Charleston Shopping

One-of-a-kind boutiques, where the hottest trends in fashion hang on the racks, make up an important part of the contemporary Charleston shopping experience. Long-established, Christian Michi anchors the corner of Market and King across from the former Saks Fifth Avenue; its window displays are like artworks, and its innovative and European designs are treasured by well-heeled, sophisticated clients.

Forever 21 has replaced Saks, which is indicative of Charleston's demographics. More mature shoppers are pleased to find such high-end shops that sell either their own designer fashions or carry names that are found in Paris, New York, and South Beach, like Kate Spade in the Shops at Charleston Place.

High-end shoe stores make up a category that tends to draw repeat visitors. The number and quality of shoe stores on King Street is surprising for the city's size. Family-owned shops like Berlin's are city institutions. Newer shops like Sugar Snap Peas cater to the growing family demographic.

The Upper King District has furniture shops interspersed between the clothing boutiques and restaurants. These locally owned shops give the personal service that has always been a hallmark of existing King Street merchants in this area. The revival of this neighborhood has sparked a new wave of home-fashion stores; long-term antiques hunters, accustomed to buying on Lower King, have been lured uptown as well. Haute Design is one of the most tasteful of these shops, offering a wide selection of antiques, particularly lighting, imported from France and Italy. Charleston has more than 25 fine-art galleries, making it one of the top art towns in America. Local Lowcountry art, which includes both traditional landscapes of the region as well as more contemporary takes, is among the most prevalent styles here. Such innovative artists as Betty Smith and Fred Jamar, a Belgian known for his whimsical cityscapes, can give you a piece of Charleston to keep close until your next visit. Collectors will find high-end nationally and internationally renowned work in such exquisite galleries as Ann Long Fine Art and the more contemporary Martin Gallery.

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Anglin Smith Fine Art

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This gallery exhibits contemporary paintings by Betty Anglin Smith and her talented triplets, Jennifer, Shannon, and Tripp. Her son,...

Ann Long Fine Art

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Serious art collectors head to Ann Long Fine Art for neoclassical and modern works. This world-class gallery features outstanding, albeit...

Charleston Renaissance Gallery

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This gallery carries museum-quality art—in fact, more than half of the beautifully framed works are sold to museums. We recommend a...

Corrigan Gallery

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Owner Lese Corrigan displays her own Impressionist-influenced paintings of Charleston and the works of some 20 other painters and photographers...

Ellis-Nicholson Gallery

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With works by painters and sculptors, from those just starting their careers to veterans with international reputations, this gallery...

Gallery Chuma

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This gallery showcases Gullah art, ranging from inexpensive prints to original works by artists like Jonathan Green. The vibrantly colored...

Horton Hayes Fine Art

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This gallery carries sought-after Lowcountry paintings by 14 artists, including paintings of coastal life and architecture by Mark Kelvin...

Martin Gallery

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In a former bank building, this light-filled, grand space is the city's most impressive gallery. It sells works by nationally and internationally...

Robert Lange Studios

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The most avant of the contemporary galleries, this striking, minimalist space is a working studio for Robert Lange and other exceptionally...

Wells Gallery

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Showcasing the talents of many fine artists dating back centuries (including 18th-century naturalist Mark Catesby), this gallery at The...


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