by: BG Hamrick • 3
In the charming Bridge Road district of South Hills in Charleston, Eggplant sits unassumingly in a small, quiet plaza. But inside, a world of color and whimsy await.
When you step into Eggplant, you’ll be struck by the vast collection of Vera Bradley—one of the largest assortments of the popular brand in the state. Perhaps even more surprising are the other delightful product displays throughout the store, filling every nook and cranny. The front of the store is elegantly decorated with silver Mariposa serving pieces and crystal stemware on tables draped with bright linens. A repurposed dresser shows off dinnerware on top while its open drawers tease shoppers with fun, embellished napkins that peek out. The latest trends in jewelry and accessories, displays of bangle bracelets, Smathers & Branson needlepoint goods, and scarves call for your attention, while the children’s section—stocked with adorable clothing, toys, and décor—beckons kids with a six-foot, smiling giraffe.
Eggplant’s impressive array of products and services grows each year, and it’s no wonder the shop is a favorite for area brides-to-be. The bridal registry allows couples to register for Mariposa tableware, Arthur Court silver, and everything in between. People love receiving gifts from Eggplant because they come in the store’s iconic green speckled gift box with a colorful ribbon on top. When they see that box, they know they’re getting something special because it came from Eggplant.
The bridal registry isn’t the only reason people flock to the shop. During the holidays, Eggplant is the place to go for unique seasonal décor, and toward the back of the store, a magnificent selection of stationery includes everything from wedding and party invitations to personalized correspondence. Colorful samples of cards line the walls, ready to be personalized, while large display books from brands like Vera Wang and Crane Paper lie on the tables, waiting to be perused by future brides.
1011 Bridge Road
Charleston, WV 25314