WISE COLUMN: Plus-size consignment shop to open in Mount Pleasant
Amanda Rosen, owner of Butterfly Consignment boutiques in downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant, will open a new clothing shop for plus-size women called Victoria's Curvacious Consignments on Feb. 21 in the Village Pointe Shopping Center at 920 Houston Northcutt Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.
The consignment shop, called a first-of-its-kind store in the Lowcountry, will offer designer clothes and top mall brands at discount prices for women sizes 14 and up.
The new shop will replace the former Victoria's Consignments, which catered to sizes 16 and under. It will also carry women's shoe sizes 7 and over. Rosen said she saw an unfilled niche market and wanted to fill it.
Billy Dee's, a lunch and dinner diner at 1766 Main Road on Johns Island for 21 years, is now closed.
Owner Bill Condon of Johns Island, who also owns an adjoining Subway shop at the site and another Subway on Savannah Highway, said he recently turned 70 and needs to slow down a little.
He also said the restaurant cooked in peanut oil exclusively, and the price of the commodity nearly quadrupled over the past two years as farmers began selling more of it offshore. "I wouldn't change to another oil because it would change the taste of the food," he said.
Condon hopes to lease the 1,400-square-foot shop to another tenant soon.
Honest-1 Auto Care will open its first South Carolina store at 566 College Park Road in Ladson at 7 a.m. today. The full-service auto repair shop will offer an upscale waiting area, Internet cafe, children's play area, television and complimentary coffee. It is owned by Summerville resident Sherry Rector and business partner Chris Lloyd. It will be open six days a week.
The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company bills itself as eco-friendly by recycling auto waste materials and helping to plant 100,000 trees the past two years through the charitable donation of revenues collected from repair orders nationwide.
Callie's Charleston Biscuits, which moved from downtown Charleston to a house on the former Navy base in North Charleston last fall, will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. today at 1895 Avenue F. Mayor Keith Summey and some council members are set to be on hand. Attendees can sample the handmade biscuits afterward.
The Village Tavern at 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant is closed again. The Crickentree Village business reopened under new management in November 2010, but it couldn't hang on. Offering live music, food and spirits, it originally opened in 2002 before closing in July 2010. It plans to reopen soon under a new name and new management as a neighborhood bar and restaurant with live music and no cover charge, though the new owner is not quite ready to divulge all of the details.