The Local Palate delves into Charleston's multifaceted culinary culture, delivering a colorful record of local food lore and news. Sharp, enticing photography accompanies stories on nearby eateries and restaurant reviews, which explore the area's white-napkin establishments and classic southern staples alike. Readers devour 18 months' worth of local eatery intelligence, ensuring a steady stream of diverse recipes that deck tables with more multicultural treats than NATO's annual bake sale.
The stylish boutique Berlins for Women bedecks visitors with a carefully selected collection of high-end apparel. Caring fashionistas assist shoppers on their journey from humdrum to fabulous, guiding them through racks of everyday attire, eveningwear, and work-appropriate garb. The partially sheer Sam & Lavi anika tunic layers dramatically over tights or jeans ($140); a painted animal cardigan adds a pop of pattern to any outfit and allows ladies to match the leopard they ride to work ($145). In-house alterations are available by request, allowing newly bought dresses to even more flatteringly fit their owners.
Charleston Florist's hospitable staff touts four generations of family ownership and more than 75 years of experience assembling artful flower arrangements for memorable occasions. The Celebrate! bouquet imbues color into birthday festivities with peach gerberas, yellow button poms, and orange spray roses ($45+), and the Rainbow of Blooms ($45+) is a vibrant arrangement suitable for any celebration––such as the first day of boot camp. Mouth owners can dive face first into the candy bouquet gift basket, which nestles Twix, Kit Kats, Snickers, and other gooey goodies in a yellow smiley-face vase ($25+). Guests can feast their eyes on Charleston Florist's collection of plants, greeting cards, and scented candles while sitting at a table perched by a fireplace.
Before Comfort One Shoes' sole experts are allowed to fit a single shoe to a customer's foot, they must graduate from Comfort One University and undergo a mentorship process. It's only then that they can help shoppers find their desired footwear, whether it be lace-up Ziera boots, On running shoes with CloudTec technology, or Thierry Rabotin shoes, handmade without uncomfortable, rigid components. Alongside men's and women's footwear, the shop stocks an assortment of bags and accessories such as colorful iPhone cases from Triple C Designs that protect phone exteriors and conceal scratches from the last time you transformed into a werewolf.
Comfort One Shoes also seeks to better the world through creative philanthropic efforts, such as collecting 25,000 shoes for those without and offering their employees half their pay and time off to volunteer in the community. Perhaps such initiatives are part of the reason Comfort One Shoes earned the National Shoe Retailers Association’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2011.
When the Charleston Museum was founded in 1773, South Carolina was still a British colony. Today, the museum is itself a historical gem, surviving both the American Revolution and Civil War and acquiring an astounding collection of South Carolinian artifacts along the way. Nine permanent exhibits include the Armory, brimming with antique weaponry, and the Lowcountry History Hall, which chronicles the land's metamorphosis from a tribal society into an agricultural empire, telling the story with early trading goods, slave badges, and pottery. Temporary exhibits change regularly, keeping visitors on their toes in the same way changing cell phone numbers every 24 hours does.
The museum extends its history-preserving mission to two area homes: the 19th-century Joseph Manigault House, once home to a wealthy rice plantation owner, and the Heyward-Washington House, where George Washington once stayed during a weeklong visit to the city. Restored rooms, period pieces, and loudly snoring grandfather clocks await guests during scheduled tours.