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.
At Mr. K’s Used Books, Music, and More’s five locations, funny money is the currency of choice. In exchange for bringing in good-quality books, CDs, and DVDs, customers receive store-issued dollars that they can use toward the purchase of other items. Some in-demand items, such as school textbooks, modern literature, video games, or sports almanacs from the future, may warrant a cash exchange instead. The shop’s friendly staffers, meanwhile, remain at the ready to help customers locate an item amid the many shelves, organized by genre and number of vowels in the title.
All Natural Smoothies’ blenders whip up frothy potations in a variety of natural flavors to bolster well-being, recovery, and weight loss. Patrons can choose a 12-ounce, 16-ounce, 20-ounce, or 32-ounce cup of a peach-and-mango smoothie, which imparts natural energy that can fuel workouts, study sessions, or mentally strenuous games of Mad Libs. Customers can diminish paunch protrusion with the wheatgrass, kiwi, and lemon swirled into a Go Green weight-management blend or arm bodies against ailments with a Ponce de Leon immunity smoothie, teeming with strawberries and cherries. Patrons can select two fruits, soy or whey protein, and low-fat milk or soymilk to create their own protein concoction, a muscle-enhancement method tastier than bench-pressing economy-size cans of Spam. Baristas can supplement smoothies with diabetic-friendly, sugar-free sweeteners or add additional boosts for energy, detox, or wellness for an additional $0.99 each.