Best Birthday Ever!
 All Images c/o  Aneris Photography  // Some of our makers are seen here, L to R: Island Haus Paperie, Charleston Weekender, Park & Madison, The Tiny Tassel, Tidal Jewelry By Annie, Coastal Kelder, and Graefic Design.

All Images c/o Aneris Photography // Some of our makers are seen here, L to R: Island Haus Paperie, Charleston Weekender, Park & Madison, The Tiny Tassel, Tidal Jewelry By Annie, Coastal Kelder, and Graefic Design.

You guys can probably tell by now that we sure love celebrating!  Any occasion will do, and it's always a great day to spread some cheer with balloons, of course.  We loved getting to celebrate with many of you as our shop turned ONE this month!  Thank you for all of your support and patronage so far.  Come by soon if you haven't been in yet, we can't wait to have you in for a  photo in front of our balloon wall!

Have a peek at some of our current offerings from this quarter's vendors:


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Follow along on Instagram for more fun, or catch us on St. Philip Street!

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Meet Our Co-Founder: Liz Martin of Charleston Weekender
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A few weeks ago we heard from co-founder Mimi Striplin of the Tiny Tassel.  Go get to know her a little better in this post, and see what Liz has to say below!

What's the hardest part of owning a shop? Your favorite part?

Hardest: the hardest part was probably doing it- deciding to open a shop and all that comes along with that.  I was pretty close to letting fear get in the way and was super stressed at first. Mimi does a lot of the things I hate or aren't good at, so luckily we have been able to divide and conquer to make things easier on ourselves! 

Favorite: getting to have something that's part of the Charleston community I love so much, and hearing how much people love the shop when they walk in!

Who is another maker who inspires you?


There are too many to name! Aside from our vendors, I love that I've gotten to team up with the talented Danielle Fabrega of The Town Serif on some projects.  I also love The Contents Co.  I think they do such a great job of having a really cool aesthetic and creating the most lovely botanical candles.

Favorite song to jam out to while making?

I don't really "make" anything anymore- there was a time I made felted soap but I can't say I miss it!  Now I usually like to do my computer work in silence so I can concentrate, and the rest of the time I love listening to Podcasts.  Some of my favorites lately are Strategy Hour, Goal Digger, & The Business Life & Joy Podcast. 

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


For spring I had some custom Turkish towels manufactured- I chose bold colors that make me happy all year long.  I hope that these towels inspires you to sit on the grass and enjoy the sun, go to the beach, or take a trip!

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What's your biggest piece of advice to offer to someone looking to open a brick and mortar store or start a side business? 

Some might argue to "go big or go home", but I'm really glad we started small!  Our shop is around 400 square feet, so Mimi and I were able to finance everything ourselves.  Maybe we don't have the potential to profit that a larger store might have, but I'm always so thankful we don't have to deal with the stress of multiple employees or a bank loan at the end of the day. 

Meet Our Makers: Park & Madison
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We are so excited to officially introduce you to our favorite chandlers, Jenna & Nolan of Park & Madison.  They have been our vendors since day ONE, and bring us new scents on the regular.  Mimi's favorite scents are Grass and Teakwood, and Liz loves Lavender Rosemary & Grass.  In addition to candles, they are always adding new products like pillow mist, yoga mat spray, and even essential oil blends!

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

We’ve been on a taco and margarita bender at one of our local spots near our apartment called “3 matadors.”  It’s right up the road and there’s never a bad moment for last minute tacos and tequila.  The place has been around for a while but it’s a gem. 

Who is another local maker you admire?

‘Tidal Jewelry by Annie.’ She’s our neighbor at a few of the farmers markets we regularly participate in; some mornings we think we’d never get through without her!  She works so hard, makes a beautiful product, and has been so much fun to get to know and become friends with over the last year. 

What is your favorite product right now and what was the inspiration behind it?

We’re loving our Park & Madison essential oil blends we’ve been putting out lately, but we’re REALLY looking forward to our next release: botanical themed candles in custom Park & Madison terracotta pots. The pots come from Palmer Planter Company out of Philadelphia (another kick-butt artist couple we admire). We’re originally from Pennsylvania, so it’s cool to incorporate that into our own business down here in Charleston. The packaging for the candles will be plantable, so you can literally grow something in the terracotta after the candle burns. Tt goes along with our belief in sustainability, recycling, and supporting nature and the environment.

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

We always have reggae playing at the workshop when we’re blending and pouring. Candle making is a patience game; reggae always sets the perfect vibe for what we do!

