2018 Charleston Gift Guide

Happy Holidays to you & yours!


For December’s blog post, we are sharing a list of Christmas gifts with the utmost southern charm. After all it is the season of giving! And what better way to kick off this season of selflessness than to support local businesses while giving someone you know something they’d love?! And yes, that is a shoutout to that feeling when you know you nailed a gift for someone and you can’t wait for them to open it. Maybe this person you love is local, maybe they love Charleston, or maybe they have always wanted to visit. Either way, these gifts are both Charleston made and Charleston inspired, and they are looking to be loved by the ones you love both near and far!

Charleston Gift Guide including Locally Made goods

1.

The Very Charleston book by Diana Hollingsworth Gessler is the perfect something for someone who dreams of visiting Charleston or falls in love with its charm everyday. It offers beautiful illustrations of the ins and outs of this stunning city, and can be purchased at Lulu Burgess on King St.


Charleston Gift Ideas - Very Charleston

Charleston Gift Ideas - Earrings

2.

J. Mills is a Charleston local jeweler, and you can find her delicate pieces at Lulu Burgess on King St. Her jewelry features lots of sea-blues and iridescent accents inspired by the Charleston’s coastal lowcountry.


3.

Our friends at Charleston Candle Co. create beautiful hand-poured soy candles! Each scent is inspired by the delightful aromas of the southeast. For example, the Church Street candle offers the lovely smell of Jasmine reminiscent of a downtown stroll. Available for purchase at The Community.

Photo by Julie Livingston Photography

Photo by Julie Livingston Photography


Charleston Gift Ideas

4.

Charleston is pretty sweet; however, Charleston’s Own Salt Water Taffy is even sweeter! This would make a great housewarming or hostess gift. The taffies feature bright pastels similar to the colors of the Holy City, and flavors that are just as yummy as they are pretty!


5.

This Hemming Birds clutch is very bright, very floral, and very Charleston! The play on pastels and rich floral hues capture the flower-filled, colorful tones throughout the city. Even on rainy days it is hard for this city to not feel colorful! This is another local maker, and her clutch’s and baby bibs can be found at The Community.

Charleston Gift Ideas - locally made clutch

Charleston Gift Ideas - locally made earrings

6.

Br. Design Co. at Cannonborough Collective brings you these lovely, Charleston green statement piece earrings. We do not do anything subtle here in this colorful city, and these bold statement earrings are no exception! Both contemporary and charming, these earrings will have heads turning.


7.

Start your day off extra bright (pun-intended) and early , with Texture Design Co.’s Rainbow Row mug. It will add color to any muggy wintery day, and is perfect for coffee, hot chocolate, eggnog, or tea. The mug can be purchased on our website and in store at Lulu Burgess Boutique or Cannonborough Collective.

Charleston Gift Ideas - rainbow row mug

Charleston Gift Ideas - Callie's biscuits

8.

Nothing says southern like biscuits, and what could be better than sweet potato biscuits! Send a package of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits to your friends or better yet, grab a gift card to Callie’s restaurant Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit.


9.

Who doesn’t love a great T-shirt, especially when it comes in a mint color AND features your favorite city!? Yep, pretty much in love with this Tee by Graefic Design. Check out more of her products at Cannonborough Collective.

Charleston Gift Ideas - chs t shirt

Charleston Gift Ideas - pineapple dog collar

10.

And for all the dog-lovers, what could be cuter than this Charleston-inspired pineapple dog collar by CrewLaLa?! Purchase a coordinating bow or bow-tie for a little added flair! Visit their store in West Ashley or shop at Cannonborough Collective downtown!


We hope you have a very merry and cozy holiday season!

Xo
Alexandra

Your Guide to the Perfect Charleston Bachelorette Party

We're well into the summer here in Charleston, and one thing is for certain - wedding season is in full swing! Every bride preparing for her big day deserves the only best for her bachelorette party, too, and what better place to celebrate than the Holy City? Endless options of places to eat, drink, and play make Charleston, South Carolina the ideal destination for a girls trip like no other. Here are a few of our favorite ways to take advantage of a weekend in the city.

Where To Stay

The Belmond Charleston Place

Photo Courtesy of The Belmond Charleston Place

Photo Courtesy of The Belmond Charleston Place

The Belmond is one of my favorite hotels in Charleston. It is located on Lower King Street, right in the heart of the shopping district and boasting an impressive collection of boutiques and high-end retailers in their own lobby. With entrances on both King and Meeting street (looking right onto the City Market) the sprawling, marble-floored hotel offers easy access to many of Charleston's must-see areas. The recently-renovated rooms are lavish and exquisite, and the rooftop pool and spa area is one of the most beautiful luxury settings any Charleston hotel has to offer. 

