Skirt shops around: May


It’s time to break out your white jeans, sundresses and sandals. Refresh your closet, your makeup bag or your home with a shopping trip to these new or expanded stores.

Alliea, 344 King St.
Kathryn Murray Dickinson says she founded this clean makeup store because she was tired of being sick and tired. After being diagnosed with severe adult allergies, the beauty industry executive wanted to find high-end clean skin care products, so she opened her first Aillea store in Denver. The Charleston store, which opened on King Street in April, is the company’s fourth. It features Charleston-based RMS Beauty, Maya Chia and other all-natural skin care lines. The store will offer waxing and other services.

Tres Carmen, 320 W. Coleman Blvd.
Local trendy boutique Tres Carmen opened its third location in April at the Shops of Mt. Pleasant. Their other locations are on James Island and in Freshfields Village at Kiawah.

Maris DeHart Cabana, 32 Vendue Range
Maris DeHart debuted its Cabana store in March. The resort shop, which is next door to the Maris DeHart boutique, features swimwear, sunglasses, beach blankets, beach bags – everything you need for a tropical vacation or summer spent on the beach.

Rhodes Boutique, 92 Folly Road
The high-end clothing and gift shop in South Windermere Shopping Center recently underwent a major renovation. The boutique specializes in monogramming and custom embroidery. It celebrated its 18th anniversary in March.

Cannonborough Collective, 185-A St. Philip St.
Charleston Weekender Liz Martin and Tiny Tassel designer Mimi Striplin celebrate the first anniversary of their joint venture, Cannonborough Collective, in May by throwing a Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo party. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5.

Steven Shell, 640 Coleman Blvd.
Steven Shell has expanded its furniture showroom to 25,000 square feet, more than doubling their space. The store is marking its fifth anniversary this month.

Gal Meets Glam
Charleston-based blogger Julia Engel is debuting her first Gal Meets Glam collection of feminine, classic dresses. The dresses are available at her website,, and at select Nordstrom stores.