Corner Bistro: Casual Meets Trendy

Posted on January 2, 2014 by

Tucked away in a small strip mall off of Silverside Road, The Corner Bistro offers a wonderful selection of French-American cuisine.  The atmosphere is casual, yet trendy, making your dining experience elegant, yet comfortable.  If you’re looking for a quiet bite, alone or with a friend, the bar is the perfect spot. Headed out to eat with your family or a group? Snag one of the cozy tables in the back of the restaurant.

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Every Wednesday, The Corner Bistro offers half off bottles of wine starting at 5 PM.  They have a wonderful wine selection in addition to their wonderful culinary creations, which is always a plus.  Their daily specials are also always delicious. Oh and did we mention brunch? Indulge in their Crispy French Toast or Crepes with Gran Marnier sauce.

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  Images courtesy of The Corner Bistro 

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Fashion, Design & The Arts: King Street in Charleston

Posted on October 16, 2012 by

What has become a renowned shopping haven distinguished by its family-owned boutiques, antiques shops, art galleries, and so much more, historic King Street in Charleston has evolved into three distinctive areas; Upper King Street houses the Design and Dining District; the middle of King Street being the Fashion District and Lower King Street, the Antiques District.

Charleston continues to make its mark with an extensive design and decorative arts scene, showcasing the unique sense of style and flavor of local artisans. Here’s a few of our favorite spots to check out along historic King Street:


The Urban Electric Co.
2130 North Hobson Avenue | North Charleston, SC

Showroom for one of the most unique lighting manufacturers in the design industry. Their sophisticated, contemporary designs are individually crafted and completely customizable with any paint color or finish of your liking.

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Reclaimed Designworks
132 East Bay Street | Charleston, SC

Reclaimed lumber, timber & antique wood designs – for floors, walls, ceilings, countertops, backsplashes, wainscoting and more

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Elizabeth Stewart Designs
422 Savannah Highway | Charleston, SC

Charleston’s signature design emporium offers home furnishings, fabrics, accessories, artwork, and jewelry. Heralded by Southern Accents, Southern Living, HGTV, and Charleston HOME, among others, ESD offers approachable glamour, livable luxury, and style.

ESD, charleston

South of Market
173 King Street | Charleston, SC

Owned by interior designer, Kay Douglass, South of Market is a coveted home furnishings store stocked with antiques sourced from France and Belgium, re-purposed objects, upholstery, and a large selection of light fixtures including iron sconces, chandeliers, industrial pendants and more. The South of Market aesthetic is clean, rustic, unique and sophisticated.

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Haute Design      
489 King Street | Charleston, SC

Charleston’s interior design boutique – Haute Design is a full service interior design firm specializing in high-end residential and commercial spaces, as well as historic renovations

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Circa Lighting
426 King Street | Charleston, SC

Circa Lighting offers quality lighting, lamps and accessories for all your decorating needs

Alexandra French Antiques
156 King Street | Charleston, SC

Swedish antiques with a rustic, shabby-chic feel

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David Skinner Antiques & Period Lighting
177 King Street | Charleston, SC

David Skinner Antiques specializes in American and European antique furniture and period lighting

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Tucker Payne Antiques (website currently under construction)
169 King Street | Charleston, SC

John Pope Antiques
180 King Street | Charleston, SC

After completing his degree in Historic Preservation at Savannah College of Art and Design, John Pope pursued his passion for antiques with the opening of John Pope Antiques in 2007 with pieces largely influenced by his travels through Asia and Europe.

The Boutique : Monogramming & Gifts    no website
47 Broad Street | Charleston, SC



Hampden Clothing
314 King Street | Charleston, SC

Recognized by Vogue and Marie Claire magazines as one of the top boutiques in the country, Hampden’s specialty is hand-picking and pulling together an assortment of pieces tailored to each clients’ style.

Haley Spees & Marisa Deitrich of Hampden Clothing kindly pulled together the collection below of their favorite fall products!

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RTW Charleston

186 King Street | Charleston, SC

RTW is an independently owned and operated women’s clothing specialty store offering a fine clothing gathered from Italy, France, England, the U.S., with our own one-of-a-kind items. Offering a personal shopper to help complete your look.

