College of Charleston's Simmons out indefinitely with blood clot

The College of Charleston's Jeremy Simmons is sidelined indefinitely with a blood clot in his arm.

Plum Elements, the eclectic art and gift shop at 161 1/2 King St., is closing after 3 1/2 years.

Proprietor Andrea Schenck said the economy finally caught up with her at the leased location.

She said if she had been open longer, she might have been able to ride out the economic downturn, but a combination of opening a new business, the lower King Street streetscape renovation and the stumbling economy were too much.

"The numbers aren't there," she said. "I want to close my business in the same manner that I opened it so it will have my full energy."

Through an agreement with her landlord, she has set no date for closing and will be open until everything sells. Items are marked up to 75 percent off.

New perk

Kudu Coffee, which reopened under new management Monday, is now owned by Sozo Hospitality of Mount Pleasant, a newly formed limited liability corporation owned by Grae Rambo.

Sozo Hospitality purchased the popular coffee shop at 4 Vanderhorst St. from John Saunders in January. Saunders had reportedly reached a deal with Winter Fox, the shop's master of ceremonies on open mike night, before Christmas, but the deal fell through over financing, according to a Sozo spokesperson.

The shop near Marion Square in downtown Charleston is now managed by brothers Jason and Josh Bell.

Staying afloat

The 30th annual Charleston Boat Show had 6,899 attendees this year, down from last year's 7,952, according to Jacqui Bomar, president of Greenville-based JBM & Associates, which puts on the show each year.

"Attendance was better than I expected, especially given the mood after last year's show," Bomar said.

The show also collected enough canned goods for the Lowcountry Food Bank to prepare 1,443 meals, and it raised $2,168 for Charleston-based Water Missions International, which provides water-purification systems around the world, including earthquake-rattled Haiti.

Bow, Wow!

Rococo German Bakery and The Good Dog Bakery have opened a second store at 430 King St., according to owner Rusty Thiem.

The Good Dog Bakery is Charleston's first dog bakery and specializes in all-natural human grade treats, cakes and pupcream (ice cream for dogs). Rococo makes fresh baked bread, cakes, cookies, pies and pastries.

The other shop is at 1750 Savannah Highway, where items will be prepared and shipped downtown.

Going dark

High-end Italian restaurant Sienna at 901 Island Park Drive on Daniel Island closed Monday after six years because of declining sales, according to John Keener with Trademark Properties.

The 116-seat diner, owned by Island Market LLC, is being marketed as a turnkey operation that's fully equipped and ready for a tenant. It's leasing for $7,000 a month.

Also, Orange Julius at Citadel Mall decided not to renew its lease at the end of January and has left the Food Court, according to Leigh Burnett, mall marketing director.

Retail radar

The Ronald McDonald House at 81 Gadsden St. received several pieces of new furniture and pillows Wednesday, courtesy of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in North Charleston.

Also, Charleston has a new mobile pet-care service.

Kendra Findley of James Island has launched Doc At Your Door, Mobile Veterinary Service LLC.

In the know?

Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren Wise at 937-5524 or