Charleston


Way Way Allen

Way Way Allen

Deeply personal, her art draws from the natural world and vivid hues of her Charleston surroundings. Working from small natural details, Way Way Allen creates large abstracts that magnify and celebrate the common pattern while also amplifying the beauty of negative space. Her works, both deliberate and wildly gestural in stroke, can be found on a variety of medium from canvas and paper to wood panels as well as a recent foray into textiles. She grew up in Columbia, SC and earned a BA in Fine Arts from The University of the South.

EAT

Xiao Bao Biscuit
This is a charming former gas station turned restaurant. The Hot and Spicy Som Tam (green papaya salad) is an all time favorite. And not far behind is the Okonomiyaki (cabbage pancake).
224 Rutledge Avenue at the corner of Spring Street

Edmund’s Oast (photo below)
The house-made fresh Ricotta on toasted Semolina bread is TO DIE FOR! Gorgeous bar and outside eating area!
1081 Morrison Drive
843.727.1145edmundsoast

Obstinate Daughter
You’ll go as much for the food as you will for the easy and cool vibe and interiors. The Obstinate Flatbread—a butterbean purée on a warm pita—is a must.
2063 Middle Street,
Sullivan’s Island
843.416.5020

The Co-Op
It’s the perfect pit stop on your way to Sullivan’s Island. Grab a sandwich for the beach and be sure to treat your littles to snow cones.
2019 Middle Street,
Sullivan’s Island
843.882.8088

Butcher and Bee
My absolute favorite lunch spot. The kale salad has the most amazing asian flavor and the house-made hummus and toasted ciabatta are scrumptious. I’m a vegetarian so I don’t know first-hand, but I hear that the burger is the best in town!
654 King Street
843.619.0202

SHOP

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Eclectic (photo above)
It you are into all things vintage and one-of-a-kind home finds, then this is the perfect shop. Stop in on your way to the beach.
875 Coleman Boulevard,
Mt. Pleasant
843.388.7002


Library by Lauren Lail
Lauren—one of my dearest friends—is the talented designer and owner of Library, which specializes in vintage clothing, and Library by Lauren Lail, a vintage-inspired line of clothes that she designs and produces. You can find her wares on her website or locally at Novel.

Library by Lauren Lail
105 B Rutledge Avenue
843.793.1631

Novel
1630 Meeting Street
843.410.9944

Artist and Craftsman and EOS Art Supply
The absolute go-tos for all your artistic needs!

Artist and Craftsman
143 Calhoun Street,
Mt. Pleasant
877.560.4507

EOS Art Supply
1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd,
Mt. Pleasant
843.302.6113

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Jane Pope Jewelry (photo above)
She is the most talented jewelry designer out there (and she just so happens to be my first cousin)! Her collection is simply gorgeous.
864.596.1050

Hampden Clothing
The best clothing store in town.
314 King Street
843.724.6373

PLAY

Sullivan’s Island Beach (photo below)
We spend all of our free time soaking up the sun at Station 28 1/2.

Crabbing
A favorite family outing is taking out the boat and we never fail to hit all of the “honey holes” behind Sullivan’s with our crabbing lines and chicken necks in tow! Fun for the whole family!

Bike rides on the island

Walks downtown
It’s an invigorating way to start your day. On Saturday, we take early morning walks South of Broad.

Charleston Farmers Market
Marion Square
329 Meeting Street
843.724.7305

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Lesa Watts

Lesa Watts

You can find Lesa Watts walking with her friends and her canine companion, Camden, in Charleston’s Waterfront Park, in White Point Gardens, or on the Battery. She is always on the lookout for the perfect mate…for her Springer Spaniel (but so far all the Springer pups they have met are Camden’s cousins)! Together, they enjoy hunting and gathering for her antique booth, exploring Charleston eateries and galleries with her husband and son, and visiting her daughter in Chicago. She is a representative for both Quadrille and Rungolee, women’s clothing lines available through trunk shows. You can reach Lesa via email at lesa.e.watts@gmail.com.

