WISE COLUMN: Charleston's King Street buzzing with new retail activity
Two new shops are headed to King Street and another has moved.
A France-based retailer of body, face and home products is coming to the Shops at Charleston Place. L'Occitane en Provence plans to move into a space at 246 King St., according to King Street Marketing Group. No opening date has been announced, but the company is running an ad on the Internet for a store manager.
Also on the way is a new, locally owned jewelry store. Buddy Bebergal and Kit Regnery of Carolina Commercial have leased 1,400 square feet to Gabrielle's Jewelry at 123 King. It's the previous location of Heirloom Books. The new store plans to open in early April and will feature hand-crafted designs in sterling and gold by Gabrielle Egan and other jewelry artisans. Owners Gabrielle and Brennan Egan also own Atelier Gallery at 153 King St.
Lastly, Williams-Sonoma kitchenware store has now moved up Charleston's premier shopping district to 359 King St., the former Sportsman's Shop. The retailer had been at 281 King, a site that is rumored to be the new home of H&M, a trendy Swedish-owned retailer.
Dollars and cents
Twin Rivers Capital is developing a new 8,320-square-foot Family Dollar store at Dorchester Road and Purcell Drive in North Charleston, according to Phil Rose of TRC. That's just west of Cross County Road. The new all-brick store will open in early summer.
Manny's Mediterranean Cafe will soon expand to the Charlotte area. The new restaurant is targeting the Matthews area for the third Manny's Mediterranean Cafe. Others are in Charleston and North Charleston. Manny's also operates a Neighborhood Grille. Those are in Charleston and Statesboro, Ga.
Read's Uniforms, an Asheville-based uniform retailer with six store locations in the Carolinas and Tennessee, has acquired the retail operations of Charleston-based Odle Uniform Co. at 946 Orleans Road.
Odle Group LLC sold its retail division to focus on its core business of product-based marketing, including screen printing, embroidery and promotional products.
Also, it will continue to provide corporate store branding and other programs under Image Branding Group LLC.
Image Branding Group will continue to operate its corporate and manufacturing facility at 5809 North Rhett Ave. in Hanahan.
Look for a new layout and more products at the newly acquired shop.
The operator of a fitness center has applied for a zoning variance on East Bay Street in downtown Charleston. Blake Stouffer of Peak Cardio and Velocity Cycling Studio at 140 East Bay St. wants to open at 6:30 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. A city zoning panel will take up the request at 5:15 Tuesday at 75 Calhoun St.
Bottles 'n Brushes is taking its sip-and-paint classes on the road. The business's Brush Bus is a fully stocked mobile art studio that will travel to homes or businesses for birthday parties, private gatherings, corporate functions and team-building events.
The business, owned by Julia Allen and Alyssa Maute, has studios at 1017 Wappoo Road in West Ashley and 120 N. Main St. in Summerville.
Customers at Jersey Mike's Subs restaurants in Charleston can make a donation during March to Windwood Family Services as part of the sandwich chain's third annual “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign.
Windwood Family Services of Mount Pleasant, part of Windwood Farm Home for Children in Awendaw, offers residential and outpatient/outreach programs for kids who have been abused or neglected.
Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.