Proprietor Jackie Pickering stocks her bright, inviting shop with an array of functional and fashionable wares ranging from candles to iPhone cases to ballet flats. Win over an oenophile with stylish new wine glasses ($10–$20), or encourage responsible shopping by buying a buddy a recyclable tote bag ($1–$10) and filling it with hand-written nutrition and checkbook-balancing tips. Wallets and silver engraved jewelry ($20–$30) make excellent additions to back pockets and head pedestals, whereas Eliza B sandals ($30+) assist fashionable wayfarers in stylishly traipsing along windswept beaches toward sea turtle picnics.
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.
Betty Lilly opened Frame Up in 1977 to preserve the cherished photos and artwork of her clientele. Three years later, she handed over ownership to her daughter Denise Mosimann, who has held the custom-framed reigns of the family business ever since. Today, the framing professional and her staff will meet one-on-one with customers to customize jobs and update already framed items, selecting from the troves of mats and multicolored mouldings housed within the onsite framing facility. The preservation pros take as little as one day (depending on availability) to protect photos, diplomas, and the promo posters of successful home movies behind museum-quality glass. Frame Up also specializes in selling local and wildlife artwork, including prints from John James Audubon's Birds of America.
Established in 1994, Gullah Gourmet has spent 19 years equipping visitors with tools to transform dull meals into lowcountry classics with Food Network-approved ingredients for crafting soups, sauces, pastries, and breads. The shop's widespread collection of bagged, bottled, and jarred goodies have included creamy Southern Corn Chowdah, Aunt Maggie's Sweet Cornbread, and Gullah Gullah Gumbo––a savory rice and sauce mix. The handmade, screenprinted cloth bags that package select products pay homage to Gullah culture with newspaper prints and vibrant graphics. An assortment of Gullah- and Charleston-inspired knickknacks make unique gifts for birthdays and graduations from PB&J University.