The Swank Company stocks their boutique with an eclectic array of accessories, home décor, household products, and gifts. Peruse glamorous garment garnishments like jewelry, handbags, wallets, belt buckles, and scarves that can be mixed and matched to complete any costume change. Eco-friendly Caldrea home cleaning products ($7.65–$35.70) help maintain a sparkly home, while a multitude of bath products ($2.55–$49.30) can turn bodies into aromatically pleasant living spaces for tattoos depicting the original cast of The Young and the Restless.
When the recession hit, Sheri Hood responded by founding Our Hands Together: a marketplace that supports local artisans and strengthens their community ties. Inside the store, wares from more than 60 merchants radiate personality from their own booths. Shelves display an eclectic range of media, collecting jewelry and blown glass alongside paintings, handbags, and crocheted pieces. Handmade and utterly unique, many works have been assembled from recycled or repurposed materials, a practice that also inspired the market's Trash-to-Treasure art festival and foster home for used paintbrushes.
Though each artisan brings his or her own vibrant contribution to Our Hands Together, Lake Murray magazine asserts that "the community spirit is its real ambiance." Sheri lets area children and teens rent a plot for their art next to the professionals, and several classes scheduled per month welcome students of all ages to shape their own opera.:m]]
Creative Sewing aims to usher in a sewing renaissance by educating thread-bearers in several techniques and supplying seasoned sewers with the best tools for their craft. The quilt-shop quality fabrics from Moda, Amy Butler, or Lila Tueller wrap needleworkers in limitless patchwork possibilities ($7.99+), and an array of popular patterns from brands such as Children's Corner and Silhouette are great for sewing dresses that recreate MC Escher paintings ($8.99+). In order to stitch these fabrics into a whole piece, cotton connectors can choose from a range of Mettler and King Tut threads ($2.99) and, to plan their pointed attack, Chaco liner marking pens ($9.99).
The family-owned Ed’s Editions stacks an inventory of more than 40,000 books in its historic space, repeatedly winning accolades from the Free Times. Rapacious readers can find a broad selection of stories to devour, with mass-market paperbacks ($2+) and hardcover fiction and nonfiction books ($10+) in categories ranging from classic literature to Southern history. Marked shelves eliminate the need for dog-eared maps, making it easy for even directionally challenged bibliopirates to find copies of Treasure Island or Where’s Waldo’s Grog?.
Founded by the creators of Carolina Pottery in 2013, Home South offers affordable, southern-influenced décor to fill houses with style and charm. Browse the shop’s carefully curated merchandise, ranging from weather-friendly furniture for the patio to bottles of wine for the cupboard. In the outdoor cushions and pillows section, you’ll find textiles designed to withstand the elements. Embrace your inner craft-maker or interpretive dancer at the ribbons and floral department. There are colorful pots and pans alongside baking sheets and mixing bowls in the kitchenware department.