A Symbol of Southern Hospitality

A leisurely stroll along any of the charming and historic streets of the Charleston peninsula lend the eye and ear many enchanting sights and sounds. Glances to the left and right can reveal hidden gardens filled with sweeping ivy and the gentle sound of bubbling fountains. And there is always the faint clip, clop of horse’s hooves on cobblestoned streets. If you look closely enough, you may notice that one symbol in particular seems to pop up quite often, the pineapple. This has become ubiquitous to the Charleston area, but few know what the tiny emblem actually represents.

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Sprinkled all over downtown, pineapples can be spotted on doors, atop gates, adorning houses and even on some pieces of jewelry. So what’s the deal with these little fruits, and why are Charlestonians so obsessed with them? It’s because the pineapple has historically served as a symbol of Southern hospitality. According to Levins.com, pineapples were often the main attraction of the large and decadent centerpieces commonly found at extravagant Southern dinner parties. The fruit therefore came to represent the warmth of friendship that was shared at gatherings, as well as the prestige of being in attendance. Some Charlestonians will also tell you that pineapples use to be given as presents on someone’s doorstep, as a sign of friendship. As architects and dignitaries began to pick up on the symbol and what it represented, pineapples were soon incorporated into many of the architectural details in Charleston.

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The history of the pineapple explains the popularity of one of the most iconic, photographed spots in town. Visit the Pineapple fountain at Waterfront Park while sightseeing, or after a lovely dinner, as it’s a treat to see any time of day. If you visit the park during daylight hours you can snap a picture of the Charleston harbor behind the fountain, and as soon as the sun sets you can behold the pineapple lit up and glowing against a gorgeous starlight sky. The fountain is a landmark for many visiting the Charleston peninsula, and is a must-see experience.

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One of the best ways to understand what the pineapple truly represents is to visit Charleston for yourself. The city is known for making visitors feel right at home with its hospitable charm, and the pineapple is just a token of this feeling. The next time you visit the Holy City, take some extra time to notice the cheery way that locals greet each other. Charlestonians pride themselves on being welcoming to all who visit, and that is one reason why those who have experienced Charleston say that it is unlike any other city. In fact, Charleston has been consistently ranked by Travel + Leisure as one of the friendliest cities in the United States.

Because of the unique history of the pineapple, visitors and locals alike have come to sport jewelry that features this Southern symbol. Whether it’s a commitment to being hospitable to all, or a charming reminder of time spent in the Holy City, people seem to love all that the pineapple represents. If you want to add a piece of pineapple jewelry to your collection, you won’t have to look too hard, just venture down King Street and visit the many boutiques which feature a variety of pineapple-inspired pieces. The charm pictured below can be purchased from Pandora in The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place.

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The Palmetto Cafe at Belmond Charleston Place especially prides itself on being welcoming to guests who dine here. As a token of this sentiment, and as a delightful end to your delicious meal, guests are served a candied pineapple slice that has been dipped in milk chocolate. Hoping that each guest feels the warmth and hospitality of Charleston when they visit, this pineapple treat is the perfect end to an exceptional dining experience.

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All Dressed Up for the Holidays

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and invitations to holiday soirées will soon follow. The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place have everything you need to truly shine at your next special event. Whether it’s a night out at the newly opened Gaillard Center, or a luxurious New Year’s Eve celebration, look no further than The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place for all of your formal attire essentials.

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1. A fancy evening in Charleston calls for a proper dress, and St. John has plenty of wonderful options to choose from. The Liquid Satin Twist-Neck Gown is great for the holiday season because of it’s rich emerald color. And with an elegant shoulder detail, the red Liquid Crepe Draped Gown is the perfect choice for a black tie event. You are sure to wow any crowd wearing either one of these show stoppers.

2. Anne Fontaine is known for its crisp white blouses, and the Ramona blouse is no exception. The black tuxedo-style necktie mixes masculine and feminine style for an elegant yet structured look. To soften the buttoned-up Ramona top, finish out your ensemble with the tulle midi skirt from The Resort Shop. Twist and twirl around the dance floor as the light catches the tiny rhinestones sprinkled around the hem.

3. For the modern woman who rocks a laid back style, the Rusalka Silk Jacquard Caftan by Calypso St. Barth is the perfect dress for you. Pair this flowing embroidered number with some simple gold jewelry, and you’re set for a trendy New Year’s Eve party with friends.

4. If you prefer to let your accessories take center stage, then add a pop of color to your evening attire with the Happy Hour Trina Turk clutch from The Resort Shop. Made with a durable neoprene material and leather inset metal frame, as well as a vibrant and fun hot pink color, this bag works hard and plays even harder.

5. Arrive prepared for a long night on the town with a Minimergency Kit from Lou Lou Boutique. The kit is packed with 17 fashion fix essentials, including dental floss, earring backs, and double sided tape. Pop it inside the gold clutch from Lou Lou Boutique and rest assured knowing that nothing can set your evening astray.

6. To add a personalized touch of sparkle to your outfit, grab these stackable rings from Pandora. Go with a rose gold stack for a delicate detail, or be bold with a mix of gold and silver. You can’t go wrong picking and choosing from the selection of rings at Pandora, so have fun creating the perfect combination for you.

7. With all the class from a simple black suede pump, and the unexpected excitement of a clear-stone embellished heel, the Demi Heels from Kate Spade are anything but ordinary. These trendy shoes are fabulous for mixing whimsical details into your formal attire, and making a classic staple a little more fun.

8. A fresh, glowing face is one of your finest accessories, and L’Occitane has everything you need to put your best face forward. Prepare for a fancy night out with the Crème Divine “miracle” cream and Peony Tinted Lip Balm, and leave your skin hydrated and luminous with the perfect rose-colored pout.

9. For the man in your life, a clean shaven face is a necessity for a formal evening. Send him to The Art of Shaving for a visit with their in-house Master Barber and indulge him in some much needed pampering before your night on the town. You can also pick up a shaving kit so that he can recreate the experience at home.

10. If your special event will be a family affair, stop by Pink Chicken New York for this darling little girl’s dress. The adorable combination of pink, ruffles and sequins are any girl’s dream to wear on a fancy night out with mom and dad.

The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place are the best place to find a perfect outfit for your next formal affair, and with a variety of stores, and an exceptional level of quality items there truly is something for everyone. Be sure that you’re following @TheShopsBCP on Instagram to get the newest looks and offers!

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