Today’s the day! Join me and the other Cannonborough/Elliotborough shop owners in Downtown Charleston for our annual sidewalk sale. Starting at the opening bell (10 AM for us) we will be offering discounts on discontinued Candy Shop Vintage/Charleston Rice Bead colors and styles and our popular $5 vintage table is making a return this year as well. Get there early for the best picks and if you aren’t local, feel free to check out our sample sale online.
Save the date for our next Sidewalk Sale and sample sale at Candy Shop Vintage. Saturday, June 17th we will be having a neighborhood wide sale at Candy Shop Vintage, Mac & Murphy, the new Cannonborough Collective, Gregory Blake Sams Events, Open Door Shop, Indigo & Cotton, Sugar bakeshop and J. Stark. This event was a huge success last year and offered deals from all of our shops you will not find any other time of year. Plus, the roving Sugar bakeshop popsicle cart will be making stops at all of our locations. At Candy Shop Vintage we will be having a sample sale and like last year will offer a $5, $10 and $20 table of goods. So save the date for neighborhood fun and sweet deals!
This past Monday we had a spring tea party to launch our new Fantasy Garden Collection, a vintage inspired capsule collection and collaboration with New York based jewelry company Ciner. I don’t know if it is the recent release of Beauty & The Beast, spring in general, or the fanciful nature of this new collection but I have had a tea party craving for awhile now. Talented Charleston-based illustrator Daniel Velasco did our invites and we purchased teacups that doubled as party favors for all the guests and turned Candy Shop Vintage on Cannon Street into a tea room for the afternoon.
Thanks to Ooh events, we were able to squeeze in seating for 18 people down the length of the store. We served Charleston grown tea from The Charleston Tea Plantation in three flavors – Charleston Breakfast, Peach and Earl Grey. Frampton’s Flowers provided some beautiful fresh ranunculus for us in shades of pale pink.
And one of the best details were the beautiful, hand painted unicorn macaroons from Mercantile & Mash:
The centerpiece of our new collection, The Unicorn Fantasy Necklace:
Our floral selfie wall was also a lot of fun:
As were the unicorn horn party hats from Meri Meri party:
I only slept about two hours the night before but still had a blast:
Thanks to all who came and contributed to a magical afternoon in Charleston!
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:
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.
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. 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
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.
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!
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!
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!
Cafè Frambroise, a wonderful French bakery in Charleston even had these darling Eiffel Tower shaped cookies:
We gave our guests each a Charleston Girl Tote bag which are now available on our website and make a great gift:
And we showcased our new collection, poodles, perfume bottles and pastries. What more do you need at a French brunch?
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!
And I loved seeing everyone rocking their Candy Shop Vintage jewels!
Whisky sours were served even though it was 10:30AM, this is Charleston after all!
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!
Cheers and thank you to al the ladies who attended and made our brunch so special!
Here in Charleston we are bracing for tropical storm Hermine as we go into Labor Day weekend. We closed our 9 Cannon Street Shop Today out of caution… It can be hard to get around here once these types of extreme storms blow through (unless you’ve got a boat!). But, weather permitting, we will reopen tomorrow (Saturday) at 10AM!
Our Labor Day Weekend Sale Kicked off today, so if you are stuck at home as I am with spotty internet access you can still participate! All of our Spring and Summer Charleston Rice Bead Colors are on sale so if you want to purchase any of the remaining, available Spring/Summer colors at 25% OFF you can use code ENDOFSUMMER at checkout to get your discount:
And if you haven’t already, check out our new Charleston Rice Bead Rings. Available in all of our metallic finishes (AND coming soon in gunmetal!) they are stackable AND sized. We carry sizes 5-8 and if you don’t know your ring size offhand, hold up one of your existing rings to this size chart on your screen for reference. Photo taken at The Dewberry Hotel, who was kind enough to let us shoot part of our Fall Lookbook there. Can’t wait to share it soon!
Tomorrow, our Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood in Charleston where our Candy Shop Vintage shop is located is having a neighborhood wide sidewalk sale featuring discounts and specials at all the neighborhood shops:
We’ll be hosting our first sample sale at the store with tables of discounted jewels out in front of the shop. If you don’t live here, not to worry! Add us on Snapchat and shop remotely:
Last summer I had a trunk show in Florida on a Saturday afternoon hosted by my mother-in-law Mary Zahl. She made a bunch of really yummy southern-style appetizers (since we had just had our jewelry featured in Southern Living) and decided to serve whisky sours, since it is sort of a vintage cocktail. I had never actually had one before. I mentally categorized them as having gone the way of baked Alasksas and flaming desserts – food and drinks that were only found on the pages of long forgotten, dog-eared cookbooks and out of print magazines. You don’t see them around much which is really a shame because they are SO good! I’ve also noticed that both men and women enjoy them – nothing about them is too girly and yet they are sweet, sour and delicious. And the trunk show guests that day agreed, they were definitely shopping with a strong buzz. This particular recipe is incredibly simple and easy to mix up in a pitcher to leave out for guests to serve themselves – we now serve these at all of our events and I get asked for the recipe constantly. When it involves frozen limeade concentrate, you simply can’t go wrong. Just don’t forget the Maraschino cherry and orange slice garnish! Recipe below for the June edition of #cocktailsoncannon.
Cocktails On Cannon: Serve Yourself Whisky Sours
1 large can frozen limeade concentrate – thawed slightly and undiluted1 (limeade can) fresh squeezed lemon juice1 (limeade can) simple syrup1+ (limeade can) bourbon or whiskey to taste1/2 (limeade can) of water to taste========================================Serve with maraschino cherry, preferably with a stem, over ice, and with a slice of orange in a vintage glass. Makes about 1/2 gallon.
This is my favorite type of citrus juicer for squeezing lemons It works well, is powerful and enables you to squeeze all the juice out while separating the seeds so it is surprisingly easy to make your own fresh lemon juice. Of course, you can also buy it pre-packaged, its just a nice addition if you have the time.
Adding a little bit of water to dilute it was my only adjustment to the original recipe. I found they were a little syrupy otherwise. The other option it to put extra ice in the pitcher and if you leave at room temperature, the melting ice will slowly dilute it a bit. Either way you don’t need more than 2/3 a cup or so (or half a limeade can) of water and be sure to serve over plenty of ice.
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