The College Corner, the College of Charleston's new gift shop, opened last week at George and King streets.
The retail outlet gives the college a high-profile corner on the busy retail strip of lower King, a strategic move to draw interest from tourists, alumni, prospective students and their parents.
"The store will enable members of the college family to showcase their Cougar pride and significantly elevate the college's presence and visibility on King Street," C of C President Glenn McConnell said in a statement. "It also will serve as a gateway to the college for tourists and community members shopping at or walking along one of the top retail districts in America."
The University of South Carolina opened a similar retail store - Carolina on King - a few blocks to the south in 2012.
The college took over its property last year and renovated the storefront after its former tenants moved elsewhere. Barton's Toys, Candy and Gifts, which had been in the space since 1960, moved to Mount Pleasant's Shelmore Village, and the Silver Puffin gift shop relocated to 43 Broad St.
A new candle shop has also opened nearby. Candlefish, which sits at 71 Wentworth St. behind Rangoni Shoes on the King Street corner, carries its own brand of candles as well as the local Rewined brand.
YALLFest, the annual festival organized by Blue Bicycle Books to celebrate young adult book authors, will be held in downtown Charleston on Friday and Saturday.
The events will be held at various venues and will feature lectures and meet-and-greets with dozens of award-winning authors of young adult fiction, such as Veronica Roth, who wrote the "Divergent" book series.
The kick-off event is YALLCrawl from 3-5 p.m. Friday, when writers will be scattered across different businesses on King Street to sign copies of their works. The "crawl" begins at Blue Bicycle at 420 King, where participants will be given a map of where to find authors such as Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston and several others. Those who collect all the signatures will be entered to win a prize from the sponsor, Penguin Young Readers.
Go to www.yallfest.org for more details.
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