Save The Date – April 19th!

Spring has spring and so have all of the spring events! We are excited to be launching a few pieces to celebrate the Kentucky Derby in April. Look out as we release one new piece each week next month! We will also have a selection of vintage hats and headpieces available at Candy Shop On Cannon in Charleston starting the Monday after Easter and we will be popping up for a Mint Julep infused celebration at Garden & Gun Fieldshop in The Dewberry Hotel on Thursday, April 19th so save the date! More details and information to follow.

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Galentine’s Day Party Tonight!

We are really excited to be hosting two other fabulous jewelry designers for trunk shows tonight at Candy Shop On Cannon in Charleston. We have carried local designer Hart Hagerty’s famous tassel earrings for awhile now and can hardly keep them in stock! And, returning for a second trunk show after being a successful guest designer at our Holiday Sip ‘N Shop earlier this year, is Mary Kent Hearon of The Heart Knot! We could not think of two more perfect girls to have with us for a Valentine’s Eve event, so come join us at Candy Shop Vintage (9 Cannon Street in Downtown Charleston) from 5-8PM this evening for shopping, sweets and champagne cocktails. If you bring a friend, you both get 20% OFF anything in the store (trunk show items excluded).

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ABOUT THE DESIGNERS

Hart Huguet Hagerty creates timeless statement pieces that blend her love of Asian aesthetics and the bohemian side of her hometown Charleston. In addition to luxe, one-off jackets, Hart is known for her tassel earrings: the perfect “everyday statement earrings” featuring a featherlight tassel, chic silhouettes and rich colors.

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After majoring in Chinese at Vanderbilt, Hart lived in Shanghai for 5 years, working as a fashion editor and trend researcher before launching the line in 2013. Hart was a travel curator and contributing writer for Vogue‘s and Travel + Leisure’s Shanghai city guides. While Hart now lives in a classic Charleston single house, China will never leave her. She uses her Mandarin skills to work directly with Chinese artisans and suppliers to proudly produce her earrings in small batches in Shanghai, where she returns to annually to get her fill of greasy jianbing, wild Bund nightlife and tone-deaf karaoke.

 

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Mary Kent Hearon weaves her beautiful and chic statement necklaces from French twine, all hand sewn and in the shape of a heart. When I met Mary Kent we were fast friends and I purchased a necklace of hers last year and it is one of my go to’s. Her bright, warm and creative energy is infections and we think this is the perfect time of year for her to show off her designs, which now include cast and plated pieces as well as woven. From Columbia and a SC native, she is rarely in one place for very long – regular jaunts abroad keep her occupied and inspired.

Hope to see you tonight! xx

Charleston Beauty Spots

I moved to Charleston ten years ago and since then the city has grown exponentially. However, my go to pampering spots have more or less remained the same and I find myself giving newcomers the same list over and over. And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and self love (because you certainly don’t need a Valentine to pamper yourself!) I thought I’d share some of my fav go-to Charleston beauty spots. All accessories, ours and all clothes from local Beckett Boutique!

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HUSH Skin Salon – 10 Exchange St. Ste. 302 (843) 793-8799 I met Zach from HUSH skin salon when he worked at a larger practice in Mt. Pleasant. But when he moved his practice downtown I quickly followed him. He is the master of keeping your skin fresh and bright – my favorite service of his is probably his dermaplane facial. And going to his office just feels like hanging out with a good friend!

Charleston Glow – 708 S Shelmore Blvd #103 (843) 277-0924 I am not a huge spray tan person but I also look like I crawled out from under a rock in the winter with my Irish skin, so every now and then I like a little bit of a glow. Charleston Glow BlushPro Studio is all organic. They have express options and the girls who run it are super sweet, plus parking is a breeze.

Urban Nirvana Day Spa My favorite location isucked away in South Windermere (West Ashley) this intimate, full service day spa as accessible and cozy with a full menu of spa services. My favorite are their body scrubs. You really feel like you are getting away from everyday life in there and it is less than ten minutes from Downtown Charleston. They also have a location Downtown in the Wentworth Mansion in in Mt. Pleasant off of Long Point Road.

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HAIR

Dry Bar – 556 King Street, Charleston (843) 872-3570 I was thrilled when they finally decided to open a location in Charleston. Once my go-to for New York Blowouts, they now have locations nationwide and the Charleston Dry Bar is a hop skip and a jump from our Cannon Street Shop on Upper King. Also great for large groups!

Salon Vari Olivia Banks at Salon Vari on Spring Street weaves magic with hair. She is a triple threat with cut, color and styling. She has hosted a few braid bars at in store events and I continue to see her regularly to keep my locks fresh.

Patrick Navarro Patrick is truly one of my fav people in Charleston. He gives a killer cut and color but he is in very high demand and splits his time between New York and Charleston, so if you can catch him, jump on it!

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SLATE Salon – 615 Johnnie Dodds Boulvard, Mt. Pleasant (843) 813-7757 n Erica at SLATE has been my colorist for over five years, recommended by fellow blond Jessica of Bare Beauty. She is great with blondes but has a tight schedule so book in advance!

