Post and Courier
December 21, 2014

Michaels craft store to take over former West Ashley Books-a-Million space

Posted: 09/23/2013 07:00 a.m.
By Warren L. Wise

The former Books-a-Million store in West Ashley will soon turn the page on its vacancy for most of this year.

Irving, Texas-based Michaels craft store plans to take over the roughly 20,000-square-foot building, according to property owner Steve Varn.

The shop at Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Orleans Road beside Best Buy housed the bookstore until February, when it closed.

The craft store should open by March. Refurbishment of the free-standing building will start soon.

Varn called the opening “a good sign for retail” in an area that has been smarting from the troubles at Citadel Mall and a rash of other closings.

Michaels has other stores in the area in North Charleston and Mount Pleasant.

Hatching soon

Another Broken Egg Cafe will make its South Carolina debut on Sept. 30 with its grand opening on 99 S. Market St., former site of Barbara Jean’s. The comfort food and breakfast chain managed by Double R Restaurant Group is primarily concentrated in the Southeast, with 30 locations nationwide.

Patrons can try it before its official opening during a three-day preview and fundraising event. Breakfast and comfort food will be served 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Though you won’t be billed for the meal, those who dine on Thursday are asked to make donations to the Charleston Library Society, Friday diners should donate to the Charleston Parks Conservancy and Saturday diners to Crisis Ministries. The menu features more than 60 breakfast and lunch items, most of which are priced between $8 and $15.

Here’s the rub

Massage Envy has leased a 1,298-square-foot shop at 1948 Long Grove Drive, Suite 2, in Seaside Farms in Mount Pleasant, according to The Beach Company-Beach Commercial real estate.

Fresh brew

Another brewery is headed to North Charleston.

Freehouse Brewery is looking to open this fall at 2895 Pringle St. off Azalea Drive in North Charleston.

It takes its name from owner Arthur Lucas’ time in the United Kingdom, when some pubs called free houses could sell what they wanted while others owned by large breweries had to meet a sales quota of their owner’s beer and offered a limited selection.

Freehouse will join several other coastal brewers, including Coast, Westbrook, Holy City, Palmetto, Frothy Beard and the still-formulating Olde Charlestowne Brewing Co. headed for West Ashley.

Piece of pie

DeSano’s Pizzeria is open at 94 Stuart St. on the Charleston peninsula. It’s close to Taco Boy.



Warren L. Wise can be reached at 937-5524.