A Vintage Guide to Palm Beach

Outside of Charleston one of my favorite coastal cities in the South is Palm Beach. I have been visiting Palm Beach regularly each year to catch up with my best friend who practices equine medicine there during the winter. Each time I visit, I find a new special place – a cocktail bar, a vintage clothing shop or a great pizza spot. Like Charleston, parts of historic Palm Beach are immaculately groomed and picture perfect. But it also has its funky local gems – particularly in West Palm Beach and especially when it comes to vintage shopping. All in all, it is a great mix – a small but growing city with history, elegance and whimsy. Worth Avenue is one of the most famous streets for shopping in America and there are no shortage of beautifully restored hotels to visit, dine at, have a cocktail or stay awhile. So, on a recent trip for a Junior League Holiday Market, I decided to also shoot my own vintage guide to Palm Beach and share some of my favorite spots for shopping, drinking and eating – all with their own vintage charm.

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It was a lot of fun working with Erica J. Photography who was very patient with my obsessive location scouting, and especially Palm Beach Vintage who loaned me some fabulous outfits and accessories (all of which are available on 1st Dibs) that paired well with each spot we chose. And of course, the jewelry can almost all be found on candyshopvintage.com so most of our vintage guide is shoppable!

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Vintage polka-dot two piece 90’s Carolyne Roehm from Palm Beach Vintage, Palm Beach Sunnies from us, Vintage Born To Shop Brooch, Vintage Floral Earrings and Vintage Buckle Bangle all Candy Shop Vintage

Where to Stay

The Colony Hotel on Hammon Avenue is one of the coolest vintage spots anywhere. It is quintessentially Palm Beach with bright pops of color on the inside and soothing coastal pink on the outside and just steps from Worth Avenue. It was built in 1947 and recently redesigned by Carleton Varney who helms Dorthy Draper & Co.

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It is an explosion of pattern and color and each room – even the hallways – have their own floor to floor color schemes. There isn’t a corner or room of the hotel that isn’t covered Varney’s unique, whimsical touch.

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Vintage 80’s Philippe Venet Paris Shift Dress from Palm Beach Vintage with a gold Candy Shop Vintage Poodle Pendant and Charleston Rice Beads in Cinnamon,

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A Fabulous 80s Judith Lieber Bag from Palm Beach Vintage paired with our French 75 Cocktail Bracelet.

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Vintage Pink and Green Ombré Chiffon Gown and hot pink Christian Louboutin mules from Palm Beach Vintage. Vintage Cocktail Ring, Vintage Kenneth J. Lane Bow Earrings and Unicorn Fantasy Necklace from Candy Shop Vintage.

Other historic hotels in Palm Beach to explore are:

The Breakers – A larger scale, grand luxury historic hotel founded in the late 1800’s that is more a full scale resort than just a place to stay. It is right on the ocean and you can visit their spa, dine and drink without leaving the property. The most well known and dramatic hotel on Palm Beach Island and home to HMF, a great cocktail bar and lounge.

The Brazilian Court – A luxury hotel opened in the 1920s with a Mediterranean design. On site restaurant, Cafe Boulud and James Bead nominee helmed by famous French Chef Daniel Bouloud.

The Chesterfield – Also located in close proximity to Worth Avenue, it was originally designed as a European Bed & breakfast and has grown into an intimate luxury hotel registered with the Palm Beach Preservation foundation as a historic landmark. Also home to the chic and delicious Leopard Lounge and Restaurant.

Vintage Shopping

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The Church Mouse just off of Worth Avenue is kind of the ultimate church resale shop. Staffed with volunteers the proceeds from the store go to outreach programs for Bethesda by the Sea, an Episcopal Church in Palm Beach. This is not your average second hand store, it is over 4,000 square feet and packed to the brim with an ever rotating designer clothes and accessories, china, art work, furniture and more. Open seasonally.

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Just a few blocks from The Church Mouse is C. Orrico the official Lilly Pulitzer outpost of Palm beach and nested in the back of C. Orrico you will now find a shop within a shop – House of Lavande – a treasure trove of vintage and vintage-inspired jewels. And when I say treasure trove, I mean drawer and drawers and more drawers so carve out some time before visiting these two gems.

Stroll down Worth Avenue, just a short walk from C. Orrico and it looks like every shop is having a contest for who has the best awning. Most of the luxury boutiques can be found on Worth as well.

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Vintage tassel purse from Candy Shop Vintage

But I did stumble upon this funky, high end boutique called KIOSK I have never seen before that had a great mix of unique clothes and accessories – some vintage, some new.

