Belk sets date for new men’s store opening

Belk at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre will expand substantially in size over the next year.

The first finished product of the Belk expansion in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre is almost ready for its debut.

The 125-year-old Charlotte-based department store operator will reveal its new standalone men’s store at 1100 Market Center Blvd. 6-9 p.m. Nov. 10.

Like a satellite of the mothership, Belk Men’s Store is going across the parking lot from the main department store. It’s taking a 30,000-square-foot building that previously housed an Earth Fare grocery store and the short-lived Guy Harvey seafood restaurant.

The grand opening celebration has an appropriately masculine theme with craft beer by Holy City Brewing on tap, giveaways of hand-rolled cigars and a silent auction of men-only products. Music is provided by DJ Big Hair Dave.

There also will be special promotional sales. Proceeds benefit Lowcountry AIDS Services. Donors receive a gift bag.

At its 82,000-square-foot main store, Belk is adding 30,000 square feet and a parking deck. That phase of the expansion is expected to be ready by this time next year.

Paderewski Fine Art & Sportsmans Gallery will celebrate its first Charleston location with an opening reception at 5 p.m. Friday. Gallery owner Michael Paderewski curates sporting and wildlife art and owns a second gallery in Beaver Creek, Colo. Mayor Joe Riley will cut the ribbon at 216-B King St. above Savannah Bee Co.

Landis Hair is Art salon opened this weekend at 1022 Savannah Highway. Salon owner and stylist Landis Powers closed Landis Salon at 141 Calhoun St. in April after 17 years in business downtown. Since Powers is also an artist, the move to a larger salon near Avondale will provide more space to display his artwork.

Landis’ daughter, Madalyn Powers, is joining the team of stylists at the new salon. She specializes in makeup and wedding hairstyles. The salon is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

BlueCross Blueshield of South Carolina is opening a new storefront, South Carolina Blue, in Towne Centre Place in Mount Pleasant. The Columbia-based health insurer is relocating its walk-in location from The Plaza at East Cooper a couple of miles south. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at 1795 Highway 17.

Families are invited to bring their “little monsters” to the Tanger Outlet Mall in North Charleston for a Halloween trick-or-treat event 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. Tanger Shopping Services and several stores in the center will give out candy and toys to kids under 12 who are in costume.

A Bubble Tea Cafe has leased a 900-square-foot space on the peninsula at 159 Church St. ... In West Ashley, Danjusty Beauty Supply LLP leased 2,055-square feet at 630 Skylark Drive.

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