Of the $3.9 million allotted to South Carolina for rebates on Energy Star appliances, just $6,650 remains for items such as refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers and room air-conditioning units, according to the S.C. Energy Office, which administers the program.
The federally funded economic stimulus program started March 31 with half the money for mail-in rebates for installed appliances such as central air-conditioning units, heat pumps, gas furnaces and water heaters. That $1.95 million was exhausted just one day after the program launched.
Customers can buy other energy-efficient appliances until the funds are exhausted. The instant rebates of $100 on clothes washers and $50 on the other three appliances is deducted at checkout. Old appliances cannot be kept. They must be recycled to remove them from power use.
In the basket
Charleston Nut Co. has cracked a deal with the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival Association that not only features sweetgrass baskets on their packaging but also donates all the proceeds from eight core products to the group.
The Mount Pleasant-based company will launch the new packaging in about two weeks, and it will be distributed to 400-plus retail locations, including major grocery chains, throughout the Southeast by the end of June, said Mike Porcaro, president of Tides Enterprises, which owns Charleston Nut.
The bronze-hued plastic package features the image of a sweetgrass basket photographed from above with a window in the bottom of the basket that allows customers to see the product.
The company's logo sits above the basket image in the 4- and 8-ounce packages. The eight products include benne wafers, roasted and salted pecans, roasted and salted cashews, honey-toasted pecans, praline pecans, milk chocolate pecans, milk chocolate pretzels and yogurt-covered pretzels.
--Twenty Six Divine is now open at 682 King St. in Charleston. The storefront kitchen offers pastries, take-home entrees, sweets, in-home dinner parties, afternoon teas and more. It's led by Chef Enan Parezo, formerly chef de cuisine at Charleston Place Hotel and owner of chefenan.com, and his wife, Pastry Chef Jennifer Meintel Parezo, who honed her skills at Charleston Place Hotel as well as The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island.
--Umi Japanese Cuisine is now open at 117 Park West Blvd. in the Shoppes at Park West in Mount Pleasant near Publix supermarket.
--Bojangles' newest Charleston area restaurant is now open at 121 Main Road on Johns Island, just off U.S. Highway 17. The 3,500-square-foot store seats 88. It's the ninth diner for the Charlotte-based chain. Another is set to open in Moncks Corner at 444 N. U.S. Highway 52 in around June 7. The stores are owned by Kevin Archer of K-Bo Inc.
--Also, the Bojangles' Cruisin' S.C. RV will be at company restaurants at 2508 Ashley Phosphate Road at noon Friday and at 1115 Savannah Highway in Charleston at 7 a.m. Saturday.
To celebrate more than 30 years and 100 stores in South Carolina, Charlotte-based Bojangles' is cruising to all of its restaurants in the state in a custom recreational vehicle, bringing free food, prices rolled back to 1979, when the first diner opened in the state, and 100 Bahamas-cruise giveaways. The RV stopped at the new restaurant on Johns Island on Wednesday. It visited others in the area in April.
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