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Lower King Street, Charleston

Charleston , South Carolina
A'Riga IV

204 King Street
Charleston , South Carolina
Tel: 843 577 3075

Geo. C. Birlant & Company

191 King Street
South Carolina 29401
Tel: 843 722 3842

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Ben Silver Charleston

149 & 154 King Street
Charleston , South Carolina
Tel: 800 221 4671

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King Street is like tofu—it takes on the flavor of whatever neighborhood it's soaking in. Where it touches the College of Charleston, the businesses serve the drinking and late-night-eating needs of the student body. Storefronts along the tourist-heavy downtown area are mostly mall staples like Talbot's, Williams-Sonoma, and Banana Republic. But get to the homey stretch between Clifford and Broad, and you'll see remnants of the old, genteel Charleston reflected in a long string of independently owned antique stores and galleries. A'Riga IV stocks antique objets d'art like decorative brass saddle ornaments, 18th-century porcelain cameos, and even a colorfully painted Italian apothecary jar dated 1690. Head down the street a bit to George C. Birlant for English silver, crystal, and china from the 18th and 19th centuries. For more wearable art, head to Ben Silver, which has kept local dandies looking sharp since 1929. The shop is known for exquisite tailoring, brass buttons, and regimental striped ties; its tradition of sending a welcome gift to incoming presidents has netted many thank-you notes from Commanders in Chief from Truman forward.

A'Riga IV open Mondays through Saturdays 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Geo. C. Birlant & Company open Mondays through Saturdays 9 am to 5:30 pm.

Ben Silver Chalreston open Mondays through Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm, Sundays 12 to 5 pm.

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