Many thanks to Stephen for his inaugural blog post! He’s bringing us a great post on a Charleston treasure!

On a recent trip to Charleston, my wife and I discovered what is sure to be a regular spot to visit each time we return. I can’t really translate with mere words the awesomeness of the Robot Candy Company. When I first walked in, I was amazed at the skillful graphic cut vinyl work on the walls.


Large vinyl graphics over the candy bins


After taking a trip around the store I noticed a display of t-shirts. To give a little back story, I spend 8 hours a day printing t-shirts. Before it was my job I loved graphic t-shirts, and I wore them all the time. I was a designer and thought that the t-shirt biz was where it was at. Then I started making them . . . and my love became nothing more than a job. I started to wear nothing but blank v-neck tees. It was a bit depressing. Over the last year and a half the flame of my love of t-shirts has flickered some but wasn’t rekindled until my trip to the Robot Candy Company. I was instantly impressed by these shirts that I saw—they come from the Out of Print Clothing Store based in Brooklyn, N.Y. All of their shirts are prints of the old retro covers of classic books. I bought a shirt with a retro cover of one of my favorite classics, Fahrenheit 451.


Another shirt by Out of Print



Out of Print tags look like old library cards.


Beyond great shirts and gorgeous wall graphics, the Robot Candy Company also had great candy. But that’s for another post.


Knit Monkey from at RCC