The Mills House Wyndham Grand

The Mills House is another hotel I love to recommend.  It is associated with Wyndham, but the Mills House has the feel of a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel. Standing on Meeting Street in all its pearly pink glory, this one is hard to miss as you walk by. The hotel is in perfect walking distance to fabulous restaurants (close by are Husk and Poogans Porch, among others), and is just blocks away from Rainbow Row and much of the historic district. With a dazzling interior and a lounge-worthy outdoor pool and patio, a visit to the Mills will likely leave you wanting to stay forever. 

The Dewberry

Photos courtesy of Workspace

If a swanky, retro, but extremely high-class aesthetic is what you're all about, look no further than the Dewberry Hotel on Meeting Street. This newcomer has only been open for a year or so, but has already received the highest praise for it's sparkling interiors, incredible restaurant and world-class bar. A stay at the Dewberry will make you and the gang feel as if you stepped onto the set of Madmen, but you don't have to be a guest of the hotel to experience the grandeur - stop by their bar, the Living Room, for craft cocktails, or visit Henrietta's Brasserie, also on site, for a wonderful breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

Where To Eat

Breakfast:

Queen Street Grocery

Photo courtesy of Queen Street Grocery

Queen Street Grocery is a must stop for any breakfast lover and one of my personal favorites. Nestled in the quiet, residential area of Queen Street, QSG is a neighborhood favorite, surrounded by quaint walk-ups and brownstones.  Because of its slightly off-the-tourist-trail location, many miss out on the chance to eat here while in town. The cafe offers a delicious selection of sweet and savory crepes, salads, sandwiches, omelettes, and smoothies. Quaint and beyond delicious, a stop here is the perfect way to start your weekend in Charleston.

Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit is raved about by both locals and tourists. They are known for their world-renowned biscuits,  topped or stuffed with a variety of jams, meats, cheeses, and seasonings. Their original location is a tiny hole-in-the-wall shop on Upper King Street, but a second outpost has recently opened inside the City Market on Meeting Street. You can sit at the counter and dine or grab them to go, but they are without question a must eat during your trip to Charleston! Don't forget a cup of their French press coffee, too. 

Brunch:

Stars

Stars is a unique brunch experience because, unlike many other locations, guests are seated at a table and treated to an all you can eat buffet. One section offers a variety of salads, appetizers, and desserts, while another has biscuits, eggs, sausage, potatoes, and customizable omelettes and pancakes. After a delicious meal, and you follow up your brunch with mimosas and bloody Mary's Stars' spectaular the rooftop overlooking King Street.

Hominy Grill

Photo courtesy of Hominy Grill

Photo courtesy of Hominy Grill

When it comes to weekends in Charleston, brunch is a necessity and Hominy Grill is the place to be. They didn't earn the title of most popular brunch spot for nothing - Hominy dishes out heavenly plates of grits, pancakes, and the infamous ‘Charleston Nasty Biscuit,’ a breakfast monstrosity compiled of fried chicken, cheddar cheese, and sausage gravy. Expect a wait to get in, but no need to worry - while you sit outside killing time, you can order drinks through a special window on the patio.

The Park Cafe

Adored by all, the Park Cafe is the brunch destination of your dreams. With a fresh, local menu dominated by the likes of poached eggs and avocado toast, this bright and airy cafe is the perfect start to the weekend. Enjoy a mimosa or a specialty coffee among the abundant greenery. 

Lunch:

The Palmetto Cafe

Photo courtesy of The Palmetto Cafe

The Palmetto Cafe is located right in the center of the renowned Charleston Place Hotel. The restaurant is set in a courtyard within the hotel and is surrounded by glass walls so you can enjoy the beauty both inside and out. The food is fabulous and the menu offers crowd-pleasing dishes such as She Crab soup, Lobster Mac and Cheese, and a Surf and Turf Burger. Once you polish off your meal, you can explore the stores within the hotel or head back out to continue exploring. 

Kitchen 208

Photos courtesy of Kitchen 208

Photos courtesy of Kitchen 208

Kitchen 208 hosts a more casual, price-friendly atmosphere, while still delivering great quality and taste. Their menu consists of sandwiches, salads, and wraps. You order and pay at the front counter and then can choose a seat on their large side patio. The patio is located right on the busy King Street so its a great place to eat and people watch. The staff will deliver your food to your table and you just place your dishes in a bin when you are done. It is the perfect place to stop if you’re looking for something quick and delicious.