EAT

Lana
210 Rutledge Avenue
843.720.8899

Fish
442 King Street
843.722.3474

Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen
218 President Street
843.822.5337

Fulton Five
5 Fulton Street
843.853.5555

Cypress
167 East Bay Street
843.727.0111

Fleet Landing
186 Concord Street
843.722.8100

Five Loaves
43 Cannon Street
843.937.4303

Taco Boy
217 Huger Street
843.789.3333

Stars
495 King Street
843.577.0100

Old Towne Grill and Seafood Restaurant
229 King Street
843.723.8170

Brown Dog Deli
40 Broad Street
843.853.8081

Blind Tiger
36-38 Broad Street
843.577.0088

Caviar & Bananas
51 George Street
843.577.7757

Ted’s Butcher Block
The Q sandwich, which was delish, with coleslaw, which was wonderful—slightly tangy, a vinegar base, not a trace of mayo. And the BLT, with the bacon of the month was divine.
334 East Bay Street
843.577.0094

STAY

Zero George (photo below)
0 George Street
843.817.7900zerogeorge

Wentworth Mansion
149 Wentworth Street
843.853.1886

For your very own pied de terre check out homeaway.com or contact paula@oysterpointgroup.com for an insider’s referral for short-term rentals.

PLAY

Hampton Park
30 Mary Murray Drive
843.724.7321

Waterfront Park
1 Vendue Lane
843.724.7321

White Point Gardens
2 Murray Boulevard
843.724.7327

For your canine companion, try the dog park at Hazel Parker Playground.

Magnolia Plantation
3550 Ashley River Road
843.571.1266

Tours with Angie
Take a personalized tour of the Holy City with my friend (and registered tour guide!) who was born and raised in Charleston: angiechakesis@msn.com

Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street
843.722.2706

Edmondston-Alston House
21 East Battery
843.556.6020

South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
843.720.1990


SHOP

Croghan’s Jewel Box
Croghan’s is the oldest family-owned jewelry store in Charleston and its inventory includes some of the most exciting and unique treasures in the Lowcountry. You’ll find something special for every gift-giving occasion. Make sure they add your personal favorites to their “wish book!”
308 King Street
843.723.3594

Grady-Ervin & Co.
Wondering where to find the most friendly and impeccably dressed men in Charleston? Look no further than the gentlemen at Grady-Ervin & Company. No one is better suited to help the “men folk” in your family dress for every event—from the beach to boardroom. Your canine companions are welcome here but if you left yours at home, you can get your doggie fix with Daisy the yellow lab!
313 King Street
843.722.1776

Campo Marzio
The vibrant colors of Campo Marzio make you feel as if you have walked into a candy shop. This beautiful little boutique is home to some of the MOST exquisite leather you’ll ever find.
318 King Street
843.718.3414

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Blue Bicycle Books (photo above)
The most unique shop for new and previously loved books. You will find something for every reader in your family. The local authors, garden, art, architecture and history sections are my personal favorites.
420 King Street
843.722.2666

The Hidden Countship
A true gem of a shop tucked away in a jasmine-pink building on Burns Lane. This company will delight you with its lovingly curated selection of items from Italy.
21 Burns Lane
843.577.5570

Ellington
This eclectic boutique is located on Upper King. Its owner Cindy likes to say “we have a little bit of everything here!” And they do: antiques and mid-century pieces to amazing, unique frocks. Labels such as Planet, Babette, Emmelle, Blanque and Biya by Johnny Was.
473 King Street
843.722.7999

Michael Mitchell Interiors
This beautiful gallery showcases regional artists in their stunning spacious digs, as well as a host of fab furniture and stunning accessories.
438 King Street
843.564.0034

Landrum Tables
Care to see some of the most amazingly crafted furniture in the South? Visit Landrum Tables where reclaimed wood and industrial finds are transformed into all manners of tables by the very talented Capers Cauthen.
577 Meeting Street
843.764.9091

South of Market
This store is chock full of unique antiques and fun finds for your home and garden.
173 Meeting Street
843.723.1114

Elizabeth Stuart Design (photo below)
While missed by its neighbors on King Street, the newly relocated ESD in Mt. Pleasant will tempt you with its ever- changing stock of chic antiques and accessories.
215 Coleman Boulevard
843.388.3892ESDstore

Antiques of South Windermere
This antique mall is well worth the trip over the Ashley River. It is home to the booths of more than 30 dealers and boasts the motto “As local as we can be!”
22 Windermere Boulevard
843.571.2755

Utopia
Fun and funky women’s clothing…part art gallery, part clothing boutique. The owner and artist Beki showcases her colorful artwork along with a large selection of jewelry designed by local artists.
27 Broad Street
843.853.9510

Art Galleries
Don’t miss Horton Hayes Fine Art, Karen Hagen Fine Art, John Carroll Doyle, and Galerie on Broad.

