Meet Our Makers: Oysters All Around
image c/o Emma Clark Photography

image c/o Emma Clark Photography

We're so excited to introduce you to Jan & Elly of Oysters All Around today!  They are one of the first vendors to take a chance on renting a spot in our shop, and our customers just love them.  Enjoy learning a little bit about them below!
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Tell us a fun fact about you/ your products!

We have our hands on our products from almost the moment after the oysters in these beautiful shells are devoured. We scrub, clean, hand paint and hand select every shell for each product. Sometimes our hands may be a little dirty or covered in gold paint, but we wouldn't trade the hard work for anything!

Tell us a Charleston restaurant you're loving right now.

Little Jack's ... starting with a delicious cocktail and finishing with a burger and fries. Yum!

Who is another maker you admire? 

We are obsessed with Lissy of Little Fish Boateak. We have wanted to meet her for such a long time and when we finally did, it was friend love at first sight. We always appreciate kindness and genuineness - two qualities she instantly displayed. Her pieces are fabulous and she loves to drink wine ... win, win for us! 

Tell us your favorite song to jam out to while you're making. 

Elly is our jam session DJ. We try to be upbeat and are known to listen to our fair share of Beyoncé and T. Swift!

What's your favorite product right now and what's the inspiration behind it?

That's tough! We always love our staples, like the oyster shell tassel keychain or oyster shell dish, but right now we are loving to make our oyster shell necklaces. We source all of our beads from local shops ensuring that each necklace isn't mass produced. Picking out beads is always a fun time! 

image c/o Jenna Young

image c/o Jenna Young

Follow Jan & Elly and shop all of their awesome oyster goods in our shop!  Website: www.oystersallaround.com // Instagram: @OystersAllAround

Meet Our Makers: Coastal Kelder
photo c/o Mary Beth Creates

photo c/o Mary Beth Creates

The local vendors that we carry in our shop are what makes it the place you know and love!  We asked Kelley of Coastal Kelder to share some of her Charleston favorites and a little bit about herself, so have a gander and stay tuned for more of our meet the maker series!  

Tell us a Fun Fact About Yourself!

I work in software development full time at Booz Allen Hamilton (previously SPARC) and I run my Coastal Kelder business at night & on weekends.  I enjoy making things as a way to unwind after staring at a computer all day and love that you have something tangible that you made afterwards.  You can read about the unusual journey of how I got to where I am today here.

What's your favorite Charleston restaurant?

Obstinate Daughter is my true favorite, but I can never say no to HomeTeam wings & a game changer.

Share another local maker you love. 

Kristen @ Charleston Candle Co.  We have similar backgrounds with our day jobs & side businesses and her candles just smell so good!

What's your favorite song to jam to while you're making?

2000's rap music (TI King is my fav album) or else I watch Elf or The Grinch on repeat in December.

What's your current favorite product you offer? 

My oyster shell dishes were where it all began for me, but I'm currently loving my oyster napkin rings! I just like finding different ways to use oyster shells and incorporate them into our home and others' homes.

image c/o Alex Klaes

image c/o Alex Klaes

Follow Kelly on Instagram and shop her site here, or come see her awesome selection of pillows, wine glasses, and ornaments in our shop!
Shopping Small in Charleston
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By now it’s almost a trendy notion to “shop small” for the holidays.  Since opening a store, we have come to appreciate what impact shopping small really brings!  We both worked in retail for a lot of our high school and college years, and that usually meant working to meet a quota for a corporate company.   When you buy local, you’re making a purchase that shows you're believing in someone’s dream.  You're buying from someone that could be your own neighbor or child's teacher, and even a small sale is noticeable when you’re a maker.  We definitely have goals we are trying to meet for our balloon & product sales, but our biggest goal is to offer a happy spot for our community where you want to come again and again and where up and coming brands are getting to sell their products!  We also sell balloons, so we love helping out other locals for events or to draw attention to their place of business. 

We have about a dozen vendors that sell their wares within our ~400 square foot shop.  When we call them to let them know they are sold out of something, do you know how excited we all get?!  When they have to restock something, that usually means they are taking time out of their nights and weekends to make something by hand for us.  In fact, most of our vendors work other full time jobs so their products are truly a labor of love.

We wanted to share some of our favorite small businesses around town so that you have plenty of local options to shop with this season.  You’ll often see the owners themselves working, so remember how much more special your purchase will be to the person behind the register.

1. Candy Shop Vintage

2. Charmed Beauty & Gifts

3. Crew LaLa

4. Dandy Boutique

5. Hausful

6. Indigo Home

7. Indigo Market

8.  J. Stark

9.  Mac & Murphy

10.  Simply J Boutique

11.  Skinny Dip Charleston

12.  Zinnia

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Thanks for stopping by!  Follow along on Instagram to stay in the loop about all our happenings.  We hope to see you Dec 8 for our neighborhood sip & shop, Dec 9 for our Christmas Party, and Dec 17 for our Francis & Benedict Trunk Show (5-7). 

-Liz & Mimi

images c/o Aneris Photography