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

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

 

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