Jeffery from RTW put together one of his favorite fall outfits for us…
‘I love this Jean Paul Gaultier skirt. It’s a black knit skirt with a grey (unzipped) skirt sewn onto the front. It is beyond cool and pretty hilarious at the same time.’

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Billy Reid, Inc.
150 King Street | Charleston, SC

A men’s and women’s luxury designer clothing, shoes and accessories boutique, has roots in a specific Southern past. Reid is a son of the South, who designs his collection in Florence, Alabama and employs artisan factories in Europe and America.

Addie Dorsey, Assistant Store Director shared some great pics of her favorites from Billy Reid

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The Finicky Filly
303 King Street | Charleston, SC

Women’s wear shop owned by mother and daughter team Judy Casey and Rebecca Steinberg, featuring luxurious clothing for women of any age

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Lily Charleston
196 King Street | Charleston, SC

Purveyors of life’s little luxuries, Lily offers beautiful stationery, vintage jewelry, soaps, and handbags in this lovely little shop

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Stella Nova
292 King Street | Charleston, SC

Charleston’s best hair salon & day spa, this trendy downtown salon, make-up studio and esthetique offers an exclusive selection of fragrances, make-up, bath, hair, and men’s products

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Bits of Lace
302 King Street | Charleston, SC

Fine European lingerie boutique offering a full range of beautiful lingerie that extends from classics to fashion forward styles

295 King Street | Charleston, SC

Clothing and accessories boutique showcasing the latest trends in fashion with their evolving variety of products from popular brands such as: Echo, Emu Australia, Free People and Hobo International

Calypso St. Barth
234 King Street | Charleston, S

Classic bohemian chic style boutique, known for their unique pieces that create an effortless style with bold colors, gorgeous materials and special embellishments

M. Dumas & Sons
294 King Street | Charleston, SC

Premier men’s clothing store – third generation, locally owned and operated business

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Ben Silver
149 King Street | Charleston, SC

Fine men’s apparel store now in it’s third generation of business, Ben Silver provides refined and tasteful clothing for the distinguished gentleman, offering the finest selection of striped neckwear in the world, custom blazer buttons, cuff links and more

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Bob Ellis Shoes, Inc.
332 King Street | Charleston, SC

A Charleston landmark for over 55 years, Bob Ellis provides the latest ladies and men’s fashion footwear and handbags along with superior customer service, quality and selection


Horton Hayes Fine Art
30 State Street | Charleston, SC

Featuring original works by locally and nationally recognized artists, Horton Hayes Fine Art exhibits artwork such as landscapes, still-life, figurative works and architectural depictions rendered in oil, pastel or watercolor

Ann Long Fine Art
54 Broad Street | Charleston, SC

Leading fine art gallery specializing in classical realist paintings, drawings, and sculpture by contemporary artists

Joel Oppenheimer, Inc. – The Audubon Gallery
190 King Street | Charleston, SC

The natural history art gallery located on historic King Street

CFADA (Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association)
Charleston, SC

Founded in 1999, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association is a source of fine art in the South and consists of the city’s most prominent galleries. The association promotes Charleston as a fine art destination for talented artists, passionate art enthusiasts and avid collectors.

Member galleries are: Corrigan Gallery, Dog & Horse Fine Art, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Helena Fox Fine Art, Horton Hayes Fine Art, Smith-Killian Fine Art, The Sylvan Gallery and the Wells Gallery

Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street | Charleston, SC

Charleston’s only visual arts museum, The Gibbes Museum of Art exists to link the art of our past with the art of our future through innovative exhibitions, acquisitions, interpretation and educational programs that preserve and promote the art of Charleston and the American South.

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  1. Michelle S. -

    so many great finds!! love, love SOM and Reclaimed Designworks!!

a taste of charleston: restaurants & cocktail lounges

Posted on October 12, 2012 by

Charleston is an excellent Southern foodie destination, where the concept of Southern hospitality is truly embraced. Many of the chefs in the downtown culinary scene are nationally-recognized award-winning and to put it mildly, have done an amazing job revitalizing the local cuisine. Staying true to Southern roots but adding a traditional twist, they proudly emphasize their support for the local community by using the freshest local ingredients throughout their dishes.

