The nations’ largest barbecue restaurant chain will open its first franchise in North Charleston today.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 7620 Rivers Ave., Suite 375 will give away gift cards worth up to $50 to the first 50 customers in the door when the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. today.

The opening celebration continues with more giveaways on Friday. On Saturday, barbecue sandwiches will be on sale for $2 each and radio station 103.5 WEZL will be on site from 1-3 p.m. Three customers will win free Dickey’s Barbecue for a year.

The Dallas-based barbecue joint has more than 300 locations in 40 states. South Carolina is home to five Dickey’s franchises, but the new North Charleston restaurant is the first in the tri-county area. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Vintage Shop

Cavortress, a local vintage clothier and designer brand, opened its first storefront on Tuesday in Suite I of Mount Pleasant’s Belle Hall Shopping Center at 644 Long Point Road.

The grand opening celebration will be Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Customers who check into the store on the Yelp mobile application on Nov. 29 and 30 will receive 15 percent off their purchase of one item and will have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the store.

Cavortress offers mostly women’s apparel, both new and vintage, and some home goods. The store will also carry select men’s pieces.

Designer Julie Wheat cultivates vintage clothing and accessories and has worked with costume departments of “Army Wives” and “Reckless,” television shows filmed in Charleston.

Wheat also teaches fashion merchandising at the Art Institute of Charleston.

Giving Thanks

Out of Hand, a Mount Pleasant boutique in the Old Village, is hosting its annual Thanksgiving party from 6-8 p.m. today as a way to say “thanks” to its staff and clientele.

The store at 113 Pitt St. will host a trunk show by Nina Jane, a jewelry artist based in Mississippi. Camp Perri, an art camp for children next door to Out of Hand, will debut its holiday calendar of events at the gathering.

Refreshments will be served by Squeeze On Site, the catering arm of the Downtown bar, Squeeze. Guests are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate.

Design and Sign

Menswear designer Alan Fusser is stopping at local Steinmart stores this weekend.

Fusser will visit the Mount Pleasant location at 600 Long Point Road from 5-7 p.m. Friday and the West Ashley store at 925 Savannah Highway from 12-2 p.m. Saturday.

He will discuss his eye for fashion and his collection of menswear sold exclusively at Steinmart. Fusser will also sign copies of his books, “Dressing the Man,” and “Style and the Man.”

New Dog House

Paws in Paradise is moving from its location on 1113 Bowman Road in Mount Pleasant to 1058 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.

The day care and spa for dogs will open in its new location on Feb. 1.

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