 

Dinner:

Oku

Photo courtesy of Food Spotting

Photo courtesy of Food Spotting

Oku offers an unbeatable atmosphere on any weekend evening. As Charleston's favorite classy Asian spot, Oku boasts a great selection of drinks and an even better menu of appetizers and sushi. Even if you're not a sushi lover, have no fear: Oku also offers classic dishes like Chicken Teriyaki and Roasted Duck. After the dinner hours have passed, the restaurant becomes more of a bar scene, DJ and all. 

Husk

Photos courtesy of Charleston Culinary Tours

If it's a true culinary experience you're looking for, head to Husk. Owned by renowned chef and local favorite Sean Brock, Husk is all about dazzling spins on Southern favorites (think shrimp and grits, Carolina gold rice, and so on). If you can't snag a table in the main dining room, grab a seat at the adjacent Husk Bar, where the cocktails and bar snacks are just as to-die-for as the main menu.

A Night on the Town

Republic Garden and Lounge

Republic is a great stop for a night out downtown. The bar is right on Upper King and offers seating both indoors and out. The patio is where the real party is, with a live band featured most nights of the week. You can walk in but also have the option of reserve a table ahead of time, and with an extensive cocktail menu and bottle service available, Republic puts you in the center of the action of Charleston's lively late night scene.

Market Pavilion Rooftop

The Pavilion Bar is located on the roof of the Market Pavilion Hotel. It sits on the corner of the City Market and has a gorgeous view of the market, the bridge, and the city. Their have a variety of Martinis, Mojitos, and wines, many of which boast some southern flare. They also have a great late night food menu to browse. With high top tables and poolside loungers, this rooftop haunt is an ideal spot to end the night with an unparalleled view of the city and harbor. 

Elevé at the Grand Bohemian Hotel

Photo courtesy of Marriott. 

Photo courtesy of Marriott. 

This rooftop restaurant and lounge feels part bar, part fairytale - in other words, the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of rosé at golden hour. Kick back in one of the many plush couches or chairs and watch the sunset. 

 

Fun Things To Do

Hit The Beach

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

Whether you’re staying in downtown Charleston or off on one of the islands, you're guaranteed to never be more than 20 minutes from a beach. What better place to spend the afternoon on a hot and sunny weekend? Folly Beach has the vibe of a classic beach town, with a wide selection of restaurants and shops - all bathing suit and sandy-feet appropriate. In the other direction, Sullivan’s Island is dreamy in its own right. A bit quieter but definitely not lacking in incredible restaurants or views, Sullivan's feels like summer year-round. Be sure to stick around for a post-beach bite, be it world-famous burgers at Poe's Tavern, tacos and margaritas at Mex 1, or something a little nicer at the Obstinant Daughter. 

 

Stroll Down King Street

Photo courtesy of Daniel Island

Photo courtesy of Daniel Island

Shoppers, rejoice. In the heart of downtown Charleston is King Street, something of a mecca for fashionistas and explorers alike. In the number of shops living both sides of the street, you can find popular high end brands like Club Monaco, Louis Vuitton, and Vineyard Vines alongside local boutiques and big chains like Forever 21, H&M, and Urban Outfitters. Make a day of it by stopping for lunch or coffee at one of many cafes and restaurants tucked between retailers. 

 

 Candlefish Workshop

Photos courtesy of Candlefish

A wonderful option for groups and something of a bachelorette "must" here in Charleston, the Candlefish candle making workshop is a total blast. Spend an afternoon or evening choosing custom scents and learning how to pour candles like a pro, all in Candlefish's beautiful Wentworth Street space. As an added bonus, workshops are BYOB, so don't forget a to bring a bottle of rosé. 

 

Visit a Plantation

Photo courtesy of Boone Hall

Photo courtesy of Boone Hall

If you're looking for a break from the downtown scene and want to take in some local history, why not visit a plantation? The Lowcountry is home to a multitude of the historic sites, including Boone Hall, Magnolia Plantation, and Middleton Place, all located within reasonable driving distance of downtown. Each plantation has their own unique story and visitor experience, but all offer a perfect dose of old Southern beauty and charm. 

However you spend your weekend, we hope these ideas help to make you bachelorette one you'll never forget!

