When approaching Magnolia Park Shopping Center at 1901 Ashley River Road, one is greeted with a collection of charming shops that include Simply Your Spa, Christophe’s Macaron et Chocolat, Rickborn Salon and Day Spa, Condon’s Bridal Boutique, and the Crab Shack West Ashley Restaurant. At the right corner is The Charleston Surcee Company which is a combination gift shop, café, and catering service. Surcee is an old-fashioned word for an unexpected gift or surprise.
The sign describes the shop as “Eclectic Retail Therapy.” The gift shop consists of home décor, clothing, and jewelry from probate and estate sales. Vintage, estate, and costume jewelry are popular sale items.
The café serves gourmet sandwiches such as Wild Turkey Bourbon Smoked Turkey Breast with fresh avocado and pesto or the Jimmy Appleseed with ham, bacon, green apple, and brie. There are also daily specials in addition to items on the menu. Customers can dine in or order food to go.
Christina Jordan, the owner, has been catering for 32 years. She offers catering for small and large groups. She likes to sit down with customers to plan an event giving that personal touch that keeps customers coming back.
The Charleston Surcee Company gets tourist visitors but also has a loyal group of locals who come to shop and eat lunch. The café has an intimate atmosphere, and customers know they will enjoy great service. It is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. For more information visit their Facebook page: Facebook.com/charlestonsurcee.