Editor’s Itin­er­ary

Where Charleston - - CONTENTS -

When you’re short on time, we sug­gest one es­sen­tial at­trac­tion to see in Charleston.

You haven’t been to Charleston un­less you’ve me­an­dered through the dense stalls of crafty, or­nate and some­times strange wares of lo­cal mak­ers and en­trepreneurs. Sweet­grass bas­kets, of West African tra­di­tion and made by res­i­dent Gul­lah ar­ti­sans, have be­come an iconic pur­chase. Other items found within this four-block stretch run the gamut from Topsy-Turvy Dolls and free-hand glass art to leather wal­lets and benne wafers. (In­deed, I’ve got a fa­vorite palmetto-painted clamshell or­na­ment I hang on my Christ­mas tree every year that I picked up here on my first visit.)

If you don’t make it to the mar­ket dur­ing your stay this time around, no wor­ries: With the land deeded as a mar­ket space into in­fin­ity, the Charleston City Mar­ket will al­ways be the place to get the most au­then­tic lo­cal goods. Open daily 9:30 am-6 pm and F-Sa 6:30 pm-10:30 pm. North and South Mar­ket streets be­tween Meet­ing East Bay streets.

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