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City Picks: Where to Stop and Shop in Charleston, SC

Cobblestone streets, miles of pristine beach and a shopping scene that’s off the charts – that’s Charleston. Jamie Link, Leisure Sales Manager at Wild Dunes Resort shares a few of her favorite places to shop around town.

After moving to Charleston from Chicago four years ago, I quickly picked up Charleston shopping as one of my go-to weekend hobbies. Amid downtown's pastel-painted homes, you'll find familiar names, luxe shops, city markets and one-of-a-kind boutiques, making it all too easy to spend a whole Saturday covering just a few blocks...and that's just the beginning.

Head east of the Cooper River to Mount Pleasant and the barrier islands to discover Southern shopping gems. From artisan wine and food spots to designer fashion, I’ve put together a list of my top local stores to visit on this side of town. As you set out to shop, I hope you find some treasures of Charleston to take with you home. 

Department Store
Gwynn's Mt. Pleasant
 - "Where the Locals Shop." - Southern Living magazine
Designer men and women's apparel, home décor and beauty products. 916 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC; (843) 884-9518

“Gwynn's is my favorite because the service is so personalized. They will even deliver products to the Resort.  I had a guest who forgot her favorite Trish McEvoy fragrance at home and Gwynn's allowed her to call in an order and had it delivered to her just a few hours later.”

Gourmet Grocery Store
Southern Season
- Southern-inspired destination for gourmet food, sweets, wine, housewares and cooking classes. 730 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC; (843) 416-1240

“The back of the store holds the largest chocolate variety I have ever seen, including my favorite Charleston chocolatier, Society Street's Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier. The coconut milk chocolate truffle is divine!”

Spa & Beauty
Sand & Sea Salon at Wild Dunes Resort
- Boutique salon with spa services and top-rated hair and body products. Wild Dunes Resort, 1 Sundial Circle Isle of Palms, SC; (843) 886-2555

“I love the candle entitled: “Charleston” by the Archipelago Botanicals Excursion Collection.  It reminds me of a fresh spring day at the beach.  It comes in a travel size, a medium tin and a large glass jar as well.” 

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Bar
 - Extensive wine list, paired with artisan cheeses & charcuterie, and/or our gourmet chocolates cheese. 664 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC; (843) 849-5185

“The store owner, Dave, is a class act- wine savvy and passionate about every patron finding a favorite among each variety…Wine, cheese and chocolate, how can one go wrong!”

For more of Charleston's best shopping, visit the CVB Shopping GuideFollow us on Pinterest and browse our "Doing the Charleston" board for more local favorites and must-see things to see and do on your vacation.

Ready to plan your visit to Charleston? Check out our special offers and beach vacation packages to book online or call 888.778.1876 to reserve your Charleston, SC beach vacation today. 

Travel professionals, contact Jamie Link, Leisure Sales Manager at 843.886.2150 or by email

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