The Charleston Department Store is a complete, full-service, name-brand, soft-goods clothing, sportswear company. Founded in 1921, our privately-held company represents a third generation family business! With two retail locations in the market, and now 86 years old, the company has a dominant presence in the casual cloth
Purely American specializes in organically blended mixes for soups, salt-free slow-cooker kits, all-natural sauces and marinades, and gourmet handcrafted Virginia peanuts. Customers looking to stock their pantries for the winter can peruse the hearty organic selections from the Farmstand Soup Co., with a variety of chilis, stews, and bean soups ($6.25 each), or find chowders and pork-chop blends among Slow Cooker Gourmet ($5.50 each). For artisanal-recipe leanings, douse taste buds with Peter's Sauces ($7–$7.50) or grab a trunk full of Gourmet Virginia Peanuts ($7–$8), with flavors such as lightly salted, spicy crabbin', texas mesquite, and moon landing.
Originally constructed in 1871 as a schoolhouse, the Manchester Hill home is rich with local history, right down to its bricks that were individually packed by hand and fired on the property. Today, Manchester Hill is home to Patrick and Jenie McGrath, along with their two kids and a slew of animals, and the property's four verdant acres house a bed and breakfast, winery, and farm.
Cultivating a smattering of pesticide-free produce such as asparagus, roma tomatoes, rhubarb, and sunchokes, the McGraths offer locals a share of their harvest through CSAs and at the Clintonville Farmers' Market. Pastured poultry, natural pork, and farm-fresh eggs originate from animals raised on the farm with sustainable and humane practices, such as vegetarian diets and nightly readings of Goodnight Moon in the barn before bed. Meanwhile, Manchester Hill's winery produces a handful of artisan wines, including a pink catawba, a traminette, a dry zinfandel aged in american-oak barrels, and zinfandel dessert wines, as well as sparkling apple cider.