Is there anything better than a shopping event in a store that feels more like a stylish, bohemian home, stocked with regionally made and fair trade products? Add locally sourced oysters and cocktails handcrafted by Charleston’s own Jeremiah Schenzel and you have your answer. On April 6, Charlie teamed up with Washington D.C.’s Salt & Sundry and Rappahannock Oyster Bar, as well as Charleston’s The Indigo Road Hospitality and Consultation to create "Sip & Shop."
While perusing Salt & Sundry’s products, attendees sipped on artisanal cocktails crafted by Schenzel, Beverage Director for The Indigo Road; however, attendees didn’t just enjoy drinks. Rappahannock Oyster Bar provided fresh oysters and small bites to complement Schenzel’s cocktails.
Rappahannock Oyster Bar owners and cousins, Ryan and Travis Croxton, say on their website that “it’s always been about more than just oysters for us. It’s about good people doing great things.” And these cousins will soon be doing great things in Charleston when they open a location in the Cigar Factory this fall.
Salt & Sundry owner, Amanda McClements, fills her store with vintage finds, dinnerware, and one-of-a–kind tables handmade by her father. In addition to these home goods, McClements stocks the pantry with small batch foods and craft cocktail ingredients including Charleston’s Jack Rudy cocktail mix. A passion for hospitality is at the heart of every product selected by McClements in Salt & Sundry.
We don’t know if it was Salt & Sundry’s inspired space, Schenzel’s cocktails, or the passion of Rappahannock Oyster Bar, but one thing was clear: it doesn’t matter where you are, good people and good food can always come together to make a memorable afternoon.
Words by Justine Hall
Photo by Emma McAlary