Holiday Events and Trunk Shows

Our trees at Candy Shop On Cannon are already trimmed and we have a few Holiday events and trunk shows lined up over the next few weeks. Of course you can catch us at our Charleston store at 9 Cannon Street Tuesday-Saturdays 10AM-5PM but we will also be at these fun events and trunk shows:

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The Holiday Sip ‘N Shop

Shop local businesses and enjoy specials at local restaurants in Cannonborough/Elliotborough in Downtown Charleston.

When: Neighborhood wide shopping event from 5-8PM on Friday, December 2

Where: Candy Shop Vintage at 9 Cannon Street and participating Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood businesses in Downtown Charleston, SC.

 

The Junior League of Columbia Holiday Market

Holiday market and fundraiser for the Junior League of Columbia, SC.

When: 9AM-5PM starting Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 4 

Where: Cantey and Goodman Buildings at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, located at 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29201.

 

The Gibbes Museum Holiday Trunk Show

The Gibbes Museum holiday trunk show. Shop from a variety of curated local vendors after their Wednesday evening program.

When: 6-8PM on Wednesday, December 14

Where: The Gibbes Museum in Charleston, SC

 

Gwynn’s Holiday Trunk Show

Holiday Trunk show at Gwynn’s in Mt. Pleasant with our Charleston Rice Beads, Candy Shop Collection jewelry and vintage jewelry as well as other featured local vendors.

When: 10AM-7PM on Saturday, December 17th and 12-5PM on Sunday, December 18th

Where: Gwynn’s at 916 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC.

 

Better together: Charleston Holiday Gift Sets

If you are looking for that perfect Charleston gift this holiday season, look no further. We’ve compiled some of our favorite local items in gift sets. Ordered together, our four gift sets can also be customized with an add on gift note. And the best part? They come gift wrapped so you can send straight to the recipient without so much as having to curl a ribbon! But hurry up, as quantities are limited (available online only)…

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Charleston Cocktail Napkins Gift Set $85

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Color Charleston Gift Set $40

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The Charleston Academy Gift Set $95

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Set of Charleston Guest Towels $65

Happy Election Day!

It’s Election Day! I may have put my “I Voted” sticker on crooked but at least I voted! While it’s a day of mixed emotions, it is so important to get out and vote/ Wearing our Charleston Rice Beads (three necklaces wrapped as bracelets) in patriotic colors to celebrate today!

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Holiday Sip & Shop in Charleston December 2

This is a test of your imagination… As I sit her trying not to turn the air conditioning on in my shop I am starting to assemble my Christmas card list and planning our our December events. How is it still 80 degrees in November? Luckily, Mary Mac of Print Charleston designed me the MOST festive little holiday cards this year to get us in the spirit even if we are a far cry from having snow.  In less than a month my shop in Charleston and all the neighborhood stores in Cannonborough-Elliotborough will be hosting a sip & shop the evening of Friday, December 2 from 5-8PM. Each shop and location will have its own festivities going on and our hope is that you will stroll from one to the next – so save the date!

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Here at Candy Shop On Cannon we’ll have a complimentary braid bar with the braid style of your choice. We’ll also be offering up free gift wrapping, snacks and festive holiday libations. Olivia even did a little test run of one of her braiding techniques on Rachel, our production manager. More details to follow later this month!

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Happy Halloween From Charleston!

Happy Halloween from Charleston, SC (where it is a balmy 80 degrees out – seriously, I am ready for some real fall weather!). Today is the last day to play “Guess The Number of Candy Corn” in the champagne glass (below). The closest (or exact) guess wins a $100 gift card to Candy Shop Vintage that can be used online and in store. If more than one person guesses the correct number then they both get a gift card! Comment on this blog post with your best guess and your email address! Winner is announced tomorrow.

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This year my daughter Daphne asked me to dress as a rainbow unicorn with her. I figure that the number of years she wants to wear matching costumes are going to be limited so I should jump on board. It is pretty cute wearing a matching costume with her (although she shed some of her unicorn accessories for a pony ride in the park because it was just so hot!).

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And for some adult treats, don’t forget to check our our One-of-a-Kind Vintage section where we’ve just added some fresh vintage treats!
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The Queen of 80’s Bling: An Interview With Wendy Gell

I found my first pair of Wendy Gell earrings in a dusty antiques mall in rural South Carolina. They stood out among a lot of run-of-the-mill vintage jewelry, with details like hand cut leather flowers and high quality Swarovski stones. They were signed on the back and I bought them at the time for my One Kings Lane shop where they were listed for just a few hours before they sold. I was intrigued by the handmade, sculptural style combined with the exquisite quality. I started researching her pieces on Etsy and Ebay and finding interesting tidbits about her designs and career online- she was one of Oprah’s favorite designers and had even been interviewed on her show, she created pieces for runway shows and held licenses to many Disney characters and designed lines around Disney movie releases like Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Her opulent, over-the-top pieces were collected by celebrities including Princess Diana and splashed all over the pages of VOGUE in the seventies and eighties.

