Friday, July 31, 2020

Charleston benefit jewelry series features glass gathered from King Street in aftermath of protests

Wear their names

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 5:27 PM

Models wearing the Wear Their Name Series (L-R): Deja Vaughn, Miss North America 2020; Catherine Hunsinger, leader of Columbia's Girls Block Music Fest; and Jing Wen, co-founder of Shan Shui - PROVIDED
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  • Models wearing the Wear Their Name Series (L-R): Deja Vaughn, Miss North America 2020; Catherine Hunsinger, leader of Columbia's Girls Block Music Fest; and Jing Wen, co-founder of Shan Shui
The new Wear Their Names jewelry series features pieces made from broken glass two local creatives gathered from the aftermath of the destructive May 30 riots in downtown Charleston. Paul Chelmis (of band Human Resources) and Jing Wen recently founded Shan Shui, a jewelry company that features handcrafted fine metal wearables, with Wear Their Names as their first line.
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Chelmis said he and Wen gathered the shards of class during the May 31 cleanup of King Street. "Since then we've been working up these designs, sort of a symbol of repurposing new beauty from the rubble," he said.

All proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Black Lives Matter movement. Chelmis hopes to raise $20,000.

Local musician Kanika Moore wears the Tanisha - PROVIDED
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  • Local musician Kanika Moore wears the Tanisha
You can choose from eight jewelry designs, and each piece is made to order. The designs are named after black men and women who have lost their lives to police brutality. The Trayvon features a glass pendant on a silver chain while the Gabriella is a ring made with sterling silver.

Learn more about Shan Shui online at

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Charleston Costume Design & Rental creates masks to support local theaters

Starting at just $8

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 4:05 PM

Old costumes become new masks courtesy of Charleston Costume Design & Rental - CHARLESTONCOSTUMES.NET
  • Old costumes become new masks courtesy of Charleston Costume Design & Rental
Charleston Costume Design & Rental is currently utilizing material from past theatrical productions to make masks. You can shop the masks, which come in kids' sizes and a design-your-own option online now.

The folks at Charleston Costume Design first started making masks as a way of helping out frontline workers; they donated over 1,000 masks during the first few weeks of the coronavirus outbreak in South Carolina.

Since then, the costume design company has started selling masks, with a portion of proceeds donated to area theaters affected by the pandemic. Half of the profits from the signature costume masks will always be donated to Charleston area theaters.

The masks are available for shipping and pick-up. Learn more at

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

J. Stark's virtual raffle celebrates 6 years of handcrafting in Charleston

Bag some bags

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 4:41 PM

Enter J. Stark's Instagram auction for a chance to win a ton of cool stuff (worth over $2K) - FILE PHOTO
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  • Enter J. Stark's Instagram auction for a chance to win a ton of cool stuff (worth over $2K)
This Memorial Day weekend is normally when local retailer J. Stark celebrates their anniversary. This year, though, they're doing things a little differently and taking the fun online.

It all starts May 22 with a raffle and a pretty sweet grand prize: The big winner walks away with almost one of everything from J. Stark's product line (valued at over $2,000).

Tune into J. Stark's 'gram at noon on Friday; you can participate in the raffle for one week, with a chance to win the grand prize or walk away with "hefty" second and third place prizes.

J. Stark will also be doing an IG Live collaboration with Lowcountry Local First, auctioning custom backpack designs to benefit LLF.

While the store's new King Street location is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus, J. Stark plans on hosting a virtual six-year anniversary party featuring local bartender Joey Goetz, who has bartended all of J. Stark's parties. Goetz will whip up a cocktail from Bar George while updating J. Stark fans on the new James Island bar set to open soon.

Stay tuned to J. Stark's Instagram for more party deets.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

No need to leave the house to shop with these Charleston companies

Buy local

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 12:50 PM

Shop sweet new goods from your favorite local tote makers at - PROVIDED/ J. STARK
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If you're getting antsy during this time of social distancing, might we suggest some retail therapy? There are a lot of ways to shop local during this time, and we've rounded up some of our favorite local artists and retailers. Here's who to shop from your couch (or the curb):

Updated April 14 at 11:40 a.m.

J. Stark makes backpacks, travel bags, tote bags, all the bags you'd ever want and need. Owners Jess Nicoles and Erik Holmberg are offering to walk shoppers through the shop or through any bag in particular via FaceTime. Talk about customer service. Be on the lookout for their deals of the day.

