Everyone Needs a Pair of Rice Birds

Rice Birds on Front Street and Rice Birds Two, its sister store across the street on Screven, are known as two of Lowcountry’s finest boutiques.  Rice Birds was first. Rice Birds Two came some years later. Rice Birds is full to every edge with inventory that justifies self-indulgence as well as gifts for anyone you aim to please.  “Lowcountry-inspired gifts for her, him and home” are the order of every day. Outdoor sportsmen and sportswomen will be especially delighted.

The inventory at Rice Birds is more about fishing and hunting than football and such.  Nonetheless, custom glasses made from wine bottles can be sandblasted with whatever you strikes your fancy – even collegiate stuff – as well as hunting and fishing scenes. There are myriad accessories for every discerning home.  Nest fragrances never nest long because they are favorites. Thoughtfully framed miniature oil paintings by Cat Pope, art by Wendy Shelley Spivey (a former Lowcountry cover artist!), paintings by Georgetown’s own John Marshall and others are on display. Oh-socoveted Canoe bags, Nautical charts and more are tucked in and around the store’s sophisticated selections. The wedding registry is legendary. It really is.

Rice Birds Two is like the younger, flirty sister of the two retailers. The second store took shape when savvy stylist, ceramic artist and owner, Susan Lumpkin, decided space was getting too tight: “When one runs out of room in one store, one opens another! And, of course, it completely different … after all, I can’t compete with myself!”

The same attention to good taste is on full display, but Rice Birds Two is a bit more modern. Their slogan is “Elegant Living and Curiosities.” There’s new and antique furniture, eye-popping table lamps, unusual pendant lamps, different lines of jewelry, custom oil paintings and other oversized art. Perfect gifts range from tapered candles, linen napkins, pottery, Kai fragrances, and a most impressive freezer section with swanky gourmet take-out items including hors-d’oeuvres, soups, fancy chicken dishes and lasagna from the famous Ladyfingers Caterers in Raleigh. Oh, and JB’s Pr%f Alcohol Ice Cream. This Ice Cream is the first of its kind for a patent-pending process that freezes the alcohol inside. Made in Columbia, SC JB’s Pr%f makes the perfect nightcap! (Must be 21 to purchase this deliciousness.)

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Susan Lumpkin designs and fires her own line of ceramics.

There’s so much more to share. Don’t wait to check out this dynamic duo of shops; they make Georgetown proud. Find Rice Birds on Facebook (they share a single page) and do check out their website at RiceBirdsShop.com.  Call 843.520.5852. Prepare to fall in love.

Kimberly Duncan