Palmetto Moon, the Charleston-based chain of Southern lifestyle stores owned by Robert Webster, has for the first time hired someone outside the family to helm the retailer.

John Pennell has replaced Webster's son-in-law, Eric Holzer, as president of Palmetto Moon less than a year after Holzer took the position.

Holzer left the company to relocate to Houston for personal reasons, but is still a part-owner of the company, according to Pennell.

Webster worked with Pennell at Belk, where they both held top positions. Webster retired from the company after 40 years and started Palmetto Moon in 2003 as a small kiosk in Citadel Mall. The specialty shop has since grown to nine stores across South Carolina.

Pennell joined Palmetto Moon as an adviser after leaving his position as a senior vice president with Stein Mart. As president, Pennell said he hopes to introduce a new design format so the stores will have a "more consistent look."

"Even though we have a different customer base in each location, they're all very similar, and overall it's all about South Carolina. We thought it was very important to reflect that same point of view at the same time," he said.

Shaping up

Publix has updates in the works at two of its older stores in the Charleston area.

Publix at 1000 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant's Queensborough Shopping Center is getting a new paint job, remodeled decor and some new food cases. In West Ashley, the store at Ashley Landing at 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. is adding a pharmacy.

Both projects are expected to wrap up by the end of September, said company spokeswoman Kimberly Reynolds.

Now open

The Art of Shaving, an upscale chain centered on grooming products for men, has opened a shop at the Belmond Charleston Place hotel at 248 King St. The space formerly was occupied by Lacoste, which closed in January after 10 years at the downtown storefront. The Art of Shaving is a New York-based chain of men's stores that offers products such as razors, brushes and lathers.

WINGing it

Whole Foods Market at 923 Houston Northcutt Blvd. in Mount Pleasant will donate 5 percent of the sales Tuesday to WINGS for Kids, a Charleston-based nonprofit organization that educates children about building strong relationships and making wise decisions. Each Whole Foods store across the country hosts several community outreach initiatives a few times year.

Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5906.