New Hobby Lobby will leap into action soon

Craft and home decor store Hobby Lobby has more than 700 stores. Its second in the Charleston market is set to open this month.

Leap Day comes once every four years, but a national craft and home decor chain chose the extra day this year to launch its second store in the region.

Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby will cut the ribbon on its second Lowcountry store at 9 a.m. Feb. 29 in North Charleston. David Anderson is manager for the company’s 15th South Carolina location.

At 55,000 square feet, the store is in the Promenade at Northwoods shopping center across from Northwoods Mall on Rivers Avenue.

Hobby Lobby has 700 U.S. stores and offers more than 75,000 products. The new shop will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and closed on Sunday. Hobby Lobby’s other local store is in Mount Pleasant.

A high-end Charleston beachwear shop is headed closer to the coast.

Las Olas, with a shop on King Street for nine years, will branch out with a second store in March in Freshfields Village between Kiawah and Seabrook islands. The store at 445 Freshfields Drive will offer men’s and women’s swimwear, sunglasses and accessories.

“The opportunity to open a store at Freshfields Village has really allowed us to expand and also to elevate our brand,” said owner Daniel James, who founded the flagship downtown Charleston store in 2007.

A Charleston comic book store is coming to East Cooper. Captain’s Comics & Toys, currently at 1209 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley, will open a second shop by the spring at 1260 Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, according to the commercial real estate firm Belk|Lucy.

After 40 years of selling SAS shoes, the owner of the West Ashley store has decided to retire and sell the business. Charles Howell, 88, sold the shop at 1755 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. earlier this month to Patrick Ryan Inc., which has a similar store in Winston-Salem. SAS stands for San Antonio Shoes.

Howell’s son, Charles Jr., will continue to manage the 2,400-square-foot store.

Howell, originally of Union, started working in footwear in 1946 in Spartanburg. He was transferred to the Lowcountry in 1967 to help open a Kerrisons department store in North Charleston.

In 1976, Howell opened his first store in St. Andrews Shopping Center, where he carried a few SAS brands. He sold the shop and then opened independently owned SAS stores in the late 1980s on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston and in 1997 in West Ashley. He closed the Rivers Avenue store in 1999.

Howell retained ownership of the Sam Rittenberg site, but he sold his interest in the business. He said the service and policies of the store will not change.

A new community-focused consignment boutique specializing in designer fashions and accessories for women and men recently opened in downtown Summerville. Anise Threads at 120 E. 5th North St. is the product of Annis Alston Staley. As a way of giving back, this month the 2,000-square-foot shop will support the Lowcountry American Heart Association. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday.

Park Circle Creamery recently opened at 1044 E. Montague Ave. in North Charleston. The hand-crafted ice cream shop is open seven days a week with abbreviated hours on Sunday.

Spring cleaning your closets can yield cash and help a worthy cause.

Charleston Style Exchange’s fifth semi-annual women’s consignment sale will take place March 17-19 at Belle Hall Plantation Clubhouse at 652 Belle Hall Parkway in Mount Pleasant. Times are generally between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

VIP shopping before the doors are open to the public is available for volunteers, consignors, military and education professionals, and through the purchase of charity tickets.

Consignors can earn up to 75 percent of their total sales, get a VIP shopping pass and help out East Cooper Community Outreach. Registration is limited. Admission is free.

Proceeds from charity ticket sales will go to ECCO, which provides more than 4,500 families a year with emergency assistance such as food, clothing, household items and job training.

Do you know of a retail business that’s opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524 or