Rack Room Shoes is opening its fifth location in the Charleston market Thursday in the new Corner at Wescott Shopping Center in North Charleston.

The value-oriented shoe store is moving into a 6,000 square-foot space next to Marshalls, another off-price retailer that opened in the shopping center at 9514 Dorchester Road last month.

Kevin Stimson, regional manager of Rack Room, said the new location will be a chance to serve a more residential customer base.

"Our other stores in Charleston - like the Tanger store that opened this fall and our downtown location - tend to draw more tourists, so we're excited to extend our presence to a neighborhood strip center anchored by great tenants," Stimson said.


Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant will offer free makeup applications and hairstyling from expert stylists at its "Dial up your Style" event from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The local department store at 916 Houston Northcutt Blvd. is hosting the styling event as a curtain-raiser for Charleston Fashion Week, which will be held March 18-22 in Marion Square.

Guests can also enter to win VIP Lounge Charleston Fashion Week tickets and a Vanity Salon gift basket.

Virtual to reality

Dandy Boutique, a locally owned accessories, clothing, and home decor store that is primarily based online, is relocating from an office space at 231 King St. to its first retail shop on 43 John St. The boutique next to Paolo's Gelato should be open by mid-April. The former tenant at 43 John St., Cabana Gauze 2, vacated the space about a month ago.

Gas up and give

Kangaroo Express stores in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia are encouraging their customers to donate $1 each until April 5 to Victory Junction, a charity that provides a year-round camping program for children with serious medical conditions. The fundraising efforts began at Kangaroo's Charleston stores three years ago, and donations have since reached $3 million, which has sent 1,100 children to Victory Junction.

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