Front Street Finds

  • Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Ashley DesMarteau/For The Times Oyster rags and knives from Black Mingo help fans enjoy the succulent seafood.


We just did a “White Elephant” exchange with my in-laws. A whimsical painting from a local auction seemed like the perfect choice. It was intended to be a joke — but they have such eclectic taste that they immediately fell in love with it. Foiled again! They have traveled the world and lived aboard, so quite naturally their home is a reflection of those unique experiences. Creatively displayed gifts from all the graduate students they’ve hosted from foreign lands blended with treasures they picked up for themselves as reminders of family vacations and adventures together. An eclectic mix, but what pulls it all together is that every piece has a story.

Holidays are the perfect time to give gifts with deeper meaning; some may remind us of special times during the year, or provide inspiration and encouragement. I’ve found a few that are “uniquely Up Front” and each has a great story to tell. So if you are still searching for one-of-a-kind gifts for holiday giving, look no further than Up Front.

I’ve misplaced jewelry before, but never something so fabulous as a diamond broach like Julia Kaminski. After hearing stories about the character she was, I’m still wondering if it really was misplaced, or if it was Miss Julia having the last word. After her death, this beautiful treasure was discovered pinned in to the fabric on her dressing table. Now it sits safely in a bank vault, but a limited number of historic reproductions were made and are sold at the Kaminski House Museum Gift shop, Julia’s, at 1003 Front Street.

Tis the season for oyster roasts — truly a feast for the senses! Feeling the steam of those oysters right off the fire, soaking up the sweet Lowcountry liquor as we wiggle to coax that little beauty out of its shell, then savoring that one perfect bite; I’m convinced there is no better gathering anywhere on earth, than an Oyster Roast. Black Mingo at 709 Front Street has some great Carolina made items to slip into your favorite sportsman’s stocking. Locally crafted Oyster Rags made with heavy duty wax cotton perfectly pairs with oyster knives forged from old railroad spikes. Shucking in style! When two of Georgetown’s daughters went off to college this fall, their mothers were conflicted with their feelings of being proud, anxious, and of experiencing the blues of an empty nest. Old friends, the Mothers relied on one another to get through this time without their girls. When they found the Latitude & Longitude bracelets at the Sly Fox, 712 Front Street, they knew they’d found the perfect gift. At only $20, the bracelets were a gentle reminder to the girls of where they were from, and that no matter how far they spread their wings, Georgetown would always be their hometown. These bracelets make a lovely gift for anyone who is missing being home, or who wants to proudly show everyone where they’re from.

Off Front Street next to Independent Seafood, Dick Newcomb captains a fleet of colorful boats. They’re all handcrafted from western cedar and are used as planters and displays. Newcomb is looking forward to working with local non-profits to use the boats as fundraisers and is willing to customize the colors to suit each group. Each boat costs $160 and would make an ideal gift for the happy gardener on your list. Stop by and choose a favorite. Pop inside for a sneak peek of Newcomb’s exciting plans for the building.

Uniquely Front Street — it’s easy to find something for everyone on your list. Make it your business to keep it local.

Note: While you may have already picked up your selections, these ideas can help you find local gifts with style.

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