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And the most incredible spot on Worth has to be Betteridge Jewelers a fine jewelry store with estate jewelry to make your head spin. My sapphire engagement ring is actually from their Connecticut store and I have received endless compliments on it over the years.

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On your way off the Island, don’t forget to hit Classic Collections of Palm Beach – an upscale designer consignment shop with all of the gowns, bags, shoes and jewels you can imagine. Not for the faint of heart (or wallet). From there, it is fun to head to West Palm Beach to shop some funkier spots, first stops being on Northwood Road.

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You can pop in for a coffee at Harold’s Coffee Lounge which has a truly excellent ice coffee to fuel more of your vintage shopping adventures.

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80’s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche dress from Palm Beach Vintage, Iris Apfel Brooch from our Sweet Finds section and Half Moon Clutch from Beau & Ro

Which you will definitely need to take in everything at Diane’s Boutique (below) an adorable vintage shop filled to the brim with colorful goodies. The owner, Diane McKinnie is so nice, it is like shopping in your best friend’s closet. And though most things don’t have price tags, she is sure to give you a good deal when you are ready to check out.

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Just up the street is the Palm Beach chic furniture mecca Circa Who. Don’t worry, they sell online but it is much more fun to meander around their warehouse in person. They recently added a second room with other vendors, including some great vintage clothing dealers.

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1960’s Mod LaJeunesse Handbag from Palm Beach Vintage.

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1970’s Oscar De La Renta Cotton Voile Dress and Yves St. Laurent 80s Suede belt both from Palm Beach Vintage. The Reeves Doorknocker Earring in Green Opal from Candy Shop Vintage.

And don’t miss Northwood Antiques and Design across the way, with curated vintage furniture and art. About a fifteen minute drive away is another road in West Palm Beach famous for antiques and vintage shopping – Dixie Highway – also the home of Palm Beach Vintage. Louise, the lovely and chic owner of Palm Beach Vintage has had her vintage boutique there for decades – and at one point even had a location in New York.

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She is now nestled on Dixie Highway in her flagship store amongst other fantastic antiques and vintage shops like D. Brett Benson an incredible vintage and estate jewelry shop and Palm Beach Regency, another over the top Palm Beach Chic vintage furniture dealer. These are don’t miss spots, but Palm Beach Vintage was the first and main attraction for me with its immaculately curated and ethereal selection of clothing and accessories.

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Just playing a little dress up in this 1970s Frank Usher Cocktail Dress.

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And this subtle 1970s Main Street Leopard Print Rain Coat paired with some Vintage Glitter Resin Bangles and Palm Beach Sunnies from Candy Shop Vintage.

Where to Eat & Drink

An afternoon can easily spent on Dixie Highway alone, all you have to do is park and walk up and down to hit all the shops, one after the other, along the way. But when it is time for a bite to eat, their is an equally fun vintage style diner to be found just up the road from Palm Beach Vintage. It has a wonderful retro vibe complete with astro turf and all. My friend MK of Seeline Vintage sent me there on my first trip to Palm Beach and it did not disappoint. There is even outdoor seating – great for brunch or lunch!

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Vintage Christian LaCroix Sequined Floral Skirt from Palm Beach Vintage paired with our Charleston Rice Beads in Gunmetal and a One-of-A-Kind Black Resin Bangle.

Other places to eat and drink in Palm Beach:

Palm Beach Grill – Contemporary dining with an old school, moody loungey feel. You literally cannot order a bad thing off the menu here, especially not the cedar plank salmon, the shoe string fries or the Key Lime pie which is (almost) the best I have ever had.

Pizza Al Fresco – Venture down an alley off Worth Avenue and find a twinkly old world European style courtyard with al fresco dining. The pizza hits the spot after a long flight or drive.

HMF at The Breakers – Sort of the living room of The Breakers, this open air, Mad Men style bar and dining room offers cocktails and light bites to eat. The waitresses dress in black cocktail dresses and pearls – how chic.

The Leopard Lounge & Restaurant – Mirrored walls, leopard print, woven fans, marbled ceilings and great cocktails. Plus a live lounge singer – need I say more? I am sure the food is good too, but does it even matter?

Cafe 155 at The Colony Hotel – A bright, happy grab and go breakfast and lunch spot inside The Colony Hotel (though you can enter from the street). Take you food to go or sit under the Palms and the grand columns in front of the hotel.

