By Hannah Dockery
Black Friday has come and gone, but if you’re like most laidback islanders, there are still many individuals left on your Christmas gift checklist. Instead of rushing through crowded department stores or fighting traffic downtown, take advantage of the shops and restaurants right outside your door. Shopping locally not only provides unique gift opportunities guaranteed to wow even the relative hardest to shop for, but it also helps boosts the state economy.
Almost Pink just opened on Sullivan’s Island, right in time for the holiday shopping season. The store is the fourth of the Almost Pink boutique, with sister stores in Spartanburg, Union, and Gaffney. Situated next to the Co-Op, Almost Pink is the perfect destination if you’re looking for gifts for fashionistas of all ages. Owner Sherry Gray is excited about all the store has to offer. “We have new shipments coming in all the time,” she says. “We have so many great things!” Specializing in women’s wear, the boutique offers hip and fun clothing and accessories. If a new outfit isn’t what you had in mine, Almost Pink has accessories around every corner. Jewelry, shoes, scarves, and hats accent the mannequins and add a little something extra to the stylish clothes. Stop in Almost Pink for your sister, mother, girlfriend, or best friend and she won’t be disappointed. “You can get all your Christmas gifts right here, without ever having to leave the island,” Gray says. “That’s what I love about it here. All the stores and restaurants offer something different.”
One of the most popular gift items this year at Almost Pink is the cross necklace. Styled up from the traditional vertical cross, this necklace features a horizontal cross that runs with the chain. “My daughter has one and wears it all the time,” Gray says. “She always gets compliments on it.” Celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Kourtney Kardashian, and Jennifer Lopez helped make the horizontal cross necklace popular, and designer jewelers sell the item for hundreds of dollars. At Almost Pink, the necklace is only $8 and looks just like what the stars are wearing. “You really can’t go wrong with this as a gift,” Gray says.
Another popular present at Almost Pink is the chevron sweater dress. Both comfortable and chic, the sweater dress is big again this year in the fashion world. Pair with tights and brown riding boots to complete the look that is perfect for a day of shopping, working, or a night downtown. The dress is $36.
Gray also recommends the JoJo Studded Flat for the shoe addict, for only $24. The loafer comes in burnt orange and features small gold studs at the toe of the shoe, which has become very trendy this fall and winter season. “The shoes are really popular,” she says. Because of the flat heel, the shoe is comfortable and casual enough to wear all day but the gold studs provide a dressy touch. The shoe is stylish and classy enough for ladies of all ages.
Before heading off the island to get your holiday shopping done, head over to Almost Pink and check out Sherry Gray’s selection. She will make sure to help you find the perfect gift and you will be supporting island business as well.
Almost Pink is located at 2019 C Middle Street. The boutique is open Monday – Saturday, 10 – 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/AlmostPinkOnSullivansIsland or call 883-9060.