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Situated in South Carolina’s bucolic Lowcountry, the Charleston area is a veritable living museum, thanks to lovingly preserved antebellum buildings, mansions, and plantations, lamp-lit cobblestone streets, the restored Historic Charleston City Market, and renowned restaurants serving farm- and sea-to-table southern cuisine the way it was prepared in the Lowcountry centuries earlier. Originally settled by British colonists as “Charles Town” in the 1670s, the peninsula – and beyond – that is now Charleston quickly grew into a bustling seaport, with many wharves along East Bay Street (now lined with award-winning restaurants). Ships bearing deer skins, rice, indigo, and cotton sailed for England and they returned with European staples and luxury items to give the growing town a cosmopolitan air it still retains today. Many places of worship were also built, earning Charleston the nickname “The Holy City.” Today, Charleston’s rich history and hospitality spanning more than three centuries are still very much in evidence as one of America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historical destinations – featuring a very warm welcome. For first-timers and even veteran visitors, a great way to get a welcoming overview of Charleston’s many charms is to take a carriage tour around downtown. Museums, historic houses, plantations, and restaurants take center stage in Charleston today. Depending on your interests, museum possibilities must include: the Charleston Museum, the Gibbes Museum (specializing in southern art and the Charleston Renaissance period); historic USS Yorktown and more at Patriots Point and the Civil War’s Fort Sumter National Monument– reached by various tour boat offerings. Though there are many possibilities open to the public, two of Charleston’s best historic houses (the Aiken-Rhett and Nathaniel Russell houses) can be visited through the Historic Charleston Foundation. And, don’t miss the Foundation’s two great shops at 108 Meeting Street and in the historic Charleston City Market, which is also the place to buy locally-made sweetgrass baskets. The many plantations surrounding Charleston are truly living history, with options including: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Boone Hall Plantation, Middleton Place, Drayton Hall, McCleod Plantation Historic Site, and Charleston Tea Plantation, North America’s only tea plantation. Charleston has also made modern history by becoming one of America’s premier dining destinations. For chef-driven restaurants that feature the bounty of nearby farms and waters, make sure to make reservations at one or more of the following: Amen Street, Fish & Raw Bar Charleston Grill ,Circa 1886, FIG (“Food is Good”), Husk Magnolias, McCrady’s Restaurant, Pawpaw, Slightly North of Broad, (“SNOB” to locals), Juliet, and The Macintosh. Yep, Charleston first-timers should plan on staying several nights and making many lunch and dinner reservations in advance.

In 2005, Cornerstone Minerals opened its doors in Asheville, NC after participating in conferences and trade shows for over a decade.  We pride…

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Experience the Tastes of Charleston! Culinary Tours of Charleston‘s mission is to promote South Carolina local artisan growers and producers, and to…

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Indigo is dedicated to selling work by local Charleston Artists as well as featuring other unique accessories and gifts!

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An authentic English style pub with good service, excellent food and great beer selection. Near Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston.

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Most complete collection anywhere of used, rare and new Charleston books.

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This wonderful shop redefines honey with items of premier beeswax body care, bee gifts, and pure delicious honey.

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Our hand-tossed pizza is made fresh using family recipes and the freshest ingredients. We rely on our patrons' feedback in order to provide the food…

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Ladles Soups restaurants are owner operated and locally grown in Charleston, which is what makes them great. Everyone at Ladles prides themselves by…

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Under The Almond Trees offers a curated selection of baby accessories, gifts and nursery items for a modern and unique home. We specialize in…

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Family owned and operated since 1968, Burris Liquor Store believes in keeping our loyal customers happy by providing friendly, fast and courteous…

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We opened our cigar shop in the Grand Hall of the Charleston City Market in January of 2020. The City Market was established in 1807 and originally

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Bistro A Vin is located in the quiet corner of Archdale and Market Street in Harleston Village, downtown Charleston.  Cozy and sleek, and set in a…

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Bulldog Tours, Charleston’s premier walking tour company, offers exclusive access to many of Charleston’s most infamous and haunted sites. Bulldog…

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Orvis provides the knowledge and products that help customers find the adventure and wonder they seek in the outdoor world. Whether a fly fishing trip…

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At Off Track Ice Cream, found just off King Street in the heart of downtown Charleston, we create traditional and vegan ice cream in classic and…

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The Charleston City Night Market is an exciting showcase of more than 100 talented artists and craftspeople.

All vendors are 100% local with 100%…

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A Christmas to Remember has been your one stop shop for all things Christmas for over 25 years.  We go the extra step to make sure your Christmas gift

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As Charleston’s oldest Bicycle Shoppe, we take a certain pride in our work. The Bicycle Shoppe is family owned and has been providing Charleston in…

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Taxidermy is an upscale accessories line featuring exotic leather handbags, shoes, and moto jackets in statement-making colors. Founded in 2014 by…

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We are very excited to announce that we have opened an extension of Under the Almond Trees right next door, at 173 King Street called Little Almond…

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Since 2015, our local, family-owned small business has been sharing the experience of custom scent with the Lowcountry.  Palmetto Scent Studio offers…

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The Ups Store is located in historic downtown Charleston. We specialize in white glove treatment for all of your shipping needs. Fine Art, Antiques…

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In Ireland, the pub holds a place of important cultural significance. In Charleston, we’ve channeled the spirit of the pub, and poured that timeless…

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With dozens of olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world, hand-blended in Charleston, there's something to please everyone. Lowcountry…

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Great Sandwiches, Soups, and Salads, and a gourmet Hot Dog Menu.  Beautiful patio dining available in the back.