Horton Hayes Fine Art
30 State Street
843.958.0014

Karen Hagan Fine Art
27 ½ State Street
843.754.0494

John Carroll Doyle
125 Church Street
843.577.7344

Galerie on Broad
29 Broad Street
843.410.6332




Palmer Stowe

Palmer Stowe

Palmer Stowe is a Charlotte native but has made Charleston, SC, her home for the past 10 years. In that time, she’s graduated from the College of Charleston and currently owns and runs the city’s premier walking tour company, Oyster Point Tours. When not touring, she likes to explore the city’s growing culinary and mixology scene and try everything new Charleston has to offer. You can find her for tours (or restaurant recommendations!) at oysterpointtours.com.

EAT

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A beautiful, intimate space, and an ever-changing menu with emphasis on rustic French and Spanish cuisine. It feels like a hidden gem tucked away from the bustle of King Street. The menu is small enough to order one of everything—and you should!
6 Payne Court
843.579.3060

Victor’s Social Club
Hidden away on Hutson Alley, this gorgeous bar pays homage to Ernest Hemingway with its beautiful cocktails and old school classy-meets-nautical feel. True rum enthusiasts will be delighted to sip on the city’s only cocktail made with fabled Flor de Caña while gazing up at the sweeping marlin fishing landscapes that decorate the space. Get in before it’s discovered!
39 John Street
843.203.3001

Goat.Sheep.Cow.
The most charming fromagerie in one of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods, this itty-bitty space is home to the finest cheeses and charcuterie to be found in Charleston. They love to let folks sample, so put together your own picnic basket for a sunny lunch in White Point Gardens, or pick up one of its fabulous sandwiches, which change daily but are always dynamite.
106 Church Street
843.480.2526

Edmund’s Oast
A treat for foodies of every stripe. The huge and daring draught beer selection is the initial appeal here, but the food is what takes Edmund’s from a world-class watering hole to a world-class restaurant. Flavors and textures in the dishes are so expertly layered and beautifully executed, that you’ll (temporarily) forget all about your yummy drink. Come for the homemade Peanut Butter and Jelly beer and stay for the breathtaking turnip custard.
1081 Morrison Drive
843.727.1145

SHOP

Sassy Shortcake Boutique
Follow a series of signs, winding stairs, and corridors to this itty-bitty King Street shop and be delighted by the colorful and reasonably priced assortment of springy apparel, jewelry, and other fun tidbits. This is a great place to pick up a fun southern-flavored gift for yourself or a sister, daughter, or girlfriend!
237 King Street
843.469.7145


Preservation Society of Charleston Book and Gift Shop
The book collection here spans all aspects of Charleston life and history. You’ll find handsome historic maps of the peninsula, copies of the famed Charleston Receipts cookbook, and the latest works by beloved Southern authors such as Pat Conroy and Dorthea Benton Frank.
147 King Street
843.722.4630

Bits of Lace
A fabulous stop for high-quality lingerie of all kinds, but the real gem here is the Celestine sleepwear. The price for a nightgown is a bit of a shocker, but give the cobweb-light batiste cotton a feel and your current sleepwear will seem woefully inadequate in comparison. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
302 King Street
843.577.0999

STAY

Zero George
Zero is a newcomer to the Charleston hotel scene and seems to attract bright young things and savvy travelers from the world over. The property is a refreshing blend of historic charm and modern comfort, featuring a soothing color palette throughout, and one of the city’s prettiest porches to take coffee on in the morning or a nightcap before bed.
0 George Street
843.817.7900

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Planters Inn (photo above)
Planters Inn has long been THE place to stay for those seeking classic Charleston refinement. The rooms are lush, the staff are on-point, and I’m told often by guests that the Planters breakfast is one of the best they’ve seen offered, period. That coconut cake that everyone raves about? Totally that good, and totally on the breakfast menu, so you can have your cake and walk it off before bedtime!
112 North Market Street
843.722.2345

Wentworth Mansion
Who doesn’t want to stay in a mansion while in Charleston? Wentworth is off the beaten path and tends to be the go-to spot for celebs visiting the city, so you’ll be in good company in this awe-inspiring space. Make sure you visit the cupola for an incredible view of our steepled skyline and then turn off the various alarms on your phone so you wake up naturally and feeling like a princess (or prince!) in your room’s plush bed.
149 Wentworth Street
843.853.1886

