Madewell, a women’s retail chain owned by J.Crew, could soon make its way to King Street.

Plans submitted to the city this week for the trendy retailer revealed an updated storefront at 282 King St., in the space previously occupied by Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.

The store would be the first Madewell in South Carolina.

Madewell is like J.Crew’s hippie sister, with more emphasis on bohemian styles than J.Crew’s signature polished look. The price point is about the same, with most blouses priced between $60-$100.

Beer here

The seeds have been planted for a beer garden in downtown Charleston.

Plans to demolish a building at Spring and Coming streets and replace it a one-story restaurant by summer were submitted for approval from the Board of Architectural Review this week.

Real estate agent Marc Williams said the primary concept is a beer garden, but a major emphasis will be on its cuisine, American “comfort” food.

“We love the neighborhood, and selling beer in Charleston is not a hard thing to do,” Williams said. “But there’s also a big food focus. We’ve taken a lot of time designing the kitchen, and spent a lot of time and money designing the menu.”

The architectural design features a large interior courtyard, and Williams said it was strategically placed away from the streets to keep the noise down in the neighborhood.

Lacing up

Rack Room Shoes is putting its best foot forward when it opens in Tanger Outlet Mall this weekend with a grand-opening celebration. The store officially opens at 10 a.m. Saturday once the ribbon, actually a giant shoelace, gets snipped.

The first 100 customers will receive discounts or vouchers for free shoes. Two customers will win free shoes for a year or a two-minute shopping spree.

Rack Room now operates four stores in the region, with one on the peninsula, one in Mount Pleasant and another in North Charleston.

“We’ve been in the Charleston market for more than 20 years, so we have a great following and customer base,” said regional manager Kevin Stimson.


Austin’s Food and Drink, a design-your-own sandwich and salad shop, has called it quits after a few months in business at 116 Spring St. this week. A letter posted on the door read, “We have enjoyed serving you, but unfortunately we have closed the business. We thank all of you.”

Note: Previous versions of this story included information about the Record Expo occurring this weekend in West Ashley. The expo took place in September. The Post and Courier apologizes for the error.

Contact Abigail Darlington at 937-5906 or adarlington@postand