WISE COLUMN: New men's clothing shop coming to King Street
A new men's clothing shop will soon dress up downtown Charleston.
Miami-based Ike Behar clothing brand will open its first store at 169 King St. on Dec. 3.
The flagship store will offer suits, sport coats, sportswear, dress shirts, neckwear, outerwear, lounge wear, slacks and accessories.
The company has offered custom-made dress shirts, ties and jackets through its Ike Behar brand since it was launched in New York in the 1960s by a Cuban-American of the same name.
From 1970-1982, the company made shirts for Ralph Lauren's then-budding business.
Downtown Charleston marks the company's first full-store retail venture, but it plans to add 10 other outlets during the next five years.
Charleston's newest toy store, Magnifilous Toy Emporium, is now open at 525 King St.
The shop, owned by former Upstate residents Blane and Nancy Sommer, will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting next month, but it wanted to get its doors open ahead of the holiday shopping season. It opened Tuesday.
The toy store carries Hansa stuffed animals, a player piano, carousel, Ferris wheel, Reutter Porcelain, puppets and other fun and stimulating products for children of all ages.
Manny's Mediterranean Cafe is now open at 41 George St. in downtown Charleston, in the former Patat Spot Friet & Falafel site.
Look for a grand opening and ribbon-cutting Nov. 30 at 12:30 p.m. with Mayor Joe Riley, Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, whose brother Michael operates the restaurant, and Charleston County Councilman Elliott Summey.
Natural Hideaway Medispa is moving from 217 Calhoun St. to 431/2 John St. in downtown Charleston this week. The spa offers laser treatments, fillers, Botox and Juvederm, facial peels and other services for the face.
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Wild Thyme Catering & Events at 280 W. Coleman Blvd. hopes to launch a storefront for lunch service by next week and eventually gourmet-to-go service.
Business owner Summer Stokes already offers off-site catering services for weddings, lunch and learns, drop-off meals, holiday events and other occasions.
The shop is in Suite L-1 at Northcutt Plaza and should begin offering lunch service by next week, if not before, Stokes said.
Sweetwater Grill & Cafe at 103 S. Main St. in Summerville served its last meal Wednesday.
The restaurant of 11 years had been operating month to month since its lease expired in 2011, but could not negotiate a new lease deal within its budget.
The building is owned by Mark Dietz, who also owns Oscar's in Summerville. He has no immediate plans for the building.
The closing does not affect other Sweetwater Cafes in greater Charleston.
Other restaurants that recently closed temporarily include Uno Mas, at 800 Allbritton Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, and Atlanticville, at 2063 Middle St. on Sullivan's Island. Uno Mas closed to repair its roof, but a real estate sign is out front. Atlanticville's voice mail says it will reopen in the spring.
McDonald's at 375 N. Highway 52 in Moncks Corner recently underwent several changes and will have its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The restaurant, owned by Carolyn Hunter, will give away free cheeseburgers to the first 200 customers during the grand opening, a meet-and-greet and magic show with Ronald McDonald, a door prize raffle for a 42-inch TV, a prize wheel with food giveaways, and activities for children including face painting, jump castle and interactive play area.
Several other specials are planned over the next several weeks.
The restaurant renovations include a new exterior, landscaping, drive-through window, furniture, lighting and contemporary color scheme.
The makeover is part of McDonald's USA's $1 billion effort to redesign the majority of its 14,000 U.S. restaurants by 2015. There are 32 McDonald's in the greater Charleston area.
Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.