Celebrating #ONEYEARONCANNON

This past weekend I celebrated the one year anniversary of my shop in Downtown Charleston:

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A year ago, I was running around after finding out I got the space and pulling things together to try brick and mortar retail for the first time. With my jewelry line in other stores, I wasn’t sure that doing retail myself was something I wanted to take on, but I had always had a “building crush” on this little, 1940’s store front just off King Street. So when it became available, I thought, why not – this is my chance? I am literally not going to find a more perfect retails space. And one year later, my friend Mary Mac whipped up this cute invite for us:

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When I opened this store, I wanted to bring something new and unique to Charleston and create the experience anyone who is exploring a new city wants to find – something both local and whimsical they cannot find elsewhere. Charleston has plenty of wonderful shops – both local and “big box” type stores – but no one was really featuring my particular genre of high-end vintage costume jewelry that I love to collect. This store has also given me the opportunity to become a greater part of the Downtown Charleston community, for which I am very grateful, as well as showcase and sell my expanding collection of vintage inspired designs.

Retail is hard. It is like having a baby, it always has to be clean and fed (well-stocked) and you can’t leave it unattended for very long. I have so much respect for anyone who has owned and run a shop for any amount of time after completing this year – it’s tough! But I wouldn’t trade it in, I have had so much fun!

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So here are a few great snaps of our #ONEYEARONCANNON anniversary party I could not have thrown without the help of Liz from The Charleston Weekender pouring her One Hope Charleston bubbly that everyone was raving about (seriously – it’s fabulous and has a great, charitable component to it!) and the queen of cotton candy who pops up all over town, Arielle of Pure Fluff Co. Plus, I am very grateful to the dynamic photography duo Smith Photos + Ink for all the pretty snaps!

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Our sweet neighbors down the street, Sugar bakeshop, sent over these adorable and incredibly yummy, branded cookies:

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And having some vintage candy, particularly candy cigarettes, is always a must:

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Our colorful Charleston Rice Beads are some of our most popular purchases:

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But my personal favorite is always our selection of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, hand picked by me or one of our trusted buyers:

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My daugher Daphne almost stole the show with her ridiculous cuteness. Seriously Daphne, can you take it down a notch? I love her so much! She does not, for what it’s worth, like wearing jewelry yet.

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And these girls are my righthand gals. They both work part time at Candy Shop On Cannon – Rachel Reeves, on the left is also a surgical tech (which gives her a preternatural ability to assemble jewelry!) and Annie Reeves manages our wholesale accounts and works in the store, as well as has a fantastic blog under her own name (and no, they aren’t related, I just happened to find two employees with the same last name!):

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Arielle from Pure Fluff Co. even matched our two cotton candy flavors to our new Charleston Rice Bead colors – Mint and Rose!

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Thank you to everyone who came and also supported us throughout the year! Want to see more? Check our our Facebook page and #ONEYEARONCANNON gallery. Thank you for a wonderful year Charleston!

Giveaway to Celebrate #ONEYEARONCANNON

It’s hard to believe I’ve been in my little shop on Cannon Street for a year now! We are celebrating in Charleston tonight, but here’s a way everyone can get on on the celebration wherever you are. In honor of #ONEYEARONCANNON I am partnering with Liz of The Charleston Weekender to give away a gift card to One Hope Charleston along with one of our Pop The Bubbly champagne bottle necklaces. All you have to do is tag two friends on one of our Instagram posts about the giveaway and be following both our accounts @candyshopvintage and @charlestonweekender. Winner announced on Monday! Cheers!

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Save The Date for a Vintage Event at The Restoration!

I am very excited to be partnering with my good friend and vintage dealer MK Quinlan of Seeline Vintage to curate a one-of-a-kind vintage collection of jewelry and clothing specially for The Port Mercantile, the well appointed new boutique in The Restoration Hotel in Downtown Charleston.

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The Port Mercantile brings together the best of Southern artisans and designers and has a deep appreciation of Southern history and culture. Come celebrate the launch of our collaborative vintage collection that will be on sale at The Port Mercantile starting at the launch party on May 12th and until May 31st! Want a preview? Add me on snapchat: candyshpvintage for a first look at our hand curated pieces!

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Cocktails On Cannon: Just Add Sugar

Just a few weeks ago, a trifecta of sweet ladies descended on our shop on Charleston and mixed up a whimsical champagne cocktail. Arielle Stratton of Pure Fluff brought her cotton candy cart while Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender and Kelly Harrold of Paper Meets Pearl worked the bar. Can I please have Arielle park her cotton candy cart outside every day? She just fits right in!

The girls used bubbly from One Hope. They give a percentage of their proceeds back to local charities, which makes it all the sweeter!

Ingredients:
-cotton candy (we used an organic mint flavor from PURE fluff Co.)
-bubbly (One Hope brut)
-elderflower liqueur such as St. Germain
Instructions:
Put some cotton candy into your glass- anything from a pinch to a handful- then add a splash of elderflower liqueur.  Fill the rest of the glass with bubbly and watch your cocktail mix itself as the cotton candy dissolves. Sweet and entertaining!

photo credit: Rachel Red Photography
cotton candy: Pure Fluff Co.
hand lettering on acrylic: The Town Serif
entertaining and glassware: Open Door Shop
bar cart: Society Social

Rhode Island Sweet Spots

While my family and I were on vacation in Florida last week, I asked my friend Lizzy of The Connoisseur of Cute to take over the @candyshopvintage instagram for a couple of days and share her favorite Rhode Island haunts through the her whimsical and colorful lense. While I travel to RI frequently and have posted my own mini travel guides, it was great to see it through someone else’s eyes. Here are the spots she shared in case you missed out on her adorable Instagram posts:

One of my personal favorites, Allie’s Donuts – an amazing local donut shop with signature, brightly colored donuts, full donut cakes and more!

