The buyers of a former restaurant near Shem Creek have unveiled architectural plans for the site and hope to announce a new tenant soon.
Owners Carole and Joel Olindo plan to lease the site for a new dining establishment and bar after recently receiving approval from Mount Pleasant Planning Department for their renovation concept.
The Olindos bought the 2,200-square-foot building at 201 Coleman Blvd. in September for $1.25 million under the name Nice Coleman Blvd LLC. The building housed Sette VII for about 10 years until late 2012 and briefly a second branch of Charleston’s Pane e Vino, and finally, a short-lived pizzeria.
“We have been working for seven months to save this building, modernize it and keep its character,” Carole Olindo said.
Upgrades include an expansion of the rear kitchen and the addition of a side patio with a bar, she said. Seating will range from 120 to 140, depending on the tenant.
Olindo said she expects to announce a new occupant in the next few weeks. “We are in discussions now. We couldn’t do anything before because we didn’t have approval from the town,” she said. “Now we have the green light.”
Once a lease is signed, she expects construction to take about two months on the improvements.
A trendy teen clothing retailer in downtown Charleston will reopen Friday, according to a worker at the store. Forever 21 at 211 King St. in Majestic Square has been closed since February because of a fire in an electrical panel that forced it to shut its doors and clear out merchandise in the 33,000-square-foot shop.
The discount clothier opened in the former Saks Fifth Avenue space in 2011. The Los Angeles-based company did not respond to requests for comment.
Also, just up the street on the opposite side, a new clothing store for men and women is on the way at 258 King. New York-based Club Monaco is going between Anthropologie and Victoria’s Secret, in USC’s former Carolina on King space. No opening date has been set.
Mount Pleasant gained a new jewelry store this week. It will lose one next week.
What was supposed to be a second location for Kiawah Fine Jewelry in Mount Pleasant has become its only store. The shop opened this week at 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd. in Village Pointe Shopping Center. It is no longer in Freshfields Village between Kiawah and Seabrook islands, according to shop co-owner Bill Henzy. The store’s name will not change.
Just around the corner, Mt. Pleasant Jewelers is closing its shop at 280 W. Coleman Blvd. in Northcutt Plaza to consolidate operations with a sister store in Greenville called J.A. Head Jewelers, according to shop owner John Head. The last day for the shop, open for two years, is tentatively set for May 7. All items are 20 percent to 50 percent off.
Charleston Ride, a spinning facility on the third floor of 74 Wentworth St., will close May 28. In an email message to its members, the workout center gave this as the reason to shut down: “The fabric of our personal lives is changing which necessitated making this decision.” Classes will run as normal before the last spin.
A fine wares merchant in The Cigar Factory will feature a pop-up shop Thursday through Saturday. Snowe, a luxury home goods brand of china, glassware, linens and other items, will join the Fritz Porter Design Collective at 701 East Bay St. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
Snowe, created by life and business partners Rachel Cohen and Andres Modak, is participating in the Southern Coterie Summit of businesswomen through Friday in Charleston.
The Charleston In-Water Boat Show sails into the city Friday through Sunday. The annual show at Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park off Lockwood Boulevard will feature hundreds of boats in the water and on land, marine products, dealers and yacht brokers.
Participants can take part in a boating simulator to test their skills, and Lowcountry Marine Society students will launch their newly built boats into the water for the first time. Look for paddleboard demonstrations, live music, a treasure hunt, face painting and a bounce house.
Hosted by the Tri County Marine Trade Association, the event will feature special guest Capt. Dave Carraro of FV-Tuna.com and National Geographic’s show “Wicked Tuna.” The master fisherman will be available at different times throughout the weekend.
The show runs noon-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Price is $10 for adults; a two-day pass is $15. Children 12 and under get in free. Go to www.TheCharlestonInWaterBoatShow.com for details.
Belk’s semi-annual charity sale is set for Saturday. The Charlotte-based department store chain will offer the 6-10 a.m. private-shopping event at all stores.
Customers can buy a $5 ticket from participating organizations such as nonprofits, churches and school groups with each keeping the proceeds. Customers will receive $5 back on their first purchase.
The first 100 customers at each store will receive a Belk gift card ranging in value from $5 to $100 and a chance to win one of three $1,000 Belk gift cards that are being awarded chain-wide.
The Farmers Market at the Green Barn at Carnes Crossroads returns May 4. The shaded, open-air venue at 207 Parish Farms Drive at U.S. Highway 17A will offer fresh produce and artisan goods 3-6 p.m. each Wednesday through August.
Interested vendors should contact Lisa Avant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-971-9200.
Do you know of a retail business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 843 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.