Celebrating #ONEYEARONCANNON

This past weekend I celebrated the one year anniversary of my shop in Downtown Charleston:

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A year ago, I was running around after finding out I got the space and pulling things together to try brick and mortar retail for the first time. With my jewelry line in other stores, I wasn’t sure that doing retail myself was something I wanted to take on, but I had always had a “building crush” on this little, 1940’s store front just off King Street. So when it became available, I thought, why not – this is my chance? I am literally not going to find a more perfect retails space. And one year later, my friend Mary Mac whipped up this cute invite for us:

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When I opened this store, I wanted to bring something new and unique to Charleston and create the experience anyone who is exploring a new city wants to find – something both local and whimsical they cannot find elsewhere. Charleston has plenty of wonderful shops – both local and “big box” type stores – but no one was really featuring my particular genre of high-end vintage costume jewelry that I love to collect. This store has also given me the opportunity to become a greater part of the Downtown Charleston community, for which I am very grateful, as well as showcase and sell my expanding collection of vintage inspired designs.

Retail is hard. It is like having a baby, it always has to be clean and fed (well-stocked) and you can’t leave it unattended for very long. I have so much respect for anyone who has owned and run a shop for any amount of time after completing this year – it’s tough! But I wouldn’t trade it in, I have had so much fun!

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So here are a few great snaps of our #ONEYEARONCANNON anniversary party I could not have thrown without the help of Liz from The Charleston Weekender pouring her One Hope Charleston bubbly that everyone was raving about (seriously – it’s fabulous and has a great, charitable component to it!) and the queen of cotton candy who pops up all over town, Arielle of Pure Fluff Co. Plus, I am very grateful to the dynamic photography duo Smith Photos + Ink for all the pretty snaps!

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Our sweet neighbors down the street, Sugar bakeshop, sent over these adorable and incredibly yummy, branded cookies:

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And having some vintage candy, particularly candy cigarettes, is always a must:

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Our colorful Charleston Rice Beads are some of our most popular purchases:

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But my personal favorite is always our selection of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, hand picked by me or one of our trusted buyers:

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My daugher Daphne almost stole the show with her ridiculous cuteness. Seriously Daphne, can you take it down a notch? I love her so much! She does not, for what it’s worth, like wearing jewelry yet.

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And these girls are my righthand gals. They both work part time at Candy Shop On Cannon – Rachel Reeves, on the left is also a surgical tech (which gives her a preternatural ability to assemble jewelry!) and Annie Reeves manages our wholesale accounts and works in the store, as well as has a fantastic blog under her own name (and no, they aren’t related, I just happened to find two employees with the same last name!):

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Arielle from Pure Fluff Co. even matched our two cotton candy flavors to our new Charleston Rice Bead colors – Mint and Rose!

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Thank you to everyone who came and also supported us throughout the year! Want to see more? Check our our Facebook page and #ONEYEARONCANNON gallery. Thank you for a wonderful year Charleston!

Cocktails On Cannon: Just Add Sugar

Just a few weeks ago, a trifecta of sweet ladies descended on our shop on Charleston and mixed up a whimsical champagne cocktail. Arielle Stratton of Pure Fluff brought her cotton candy cart while Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender and Kelly Harrold of Paper Meets Pearl worked the bar. Can I please have Arielle park her cotton candy cart outside every day? She just fits right in!

The girls used bubbly from One Hope. They give a percentage of their proceeds back to local charities, which makes it all the sweeter!

