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The Sea Island Shopping Center: Coleman’s Central Hub

Anyone driving out to Sullivan’s Island takes notice: The Sea Island Shopping Center off Coleman Boulevard is bustling. It’s the quintessential stop before heading to the beach and beyond. Residents and visitors stop in to Harris Teeter to pick up groceries, sit down in Mr. Causey’s chair for a haircut or peruse the racks of clothing and home goods at the local Goodwill. What patrons may not know is the unique history behind one of the oldest centers in Mount Pleasant. What once was a quiet, sleepy fishing village and small town grocery is now a busy epicenter in one …

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Southern Belles Children’s Boutique: Kid Friendly Couture

In Charleston and Mount Pleasant, folks are pretty fashion forward. From bold bowties to sweet sundresses, people make sure to dress their very best regardless of the occasion. Adults aren’t the only ones rocking eye-catching ensembles in the Lowcountry. Just ask Susie Molony, owner of Southern Belles Children’s Boutique. Her shop, at 280 W. Coleman Blvd., has attracted quite the up-and-coming clientele. From newborns to preteens, she makes sure to keep those at the kiddie table looking on point. “I love seeing the smiling face of a little child when they get a new outfit or pair of shoes,” said …

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Southern Accent Designer Showcase: For All Your Home Decor Needs

Southern Accent Designer Showcase, located at 630 Coleman Blvd., is the ideal place for all your home décor needs. Owned and operated by Janice Cantey, a former interior designer with over 40 years of experience, this impressive mecca of furnishings will have you coming back for more. From fragrant hand-poured candles to unique accent mirrors, there’s just no limit to the vast array of items offered. With 91 vendor spaces, the possibilities are endless. Not sure what you are in the market for? A stroll through the sprawling showroom is certain to spark some designing ideas. Walking through the large …

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Vivi & Kate: Head to Toe Fashion

I ventured into local boutique Vivi & Kate to speak with owner Elizabeth Raub without making an appointment. To my delight, I didn’t need to call ahead – Raub was every bit as warm and welcoming as a local business owner ought to be, and, by the time we parted ways, I felt we’d become friends – plus I was wearing an awesome new bracelet. Raub, a native of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in English and a self-proclaimed “Jill of all trades,” did not start out owning a ladies’ clothing boutique or even studying fashion. She attended The Culinary …

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Foxworth Decorative Hardware: The Jewelry of Your Home

The producers of the CBS drama “Reckless” knew who to contact when they needed hardware that would make the doors in their sets look as genuine as possible. They called Foxworth Decorative Hardware in Mount Pleasant, a local business with a sterling reputation for serving the needs of Lowcountry contractors and homeowners. “They sent me pictures of what they wanted and said they needed it yesterday,” Rob Reilly, vice president of sales and operations, explained. “They called Friday at 3 p.m. We placed the order and they had what they needed by 11 a.m. Saturday.” Foxworth Decorative Hardware is more …

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Campbell’s Jewelers on Coleman: All in the Family

When I walked Into Campbell’s Jewelers on Coleman Boulevard, my mind drifted back to the years spent at my own family’s independent business. As a child, I would watch my uncle and other family members run the shop – and by running the shop, I mean much more than selling shoes. They’d stretch shoes to fit correctly, measure feet to determine a customer’s perfect size and offer advice on how to care for leather and suede. Campbell’s Jewelers is also a family business, nurtured in the tradition of not only selling remarkable pieces of jewelry but also of caring for …

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Bits of Lace: It’s NOT One Size Fits All

For most women a well-fitted bra is an absolute necessity. It’s one of the few things you wear often and close to your body, therefore it needs to feel natural throughout the entire day. A poorly fitted or uncomfortable bra can ruin your day, yet, surprisingly, 85 percent of women wear an incorrect bra size. Bits of Lace Fine Lingerie, first established in downtown Charleston nearly 40 years ago, takes pride in providing the ladies of the Lowcountry with professional bra fittings and high quality, exclusive lingerie lines. Owner Ruth Brennan, who purchased the King Street boutique in 2000, credits …

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Blush on Coleman: Outfitting Ladies and Girls

That Quintessential mother-daughter shopping experience is one reason to visit Blush on Coleman. Blush opened nine years ago to provide trendy clothing for girls as well as the newest styles for ladies, all at affordable prices. Brands such as Ella Moss and Splendid continue to be favorites for little girls, with sizes ranging between 7 and 16. Current owner Deborah Jonas has introduced new and interesting options. “We’ve added KC Parker and Lucky on the girls’ side,” she said. “For women, we’ve kept brands such as Jude Connally and Joy Joy and added MM Couture, Zashi, Pure and Kerisma.” Stroll …