Remember Roses? Retailer is returning

A longtime discount retailer that hasn’t had a presence in the Charleston area for several years is returning.

After 16 years, the Maxway store at 5341 Dorchester Road in North Charleston is becoming Roses, a sister store owned by North Carolina-based Variety Wholesalers Inc.

Store manager Epelmira Grazier said the company is upgrading its stores and the discount retailer is a better fit for the location.

The 18,000-square-foot shop in Evanston Plaza will have a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the new name at 9 a.m. Thursday. Before the change, the closest Roses to Charleston was in Walterboro. Another Maxway store on Rivers Avenue is not changing names at this time, Grazier said.

Roses once had a West Ashley store that opened about 50 years ago.

Citadel Mall lost another store earlier this week. Finish Line athletic wear near Dillard’s is now closed. It follows the pullout of King Street Grille earlier this month.

Two new shops are coming to Mount Pleasant Towne Centre over the next few days.

Lily Rain will open its new 2,000-square-foot shop Friday at 1239 Belk Drive. It will offer clothing, accessories and home decor.

On Monday, Athleta, an athletic sportswear shop for men and women, will open at 1224 Belk Drive. The subsidiary of The Gap is taking over the 4,136-square-foot shop vacated by American Eagle in January, according to Jewel Davey with the shopping center.

Another opening will take place Monday at Freshfields Village between Kiawah and Seabrook islands.

Tommy Bahama will open at 654 Freshfields Drive, offering men’s and women’s sportswear, swimwear, footwear, accessories and items for the home.

Also, Ruke’s produce stand will open for the season at 9 a.m. Monday at 378 Mathis Ferry Road in Mount Pleasant. The fresh vegetable stand, operated by Arthur Brown, will be open Monday through Wednesday until 6 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday until 7 p.m. on the grounds of Holy Trinity AME Church.

In downtown Charleston, G. Sergeant Antiques has opened at 86-A Queen St. Gary Sergeant is the owner. He has another shop in Connecticut.

College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving has leased a 1,400-square-foot shop at 1595 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. The West Ashley business will open in May, according to Belk|Lucy real estate firm. ... Belk|Lucy also said a new kiteboarding and wakeboarding retail shop is coming to Mount Pleasant. Liquid Force LLC has leased an 850-square-foot space at 1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd. ... Broken Bell CrossFit has leased a 2,800-square-foot space at 2500 Clements Ferry Road, Suites C&D, in Charleston, according to Lee & Associates commercial real estate.

Miss Lulu’s Bohicket, a patio dining and takeout business for gourmet food-to-go mixed with children’s and women’s fashions, jewelry and unique gifts, is now open at 1884 Seabrook Island Road in a former bank near Bohicket Marina. It features homemade meals, casseroles, canned relishes and other items. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are being served, with live music on the patio on weekends. The business is owned by Laurie Harrison of Texas, a part-time Kiawah Island resident for more than 30 years.

Ellington, a women’s apparel and furnishings business at 473 King St. in downtown Charleston for the past nine years, has moved to 297 East Bay St. because the King Street shop is undergoing renovations, according to owner Cindy Weeks-Gaetke. She does not know if the move is temporary or permanent, but she is on a short-term lease with the option to stay longer.

Arrow Dry Cleaners will change locations in downtown Charleston in May. Currently at 80 Calhoun St., the cleaner will reopen in a 1,300-square-foot space at 241 Calhoun St. early next month, according to Phil Rose with Twin Rivers Capital.

A teacher’s assistant in North Charleston has developed a new T-shirt line. Called Charleston Sticks Together, it is symbolic of the differences that unite Lowcountry residents, according to owner K.J. Kearney. For more details, go to

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Bob Ellis Shoes at 332 King St. will hold a designer trunk show Friday through Sunday. It will feature vintage Chanel jewelry and handbags and a selection of Hermes items along with Madison Avenue Couture.

Belk’s Spring Charity Sale is set for Saturday. The 6-10 a.m. event allows customers to support local charities and schools while taking advantage of discounts of 15-70 percent off purchases.

In return for purchasing a $5 ticket, customers can find rarely discounted merchandise and other items. They also receive a $5 credit on one purchase, offsetting the cost of the ticket. Charities get to keep 100 percent of the proceeds from each $5 ticket sold.

The first 100 customers in each store on the morning of Charity Sale will receive free Belk gift cards from $5 to $100, and a chance to win one of three $1,000 Belk gift cards awarded companywide.

Charity Sale tickets are sold by participating nonprofit organizations and at Belk stores.

Charlotte-based Belk has four stores in the Charleston region in Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, North Charleston and Summerville.

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