Cafe Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel – A restaurant by famous french chef Daniel Boulud. I have only had a drink here but have heard their brunch and dinner here is amazing.

The Polo Bar & Restaurant at The Colony Hotel – A throwback and an ode to the local Polo scene in Palm Beach (& Wellington). Not to be confused with The Polo Bar in New York, this decidedly more old school restaurant and bar offers poolside dining at The Colony, live music late at night and sit down dining inside. Decorated with palms and polo players with pillars painted to look like martini glasses – this is a true hidden gem of Palm Beach.

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Thanks to Erica for the beautiful photos and helping me put this together and to Palm Beach Vintage for her true Southern hospitality. Hope you visit some of these magical spots next time you are there. xo

All of the Holiday Sweetness in One Place

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Every year we get a lot of questions – what kind of sales are you doing, what kind of events you are having for the holiday season. So here they are all in one happy, sweet place. So save the date(s) for some great sales, fun events and merriment in general:

Gifts That Give Back

Our first and most important holiday special is our Kelly Green Charleston Rice Beads promotion. We teamed up with I Heart Radio’s Y105 in Charleston to create a special color in our popular Charleston Rice Beads this season. $20 from every Kelly Green Necklace and $10 from every Kelly Green Bracelet go to benefit the MUSC Shawn Jenkin’s Hospital Project in Charleston, SC. You can read more here, or shop them directly here.

Black Friday  Friday, November 24

There will be one special for Black Friday and it will be a Buy One Get One at 50% OFF (!!!!) any of our Charleston Rice Beads. It will be one day only and it will exclude the Kelly Green Rice Beads we are selling to benefit MUSC Children’s.

Small Business Saturday  Saturday, November 25

There will be and in-store (in Charleston) only promotion. 25% OFF everything in the store one day only. There is no online special but if you can make it into the shop, you get a free Whisky Sour and I promise they are good. Also, a lot of our neighbors like J. Stark and Mac&Murphy are having their own Small Business Saturday specials and events so check them out.

Cyber Monday  Monday, November 27th

As it is Cyber Monday, this is an online only special (our shop in Charleston is closed that day anyway). There will be 20% OFF site wide – that means everything. Code will be sent out first thing Monday morning on the 27th and be valid for one day only. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Junior League of Columbia Holiday Market  Thursday, November 30th-Sunday, December 3rd

We will be popping up on Columbia, SC at the Junior League of Columbia Holiday Market. Last year it was so busy and I was so tired driving back to Charleston I accidentally put diesel fuel in my car and had to get it towed most of the way home. This is very bad for your car, by the way, I will not be doing that again. But we are very excited to be back this year!

Neighborhood Holiday Sip N’ Shop  Friday, December 8th 5-8PM

Cannonborough/Elliotborough is hosting its second annual Holiday Sip N’ Shop. Neighborhood stores and business will be open until 8PM offering libations and specials. We are doing a “Draw a mystery discount” at Candy Shop On Cannon and hosting some Emily McCarthy and Garb Designs for a trunk show and serving up some holiday punch and treats!

That covers it for the rest of our holiday events! Make sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter at the bottom of the page for reminders and other treats in your inbox this season. xo

A Gift That Gives Back

I am excited to share that we are bringing back our popular Kelly Green Charleston Rice Beads for a limited time this season. $20 from the sale of each Charleston Rice Bead Necklace in Kelly Green and $10 from the sale of each Charleston Rice Bead Bracelet in Kelly Green will be donated to the new MUSC Shawn Jenkin’s Children’s Hospital Campaign in Charleston, SC, thew new state of the art facility being built in Downtown Charleston. You can also visit their website and donate directly there and learn more about their mission and building project. Any one who has children in Charleston or has had the unfortunate experience of having to visit the MUSC Children’s Hospital, long or short term, knows what an incredible place it already is. But this new building and its facilities will continue to elevate the level of services they are able to provide to children around the country. We will be promoting this campaign in partnership with I Heart Radio and Y105 Charleston.

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Each necklace and bracelet comes in one of our Charleston Rice Bead bags with an insert card printed with a lovely illustration by local artist The Town Serif with a description of the partnership on the bag. This makes a great gift for any Charleston lover who also wants to contribute to the community. They will be available until Christmas or until we run out of inventory!

