Now Open: Candy Shop On Cannon

We had SO much fun last night opening #CANDYSHOPONCANNON the new Candy Shop Vintage retail showroom located at 9 Cannon Street in Downtown Charleston.  It was the perfect way to ring in a new chapter of Candy Shop Vintage retail with lots of friends there to celebrate.  Thanks to all who came out and supported!  Here are a few photos of the space thanks to Clay Austin:

Obviously I was super excited.  I have been working some long, late nights to make this happen and pull it together and it was great to be able to show it off! Having all of my vintage pieces and all of my Candy Shop Collection pieces in one place, as well as our Charleston Rice Beads is a bit of a dream come true, and the location is pretty much perfect – just off king and steps from one of my favorite dining spots – The Ordinary.

We had a beautiful table of treats, most of which were donated by our Cannon Street neighbors, Sugar bakeshop as well as some colorful and stunning flowers courtesy of STEMS from down the street:

My husband stood on a chair at one point and captured this great shot of the room mid-party:

And my friend Joel Finsel of Astral Cocktails served up French 75′s and whisky sours, my personal favorite vintage cocktails:

My daughter enjoyed no less than five mini cupcakes and a host of other sugary things, (thanks for the photos Jess!):

And I loved seeing all the photos shared by other party guests.  If you come visit the shop, make sure to hashtag us #candyshoponcannon so I can see your pics! Retail hours are 11AM-4PM Tuesday-Friday and 11AM-3PM Saturdays.  Otherwise, we are by appointment, just contact us to set one up if you are unable to come during those times!


The Candy Shop Vintage Retail Showroom

I’ve been running Candy Shop Vintage for a number of years now without a brick and mortar storefront. I love selling to other stores and have carefully curated a wonderful selection of specialty boutiques and stores that carry our Charleston Rice Beads as well as my Candy Shop Collection designs. Still, I’ve always fantasized about a jewel box of a shop one day. I also love collecting and selling vintage and I constantly struggle with not having a single place to showcase my vintage collection. I had not planned on opening a retail store so soon, but the most perfect little 1940′s storefront in Downtown Charleston became available and I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to grab the keys give it a shot!

So, I am excited to announce that the new home of Candy Shop Vintage is 9 Cannon Street, just off King Street in Downtown Charleston! Some Charleston folks might know this as the former headquarters of Stitch Design. They’ve moved their offices further Downtown, but I can’t think of a better team of creative talented people to leave some vibrant creative energy behind. Really, the space did not need much improvement as it was already a great mix of modern and vintage, but I’ve still spend the last month adding some personal touches like new floors (blue of course!), installing an awning, painting the walls and picking furniture and displays.

I’ve even designed some new packaging to go along with our new location. It’s been a lot of DIY around here (I’ve killed off a few brain cells with paint fumes and Goo Gone!), but it makes the project all the more special and personal.

I’ve been working out of the space as well and I can’t say it hasn’t been a lot to juggle, but the end result will certainly be worth it.  I have always loved Cannon Street, populated with great, locally owned businesses like Mac & Murphy, Sugar bakeshop and Indigo & Cotton. It’s really an honor to be in on the same block as them. I’ve had some visitors who know I’m here already…

… but it won’t officially be open to the public until Friday, April 24th. Regular hours will be 11-4PM Tuesday-Friday and 11-3PM on Saturdays. Outside of those times, you will be able to make a showroom appointment. If you’d like to attend the opening fete, check out the details below and shoot me an email at And if you don’t happen to live in Charleston you can always keep visiting Candy Shop Vintage here online!

Charleston Rice Beads for a Good Cause

For the month of April, Candy Shop Vintage is proud to be supporting one of our favorite non-profits: LEARN Horse Rescue. For each Charleston Rice Bead necklace in turquoise purchased on, we will donate $5 to LEARN.

This organization rescues, rehabilitates, and retrains horses with the ultimate goal of finding them the perfect home. There were over 200,000 unwanted horses in the United States at last count, and rescue facilities only have the capacity for about 33,000. At LEARN, horses are trained to realize their full potential and recover from any sort of abuse or neglect they had in the past and once again become happy and healthy.

I grew up riding whenever I could and am probably going to be dusting off my old riding boots again soon, so join me in supporting this cause by purchasing a Charleston Rice Bead necklace in one of our most popular colors! xo

Save the Date for a New York Trunk Show On April 18th

I am very excited to be returning to New York next month for a short visit. My friend Patty Tobin who I met doing trunk shows at Bloomingdale’s last year has her own beautiful line of fine fashion jewelry made with semiprecious stones, will be hosting me for a for a Candy Shop Vintage trunk show at her beautiful flagship store in Chelsea on Saturday, April the 18th.

