Nautical memorabilia on the auction block

A 1939 boat equipment catalog from J.J.W. Luden and Co.

For those with an interest in nautical memorabilia, Luden's will auction off pieces that have decorated its store for decades, starting at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Fixtures and remaining merchandise will also go on the block for the sale at what's called Charleston's oldest retailer.

Among the items being auctioned are a pair of sextants dating back to the 1700s, a barometer from the 1800s, a canoe salesman's sample from the mid-1800s, brass harbor lanterns, Tiger oak display cabinets, old buoys, early compasses and old photographs, including a 10-foot-by-20-foot mural of the original Luden's on East Bay Street, according to Johnny Slade with Port City Auction Co.

Numerous other items will also go up for bidding. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at 78 Alexander St.

Lights out

The last day for Sticky Fingers at 7690 Northwoods Blvd. in North Charleston was Wednesday, according to an employee. Questions about the closing were directed to the rib chain's Mount Pleasant office, which did not respond to numerous requests for comment.

Think pink

Mount Pleasant Towne Centre will go pink today. To help raise funds in the fight against breast cancer, the shopping center will stage Passionately Pink for the Cure from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participation is simple. Just sign up for the Towne Centre Shopper Club, and the retail complex will donate $5 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for each participant. Registrants will receive a goodie bag, a free gift, a free drink at Hatchell's or WineStyles, specials in select stores and a pink-ribbon lapel pin.

The registration table will be in front of Belk. Donations can also be made online at

Wilting flower

Charleston Garden Catalog Outlet at 650 King St. closed Wednesday after six years at that location.

Owner Leeda Marting started the home and garden furnishings store in 1994 on Queen Street. The company will continue its catalog business and Web site sales.

Second helping

Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ at 2209 Middle St. on Sullivan's Island is now open in the former Bert's Bar, its second location. The other diner is at 1205 Ashley River Rd. Aaron Siegel is executive chef and owner.