Here is a small sampling of some of the great spots to check out in Charleston. Whether just grabbing a quick cocktail or spending a night out on the town, this charming city has something to suit everyone.

The Gin Joint   
182 East Bay Street | Charleston, SC

Unique cocktail lounge with great atmosphere with one of the most detailed selections of spirits in the low country, The Gin Joint juices all their own fruits and make all their own syrups for their cocktails

* Bartender, Chris Parise kindly shared images of a few specialty cocktails & other shots from The Gin Joint with us!

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(above: a few cocktails from The Gin Joint’s ‘Bartender’s Selection’)

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{left: Bartender & Owner,  Joe Raya working his magic behind the bar}
{right: Chris holding a block of ice for work. It is so clear that the sticker is on the far side of the block that’s about 14 inches square}

The Macintosh
479B King Street | Charleston, SC

‘Home of the bacon happy hour,’ The Macintosh serves up homegrown cuisine showcasing the best of Charleston’s local produce and seafood in their lively, yet comfortable neighborhood atmosphere.

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The Cocktail Club
479 King Street | Charleston, SC

Dedicated to the art of the craft cocktail – The Cocktail Club specializes in their house-made infusions and farm to shaker beverages which feature fresh squeezed juices & modern ingredients in a rustic and modern atmosphere

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The Rooftop Bar at Vendue Inn
19 Vendue Range | Charleston, SC

Named the best rooftop bar in Charleston, the Rooftop Bar at the Vendue Inn serves up refreshing cocktails as well as beautiful views of Charleston’s harbor from their cozy rooftop lounge

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Husk Restaurant

76 Queen Street | Charleston, SC

James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock serves up ‘a celebration of Southern ingredients’ at Husk, voted Best New Restaurant in America 2011 by Bon Appetit Magazine. Chef Sean Brock crafts the menu updating it twice daily, working with local markets to create a menu with the freshest, peak of the season produce and seafood.

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husk restaurant, charleston

232 Meeting Street | Charleston, SC

FIG (food is good): a local neighborhood bistro, where James Beard, Best Chef Southeast Mike Lata serves up a seasonally inspired cuisine with a commitment to using local grown & sustainable foods

{*Thanks to Jessica Slaughter of FIG for telling us about a few new Fall menu items at FIG: Though the menu changes daily, one dish they’ve added to the list is the Roasted Peking Duck with Kabocha Farrato and Currants. As far as cocktails, we will have two new cocktails – The Pugilist, with rye, applejack, madeira, and honey; and Lion’s Share, with aged rum, lillet blanc, licor 43, mint, and lemon}

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{left: Escabeche of Carolina white shrimp / right: Chef Mike Lata}

Cru Café        
18 Pinckney Street | Charleston, SC

Run by renowned Le Cordon Bleu Chef John Zucker, Cru Café is ranked as one of Charleston’s top eateries

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Two Boroughs Larder     
186 Coming Street | Charleston, SC

Cozy restaurant, market and gathering place – enjoy a delicious meal in house or take something from the market to take home and prepare yourself

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il Cortile del Re   
193 King Street | Charleston, SC

Authentic Italian cuisine with a relaxing outdoor courtyard for al fresco dining

460 King Street | Charleston, SC

Refined Thai cuisine is served at this hip spot in downtown Charleston

‘Cesca Ristorante & Trattoria    
5 Faber Street | Charleston, SC

Fresh, delicious Italian cuisine served in a relaxed, rustic atmosphere along the cobblestone streets of downtown Charleston

Monza Pizza       
451 King Street | Charleston, SC

Modern pizzeria, Monza carries the theme of Italian motorsports throughout their restaurant, from engine chandeliers to the names of their pizzas. Specializing in wood-fired pizza, they also make delicious fresh pastas, salads, antipasti and daily specials, including their legendary lasagna

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CO Restaurant     
340 King Street | Charleston, SC

Modern Vietnamese cuisine is served within the cozy, urban chic atmosphere of CO

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The Griffon   
18 Vendue Range | Charleston, SC

Authentic English-style pub located in historic downtown with an excellent beer selection

Magnolia’s, Blossom and Cypress (Hospitality Management Group, Inc.)

