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I found myself roaming the halls of the Francis Marion in search of Charleston ghosts when I wandered into my hotel’s gift shop, The General’s Store.  I did not discover “frights,” but many delightful treats and keepsakes of my beloved Charleston.  The store has Gullah Gourmet mixes to make my favorite dishes at home, such as “Shrimp & Grits.”  Also there are scented Rewined Candles that are hand made here in Charleston that light up the night and Jack-o’-lantern’s too. Of course, you can’t go wrong bringing home a few original jewelry pieces created right here in town.   My favorite souvenirs are the Hotel’s logoed wine, champagne and shot glasses.

Dressed in my costume, I went trick or treating at The General’s Store and was offered a pack of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish.  The goldfish on the pack were dressed like the Gentleman Pirate of days gone by in Charleston.  So; “Ahoy Me’ Maties” and have a Happy Halloween!”

 

437 King Street; http://www.facebook.com/proofcharleston

Upscale cocktails, craft beer and a selection of small plates which changes daily, make Proof the perfect place to visit again and again. Located just blocks away from the Francis Marion, this intimate new bar is just the sort of place to  kick back and visits with friends. I sampled a selection of homemade duck pate, pimento cheese and hummus, as well as some tasty house made boiled peanuts.

The “proof” was in the pudding…Proof will definitely be one of my favorite new places to fox around with friends!

270 King Street; http://www.riverstreetsweets.com/

I celebrated my advocacy for fair trade nuts and healthy living by visiting Market Street Sweets on KING STREET.   Pecans are my favorite go-to nut, but I never expected to find such a mouth-watering assortment of treats.  Glazed pecans, praline pecans, sugar “n” spice pecans, yummy pralines (sugar, cream & pecans all mixed together), fluffy nougat & pecan log rolls, hand-pulled peanut brittle and divinity.

Of course my favorite is the bear claws covered in dark, milk or white chocolate, with the best-tasting caramel ever.  Big, thick and oh-so delicious.  I don’t know which bear friend of mine thought this up, but I’m suspecting it was Teddy.  Hum…

 

 

Marion Square – Saturdays April – December; http://www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com/

I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I had last Saturday at the city’s Farmers Market!  I shopped for the best produce, foods, herbs, flowers and crafts from local artisans; all in an exciting community setting at beautiful Marion Square.  Did I mention the Market is just across the street from my hotel?  Try the breakfast crepes, they’re delicious!

Children had so much fun with my new pony friend featured here.  I watched kids dancing to the live music, running around and playing among all the festivities.  Hours are 8am-2pm until December 16.  Come join the farmers and growers and experience all the best the lowcountry has to offer.  Look for me there too!

     

258 King Street; http://carolinaonking.com/

Since the Gamecocks are unstoppable on the field, you need to stop in to their new visitor center located on King Street.  University of South Carolina fans no longer have to travel to Columbia to find official gamecock gear, it’s now in the heart of Charleston.  You can find Gamecock merchandise or college information for new students.  It’s also a great place for alumni to reconnect.  While I was there, I was able to catch up with “Cocky” and give him some inside scoop on the hottest spots on King Street.