Reese Witherspoon tags Charleston businesswoman for new fashion line

E!/NDN Actress Reese Witherspoon launched her fashion and lifestyle website, Draper James, this week. The line includes a silver piece made by Charleston silversmith Kaminer Haislip.

Southern-born actress Reese Witherspoon turned to help in Charleston before she launched her new Draper James sportswear and lifestyle label online earlier this week.

Trying to connect with as many Southern sources as possible, she recruited silversmith Kaminer Haislip for one of her home and entertaining items.

Haislip, from her studio on St. Philip Street, provided a hand-made sterling silver bowl in the shape of a magnolia blossom. It’s priced at $400.

“I love to do unusual and unique projects,” she said. “This was a fun project to work on with them. I’m excited they are promoting Southern lifestyle brands. It’s a really good fit for my work.”

Witherspoon’s company also tapped Hanna Nation Seabrook for stationery items.

Seabrook, who lived in Charleston for several years but now calls Kentucky home, provided design work for paper products, such as notecards and notepads, and creative direction for some of the home and gifting goods.

“Being included in this strong Southern line is such an honor,” she said.

The name for Witherspoon’s line is derived from her maternal grandparents, Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon.

The antiques and re-use industry continues to flourish in Mount Pleasant with a new mall featuring 70 vendors.

Eclectic Finds, Antiques & Home Furnishings will have a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. May 15 at 1670 U.S. Highway 17 near Venning and Mathis Ferry roads.

The 14,000-square-foot shop is fully occupied. A reception for customers and guests will take place 5-8 p.m. the same day. Look for other events at the new 14,000-square-foot shop May 16-17 as well. It’s the product of Debbie Smith Geeter and Taryn Gadbois.

A former restaurant and watering hole on Daniel Island will become a new breakfast and lunch dining establishment.

The former 2,850-square-foot Irish Bar and Alchemy Restaurant at 245 Seven Farms Drive has been purchased by Jon and Anne Turner from Tax Capital Group for $500,000 for the new unnamed venture, according to Cushman & Wakefield/Thalhimer commercial real estate firm.

Also, a third Raising Cane’s restaurant is headed to the Lowcountry.

According to a newsletter sent out by North Charleston City Councilman Ron Brinson, the restaurant is rising on an outparcel at the Harris Teeter-anchored Corner at Wescott shopping center at 9500 Dorchester Road. It should open by Sept. 1. The Louisiana-based chain has other local restaurants near Mount Pleasant Towne Centre and on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

A firm that helps people downsize to smaller homes and de-clutters living spaces recently launched in the Lowcountry. Move Managers of Charleston is the product of Katharine Good and Elizabeth Thomas.

Willy Jay’s, a young woman’s clothing shop, is moving in downtown Charleston, according to Jennifer Davis with Domicile Real Estate. The store plans to move this summer from 300 King St. up to the former site of Yogurt Mountain at 343 King, which closed in January. The 300 King space does not have a new tenant yet, Davis said.

In a sign of progress on the $189 million makeover of Charleston International Airport, the first new retail store opened earlier this week.

Low Country Harley-Davidson’s new shop is between Concourse A and Concourse B near the Food Court in the post-security side of the terminal. It’s accessible only to passengers with a boarding pass.

Other retailers will open as terminal construction is completed over the next several months.

On Mother’s Day weekend, Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant will feature four Parisian brands, including Arche shoes, Majestic Tees, Longchamp handbags and Darphin skincare.

The event, including a trunk show, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday will include French cuisine and bubbles. Look for free gifts with certain purchases.

Americans will spend about 6 percent more on their moms this year.

The National Retail Federation says Mother’s Day spending will rise to about $173 per shopper, up about $10 over last year. Mother’s Day is Sunday.

Total spending is expected to reach $21.2 billion, the highest in the survey’s 12-year history.

Cards, flowers, apparel, jewelry and brunch top the list of ways Americans will treat their moms. A spa day, housewares, gardening tools, books, CDs, and electronic items such as a new smartphone or e-reader also are gifts being considered.

Department, specialty and discount stores will see plenty of traffic, while fewer shoppers will go online this year, the retail trade group said. Adults under 35 will spend the most on mom, but many husbands will be shopping for their wives as well, according to the survey.

David Scully has launched Charleston’s only Mosquito Joe spraying business. The Porter-Gaud lacrosse coach’s new venture can be found at 461-B Jessen Lane off Clements Ferry Road in Berkeley County. He plans to devote his attention full time to the mosquito-spraying franchise business now that the Cyclones have won the state championship.

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