Dell’z Deli is branching out.

The popular sandwich shop near Cannon and King streets in downtown Charleston will open a second location at the end of March at 511 Rutledge Ave., just north of the Crosstown.

It will carry vegan and vegetarian menu items only, owner Dell Grayson said. And it will have ample seating with a counter and tables in the new 1,500-square-foot shop.

The original Dell’z, in its tiny 350-square-foot space, will continue to operate as usual.

McClellanville makeover

Bulls Bay Supply, a general merchandise store with everything from hardware to candy bars, has shut down after 33 years in McClellanville.

McClellanville residents and shop owners Oliver and Debbie Thames closed the shop last week at 10086 U.S. Highway 17 to enjoy their retirement.

But if everything goes as planned, it won’t stay dark long.

Emmett McCrea of Kingstree, a forest consultant, farmer and entrepreneur, is in talks to buy the store. If the closing occurs, he plans to reopen the store and start by cleaning the 10,800-square-foot shop and rearranging store shelves.

He plans to add sporting goods, convert one of three offices into a small kitchen with breakfast and lunch items, build onto the store for hardware items and construct a metal building as a marine accessories center. Eventually, he plans to add produce and sweetgrass basket stands and a fish market on the 5.38-acre site.

Sweet treat

A Florida-based company that makes custom chocolates is opening in Mount Pleasant.

Tasty Image will hold its grand opening today at 644 Long Point Road, Suite E, in Belle Hall Shopping Center. A ribbon-cutting at noon will feature company founder Derri Cerbone and Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails.

It prints messages, company logos or photos with edible ink on chocolate.

Grand opening activities include a ChocoDoodle contest for kids, a prize wheel, business card raffle and free chocolate samples. Festivities include an appearance by Ruffle the Truffle, the company’s mascot.

The new 1,000-square-foot shop will be owned and operated by Arpan and Neha Kotecha. The company’s other stores are in California, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

New pattern

Aubergine Home Collection is moving. The fabric shop, which also has a retail site in Freshfields Village between Kiawah and Seabrook islands, will move from 215 Coleman Blvd. near Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant to the Food Lion-anchored shopping center at Maybank Highway and River Road on Johns Island on March 1.

Owner Grace Hibbin said she wanted a better location for her workshop, where she makes bed linens and draperies and sells fabrics. The new workshop will be open on a limited basis.

No word on what will take over the current Mount Pleasant site, which served as Down to Earth nursery until 2008 when the housing and financial markets collapsed. Aubergine occupied the site for about two years, after moving from a site near Queensborough Shopping Center off Anna Knapp Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.

Property owner Mike Gleaton said several people are interested in the location just past Shem Creek.


Earlier versions of this story indicated the closing for Bulls Bay Supply had occurred but it had not yet taken place as of Thursday.

Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or