From a tiny acorn, and hundreds of years later, a fundraising effort is born to save a mighty tree.

In the race to raise money to preserve land around the Angel Oak on Johns Island, 16 Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. stores in the Charleston area will seek contributions at the cash register from customers through the Charity Classic fundraiser.

The Charleston-based grocery store operator is helping Lowcountry Open Land Trust in its drive to raise $1.2 million by the end of September to buy 17 acres near the historic tree and save the land from development. The Pig has a store across the road from the giant oak.

Nailed down

A new home decor store is coming to Moncks Corner. Buddy’s Home Furnishings has leased a 3,000-square-foot retail shop in the Bi-Lo-anchored shopping center at 110 Bi-Lo Drive in Moncks Corner, according to Lee & Associates real estate firm.

Lobby talk

Rumors have been flying that Hobby Lobby is going into the former Sofa Super Store building on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

But for now, that’s all they are.

“We do not have a store going into the Rivers Avenue-Sofa Super Store location,” said Carla Crowell with Hobby Lobby Real Estate in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Turning out the lights

Sleep Quarters at 1039 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant will close Aug. 31. It’s in Anna Knapp Plaza.

Elsewhere in the town, Chic Antique Hidden Treasures of Charleston at 675-D Johnnie Dodds has closed.

On tap

Connections, a new bar, is on tap for the space formerly occupied by Patrick’s Pub and Grill in West Ashley. Look for an opening at 1377 Ashley River Road tentatively in early September, pending final preparations.

Metal makeover

Alex and Ani, an eco-friendly jewelry boutique, will open at 346 King St. this fall, according to Domicile Real Estate Brokerage.

All of the rings, earrings, bangles and necklaces are made in the U.S. from recycled materials. The shop is going in the site of Thera M., which reportedly is looking for another site in the Charleston area.

Oil patch

Lowcountry Olive Oil, a gourmet olive oil company operated by Laurie and Jason Benjamin, recently leased 1,120 square feet of retail space at 272 Meeting St. on the peninsula, according to Chad Yonce with Southeastern Management Group real estate firm.

The current tenant, Edward Jones, will relocate to the ground floor of Elan Midtown apartments at 441 Meeting St. once construction is completed.

The financial advisory firm is one of the first businesses to lease commercial space in the luxury apartment building.

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