The Roger Williams Park Botanical Center is located in Roger Williams Park in Providence – totally lush and beautiful! And love her matching pants : )

How precious is this bakery – Sweet Indulgence – located at 2202 Broad Street in Cranston, RI

Yes please to this fruit topped custard French toast from Modern Diner in Pawtucket, RI!

Some perfect vintage finds from Lizzy’s RI vintage hunts – she recommends checking out Stillwater Antiques in Greenville, RI and Rhode Island Antiques in Pawtucket.

Almost no trip to RI is complete without visiting the stunning historic mansions of Newport, RI, many of which are open for tours and are located along Cliff Walk.

Rhode Island is famous for its beautiful beaches (and sunsets!) Narragansett beach is a favorite and open to the public daily.

Lizzy’s posts have inspired me to do a little more exploring this summer beyond my usual spots (although Allie’s is something I never miss out on!). Thanks again for taking over for us – make sure to keep following along with Lizzy @theconnoisseurofcute. xo

Instagram Takeover With The Connoisseur of Cute

As some of you know, Rhode Island is my other favorite coastal state, where much of my Candy Shop Vintage jewelry is made and where I go with my family on vacation every summer. Not too long ago I stumbled across Lizzy Colley’s instagram account @theconnoisseurofcute whose bright, playful and often vintage inspired photos always brighten my day. I loved seeing Rhode Island through her eyes so much, I asked her to take over the Candy Shop Vintage Instagram this weekend and share some of her favorite spots. So follow along with the hashtag #connoisseurforcandyshop and @candyshopvintage starting this Saturday…

A Perfect Easter Brunch Cocktail

When I was in my early twenties living in New York City, my friends and I started to feel a little bit nostalgic for our childhood traditions as the reality of adulthood was setting in. So, one Easter, we collaborated on an Easter party with friends and threw an epic brunch at our friend and consummate hostess Annie Campbell’s beautiful Nolita apartment. It was a perfect crisp, sunny New York spring afternoon and the brunch party lasted well into the evening. Ever since then, I have been totally enamored with Easter Brunch. I asked Annie, who not surprisingly is well known L.A. for her amazing food and party planning skills, for to suggest a go-to Easter cocktail.

(Image via. rip & tan)

I tend to gravitate towards champagne cocktails, but at an often co-ed event like at Easter brunch champagne cocktails in a delicate glass are not everyone’s cup of tea. So, Annie offered the unexpectedly perfect suggestion of a The Garden Pimm’s Cup, a refreshing garden-inspired spring cocktail:

INGREDIENTS (two servings, multiply as needed) 

for the simple syrup:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water 

for the cocktail:
3 strawberries, muddled, plus extras for garnish
3 slices of cucumber, muddled, plus spears for garnish
1.5 ounce lemon juice
1.5 ounce simple syrup
3 ounces Pimm’s
Bundaberg Ginger Beer
rosemary or thyme sprigs, for garnish  

to make the simple syrup:  

Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan on the stove. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and stir, dissolving sugar into the water. Once sugar is dissolved, turn off heat and let cool. Transfer simple syrup into a bottle. Can be refrigerated for up to a month.

to prepare the cocktail: 

Preparation is key to cocktail making. Always have all elements of the cocktail prepped and labeled in advance of the party. All elements can be put into pretty glass bottles, alongside a recipe card for guests to make their own cocktails. 

to make the cocktail:

Combine strawberry, cucumber, lemon juice, simple syrup and Pimm’s with a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30-45 seconds. Strain and pour over fresh ice. Top with a splash of Bundaberg ginger beer. Garnish with a strawberry, slice of cucumber and sprig of fresh rosemary or thyme.

TIPS: Simple syrup can be made well in advanced and kept refrigerated for up to a month. Lemon juice can be squeezed a couple of days in advance and kept in the refrigerator

Serve this refreshing spring cocktail, long with one of Annie’s signature Easter dessert bars (pictured above) – you almost don’t need a main course! Follow along on Annie’s instagram (@annielcampbell) for more entertaining goodness.

I Believe In Unicorns

Last week my daughter Daphne turned 4 and we hosted a unicorn-themed birthday for her at Camp Perri in Charleston. Camp Perri is a magical little place where children can let their imaginations run wild during guided hours of crafts, activities and projects with owner and dierctor “Perri Poppins” (Perri Stilp).

Daphne’s a little bit obsessed with unicorns these days so we had a lot of fun putting the party together, from her personalized Sugar bakeshop cupcakes, to unicorn lollipops and Perri’s adorable glass jars of juice with gold straws that were a charming touch:

And I loved the decorations she chose, that included unicorn horn party hats and banners from Meri Meri. Plus crafts that included make-your-own unicorn necklace, coloring unicorns and “Unicorn, Unicorn, Dragon!” Perri’s version of “Duck, Duck, Goose!”

Daphne was one happy camper and all of her little friends had a great time as well! Here’s to year 4 with my special little unicorn!