8 Local Stores to Visit When You Spend a Day on King Street Shopping

The small boutiques and century-old family businesses on King Street are the reason Charleston’s most recognizable thoroughfare is one of the 10 Best Shopping Streets in the U.S. These locally owned businesses offer unique home goods, jewelry, and clothing that you won’t find anywhere else.

King Street also features glitzy and easily recognizable name brand stores like Apple, Kate Spade, and Banana Republic. But, it’s the rare finds and rich history the incredible little shops offer that truly exhibit Charleston shopping at its best. Whether you live in the area or you’re just visiting, spend a day on King Street shopping. When you do, be sure to stop by one of these wonderful stores!


Best King Street Shopping in Charleston, SC - Downtown

Historic King Street features significant buildings with charming facades, bustling sidewalks, exceptional dining, and a variety of family-owned shops to discover. Before your next Lowcountry shopping trip, browse the long list of shops on King Street in Charleston, SC, and look for these great destinations:

1. Blue Bicycle Books

Blue Bicycle Books is every book lover’s dream. This intimate and cozy shop offers a mix of new and used books, including literary jewels like rare first editions by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harper Lee, and William Faulkner. You’ll also find dozens of new books and “just about every new and used Charleston book ever written.”

2. Berlin’s

For 134 years, Berlin’s has provided Charleston men with the makings of an exceptional wardrobe. Shop their excellent selection of menswear in the same store that Henry Berlin, the store’s founder, opened on the corner of King and Broad in 1883. Or, choose from made-to-measure and custom clothing designs for a truly unique addition to your closet.

3. Croghan’s Jewel Box

Another local store on King Street with 100-year-old-roots is Croghan's Jewel Box. This family-owned jewelry store is featured in nearly every Charleston shopping guide, and for a good reason! When you visit, you’ll discover a treasure trove of dazzling estate and custom pieces you’ll love.

4. Candlefish Charleston

Candlefish opened in 2014 by the creators of Rewined Candles, and is now located at 270 King Street! This local shop features a 100 Candle Library (offering 100 unique scents). All candles are hand poured in store or at the Charleston, SC facility using 100% soy wax for the best quality fragrance. The original Rewined Candles can still be found in the Charleston City Market!

5. Finicky Filly

Owned by a local mother-daughter duo, Finicky Filly is a womenswear shop that promises “to please mothers and daughters – and even grandmothers – alike!” The store features high-end clothing and accessories for women of all ages.

6. George C. Birlant & Co.

If hunting for top-notch antiques is one of your favorite pastimes, you simply must visit George C. Birlant & Co. This amazing antique store was founded in 1922 and is one of the oldest and largest in the Southeast. The store also produces the famed Charleston Battery Bench, which features intricate cast iron sides that are still made using the original circa 1880 molds today.

7. M. Dumas & Sons

Founded in 1917, M. Dumas & Sons is another classic choice for menswear on King Street. You’ll find the best selection of Barbour jackets in town, plus other staples of Southern style like Southern Tide and Rodd & Gunn.

8. Worthwhile

Travel + Leisure says “Charleston women buy their best friend’s birthday presents,” at Worthwhile. This store has been a King Street staple for nearly 25 years. It’s where you’ll find avant-garde apparel and footwear, necklaces, books, candles, and soaps.

9. Clayton and Crume

Specializing in handcrafted and personalized leather goods, Clayton and Crume has just opened its 2nd retail location at prestigious King and George Street.


Shop Until You Drop in Charleston, SC.

Then, head home and relax!

After a day of King Street shopping, nothing beats walking home to your downtown Charleston residence.  Are you looking for a home or condo downtown?   Pam Harrington Exclusives will help you find a wonderful place to call yours. 

Since 1978, we’ve offered a variety of exceptional real estate services to area residents and visitors. At Pam Harrington Exclusives, we are happy to guide you in finding a neighborhood and home that matches your desired amenities and lifestyle needs.

You can learn more about Lowcountry properties for sale on our website and sign up for real estate alerts to stay in the know.

Then, when a special listing catches your eye, contact us to schedule a showing! Either way, we look forward to sharing our beautiful barrier island communities with you!