Guy Harvey coming to Palmetto Moon

Marine artist Guy Harvey

Marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey will appear at two Palmetto Moon stores in the Charleston region Memorial Day weekend to meet fans, sign autographs, have pictures made and launch a new collection. Some of the proceeds will benefit veterans and military families.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, he will be at 2150 Northwoods Blvd. in Northwoods Mall and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday he will be at 1614 Palmetto Grande Drive at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.

Harvey’s new U.S. Armed Forces Collection will be available to buy, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit military members through The Gary Sinise Foundation, Birdies for the Brave and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Best known for his depictions of marine wildlife such as game fish, Harvey’s new collection includes a golden eagle to represent the Air Force, a black knight for the Army, a patriotic sailfish for the Coast Guard, a white shark for the Navy and a bulldog for the Marines.

The collection includes T-shirts, coffee mugs, mini-prints and posters.

During the two signing events, Palmetto Moon will give away a free Guy Harvey military-design poster for each sale of Guy Harvey products over $50, according to Palmetto Moon co-owner Whitney Holzer.

Go to www.palmettomoononline.com for more information.

Art Jewelry by Mikhail Smolkin, a downtown Charleston business started by a Russian couple 20 years ago, will close in August. Mikhail Smolkin and his wife, Galina, are planning to retire and close the 1,200-square-foot business at 3121/2 King St.

They decided to announce the closing now because many of their out-of-town customers visit during Spoleto Festival USA, which starts Friday.

Jeffrey Bannon, an eclectic gift shop, will hold its grand opening today at 903 St. Andrews Blvd. in West Ashley. The shop offers fine china, gifts, lighting, jewelry and a bridal registry. Look for discounts as well during the grand opening.

Pop’s Smokin’ Barbecue will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony 11 a.m. Friday at 310 N. Live Oak Drive in Moncks Corner.

Republic Garden and Lounge will take over the former Chai’s Lounge at 462 King St. in Charleston.

The 7,000-square-foot space with a special-events venue in the rear is expected to open in mid-July, according to general manager Evan Powell, formerly of Fish.

It will serve internationally inspired plates of upscale bar food.

Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524, wwise@postandcourier.com or twitter.com/ warrenlancewise.