Mount Pleasant Magazine July/August 2022

70 www. Char l es tonWomenPodcas t . com | www. ReadCW. com | www. I ns tagram. com /Char l es tonWomen feature Along with its history, charm and scenery, Charleston is home to one of the most famous shopping streets in the country. The secondmost historically and architecturally significant street downtown after Meeting Street, King Street originated as the main road in and out of the city. Though people from every walk of life enjoy King Street, it is a place that calls to women as both a stomping ground and land of opportunity. From the beginning, the street centered around trade. Until the late 18th century, this was mostly port trading. It was not until after the railroad was built that the street turned toward retail and dining. It then started focusing on creating an enjoyable atmosphere for locals and tourists. It also became the site of some of the first female-owned businesses in the area, as women were only permitted to run retail shops or bakeries in Charleston’s earliest days. BY MAD I SON BROACH Welcome to King Street Shopping Through History