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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: 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.

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