Construction of the new Burris Liquor store at 418 Meeting St. is underway.

The store that's been at Reid and Meeting streets for 46 years will be demolished once the new store across the street is built. Owner Clyde Burris said he leased the lot for 99 years to Charlotte-based Tara Investments, which will build a five-story, 165-room hotel next to the Holiday Inn.

Work on the new two-story liquor store began last week. It should be open by July, Burris said.

On the Boulevard

The Boulevard, a housing and retail complex on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, officially opened Thursday. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, it was announced that Stox Salon and Day Spa would open on the first floor. The salon and spa has three other locations in South Carolina: two in Litchfield Beach and one in Murrells Inlet. Maverick Southern Kitchens also will be opening a restaurant on the first floor of the mixed-use complex. A name is expected to be announced early next year, said Dick Elliott, the Charleston-based dining group's founder and president.


Fuzzco, a local branding agency, has turned its former office space at 851/2 Spring St. into the Pretend Store, a space for a series of pop-up shops.

Since October, the store has housed company design studios, and this month, it's a retail space.

Harper Poe, the Charleston-based designer behind the women's apparel label Proud Mary, is operating the temporary boutique throughout December. In addition to her designs featuring South American textiles, Poe's store carries merchandise by several California-based designers. It's open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Comics booking

Comic book collectibles will be featured at the Taking Flight comic book show noon-5 p.m. Saturday at The Sparrow at 1078 E. Montague Ave. in North Charleston. The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to donate $5 or an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots at the door. Tracy Yardley, artist of Sonic the Hedgehog comic, will be among several graphic artists at the show to display original works and sign autographs.

Flour power

Luckhaus & Brubaker Sweets & Treats has opened at 1939 Maybank Highway. The sweets shop is the brainchild of The Sanctuary former executive pastry chef Larry Brubaker and sous pastry chef Robyn Luckhaus.


Checkers Drive-In Restaurants has expanded to a third location in the Charleston area at 1846 Remount Road in North Charleston. The Tampa, Fla.-based restaurant chain has 800 locations across the country. Company spokesman Greg Avdoian said the additional location in Charleston reflects Checkers' overall effort to increase its presence in South Carolina.

Dunkin' Donuts is also expanding in the area. Its third Mount Pleasant location opened last week at 1683 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. It's open daily from 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

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