WISE COLUMN: Samsung answers Apple with electronics shops in Best Buy
Samsung's answer to Apple is a series of new shops inside electronics giant Best Buy. The electronics maker has installed one of its first 1,400 planned shops across the nation in the Best Buy store at 7612 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston.
The Samsung Experience Shop will provide a full range of products, including mobile phones, tablets, laptop computers, connected cameras and accessories. The shops will open in all Best Buy stores by this summer.
The nearest Apple Store is on King Street in downtown Charleston.
One door closes
Three years after moving from Mount Pleasant to Charleston's tourist district, Barbara Jean's Restaurant and Bar at 99 S. Market St, is closing. Sunday is its last day.
But the site won't remain vacant long. Destin, Fla.-based Another Broken Egg Cafe plans to open in the space in July, according to its website. Broken Egg started in Louisiana in 1994, and now has 26 restaurants across the Southeast and California with five others in the works. Look for a lot of egg-inspired dishes.
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches now has two restaurants in Mount Pleasant. The new location opened Wednesday at 1492 Highway 17 across from Wando Crossing Shopping Center. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday. It also offers delivery and catering.
Tonya McGue owns the store, and Melissa Evans and Chris Greene operate it. The other Mount Pleasant site is at 966 Houston Northcutt Blvd.
Page's Okra Grill in Mount Pleasant is scouting Summerville for a second location. The restaurant prefers to build from the ground up but is looking at other options as well.
Most drug stores like to build on a corner, but a Walgreens planned for Mount Pleasant is not. Maybe it's counting on the high-profile draw of Trader Joe's and Whole Foods since plans are to build it between the two specialty grocers, according to town officials. The new pharmacy is looking to build on the current site of a dental office and an office building at 389 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. It's next door to BMW fix-it shop Extremely Bimmers.
Mount Pleasant Towne Centre Farmers Market opens Saturday for its third season. Held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Aug. 17, it features in-season produce, specialty vendors, food artisans and giveaways. Vendors will rotate weekly. If you are a local farmer or food artisan and would like to join the market, call Kristi Tolley at 216-9900.
Also, Summerville Farmers Market is now open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the parking lot of First Citizens Bank adjacent to Summerville Town Hall at 200 S. Main St. The market is open through Nov. 23.
Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.