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Southern Season specialty store spices up retail mix in Mount Pleasant

Southern Season has been in business in Chapel Hill since 1975. Its new Mount Pleasant store is the company’s first outpost. (Brad Nettles/Staff/File) Buy this photo

Southern Season, the Chapel Hill, N.C.-based specialty retailer of food, beverages and more, kicks off its launch in Mount Pleasant with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. today at 730 Coleman Blvd. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Located in Brookgreen Town Center in a former Food Lion, the 40,000-square-foot retailer is more than a gourmet food store.

It sells cookware and kitchen items, offers a cooking school and includes a bar and restaurant called Southerly Restaurant and Patio.

While the new store will carry more than 70,000 items, including pricey cured hams, pates, fresh-baked goods and gourmet cheeses, it won’t stock most everyday staples such as produce, milk, seafood and fresh meats.

Look for entertainment, samples and vendor demos throughout the day.

On the easel


M Gallery of Fine Art at 125 Meeting St. in Charleston has been sold. The new owner of the 1,575-square-foot art gallery is The Principle Gallery of Alexandria, Va.

M Gallery carries work by more than 30 artists whose paintings focus on American and European contemporary realism.

The new owner, Michele Ward, plans to incorporate some of The Principle Gallery’s events and art collections from across the globe into M Gallery.

Bedding down


The Charleston Mattress is now in a new location. The bedding shop moved its showroom earlier this week from the Navy Yard to a larger storefront along the main artery in the heart of old North Charleston.

Look for it at 1078-C E. Montague Ave., across from EVO Pizzeria. It’s open Monday through Saturday.

On the rise


Sunoco is building a new service station at Miles Jamison and Ladson Road near Summerville.

Oil change


America’s largest Jiffy Lube franchisee just got a little bigger.

Irving, Texas-based Heartland Automotive Services recently bought 10 South Lubes Inc.-owned Jiffy Lube locations in the Charleston area and 23 other shops near Jacksonville and Gainesville, Fla.

The newly acquired stores in the Lowcountry include five in Charleston, two in Mount Pleasant and one each in Moncks Corner, North Charleston and Summerville.

All 76 employees in the Charleston area were asked to stay with the new owner.

Heartland now has 570 locations in 23 states.

Phone talk


Apple now accepts old iPhones through a new trade-in program.

The service started last week, not coincidentally ahead of the purported launch around Sept. 20 of the next-generation iPhone 5S and all new iPhone 5C smartphones.

A customer can bring to Apple stores an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5, and receive a gift card to be applied to a new iPhone. The company has a store near King and Liberty streets in downtown Charleston.

Raising the bar


Foster’s Pub in Mount Pleasant recently not only changed owners but its name as well. Addie Culler bought the bar at 545 Belle Station Blvd. and changed the name to Big Game Bar and Grill. The pub underwent some upgrades as well.

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

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