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Last year, as part of the CJCI Conference in Rhode Island – I had the opportunity to take one of Wendy’s workshops, learning how to make some of her trademark, over-the-top wrist cuffs or “wristys” as she calls them using her everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach.

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A few of Wendy’s original, handmade designs

As the conference was in New England, I thought using a giant lobster as a centerpiece was appropriate – it looked fabulous but the process was definitely labor intensive and involved a lot of glue!

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Make-your-own wristy, starting with a raw, brass cuff

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My finished lobster wristy

As you can imagine, spending time with her was a lot of fun and we decided to do an interview with her for the Candy Shop Vintage blog about her prolific career.

How did you get started in jewelry design? 

I was a songwriter working in New York City, part of a singing group called Gell & Gellman and we had nine records but no hits. When my business partner got married and moved away and I had to find a new way to make a living. I started driving a cab and one day went down to Canal Street which, at the time, was filled with hardware stores and where a lot of old junk went and I found these brass bracelet bases outside in a box. I bought them and just started making jewelry with them. A guy at one of the hardware stores showed me how to use a glue gun, which I had never heard of, and I was so excited because you could glue things and make them stick as fast as your imagination can go. Of course you have to use other kinds of glue to really make it stick but the glue gun is just for placement. So I got started like this at my kitchen table.

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Some vintage Wendy Gell Earrings

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A vintage Wendy Gell Bracelet

How did you market you designs and get them out there for people to see? 

I was living in the Village and I took my “wristys” around in a wine box to different stores and got my first account. Shortly after that, I had a bold moment and called Vogue and asked for the accessories editor at the time, named Madeline Parish. I told her who I was and that I was interested in showing her my jewelry. She’d already seen my jewelry around town and liked it very much so she took a meeting with me and we got along fabulously well. Madeline and I then worked together for years – she would tell me what the trends would be before the issues came out and I would do special projects for them. All through the 80’s I got great press – VOGUE in several countries, serious publications like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Eventually I moved out of my apartment up to an office 37th Street where the industry was. At one point we had around forty employees.

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Some of Wendy’s Press coverage including German Vogue, Harper’s and Cindy Crawford and Oprah Winfrey both wearing her earrings.

How did some of your editorial press jump to Television coverage?

It was July, 1986 and I had just returned from a tour of California for Nordstrom and the Disney Stores. I was exhausted and the last thing I wanted to do was get on another plane. But Oprah’s producers called me and said that she had a show out there that was about to go national and she collected my jewelry and said I really ought to come out and do an interview. I didn’t know at the time that she was about to become the biggest thing ever!

Who were some of your other well-known clients?

Princess Diana was given a Jessica Rabbit pin by The Disney Company when the Movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit opened. She loved it and started buying my jewelry. Bill Clinton also purchased a cherub pin from someone at one of his rallies and gave it to Hillary Clinton. Cher also collected my jewelry as well as Lauren Nyro, one of my favorite songwriters at the time.

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Wendy Gell for Disney Jewelry and Accessories

Tell me about your partnership with Disney

I was doing the Pret-a-Porter trade show in New York City and a women approached me and asked me if I would be interested in acquiring the Disney license and be able to work with the characters in my designs. I flipped out and levitated to the ceiling and when I caught my breath and told her I would love to! It turned in to a major project and we spent a fortune on models and molds. I got to do Roger Rabbit, Dick Tracy, Wizard of Oz, Phantom of the Opera and all of the other characters… I was called The Queen of Disney Licensing. We produced these pieces – jewelry and accessories – for five years and they completely sold out.

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We closed the company in 1991 and after living in my house in Connecticut for a number of years I moved to the West Coast, to Oregon about thirteen years ago. I now work out of my house – I have a studio in my house that is my workshop – filled with beads and components and stones and pearls just spilling out the back door. I take orders and do a lot of commissions – I do a lot of cherub pieces for people’s weddings and have an active Etsy shop and e-commerce site. I make a lot of one off pieces for collectors and bring my jewelry classes around to different conferences and institutions around the country. I’d love to do something in the LA area next. I am also doing a series of paintings and have an art show coming up in Ashland in May.

