Downtown shoppers can have a very merry time at 2 events

Two holiday shopping events are planned for downtown Charleston over the next two Fridays.

Shopping season is at full throttle, and merchants on King Street and downtown Charleston are offering two events to entice customers.

On Friday, 12 shops will offer wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres as part of holiday shopping. “A Night in Wine Country: Taste, Shop, Stroll King Street” runs 5-8 p.m. and costs $50 per person. It’s sponsored by The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place.

Shops include Lori+Lulu, House of Sage, Isabella’s Collection, Calypso St. Barth, Moon & Lola, Roberto Coin, Charleston Krewe, St. John, Copper Penny, Shooz, Grand Bohemian Gallery and Candlefish. A portion of proceeds will benefit American Red Cross SC Flood Relief.

Another shopping event in downtown Charleston is set for Dec. 11. The King Street and Downtown Holiday Shop and Stroll runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Participating shops will offer specials, trunk shows, prizes and refreshments.

Tickets are $18 and include an after-party with door prizes at the Grand Bohemian Hotel’s rooftop restaurant Eleve. Two-hour parking vouchers will be issued. Scoop will transport participants to different venues for free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Charleston Animal Society. The price for walk-ins is $20.

The refurbished Cigar Factory has a new vendor. Fritz Porter, a collective of home furnishings, fabrics, art, antiques and lighting, recently opened in a 6,000-square-foot shop in the restored multistory building at 701 East Bay St. on peninsular Charleston.

It’s the product of Sarah-Hamlin Hastings, an interior designer in Charleston and New York for 15 years.

Customers will find local and national brands in the mix of offerings. The shop also will host monthly popup shops within the store.

A Massachusetts-based company that offers an array of retail concept stores is coming to downtown Charleston. Color Inc. has leased a 3,667-square-foot space at 77 Market St., according to commercial real estate firm Avison Young.

The company’s stores offer a cross-section of product categories, from regional gift items to sports collectibles, packaged local food products and imprinted sportswear and apparel, according to its website. Color Inc. operates under several names nationwide, including Crabby Jack’s General Store and Crabby Jill’s General Store in Myrtle Beach. The shop will operate as Crabby Jack’s locally, according to Vitre Stephens of Avison Young. It plans to open in early 2016.

Mount Pleasant Towne Centre lost a sizable retailer in November. This month, it will gain a smaller one.

Two years after doubling in size, TrySports has shut down. The 5,200-square-foot sporting goods shop closed at 1708 Towne Centre Way. A replacement for the space has not been found, according to shopping center spokeswoman Jewel Davey. Opening at the center on Dec. 10 is women’s boutique Apricot Lane at 1612 Palmetto Grande Drive. The 1,671-square-foot shop is beside Gymboree.

Shish kabobs have now taken over a former waffle restaurant in Mount Pleasant. Istanbul Shish Kabobs is now open at 261 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in the former Huddle House. ... Persimmon Cafe plans to expand to Summerville in the Earth Fare-anchored Summerville Marketplace Shopping Center on North Main Street, said John Orr of the real estate firm Colliers International. The original cafe is at 226 Calhoun St. in Charleston. ... Lionel Trains is celebrating National Lionel Train Day on Saturday across America as part of its 115th anniversary, and a Summerville store is offering a deal. Train Town Toy & Hobby at 128 W. Richardson Ave. is offering a free NASCAR collectible with a $50 purchase. The shop is owned by Jim and Nancy Donlon.

Charleston Green Apparel, a new local boutique clothing company, has launched a line of polo shirts made of moisture-wicking yarns from a fabric derived from recycled plastic bottles.

The short-sleeve garment is designed with placket lining and built-in color stays to be worn on the golf course, boardroom or dinner. It comes in four colors. The online company’s founders are Ken Marcoon, Charlie Humphrey and Chad Sponseller.

The Charleston Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale is set Friday through Sunday at the Charleston County Main Library at 68 Calhoun St. in Charleston. The sale runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Books, CDs and DVDs will be available with prices starting at 50 cents. Funds raised support library functions. Admission is free.

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