meal on the table. 

TDC: What is one of your favorite meals that you’ve prepared recently?
TBR: Oh goodness! This is a hard question. If I had to pick it would be a low country boil. I love that I can use all local ingredients. Plus my favorite meals are the ones where we have a bunch of family and friends gathered around a table using our hands to eat and talking for hours. The tastiest food is often the messiest.

TDC: Do you have a local ingredient you love to cook with during the summer months?
TBR: Yes, I love boiled peanuts! I’m not a fan of the gas station variety but homemade boiled peanuts are one of my favorite snacks. My friend who grew up in Atlanta shared her recipe with me when we first moved here, and I have been hooked on them ever since. I love how the texture is less like a peanut and more like a baked potato. I think they are fun to serve chilled, shelled and tossed in a salad. They are also delicious made into hummus and I have even thought about making a pierogi filling out of them but I haven’t tried that yet. 

TDC: The Blue Root also offers high-end gift boxes. What gave you the idea for the locally sourced gift boxes?
TBR: I love to give gifts. It is something that truly brings me joy. I find the whole process of choosing the perfect present and wrapping it up in beautiful packaging to be so satisfying. There was even a time when I considered opening a business during the holidays where I just wrapped presents for people. But then I moved to Charleston and I discovered how much talent was in the area and I wanted to support that. There are so many people who craft some of the best products in the world right in our town and I was inspired to share it with everyone. Curating these gift boxes has been amazing! I love learning about what inspires people to make their products and now it’s a little easier for the rest of the world to get their hands on a piece of Charleston.

TDC: Describe some of the themes of the curated boxes. (I think my favorite is the “Lil’ Peanut” box!)
TBR: I knew I needed a few preset ideas to start off with. I chose six box themes that I feel could be the perfect gift for most of life’s special occasions.

  • The Jubilation Box is a great gift to give when someone is celebrating a promotion, retirement or anniversary. It’s filled with some sweet treats, bubbly (aka soda) and of course, some popcorn.
  • The Southern Hospitality Box is the perfect choice when you are going to a soiree and don’t want to show up with another bottle of wine. This set comes complete with olive oil, sea salt and a fresh rosemary plant that can all be combined together to make a delicious dip for bread.
  • The Gent Box has become one of my favorite boxes. It is filled with an impressive array of products that any man (think Father’s Day!) would love to indulge in.
  • I too love the Lil’Peanut Box. The most interesting and exciting aspect of this gift set is that every product featured is made by a woman. I have more ideas for boxes that I am currently in the process of curating and I adore working on custom box orders.
  • View All Gift Boxes Here.

TDC: You deliver the gift boxes locally as well! Is that correct? How long does it take to receive once you order?
TBR: Yes, all of the boxes are available for local delivery. The turnaround for a box delivery is very quick, usually 24-48 hours unless it is a custom order. 

TDC: Your family moved to the Lowcountry a few years ago. What have you come to love about the Charleston area?
TBR: There is so much I love about Charleston. The food, the sweet tea, the hospitality, the sunsets, the beaches, the history, the list goes on. I think it may be easier for me to choose what I don’t like about Charleston. Mosquitos…that’s about it. 

TDC: Last but definitely not least...what is your favorite local restaurant right now?
TBR: I’m glad you said “right now” because it changes all of the time. My favorite local restaurant right now would have to be Leon’s. The food, drinks and atmosphere are always on point.

Melissa, thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions!
Be sure to follow along @theblueroot!

Best,
Emily Kirby