Freshfields Village is sprouting new stores

This red informational kiosk sits in a main intersection inside Freshfields Village.

Robert Behre

Freshfields Village, the sea islands shopping and dining destination at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Islands, recently gained or soon will add three new upscale merchants.

Apparel companies J. McLaughlin and Leggiadro are joining Kiawah Fine Jewelry as the newest tenants.

Both J. McLaughlin and Leggiadro already have a presence and customer base in the area, having previously operated on King Street in downtown Charleston. J. McLaughlin added its second store earlier this month at Freshfields, while Leggiadro will close its King Street location and relocate to Freshfields on Friday.

Kiawah Fine Jewelry is an affiliate of Kay's Fine Jewelry, which operated exclusively in Aruba, St. Maarten and St. Kitts until now. It plans to open in July.

Also at Freshfields, La Tela Pizzeria, which opened two years ago, is expanding by adding a full bar, lounge area and more dining room seating.

Charged up

Buy a watch battery at Batteries Plus through Memorial Day and the national battery store chain will donate $5 from each regular or lifetime watch battery replacement to USA Cares, a nonprofit organization that helps post-9/11 military service members, veterans and their families with basic financial needs.

During the battery company's "Time to Care" campaign, it will also accept donations and contribute $1 for every person who "likes" the Batteries Plus Facebook page and "supports" the USA Cares' Jobs for Vets Cause page, up to $25,000. The campaign will kick off again Nov. 5-11. Details:

On tap

Emily Egbert and Loretta Hardy recently opened Taps Brews at 9770 Dorchester Road, Suite No. 104, in Oakbrook Shopping Center near Summerville. The craft beer cafe and retail shop offers 260 beers and an eight-keg draft station, wine, cheese, home-brewing supplies, glassware, gifts and other items.

Range rover

Belgian Gelato is now open at 6 Vendue Range near Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston. It sells a wide range of gelato, Belgian waffles, coffee and espresso.

Bottoms up

The Cocktail Club, a throwback to the speakeasies of the 1920s, will open in June at 479 King St. The exact date has not been announced. It's the product of Steve Palmer of the Indigo Road dining group.

Potable pig

Piggly Wiggly Carolina now has its own brand of beer called Pig Swig. Produced exclusively for the Charleston-based supermarket chain by Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, is in two bottled flavors: Pig Tail Ale and Pig Pen Pilsner.

Sweet treat

Wholly Cow Ice Cream recently opened at 159 Church St. in downtown Charleston. A grand opening is planned for mid-June. The shop offers ice cream, coffee, breakfast and lunch. It has another shop at Citadel Mall.

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