NEWS – Essentially Charleston, an online shop dedicated to sharing the essence of the city via its makers, artisans, and designers, announced its grand opening today. Filled with beautiful, carefully curated handcrafted items and products made, built or designed in the Charleston region, offers buyers an opportunity to shop local online—everything made here for you. Shopping locally is more important than ever, especially if you can do it safely and trust that the products originate in Charleston.

“Shoppers want to buy sustainable, long-lasting, meaningful gifts this year,” says Sunny Gray, Founder of Essentially Charleston. “You can give an awesome gift (to someone else or yourself!), support local artisans, makers and designers, and donate to Lowcountry Local First (our nonprofit partner) with every purchase. And, you can do all of that while sipping coffee in your robe and slippers!” offers a curated collection of home & garden goods, kitchen & pantry items, fashion & lifestyle products, and essential gift boxes. “We anticipate robust corporate gifting this year,” Gray says. “Companies want to show their gratitude to both clients and colleagues with thoughtful gifts.”

And Essentially Charleston is more than an online shop; it’s a place to share the stories of the city’s makers, to find delicious local recipes and to uncover Charleston tidbits in the online journal and weekly newsletter.

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Essentially Charleston is dedicated to promoting local makers, artisans and designers. The online shop offers quality, fine-crafted products for discerning shoppers looking for sustainable, bespoke items. Essentially Charleston donates a portion of every sale to Lowcountry Local First, a 501(c)3 that cultivates an economy anchored in local ownership, because local-independent businesses are the cornerstone of our culture, economy, and character.

Jordan Amaker
Director of Marketing & Communications
Director of Marketing & Communications