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WISE COLUMN: Mellow Mushroom to preview new Summerville location Saturday

Johnny Hudgins (left) and Joshua Broome, who are co-owners of Mellow Mushroom with Michael Shem-Tov, are renovating a former Perkins Restaurant on Main Street in Summerville for their third pizzeria, which will open in September. Buy this photo

By September, Mellow Mushroom will have a fourth gourmet pizza location in the Charleston area.

The owners of two of them — on King Street in downtown Charleston and in Avondale in West Ashley — plan to open their third in the former Perkins Restaurant at 1306 N. Main St. in Summerville.

From 3-7 p.m. Saturday, owners Joshua Broome, Johnny Hudgins and Michael Shem-Tov are inviting the community to the hollowed-out building at the entrance to Azalea Square Shopping Center to get a peek at plans for the 4,200-square-foot restaurant and to field applications for the 130 employees they expect to hire.

The 220-seat restaurant will include a bar, a covered, outdoor patio and extensive landscaping for its 82-space parking lot. The front of the building will sport an emerald green tower.

“We wanted some iconic landmark on the corner, given its position on Main Street,” Hudgins said.

“It's just a totally underserved market,” Broome said of their decision to locate in Summerville.

On Saturday, visitors will find a mobile pizza oven, games for children, live music and other events.

Picture this

Tumbleston Photography Studios will open a second location in the Charleston area Monday. Its new 7,100-square-foot site is at 2725 S. Live Oak Drive in Moncks Corner.

The studio has nearly doubled the number of clients in its school division, servicing about 3,775 seniors from more than 60 high schools in the Lowcountry. To help with other growth in its family, baby, wedding and corporate events photography divisions, Tumbleston increased its staff by 21 for a total of 31 employees.

The main studio can be found at 940 St. Andrews Blvd. in West Ashley.


Rock Paper Scissors, an art studio, will hold a grand opening Saturday at 1220 Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mount Pleasant's Sea Island Shopping Center. The celebration will be from 2 to 10 p.m. It's family friendly from 2-5. At 6, live music, snacks and beer and wine will be available. It's the product of Amanda Robles and Daniel Hoerr.

Gone Hollywood

Lizzie Jean Collectibles will open at noon Sunday at 5247 Highway 165 in Hollywood.

The family-owned and operated boutique will offer locally handcrafted sweetgrass baskets, pottery, patchwork quilts and other products. It is owned by McKelvey Smalls. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day except Sundays and Wednesdays, when it will be closed.

Cleaning up

Sandy's Cleaners has leased a 1,440-square-foot space in The Shoppes at Wescott at 9550 Dorchester Road in North Charleston. It will be the company's sixth location, according to the real estate firm of Cushman & Wakefield|Thalhimer.

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

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