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The Buzz - May 2020

The Buzz - May 2020
May 2020

Virtual toy shopping and locals helping locals





Rhodes Boutique‘s ”Quarantine Kit” for children

Baskets of Fun

Rhodes Boutique is featuring “Quarantine Kits” for adults and children, baskets including books and stickers to help keep young ones entertained and wine glasses and popcorn to help adults stay calm and nourished. The women’s clothing and gift shop also has dedicated a section of its website to “Quarantine Fun at Home,” with puzzles and cocktail cookbooks. Rhodes is offering free shipping on its website, local delivery, and curbside pickup from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. [92 Folly Road Blvd., rhodesboutique.com]

Little Wonder

Parents and caregivers looking for ways to engage their children while schools are closed are getting a helping hand from local toy shop Wonder Works, which debuted a virtual tour of its Belle Hall Shopping Center location. Shoppers get a 360-degree view of the store created by local company H3 Photography and can click on select toys to watch a video demonstration. Wonder Works has four Charleston-area locations and features puzzles, arts and crafts, books, and stuffed animals, as well as popular brands such as Melissa & Doug, Lego, and L.O.L. Surprise. The store is offering no-touch curbside pickup and porch delivery. [wonderworkstoys.com]

Local Love

Shortly after stores began closing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Madison Simon, marketing director for Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant, created a public Facebook group called “Lowcountry Small Businesses in Quarantine,” inviting business owners to share ways others could help support them. “Whether it’s ordering takeout, making private appointments, or shopping online, let‘s lift each other up and form a strong community in a time of crisis,” she wrote. Posts include specials from Lina Rosa jewelry, Taxidermy leather goods, F45 training studios, Hushup & Hustle blender bombs, and multiple restaurants offering delivery and pickup. [916 Houston Northcutt Blvd., gwynns.com]

Artful Shopping

The Gibbes Museum of Art has launched an online store, featuring local and regional artists and exclusive collaborations as well as a “work of the week.” Shoppers can find scarfs, books, coffee mugs, notecards, and prints. Purchases are tax-free and help fund exhibitions and educational programming. [135 Meeting St., store.gibbesmuseum.org]