The heart of King Street's retail district will become a pedestrian-style shopping mall Sunday.
As part of Do The Charleston, a shopping event with sidewalk sales, outdoor dining, street vendors, art and children's activities, King Street will be closed to motorized traffic between Calhoun and Queen streets from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. The event runs noon-5 p.m.
Many shops will hold sales and specials. The closure is rare but not unprecedented. The city used to close King between Wentworth and Market streets during the Christmas season, but that stopped when the focus shifted north to Marion Square.
--Palmetto Ale House at 951 Folly Road on James Island is open and now serving lunch and dinner. Formerly Necter Bar & Grille, which closed in February, the new restaurant and bar features craft beers from Palmetto Brewing Co. and a menu of steaks, pasta, seafood, salads, sandwiches, appetizers and homemade desserts. It also has 21 large-screen TVs and outdoor dining. The restaurant is owned by John Keener of the Charleston Crab House and Eddie Buck Jr.
--Also, New Moon Pizzeria and Pub recently opened at 2817 Maybank Highway in Island Oak Center on Johns Island, in the former Hickory Hawg site. It's owned by Dave Christopher and Paul "Snappy" Farrell, who formerly co-owned J. Paulz on James Island. The restaurant offers 12 specialty thin-crust pizzas, salads, burgers and sandwiches. It's open mainly after 4 p.m. each day. Delivery will start in about a month.
--Also, Bella Napoli, an authentic Italian restaurant, recently opened at 7671 Northwoods Blvd., Suite J, near Carolina Ice Palace in North Charleston. It's open for lunch weekdays and dinner seven days a week. Owner Kathryn Shokes once owned La Fontana in West Ashley, which closed in 2005, and another Bella Napoli on Dorchester Road, which closed about 10 years ago.
It's thrift-sale-for-charity time again in Mount Pleasant.
Three local MOMS clubs in the town will hold their bi-annual Mom to Mom Sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory at 245 Mathis Ferry Road. Doors will close at 11 a.m. and then reopen at 12:30 p.m. for the 50 percent-off sale on remaining items.
Held by all three Mount Pleasant Moms Offering Moms support clubs, a network of stay-at-home moms, the sale features all sorts of household items and toys from 100 different consignors and vendors.
It's cash only, and $1 to get in. All proceeds go to Lowcountry Orphan Relief of North Charleston to help children who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect.
Community fair called off
The Community Fair at Citadel Mall for charitable and non-profit organizations scheduled for Saturday has been canceled because of a lack of participation from nonprofit vendors, according to Tammy Hopkins with CBL & Associates Properties, which owns the shopping center.
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