0c85/1239932554-riley.jpgThursday night Upper King Street came alive with the colorful, highly-anticipated Upper King Design Walk. Area shops stayed open late, their doors wide open, offering specials, entertainment, snacks, and wine. It was a completely different walk than last fall, with many of our favorite old stores replaced by new upscale interior design boutiques. We loved exploring King Street Kitchen Company (and their fresh-baked cookies and milk), Sig Supply (most amazing bathtub I’ve ever seen in my life), and Siematic, where a huge crowd gathered to watch Mayor Riley cut the ribbon for the store’s grand opening. The German-based kitchen outfitter was perhaps the most impressive of the new additions to the area, with drool-worthy, magazine-ready kitchens (and great hors d’oeuvres from Fish). Over at Maine Cottage we snagged some surprisingly affordable sale items and met the author of Charleston Kisses, Terry Ward Tucker. We also spoke to one of the authors of Bride’s Advisor Charleston at the delightfully cavernous Blue Bicycle. (Don’t forget to check out Saturday’s event at the Francis Marion featuring advice for brides from the authors and other local merchants.) Alas, I had to leave the party way too early, which leads me to request that the Upper King Design Walks take place much more frequently. Does every week sound doable? Sounds good to me. Here are just a few pics from the evening.