Sure Charleston is known for her history, architecture, beaches and fine dining but the Charleston area is also filled with great places for shopping. And as we find ourselves in the midst of holiday shopping, having a wide selection of choices makes finding the perfect gift for everyone on our list a little bit easier.
Here are some places you might want to visit – just make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes and bring someone to carry the bags.
Downtown Charleston: King Street is lined with a blend of the country’s finest retailers and local boutiques. Shop for books, clothing, shoes, accessories, home goods, jewelry, stationery and gadgets all while stopping off at a local restaurant for lunch or a local café for a cup of coffee to refuel. Visit King Street Marketing Group online for a list of King Street area retailers and to download a holiday parking voucher for two free hours of parking. Make a slight detour off King Street to visit the Charleston City Market where vendors and boutiques offer a wide assortment of items, many of which are locally made, such as sweetgrass baskets and Rewined Candles. (Photo provided/Charleston City Market)
Mount Pleasant Shopping: The town has several shopping centers, including Towne Centre and Belle Hall Shopping Center. Towne Centre is home to stores like Barnes & Noble, Belk, Bed Bath & Beyond and Old Navy, plus local retailers Palmetto Moon, Chucktown Chicks and Hairy Winston Pet Boutique. Head to Belle Hall, located just off Interstate 526, for a number of specialty shops like The Coastal Cupboard, Wonder Works, Handpicked and Princess of Tides Boutique. And you can grab a latte at Starbucks for a shopping break.
Outlet Shopping: Tanger Outlet is located in North Charleston and is home to dozens of national retail outlet stores with everything from clothing and shoes to accessories and housewares.
Freshfields Village: Located on near Kiawah Island, this shopping spot with upscale clothing and jewelry retailers, a local bookstore and an art gallery. Freshfields Village also hosts a number of special events throughout the year.
Summerville: The town of Summerville has a quaint historic district lined with shops and boutiques, including the 130-year-old Guerin’s Pharmacy, clothing stores, quilt shops and a local bookstore.
Do you have a favorite Charleston area shopping destination?