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October’s Featured Retailer: The Skinny Dip

Skinny Dip Charleston opened late this spring with a frosé infused party on the second store of their newly renovated bi-level store at 345 King Street, a fabulous fête that was featured in Town & Country. Bringing New England flair to King Street, his retail brand collective founded by two girls who know what it is like to launch their own start-up fashion brands (Ellsworth and Ivey and Beau & Ro respectively) and the retail struggles that can entail. The Skinny Dip concept launched in Nantucket and decided to move south and add a location at the split level retail space on King Street. We have been selling our jewelry with them since they opened, first in their “Local Vibes” section upstairs and now downstairs – and they are killing it! I chatted with owner and co-founder Sara Rossi (pictured below, left with business partner Taylor Ivey) for a bit more behind the scenes look at our featured October retail partner:
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Skinny Dip was born somewhat organically as a way to showcase your own brand (Beau & Ro). Can you elaborate on that? 
My business partner Taylor and I were each designers before we opened The Skinny Dip, I own Beau & Ro Bag Company and she owns Ellsworth & Ivey.  I grew up vacationing each summer on the island, and the way that little girls dream about their Nantucket weddings, that’s how I had dreamt about opening a store on the island. Two years ago we decided to take the leap and open a retail space together, but when we found the perfect space on the docks it was 2,000 square feet and far too big for just our brands. Our solution was to invite brands from other innovative designers who you can’t find on Nantucket. It turned into an incredibly unique and collaborative collective style  boutique with an ongoing events calendar and a strong focus on story telling and educating consumers on the brands, the designers and inspiration behind each company in the store.

 

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Skinny Dip Owner & Co-Founder Sara Rossi in front of her Bo & Reau display on the first floor of their Charleston store.

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The first floor of Skinny Dip Charleston located at 345 King Street.

What inspired you to choose Charleston once Nantucket became a successful platform? 
There were the obvious reasons including strong tourism, wealthy locals and a great college town. We also heard from a lot of our brands in our Nantucket store that there was a need for a retail experience like ours on King Street. When we found the 2-floor Boone’s Bar location it just felt right. We saw the potential for a unique, experiential retail environment with a wine and coffee bar, outdoor space and lots of Instagramable moments. We have been overwhelmed with the local support from customers and local brands and businesses who have reached out to collaborate and work with us, all reinforcing that Charleston was the right choice!

 

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Upstairs and the “Local Vibes” section at Skinny Dip in Charleston (345 King Street).

Do you find it hard to juggle managing a product centric brand and a retail centric brand? 
Not as hard as you would think. I really re-focused Beau & Ro once we opened The Skinny Dip to be very synergistic with the store and The Skinny Dip customer. I design a lot of the collection specifically for the Nantucket and Charleston markets. At the end of the day both businesses hinge on creativity, collaboration and being scrappy!

 

What are some of your favorite brands/products that have come through Skinny Dip?
Candy Shop Vintage, obviously!… I am very lucky to not only get introduced to amazing emerging and established brands but also the designers and founders behind these brands. We just got a bunch of new fall brands in for fall in Charleston! I am currently obsessing over Birdies, a new slipper brand out of San Fransisco that has rubber soles so they can be worn outside. Unemployed Denim is the definition of cool, the designer takes vintage denim and adorns it with patches. I just bought myself one of her vintage denim jackets with angel wings on the back.

 

What is your favorite thing about Nantucket that Charleston doesn’t have? 
Charleston and Nantucket are actually surprisingly similar — great restaurants, beautiful beaches, cobblestones, historic preservation, strong female business owners to name a few. One thing that Nantucket has that is completely unique to the island is it’s isolation. Being 30 miles out to sea, it is never an easy task to make it to island, so people always arrive with a sense of gratitude and happiness. Whether you’re pulling into town on ferry past all the boats in the harbor, or walking through the cutest airport in the world (that’s not official, but I would bet on it) it’s hard not to have a smile on your face.

 

What is your favorite thing about Charleston that Nantucket doesn’t have? 
Chicken and waffles (just kidding, sort of). I love the permanence of Charleston. When I first started spending time in Charleston this past spring I described it as  “Nantucket in real life, aka with an apple store”.  It has so much of the charm of summering on Nantucket, but we all get to enjoy it year round!

 

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The outoor patio upstairs at Skinny Dip Charleston where you can take a shopping break and enjoy a glass a frosé.

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Rudis Caffe e Vino located on the second floor of Skinny Dip Charleston.

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Myself, artist Sam Malpass and Sara Rossi at the party for Sam when she completed the octopus mural upstairs.

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Skinny Dip owners and founders Sara and Taylor celebrating the opening of the Charleston location.

