Home Team BBQ gets busy on new restaurant

Home Team BBQ’s Sullivan’s Island location.

Home Team BBQ will start construction this month on a third restaurant in the Charleston area.

The barbecue business will build a new 4,500-square-foot restaurant at 126 Williman St. in Charleston’s rapidly changing upper peninsula, near Edmund’s Oast restaurant and bar and Blue Acorn technology firm.

It will feature indoor and outdoor seating, live entertainment and an expanded bar menu. Home Team BBQ has other restaurants in West Ashley and Sullivan’s Island.

“We have been working on expanding our locations for some time and have always wanted to be downtown,” pitmaster and owner Aaron Siegel said in a statement. “The area is nicely developing around us, and we are ecstatic to be part of growing this area of town.”

Cupid is expected to deliver a bouquet of good news to retailers this year.

Consumers will spend an average of $142 on candy, flowers, apparel, dinner, jewelry, gift cards and other gifts, up from $134 last year, a 6 percent increase, according to the National Retail Federation’s Valentine’s Day consumer spending survey.

Total spending is expected to reach $18.9 billion, the fourth biggest spending season of the year, behind Christmas, back-to-school shopping and Mother’s Day.

Men will spend nearly double what women plan to spend ($191 vs. $97 on average, respectively.) Additionally, adults 25 to 34 will outspend other age groups at an average of $213; 35- to 44-year-olds will spend an average of $176, and 18- to 24-year-olds will spend an average of $169.

The NRF called the upbeat survey a good sign for consumer sentiment.

American Eagle Outfitters has closed its Citadel Mall store in West Ashley. The chain clothier has other stores in Northwoods Mall and Tanger Outlets in North Charleston.

Comcast has moved its North Charleston customer center. The Philadelphia-based cable service giant last week opened in a new 5,000-square-foot Xfinity Customer Center at 5037 International Blvd. It simultaneously closed its other store at 4400 Belle Oaks Drive off Leeds Avenue.

The store is the only one of its kind in the company’s Southern division, said Doug Guthrie, regional vice president.

Comcast has other shops on Johns Island and in Mount Pleasant and Goose Creek, but the Goose Creek store at 205 N. Goose Creek Blvd. will close in April, according to Shannon Dulin with Comcast.

The paint-it-yourself Wine and Design art studio in Mount Pleasant has a new owner. Sarah Dubay, who also owns the art studio franchise location at 1331 Ashley River Road in West Ashley, now owns the shop at 424 Broadway St.

Previous owner Heather Speizman will remain with the company as its director of marketing and programs.

The change in ownership permits customers to redeem gift certificates and class vouchers purchased locally at both Charleston-area studios.

Wine and Design leads patrons through a fun and instructional painting class as they sip their favorite wine.

Also, Dubay plans to open another shop in Summerville. She recently leased a 1,515-square-foot shop at 147 Central Ave.

Jacksonville-based Bi-Lo Holdings recently donated $32,000 it raised through partnerships to Katie’s Krops, a Charleston area-based nonprofit that empowers children to fight hunger one vegetable garden at a time.

The effort, which grows vegetables and donates them to needy causes, has spread to 75 gardens in 27 states.

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