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Former Mount Pleasant BBQ site to become a Dunkin'; West Ashley wing joint closing

A former barbecue restaurant in northern Mount Pleasant is being transformed into a new dining venture.

Workers are upfitting the former Mama Brown's BBQ site at 2840 U.S. Highway 17 near S.C. Highway 41 for a new Dunkin' Donuts eatery.

An opening date has not been announced.

D.D. Peckers (copy)

D.D. Peckers' Wing Shack is closing in West Ashley. File/Provided 

Cheers and farewell

A West Ashley self-described “fun neighborhood joint” is set to close after a 16-year run.

The d.d. Peckers’ Wing Shack at 1660 Savannah Highway will be “going off the air” Jan. 23, co-owner Derek Harris said in a Facebook post that he later confirmed.

“Come by. Say hi,” he added, likening the upcoming closing to the last episode of the classic TV sitcom “Cheers.”

“We are very happy to go out on our terms,” Harris said in a Jan. 12 email to The Post and Courier. “The property has been sold and thus our lease. Everyone is happy!”

He added that he and business partner Brian Lawson “have been casually trying to sell for years because we are both ready to try something different. … I was a teacher for 12 years, a bar owner for 20, and now...it is still a mystery to me!”

The restaurant took over a space that formerly housed Capt. Don's Seafood, and "the first couple years were really really tough. Then we hit the sweet spot," Harris said. 

He extended a hearty thanks to customers and employees, some whom have been with D.D. Peckers since day one.

“Unheard of!” he wrote.

Eyemart Express

The Charleston area's first Eyemart Express store will open Jan. 17 on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston. Eyemart Express/Provided

In sight

An eyewear chain will make its Charleston-area debut at 9 a.m. on Jan. 17.

Texas-based Eyemart Express will open at 7818 Rivers Ave. in a new outparcel building at Promenade at Northwoods Shopping Center across from Northwoods Mall in North Charleston.

It's the first store in the Lowcountry for the retailer. It touts shorter wait times since the shop has an on-site lens lab and technicians who can make glasses the same day they are ordered. Some, the company said, can be ready in as little as 30 minutes. Melissa Bryant is the store manager.

The shop will be open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. It's closed on Sunday.

Eyemart Express now has nine stores in South Carolina.

Branching out

A downtown Charleston art venue has unveiled a second location in the Lowcountry.

Meyer Vogl Gallery recently opened in a 2,000-square-foot shop at 250 River Landing Drive on Daniel Island.

It represents more than 20 artists from across the U.S. and Spain. It's open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment on Sunday and Monday.

The original gallery is at 122 Meeting St. on the peninsula.

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Vertical Roots

Lettuce grown hydroponically by Charleston-based Vertical Roots will now be sold in 303 Food Lion stores across the Southeast. Vertical Roots/Provided

In store

A Charleston-based company that grows lettuce indoors hydroponically can now be found on the shelves of a Southeastern grocery store chain.

Vertical Roots' leafy greens are now in 303 Food Lion supermarkets across the Southeast.

"Our new retail partnership with Food Lion is evidence of both our strong retail partnerships and the significant demand for regionally grown hydroponic produce among consumers, which is expanding to value shoppers," said Andre Hare, co-founder and general manager of Vertical Roots.

The company operates its headquarters and research and development center off Clements Ferry Road in Cainhoy. It also has farm sites in Charleston, Columbia and Atlanta, with plans to add more operations in other locations this year.

The company's produce, grown without soil, is now available in more than 2,000 grocery stores in 13 states across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

North Carolina-based Food Lion, part of Belgium-based conglomerate Ahold Delhaize, operates 19 supermarkets in the Charleston area.

Vertical Roots' lettuce also can be found in some other Charleston-area stores such as Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods and Publix, according to the grower's website.

Harris Teeter West Ashley Circle

Harris Teeter supermarkets began closing at 9 p.m. Jan. 10 until further notice to give workers time to restock, clean and fill online orders ahead of time. File/Warren L. Wise/Staff

New hours

A North Carolina-based grocery chain has adopted new hours.

Harris Teeter began closing its stores at 9 p.m. on Jan. 10 until further notice to allow workers to restock shelves, clean stores and process online orders ahead of time.

The company, which is owned by the Kroger Corp. and headquartered near Charlotte, said the decision was not made because of staffing shortages.

Harris Teeter operates 18 stores in the Charleston area. They generally open at 6 a.m.

Military memorabilia

An antique artifact exhibit and sale with 200 display tables of military relics from the Revolutionary War to World War II is returning to the Charleston area for its 29th time.

Militaria show

The Lowcountry Antique Militaria & Americana Show & Sale will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 15 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 16 at Omar Shrine Auditorium at 176 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. American Digger Magazine/Provided

The Lowcountry Antique Militaria & Americana Show & Sale will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 15 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 16 at Omar Shrine Auditorium at 176 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant.

The event will feature historical displays, appraisers and buyers and sellers of many types of historical memorabilia, such as coins, bottles, arrowheads and fossils.

American Digger Magazine, an Atlanta-area publication, is sponsoring the event.

"Our purpose is to show the public that it is fun and important to learn our nation’s past," said Butch Holcombe, publisher.

"Artifacts themselves transcend the rhetoric sometimes heard today; artifacts have no agenda," Holcombe said. "A Civil War relic, Native American arrowhead, or old bottle is a direct link with the past and offers no judgments. It is what it is. This also offers the public a chance to learn more about items that they might have."

In recent years, the sponsor has made the show more appealing to the general public, with awards for historical displays, numerous door prizes for the public, and free artifacts and admission to kids 12 and under. The admission is $10 per person for all others.

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John McDermott of The Post and Courier contributed to this report. Reach Warren L. Wise at wwise@postandcourier.com. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.

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