WISE COLUMN: Cash in old camera gear, digital and film
Do you have some old digital camera and film gear lying around?
Then take it to AccuPhotoLab & Studio at 1757 Savannah Highway Friday and Saturday and receive a check on the spot from KEH Camera. Make sure you take a valid ID.
Used-camera dealer KEH will be at the photo shop 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to buy your equipment. Call 571-4817 for more details.
Blockbuster closing three local stores
The once-bustling video store rental business continues to fade away.
Dish Network Corp., which bought the ailing Blockbuster in 2011 out of bankruptcy, is closing 300 stores and laying off 3,000 workers over the next few weeks.
The Charleston area will lose three stores, including the last ones in Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and West Ashley, according to a local store employee.
Four stores will remain open in the area that was once saturated with Blockbuster outlets. Those on James Island and in Summerville, Goose Creek and Moncks Corner will continue to operate.
No final closing date was announced, but one local store reported the last day for rentals is Feb. 3 and the remaining stock will be sold through the end of March.
After the closings, Blockbuster will be left with less than 10 percent of the 5,700 stores it operated in 2005.
Video-on-demand services, low-price movie rental kiosks, streaming online videos and Netflix movies by mail swamped the video store market in recent years.
Citadel Mall has some more vacant space.
One of the two Foot Locker stores closed earlier this week when it's 10-year lease expired, leaving 3,400 square feet empty on the Belk wing. Another 3,000-square-foot space on the same wing will be empty after Saturday when Family Christian Bookstore closes.
Over at Northwoods Mall, Foot Locker also closed one of its three stores there this week. Also leaving was Master Cuts hair salon and Creations, a spray-paint T-shirt shop.
Charleston Place's Palmetto Café is closed for renovations until mid-February.
Plank-style flooring, mahogany furnishings and bright upholstery will complement white millwork and shutters. Along with the new look, chef Andrew Coins is planning a few new menu surprises. In the meantime, enjoy Palmetto Cafe's breakfast or lunch menu at Charleston Grill, also in Charleston Place.
Rutledge Cab Company, chef Robert Carter's newest restaurant creation with managing partner Brad Creger, officially opened earlier this week for dinner.
Look for it at 1300 Rutledge Ave. in Wagener Terrace on Charleston's upper peninsula.
Shortly after opening, the casual neighborhood restaurant in a former gas station and grocery store will start all-day service at 10 a.m., with late-night dining as well as brunch service on Saturdays and Sunday. It seats 60 inside and 70 on the patio.
Carter also owns and operates Carter's Kitchen in Mount Pleasant.
Fitness buffs in downtown Charleston now have a new place to get in shape.
Pure Barre, will open Monday at 164 Market St., next to Leaf Cafe. It's owned by Jen Leitch and Jenn Vannatta. Pure Barre's other studio is in Mount Pleasant next to Whole Foods off Houston Northcutt Boulevard.
The ballet barre workout focuses on areas of the body women struggle with the most. It lifts seats, tones thighs and upper body and creates long, lean muscles of a dancer through small isometric movements. Look for opening discounts. Registering for classes has begun. Go online to choose the location or call 606-0559 for more information.
Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.