WISE COLUMN: New accessories store opens in downtown Charleston
Hampden women's clothing store has expanded with a new store in downtown Charleston.
Hampden now offers an accessories boutique next door to its flagship shop at 314 King St.
The cozy space will carry a selection of shoes, handbags, jewelry and gift items.
“Many of the designers we stock at Hampden began producing their own accessory lines as an extension of their brand and those items quickly became fashion's must-have pieces,” owner Stacy Smallwood said. “Over the last five years, Hampden has evolved from a standalone boutique into a nationally recognized brand, and through this growth, my vision has expanded beyond ready-to-wear. The timing is right to focus on accessories,” Smallwood said.
The addition gives shoppers 4,200 square feet.
FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt and Smallcakes now has a second shop in the Charleston area. The new dessert shop at 766 S. Shelmore Blvd. in Mount Pleasant sits in the Bi-Lo-anchored shopping center near I'On.
The shop features an outdoor patio, self-serve yogurt and toppings station, TVs and special parking for bikes and golf carts. It's owned by Geoff Dulaney. The other shop is at 39 George St. in downtown Charleston.
Deal a day
From free made-by-hand biscuits to complimentary cups of she-crab soup, the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is sharing 24 special offers in December via the virtual advent calendar at www.christmasincharleston.com.
Starting Saturday, a different time-sensitive deal will be revealed daily at 12:01 a.m. Every post will include information on that day's deal, the duration of the deal and the unique code or coupon required to redeem the deal.
New for 2012, the “Christmas in Charleston” calendar showcases Charleston-based and Charleston-made products. The schedule of specific deal reveals is a secret; however, a sample of the deals that will appear between Dec. 1-24 include:
Free pound of peanuts with every order of a Deluxe Lee Bros. Boil-Your-Own peanuts kit.
Free sample six-pack of biscuits with every order of Callie's Biscuits.
Free lip gloss with every order from the Peninsula Collection, a new luxury lip gloss line that features five shades inspired by and named for distinctively Charleston places.
10 percent off the price of Wonder Works' junior joggling board.
Free shipping on orders of Charleston Mix, the bloody mary mix.
Free cup of She Crab Soup with purchase of entrée at 82 Queen.
In addition to the calendar, the Christmas in Charleston site features holiday lodging packages and a calendar of seasonal events.
Midtown Bar & Grill at 559 King St. will donate a portion of all food and beverage sales from 4 to 7 p.m. today to Camp Happy Days for its “Holiday Giving Program” to help children with cancer. A donation of $5 or a toy is encouraged.
Also, Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., which owns more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express stores, donated $209,738 raised during its summer-long “Salute Our Troops” fundraising campaign to the S.C. Military Family Care Association, which provides emergency relief statewide to military members and their families in the event of unusual or unpreventable hardship.
The donation is almost double the $119,000 Kangaroo Express raised for the group during its inaugural campaign last year.
The Holiday Maker's Market of artists, craftspeople, growers and producers is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at 4400 Marblehead Lane in the Mixson neighborhood in North Charleston. The event will include music, food trucks, craft brews and bocce ball. For more, go to www.mixson.com.
Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.