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Meet Our Makers: BR Design Co.
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Many of you frequent our shop to get your fix of the amazing clay earrings created by BR Design Co. Their pieces are all one of a kind handmade creations, so you can truly have a unique piece of jewelry for a really great price (studs start at just $14). Learn a little more about their company below!

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/cbrdesign
Instagram: @br_design_co
Company Founders: Cassandra Browner Richardson & Carlene Browner

Share a fun fact about your brand or your story/ tell us about your products: 

Cassandra and Carlene have been making and selling clay jewelry from ages 8 and 5 yrs old and you can still find them popping up at local markets around town or at the Night Market. They are also skilled makers of macrame and create beautiful plant hangers.

Who is another local maker you admire? 

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What’s your favorite local Restaurant? 

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What is your favorite song to jam out to while you create products or look for inspiration? 

Old School Motown

What is your favorite product you offer right now and what was the inspiration behind it/why will people love it? 

Textured Neutrals. I love how organic they feel.  They were inspired by Greece and all the old architectural there.


If you see something of BR’s that you like on our Instagram, you better come get it quick because

their clay creations never stick around our store for very long!

Meet Our Makers: Texture Design Co.
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Today we introduce you to Texture Design Co.! You’re a big fan of their prints, cards, magnets, & calendars so we wanted to share more about this adorable brand.


Website: www.texturedesignco.com

Instagram: @TextureDesignCo

Company Founder: Emily Kirby

Share a fun fact about your brand or your story/ tell us about your products: 

Before heading to college, my dad told me I should think about majoring in Graphic Design. Being a stubborn teenage girl, I quickly turned that idea down. Ha! A few years after graduating college, I realized he may have had a good point. :) So I went back to school for a graphic design, and that was the start of Texture Design Co! Lesson learned, sometimes parents have really good advice.

Who is another local maker you admire? 

I’m a huge fan of the beautiful weavings by Sunwoven. I love Erin’s use of color; she puts together the yummiest color combinations! We have one of her pieces in our living room, and it really makes me smile. We now carry these weavings in our store, too!

What’s your favorite Charleston Restaurant? 

Basil is my “tried and true”! It was one of the first restaurants I visited when I moved to Charleston 11 years ago, and it is still a top favorite. Their Thai food never gets old!

What is your favorite song to jam out to while you create products or look for inspiration?  

It changes regularly, but this week I’ve listened to ’Say Something’ by Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake on repeat.

What is your favorite product you offer right now and what was the inspiration behind it/why will people love it? 

A Charleston Baby’s First Year Book will forever be a favorite project! I started working on it when we found out that we were expecting our first child. I wanted to create a baby book that I was excited to fill out, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. The pages are full of colorful illustrations of Charleston, and I think it is the perfect baby gift for new parents in the Lowcountry! 

Photos of Emily by Wild Cotton Photography

Photos of Baby Book by Taylor Lauren Barker 

Meet Our Makers: Escapada Living
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You’ll love learning more about this colorful local clothing company we started carrying earlier this year! The gorgeous prints they create simply make us smile, and we hope you’ll come by to shop their spring/summer selection soon.


Your website: escapadaliving.com

Your Instagram: instagram.com/EscapadaLiving

Company Founder: Natalia Castillo

Share a fun fact about your brand or your story/ tell us about your products:

Our goal is to add a little sunshine to the closets of women everywhere, but our mission to spread happiness doesn’t end with clothing! Escapada Living supports various charities both locally and abroad. The Escapada Living Children’s Fund was established 4 years ago to help support the local community in Solo, Indonesia (where our factory is located). We are so grateful for the community’s acceptance and support, and our fund provides care, school supplies, and new experiences for the children of two orphanages within the village. Our production manager is very much involved in the children's daily lives, taking them on fun excursions and constantly seeking out ways to improve their well-being. The Solo community has given so much to us, it’s nice to be able to give back.

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Who is another local maker you admire?

Where do I begin? I’m a big fan of Hart tassel earrings (Hart Hagerty), Charleston Rice Beads from Candy Shop Vintage, and the fabulous stationery from Texture Design Co...just to name a few!


What’s your favorite Charleston Restaurant?

My new favorite restaurant is Melfi’s, but my go-to restaurant is The Obstinate Daughter. You have to try the Gnocchi alla Romana!

What is your favorite song to jam out to while you create products or look for inspiration?  

The Pandora station at the office gets shuffled regularly, but I tend to like upbeat tunes when searching for inspiration!


What is your favorite product you offer right now and what was the inspiration behind it/why will people love it?

Tough question! Off-the-shoulder styles are so in right now, so I’d have to say the Tasseled Monica Dress and the Stretch-Knit Bonnie Dress. The Monica is super fun and flirty - perfect for a day out on the town! The Stretch-Knit Bonnie Dress is stylish, comfortable and cute! For tops, my go-to is our ¾ Sleeve Susan top. It’s available in both our signature rayon fabric and stretch-knit fabric.

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Meet Our Makers: 843 Shop
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Today we are chatting with one of the brands we added this year, 843 shop. Our customers are just loving their custom Charleston tees & totes. Read on to learn a little more about them!

