by Susan Lucas
I can’t wait for C. Wonder to open. It’s Christopher Burch’s design-forward everything-under-the-sun shopping concept. And I do mean everything. Clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories, housewares, home décor, gifts and “delightful surprises at every turn.” When a company uses the phrase “our design teams create…” it’s original and I’m there!
C. Wonder replaced Puma at 285 King Street. Puma was never my first choice for athletic shoes because Mike at The Extra Mile is so nice, has what I need and never steers me wrong. Plus he doesn’t ask the obvious question, which is why do I need running shoes.
C. Wonder will open at 10:00 am on Friday, September 13 to much fanfare. You might want to cue up early, but just in case you miss it, they’ll do it again on Saturday. There are gifts for the first hundred customers each day, gifts with purchase, refreshments and something called a Wheel of Wonder that I want to spin. I’d like to buy an O, Pat, as in “Oh how nice, I won something wonderful!”
Too bad C. Wonder won’t be open in time for 2nd Sunday on King Street September 8th, but maybe we can peek in the windows that day. Speaking of 2nd Sunday, can you believe the 36th one is coming up? Mayor Riley has a long list of smart ideas to be proud of but this is one of the best. Everybody loves 2nd Sunday from the shops and restaurants that consider it one of their best days of the month, to the many locals who claim the street as their own for the day. Spot them because they bring dogs, have multiple child strollers or are looking for their family brick on the street between Wentworth and Charleston Place. It has only rained once at 2nd Sunday. I suspect Bill Walsh, Chief Meteorologist at Channel 5 may have something to do with it, or perhaps it’s a mayoral decree, or could it be from higher up? It is Sunday, after all.
I love 2nd Sunday because it’s so very King Street, and I love King Street. The concentration of literally hundreds of unique shops, restaurants and other businesses occurs nowhere else. 2nd Sunday is about discovering places you couldn’t discover before because you were ducking traffic and maneuvering narrow sidewalks. Many of my favorite places have frontage of no more than ten feet and are easy to miss on an average day. Some of are tucked down hallways like Sneaker or on the 2nd Floor like John Pope Antiques or the Yellow Door Gallery on Lower King. Some are just around the corner like Sam’s Closet and Christophe Chocolatier. Strolling without distraction makes all things findable.
People don’t use the closed-to-vehicles portion of King Street as a border on 2nd Sunday. They go to the Aquarium and the City Market, have brunch on Upper King and East Bay Street, take in the Gibbes or remember that Carolina’s has their favorite flounder. The fountain over at Waterfront Park seems busier with splashing, laughing, wet children. 2nd Sunday is a little reminder once a month to do all those things, and isn’t that just grand. See you September 8.