Beautiful future in store for King Street space High-end makeup business Sephora plans first local standalone shop; Georgia-based Your Pie pizza business bakes up an expansion plan

Sephora, San Francisco-based beauty products retailer, is expanding to King Street.

Beauty products seller Sephora will open a store in March at 289 King St. in downtown Charleston, according to signs outside the building.

The space was vacated last year by Bebe clothing and accessories shop.

Sephora specializes in high-end makeup, hair, skin-care and other grooming products for women and men. The San Francisco-based company is well-known for its expansive line of designer brands, customer reward programs and samples.

The full, standalone Sephora retail store will be a first for the Charleston area, though a smaller selection of Sephora products can be found inside J.C. Penney at Northwoods Mall in North Charleston.

The makeup chain will add to the burgeoning beauty retail landscape in downtown Charleston, joining similar high-end stores Bluemercury and Cos Bar.

Another pizza chain wants a slice of the growing Charleston market.

Georgia-based Your Pie pizza plans to add five to seven new restaurants in the region over the next three years, said Ken Caldwell, vice president of development.

He said the growth of the Charleston area and the overall demographics “fit who we are.”

“Every market that is growing needs more pizza places,” Caldwell said. “Charleston is a food town for sure, and we are a food-first company. We think we do pizza differently from anybody else.”

The chain was founded by University of Georgia marketing graduate Drew French and wife Natalie. It uses a marinara recipe passed down from his wife’s family members on the island of Ischia, just off the coast of Naples, Italy.

The pizza chain operates a restaurant at 975 Savannah Highway at St. Andrews Shopping Center in West Ashley. It opened seven years ago. Nick Herron is the local franchisee. Your Pie also is looking to expand in the Rock Hill area and in the Upstate, where it has a Greenville restaurant.

The company has 27 restaurants, will open two more in February and another 20 during the next eight months or so, Caldwell said.

Last month, Ohio-based Donatos Pizza said it is planning four restaurants for the Charleston area. The first will open in May in Summerville.

Hobby Lobby will open its second Charleston-area craft and home decor store in North Charleston in March.

The 55,000-square-foot shop is taking over the space formerly occupied by Sports Authority in the Promenade at Northwoods shopping center on Rivers Avenue across from Northwoods Mall.

The Oklahoma City-based retailer plans to hire between 35 and 50 employees.

Hobby Lobby’s stores are open every day except Sunday. The store is the chain’s 15th in South Carolina. It has another shop in Mount Pleasant.

Job seekers can apply in person between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday at Residence Inn Marriott at 7457 Northside Drive in North Charleston, according to Hobby Lobby’s website.

Diamonds Direct, a Charlotte-based direct diamond importer, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at its new Mount Pleasant store.

The 6,500-square-foot shop, a first in South Carolina, is already open at 1911 U.S. Highway 17, near the Isle of Palms connector. It’s closed on Sunday.

Elizabeth Stuart Design is liquidating its warehouse at 422 Savannah Highway in West Ashley. The 4,500-square-foot former showroom will be selling merchandise through the end of February. ESD moved its main interior decorating shop to 215 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant three years ago. It is owned by Elizabeth Faith.

Stuart Laurence Salon will reopen Thursday at 243 Calhoun St. in downtown Charleston. The shop moved last weekend from 455 King St. after several years.

Zaxby’s is now serving at its ninth Charleston-area restaurant. The new 3,800-square-foot location opened earlier this week at 4845 Tanger Outlet Blvd., across from Tanger Outlets in North Charleston. The 70-seat restaurant, including a drive-through window, is open daily with extended hours on Friday and Saturday.

Coastal Laundries has submitted plans to the city of Charleston for new commercial development at 956 Wappoo Road. The city’s Technical Review Committee will consider the request Thursday. ... YOJ Events and Charleston Tuxedo recently leased a 2,000-square-foot shop at 162 Wentworth St. in downtown Charleston, according to property manager Southeastern Management Group.

Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar will open Monday in the former Mosaic Cafe location at 1150 Hungryneck Blvd. in Iron Gate Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant.

The American fusion restaurant will offer a grand opening Feb. 12-14 with lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and will host live entertainment throughout the weekend.

The restaurant will offer jazz nights every Wednesday during February and dueling pianists every Friday and Saturday night. The executive chef is Michael Rogers, who has previously worked at Poogan’s Porch and The Mustard Seed.

Local product design startup Distil Union will reopen its Objective Design Shop on Thursday at 525 King St. in Charleston. The company also will launch a crowd-funding campaign for its new product, the Stanley stand for smartphones, from 5-8 p.m. Visitors can see product models and talk with designers. The half-studio, half-shop first opened in November as a holiday pop-up store above Magnifilous Toy Emporium at the same address.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore gives away several beds each quarter to needy children between the ages of 3 and 16, according to North Charleston store manager Tom Nasce. To apply, go to the store’s website and click the Hope to Dream link at the bottom of the page. Ashley Furniture operates a local store at 4950 Centre Pointe Drive near Tanger Outlets. The local franchise is owned by The Parrott Group of Florence.

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