Ingredients:
-cotton candy (we used an organic mint flavor from PURE fluff Co.)
-bubbly (One Hope brut)
-elderflower liqueur such as St. Germain
Instructions:
Put some cotton candy into your glass- anything from a pinch to a handful- then add a splash of elderflower liqueur.  Fill the rest of the glass with bubbly and watch your cocktail mix itself as the cotton candy dissolves. Sweet and entertaining!

photo credit: Rachel Red Photography
cotton candy: Pure Fluff Co.
hand lettering on acrylic: The Town Serif
entertaining and glassware: Open Door Shop
bar cart: Society Social

A Perfect Easter Brunch Cocktail

When I was in my early twenties living in New York City, my friends and I started to feel a little bit nostalgic for our childhood traditions as the reality of adulthood was setting in. So, one Easter, we collaborated on an Easter party with friends and threw an epic brunch at our friend and consummate hostess Annie Campbell’s beautiful Nolita apartment. It was a perfect crisp, sunny New York spring afternoon and the brunch party lasted well into the evening. Ever since then, I have been totally enamored with Easter Brunch. I asked Annie, who not surprisingly is well known L.A. for her amazing food and party planning skills, for to suggest a go-to Easter cocktail.

(Image via. rip & tan)

I tend to gravitate towards champagne cocktails, but at an often co-ed event like at Easter brunch champagne cocktails in a delicate glass are not everyone’s cup of tea. So, Annie offered the unexpectedly perfect suggestion of a The Garden Pimm’s Cup, a refreshing garden-inspired spring cocktail:

INGREDIENTS (two servings, multiply as needed) 

for the simple syrup:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water 

for the cocktail:
3 strawberries, muddled, plus extras for garnish
3 slices of cucumber, muddled, plus spears for garnish
1.5 ounce lemon juice
1.5 ounce simple syrup
3 ounces Pimm’s
Bundaberg Ginger Beer
rosemary or thyme sprigs, for garnish  

to make the simple syrup:  

Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan on the stove. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and stir, dissolving sugar into the water. Once sugar is dissolved, turn off heat and let cool. Transfer simple syrup into a bottle. Can be refrigerated for up to a month.

to prepare the cocktail: 

Preparation is key to cocktail making. Always have all elements of the cocktail prepped and labeled in advance of the party. All elements can be put into pretty glass bottles, alongside a recipe card for guests to make their own cocktails. 

to make the cocktail:

Combine strawberry, cucumber, lemon juice, simple syrup and Pimm’s with a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30-45 seconds. Strain and pour over fresh ice. Top with a splash of Bundaberg ginger beer. Garnish with a strawberry, slice of cucumber and sprig of fresh rosemary or thyme.

TIPS: Simple syrup can be made well in advanced and kept refrigerated for up to a month. Lemon juice can be squeezed a couple of days in advance and kept in the refrigerator

Serve this refreshing spring cocktail, long with one of Annie’s signature Easter dessert bars (pictured above) – you almost don’t need a main course! Follow along on Annie’s instagram (@annielcampbell) for more entertaining goodness.

Bubbly Amor With The Cocktail Bandits

Last week I asked the Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves of The Cocktail Bandits to stop by Candy Shop On Cannon in Charleston to share a Valentine’s Day themed cocktail recipe with us. For those of you who don’t know them, The Cocktail Bandits made a name for themselves in Charleston on the bar scene frequently showing up to report on parties and events of the cocktail variety. That quickly evolved into a more comprehensive blog and instagram presence where they regularly discuss cocktail recipes, host events and educate their followers on libations. While these girls are serious about their cocktails they are also laid back and fun to hang out with. I loved watching them pile on the jewelry as they put on a little music and mixed up ta few “Bubbly Amors” during an early happy hour at our shop last Friday!

I especially like this drink because it was strong, pretty and fruity without being too sweet. Garnish it it with some heart shaped lollipops and it will be a seasonal favorite. Here is the recipe and having some vintage champagne coupes to serve it in doesn’t hurt either. All photos by Clay Austin Photography.

The Bubbly Amor

Muddled Strawberries
1 oz Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka
.5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz honey simple syrup
Shaken.
Pour in Champagne flute and top with bubbly.
Garnish with strawberry and heart lollipop.

Big thanks to The Cocktail Bandits for sharing their afternoon and their cocktail knowledge with us! Be sure to follow along on their blog and Instagram account for more of their cocktailing adventures.