We stopped in looking for antiques and instead found a retro furniture store.
If you are into chrome and glass, leather and suede, spindle legs on all your furniture;
If you like sunbust clocks and colored glass and decoupage lampshades or globe lights.
If all that sounds great then come here to shop.
It wasn't our cup of tea so we told the staff that we were "just looking" and spent a polite 10 minutes browsing and went on to the next place to shop.
This is a large 3 story mall. It was built in the summer of 1982, and has been the focal point for the shopping in Charleston. The anchor stores are Kaufmann's, JC Penney and Sears. We used to have a Montgomery Wards also but they went of business.
The are several jewelry, music and book stores...and lots of boutiques...
My favorites are: Limited Too, The Disney Store, Waldenbooks, Claire's Boutique and DEBS..I love to shop at the mall..We recently acquired a "Build a Bear" Workshop..
There are some great restaurants also: Benningan's, Chile's, The Outback, Tidewater Grill and others..
Starbuck's Coffee is located on the first floor in the center of the atrium..
If you get a chance to go to the Mall while in Charleston, you should.
What to buy: Anything and Everything !!!
What to pay: As much or as little as needed!!!
Charleston Town Center, located in downtown Charleston, is one of the largest urban shopping malls in the eastern United States. It boasts more than 130 stores and restaurants on three levels, with a soaring atrium, greenery, and fountains. It is as pleasant a shopping venue as I could ever want, but then I don't especially enjoy shopping.
What to buy: I found the Charleston Town Center an excellent spot for a late afternoon rest during my 12 hour day in downtown Charleston. I ordered a chocolate nut sundae and sat at one of the tables in the food court to enjoy it while I read some travel brochures I had picked up from the library.
Daily 10:00 am -9:00 pm
Sunday 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
What to pay: Mall prices.
While strolling along Capitol Street I found myself being drawn by an irresistable force (or perhaps a rich aroma) into this old-fashioned peanut shop. Karen wasn't with me on this particular trip, so there was nothing to help me overcome my overpowering weakness for peanuts - especially when they're covered in chocolate.
I talked with Debbie at the front counter and learned that she and her elderly mother run the shop. The business was founded by Debbie's father in 1950, as a Planters Peanut Shop, and is still owned and operated by the same family more than half a century later. If I lived in Charleston this is one great downtown tradition that I would support with my business at every opportunity.
What to buy: The double-dipped chocolate covered peanuts are to-die-for.
What to pay: Peanuts.
Located in the old downtown railroad station, Capitol Market was a delight to explore. I was there in early spring and the #1 item for sale was plants: hanging baskets, bedding plants, flowers of every type and color in profusion. There's lots more here from produce, fresh seafood, unique books, fine wines and baked goodies. There is also a very good Italian restaurant at the market where I enjoyed dinner (see my restaurant tip).
The market is open year round.