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Edna's Lowcountry a 4th generation Charleston Market treasure

Edna's Lowcountry a 4th generation Charleston Market treasure. (WCIV)

Charleston is the tenth-ranked city for best local holiday shopping, according to a new poll.

Yelp conducted the study by combining spa, food and clothing sales.

Spanning four city blocks where Charlestonians once went to buy food, the Charleston City Market is now a tourist hotspot.

For one Lowcountry woman, it's a home away from home.

Jonzetta Taylor started working at Edna's Lowcountry in the city market at only 4 years old.

The business goes back at least four generations in her family, Taylor says.

“This is my grandfather, Mr. Walter Wright, Sr," Taylor said, holding up a photo of her ancestor. "He started working here in 1910 with his parents."

Taylor says her grandfather and his parents were once slaves, selling vegetables from a family farm.

“My grandfather used to ride the horse and carriage and bring the vegetables here,” says Taylor.

Taylor grew up here with her three brothers.

“The flooding, I would be here as a little girl and the water would be up to my waist and we would still work in the flood. It was just a fun time,” says Taylor.

When she took over the family business she created the brand, Edna’s Lowcountry.

“Edna’s is a household name, it’s all over the world,” says Taylor.

She's bringing her own Charleston recipes to the table.

“We mix our own seasonings, we mix our own rices, and bean soups here. We explain it all to you and we sell a lot of variety of things that are sold locally,” says Taylor.

Suzanne O’Conner recently visited from Boston.

“It impressed me," O'Conner said. "Last year, they told me the whole story of making it on New Year, then eating it, and I thought, 'I gotta do that,' and I had the best year I've ever had.”

“We’ve had some customers for 20, 30 and 40 years that still come to Edna’s,” says Taylor.

Taylor says she’s seen it all from this market.

From racism:

“I remember having to serve people from the outside and that was when I was little girl,” she says.

To poverty:

“There was one day that my mother said she made a quarter, and it flooded and she dropped the quarter in the water,” says Taylor.

No to a homegrown success story:

“It’s gotten better. It’s gotten better for us after all those years, but I never forget where I came from,” says Taylor.

Like Edna's Lowcountry, the City Market is a historical treasure.

It's listed on the National Historic Registry. You can also find an exhibit about the Market at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

To learn more about the vendors at the Market, visit their website.

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