WISE COLUMN: Two Charleston fabric shops closing

The final day for Not Just Fabrics is Thursday.

Owner Harper Bech-Correa had intended to relocate shortly after closing her shop at 1610 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley at month's end, but the site she was interested in fell through and she has decided to close indefinitely.

Some items are now marked down up to 70 percent. She also is selling some equipment and fixtures.

She does intend to reopen eventually, just in a smaller space than the current 13,000-square-foot shop, which she bought from the previous owner four years ago after working with him for 11 years in the 23-year-old business. Look for the shop to re-emerge in about four to six months.

Also closing is Knit, a knitting shop at 87 Wentworth St. in downtown Charleston. It's last day is May 4. All stock is on sale. Even the fixtures can be bought. The business, co-owned by Gay Murrill and Faye Slater, is for sale as well. Even the three-story building, with two upstairs apartments over the business, can be bought, Murrill said. Special orders will be curtailed, and sale items cannot be returned.

Murrill started Knit with her daughter, Mollie Howey, at 7 Charlotte St. eight years ago before moving to the 1,500-square-foot Wentworth shop after one year. Murrill plans to spend her summers outside Boone, N.C., where she has a house, and maintain her house on James Island as well. Slater, of James Island also, is unsure what she plans to do.

Bottoms up

F&J Beverage Co. founders John Glenn and Joe Good have now added a new product to their mixer offerings. In addition to Fat and Juicy Bloody Mary Mix, they now offer Fat and Juicy Margarita Mix. The new mix combines key limes with a hint of orange and tamarind. F&J's brand is available in more than 6,000 retailers and restaurants in 46 states and in four foreign countries.

Filling in

Mount Holly Shopping Center at 604 St. James Ave. in Goose Creek will be fully occupied later this spring when Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt opens, according to Trey Lucy and Blair Belk of Lincoln Harris real estate firm. The center is across from Walmart on U.S. Highway 176.

Signing on

Mount Pleasant has a new sign store. Signarama is now open at 1303 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Suite 2. Local resident Andy Bonner is the owner. The company has nearly 900 stores in more than 50 countries and uses cutting-edge industry software and production techniques to provide sign and graphic services to businesses.

Stepping up

Biggby Coffee is holding a fundraising event through March 20 for the Summerville Miracle League, an adaptive baseball program for children and adults with special needs. One dollar from every Grande or Super specialty beverage purchased will be donated to the league. Shops are at 717 Trolley Road in Summerville and 8465 Dorchester Road in North Charleston.

Still operating

Robot Candy Co. at 322 King St. will close its downtown Charleston store June 1 when its lease expires, though the owners hope to add another location downtown.

Look for their other shop at 644 Long Point Road in Belle Hall Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant.

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

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