Can you share a tip with us to help maximize candle burn time? 

ALWAYS trim your wick. It’s as simple as flicking off the “mushroom” shape that the wick can curl into when you blow it out. You’ll prevent the wick from folding in on itself.  Also when you first burn any candle, always allow the top to liquid entirely before blowing it out.  This prevents tunneling and wasted wax.


Thanks for the awesome tips, Jenna & Nolan. Stop in soon so you can smell their awesome creations for yourself!

images c/o Kim Graham Photography

Meet Our Makers: Graefic Design
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Our Meet Our Makers series is back this week with Alyssa Graef Bankowski of Graefic Design. Our customers have been loving her unisex Charleston shirts, hats, and travel tumblers.  She recently added some gold foil prints, too!  Learn a little more about Alissa below.

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

I haven't been yet but I'm dying to try Workshop!

Who is another local maker you admire?

Annie from @tidaljewelry_byannie and Danielle Fabrega of @thetownserif.

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

My new CHS women's hats. I wanted to create something really feminine and relevant, so I took my handwritten CHS logo and embroidered it on these amazing violet hats (which is the pantone color of the year!) and I couldn't be more excited. It'll be my go-to hat for a while.

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

I not-so-secretly love old school hip-hop, so anything in that genre but lately the song "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand" by Primitive Radio Gods is my jam.

Share a tip or tell us a fun fact about you/ your products. 

Fun fact: I LOVE to cook. I think it feeds into my creativity since I can concoct various recipes from ingredients I have on hand and come up with new, exciting drinks and food combos. I run a side insta (@concoction.kitchen) that I play around with food and drink concoctions, post some of my best meals while traveling, etc. Here's one of my fav salad recipes that's perfect for spring and summer.


Alissa will be joining us again as a summer vendor, so come shop her awesome products soon!

Meet Our Co-Founder, Mimi Striplin!
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What's the hardest part of owning a shop? Your favorite part?

Hardest: refraining from buying all of the cute pieces from our amazing vendors!

Favorite: having a space of our own-decorating it, choosing the products & transforming it into a place that I would love as a shopper! 

Who is another maker who inspires you?


Nicole from the Cole Card Company here in Charleston- her work is so beautiful & I love her pineapple stitched notebooks!

Favorite song to jam out to while making?

Anything Miley but I usually have the tv on while working from my couch, catching up on Jane the Virgin.

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


Currently loving my Tulley necklace! The navy beads and metallic gold tassel has become one of my favorite pieces to wear on repeat! Charleston’s colorful yet classic style & aesthetic inspires each of my pieces.

What's your biggest piece of advice to offer to someone looking to open a brick and mortar store or start a side business? 

Do it! Take the leap and always remember to  be humble, open to adjustments & don’t get too caught up in life-remember to enjoy every moment!


Check back soon to meet more of our makers, and stop by to see us at 185 A St. Philip Street!

photo c/o Aneris Photography 

Free "Galentine's Day" Printable!
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Valentine's Day will be here before we know it, but coming up before that is a special holiday we love just as much- Galentine's Day!  We love Leslie Knope's (from Parks & Recreation) explanation of Galentine's Day: "Oh it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."

If want to celebrate your gal pals on February 13, go all out with this balloon Galentine created by Cannonborough Collective co-owner The Tiny Tassel.  You'll need:

-washi tape

-heart shaped balloons

-cardstock

This is one DIY that's super simple and pretty self-explanatory.  Just download this pdf, print on card stock, cut them out along the pink border, then use your favorite washi tape to adhere your balloons. 

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Tag us on Instagram at @cannonboroughcollective so we can see your fun creations! 

Meet Our Makers: Island Haus Paperie

Today we are introducing you to the gal behind so many awesome cards and prints in our shop, Renee of Island Haus Paperie!   Read on to learn a little about Renee, and be sure to check out her website & Instagram


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Tell us about your products and the process behind creating them.

All of my products are first designed with a watercolor painting and then I bring those designs to life through various different types of products; cards, prints, wrapping paper, mugs the list goes on!  I’m hoping to add more print designs + products in the coming year! If you have a special request I’d love to hear it!  renee@islandhauspaperie.com

What's your current favorite Charleston restaurant?

Coastal Crust in Mt. Pleasant… the salad, the pizza, the wine, the atmosphere- perfection!

Who is another local maker you admire?