Magnolia’s :  185 East Bay Street | Charleston, SC
Blossom :  171 East Bay Street | Charleston, SC
Cypress :  167 East Bay Street | Charleston, SC

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  1. Sydney -

    Wonderful blog! Alex Albright who worked at PUFF, now cooking at Magnolia’s.

charleston : a city of charm, grace & beauty

Posted on October 9, 2012 by

In succession with last week’s post on South Carolina, this week will be on the gorgeous city of Charleston: a must-experience destination. Words can’t adequately paint a picture of Charleston; renowned for its southern charm and preserved beauty, this historic city is truly a sight to be seen and a place to experience.

Downtown Charleston’s picturesque cobblestone streets are lined with the most charming, unique 19th century homes (and mansions), pristine gardens, entryways and architectural details unlike anything else. The mere fact that each home possesses such unique qualities, from decorative iron gates to the variety of beautiful colors each home displays, is what makes this city one of my favorite places to visit.

A historic fact: Charleston is one of the four main ports (other than Boston, New York and Philadelphia) in the colonies and therefore was one of the original hubs in the Atlantic trade for decorative arts.

To this day, Charleston preserves its original character, flourishing with historic creativity and charm. Whether on a historic tour, visiting a museum, browsing through antique shops and galleries or simply walking the streets lined with historic homes, you will feel the respect and tradition for decorative arts and architecture at the core of this fabulous city.

There are a number of great, charming and elegant places to stay in Charleston. Here are a few to consider when planning your visit:

Planters Inn : 112 North Market Street

Wentworth Mansion : 149 Wentworth Street

Charleston Place : 205 Meeting Street

Ansanborough Inn : 21 Hasell Street

Later this week, we will be doing a post covering shopping and dining in Charleston!

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kiawah island: a luxurious coastal retreat

Posted on October 4, 2012 by

I recently returned from a five-day vacation starting with Kiawah Island and wrapping up in Charleston, South Carolina. Our first stop was Kiawah for two nights. The 10-mile long island of Kiawah is mostly private, yet The Sanctuary, a luxury beachfront resort is open to all guests. The Sanctuary has many wonderful amenities to take advantage of such as: golf, tennis, two pools for adult and children, an expansive beach to simply relax or ride bikes along (bikes are available for rent through the resort), nature camps for children and the exclusive, The Spa at The Sanctuary.

Aside from the multitude of activities available, there are endless incredible spots throughout the property for walking and exploring Kiawah’s natural, serene surroundings. The Sanctuary also offers dining experiences to satisfy any palette; from formal dining at The Ocean Room, their signature steakhouse, to Jasmine Porch for home-style Southern cuisine and Loggerhead Grill, their oceanfront cafe where you can lounge poolside and casually enjoy beverages and light fare. This full-service resort is a truly wonderful spot suitable for a family vacation or a couples getaway.

Kiawah Island Club is a private membership club exclusively for home and land owners on Kiawah Island. Club members have access to the following venues & facilities:

Golf course (designed by Tom Watson) beautifully situated within marshes/tidelands & dunes surrounding the Kiawah River
Voysey’s, restaurant & pub with menu design by consulting chef Tom Colicchio

The River Course
Clubhouse is currently being reconstructed, as the original building was destroyed by fire in 2010
♦  Sasanqua, their exclusive, beautiful spa designed by the famed Clodagh

The Ocean Course
  The Atlantic Room : Kiawah’s premiere seafood restaurant known for its unique, regional seafood and the Ryder Cup Bar

The Beach Club
Situated along Kiawah Island’s most secluded stretch of beach, the clubhouse designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern offers beach access and three swimming pools to its guests.
♦  Tides at The Beach Club : an elegant, yet casual oceanfront dining experience

Kiawah Island is a unique experience and should be visited by anyone looking for a convenient, luxury getaway along the beautiful shores of South Carolina.


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sasanqua spa, kiawah


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the beach club, kiawah

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  1. Sydney -

    I totally agree! Super spot.