Beat the heat this summer with Cold Shoulder Gourmet, Charleston’s newest sandwich shop. 

Owned and solely operated by Craig Edmunds, Cold Shoulder has been selling out every day since opening May 26. 

Currently, Edmunds offers eight sandwiches — the Gourmet, Classic, Else, Spicy, Simple, Sweet (Nutella and powdered sugar), Vegetarian and Vegan — made fresh every morning, served on focaccia bread. His most popular sandwich, the Spicy, is made with nduja (a spicy, spreadable pork sausage), Toscanino picante salami, greens, Parmesan, truffle cream and truffle hot sauce. 

Many of the sandwiches are made in the morning, ready to go. But towards the end of service when all the premade ones are gone, Edmunds makes them fresh until supplies last. 

Before opening Cold Shoulder, Edmunds worked with Patty Floersheimer and Trudi Wagner at both goat.sheep.cow locations for several years. While there, “honed” the skills he uses at Cold Shoulder, slicing cured meats fresh with a deli slicer, selecting cheeses that pair well with the meats and making homemade truffle cream. Meats are sourced from Smoking Goose Meatery in Indianapolis, In.; truffles from The Truffleist in New York City; freshly baked focaccia bread from Charleston’s Saffron bakery; cheeses imported from Italy; and local greens from new producer King Tide Farm.

“I’m so thankful that they kept me on … It was an invaluable experience,” Edmunds said. “Those ladies are rockstars.” 

The shop’s name, Edmunds said, holds a double meaning: a reference to the cold shoulder of a prosciutto leg that hangs in Italian delis and the metaphorical cold shoulder given to food and beverage workers, “a community who maybe isn’t always served,” he said. 

The Kenyan native moved to Charleston a decade ago from his hometown of Nairobi, did a gap year traveling through Italy, Spain and Portugal and settled into the Lowcountry after driving along the east coast. 

“The whole goal was one of my mates ended up going to South Africa for University or the UK,” Edmunds, now 29 years old, said. “And I just needed to get off the African continent. I’m a beach bum at heart, so when I came to the U.S. I drove down the east coast and just kind of fell in love with this weird, lovely little city. I couldn’t bring myself to break away.”

When he first opened Cold Shoulder in May, Edmunds was making around 50-60 sandwiches a day and selling out. Now, he makes around 150 or more … and still sells out. 

On July 4, Cold Shoulder sold out just before 9:30 a.m. He opens the shop at 8 a.m. Wake up early and wait in line to try a sandwich from the one-man sandwich show. 

Cold Shoulder Gourmet is located at 1684 Old Towne Road next to Locals and opens at 8 a.m. Thurs.-Sun.

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