The Fall Upper King Design Walk saw wide-open doors, gracious store owners, and social locals celebrating Charleston’s artsiest district. We kicked things off on the northern reaches of the street, where King Street Kitchen Company showed off their shiny new German kitchen. They also had some scrumptious cupcakes and a cute chalkboard sign-in on a refrigerator. A flexible gal showed off her yoga moves in the window of Charleston Power Yoga, and down the street at Lesesne, owner Barbara Lesesne greeted guests with a smile and glasses of wine. Across the street, folks literally hung out in closets — albeit spacious ones — at California Closets while sipping Sam Adams’ Octoberfest beer and enjoying music from an acoustic guitarist. We scaled the slippery steps above the Silver Dollar to take a peek at local designer Sarah Maxwell’s wares, then checked out the art selection at Aster Hall.
Down the street, Seeking Indigo held their grand opening — Mayor Joe Riley had performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony there earlier in the evening. Though it has a similar hippie vibe as the previous tenants, Putumayo, the selection is much more eclectic, and the back rooms of the place are shockingly new. Pushing through the thick crowd and a beautiful carved wood-paneled doorway, we discovered a dimly-lit oasis in the back of the store. A tent-like room held a bar, then a much larger space next to that — which we’re assuming will be used for the pilates practice — held drummers and revelers. Across the street at Siematic — last spring’s Design Walk star — walkers still seemed impressed with the luxury of the designer kitchens, not to mention the cocktails made from an innovative blend of Octoberfest beer, ginger liquor, ginger ale, and orange juice.
The Design Walks consistently display the best of our city: innovative design, appreciative shoppers, and friendly, helpful store owners. As always, we can only hope that more weekday evenings can be as lively on Upper King.