5 Small Businesses We Love in Charleston

With the holidays approaching, it’s time to start thinking about gift giving. Charleston’s small businesses make it easy to ensure you’ve got everything on your list for family and friends. What a better way to support local than checking out the Charleston’s premier small businesses that will surely have something for everybody on your list!

The Tiny Tassel (Downtown Charleston)

Whether you need a gift for an occasion or are simply looking to add a cute accessory for your brunch outfit, The Tiny Tassel has you covered. Located in Downtown Charleston, Mimi Striplin’s flagship boutique offers a selection of handmade earrings, accessories, and gifts. Opened in 2021, The Tiny Tassel is known for their brightly colored, handmade tassel style earrings made by Striplin’s mother Keiko who studied at Bunka Fashion College of Tokyo, making this a Black and Asian Women Owned Business. This one stop shop is sure to have something for everyone on your list, including yourself.

Pilates of Charleston (Mt. Pleasant)

Charleston is slowly becoming one of the Southeast’s destinations for the active types and adventure seekers. Look no further than Pilates of Charleston. Owner and lead instructor Katie Sovenyhazy has created a one of kind space to get you sweating and working hard, while also feeling welcome and part of the family. Pilates combines strength and conditioning with the gentle-on-your body Pilates method using a variety of tools and accessories which provides low to no impact that can negatively affect joints and bones. They offer group classes, private sessions, and duet session so grab a friend and a reformer and challenge your body and mind.

Straccio Rico (Mt. Pleasant)

Cute bags for a cause? Sign us up! Straccio Rico is a boutique specializing in handmade Colombian Wayuu Mochila Bags. Designed and woven in Colombia, these aren’t just handbags, they tell a story of empowering women through fashion. Starting in 2018, Straccio Rico began working with artisans in the La Guajira peninsula of Colombia to craft and sell the Wayuu Mochila bags in exchange for providing resources to the poverty-stricken community in La Guajira. When you purchase a bag, you are giving back to a community in need. They make the perfect accessory with their vibrant colors and designs that match the ambiance of the Lowcountry!

Palmetto Suns Detailing (Charleston)

Need to clean out your car, but don’t feel like it? Maybe your carpool as turned your mom-mobile into a danger zone of food messes and stains? Or perhaps you’d like to ceramic coat your car to fight the ever-changing weather in the Lowcountry? Palmetto Suns Detailing is your answer! Bringing over 15 years of car restoration experience, owner Van Patterson hopes to bring his experience to the Lowcountry and take the struggles out of cleaning and protecting your car. Call today for an estimate and compare prices of the different services offered. Whether you need a simple interior detail or are looking to protect your car’s paint, Palmetto Suns Detailing is the one stop shop for you!

Sugar Bakeshop (Downtown Charleston)

I first discovered Sugar Bakeshop when my husband was going to Nuclear Power School and I was in search of the perfect carrot cake for my birthday. I instantly fell in love with Sugar’s cakes, pies, and baked goods. Whether you need a custom cake for a special occasion or are just stopping in for a sweet treat, Sugar is your place. As their motto states: small batch from scratch. They also offer allergen friendly treats, be sure to call ahead and follow their social media to stay up to date on their daily offerings.

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