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Charleston Amish Furniture plans to open May 15 in Ashley Landing Shopping Center in West Ashley. Leroy Burnell/Staff

An Amish-based furniture store is the latest to join a spate of home furnishing retailers setting up shop in West Ashley.

Charleston Amish Furniture plans to open in a 30,000-square-foot space at 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in Ashley Landing Shopping Center on May 15.

The new retailer will offer all Amish-made furnishings from Ohio and Indiana in the former Citi Trends space.

Matt Troyer, who co-owns the business with wife Beth, said he left the Amish lifestyle in Ohio at age 17 with a T-shirt, a pair of jeans and $20. He initially worked in masonry, then at times for his father when he opened a retail furniture shop, where he said he honed his craftsman mentality for quality and detail in home furnishings.

He later married Beth, a southern Mennonite, and the couple moved to South Carolina to launch Foothills Amish Furniture in Landrum 12 years ago. They plan to sell the Upstate shop and move to West Ashley this summer with their three young sons.

He said the new Charleston store will include a 2,000-square-foot deck to display outdoor furniture made in Ohio from recycled plastics. The upholstery line will come from Smith Brothers of Indiana.

Other recent home furnishing stores opening in West Ashley include Scandinavian-inspired housewares seller Hausful and home decor shop Blu Cotton, both in Outback Plaza on Sam Rittenberg, and home accent provider Hampton Home on Ashley River Road.

Also joining the home furnishings wave is a store opening on Daniel Island.

Upholstery Couture Designs recently leased a small space at 194 Seven Farms Drive, according to Tom McGee with commercial real estate firm CBRE. A June opening is planned.

The shop will focus on custom pieces such as furniture, headboards, pillows and cushions and offer upholstery repair and antique refinishing.

It also will be a second shop for the retailer. Upholstery Couture Designs operates another location at 1326 Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, offering reupholstered pieces.


Hilton Head-based women's handbag and accessories store Spartina 449 is the newest addition to the King Street shopping district in downtown Charleston. Leroy Burnell/Staff

In the bag

A Hilton Head-based women's handbag and accessories store is celebrating its grand opening in downtown Charleston this weekend.

Spartina 449 will officially launch 5-7 p.m. Thursday at 300 King St. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sweet tea and light bites will be offered Thursday along with in-store shopping discounts and specials through Sunday.

The new shop is open seven days a week with afternoon hours on Sunday.

Branching out

Moe's Southwest Grill is adding an eighth location in the Charleston area.

The Atlanta-based restaurant chain recently leased space at 4996 Centre Pointe Drive, across from Tanger Outlets in North Charleston, according to commercial real estate firms Lee & Associates and The Shopping Center Group. An opening date has not been announced.


Charleston's upper peninsula residents will soon have a pair of new places to shop for chardonnay, pinot noir and other vineyard productions.

Monarch Wine Merchants hopes to open by Memorial Day weekend at 1107 King St. Owner Justin Coleman, the former general manager at The Ordinary restaurant, decided to strike out on his own and open "an approachable, unpretentious, neighborhood wine shop." The 1,000-square-foot store will offer affordable bottles and rare vintages.

Also set to open this summer down the street is Graft, a creation of Femi Oyediran, the former advanced sommelier at Charleston Grill, and sommelier and winery veteran Miles White. Graft will be in a newly built multi-tenant structure at 700 King St., just north of Leon's Fine Poultry & Oysters.

New bling

Downtown Charleston now offers a new handcrafted jewelry store.

Seyahan Jewelry recently opened at 57 Broad St. beside Spencer Art Gallery. A product of couple Laura Parker and Matthias Weimer, it offers handmade jewelry from artisans in Turkey as well as some of Parker's own designs. They also operate a shop by the same name in Istanbul.

The couple moved to Charleston earlier this year because Parker wanted to be closer to her family. She is from Georgia and Weimer is from Germany.

In for a landing

The last of seven dining establishments to open in concert with the redevelopment of Charleston International Airport's terminal is now serving. 

Samuel Adams Brewhouse can be found on Concourse B, available to ticket holders only.

The pub-style bar and grill joins DeSano Pizza Bakery, Burger King, Caviar & Bananas, Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill, Harvest & Grounds Cafe and Bakery and Charleston Beer Works as dining options.

The airport's food and beverage concessionaire, Delaware North Co., sought a mix of local and national brands to round out offerings to just under 4 million passengers a year arriving and departing at the state's busiest terminal.

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Closed on King

After a four-year run, Bull Street Gourmet served its last dish at the end of April. The former restaurant and shop at 120 King St., just north of Broad Street, will reportedly be replaced with a new dining spot.

Also, a downtown Charleston retailer closed at the end of April when its 10-year lease expired. So Good Jewelry operated at 290 King St., next to the building that housed Nick's Original BBQ Restaurant before the structure was closed by the city because of structural issues.

Water works

A new wholesale plumbing supplier is in the pipeline for the Cainhoy area of Charleston.

North Carolina-based Murray Supply Co. plans to open its second South Carolina location this month in a big space at 2509 Clements Ferry Road.

The 50,000-square-foot business will feature commercial and residential plumbing and repair products; mechanical and industrial pipe, valves and fittings; and maintenance/repair/operations products for the multifamily housing market.

The company has another South Carolina store in Columbia and other sites in North Carolina and Virginia.

Changing hours

Starting Saturday, Johns Island Farmers Market will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the summer. The market can be found on the campus of Charleston Collegiate School at 2024 Academy Drive.

Pizza place

Summerville is getting a new pizza business. Leemar0's Pizzeria recently leased a space in a strip center at 487 Butternut Road, according to the commercial real estate firms ReMax Pro Realty and Lee & Associates. Look for an opening in late summer.

Beauty spots

J.C. Penney is adding Sephora cosmetics shops in 70 locations across the nation, including two South Carolina stores.

The beauty products retailer will join West Gate Mall in Spartanburg and Sumter Mall in Sumter.

Penney isn't bringing the makeup concept to the Charleston market. Sephora was previously supposed to come to the retailer's store at Citadel Mall, but the chain is closing its West Ashley location in late July.

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