All three of Charleston fashion designer Mary Norton's stores have closed.
The flagship Mary Norton shop at 318 King St. shut its doors on Friday after a clearance sale that slashed prices up to 90 percent on the designer's pricey signature handbags and shoes. Earlier this month, the company closed stores in Los Angeles and in New York City, just off Fifth Avenue.
Reached by phone Wednesday, Norton blamed "harsh economic circumstances" for the closings. She said it's too early to discuss the company's future operations.
Norton began making whimsical handbags under the name Moo Roo in 1998. She sold a majority interest in the company four years ago to a New York investment firm that's backed by Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA, a Swiss luxury brand firm that finances lines like Cartier and Montblanc. A spokesman for those companies could not be reached.
Take a seat
King Street has a new office furniture showroom.
Single-source office space planning and furniture provider Coastal Corporate Interiors has not only changed its name to thatworks but also recently completed renovating its 2,000-square-foot showroom at 205 King St., Suite 310.
The shop touts its ability to develop work spaces that enhance efficiency as well as aesthetics. It also believes its proximity to major corporations, architectural firms, colleges, health care companies, governments and military establishments will serve it well. It also has an office in Greenville.
Kevin Isler, owner of Lily card and gift boutique at 196 King St., reports all the shops at Kings Courtyard Inn are occupied. Others include Eden Boheme clothing and interior design at 194 King St., which opened about two months ago, and long-term original jewelry store tenant Dixie Dunbar at 192 King St.
Mount Pleasant Towne Centre boasts a new a new women's boutique. Teal opened last week. Jessica Crittenden is the owner.