A jewelry design business that specializes in symbolic accessories opened a store on King Street last week.

Alex and Ani opened Feb. 10 at 346 King St., a space formerly occupied by Thera M., a women's boutique that moved to 320 W. Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.

Alex and Ani designs are rooted in spirituality, with each piece representing a different form of "positive energy," according to the company's website. All the products are made in America with sustainable practices.

The King Street store, next door to American Apparel, is the first brick-and-mortar shop devoted to the jewelry line in South Carolina, but it's not the first time Charleston has seen the designs. Local boutiques such as Luna and II Brunettes have carried the label for a few years.

The jewelry company, which earned $230 million last year, recently introduced iBeacon technology to its fleet of 40 boutiques nationwide. The iBeacon is a new Apple device that emits Bluetooth signals to other nearby Apple devices, which enables the retailer to send push notifications to customers who enter their stores. Alex and Ani is one of the first national retailers to use the technology, according to the Washington Post.

New tenants

The Market at Oakland shopping center in the northern stretch of Mount Pleasant soon will add a restaurant and a massage spa to its lineup of businesses.

The owners of Wasabi, a Japanese restaurant in downtown Charleston, have leased a 4,246-square-foot restaurant space in the center. The property was most recently home to Neil Jordan's Steakhouse, which closed last year. Plans for the new restaurant haven't been released.

Hand & Stone Massage and Spa is also heading into the Kohl's-anchored shopping center. The space is under construction and the owners have yet to reveal an opening date.


Pearl, a women's boutique in Mount Pleasant, has shuttered its storefront at 453 W. Coleman Blvd. The boutique near Shem Creek announced on its Facebook page last week that Saturday was its last day in business. The store owners did not immediately return requests for comment about the closure.

Note: A previous version of this story contained the incorrect square footage for the Wasabi restauant space.

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