Beloved local bow tie company Brackish Bow Ties is making masks for the health care community. Every purchase on their site helps with these efforts.

Croghan's Jewel Box is offering discount codes for select items; check them out on their Instagram.

Lina Rosa Jewelry is currently offering 20 percent off earrings until Sat. April 18.

You can always shop vintage goods at Be sure to check out the Red Rose vintage bid page, @redrosevintagelottery.

Holy City Vintage Market has been hosting virtual markets — tune to their 'gram to stay up-to-date with the next one.

Zen out with some of Candlefish's candles; you can shop online or set up curbside pickup.

Celadon is offering 25-50 percent off ... everything.

Shop virtually with the Station Park Circle.

Blue Bicycle Books is offering curbside pickup and free local deliveries within five miles of the shop.

Beckett Boutique is offering 25 percent off items on their website with code spring25.

Paula Rallis Home (which sells vintage goods and custom furniture) offers discount codes on their 'gram.

You can snag discounts if you shop online at Maris Dehart, be sure to follow their Instagram.

Snag 25 percent off all in-stock handbags or all sale merchandise online at with code 25OFF.

Shop online at Hampden Clothing. You can chat with a stylist through video or text, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Itinerant Literate is offering virtual one-on-one book consultations. You can also buy books online and have them delivered and stock up on audio and e-books.

Monkee's of Mt. Pleasant has a full-service website where you can order what you want and have your products delivered curb-side (or to your home). Monkee's is keeping Instagram up to date with all their new items, too.

Order flowers for those you love from Tiger Lily; they've reduced their delivery fees to $10.

Roadside Blooms is still delivering flowers and plants and getting creative with new projects like the Plantmate Club, where they'll deliver a surprise plant, soil, and care instructions.

Charleston Hemp Collective is offering curbside pickup and delivery (minimum $40 for delivery), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. They're offering a flower pre-roll special at their Folly Road distribution center (1250 Folly Road), $5 pre-rolls, minimum of 5 at a time. Call (704) 244-7200 to learn more.

Many of the artists who share and sell their work at Mitchell Hill are extending a 20 percent off discount on their works. Learn more at

Customers can now shop Wonder Works through a virtual tour. Order goods over the phone, (843) 849-6757, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every day for no-contact curbside pickup or porch delivery.

Smoke n Brew offers 25 percent off all glass (and 15 percent off store-wide items) on 4/20.

Shoes on King is offering 20 percent all new merchandise this week, with 30 percent off Tory Burch items, plus free shipping.

Nectar Sunglasses host a 4/20 sale (on Mon. April 20) with 42 percent off everything on their website for 24 hours (no code needed).

Polly's Fine Jewelry offers 20 percent off online orders with the promo code HOME. For every $100 gift card you buy, you get an extra $20.

Get free shipping with orders over $50 when you shop Palmetto Moon online. 

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Calling all brides: Junior League of Charleston hosts bridal boutique Feb. 1-2

Shop major discounts

Posted by Priscilla Vanartsdalen on Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 2:27 PM

The Junior League of Charleston (JLC) is hosting their fourth annual bridal boutique: A Gown Affair Sat. Feb. 1-Sun. Feb. 2 at the Citadel Mall. The event features discounted bridal, formal, and cocktail attire, with proceeds benefitting the JLC's efforts in the Lowcountry. This year’s event will also include a raffle featuring a two-night stay at luxury resort property, Montage Palmetto Bluff.

Early access to the Bridal Boutique begins Sat. at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. — purchase these $10 VIP tickets online. The event will then open to the public from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to gowns, the boutique will also have a variety of donated accessories, ranging from new to gently used. Store samples and gently used evening gowns will be priced starting at $25; bridal gowns will start at $75.

Beth Bailey, President of the Junior League of Charleston says, “We’ve seen this event grow tremendously in popularity over the past four years, and we are excited to host this event that not only provides a great selection of merchandise but also supports the mission of the JLC as we empower women to be the heart of our community’s leadership.” 

Guests looking for an even more drastic discount should visit the Bridal Bash Price Slash on Sun. from 12 to 3 p.m. Shoppers will have one last chance to make selections from the wide array of styles on sale. Featured designers include Amsale, PalomaBlanca, Jim Hjelm, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, and more.

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