Comfort Inn Downtown Charleston
144 Bee St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 577-2224
Fax: (843) 577-9001
Sugar Bakeshop, located on Cannon Street, is a charming nook of a bakery that offers simply delicious baked goodies like cupcakes, cookies, croissants, muffins and such. Established by the New Yorker duo David Bouffard and Bill Bowick, Sugar has garnered much adoration from its neighborhood. The chocolate chip cookie here comes highly recommended whereas weekly specials like the Lady Baltimore cupcake is also quite a crowd puller.
One of the very few gluten-free eateries in Charleston, Sweet Radish Bakeshop is located on St. Philip Street. Offering delicious baked goodies that are made out of 100 percent gluten-free ingredients, even organic whenever possible, the charming bakeshop also offers a great selection of vegan preparations, making it a sweet spot that caters to a large demographic of patrons. Expect a wide range of muffins, teacakes, cupcakes and such here, along with some breakfast-special savories and pastries. Easy on the pocket and great on the taste buds, Sweet Radish Bakeshop is your go-to if you're going the healthier way but crave the deliciousness of cakes and other desserts.
Magnifilous Toy Emporium is a wonderland of fun toys. Opened by Blane and Nancy Sommer, this little store front on King Street is dedicated to providing high quality toys for children of all ages. With a carousel, player piano and giant gumball machine, this place is an experience that makes shopping fun. Bring your kids to enjoy all the amazing products, and pick up some gifts for any occasion.
Dwelling is a modern accessories and furnishings store in Charleston. Here you can buy all you need to define your personal space—chairs, sofas, tables, closets, racks, bookshelves, and more. Prices range from the affordable to the expensive, so take your pick according to your budget. Pretty knick-knacks are also available.
Blue Bicycle Books is the largest used bookstore in the city of Charleston. It boasts a collection of over 35,000 titles, many of which are sold at half their original cost. Available subjects cover everything from thoroughbred racing to cameras to the Civil War to American fiction. This is a well known spot for rare and unusual books, so keep your eyes peeled for something special. Call for special events and late hours.
Goorin Bros are makers of fine, American hats. At their Charleston storefront, you can peruse a variety of style and sizes to find the hat that best suits your lifestyle. Whether you want a classy fedora or a big, floppy sunhat, all of the hats available are top of the line and guaranteed to last for years to come.
King Street is Charleston's main shopping thoroughfare. Starting at the southern tip of Charleston and running north, you have 16 blocks of shops to explore as you admire the beautifully preserved colonial architecture. You can find everything from Gap to Gucci, but the many independent stores are what make King Street unique. The area is in three sections: the design and dining district, the fashion district, and the antiques district. For rare and pricey home furnishings, try hunting in A. Fairfax Antiques. And for the shoe lovers, Bob Ellis Shoes stocks high-end designers like Manolo Blahnik and Prada, but you may want to opt for comfortable walking shoes if you're attempting to shop the whole length of King Street!
Located between North and South Market Streets and Meeting and East Bay Streets are four buildings, or "sheds," which house a variety of vendors. They sell handmade crafts, sweetgrass baskets, books, souvenirs, clothing, jewelry and food. An institution since 1788 when Charles Pinckney deeded the land to the City of Charleston to be a public market, this shopping mecca draws visitors and locals alike. Market Hall, designed like a Greek temple and built in 1841, dominates the entrance on Meeting and Market Streets. The second floor houses the Daughters of the Confederacy Museum. Check the website as hours of operation vary.
Located in a historic former corner grocery store, this is a quilter's haven. Visitors can socialize with other local or out-of-town quilters, explore rooms and shelves filled with fabrics in a wide range of colors and designs, quilting books, patterns, notions and sewing machines. Workshops are available to novice and experienced quilters. Sometimes the store displays old linens, quilts and folk art. There is a place to relax and work on projects, share knowledge and get ideas. Children and pets are welcome, along with refreshments. There is free parking on the side of the store. A sister store in downtown Summerville is located in an old hardware store at 129 West Richardson Avenue, open Monday through Saturday. See the website for hours. -Natasha Lawrence
If you seriously love honey, then Savannah Bee Company in Charleston is the place for you. This little shop features a massive selection of high-quality honey; all raw and natural. They've got everything from wildflower to orange blossom honey, all from the bees of the American South. You can even buy raw honey comb, which gives you the most pure form of honey available.
Ben Silver's is known for its signature blazer buttons, the fantastic collection of tweed jackets, well-fitted trousers, crisp shirts and vibrant ties are made from the finest fabrics and are of top-quality. Also on sale are stylish eye-gear, shoes and accessories, all laid out at the flagship store in Charleston, the interiors of which are reminiscent of a quintessential 1960s dressing room. The brand has dressed some of the country's eminent personalities, corporate and political leaders included.
Simplicity and innovation has been the mantra of Anne Fontaine collections, right from the first store she opened in Paris. With her environment friendly fabrics and a tradition to offer the best designs to her customers, the simple white shirt was turned into a seductive piece of clothing. Select the one best suited for you from the wide range offered, with colors rising from the depth of her native Brazilian forests. Visit the shop in Charleston Place Hotel and take a look at the accessories, the hand-bags and pieces of jewelry, influenced by the native tribal art of the Amazon.