Three new fitness clubs are working their way into the Charleston region.
Club Pilates recently opened at 9512 Dorchester Road in North Charleston while another site in the franchise will open Thursday at 1739 Maybank Highway on James Island. Grand opening celebrations for the two gyms are set for May 5 and May 12, respectively.
Both locations are offering 30-minute complimentary Pilates introductory classes, with retail products marked down 20 percent during the April openings at both locations. Prizes, including gift certificates and gift baskets, also will be raffled off.
Site owners and fitness enthusiasts Patty and Jim Garrett plan to open another location in Mount Pleasant in the fall.
Also in the workout realm, Orangetheory Fitness recently leased the 3,268-square-foot space formerly occupied by Anytime Fitness in the Market at Oakland Shopping Center in northern Mount Pleasant, according to commercial real estate firm Belk|Lucy.
It's the fourth location in the Charleston area for the brand. Others are in Summerville, West Ashley and on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.
Warmer weather heralds the return of outdoor activities throughout the Lowcountry.
On Saturday, one of the biggest weekend attractions in the region, the Charleston Farmers Market, returns to Marion Square on the peninsula after its annual winter hiatus.
The outdoor marketplace of produce and wares will be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through Nov. 24. The holiday market takes over during the first three weekends of December.
In less than two weeks, West Ashley residents will find their seasonal marketplace, beginning April 25 at 55 Sycamore St. in Ackerman Park. The West Ashley Farmers Market will run 3-7 p.m. each Wednesday through Oct. 3.
A new seafood-centric restaurant will open next month in downtown Charleston.
A product of Atlanta-based Concentrics Restaurants Group, which features Dockery's on Daniel Island in its lineup, The Establishment at 28 Broad St. will include an 18-seat bar, 140-seat dining room with an open kitchen, 10-seat chef's communal table and private dining area.
Matt Canter, formerly of FIG and Park Cafe, is the executive chef. The restaurant, in the historic James Gregorie House, built in 1791, will open seven days a week at 5 p.m.
“The food will be unpretentious and balanced, highlighting interesting ingredients from our local and regional farms, purveyors and fishermen,” Canter said in a statement.
A longtime Charleston artist whose storm-battered Battery prints of Hurricane Hugo can be found above countless fireplaces is stepping away from the easel.
Jim Booth will close his 6,400-square-foot gallery at 1929 Maybank Highway on May 26 after sketching out his retirement plans. The building will be up for lease, according to real estate firm The Peninsula Co.
With an interest in painting from an early age, Booth opened his business in 1977. After Hurricane Hugo in 1989, he painted his vision of waves crashing into The Battery on the lower Charleston peninsula to capture the fury of the storm. He sold more than 100,000 copies of the painting, aptly entitled "The Storm."
Throughout his career, the Marine and Vietnam veteran has done at least 10,000 paintings, according to his website.
A new salon is now open in Mount Pleasant.
Kinz & Co. opened Tuesday at 320 W. Coleman Blvd. in the Shops of Mount Pleasant Shopping Center.
The full service salon, owned by 13-year stylist Mckinnsey "Kinz" Patterson, specializes in hair, make-up and beauty treatments. The shop also features a bridal suite with a lounge and full bar, where bridal parties can get the full treatment on the big day.
“It’s a dream come true to open my own salon," Kinz said. "I can’t wait to share this experience with the wonderful clients and friends I've made over the years.”
Also in the makeover realm, a Lowcountry skincare facility recently helped itself to a face-lift — in a new building.
Southern Cosmetic Laser can now be found in a 6,100-square-foot facility at 501 Treeland Drive in Ladson. Owner Cindy McClure, with more than 30 years in the medical field, said the expansion was needed because of demand for cosmetic dermatology and medical esthetics.
Among its services are skin resurfacing, anti-aging treatments, Botox, microdermabrasion, skin care and massage therapy.
The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony are set for 4:30 p.m. April 19. The drop-in with champagne, treats, entertainment, giveaways and special discount pricing lasts until 7 p.m.
A new auto body chain is wheeling into the Charleston market.
John Harris Body Shops will celebrate its grand opening at noon April 19 at 2821 Azalea Drive in North Charleston. The family-owned company of more than 40 years operates nine locations in South Carolina and Georgia. It's open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.
Odds and ends
A new gift shop is on the way to Summerville.
Folly Gifts recently leased 2,000 square feet at 622 Trolley Road, Suite 102, according to real estate firm Beach Commercial.
Also, M&M Cheese N More recently opened a kiosk in Tanger Outlets. A product of Kyle and Trisha Bennett of Summerville, it offers cheeses and meats. The Bennetts hope to one day grow the business to a physical retail space.
At Pacific Box & Crate at 1503 King St. in Charleston, a tented shopping village with 25 vendors and a mobile bee hive will be part of the Wash with Water & Friends event this weekend.
The free event of children's activities, food and music runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Casting a net
A food-and-beverage worker of the past 18 years is now focusing her efforts on an outdoor career.
Tia Clark of West Ashley recently launched Casual Crabbing with Tia, offering lessons for individuals, families and groups on the practice of crabbing and casting a net. Participants will need a saltwater fishing license.
Clark provides the gear and bait and meets clients at a predetermined site. Some clients strive to take home dinner while others enjoy a day outside in the Lowcountry having fun, she said.
The Charleston region no longer has a Nine West shoe and handbag store. Nine West Holdings filed for bankruptcy last week and said it will sell its Nine West and Anne Klein brands to Authentic Brands Group, which owns Juicy Couture and Aeropostale, among others.
The company closed its Nine West store at Tanger Outlets in North Charleston two days before filing for bankruptcy. The struggling retailer is awash in $1 billion in debt.