By travel editor Tracey Minkin
Gracious Beaufort, South Carolina, has been long known for its historic homes, Lowcountry style, and exquisite waterfront. I’m here to say it’s going to be known for something else: shopping. On a recent trip to Beaufort, I had the great good fortune to discover Scout Southern Market, a stylish and sophisticated emporium with a deep Southern flair, curated with impeccable taste by owner Ann Higgins.
Higgins, a fourth-generation Californian who moved with her husband and two children from the San Francisco area to Beaufort for its small-town charms, curates a neat offering of home décor, furniture, lighting, jewelry, gifts, and small-batch gourmet foods that are sourced regionally; plus, the vignettes throughout the store are irresistible, like this side table with handcrafted bitters and mixers from Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. that I wanted to load into my car and bring home exactly as is (fresh lemons included).
I loved Higgins’s Double Tier Spoondelier from Hester & Cook Design Group in Nashville, TN.
Higgins likes White x White for these barstools with a reclaimed bourbon barrel, and channels more Southern sensibility with graphic prints by The Old Try and rustic wooden cutouts from Slippin’ Southern. The look works for coastal cottages in any state, North or South.
As do these bright, delightful pillows from Design Legacy, in a stack that pretty much demands to be taken home in its entirety. I refrained (for now)….
I loved everything in Scout, but essentially went over the moon at the mini sweet/soda shop at the back of the space (which has its own cute side entrance). With barstools and a lovely marble counter, it’s a spot where the kids can park while adults shop, or adults can settle down for the house-made Sweet Tea Float and a warm Virginia ham biscuit served with Sallie’s Peach Pepper and Ginger Jam or a Pimento Cheese Plate (oh so Southern!). Can’t wait to go back.
Scout Southern Market, 709 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC; 843-379-2282 or www.scoutsouthernmarket.com