Stacy's Charleston Guide
InStyle Magazine interviewed Stacy for their February 2021 feature, The Place. Their insider guide to cities around the world has long been a favorite of Stacy's and she was super excited to participate and share with everyone her favorite places to stay, eat, and relax in Charleston.
What area of the city is your favorite?
I've spent my childhood walking King Street to explore unique locally-owned stores and there is a magic to this city, and specifically this street, that brings an energy of fun and possibility. Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the US so the architecture, the cobblestone streets, the charm, the history...all surround you. It feels like no other city you've visited before. My great-great-grandfather came from Scotland to Charleston in 1850 and generations later, I was named after him, James Hampden Small. Those names represent the store fronts of all my spaces on King Street today: James is my shoe store at 312 1/2 King, Hampden is my RTW store at 312 and 314 King, and Small is my contemporary store at 324 King.
What are some of your favorite shops in the city?
Also on King Street, look out for family-run jewelry store, Croghan's Jewel Box, and Amanda Lindroth, which specializes in rattan home goods.
Where should people stay during their visit?
One of my favorite spots to stay in Charleston is The Dewberry. it is in the heart of downtown Charleston and brings a mid-century modern vibe that makes you feel relaxed yet chic.Be sure to visit their rooftop bar, The Citrus Club, for an incredible view of the city and delicious cocktails. Pro Top: Make a reservation because it fills up quickly! If cozy is more your speed, consider Zero George and 86 Cannon. Both of these boutique inns are in beautifully-restored 18th century homes.
What should visitors seek out for dining in Charleston?
Don't forget Charleston is a beach town too, so I suggest getting some of the freshest oysters and fish while you're in town. FIG has been open since 2003 and win James Beard Awards for their excellence. If you want something new and off the beaten path, I highly recommend the cozy Spanish tapas spot, Malagon. Must try: The potato omelet. Lastly, don't miss 167 Raw...they have the most fabulous tuna burger and lobster roll.
What are some must-see sights and activities in the city?
Take a day trip to Mount Pleasant for some outdoor activities and great food. Walk on the beach on Sullivan's and then grab some fish tacos or a burger and Poe's Tavern. Named after Edgar Allen Poe, its is a cozy spot by the fire in the winter months or an outdoor party spot during the summer. On your way back to town, go for a paddle on Shem Creek in a kayak or on a paddleboard, and enjoy incredible views of the harbor and ocean. Finish your day with oysters and fried chicken at the new Post House in the Old Village of Mt Pleasant. Recently opened by former Fat Radish owner, Ben Towill, this is a new must-visit in town.
Are there any hidden treasures in the area that most tourists don't know about?
One of the most beautiful spots in Charleston is in the most unexpected place, Magnolia Cemetery. Ride through paths with spanish moss dripping from the trees, and dream about the lives people lead starting in the 1700s; including James Hampden Small.
What should someone be sure to pack on their trip?
A versatile dress and enough accessories to make it work for day or night. And don't forget a cute swimsuit for the beach.