Top 5 Picks: Downtown Charleston
Susan Hull Walker is the founder of ibu and a vibrant contributor to Charleston’s creative, entrepreneurial, and altruistic spirit. After serving as a minister for 18 years in Charleston, Maine, and San Francisco, she moved back to Charleston and combined her love of fiber arts and passion for women’s issues into a movement that links Charleston with developing nations through carefully handcrafted textiles. ibu, drawing on an Indonesian term that means “woman of respect,” takes luxurious goods that are woven, spun, dyed, and stitched by hand by women in countries such as Madagascar, Laos, India, Mexico, and Zimbabwe, and places them in a market that will provide the artisans with proper compensation for their work. Located just a short walk from Zero George, ibu’s showroom brings a taste of the global to Charleston with exquisite jackets, kimonos, tunics, caftans, skirts, jewelry, shawls, scarves, bags, and home goods that you won’t find anywhere else. Walker has offered her recommendations for things to do and places to visit when in Charleston; be sure to check them out after you stop by ibu on King Street!
1. Stroll the gardens and alleys
“One of Charleston’s most unique features is its homes–the beautiful architecture and lush, tiny gardens. Walking is the best way to take it all in. You can’t really get lost downtown, so just take a map, put on some comfortable shoes, and go! Of course, if you’re here during House and Garden Tours of either the Historic Charleston Foundation or the Preservation Society, that’s a great way to stroll right into the houses, too!”
2. Visit the newly redesigned Preservation Society Book and Gift Shop
“The Preservation Society of Charleston on lower King Street has recently overhauled their retail space and now offers a changing monthly gallery space for artists and creators of all kinds, plus books that reflect on our region.”
3. Stop by John Pope Antiques
“John Pope Antiques is one of my favorite little gems in the city. It is also on lower King street and on the same block as ibu and the Preservation Society, so you can do it all in one swoop. John has an eclectic array of beautiful, fun, and funky furniture and accessories for the home.”
4. Attend an event at the Library Society
“The Charleston Library Society, on the same block, offers amazing lectures, art exhibits, and programs on a frequent basis. Check out their website for events while you’re here–they are always interesting and full of locals.”
5. Try a lobster roll from 167 Raw
“I know, we’re in Charleston, but these guys have got their seafood credentials down. Best roll in town, and I’ve lived in Maine, so I can claim to know the difference!”
Take a look at the ibu blog for more information!