We may be in the digital age, but there is a deep-seated passion in the Lowcountry for the traditional, the personal and the handcrafted that these local artisans aren’t willing to part with. Here, we’ve highlighted a few folks who have a heart for creating with their own two hands. Whether it’s something delicious or a work of art (or both!), you’re bound to love what they’re putting out.
Sean Brock Recipe Book
Take Sean Brock’s Heritage recipe book, the cover of which is pictured in our gallery below, as one fine example. Within the book, nominated for a 2015 James Beard Award, the chef behind McCrady’s and Husk has made his favorite Southern recipes available to all. Find the book at Husk, 76 Queen St., Charleston, SC.
Nothing says “Charleston” quite like a hand-woven sweetgrass basket. There’s just something about a craft born of a tradition more than 400 years old that you won’t find in your average, machine-produced basket. Charleston City Market, 188 Meeting St., Charleston, SC
With a lovely appeal that perfectly crosses the artisanal and the elegant, these handmade, wine-scented candles, set into the bottoms of repurposed wine bottles, are absolutely characteristic of Charleston. 577 Meeting St., Charleston, SC
As Charleston develops and the buildings change, whether by renovation or fully deconstructed, this company has made it a mission to preserve those pieces of history. Using mostly reclaimed wood from Charleston itself, Landrum Tables handcrafts beautiful pieces of furniture with both heart and heart pine. 575 1/2 Meeting St., Charleston, SC
American Classic Tea
This local tea is grown at the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island, the nation’s only functioning tea plantation. Snag one of its six great flavor varieties as either loose-leaf tea or individual teabags. 6617 Maybank Hwy., Charleston, SC
If you love a great cocktail, but never quite learned to mix one up yourself, rest easy and leave it to the pros. Made by actual Charleston bartenders, Bittermilk’s mixer compounds make crafting your favorite drinks at home easy. See its website for a number of Lowcountry stores where the compounds are available.
Sideshow Press Stationery
Working on vintage presses in historic downtown Charleston, the ever-creative folks at Sideshow Press offer everything from colorful journals and quirky postcards to custom letterpress printing. They’ve even designed some cool tote bags to carry it all home in. 9 Cannon St., Charleston, SC
Handcrafted in Charleston from all-natural, carefully chosen feathers, Brackish Bowties are unique, charming and classy. They truly do capture the Southern-gentleman style at its utmost. See the Brackish website for its products, which also include plum thicket pins.
Geechie Boy Mill
Stone-ground in an authentic 1945 gristmill and made from quality heirloom corn, Geechie Boy grits are a Lowcountry local favorite. With top-notch grains and a traditional approach, this is Southern comfort food done right! 2995 Highway 174, Edisto Island, SC
Old Charleston Joggling Board Co.
The Lowcountry is home to countless beautiful porches and lovely gardens, and for well over 100 years, these fun, delightful, wobbly benches have been a staple for both. Get one for your own garden and take home a piece of Southern charm. 650 King St., Charleston, SC
Charleston Shoe Company
With its slogan, “The Cobblestones to Cocktails shoe,” Charleston Shoe Company certainly takes its inspiration straight from the Lowcountry. Designed for the fashionable, modern woman, these shoes are made comfortable, durable and, above all, stylish. 161 King St., Charleston, SC
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
A true Charlestonian loves nothing better than a doughy, buttery biscuit just like Mama used to make, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. Callie’s owner Carrie Morey has brought her mother’s recipe to the neighborhood, and you can eat them here AND take some home. 476 1/2 King St., Charleston, SC
Dancin’ Goat Skin Care
Visiting the Lowcountry can feel like a breath of fresh air, and you can bring that stress-free feeling home. Using real goat’s milk and quality ingredients, Dancin’ Goat soaps and lotions provide natural nourishment and healing to your skin. See its products at its website or Saturdays at the Charleston Farmers Market, Marion Square, King and Calhoun streets, Charleston, SC.
Take fine-quality couverture chocolate, a hands-on artisanal approach and the type of creative vision that brings port wine and chipotle peppers all into a mix of ingredients, and you’ve got some of the best chocolates and bonbons the Lowcountry can offer at Sweeteeth. Find the online retailer's products in the Charleston area at: Blackbird Market on Johns Island; Pearl, Robot Candy and The Coastal Cupboard in Mount Pleasant; and, EVO Pizzeria and Mixson Market in North Charleston.
This incredible Charlestonian painter-designer uses vibrant colors in striking floral images that deftly capture the whimsy and beauty of the Lowcountry. With everything from original artwork, to pillows, to lunchboxes available, she offers something for everyone. See her products at the Lulie website; the online artist/retailer is also available by appointment Mon-Fri at Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St., Charleston, SC.
High Wire Distilling Co.
Dedicated to using high quality ingredients and artisanal methods that live up to Charleston’s great culinary reputation, High Wire is crafting exceptional small-batch spirits, each as creative as the next. Try its Hometown Vodka for a martini or its Belonger’s Rum in a whiskey sour. 652 King St., Charleston, SC