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The Buzz: December 2017

The Buzz: December 2017
December 2017

The latest news in fashion and shopping around Charleston

Blu Dot’s “Real Good Chair” and “Stash Desk” ($299 and $399) and Alessi’s “Graves Bird Kettle” ($190) are among Iola Modern’s offerings.

Keeping it Casual

This fall, North Dakota-born women’s retailer Kittsona landed on King Street, making Charleston its first East Coast outlet (six other locations are scattered throughout the company’s home state, plus Minnesota and Texas). Boasting ”fashionable looks and skinny price tags,” Kittsona offers a fun mix of casual clothing, locally themed tees and home accessories, jewelry, and artwork. 348 King St.,

Modern Love

Businesses are beginning to open their doors in Park Circle’s new Marquis Station, and one of the first was Iola Modern, which debuted in a refurbished 1947 Quonset hut (just Google it). Neighborhood resident Steven Ortega—who counts Design Within Reach, Gucci, and Italian design companies Seletti and Alessi among his past employers—purveys upholstery pieces, case goods, lighting, and home accessories from modern brands including Blu Dot, Pablo Designs, and Gus Modern alongside outdoor furnishings from the likes of Fatboy and Fermob. 1021 East Montague Ave.,

Fur Fun

Another Park Circle neighbor opened a place in Marquis Station this fall: Carmela Orsini, who started Park Pets as a pop-up and farmers market booth in 2016, but only after ”immersing myself in the world of healthy dog and cat food by reading books, attending trade shows and seminars, and taking courses,” she says. Carefully selected eats now fill her brick-and-mortar alongside toys, shampoos, bedding, and accessories (including leashes and more by local company Pedro and Chi Chi). Take advantage of the self-service dog wash fashioned from a cast-iron tub found at the nearby Sustainable Warehouse. 1021 E. Montague Ave., Ste. 101, North Charleston;

Om for the Holidays

It’s a merry season indeed for lululemon fans East of the Cooper, as the yoga-inspired athletic-wear enterprise opened a holiday location in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre last month. The 3,673-square-foot space displaying tops, bottoms, and accessories (from mats and props to hats and headbands) for men and women is scheduled to remain open until January 31. Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, 1236 Belk Dr.;


Photographs (3) courtesy of Iola Modern