The accolades keep coming for Charleston.

Already named the top tourist destination in America, now it's on a tony list for shopping.

Right beside the glittering fame of Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles and Fifth Avenue in New York lies King Street as one of the 10-best shopping streets in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's online Travel page. Here's part of what it had to say about the storied retail corridor: "This historic avenue pulses with pedestrians in search of the perfect outfit or gift. Beautiful buildings house big-name brands like Apple and Banana Republic; however, it's the number of family-owned boutiques and male clothiers that really distinguishes King Street. ... Although King Street bustles with pastel-clad patrons particularly in the spring, you'll find Southern hospitality persists year-round."

Red-ribbon retailers

If you want to shop and let 10 percent of your purchase help someone with AIDS, this weekend is your chance.

The eighth annual Shopping With Friends kicks off Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gwynn's at 916 Houston Northcutt Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. With a $10 donation, you can sip on cocktails and preview items Friday that are up for auction on Saturday at the Riviera Theatre at 227 King St. in Charleston.

The Saturday brunch and live auction runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $45 per person.

More than 100 retailers and restaurants will donate 10 percent of every dollar you spend to support Lowcountry AIDS Services. For a complete list, go to

Local focus

Lowcountry Local First's fifth annual Buy Local, Be Local Bash takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in the Mom and Pop-up Shop at 359 King St. in downtown Charleston. Look for wine tastings by Bottles, a specialty cocktail by Social Restaurant and Wine Bar, and local flavors from the Glass Onion, Verde, Patat Spot and HoM. Music will be provided by The Local Honeys.

Holiday treat

The Holiday Farmers Market in downtown Charleston is set for Saturday through Dec. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays in Marion Square.

Broad brush

The new Eden Boutique & Gallery will have its grand opening from 5 to 9 p.m. today at 225 E. Washington St. in Walterboro. Owner Clint Eden of Varnville, with the help of store wares from siblings Angela, Lisa and Brian Eden and others, will offer art, antiques, upcycled furniture, homemade and recycled clothes, jewelry and other items in the 1,000-square-foot shop. The opening coincides with the Walterboro Art Crawl.

Gone dark

The Funky Little Kitchen, an eclectic restaurant at 5105 U.S. Highway 17 in Awendaw, has closed. Chef and co-owner Andy Harris said on the restaurant's Facebook page Tuesday: "It's with a very heavy heart that I have decided to close FLK. ... This is one of the hardest things to do." Also closed after a long run is Cappricio, a popular Italian restaurant at 1034 Chuck Dawley Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Jacques Bouguyon opened it in 1995.

Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524, or