We have two great online stores, and two Downtown Charleston institutions (who happen to be neighbors) where you can find all sorts of cool gift ideas for the folks on your shopping list this year.
We are in the home stretch, and as such will be cramming more than three entries into each day of our Gift Guide. In our remaining four days we’ll probably abandon themes and suggest up to five things per day.
And then Friday we’ll post The Master List and then settle in for what comes close to passing for normal here in PopCult.
But for now, check out these cool retailers…
Rockin’ Pins started out as a jewelry company, making enamel pins of cool rock stars. They have expanded their range quite a bit lately, and in addition to pins they now make apparel, mugs, books, figures, pateches and tons of other cool things, and they don’t just feature rock bands or musicians anymore. I’m partial to their button-up shirts, myself.
Rockin’ Pins has been leading the way in helping to restore classic Max Fleischer and Gumby cartoons. You can even find DVD and Blu Ray releases of some of their Fleischer restorations at their website.
Plus they have a full range of merch based on Gumby and Fleischer’s KoKo The Clown, in addition to ultra-cool musicians like Bauhaus, The B-52s, Cab Calloway, Frank Zappa and others. They even have cool stuff with Groucho Marx available.
They straddle the multiverse of pop culture, bringing together The Little Rascals, Megadeth, Jac Mac and Rad Boy Go, Betty Boop and Pink Floyd, all under the same roof. You can find everything from Beavis and Butthead to Cheech and Chong, as well as Laurel & Hardy and The Three Stooges.
For a top-notch, brilliantly-curated selection of the cream-of-the-crop of nostalgic pop culture that blends classic animation, progressive rock, classic comedy, rock music and more, visit their website and look for the perfect gift for the folks on your list.
Retro A Go Go just makes cool stuff. Whether it’s jewelry, T shirts, parasols, tin signs, wallets, posters or giant Ben Cooper Halloween masks that you can hang on your wall, this is THE place that just epitomizes coolness. You can find designs by Doug P’Gosh, licensed Ford and Chevy stuff, Monster stuff, Betty Page clothing and decor and all sorts of the coolest things on their planet.
Lately they’ve created some really cool Tiny Terrors figures, plus ornaments based on Betty Page, Bela Lugosi’s Dracula and EC Comics’s three horror hosts.
These are the folks who began the craze of making cool, oversized Halloween masks. They have the wildest selection of those, and they also have cool plus throws now.
Not only do they cover the monster stuff with their Ghoulsville line, they also have the dangerously cute retro-sweet market cornered with their Sugarland lines.
Visit their website for the perfect gift for the coolest person on your holiday shopping list.
The Purple Moon
One of the pillars of the “Downtown Cool” places to shop in Charleston is The Purple Moon. Chuck and Connie Hamsher’s store is filled with Mid-century art, furniture, decor and design delights.
West Virginia’s only shop dedicated to vintage mid-century modern and contemporary design, furnishings, accessories, and art. Their store, tucked away at 817 Quarrier Street, right in the heart of downtown Charleston is a treasure trove of atomic age delights. Chuck and Connie Hamsher have created a terrific space where Charlestonians can finally find all that cool retro stuff that we see on the Home & Garden channel when they do a post-modern weekend.
The Purple Moon has been featured in PopCult since our first year blogging, and in that time we’ve seen them move to new locations twice as they expand and improve their mission to preserve the coolest stuff of the past seventy years for our enjoyment and enlightenment.
Or course, we’re mentioning The Purple Moon here because you ought to be able to find great gifts for anyone on your list among their offerings. Whether you’re looking for Blenko glassware, small or large pieces of art, furniture or any sort of cool knick-knackery, chances are you’ll find it here. Check their Facebook page for hours and more info.
A Downtown Charleston fixture, nestled on the corner of Quarrier and Hale Streets, Art Emporium is a go-to location for art, art supplies, small and cool physical objects and all your framing needs.
In addition to notepads, calendars gift cards, paperweights and other cool gift ideas, Art Emporium always has incredible art on display in their gallery.
Several area artists sell their work through Art Emporium, and if you can’t figure out what gift to give, you can purchase a gift certificate and shift the burden onto the artistic-minded person on your holiday shopping list.
Art Emporium is located at 823 Quarrier Street in Charleston, and they’re open Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday from 10 AM until 4 PM. I would expect them to have some extended hours through the holidays. Check their website and Facebook page for more details.