Skinny Dip has quickly become more than just a retail space. You can find our Candy Shop Vintage jewelry on the first floor, grab a snack or glass of frosé at Rudi’s Cafe E Vino on the second floor of the store or pop by for any of the free events happening weekly at the store. Definitely save the date for the next Girls night out that I will be DJing as #CANDYCAT on Thursday, October 27th featuring a Sail to Sable Trunk show, a manicure bar by Mylk and hair braiding by The Dry Bar Charleston.

Vintage Pop Up at The Restoration

One of my favorite places to grab coffee in Charleston is the The Restoration Hotel in Downtown Charleston. They have a perfect little coffee bar called Rise downstairs, right next to their signature boutique, The Port Mercantile.

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The Port Mercantile is filled with all kinds of southern and southern inspired goodness – cookbooks, jewelry, Krewe sunglasses, chic beach bags and of course our Charleston Rice Beads.

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All month long, in addition to our Charleston Rice Beads, we have curated a beautiful selection of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.

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The thirteen piece collection, hand picked to compliment your fall wardrobe, will be available at The Port Mercantile through the end of September. They are located at 75 Wentworth Street, just off King.

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If you live here or are just visiting, make sure to stop in and see it! In addition to Rise, The Restoration’s rooftop restaurant, The Watch also has one of the best views in the area of Downtown Charleston and a great place to grab a cocktail after work.

You are My Candy Girl

When my friend Jackie of Leapfrog PR asked me if I would be interested in creating a “Candy Shop Vintage Candy Bar” for our friend Morgan of BURU’s (a fab, mom friendly store and clothing line) West Coast brunch, I jumped at the chance. What could be more fun than coming together with her cool mama tribe and sharing the Candy Shop Vintage love? Turns out, LA is very candy friendly. I found these fabulous acrylic letters that spelled out CANDY from Teak & Lace and spent an entire morning at Jack’s Wholesale Toy and Candy Warehouse which is really worth a trip if you need a few lollipops (or several hundred pounds of them).

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It took us almost two hours to fill all the letters and set up the bar, but the effect was pretty magical! We let all the Moms fill their custom bags to bring candy home to their little ones at the end of lunch. And we also treated them with our Rose Gold Charleston Rice Beads.

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I really enjoyed the afternoon, connecting with West Coast Moms who were juggling jobs and kids and school pick-ups and managed to squeeze in some time to attend Morgan’s lovely launch. Sometimes you can feel alone as an entrepreneur trying to juggle business with motherhood and family life, it was nice to connect with other mom’s doing the same.

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Thank you to Jackie and Morgan for having me & big congrats to BURU (& her family) for four fabulous years in business! See more photos of the luncheon on Guest of a Guest.

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25 for 25: Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief and get 25% OFF

Like you I have been devastated to watch Hurricane Harvey ravage Houston and the surrounding areas. Living in a coastal state and having experienced some severe flooding in Charleston, this hits very close to home. I cannot imagine what these people are going through – and what they face in the coming months. I’ve donated to the Red Cross and encourage you to do the same (below there are a list of suggested nonprofits). If you email us your donation receipt in the amount of $25 or more to shopgirl@candyshopvintage.com any time in the next four days, we will send you a discount code for 25% off any order on candyshopvintage.com, now or in the near future. Codes will go out on Tuesday, September 4th, the day this offer ends and will be valid for one year so you can use it now or save it.

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In addition to the The American Red Cross here is a comprehensive article outlining the different nonprofits that are offering assistance in the wake of the hurricane.

Retailer Spotlight: Gwynn’s in Mt. Pleasant, SC

Marshall Simon, the owner of Gwynn’s in Mt. Pleasant was one of the first people I met when I moved to Charleston ten years ago. His well loved department store Gwynn’s, was hosting a charity run benefiting the MUSC Children’s Hospital called The Stiletto Stampede that I was participating in. His name is familiar around town and always associated with different philanthropic endeavors and Gwynn’s quickly became of of my go to stores that had a wonderful combination of local hospitality – he is almost always in the store greeting his customers – and sophisticated merchandising. You can find anything from local brands he supports to luxury bath and beauty products, high fashion lines and even vintage CHANEL handbags. When I started Candy Shop Vintage, Marshall was one of the first people I went to for advice and of course, to try to sell my line. Before he owned Gwynn’s, he was one of the sales reps for the original, vintage lines of Charleston Rice Beads ours are modeled after. He was the first person to tell me the story behind them!

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The entrance to Gwynn’s at 916 Houston Northcutt Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant.

