Andolini’s Pizza has earned continuing popular acclaim from readers of the Charleston City Paper, who rank it the best New York Style Pizza in the city year after year. The Andolini’s team bakes dough, grates cheese, and makes sauces in-house. They sell hand-tossed pizzas by the slice alongside whole pies festooned with traditional toppings such as Italian sausage, anchovies, and mushrooms. Avid patrons can also purchase an Andolini’s t-shirt to proclaim their allegiance to the restaurant, or simply smear a slice of cheese and pepperoni directly onto their own shirt.
The Crab Shack takes local focus to a whole new briny depth by plucking all their seafood from nearby waters. The menu of seafarer's feasts includes the parmesan-coated smoked crabeque sandwich ($11.99), tasso-gravy-covered lowcountry shrimp and grits ($15.99), and the frogmore bucket, which is stocked with two-dozen large shrimp, steamed with a special butter sauce ($23.99). Patrons can also order the she-crab soup, a trademark dish served with a heaping dose of feel-good, as all profits go to the Hollings Cancer Center.
Spray bronzers give you a lustrous, fresh-off-the-beach glow without exposing your skin to beach bullies or the powerful rays of our binary suns. The Powder Room uses SunFX Glow All Over, a preservative and paraben-free line of custom tanning products that eliminate the risk of turning would-be sunbathers into gigantic Twinkies. Before application, the professionally trained sun-gunners analyze your skin tone and adjust the formula to match your desired level of tan. Your tanning technician will expertly apply the melanin marinade to give you a streak-free, natural look. After one session, everyone will believe you just returned from a vacation in Barbados, completely throwing off the spy that's been on your trail since the Siberian job.
Oasis Tans bronzes skin for sun-lovers who don't have time to wait for the sun to warm up from its nightly nap. The 10-minute bed sessions take place inside Oasis's 54-bulb B-level standing tanning beds (a $40 value), which promote gradual color transformation. Those with sensitive skin or people who seek immediate gratification can opt for the airbrush tan (a $20 value for VIP members, a $40 value for non-members). A skilled staffer will hand-mist skin using Norvell Organic products that provide an even and instant tan that’s free of loud-mouthed UV rays. Clients can choose between a basic or dark tan, and should show up with clean, exfoliated skin to achieve the most radiant results.
Picked by the Charleston City Paper staff as 2010's Best Eco-friendly Boutique, House of Sage outfits the fashion-forward with designer threads, baubles, and home supplies. Ladies will swoon over a Gentle Fawn tee ($36), and a women's bandeau helps get shoulders sun-kissed without passersby angrily demanding that you get a room ($13). Male sartorialists, meanwhile, can choose a J.A.C.H.S. men's basic tee ($18) or a men's Topo Ranch tee ($35) to exude the cosmopolitan allure necessary to get past the bouncer into the city's hottest knitting circles. Guests in the House of Sage will appreciate being helped, never hounded, by a knowledgeable staff of eco-fashion urbanites.