We challenge you to make it through your flight out of the Holy City without reaching your fingers into the bag of cheese straws or pralines that you’ve packed away. While we don’t recommend leaving town without these treats, we’ve put together a list of our favorite Lowcountry keepsakes that can be easily be tucked into your carry-on and cherished for years to come.
A sweetgrass basket by local basket maker Henrietta Snype adorns each of our guest rooms at Zero George. These prized cultural collectibles are one of the oldest handcrafts of African origin in the United States. They can be seen on display at the Smithsonian and are for sale at The Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest community based historic preservation organization in the United States. The Preservation Society’s gift shop is located at 147 King Street.
The Charleston rice spoon is a symbol of southern heritage dating back to the first settlers who adapted the traditional English stuffing spoon to serve rice, the staple crop of South Carolina. A trip to Charleston isn’t complete without stepping into Croghan’s Jewel Box – a treasure trove of unique gifts, antiques and estate finds. It’s located in an 18th century single house at 308 King Street.
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking
You won’t have to wait until your next trip back to enjoy flavors of the Lowcountry. Charleston’s most celebrated cookbook author Nathalie Dupree and coauthor Cynthia Graubert share more than 750 recipes honoring “The Mother” cuisine of American cooking in their James Beard Award winning book Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. Pick up your copy of the book and peruse the local author section at Blue Bicycle Books at 420 King Street.
The Charleston Bonnet
Dating back to the 1700’s, little girls have worn these wide pique brim bonnets to protect them from the strong Carolina sun. This charming gift for any belle is sure to become a cherished heirloom. The Boutique, located at 47 Broad Street, is a local shopping institution for trousseau, china, linens, and of course, the Charleston bonnet.
History buffs looking for original, one-of-a-kind mementos will revel in the collection of rare antiquarian prints at Carolina Antique Maps and Prints. The revolutionary war map from David Ramsey’s “The History of the Revolution of South Carolina” shown here depicts the Siege of Charleston in 1780. The shop is located at 91 Church Street.
Photo Credits: The images are provided by the corresponding retail establishments.