5 Small Businesses to Visit on Your Next Trip to Charleston

by Amalee Brown

Charleston visitors have their favorite spots to visit, and newcomers frequently flock to places like Waterfront Park, The Battery and King Street. These hotspots are undoubtedly beautiful and interesting, but if you really want to get a feel for the heart and soul of Charleston, head to one of the local neighborhoods.

One such place is the Cannonborough / Elliotborough neighborhood, which is located just one block off King Street. Don’t miss the unique restaurants, shops and hidden gems.

Mac & Murphy

Mac & Murphy, Charleston, S.C.

photo by Mac & Murphy

Mac & Murphy is your one-stop shop for birthday cards, thank you cards and all celebrations. More than just a card store, it is also the perfect place to pick up a gift or trendy home decor items.

Tucked away in the back half of the shop is a custom stationary workshop and in-house graphic design studio for all your personalized needs.  74 ½ Cannon St., Charleston


Warehouse, Charleston, S.C.

photo by Warehouse

From the outside it would be easy to pass by this cold, grey building, but you will not want to miss what is inside. Warehouse is the Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood’s favorite local bar.

Not too far removed from the hustle of King Street, the corner of Spring and St. Philip streets is the perfect place to grab a drink where cool and casual meets fun and trendy. 45 Spring St., Charleston

Sugar Bakeshop

Sugar Bakeshop, Charleston, S.C.

photo by Sugar Bakeshop

Everyone loves a sweet treat, and Sugar Bakeshop is the perfect place to pop in for a cupcake, cookie or coffee. In addition, Sugar is available to create unique and delicious desserts for special occasions and events.

Find Sugar on Cannon Street and make sure to check out the courtyard, the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. 59 ½ Cannon St., Charleston


Flowershop, Charleston, S.C.

photo by Flowershop

Walking into Flowershop, you are instantaneously greeted by the sweet smell of fresh flowers. This small neighborhood spot is the perfect place to pick up a fresh bouquet of flowers for the dinner table or a gift for someone special.

The shop owner, Lily, is always happy to welcome you in and help you with all your floral needs and questions. 125 ½ Spring St., Charleston

The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl, Charleston, S.C.

photo by The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

This relatively new coffee shop is more than just a great place to grab a latte. Eclectic also offers a wide selection of vinyl records that bring you back to a nostalgic age. The vintage, retro vibe mixed with a kick of caffeine is the perfect place to chat with a friend or get some work done. 132 Spring St., Charleston