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If one had to sum up Two Cumberland in only two words, it would probably be “uniquely southern”.  Located at 455 King Street in Downtown Charleston…

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Specializing in clothing from your favorite mail order catalogs. This unique shop offers great looking casual clothing for men, women, and kids at…

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As a mom of a tween, I've always had trouble finding cute, age appropriate clothes for my daughter. The market for tween and teen clothing is very…

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Palmetto Carriage Works is the oldest carriage tour company in Charleston and has developed the greatest carriage experience in the city! A must on…

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Unique clothing and toys for children for all occasions.

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Stars Grill Room and Rooftop is located on Upper King Street, Charleston’s new downtown dining and entertainment district. It is housed in a restored…

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The South Carolina Aquarium inspires conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and…

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Climb aboard the Carolina Belle to enjoy the beauty of the Charleston Harbor and learn the rich history of the Holy City. During the scenic and…

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Unique needlepoint shop with wide assortment of designer creations.  Located on Historic Broad Street

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Our founder, Dan Beck, has been a lobster aficionado for more than 20 years. Working as a seafood buyer in the restaurant business, he paid regular…

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Fashion is like a cocktail, mix it up!

Julep is a locally owned boutique on lower King St. in historic downtown Charleston. We specialize in…

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Largest collection of beads in Charleston for making your own jewelry.

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Body Revelations Wellness provides natural, holistic therapies to help our clients achieve their desired level of health, comfort and radiance.

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The Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar opened in 2009, reviving the former “Amen” name of Cumberland Street and restoring this historic corner. The new…

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Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier creates luxury chocolates and chocolate sculptures for all occasions. Our delectable collection of…

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Opening in 1922, Queen Street Grocery has been a little bit of everything over the past hundred years. From an apothecary to a full-blown grocery…

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All of our pottery is hand stamped and painted in Boleslawiec, Poland. We call it usable art not only because its beautiful, but because it can be…

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We are on a mission to give you a well prepared, thoughtful sandwich. One with the power to single handedly change the way you think of sandwiches…

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As the sun falls in Charleston and the streets get dark another world emerges. Come join Charleston's premier ghost tour company.  Ghosts of the South…

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Bistro A Vin is located in the quiet corner of Archdale and Market Street in Harleston Village, downtown Charleston.  Cozy and sleek, and set in a…

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Timeless elegance in jewelry and gifts for over 3 generations!

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Historic King Street is Charleston at her best. Shoes on King, opened September 2012, offers the very best of ladies shoes and handbags by a variety…

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This hidden sushi gem on East Bay Street is open for lunch and dinner and also offers spicy noodle entrees and terryaki.

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Oh, fudge. That's how it all began.
Back in 1973, young Tim Strickland was at the Atlanta Gift Market trade show with his big sister Jennifer and their…

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I work for Charleston Heritage Real Estate, a local boutique brokerage with a focus on quality over quantity. I am an award-winning agent in the…

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Adventure Sightseeing offers various daily tours in and around Charleston, including  The Original "See it All' with the best of Charleston. Fully…

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Our story begins in a mama's kitchen. Determination to find better alternatives to drug store products for family quickly turned in to a dream of…

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We pride ourselves in offering great food with healthy benefits and amazing customer service. From the beginning, we have worked hard to make all of…

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At Juanita Greenberg’s Nacho Royale we make real Mexican-ish food prepared fresh and fast. Over a decade ago, we first opened Juanita Greenberg’s…

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Our Story: In 2006, we founded YETI Coolers with a simple mission: build the cooler we’d use every day if it existed. One that was built for the…

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Inspired by classic Mexican cuisine, owner Brooke Warden, a Charleston native and certified sommelier, set forth to fill the gap in Charleston’s…

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East Bay Deli is a New York style deli with a distinctive southern flair that offers traditional deli favorites as well as a variety of salads…

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Charleston Hemp Collective is a truly "From Seed to Soul" CBD company. We are passionately involved in every step to ensure the highest quality and…

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RedFin Charters was created around the love for fishing, living, and exploring. Life is too short not to appreciate what the world has to offer in…

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Welcome, and thanks for visiting our scoop shop, the oasis of ice cream euphoria! Enjoy the latest scoop on all the yummy treats and fun events we're…

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Burgers, Fries, Hot Dogs. 15 Free Toppings. Check our website for new locations: www.fiveguys.com Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @FiveGuys

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Carolina Antique Maps & Prints offers rare antiquarian prints. Whether you are just browsing or looking to start or expand your collection, stepping…

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King Street—Charleston’s main artery of restaurants, bars, and boutiques—is home to our first scoop shop in South Carolina. Located in the heart of…

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