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NAILS, FITNESS & MORE

East Bay Nails – 334 E Bay St, Unit N (843) 724-0856 East Bay Nails is the closest thing I have found to a walk in New York Style Nail salon. It can be hit or miss until you find your favorite nail tech, but when you do, stick with them. Also, even though they are Downtown, they are in a shipping center so so parking is easy.

Mylk Bar – 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd. (843) 388-5877 Charleston’s first eco-friendly nail salon with and equally Instagram friendly interior.

Exhale Pilates – 360 Concord Street #1 (843) 813-6191 A wonderful Downtown Pilates class done on machines only, which I much prefer. And a little bird told me they are working on a second location. Well located on the water off Concord Street.

Redux Yoga – 137 President Street Unit A (843) 723-2313 The perfect hot yoga class that is a combination of relaxing and invigorating.

MUSC Wellness Center – 45 Courtenay Drive(843) 792-5757 I am not a gym person but this is a more wholistic approach to wellness owned by The Medical University of South Carolina. Even if you don’t want the commitment of membership you can pop in for a day rate. They even have an indoor pool, racquetball courts and indoor track plus a great selection of classes and camps.

Candy Shop Vintage X Beckett

Shop girl is a term I hear thrown a lot in retail. “I’m a shop girl. I need a shop girl. I just want my own shop! As someone who did not initially set out to own a brick an mortar shop I have been both overwhelmed by how hard it can be but sometimes pleasantly surprised about how wonderful it can be. Wonderful, because it puts you in the fabric of a community in a more personal way, hard because it can be hard to connect socially with other retailers you admire, and even find time for your friends and social life. That said, while Charleston may be home to so many national retail chains these days, some great locally owned shops are very much holding their own and thriving. One of them is Beckett Boutique – a sophisticated women’s boutique right in the middle of King Street, with a soothing feminine and sophisticated color palate.

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When they asked me to shoot some photos for their blog I was flattered and thrilled. And when I went to pull some outfits for our shoot, I found it hard to narrow down. I also loved how much they appreciated my whimsical aesthetic and ended up finding that some of our accessories from Candy Shop On Cannon as well as my jewelry designs fit in perfectly with the Beckett collection. And who doesn’t love a good French 75?

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So was born a fun little shoot in downtown Charleston, featuring some of their new arrivals like this fab ruffled seersucker skirt) paired with our new Rosé Statement Earrings and one of Susan Alexandra’s Watermelon Totes. You might even get a preview of some Candy Shop Vintage gems that are coming soon!

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Join us for Girl’s Night Out on 2/13!

We are so excited to be hosting trunk shows for two of our favorite jewelry designers at Candy Shop On Cannon on Tuesday, February 13th in Charleston… come meet Hart Hagerty of Hart Studio and Mary Kent Hearon of The Heart Knot.

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We will be serving champagne cocktails and other Valentine’s sweets and treats from 5-8PM at 9 Cannon Street. If you come with a friend, you can each take 20% off any of your Candy Shop Vintage purchases (this excludes our trunk show items). Hope to see you there for a sweet evening!

THANK YOU.

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From the bottom of our hearts, thank you not only for a wonderful year and gifting season and supporting a small and growing local business, but especially for supporting our campaign to raise money for the MUSC Children’s Hospital Fund. This season we were able to raise $2,130 through the sale of our limited edition Charleston Rice Beads in Kelly Green. Thanks to all who gave or received these as gifts this season. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We are excited for a new year and have lots of sweet things in store both at our shop and online.  And I am personally grateful for the support of every single one of our customers, near and far who appreciate what we are putting out there. See you in 2018! – Deirdre Zahl

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Christmas Is Here and so Are The Shipping Deadlines

Well, you’ve likely survived the holiday party gamut and are seeing the Christmas break light at the end of the workweek tunnel! If you are like me, you are really maximizing these last few days to wrap up – haha – your Christmas shopping. We know a lot of lucky people out there are getting Candy Shop Vintage under their trees and in their stockings and we couldn’t be more thrilled! But we do want to share our shipping deadlines so you don’t want to find yourself without a gift on Christmas Morning…

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Tuesday, December 19th (TODAY!)

NOON today  is the cutoff for our regular, standard shipping ($4.95 or included if your order is over $100) 

Wednesday, December 20th (TOMORROW!)

NOON is also the cutoff for orders but you MUST select Priority 2-3 Day shipping at checkout ($8.95 regardless)

Thursday, December 21st and beyond

You can  select 2-Day express shipping for $25 until noon. Chances are, you’ll have your order by end of day Saturday. But of course at this late date there are no guarantees.

Holiday Hours at Our Shop & Local Pickup

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Our shop in Downtown Charleston at 9 Cannon Street will be open through Saturday 10AM – 5PM and closed Sunday (Christmas Eve). If you want to order something online to pick up in the store, just enter LOCALPICKUP at checkout and all shipping charges will be removed and pickups must be completed by Saturday night. We will package and hold your order for pickup during retail hours. It should be noted that we are CLOSED in between Christmas and New Years for some minor updates to our retail space – stay tuned & Merry Christmas!

