Basil, the popular Thai-food restaurant in downtown Charleston, hopes to give East Cooper residents a present by Christmas.

Restaurant co-owner Henry Eang has applied for a permit from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control to build a 7,000-square-foot, two-story dining establishment at Seaside Farms off Long Grove Drive in Mount Pleasant.

Eang, who owns the restaurant with his brother Chai Eang, both former Cambodian refugees who survived the radical Khmer Rouge's genocide under rebel leader Pol Pot in the late 1970s, said the new restaurant will be more than twice the size of the current dining spot at 460 King St. that opened in 2002 in what was once a Huddle House.

The new site will include an upstairs bar and large patio for dining outside and it should open in December, he said.

Giving back

Belk's semi-annual Charity Sale to benefit 95 local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations runs this Saturday from 6 to 10 a.m. throughout the Charlotte-based company's 16-state market area, including South Carolina and its four stores in the Charleston area.

The fall benefit raised more than $4 million for charities, including $82,700 for metro Charleston.

The four-hour, in-store shopping event provides a chance for customers to support worthwhile charities and take advantage of special discounts on purchases made during the event.

In exchange for a $5 donation, customers will receive a ticket admitting them to the Charity Sale and entitling them to merchandise discounts ranging from 20 to 70 percent on many items. Customers also will receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more, and Belk cardholders will receive points on their purchases.

The first 100 customers in each store will receive free Belk gift cards ranging in value from $5 to $100 and a chance to win one of three $1,000 Belk gift cards being awarded company-wide. Also, all participating charities and schools will be registered automatically to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk in a company-wide drawing.

Tickets are on sale at Belk stores and local charities.

Also on Saturday, Belk will show off its spring and summer dresses with informal modeling at all stores from 1-4 p.m. Customers can win a chance for one of three $500 dress wardrobes.

Retail radar

Citadel Mall will see a new store, Charleston Bead Co. , in the Belk wing by early May. The shop offers thousands of exotic beads, semi-precious stones, finished pieces and anything that jewelry-making enthusiasts could ever need. Jewelry also can be customized in the store. Repairs, jewelry "how-to-classes," birthday parties and bridal consulting are also offered. Owner is Robin Siegel.

Sephora beauty products are coming to JC Penney at Northwoods Mall. The grand opening is at 10 a.m. Friday.

In the know? Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren Wise at 937-5524 or