John Gibson Antiques is leaving its home of 40 years at 183 King St. to lease the building to Vestique, a women's boutique based in Raleigh.
John Gibson, owner of the antiques shop, said he's relocating his longtime Charleston business in two to three months, but he's not sure of the destination yet. The building on Lower King will undergo renovations and the owners of Vestique expect to be up and running in June.
The transition is another example of Lower King's diminished "antique district" label, Gibson said.
"I think the antique businesses down here will eventually scatter out to other parts of town," he said. "If you (antiques business owners) own the building, you can rent it and make more money."
Vestique started as an online clothing retailer, and after performing well with young women, the brand expanded to a brick-and-mortar operation with stores in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greenville and Columbia.
Morgan Lashley, who co-owns Vestique with Caroline King, said they chose to open a Charleston location after finding that a great deal of their online clients are concentrated in the Lowcountry.
"We're going to bring affordability to Lower King Street, which is really exciting," Lashley said. "And we love Charleston, it's one of our favorite places to visit."
South of the brewer
Craft beers from South of the Border are making their way to the Palmetto State.
Drinks Americas, the U.S. broker for authentic Mexican beers, said last week that it has partnered with Columbia-based Southern Wine and Spirits of South Carolina in a statewide distribution deal.
Drinks Americas is known for its Day of the Dead Craft Beer, a premium line of porters and pale ales.
The George Gallery at 50 Bogard St., one of the only art galleries in the downtown neighborhood of Elliottborough, is introducing two new artists at the end of the month.
Works by painter Tim Hussey and photographer Melinda Mead will be unveiled at an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Feb. 28.
The exhibit will be the first works Hussey has presented in Charleston in about a year. The artist took an extended hiatus from the Lowcountry to develop new works in his Los Angeles studio, says the gallery.
Mead, a Charleston native, focuses her photography on the changing urban environment in Charleston.
The George Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and by appointment.
Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5906.
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