Family Travel 2012

Nichole Livengood



Try a morning of doughnuts and cookbooks on King Street

Posted 8/5/2012 6:42:00 AM

On our way home from the beach recently, I detoured through downtown Charleston on a mission to check out two places that have been on my “to visit” list for a while. With my 10-year-old daughter and her friend along for the adventure, we chowed on high end doughnuts at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts at 481 King St., then drove down the road a bit and perused the vintage cookbook collection at our state’s only bookstore dedicated to the culinary arts, Heirloom Book Company.

Charleston native Allison Smith and her husband Mark Remi opened Glazed in October 2011 and have been featured in almost every Charleston travel paper and magazine that has come across my desk since then. With flavors like Cream Cheese filled with Pepper Jelly Glaze and Maple Bacon, kids get the joy of eating a giant doughnut with bacon on it while adults savor the fluffy texture and the attention that went into selecting the best natural ingredients for Smith’s made-from-scratch flavors.

The bakery offers 10-12 selections daily at $1.50-$2.50 each, and once you’re standing in front of them, you are hard pressed not to try every single one. Though their raspberry is definitely a favorite of kids, most everyone goes for the bacon, Smith says. Who doesn’t like bacon? A few of the other offerings from their case have been Sweet Potato, Lemon with Lemon Glaze, Orange Pistachio, Cinnamon Twists, The Monte Cristo, Apple Bacon Fritter, Strawberry Basil Lime and Chocolate Raspberry. When you order 11, you get one free, so take some for the road. We did!

Our second stop was Heirloom Book Company at 123 King St. Carlye Jane Dourgherty and her business partner Bryan Lewis opened the little cookbook book shop in April 2011 with a sole purpose of focusing on the “literature of food.” Everyone from kitchen cooks to Charleston’s top chefs regularly stop in for a little inspiration, perusing everything from antique cookbooks dating back as early as the 1870s to current titles. There’s even a kid’s cookbook section.

I have to say that out of all of the city streets of Charleston, I could spend the entire day on King Street. Antiques, art galleries, toy and bookstores, eateries, markets, clothing stores and kitchen supplies -- there’s something to entertain everyone in your family.