GALLERY: Signs of Spring Street (Charleston, SC)

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One area of downtown Charleston, SC that has seen tremendous change and personality is Spring Street.? With the recent confirmed decision to make this a two way street and a number of small businesses laying claim to Spring Street as their home, we thought it would be a great time to pay homage to the eclectic personality that is Spring Street.

From the floral beauty of Tiger Lily to the robust smells of Eclectic Coffee and Bearded Cafe, Spring Street is a trendy residential hot spot.

This bustling street, populated by students, locals and business owners is always ready to provide you with an international experience with a Southern smile.

To the yoga studios, salons, restaurants, veggie markets, grocers, Asian cuisine owners and barber shops, we thank you for making Spring Street an experience for all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Spring Street part of your next downtown adventure.

 

 

In a Charleston Minute – Sangria, Fashion, Art and New Friends

Story by Mark A. Leon / Photo by Amy Rose Walter instagram @redrosevintageshop
Story by Mark A. Leon / Photo by Amy Rose Walter instagram @redrosevintageshop

“I kinda wish I was cool….Well If you’re looking for an answer it’s gonna be found on your own.? And if you’re looking for disaster you’ll find it not being alone” Johnny Delaware – Charleston Singer/Songwriter

Hidden behind the Southern class, slow spinning fans cooling the hot humid air, historic cobblestone roads and plantation mansions, pleasant palmetto landscape, whispering sails on the harbor and traditional polite demeanor lies a part of Charleston sweating in color and life.? It is a canvas of creativity, individualism and an expressive independence you might find in the urban havens of New York and Los Angeles.? It is a place where fashion reigns high, sangria flows into the soul and social and economic status have no place.? This is the part of Charleston you need to know about.

In a Charleston minute, you will feel something rich and rewarding.? In a Charleston minute, you will find a friend in a corner you never thought to look.? In a Charleston minute, you will share a story with a homeless man and forget they will be sleeping under the stars later on.

This is one of those stories.

It was a perfect autumn?Saturday?in Charleston.? Spring Street was alive with its eccentric population.? Still considered taboo by some and a thriving cultural awakening to others, you can always count on a unique sighting at each street corner.? From Wild Flour bakery to Sweet Radish to cans of malt liquor and cigarettes, Spring Street has an iconic feel no matter what side you are on.? On this morning, Red Rose Vintage Clothing, who shares a space with Wine Awesomeness, was hosting a Sangria and Vintage Clothing Sale.? At?9:30?in the morning, what better time to discover yourself in outfits that transcend the ticking clock and indulge in a fruity alcoholic delight.

Several outfits later behind a single black curtain and slimming mirror and a number of toasts to warm weather, wonderful friends and moments you never want to end, we had to depart.? Not without a smile and gracious thank you for the owner Amy Rose.

I returned several hours later, at the request of Amy Rose to share more sangria.? It was refreshing and the sun was still shining.

As I returned, I saw two girls leaning against the brick wall, with their trendy sunglasses, shirts and leggings and a look that screamed, “It will be alright.? It will all be alright.”? Kayleigh, with her tights, short skirt, hat, glasses, short hair and freckles stole the introduction as if she walked straight off the set of Perks of Being a Wallflower.? It didn’t take more than a few minutes to determine we would be BFF’s and eternal intellectual enemies for life.? As the best friend of Amy Rose, the two perpetrated the perfect odd ball relationship with one as the conservative business woman knee deep in business best practice books and the other the self proclaimed wild girl.? The third was a new addition to girls gone wine.? Lucia was found on the street wearing long black leggings and at that point enjoying a number of cocktails.? She was very proud of her boyfriend, local singer/songwriter Johnny Delaware as well as being a talented keyboardist.? After she changed and prettied herself up, she pranced out the door to Spring Street in her 3 inch heels and happily walked home.? We are sure later on she would lay in bed and be serenaded by her boyfriend and an acoustic guitar.

While taking in the sun in the outdoor patio area with a slight elevation made perfect for the setting of a band and dance party, we were greeted by an artist who designs and sketches names in 3D.? Whether he was homeless would not be determined.? We offered the gift of wine and company.? He declined as he had no money, but money would not be accepted here.? While he showed his works to Amy Rose, I examined Elton John vinyl and discussed the virtues of music, clothing and dreams.

 

The Spring Street Experience – An Urban Journey in Charleston

The Spring Street Experience is an urban shopping, lifestyle and dining experience built on patience and perseverance.? It is a journey that is a number of years in the making.? Spring Street has an eclectic mix of residents and bystanders from all walks of life.? With a melting pot of backgrounds, this street opens the door of possibility for a unique living and shopping experience.? Over the years a number of business has strategically plotted themselves on this evolving street.? Now, Spring Street has found a permanent home for shoppers and lifestyles for all needs.? From yoga, to wedding dress design, to Vietnamese food to vintage clothing, Spring Street has started a grass roots effort to continue expanding the evolution of Charleston.

With a comfortable and safe urban setting built for the upscale shopper, hipster or back packer, Spring Street is becoming one of the most unique and enlightening places to spend a day.

For years, Charleston has relied on a few neighborhoods to sustain its economic growth for locals and tourists.? From the Market to King Street, Charleston created consolidated fronts for shoppers and activity seekers to find refuge.? Now Spring Street is testing the boundaries and inviting you to expand your thinking and territory and experience this new thriving urban shopping and activity center.? Now with thirty plus establishments, Spring Street is thriving.

If you have not taken in the Spring Street Experience, now is the time.

Spring Street Experience Directory

Clothing and Design

Maddison Row Bridal Chic – 171 Spring Street

Innovative Interiors – Interior Design – 139 Spring Street

WED – Wedding Event Design – 123 Spring Street

Carolina Fine Art Framing – 76 Spring Street

Read Brothers – Stereo and Designer Fabric – 593 King Street (Corner of King Street and Spring Street)

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Food and Beverage

Wild Flour Pastry – 73 Spring Street

Parlor Deluxe – 207A St. Philips Street

Wine Awesomeness – 94 Spring Street

The Vegetable Bin – 96 Spring Street

Sunrise Bistro Xpress Restaurant – 116 Spring Street

Artisan Meat Share – 33 Spring Street

Bon Bahn Mi – A Vietnamese Sandwich Bar – 162 Spring Street

Cannon Green Restaurant / Wedding Reception Hall – 103 Spring Street

Octobachi – Sushi Bar – 119 Spring Street

Charlie’s Grocery on Spring – 119 Spring Street

Xiao Bao Biscuit – 224 Rutledge Avenue (Corner of Rutledge Avenue and Spring Street)

Sweet and Savory Cafe – 100A Spring Street

Seafood Alley – 35 Spring Street

Toyko Crepes – 62 Spring Street

Warehouse – 45 1/2 Spring Street

 

Art and Galleries

Sanavandi Art Gallery – 66 Spring Street

Karpeles Manscript Library / Gallery – 68 Spring Street

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Lodging

Not So Hostel – 156 Spring Street

 

Salon

Salon Vari – 101 Spring Street

 

Yoga

Mission Yoga – 125 Spring Street

Bikram Yoga Charleston – 137 President Street (Corner of President Street and Spring Street)

 

Florist

?Tiger Lily Florist – 131 Spring Street

Rose Florist – 117 Spring Street

 

Specialty – Sports / Body Art

Continuum Skate Shop – 49 Spring Street

Museum of Living Arts Body Piercing – 47 Spring Street