PLAY

Middleton Place Kayak Tours
For those looking to get more interactive with their plantation experience, the Charleston Kayak Company offers tours of a cypress swamp and the Ashley River corridor. Both get you up close with the amazing variety of flora and fauna the Lowcountry has to offer and are a refreshingly active change from milling around the plantation grounds.
4290 Ashley River Road
843.628.2879

Oyster Point Historic Tours
Whether your interest is history, architecture, fun city myths, or insider Charleston knowledge, we offer tours that will satisfy your curiosity and leave you with a far greater understanding of Charleston in general. We encourage you to take a walking tour early in your visit, as the knowledge we impart will inform and enrich your stay in town.
190 Smith Street
843.729.4662




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Natalie Mason

Natalie is married to Charleston attorney, Matt Mason, and is mom to two sweet kids—4-year-old Sterling and six-month-old Frances Moon. She is the blog author of Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers. She is addicted to online shopping, reality TV, good wine and Mexican food. And she considers herself lucky to call Charleston her hometown!

EAT

Dellz Deli
Best wraps in town. The Hummer made with homemade black bean hummus and stuffed full of veggies is my favorite. I pick it up often.
1A Cannon Street
843.722.5376

Bon Banh Mi
If you love Vietnamese food you must check out this spot. It also has a booth at the Marion Square Farmers Market every weekend. The five-spice pork taco is off-the-hook good.
162 Spring Street
843.414.7320

Bin 152 (photo below)
My favorite spot for a girls night out. The wine list is incredible and don’t even get me started on the charcuterie plate—it is the best meat and cheese platter you will ever taste. I dream about it, seriously.
152 King Street
843.577.7359

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Butcher & Bee
This is probably my favorite lunch spot in town. The menu changes frequently but it is always so innovative and made with fresh local foods. The kale slaw is a must.
654 King Street
843.619.0202

Taco Boy
Looking for delicious margaritas and a mile-long list of tacos? This is the spot. It has a great outdoor seating area that is kid-friendly. Don’t forget to try the pineapple rita.
217 Huger Street
843.789.3333

The Macintosh
This is my favorite place for a nice dinner out. The lavender martini is heavenly and if it has the braised beef ravioli, order it!
479 King Street
843.789.4299

Xiao Bao Biscuit
This is a great lunch or dinner spot. Try the cabbage pancake with the fried egg, bacon, and candied pork. It will blow your mind.
224 Rutledge Avenue


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Sugar (photo above)
If you are in the mood for a sweet treat you must stop in Sugar. They make the most decadent homemade cupcakes and cookies. The ginger molasses cookie and honey almond cupcakes are my favorites!
59 Cannon Street
843. 579.2891

SHOP

Hampden
This is, hands-down, my favorite local boutique. The owner Stacy Smallwood carries such amazing lines. Rag and Bone and Tibi are a few of my go-to favorite lines she carries. It is hard to walk in there and not buy something. Make sure to check out JAMES, the adjacent shoes and accessory store.
314 King Street
843.724.6373

Eclectic
One of my favorite home decor stores. It is always filled with a great mix of one-of-a-kind vintage furniture, local artwork, and fun home accessories.
875 Coleman Boulevard
843.388.7002

Novel
All the ladies that run Novel are insanely talented. They just moved into a new larger space that is killer. You can browse Lauren Lail’s amazing vintage clothing collection and along with her own line she designed—which is pretty darn fabulous (try on her Josie shorts, they are a favorite of mine). You can also shop Way Way Allen’s abstract artwork, and Liza Cleveland’s handmade paper goods (I turned to her to create my daughter’s birth announcements).
341 King Street, Suite B
843.410.994

Sugar Snap Pea
I do quite a bit of damage in this children’s store. It carries the cutest clothes, toys and baby gear. A great place to shop for the little ones.
161 King Street
843.793.2621

PLAY

The Battery
Strolling along the Battery is a must while in Charleston to view the gorgeous Rainbow Row.

South Carolina Aquarium (photo below)
If you have kids, the South Carolina Aquarium is a great place to go. You can view some super cool sea life.
100 Aquarium Wharf
843.720.1990

Marion Square Farmers Market
The market is open every Saturday from March to December. It is filled with local vendors, food trucks, jump castles and, of course, fresh, locally grown produce. It is our favorite activity on a Saturday morning.
329 Meeting Street
843.724.7305

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