Barton & Burwell calling it quits

Barton & Burwell, which used to have a store at South Windermere Shopping Center in West Ashley, is closing its remaining stores in Mount Pleasant and Johns Island.

The lingering recession has sunk another outdoors shop.

Locally owned Barton & Burwell will close both of its Charleston-area fishing and hunting supply stores after not reeling in enough customers, store owner Steve Martin said.

The company's stores at 675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant and at 3155-A Maybank Highway on Johns Island are in the process of store liquidation sales, according to Martin.

The company just opened its new Mount Pleasant store two months ago, but Martin said sales have been sluggish.

He also cited the closeout of the local Boater's World stores, owned by Ritz Camera, which recently emerged from bankruptcy, as another factor.

"It's been a little bit of everything," Martin said. " It's just been very slow."

The stores are offering 10 percent off firearms, gun safes and bows, and 25 percent off everything else.

Martin said the stores will remain open until all the merchandise is sold.

Shifting sands

For more than 10 years, Marilyn Reeves has operated Sea & Shell at 74-B N. Market St. in downtown Charleston.

But after Saturday, she will sail her business to a new port. Reeves is moving her nautically themed business to Johns Island.

Her showroom of shell-inspired custom mirrors and statuary will be inside Seashore Gifts at 3375 Maybank Highway.

Reeves said her gift shop has has evolved over the years into more custom items, and she will concentrate on her Sea Dreams line for decorators, architects and anyone yearning for nautical designs.

Moving into her old shop by early September will be Sally Bettes Resort Shop, which owner Dana White calls resort wear and accessories for men and women, though it will cater mainly to women.

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Pencil it in

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Retail radar

Butterfly Women's Consignment Boutique is now open at 482 King St. in downtown Charleston. Owner Amanda Rosen thinks the new shop will meet downtown customers' desires for high-end designer, couture and mall-brand clothes, shoes, purses and other items at affordable prices.

This is Rosen's second shop. She has another in Belle Hall Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant.

Moncks Corner-based Delta Pharmacy & Medical Supply is now open at 320 East Bay St. in downtown Charleston. This is the fourth drug store for the family-owned franchise.

Other stores are in Moncks Corner, Elloree and Eutawville, according to co-owner Willis High.

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