Since picking up the Candy Shop Vintage line three years ago. Gwynn’s can hardly keep it in stock. I am so grateful for them as a retail partner and to have Marshall as a friend. So it seems only fitting they be the first retailer in our monthly retailer partner spotlight. It also happens to be their 50th anniversary and they recently underwent a huge renovation inside and out. He runs the store with his beautiful daughter Madison and I met with them this week to take a peek in the store and learn a little bit more about his successful family business.

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Marshall and Madison Simon, the owner and his daughter who jointly run the department store.

Any special pans for your 50th Anniversary year?

Our 50th Anniversary was actually on July 27th, but we will celebrate in September with a party at the store.

Has Gwynn’s always been in the same location?

No, Gwynn’s was in 3 other locations in Mount Pleasant, but has been here for the past 25 years in a spot that we own.

Was Gwynn’s your first venture into retail?

I bought this store 27 years ago, but I grew up in the industry and my family had a store in Greensboro, North Carolina called Laurie’s. It was very similar to Gwynn’s, so it’s always been in my blood. In my early days (after college), I was a wholesale manufacturer’s representative for women’s apparel and jewelry where I traveled and worked with stores in the South East. 

What is your favorite thing about owning a store?

I love meeting our interesting and talented clients. They all have such intriguing stories to tell. It’s always been fun getting to know these people. My talented employees makes it all worth while too.

Where do you do most of your buying?

Mostly NYC. A little in Las Vegas and Atlanta.

What the best selling small designers you carry/top three large brands you carry?

The top three small designers are Candy Shop Vintage, Leo + Sage, & Christy Jervey. Our top three larger brands are: Lafayette 148, Trish McEvoy, & Emenegildo Zegna.

What is your history with selling Charleston Rice Beads? (i.e. the original ones then ours)

In the early ’80s I worked for a large costume jewelry house selling rice beads, which was our most popular item, especially here in Charleston. 36 years later and I’m still selling rice beads!

Marshall told me how he used to walk up and down King Street selling the Rice Beads to almost every boutique Downtown. They were hugely popular in the Southeast until the original company making them was acquired and discontinued that line!

What is your favorite time of year/season at Gwynn’s?

Spring when everything comes alive, and also Christmas when business follows suit.

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Our Charleston Rice Bead display in the Gwynn’s jewelry department.

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I think this jewelry box is just about the right size for me…

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Thank you Marshall and Madison for having us! We’ll be back this holiday season for our annual Holiday Trunk Show just before Christmas. Stay tuned for the dates later this fall… Photos: Clay Austin

Totality, Midnight Rice Beads and Charleston Eclipse Photos

It was impossible not to get swept up in the hype of the solar eclipse in Charleston since we were directly in its path. As the weekend ended and Monday approached the city had sort of a nervous energy about it. We had a solar eclipse sale. I made eclipse cookies. And I wondered if it would indeed be as magical as everyone said.

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We watched the eclipse from Sullivan’s Island – undoubtedly one of the most picturesque viewing points in the area. Our whole group had (the correct) glasses thanks to our host and Daphne was so worried she would go blind she barely took them off her face.

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When “totality” occurred I did take off my glasses for a moment and snapped this shot. It was just to incredible. The whole sky and beach was eerily dark and still. The church bells at a nearby church were ringing which added to the surreal feeling of darkness descending in the middle of the day and a storm was rolling in so off in the distance there was thunder and lighting. The change in light was slow and steady and felt more like a dark sunset than being plunged into total darkness and when the sun did reappear there was a feeling of elation. It really was an incredible thing to witness! And the clouds parted for just enough time to make it possible.

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The public schools in Charleston were actually closed today – I would say it was a win for Daphne spending a day at the beach instead of in a classroom.

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And here are a couple other photos taken in Charleston that I just loved…

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Finally in honor of our solar eclipse passing we have brought back our Charleston Rice Beads in Midnight Black for the season, just a little bit early.

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Solar Eclipse Sale

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably aware of the solar eclipse arcing over the US this coming Monday. A friend of mine posted this article, half in jest and half seriously of what not to do during a solar eclipse. Interesting that they have always been considered negative omens.  Let’s hope that is not the case! SO, starting now, until 3PM on Monday you can take 20% OFF any order on our website with the code MOONPIE (because who doesn’t love a Moon Pie?!) in honor of Solar Eclipse weekend. My daughter doesn’t even have school Monday – it really is a national holiday. And buying some jewelry hardly counts as a big decision, right?

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