A Mad Fantasy Tea Party

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.

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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.

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Out tiered tea towers were brimming with homemade goodies from local bakeries and caterers – Hamby’s, Sugar bakeshop and scones from Wildflour:

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And one of the best details were the beautiful, hand painted unicorn macaroons from Mercantile & Mash:

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The centerpiece of our new collection, The Unicorn Fantasy Necklace:

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Our floral selfie wall was also a lot of fun:

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As were the unicorn horn party hats from Meri Meri party:

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I only slept about two hours the night before but still had a blast:

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Thanks to all who came and contributed to a magical afternoon in Charleston!

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.

 

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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Neighborhood Sidewalk Sale & Sample Sale!

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:
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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:

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Happy hunting!

Vintage At The Restoration Hotel

Last Thursday marked the launch of a collaboration I did along with Seeline Vintage with the The Restoration Hotel and their boutique, The Port Mercantile at 75 Wentworth Street in Downtown Charleston. The Port is located adjacent to the lobby of their beautiful hotel, but far from a typical hotel gift shop, it is a well curated trove of unique designer items including many Southern brands. They approached my friend MK Quinlan of Seeline to do a month-long pop-up shop but wanted to accent her great vintage clothing collection with some jewels and accessories – so that is where I came in. Not to mention, it is always fun to get to work with friends.

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MK is pregnant, and chicly managed to camouflage her growing bump in one of her gorgeous vintage gowns while I opted for one of her vintage cocktail dresses – a floral, Emanual Ungaro wrap dress I purchased from her while we were setting up our shop. Shopping while you are trying to make money is always one of the pitfalls of pop-up shops! We had a small launch party last Thursday but the curated vintage collection of clothing and jewelry will be up until the end of the month if you can get there fast enough! Even the first night, our one-of-a-kind pieces were flying out the door…

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We both tried to select vintage pieces that complimented the earthy, rich tones of the store as well as spoke to the season… think spring garden cocktails, summer evening dinner parties and weekend jaunts…

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A crown jewel of my collection for the port was the chunky, gold Egyptian Revival cuff pictured below. Designed by Elizabeth Taylor for AVON in the early 1990’s it looked like it had never been worn and was in it’s original packaging when it came into my possession. It lasted a mere 24 hours, but at least I have this photo to remember it by… (sniff, sniff…)

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I also worked with century old jewelry house CINER in New York to re-manufacture some one-of-a-kind vintage designs from their archives for this curated collection. All of their manufacturing is still done in house in the center of Manhattan and they were able to quickly turn around some incredible pieces pulled from their archives that emulate the season – from under-the-sea fantasy pieces like this dolphin cuff to the elegant rhinestone butterfly choker. If you are in Charleston are able to make it by The Port Mercantile at The Restoration Hotel this month, do not miss out on this special collection!

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We loved seeing all our friends join us at the opening for whisky sours and pimento cheese crackers. Lindsay Fleege (pictured below) did a fabulous job with her firm Gray & Co. promoting our event! Lindsay used to do PR for CHANEL in New York and her own jewelry collection is seriously incredible.

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The sweetest grandaughter/grandmother duo in town to celebrate my good friend Cator’s wedding…

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Interior Designer Sidney Wagner peruses the vintage racks

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Lindsay & Ellie of Gray & Co. PR

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Our most stylish customers…

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Helping Anne Elkins of The George Gallery find some statement earrings

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Vintage shopping is the prefect girls night out activity!

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Thanks to all who came out! It was so much fun. Be sure to visit before we pack up shop on May 31st!

Welcoming The Charleston Blog Society

One of the really nice things about having a brick and mortar storefront is that I often get to connect with people in person and not just from behind a computer or from my iphone. Don’t get me wrong, I love my social media, but there’s no substitute for seeing people in real life – chatting with the girls over drinks who have supported Candy Shop Vintage – and introducing my brand to new faces. So I reached our to Gillian Ellis of the Charleston Blog Society to host one of their monthly events at the shop, which happened to fall on Cinco de Mayo:

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So naturally we did a make-your-own margarita bar and dressed the shop up with some festive, Mexican flair, my Society Social barcart has been working overtime these days:

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Kelly Harold of Paper Meets Pearl came back for more cocktails and food blogger Jessica Scully visited the shop for the first time:

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Gillian (right) runs the blog society and was such a pleasure to work with. She also took all the photos and blogs regularly on her blog, A Coastal Bride:

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I’ve known Natalie, Caycee and Annie Reeves for a few years now and these girls have been such huge supporters of my business. I am very grateful for them! They are all funny, down-to-earth and smart and they work incredibly hard. I really admire them. While they often partner with larger, more lucrative brands from a blogging perspective, they are equally supportive of a smaller business and designer. Annie has even come to work part time at Candy Shop Vintage as our wholesale guru and I love the perspective her blogging career brings to work with me:

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And I enjoyed meeting Kendra, Tiffany and Shree and many more of the ladies- all new faces for me but so fun to connect with them for the first time. If you look closely at Tiffany’s (below, center) wrist she is actually wearing her original, vintage Rice Beads from her Mom!

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Cheers to all the Charleston Bloggers, new faces and old who make Charleston a sweet and fun creative community!

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(Above: Annie of anniereeves.com and Liz of The Charleston Weekender)

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!

February Happenings

It’s almost the end of the longest month of the year. Anyone else have the January doldrums? I think next year I need to plan a getaway for the second half of January just to pass the time! So next month, in just two weeks we are excited to welcomeburlesque performer Evelyn DeVere to our Charleston shop, Candy Shop On Cannon to debut her brand new line of lingerie. Who knows a woman’s body better than a burlesque performer? She has been making her own costumes for years, as well as doing all my and many other people’s complicated vintage alterations. Join is for cocktails Friday February 12th by RSVPing for her exclusive preview or come by the trunk show during opening hours on Saturday, February 13th to pick something out to wear on Valentine’s Day:

Holiday Events

Holiday events are upon us! This weekend we are ready to party in Charlotte, NC with Brandshop where I will actually by DJing their launch cocktail party starting at 5PM this Thursday, December 11 at Laca Projects, 1429 Bryant Street. For more details go hereThey have rounded up some fabulous brands and cutting edge designers (listed below) and we will have some popular Candy Shop Vintage items in their pop-up as well, like our French 75 Cocktail Bracelet

And back in Charleston on December 19th & 20th we will be heading on over to Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant for a Candy Shop Vintage Trunk Show. Hours will be  10-7 Saturday the 19th and 12-5 Sunday the 20th. Perfect if you are a last minute gift buyer like me!