The Best Boutiques in Charleston, South Carolina

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Richard Tulis

Much more than simply one of the United States’ favorite beach towns for Southern cuisine and antebellum history, Charleston is home to some of the country’s most sought after artisanal shops and specialty retailers. It seems as if this South Carolina city has got everything a visitor could ask for. Peer into Culture Trip’s top picks for boutique shopping in this round-up of Charleston’s best local retailers.

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This women’s clothing store occupies a street front, 19th century edifice (formerly the McIntosh Seed House) on King in the middle of Downtown. Step inside and witness the exposed brick walls and dark wooded interior for a distinct, unique vibe that Worthwhile can seriously pull off. Started in 1993, Worthwhile has maintained its position as a top tier Charleston retailer by supplying elite designer lines such as Isabella Marant, Uma Wang, and Christain Peau. It doesn’t stop at clothing, either – Worthwhile also keeps its shelves filled with bath products, linens, and special home fragrances.

M. Dumas & Sons

Charleston’s historic Downtown district is vibrantly budding with new shops and restaurants; in fact, the rate of development and change can appear overwhelming at times. Luckily, classic longtime clothier locales like M. Dumas & Sons have managed to preside for decades. This longstanding retail shop is owned and operated by CEO David Dumas, the store’s third generation owner. It offers select brands such as Southern Proper®, Southern Tide®, Allen Edmonds®, Barbour®, Ted Baker®, and more. The store has also successfully propagated its own brand, enabling the store to sell everything from cordovan wingtips to M. Dumas & Sons-labeled original clothing.

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An interesting place to shop no doubt, we recommend stopping by goat. sheep. cow. for Charleston’s best charcuterie, cheeses, and wine. This gourmet grocer is located on Church Street, about three blocks’ distance from Charleston’s coastal Waterfront Park. The specialty shop serves a sandwich of the day, offers custom cheese boards, and possesses a neat selection of fine wines. Open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, goat. sheep. cow. is your one-stop shop for exciting artisanal fare in the heart of the low country.

Blue Bicycle Books

The Upper King bookstore has been around since 1995 (renamed from ‘Boomer’s Books’ in 2007). It is home to 50,000 volumes. Charleston has voted it the very best used bookstore five years running. Heard enough? Then stop inside and experience the placid confines of Blue Bicycle Books and witness all it has to offer, page-to-page, spine-to-spine. From poetry to hardback classics, antebellum anthologies to historical military fiction, the charming shop produces everything you could with for – at a discount. Blue Bicycle Books is Charleston’s most delightful store for readers looking to support local business.

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