The Shades Story
There’s a cool little neighborhood shop that recently opened on the corner of Mathis Ferry and Wingo Way called Shades of Charleston. It’s not a chain store, but a sunglass shop locally owned by Charlestonian, Steve Cordina. “My thought process was, if we are going to do this, we will do it right… with Charleston’s best selection of sunglasses.”
After six months of extensive renovations by contractor, Dave Cordina (Steve’s brother), owner of Diversified Concepts, the shop opened in September of 2012. “It came out just as I had imagined it… very cool … it has recycled rubber flooring that looks like wood, pallets were torn apart to create the back wall, we installed cool lighting, chose great colors, and it has such a warm feel.”
The new name is Shades of Charleston, Sunglasses and Accessories, Since 1979. Our sunglass collection of polarized sunglasses is the largest in the tri-county. The collection includes Costa, which is the largest premium dealer in the area, Maui Jim, Ray Ban, Smith, Kaenon, Von Zipper, Oakley, Suncloud, Ralph Lauren, Tory Birch, and Coyote. Julbo is our kids’ collection.
The shop also carries Click Readers, other polarized readers in all powers, and Cocoons to clip-on or wear over your prescription glasses. We are also the largest dealer in the southeast for Cablz sunglass eye retainers, and stock hundreds of other brands.
In addition to having the best selection of sunglasses and accessories, we can fit you for prescription sunglasses, and send most repairs back whether you bought them from us or not.
“Our concept is…if you’re on the water, we’ve got you covered.” We stock the best soft sided coolers available with a lifetime warranty against leaking, and a complete line of Sun Bum sunscreen. Along with sunglasses, Shades is an approved dealer for LifeProof iPhone cases and accessories, and we stock all colors for 4, 4S and 5. Want a fun gift? Get a Ticki Toss… and try your skills!
Don’t miss the copper fish that adorn our walls. These works of art are beautifully handcrafted by artist, Hanes Hoffman from the Asheville, North Carolina area. They make great gifts for your dearest friends.