Natural cosmetics store to open soon on King Street

A LUSH Cosmetics outlet in New York City.

An all-natural cosmetics store will open its first South Carolina location on King Street next month.

LUSH Cosmetics said it expects to open by the first weekend in September at 316-B King St., south of George Street and next to Hampden Clothing. The Charleston shop will be one of 150 U.S. stores and 700 worldwide.

The retailer has become known for its natural soaps, lotions and cosmetics that are made without animal testing, preservatives or harsh chemicals.

Many of its products are sold "naked," or without packaging, to limit unnecessary waste and to add to the store's aesthetic, which is designed to resemble a mix between a cheese shop and a produce stand, according to founder Mark Constantine.

Beyond its retail operation, LUSH also sponsors campaigns to prevent animal cruelty, endangerment and other environmental issues.

Palmetto Brewing Co. reopened Wednesday for tours and tastings after several months of renovations.

The local brewery at 289 Huger St. on the upper peninsula now offers an expanded, air-conditioned tasting room; its first-ever gift shop where patrons can purchase growlers or six packs of beer, and a new entryway that can be rented for events.

Patrons won't be able to take advantage of the newly enacted Stone Bill at the brewery just yet. The state law says patrons can drink an unlimited amount of beer on-site as long as the brewery serves food. Since Palmetto doesn't yet have food offerings, customers won't be able to drink more than 48 ounces, or three pints, during one visit for the time being.

Brewery tours are held every hour on the hour when it's open to visitors. The brewery's hours of operation vary and can be found online at

Citadel Mall lost another tenant a few weeks ago. Ladles Soups shuttered its location in the food court at the end of July, according to its website. The other location in West Ashley at Highway 61 and Bees Ferry Road remains open.

Local restaurants still open in the West Ashley mall include Neen's Beans, Holy City Pizzeria, King Street Grille and Sesame Burgers & Beer.

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