I’ve always really loved everything that Suite 33 creates - I have two of her stockings hanging on my mantle right now and I just smile every time I look at them! 

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

I really love all genres of music but my jam is definitely Janis Joplin mainly because in my mind I can belt it out just like her - haha!

Tell us about your favorite product you offer right now and the inspiration behind it.

Right now I’m really loving our 2018 calendar! This product is extra special because my husband made the display blocks that come with each calendar! I always love getting a new calendar so I can see all the fun things I have planned in the year ahead! 

Meet Our Makers: Tidal Jewelry by Annie
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Today we want you to meet Annie, a hard working jewelry designer who has been our vendor for several months.  You can learn more about her "one of a kind coastal jewelry with a vintage twist" on her website, and make sure you follow her on Instagram!


Tell us a fun fact about you/your products:

 I had my first jewelry show at my house when I was 12 years old! I incorporate my grandmother's jewelry into my pieces, and always stop in antique stores when I travel to find old jewls to incorporate into new.  

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

I love Sermet's! We always go for our anniversary. 

Who is another local maker you admire?

I have a girl crush on Erin from Sunwoven. Her color palettes and attention to detail are gorgeous.

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

I binge watch tv shows while I'm making! In the past several months I've watched from start to finish: Friends, The Gilmore Girls, New Girl, and am working on Scandal as we speak.

Tell us about your favorite product right now and the inspiration behind it:

My favorite products are my various freshwater pearl necklaces on chain (either sterling or gold-filled). They are great for everyday but also a nice dressier piece & are available on my website. 

Meet Our Makers: Shop Borough
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Today we want to introduce you to Ashley Worrall.  You may have spotted this talented designer in Southern Living's The Daily South or Southern Lady!  Charleston lovers adore her locally inspired printed dresses, and she recently expanded her offerings to include home decor items, too!


Share a tip about how to style your products: 

My tip for rocking a shift dress is that it’s all about layers! Our shift dresses are a colorful base, but then you can layer on sweaters, jackets, scarves and jewelry to make the look your own.

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

Cru is always my go-to restaurant and the one I recommend when anybody comes to visit. I have dreams about their mac and cheese!

Who is another local maker you admire?

I’m in love with Harrison Blackford’s artwork!  Her door paintings are so bright and fun and I love how she mixes different colors and patterns.

What is your favorite product you offer right now and what was the inspiration behind it?

My favorite product right now is our fleece blanket from the home collection that just launched. It’s super soft and perfect for snuggling up on cold winter days. I love that it’s such a big canvas for the prints and that you can wrap yourself up in color! It has been fun seeing the prints on different home goods and going beyond our classic shift dresses.

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Share your favorite song to jam out to while you're making:

I normally have the TV on in the background instead of music, and it’s almost always on the Food Network. I think I’ve seen every episode of Chopped (especially since when you start one you have to know who wins)!

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Come check out Ashley's adorable prints in store, or keep up with her online!

Website: www.shopborough.com // Instagram: @Shopborough

Meet Our Makers: Francis + Benedict
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Today we're checking in with Katie Walters,  the founder of Francis & Benedict.  Her company sells amazing skirts that employ women from Togo, Africa.  Our customers just adore the beautiful prints, and you'll love hearing about the women behind these creations. 

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Share a tip about your products!

Often times people think too hard about styling these beautiful skirts. It’s amazing all that goes with them from cute graphic Ts to elegant formal tops. For great styling tips scroll through the tags on our Instagram to see real women wearing the skirts, and watching the way they style them will inspire you! 

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

Beech, our team eats lunch there WAY too often for any of our budgets. Two of us get the Poke bowl over Kale and one the Acai Bowl!

Who is another local maker you admire?

Carrie Davis art.  Her black and white drawings and abstract work remind us of Togo and the strong women that inspire us.

Whats's your current favorite song to jam out to while you're working?

“All we Got” by Chance the Rapper, our whole team moves from work mode to dance party when this one comes on.

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

 I’m loving our Woodlands Maxi. The one I have is handmade by Aykenum, a widow and mother of 5. She inspires me with her dedication, joy and work ethic. The fabric was chosen in the market of Togo and the advocate who picked it immediately thought of this fall and Christmas season in Charleston. It’s been my go-to for Holiday parties and school events.

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 Images by Caroline Howard

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Come by soon to check out these beautiful skirts, and follow F + B on social media! 

Website:  www.francisandbenedict.com // Instagram: @FrancisAndBenedict