One of the larger newly constructed retail shops in the Charleston area since before the recession is getting ready to greet its first customers.

The Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store will open April 12 at 2243 Ashley Crossing Drive, Suite C, in the Ashley Crossing Shopping Center in West Ashley. The new 6,378-square-foot store was added on to the shopping center that once was anchored by Walmart.

Kohl's and Marshalls took over the former Walmart space. Ashley Crossing is almost completely occupied with just 2,800 square feet available, according to shopping center owner Developers Diversified Realty of Ohio

New sparkle

A North Carolina-based jewelry and accessories store, Moon and Lola, will open June 1 in downtown Charleston, taking over the 1,525-square-foot space at 322 King St. currently occupied by Robot Candy Co., according to Chad Yonce of the Southeastern Management Group real estate firm. The candy shop's owners decided not to renew their lease so they could find another space downtown. Moon and Lola, based in Apex, N.C., is named after the nicknames of two college friends.

Taking aim

Shooter Auctions, an online weapons-bidding business, has opened in The Galleria at 975 Bacons Bridge Road in Summerville. It took half of the space vacated by Burke's Outlet when it moved across town to North Main Market. Petland recently opened in the other half.

Adding a line

Spencer Art Galleries at 55, 57 and 571/2 Broad St. recently added a wedding gifts registry for its art pieces. It's operated by Jerry and Cathy Spencer, who have been in business for 12 years and expanded three times.

They carry more than 500 paintings from some 50 artists.

For kicks

Mount Pleasant Karate will open later this spring in a 2,805-square-foot spot at the Plaza at Park West, according to Trey Lucy and Blair Belk of the commercial real estate firm Lincoln Harris.

Race reward

Copper Penny will offer Cooper River Bridge Run participants 20 percent off one item on Saturday. Just show the race number at stores in Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston.

Hair lines

Sola Salon will open later this spring in the Belle Hall Shopping Center off Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. The company, with its first salon in the area, leased a 6,318-square-foot space, according to John Orr and Daniel Pellegrino of Colliers International real estate.

Also, Kevin Sanders, owner of Salon International at 401 W. Coleman Blvd., Suite D, in Mount Pleasant for 21 years, will introduce his own product line soon.

Instead of offering several different brands to treat or shampoo hair, Salon International will offer only its own trademarked Polished Hair Care line of products, which will be made by Liquid Technologies of Riverside, Calif.

Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or