Retail: Keeping up with King St. in downtown Charleston
King Street has had a hard time sitting still lately. It seems there’s always at least one business moving in, or an old one moving out. This week, the retail corridor has a whole crop of transformations to reveal.
Revolutionary Eating Ventures has set forth plans for a new restaurant at 710 King, next to Zappo’s Pizza. The dining group behind establishments such as Taco Boy and Monza has submitted a design to the Board of Architectural Review for approval. REV plans to renovate a one-story masonry building and add a patio with outdoor seating.
Thera M., a locally owned women’s boutique, has packed up and headed to Mount Pleasant after three years at 346 King. The shop will reopen at the beginning of December in the Shoppes of Mount Pleasant at 320 W. Coleman Blvd., According to a post on the boutique’s Facebook page. This is the second address change for Thera M., which was established by Megan Berrard on Daniel Island in 2008.
The King Street space isn’t likely to stay shuttered for long. Alex and Ani, an eco-friendly jewelry store, is seeking city approval to update Thera M.’s former storefront. If the sign changes are approved, it could soon be American Apparel’s new neighbor.
Jeweler Carolyn Rafaelian established the first Alex and Ani in 2004 in Rhode Island and has expanded to more than 100 locations around the country. Many boutiques such as II Brunettes and Luna carry the jewelry line, but the King Street store would be the first shop in South Carolina.
Late-night cravings for pita sandwiches may not be so easy to quench in a few months. Pita Pit isn’t renewing its lease at 351 King at the end of the year. The space will be available on Feb. 1, according to a real estate firm marketing the property.
Pita Pit, a fast-casual franchise that began in Canada, has been serving pita wraps near the College of Charleston for nearly a decade. It’s one of the only eateries on King that stays open until at least 2 a.m. every night except Sunday.
A cookie boutique is joining the legion of dessert shops on King. King Street Cookies is opening at 370 King in about two weeks, according to co-operator Harris Cohen.
The bakery will offer gourmet cookies, ice cream, coffee and espresso. Cohen said that although there are places to find cupcakes and donuts among the stretch of King Street shops, cookies weren’t as easy to come by.
“There’s nothing like this really on King Street,” Cohen said. “It’s an ideal location, it’s ideal for the college, tourists and the locals. I think it will do well.”
King Street Marketing Group, the agency behind Second Sunday on King Street, is launching another monthly shopping event, this time on the upper portion of the street. The first Shop and Stroll event is on Friday from 4-8 p.m., and will continue on the third Friday of every month.
Businesses on upper King stretch from Calhoun to Spring Streets will hold receptions, merchandise specials and other activities. Participating businesses include Magnifilous Toy Emporium, Butterfly Women’s Consignment and Seeking Indigo.
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