Black Bean Co. will have a fourth Charleston-area restaurant early next year.

Crews are busy transforming a former Burger King at 1527 Savannah Highway into a new Black Bean. It should open tentatively by early February, said co-owner Joe Lawlor.

The 3,500-square-foot restaurant in front of Kmart will include reclaimed wood from an old barn on Wadmalaw Island that will be incorporated in interior design and tables. Other Black Beans are in downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant and on James Island. Ellis Grossman is the other owner.


Kitchenware store Williams-Sonoma is moving up King Street after 12 years on the peninsula's main retail corridor.

The new store, set to open in March, will occupy 359 King, the former Sportsman's Shop between Calhoun and George streets. The 4,743-square-foot space is under construction.

No word on what will become of Williams-Sonoma's current space in the historic S.H.Kress Building at 281 King, though one name that keeps getting bandied about is trendy Swedish apparel chain H&M.

On the way

A new Key West-style restaurant called Kokomo Joe's is on the way at 1217 Savannah Highway in West Ashley. It's beside The Glass Onion restaurant. The current restaurant equipment at the location will be sold at auction by Bob Robeson & Associates at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Season's about over

The final Charleston Farmers Market of the year is Saturday. The location, as always, is Marion Square at King, Calhoun and Meeting streets. It runs from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The farmers market will reopen in April.

Wrapped up

Rapport's “Coats for Kids” collection event will run today through Saturday.

Area residents are asked to donate gently used children's, women's and men's coats during the store's normal business hours at 235 King St. in Charleston, In turn, Rapport customers will receive a 10 percent discount off of their entire purchase. All donated coats will benefit local families affiliated WINGS for Kids, a locally based after-school education program that teaches kids how to behave well, make good decisions and build healthy relationships.

Staying fit

Barre Evolution will have an open house 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in its newly opened studio at 70 Folly Road, above Nail Palace, in South Windermere Shopping Center.

Owned by Nancy Meyer and Nicole Wallen, the studio offers classes set to upbeat, motivating music and a ballet barre to help the body perform small, isometric movements that promise to lift your seat, carve flat abs and build long, lean thighs. It has eight instructors.

Also, Mission Yoga will hold a grand opening celebration 5-8 p.m. Saturday at 125 Spring St. in downtown Charleston. A one-year membership will be given away at the event.

Shining moon

Palmetto Moon, which started as a seasonal kiosk, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with nine stores across South Carolina. To celebrate, the stores are offering “The Big Give” from Saturday through Dec. 24.

Each day, they will reveal a prize, giveaway and special deal in The Post and Courier and on their Facebook page.

In the mall

Off Market Arts recently opened in Citadel Mall. The arts and crafts shop, owned by John Laukaitis, offers the artwork from Market Street artists, but also allows new artists with unique works to showcase their products.

John McDermott of The Post and Courier contributed to this report.

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