I’ll be bringing a selection of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, my own designs and of course Charleston Rice Beads.  This is the first time I have offered them in New York City, bringing a little bit of Charleston back to my home state.  And, speaking of taste I will be shipping up some of my favorite Southern goodies for guests to sample at the event.  Be sure to save the date!  Details below.

A Weekend in Fairyland

This past Saturday was my daughter Daphne’s third birthday. This most recent Christmas, when I asked her what she wanted from Santa she simply said “wings” so I thought it was only fitting that we have a fairy themed birthday. It seemed like a magical choice, and a little girl’s birthday should be magical. The party was held at Camp Perri, a whimsical little play garden in the quaint Old Village in Mt. Pleasant. The owner, Perri Stilp has an amazing imagination and will really run with any theme. Her creative touches and fairy-themed-craft projects made the party! Daphne lit up the second she walked in and could hardly contain her excitement waiting for her guests.

I got cupcakes from our favorite bakery in Charleston, Sugar bakeshop.  They were pretty much perfect, and topped with candy flowers:

All the girls got to accessorize with wings, wands and jewelry, while the boys got little felt Robin Hood hats I found on Etsy…

Perri even put mushrooms and “grass” in the window!

The excitement was palpable…

Even the pencils and markers for coloring in fairy and elf pictures were housed in woodland-themed containers (what???!!!)

I think the favorite activity was making the little fairy and gnome gardens out of succulents, “magic” stones, and tiny figurines. Every child got to take one home – there is nothing quite like playing in the dirt!

At the end of the afternoon, the cupcakes were appropriately served on tree stumps:

I love this photo, this adorable guest kept his hat on the whole time!

Everyone went home happy (even the parents who came and joined us up the street for lunch during the drop off birthday party!). Best part? No cleanup! Thank you Camp Perri for such a magical day!

Thank You Southern Living!

Thank you to Southern Living and Stephanie Granada for including me in this feature on the 50 Best Dressed Southerners. It really is an honor, there are some snazzy folks in the South! And as some of you know, Charleston is not my native land. Moving here nearly eight years ago from New York I wondered if I would have to relegate all my black clothes to boxes under the bed. Friends teased me that I would soon have a closet full of Lilly Pullitzer (I have one dress) and the long summer season here threatened to render 2/3 of my wardrobe null and void. But as I’ve eased into life in Charleston, I’ve also eased into my new 2.0 style. Lighter layers, slightly more feminine, but still a love for some edgy details (like my strappy Jerome Rousseau boots from HAMPDEN Clothing).  Read the full piece here.  

Photo by Paige Winn, taken February, 2015 in Charleston, SC

Southern Protocal Trunk Show February 26th

We are excited to be partnering with Southern Protocal as our exclusive bridal retailer in Charleston. To celebrate we will be having a trunk show to kick things off on Thursday, February 26th from 4-6PMSouthern Protocal will be carrying our complete line of Charleston Rice Beads for their specialty bridal clients looking for a perfect, Charleston gift for their wedding party and their friends and family.

Here’s a peek inside their gorgeous boutique, located at 164 Market St. in Downtown Charleston. With brands like Kate Spade and Taxidermy as well as their beautiful selection of bridal dresses and cocktail attire, we’ll be in good company.  Hope to see you there!


A Vintage Trunk Show Curated by Garden & Gun

I am excited to announce I’ve collaborated with Garden & Gun Magazine to curate a special, online trunk show of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. We’ve selected pieces that had an interesting history, were collected in the South or emulated the magazine’s deep appreciation of Southern sport and culture.

All pieces are available for purchase online on through February 28th.  You can read more about the collaboration and learn about upcoming Candy Shop Vintage trunk shows on their blog today. Enjoy!


Send a Candygram to Your Sweetheart

Remember how fun it was to get candygrams from your friends and maybe even a secret admirer in school? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve added a new feature to the Candy Shop Vintage website. If you are ordering a gift from us to be sent directly to a loved one, you can now personalize it with a handwritten gift message and a piece of candy. All gift orders placed on or before Valentine’s Day will automatically have Valentine’s themed candy included.

At checkout, simply check the box at the bottom right of the first page that says ADD A GIFT NOTE and you will have the option of entering your message during the checkout process. Or, you can simply add the gift note to your cart while you shop here.  Now isn’t that sweet?