Factor 5

Downtown. 283 Meeting St. 965-5559

N. Charleston. 5527 Rivers Ave. 747-0540

A grand-slam Best of Charleston winner, Factor 5 continues to hold a firm grasp on the title. With a revamped store, now a proud member of the Association of Professional Piercers, Factor 5 keeps its quirkiness while giving customers a professional piercing experience. Manager and self-proclaimed “minder of the shop” Cyrus Rhine says, “We’ve been open for 16 years. Some people used to refer to the store looking like grandma’s closet. We’ve changed things up a bit, but it still has the same feel.” With the ideology that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Rhine explains, “It’s not my place to tell someone what will look good on their body. If all they want is certain piercings, I’ll do it, as long as it isn’t physically detrimental.” Although there are levels of trends in piercings, Rhine says “it is fun to do more exotic piercing like collarbones or the corset. We have a motto when it comes to popular piercings: nostril, navel, tongue. They are always in.”