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What could be more fun than snacking while shopping? Few things, if you ask me. Add a glass of wine to the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for retail paradise. Such is the case with Charleston Wine + Food Festival favorite, the Shop, Sip + Savor event. Each year participating King Street stores open their doors and pull out gourmet goodies for a delicious shopping experience. And since this is the Festival’s seventh anniversary, this year each store will be featuring a “Lucky 7” contest and offering up a special prize.

To differentiate which stores are involved, many deck their windows in Festival-themed displays. Last Friday afternoon I had the opportunity to help judge these window masterpieces and while there were many strong contenders—well done Bob Ellis Shoes, Annes, Cos Bar, and Bull Street Gourmet—there could only be one winner. And that prize went to...Copper Penny! The women’s clothing boutique (and last year’s winner) doubled their creative efforts for 2012 by taking the Charleston Wine + Food posters and making them into dresses and tops. Stop by to get a better look at the fantastic display.

As for the Shop, Sip + Savor event, it takes place Friday, March 2, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets are still available. To find out more, click here.

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