Retailer Spotlight: Natalia Castillo and Escapada Living

Today, we are chatting with the owners of one of our favorite Candy Shop Vintage retailers Escapada whose bright colors and patterns already have us dreaming of a tropical vacation even though it is only the end of November. You can find some of our Candy Shop Collection pieces as well as our Charleston Rice Beads in their Escapada Signature Store in Mt. Pleasant, SC. We asked the owner and founder Natalia Castillo about Inc. Magazine’s second fastest growing company in South Carolina and the travels that inspire her prints and patterns.
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Natalia Castillo, CEO and owner of Escapada Living at home

1) I know you like to travel a lot to find inspiration for your colorful prints. What are you top three favorite travel spots? What is next on the list?

Yes, I love to travel! My favorite destinations are Brazil, Bali, and the French Riviera. Brazil is such a unique, vibrant country – the culture and lifestyle are full of energy, and my favorite cities there are Rio and Buzios. Bali’s natural beauty is unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. From the beach to the rainforest, everything is bright, colorful, and tropical. Finally, the French Riviera is where I was first inspired to create the Escapada Living brand, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. With its beautiful coastline and chic style, its effortless elegance is hard to beat. “Escapada” means “escape” in Spanish, so it’s no surprise that those beautiful destinations have served as the inspiration for the brand!For my next trip, I’m heading to Peru with my niece – specifically Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. I have some family in Lima, and it’s a wonderful up-and-coming city that’s growing really quickly. With its vibrant colors and rich culture, Cusco is another incredible source of inspiration. Many of the people there still wear traditional Peruvian garb, which is full of amazing colors, textures, and details. I visited Machu Picchu years ago, and I have a feeling this time it will be completely different. Back then, everything was totally unregulated – you could wander around anywhere, and it was totally free to visit. It will definitely be interesting to see it again now, and I’m so excited to share such a special place with my niece.

 2) Did you always envision going into brick and mortar retail or is it something that happened organically?

It was always my plan to have a brick and mortar location that worked as an extension of the Escapada Living brand. My career actually began as a buyer for Macy’s department stores, so I’ve always been passionate about brick and mortar, and I had experience with retail in that format. I love having our own store, and it’s truly a place where the Escapada Living brand comes to life. It’s incredible to have the opportunity to connect with customers, hear their feedback, and see them interact with the brand. It makes my day when I see a happy customer get really excited about their new purchase!

 3) What are the other lines you carry outside of your own Escapada designs?

Our Signature Store is full of brands that complement Escapada Living and hang well with our line. We carry clothing lines like Tori Richard, Julie Brown, Just Madras, Gretchen Scott, THML, and Barbara Gerwit. For jewelry and accessories, we’re proud to sell several local brands, including Candy Shop Vintage! Our customers love the Charleston Rice Beads collection, and we also carry pieces from Hart Studio, The Tiny Tassel, Sangria, and more. Our store has completely different inventory than our website, so it’s been really fun to tailor its selection to fit our local customer.

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The Escapada Signature Store

 4) What is your most popular print?

We initially introduced our Jungle print for the summer 2017 line, and it became an instant favorite. It’s a fun, abstract palm print with a playful, hand-painted feel and lots of movement. We’ve created a few versions of it in different colorways, and will feature it in our upcoming resort 2018 collection as well. That collection will be available starting in December – just in time for a winter getaway!

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Our Charleston Rice Beads paired with a tropical Escapada ensemble

 5) Have you ever thought about venturing beyond apparel design into other products? What is next for Escapada (maybe for Spring 2018)?

I’d love to create an Escapada Living home collection with pillows, blankets/ throws, placemats, napkins, etc. Customers always tell us that our brand makes them smile every time they see it, and I think a home line would be a natural next step – extending that happiness beyond the closet and throughout the rest of the home.

For the immediate future, we’re thrilled to debut our new plus size collection for resort/spring 2018. This line, called Escapada Living Curve, features our best-selling styles and prints in sizes 0X-3X (numeric sizes 14-24). It’s been available to our wholesale retailers for a little while, but this is the first time that it will be sold on our website and in our store. Those new sizing options are truly an instance of “ask and you shall receive.” Customers kept telling us they were looking for more sizes in our clothing, and we couldn’t be happier that we’re able to fill that need now.

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An Escapada model in a summery Escapada dress wearing our Summer White Charleston Rice Beads wrapped as a bracelet.

 

Join Us for Small Business Saturday

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday and we are celebrating at Candy Shop On Cannon. We’ve had almost three wonderful years in our shop and are really looking forward to three more! Tomorrow is a day to kick back, toast, maybe eat some doughnuts or drink a whisky sour. We will be offering 25% OFF storewide plus coffee and doughnuts in the morning and whisky sours all afternoon. Join us for the fun at 9 Cannon Street in Downtown Charleston!

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In case you can’t make it, or you don’t live here you don’t want to miss our on our whisky sour recipe – it can be found here in our blog archives. Mix up a few pitchers and you will be the toast of the party!

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Thank you to everyone who supports Candy Shop Vintage year round. We are extremely grateful to our friends and customers! xoxo

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