A stylish makeover Former downtown dining spot to get new life as Cirque Salon Studios

The former Carolina’s restaurant in downtown Charleston will become a hair salon.

Where customers once sat to partake of fine dining in downtown Charleston, others will soon take a seat to be primped and pampered.

By early fall, Cirque Salon Studios will take over the former Carolina’s restaurant building at 10 Exchange St., adding a fourth location in the Charleston area, according to David Manzi, owner and operator of Cirque Salon.

Renovation of the 6,200-square-foot space will start in 30 to 60 days. The site will include 28 stalls for stylists, much like the other Cirque Salon locations in Mount Pleasant, Summerville and West Ashley.

Carolina’s, one of the original fine-dining establishments on the lower peninsula, opened in 1987 in an otherwise conventional downtown dining scene and closed two years ago. The pink building with wrought-iron fences tucked away near East Bay and Broad streets once housed Perdita’s, a French fine-dining restaurant that was established in 1953.

Another new retailer stepped into the Lowcountry recently. California-based Boot Barn now operates a 10,000-square-foot store in the Promenade at Northwoods Shopping Center in North Charleston.

The 7800 Rivers Ave. shop is next to Gander Mountain across from Northwoods Mall. The footwear merchant will offer discounts on certain items through Sunday.

Boot Barn operates two other stores in South Carolina, in Easley and Greenville.

A Michigan-based restaurant chain is setting up shop in Summerville. Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders recently leased a 2,400-square-foot shop in the Harris Teeter-anchored Sawmill Village Shopping Center on Bacons Bridge Road. It should open by the end of the year, according to Vitre Stephens of the commercial real estate firm Avison Young.

The site of two former restaurants in Mount Pleasant is being redeveloped into a mix of uses.

Oriental Garden and Fonduely Yours were bulldozed at 835 Coleman Blvd. earlier this year to make way for shops and offices.

The Granary at 624 Long Point Road in Belle Hall Shopping Center has signed a lease to move into the new structure being developed by Gramling Brothers Real Estate & Development Co., according Gramling’s Mikell Harper. Hibbetts Insurance and Dunes Properties will move into the new building as well. Another slot has not been leased yet.

Kirkland’s home decor and gift shop recently vacated its 5,540-square-foot store at 1501 U.S. Highway 17 in Wando Crossing Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant. The Tennessee-based company operates another local shop at 7620 Rivers Ave. in Northwoods Marketplace in North Charleston.

A once-sleepy corner in Berkeley County soon will see new life. A sign at U.S. Highway 52 and Cypress Gardens Road says a Spinx gas station and Waffle House are on the way. The intersection is near Foxbank Plantation subdivision.

Ruke’s produce stand will open for the season Monday at 378 Mathis Ferry Road in Mount Pleasant. The fresh vegetable stand, operated by Arthur Brown, will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday on the grounds of Holy Trinity AME Church.

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After working countless hours behind the salon chair, working on movie sets and traveling the states working for Colomer USA, now part of Revlon, Angie Ravenel has landed a new product in the world’s largest retailer.

Ravenel drove to Bentonville, Ark., headquarters of Wal-Mart, last year and pitched her idea. The Summerville resident, wife and mother of two noticed there wasn’t an all-natural product that cleans hair and neutralizes odors for people on the go after a workout or hospital stay, so the owner of Angie’s Hair Studio of North Charleston created Quick Clean Hair Mist under the label Aravenel Products.

“I’m proud to say Aravenel Products is black-owned, woman-owned and made in the USA,” Ravenel said.

The sulfate-free, no-rinse mist is available on walmart.com.

Downtown Charleston has a new art gallery. Meyer Vogl Gallery recently opened at 122 Meeting St. It’s the product of owners and artists Laurie Meyer and Marissa Vogl. Meyer’s daughter, Katie Geer, is the director. The 1,000-square-foot shop is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

A new online monthly subscription service focusing on children’s clothing with Southern influence recently launched. Smockbox is the product of Clemson University graduates Ali McAbee and Aly Biles and North Carolina native Parker Wilson.

A new hair-care salon is headed to Summerville. Hats Off Barber and Beauty Shop will hold its grand opening at 1 p.m. Tuesday at 321 E. Fifth N. St. A drop-in with refreshments is planned between noon and 2 p.m.

Do you know of a retail business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524 or twitter.com/warren lancewise.