Wendy Gell’s designs can be purchased on her website and in her Etsy Shop and various vintage pieces of hers can often be found from other people scrolling through Ebay and Etsy. I purchased one of my favorite pieces of hers last year after her class, an enormous cockatoo wristy. 

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My favorite Wendy Gell piece from my personal collection, with a cockatoo made out of minerals accented with blown glass leaves and Swarovski crystal stones.

Oyster Hour

Two weekends ago I celebrated my 36th birthday in Charleston with my good friend Grace Atwood (who lives in New York) but fell in love with Charleston on a press trip and can’t stop coming back! In fact, that is how we met, and ever since her first visit we’ve been fast friends, bonding over our love of oysters, jewelry and and the south. Since we are both September birthdays and share so many mutual friends, it was only natural to celebrate with oysters and frosé at one of our favorite Charleston spots, Leon’s (best known for oysters and their amazing fried chicken).

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Our party, a family style dinner party with an opening round of char broiled and raw oysters and frosé was actually held in their event space in back, The Oyster Shed. The renovated “shed” is the perfect place for an intimate gathering, with just the right amount of comfort, rustic charm and sophisticated touches like their vintage “oyster” and “lobster” signs. While you can see more of the photos over on Grace’s blog, I thought I’d share a few more (thank you Clay for beautiful snaps!)

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These are my absolute favorite – their char broiled oysters, in all their garlicy, buttery goodness. Do not miss out on these if you go to Leon’s!

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And frosé of course! Grace has a great recipe on The Stripe if you want to try making your own:

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And the amazing Leon’s friend chicken – probably my favorite in Charleston with just the right amount of peppery goodness:

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Plus a thanks to my friend Elaine who own’s Frampton’s Flowers and made the most beautiful little bouquets for the table:

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Finally, as a party favor I gave out little zip drives with a mix that I made on it (I sometimes DJ around Charleston). You can listen to it and download it here and find the tracklist here:

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Such a special birthday celebration!

Favorite Fall Cocktail: The Negroni

I recently went to the brand new Dewberry Hotel for drinks (where we partly shot our new Lookbook) and by the recommendation of a friend, ordered a Negroni. While I used to like sweeter drinks, I have started to embrace stronger, more flavorful cocktails that are not so sugary and this is just perfect. The hint of orange made me think that it is a perfect fall drink and I’ve since been trying them everywhere I go. It is a bit strong, so you could always top with a little champagne or prosecco to make it lighter.

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Here is the recipe, and if course this being a gin-based cocktail I would suggest using Hendrick’s Gin (my favorite) and possibly even drinking while wearing our adorable Gin Pendant Necklace

The Negroni

2 tablespoons gin

2 tablespoons Campari

2 tablespoons sweet vermouth

1 orange twist

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Cafè Collection Brunch

Earlier this week, I hosted a French themed brunch at our shop in Charleston to launch our brand new Cafè Collection which is now available both on our website and in our store. This tongue-in-cheek French inspired collection deserved a sweet, French brunch to celebrate its launch. Nothing quite takes the edge off of Monday morning like Rosé champagne and French Pastries!

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Cafè Frambroise, a wonderful French bakery in Charleston even had these darling Eiffel Tower shaped cookies:

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We gave our guests each a Charleston Girl Tote bag which are now available on our website and make a great gift:

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And we showcased our new collection, poodles, perfume bottles and pastries. What more do you need at a French brunch?

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I love the creative community in Charleston. We have such a talented, sweet group of women here who are all so supportive of each other. It really means a lot to be able to toast with so many of the bloggers we work with, as well as our friends and shop neighbors!

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And I loved seeing everyone rocking their Candy Shop Vintage jewels!

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Whisky sours were served even though it was 10:30AM, this is Charleston after all!

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Could not have pulled all this together without the help from my great team – Annie Reeves (pictured below) and Rachel Reeves (who could not make it to the brunch but is joining us full time next month!). They are not related by the way, just coincidentally have the same last name!

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Cheers and thank you to al the ladies who attended and made our brunch so special!

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New Website & The Café Collection

It’s been a little while since things around here got a digital upgrade – but it was time! For fall, candyshopvintage.com has a brand new look, a brand new collection AND we even brought back vintage online! We are very proud of our new website, new photos and new designs. Special thanks to our team who helped make this happen and The Dewberry Hotel  (where we photographed a good part of our look book) for being just the chicest, most perfect addition to Charleston’s hotel scene, when can we move in?

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