If you need a souvenir to commemorate your girls weekend, check out our Texture Design Co. bachelorette weekend mugs on Etsy. Free pick up in Charleston if you message us!

- Elise & Abby

How To Summer in Charleston Like a Local

The temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer, and more visitors are flocking to the city every day. This can only mean one thing: summertime is officially upon us!  Though the heat can be brutal and the pace seems to slow down a bit during these months, there is something undeniably wonderful about summer in the Holy City. Whether you find yourself visiting for the weekend or sweating it out all summer long, take advantage of these local secrets to make the most of the season. We've rounded up some activities and events we love to help you savor the city during our favorite time of year. (Keep reading until the end for a chance to win our giveaway!!)

Bust Out Your Dancing Shoes

Photo courtesy of charleston.com

Photo courtesy of charleston.com

One of my favorite things about summertime is without a doubt the return of "Shaggin' on the Cooper," a bi-weekly swing dance party that breaks out on the end of the Mount Pleasant Pier. As the evenings get warmer and the days get longer, carve out a few Saturday nights to watch the sunset under the Ravenel Bridge to the sound of a live band. Whether you're an expert shagger or the Cha Cha Slide is more your speed, you won't want to miss this series. Can't make it to one of these dates? Check out the "Moonlight Mixers" series on the Folly Beach Pier for even more chances to boogie. 

More information: https://ccprc.com/1175/Shaggin-on-the-Cooper

Go Farmer's Market Hopping

The wait is over - after a few months off, the farmer's market has returned to the Holy City. The downtown market is the place to be on Saturday mornings - Marion Square fills to the brim with food trucks (your best for breakfast this time of year), crafty vendors, and rows of farm fresh produce as far as the eye can see. The fun doesn't stop there, though; there are a number of different farmer's markets taking place all over the city throughout the week. We love the Folly Beach market, every Wednesday evening, and the Sunday Brunch Farmer's Market in West Ashley to name a few. 

More information: https://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/lowcountry-farmers-markets/

See a Show 

If there's one thing that says "summer" in Charleston, it's the annual Spoleto Festival. Since 1977, the 17-day festival has been committed to bringing world-renowned artists and performers to the city for a cultural event like no other. This year's lineup is sure to be dazzling as ever, the docket including everything from jazz to cinema to dance. Kicking off on May 26th, tickets for many shows are still available, but be sure to check out Piccolo Spoleto as well, a coinciding mini-festival with a number of performances free to the public. 

More information: https://spoletousa.org/

Take to the Bridge

Searching for the best view of the Charleston peninsula? Look no further than the Ravanel Bridge. The bridge is a city landmark to be sure, but it also boasts a pedestrian path for runners, bikers, and leisurely walkers. While it may be a little toasty to make the trek in the afternoon, a stroll at sunrise or sunset is pure bliss. Park your car on East Bay Street or over on the Mount Pleasant side and take in the beauty of the Charleston Harbor from above. 

Catch a Movie (with a View)

Is there anything better than kicking back and catching a classic movie on the big screen? Well, there is one thing - movie nights on the beach! Every Wednesday night, starting May 31st, The Tides resort on Folly Beach shows a crowd-pleaser (LaLa Land, Jaws, and Frozen are all on the calendar) on a huge ocean-front screen, and admission is totally free. Bring your friends, beach chairs, and movie snacks and make it a weekly tradition. Another great way to step up your cinema game? The swanky Restoration Hotel is hosting a rooftop film series this summer, too. 

More information: http://www.holycitysinner.com/2017/04/19/beach-movie-night-returns-to-tides-folly-beach-for-2017/

-Abby

Beach bag giveaway

And here is some really exciting news! In honor of Memorial Day and the start of summer, we are giving away two Beach Tote Bags!!

To Enter You Must:

(1) Follow @texturedeisgnco on Instagram

(2) Post a picture of your favorite summer activity and tag @TextureDesignCo. (Grilling out, Sun bathing, Biking...does not have to be in Charleston.) Be sure to use the hashtag: #ATextureDesignSummer

RULES: USA only; must have profile set to public until after winner announced.

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TIMELINE: This sweepstakes will start on 5/25/17 at 1:00pm EST and end 5/29/17 at 5:00pm EST. Winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Instagram 5/30/2017.

Winner(s) will have 48 hours to claim prize, if not claimed a new winner will be randomly chosen. ***DISCLAIMER-VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, NO PURCHASE. Winner must have profile set to public to be eligible to win.

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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