Category Archives: retail

Southern (Retail) Love – The Southern Curator

The Southern Curator in Town Center, Mt. Pleasant

The Southern Curator in Towne Centre, Mt. Pleasant

Cuteness, right?

Latest fav Charleston store that I adore, absolutely adore. Unfortunately (or fortunately, because I fear I would have bought them out of all their stock!), they were closed when we walked by one Saturday night. Even love the name – The Southern Curator.

Great gifts, recycled and vintage artifacts (if I remember correctly, there was the way coolest vintage tiny tricycle in the front – WANT!). Also yumbly candles, soaps and scents.

I hear from my shopping mall sources that this retail venue may be moving. Hope The Southern Curator finds footing somewhere just as accessible as Mount Pleasant’s Towne Centre!

‘Cuz, I will be there…this time when they’re open!

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Change of Season, the East Village’s latest enchantment

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble, indeed! There’s a magical new retail spot poised to cast its spell on the East Village. Change of Season, an upscale boutique ensconced in half of the old Enchantments witchcraft shop on East 9th Street, opened its doors for business this Fashion Week, conjuring up cool European designer duds for discount dollars. I dropped in about week ago on my friend and co-owner Clinton Curtis-Querci, who was putting the finishing touches on the adorable space. Clinton kindly showed me the tricks of his new trade: ethereally high fashion pieces from Vivienne Westwood, Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Dries Van Noten, Margiela and Galliano, all lovingly curated from a season previous and all magically marked at 50 to 70% off normal boutique retail prices.

Clinton and partner Marco Querci-Curtis, both fashion world denizens (Clinton from a video background, Marco from Banana Republic as Director of Accessories) have assigned the space a delicious boutique hotel lobby feeling replete with matte blackened vintage luggage, a brass concierge trolley cart and a black and gilded motif with a coordinating chandelier and display cases. The tiny spot is well on its way to summoning a cult following: write-ups already have appeared on The Thread on nbcnewyork.com and racked.com. From little black dresses to one-off jewelry pieces, Change of Season is a designer outlet done right for the time we’re in.

Is it sorcery or the supernatural that the duo can find such great fashions for such super prices? Glamour yourself over to 341 East 9th between 1st and 2nd to find out. No eye of newt necessary.