Your website: 843shop.com

Your Instagram: @843shop

Company Founder: Adam Miller

Share a fun fact about your brand or your story/ tell us about your products: 

All 843 Shop merchandise is designed and printed locally in Riverland Terrace. 

Who is another local maker you admire? 

J. Stark founder Erik Holmberg

What’s your favorite Charleston Restaurant? 

Charleston Grill, hands down! Though, I may be a bit biased, as I've worked at the Grill for the last year and a half. Right behind that are Chez Nous and FIG.

What is your favorite song to jam out to while you create products or look for inspiration? 

Any 90’s hip hop or alternative.

What is your favorite product you offer right now and what was the inspiration behind it/why will people love it? 

The Holy sh*t I love this City tee is currently my favorite shirt. It’s extremely simple but still fun and playful. 

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Make sure you keep an eye on our Instagram so you don’t miss a fun new color Adam’s going to

create just for our store!

Meet Our Makers: Abby Murphy Photography
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Today we are thrilled to introduce you to Abby Murphy of Abby Murphy Photography, who is one of our talented local artist we carry. We now sell her fine art photography, so come by to have a look at it!

Company Founder: Abby Murphy

Abby’s website: www.abbymurphyphoto.com/shop

Abby’s Instagram: @abbymurphyphoto

Abby, share a fun fact about your brand or your story/ tell us about your products: 

I created this collection when I first moved to Charleston and was totally falling in love with the city. I photographed these on a medium format film Hasselblad camera, which is an incredibly beautiful and mechanical Swedish camera. Shooting film slows down the process of composing and creating my images much more than digital, plus I love the soft way it captures light. I don’t shoot film much for my client projects, so I started my print shop to share my love of film photography and Charleston with everyone! 

Who is another local maker you admire?

My friend Julie of For Heaven Bakes makes INCREDIBLE 3D cakes! Seriously, look her up and you will be blown away.

What’s your favorite Charleston Restaurant? 

My go-to for dinner is always Leon’s! 

What is your favorite song to jam out to while you create products or look for inspiration?  

My favorite band is Tennis and I’m always jamming to their song “Never Work for Free.” I listen to them every single day!


What is your favorite product you offer right now and what was the inspiration behind it/why will people love it? 

My favorite photo in the shop is 1 East Battery. I love the details on the house, the glowy sunset light, and the palm tree! The neutral colors work in anyone’s space, and it looks amazing framed in either white or black!

Aren’t Abby’s photographs beautiful?! Come by soon to shop them in person!

Meet Our Makers: Charleston Hemp Company
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We are so thrilled to introduce you to our latest vendor, Charleston Hemp Company. There are lots of misconceptions out there about CBD oil, but no, we aren’t selling marijuana! The difference between hemp and marijuana is the ratio of THC to CBD; hemp products have a higher ratio of CBD, and less than .3% THC. Charleston Hemp Company works closely with MUSC to test their products, and so far we are the only downtown shop carrying CBD products (vape pens, oils, salves, and more!). Come by soon to see our selection, & read on to get to know Malia from Charleston Hemp Company and their products a little better!

Tell us about some of the known benefits of CBD:

Benefits vary per person and can differ based on other factors like your diet, body composition, etc. Known possible benefits include pain management, combatting anxiety, anti-seizure properties, reducing side effects from cancer/cancer related treatments, and even assisting with sleep. CBD is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties and can potentially help conditions such as acne.

What’s your favorite product of yours right now, and what was the inspiration behind it?

I love our salve. There's 100 mg of CBD in each 1oz jar. I think a lot of people who are skeptical of CBD and don't want to try it orally go for the salve. Within 30-40 mins, people will come back and tell us what a difference they feel. It's simple, topical, and great for spot treatments. It can literally go on anything and everything and I feel like it really works. Sunburns, bug bites, joint pain or even muscle cramps after a workout.

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Tell us a fun fact about your products:

We designed our packaging and labeling after the 1914 $10 bill. They are actually harvesting a hemp filled on the back of the bill! In most states, it was a requirement to grow hemp since it was used for the majority of different textile products. The first American flag, by Betsy Ross, was actually made out of hemp as well. These days, regulations only allow for 20 South Carolina farmers allowed to grow industrial hemp. Charleston Hemp Company is one of those!

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

Uneeda Sicilian, Stella's, The Workshop


Who is another local maker/company you admire?

There are so many that go to local markets that we have created great bonds with, but R&R Acres and their local honey/chocolate covered honey are delicious! 

What’s your favorite song to jam out to while you're working on your farm or heading to a local market?

Throwback playlists on Spotify, songs that everyone pretty much knows and have jammed to at one point in life.

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Besides in our shop, where can people find you?

Facebook: @charlestonhemp

Instagram: @charlestonhempcompany

Head here for dosing info, here for information about using CBD for your pets, and stop by soon if you have any other questions we can answer!

Meet Our Makers: Crew LaLa

They're your favorite local dog brand, and ours- Crew Lala!  We wanted to share their inspiring story with you, which was recently featured on Etsy's "Seller Stories" series.  Click above to watch the short video all about their fabulous company.

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