Second Sunday on King Street in Charleston adds two more days in December

The no auto-zone: Pedestrians have the run of a section of King Street once a month, except for this coming December.

Crowded sidewalks are a known drawback of holiday shopping on lower King Street.

But this year, shoppers can expect some extra elbow room thanks to Second Sunday on King Street. The monthly event when street traffic is reserved for pedestrians will be extended to the third and fourth Sundays in December.

“The additional Sundays are a part of a downtown shopping, dining and holiday campaign to support businesses on the peninsula,” said Susan Lucas, partner with King Street Marketing Group.

During Second Sunday, traffic on lower King Street is blocked from Calhoun to Queen streets from 1-5 p.m. Droves of families, shoppers and walkers fill in the lanes to browse sidewalk sales or eat brunch at tables set up in the streets. It;s not in its fourth year.

The shopping district may need the extra attention this December. A recent report on holiday shopping trends found that 61 percent of consumers plan to finish holiday shopping by early December, according to CFI group, a retail analytics firm.

This weekend, 275 King St. will see more action than it’s seen in months. The building that’s been dark since Biton closed will house a pop-up shop for Ibu, a clothing line inspired by women artisans around the world.

Ibu’s designer, Susan Hull Walker, collaborated with women in Madagascar, Laos, India and several other countries. The collection features hand-loomed and dyed pieces, some of which were completed in Charleston by Walker and a seamstress.

“I want to appeal to women’s desire for beauty and enhancement, as well as their desire to belong to something larger,” Walker said.

The shop is open this weekend only, Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If Mount Pleasant had an itch for homemade tacos, Scratch Taco Boutique may be the answer.

The taco joint opened Oct. 10 at 713 Coleman Blvd., where Abe’s Oyster House was. Scratch kept the casual atmosphere set by Abe’s and added a large outdoor patio with picnic tables.

The name hints at its central theme: to make everything from scratch with as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. In addition to tacos, the menu features dinner plates, brunch, bar snacks and dessert.

Scratch serves lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bar is open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

In Summerville, Newk’s Eatery has a new home at 320 Azalea Square Blvd. The franchise was established by the same group behind McAlister’s Deli. Newk’s Eatery in Summerville is the second to pop up in South Carolina after Rock Hill. The fast-casual restaurant serves made-to-order salads, sandwiches and California-style pizzas.

Meanwhile, an upscale furniture boutique, Maison Decor French Antiques, has opened at 217 Lucas St. in Mount Pleasant. The retailer specializes in pieces from the 17th to the early 20th centuries.

Do you know of any openings, closings or retail happenings? Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5906. For more retail tips, follow her on Twitter @A_Big_Gail and visit the Retail Report blog at