Charleston Shopping Uptown, downtown, boutique, sidewalk market, designer fashions from head to toe. Vintage consignments from then to now. Charleston has a place to shop for your every need. Whether on a budget or reaching for the sky, outfit yourself, your home, find great gifts. Or dress every finger with something shiny. Fulfill your desires for beauty and the unusual in the galleries. Collect your period antique or find the perfect craft-piece at the Charleston City Market. Whether you are crystal or Crate and Barrel, no matter what you need, want, or must-have, Charleston will deliver.
Put on the comfy shoes, select the proper clothes for ease of removal if trying garments on. Check the wallet for credit cards and cash, clip coupons, plan a strategic course of action so that the bulk of items purchased in time for lunch at a favorite restaurant. For those who love to, shopping is a planned event that requires organization and courage. No matter the type of shopping, whether a necessity for, say school clothes and supplies for the kids, a gift perhaps, or a household item, somewhere in or around Charleston, it can be found. Charleston and her surrounding towns provide a shopping extravaganza carrying absolutely everything for which one might find him or herself in the market.
There are also malls around town that offer the chain store type shopping if what you need can't be found at the high-end stores in Charleston Place or King Street. Mt. Pleasant, or just outside of Charleston. The Citadel Mall is near downtown on Sam Rittenberg Blvd. and the Northwoods Mall anchors other shopping stores and stand-alone stores on Northwoods Blvd. in North Charleston. Summerville has a couple of plaza malls off Rte. 26 on Rte 17A where stores like Belk and Kohl's, World Market and Pier 1 Imports.
Shopping the Outlying Areas The galleries in Charleston are renowned for the quality, variety, and technique they offer. What is not so popularly known is that some outlying towns such as Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, and Walterboro also have art galleries, some of which are owned, in cooperation, by the very same artists you'll find in Charleston. That's right, the same artists, the same quality work, but perhaps offered for a price commensurate with the overhead of an outlying area. Now that's worth the drive. When I mention art galleries, I'm talking not only about two-dimensional paintings; I'm talking about hand-crafted items from glass blowing to jewelry, photography, pottery, woven baskets and rugs, wood carving, cultural art and more. The quality crafted items can be found in Walterboro's Folk Art Gallery, in particular, for extremely reasonable prices. So if you go antique hunting in Walterboro, be sure to stop into the Gallery there. Or if you go antique fishing in Summerville, stop into the Art Central Gallery there. If you find yourself in the art galleries of Mt. Pleasant, be sure to go to Old Mt. Pleasant town Center to visit the boutique antiques and galleries there. Johns Island and James Island also have galleries and shops worth a look.
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Though there are tours aplenty, there is much else to do while in Charleston. Wine and food pairing is quite an experience. Visit Charleston's vineyard, offering a wine produced with the locally grown muscadine grape for a bit of local taste. Or perhaps visit one of our local microbreweries if beer is your preferred vacation beverage.
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