Sometimes you come across a brand that just makes you happy. For me, that brand is unquestionably Candy Shop Vintage with its charming designs like a French 75 charm bracelet and a champagne pendant and an equally charming designer at the helm. Candy Shop Vintage was founded in 2009 by designer Deirdre Zahl. Her experience in fashion and design in New York led to a passion for vintage jewelry. Pieces from her collection have been featured in national magazines, popular blogs, and even on the hit TV show “Mad Men.” After years of collecting and selling vintage jewelry, Deirdre designed and launched The Candy Shop Collection, her own jewelry line that was inspired by vintage designs and reflected the quality and craftsmanship of those pieces. One of her brand’s flagship lines is the Charleston Rice Bead collection, which pays homage to the port city’s history and the importance rice played as a commodity in South Carolina.