Berlin’s celebrates 130 years on King St.

Longtime Charleston retail merchant Berlin’s has been around the block.

There’s only one retailer in Charleston that can boast it has survived Hurricane Hugo and the earthquake of 1886, the two most devastating natural disasters in Charleston’s history.

But those are hardly the only accomplishments Berlin’s Clothing will celebrate this month during its 130th anniversary.

“I do feel proud, but I can’t rest on my laurels saying we’ve been in business for many, many years. We will continue,” said co-owner Steve Berlin.

A hallmark of the historic shopping district on lower King Street, Berlin’s has outfitted men and women in upscale fashions since Henry Berlin opened its doors on Sept. 20, 1883.

Steve Berlin describes his store’s style as “updated traditional,” with its high-end North American and Italian apparel.

The style also applies to the building itself, which was recently remodeled to highlight its historic traits.

“We brought it back to what it used to look like with copper around the windows, and we took all the paint off,” Berlin said.

Inside, carpets and ceilings were stripped to bare hardwood floors and a tin ceiling.

“It still it has the warmth and the character that the store has always had,” Berlin said.

Mayor Joseph P. Riley will address the contributions the store and the Berlin family have made to the city on Thursday at a private event.

Berlin’s has been in the family for four generations, and Berlin said he hopes to make it to five.

“I hope we make it some more generations, I’ve got two little boys,” he said.

The Mustard Seed in Summerville closed Sept. 27 after more than a decade in business, marking the fourth restaurant of the Dine With Sal restaurant group to close this year.

Andrea Sherman Parco, who handles marketing for the group owned by husband Sal Parco, said they’re “right sizing,” not downsizing.

“We’re not going belly up,” she said. “Instead of spreading himself nine ways, now he can spread out five ways, and it’s really much better.”

The remaining restaurants are the Village Bakery, Long Point Grill, Boulevard Diner, and The Mustard Seed, all in Mount Pleasant, and The Mustard Seed on James Island.

The restaurant group closed the Boulevard Diner in James Island and Uno Mas and Sette in Mount Pleasant earlier this year.

Pane e Vino was leasing the building where Sette was, but it closed Sept. 30. Parco said her husband still owns the building, and that they have not yet decided on the next tenant.

Carolina Business Interiors, an office space design company, has moved after nearly a decade at 416 King St. to 526 King St., above Indaco. Ben Ham Images is expected to move into CBI’s old address by the end of the year.

Ben Ham is a fine art photographer who captures landscapes with a wooden field camera, a type used mostly in the 19th century. The black-and-white images reflect scenery of the Lowcountry, Rocky Mountains and the Southwest.

Construction is underway and the photo gallery should be open by December, said Patrick Price with PrimeSouth Group.

Charleston Bead Co. in Citadel Mall is going out of business. It will remain open until December. ... Yobe Frozen Yogurt has leased a space on Isle of Palms in the Island Center at 1515 Palm Blvd. ... A new West Ashley beauty salon has leased a shop in Citadel Crossing at 3025 Ashley Towne Center Drive. Ashley Winka with the realty group said the locally owned salon will be named SCULPT.

Do you know of any retail happenings, openings or closings? Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5906.