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Vintage downtown Charleston remembered during Christmas

Crowds of people once filled the sidewalks of downtown Charleston while out holiday shopping and store fronts were decorated with extravagant Christmas decorations. (WCHS/WVAH)

Throughout the years many changes have taken place in downtown Charleston.

Crowds of people once filled the sidewalks while out holiday shopping and store fronts were decorated with extravagant Christmas decorations.

The Diamond was a popular department store where many people may remember finding the perfect holiday gifts for loved ones.

Many of the downtown businesses have since closed but The Peanut Shoppe has been on Capitol Street since it opened in 1950.

The owner said throughout the years he's seen a change in the atmosphere and number of shoppers, but this is its busiest time of the year.

"When my grandfather started it, there was a lot more people in Charleston itself with all the old time stores up and down Capitol Street,” Adam Kimble, owner of The Peanut Shoppe said. β€œAt Christmastime especially there were so many people shopping and walking and out moving around."

Different stores and restaurants now line the street and many have traded shopping downtown for shopping in malls and online.

But Kimble said people still like to come into The Peanut Shoppe because of the old time feel.

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