There’s nothing like January in NYC to get you dreaming warmer pastures. And now that Pink Chicken has opened up a Charleston store, you have the perfect excuse to head south! The brand’s playful prints and cheery colors couldn’t be a better fit for this charming, historic city known for its Southern hospitality, family-friendly activities and totally crave-worthy food.
Pink Chicken’s latest shop (the brand’s fourth) is right in the mix of the boutique scene on King Street and showcases its breezy aesthetic in every square foot. Throw in some Stella Cove swimsuits–a new Pink Chicken collaboration for spring ’15–and you’ve got all the pieces you need for the perfect warm-weather getaway.
Whether you’re getting some traveling in before baby arrives, or heading south with your little ones in tow, here’s Pink Chicken founder and designer (and mom of two!) Stacy Fraser’s definitive guide to Charleston, South Carolina.
Hotel. If it’s a romantic trip with my husband, it would have to be Zero George. The historic property has a fabulous restaurant and the setting can’t be beat. If the kids are coming, Belmond Charleston Place would be my choice. It’s right across the street from our store and their pool is a great afternoon spot for the children to splash around.
Coffee Shop. Black Tap Coffee is near our store and a great spot for quick meetings or quiet computer time.
Baby/Kids shopping. Check out the Preservation Society store for gifts from Charleston-based businesses, like coloring books of the city, handmade dolls and delicious treats. Sugar Snap Pea is a great store for baby gear, clothing, books and toys. Magnifilous Toy Emporium is a dream for kids with a carousel in the window, and shelves upon shelves of toys, gifts, puzzles and other games. My girls beg us to visit this store every time we are in town!
Restaurant with kids. It’s a little drive from downtown proper, but Taco Boy is a Mexican restaurant with an outdoor patio and a delicious menu. If you’re looking for amazing pizza, Monza is the spot for thin crust pies and cold Italian beers. For bowling, arcade games and foosball, try The Alley. It’s the perfect spot to watch games on TV, enjoy a beverage and let the kids run free!
Restaurant without kids. FIG is always a treat on a date night. Mike Lata is a James Beard award-winning chef and serves up great farm-to-table fare. If French fare is what you’re after, Chez Nous is an intimate spot off the beaten path offering a prix fixe menu that changes daily. For something a little less formal, we love Indaco for Italian – think brussel sprout pizza and the best burrata you’ve ever had. For brunch, slide into one of the comfy booths at The Rarebit. Husk is also a favorite — it was the first restaurant I visited on my very first Charleston trip and I manage to stop by every time I’m in town. If you can’t make it for lunch or dinner it’s definitely worth a trip to their bar for the famous Dragon Punch!
Clothes shopping (for you). Hampden Clothing (and its sister store James) is a great spot for splurging on top designer items from Alexander Wang, Suno, Rag & Bone and more. Worthwhile is a great spot for avant-garde designers (think Rick Owens, Isabel Marant & Junya Watanabe). Of course, Pink Chicken has women’s clothing and accessories as well!
Beauty spot. I like to visit the Spa at Belmond Charleston Place for a facial then a trip to Elysium around the corner from our store for a salon visit. For products, try Cos Bar for a high-end selection of makeup and skincare lines or Blue Mercury for top brands.
Activity to do with kids. We like to visit Hazel Parker playground on East Bay Street. There’s a great playground, tennis courts and soccer field for running free. The Charleston Aquarium is a great spot for seeing indigenous sea creatures and it’s right on on the harbor in town. The Children’s Museum has interactive exhibits, an art room, pirate ship and toddler area – a great spot for rainy days. Finally, we typically walk through the Historic City Market to explore the open air booths and shop the local artisan products.
Dose of Fresh Air. A quick drive over the bridge through Mt. Pleasant and you’ll arrive at the most beautiful beach on Sullivan’s Island. Set up a picnic then walk through Fort Moultrie for a little dose of history. Stop by Poe’s before you leave the Island for a delicious burger or fish taco.
Secret spot. Hampton Park is a beautiful green space in town and the largest park on the Peninsula. Designed by John Olmstead, it is full of beautiful flower beds, a large pond and wooded trails. After a walk and some play, we head to Park Café for an early dinner on the picnic benches outside.
Photography by Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer.