Area Focus: Reynolds Ave.
If you’re curious what our Area Focus series is all about, you can read more about it here.
We’re exploring the areas of Charleston that are growing, changing and evolving the most.
Previous posts explored the Upper Peninsula and NoMo, both areas that have gained popularity in recent years thanks to restaurants, business development, and neighborhood gentrification. The next area we’re exploring is the lesser-known, up-and-coming region surrounding Reynolds Ave.
The Rundown: Situated on the northern end of “the neck” [of the peninsula], Reynolds Ave. was once one a thriving commercial district. The mid-90s closing of the Naval Ship Yard and the suburban migration left the area discarded and forgotten. As people increasingly migrate back toward urban areas and prices continue to rise downtown, Reynolds Ave. is one area we expect to see major growth, much like we’ve watched with the northern half of the downtown peninsula.
Why We Love It: Perfectly situated between downtown and North Charleston, Reynolds Ave. is the ideal spot for fresh development. Most importantly, the people in this community are open-minded and care deeply about the direction of the community. Residents, investors, and business owners are intentional with their development and determined to see the area thrive once again. Simply Commercial’s very own Ed Sutton owns property in the area. He played a significant role in deterring a rezoning effort that would have allowed hundreds of trucks to move through the area every day and took part in making a stunning art mural come to life.
Significant Developments/Developments on the Horizon: Metanoia Community Development Corporation owns several buildings in the area and is a major player in revitalization efforts - Metanoia Continues Building Businesses and Communities. The organization also works to create affordable homes and help residents repair existing homes. While the area is seeing many small investments in the way of restaurants, shops, and other small ventures, Sutton believes this area is prime to become a small business hub. “Revitalization of an area that was so forgotten about is going to take some time,” he said. “The spirits here have really lifted, and everyone is hopeful for the future. Once the city solidifies plans for the redevelopment of the old naval base, I think everything will begin to pick up.”
- The city is in constant talks, negotiations and research projects to revitalize the area including the former Naval hospital – New plan for North Charleston area including former Naval Hospital.
Restaurant Recommendations: The area is just around the corner from Park Circle but is also home to some great options including The
What To Do: Visit this area for local vibes and great finds. We recommend you eat, drink and explore the local shops. Old Hat Vintage in Park Circle sells a curated selection of vintage and thrifted pieces alongside upcycled furniture, planters, home décor and more. Popular Lowcountry furniture store Celadon occupies an outlet warehouse at the old navy shipyard, where you can score stylish, high-end furniture and homewares at deep discounts. Keep an eye out for special events too – we recommend the monthly Flea & Farmers Market.
Best Spot for a Drink: Our fingers are crossed for a local bar or brewery in the near future!
Favorite Spot: Grifter Company is a new motorcycle apparel shop which is also home to a barber shop.