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Treasures Await in North Charleston's Shopping Centers

Bob Gillespie Bob Gillespie
Bob is a former sports writer at Columbia’s The State newspaper. He enjoys golf at South Carolina’s 360-plus courses, and after a round, sampling craft beers from the Palmetto State’s breweries.
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Let’s get North Charleston’s shopping “big dog” covered first: Tanger Outlets, a national chain of mega shopping malls, offers the convenience of centralized buying in one relatively compact location, with a vast number of stores and, in many cases, discounted prices. Doesn’t everyone love to satisfy their shopping gluttony by wandering from store to store to store to … you get the picture?

North Charleston’s Tanger Outlets is a sprawling mall with 85—yes, we counted—stores offering a broad range of clothing, food and other products. From A (Adidas) to Z (Zale’s), this mall has everything you could want, and probably quite a few things you don’t. But admit it: It’s always fun to stroll the grounds and see what’s available, isn’t it?

Then there’s the other end of the shopping spectrum—small boutique shops that cater to eclectic tastes and desires. For that, North Charleston offers Olde Village, with a smaller but still wide-ranging selection of consumer items for all ages, tastes and sizes.

Consider, for example, The Pink Crocodile, a locally owned boutique with gifts, décor and apparel—all with a Southern theme. The shop even offers football fan gear. After all, it’s always football season (or preseason) in South Carolina.

Also located in Olde Village is Roadside Blooms, a full-service floral design studio and retail shop. Want to design your own bouquet? Blooms offers classes in floral arrangement, making use of local flowers in doing so. The shop also sells handmade bath items, jewelry and more.

Another unique OV shop is Iola Modern, the Charleston area’s one-stop spot for modern and mid-century furniture. Design services also are available.

If hunger strikes while you’re shopping, step into the Olde Village Market and Deli, where they serve up select meats, cheeses, beer and other items, along with ice cream and sandwiches.

North Charleston’s other centrally located shopping area is The Station Park Circle, a marketplace with more than 30 vendors selling reclaimed and vintage furniture. Here you'll find Park Pets, a pet supply shop that locals know is the place for “pet foodies,” selling gourmet pet food, treats, toys and the like.

Olde Village and Park Circle offer a variety of unique products and a relaxed vibe. If that’s your shopping thing, you’ve found the place. For binge shopping and window-shopping at its most complete, Tanger is ready when you are.

Bob Gillespie
Bob is a former sports writer at Columbia’s The State newspaper. He enjoys golf at South Carolina’s 360-plus courses, and after a round, sampling craft beers from the Palmetto State’s breweries.