Freshfields Village Attracts New, Luxury Retailers

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Three new retail tenants will now call Freshfields Village home. Apparel boutiques and jeweler add to upscale shopping experience. Additionally, a local restaurateur is expanding and a law firm is opening a Charleston office. Freshfields Village is a high-end retail destination located at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Islands.

Freshfields Village (, the sea islands shopping and dining destination located at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Islands, will add three, new upscale retailers in the coming weeks. Apparel companies J. McLaughlin and Leggiadro will join Kiawah Fine Jewelry as the newest tenants, further securing Freshfields Village’s position as the premier high-end retail destination in greater Charleston.

J. McLaughlin and Leggiadro already have a presence and customer base in the area, having previously operated on King Street in downtown Charleston. J. McLaughlin is adding a second store, while Leggiadro will close its King Street location and relocate to Freshfields Village. Kiawah Fine Jewelry is an affiliate of Kay’s Fine Jewelry, which operated exclusively in Aruba, St. Maarten and St. Kitts until now.

“The decision to open a store at Freshfields Village was largely based on their clientele matching well with our brand and seeing an opportunity to reach both the resort guests and residents,” said Meg Perito, store manager of J. McLaughlin ( “Freshfields Village is a vibrant shopping destination with a smart and savvy customer base, which is perfect for our brand.”

Details of the new tenants include:

J. McLaughlin, located at 177 Village Green Lane, is the second Charleston location in a network of 45 stores across the U.S. The classic American brand features bold colors and signature prints for men and women, with each store designed to reflect the local atmosphere.

Leggiadro is relocating from downtown and is slated to open at 393 Freshfields Drive in late May. The women’s boutique specializes in ultra-luxe sportswear that blends current fashion trends with classic style using artisanal fabrics. The company ( operates stores in New York City, Naples, F.L. and Palm Desert, C.A.

Kiawah Fine Jewelry will open in late June at 560 Freshfields Drive. The store is an affiliate of Kay’s Fine Jewelry, which has locations in the Caribbean islands of Aruba, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. The jeweler will offer loose diamonds, precious gemstones and Swiss timepieces.

“We’re excited to be among other luxury retailers that understand the importance of offering a premium product with exceptional service,” said Bill Henzy, owner of Kiawah Fine Jewelry.

In addition to the three new retailers, one current tenant is expanding to meet growing demand and another business will open a Charleston location. La Tela Pizzeria, which opened in 2009, is adding a full bar, lounge area and more dining room seating. Wilkes Law Firm, P.A. will open a Charleston office on June 6 at Freshfields Village. The firm focuses on defending complex litigation for insurers, businesses and professionals.

Freshfields Village is a mixed-use commercial and retail center located on Johns Island between Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, 21 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. Freshfields is home to more than 60 locally owned shops, galleries, restaurants, services, and businesses. For information about stores, businesses and special events, please visit


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